Motorola Details How Devices Will Get Upgraded To Android 4.0

So you’re like me and own a Motorola device, but are wondering how Moto plans on upgrading the respective devices? Great– because you’re in for a treat. The fine folks at Motorola Mobility took some time out and detailed the extensive process and steps needed before releasing upgrades. This explanation is specifically aimed at those of you who have purchased a MOTO device within the last 10 or so months expecting to receive that sweet, sweet new treat. Among the steps needed are getting the source code, merging it with its existing frameworks, bug-testing, getting carrier certification, doing an initial pre-release with some of us in the real world (aka the “soak test”) and finally, releasing the upgrade.

Ok, many of you are thinking that’s fine and all– but which specific devices will be upgraded to ICS? We have a funny feeling that Google’s new involvement with MOTO will certainly impact Android 4.0’s development on MOTO devices– for the better, of course. As it stands, the most recent premium devices such as the DROID RAZR, XOOM tablet and DROID BIONIC are on the short list at this time. Don’t fret though– the list is ever-growing and they even state they “will provide more precise guidance on timing after post-public push of Ice Cream Sandwich by Google, as well as any possible additions to this list of devices“. That means that owners of Motorola devices— specifically ‘premium’ devices purchased in the past 10 months or so should see their device on tap for an ICS upgrade at some point in the coming year.

[via Motorola Mobility Blog]

Amazon Kindle Fire Decides It Wants To Taste A Little Ice Cream Sandwich Goodness

So you’ve purchased a brand new Amazon Kindle Fire, but feel Gingerbread 2.3 isn’t sweet enough for you? Well great because you’re in luck! G1011999 has successfully ported that sweet, sweet new treat to the tablet. Oh and what’s more is he wants to tease you by sharing a video of the Kindle Fire not only booting up but the UI appearing to be fully functional. As with any beta and early build of a ROM being ported, the port has its fair share of bugs, but it shouldn’t take too long for ROM to be smoothed out and released for all Kindle Fire owners. Looks like we have an additional reason past the attractive $199 pricing point to go out and splurge on this device. Be sure to check out the video below to see the ICS port in action!

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Archos to Update G9 Tablets to Ice Cream Sandwich in Q1 of 2012

Looks like we will have another current Android tablet up and running with Android 4.0 sometime in the first quarter of next year. Archos just announced that they will indeed be upgrading their 101 G9 and 80 G9 series of tablets to Google’s latest OS, Ice Cream sandwich. The G9 tablets were launched earlier this year with Android 3.2 Honeycomb on board so a nifty upgrade to 4.0 will be a pleasant treat for those who already purchased the Archos tablets and will make the current price tags of $279 and $349 sound even more enticing. As soon as we have a more precise timeframe we will let you know.

[via Android Central]

 

 

Patent Wars: Even With Victories, Samsung Prepares For More Battles By Setting Aside $200 Million

It appears that the tide of victory after victory in the patent war with Samsung is slowing to a halt for Apple. Samsung continues its forward push with a few recent wins up its sleeve. We told you about both the Australian and U.S. victories earlier this week and it appears that the Samsung legal team is optimistic about a victory in Paris as well.

The case will be ruled upon December 8th and they will be ruling on Samsung’s request to completely ban the sales of Apple’s iPhone 4s in France. An unnamed Samsung executive was quoted to say, “If we win in Paris as well, that’s truly a big blow to Apple.”

While Koh, the California judge that ruled on the U.S. patent case ruled in Samsung’s favor, she did go on to write that Apple would likely prove infringement by Samsung on one if its tablet patents but Apple hadn’t shown that it was likely to overcome Samsung’s claims to the patents’ validity.

This victory couldn’t come at a better time for the Korean company as the Holiday season is in full swing. The Samsung executive expressed this by saying, “We are ready to aggressively sell the Tabs.” Samsung welcomed the rulings with an official statement that suggested that Apple’s arguments lacked merit. It was written:

“We are confident that we can demonstrate the distinctiveness of Samsung’s mobile devices when the case goes to trial next year.” 
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White version of DROID RAZR is official, Buy either RAZR and get $100 off a DROID XYBOARD and $50 off Motorola accessories

A little birdy told us a white DROID RAZR was on the way for the Holidays. Earlier Motorola and Verizon officially announced the DROID XYBOARD tablets, and as part of that press release, they officially announced the DROID RAZR in white. They didn’t confirm the release date, but did confirm that it will be priced at $299.99 with a 2-year contract.

They also confirmed the promotion we told you about yesterday, but added a little more. If you buy a DROID RAZR before December 25, you will get $50 off select Motorola accessories and $100 of either DROID XYBOARD.

Motorola and Verizon officially announce DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Tablets

We have been hearing about the DROID XYBOARD tabs since they were first leaked back in September. Today Verizon and Motorola officially announced the DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and DROID XYBOARD 8.2. Both tabs will be 4G LTE compatible and feature Android Honeycomb, but Ice Cream Sandwich is promised.

Features:

  • 10.1-inch and 8.2-inch high-definition In-Plane Switching (IPS) display for DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and DROID XYBOARD 8.2 respectively
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • Mobile Hotspot Capability – share 4G LTE connection with up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing HD cameras with digital zoom, autofocus and LED flash, optimized for capturing the moment
  • 1.3-megapixel HD front-facing cameras perfect for video chatting with friends and family
  • Dijit™ app allows DROID XYBOARD tablets to double as a universal remote control with an electronic programming guide for TVs, Blu-ray Disc™ players, digital video records (DVR), and most other consumer electronics
  • Support for Google™ Mobile Services including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk, Google Search™, Google Maps™ and access to millions of books from Google Books™
  • Supports a wide array of separately purchased accessories including an HD station for connecting to speakers and a larger screen, an HD dock to send content via HDMI out to HDTVs and home theater speaker systems and a stylish portfolio with Bluetooth®-enabled keyboard and mouse
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity (802.11 a/b/g/n)


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Hands on with the ASUS Transformer Prime origami-style Smart Cover [Video]

If you are in the market for a Transformer Prime, you will probably want the keyboard dock, but don’t forget the origami-style Smart Cover. It seems complicated, but yet so simple as it allows you to prop up your Transformer in a variety of different ways. I guess its accessories like these that prevent manufacturers from simply putting a kickstand on their devices. It sure is cool though.

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Sign of the Future With Samsung Phone/Tablet Concept?

We here at TalkAndroid often contemplate the future of smartphones, tablets and the Android Ecosystem. We speculate, chase rumors and often look forward to what can be. I, myself, like the idea of transparent, paper-thin phones and tablets as being the thing of the future. As of right now the thinnest device we have out on the market is the Razr. Samsung has a paper-thin idea that would make all devices now, feel like bricks.

While we are a ways away from this being a reality, the video Samsung put out shows what these concept devices would look like. This video shows a 3D AMOLED display on a phone-turned-tablet device. While I am not sure where, or how they would hide the technology needed to do this, I do have to say, this would be pretty awesome. Check out the video below and let us know what you think. Is this the future of smartphones and tablets as we know it? 
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HTC Flyer starts receiving Honeycomb update in Europe, WiFi version coming soon

When the HTC Flyer was introduced earlier in the year, we wondered if it would ever see Honeycomb. Wonder no more because GSM versions of the HTC Flyer in Europe are starting to receive the update.  So what about the WiFi version? Well according to HTC, we can expect it soon:

Ready for some ‘sweet’ news? The GSM version of the HTC Flyer tablet, available in Europe, is beginning to receive updates to Honeycomb beginning today! Honeycomb brings a ton of improvements to Android on tablets, including the latest version of HTC Sense for Tablet with enhanced Internet browsing, Mail, Calendar and more all optimized for the 7″ screen. Not to be outdone, the WiFi version of the HTC Flyer will receive its Honeycomb update soon, too! Stay tuned for more details.

Now we can move on to wondering if Ice Cream Sandwich will every land on the Flyer?

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Verizon Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary Of 4G LTE, Gives Hints Of Motorola Xyboard & Galaxy Nexus Being Released Soon

Wow time flies doesn’t it? It seems like just yesterday since Verizon launched the true 4G network across the US. And since it seems like Verizon doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon, what better way to celebrate the 1-year anniversary than to tease consumers with some coveted info of a certain sexy new tablet coming out with two variations and a certain unmolested pure Android phone. To make a long story short, VZW is telling consumers to be patient, both devices will be out sooner than you think, though they still won’t give anyone a concrete date. Considering we’ve seen information of accessories being leaked out here and there– we could only assume it wouldn’t be too much longer that we could expect these nice toys to be a reality in the VZW stores across the country. Expect the Xyboard to finally “come out this month” and the Galaxy Nexus to be “coming soon”. Be sure to hit the break for the full presser.
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