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:

  • by | February 6, 2013 12:59 PM

    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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  • by | January 31, 2013 4:59 PM

    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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  • by | January 4, 2013 12:28 PM

    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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  • by | December 27, 2012 3:32 PM

    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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  • by | December 12, 2012 10:47 AM

    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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  • by | December 7, 2012 4:58 PM

    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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  • by | November 21, 2012 1:12 PM

    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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  • by | November 2, 2012 2:59 AM

    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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  • by | October 31, 2012 6:04 PM

    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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  • by | October 30, 2012 12:06 PM

    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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  • by | October 24, 2012 3:06 AM

    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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  • by | October 22, 2012 11:01 PM

    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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  • by | October 18, 2012 3:27 AM

    "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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  • by | October 10, 2012 2:31 AM

    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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  • by | October 1, 2012 3:41 PM

    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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