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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    The fact that all variants of the Samsung Galaxy S III come with unlocked bootloaders, except the Verizon flavor, gave birth to a number of unsatisfied customers or simply just the community being angry at Samsung -- though it might have been a condition laid down by the network operator. Who's going to come to the rescue if not the community? Root is now achievable on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus despite the locked bootloader. For that you will need to follow a rather simple procedure if hacking is your cup of tea and you're a power  user, and there's even a step-by-step walkthrough with ...

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    You have to remember the Samsung Galaxy S III which melted down two weeks ago, a fact which determined Samsung to start an investigation to see exactly what happened. For this, the phone maker hired an independent third party organization, Fire Investigations UK (FIUK), which published some interesting findings in its report. Turns out that "the energy source responsible for generating the heat has been determined as external to the device" and the phone itself "was not responsible for the cause of the fire". Furthermore, "the only way it was possible to produce damage similar to the ...

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    With competition that includes Samsung's Galaxy S III and HTC's One X, LG is fighting an uphill battle with their newest smartphone. LG all but snuck into the high-end race with their the Optimus 4X HD. Its specs are impressive, but how does it stack up when put through real-world tests? Keep reading and we'll let you know if this quad-core, HD smartphone can give Samsung and HTC a run for their money. Video Review · Specs · Hardware · User Interface/Software · Battery Life · Camera · Performance · Purchasing/Availability · Conclusion ·   Scored for Me   ...

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    Following the launch of the $200 Nexus 7, and with a cheap iPad Mini sounding like a very real possibility for the fall, budget-priced tablets are all the rage right now. Archos is looking to get in on some of that action, and today announced its entry-level Elements tablet series, along with the first model from it, the 97 Carbon. Elements will consist of 7, 8, and 9.7-inch models, with the 9.7-inch 97 Carbon leading the pack. Archos will start selling the 97 Carbon later this month for just $250; that's pretty cheap, but what corners did it have to cut to offer the tablet at that price? ...

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    Back on Monday, we talked to you about Samsung's model GT-B5330, a portrait-mode QWERTY Android running ICS that was showing up in some benchmark listings. While it had an interesting look to it, the hardware details available didn't make it out to be a very impressive handset, and we weren't expecting Samsung to release it anywhere but Asia. Now, Samsung has officially announced the model, giving it the name Galaxy Chat, and though it still seems quite underpowered, the extra details Samsung has provided are serving to make the phone just a bit more attractive. Shortly after posting about ...

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    Like it or not, voice control on mobile devices is back, and this time it may be here to stay. That's a more complex introduction than it seems. I want to dissect it a little, piece by piece, and I want to do it out of order, just to keep you on your toes. The first prerequisite we need to cover is that voice control on mobile devices came about in the first place: for something to be "back," it needs to have first existed. For decades, talking to a piece of technology that was intelligent enough to understand you was the stuff of science fiction. 2001: A Space Odyssey's ...

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    While Galaxy Note users in the States continue to await updates bringing Ice Cream Sandwich to their handsets, distribution is well underway for the international edition of the Note. Not everything has been going smoothly, though, with reports coming in from France that the ICS update for the Note there is causing crashes and even bricking. Samsung has acknowledged that something is amiss, and is inviting users who have run into such problems to contact its technical support department. In the interim, it's halted distribution of the ICS update, at least in France. Hopefully Samsung will ...

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    Eleven years ago this month, I bought my first mobile phone: a Samsung SCH-3500 on Sprint. At the time, it was the hottest device on the market; its unique form factor and high-tech features like voice dialing made it a must-have. The wireless landscape has since changed dramatically, but two things remain true: wireless customers still seek out groundbreaking devices, and the hottest phone on Sprint is still built by Samsung. The Galaxy S III is the latest Android superphone to come out of South Korea, and it has a lot going for it. Indeed, our own Brandon Miniman gave it high marks on ...

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    Google Now is just one of many improvements to the Android experience that Google is introducing in Jelly Bean, but it's easily one of the most impressive. Our experiments with it found it quite adept at smartly answering our questions, and with voice search it really gives Siri a run for its money. If you're not planning on picking up a Nexus 7 tablet right out of the gate, or simply don't want to wait the additional weeks until yours arrives, there are now a couple tricks you can use to get Now running on an Ice Cream Sandwich device. The first means of getting Google Now to work with ...

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    Samsung dropped a ton of features on us at the NYC launch event for the stateside arrival of the Galaxy S III. That's no surprise: the SGS3 is packing some of the most innovative -along with some of the most gimmicky- innovations seen in mobile in the past year. It's US variant is no different, bringing offerings like Smart Stay, Buddy Photo Share, and yes, S Voice to we Americans one carrier at a time. Those features are part of the custom TouchWiz 5 experience Samsung has crafted for the Galaxy S III; they function independently of other products and work right out of the box. But there ...

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    Samsung's success with the Galaxy note continues to reverberate throughout the smartphone ecosystem, and we're seeing more and more phones with plus-sized displays that reach for the five-inch mark. The latest to come to our attention is Pantech's Vega S5, which features what the manufacturer calls the thinnest bezel on any phone in its size class. The Vega S5's five-inch screen is an IPS LCD component, and features a respectable 720p resolution. The ICS handset runs a Snapdragon S4 chip and is powered by a 2100mAh battery. On the rear, we've got a thirteen-megapixel main camera with LED ...

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    When images of Samsung's GT-B5330 Android came to our attention today, we were cautiously optimistic. After all, it's not that often that we get to see a portrait orientation QWERTY Android, and from a big name like Samsung, at that. The phone appears to be getting ready for the Chinese market, and we might be interested in keeping an eye on it in the hopes that Samsung decides to bring it to the West, were it not for some very disappointing hardware choices. According to GLBenchmark figures, the GT-B5330 is in testing with Android 4.0.4; so far, so good. Things start to fall apart a ...

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    As you can clearly see in the image above, the phone outlined on the left is exactly the phone pictured on the right, which means that the LG VS950 is indeed the LG Optimus VU -- or a variant of some sort. On this exact same note we can draw the conclusion that the LG VS950, aka LG Optimus VU, is heading to Verizon, at least according to FCC. There's no mention of the "Optimus VU" moniker though, but the filing reveals that the VS950 is packing NFC and LTE band 13 plus GSM 850/1900MHz compatibility. LG introduced its 4:3 aspect ratio phablet with the occasion of this year's MWC and the ...

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    Watch this week's Android Revolution as we go through all the hot stuff that's happening at Google I/O. We begin by talking about Google's first tablet, the Nexus 7 and how it impacts other competing tablets in the market. We later talk about Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and why it matters. We then cover all the details of Google's enhanced Voice Search and a new service called Google Now that plans to make Siri look like last-years technology. Then we talk about the dramatic price drop that Google just made to the Galaxy Nexus, now costing just $350 off-contract. We go through Google's new and ...

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    Our good friends over at Negri Electronics were kind enough to provide us with this evaluation unit of LG's latest and greatest smartphone, the LG 4X HD. 4X, as you probably deduced stands for "quad core". This isn't a US phone, in fact, our version came pre-configured for German, and it shows! That's okay, it's easy enough to change languages in Android, so we won't dwell on it. The phone takes a standard-sized GSM SIM, so it will work anywhere under a GSM umbrella. The box is shrink-wrapped, which is somewhat unusual, but once the warp is removed and the seal broken, the contents of ...

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    One of the main problems with the Google Android ecosystem is the lack of tablet-optimized applications. While most of the users out there reject the inflated aspect of common smartphone and tablet applications on a slate, some do indeed appreciate it. We, however, listed tablet-specific applications as one of the steps Google should take towards Android tablet domination. On this exact note, Mountain View has finally released a tablet-optimized version of Google+. The application is still the same but the bits in the code are smart and they realize you're running the app on a slate. As ...

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    We had been expecting to learn about Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and the Nexus 7 tablet today, but Google had one more bit of Android news to share, unveiling the Nexus Q "social streaming media player". You can think of the Nexus Q as an Android that you keep permanently wired-up to your entertainment system, through a combination of HDMI-out with both analog and optical digital audio outputs. When hooked-up to your home network over WiFi or the wired Ethernet port, it can stream your collection of Google Play media to your TV and stereo system. At its heart, the Nexus Q sounds very much like ...

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    On June 21, Sony has finally decided to release the official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Xperia S, meeting the Q2 target, but unfortunately things were not as smooth as everyone expected. Users were reporting problems updating even with phones having SI numbers for which Sony confirmed the updates. Now the manufacturer has updated the status of the refreshes and told the world they would re-release the firmware updates. The official wording says: "We have identified the earlier issues and are working to implement the solution across all available ICS updates. This process will happen ...

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    A while back we showed you some photos of an iOS device and Windows Phone side-by-side while running various popular apps so that you could see how different the design principals were for the two platforms. For many of you it was very interesting to see how app developers modified their design so drastically for Windows Phone as compared to the same type of app they developed for Apple's iOS. Some of you wondered about how Windows Phone apps compare to the same versions made for Android. Well, that's what we're going to look at today. App designs on Android don't seem to really follow any ...

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    A little over two weeks back, the team behind the CyanogenMod project put version 9.0 on lockdown, freezing current progress and signaling the forthcoming arrival of the first CM9 release candidates. Sure enough, they've now arrived, with CM9 RC1 becoming available today for 37 Android devices. That number's not too bad at all, since we had been warned that the initial wave of models for which we'd see RC support would be limited. Those 37 include highlights like Samsung's Galaxy S II, Note, and Nexus, HTC's Sensation and Droid Incredible 2, and LG's Optimus One. If you don't see your ...

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    U.S. variants of the Samsung Galaxy S III have been announced (and anticipated) on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon. Some carrier subscribers were luckier than others but Verizon fans seem to have to wait forever for their phone to be available. Initially, the Verizon Galaxy S III should have been available on July 9, which was before it got pushed back one day to July 10. Then came rumors of a July 11 availability -- later confirmed by Verizon on their website with the patches on the phone -- and the latest report comes from HHGregg who have a nice banner up on their page that says ...

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    Visually, they're almost indistinguishable. Aside from a carrier logo and a barely perceptible tint of the white polycarbonate underneath the "hyperglaze" coating, these Galaxy S III devices are identical twins. But looks, as they say, are only skin deep. One of these is the unlocked international version of Samsung's newest powerhouse, while the other is the just-released North American variant (Sprint's, in this case). Look under the hood and you'll find some significant differences, and not just in the radio either: the international device packs a Samsung Exynos quad-core CPU supported ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy Note will soon turn one-year old and the internet is already burning because of all the Samsung Galaxy Note II rumors. However, this should't stop Samsung and T-Mobile fans from being excited over the Galaxy Note and its appearance on Magenta. It's been rumored (and expected) for quite some time and last we heard it received its FCC certification. The image above and the one below are reportedly official press renders of the T-Mobile variant. As you can see, it's nothing out of the ordinary (still following the Galaxy S II guidelines in terms of removing the home button ...

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    No one can really question the success of the Galaxy series of smartphones from Samsung. Numbers represent an ever-growing tendency from the initial Galaxy S to the Galaxy S II (and Galaxy Note). The South Korean company is determined to capitalize on that buzz as it expects record sales for its current flagship, the Galaxy S III. JK Shin, head of telecommunications at Samsung, expects more than ten million Galaxy S III units sold in July, Reuters reports. While it isn't clear what the wording "cumulative sales" is referring to (sales to customers, sales to retailers, sales to carriers, or ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S III is without a doubt one of the most (if not the most) popular Android smartphone of the moment and the International version has been already rooted with CyanogenMod 9 Nightlies available for the power users. However, users in the U.S., especially subscribers to one of the carriers that have the phone in their line-up can now also join the root party. The Samsung Galaxy S III on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile has been rooted. The procedure is pretty much the same, including the use of Odin and flashing ClockworkMod but for specific files and instructions for each ...

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