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HTC One X And One V Coming To India On April 2

Last month, HTC announced the new HTC One range of smartphone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. The HTC One X, HTC One S and HTC One V are the first three members of the HTC One family. These devices will go on sale from next month in most of the European and American markets. However, the release date of these devices in India were not announced by the company.

The HTC One X and One S are high-end smartphones, while the HTC One V is a mid-range phone. These devices runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Recently at a press event in Singapore, HTC confirmed that the much awaited One X and One V smartphones will go on sale from early-April in India.

htc one x

HTC One X comes with a 4.7 inch Super LCD HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.5 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-Core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense 4 UI, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, 1 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage, HDMI, DLNA connectivity and a 1800 mAh battery.

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, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB internal memory, Beats Audio, Bluetooth 4.0, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage, A-GPS and a 1500 mAh battery.

HTC One X and HTC One V will go on sale from April 2 in India. HTC has not yet announced the price and availablity of the HTC One S smartphone. The HTC One X will come with a price tag of Rs.35,000. On the other hand, the HTC One V will be available for just Rs.17,000. Stay tuned for more updates.

HTC Sensation Gets The Android 4.0 Update At Vodafone UK

Earlier this month, HTC already announced their Android 4.0 update plans for smartphones. HTC has also rolled out the Android 4.0 update for the HTC Sensation and Sensation XE owners in Germany and other Nordic countries. However most of the folks living in other countries were still waiting for this update.

Vodafone was the first carrier to sell the powerful HTC Sensation in the UK. Now, Vodafone is the first carrier to roll out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the HTC Sensation in the UK. The latest update comes with some amazing features such as Beats audio, face unlock, advanced voice and text input, improved email, UI improvements and much more.

HTC Sensation

Vodafone UK sent the following message to the HTC Sensation owners.

Great news. The testing of the ICS update for HTC Sensation is complete, and we plan to start rolling out the update tomorrow.

The update will be rolled out in phases by the Over The Air service, so if yours doesn’t appear right away, you can either wait for it to appear, or go to Settings > About Phone > Software Update > Check now.

This update bumps the HTC Sense to version 3.6. It is advised to backup all you data before updating the device. You should also make sure that your battery is fully charged, before updating the device. If you find something new, please let us know in the comments section below. HTC Sensation owners on Orange and Three UK might have to wait for few days for the Android 4.0 update.

Asus Transformer Prime To Get “Awesome New Features” In An Upcoming Firmware Update

Asus Transformer Prime owners, here is a surprise for you! Earlier today, Asus announced via its Facebook page that it would soon be releasing a new firmware update for the Prime with “awesome new features”. The company did not reveal much information as to what these awesome new features are, so it’s anybody’s guess at the moment.

The Asus Transformer Prime was released last year, and was the successor to the original Transformer. It was also the first tablet available to the public to use a quad-core Tegra 3 processor. However, soon after its launch the Prime was plagued with GPS and Wi-Fi issues which made a dent in its sale. The company however has since then released numerous software updates to improve the GPS performance of the device. The Prime was also among the first Android tablets to get updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, ahead of the Motorola XOOM.

Unlike other Android tablet makers, who simply release a tablet and then release either maintenance update or Android OS updates, it is nice to see Asus taking a different approach. No wonder the company is aiming to be the number 1 Android tablet maker!

HTC One X And HTC One S Up For Pre-Order At Vodafone And Three UK

Last month, HTC announced 3 new smartphone in its latest HTC One family, the HTC One X, HTC One S and HTC One V. All of these handsets runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The HTC One X and One S are high-end smartphones, while the HTC One V is a mid-range phone. HTC has announced that these device will be available for purchase from Q2 of 2012. Now, Vodafone and Three have already started taking pre-orders of the HTC One X and One S in the UK. If you are still unaware of the features, then check out the complete specs below.

htc one x

Sylvia Chind, head of handsets at Three said, “The new HTC One X and HTC One S are two of the hottest smartphones for 2012. Our new worry free data plans make Three the network of choice for these innovative handsets as they give customers the freedom to explore and enjoy the mobile internet without ever having to worry about surprise data charges. Demand will be high so we’re delighted that we can offer customers the chance to be one of the first to get their hands on one.”

HTC One X comes with a 4.7 inch Super LCD HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.5 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-Core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense 4 UI, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, 1 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage, HDMI, DLNA connectivity and a 1800 mAh battery.

htc one s

HTC One S features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense 4.0, 8 megapixel camera, VGA front-facing camera, 3.5mm headset jack, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, Bluetooth 3.0, Play Store, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage and more.

You can get these device for free on Three UK with a 2 year service agreement and a monthly plan starting from £24. On the other hand, Vodafone is offering the HTC One X and One S for free with a 2 year service agreement and a monthly plan of £41 and £36 respectively. You will get a free pair of urBeats headphones, if you pre-order any of these devices from Vodafone. Three UK customers can pre-order these smartphones from Three stores or by calling 0800 358 4339.

HTC Wind Leaked Pics And Specs Emerge

HTC is expected to launch a mid-range Android smartphone in China. This handset will be called as the HTC Wind smartphone. Recently, the leaked pics and specs of this device was spotted at the Taiwanese forum ePrice. This handset looks quite similar to the recently launched HTC One S smartphone. It offers a mid-range hardware along with the dual-SIM support.

htc wind

The HTC Wind runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. It comes with a 4 inch Super LCD WVGA display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz single-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3.5 mm headset jack, Play Store, Bluetooth 3.0, Beats Audio, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and a 1650 mAh battery.

HTC Wind will be available for just 1999 Chinese yuan (approx. $315). This handset is not expected to launch in European and American markets. The release date of this handset is still unknown. HTC might launch this device in India and other developing countries, where dual-SIM phones are quite popular. Stay tuned for more updates.

Samsung Galaxy Note Ice Cream Sandwich Update Delayed To Q2

Bad news Samsung Galaxy Note owners! Samsung has today officially announced that it won’t be updating the Note to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich until sometime in Q2. Samsung is however making up for the delay by including some ‘Premium Suite’ of  apps along with pre-loading more applications that will be optimized to take advantage of the S-Pen on the Note.

“GALAXY Note continues to delight customers all over the world with its incredible versatility and unique user experience. With the Premium Suite upgrade, we wanted to add features that enrich users’ Note experience even more, including the great advantages of Android 4.0 and innovative applications for S Pen,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “We are committed to providing extraordinary experiences for consumers, and we will continue to provide new features and upgrades to enrich our offering.”

The Premium Suite of apps include S Note, Shape Match and Formula Match applications. Along with this, the Galaxy Note will also come pre-loaded with the latest version of Angry Birds – Space – with exclusive access to 30 challenging ‘Danger Zone’ levels.

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note will include a new task switcher, Face Unlock, improved copy and paste, new and improved Google apps and much more. Hopefully, Samsung will also make the ICS update for the Note less TouchWIZ-y, unlike the ICS update for the Galaxy S2.

Ice Cream Sandwich Coming To The Nexus S In The “Next Few Weeks”

Back in December, Google started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Nexus S, nearly 2 months after it had originally announced it. However, within a few days the big-G had to pull back the OTA update because of all the complaints of the Nexus S owners. The OTA update was not even made available for the Nexus S 4G or the AT&T’s I9020A variant of the handset.

The complaints of the Nexus S owners ranged from poor performance to random reboots and FC’s and pathetic battery life. The company pulled the OTA update without any official statement, and now more than 3 months have passed by, and yet the big-G has not started rolling out the OTA update again. What’s the point of a Nexus handset, if users have to wait for such a long time to receive the update? Disappointing Google!

Nevertheless, one of the sources of Engadget claims that Google is working hard on releasing the Ice Cream Sandwich OTA update within the “next few weeks”. Similar rumors have popped up previously as well, so Nexus S owners should not get their hopes too high.

Will [Insert Device] Get CyanogenMod 9? Refer To This Flow Chart To Find Out!

CyanogenMod a.k.a CM is without a doubt the most popular third-party ROM for Android handsets out there. It does not matter if your are an Android noob, there is a strong possibility that you would have heard about CyanogenMod and/or CM7. Now that Ice Cream Sandwich is out, the CM team is working hard on bringing CM9 based on ICS for all the popular handsets out there.

However, since Ice Cream Sandwich includes a lot of low-level underlying changes, and more powerful hardware to run smoothly, it might be possible that your Android handset might not get CM9 after all.

Thankfully, the CM team has released a flow chart which shows whether your phone will get CM9 or not.

So, if you had any doubt whether your handset will get CM9 or not, you can refer to the chart above and clear your doubt. To make things easier, if your handset does not have a GPU, and/or has less than 512MB of RAM, there is no way your handset will get some CM9 love. If your handset already has an official alpha or beta build of CM9, then you and your Android handset are completely safe unless things go seriously wrong!

HTC Confirms Android 4.0 ICS Update Plans For 16 Devices

Motorola and Samsung has already announced their Android 4.0 update plans for smartphones and tablets. HTC has already started rolling out the Android 4.0 update for the Sensation and Sensation XE smartphones. However, the owners of HTC’s other popular smartphones were left in the dark. Now, HTC went ahead and released a complete list of smartphones, which will get the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update. Check out the complete list after the break.

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  • HTC DROID Incredible 2
  • HTC Amaze 4G
  • HTC Desire S
  • HTC Desire HD
  • HTC EVO 3D
  • HTC EVO Design 4G
  • HTC Incredible S
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Sensation XL
  • HTC Sensation 4G
  • HTC Sensation XE
  • HTC Raider
  • HTC Rezound
  • HTC Rhyme
  • HTC Thunderbolt
  • HTC Vivid

HTC’s popular smartphones and tablet such as HTC Salsa, HTC Desire Z and HTC Flyer will not get the Android 4.0 update. HTC will roll out the Android 4.0 update for the HTC Sensation 4G and HTC Sensation XL in the next few weeks. It will take some time for all carriers in each country to get the update.

Darren Krape, Global Community Manager, HTC, said,

“As for timing, we’re in the early stages of rolling out Android 4.0 for the HTC Sensation and HTC Sensation XE and upgrades will be more widely available in the next few weeks. We are working closely with our carrier partners to nail down update schedules for our other smartphones and will have more to share very soon.”

Samsung Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich Update Live; Galaxy S To Get Value Pack Firmware Update

After a lot of rumors, false tweets and hoopla, Samsung has today announced the roll-out of the official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II. At the moment, Samsung is rolling out the official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II in Korea, Poland, Sweden and Hungary.

Along with this, the company also confirmed that it rolling out a new value pack firmware update for some of its older handsets including the Galaxy S, Galaxy S Plus, Galaxy S L, Galaxy Tab 7 and the Galaxy W. This Value pack firmware update will include some of the features from Ice Cream Sandwich including Face Unlock, ability to take screenshots natively, and a photo editor among other features. The value pack firmware update is expected to be rolled out to the mentioned devices from the end of March. Readers can find a step by step guide to install the official LPQ Ice Cream Sandwich on the Galaxy S II here.

Other high-end devices from Samsung, including the Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy S II LTE, GAlaxy Tab 8.9, 10.1, 8.9 LTE, Galaxy R and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will also be getting the Android 4.0 ICe Cream Sandwich update sooner than later.

 

Verizon Confirms The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Plans

Most of the Android smartphones released during the second half of 2011 and Q1 of 2012 runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Last year, Google announced the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. However, the only smartphone available in the market with the Android 4.0 OS is the Google branded Samsung Galaxy Nexus. On the other hand, the only smartphone to get the Android 4.0 update is the Google’s very own Nexus S.

Samsung and HTC has already announced their update plans, but none of their smartphones have officially received the Android 4.0 update until now. Last year, Verizon Wireless launched some amazing devices for its subscribers such as the Motorola Droid Razr, HTC Droid Incredible 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, LG Spectrum, etc. Most of the Verizon Wireless smartphones runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, while the tablets runs on the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS.

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We have good news for the Verizon Wireless subscribers. The company has recently announced their Android 4.0 update plans. Verizon Wireless recently unveiled the complete list of smartphones and tablets which are scheduled to get the much-awaited Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. Check out the complete list after the break.

HTC:

  • HTC ThunderBolt
  • HTC Droid Incredible 2
  • HTC Rhyme
  • HTC Rezound

Motorola:

  • Motorola Xoom
  • Droid Bionic
  • Droid Razr
  • Droid Razr Maxx
  • Droid 4
  • Droid XYBOARD 8.2
  • Droid XYBOARD 10.1

Samsung:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

LG:

  • LG Spectrum

Don’t get disappointed if your device is not listed above, since the company has promised to update this list throughout the year. Verizon did not specify when these smartphones and tablets will get the Android 4.0 update. However, you should expect to get this update for most of the devices by the end of Q2 of 2012.

Fujitsu Unveils The Android Powered Fujitsu Stylistic M532 Tablet

Fujitsu is not popular for manufacturing tablet devices. However, the company just announced a new multimedia tablet, the Fujitsu Stylistic M532 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. It comes with a large 10.1 inch display as well as a 1.4 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Android fans won’t be disappointed, since the powerful Fujitsu Stylistic M532 tablet runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. This tablet is specially designed for business professionals. It comes with pre-installed, licensed, and ready–to-use business software apps including Office suite, file viewer, and file editor.

Craig Parker, Head of Product Marketing, Fujitsu Technology Product Group, said,

“Thanks to the Stylistic M532, ultra-mobile professional users no longer need to compromise on their choice of tablet device – or indeed carry separate devices for business and leisure. The Stylistic M532 is the first tablet to truly deliver hybrid tablet computing, where during the working day both device and business data are secured within corporate networks, while after hours multimedia content can be safely accessed.”

fujitsu stylistic m532

The Fujitsu Stylistic M532 features a 10.1 inch WXGA display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixel, 1.4 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 8 megapixel rear camera with autofocus and flash, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, Micro USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0, and more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, 1 GB RAM, memory card slot, built-in speakers, Docking connector for Port Replicator, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, DLNA, GPS, Symantec Norton Tablet Security, 4 hours of charging time, up to 9.5 hours of video playback, and a 3.170 mAh Lithium polymer battery.

This device measures 262.6 x 175.4 x 8.6 mm and weighs 560 g. The Fujitsu Stylistic M532 tablet will be available in the UK from early summer. The price of this device will be announced shortly.

Asus Pad 300 Unveiled; Low-End Version Of The Transformer Prime

Along with a higher-end version of the Transformer Prime, the Infinity Pad, Asus also unveiled a lower-end version known as the Transformer Pad 300. The Pad 300 is similar to the original Transformer Prime, but with a few minor yet important changes. First and foremost, the Pad 300 has a normal IPS display with a resolution of 1280×800, instead of the Super IPS+ display found on the Prime and the Pad.

Internally, the Pad 300 is same as the Transformer Prime and comes with a Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.3GHz, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage space. Other key features include a microSD card slot, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, and the usual bunch of sensors. There is also a 8MP snapper at the back, and a 1.3MP camera in the front of the tablet, which is also capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution. The tablet will be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out-of-the-box.

The Pad 300 can last up to 10 hours on a single charge, while the optional keyboard dock can extend the battery life to 15 hours. The company did not mention anything about the pricing or the availability of the Pad 300 so its anyone guess at the moment.

HTC One V Announced; A Mid-Range Android Handset For A Decent Price!

Along with the HTC One X and the One S, the Taiwanese handset manufacturer also announced a mid-range handset the One V. Being from the One series, the V shares some of the same features as its two older siblings including 25GB of free storage space on Dropbox, a 5MP camera with an aperture size of F/2.0 and with all the features found on the One X. THe handset is recording videos in 720p HD resolution, but sadly lacks a front-facing camera. There is also Beats Audio which will help improve the overall music quality of the phone.

Other than this, the One V is a pretty much mediocre handset and comes with a 3.7-inch WVGA (800×480) screen, a 1GHz single core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of on-board storage and a microSD card slot. The phone has a little hump at its bottom, which reminds me of the HTC Legend. Like the Legend, the One S has a unibody aluminum construction. The usual bunch of sensors and connectivity options inlcuding a quad band GSM radio, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth etc.

The One V will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 4.0 on top of it. While HTC did not mention the price of the handset, reports suggest that the One S will cost around $400 which certainly is a good deal.

Asus Infinity Pad Announced; A High-End Version Of The Transformer Prime

Along with the Asus Padfone, Asus announced yet another tablet similar to the original Transformer Prime (TF201), the Infinity Pad. The company has also renamed its Eee Pad Transformer Brand to just Transformer Pad.

The Transformer Pad Infinity comes with a 10.1-inch Super IPS+ display with a whopping 1920×1080 resolution. While the Wi-Fi variant of the Infinity Pad use an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, the 3G/4G version will come with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and an Adreno 225 GPU. The internal battery capacity has also been increased by more than 10% to outset the increase in screen resolution. There is the same 8MP F/2.2 aperture camera on the back of the Pad as one the Prime, and a 2MP snapper in the front. The usual bunch of sensors and connectivity features will also be present.

Like the original Prime, the Infinity Pad also has an aluminium body with a plastic strip running across the top of the tablet that acts as a R/F window. This R/F window will make sure that the Infinity Pad does not have the same GPS and Wi-Fi issues as the Transformer Prime.

The Infinity Pad will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box whenever it hits the retail market at an unknown price.