Samsung Galaxy R Finally Gets The Android 4.0 Update In India

Back in 2011, Samsung launched the mid-range Galaxy R smartphone with a 4.2 inch display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory and much more. This handset was shipped with the out-dated Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.

Samsung has already started rolling out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this device in most parts of the world. However, the Galaxy R users in India were left behind. After waiting for more than 14 months from its official launch, Samsung finally released the much-awaited Android 4.0 update for the Galaxy R users in India.

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The size of the update is 239 MB and it brings the usual Ice Cream Sandwich goodies including Face Recognition (Face Unlock), Android Beam, mobile data management, performance and stability improvements, updated UI, applications multitasking, better speech recognition, usability improvements, updated Google apps and more.

This update is currently available via Over-The-Air (OTA). You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. It is always advised to backup all your data before updating the device. You can also manually connect the Galaxy R to your computer and update the device using Samsung’s KIES software.

LG Optimus 2X Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update In India

LG Optimus 2X is the world’s first dual-core smartphone. This handset was launched during early-2011 in India with a price tag of Rs.30,000. After few months of its launch, the price was dropped to just Rs.19,999. The LG Optimus 2X was originally shipped with the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. As promised, the manufacturer rolled out the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update for this device.

Most of you might have thought that Optimus 2X will never taste the Ice Cream Sandwich. Even, LG confirmed that Optimus 2X and Optimus Black will not get the ICS update. However, after a couple of months, the manufacturer changed its mind and rolled out the Android 4.0 update for the Optimus 2X in most parts of the world. Earlier this week, the Optimus 2X users in India were finally blessed with the much-awaited ICS update.

The latest update carries the version number v30b and comes with some usability improvements and applications multitasking, improved text input and spell checking, improved menu structure, Face Recognition (Face Unlock), mobile data management, home screen folders, system bar enhancements, advanced voice input, improved email and web browsing, re-sizable widgets, improved battery life and much more.

The size of the update is 686 MB and it can be easily download via Over-the-Air (OTA) as well as from LG Mobile Support Tool.

Android 4.0+ Now On 39% Of Devices Out There; Gingerbread Still Rules At 47%

It is a known fact that OS updates is one of Android’s key weakness. While Google has been trying its best to improve the situation with the help of Platform Development Kit (PDK), the Nexuses devices and other such measures, the harsh truth remains the same – Android 2.3 Gingerbread – an update to Android that was released at the end of 2010 is still the most used version of Android out there.

In the latest Android platform distribution chart from Google ending on January 3, 2013, Android 2.3 Gingerbread still remains the largest version of Android, with a share of 47.4%. The good news is that compared to the last time, the adoption rate of Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean combined have seen a huge jump. Android 4.0 and Android 4.1/4.2 together are now running on more than 39% of Android devices out there. Individually, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is running on a measly 1.2% devices, while 4.1 is on 9% devices.

The huge jump in the Android 4.0/4.1/4.2 adoption rate is probably because of millions of people getting their hands on an Android tablet or handset as a gift during the holiday season.

Karbonn Launches A30 Smartphone; Comes With 5.9 Inch Display, Android 4.0

Some major handset makers such as Samsung and Huawei are expected to announce a phone/tablet hybrid device with a large 6 inch display at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas. However, the Indian mobile phone manufacturer Karbonn went a step ahead and launched the world’s first smartphone with a large 5.9 inch display!

The Karbonn A30 is a dual-SIM smartphone, which runs on the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The price of this device is nowhere close to our favorite phablet, the Galaxy Note II. Karbonn has also pre-loaded some useful apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, PayTM, Saavn and Karbonn Smart.

Shashin Devsare, Executive Director, Karbonn Mobiles, said,
“By devising the Karbonn A30 – Ta Fone, our endeavour is to form the world’s first 5.9” screen smartphone which blurs the differentiation between a Tablet and a Smartphone and creates a hybrid category of devices which is sure to see a lot of buzz in times to come.”

Karbonn A30 features a 5.9 inch capacitive touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, Dual-SIM (3G + 2G) capabilities, 8 megapixel auto focus rear camera with LED flash, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Google Play Store, A-GPS, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and a 2500 mAh battery.

Karbonn A30 comes with a price-tag of Rs. 12,990 (approx. $235). However, you can easily get this device from popular online retailer Saholic for just Rs. 11,500.

Samsung Galaxy Music Duos Goes On Sale In India For Rs.9,199

Back in October, Samsung announced the Galaxy Music and Galaxy Music Duos. These entry-level smartphones runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Galaxy Music and Music Duos features a dual frontal stereo speakers along with advanced audio features such as Sound Alive and SRS. These devices are specially targeted at music lovers.

Samsung has not yet launched these devices in major markets across Asia. However, folks living in India can finally get their hands on the Galaxy Music Duos. Samsung’s official online store has recently started selling this handset in India. If you are planning to buy a sub-10k smartphone powered by the Android 4.0 OS, then you should definitely take a look at this handset.

Samsung Galaxy Music Duos features a 3.0 inch QVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, 850 Mhz processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, dual-SIM (GSM+GSM capabilities), Samsung Touchwiz UI, 3 megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA video recording, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, music player with SoundAlive, FM Radio with RDS, stereo speaker, Samsung ChatON, Samsung Social Hub, MicroUSB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0, Document Viewer, A-GPS, Google Play Store, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 370 hrs of stand-by time, up to 6 hours of talk-time and a 1300 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Music Duos comes with a price tag of Rs.9,199 (approx. $165). To get this handset, head over to this page.

Intex Launches iBuddy Connect Tablet With Voice Call Facility For Rs.7990

Intex has previously launched a number of budget tablets. However, the company recently launched its first tablet device with voice calling facility. This device is called as the Intex iBuddy connect and it runs on the old Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The manufacturer has also packed some useful news and social networking apps such as Nimbuzz, Skype, Facebook, India Today and Aaj Tak.

Sanjay Kumar, General Manager – Mobile Business, Intex Technologies, said,
“Intex iBuddy Connect is an interesting blend of latest technologies and smart look. Today, youth segment both in urban and semi-urban cities and towns are looking for a computing gadget which comes with calling facilities as well. Addressing to the evolved needs, we have introduced this compact tablet.”

Intex iBuddy Connect features a 7-inch touchscreen display with, 5-point touch capabilities, 1 GHz single-core processor, GSM SIM Support, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 2 megapixel rear camera, VGA front camera for video calls, Wi-Fi Connectivity, Bluetooth, Google Play Store, 4 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 512 MB RAM, HDMI support and a 3000 mAh lithium ion battery.

Intex iBuddy Connect comes with a price tag of just Rs.7990. This device is available in white and chocolate colors. It offers a USB 2.0 port with support for 3G USB dongles. You can easily get this device from your nearest retailers as well as from 70 Intex Squares across India.

LG Optimus 2X Ice Cream Sandwich Rolling Out In Europe!

LG Optimus 2X owners, here is some good news for you. The Korean company has finally got its act together and has started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for O2X owners in Europe and other regions of the world. The update comes more than an year after Google unveiled Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

LG had released the ICS update for the Korean version of the Optimus 2X quite a few months ago, but took its own sweet time to release the update in Europe. The v30a ICS firmware includes all the goodness introduced by Google in Ice Cream Sandwich, along with smoother performance and LG’s latest launcher.

Optimus 2X owners can update their handset to Android 4.0 right away by using LG’s update tool, but many users have been reporting problem while using the app. For most O2X owners, the app re-installs the v20a firmware instead of upgrading the phone to ICS (v30a).

The Ice Cream Sandwich update marks the end of software support for the Optimus 2X from LG. So if you are expecting that LG might just update your handset to Jelly Bean, I am sorry to break your heart, but its not going to.

The Optimus 2X was the world’s first dual-core smartphone, but the way LG handled the software updates for the handset, it left a very bad taste with all O2X owners.

Via – GSMArena

LG Optimus L9 Launched In India For Rs.23,000

Today, LG finally launched the Android powered Optimus L9 smartphone in India. It is the company’s fourth device in the L-series family of smartphones. This handset was already available for pre-order from the last week in India. The LG Optimus L9 runs on the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. This handset is designed around five primary aesthetic elements: Modern Square Style, Floating Mass Technology, Seamless Layout, Harmonized Design Contrast and Sensuous Slim Shape.

Mr. Soon Kwon, President South West Asia Region & MD, LG India, said,
“Smartphones today have become an essential part of life. People see it as an extension of themselves. Smartphones have come a long way from where they had started and today’s smartphones are a far cry from their bulky ancestors. LG Optimus L9 has been designed in a way that it can cater to every need of smart consumers who demands a powerhouse of style, performance and efficiency in their smartphones.”

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LG Optimus L9 features a 4.7 inch IPS display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 5 megapixel rear camera, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB expandable memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, DLNA, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, QMemo, QTranslator, Google Play Store and a 2150 mAh battery. This handset measures 131.9 x 68.2 x 9.1 mm and weighs 125 grams.

LG Optimus L9 comes with new features such as Quick Translator which instantly translates foreign words and phrases into English features and QuickMemo app which offers powerful note-taking capabilities. Another amazing feature of the smartphone makes typing messages significantly easier as the keypad adjusts the key formation based on whether the user is typing with one hand or two. LG Optimus L9 comes with a price tag of Rs.23,000 (approx. $420) in India.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Finally Gets The Android 4.0 Update

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is the company’s first tablet device with an unique 8.9 inch display. This device was originally shipped with the forgotten Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System. It packs a 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 3.2 megapixel camera, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 3G Connectivity and much more.

The mid-range Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 has already got the Android 4.1 update, however the Galaxy Tab 8.9 owners were still waiting to taste the Ice Cream Sandwich. Today, Samsung finally rolled out the Android 4.0.4 ICS update for the Galaxy Tab 8.9. This update is currently available in Austria and it will be rolled out to other countries in the coming days.

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This update brings the usual ICS goodies including the redesigned UI, new keyboard with next word prediction, improved performance and stability, improved multi-tasking, enhanced notification bar and much more. The latest update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). If OTA update fails, you can even connect your device to your computer and update it using the Samsung Kies software.

You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. It is always advised to backup all your data before updating the device. If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update.

LG Optimus L9 Up For Pre-Order In India For Rs.19,990

LG Optimus L3, L5 and L7 were the first three L-series smartphones. Back in August, LG introduced yet another mid-range smartphone in the L-series family, the LG Optimus L9. This handset runs on the out-dated Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System and it comes with some decent specs such as a 4.7 inch display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 4 GB internal memory and so on.

LG Optimus L7 comes with the QMemo app, which allows the users to capture, save and share their ideas with others using their fingertip or handwriting. Folks living in India will be able to get their hands-on this device in the next few days. Flipkart, the popular online retailer has also started taking the pre-orders of this device. Check out the complete specs below.

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LG Optimus L9 features a 4.7 inch IPS display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 5 megapixel rear camera, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB expandable memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, DLNA, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, QMemo, QTranslator, Google Play Store and a 2150 mAh battery. This handset measures 131.9 x 68.2 x 9.1 mm and weighs 125 grams.

LG Optimus L9 comes with a price-tag of Rs.19,990 in India. LG might roll out the android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for this device in the coming months, but we are not sure why would anyone want to spend 20k on a smartphone with a year-old OS. LG fanboys can head over to this page and pre-order this device.