Well we’ve got some great news to kick off your weekend, that is if you are an owner of a DROID RAZR, RAZR MAXX, or the HTC Rezound. According to a leaked screenshot from Best Buy, it looks like the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX will start receiving Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich next Wednesday, April 4. The HTC Rezound is scheduled for 2 days later, on April 6.
If you remember the latest Motorola report on the status of ICS showed “still under evaluation” for the RAZR and RAZR MAXX. That of course made everyone angry, but I’ve talked to Motorola reps and they told me to expect the ICS update in the 2nd quarter. Well guess what? The 2nd quarter begins this Sunday, April 1. Now usually when someone gives an estimate like this, it’s rarely at the beginning of the quarter, but lets face it, Motorola has been pretty good with updating DROID devices. Since the RAZR and RAZR MAXX are flagship devices, I would be surprised if this information isn’t true. Just to make things a little more interesting, soak test invites just went out for the RAZR and RAZR MAXX so things are adding up.The only issue is if this update will be be bug free, which wasn’t the case with the Gingerbread updates they deployed last summer starting with the DROID X. Lets hope this goes a lot smoother.
As to the Rezound, things have been quiet, but we did see the AT&T Vivid get the official update, so it won’t be a shock if the Rezound also follows suit next week with a little ice cream lovin.
We will let you know more as soon as we hear it.
Yesterday we watched as Sony released an ISC ROM in beta form for the unlocked Xperia Play. This is all fine and dandy if you like prematurely updating your device with the latest test ROM, only to loose the ability to fetch any OTA updates in the future. For those of you who own an XPERIA device and prefer to go the safe and official route, well, Sony announced their new update timeline for 2011 and 2012 Xperia phones. Compared to what they previously announced, some of you aren’t going to like this.
When it comes to smartphones, Android competes very well with the iPhone. In fact, I think it’s a much better experience, but when it comes to tablets, I hate to admit it, Android is losing. The problem has never been the hardware, it’s the availability of quality apps. Automatically the assumption is that fragmentation is the problem, but fragmentation is an issue with phones, and yet quality apps aren’t a major issue. so why hasn’t developer support transferred to tablets? Well lets first start with a little history.
Back in late 2009, Android phones seemed far behind the iPhone, but then things changed in a hurry. Even though Android’s first phone, the G1, was introduced in 2008, things didn’t get cooking until the DROID debuted on Verizon in late 2009. From that point forward the Android world really started to multiply by numbers even I couldn’t imagine. I remember when I bought my DROID, people would say there aren’t any apps available on Android to speak of. Things changed dramatically, and by the end of 2010, the iPhone didn’t have much of an advantage when it came to apps.
It doesn’t appear that Android tablets are enjoying the same kind of success. Although the Motorola XOOM, technically wasn’t the first Android tablet, it was what really started a wave of tablets with the OS about this time last year. One could argue that it’s only been one year, and look what happened to Android phones in its second year. The problem with that theory is that the success of Android phones was actually an advantage for tablets to get a better kick-start. Actually in terms of sales, Android isn’t doing so bad. According to the IDC, Android tablet market share for the 4th quarter of 2011 was 44.6%. That’s actually very good, but somehow things don’t seem that close.
Quick heads up for you slackers who have yet to file your 2011 tax return. TurboTax is offering filing-fee-free this weekend through the free Android tablet app. Usually to file through the app it would cost you at least $29.99 but if you start filing before Monday (it’s cool if you finish later) the fees are on the house. This works for both federal and state taxes and has to be done on a tablet, handsets no worky. So if you have been procrastinating now would be a good time to file and save some dough making dough. Grab the app through the download links below.
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Temple Run launched on Android only a few days ago and has already managed to achieve over 1 million downloads in the Google Play store. According to a recent interview with PocketGamer, Imangi Studios, the games developer, isn’t content with the way the game is now and plans to add new content in the near future. Imangi discussed that they are working on new environments, objectives, characters and power-ups but wouldn’t divulge any detailed release plans. So if you have been playing Temple Run lately and are already bored with the same ol’ dungeonous scene, have no fear because the game is soon to get some new additions.
We will keep you posted if we hear anything else. In the meantime, if you haven’t checked out the game already, you should. It’s free! We also have a review for you to peruse as well.
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Remember that mysterious Samsung display in the window of the Phones 4U flagship store in the UK? It read “Samsung” in big letters with “coming 30/03/12″ under it. Some believed that it was going to be the launch of the Galaxy S III, but we had our doubts, and eventually we learned that it would turn in to Samsung store within a store. Today being the day of its launch, the new Samsung store has opened its doors to the public and our pals from Endgadget stopped in for a closer look.
Taking over the whole second floor of London’s Oxford Street Phones 4U retail location, Samsung’s latest retail endeavor aims to compete with the Apple store located just around the corner. As you can see in the images below, Samsung has created a place for customers to go to try out all the newest flagship devices without all the carrier muddled nonsense. No ever-changing ads or contract pricing, just an unfiltered Samsung experience. They even have an accessory wall for all the latest official extras you can get for your new Galaxy device, and apparently Samsung has trained the staff to be knowledgeable in everything Samsung. So if you live in the Oxford area you should stop by to check it out and let us know what you think! For the rest of you, jump past the break to experience the store via more photos.
Some angry T-Mobile Android users are venting in the forums about the latest My Account update that seems to now included pop-up ads in the notification bar. Customers have reported recently receiving ads for Yahoo Sports and T-Mobile Web2go. For many, the notification bar is designated for important information only, such as missed calls, voice mails and messaging alerts. To now have random spam thrown in the mix is a bit annoying to say the least. There appears to be no option to discontinue this feature at this time leaving many customers feeling deceived and trapped. Phone carriers sending a free SMS message with promotional info is nothing new. However, if the new trend is to display ads in the notification bar similarly to how ads are plastered across the top of the screen in many free apps, then things may start getting ugly on a global scale fairly quickly. Let us know what you think in the comments.
We know that the T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G is all set for the upcoming Android 4.0 + Sense 3.6 UI update, but there has been an unexpected delay in the prep process. According to T-Mobile’s Facebook page, HTC has sent the ICS ROM to T-Mobile, but apparently the ROM did not pass T-Mo’s gold standard of quality checks. T-Mobile has since sent the ROM right back to HTC for further testing and are hoping the bugs and kinks will be worked out sooner than later before the official update is released to customers. Here’s T-Mobile’s specific statement:
We got a chance to see the Samsung Galaxy Beam during this years Mobile World Congress and now the 15-lumen Android projector is available for pre-order in the UK. Although official pricing and availability have yet to be confirmed, you can get dibs on one of these bad boys for £442.80 including VAT ($590) from Clove UK. Based on a rumor we recently reported, the Galaxy beam is slated for release sometime next month.
The Galaxy Beam sports a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 4-inch WVGA display, a 5MP camera, 2000mAh battery, Gingerbread 2.3 and of course– the projector rated at 15 lumen’s. Hit up the source link to get your pre-order on.
source: Clove UK
We’ve seen various confirmations of devices getting the coveted Android 4.0 update this year from wireless carriers throughout the U.S., but what about our neighbors to the north? While most Canadian mobile users still do not know of when they will receive the ICS update, Canadian wireless carrier Bell has gone ahead and confirmed it will be pushing out the update to several select devices. While Bell specifically highlights “support for some features vary by manufacturer”, it’s provided a specific list showing the concrete dates of updates for the following devices:
- Samsung Galaxy S II – April 2012
- Samsung Galaxy Note – April 2012
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 – May 2012
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE – June 2012
- HTC Sensation – June 2012
- HTC Raider – June 2012
- LG Optimus LTE – July 2012
If you’re on Bell and own one of those devices, be prepared for an enhanced Android experience.
source: Mobile Syrup