Ice Cream Sandwich


Android Multitasking Is (Still) A Half-Baked Ripoff

The hobbled nature and halfhearted implementation of Android's card-based multitasking severely impairs the usefulness of what could be -and, in another life, what was- a compelling, awesome feature.

By Michael Fisher July 16, 2012, 6:47 pm

Samsung Galaxy S III Review (Sprint)

It may be tacky, but Samsung hits the nail right on the head with the Galaxy S III's marketing tagline. Especially for Sprint customers, "the next big thing" is indeed here.

By Michael Fisher July 4, 2012, 8:28 am

One Day With S-Voice Was Enough

Until a few days ago, I'd never used one of these latest-generation voice command applications. S Voice has been my only exposure to this brave new world of vocally-powered control. While I was mildly impressed at how many corners of the phone could…

By Michael Fisher June 7, 2012, 2:56 pm

A Look At “Smart Stay” on the Galaxy S III

Smart Stay was one of the first features I wanted to test when my Galaxy S III arrived. The prospect of a phone that watched you to make sure you were looking at it, like some kind of attention-starved sibling or modern-age tamagotchi, was oddly…

By Michael Fisher June 6, 2012, 12:57 pm

What is Force GPU Rendering in Ice Cream Sandwich?

When Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was announced we were told that, like Honeycomb before it, more emphasis would be placed on the graphics processor. We even saw a new addition in the Developer section of the Settings that lets users "force GPU…

By Joe Levi May 25, 2012, 7:16 pm

The iPod-Free Life: Android Phone As Media Player

Something interesting happened to me early this year: I started hating my iPod. So when it decayed to the point where even the music player app wouldn't stay running long enough to play a single album without crashing, I knew it was time to think…

By Michael Fisher May 23, 2012, 11:34 am

Why People Love Android

Before we dive too deep (after all, love is such a strong word) people like Android. About 51% of smartphone users are running Android on their device. By February 2012 there were over 300 million Android phones (not including tablets) in the hands…

By Joe Levi May 8, 2012, 1:45 pm

Android Guy Weekly: NFC and Spare Batteries, How Does it Work?

With the NFC-enabled Google Wallet app arriving on more devices, more phones coming with NFC, and batteries not getting any bigger, is is safe to upgrade your battery? Given the fact that batteries in these phones have a message on them that…

By Joe Levi April 30, 2012, 1:35 pm

Acer Outs App To Help Update the Iconia Tab A500/501 To ICS

The official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Acer Iconia Tab A500 was scheduled for a release on April 27, alongside the refresh for the A100. If you have an Iconia Tab A500/A501 you might want to follow the source link below and download the…

By Anton D. Nagy April 29, 2012, 3:54 am

Android: Why Don’t You Use the Back Button Properly?

If you've used an Android-powered smartphone or tablet for any length of time you've probably run into more than one instance where the "back" button didn't do what you were expecting it to. Sometimes the back button hides the keyboard, sometimes it…

By Joe Levi April 26, 2012, 11:29 am

Notification LEDs Are A Dead Art

We've talked before about notifications being the essence of a mobile device. Half the reason for the existence of cellphones -and to a lesser extent, tablets- is to inform you of incoming comm traffic. To that end, mobile devices are fitted with a…

By Michael Fisher April 19, 2012, 3:02 pm

Sony Xperia S Review

Sony's Xperia line has always been about refining. Back in 2008, their first Xperia X1 was clearly the benchmark for how a high-end Windows Mobile device should look and perform. Sadly, Sony Ericsson's adoption of Android has been a different story…

By Jaime Rivera March 23, 2012, 3:55 pm

Custom Android 4.0.3 Alpha ROM Released for the Nokia N9

Those (many) who complained or felt a bit bitter about Nokia turning towards Microsoft instead of Google for their new platform of choice should pay special attention to NITDroid and "Project Mayhem". It's as close as it gets when it comes to…

By Anton D. Nagy March 22, 2012, 3:41 am

Samsung Announces Ice Cream Sandwich For Some (Not All) Tablets

In a post on their Facebook page Samsung was "thrilled" to announce Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for several of their devices. The post not only told us the European version of the Galaxy S II would be getting the update within the following days,…

By Joe Levi March 13, 2012, 5:08 pm

Is Sony Really Working On An Xperia Play 2?

The Samsung Galaxy Note goes by the model number GT-N7000 but the GT-I9220 is also a Samsung Galaxy Note with the difference that it is the Chinese variant of the device. This Chinese version has a leaked Ice Cream Sandwich ROM leaked. While there…

By Anton D. Nagy February 24, 2012, 9:11 am

Ice Cream Sandwich ROM Leaked For Samsung GT-I9220 Galaxy Note

The Samsung Galaxy Note goes by the model number GT-N7000 but the GT-I9220 is also a Samsung Galaxy Note with the difference that it is the Chinese variant of the device. This Chinese version has a leaked Ice Cream Sandwich ROM leaked. While there…

By Anton D. Nagy February 16, 2012, 8:37 am

Apple iPad Sells Much Better In South Korea Than Samsung Tablets

Apple is still dominating the tablet market though Android-powered slates are starting to grab a rather considerable slice of the market. It will be interesting to see what the iPad 3 can bring to combat the army of Android tablets with Ice Cream…

By Anton D. Nagy February 14, 2012, 4:11 am

Acer Iconia Tab A200 Getting Android Ice Cream Sandwich Update

The Acer Iconia Tab A200 — which is available since last month at Best Buy for a fair price — is reportedly getting update notifications and the new over-the-air update seems to bring Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich to the tablet. The new version…

By Anton D. Nagy February 13, 2012, 3:15 am

CyanogenMod 9 Released For LG Optimus 2X, T-Mobile G2X

The T-Mobile G2X (LG P999) and its international version, the LG Optimus 2X (LG P990), are receiving CyanogenMod 9 builds so if you own one of the aforementioned devices and you were waiting for Ice Cream Sandwich, here it comes. However, as Ricardo…

By Anton D. Nagy February 13, 2012, 3:00 am

HTC Flyer Tablet To Get Ice Cream Sandwich Update This Quarter?

At the beginning of December HTC rolled-out the Android 3.2 Honeycomb update for the HTC Flyer tablet but many users, after applying the update, wanted to return to the previous build, which was Gingerbread. The matter was taken to HTC support and…

By Anton D. Nagy January 23, 2012, 7:51 am

Google Wallet’s Secure Element Not Responding Error Explained

Google Wallet is an app that lets you use your NFC-enable Android-powered smartphone to make payments on compatible credit card terminals. Currently the only officially supported phone is the Sprint Nexus S 4G. Since both the GSM and Verizon of the…

By Joe Levi December 28, 2011, 10:50 am

CyanogenMod 9 Launcher Trebuchet Available Early

Back at the start of December, Cyanogen posted a message detailing some of what we can expect for the eventual release of CyanogenMod 9. Among the features promised were a new media player, new file manager, and new launcher. The official release of…

By Stephen Schenck December 27, 2011, 3:54 pm


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