HTC Thunderbolt, Droid Incredible 2 and Rhyme To Get Ice Cream Sandwich Update

Up until now, HTC has been quite clear on which Android devices of the company will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update. However, the company has been pretty much mum about its devices in the United States. Thankfully, the company has now come clean on which all Android handsets it will be updating to Ice Cream Sandwich in the United States.

The Taiwanese manufacturer will be upgrading all the Android handsets it has released under the Verizon’s network in the last year to Ice Cream Sandwich. This includes the HTC Thunderbolt, Droid Incredible 2, Rhyme and the already announced, Rezound.

It is definitely nice to see HTC updating its single core handsets especially the Thunderbolt to Ice Cream Sandwich. The company has not mentioned anything as to when it will be rolling out the update, so its anyone guess at the moment.

Owners of any of the above handset should not expect much visual changes from the Ice Cream Sandwich update for their handsets. HTC’s Sense skin will hide whatever visual changes Google introduced in ICS, and instead the update will mainly add some new features and update the stock Google applications.

Asus Transformer Prime Gets Another Software Update; Improves Battery Life!

The Transformer Prime was released by Asus in late December last year, and has already got several software updates from the company. In fact, in recent time the Prime is the most updated Android device out there in the market, and that is in a good way.

Now, Asus has again started rolling out another software for the Prime, which apparently improves the battery life of the tablet. Other than this, Asus has not mentioned anything as to what the update changes, but Prime owners should expect the usual performance and stability enhancements. Quite a few Prime owners on XDA are reporting that this new update fixed the random reboots, improved the Wi-Fi performance and the battery life of the tablet noticeably for them. The update breaks root, so use Voodoo OTA Rootkeeper from the Market to preserve root access, after the update is installed.

The software update carries the version number, and should be available to all Prime owners effective immediately. The update is being rolled out only in the United States at the moment, so Prime owners in other region of the world might not see the update pop up on their tablet.

Swype For Android Updated; Now Supports Ice Cream Sandwich and Integrates Dragon Go!

Swype, the popular Swyping keyboard for Android, has finally been updated to add support for Ice Cream Sandwich. Since the product is still in beta, and this is the first build that supports Ice Cream Sandwich, the company warns that users may find some hard-to-replicate or find bugs.

Other than the support for Ice Cream Sandwich, the new update also adds quite a lot of new features including Dragon Go! Integration. For the less known, Dragon Go! is a service, similar to Siri, and is much more accurate and advanced than Google’s Voice Actions. The bad news is that the Dragon Go! integration in Swype is only available to Swype users residing in the United States.

Additionally, the update improves the prediction accuracy, and is also optimized for WXGA resolutions. The Emoticon key in SMS apps has also been enabled after quite a few Swype users requested it to be brought back.

Swype users who own a Galaxy Nexus or are running Ice Cream Sandwich on their handset are recommended to disable the in-built spell-checker on ICS for optimum user experience. As always, the latest version of Swype beta is available to only those people who had signed up for the company’s beta program.


Asus Transformer Ice Cream Sandwich Update Delayed!

Bad news Asus Transformer owners! Asus has today announced via its Facebook page that it will be delaying the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the original Transformer. Asus had initially promised that it would be updating the Transformer to Ice Cream Sandwich sometime in February.

Below is the official statement from Asus -:

Dear fellow Asus members, we would like to say that we appreciate all the support we see in our Asus Facebook page every day. It makes our contributions worthwhile and fulfilling.

We are informed that the ICS upgrade for TF101 will be ready within the Feb/March 2012 period. You will be able to receive the upgrade notification via FOTA once we have a confirmation date.

We thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter

The statement above from Asus is quite vague, especially the time period in which the company will be rolling out the update. The company does not even mention as to why it has to push back the update, so it’s anyone guess at the moment!

I am assuming Asus delayed the OTA update, because it does not want users to face any stability issues like the Prime owners faced after updating their tablet to ICS.


Motorola Releases Ice Cream Sandwich Update Schedule; Things Look Depressing!

Motorola had earlier detailed a step-by-step process as to how a software update from the company goes through various obstacles before reaching the end user. Today, the company has released a rough time-frame as to when most of its handset should get the Ice Cream Sandwich update, and I am sad to say things look pretty disappointing.

Motorola will be updating the Wi-Fi only XOOM to Ice Cream Sandwich in the United States by the end of Q1 of 2012. XOOM owners in other regions of the world need to wait until Q2 before some Ice Cream Sandwich goodness lands on their XOOM. The RAZR, XOOM Family Edition and the Chinese variants of the RAZR will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update sometime in Q2 of 2012.

The Atrix 2, Atrix, Photon 4G, XOOM 2, Xyboard 10.1, Xyboard 8.2, and the Droid 4 will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update sometime in Q3 of 2012. Yes, Motorola will take nearly 9 months after Ice Cream Sandwich’s code went public to update majority of its Android devices to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Oh! and owners of Droid X2, Droid 3, Droid Pro, and their European siblings – Ice Cream Sandwich update for your handsets are still under “Evaluation & Planning”. You guys should read that as Motorola has screwed you, and if you want to taste ICS on your handset, better root it or buy a new one!

While Samsung and HTC will update its flagship handset to ICS by the end of Q1, Motorola will do so only in Q2. The only thing I can hope for right now is that once Google completes the acquisition over Motorola, things will improve drastically. 


Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Announced; Comes With 1 GHz Dual-Core Processor, Android 4.0 OS

Samsung recently launched a new tablet device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. This tablet is the successor of the highly popular Samsung Galaxy Tab. The Galaxy Tab 2 runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System and it comes with a 1 GHz dual-core processor, instead of the 1 GHz single-core processor found in the original Galaxy Tab. This tablet comes with the Samsung’s Music Hub and Readers Hubs, which allows you to access more than 17 million tracks and 2.3 million e-books respectively.

“Two years ago, Samsung Galaxy Tab began to offer customers more possibilities on the go. Since then, Samsung has actively enhanced our tablet line-up with several tablets in different sizes,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “The new Galaxy Tab 2 will provide people with delighted multimedia experience and allow efficient communication.”

samsung galaxy tab 2

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 features a 7 inch WSVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, Samsung TouchWiz UI, 3 megapixel rear camera, VGA front facing camera for video calls, etc.

It also comes with the usual Samsung Apps, Samsung Kies, Readers Hub, Music Hub, Game Hub, Video Hub, Samsung S Suggest, Samsung ChatON, Music Player with SoundAlive, AllShare Play and Polaris Office. This device allows you to access more than 400,000 apps from the Android Market.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, 3G Connectivity, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB/ 16GB/ 32GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, A-GPS and 4000 mAH Li-ion battery. This tablet measures 193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5 mm and weighs 344g.

samsung galaxy tab 2

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 will be first available in the UK, followed by the global markets from March. The price of this device in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark is mentioned below.

Wi-Fi: 2,995SEK ($450)
3G: 3,695 SEK ($556)

Wi-Fi: 349EUR ($463)
3G: 429EUR ($568)

Wi-Fi: 2,400NOK ($420)
3G: 2,990NOK ($523)

Wi-Fi: 2,350DKK ($419)
3G: 3,995DKK ($712)

Acer Iconia A200 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Rolling Out Now

Apart from selling PCs and laptops, Acer also manufactures Android powered handsets and tablets. While its Android devices have not exactly managed to gain as much popularity as the company would have hoped for, Acer still continues to support them.

Now, it looks like Acer has started rolling out the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Iconia A200 tablet. While the company has not officially confirmed the news, quite a few A200 owners are reporting that they have already got the Ice Cream Sandwich update on their tablet.

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Iconia A200 brings with it an improved performance, new widgets, enhanced UI and more.

This update makes the A200 the first tablet from Acer to get the Ice Cream Sandwich update. It also makes the A200 among the first few Android tablets from any manufacturer to get the ICS update. Kudos to Acer for beating Samsung to this!

Hopefully, Acer will also be updating its other Iconia tablets like the A100, A500 to Ice Cream Sandwich, sooner than later.


Asus Transformer Prime Getting Another Software Update; Fixes Random Reboot Issues

Asus has again started rolling out a new software update – Build – for its latest and greatest tablet, the Transformer Prime. The update is being rolled out for the Prime owners in the United States, and fixes the random reboot issue which many users faced after installing the Ice Cream Sandwich update.

Other than this, the update also improves the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth performance of the tablet. The update also includes a new Kernel, which should hopefully improve the overall performance and stability of the Prime.

Prime owners who are expecting this update to fix the poor GPS performance on their tablet, should really give up their hopes. Asus has already acknowledged the poor GPS performance on the Prime, due to a design over-look, and has removed the GPS feature from the official spec sheet of the tablet.

Asus will also start rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for Prime owners from or after February 17th. Asus is perhaps the only Android tablet manufacturer, which not only prices its tablet decently, but also provides proper after-sales support by updating them to the latest version of Android.

Nokia N9 Gets An Ice Cream Sandwich Port

The Nokia N9 was one of its kind phone – It was the first and the last phone from Nokia to run on the MeeGo OS. The handset got some ravishing reviews, but barely managed to sell because of its bleak future. However, the N9 is a favorite among developers and modders.

The open-hardware on the N9, and the talented developers of NITDroid have managed to get Ice Cream Sandwich to boot on the handset. The developers have only released a picture of the handset running Ice Cream Sandwich, which does not really says much about what works and what does not. There is no public build available as well, so N9 owners need to wait for some more time before they can taste some ICS on their handset.

The developers are definitely having a tough time porting Android’s kernel to the N9, and to get some basic features like GPU acceleration and the radios to work. Interested N9 developers can head over to for more information about this project, and the progress being made by the developers.


HTC To Release ICS Update For Sensation Series Of Handsets At The End Of March

Back in December, HTC had issued an official statement that it will be releasing the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for some of its handsets. Today, the company has once again confirmed that it will be releasing the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Sensation series of handsets – the Sensation 4G, Sensation, Sensation XE, soon followed by the Sensation XL.

Below is the official statement from HTC -:

HTC has been working hard to get its Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades ready, and we’re excited to announce that our first round of ICS upgrades will roll out by the end of March for the HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation 4G and HTC Sensation XE, followed soon there after by the HTC Sensation XL.

In addition, we can confirm Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades will be coming later this year to the HTC Rezound, HTC Vivid, HTC Amaze 4G, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G, HTC Incredible S, HTC Desire S and HTC Desire HD. Stay tuned for more updates on Ice Cream Sandwich releases in the coming weeks.

The ICS update for Sensation series will be followed by updates for the Rezound, Vivid, Amaze 4G, EVO 3D, EVO Design, Incredible S, Desire S and the Desire HD.

It is definitely nice to see HTC updating their single-core handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich, especially the Desire HD. The Desire HD was launched way back in Q3 of 2010, and packs a 1GHz Snapdragon S3 processor and 768MB of RAM.

When HTC had launched the Rezound, the company had promised that the handset will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update in early-2012. Now, the company will be updating the Rezound to Ice Cream Sandwich after updating the Sensation series of handsets, which will definitely not go down well with Rezound owners.

Also, don’t expect the ICS update from HTC to look anywhere near stock Ice Cream Sandwich. The Sense skin from the company will make sure that users don’t get to see the Holo theme that Google introduced in Ice Cream Sandwich.