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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ThunderBolt
- HTC Droid Incredible 2
- HTC Rhyme
- HTC Rezound
- Motorola Xoom
- Droid Bionic
- Droid Razr
- Droid Razr Maxx
- Droid 4
- Droid XYBOARD 8.2
- Droid XYBOARD 10.1
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Samsung might not be announcing the most anticipated Android handset of this year at MWC, the Galaxy S3, but the company did announce a newer and bigger brother of the Galaxy Note, the Galaxy Note 10.1.
If the Galaxy Note was a bigger version of the Galaxy S II, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is a bigger version of the Galaxy Note itself. As its name suggests, the Note 10.1 comes with a 10.1-inch WXGA screen, 1GB of RAM, a blazing fast Exynos 4210 SoC clocked at 1.4GHz, an ARM-Mali 400-MP GPU, and 16/32/64GB of internal memory. There is also a huge 7000mAh battery on the Note 10.1, which makes sure that it easily lasts a day.
The Note 10.1 also comes with a S-Pen tucked neatly in one side of the tablet, that allows users to easily jot down notes on the tablet as if its a real ‘note’book. All the same S-Pen tricks that were valid on the Galaxy Note, are applicable on the Note 10.1 as well. The Note 10.1 runs on Ice Cream Sandwich, with TouchWIZ making sure to ruin all that goodness.
Samsung did not mention anything about the pricing or the availability of the Note 10.1, but the device should hopefully be available sometime in Q2 of 2012.
Along with their ‘hero’ handset of 2012, the One X, HTC also announced the One S here at MWC in Barcelona. The handset has a unibody aluminum construction, which is toughened using microarc oxidation. The One S is also the slimmest phone ever from HTC with a waistline of a mere 7.6mm. Yeah, its not RAZR thin but it still is thin!
The handset comes with a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED display with qHD (960×640) resolution. Internally, the One S packs in a blazing fast dual-core processor from Qualcomm (S4) clocked at 1.5GHz, an Adreno 225 GPU and 1GB of RAM.
Like the One X, the One S sports an amazing 8MP F/2.0 backside-illuminated sensor, with a blazing fast auto-focus time of a mere 0.2 seconds. The camera app on the handset also takes only 0.7 seconds to start up! All the other camera features present in the One X are also present on the One S.
The One S also runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, with Sense 4.0 on top of it. Like the One X, the One S also comes with 25GB of free Dropbox storage for 2 years, Beats audio and others! The handset will be available in most of the regions of the world within the next 2 months.
HTC’s MWC event has just started here in Barcelona, and the company has unveiled what apparently is its “hero” device for 2012, the One X. The One X is the first handset from the Taiwanese manufacturer to use the One series naming scheme. The handset comes with a 4.7-inch Super-LCD2 with 720p (1280×720) resolution. The One X is also the first phone from HTC to have a poly-carbonate unibody construction aided by a new micro drilling technique.
The One X is powered by Nvidia’s 4-Plus-1 Tegra 3 SoC, which makes it the first handset from the company ever to use a non-Qualcomm SoC. Other than the SoC, the One X comes with 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of on-board storage. At the back of the One X is an ultra-fast 8MP Back-side illuminated sensor with an aperture size of F/2.0 and a 28mm wide-angle lens, aided by an ‘smart flash’. The ‘Image Sense’ feature in the phone makes sure that users always get that perfect picture without any blur, with an ultra-fast auto-focus time of 0.2 seconds and a shutter capture time of 0.7 seconds. Another nifty feature of the One is its ability to capture photos continuously at just the press of the digital camera shutter button.
The One X runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, with the latest version of Sense (v4.0) making sure users never really get a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich. There is also Beats integration with all applications including third party apps, the ability to wirelessly sync your phone with iTunes or Windows Media Player, and best of all 25GB of free storage space on Dropbox for 2 years!
The downsides? No microSD card slot, a non-user accessible battery, and a microSIM card slot. HTC says that the One X will be available in Europe and other regions of the world “within 60 days” from today’s announcement.
Huawei has just announced its first quad-core smartphone, the Ascend D. The quad-core processor inside the phone is made by Huawei themselves, and is clocked at 1.5GHz. Huawei states that SoC has the ”lowest chip temperature” that helps in reducing the overall power consumption. The company is also dubbing the phone to be the fastest quad-core smartphone, and even compared the phone’s performance to that of the Galaxy Nexus and the Transformer Prime. This 8.9mm handset also has a 4.5-inch LCD screen with a 720p resolution, giving it a density of 330ppi.According to Huawei, the screen also performs excellently outdoors.
The quad-core on the phone is accompanied by a 16-core GPU as well, which according to Huawei is up to 2x times faster than the one on the Asus Transformer Prime and Galaxy Nexus. There is also a 1GB of 64-bit DDR3 RAM, 16GB of onboard storage and a microSD card slot.
The phone is not only about power, it comes with a decent camera and other useful features as well. The Ascend comes with a Dolby Digital 5.1 digital sound chip, and Audience earSmart voice technology which improves background noise filtration while on a call. At the back of the Ascend D is an 8MP backlit illuminated sensor, aided by an LED flash and a 1.3MP camera in the front. Like all other high-end handsets out there, the Ascend D is also capable of recording videos in Full HD (1080p) resolution.
The Ascend D comes with a 1800mAh battery, while the Ascend D XL will come with a whopping 2500mAh battery. Huawei’s proprietary power management technology also helps in improving the battery life of the handsets by up to 30%. Thankfully, the handsets will be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box!
While the Huawei Ascend D is genuinely a very nice effort from Huawei, the problem is its launch date. While Huawei did not mention anything specifically, reports suggest that the handset will launch sometime in Q3/Q4 of this year which is a bit too late.
The biggest mobile tech event every year, Mobile World Congress, has not even kick-started yet, and Samsung just unveiled two of its products – the Galaxy Tab2 10.1 and the Galaxy Beam. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is the successor to the original Galaxy Tab 10.1, and shares the same internal as it. Wonder why Samsung is calling the tablet the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 then.
Anyways, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has a 10.1-inch PLS TFT screen with WXFA (1280×800) resolution, 1GB of RAM, 16/32GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, a 3MP snapper at the back capable of recording videos in Full HD resolution, and a VGA camera in the front for video calling. The same old Tegra 2 processor from Nvidia clocked at 1GHz does all the chugging work inside. All the usual connectivity features like HSPA+ 21Mbps, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth, A-GPS and Glonass along with the sensors like Accelerometer and Digital Compass etc. are also present.
The only difference between the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is the OS. While the former is running on Honeycomb, the latter runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ruined by Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will hit the markets of U.K first in March, before being available globally.