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HTC Sensation XL Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Rolling Out Now

HTC started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Sensation back in March, and followed it up with the ICS release for various variants of the handsets in the next couple of months.

Beginning from today, HTC has also started rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for another handset from the Sensation series, the Sensation XL. Unlike all other handsets in the Sensation series, the Sensation XL is powered by a single core but packs in a mammoth 4.7-inch display with a disappointingly low WVGA (480*800) resolution.

The ICS update for the Sensation XL will bring with it Android 4.0.3 on-board with all of its new features like data usage tracking, face unlock, GPU rendered UI and more. HTC’s Sense skin will also get updated to v3.6 post this update, which does not bring much visual changes.

Keep in mind that since the Sensation XL packs in a single core processor, Ice Cream Sandwich will not run as smooth on it as on the other Sensation branded dual-core phones. The performance will still remain pretty smooth except when the phone is under heavy load, thanks to the higher clock speed (1.5GHz) of the single core SoC.

The update is already available to download in Romania with the roll-out slowly expanding to other regions of the world.

Xperia Arc And Xperia Neo Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update

Last month, Sony rolled out the Android 4.0 update for the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Ray and Xperia Neo V smartphones. The company has also confirmed that the popular Xperia Play gaming smartphone will not get the Android 4.0 update. This is definitely a bad news for the Xperia Play owners, but we have good news for the Xperia Arc and Xperia Neo owners.

xperia arc

Sony has finally rolled out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the Xperia Arc and Xperia Neo smartphones. The latest update is numbered 4.1.B.0.431 and it bumps the Xperia Arc and Xperia Neo to Android 4.0.4 OS. It comes with some usability improvements and applications multitasking, Face Recognition (Face Unlock), mobile data management, improved text input and spell checking, improved menu structure and much more.

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. 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. If you find any new features after updating your device, then do let us know in the comments section below.

Samsung Galaxy S II Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Now Available In India

Samsung started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II (I9100) back in mid-March in certain regions of the world. The company continued the roll-out in other countries and variants of the Galaxy S2 in the following months. However, for some strange reason Samsung did not release the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II in India. In fact, the Galaxy Note got its official Ice Cream Sandwich update in India before the Galaxy S2.

Starting from today though Samsung has started rolling out the official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II in India. The update is available for both the variants of the Galaxy S II – the I9100 and I9100G. The reason behind the delay in releasing the ICS update for the Galaxy S2 in India from Samsung was the I9100G variant of the handset.

Samsung had silently replaced the I9100 Galaxy S2 variant with the I9100G variant. The difference between both these variants was more than what the ‘G’ signifies. The company wanted to update both these handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich at the same time so as to avoid confusion, and thus held back the I9100 update in India while it developed the update for the I9100G variant.

Galaxy S2 owners in India can download and install the update on their handset by using Samsung’s KIES software.

Asus Teases The “Next Transformation”; To Be Unveiled At Computex 2012

Back in 2011, when all Android tablets were barely able to make a dent in the iPad’s sales figure, the Asus Transformer did extremely well. The tablet, along with its keyboard dock, made a great alternative to a laptop or a small netbook. No wonder the Asus Transformer was the most popular Android tablet of last year.

Asus released the successor of the Transformer, the Transformer Prime, late last year which packed in a Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC, an aluminium unibody and was an overall better package. A few months fast forward to Mobile World Congress, and Asus unveiled three new Transformer branded tablets. The company also announced a new top of the line tablet, the Transformer Pad Infinity, that was similar to the Transformer Prime except for its full HD (1080p) display. More than two months have passed by since Asus announced the Infinity, and the tablet is still not available in the retail stores.

Now, it looks like Asus is all set to release another new variant of their Transformer tablet during Computex 2012. The latest teaser video from the company teases a new “transformation” will be announced by the company in Computex -:

I doubt Asus will be announcing a brand new Transformer tablet with some radical changes. If anything, they will announce the retail availability of the Transformer Pad Infinity.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 310 Launched In India For Rs.23,250

Samsung recently launched the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 310 in India. It is the company’s first tablet device which runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 310 is also called as the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 in Indian market. It is the successor of the popular Samsung Galaxy Tab, which was launched back in 2010. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 310 comes with the Google Play Store, which allows you to access more than 450,000 apps and games.

Mr. Ranjit Yadav, Country Head, Mobile and IT, Samsung India, said:
“Tablets are increasingly finding adoption amongst consumers because of their richer more converged experience. Users are able to surf the internet, enjoy multi-media and manage their work and life while being on the move. The new GALAXY Tab 2 310, with its powerful processor, Android 4.0 and its seven inch screen, make it extremely powerful and convenient device to carry”.

galaxy tab 2 310

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 310 features a 7 inch WSVGA display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels resolution, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, Samsung TouchWiz UI, 3 megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA front facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Music player with SoundAlive, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi Direct, Samsung Apps, Games Hub, Readers Hub, Samsung Kies, Samsung ChatON, Google Play Store, A-GPS, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and a 4,000 mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 310 measures 193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5 mm and weighs just 345 gms. This device comes with a price tag of Rs.23,250 in India. However, you can easily get this device for around Rs.20,000 at your nearest retail stores. Tata Docomo suscribers will get an additional 3 GB of free data download with a validity of 3 months.

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.