Google Maps for Android gets an update. The news was shared on Google’s Official Blog on 29th Nov 2011. The feature additions to the product included Indoor Maps that help you get a detailed view of where you are, one can find his location by pressing the “My Location” button in the navigation bar, the more one zooms the better the detail. Once you are at an airport or a shopping mall Indoor Maps helps you know what is around you so that you reach the correct destination, it includes floor level maps and object view within your radius. The update also includes a new menu bar in addition to the existing navigation bar at the bottom. It is a drop-down menu that helps in navigation to the most commonly used features with ease. Users also have an option to disable screen dimming during navigation. Additions to the features also include popular searches as per one’s location under Places tab. The Indoor Maps feature is available to users in US and Japan.
Vscreens is amazing application by Sony Ericsson allowing users to share photos across any device enabled with a web browser. The application can be downloaded from the Android Market and supports devices running Android 2.1 or higher. To enable photo sharing we need to open www.vscreens.com on the device enabled with a web browser and scan the QR Code displayed on it using the Vscreens mobile application. Once the QR Code is scanned it establishes a unique connection between the two devices using your local WI-Fi connection. Just highlight the photo you want to share and display it on the Big Screen. An easy and quick way to share your stuff when in need. I just implemented the same on my Sony Ericsson neo v and it works great.
A quick video on how-to pair and connect your devices can be found below.
Earlier during the day LG’s Official Facebook Page posted its initial models that will be eligible to Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 Upgrade. The Optimus 2X, Optimus Black, Optimus 3D and Optimus LTE were among the upper end phones to be a part of upgrade program. The manufacturer also promises to evaluate the compatibility, features and performance of the ICS OS across multiple LG smartphones and plan to upgrade as many of them.
A complete list of models eligible for the upgrade would be available by December this year, although there is no specific time frame revealed by LG as to when the update would be released.
Sony Ericsson users finally got an answer to their queries on the Upgrade to the Android Ice Cream Sandwich. A recent blog post on the Sony Ericsson Official Blog stated that all devices belonging to Xperia 2011 Portfolio would be eligible for the upgrade. The manufacturer hasn’t confirmed as to when the devices will receive an upgrade as they are still working closely to integrate the latest UI and the existing set of features.
As per a recent update on Sony Ericsson Italia’s Facebook Page mentioned that the upgrade would be available by early 2012, probably March, although there is no specific announcement or release date by the manufacturer.
Hoping for an early release as Google and Samsung have already launched it a month back.
The Xperia 2011 Portfolio includes the following Smartphones eligible for Upgrade to Android 4.0 ICS: