New FW released yesterday with focus on the camera software. The thing I noticed right away was a new slow motion feature for video recording (yet to be tested). OTA went smooth and the Padfone 2 works as smooth as it did before. Go update!
New software slow motion feature
PadFone2 Firmware: V10.4.16.8 Only for WWE SKU (Android 4.1)
1.Optimized camera performance
-Enhanced focus sensitivity
-Improved video quality and image clarity
-Noise reduction function helps to improve the quality of low brightness image
2.Improved camera and video light functions
3.Improved the WI-FI stability
4.Improved system compatibility and performance”
Keep pressing that update button!
Upgrade to Android Jelly Bean 4.2
• Multiple account login for up-to 4 user accounts
• ASUS Screen Saver in DayDream Feature
• Parental Lock
• New Camera AP
• Lock screen wallpaper
• New UI for ASUS IME.
• Set Ethernet settings as default ON.
IME Settings (TW/CN SKU only)
For users who have modified the default ASUS IME settings in Jelly Bean 4.1, hand-writing IME will be OFF by default, and users will have to turn it on in the IME Settings after upgrading to Jelly Bean 4.2
The update also brings:
New widgets (including lockscreen widgets), better looking fonts, a new software keyboard (like the one on the MeMO Pad Smart), and “general improvements to overall performance.”
New firmware released for PadFone2
Firmware: V10.4.12.24 Only for WWE SKU (Android 4.1)
1. Enhanced PadFone 2 and PadFone 2 Station performance and stability
2. Improved Wi-Fi connection and stability
3. Upgraded the
camera’s firmware and optimized the camera’s HDR and automatic brightness control functions
4. NFC file sharing on ASUS Studio
5. Added ASUS Story
6. Support of Tomb Jewels
7. Improved the Weather Time widget
8. Improved Email’s editing function
9. Improved Contacts app
10. Improved the Battery widget’s battery display function
11. Optimized the instant translation interface
12. Added SMS samples
13. Optimized the lock screen interface
You can either check you phone by pressing settings/about Padfone/System Firmware Update or download it manually from here http://www.asus.com/Tablets_Mobile/PadFone2/#support
So I regularly check what people search for when getting to my blog, one big topic (Besides ASUS stuff) seems to be problems with the Ricomagic Mini PC MK802 IIIS, and the term “”My Ricomagic Mini PC won’t start” or “Freezes on boot screen”.
“Why the fuck doesn’t anyone write an easy guide in English for this shit?”
I can’t help myself, but whenever I see stuff like this with products I use myself, I just have to check if I can replicate the problem, and then hopefully fix it.. I won’t go any deeper into how you can “crash” your Ricomagic, but lets just say that cutting the power to it over and over again in certain situations will help.. 😛
With the Ricomagic MK802IIIs there’s really only one solution to any boot-up or software problem – Firmware recovery/upgrade. Easy enough? Sure, the problem is really not upgrading the actual firmware – it’s getting the right one and then read the instructions in Chinese or in best case “Engrish”..
I ended up with “Why the fuck doesn’t anyone write a easy guide in English for this shit?“. And then it hit me, I’m “Anyone“..
How to recover/upgrade your Ricomagic MK802 IIIS in three steps
You will do this in three steps, 1. the software part, 2. the hardware driver installation and last, 3. recovery/upgrade. Keep reading below!
A pretty descent Smart TV replacement
First of all, this is not a computer or a powerhouse tablet replacer. With that said it’s a pretty descent Smart TV replacement. You get a pocket size Android 4.1 optimized for a TV via the HDMI connector. It’s cheap so don’t expect any miracles, but you get what you pay for and some more. If you have realistic expectations you wont be disappointed.
If you have a Samsung Omnia 7 you might experianced problems with 3G+ etc.
Problems with Omnia 7 in combination with Telia
In sweden we had serious problems with the Omnia 7 when using it with the operator Telia.
Well, since the Mango update for Wp7 it’s getting a bit better – from beeing a totally useless phone, we now can use the Omnia 7 as a phone – but now we cant sync marketplace or our skydrive on 3G+.
Seems like a solution is on the way, I just tried the latest fw I8700XXKI3 released by a french operator and things got a whole lot better. Been using this fw for the last 24h and it turned out to be a big improvement. On the downside your language is set to french and you get some operator specific programs installed after the update, but it’s easely fixed and programs can be uninstalled. You even get to keep all your settings and saved content, but i recommend a factory reset just because it’s allways fun with a freshly installed phone 🙂
Nothing to loose
You will however void the warranty on your Omnia. In my case I have been using my HTC Throphy anyway, since the the combination Omnia 7 and Telia is totally useless as is.
So i had nothing to loose really. If you wanna try it out yourself it’s very easy to do even if a you have moderate skills in updating a phone.
remember it’s not the entire OS but only the firmware for your phone that get’s updated so i say go for it!
Download the firmware
download the WPupdate tools
– Unzip the Tools in a folder then unzip the firmware (OEM.cab) in the same folder as the tools (WP7 Update Cab Sender).
– Plug in your device, wait until the Zune client starts and then close it.
– Run the the Updater and press S or B (depending on the size of your balls..)
– your phone will then reboot in download mode and update (don’t unplug it or do stupid
things with your PC during the whole process..)
So far, so good
And so far the result is much better, no calls with robot or modem voice and it seems to use 3g+ as it should for data traffic when needed. However i have a feeling the connectivity to 3g overall is a bit “hazy” and it it switches to Edge in places my HTC has “ok” 3G connectivity.. But overall im happy with the new fw and we can only hope Telia and Samsung (for unbranded) will release the updated firmware later this fall for all of us.
The N900 PR1.1.1 V3.2010.02.8 comes with updates to the browser, operator wizard, Open GL ES 2.0, Hildon UI, WiFi, flasher, Skype, and the Call UI among others. This is a minor update (16.2 MB) however in preperation for the major update due to be released by the end of february (the one bringing Qt). Feels a bit faster transitionwise after update. But hey, dont take my word for it – I’m a firmware junkie and i love any fix I can get..