Amazon Kindle Fire gets another taste of Ice Cream Sandwich [Courtesy of XDA]

Earlier this month we showed you an early Ice Cream Sandwich build for the Kindle Fire from g1011999, and now comes another from JackpotClavins and Hashcodes. This one is much the same in that it’s a very early build and definitely not ready for prime time. It’s based on CyanogenMod 9 and it’s very buggy. Since they need help with further development, they’re actually recommending only developers download and install it.

If you’re a developer or you’re brave, then head over to the source link to give it a try and join in on the discussion.

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[via xda]

Acer Not Ready to Throw in the Towel for Tablet and Smartphone Manufacturing

Some of you may have heard the rumor going around that Acer is preparing to withdraw from the tablet and smartphone markets because of their poor track record. Yesterday, Acer’s founder Stan Shih spoke out in response to the rumor and says that although sales have not been up to par, it’s not time to throw in the towel just yet. Shih likens the tablet and smartphone battle to the familiar struggle they had gaining a foothold in the notebook markets, he feels that persistence will soon pay off.

Acer’s has a business model that aims to create only a couple, well thought-out and executed devices rather than flood the market with many products that might not focus on higher quality. If the Acer gains a reasonable amount of success with fewer device models, then at that point it will expand the tablet and smartphone business operations.

[via DigiTimes]

 

 

 

Samsung Galaxy S And Galaxy Tab May Get Android 4.0 After All

 

Talk about Samsung putting its foot in its mouth. After previously putting a lump of coal in the stockings of Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab owners, the company is since reconsidering the thought of not upgrading the devices to Android 4.0. Why you might ask? Well according to The Verge, the company will review the “viability of the upgrading those two devices in response to strong customer demand”. While Google mentioned previously that Android 4.0 can hypothetically work on any 2.3 device, Samsung famously said there’s not enough room on the Galaxy S and Tab’s RAM or ROM for both ICS and TouchWiz. That alone sparked much controversy and criticism on the part of Samsung because most feel while TouchWiz is a great UI skin, it should not be a reason to not update the popular devices especially as they are still popular worldwide. Moreover, Samsung has been quoted as saying it’ll “investigate ways to try and make it work”.

When there’s a will, there’s a way. Perhaps the company saw how HTC famously reversed their stance on upgrading certain devices to Android 2.3 just six months ago after immense criticism as well. We know the fine engineers at Samsung can work their magic and make everything work smoothly. After all, if they didn’t do it, we’re sure some crafty developers would port ICS to the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab in no time. Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab owners, there’s now a glimmer of hope for you to see Android 4.0 someday. It may be faint hope, but it’s hope nonetheless.

[via The Verge]

MOTOACTV Gets Torn Down and Rooted, Now The World’s Smallest Wearable Tablet

So you had a great day yesterday and received the MOTOACTV watch for Christmas. Well it looks like your Christmas is going to get even better because Chris Wade, the gentleman behind the Dingleberry hack for the PlayBook, has one of his own and rooted the device.  Before he rooted it though, he decided to take the MOTOACTV apart and see what was running under the hood. Here is what he found:

– CPU: omap3 (3630) – 600Mhz
– Ram: 256MB
– Nand: 8GB
– Wifi: 802.11n
– BlueTooth: Yes
– Fm Radio: Yes
– GPS: Yes
– LCD: 1.6″ QCIF+

Wade put the device back together then set in on his real work. He managed to find a full boot.img file and was able to root the underlying Gingerbread OS. He took the GPS tracker and turned it into a 1.6-inch tablet by sideloading the stock Honeycomb launcher. Wade took it even further by giving the watch Android Market access allowing you to download and play games like Angry Birds.

Check out the photos and video below the break to see the watch broken down and the video of the mini, wearable “tablet” in action. If you have the device and are feeling brave enough to root it, hit the source to find instructions on doing so.  Read more

Honeycomb Update for the HTC EVO View 4G Rolling Out Tomorrow

We have good news for you folks that have an EVO View 4G running Android 2.3. It appears that folks are receiving an over-the-air update pushing software version 2.23.651.1 (Honeycomb). This update comes in at 217MB and brings Android 3.2.1 to the 7-inch tablet. Not only that, but it adds a slew of enhancements and bug fixes. You will officially see the update roll out starting tomorrow but a lucky few are reporting that they are seeing it now. You can always check the system updates tab in the settings>about tablet section to see if you have it waiting for you. If you are still waiting anxiously you can also check out the change log after the break. Anyone out there lucky enough to receive this update yet? Read more

Kindle Fire Can Now Access Web Version Of Android Market

If you’re an Amazon Fire owner, you may have noticed you previously couldn’t access the web version of the Android Market via market.android.com. If you attempted to access that site from your Fire, you would be redirected to the Amazon Appstore. With the root breaking 6.2.1 update that recently hit, it looks like that redirect has been lifted. Though you cannot install apps from the web market on your Fire, you can at least browse what’s there and that’s a step in the right direction right? If you’re a Fire owner, hit up the web market and see what you think. If you’re not and still thinking about getting one, check out our hands on review right here.

[via phandroid]

 

 

Multitouch Issues, Slow Rotation Speeds Reported by Galaxy Nexus Owners

Us early adopters of new technology have to put up with the quirks and speed bumps that this new tech has to offer. I know this, you know this, we all know this, but sometimes they can be frustrating nonetheless. Less than a week after the launch of maybe one of the most hyped phones on the planet, the Galaxy Nexus, users are running into some major and minor bugs. Even with the 4.0.2 update right out of the gate, and a swift push for Android 4.0.3 in the coming weeks (though we aren’t sure when), some of these bugs are hard to over look.

While users have reported some bugs, even our writers have reported issues in their 24hr and 48hr initial impressions of the phone, some of them can be overlooked. However there appears to be a slew of newer found bugs that are giving users even more headaches. The folks over at RootzWiki are reporting that users are having issues with Multitouch in 3D games like Gun Bros and Shadowgun. Apparently after playing the game for a little bit, sensitivity on the right side of the touch screen is lost. This can be remedied with a quick turning off then back on of the display leading folks to believe that this is software related. Read more

Dropbox Adds Bulk Uploads, Gallery Improvements and ICS Support with v1.3.0.6 Update

In the flurry of the newly released Ice Cream Sandwich OS, developers are scrambling to get their popular apps updated to support the new framework. We are happy to announce that the Dropbox team has released an update to their ever popular cloud storage app doing the same. Mind you this isn’t just an ICS update but also an update with some pretty major overhauls. Besides bug fixes, adding more support for other languages beyond English and ICS optimization, the Dropbox team has added the following features.

• Favorites: quick offline access to files
• Bulk upload photos and videos
• Rename files and folders
• Single-tap access to all file and folder actions
• Improved gallery view
• Upload from and export to local storage
• Numerous bug fixes and stability improvements

So with that, hit the break below to get the newest version of Dropbox packed with a whole mess of goodies and some Ice Cream Sandwich optimization goodness.

Dropbox v1.3.0.6 APK

[via Dropbox]

Experience The Super Bowl This Year on the Internet and Your Mobile Device for the First Time

One of the biggest events on television is now going to be broadcast on the internet and your mobile devices. The NFL announced Tuesday that the Super Bowl will be streamed online and to mobile devices for the first time. NBC’s broadcasts of wild card Saturday, the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl are said to be available on the league’s and network’s web sites as well as also being available through Verizon’s NFL Mobile app.

Additional camera angles, in-game highlights and live stats, and replays of the popular Super Bowl commercials will also be available with this service. While NBC has been streaming Sunday Night Football telecasts for four seasons, they found that it’s not just being used by those who can’t wait it on television but also by those using the service to compliment watching the games on TV. That may be the case this year as well.

Given that the Super Bowl is the biggest television attraction annually, last year’s viewing drew a record 111 million U.S. viewers, adding this option to smartphones and the internet seems like a no brainer. Hans Schroeder, the NFL’s senior vice president of media strategy and development, told The Associated Press. ” Read more

Archos Announces Honeycomb Powered 70b Internet Tablet, Priced Under $200

If you’re not happy with the sub $200 Android tablet selection then you may want to pay attention to this. Archos has just announced the new 70b Internet Tablet and will be the first Android Honeycomb tablet available for under $200.

The 70b Internet Tablet is the successor to the older Archos 70 Internet Tablet and will retail for $199 here in the US and £179.99 in the UK. We will get a first hand peek at the device in Las Vegas during next years CES in January and sales are said to begin the same month. We haven’t gotten all the exact details and specs of the device but we do have a few that should help tie you over for the next month (or until we hear more). Here’s what we got:

  • 1.2GHz CPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • HDMI out
  • 1024×600 capacitive screen
  • Wi-Fi
  • 3D graphics acceleration
  • Starting at 8GB internal storage
  • Micro SD Card slot
  • Android Market and Google Apps

We plan to get a better look at the device during CES next month because there is nothing more appealing than a reasonable price tag. Lets just hope this guy has the pizazz to back it up. Jump past the break for a full press release.

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