HTC is doing its best to make owners of its smartphones happy, so it’s provided an updated list of devices that will receive the Ice Cream Sandwich update. In addition to previously announced devices such as the Rezound, Vivid and EVO 3D getting Android 4.0 and an updated version of the Sense UI, HTC took some time on its blog to add some new devices (some of which will make you jump for joy):
- DROID Incredible 2 by HTC
- HTC Amaze 4G
- HTC Desire S
- HTC Desire HD
- HTC EVO 3D
- HTC EVO Design 4G
- HTC Incredible S
- HTC Sensation
- HTC Sensation XL
- HTC Sensation 4G
- HTC Sensation XE
- HTC Raider
- HTC Rezound
- HTC Rhyme
- HTC Thunderbolt
- HTC Vivid
Devices such as the Incredible 2, Raider and especially the Thunderbolt are especially pleasant surprises. In addition to the new additions to the upgrade list, HTC has also announced it is in the early stages for releasing the Android 4.0 update for the Sensation and Sensation XE smartphones. It also added the Sensation 4G and Sensation XL updates will follow shortly after. Please keep in mind as with most global updates, it will take time for it to reach your country and carrier, so if you don’t receive it right away, just be patient and know it’s on its way. If you do get the update, please let us know how it works out for you.
source: HTC Blog
Playstation certification for the newly launched Sony Xperia S in Europe (and it’s Japanese Xperia Acro HD cousin) was a given, it was just a matter of when. It looks like the time has come for the smartphone to finally receive that coveted Playstation certification. The gang at Android Central reports the placeholder link on the app drawer in the device will now take you to you guessed it– the Playstation Store where the PS Pocket app can be downloaded. As with any 3rd party app store, you’ll simply need to enable Non-Market applications by going to your Settings and then Applications in order to get started. Then you go to the “Let’s Start PS Store” in the app tray. After that, it’s just a matter of downloading a few more apps which let you buy and play games and bam– you’re all set to enjoy all of that Playstation goodness on your phone.
Keep in mind, you’ll need a PS Network or Sony Entertainment Network account in order to access Sony’s library of games, which is currently limited to a dozen or so games. And even then, some of the available games are still limited to the Xperia Play, so that number really shrinks a bit more. Still, Xperia S (and Acro HD) owners will now have yet another reason to waste time thanks to the newfound availability of awesome Playstation games.
source: Android Central
Evangelion fans are going to like this news. To celebrate the fall release of the newest Rebuild of Evangelion film, NTT Docomo will release the NERV edition of the Sharp SH-06D in June. It will be designed to look like a government-issued phone in the Evangelion universe. You can also expect UI enhancements created by director Hideaki Anno’s Khara studio as well as special content.
The rest of the specs should be the same as the SH-06D, which include a 4.5-inch 720p display and Android 2.3. No word on pricing, but expect to see it on display at the Anime Contents Expo in China later this month.
source: The Verge
Just wait until you get your hands on the HTC One S because the finish is absolutely amazing. They told us it was a Micro Arc Oxidation process which sounds totally cool, but what is it? It’s a unique process that starts out as aircraft 6,000 series aluminum, but after10,000 volts of energy is directed on it, the surface changes to a ceramic feel. A lot of people think it’s a coating, but it’s actually a treatment to the metal. This process makes it more durable as it’s three times stronger than stainless steel. HTC claims you won’t (case manufacturers look away) need a case, which is fine with me since I hate the extra bulk.
While the Samsung Galaxy Note finally made it to the U.S. a few weeks ago, unfortunately it was an exclusive to AT&T and left T-Mobile customers in the dark. There has been some development to get the AT&T version up and running on Magenta, but constant freezing didn’t get anyone excited. Well XDA user tomin.fhl found a solution that only flashes the modem file (mdm.bin) and excludes the modem software (amss,bin) and lib files.
So far he’s been able to replicate T-Mobile 4G with three modems: T-mobile SGH-T989 KID, T-mobile SGH-T989 VKL1, and Telus KJ3. Don’t expect great speeds on a regular basis, but tomin.fhl was able to achieve 9 Mbps down and 2 Mbps up in certain areas. You should expect 5 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up on a regular basis though, which is not awesome, but better than Edge. If you’re loyal to Magenta and you really want a Galaxy Note, this isn’t a bad alternative. Hit the source link below to get in on the action.
First, the HTC One X gets root before launch, and now the HTC One S follows suit using MoDaCo’s Superboot. Superboot is a script that you run on your computer when the device is connected via the USB cable that pushes all the necessary files to your phone to attain root.
The one caveat is that for this method to work, the phone needs to have S-OFF (which means the NAND portion of the device is writable) or needs an unlocked bootloader. As of this moment, none of the HTC One series of phones are available in the HTC bootloader unlock tool, but we’re hoping for that to change soon after launch. Once the phone’s bootloader is unlocked, just run Superboot and you’ll be riding the root train!
Droid X2 owners, we have some bad news. According to a letter that was a response to a Better Business Bureau complaint, the Droid X2 will not be receiving Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The complaint was filed due to Motorola’s update and bootloader practices. The response letter also gives the familiar answer that Bootloader unlock will be available “where carrier and operators will allow it”.
I am responding to the complaint you filed with Better Business Bureau regarding our Droid X2 model phone. I reviewed your recent case notes and it is noted that you received information from Motorola regarding Bootloader unlock and Ice Cream Sandwich.
We are working to balance the operator requirement for security to the end user, while supporting the developer communities desire to use these products as a development platform. It is our intention to enable the unlockable/relockable bootloader currently found on Motorola XOOM on other devices, where carrier and operators will allow it. This process is requiring a good deal of consideration and technical infrastructure and we have no announcements to make at this time for unlocking any devices.
Droid X2 is not on our list of devices that are slated to get Ice Cream Sandwich, but that does not mean it is not continuing to get support. Though it will remain on Gingerbread it is eligible for software updates if it’s determined that any are needed.
Corporate Consumer Advocacy Office
Motorola had listed the Droid X2 as being in the “evaluation & planning” category with “further details to follow” in their last software upgrade information release. However, Verizon had not mentioned it in their list of ICS upgrades. This news is disappointing, but the letter does mention that the Droid X2 will receive continued support. In fact, the Droid X2 is currently getting a soak test. How do you feel about the update future of the Droid X2? Let us know in the comments.
Back in February T-Mobile announced that they would be going the LTE route after their failed acquisition by AT&T and that they would also be skipping right over the 84 Mbps HSPA+ network. While we have yet to hear more information about T-Mobile LTE, a Q&A session with Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer of T-Mobile gave us some insight on that fact that they will be expanding their current 4G network by adding new cities and expanding in others. They include:
- Abilene, TX,
- Amarillo, TX,
- Odessa, TX,
- Victoria, TX,
- Bakersfield, CA,
- Eau Claire, WI,
- Joplin, MO,
- St. Joseph, MO.
Mr. Ray also took the time to solidify their decision to go with LTE over 84 Mbps HSPA+ and explain that their 2G coverage would still remain strong. So while we have yet to see more news about T-Mobile’s newest network it’s nice to see that they are still implementing more coverage on their current network. If you are in any of these places look for faster speeds on your devices. If you don’t own one maybe it’s time to check out a new device like the Blaze 4G
or HTC One S
Well it’s been long in coming.While it’s had its fair share of yeas and neighs, the Ice Cream Sandwich update is finally coming to one of the most popular Android phones, the Galaxy S II. Hitting Europe and South Korea yesterday it didn’t take long for the amazing development community to gain root access on the newly pushed update. As if that wasn’t enough they’ve also come out with the official European OTA in ROM form for your flashing pleasure. The update comes to us thanks to XDA member Faryaab. Again it’s the European update so if you’re on this side of the world I would hold off on flashing it. The official build is I9100XXLPQ (Official Final Build).
So if you can’t wait to get your hands on the official build and are rooted you can hit the break below to find the download instructions and files for your flashing pleasure. Honestly though I recommend hitting the XDA source to read the full instructions on doing so. As always rooting (if you haven’t already) voids your warranty. You can also check out some of the screenshots from the official build. Personally I don’t see much of a visual difference with TouchWiz installed but hey it’s ICS nonetheless. Here’s hoping the U.S. version hits us in the next few days!
Listen up if you’re a Galaxy Nexus owner folks because we’ve got a doozy for you. We all know the standard 1800 mAh battery is average by most standards and the 2100mAh extended battery is only slightly better, so many of you may have been longing for something you can feel confident in when it comes to battery life. Sure we’ve highlighted some hefty alternatives, but they may come at a premium price. Well friends I come bearing great news: CellularFactory is listing a sweet 3,800mAh extended battery for wait for it… wait for it— a whopping $13.99. That’s right folks, a 3,800mAh extended battery is available for under $14. There’s more too: if you use code GOFF5SW during your purchase, you get an extra 5% off. There were earlier reports indicating the extended battery was available for $7.99, but we wanted to double-check and confirm this for you all, but found the battery is in fact available for $13.99 only.
Keep in mind this extended battery does not feature NFC capabilities, so you’re out of luck if you’re looking for some Beam action. It might be a negative for some, but I think the vast majority of those interested in this battery will gladly give that up for an improved battery life at that steal of a price.
source: Cellular Factory