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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    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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    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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