Verizon has good news for owners of the Samsung Stratosphere. A new update is finally on its way for the device. This update, which is called FF1, has long been anticipated by users especially since after the product’s launch last year, the Samsung Stratosphere has never gotten an update.
Those, however, who are expecting that the Gingerbread-running Samsung Stratosphere will finally have Android Ice Cream Sandwich, are in for a disappointment. Instead of an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade, Verizon is pushing out an update that introduces different enhancements that have similarities with Android 4.0.
Among these is Face Unlock, one of the more popular security features of Ice Cream Sandwich that allows users to unlock their device by putting their face in front of the camera. Also included in the list of updates are a new photo editor and an organized app tray. Users furthermore are now allowed to take photos while in the middle of recording a video. To receive or reject incoming calls, users simply have to swipe the touchscreen. There is also a new capability to designate a ringtone for a particular contact. Visual Voice Mail has likewise been improved with a Logout option, a Note option, and a Reply and Call Back option. Lastly, Verizon added a Google Security Patch. The update has a total file size of 53.8MB.
While it lacks many of the features that Ice Cream Sandwich brings, this update still offers improvements over the old features on Gingerbread. Of course, the fact that Verizon is not giving users of the smartphone Ice Cream Sandwich yet may mean that such OS will not be making its way anymore on the Stratosphere.
Users of the Stratosphere may expect the notification that the update is ready for their device one these days. Verizon, however, has not disclosed the particular date when this update will become available.