Week in Review @PocketDroid (03.12 – 09.12)

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Android‘s Gmail app was updated to version 4.2, supporting pinch-zooming messages and a lot more:

A while ago (about a month and a half) new Gmail app version 4.2 has been pulled out of an unreleased at that time Nexus 4 unit which made us believe that an upgrade was underway and we werent mistaken. That day has come for Google to push out Gmail 4.2 update to Ice Cream Sandwichdevices or above.

The new version brings all those goodies like the ability to pinch and zoom inside the app, swipe away to dismiss emails that we dont want (need) and larger contact images, but all these only to ICS runningdevices. Full changelog >>

Sony Xperia P, Xperia U and Xperia Sola got new ICS updates:

Just the other day one of Sony Mobile employees who’s running @SonyMobileNews Twitter accountmentioned mid-December date for Jelly Bean upgrade and full schedule with timing for all the devices due for upgrade. In the meantime owners of Xperia P, Xperia U, Xperia go and Xperia sola smartphones will be getting as of today a new software update, but it’s not JB. However it fixes things that some of you folk complained about to Sony. Stability improvements >>

HTC One X received Jellybean in Netherlands:

Dutch people are next in line for JellyBean treatment as HTC Nederland just announced that the softwareupdate bringing Android 4.1 to customers who own HTC One X devices has begun pushing out as of today. The update is spreading over the air (OTA), everyone will receive a download notification.

 Sony announced the upcoming Xperia E:

Today Sony announced the Experia E, a low end smartphone with both a single and a dual simversion. The specs include a 1Ghz single core processor, 512 mb RAM, a 3.2 mp rear shooter, a 3.5 inch screen, 1500 mAh battery, microSD slot and Android4.1 Jellybean. It also has special software which aims to save battery life by turning off WiFi and mobiledata when the screen is off for some time. Will come in three flavors >>

Sony launched beta Flash tool for Xperia devices:

Sony continues to live up to it’s reputation as most developer friendly manufacturer. If you own a Xperia device and you flash custom ROMs, you’ve probably heard of Flashtool, a tool to update your device while the bootloader is unlocked, as the official methods (PC Companion, Sony Mobile Update Service or OTA) have the risk to brick your phone. Xperia Arc, Arc S and Xperia S supported >>

LG Optimus 2X received ICS in Europe:

The LG Optimus 2X was the smartphone that started the multi-core era of Android devices, and it’s nice to see that it received one more update before its retirement. Namely, LG started pushing the ICSupdate toEuropean Optimus 2X consumers via its proprietary LG Mobile Software Update Tool. The update is labeled as V30a, and that means it’s for the Central European region. It holds the Android version number 4.0.4, which is the last ICS release. If you want to update your smartphone, follow this link.

Motorola announced its Jellybean update roadmap:

About a couple of months ago Motorola went under new management appointing Punit Soni as the VP of product, who made a promise to all Motorola customers and especially to those left out (Droid Bionic) during the Ice Cream Sandwich wave of upgrades, to change the way the company was distributing software updates.

At the middle of this week Motorola updated the Android 4.1 JellyBean timetable (schedule) announcing which devices are due for an upgrade in the first quarter of 2013, according to each region (USAEurope,Asia, etc). See the list >>

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