Well isn’t this a pleasant surprise? Looks like the updates just keep hitting the Transformer without a hiccup. The device has been gracious and generous enough to get regular updates, mostly due to its popularity, no doubt. And it looks like Ice Cream Sandwich will be no exception this time around. Asus revealed via their official Twitter account that the device will see sweeter days (see what I did there?) and to stay tuned for a date.
Coming to an @ASUS #EeePadTransformer near you… Stay tuned for dates
This does beg the question however, will the Transformer 2 come with ICS pre-loaded?
In an interview yesterday at AsiaD, Asus chairman Jonney Shih showed off the companies latest upcoming tablet, the Transformer Prime; a new moniker for the Transformer 2. Like its predecessor the Transformer Prime is a tablet/netbook hybrid, but now sporting Asus’s new spin brushed aluminum finish on an 8.3mm thin frame. They have also updated from the previous Tegra 2, to the Tegra 3, also known as Kal El; a quad core monster. That’s all the details that were given, but even so, those were satisfying to say the least.
Shih didn’t stop the excitement there. He went on to say that Asus plans on updating current Asus Transformers to the newly announced Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich before the end of the year. That is great news for early adopters. More companies should really make a point to have their devices on the latest software for security reasons at least, so props to Asus.
One more thing…
Asus also has plans to release the Padfone during Q1 of 2012 and will indeed be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Padfone? What’s that you say? More on that device here.
Expect a formal announcement of the Transformer Prime on November 9th.
Netflix has announced the launch of their newly updated application in the Android Market, made to support Android Honeycomb 3.x tablets. News of this tablet-minded app update comes as especially good news for users in Canada and Latin America, as the app will now extend Android support in those areas for the first time – welcome to the party!
Hit the break to get a link or QR code for this application.
The crowd-pleasing Swype Beta keyboard app has been updated to build 3.26. This is the first update we’ve seen since August and it comes with a bunch of additions including automatic updates. After you’ve advanced to version 3.26, Swype will begin pushing new updates to your device automatically and present you with a notification to install it. That’s right, no more fooling around with that troublesome installer app any more.
Other updates include:
- Improved Language Control gives you access to only the languages you use. From Swype Settings you can select which languages will appear when switching languages directly from Swype. Never cycle through a language you don’t use again.
- The Refined Key Layout brings a better overall user experience, more in line with what users expect. Numbers are now across the top row, and the symbols layer contains several new characters, and a button to switch between 2 pages of symbols.
- Redesigned Settings & Help makes it easier than ever to control how Swype behaves, and learn how to become an advanced Swype user. Just long-press the (Swype icon) to go straight to the Swype Settings window!
Hit the break for a link to the latest version of Swype Beta.
Google’s mobile chief Andy Rubin took a pointed position at the All Thing D’s AsiaD conference when pressed on the issue of what some Android users would deem an insufficient amount of tablet-optimized apps.
“I don’t think there should be apps specific to a tablet.” – Andy Rubin
The Android founder elaborated on his assertion while managing to touch a bit on the future direction of Ice Cream Sandwich, “if someone makes an ICS app it’s going to run on phones and it’s going to run on tablets,” he said. This direction would mean incorporating more single apps with the ability to scale to the different handset and tablet device screen sizes, thereby allowing a fluent switch from handset to tablet and back, as needed by the user throughout the day.
For my own consumption, I favor a focus on single scaling-capable apps and have found that most specimens I’ve tried provided mostly comfortable functionality and a solid, proportionate appearance. Though I must say, each app download is basically a crap shoot as it’s not until after you get hands on with it that you know for sure how well it truly holds up. Looking forward, if Google diligently beefs up the quality of these kinds of apps and provides these optimizations for a larger selection, I am definitely on board.
There was a general expectation that Google was going to have some sort of tablet-related announcement or information last night, and , given the size of the soap box, Asus’ Transformer 2 with its impressive rumored specs seemed the likely assumption. Tablets weren’t really mentioned however, which is rather odd given that one of the purposes of Ice Cream Sandwich was to fuse Android tablet and phone OSes, and so there was nothing about the Transformer 2. Perhaps there is something else in the works, as two leaked videos have surfaced, giving a quick sneak peak of the Transformer 2 and touting the abilities of the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor underneath the hood. They’re both very well done, and they beg the question “When can we expect an announcement?” The hope is soon, as this device looks like it’s going to be fantastic. Check out the videos after the break, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.
Lets just get this out of the way. Today you will be bombarded with a ton of Galaxy Nexus news with a sprinkle of Moto Razor on top, cool?
A new Verizon MAP list has ended up on the interweb giving another list of “tentative” release dates for upcoming Verizon devices. We knew that November 11th was already going to be a big day for Big Red and also a big decision day for consumers. As if it wasn’t hard enough to decide between the Galaxy Nexus and the HTC Rezound, Verizon has added the Motorola Razor to the list of devices being dropped on the 11th. Keep in mind the MAP dates are “tentative” but we will know more in about an hour.
One cool side note- notice the bottom of the MAP image. SMS Sync for tablets? Prepaid 3G/4G Tablet Pricing? This is a the first time we have heard any such news from Verizon. It appears that they may be adding a text-from-your-tablet kind of feature as well as prepaid 3G/4G service options for Android tablets. Sounds really cool and we will let you know as soon as we hear more!
[via droid life]
I am sure you are still giddy with excitement after we just showed you an actual image of the Galaxy Nexus. We thought you might want to keep the ball rolling and get a little ICS goodness as well.
It appears that the highly anticipated Ice Cream Sandwich OS will include native screenshot capabilities. This time around we won’t need to be rooted or need to have any add-ons to be able to to capture a screenshot image, with the Galaxy Nexus you just hit volume down and power to save the image. This may not seem like a very nifty feature to some of you but once you get your new Galaxy Nexus I am sure you are going to want to brag to your friends about how cool ICS really is.
Our pals over at Android Police stumbled upon a couple of binaries within ICS proving that a couple apps (screenshot and screencap) are in charge of the native screenshot feature. Yes, these are also found in Honeycomb as well but in ICS you won’t need root in order for them to work!
usage: screenshot [-s soundfile] filename.png
-s: play a sound effect to signal success
-i: autoincrement to avoid overwriting filename.png
-h: this message
-p: save the file as a png.
If FILENAME ends with .png it will be saved as a png.
If FILENAME is not given, the results will be printed to stdout.
See you all later in the proverbial YouTube theater!
[via android police]
If you’re a Tower Defense kind of guy or gal, Today’s Free Amazon App is right up your alley. Courtesy of Amazon and developer Larva Labs Ltd., they’ve made their popular graphics rich, Retro Defense, available today for free. This action packed game allows you to set up your own towers, leaving you to fend off unwanted invaders as you soar through the levels. In this strategic game, tower placement is the key. Each tower you incorporate has to be chosen carefully as one might offer special benefits but another a great weakness. Some towers can be built quickly and can withstand attacks while others are more susceptible to crumble at the hand of the enemy. You’ll be equiped with various weapons for defense such as lasers, missiles and crazy shock waves.
“Fast-paced, addictive and beautifully designed, this top-rated game offers outstanding fun for strategy game fans.”
The game is being touted as “difficult to review” because those who review it often get caught in the cross-hairs of an addiction. We’ll let you be the judge of that. Ready for the download? Make sure you have the Amazon App Store side loaded to your device and then log in for today’s application. To download the App Store simply point your browser here and add your email or phone number to field in the upper right hand corner. You’ll quickly receive a download link and be on your way. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. Hit the break for a few extra screen shots of the game in action.
It looks like Google is already preparing for the annual Google I/O developer conference next year in San Francisco’s Moscone West Convention Center. Today, the Google Code Blog announced that the 2012 I/O will be taking place on April 24th and 25th. The convention gathers developers from far and wide treating them to various workshops and new Android apps/features that can be expected in the near future. It is hard to imagine what to expect when we are still hours away from the unveiling of this years big announcement, Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich.
At this year’s developers’ conference we got a glimpse at ICS and Android 3.1 for tablets (and eventually for Google TV) and we were also treated to the introduction of Android@Home, Android Market Movie Rentals, Google Music Beta, and the Open Accessory Development Kit.
With all the free tech goodies given out at this year’s I/O you can bet the number of wishful attendees has increased tenfold. 2011 ticket-holders received a free limited edition Galaxy Tab 10.1, a fancy new Chromebook, and a 4G LTE hotspot from Samsung and Verizon. This year’s tickets managed to sell out within the first hour of sales so if you are planning on making a trip down to SF next year I suggest you be on point and keep an eye out for when registration goes live.
What do you guys think Google has up their sleeve for next years I/O? A little Jelly Bean perhaps?