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

After quite a few months of testing, AT&T has finally started rolling out the official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for its variant of the Galaxy S II. The European Galaxy S II got its Android 4.0 update back in March, and considering the similarities between the European and AT&T Galaxy S II, the update for the former should not have taken so long.

AT&T was however busy testing the update and making sure it delays it by at least a couple of months. Anyways, the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the AT&T Galaxy S II brings with it lots of new features including an inbuilt data monitoring tool, a slightly new jazzed up TouchWIZ UI, new Google Apps, improved copy and paste system, and the usual performance and stability improvements.

The update is not being rolled out via OTA though. AT&T Galaxy S II owners need to use Samsung’s KIES software to install the update on their handset.

Tip – If you have not already, go ahead and install CM9 on your AT&T Galaxy S II. Not only is the performance much better than the official stock firmware, it will also give you a taste of stock Ice Cream Sandwich.

Motorola Razr V Coming To India In Q3 2012

Along with the launch of Razr Maxx, Motorola also announced the new Motorola Razr V for India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. This handset comes with a 4.3 inch qHD display as well as a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. Motorola Razr V will ship with the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. It has extremely vibrant colours for better clarity and sharper images, thanks to the ColorBoost display technology. This handset comes with the unique Smart Actions tool that lets you automate your phone’s settings throughout the day.

Robert van Tilburg, senior regional sales director, South Asia, Motorola Mobility, said:
“With Motorola Razr V, we’ve created the perfect smartphone for stylish, smart and tech-savvy consumers who want great looks, great performance and great value. RAZR is synonymous with design excellence and both Motorola Razr Maxx and Motorola Razr V reflect that.”

motorola razr vMotorola Razr V features a 4.3 inch qHD display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with AGPS, Bluetooth 2.1, micro USB, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Google Play Store and much more.

This handset will be available in Charcoal, Glacier White and Rebel Pink colors. The price of this device has not been announced yet. Motorola Razr V will go on sale from the Q3 of 2012 in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

HTC One S Now Available In India; Comes With Qualcomm S3 SoC Instead Of S4

HTC has finally released its upper mid-range One series handset in India, the One S. Sadly, the Indian variant of the One S comes with a different SoC that makes it less exciting. While the international variant of the One S packs a Qualcomm S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz and an Adreno 225 GPU, the Indian version packs a 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm S3 SoC along with an Adreno 220 GPU. Even though the Indian One S might have a faster CPU, it is slower and a battery guzzler compared to the international One S.

Apart from the change in SoC, the Indian version of the One S packs the same specs – a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED qHD (960*640) resolution display, 1GB RAM, 16GB fixed internal memory, no microSD card slot, FM radio, GPS with A-GPS, an 8MP camera with ImageSense and AutoFocus, Zero-shutter lag, F/2.0 aperture with a 28mm wide lens, a 0.3MP front camera and a bunch of sensors.

The One S has a stunning unibody construction, and runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 4.0 on top of it. Sadly, the handset’s non-removable 1650mAh battery and the less-efficient Snapdragon S3 processor will make sure that the One S lasts less than a day under normal-to-heavy usage.

The pricing of the handset is also a let-down with a street price of Rs 32,4999. Just for a few extra thousand notes, one can get the One X and the Galaxy S III, both of which completely smoke the One S.

Samsung Galaxy S III U.S. Launch Goes Official; Coming To Five Major Carriers In June

Back in early May, Samsung announced the hotly anticipated Galaxy S III. With its hefty price tag, big screen, a beast of an SoC, and one of the best camera found in an Android phone, the Galaxy S III is definitely looking to repeat the success its predecessor — the Galaxy S II — managed to meet with. The handset is already on sale in more than 28 different countries of the world, with the number expanding to a whopping 145+ by July.

“The U.S. launch of the Galaxy S III is the most anticipated launch of the year. As promised, we are delivering the ‘next big thing’ for U.S. customers and across all major carriers,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America. “Galaxy S III introduces new technological innovation and takes sharing to the next level.”

However, Samsung is all set to take the launch of the Galaxy S III to the next level with the launch of the S III in the United States. The Korean company has just announced in a press release that the Galaxy S III will be hitting five different operators of the United States – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and U.S. Cellular Services – within the next couple of weeks. The on-contract price of the handset will also be a reasonable $199, which is definitely going to please a lot of people.

The U.S variant of the Galaxy S III will sport the same 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD display, the blazingly fast 8MP snapper, its slim waistline of 8.6mm, a microSD card slot, a removable 2100mAh battery, and all the other software features like Smart Stay etc. However, the Exynos SoC will be swapped with Qualcomm’s S4 Krait SoC coupled with an Adreno 225 GPU, and 2GB of RAM.

Thanks to the Krait SoC and Qualcomm’s baseband, the S3 will support LTE networks of all these carriers, if available. The handset will be available in marble white or pebble blue color, when launched.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sanadwich Market Share Grows To 7.1%

Google has once again updated its Android Platform distribution chart to reflect the fragmentation issue market share of the different Android versions out there for two weeks, with the period ending on June 1.

Like last month, this month also Android 2.3 Gingerbread remains the most popular version of Android out there with nearly 65% market share, with FroYo coming in second with 19.1% market share. The latest and greatest version of Android, announced and released late last year, Ice Cream Sandwich, continues its slow adoption rate with a market share of 7.1%.

However, compared to last months’ market share of nearly 5%, a 2.1% growth in the market share for ICS is definitely not bad. Hopefully, with OEMs rolling out Ice Cream Sandwich update for more devices, and with more and more devices hitting the market with Ice Cream Sandwich, we should see Android 4.0 become the most widely used Android OS by the time Jelly Bean arrives, provided it is not released at Google I/O.

We should keep in mind that since most of the lower-end Android handsets will not be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread will continue to constitue a fair share of Android’s overall market share for at least the next 12 months.

T-Mobile Galaxy S II To Taste Ice Cream Sandwich On June 11th

T-Mobile has announced via its official Twitter account that the carrier will start rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II (T989) from June 11th. This makes T-Mobile the first operator in the United States to update its Galaxy S II variant to Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the T-Mobile Galaxy S II will bring with it lots of new features, including new Google Apps, Face Unlock, GPU rendering, data usage tracking and more. However, most of the visual goodness introduced by Google in ICS will be missing from this update, thanks to Samsung’s TouchWIZ infested UI.

With T-Mobile announcing the ICS roll out for its variant of the Galaxy S II, it will just be a matter of time before AT&T and Sprint also announce the Ice Cream Sandwich update roll-out for their variants of the Galaxy S II.

Samsung had initially started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II back in mid-March in certain regions of the world. Since then, the company has rolled out the update to various other regions of the world, except for the United States, along with the ICS update for the Galaxy Note.

Samsung Galaxy S III Coming To Canada On June 20th; Sports Qualcomm S4 SoC and 2GB Of RAM

Samsung has officially announced that its latest and greatest Android smartphone, the Galaxy S III, will be available in Canada beginning from June 20th. While this news will definitely please people residing in Canada, there is a catch here.

The Canadian variant of the Galaxy S III will sport completely different internals than the European I9300 version. Instead of the 1.4Ghz quad-core SoC and an ARM-Mali 400MP GPU, the Canadian version of the S3 will sport Qualcomm’s S4 SoC. The S4 SoC is a dual-core custom designed Cortex-A15 competitor from Qualcomm clocked at 1.5GHz, and is coupled with an Adreno 225 GPU. While the dual-core S4 SoC can compete with the quad-core Exynos SoC, the Mali GPU of the Exynos absolutely trumps S4’s Adreno 225 GPU. The Qualcomm S4 SoC will allow the Galaxy S III to support the LTE network in Canada, which the Exynos SoC lacks.

“We are very excited to bring the highly anticipated GALAXY S III to Canadians so they can experience firsthand, the power, performance and passion that Samsung is known for,” said Paul Brannen, Vice President, Enterprise Business Group, Samsung Canada. “This next generation of the GALAXY S series is sleek and stylish, and offers users features that promote sharing, and are intuitive and powerful, allowing Canadians to enjoy a more human experience with their smartphone.”

The Canadian version of the SGS3 will also sport a whopping 2GB of RAM compared to the 1GB of RAM found in the European version. Other than this, the Canadian variant packs in the same specs as its international sibling, which includes a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD screen with 720p resolution, a 2100mAh removable battery, NFC, 16/32GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, an 8MP camera, and Samsung’s new nature inspired design and UI features like Smart Stay, pop-up play, free 50GB of dropbox storage space for 2 years etc.

Verizon’s Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich Update To Be Available “Soon”

Back in early May, Google and Verizon had started rolling out the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for some of its business customers. Now, nearly a month after the initial roll-out, Verizon has updated its support document pages to reflect the roll-out the Android 4.0.4 update for the “general” users will begin “soon”.

The Android 4.0.4 update for the Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus will bring with it tons of bug fixes, improved performance and stability and a new radio to fix the poor 4G network reception and data drop issue that some users are facing. Below is the full change-log of the update -:

Email, Messaging & Data

  • Email messages will display properly when the text size is set to large.
  • When sending a multimedia message to an Outlook email address, the file extension will send, allowing the recipient to successfully open an image.
  • Successfully deleted emails on the device will be deleted from the desktop as well.
  • Successfully send text messages without experiencing network connectivity issues.
Applications
  • When viewing a Calendar reminder or appointment, you will now be able to view the full notes associated with the appointment.
  • A down arrow has been added in the Calendar application that will expand the calendar message body, allowing you to view the entire message.
Device Features
  • Successfully turn on Wi-Fi using the Power Control widget.
  • Updates have been made to prevent the display from freezing or becoming unresponsive.
  • Complete calls without experiencing choppy audio, clicking noises and one-way audio noises.
  • Successfully access Voicemail and other automated systems without error.
The update is not yet live, but Verizon representatives state that the update should go live “soon”. The Android 4.0.4 update will be first software update the handset will receive in nearly six months after its release. So much for being a Nexus handset, eh?

Samsung Galaxy S III Goes On Sale At Three UK

Earlier this month, Samsung unveiled the much-awaited smartphone of this year, the Samsung Galaxy S III. It is the successor of the Samsung Galaxy S II, which is the largest selling Android smartphone till date. This handset will ship with the Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandiwch) OS out of the box. Yesterday, Samsung Galaxy S III already went on sale in more than 28 countries. Now, Three subscribers in the UK can finally get their hands on this amazing smartphone. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs of this powerful smartphone below.

Nigel Field, Director of Devices at Three, said:
“From top specs, top design and intuitive features, the Samsung GALAXY S III is an incredibly well thought out smartphone and really does have it all and along with our highly competitive One Plan, we’re confident that customers using the Samsung GALAXY S III on Three will have the best experience.”

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, 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, Swype, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, 16 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 Kies Air, Google Play Store, full HTML web browser, DLNA, HDMI out, 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.

Three UK subscribers can finally purchase the much-awaited Samsung Galaxy S III for free with a 2 year service agreement and £34 monthly plan. You can easily get this device from Three stores as well as from its official website. Samsung Galaxy S III is available in both marble white and pebble blue colors. To get this handset, head over to this page at Three UK.

Asus/Google Tegra 3 Powered Nexus Tablet Details Emerge; Will Run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean?

With Google I/O less than a month to go, some information about the upcoming $199 tablet from Google and the next version of Android has started making their way on the Internet. It is almost confirmed that Google will be releasing a new Nexus tablet at I/O this year, which will be competing with the iPad not on specs, but with its killer price tag of $199.

The folks over at Android Police have done some digging, and it looks like Google has teamed up with Asus to manufacture the $199 Nexus tablet. From the Power Board benchmark website, it looks like the “Nexus 7″ tablet will sport a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 768*1280, and is codenamed grouper. The device will be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 3 SoC, which will help Google and Asus in delivering pretty good performance at a very low price point.

This new Nexus tablet from Google will be running a new version of Android, possibly Jelly Bean. The benchmarks indicate the OS build version of the device to be JRN51B, with the SDK and build version at 4.1. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich brought about a major visual change, so Jelly Bean will be all about new features and usability enhancements.

However, with Ice Cream Sandwich having less than 5% of the total Android market share, I am not sure how manufacturers and other Android device owners will react to a new Android OS version so soon.