According to a couple of sources, the Samsung Stratosphere is to receive its first system update over the air, probably within a few days:
This is going to be a "mandatory" update, meaning that Strat users cannot choose not to receive and install it. The update will not be Ice Cream Sandwich, but will add a couple of ICS features to the Strat's Gingerbread Android operating system, such as face unlock. (I presume that this means you can unlock the phone by looking at it, not by tapping it with your face -- nor that the phone will unlock your face if the latter seizes up. ) It will also address a few issues that have been mentioned on this forum, such as individual ringtones for contacts, and improved screen wakeup during calls.
Here is an announcement from VZW about the update (note the misspelling of the device's name in the URL!):
Here's a brochure from VZW about what will happen when the update is ready to install (with the same misspelling):
I haven't received any word from VZW about this myself, which I find a little annoying, since they say they are "pleased to announce" it. Just not directly to customers, I guess. Now if my phone will only hold a 4G connection long enough for the thing to download!
The PDF on the support page is about all the announcement users get from Verizon Wireless for these kind of updates. It is rare for them to let you know in any other fashion. Usually the update starts within a week of when the PDF is posted and can take two to three weeks to filter out to everyone.
It is part of the reason most of us regulars keep an eye on the tech sites.
I'm most definitely NOT a VZW employee. If a post answered your question, please mark it as the answer.
Thanks, Ann. Can you tell me (us) how to get to that support page? I only found the announcement PDF because it was linked to on one of the sites I gave in my post (which I only found because they were in a post on the Android Central Stratosphere forum, which I also monitor). I went to the VZW site and tried clicking a couple of support links, but I could only find some very basic stuff, not this announcement. I'd love to have a VZW support site I could also check from time to time for such announcements.
Glad to be of service! There's enough weeping and wailing on this forum (some of it mine) that a little lol now and then is probably good for us all.