It’s been so long since Ice Cream Sandwich was released, so it’s a bit surprising Google’s Nexus S and Nexus S 4G hasn’t been given any official love. For those of you who have been lamenting over the fact the update hasn’t arrived yet for your Nexus S phones, cheer up— word on the street is is Google hasn’t forgotten about you and is finally ready to push out the official update. No exact date of when the updates will arrive, but we do know it will arrive on devices “in the next few weeks.”
Let’s just hope we don’t have a repeat of Google teasing us with a buggy update. We’ll let you know when the update is officially pushed to devices.
Last week we learned about a leaked build of ICS that was available to rooted HTC Vivid owners and at the same time heard that the official build would roll out in the coming weeks. Well it looks like things are ahead of schedule as AT&T has begun to push out the official ICS update to a few select handsets. If you own a HTC Vivid and are anything like me, you are super anxious to get the update and probably check your device on the regular to see if an update is available. If so, one user has found a way to ping the AT&T servers to let them know you are ready and waiting.
To try and push the update to your device before receiving the official notification you can dial *#*#682#*#* on your Vivid and possibly get lucky. There have been reports of users having success with this trick, so you impatient folks should really give it a whirl. Once updated you can expect a newer Android 4.0.3 build compared to last weeks leak, along with Sense 3.6 and Beats Audio. No word on whether this will be the final ICS update or not.
If you give this trick a try, please let us know in the comments what your results are, I am just dying to know if you have any success!
source: Android Central
Thumbs up to Archos. Not only were they fairly prompt (considering other manufacturers timeline) to issue the ICS update their G9 series of tablets, they are now shipping the slates with ICS preloaded. But wait, the good news doesn’t stop there! Not only did both the 8-inch 80 G9 Turbo and the 10.1-inch 101 G9 Turbo get a fresh injection of Android 4.0, they also got a booster shot to their processors, too. The 80 G9 Turbo now runs at 1.2GHz and the 101 G9 Turbo reaches the 1.5Ghz mark, taking full advantage of their Texas Instruments OMAP 4 chipset. Good on ya Archos.
You can now purchase the suped up tablets online through the Archos’ European website, as it seems the U.S. has yet to receive stock. The 80 G9 Turbo ICS starts at £199.98 ($261) while the 101 G9 Turbo ICS starts at £249.98 ($326).
The DROID X2 may not be getting Ice Cream Sandwich, but that won’t stop Motorola and Verizon with minor updates. The latest is build, 1.3.418.MB870.Verizon.en.US, is now rolling. If you’re not anxious, you can wait till it pushes to you automatically, otherwise hit the Menu followed by Settings/About Phone/System Updates to manually pull it. The update includes the following fixes and enhancements:
- Verizon Video and VZ Navigator® 3D City are now preloaded.
- A Google Security Patch has been added to improve the security level.
- Purchased ringtones are now able to be saved and set.
- Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.
- Shortcut names can be updated and saved.
- The keyboard Input Auto Error Correction setting defaults to off.
Thanks Colin and Bruce
The Samsung Galaxy S II and its update to Android 4.0 has been all over the interwebs recently. We watched yesterday as Samsung released the official update to the international version of the device, shortly after Korea’s SK Telecom had to pull their tweet confirming the update for March 13th. This was all fine and dandy for those who own a SIM-free Galaxy S II, but the question still remains, when will carrier branded GSII’s receive the update? Well, according to a few recent carrier statements, we can pinpoint their release a little bit more accurately.
Vodafone has gone on record as saying the update will be pushed out “as quickly as possible” and O2 decided to get a bit more specific. According to an O2 spokesman, the ICS update should hit Vodafone GSII’s in mid-April. That’s not exactly a precise date, but it’s better than a vague ‘coming soon’ announcement we’ve grown accustom to. As far as U.S. carriers go, well, they have taken the more uninformative route and have decided to not mention their update plans at all. Based on how long it’s taken them to push out OS updates in the past, you can predict a release sometime in the summer unfortunately. Here’s hoping they prove me wrong and deliver much sooner rather than later.
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
Well it looks like ASUS is right on cue as always. After previously releasing the coveted ICS update for the original Transformer tablet, the manufacturer realized the update was prematurely released, encountered numerous bugs like random reboots and had since promised it was working on a fix that would be released soon. Well soon is here folks and they have begun rolling out software build IML74K.US_epad-9.21.17-20120312 which will hopefully alleviate some of the bugs that were plaguing the device since the original ICS software update.
If you’ve received the update, let us know how it works out for you and tell us if you see any improvements in the Comments section below or better yet– our Forums. Happy updating!
Reports are showing that the HTC Velocity is starting to receive the Android 4.0 ICS update in Australia as we speak. In case Velocity doesn’t ring a bell, it is known stateside as the HTC Vivid and is currently available through AT&T. Aussie carrier Telstra has begun to push out the update to the device and Reddit and YouTube member demomanca has provided us with a nice little demo video of what ICS and Sense 3.6 look like running together. If you own a Velocity but reside in other parts of the world, I presume your carrier should be rolling-out the update soon. The HTC Velocity also takes on the name HTC Raider in Canada.
As far as when the update will arrive here in the states, well that’s entirely in AT&T’s hands now. Now that we know HTC has done there part lets hope AT&T doesn’t take too long to complete their testing period. Jump past the break to see ICS and Sense 3.6 working together in harmony. I must say, though, not too bad for a manufacturer UI overlay. Read more
Apparently, the Droid X2 is about to receive another soak test from Motorola. A soak test is where a software update is rolled out to a handful of users for some real-world testing before it gets rolled out publicly. There is no word yet as to what this update contains. Here is the message sent out to potential testers.
Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are inviting owners of the Motorola Droid X2 on Verizon to participate in an early preview of a new software release, and provide feedback. If you are not currently using a Droid X2, please excuse and ignore this email. Click this link to take a short enrollment survey if you wish to take part.
Note that you must be a member in good standing of the Motorola Owners’ Forums to be included. If you have not logged into the new site (forums.motorola.com) please do not wait until the soak starts to do so, as we will have little capacity then to help with any log-in issues. This is a confidential test under the terms of the Motorola Feedback Network.
Do not post any details or information about this on any public sites.
Thanks — please understand that start times are always fluid. We urge you to respond as quickly as possible but also ask for your patience if you register but don’t hear from us right away.
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Any X2 users out there eager for an update?