HTC Thunderbolt Ice Cream Sandwich Update Still On Track

HTC has until now released the Ice Cream Sandwich updates for the various variants of the Sensation, and the single-core powered HTC Incredible S. While the original announcement from HTC stated that the Desire HD will be getting Ice Cream Sandwich, the company recently announced that the ICS update for the handset has been scrapped. The reason behind denying the ICS update was due to the lack of sufficient space on the /system partition on the handset.

Rumors soon started floating around that HTC might axe the ICS update for the Thunderbolt, since the handset packs similar specs as the Desire HD.

HTC has now confirmed via its Facebook page that the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Thunderbolt is still on track. Here is the full comment from HTC -:

Hey, John! Yes, The Thunderbolt is still set to receive ICS. We’re still planning to finish updates for all announced devices by the end of August. Thanks for remaining so patient!

Don’t get your hope too high though. In all probability, once HTC finishes the ICS update for the Thunderbolt, they will give it to Verizon for testing, which can very well take a couple of months.

Via – PocketNow

Final Version Of CyanogenMod 9 Released

With CyanogenMod 9, the CM team decided to go back to the drawing board, do some major code clean-up so that future Android releases won’t cause them too much of a headache. Due to this, CM9 was under development for quite a long time. ICS was pushed to AOSP sometime around mid-December, and the CM team started rolling out nightlies sometime around early-March for a bunch of devices.

The first RC was released sometime in June with the RC2 following it after a month. Now, nearly a month after the RC2 was released, and more than 6 months after nightly builds started rolling out, the CM team has silently released the final version of CM9. As of now, the final version is only available for the GSM variant of the Galaxy Nexus.

There has been no official announcement from the CM team about the release of final version of CM9, which should hopefully happen once the stable builds for other devices are available. Galaxy Nexus (GSM) owners can download the stable build of CM9 for their handset from here.

Now that the final build of CM9 has been released, official CM10 nightlies based on Jelly Bean are imminent.

Xperia P Ice Cream Sandwich Update Coming In The Third Week Of August

Sony is probably the only Android OEM manufacturer that has updated nearly the whole of its 2011 line-up of Xperia handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich, and then started rolling out ICS updates for its 2012 devices. After rolling out the ICS update for the Xperia S, the company has turned its attention to its budget-oriented dual-core handset, the Xperia P.

The P packs in a dual-core NovaThor 1GHz Cortex-A9 CPU an ARM Mali-400 GPU, 512MB of RAM and a microSD card slot. The handset offers quite a bang for its buck, but has been pretty much over-shadowed by the 2011 line-up of Xperia devices from Sony.

Thankfully, the Japanese company has announced via its Facebook India page that it will start rolling out the ICS update for the Xperia P somewhere between August 19th to August 25th. Considering the hardware similarities between the Xperia P, U and Sola, the ICS updates for these phones should not be far away as well.

Via – Xperia Blog

HTC Rezound Official Ice Cream Sandwich Update Now Live!

The HTC Rezound was the first phone from the Taiwanese manufacturer to be released in the United States to sport a 4.3-inch screen with 720p HD resolution, 1GB of RAM, and the Beats Audio logo. When HTC announced the Rezound it said that the handset is “Ice Cream Sandwich” ready, and that it will roll-out the update for the handset by the end of Q1 of 2012.

Well, starting from today, HTC has finally started rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Rezound. The official OTA update comes after the company missed its its original deadline by more than a quarter, and numerous ICS firmware leaks for the device.

Below is the official change-log of the update -:

Applications & Widgets
+ V CAST Media Manager has been updated to Backup Assistant Plus with an enhanced user experience.
+ Time zone issues have been resolved and proper Timezone will display within the Clock Widget.

Device Features
+ Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.
+ Cisco AnyConnect support has been added to improve VPN functionality.
+ Improved data connectivity for a better user experience.
+ Improve device stability minimizes the number of resets.
+ Improvements to Mobile Hotspot connectivity.

Email, Messaging & Web
+ Improvements to default mail application now displays all Yahoo! mail contents properly

The OTA update should hit all Rezound owners within a couple of weeks. Alternatively, they can manually pull the update by going to Settings -> About Phone -> Software Update and then selecting the ‘Check For Updates’ option.

Verizon

Sprint EVO 3D And EVO Design 4G Taste Ice Cream Sandwich

It’s raining Ice Cream Sandwich update for Android devices. While LG and Samsung have rolled out ICS updates for the Nitro HD and Galaxy Tab 10.1, HTC have joined the bandwagon by releasing ICS updates for the EVO 3D and EVO Design 4G. The update is being rolled out via OTA by Sprint, and should be available to all EVO 3D/EVO Design 4G owners within the next couple of weeks.

Below is the full general change-log of the Ice Cream Sandwich update for EVO 3D and the EVO Design 4G -:

  • Upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0)
  • Home screen folders
  • Launch Bar for commonly used apps
  • Improved Android Browser
  • Improved Camera Experience
  • Face Unlock
  • Resizable Widgets
  • Add/Remove Panels

Users can also manually pull the update by going to Settings -> About Device and then selecting the ‘Check for updates’ option from under the ‘Software Updates’ sub-menu.

EVO 3D/Design 4G owners should not expect much of the Holo goodness introduced by Google in Ice Cream Sandwich, in this OTA update. HTC has done an excellent job of keeping the whole UI similar to Android 2.3, all thanks to its Sense skin.

Samsung Rolls Out Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich Update For Galaxy Tab 10.1

Samsung has been taking its own sweet time to update its devices to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The company started rolling out the ICS update for the Galaxy S2 back in late-March, and followed it up with the Galaxy Note, AT&T Galaxy Note/S2, and more recently the Galaxy Tab 7.7.

The Tab 7.7 was the first tablet from Samsung to taste Ice Cream Sandwich, thanks to its similar internals as the S2/Note. Starting from today, the Korean company has started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for its first 2011 tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1. As of now, the update is being rolled out for the Wi-Fi or 3G variant of the tablet (P7510/7500) depending on the region.

A quick reminder of all the new features in Ice Cream Sandwich include a new keyboard with next word prediction, improved performance and stability, enhanced notification bar, revamped UI elements and much more.

The Motorola XOOM was among the first tablets to get Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, but Motorola did not update the kernel version of the tablet to 3.x. Thankfully, Samsung has updated the core kernel of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with the Ice Cream Sandwich update to 3.1.10, which should help improve the overall performance, battery life and stability of the device.

Via – SamMobile

LG Optimus 2X And Optimus Black To Not Get Ice Cream Sandwich Update

Among all the major Android OEM manufacturers, LG has been the slowest in bringing Ice Cream Sandwich update to its handset. The Korean company has just started rolling out the ICS update for the LG Nitro HD, while its other previous-gen droid handsets patiently wait for their turn.

LG had earlier released a list of handsets that it will be updating to Ice Cream Sandwich, which included the Optimus 2X and the Optimus Black. Sadly, LG Canada has annouced via its Twitter account that it won’t be bringing ICS to the Optimus 2X and the Optimus Black.

The Optimus 2X was the first dual-core toting handset to be released to the world, but the company’s poor software support essentially made it a failure. It is nothing but shameful to see a dual-core phone not getting the Ice Cream Sandwich update. On the other hand, the Optimus Black packs similar internals as the Nexus S, which recently got its Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update. The Korean company definitely needs to hire some better developers!

Considering LG’s statement that the “original upgrade announcement was a general statement issued from the HQ”, don’t be surprised if the company shelves the ICS update for its other handsets.

Via – GSMArena

Updated Galaxy Note 10.1 With Quad-Core CPU And 2GB RAM Uncovered

Earlier this year, Samsung announced a bigger variant of the Galaxy Note, the Note 10.1. As its name suggests, the Note 10.1 packs a 10.1-inch screen, and was powered by a dual-core processor. Compared to the new iPad or even the Nexus 7, the Note 10.1 seemed downright weak and over-priced.

As days and weeks passed by, Samsung realized its mistake and silently started working on a better and updated version of the Note 10.1. While the Korean company has not announced anything officially, rumors and leaks provide more than enough evidence that the company should soon be releasing a more powerful Note 10.1.

Now, it looks like The Brave Post has managed to get his hands on the updated Note 10.1 that packs in a much more powerful 1.4GHz Quad-Core SoC, 2GB of RAM, a 5MP snapper, and the S-Pen, along with HSPA+ support. The updated Note also seems to have the ability to act as a speakerphone to your existing smartphone.

It looks like Samsung is all set to unveil the new and updated Galaxy Note 10.1 at its upcoming August 15th event.

HTC Desire HD To Not Get Ice Cream Sandwich Update After All!

Bad news HTC Desire HD owners. After quite a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Desire HD’s Ice Cream Sandwich update, HTC has finally come clean and announced that it won’t be updating the handset to Android 4.0.

Here is the official statement from HTC about this -:

After extensive testing, we’ve determined that the current version of HTC Sense with Android provides customers with the best experience on the HTC Desire HD. When we consider new versions of software, we weigh a number of factors, but ultimately the customer experience on the product is the deciding factor. We apologize for any confusion this change may have caused our customers.

The Desire HD was HTC’s ‘hero’ device for 2010, and it is nothing short of disappointing to see the handset not get an OS upgrade that was released just a year after its release. What is more surprising is that the Desire HD’s single core processor and 768MB of RAM are more than enough to run Ice Cream Sandwich smoothly.

Heck!

The Desire HD can run Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean smoothly. Sony has updated all of its 2011 handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich, and they pack similar specs as that of the Desire HD, except that the latter has more RAM (512MB vs. 768MB). The HTC Incredible S packs the exact same internals as the Desire HD and it tasted Ice Cream Sandwich more than a month ago.

No wonder HTC is losing its customers!

HTC Desire HD Ice Cream Sandwich Update Cancelled?

The HTC Desire HD was the Taiwanese company’s flagship handset for the 2nd half of 2010. Even by 2012 standards, the phone has a pretty spec sheet with a 1GHz Qualcomm processor, 768MB of RAM, and oodles of storage space. When HTC  released its Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade road-map for its devices earlier this year, it stated that the Desire HD should taste ICS sometime in late Q3 of this year.

However, things might have taken a turn for the bad, as according to an updated TELUS document the Desire HD Ice Cream Sandwich update has been cancelled. The TELUS document states that “HTC has cancelled the HTC Desire HD ICS upgrade due to poor device performance during testing.”

The 1GHz Snapdragon processor + 768MB of RAM are more than enough to make sure ICS runs smoothly on the Desire HD. The Incredible S, which packs similar internals as the Desire HD, tasted Ice Cream Sandwich a few weeks ago. The only reason HTC could have cancelled the ICS update for the handset would be due to the investment involved.

HTC still has not officially announced anything whether the ICS update for the handset has been cancelled or not, so there is still some hope left for Desire HD owners.

Via – MobileSyrup