HTC Thunderbolt Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Is Finally Available

In a surprising turn of events, Verizon and HTC have started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the HTC Thunderbolt. Yes, you read that right. Verizon and HTC have finally got their act together and rolled out some ICS love for the poor Thunderbolt owners out there.

The ICS update will bring with it lots of new features to the Thunderbolt including Face Unlock, a new lock screen, updated UI, improved speech-to-text recognition, inbuilt data monitoring tool and much more.

The Thunderbolt was the first phone to hit Verizon’s network that supported the carrier’s blazing fast 4G LTE network. The handset was released way back in early 2011, and was slated to get the ICS update sometime in 2012. However, HTC and Verizon kept pushing back the ICS update for the handset for performance and stability reasons.

The 320MB+ OTA update should go live within a week or so, and should be available to all Thunderbolt owners within a few days after that.

Via – Verizon

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.

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

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 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.

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.

 

Google Contacts Low Resolution Image Sync Issue Finally Fixed; Android Users Rejoice!

Way back in October last year, when Google introduced Ice Cream Sandwich, it showed off the beautiful new Contacts app which made use of high resolution contact images for one stunning incoming and outgoing call screen.

Sadly, Android users later realized that this new feature was only partially implemented by Google. The problem was that when a user synced his contacts with Google Contacts, the high resolution contact images would be downsized to 96×96 resolution. This was a limitation of Google Contacts, which many people hoped will be solved quickly by Google. Or not.

In Jelly Bean, Google increased the contact photo resolution size, but did not fix the low resolution contact images problem in Google Contacts. The Android community complained to many Google Android engineers numerous time about this issue to no avail.

Now, after truck loads of complaints from Android users, and a year after Ice Cream Sandwich was released, Google has finally fixed the low resolution contact images in Google Contacts. Yes! Finally!

Now, when you add a beautiful high resolution image to any contact, the image resolution will be kept intact, when they are synced back to Google Contacts.

As an Android user, this issue has been bugging me for the last one year or so. I am happy that Google has finally fixed the issue, and sad that it took Google so much time to fix such a small issue.

Since the change is related to Google Contacts, it might not be available to everyone right now, but will be gradually.

Via – Reddit

Intel And Lava Start Rolling Out XOLO X900’s Ice Cream Sandwich Update

Earlier this year, Intel teamed up with a relatively small and unknown Indian manufacturer – Lava – to release the first Android smartphone powered by an Intel processor, the XOLO X900. The handset was initially released with stock Android 2,3 Gingerbread on-board, but Intel promised that it would soon roll out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the handset.

Now, after quite a few months of releasing the handset, Intel and Lava have finally rolled out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the phone. The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the XOLO X900 will bring with it major UI improvements, Holo theme UI, Magazine like swipe UI, a new and improved web browser, Android Beam, and much more.

Lava XOLO X900 owners can download the update either from the company’s website or directly install the update on their handset via OTA. Thankfully, Intel and Lava have kept the Ice Cream Sandwich experience near stock with just a few minor tweaks.

Hopefully, Intel and Lava are also working on bringing Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean to the handset, which would make the handset much more tempting.

Via – GSMArena

AT&T HTC One VX Unveiled; Takes Mid-Range Handsets To The Next Level

Along with the HTC One X+, HTC announced a new mid-range phone for the AT&T network, the One VX. The  VX is an interesting handset packing a 4.5-inch Super LCD2 with qHD (960×640) resolution, 1GB of RAM, and Qualcomm S4 Plus MSM8930 SoC clocked at 1.2GHz and coupled with Adreno 305 GPU.

Other specs of the One VX include 8GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, a 1810mAh battery, a 5MP BSI snapper at the back with F/2.0 aided by an LED flash, a front-facing VGA camera and the usual bunch of connectivity features and sensors.

The HTC One VX will be available exclusively on AT&T’s network in the United States, and will launch with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich on-board. The press release from HTC does not mention anything about the pricing or the availability of the handset except that it should be available “in the coming months”. Since the One VX is a mid-range handset, it should not cost more than $49 or $99 on a two-year contract with AT&T.