Samsung Galaxy Tab 750 (Tab 10.1) Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update In India

Last year, Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab 750 in India. It is nothing but the Indian variant of the company’s popular tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This device was shipped with the Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 was the first device to get the Android 4.0 OS. However, Samsung has already rolled out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 international variant.

Now, we have good news for the Galaxy Tab 750 owners in India. After waiting for a couple of weeks, Samsung has finally rolled out the Android 4.0 ICS update in India. 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 size of the update is and it 232.71 MB and it will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). If OTA update is failed, you can even connect your device to your computer and update it using the Samsung Kies software. According to the company, settings for music playlist, APN, Samsung account and more will be reset during the update, so we advise you to backup all of your data before updating the device. You should also make sure that your battery has at least 50% charge.

You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. Samsung Galaxy 730, the Indian variant of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is expected to the the Android 4.0 ICS update in the coming weeks.

LG Singapore Confirms ICS Update For Optimus 2X, Black, Prada and LTE

There might not be many LG Optimus handset owners out there, but the way the Korean company has confused its current Optimus user base regarding the ICS update for their handsets, it is going to lose their faith as well.

While LG had initially confirmed that it will be rolling out the ICS update for the Optimus 2X, Black and Optimus 3D, its Facebook PR page recently suggested otherwise.

Thanks to all the negative criticism that followed after that, LG Singapore finally decided to clear the air on this issue. The LG Mobile Singapore PR team has confirmed via their Facebook page that the Optimus 2X, Optimus Black, Optimus LTE, Optimus 3D and the Prada will get to taste Ice Cream Sandwich.

While the post from the PR representative does not mention as to when the roll-out will begin, it does state that the update is currently being “fine-tune” for improved experience right now.

Hopefully, this news should come as a sense of relief for many Optimus owners who must have been cursing LG for not updating their device to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Via – GSMArena

Samsung Galaxy Note 800 (Note 10.1) Launched In India For Rs.39,990

Do you still remember the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1? Yes, we are talking about the same Android powered tablet, which was first unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. This tablet was not released in any of the markets, since the manufacturer wanted to make some changes before launching it globally. Earlier this month, Samsung re-announced the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with updated features and specs.

This tablet is already available for purchase in the US. Samsung recently went ahead and launched this device as the Galaxy Tab 800 in India. The company is already known for changing the name of its tablets before selling it in India. Previously, Samsung released the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 in India as the Galaxy Tab 730 and 750 respectively.

Mr. Ranjit Yadav, Country Head, Samsung Mobile and IT, said:
“India is one of the first 10 markets in the world where the Galaxy Note 800 is being launched. With the Samsung Galaxy Note 800, Samsung provides a unique user experience that goes beyond passive content consumption to a new world of productivity, active creation and personalized communications. While the S pen offers both active content creation and passive content creation, the Multi screen capability finally enables true multitasking. I expect this device to in many ways to fuel the growth of the tablet market in India and help us further strengthen our market leadership in the tablet market here in India.”

Samsung Galaxy Note 800 features a 10.1 inch TFT display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, Samsung TouchWiz Nature UX, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel rear camera with LED Flash, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth 4.0, S-Pen stylus, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, S Note, S Planner, Adobe Photoshop Touch, Samsung Kies, Samsung Hub, Samsung ChatOn, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi Direct, IR LED and a 7,000 mAh Li-ion battery.

Samsung Galaxy Note 800 comes preloaded with the Adobe Photoshop Touch, which allows you to control the brush size and opacity by just adjusting the pressure of the pen on the screen. This device also offers the Pop up Play feature which was first seen on the Galaxy S III smartphone along with the added functionality of resizing the video window. Samsung Galaxy Note 800 comes with a price-tag of Rs.39,990 (approx. $720).

US Cellular Launches The Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G

US Cellular recently launched the entry-level Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G smartphone, exclusively for its subscribers in the US. This handset is powered by the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it runs on the 4G LTE network, with speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. This handset comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, which allows you type your message quickly and a front-facing camera for video calls.

Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular, said:
“We are excited to offer our latest 4G LTE smartphone for our customers to help them get more done in less time. The large touchscreen and popular QWERTY keyboard for fast typing make the Galaxy Metrix 4G the go-to device for customers who depend on their smartphone to keep up with their busy schedules.”

Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G features a 4 inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz processor, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 5 megapixel rear camera and camcorder, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

It also comes with the usual 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio, Bluetooth, MicroUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE connectivity, Google Play Store, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot, up to 7 hours of talk-time and up to 14.5 days of stand-by time. This handset measures 4.96″ x 2.54″ x 0.55″ and weighs approximately 5.8 ounces.

The Galaxy Metrix 4G is available for $179.00 after a $100 mail-in rebate and 2 year service agreement. However, you can get this device for $129.00 after a $100 mail-in rebate in markets where 4G service is currently available or will be available by the end of 2012.

U.S. Cellular currently offers 4G LTE service covering 31 percent of their customers in select cities in Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin. Later this year, 4G LTE coverage will expand to cover select cities in Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

Acer Unveils The Liquid Gallant and Liquid Gallant Duo Smartphones

Acer recently announced the mid-range Liquid Gallant and Liquid Gallant Duo smartphones. These handsets run on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The specs of both the devices are exactly similar, except the dual-SIM capabilities in the Liquid Gallant Duo. These handsets are touted to bring a premium clear and loud sound experience to the users with enhanced Surround Sound.

Allen Burnes, SPBG EMEA Vice President, Acer, said:
“This new Acer smartphone mission is quite simple: bring the best experience to all the modern days’ explorers, which results in creating a very affordable phone with no compromise on performance and usability.”

Acer Liquid Gallant and Liquid Gallant Duo features a 4.3 inch qHD display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, dual-SIM capabilities (Liquid Gallant Duo), 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, USB 2.0, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR, Micro USB, up to 6 hrs of talk-time, up to 250 hrs of stand-by time and a 1500 mAh battery.

Acer Liquid Gallant and Liquid Gallant Duo will be showcased next week at the IFA 2012 event in Berlin. The dual-SIM Liquid Gallant Duo will be the first device to hit the market in September, followed by the Liquid Gallant single SIM variant. The price of both the devices are still a mystery. Stay tuned for complete updates!

Sony Xperia Ion Launched In India For Rs.36,999

Back in January, Sony unveiled the Xperia Ion smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. This handset is already available for the customers in the US from the last 2 months. However, the folks living in India were left behind. Snapdeal, a popular online retailer in India is already selling this device from the last few days. Today, Sony finally launched the powerful Xperia Ion in India.

Sony Xperia Ion is the company’s first dual-core smartphone featuring a 4.6 inch HD reality display and a 12 megapixel camera. This handset originally runs on old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, Xperia Ion will be shipped with the newer Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS in India.

Prasun Kumar, Marketing Head, Sony Mobile Communications, said:
“With Xperia ion, we’re bringing together a seamless experience across the multiple screens that we use to play, watch, listen, and share. Xperia ion is the gateway to HD entertainment when and – most importantly – where you want it. We are glad to see overwhelming customer response for our Xperia range and we thank them for supporting us unconditionally on this successful journey in India. We strongly believe that the consumer will like the Xperia ion’s HD entertainment experience which has exclusive Airtel data offer to enhance the smartphone experience.”

Sony Xperia Ion features a 4.6 inch HD reality display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 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 much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, GPS with aGPS, Bluetooth technology, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), USB 2.0, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 18 hrs music playback time, up to 6 hrs 30 min video playback time, up to 6 hrs 45 min of talk-time, up to 850 hrs of stand-by time and a 1750 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia Ion comes with a price tag of Rs.36,999 (approx. $670). This handset is available in Black and Red colors. Airtel subscribers will get 500 MB of free 3G data per month for 3 months as well as 200 minutes of Mobile TV for 2 months, with the purchase of this smartphone.

Motorola Droid Xyboard 10.1 Wi-Fi Gets The Android 4.0.4 ICS Update

Last year, Motorola launched the Droid Xyboard 10.1 Wi-Fi tablet in the US. It is nothing but the Verizon’s variant of the Motorola Xoom 2 tablet. This device was shipped with the Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Back in March, Verizon announced the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update plans for 14 Android powered devices, including the Droid Xyboard 10.1 Wi-Fi.

After waiting for nearly 5 months, Verizon finally started rolling out the much-awaited Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the Droid Xyboard 10.1 Wi-Fi. The latest update is numbered 11.11.27.MZ61 and it brings the usual Ice Cream Sandwich goodies including the new data usage monitor, face unlock, direct access lock screen, redesigned gallery app with photo editor, new system font for improved readability, resizable widgets and so on. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

Changelog:

  • Direct Access Lock Screen: The direct access lock screen takes you directly to Camera, Browser, Gallery or Unlock
  • Create Folders: Easily create folders by dropping one app on top of another. You can also add a name to specify the folder contents.
  • All Apps Screen: Add Widgets and Apps to your homescreen panels via the All Apps Screen and the Widget Screen.
  • Notification Bar: Enhanced notifications window includes access to settings menu, and the new swipe feature to dismiss individual notifications.
  • Data Usage Monitor: Monitor your data usage all in one place. Set warning levels, check individual app usage or turn off data completely.
  • Includes the latest Motorola USB driver to allow Xyboard to connect to a computer to transfer files.
  • Securely refresh your Corporate Email account with the native email client.
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  • Improved network connectivity.

The size of the update is 336.4 MB and it will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. If you have not received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. To learn more, check out this PDF file.

Samsung Announces The Galaxy S Duos Dual-SIM Smartphone

In the past, Samsung has already confused its customers by launching the Galaxy S and Galaxy Ace smartphones. Now, Samsung does it again! After the launch of Galaxy Ace Duos, Samsung announces a new mid-range dual-SIM smartphone, the Galaxy S Duos. This handset looks quite similar to the popular Galaxy S III smartphone. The specs of this device is not earth-shattering. It comes with a 4 inch touchscreen display, 5 megapixel camera, 512 MB RAM and so on.

Thankfully, this device will ship with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Samsung Galaxy S Duos comes with an unique ‘Dual SIM Always on’ feature which allows you to receive calls on one SIM, while taking a call from the other. Check out the complete specs below.

Samsung Galaxy S Duos features a 4.0 inch WVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x800 pixels, 1 GHz processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, Samsung Touchwiz UI, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, VGA video recording and playback, front-facing camera for video chat, 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, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0, Swype, Document Viewer, A-GPS, Google Play Store, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 640 hrs of stand-by time, up to 400 mins of talk-time and a 1500 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy S Duos is likely to get the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update in the near future. This handset allows the users to manage their work and personal lives with one smartphone. Galaxy S Duos will go on sale from next month in Europe, followed by other major markets in the coming months. The price of this device has not been announced yet. Stay tuned for more updates!

Sony Rolls Out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update For The Xperia P

As promised by Sony, the company has started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Xperia P. Sony had promised to roll-out the ICS update for the Xperia P sometime between August 16th to August 23rd, and the Japanese company has managed to keep its word.

The company in a blog post announced that it has started the Ice Cream Sandwich roll-out for the Xperia P in certain markets and will continue the roll-out globally over the next few weeks. The company has also posted a small change-log of the update which is as follows -:

  • New ways to experience your media with new media applications – “WALKMAN”, “Album” and “Movies”
  • Extended standby mode, increasing standby time by up to four times (depending on user-profile and data consumption)
  • Lock screen with improved functionality
  • Resizable widgets for improved personalization
  • Improved control of your mobile data consumption
  • Recent Apps button for a clear overview of your applications

The blog post from Sony also states that the OTA update might take some time to show up on your phone, so users are recommended to use Sony’s PC Companion software to install the update. The company also mentions that the ICS update for the Xperia U, Sola and go is also just around the corner.

 

10 Million Samsung Galaxy Note Units Shipped Globally

Samsung Galaxy Note needs no introduction! It is the company’s first phone/tablet hybrid device. This handset was unveiled and showcased last year at the IFA 2011. Soon after the introduction, Galaxy Note was released in majority of the European and Asian markets. The initial sales of the device was below the expectations. Samsung managed to sell only 1 million units in the first two months.

Earlier this year, Samsung announced the availability of Galaxy Note LTE in the US at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. This handset was exclusively available for the AT&T subscribers in the US. The sales of this device was increased considerably after its introduction in the United States.

Within a few days of its launch in the US, Samsung sold 2 million units of this device globally. Samsung Galaxy Note was not only selling like hot cakes in the US, but it was also one of the best selling Android devices in most of the European and Asian countries including South Korea, France, Germany, Taiwan and Hong Kong. In just 5 months, Samsung sold 5 million units globally.

Earlier this month, Samsung Galaxy Note was released for the T-Mobile subscribers in the US. Today, Samsung has reached another milestone. Samsung recently announced that the company has managed to sell 10 million units of the Galaxy Note. You heard this right! It took nearly 8 months for the company to achieve this milestone. Samsung was expecting the device to hit the 10 million mark before the end of this year. However, the milestone has been achieved 5 months before the end of 2012.

Samsung is planning to unveil the successor of this phablet at the IFA 2012 event in Berlin. The Samsung Galaxy Note II is expected to come with a larger 5.5 inch display, powerful quad-core processor and the newer Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS. Do you think the original Galaxy Note will cross the 15 million mark before the end of this year? Or the sales will decrease due to the launch of Galaxy Note 2? Let us know your views in the comments section below.