New Samsung Omnia software from Verizon drops shortly; so long, GPS lock

By on July 16, 2009 at 3:54 PM.

New Samsung Omnia software from Verizon drops shortly; so long, GPS lock

Have you been feeling left out lately, Samsung Omnia owners? You know deep down that your sexy Windows Mobile-powered touchscreen handset is a gem, but waiting around for Verizon to unlock the GPS is definitely trying your patience. Just when you were about to lose hope however, Verizon is finally ready to push out the update you’ve been waiting for. Yup, GPS lock is about to become a thing of the past. The update is all set to be pushed out within the hour so sit tight. Woo! We’re not sure what other fixes/features are included in this update but the important thing is that the big one is covered. Keep checking for that update and let us know how it goes!

UPDATE: It looks like the update is now live and ready to rock as of just before 4pm. Get moving people…

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webOS 1.1 on its way to Palm Pre; Exchange enhancements, security and apps to be focus?

By on July 9, 2009 at 6:31 PM.

webOS 1.1 on its way to Palm Pre; Exchange enhancements, security and apps to be focus?

Following some big announcements from Europe earlier this week, it looks like Palm Pre owners on this side of the pond have some good news to look forward to as well. Word on the street suggests that Palm is prepping to unwrap webOS 1.1 within a month or so and the focus will be better positioning in the enterprise market by way of Exchange Active Sync enhancements and improved security. Rumored updates include:

  • IT-initiated remote wipe
  • Required PIN
  • PIN complexity (numeric or alphanumeric)
  • Device wipe after a certain number of failed PIN attempts
  • Auto-lock after X minutes of inactivity
  • Improved digital certificates

The Pre may also receive a number of new applications to coincide with webOS 1.1 hitting the scene, though it is unclear whether these new apps will be Palm-built or third-party additions to the App Catalog. So what say you, Pre owners — looking forward to the update or are there other features Palm appears to be holding off on that you’re waiting for?

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Nokia N97 firmware update (11.0.021) hits the scene

By on July 1, 2009 at 4:59 PM.

Nokia N97 firmware update (11.0.021) hits the scene

Hoping to have some solid bug fixes and a few new additions in place on your shiny new Nokia N97 before you start partying this weekend (or even today if you live North of the border)? Well we told you it was coming and this morning it dropped — say hello to 11.0.021. Even the most staunch Nokia fanboys seemed to take issue with the release firmware on Nokia’s latest flagship handset and as such, this update is most definitely a welcome one. The firmware should be available in most regions and if you can’t get it OTA, fire up Nokia Software Updater and give it a go. As for what you can expect from this release, hit the jump for the change log. If you’ve installed it already, let us know what you think in the comments.

Side note: The N96 was updated today as well to 30.033. Yay.

Thanks, Joseph!

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N97 firmware update coming July 1st

By on June 28, 2009 at 9:36 AM.

N97 firmware update coming July 1st

Just in time to make America’s birthday even more special, it looks like N97 owners will be enjoying a shiny new gift from our friends at Nokia this July 4th weekend. Just as the firmware version was recently updated on Nokia’s RDS service, so too will the firmware be updated on the N97. According to Nokia Conversations’ Twitter account, “N97 SW 1.1 (11.x.021)” will find itself in the hands of the people this Wednesday, July 1st. Rejoice! Sure, a firmware update isn’t going to resolve all of the issues we had with the handset — such as an off-center space button on the keypad (how?!) — but it will hopefully go great lengths to eliminate many of the bugs users are currently experiencing. As for exactly which regions/product codes will have access to the new firmware right out of the gate, unfortunately there’s no way of telling until the 1st rolls around.

Thanks, Nok-eee-ugh!

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Epix win? Samsung pushes out new patch for the Epix

By on May 21, 2009 at 12:00 PM.

Epix win? Samsung pushes out new patch for the Epix

Epix users, it looks like it may finally be your time to shine. For those who haven’t been following the story, AT&T’s Samsung Epix had issues. Samsung pushed out a patch to resolve said issues but it only caused more issues. After promising to address the new problems in early May, Samsung has just pushed out a new ROM for the Epix that addresses the following:

  • ”Slog Dump” Fix: On certain circumstances, the handset may report a “Slog Dump” error message. This software provides an update to the network layer which prevents the problem from occurring.
  • Missed Email Audio Notifications:  A previously released cab file for notifications is now included this firmware version. This enables the EPIX to provide audible notifications alerts for your emails when the device enters an unattended power saving mode.
  • Outlook Notes SSP Support:  The update contains the ability to synchronize the popular Notes feature available within Microsoft Outlook.
  • Ascending Ringtone: Ringtone behavior design was set to ascending/escalating volume during inbound call regardless of setting specified. With this update, the handset will act in accordance to the volume settings selected.

Users also report that the major issue brought about by the initial Slog Dump patch — phones freezing on outbound calls — is now resolved as well. Beyond that, it looks like the only old bug still present is an issue with LED notifications but with all of the other issues that have been resolved, we doubt Epix users will be too upset. Got a slogged Epix? Hit the read link to get your fix on.

Thanks, Amir!

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Epix fail to be addressed by new patch

By on May 9, 2009 at 10:00 AM.

Epix fail to be addressed by new patch

Good news, Samsung Epix owners — if your handset has been driving you crazy by randomly and inexplicably freezing, AT&T will apparently have a solution for you soon. Last week we reported a fix that AT&T pushed out some time ago in order to resolve the SLOG DUMP error that had been plaguing Epix handsets. As you may recall, the patch did indeed resolve the error but it also brought about random but frequent freezes when users attempted to dial out. Needless to say, people were less than satisfied with this solution. According to a recent update from CareAce, a blog following the issue closely, AT&T is preparing to push out a new patch in under two weeks that will address the new issues brought on but the SLOG DUMP patch. In other words, Epix owners, you should have a working phone again in less than two weeks.

Thanks, Amir!

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Epix fail: AT&T issues OTA Samsung Epix update to fix crashing problem, causes freezing problem

By on April 28, 2009 at 4:03 PM.

Epix fail: AT&T issues OTA Samsung Epix update to fix crashing problem, causes freezing problem

Some time ago, AT&T realized it had a bit of an issue on its hands with the Samsung Epix. A “Slog Dump issue” in fact. As exotic as that sounds, it pretty much means the phone would continuously crash with the pop up message “This is forced SLOG DUMP”. After months of hounding from users, AT&T finally pushed out an update to the bizarre issue last week and all was right again in the world of QWERTY Windows Mobile phones. Or not. While AT&T did resolve the Slog Dump error with its OTA update, it also brought about a new problem that is just as severe — many are reporting the Epix now freezes on a daily basis when attempting to dial out. Ouch. Are you an Epix owner affected by all this craziness? Let us know how things are going in the comments section and head on over to the AT&T forum to read more about the issues.

Thanks, Amir!

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Apple finally invents copy/paste and MMS; iPhone 3.0 gets official

By on March 17, 2009 at 2:30 PM.

Apple finally invents copy/paste and MMS; iPhone 3.0 gets official

We all know as soon as a feature comes to the iPhone, Apple invented it right? Perfect examples are the full touchscreen form factor, mobile apps, visual voicemail and the accelerometer — all brought to market by Cupertino. But none of those things are Apple inventions, you say? Pfff, clearly you’ve never met an Apple fanboy. So let’s take a look at a few of Apple’s latest mobile inventions fresh from today’s town hall:

  • Push notifications for apps. Finally. As you well know, this will allow the iPhone/iPod Touch to be notified (via a badge, text pop up and/or audio alert) in near real-time of a new server-side event associated with a specific app. Think of it as a poor man’s answer to background processes. Background processes, by the way, are not an addition to version 3.0. Apple’s excuses: Battery performance and memory strain.
  • Updated media player adjusts streaming video quality according to current bandwidth.
  • Cut, copy and paste. That’s right folks, Apple’s polio vaccine. Double-tap to select text, drag start/end points and do your thang. You can even shake to undo/redo edits.
  • Send multiple images at once. Joy.
  • Wider landscape keyboard availability. Apple finally tossed the landscape keyboard into all native apps, including Mail. Thank you.
  • MMS! Hooray for decade-old tech! SMS and MMS are now lumped into a Messages app. It won’t be available on 2G (1st gen) iPhones.
  • New calendar features. CalDAV allows for sharing across a bunch of services such as Google and Yahoo and .ics subscription support.
  • Flushed out Stocks app.
  • Extended search. Users can now search in all key apps including Calendar, iPod, Notes and Mail.
  • Spotlight for iPhone. A “search homescreen”. It’s like Spotlight for Mac and it only searches native Apple apps.
  • Bluetooth A2DP support (stereo Bluetooth) — but it won’t be available on 2G (1st gen) iPhones.
  • Tethering.

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Sprint makes OTA firmware update available for the Samsung Instinct

By on February 13, 2009 at 4:49 PM.

Sprint makes OTA firmware update available for the Samsung Instinct

According to Sprint, the Samsung Instinct is one of the carrier’s most popular handsets ever – having broken a variety of sales records shortly after its release. With all those Instincts floating around out there, it stands to reason that a fair number of BGR readers are packing this sexy little handset and today we’ve got some good news for you. Starting immediately, a new firmware version is available for the instinct – ES.M800 CA10 – and it’s bringing along a few slick new features with it. Here’s an unofficial change log, short and sweet:

  • New RSS Reader
  • Dynamic zoom via a new slider control in the browser
  • Smart zoom (double tap)
  • Various bug fixes

The OTA update is available now as we mentioned, so impatient readers can initiate the update immediately. Sprint will begin a network-initiated update push this coming Monday, February 16th, though we’re not sure what regions will get it first. No matter though, you know you’re just going to snag it yourself anyway.

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Apple releases 2.2.1 software for the iPhone and iPod Touch

By on January 27, 2009 at 2:51 PM.

Apple releases 2.2.1 software for the iPhone and iPod Touch

iPhone and iPod Touch owners rejoice – Apple has just pushed out its latest OS, version 2.2.1. True, we already know this latest build won’t bring push notifications along with it, but it must be packing something new and cool right?

This update contains bug fixes and improvements, including the following:
– Improved general stability of Safari
– Fixed issue where some images saved from Mail do not display correctly in the Camera Roll
– Fixed issue that caused some Apple Lossless (ALAC) audio files to skip during playback [iPod Touch]

Well, umm, that’s cool we guess. We imagine there are a few other items attended to in this new OS build but if you have a jailbroken and/or unlocked iPhone or iPod Touch, this is apparently one OS update you won’t mind holding off on until the Dev Team gives the all clear. The rest of you can get to updating via iTunes and let us know how it goes.

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Story or no story, the Verizon BlackBerry Storm OS has issues

By on November 26, 2008 at 9:26 AM.

Story or no story, the Verizon BlackBerry Storm OS has issues

We gave you our theory, we gave you RIM’s official statement and now people, it’s time to move on. The bottom line is that everyone who snagged a Storm from Verizon ended up with v4.7.0.65. The indisputable caveat – v4.7.0.65 has issues. No firmware is perfect and no future firmware revision will ever be completely bug-free, but what we can tell you is that the folks at RIM and Verizon know v4.7.0.65 might be just a little sub-par. How do we know they know? Why else would they be issuing OS updates just a few weeks after releasing the handset? That’s right people, we got our hands on a preliminary internal communique detailing a series of updates coming soon to a Verizon Storm near you. The first in fact, will likely come next week – just a few short weeks after the launch. Basically, RIM and Verizon have targeted a variety of major issues and will address them through a series of OTA software updates. The list below is split up between issues that will definitely be resolved with the first update next week and issues that will be resolved in a second OTA update that will likely arrive later in December. Hit the jump for the break down and rest a bit easier knowing that whether or not the various issues with v4.7.0.65 are deal breakers for you, Verizon and RIM know there are problems are are working to fix them.

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QuickPwn now available for iPhone 2.2

By on November 23, 2008 at 10:44 AM.

QuickPwn now available for iPhone 2.2

Leave it to the iPhone dev team to re-jailbreak an iPhone nary a few days after the latest iPhone firmware 2.2 was released. Up front and center on the dev team’s blog is QuickPwn for 2.2 and Pwnage for 2.2 ready for you to download and do some jailbreaking. We won’t cover all the details here as there are different instructions for each version of the iPhone (carrier locked/unlocked, 3g/2g, etc) and for the iPod touch. Follow the instructions closely as Apple’s 2.2 firmware update incorporates a baseband update which makes things tricky if you want to unlock your 3g iPhone in the future. The iPhone dev team has got you covered though, with a set of instructions for almost every scenario. So what are still doing here? Get on over to the dev team’s blog and get on with the jailbreaking already!

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Android jailbreak battle ensues; welcome to mobile, Google

By on November 9, 2008 at 3:44 PM.

Android jailbreak battle ensues; welcome to mobile, Google

Google must have known this was coming. In the ever-present battle between mobile manufacturers and hackers, it’s always a game of cat and mouse. New OS build is released, hackers attack, hackers win, manufacturer patches – lather, rinse and repeat. Apple was welcomed to the game pretty quickly and so far the cycle has been pretty much in favor of the iPhone dev team; updated iPhone jailbreaks are typically in place even before new OS builds are even released into the wild. And so on to Android we go. Earlier this week, it was revealed that users could gain root access on the Android OS. The method for gaining access was extremely simple and made use of the PTerminal app available from the Android Market. No matter though, as Google’s response was lightning-fast and a patch is already being pushed out that prevents access.

We’ve been notified of this issue (Jailbreaking of Android) and have developed a fix. We’re currently working with our partners to push the fix out and updating the open source code base to reflect these changes.

OS RC30 is the new version number to look out for that includes the patch. Of course it’s surely only a matter of time before the fix is busted, the new bust is patched, etc. As open as the Android OS already is, it will be interesting to see what hackers come up with as far as giving users a reason to play the jailbreak game.

[Via IntoMobile]

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