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From A CM Developer – ‘The “Superbrick” Nightmare’ Or How Samsung Screwed All Galaxy Note Owners

At the beginning of this year, when Samsung started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note (N7000), a serious issue was found in the kernel level of the firmware. If any Note owner used the Factory Reset option or wiped the internal storage of his or her device using recovery, the eMMC chip inside the device would die. The issue was present in all the previous leaked ICS firmware for the Galaxy Note, and the community had promptly informed Samsung about the issue after Note owners started bricking their devices left, right and center. The issue was termed as ‘Superbrick’ in the XDA community, since there was no way to bring back these affected devices to life.

Now, a CyanogenMod developer – Andrew Dodd – has written his story on the ‘superbrick’ issue titled ‘The “Superbrick” Nightmare’ on Google+. The series of posts from Andrew Dodd show the real and harsh truth on how Samsung completely ignored the Superbrick issue, hardly cared about Note owners who had already bricked their devices and the meeting it setup with developers just for the sake of publicity. Worse? The ‘superbrick’ issue eventually found its way to many other Samsung devices even after Samsung knew about it and said that it was “working diligently” on it.

Some of the developers worked hard on finding the root cause of the issue, and even informed Samsung about it. Heck! They even provided Samsung with a workaround to this problem. Even then, in a somewhat shocking behavior, Samsung did not pay any heed to the Android developers and many firmware for other Samsung devices (AT&T and International SGS2) that leaked in the future were found to be plagued by the same kernel-level eMMC killing bug. Even official firmware release from Samsung had the ‘Superbrick’ issue, months after the community informed them about it.

On the flipside, his posts also shows how the Android community worked together to find the root cause of the issue and a fix for it, so as to prevent users from ‘Superbricking’ their devices and extent to which they went to try and save all those Notes that were already superbricked, The hero or the saviour of all the Galaxy Notes and Galaxy S2s out there, however, turned out to be an engineer from Google — Ken — who was later silenced by Samsung. As it turns out, independent Android developers and engineers at Google care more about your devices than Samsung itself does.

It has been more than six months since Samsung was made aware of the ‘superbrick’ issue and it promised that it was “working diligently” on it, and yet till date, the issue persists. Samsung fixed the issue on its newer devices like the Galaxy S3 that never had the issue, but has not made any effort to fix the problem on the device severely affected by it, the Galaxy Note.

Read: The “Superbrick” Nightmare

Samsung, the developers and community have played a large part in making you the largest mobile manufacturer out there. Stop screwing around with them. You are not going to stay at the top forever! HTC and Qualcomm have learnt from their mistakes and are now embrace the open-source community and its developers. Its about time you do the same!

 

 

AT&T Captivate Glide Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Now Live

Here is some good news for AT&T Captivate Glide users. Beginning from tomorrow i.e. the 10th of November, AT&T and Samsung will start rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for your handset.

The update comes more than a year after Google had originally announced Ice Cream Sandwich. Anyways, the good news is that the Ice Cream Sandwich update brings with it quite a lot of new features including a data monitoring tool, face unlock, a re-designed People’s app, enhanced lock screen, the ability to dismiss notifications by swiping them, an updated Recents app UI and much more.

The sad part is that the biggest change introduced by Google in Ice Cream Sandwich — the updated UI with the introduction of the Holo theme — will be missing in action, all thanks to Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI.

AT&T and Samsung are not rolling out the software update via OTA. Instead, users will need to use the traditional method of using their PC to install the update on their handset. Head over to this website for instructions on how to update your Captivate Glide to Ice Cream Sandwich.

HTC One SV Announced; Comes With 4.3 Inch Display, 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor

Earlier this week, HTC announced the new HTC One SV smartphone. This handset looks quite similar to the previously launched HTC Desire SV. It comes with a 4.3 inch display as well as 1.2 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor. HTC One SV is a single-SIM smartphone, which runs on the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The company has also promised to roll out the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for this device in the coming months.

HTC One SV features a 4.3 inch Super LCD 2 touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense 4 UI, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.6 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Beats Audio, Bluetooth 4.0, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB internal memory, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication), A-GPS and a 1800 mAh battery.

This handset measures 128 x 66.9 x 9.20 mm and weighs 131 grams. HTC One SV will be first available in Singapore and Australia, followed by other European and Asian markets. This device will be available in Stealth Black and Glacier White colors. It comes with a price tag of S$688 (approx. $560).

HTC Desire SV Announced; Coming To India This Month For Rs.22,590

HTC recently announced the mid-range Desire SV smartphone. This handset is specially targeted at the emerging market of Asia including India. HTC Desire SV is a dual-SIM smartphone, which runs on the old Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. This handset is basically an upgraded version of the dual-SIM Desire V smartphone. The company has also promised to roll out the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for this device in the coming months.

Faisal Siddiqui, Country Head, HTC India, said,
“HTC has always believed in creating smartphones that not only offer the most innovative technologies and design, but also make life a little bit easier. The HTC Desire SV embodies this thinking in a sexy, vibrant, package that offers great value that consumers will love.”

HTC Desire SV features a 4.3 inch Super LCD2 touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz Cortex A5 dual-core processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense 4 UI, 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, Beats Audio, Bluetooth 4.0, 3.5 mm headset jack, 768 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB internal memory, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, A-GPS and a 1620 mAh battery. This handset measures 129.7 x 67.9 x 10.7 mm and weighs 131 grams.

Sadly, this handset does not feature a front-facing camera for video calls. This device will be available in Radical Yellow and Stealth Black colors. HTC Desire SV comes with a price tag of Rs.22.590 (approx. $420) in India. This handset will go on sale during the second half of this month.

Sony Xperia J And Xperia Miro Launched In India

Along with the Xperia SL, Sony has also launched the mid-range Xperia J and Xperia Miro smartphones in India. Both the handsets are powered by the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Sony Xperia J is a budget smartphone targeted at the emerging market of Asia including India. On the other hand, Xperia Miro is targeted at the Facebook users who spend most of their time updating status and getting connected with their friends on the go. It offers deep Facebook integration with contacts, gallery and the music player for sharing and discovery.

Sony Xperia J:

Sony Xperia J features a 4 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Google Play Store, A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, USB 2.0, up to 36 hrs music playback time, up to 6 hrs of talk-time, up to 600 hrs of stand-by time and a 1750 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia Miro:

Sony Xperia Miro features a 3.5 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 800 MHz Qualcomm MSM7225A processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, VGA front-facing camera for video chat, 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Google Play Store, GPS with aGPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, USB 2.0, up to 36 hrs music playback time, up to 6 hrs of talk-time and up to 470 hrs of stand-by time and a 1500 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia J comes with a price-tag of Rs.18,399 (approx. $340), while Sony Xperia Miro is available for Rs.15,249 (approx. $280) in India.

Sony Xperia SL Launched In India For Rs.32,549

Sony recently launched the Xperia SL smartphone in India. This handset is basically the upgraded variant of the popular Xperia S smartphone. It comes with a 4.3 inch HD display, 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, 32 GB internal memory and much more. Sony Xperia SL runs on the Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. This device has the highest PPI (pixels per inch) of any Sony smartphone, and is certified as the sharpest HD smartphone display.

Kenichiro Hibi, Managing Director, Sony India said:
“Given the ever growing demand for entertainment on-the-go, we are launching the new range of Xperia Smartphones today, to offer seamless visual HD experience, social networking on-the-go, finest looks and the smarter music experience. Sony is also driving itself across price segments to keep up with the expectation of every Indian consumer who aspires to own a smartphone.”

Sony Xperia SL features a 4.3 inch HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.7 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon dual-core processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 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 and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 1 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, GPS with aGPS, Bluetooth technology, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), USB 2.0, up to 25 hrs music playback time, up to 8 hrs 30 min of talk-time, up to 420 hrs of stand-by time and a 1750 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia SL comes with a price-tag of Rs.32,549 (approx. $600) in India.

AT&T Rolls Out Atrix 2 Ice Cream Sandwich Update

After rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the unlocked Atrix 2, Motorola and AT&T have started rolling out the update for the carrier’s variant of the handset. Motorola was expected to roll-out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Atrix 2 sometime in the previous quarter, but later on delayed it.

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Atrix 2 brings with it a new magazine like system UI, Holo theme for apps, a new keyboard, enhanced Voice Actions, inbuilt data monitoring tool, face unlock and much more. There should also be a general improvement in the system responsiveness and stability.

The update is being rolled out via OTA and should be available to all AT&T Atrix 2 users within a couple of weeks. Users can also manually pull the update by going to Settings -> About Phone and then tapping the ‘System Updates’ option.

 

Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 and 10.1 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Now Live

More than 10 months after Google released Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to AOSP, Motorola is ready with the update for two of its tablets – the XYBOARD 8.2 and 10.1. While Samsung has updated nearly all of its tablets to Ice Cream Sandwich, Motorola has been struggling to update its tablets and handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich, forget Jelly Bean.

The company has only released the Ice Cream Sandwich for its RAZR handsets and Atrix 2, with owners of DROID Bionic still in the dark as to when their handset will get the ICS update and if it will ever be updated to Jelly Bean or not. Verizon is equally responsible for the delay in the ICS update roll-out for the XYBOARDs, all thanks to its “internal testing”.

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the XYBOARDs will bring with it an updated UI, a magazine like swipe UI, Holo theme for apps, updated Google Apps, and much more. The updated browser should bring about a nice improvement in page loading times while the new kernel should also bring about a general speed boost. Other features introduced by Ice Cream Sandwich include face recognition, an inbuilt data usage tool, updated Voice Actions, and an enhanced keyboard.

The update is being rolled out via OTA by Verizon and Motorola, and users will be automatically notified when the update hits their tablet.

Motorola Cancels ICS Update For Atrix 4G, Photon 4G And Electrify

Back in February, Motorola released a list of devices that it would be upgrading to Ice Cream Sandwich along with the expected timeframe of the update. As time passed by, Motorola failed to meet its expected timeframe, and until now has only managed update a handful of its handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich – the DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX, DROID 4 and recently, the Atrix 2.

The ICS update for the DROID Bionic, which was at one point of time Motorola’s flagship Android handset, has slipped into Q4, which has rightfully angered all Bionic owners.

Today, Motorola updated its Ice Cream Sandwich roll-out chart to make some sad changes. The company has decided not to update the original Atrix 4G, the Sprint Photon 4G and the Electrify to Ice Cream Sandwich. All these handsets are more than capable of running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smoothly, with their dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM.

The Atrix 4G and the Photon 4G are very similar to each other, and were at one point the company’s flagship handsets for their respective carriers. Not upgrading the Android OS version of its previous generation flagship handsets even once clearly shows how incompetent Motorola is. The Atrix 4G launched with Android 2.2 on-board, even though it was released well after Android 2.3 Gingerbread hit AOSP. The company then took its own sweet time to roll-out the Gingerbread update for the handset, and has since then only released some minor software updates for the device.

Google may have purchased Motorola for its patents, but the company will definitely be mending ways how Motorola conducts its business.

Via – Motorola Forums

Micromax Funbook Infinity Launched In India For Rs.6,699

After launching the entry-level Funbook, Funbook Pro and Funbook Alpha tablets, Micromax is back with the company’s fourth tablet device, the Micromax Funbook Infinity. As expected, this device runs on the Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Funbook Infinity packs a 7 inch touchscreen display as well as a 1.2 GHz processor. The speaker is placed on the front of this device, similar to the previously launched Samsung Note 800 (10.1).

Micromax Funbook Infinity features a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz Cortex-A8 processor with dual Mali-400 GPU, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 2 megapixel rear-facing camera, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calling, HD video playback, Wi-Fi Connectivity, 3G Dongle support via USB, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, USB 2.0, HDMI out, up to 6 hours of browsing time, up to 9 hours of stand-by time and a 4000 mAh battery.

Micromax Funbook Infinity comes with the E-learning app which offers reading materials, videos, multimedia, tests, assessment, references from leading content brands like Pearson, Everonn, GK Publishers, Scholarshub, Vidyalankar and many more. Micromax has also pre-loaded couple of Bollywood movies including the Rowdy Rathore and Tees Maar Khan. Micromax Funbook Infinity comes with a price-tag of Rs.6,699 (approx. $130) in India.