HTC may have promised to stick to its ‘One’ series of unified brand, but the latest handset from the company definitely bucks the trend. The Desire X from HTC sports a typical One series styling, mid-range internals and a budget price tag for emerging Asian markets.
The Desire X is the first phone to make use of Qualcomm’s S4 Play processor. According to Anandtech, the Qualcomm S4 Play processor is based on the 45nm fabrication process and packs in two Cortex-A5 cores clocked at 1GHz, along with an Adreno 203 GPU. Other specs of the Desire X include 768MB of RAM, a 4-inch Super-LCD with WVGA (800*480) resolution, a 5MP camera with F/2.0 and a 28mm wide-angle lens, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS and the other usual bunch of features and sensors.
The Desire X will be available by mid-September in most markets of Asia at an “affordable” price. The handset will be running on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC’s Sense 4.0 UI on top of it out-of-the-box, but should get the Jelly Bean treatment as well. There is also a 1650mAh battery inside the 9.69mm thick body of the phone, which should hopefully be enough for it to last a day.
In addition to its latest flagship Xperia handset, the Xperia T, Sony also announced two other Xperia handsets, the Xperia V and J. The Xperia V is a LTE compatible phone from the Japanese company, and will come with the highest level of water resistance possible in a smartphone.
The V is similar to the Xperia T except that it is meant for the United States. The specs of the V include a 4.3-inch HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 Krait processor, 1GB of RAM, an Adreno 225 GPU, one-touch connectivity thanks to NFC, PlayStation Certified, a 13MP camera with FullHD (1080p) video recording, Clear audio+, MHL connectivity and much more.
The Xperia J is a budget-oriented Droid from the company that is aimed at emerging markets of Asia. The 9.2mm slim Xperia J packs in a 4-inch display with FWVGA resolution, a 5MP snapper in the back and a VGA camera in the front. Both the handsets will be running on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich out-of-the-box instead of Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.
The handsets will be available in a bunch of colors before the holiday season of 2012 kicks-in.
Slowly and steadily, Samsung has been updating its Galaxy line-up of devices to Ice Cream Sandwich. After getting its flagship devices, the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note, out of the way by Q2 of 2012, the Korean company has been silently updating its tablets to ICS.
After rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung has decided to shower some Ice Cream Sandwich love on the Galaxy Tab 8.9. The Android 4.0.4 update for the tablet is already live in the United States, can Tab 8.9 owners can use Samsung’s KIES software to install the update. The update is also being rolled out via OTA, but the update notification might take sometime to hit your tablet so use Samsung’s KIES software if you cannot wait to get your hands on the update.
The Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi will bring with it some much needed performance and stability improvements, UI tweaks, Face unlock, in-built data monitoring tool, enhanced copy and paste and in-built dictionary and much more.
Keep in mind that as of now, the update is only available for the Wi-Fi only variant of the Galaxy Tab 8.9, and not any of the carrier versions. Owners of carrier-branded variants of the tablet need to wait until the update is approved from their carrier.
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.
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.
After rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Xperia P, Sony has once again turned its attention to its 2011 line-up of Xperia handsets. The Japanese company has announced in a blog post that starting from this week, it will start rolling out the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Xperia arc S, Xperia arc, Xperia neo, Xperia neo V, Xperia Mini, Xperia Pro, Xperia active and the Xperia ray.
The Android 4.0.4 update will not bring with it any new features or changes on-board, but will include a bunch of bug-fixes along with improved stability and performance. This update should fix most of the issues and bugs plaguing Xperia owners, ever since they installed the original ICS update on their handset.
Sony will also roll out this update to the Xperia mini Pro, neo L and Live with Walkman “over the next few weeks”.
If you are an Xperia user and have not already installed the ICS update on your phone, then you will need to use Sony’s PC Companion software to install the update. If you are already running ICS on your handset, then the update will be available to you via OTA as well, albeit a bit late.
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 -:
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.
Google seems to be hard on improving the Android ecosystem. The company is silently working on bringing Gift Cards to the Play Store. Today, the big G has brought another new feature to the Play Store – Smart App Updates. The company had announced about Smart App updates during the Jelly Bean keynote at Google I/O this year.
Smart App Updates are like OTA software updates that your phone gets, except that it is for the apps installed on your phone. So, if you have a 30MB app installed on your phone and an update is available for it, you will not have to download the whole 30MB APK again. Instead, only the updated part of the APK will be downloaded and installed, thus saving bandwith.
The feature is already available to all Android users running Ice Cream Sandwich or higher. If not, wait for a few days and the feature should go live in your region soon. Keep in mind that the Play Store download progress bar will show the full size of the APK, but only download the updated part of the APK.
The Galaxy S III is the hottest Android handset right now on planet Earth. Even then, it runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, and not the latest and greatest version of Android, Jelly Bean. Google pushed Jelly Bean to AOSP in the 2nd week of July, and Samsung has since then been working hard on porting the OS to the Galaxy S3.
Rumors have indicated that Samsung will be rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 by the end of this month. While Samsung itself has not confirmed anything, a video posted on YouTube by AndroidMX does seem to confirm this. The video shows off the LG4 firmware on the Galaxy S3, which is based on Jelly Bean, running like ‘Butter’ on the device.
The video clearly shows the revamped notification bar of Jelly Bean along with expanded notifications, and the quick notification toggles from Samsung. If this video is anything to go by, Samsung may very well be on track to release the Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 by the end of August.
Samsung Galaxy S3 owners, your ‘Butter’ filled Jelly Bean update with Google Now is coming sooner than you expected.
As expected, Samsung has unveiled its latest tablet — the Galaxy Note 10.1 — at an event in the United States. The Note 10.1 was originally announced at Mobile World Congress this year, but packed mediocre specs. The Korean company never really released it, and instead silently worked on updating the tablet’s internals.
The new and updated Galaxy Note 10.1 packs in a 10.1-inch TFT screen with a resolution of 1280*800. Internally, the tablet is powered by the quad-core Exynos 4412 SoC clocked at 1.4GHz, 2GB of RAM, and an ARM Mali-400MP4 GPU. Other specs of the tablet include a 5MP snapper at the back, a 1.9MP front camera, microSD card slot, miniUSB port, an IR port, a beefy 7000mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, and a Galaxy Note like S-Pen stylus. The tablet runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, but Samsung will update it to Jelly Bean sooner than later.
“Samsung’s GALAXY Note 10.1, with its pressure-sensitive S Pen, truly unleashes the power of Adobe Photoshop Touch and provides a great tool for creative expression,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “More than ever, people around the world want to create, wherever and whenever inspiration strikes. We look forward to seeing what they imagine with the S Pen and Photoshop Touch.”
The Galaxy Note 10.1 will come with an optimized version of Adobe Photoshop Touch, which is aimed to take advantage of the tablet’s S-Pen input. Thankfully, Samsung has priced the Note 10.1 sensibly with the 16GB Wi-Fi only variant of the tablet retailing for $499, while the 32GB version will set users back by $549. The tablet will also be available since tomorrow across all the U.S. authorized retailers including Best Buy, Amazon, Tiger Direct and Fry’s.
After rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the various Galaxy Tab in different regions of the world, Samsung has turned its attention to the United States. The Korean company has start rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the T-Mobile Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.
The ICS update for both the Tabs brings some much-needed performance and stability improvements, UI refinements, new features like Face Unlock, in-built Data Monitoring tool, updated Google Apps and more.As of now, only the Wi-Fi variant of the Tab 10.1 is receiving the ICS update.
Owners of the 3G/4G LTE variant of the Tab 10.1, need to wait until the OTA update is ‘tested’ and approved by their carriers, which can very well take up to a few months. The 254MB OTA update should be available to all Wi-Fi Tab 10.1 owners within the next couple of weeks. T-Mobile Tab 7.0 Plus owners need to use Samsung’s KIES software to get Ice Cream Sandwich on their device.
Hopefully, Samsung will roll out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the forgotten Tab 8.9 owners pretty soon as well.