Archos Rolling Out Ice Cream Sandwich Update For G9 and G101 Tablets!

Archos is a relatively unknown company that manufactures some really decent, value for money, Android tablets. The company does not sell its tablet all over the world, which limits the reach and overall sales of the tablet. Anyways, the company has announced via its Facebook page that it has started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for its G9 range of tablets including the Archos 80 G9 and Archos 101 G9Classic and Turbo models.

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the above tablets will bring with it quite a lot of new features including a new multi-tasking bar, an improved web browser, enhanced performance and stability, updated UI icons, new camera app, a new app drawer and launcher, improved voice to text output, and surprisingly the new People’s app. Considering the Archos tablet does not have any telephony features, I wonder why the Peoples app has been included.

The update is being rolled out via OTA, so users just need to connect their Archos tablet to a Wi-Fi network and they will be automatically informed about the update. It is really commendable to see a small company like Archos beating Samsung and Motorola in updating its Android tablets to the latest version of Archos!

Via – Facebook

Samsung Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich Update Live; Galaxy S To Get Value Pack Firmware Update

After a lot of rumors, false tweets and hoopla, Samsung has today announced the roll-out of the official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II. At the moment, Samsung is rolling out the official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II in Korea, Poland, Sweden and Hungary.

Along with this, the company also confirmed that it rolling out a new value pack firmware update for some of its older handsets including the Galaxy S, Galaxy S Plus, Galaxy S L, Galaxy Tab 7 and the Galaxy W. This Value pack firmware update will include some of the features from Ice Cream Sandwich including Face Unlock, ability to take screenshots natively, and a photo editor among other features. The value pack firmware update is expected to be rolled out to the mentioned devices from the end of March. Readers can find a step by step guide to install the official LPQ Ice Cream Sandwich on the Galaxy S II here.

Other high-end devices from Samsung, including the Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy S II LTE, GAlaxy Tab 8.9, 10.1, 8.9 LTE, Galaxy R and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will also be getting the Android 4.0 ICe Cream Sandwich update sooner than later.

 

Samsung Galaxy S II’s Ice Cream Sandwich Update Landing Tomorrow In Korea?

After a lot of rumors, a couple of un-intended tweets, it looks like Samsung is all set to deliver the Ice Cream Sandwich goodness for the Galaxy S II from tomorrow. Earlier today, SK Telecom, one of South Korea’s largest network operator, tweeted in response to an ICS query from a Galaxy S II owner, that the official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the handset will go live tomorrow i.e on March 13th at 10AM local time.

The tweet was posted earlier this morning, but has since then been deleted. One of Samsung’s official twitter ID, SamsungTomorrow, has also tweeted about the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the S2 going live soon. Hopefully, unlike the last few rumors and false tweets, Samsung will release the Ice Cream Sandwich update for SK Telecom users tomorrow.

Keep in mind that the above update is meant only for the Korean variant of the Galaxy S II. If the tweet from Samsung Tomorrow is to be believed, the Korean company will release more info about the Ice Cream Sandwich update roll-out schedule tomorrow as well.

HTC Sensation and Sensation XE Getting The Ice Cream Sandwich Update!

The Ice Cream Sandwich code went public sometime in December, and HTC and Samsung promised that they will be updating their 2011 flagship Android handsets to the latest version of Android before Q1 of 2012 ends. Rumors have been floating around on the Internet that the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II will be released on 15th March. Everyone thought that Samsung might be able to beat HTC in becoming the first Android handset manufacturer to update its flagship Android handset to Ice Cream Sandwich.

However, if reports are to be believed, HTC has already started rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Sensation and Sensation XE owners in Germany and other Nordic countries. The OTA update brings Android 4.0.3 along with Sense 3.6 to the Sensation and Sensation XE handsets. Sadly, Sensation owners won’t be able to enjoy any of the visual goodness brought about by Ice Cream Sandwich, because of Sense 3.6.

It is also quite surprising to see that HTC has not announced anything about the ICS update rolling out for Sensation and Sensation XE handsets. Sensation owners can find more info about the update here. Alternatively, if you have root access and S-FF’d your Sensation, you can download and manually install the update by following these instructions.

Verizon Confirms The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Plans

Most of the Android smartphones released during the second half of 2011 and Q1 of 2012 runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Last year, Google announced the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. However, the only smartphone available in the market with the Android 4.0 OS is the Google branded Samsung Galaxy Nexus. On the other hand, the only smartphone to get the Android 4.0 update is the Google’s very own Nexus S.

Samsung and HTC has already announced their update plans, but none of their smartphones have officially received the Android 4.0 update until now. Last year, Verizon Wireless launched some amazing devices for its subscribers such as the Motorola Droid Razr, HTC Droid Incredible 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, LG Spectrum, etc. Most of the Verizon Wireless smartphones runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, while the tablets runs on the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS.

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We have good news for the Verizon Wireless subscribers. The company has recently announced their Android 4.0 update plans. Verizon Wireless recently unveiled the complete list of smartphones and tablets which are scheduled to get the much-awaited Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. Check out the complete list after the break.

HTC:

  • HTC ThunderBolt
  • HTC Droid Incredible 2
  • HTC Rhyme
  • HTC Rezound

Motorola:

  • Motorola Xoom
  • Droid Bionic
  • Droid Razr
  • Droid Razr Maxx
  • Droid 4
  • Droid XYBOARD 8.2
  • Droid XYBOARD 10.1

Samsung:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

LG:

  • LG Spectrum

Don’t get disappointed if your device is not listed above, since the company has promised to update this list throughout the year. Verizon did not specify when these smartphones and tablets will get the Android 4.0 update. However, you should expect to get this update for most of the devices by the end of Q2 of 2012.

Asus Pad 300 Unveiled; Low-End Version Of The Transformer Prime

Along with a higher-end version of the Transformer Prime, the Infinity Pad, Asus also unveiled a lower-end version known as the Transformer Pad 300. The Pad 300 is similar to the original Transformer Prime, but with a few minor yet important changes. First and foremost, the Pad 300 has a normal IPS display with a resolution of 1280×800, instead of the Super IPS+ display found on the Prime and the Pad.

Internally, the Pad 300 is same as the Transformer Prime and comes with a Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.3GHz, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage space. Other key features include a microSD card slot, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, and the usual bunch of sensors. There is also a 8MP snapper at the back, and a 1.3MP camera in the front of the tablet, which is also capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution. The tablet will be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out-of-the-box.

The Pad 300 can last up to 10 hours on a single charge, while the optional keyboard dock can extend the battery life to 15 hours. The company did not mention anything about the pricing or the availability of the Pad 300 so its anyone guess at the moment.

HTC One V Announced; A Mid-Range Android Handset For A Decent Price!

Along with the HTC One X and the One S, the Taiwanese handset manufacturer also announced a mid-range handset the One V. Being from the One series, the V shares some of the same features as its two older siblings including 25GB of free storage space on Dropbox, a 5MP camera with an aperture size of F/2.0 and with all the features found on the One X. THe handset is recording videos in 720p HD resolution, but sadly lacks a front-facing camera. There is also Beats Audio which will help improve the overall music quality of the phone.

Other than this, the One V is a pretty much mediocre handset and comes with a 3.7-inch WVGA (800×480) screen, a 1GHz single core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of on-board storage and a microSD card slot. The phone has a little hump at its bottom, which reminds me of the HTC Legend. Like the Legend, the One S has a unibody aluminum construction. The usual bunch of sensors and connectivity options inlcuding a quad band GSM radio, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth etc.

The One V will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 4.0 on top of it. While HTC did not mention the price of the handset, reports suggest that the One S will cost around $400 which certainly is a good deal.

Asus Infinity Pad Announced; A High-End Version Of The Transformer Prime

Along with the Asus Padfone, Asus announced yet another tablet similar to the original Transformer Prime (TF201), the Infinity Pad. The company has also renamed its Eee Pad Transformer Brand to just Transformer Pad.

The Transformer Pad Infinity comes with a 10.1-inch Super IPS+ display with a whopping 1920×1080 resolution. While the Wi-Fi variant of the Infinity Pad use an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, the 3G/4G version will come with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and an Adreno 225 GPU. The internal battery capacity has also been increased by more than 10% to outset the increase in screen resolution. There is the same 8MP F/2.2 aperture camera on the back of the Pad as one the Prime, and a 2MP snapper in the front. The usual bunch of sensors and connectivity features will also be present.

Like the original Prime, the Infinity Pad also has an aluminium body with a plastic strip running across the top of the tablet that acts as a R/F window. This R/F window will make sure that the Infinity Pad does not have the same GPS and Wi-Fi issues as the Transformer Prime.

The Infinity Pad will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box whenever it hits the retail market at an unknown price.

Asus Padfone Announced; It’s a Phone With An Optional Tablet Accessory!

Asus has finally officially unannounced the much teased Padfone here at MWC in Barcelona. This 4.3-inch Pad’fone’ packs in a Super-AMOLED display with qHD (960×640) display in a 9.2mm thin body, a blazing fast Qualcomm S4 Krait processor clicked at 1.5GHz, an Adreno 225 GPU, an 8MP camera with an aperture size of F/2.2 aided by an LED flash, and a VGA camera in the front.

There is also 1GB of RAM, 16 to 64GB of storage space thanks to a microSD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, a gyroscope, HSPA+ (up to 42Mbps), WCDMA and a 1520mAh battery. The phone runs on stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out-of-the-box thankfully!

The ‘Pad’fone part is a tablet like accessory which transforms the Padfone into a tablet. The phone will slide into this optional accessory, and will become a full blown tablet with a 10.1-inch screen. There is also a stylus (!) THAT helps users in drawing random stuffs on the screen, taking notes and for receiving calls. Yes, the stylus can double up as a headset for users to receive calls!

The company did not mention anything as to when the Padfone and its accessory will hit the market or how much it will cost.

ZTE Announces The Era; A New Era Begins For The Company

Looks like after Huawei, ZTE is all set to increase its smartphones shipments with some stellar Android running handsets. The company was the fourth largest handset maker in terms of volume shipped, and is aiming to become the third largest by 2015. The Era is among the eight handsets announced by the company at MWC in Bareclona.

This 7.8mm thin phone comes with a 4.3-inch qHD (960×640) screen, Nvidia’s Tegra 3 4-Plus-1 SoC clocked at 1.3GHz, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage along with a microSD card slot. Other key features of the Era include an 8MP snapper at the back capable of recording videos in full HD (1080p) resolution, a front-facing camera, a bunch of sensors and connectivity features inlcuding Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, MHL, HD Voice, UMA for Wi-Fi calling and NFC.

The Era will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which will be lightly skinned by ZTE’s Mifavor skin. The company did not mention anything about the pricing or the availability of the handset.