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 | September 27, 2012 2:19 AM

    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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  • by | September 21, 2012 7:25 PM

    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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  • by | September 20, 2012 2:22 PM

    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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  • by | September 20, 2012 5:39 AM

    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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  • by | September 18, 2012 8:19 AM

    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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  • by | September 14, 2012 11:03 AM

    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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  • by | September 9, 2012 10:58 AM

    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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  • by | September 6, 2012 4:58 AM

    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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  • by | September 6, 2012 4:14 AM

    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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  • by | September 1, 2012 10:22 AM

    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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  • by | August 31, 2012 6:06 PM

    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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  • by | August 31, 2012 9:00 AM

    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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  • by | August 24, 2012 3:12 AM

    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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  • by | August 23, 2012 3:42 AM

    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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  • by | August 23, 2012 3:01 AM

    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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