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Samsung Galaxy Note Ice Cream Sandwich Update Available In India

Earlier this month, Samsung had started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note in certain regions of the world. Beginning from today, Samsung has started the phased roll-out of the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note in India.

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note brings with it lots of new goodies like Face Unlock, Bluetooth tethering, along with some UI enhancements. The update will also install some premium suite of apps optimized to take advantage of the S-Pen stylus of the handset. Galaxy Note owners in India can download and install the update on their handset-tablet hybrid by using Samsung’s KIES software.

It is quite surprising to see that Samsung India has already released the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note, while the update for the Galaxy S2 is still not available. The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the S2 was rolled out way back in March. In fact, the retail boxes of Galaxy S2 in India now ship with Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box as well. The official Samsung India twitter account tweeted that S II owners should “stay tuned for updates.”

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 310 Available For Pre-Order In India

Samsung India has officially started taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 310 Android tablet. The 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2  is expected to be priced at Rs. 23,250 (MRP), while select retailers have already started selling it for Rs. 19,500. This is the sixth Android tablet to be released in India by Samsung.

Consumers can pre-book the Galaxy Tab 2 310 aka Galaxy Tab 2 now they are entitled for a Tab stand worth Rs. 999 absolutely free. For the uninitiated ones, the Galaxy Tab 2comes with Android 4.0  out-of-the-box and is equipped with 3G, 1GHz dual-core processor, 7-inch WSVGA display with 1024*600 pixel resolution, Wi-Fi, 3MP rear-facing camera, front-facing VGA camera, GPS, microSD card slot, 8GB internal memory and 4,000mAh battery.

Interested customers can’t pre-order it from Samsung India’s official website, however, we suggest you to get it from retailers as it’s priced close to Rs. 4,000 cheaper than the one listed on Samsung’s webstore.

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T-Mobile Rolls Out The Android 4.0 ICS Update For HTC Amaze 4G

T-Mobile is on a roll! Last week, T-Mobile rolled out the Android 4.0 update for the HTC Sensation 4G. Now, the wireless carrier finally started rolling out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the HTC Amaze 4G. This handset was launched in the second half of 2011 and it was shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.

The HTC Amaze 4G is a powerful smartphone, featuring a 4.3 inch qHD Super LCD touch-screen display, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with auto face detect and much more. Back in March, HTC promised the Android 4.0 update for the HTC Amaze 4G, HTC Sensation 4G and 14 other smartphones. After waiting for nearly 2 month, HTC Amaze 4G will finally taste the Ice Cream Sandwich. Check out the new features and improvements below.

htc amaze 4g

Changelog:

New Features:

  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Sense 3.6
  • System bar enhancements to easily view recent apps.
  • Re-sizeable widgets
  • Lock screen actions including pull down notifications and adjust volume while device is locked.
  • Data usage controls.
  • Face Unlock
  • Home screen folders
  • Improved battery life

Improvements:

  • Improved text input and spell checking
  • Improved menu structure

The latest update is numbered 2.14.531.3710RD and it bumps the HTC Amaze 4G to Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. You should make sure that your device is not rooted and has at least 50% or more battery before updating the device. You can manually update your device or you can even get this update via OTA (Over-The-Air). It is advised to backup all you data before updating the HTC Amaze 4G smartphone. To learn more, head over to this page.

Motorola Delays Android 4.0 Update For Droid RAZR To Late Q2; Others In Q3

Own a Motorola handset? Here is some bad news for you! Motorola has updated its Ice Cream Sandwich update timeline to reflect the delay of Android 4.0 update progress for its handsets. The Motorola Droid RAZR, RAZR MAXX and the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi + 4G devices will taste Ice Cream Sandwich sometime in the next couple of months i.e. before Q2 of 2012 ends. A whopping 6 months after Google pushed Ice Cream Sandwich to AOSP.

For all other handsets, like the Atrix 2, Droid 4, Atrix 4G, the Droid Bionic and the Xyboard tablets, the Ice Cream Sandwich update will land sometime in Q3. Motorola is the only company, apart from LG, that has not updated any of its devices to Ice Cream Sandwich, except for the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi only edition. The company has also confirmed that the Droid X2, which was launched less than a year ago, will not get the Ice Cream Sandwich update.

With Google I/O a month away, I am sure by the time Motorola will update the RAZR to Ice Cream Sandwich, Google would have announced a new version of Android. As if the locked bootloader on their phones were not enough, the slow update process of the company’s handset is another icing on the cake to never buy a Motorola branded Android handset.

Via – Motorola

Samsung Galaxy S III Pre-Order Page Goes Live On Samsung India eStore

Earlier this month, Samsung unveiled the much-awaited smartphone of this year, the Samsung Galaxy S III. This handset is the successor of the highly popular Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone, which managed to sell more than 20 million units in less than 10 month. According to Korea Economic Daily, Samsung Galaxy S III has already received over 9 million pre-orders from 100 carriers around the world.

This handset will first go on sale in the UK from May 26, followed by other European and Asian markets in June. I’m sure most of you might be waiting for the launch of this smartphone in your country. However, we have good news for the folks who were eagerly waiting for the launch of this smartphone in India. Samsung India has already started taking the pre-order of the powerful Galaxy S III on their official eStore. If you are planning to buy this smartphone and still unaware of the features, then check out the complete specs after the break.

samsung galaxy s iii

Samsung Galaxy S III features a 4.8 inch Super-AMOLED HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 2, 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, TouchWiz 4.0 user interface, Swype, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Samsung Kies Air, Google Play Store, full HTML web browser, DLNA, HDMI out, 16/32/64 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, 50 GB of free cloud storage from Dropbox, 3G Mobile Hotspot capability, Wi-Fi Direct, Samsung Media Hub, Samsung Social Hub, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, up to 590 hrs of stand-by time, up to 11 hrs 40 mins of talk-time and a 2100 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

This handset will be available in Pebble Blue and Marble White color. You can pre-book the Galaxy S III from Samsung India’s eStore just by paying Rs.2000 in advance. Samsung also promises a free gift with the purchase of this device. Samsung Galaxy S III is expected to release by the end of this month in India. To pre-book this device, head over to this page at Samsung India eStore.

T-Mobile Rolls Out The Android 4.0 ICS Update For HTC Sensation 4G

As the name suggest, HTC Sensation 4G is the 4G variant of the popular HTC Sensation smartphone. This handset is exclusively available for the T-Mobile subscribers in the US. The HTC Sensation 4G was shipped with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Back in March, HTC promised the Android 4.0 update for the HTC Sensation 4G and 15 other smartphones.

After waiting for nearly 2 months, T-Mobile finally started rolling out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the HTC Sensation 4G. The latest update is numbered 3.32.531.14710RD and it bumps the HTC Sensation 4G to Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. Check out the new features and improvements after the break.

htc sensation 4g

Changelog:

New Features:

  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Sense 3.6
  • System bar enhancements to easily view recent apps.
  • Re-sizeable widgets
  • Lock screen actions including pull down notifications and adjust volume while device is locked.
  • Data usage controls.
  • Face Unlock
  • Home screen folders
  • Improved battery life

Improvements:

  • Improved text input and spell checking
  • Improved menu structure

HTC Sensation 4G will be required to add Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot feature in order to use the service after completing this update. You should make sure that your device is not rooted and has at least 50% or more battery before updating the device. It is advised to backup all you data before updating the Sensation 4G smartphone. If you find any new features after updating your device, then do let us know in the comments section below. To learn more, head over to this page.

HTC Finally Unveils The Android 4.0 Powered Desire C Smartphone

Yesterday, we posted the leaked press shot and specs of the HTC’s upcoming Desire C smartphone. Today, HTC finally announced the entry-level HTC Desire C smartphone in the UK. This handset runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. It allows you to access more than 400,000 apps from Google Play Store. The HTC Desire C will be available for Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile, Virgin Media, Three, O2 subscribers in the UK.

Jason Mackenzie, President, Global Sales and Marketing for HTC Corporation, said,
“Listening to music is one of the most popular things people use their phones for, so it’s more important than ever that we deliver the power and emotion artists capture in the studio. The HTC Desire C offers customers excellent design, easy access to content and fast connectivity – making it the perfect all round device.”

htc desire c

HTC Desire C features a 3.5 inch HVGA display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 600 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, HTC Sense 4.0 UI, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, A-GPS, 5 megapixel rear camera, 3.5 mm headset jack, Beats Audio, 4 GB internal storage, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 25 GB free cloud space from Dropbox for 2 years, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 and a 1230 mAh battery.

The HTC Desire C will be available in Polar White, Stealth Black and Flamenco Red colors. T-Mobile subscribers can get this handset for free with a 2 year service agreement and a £15.50 per month plan. On the other hand, T-Mobile subscribers can get this handset on Pay As You Go for just £169.99. Vodafone, Orange, Virgin Media, Three and O2 has not yet announced the price for their customers. Check out the first look video below.

Samsung Rolling Out The Android 4.0 Update For Galaxy S II LTE In South Korea

Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the most popular device in the history of Android smartphones. Samsung has managed to sell more than 20 million units of this device. Last year, Samsung announced two new variants of this device – the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE and Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE. As the name suggests, both the handsets support the blazing fast 4G LTE network.

Samsung Galaxy S II LTE

All of these devices originally runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, Samsung already rolled out the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the original Galaxy S II smartphone. Now, the company has finally started rolling out the Android 4.0 update for the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE smartphone.

This update is currently available in South Korea. It comes with some usability improvements and applications multitasking, Face Recognition (Face Unlock), Android Beam, mobile data management and much more. After the upgrade, T store or some market applications may not work properly. This update is not available via OTA (Over-The-Air). You will need to manually update the smartphone using Kies 2.0. If you find something new after this update, please let us know in the comments section below.

HTC Desire C Leaked Press Shot And Specs Emerge

We have already seen the leaked pics of the HTC Desire C in the past. This handset was earlier known as the HTC Golf and HTC Wildfire C. Our friends at GSM Arena recently spotted the official press shot and specs at the Vodafone Portugal’s website. HTC Desire C is basically an entry-level Android smartphone manufactured for those, who want to experience the amazing Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, without burning a hole in their pocket.

htc desire c leaked

HTC Desire C will be the company’s second budget Android smartphone, running on the Android 4.0 OS. Unlike HTC One V, this handset features a 3.5 inch HVGA display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 600 MHz single-core processor, HTC Sense UI, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, A-GPS, 5 megapixel rear camera, 3.5 mm headset jack, Beats Audio, 4 GB internal storage, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and a 1230 mAh.

This handset is expected to be first available in Portugal, exclusively for the Vodafone customers, followed by other European and Asian markets. HTC Desire C is rumored to be available for less than €200 (approx.$250). Stay tuned for the official announcement.

LG Delays Optimus 2X Ice Cream Sandwich Update To Q3

Until now, Samsung, Motorola, HTC and Sony have all updated at least a few of their handsets to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. LG is the only company that still has not updated any of its Android running handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich. The company had initially promised to roll-out the Android 4.0 ICS update for the Optimus 2X sometime in Q2.

However, the company has now postponed the Ice Cream Sandwich update for its Optimus 2X handset to Q3. Quite a few other Optimus branded handsets from LG were also scheduled to receive their ICS update in Q3, and the Optimus 2X joins them. If the company manages to stick to its word this time, it will take LG a whopping 9 months to update even a single Optimus branded handset to ICS.

This is downright disastrous for the company’s image, and is going to make a negative impact on its handset’s sale. With the Korean company’s handset sales already dwindling, and losses increasing this is perhaps the last thing LG could have hoped for. The company should spend some money on hiring better Android engineers if it wants its mobile division to stay in business.

Via – LG’s Official Facebook Page

 

Samsung Galaxy Note Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Now Available

After a delay of a couple of months, Samsung has finally started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note (N7000). Like the ICS update for the Galaxy S2, the Android 4.0 update for the Galaxy Note does not bring much visual changes, but does bring a lot of usability improvements, new features and some premium suite of apps so as to compensate for the delay in rolling out the update.

Other features brought about by this update include Face Unlock, GPU Rendering, a slightly tweaked UI, improved performance and memory management, new Google Apps and a bunch of new S-Pen optimized apps from Samsung. Below is a video of the Premium suite of apps in action on the Galaxy Note -:

The update is being rolled out via OTA in certain region, and weighs in a whopping 300MB+ in size so make sure that you have a stable net connection before proceeding with the update. The update is also available via KIES for the Galaxy Note owners in Germany.

Sony Unveils The Xperia GX and NX For Japan

Sony has just unveiled two new Android powered handsets for its home market (Japan) – the Xperia GX and Xperia SX. The Xperia GX is the bigger and better of the two, and sports a 4.6-inch HD display with 720p HD resolution and Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine. It will also sport a whopping 13MP camera at its back aided by an LED flash. The handset has a pretty slim profile, and looks similar to the Xperia Arc/Arc S.

The Xperia SX will sport a much smaller 3.7-inch Braiva Reality Display with qHD (960×640) resolution. Sony also claims that the NX is the lightest LTE handset around in the market. Internally, both the handsets are powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 processor, an Adreno 225 GPU, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory. At the back of the handset is an 8MP Exmor R sensor aided by an LED flash.

The handsets run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sony’s custom UI on top of it, and also use on-screen navigation buttons like the Galaxy Nexus. Some Japan specific features like Mobile Wallet, Infrared and Mobile TV will also be present, along with support for LTE networks. The handsets should hit the retail market of Japan sometime this summer.

The Xperia NX and GX are way better than the Xperia NXT line-up of handsets that are available from Sony all over the world. Sadly, these handsets will not be available outside Japan for some strange reason known only to Sony. It looks like Sony is intentionally killing itself by not releasing outstanding phones outside of Japan.

Via – Se-Nse

HTC One V Coming To The US This Summer

HTC One X and One S is already available for purchase in the US. Until now, HTC has not announced the price and release date of the mid-range HTC One V in the US. However, the company went ahead ahd finally announced the availability of the much-awaited HTC One V in the US. This handset runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System.

The HTC One V was announced and showcased along with the HTC One X and HTC One S at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. This handset is expected to be available for the MetroPCS, US Cellular and Virgin Mobile customers in the US. HTC One X will also be showcased this week at the International CTIA Wireless 2012.

htc one v

HTC One V features a 3.7 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense 4 UI, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, Beats Audio, Bluetooth 4.0 and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB internal memory, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, A-GPS and a 1500 mAh battery. This handset measures 120.3mm x 59.7mm x 9.24mm and weighs just 115 grams.

This handset comes with 25 GB of free Dropbox space for two years, which allows you to keep more than 10,000 high-quality photos. HTC has not yet announced the price of this device. However, the HTC One V will be available for purchase from a variety of carriers in the summer of 2012.

HTC One X Now Available At AT&T For $199.99

The HTC One X is one of the most powerful Android smartphone. This handset was announced and showcased at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. The HTC One X runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. This handset is already available in most of the European and Asian countries. However, the launch of this handset was delayed in the US.

The HTC One X is exclusively available for the AT&T subscribers in the US. Last month, AT&T announced the price and availability of this device. Now, the HTC One X is finally available for purchase in the US. You can not only get this device from AT&T, but you can also get it from Amazon. Check out the complete specs below.

htc one x

HTC One X features a 4.7 inch Super LCD HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass, 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, HTC Sense 4, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 8 megapixel camera, Full HD (1080p) video recording, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, DLNA connectivity, microUSB 2.0, 1 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage, Internal GPS Antenna, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication), HDMI, HTC Watch, Beats audio and a 1800 mAh battery.

AT&T is currently selling this device for $199.99 with a 2 year service agreement. On the other hand, you can purchase this device from Amazon at a much lower price of $149.99. To get the powerful HTC One X, head over to AT&T or Amazon.

Another Ice Cream Sandwich Firmware For HTC Rezound Leaks

Back in late November last year, HTC and Verizon announced the Rezound which was the first handset from HTC to sport the Beats Audio logo in the United States. It was also the first handset from HTC to use a 720p resolution screen. However, the biggest problem with the Rezound was that it was Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich “compatible” and did not ship with the latest version of Android right out of the box.

HTC did promise to release the ICS update for the Rezound sometime in early Q1, but the company has failed pretty miserably. With Q1 already over and no ICS update for the handset in sight, the few Rezound owners are pretty much pissed. The only silver lining here is that a few Ice Cream Sandwich based firmware for the Rezound has leaked in the last couple of months, thus filling the ICS thirst for all advanced Rezound owners.

Yesterday, the folks over at Android Police managed to get their hands on a new Ice Cream Sandwich leak for the Rezound. This new leak is not the final version, but is pretty darn close to the final version. Below is the change-log of the new build compared to the previous leaks -:

  • Facebook force close when you tap a video album
  • Roaming charges when in Canada & Mexico
  • Resets
  • “Android updating” message on power up
  • Camera not launching
  • Hotspot turning off after 10 minutes
  • Exchange mail account removed after FOTA
  • Car dock limiting charging current
  • “Set Current Date” popping up frequently
  • BUA+ (multiple issues)
  • Flash player removed
  • OTA over incorrect APN
  • OTA SW update time
  • Camera dark when using Facelock
  • Text field difficult to read
With the official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Rezound still nowhere in sight, these unofficial leaks are probably the best bet for Rezound owners to taste ICS. Head over to Android Police for the download link and the flashing instructions for the leak.