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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    Like Samsung, Sony has some big news in store for this year's IFA expo, and has begun distributing invitations for a press event of its own. There are a number of in-development Androids it could end up sharing with us, and among them the LT30p, currently known by its codename "Mint". The team over at Mobile-review have scored themselves an early look at the handset, and their experience with it gives us an idea of what we could hope to expect from Sony next month. From the sound of it, the LT30p Mint should be quite similar to the Xperia GX, albeit with a smaller display. The phone runs a ...

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    Getting to know the youngest member of a family is a lot easier if you know what their siblings are like. Similarly, understanding the Motorola Atrix HD requires an understanding of what the Atrix brand represents. That's not all that easy. The first device in the Atrix family, the buzzworthy Atrix 4G, launched in February of 2011. This Atrix was a headliner device, a feature-loaded differentiator that brought a lot of firsts to the table. Among these: it was one of the first smartphones to ship with NVIDIA's then-new Tegra 2 1GHz CPU, the first Motorola smartphone with a fingerprint ...

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    The U.S. version of the Samsung Galaxy S III already received an update to disable local search -- in order to avoid future possible Apple litigation -- and now it is time for the international/unlocked variant of the phone to get a "stability update" which seems to kill the feature. While our international Galaxy S III didn't receive the notification yet (and KIES reports that everything is up to date), reports talk about a specific XXBLG6 build which is being pushed and labeled as a "stability update". In reality, it appears to remove the ability to do local searches for contact and ...

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    No, it is not Jelly Bean, or at least not just yet. As Michael Fisher points it out in his editorial as well as the After the Buzz episode dedicated to the phone, Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners are not happy owners when it comes to the Nexus experience and timely Android platform updates. However, a leak from Verizon's system is showing an upcoming OTA update for the phone. It is reportedly build IMM76Q and there are so far mixed reports: some believe it is a performance improvement and bug fix update while others consider it to be a very small refresh meant to avoid future possible ...

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    Samsung expected to top 10 million Galaxy S III units sold in July and it looks like the South Korean manufacturer managed to do just that, after reporting nine million units pre-ordered in May. Shin Jong-kyun, president of Samsung's information technology and mobile communication division, confirmed the ten million number, less than two months since its availability date at the end of May. However, Samsung did not provide exact numbers and gave out no information whatsoever regarding the U.S. Galaxy S III which became available in June. Still, the Galaxy S III can easily become Samsung's ...

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    This time last week, we learned that the carrier Telus had started informing its users that, despite earlier indications from HTC that it would most certainly be releasing an Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Desire HD, the manufacturer had since changed its mind on the matter, apparently dissatisfied with the operating system's performance on the handset, and was canceling its upgrade plans. That news sounded a bit odd, so we were happy to hear HTC respond to those claims earlier this week, indicating that everything was still on-track for the Desire HD getting ICS. We thought that was ...

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    If you don't like looking at that Google search bar that's always sitting across the top of your screen and you're using Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean, there are various ways of going about removing it. Let's dive right in! The Easiest Way The easiest way, in either version of the OS is to open your Settings, tap Apps, select All, and find "Google Search". From there simply tap “Disable” and "OK", and you're all set! No more search bar! There are some side-effects. The space the Search Bar took up isn't available for you to use it's just empty space. Additionally, your Google ...

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    Now that the Jelly Bean source is out, the CyanogenMod news as of late has focused on early stabs at CM10 for a handful of devices. Don't let that make you forget about all the work still going into CM9, which is currently in its release candidate phase. RC1 landed a bit less than a month ago, and now the CyanogenMod team has its follow-up ready, with CM9 RC2 beginning distribution today. Obviously, RC2 contains a bunch of fixes and stability improvements, just as we expect to see in releases at this stage, but it also adds support for several additional Androids. RC1 was released with ...

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    Late last week, we learned that Canadian carrier Telus was informing its users that, despite earlier reports that HTC's Desire HD would be getting an update to bring the phone Ice Cream Sandwich, those plans were now scrapped. In its latest update schedule, Telus explains the canceled Desire HD update by saying that HTC itself was dissatisfied with the phone's ICS performance. That wasn't just bad news for Desire HD owners, but also raised concerns that the Tunderbolt, the CDMA version of the Desire HD, would have its own ICS update similarly canceled. We've still got plenty of questions ...

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    If you have HTC's first 3D-enabled smartphone on Sprint, the EVO 3D, or the EVO Design 4G, you will only have to wait a couple of weeks until the official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update notification will hit your device, according to an official announcement from the carrier. Ice Cream Sandwich is no Jelly Bean but it surely is no Gingerbread either. It brings you all the great goodies, like the refined user interface, Face Unlock, Google+ integration, better keyboard and so on. Early August is just around the corner so you still have some time to say goodbye to your current ROM (in ...

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    With a good enough camera, taking great pictures doesn't require you to be a professional photographer. Sure, that helps (a lot), but it's not strictly necessary. Especially if you have capable tools at your disposal, and enough knowhow to operate them. The Samsung Galaxy S III has the tools in abundance. Its 8MP backside-illuminated CMOS sensor with ƒ2.6 aperture size is a spec beast in the world of mobile-phone cameras. The software driving it is packed with enough features and shooting modes to boggle the mind. The question, then, is knowhow. I've been wrestling with the Galaxy S ...

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    Whether you are an Android, Samsung, phablet, Galaxy Note or T-Mobile fan, this should be exciting. After a long period of waiting the carrier finally announced, and officially, that the Samsung Galaxy Note becomes part of its line-up. Is it too late for the Galaxy Note, knowing that it will turn one year old next month and probably there's already a refresh in the not-so-distant future? It will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box with the Premium feature set installed (S Pen, S Note, S Memo and Polaris Office), feature the same 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, 4G (HSPA+ ...

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    I was talking with Brandon Miniman the other day about the Android task switcher. Because that's the kind of conversation you have when you're a phone geek, and it's awesome. Anyway, we weren't talking about the modern Ice Cream Sandwich implementation, with the ribbon of cards and the dedicated multitasking button; we were talking about the Gingerbread-and-below multitasking approach. You remember the one: if you wanted to call up your last-used apps, you could hold down the home key, and a box containing them would appear. For a while, this box only contained four six of your most ...

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    The developer community is hard at work to bypass the locked boot loader on the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III -- because of all U.S. SGSIII variants, the Big Red version is the only one locked down -- but the carrier might have come to its senses, at least according to some alleged Customer Service replies. Sure, there will be a Developer Edition which is targeting power users (and it's even surfaced on Samsung's official website), but the main phone shouldn't be locked. The Customer Service reply implies that "there will be a solution soon coming. Samsung will be releasing a software ...

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    One of the exciting things about Android is the ability for skilled community developers to dismantle and port stuff from one phone to the other. HTC Sense 4.0 was a big deal when the One family landed -- and there were also ports -- and now it is time for those who want a cleaner launcher to get Samsung's own TouchWiz UX Nature from the Galaxy S III to their Ice Cream Sandwich-powered phone. It has already been confirmed to work on a solid number of devices so your chances of success are rather high. You need to be rooted though; if you are, installation is as simple as dropping an APK ...

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    It's been nearly two years since HTC first announced the Desire HD, making it a proper dinosaur in the smartphone world. Despite its age, the manufacturer had been planning to give the smartphone a fresh new start with an Ice Cream Sandwich update. At least, that was the plan, but now it seems that HTC may have reversed course, and the Desire HD won't be seeing an official ICS release, after all. Back in May, we saw a list of which HTC models were due their ICS updates, and when; the Desire HD fell in the July-August range. We'd assume that was still the case, were it not for Canadian ...

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    That's right, it's another review of the Samsung Galaxy S III.  This time we've got the AT&T version. It's very similar to the Sprint version and shares many software features with the international version, so instead of reiterating everything from those reviews, we're going to try to cover a few more things that you might not have heard about already and of course we'll give you a different perspective.  What's more, AT&T sent us the "pebble blue" version of their Galaxy S III, so if you're sick of the white version you're in for a treat. Read on for our full review of the ...

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    Well, there had to be one that spoiled all the fun! Verizon is the sole carrier that offers Samsung Galaxy S III devices with boot loaders locked down. Sure they will have a "Developer Edition" phone but its announcement should have gone live before people started pre-ordering and purchasing the "regular" (locked) device. However, the community is working hard on trying to bypass the boot loader lock on the Verizon Galaxy S III. After just recently obtaining root, devs are working on what they call a Kexec hard boot bypass of the boot loader ("a method of booting kernels through recovery ...

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    If you didn't hurry to grab your Samsung Galaxy S III from an AT&T store last Friday you might want to consider waiting just a little bit longer (in case you want to have a red version of the phone, officially). The carrier announced the availability for its exclusive Garnet Red color. Pre-orders for the red version start this Sunday, July 15, and in-store availability has been announced for July 29. Of course, the internals of the phone will be exactly the same as the Pebble Blue or Ceramic White: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5 GHz dual core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage ...

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    The world of wireless is no longer a wild frontier. The pace of innovation is still rapid, the products still intriguing, but nowadays there's a predictability to the landscape. Each year, we can expect a new flagship product from the heavy hitters: Apple, Samsung, HTC, etc. The intervals between are spiced up by gap fillers: those second- and third-tier manufacturers that bring us occasional greatness, and also frequent mediocrity. It's nice, then, to watch a new player come onto the scene every so often. One of the latest such entrants is Chinese manufacturer Huawei. Though the company ...

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    If you are an owner of the Samsung Galaxy S III on AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile -- sorry Verizon folks, you might want to check out the Developer Edition of the phone -- and you are a CyanogenMod fan, you can now check out Nightlies for version 9. With the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean source code now out, it's just a matter of time until there will be a custom ROM based on the latest iteration of Google's mobile platform. However, if you are not happy with the stock ROM on the Galaxy S III, you might want to give Nightlies a try (but acknowledge that there are the usual risks involved as well as ...

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    Samsung has kept its promise and started delivering the official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II in the middle of March. It is always good to see manufacturers offering device support (at least for the international) and it is even better to see them offering continuous updates. Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich should be available soon for your international Galaxy S II (or immediately if you live in specific regions like Russia). While you are waiting for the refresh -- which brings performance improvements and bugfixes as usual -- you might want to check whether you have ...

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    Users of the international Samsung Galaxy Note are already enjoying Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on their devices but the waiting seems to be over for those on AT&T who are rocking the almost one year old 5.3-incher. The refresh should be pushed out today, July 10. The firmware update will apply a platform refresh to Ice Cream Sandwich with its key features -- like Face Unlock, data management as well as Android Beam -- as well as the Premium Suite which contains device-specific goodies, like the brand new S-Note app and S-Memo widget. Make sure to check for the update's ...

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    Yes, we know that names like Galaxy S Blaze 4G are interesting to say the least, but phone names nowadays are out of control. The Samsung SGH-T699, we caught wind of back in May, surfaced in some real-life pictures mid-June heading T-Mobile's way but now it appears that it will have a name attached (an out of control one). In its weirdness, the name seems logical. After the Galaxy S Blaze 4G, a Samsung phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard can easily be named Galaxy S Blaze Q. The phone is expected to land on August 15 with its 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, HD ...

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    1.8GHz is still a frequency unfortunately many computer users dream about but it is now achievable on the dual-core processor powering the AT&T HTC One X (and Rogers) as well as the Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE. Of course, before everything, we need to insert the word of warning here that extreme hacking can cause hardware damage and stress components, but you all know that! The new Kernel module allows overclocking the MSM8960 Qualcomm Krait SoC beyond 1.8GHz in applications like SetCPU so you need to be cautious. It only works on the AT&T and Rogers HTC One X (or the One XL) as well as ...

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