HTC Incredible S Tastes Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich

HTC has started rolling out the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for Incredible S owners in quite a few regions of the world.  Incredible S owners should consider themselves lucky that their phone has got the official Ice Cream Sandwich update before a dual-core phone from HTC, the EVO 3D.

While the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Incredible S will bring with it quite a lot of new features and enhancements, what it will not bring is all the visual goodness that Google had introduced. Instead, HTC has loaded the update for the S with Sense 3.6 that makes sure users will not get a taste of the UI changes in ICS.

The official update is rolling out in certain regions of Europe via OTA. The update will take some time to show up for the branded or carrier-locked variants of the Incredible S, including the Verizon’s Droid Incredible 2.

HTC has not announced anything officially whether the Incredible S will get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update or not. Considering how small the Android 4.1 update is and the Incredible S hardware, it should in a perfect world get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update.

Motorola Droid Bionic Tastes Its First Android 4.0 Firmware Leak

Up until now, Motorola Droid RAZR owners have got a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich thanks to quite a few leaked ICS firmware. Owners of the fatter sibling of the RAZR, the Droid Bionic, patiently waited for their turn and silently regretted purchasing the Bionic.

Anyways, someone over at Motorola has finally rewarded the Droid Bionic owners with an Ice Cream Sandwich firmware leak for their handset. Early flashers of the build report the performance of the ROM to be “buttery smooth”. Apart from this, the ICS build looks pretty similar to the early Droid RAZR leaks. The leaked firmware might not be the final ICS update for Bionic owners, but it is pretty darn close. Motorola, unlike Samsung, has also kept ICS relatively Blur-free, except for some colored icons.

There is a strong possibility that Motorola will start rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for Droid RAZR/RAZR MAXX owners on June 27th. Droid Bionic owners should expect to get their fair share of Ice Cream Sandwichlove soon after.

Via – Droid-Hive

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Finally Tastes Ice Cream Sandwich

After quite a few months of testing, AT&T has finally started rolling out the official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for its variant of the Galaxy S II. The European Galaxy S II got its Android 4.0 update back in March, and considering the similarities between the European and AT&T Galaxy S II, the update for the former should not have taken so long.

AT&T was however busy testing the update and making sure it delays it by at least a couple of months. Anyways, the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the AT&T Galaxy S II brings with it lots of new features including an inbuilt data monitoring tool, a slightly new jazzed up TouchWIZ UI, new Google Apps, improved copy and paste system, and the usual performance and stability improvements.

The update is not being rolled out via OTA though. AT&T Galaxy S II owners need to use Samsung’s KIES software to install the update on their handset.

Tip – If you have not already, go ahead and install CM9 on your AT&T Galaxy S II. Not only is the performance much better than the official stock firmware, it will also give you a taste of stock Ice Cream Sandwich.

HTC One S Now Available In India; Comes With Qualcomm S3 SoC Instead Of S4

HTC has finally released its upper mid-range One series handset in India, the One S. Sadly, the Indian variant of the One S comes with a different SoC that makes it less exciting. While the international variant of the One S packs a Qualcomm S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz and an Adreno 225 GPU, the Indian version packs a 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm S3 SoC along with an Adreno 220 GPU. Even though the Indian One S might have a faster CPU, it is slower and a battery guzzler compared to the international One S.

Apart from the change in SoC, the Indian version of the One S packs the same specs – a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED qHD (960*640) resolution display, 1GB RAM, 16GB fixed internal memory, no microSD card slot, FM radio, GPS with A-GPS, an 8MP camera with ImageSense and AutoFocus, Zero-shutter lag, F/2.0 aperture with a 28mm wide lens, a 0.3MP front camera and a bunch of sensors.

The One S has a stunning unibody construction, and runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 4.0 on top of it. Sadly, the handset’s non-removable 1650mAh battery and the less-efficient Snapdragon S3 processor will make sure that the One S lasts less than a day under normal-to-heavy usage.

The pricing of the handset is also a let-down with a street price of Rs 32,4999. Just for a few extra thousand notes, one can get the One X and the Galaxy S III, both of which completely smoke the One S.

Asus Rolls Out Another Software Update For Transformer Prime – Brings Face Unlock To The Tablet

Asus has yet again started rolling out a new software update for its Transformer Prime tablet. The new update is a pretty minor one, and aims at fixing a few bugs along with adding the Face Unlock feature.

Below is the full change-l0g of the update -:

  • GPS dongle fix & local notification
  • Ethernet UI support to set Ethernet connect policy when screen off
  • Add system bar lock settings for showing/hiding system info
  • Enable Face Unlock feature
  • Support Bluetooth HDP
  • Third party app upgrade
  • Other bug fixes

The update is being rolled out in the form of a phased OTA update in certain regions of the world, so please be patient if you have not already received the update.

Ever since Asus launched the Transformer Prime late last year, the company has been working on supporting the tablet and releasing timely software update for it. In fact, the Asus Transformer Prime has now got more software updates than Motorola XOOM, which was Google’s base platform to release Android 3.0 Honeycomb, ever did. No wonder Google has teamed up with Asus to release its $199 Nexus tablet.

Acer Unveils The A110 and A210 Ice Cream Sandwich Powered Tablets

Last night at Computex, Acer unveiled a couple of low-end Ice Cream Sandwich powered tablets, the Iconia Tab A110 and A210. The Acer 110 is a plain, rugged tablet with a matte finish and packs a 7-inch screen with 1024*600 resolution in its 11.4mm thick body. The A210 packs in a bigger 10.1-inch screen with 1280*800 resolution.

Both the tablets are powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 3 SoC, 1GB of RAM, Wi-Fi and the usual bunch of sensors. Both the tablets are powered by a 3600mAh battery, and lack any sort of camera. Other features of the tablets include a microSD card slot, 8GB or 16GB of internal memory, micro-HDMI port, a USB 2.0 port, and a micro-USB port.

Both the tablets are expected to go on sale sometime in Q3 of this year, and will be running on stock Ice Cream Sandwich. While Acer did not announce the pricing of the tablets, the devices are expected to cost around $200-250. The tablets are successor’s to the Iconia Tab A200 and A100, both of which failed to gain any significant market share. Hopefully, the low pricing of the A110 and A210 will help Acer in gaining a traction in the tablet market.

Via – Engadget


Sony Starts Rolling Out Android 4.0.4 Update To Xperia Handsets

Sony started updating its Xperia branded handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich back in mid-April beginning with the Xperia Arc S, Neo V and Xperia Ray. The roll-out then expanded to other regions of the world as well as to other Xperia devices like the Xperia Arc, Mini and Mini Pro.

Now, it looks like Sony has again started rolling out another software update for its Xperia handsets that bumps the Android version to 4.0.4. The update is being rolled out via OTA and weighs around 20MB in size. The update is being rolled out in certain regions of the world only at the moment, including India. There is no official change-log available, but the update should include an overall improvement in the performance and stability of the handsets along with some bug-fixes. As of now, the update is being rolled out to certain Xperia handsets only including the Xperia Arc, Arc S and the Mini/Mini Pro.

Hopefully, Sony will also be showering some Ice Cream Sandwich love on its 2012 line-up of Xperia NXT handsets including the Xperia S sooner than later. This update also makes Sony the first Android manufacturer to update its handset to Android 4.0.4, except for the Google’s Nexus series.

Now, how about updating that old Gingerbread based 2.6.35.x kernel to 3.x Sony?

Samsung Galaxy S III U.S. Launch Goes Official; Coming To Five Major Carriers In June

Back in early May, Samsung announced the hotly anticipated Galaxy S III. With its hefty price tag, big screen, a beast of an SoC, and one of the best camera found in an Android phone, the Galaxy S III is definitely looking to repeat the success its predecessor — the Galaxy S II — managed to meet with. The handset is already on sale in more than 28 different countries of the world, with the number expanding to a whopping 145+ by July.

“The U.S. launch of the Galaxy S III is the most anticipated launch of the year. As promised, we are delivering the ‘next big thing’ for U.S. customers and across all major carriers,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America. “Galaxy S III introduces new technological innovation and takes sharing to the next level.”

However, Samsung is all set to take the launch of the Galaxy S III to the next level with the launch of the S III in the United States. The Korean company has just announced in a press release that the Galaxy S III will be hitting five different operators of the United States – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and U.S. Cellular Services – within the next couple of weeks. The on-contract price of the handset will also be a reasonable $199, which is definitely going to please a lot of people.

The U.S variant of the Galaxy S III will sport the same 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD display, the blazingly fast 8MP snapper, its slim waistline of 8.6mm, a microSD card slot, a removable 2100mAh battery, and all the other software features like Smart Stay etc. However, the Exynos SoC will be swapped with Qualcomm’s S4 Krait SoC coupled with an Adreno 225 GPU, and 2GB of RAM.

Thanks to the Krait SoC and Qualcomm’s baseband, the S3 will support LTE networks of all these carriers, if available. The handset will be available in marble white or pebble blue color, when launched.

Verizon’s Motorola XOOM To Receive Ice Cream Sandwich On June 4th

Looks like Verizon is on a roll here! A couple of days before the big red carrier started rolling out the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Nexus. Today, the carrier has announced that it will start rolling out the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Motorola XOOM from June 4th.

The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the XOOM will bring with it many new features including performance and stability improvements, improved speech-to-text technology, face unlock, a new keyboard, a new app drawer, an in-built photo editor with basic editing functionalities and more.

Motorola had already released the Android 4.0.4 update for the XOOM, but it was only for the Wi-Fi edition of the tablet. The updates for the 4G LTE + Wi-Fi edition had to go through further testing from Verizon, which is the main reason for the delay of the update. The testing took so much of time that Google was able to roll-out Android 4.0.4 for the Wi-Fi edition of the XOOM, while the 4G LTE variant was still stuck with Honeycomb.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sanadwich Market Share Grows To 7.1%

Google has once again updated its Android Platform distribution chart to reflect the fragmentation issue market share of the different Android versions out there for two weeks, with the period ending on June 1.

Like last month, this month also Android 2.3 Gingerbread remains the most popular version of Android out there with nearly 65% market share, with FroYo coming in second with 19.1% market share. The latest and greatest version of Android, announced and released late last year, Ice Cream Sandwich, continues its slow adoption rate with a market share of 7.1%.

However, compared to last months’ market share of nearly 5%, a 2.1% growth in the market share for ICS is definitely not bad. Hopefully, with OEMs rolling out Ice Cream Sandwich update for more devices, and with more and more devices hitting the market with Ice Cream Sandwich, we should see Android 4.0 become the most widely used Android OS by the time Jelly Bean arrives, provided it is not released at Google I/O.

We should keep in mind that since most of the lower-end Android handsets will not be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread will continue to constitue a fair share of Android’s overall market share for at least the next 12 months.