Posts tagged with: Ice Cream Sandwich

Ice Cream Sandwich is codename for Google's next major Android platform update. Unifying Android 3 Honeycomb and Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the version number is expected to be Android 4.0. Ice Cream Sandwich will be able to run on tablets as well as smartphones and is expected to be launched with a new Google "Nexus" device sometime later this year. Read on for the latest Ice Cream Sandwich news, reviews and videos:

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    Samsung's TouchWiz UI can be a significant component of what makes many of its Androids so desirable, and we always look forward to see how it's evolving with the release of the company's flagship models. It's no stranger from the low-end, either, and we just brought you news of a pair of decidedly underpowered Androids, the Galaxy Young and Galaxy Fame, which run TouchWiz. Now, however, we're learning of another lower-end Android with quite similar specs to those two, yet one Samsung will be releasing without its iconic interface. The Samsung Galaxy Discover will be coming to TracFone's ...

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    HTC's Thunderbolt launched as Verizon's first LTE smartphone nearly two years ago. That makes it practically ancient by smartphone standards, and its single-core 1GHz SoC, tiny 1400mAh battery, and low-res WVGA screen sound like the kind of phone you couldn't even give away in today's market. Still, it manages to lumber on, while its users eagerly await the arrival of the phone's long-promised Ice Cream Sandwich update. We last updated you on progress towards that end in August, when it seemed clear that Verizon was going to miss its deadline to have the update out by the end of the month. ...

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    With 2012 now a wrap, Google has published its latest Android platform statistics, adding-in data from the final two weeks of the year. While it's still a bit disappointing to see so many devices still operating now-ancient versions of the platform, there is some cause for celebration, as the pace by which users are making the move to Android 4.x seems to be showing a recent uptick. Jelly Bean seems to be the most responsible for Android 4.x's new popularity, with Android 4.1 moving up to a 9% share from the less-than-6% it had just a month ago. 4.2 sees some more modest gains, and Ice ...

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    You know, the touch screen isn't new. It was actually developed for the first time in 1965, and one of the first companies to ever use the technology on a mobile device was Apple with their first Newton PDAs. Sadly, as you remember, that didn't work so well and Apple killed the project just a couple of years later. Still, even after one company failed in making it a mainstream, along came Palm and Microsoft and completely shaped an industry that now powers the reason for being of this website. Who would've thought that a technology that was so cool even back then would fail until somebody ...

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    Updated: Alternate method to flash from a custom Recovery Image, and video showing the final result. Android Jelly Bean brought with it a whole new way to search and get up-to-date and location relevant information: Google Now. Search results are fast, beautiful, and usually pretty accurate. When compared against Apple's Siri, Google Now wins in many regards. The bad news? Officially Google Now is only available on tablets and smartphones running Google's latest operating systems (4.1 and 4.2). Sure, there are ways to hack the feature in, we even reported on one such method back in July. ...

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    LG has seriously been torturing owners of the Optimus 2X when it comes to bringing the phone an Ice Cream Sandwich update. The mess all started well over a year ago, just after ICS was first announced, when LG posted to Facebook that the Optimus 2X most definitely would not be seeing an update arrive. By November, the manufacturer was backing away from that position, though still wasn't committed to deliver ICS. Shortly thereafter, it finally switched gears all the way and announced that the 2X would be among the very first of its phones to receive the update. Over the course of the next ...

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    It's been over a year and a half since HTC first launched the Droid Incredible 2 on Verizon. The phone was quick to get Gingerbread, seeing those updates arrive last summer, but the big question on the minds of owners as of late has been what's going to happen regarding the phone's long-anticipated Ice Cream Sandwich update. After all, Verizon's been saying that the DI2 would be getting ICS since as far back as March, and the phone popped-up on HTC's official list of ICS updates shortly thereafter, where the manufacturer said it would finalize the handset's upgrade plans by the end of ...

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    Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note II at the IFA in Berlin at the end of August and has ever since made an incredible marketing push, both globally and in the US, where the phone is available on all major carriers. As a natural consequence, Samsung has now made it official that the company achieved sales of 3,000,000 units, a figure much higher than of the original Note (but lower than the Galaxy S III). Because of the fairly large size and "phablet" form factor it is not necessarily attractive for the entire chunk of the consumer market. Starting the end of September Samsung managed to ...

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    I’ve learned that there are two things about being a mobile-phone reviewer. The first thing: you get to handle awesome gadgetry days or weeks ahead of its official release date, and you’re not just allowed to use the heck out of it; you need to, in order to do your job. That’s the awesome thing. The other, less-awesome thing: you eventually have to give it all back. “Empty Nest” is a recurring column discussing what I miss -and what I don’t- about the devices I’ve had to return. ___ The Optimus G for AT&T was a surprise to me in nearly every respect. It was my first ...

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    The original LG Spectrum made a lot of headlines at CES 2012, even though we fell out of love with it quick during our review. Now LG has brought a US variant of their Korean Optimus LTE II as a follow-up being dubbed the LG Spectrum 2 to Verizon. The device may not be the Optimus G that has lots of us drooling, but it packs a 4.7-inch AH-IPS display, a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 8-megapixels in the back shooter and 16GB of storage along with wireless charging support if you buy the extra pad. Sadly the good news end there. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and judging ...

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    Even though it will become available only on November 2, the LG Optimus G is available for pre-orders and we've spent some quality time with the device for our review. While the phone is an excellent performer due to the Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC, power users will probably want to tweak it further. However, this might be difficult. According to official wording from LG, "the Optimus G doesn’t support an unlocked bootloader". This means that until the community manages to hack it open (or someone over at AT&T or LG changes their minds) there will be no custom ROM flashing and alike. Even ...

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    For the past few years, most new-product announcements from South Korea's LG have been greeted in America with a heaping helping of "who cares?" The company has spent so long in the shadow of its more-successful rival Samsung that its smartphones, particularly in the United States, have struggled for even moderate mind share. That struggle is also a product of the widely held conception that LG devices just aren't that good, a conception that devices like the LG Intuition have only reinforced. But recently, LG has caught a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel. We had the opportunity ...

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    "It's the little things", they say, and Google made sure that one such little thing, previously available only on Nexus devices, is now available for everyone to download. Google Calendar is by no means an unimportant bit if you're tied-in with the ecosystem and relying on Google's mail and calendar offerings. Once you download Google Calendar from the Play Store link below you'll not only be able to manage multiple calendars at once but you'll also have snooze functionality for events and pinch to zoom in day view, aside the usual operations for creating, editing, and deleting events, ...

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    The LG Optimus G is the first phone to rely on Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and it is now officially coming to Sprint. The carrier just announced the phone which packs a 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display, 32GB of storage, but only runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Sadly there is no information regarding pricing or availability at this moment. Alongside the LG Optimus G Sprint also announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 which we already know and the LG Mach, a slide-out QWERTY phone which is claimed to be one of the thinnest devices on the carrier to pack a hardware keyboard. ...

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    Back in March, we heard from AT&T about its Ice Cream Sandwich update plans for Androids from a number of manufacturers. On that list was Motorola's Atrix 4G. Motorola released its own chart showing the ICS update status for a number of its handsets, and the company reiterated those plans to bring Android 4.0 to the Atrix 4G. Now, however, Motorola has modified that list, and the Atrix, along with some other handsets, are no longer tapped for ICS. What happened? Comparing the current list, updated today, to previous incarnations, we can see a number of phones where Motorola has changed ...

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    The LG Optimus VU, the Galaxy Note competitor, has been rumored to receive a refresh to compete with the Galaxy Note II. We've seen specs popping up not long ago and it looks like they're right on spot as the South Korean manufacturer made the phablet official. It will go for around $865 but it is currently only available for the domestic market in black, white, and pink. There was no information regarding an international availability yet. Specs-wise the Optimus VU II packs a five-inch screen that has a 4:3 aspect ratio and 1024 x 768 resolution, 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 2GB ...

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    It sure has been a while since we talked about the Motorola Droid Bionic on Verizon. You might remember that back in March, Verizon included the smartphone on its list of models confirmed to be receiving Ice Cream Sandwich updates. Since then, though, we've yet to see that update arrive. If you've been checking Motorola's own chart of software updates, the Bionic was supposed to see ICS distribution back near the start of Q3, which is clearly in the past by this point. So, where's the update? Motorola VP Punit Soni has been discussing the situation on Google+, and has some remarkably ...

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    It's been a pretty wild week for mobile tech, and the one before that wasn't too shabby, either. Before that came IFA, which brought us some new hotness itself. You could say this autumn has so far been an epic explosion of new technology in the smartphone and tablet world. That's good news. For OEMs, for us, and for you. But it also means that sometimes, things can slip through the cracks. Take yesterday: we were so entranced by the news coming out of NYC's launch event for the HTC Windows Phone 8S and 8X and its implications for the Windows Phone landscape that we completely bypassed the ...

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    Samsung continues its ad campaign, or better put, its Anti-Apple crusade, with a new ad which might make you feel like having a deja-vu. "The next big thing is already here" folks! Wait, wasn't the next big thing already here with the Galaxy S II? Looks like every Samsung product is a "next big thing", at least to Samsung and its brand followers. Samsung tried hard to steal the iPhone 5 show recently (and not only that, but also LG's and HTC's thunder with yesterday's press release) with it's controversial ads so what's one more to join the flock? There's noting out of the ordinary here, ...

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    If you think that the RAZR I which was unveiled this morning by Motorola and Intel is worth purchasing you can now do so if you live in the UK (or import from there if you're in the US or somewhere else). The official, SIM-free (unlocked) price is £285 (£342 inc.VAT) -- which translates to $463 -- and the first stock is due early next month. Just to recap: it packs a 2GHz single-core Intel Medfield processor, 1GB of RAM, 4.3-inch qHD AMOLED screen, 8GB of internal storage (5GB accessible), microSD expansion slot, eight-megapixel camera plus all the usual suspects. Sadly there's no Jelly ...

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    A number of years ago, I remember reading an article in an old-timey magazine (the kind with pages that you flip, which I no longer like very much) about how some car manufacturers were building proximity sensors into their new high-end models. These sensors would monitor the area in front of the car for objects -like, say, the rear bumper of another vehicle up ahead- and if they detected that you were approaching too quickly, the car's computer system would automatically apply the brakes in time to avert a collision. Back when I read that article, I remember that sounding like an ...

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    Those of you who are LG fans on AT&T might be interested in the LG Escape, model number P870. The leak seems to show off a press render of the device with its respective specifications; however, we're unfortunately not seeing any information regarding pricing or availability (should arrive soon though, even if the date on the screen is November 30). We're looking at a mid-ranger featuring a 4.3-inch IPS display with qHD resolution. Powering it there's a 1.2GHz dual-core processor according to the report (other reports claim a Qualcomm MSM8960 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor), and ...

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    Back in June, Andy Rubin confirmed a total number of 900,000 Android device activations per day, which by itself is an amazing number. However, the curve seems to still have a climbing shape as we're now hearing a whopping 1,3 million daily Android device activations (that is both phones and tablets). The information came directly from CEO Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt who dropped the bomb at yesterday's Motorola event which gave the world the Droid RAZR M, RAZR HD and RAZR Maxx HD. We just told you about the outstanding success of the Galaxy S III and we all know that the Nexus 7 ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G, formerly known as the Galaxy S Blaze Q, saw a naming confirmation at the end of last month and now the carrier is announcing details for all those interested in this QWERTY-enabled Android phone. Sadly, these are not the kind of details we were waiting for. There is no specific date ("in the coming weeks") or price included with the press release. The phone packs a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor, 1GB of RAM, Super AMOLED screen, five-megapixel main shooter, 1.3-megapixel webcam,  five-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and runs on Android 4.0 ...

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    This little number caught our eye at IFA, and though it doesn't meet the strictest definition of "brand-spanking new," having been announced at MWC many moons ago, we wanted to shoot a quick-look video anyway because it's so darn cool. To our eyes, the uncreatively-named AT270 ("Android Tablet," get it?) resembles something of a cross between a Nexus 7 and an iPad, with the size and portability of the former and the build quality of the latter. The screen, a 7-inch AMOLED panel, features amazing color saturation and excellent blacks, while performance is solid on Android ICS. The only ...

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