The Samsung Stratosphere has not enjoyed the best life. It was released almost a year ago, basically a re-release of the Epic 4G. Since then, it has not received any attention from updates. But now, its day has come.
Its first update has arrived, and it’s not a small one. The build is called FF1 and is 53.8MB in size. The Android version unfortunately stays at Gingerbread 2.3, so this is not Ice Cream Sandwich, but it is receiving some ICS features. First and foremost, you get Face Unlock. Extra features are always good, and the inclusion of Face Unlock is reminiscent to the “Value Pack” that the Galaxy S received.
There’s more. There is a revamped call answering screen identical to the ICS one on newer Samsung devices, a new photo editor previously included with the Galaxy S II, an app tray that can be organized by alphabet, and one more feature I’d like to touch on.
You can now capture images while recording HD video. This isn’t an ICS feature, but more of a camera feature. However, they integrated it into here. There is one big caveat. The images are 1MP. Not really a useful feature anymore.
There is also the addition of video chat in Google Talk, improved touch screen response, a fix for an exploit, and other various bug fixes that should be appreciated. The OTA should be rolling out within the next week, as they usually do after support docs are posted. Stay tuned for the announcement!