Vodafone UK Starts Rolling Out Ice Cream Sandwich Update For Galaxy S2

Samsung started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II back in late March itself. However, owners of operator variants of the phone had to wait a little longer, until their carrier tests the update and verifies it does not break any functionality.

Starting from today, Vodafone UK branded Galaxy S II owners can update their handset to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. As of now, the update is available via KIES so users need to use their PC to update their SGS2 to ICS. The OTA update will go live on April 17th, which is just around the corner as well. The Ice Cream Sandwich update for Galaxy S2 does not bring many changes, visually. The whole UI looks similar as it looked on Gingerbread. Blame Samsung for doing a brilliant job of stripping down all the visual goodies from ICS and bloating it with TouchWIZ.

Prior to this announcement, Vodafone UK had re-scheduled the ICS update for the SGS2 twice so don’t get shocked if it again delays the OTA update for some reason. Interested Vodafone UK Galaxy S2 owners can find more information about the update here.

HTC Sensation Gets The Android 4.0 Update At Vodafone UK

Earlier this month, HTC already announced their Android 4.0 update plans for smartphones. HTC has also rolled out the Android 4.0 update for the HTC Sensation and Sensation XE owners in Germany and other Nordic countries. However most of the folks living in other countries were still waiting for this update.

Vodafone was the first carrier to sell the powerful HTC Sensation in the UK. Now, Vodafone is the first carrier to roll out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the HTC Sensation in the UK. The latest update comes with some amazing features such as Beats audio, face unlock, advanced voice and text input, improved email, UI improvements and much more.

HTC Sensation

Vodafone UK sent the following message to the HTC Sensation owners.

Great news. The testing of the ICS update for HTC Sensation is complete, and we plan to start rolling out the update tomorrow.

The update will be rolled out in phases by the Over The Air service, so if yours doesn’t appear right away, you can either wait for it to appear, or go to Settings > About Phone > Software Update > Check now.

This update bumps the HTC Sense to version 3.6. It is advised to backup all you data before updating the device. You should also make sure that your battery is fully charged, before updating the device. If you find something new, please let us know in the comments section below. HTC Sensation owners on Orange and Three UK might have to wait for few days for the Android 4.0 update.

HTC One X And HTC One S Up For Pre-Order At Vodafone And Three UK

Last month, HTC announced 3 new smartphone in its latest HTC One family, the HTC One X, HTC One S and HTC One V. All of these handsets runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The HTC One X and One S are high-end smartphones, while the HTC One V is a mid-range phone. HTC has announced that these device will be available for purchase from Q2 of 2012. Now, Vodafone and Three have already started taking pre-orders of the HTC One X and One S in the UK. If you are still unaware of the features, then check out the complete specs below.

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Sylvia Chind, head of handsets at Three said, “The new HTC One X and HTC One S are two of the hottest smartphones for 2012. Our new worry free data plans make Three the network of choice for these innovative handsets as they give customers the freedom to explore and enjoy the mobile internet without ever having to worry about surprise data charges. Demand will be high so we’re delighted that we can offer customers the chance to be one of the first to get their hands on one.”

HTC One X comes with a 4.7 inch Super LCD HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.5 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-Core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense 4 UI, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, 1 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage, HDMI, DLNA connectivity and a 1800 mAh battery.

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HTC One S features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense 4.0, 8 megapixel camera, VGA front-facing camera, 3.5mm headset jack, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, Bluetooth 3.0, Play Store, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage and more.

You can get these device for free on Three UK with a 2 year service agreement and a monthly plan starting from £24. On the other hand, Vodafone is offering the HTC One X and One S for free with a 2 year service agreement and a monthly plan of £41 and £36 respectively. You will get a free pair of urBeats headphones, if you pre-order any of these devices from Vodafone. Three UK customers can pre-order these smartphones from Three stores or by calling 0800 358 4339.

HTC Sensation Gets The Android 2.3.4 Update At Vodafone UK

HTC Sensation is the company’s most powerful smartphone. This handset was released during the Q3 of 2011 for Vodafone customers in the UK. The HTC Sensation originally runs on the Android 2.3.3 Operating System. HTC has already rolled out the Android 2.3.4 update for the unlocked HTC Sensation, but the owners of the locked HTC Sensation were left behind. Last week, T-Mobile USA rolled out the Android 2.3.4 update for this handset, and now, the Big Red carrier has joined the bandwagon.

Vodafone UK has finally started rolling out the much-awaited Android 2.3.4 update for the HTC Sensation smartphones. The latest update changes the software version of the device to and it comes with stability and performance updates. It also reduces the heating problem by optimizing processor load. Check out the complete changelog, after the break.

HTC Sensation


  • Number of fixes and improvements
  • Reduce heating in some scenarios by optimizing processor load
  • Improve browser performance
  • Stability and performance updates

This update will be available only via OTA (Over-The-Air). It is advised to backup all of your data before updating the device. To check if the new update is available for your HTC Sensation smartphone, go to Settings > About phone > HTC software updates and hit the Check option. If you face any error or find something new in this update, please let us know in the comments below.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro Now Available In The UK For £239.99

Back in May, Sony Ericsson announced the Android powered Xperia Mini Pro smartphone. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. The Xperia Mini Pro is already available in most of the European and Asian markets, including India. The folks living in the UK have a reason to cheer, since the Xperia Mini pro is finally available for purchase in the US. You can buy this handset on contract or you can even get the unlocked version.

sony ericsson xperia mini pro

Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro features a 3 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with 8x digital zoom, auto focus, Face detection and Face recognition, HD video recording (720p), VGA Front-facing camera, PlayNow service, 3D games, etc.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, Stereo Bluetooth with A2DP, Wi-Fi Connectivity, FM radio with RDS, A-GPS, DLNA Certified, Micro USB support, USB High speed 2.0 support, Wisepilot turn-by-turn navigation, 320 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB microSD card included, Sony Ericsson Music Player, Android Market, up to 29 hrs music plauback, up to 6 hrs video playback, up to 5 hrs 40 min talk-time, up to 331 hrs stand-by time and a 1200 mAh battery.

T-mobile UK, Vodafone and Orange subscribers can get this handset for free with a 2 year service agreement and a monthly plan starting from £20.42, £20.50 and £20.00 respectively. You can also buy this handset without any contract for £239.99. If you are planning to get this handset, then just head over to this page at Sony Ericsson online store.

Red HTC Desire S Now Available At Vodafone UK

HTC Desire S is the successor of the highly popular, HTC Desire smartphone. This handset was announced during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. HTC Desire S runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. This handset is already available in black, but HTC have recently released this smartphone in red. The Red HTC Desire S is exclusively available on the airwaves of Vodafone in the UK.

htc desire s red

HTC Desire S features a 3.7 inch touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, HTC Sense, 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, Bluetooth 2.1 with FTP/OPP, Wi-Fi connectivity and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, micro-USB, Internal GPS antenna, G-Sensor, Digital compass, Proximity Sensor, 1.1 GB internal storage, 768 MB RAM, microSD card slot, up to 590 mins talk-time, up to 455 hours stand-by time and a 1450 mAh battery. This handset measures 115 mm x 59.8 mm x 11.63 mm and weighs just 130 grams.

You can get the Red HTC Desire S for free on contract with a £30 montly plan, which comes with 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 500 MB of data. If you are planning to purchase this smartphone, then just head over to this page.

Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Pulled Back By Vodafone U.K!

It was just a few days ago that Samsung started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S handsets in some regions of Europe. The company even released the Gingerbread source code, soon after.

Vodafone U.K. also started rolling out the update for the Galaxy S handsets just a couple of days ago. However, reports are flying in that Vodafone has now pulled back the Gingerbread update.


The reason cited by Vodafone for the update being pulled back is that the update has been suspended by Google. However, one of the most popular developers over at Galaxy S modding scene – supercurio – states something else.

He states that the update was pulled back because the Gingerbread update released by Vodafone U.K.was not the final build. The update was not supposed to be released by Vodafone U.K., but the carrier still pulled the plug and released the update.

Hopefully, Vodafone U.K. will get its act together and soon release the final build of Gingerbread update for the Vodafone branded Galaxy S handsets in the U.K.

Readers should not blame Samsung for this update being pulled back. The main culprit is Vodafone U.K, who released the update without any confirmation from Sammy.

White BlackBerry Torch Coming Soon To Vodafone UK

white blackberry torch

Back in August, RIM (Research In Motion) launched the BlackBerry 6 OS powered BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone. This is an amazing device, which has a touch-screen display as well as a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. BlackBerry Torch is already available in the UK, but if you were waiting for the white color variant of this amazing device, then we have a good news for you. According to Vodafone UK, the white BlackBerry Torch will be soon available, exclusively on the airwaves Vodafone UK.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 features a 3.2 inch HVGA touch screen display, 480×360 pixels resolution, BlackBerry 6 operating system, optical trackpad, slide-out QWERTY keyboard with backlighting, Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, 5 megapixel camera with continuous auto-focus, Image stabilization, 2x digital zoom, Light and proximity sensor, 3.5mm stereo headset jack and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm stereo headset jack, 512 MB flash memory, 512 MB SDRAM, 4 GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, Built-in GPS with BlackBerry Maps, VGA (640×480) video recording, up to 30 hours music playback, up to 18 days Standby Time, up to 5.5 hours talk-time and 1300 mAHr lithium-ion battery.

The price and release date of this handset has not been announced yet. Stay tuned for more updates.

Nokia C3-01 Touch And Type Up For Sale In UK

nokia c3 01

Back in September, Nokia announced its S40 based entry level phone, the Nokia C3-01 Touch And Type. This handset comes with a touchscreen display as well as a physical keyboard. Nokia C3-01 Touch And Type is currently available on the airwaves of Vodafone, O2 and T-Mobile in the UK.

It features a 2.4 inch TFT resistive touchscreen display, 240 x 320 pixels resolution, S40 user interface, GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, 64 MB RAM, microSD card slot, 30 MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, stereo FM radio with RDS, 1050 mAh Li-ion battery and more.

This handset comes in three vibrant colors – Golden, Silver and Grey. Nokia C3-01 Touch And Type is available for free with Vodafone’s £20 monthly plan, T-Mobile’s £15 monthly plan and O2’s £25 monthly plan. You can also buy this handset without any contract for £149.00.

LG Announces Windows Phone 7 Powered Optimus 7

lg optimus 7

LG Electronics today announced the first Windows Phone 7 powered smartphone, the LG Optimus 7. This handset comes with the Play-To feature which allow DLNA based multimedia-sharing. This feature allows users to access their multimedia including pictures, video and music via any DLNA compatible device.

We have designed LG Optimus 7 series to include a truly innovative sharing experience via the Windows Phone 7 environment. Having worked closely with Microsoft to develop these fantastic devices, we are thrilled to now be able to reveal our vision of what a true Windows Phone 7 should be,said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company.

LG Optimus 7 features a 3.8 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, Windows Phone 7 OS, 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash, Bluetooth 2.1, 3.5mm headphone audio jack, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, 16GB internal memory, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient Light sensor, Digital Compass, 1500mAh battery and so on.

LG Optimus 7 allows you to capture HD (720p) video with its amazing 5 megapixel camera. The exclusive Scansearch feature utilises the latest in Augmented Reality technology to connect users to a world of information. The Voice-to-Text feature allows voice to text transcribing for Facebook, Twitter updates, emails or memos. You can also access popular Microsoft services on the go including Xbox LIVE and Zune.

LG Optimus 7 will be rolled-out in over 35 countries via 100 global partners and operators starting with Europe and Asia on October 21. This handset will be available for free on Vodafone UK with a 24 months contract and £30 a month plan offers 600 minutes, 500MB of data, and unlimited texts.