Samsung Treats Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Owners With Some Ice Cream Sandwich

Samsung has already updated its flagship 2011 handsets, the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note to Ice Cream Sandwich. The company however seems to have forgotten the ICS update for its tablets, with only the Galaxy Tab 7.7 (P6800) receiving the update until now.

Joining the Galaxy Tab 7.7 with some Ice Cream Sandwich love is the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The Tab 7.0 Plus is a budget oriented Android tablet from Sammy, and packs in a dual core 1.2GHz OMAP processor and a GB of RAM. It is quite surprising that Samsung has updated the Tab Plus before the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and 8.9, which were the company’s flagship tablet for quite sometime.

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Tab 7.0 Plus brings with a nice speed boost and stability improvements, along with improved keyboard and copy & paste system. There is also Face Unlock, inbuilt data monitoring, H/W acceleration and more. The update is already live in certain regions of the world and is available via OTA as well by using Samsung’s KIES software.

Hopefully, Samsung will be rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Tab 8.9 soon as well.

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Tastes Ice Cream Sandwich

It’s raining Ice Cream Sandwich updates for Samsung devices. Yesterday, Samsung and AT&T started rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update along with a “Premium Suite of apps” for the Galaxy Note. Joining the Galaxy Note is the AT&T Galaxy S II Skyrocket.

Like the update for the Galaxy S II, the ICS update for the Skyrocket does not bring any major visual changes. The UI has been spiced up a little, but the simplicity and elegancy of stock Android 4.0 has been completely spoiled by TouchWIZ. Apart from the UI changes, Ice Cream Sandwich brings with it tons of other new features including GPU rendering for better performance, a much faster stock browser, the ability to monitor 3G data usage, enhanced keyboard and copy-paste mechanism, an updated lock screen, and more.

The update is available only via Samsung’s KIES software, and not via OTA. While installing the update won’t wipe your phone clean of any data, I will highly recommended Skyrocket owners to factory reset their phone once they install the Ice Cream Sandwich update on their phone.

Motorola and AT&T Unveil The Atrix HD; 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4, LTE, 4.5-inch Display For $99

Last week, the Motorola Atrix HD was accidentally revealed by the Google owned company. Today, Motorola has gone ahead and officially announced the Atrix HD. The Atrix HD will be coming to AT&T’s LTE network, and sport a design similar to the RAZR/RAZR MAXX. The handset will also be using a Kevlar back as seen on the RAZR/RAZR MAXX.

Internally, the Atrix HD is like any other latest dual core handset to be released in the United States – a Qualcomm 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, an Adreno 225 GPU, and aGB of RAM. Apart from this, the Atrix HD sports an 8MP camera at its back, and a 1.3MP front-facing camera. The 4.5-inch display on the handset has a 720p resolution, and packs ‘ColorBoost’ technology.

Other usual specs of the handset include GPS with A-GPS, microSD card slot, mini-HDMI out port, 1080p HD video recording, on-screen navigation buttons, and a bunch of sensors. Unsurprisingly, the Atrix HD runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a yet-to-be-named Blur incarnation, which includes some nifty features like Smart Actions, and a new Circle widget.

While AT&T and Motorola have not announced a release date yet, the Atrix HD will be hitting the carrier for only $99 on a two-year contract, making the phone a very tempting buy.


AT&T Galaxy Note Tastes Ice Cream Sandwich With Premium Suite Of Apps

Here is some Ice Cream Sandwich filled news for AT&T Galaxy Note owners. Samsung and AT&T have finally started rolling out the Android 4.0 update for the ‘phablet’. The Android 4.0.4 update for the Note barely brings any major UI changes that Google introduced in stock Android. There are a few minor UI changes though, including new Wi-Fi/Bluetooth toggle buttons, and a revamped Settings menu etc.

Apart from the visual changes, the Android 4.0 update brings with it quite a lot of new features including Face Unlock, a new lock screen with quick access to the camera, the ability to access the notification bar right from the lock screen, People’s app, enhanced copy and paste functionality and more. The ICS update for the Note will also enable the hidden NFC functionality in the phone, thus allowing access to features like Android Beam.

The update also brings with it Premium suite of apps specially optimized for the Galaxy Note and its S-Pen, including enhanced S-Note and S-Memo apps. The update is being rolled out via KIES at the moment, so if you own a Galaxy Note, you need to download and use Samsung’s KIES software to get a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich on your

A guide on how to manually install the Ice Cream Sandwich update on the AT&T Galaxy Note can be found here.

Unlocked Sony Xperia S, P And Sola Goes On Sale In The US

Back in January, Sony announced the Sony Xperia S smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. It is the first smartphone in the new Sony Xperia NXT series. Next month, Sony announced the Xperia P at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. Later in March, the company announced the unique Xperia Sola with “Floating Touch” technology.

The Sony Xperia S, Xperia P and Xperia Sola runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. The Xperia S has already received the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update. However, the Xperia P and Xperia Sola are scheduled to get this update in the coming weeks. These smartphones are already available for purchase in most of the European and Asian markets. However, the folks living the US were left behind. Sony online store and Newegg has finally started selling the unlocked version of these devices in the US. If you are planning to get one of these, then check out the complete specs below.

Sony Xperia S:

sony xperia s

Sony Xperia S features a 4.3 inch HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 dual-core processor, 12 megapixel camera with 16x digital zoom, auto-focus, Face detection and LED Flash, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, GPS with aGPS, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), 32 GB eMMC, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, up to 25 hrs music playback time, up to 6 hrs 30 min video playback time, up to 7 hrs 30 min of talk-time, up to 450 hrs of stand-by time and a 1750 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia P:

Sony Xperia S features a 4 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1 GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core processor, Timescape UI, 8 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, VGA front-facing camera, USB 2.0, 32 GB eMMC, GPS with aGPS, Bluetooth technology, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), up to 80 hrs music playback time, up to 6 hrs of talk-time, up to 470 hrs of stand-by time and a 1305 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia Sola:

sony xperia sola

Sony Xperia Sola features a 3.7 inch Reality display, sporting a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz STE U8500 dual-core processor, Floating Touch, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with Flash, HD (720p) video recording, Facebook inside Xperia, DLNA Certified, Native USB tethering, NFC (Near Field communication), 3G Connectivity, A-GPS, Micro USB support, 8 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 40 hrs of music playback time, up to 6 hrs of video playback time, up to 6 hrs of talk-time, up to 470 hrs of stand-by time and a 1320 mAh battery.

[ Buy Sony Xperia S for $469.99 ]

[ Buy Sony Xperia P for $388.99 ]

[ Buy Sony Xperia Sola for $299.99 ]

Karbonn Launches The Smart Tab 1 Tablet For Rs.6,990

Karbonn is already known for launching low cost handsets in the Indian market. Now, the company went ahead and launched an entry-level Android tablet, the Karbonn Smart Tab 1. This device runs on the latest Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The Karbonn Smart Tab 1 will compete with the recently launched Micromax Funbook. Flipkart, the popular online retailer in India is already selling this tablet in India. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs after the break.

Shashin Devsare, Executive Director, Karbonn Mobiles, said:
“After creating an unprecedented buzz in the national and international market by bringing in technologically advanced and feature rich product range for the masses, we at Karbonn Mobiles intend to engage the audience with our latest offering of the ‘Karbonn Smart’ ecosystem. Through this ecosystem, we wish to bring to our informed and enlightened consumers, technologically advanced networked devices encapsulating an avant-garde tablet and smartphone range which bring to the consumers products which are amongst the best in the world in terms of battery backup, internet surfing, audio-video playback and engaged user interface.”

The Karbonn Smart Tab 1 features a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1.2 GHz X-Burst processor, Android OS 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 2 megapixel camera, full HD (1080p) video playback, 1 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, HDMI, 3G support through USB dongle, 3D gravity sensor and a 3700 mAh battery.

The Karbonn Smart Tab 1 comes with a price-tag of Rs.6,990. This device comes pre-loaded with useful apps such as Karbonn Smart Browser, Karbonn Smart games, Times of India, Economic Times, Facebook and much more. Karbonn is also planning to launch Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) powered tablet in September. To get this device, head over to this page at Flipkart.

LG Prada 3.0 Gets The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update

Last year, LG unveiled the first smartphone in the Prada series, the LG Prada 3.0. This handset originally runs on the Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) Operating System. LG has already promised to roll out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update during the Q2 of 2012. However, it got delayed due to some unknown reason. Now, the carrier unlocked variant of LG Prada 3.0 in Germany and Italy has started receiving the much-awaited Android 4.0 ICS update. If you own this device, check out the complete changes and new features below.

The latest update comes with some usability improvements and applications multitasking, Face Recognition (Face Unlock), mobile data management, improved text input and spell checking, improved menu structure, home screen folders, system bar enhancements, advanced voice input, improved email and web browsing, re-sizable widgets, improved battery life and much more.

The latest update bumps the LG Prada 3.0 Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. Sadly, this update is not available via OTA (Over-The-Air). You will need to manually update your phone, just by connecting you phone to the computer and then using the LG Mobile Phone Support tool. It is advised to backup all you data before updating the device. You should also make sure that, the battery is fully charged before updating your phone.

This update is currently available only in Germany and Italy. LG Prada 3.0 owners in other region are expected get this update before the end of this month. If you find any new features after updating your device, then do let us know in the comments section below. To learn more about the update procedure, head over to this page.

Motorola Atrix HD For AT&T Revealed

Last month, we have seen the leaked pics of the Motorola’s upcoming smartphone with the codename “Dinara”. Now, the company has finally revealed the real name as well as the complete specs of this device on their official website. The new smartphone is called as the Motorola Atrix HD and it will be exclusively available for the AT&T subscribers in the US. This handset is the successor of the popular Motorola Atrix 2 smartphone.

Fortunately, the Motorola Atrix HD runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System out of the box. So you won’t have to wait for months to get the latest OS on your device. This handset might also get the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update in the near future. It comes with a 4.5 inch HD ColorBoost display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2, sporting a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. This device is powered by 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. The Motorola Atrix HD comes pre-loaded with SMARTACTIONS app that intelligently automates the routine and suggests ways to personalize your phone.

Apart from the specs mentioned above, this device features a 3.5 mm audio jack, 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 4G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB ROM, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 LE + EDR, MicroUSB 2.0, A-GPS, HDMI port, mobile hotspot functionality, Google Play Store and a 1780 mAh Li-Ion polymer battery.

This handset measures 69.9 x 133.5 x 8.4 mm and weighs 140 grams. The Motorola Atrix HD is expected to be announced by the end of this month. Stay tuned for more updates!

Samsung Galaxy Chat Announced; Comes With Android 4.0, QWERTY Keyboard

Samsung recently announced a new mid-range smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Chat. This handset comes with a touchscreen display and a full QWERTY keyboard, similar to the previously launched Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos and HTC ChaCha. The interesting part is the Operating System. The Samsung Galaxy Chat runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. This handset is specially targeted at the youth looking for a great smartphone with touchscreen display as well as a hardware QWERTY keyboard.

The Galaxy Chat is the first smartphone to launch with the Android 4.0 as well as a full QWERTY keypad. However, other mid-range smartphone such as the Sony Xperia Mini Pro with slide-out QWERTY keypad have already been upgraded from Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) to the latest Android 4.0 ICS. This handset is preloaded with Game Hub which offers the most popular social games. Sounds interesting? If yes, then check out the complete specs below.

The Samsung Galaxy Chat features a 3 inch QVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, Android 4.0 ICS OS, full QWERTY keyboard, TouchWiz UI, 2 megapixel rear-facing camera, 3.5 mm headset jack, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Google Play Store and a 1200 mAh battery. Sadly, Samsung hasn’t yet provided any information regarding the processor speed and RAM.

The Samsung Galaxy Chat comes with a dedicated Samsung ChatOn key which allows you to share text, animations and images with your friends from any phone platform. This handset is also pre-loaded with the Samsung’s AllShare Play and S Planner app which allows you to play multimedia from other connected devices and manage your schedule in an easy way respectively.

The Samsung Galaxy Chat will go on sale in Spain from this month, followed by Europe, Latin America, Middle East, China, Southeast Asia, and Southwest Asia in the coming weeks. Samsung has not yet revealed the price of this device. However, the price is expected to be around $200.

Galaxy Nexus No Longer Available In The Play Store; OTA Update Coming Soon To Remove Universal Search

Remember the preliminary injunction that Apple got against the sale of the Galaxy Nexus in the United States? Apple had appealed that the Galaxy Nexus infringes on four of its patents, and the judge agreed to it, and handed a preliminary injunction on the sale of the Galaxy Nexus in the United States on the basis of the four patent – universal search.

Well, things just went from bad to worse for Samsung as the judge has ruled out Samsung’s request to remove the ban on the sale of the handset in the U.S. Soon after this decision, the Galaxy Nexus was also taken off from sale from Google’s Play Store.

The good news is that both Samsung and Google are working hard on releasing an OTA update that will remove the universal search feature from the Galaxy Nexus. The OTA update should take only a few days before it’s ready for a roll-out. Samsung can once again file for a motion to dissolve the injunction once the OTA update is live in the United States.

What truly saddens me is that Judge Koh instead of bashing both the companies for their stupidity, is banning the sales of products left and right. She had earlier granted Apple an injunction against the sale of the Galaxy Tab in the United States. This patent war is getting out of hand, and it’s high time something is done to fix it.

Via – AllThingsD