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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    HTC may have pulled the plug on the Ice Cream Sandwich update for its Desire HD, but despite the similarities between that hardware and the Thunderbolt on Verizon, the latter's update has remained on the books. We've seen leaks of the manufacturer's progress towards preparing an update, with the promise that it was "still planning to finish updates for all announced devices by the end of August". The clock is rapidly running out on August, so where's the Thunderbolt's update? Did it get canned, too, after all? HTC says not to fret, and the update is still being worked on. In response to a ...

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    It is, as they say, a summer of sequels. The last three smartphones we've reviewed here at Pocketnow have been based on follow-on devices, phones with names ending in suffixes indicating they're not the first to carry their family name. Sometimes they're straightforward, as with the Galaxy S III, and sometimes they're more oblique, as in the case of the Atrix HD. The new Photon falls into the latter category; it's the second in a relatively young line, succeeding last year's WiMAX-packing Photon 4G. And as we discussed on last week's edition of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, this latest ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy Note was unveiled at the 2011 IFA and at next week's 2012 IFA we're expecting the follow-up, the Galaxy Note II. However, this didn't stop T-Mobile from making its Galaxy Note available on August 9, almost a year after its original launch and three weeks before the follow-up's unveiling. According to "anonymous sources", Magenta is canceling the Galaxy Note which has reportedly reached EOL (end-of-life) status. This, coupled with the fact that the phone is nowhere to be found on the carrier's website lends more credence to the rumor. We touched upon this in our Pocketnow ...

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    Boost Mobile, the no-contract carrier, has announced a trio of Android powered smartphones. First among them and the most powerful is the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G which will be available in either white or black, packing a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED screen, dua-core 1.2GHz processor, eight-megapixel main camera, two-megapixel webcam, 16GB of Internal Storage, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on-board. It will be available starting September 6 for $369.99. Second is the Samsung Galaxy Rush available late September for $149.99, featuring a 3.5-inch display, three-megapixel main camera and a ...

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    Ever since we saw the FCC filing and adjacent documents it became pretty clear that Verizon is planning on carrying LG's response to the initial Samsung Galaxy Note, the LG Optimus VU. We've seen it pictured earlier, before LG announced that the global version will receive a spec bump. It looks like Verizon will change the name of the LG Optimus VU to LG Intuition when it will announce the phone in the coming weeks. The price will be a rather attractive one:  $199 given you sign a new two-year contract or $549 without an agreement. If you remember our MWC hands-on with the phone, we told ...

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    Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the official version, is still on track for an August release according to the latest company input we've seen on Facebook a couple of weeks ago. However, those who are eager to get an OS bump don't need to wait until then in order to get Android 4.0 in their Thunderbolt. There's a leaked ROM available for download with build number 7.00.605.2, containing Android 4.0.3 and HTC Sense 3.6. It also happens to be pre-rooted with "all of the HTC spyware" removed. In order to grab it follow the source link below; it is pretty stable according to the poster as ...

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    LG was eager to announce the Optimus VU, their response to the Samsung Galaxy Note, even before this year's MWC where we had out hands-on time with the 4:3 aspect ratio device. Back then the device was powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and was unseen, except for its home market and Japan. Now LG is announcing the global availability of the Optimus VU, a week ahead the IFA Samsung Unpacked event where the second iteration of the Galaxy Note is expected. The Optimus VU is expected to land in September in Europe, Asia, Middle East/Africa and Latin America. For this ...

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    Everyone was wondering where the 64GB Samsung Galaxy S III was. We knew that there are three flavors (16-, 32-, and 64GB) but the largest capacity Samsung flagship is what most people would want to shoot for if they have lots of documents, pictures, music and files in general. It appears that this very 64GB variant of the phone will be available at the beginning of October in Black. We so far have the white, blue and red versions of the phone (even if red is a carrier exclusive) and now Samsung is finally bringing the dark variant to the masses (after hinting last week on Facebook). ...

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    The Xperia P is part of Sony's Xperia line-up for this year so far, alongside the Xperia S flagship which we reviewed. It was announced at this year's MWC in Barcelona alongside the Xperia U and we've had our hands-on time with the phone while at the show, at that time running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sony is today starting the official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update roll-out for the phone. Together with the new platform there will also be goodies like new media applications (“WALKMAN”, “Album” and “Movies”), increased standby time by up to four times, new lock screen ...

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    Late last month, we got some new information on plans for an official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the LG Optimus 2X. After some initial confusion over just whether or not the handset would be getting ICS, things finally seemed confirmed for the phone. As time passed, though, the update never seemed to materialize; we were expecting it for the first half of 2012, and after LG failed to deliver, had started looking to sometime this quarter instead. Perhaps those delays were signs that LG was losing confidence in ICS for the Optimus 2X, because that news that arrived at the end of July, ...

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    If you have the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 from last year, as well as the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus, you can grab the official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update's source code from the Open Source Release Center. There you will also find the source code for the Galaxy Note 10.1, which currently is also Ice Cream Sandwich. This means that the community can get its hands dirty and release a custom ROM based on these bits in no-time. If you have one of these tablets, make sure to regularly check for such a custom ROM; if you're a ROM developer, head over to the source link and just search for the ...

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    According to an official response to an inquiry posted on HTC's official Facebook account, the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Verizon HTC Thunderbolt is still on track for an August release. Furthermore, HTC's Facebook response states that the company is "still planning to finish updates for all announced devices by the end of August". If you have an HTC device and you're still waiting for Android 4.0, this information should be reassuring. However, finishing updates by the end of August and having them installed on users' phones are two different things. Expect an early ...

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    For as excited as we get about new and unreleased smartphone hardware, we're still nostalgic for some of the handsets of years past. When it comes to Android devices, you can't get more classic than the HTC Dream/T-Mobile G1, the first Android phone to hit the market all the way back in 2008. Just because it's an oldie doesn't mean developers have forgotten about it, and thanks to their work, users who have held onto their G1s this whole time can now upgrade their phones to Jelly Bean. This CM10 port is just a pre-alpha release, so there's still plenty of work to be done. For now, cellular ...

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    The world is preparing for the Samsung Galaxy Note II, expected to be unveiled at a pre-IFA event in Berlin at the end of this month. However, the original Galaxy Note has just become available on T-Mobile after a very long period of waiting, as implied by earlier rumors. It is be powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Samsung’s Premium Suite bundled out of the box (aside from the T-Mobile 4G Pro App Pack, containing apps like Dropbox, Evernote, Square, TripIt, CamScanner and LinkedIn,). Those who want to have the phone with a 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED touch screen and ...

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    As we discussed in the latest episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, the HTC One X with its quad-core Tegra 3 processor, was acting kind of sluggish at times, which is really something people were not expecting to experience on a processor that has four cores (and runs Ice Cream Sandwich with a slimmed down Sense 4.0). HTC however looks to be working hard to eliminate those glitches. According to reports, there's a custom ROM for the International One X, based on a purportedly leaked RUU which contains Sense 4.1 and Android 4.0.4. There's a truckload of improvements and fixes out of ...

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    Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich build 3.14.605.10 for the HTC Rezound on Verizon has been leaked recently, followed by official wording from the carrier regarding an upcoming official update to be pushed out to devices stuck on Gingerbread for quite some time. Check for updates on your Rezound as Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich build 3.14.605.12 is being officially rolled out. According to users who already got the refresh, we're looking at a 299MB update with HTC Sense 3.6. However, don't panic if you didn't see the notification; these OTA updates usually take a couple of days, often ...

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    The source code to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has been available since mid-November of last year. Despite being out in the wild for what's coming up on nine months, and the follow-up Jelly Bean release already becoming available, the vast majority of us have yet to start using this most recent branch of the platform. The good news is that, after months and months of slowly gaining users, Ice Cream Sandwich is really starting to increase its momentum and pick up users at a much faster pace. According to stats provided by Google, Ice Cream Sandwich devices make up 15.9% of all Androids ...

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    Acer unveiled its Iconia Tab A700 tablet back at the CES in January, where it instantly caught our attention due to the inclusion of a 10.1 inch, higher-than-1080p 1920 x 1200 resolution display. Employing a quad-core Tegra 3 processor with GeForce GPU to help fill those pixels, the A700 sounded pretty darn impressive on paper. Now that the hardware's finally become available, we're able to take on hands-on look at just how Acer's effort comes together. Will it impress, or does it fail to live up to the hype? Specs · Hardware · User Interface/Software · Benchmarks · Battery Life · ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was launched together with the Galaxy S II at last year's MWC in Barcelona (mid-February) but it only just now gets an official update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, alongside upcoming refreshes for the Galaxy Tab 7.7 WiFi, Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus WiFi, according to reports. If you have a Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi and you live in the UK, you will probably be able to upgrade via KIES or over-the-air. The official ROM pushed out in the UK wears a build date of July 17 and the version numbers are: PDA - P7510XXLPH, CSC - ...

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    Following HTC's indecision over the Ice Cream Sandwich update for its Desire HD, and the ultimate choice not to proceed with the software's release, we wouldn't blame HTC users for growing a little apprehensive about the ICS fate of some of the manufacturer's other models. It's seemed pretty certain that the EVO 3D on Sprint would get an ICS update, especially as the Virgin Mobile and Canadian versions of the phone already have Android 4.0, but news of delays may have stirred-up some concern. After all, first we heard from a Sprint exec that the update would land in June, but then HTC ...

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    LG's Optimus 2X, the smartphone that introduced us to dual-core processing, has been on a long and rough road towards the hope of getting an official Ice Cream Sandwich update. Back when ICS was first announced late last year, the question of whether or not the Optimus 2X would see an update initially seemed up in the air. Eventually, LG committed to the update, and we saw it scheduled for a release sometime in the second quarter of 2012. Obviously, that never came to pass, and a Facebook posting from LG seemed to suggest that the update would arrive in Q3, instead. It looks like we're in ...

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    Pantech's role as a smartphone manufacturer is a bit unusual. It doesn't have quite the low-end stigma of manufacturers like Huawei or ZTE (not that those two haven't made some pretty nice handsets, as well), but it's certainly not bringing any of its high-end devices to the US, either. The company's latest Android to come to our attention is a QWERTY slider for Verizon, and it appears to fit with the growing trend of mid-range handsets to offer some high-end chips that almost feel out of their league. The Pantech Star Q 4G LTE is supposedly on its way to Verizon, already showing up for ...

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    For the past couple weeks, there's been a small saga unfolding regarding the fate of HTC's official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Desire HD. In case you haven't been keeping up, at first HTC gave us a Q3 ETA for the update, but then carrier Telus told its subscribers that HTC had pulled the plug on the release. HTC responded that everything was still a go for the phone, but then changed its mind a few days later and backed-down to a position that it was still evaluating the update. It looks like the story is nearly wrapped-up at this point, as HTC has released a statement explaining ...

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    LG's next big smartphone in the US could be the Optimus LTE2, for which we've seen plenty of evidence suggesting the phone's on its way to Verizon. The latest info to arrive suggest it will make its debut as the Spectrum 2, which only seems logical as the original Optimus LTE hit Verizon as the first Spectrum. As US carriers are wont to do, AT&T picked yet another name for its own Optimus LTE, and brought it to its  network as the LG Nitro HD. Owners of that handset are in for a nice treat, as the carrier has just announced the coming arrival of Ice Cream Sandwich. Starting next week, ...

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    The latest little Droid Incredible is here. It sounds like a kids' cartoon show about a heroic but diminutive robot, but it's not. It's a smartphone. Actually, it's more than just a smartphone, or an HTC phone, or even an Android phone. This device is a "Droid." The brand that catapulted Android into relevance in the United States. To most Americans, any Android phone is a "Droid;" the terms are interchangeable to the common person. But that's not how Verizon sees it. Though the carrier offers many Android-based smartphones, it reserves the "Droid" moniker for the devices it plans on ...

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