The Android 4.0 presentation probably got the most attention of any Android release presentation so far. Android has grown to be more and more popular over this past year and the Android lovin’ is at an all time. A lot of the time we get so caught up in the newness that we forget what is truly innovative and what should have been here a long time ago. Apple presentations, for example, are famous for having two sides. There’s always the side that has a religious experience with everything that’s announced, and another that likes to point out that while the newer things are nice, they shouldn’t be considered “new.” After talking with some of my friends about the ICS presentation, I’ve realized that even Android is starting to develop that dual nature. So without further ado, I’ll present the things that you should be genuinely happy that Android now does while also declaring the improvements that it should have done a while ago. Ain’t nobody done tell me I be too biased. » Read the rest
For the many people (including myself) that aren’t overly thrilled about Android’s stock launcher, Dolphin Browser is one of the most popular alternatives. It’s fast, looks nice, and has tons of options. In an interesting twist Dolphin Browser v7.0, the next version of Dolphin, will be launching exclusively on a third party market: GetJar. The biggest update is Dolphin Connect.
Dolphin 7.0 is moving your mobile experience to the cloud by introducing Dolphin Connect. With Dolphin Connect your bookmarked sites and your browsing preferences will be kept in sync across all of your devices. No longer forget web addresses—Dolphin Connect remembers them for you. With Dolphin Connect, Dolphin will once again reshape the mobile browsing experience.
Why would a company want to sidestep the biggest market it has? Perhaps GetJar offered a few incentives to launch it their first. Something tells me it won’t stay exclusive for too long though. Any of our readers die hard GetJar fans?
At the Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer either has a horribly skewed idea of the worlds population or is starting to get bitter about the success of Android. “You don’t have to be a computer scientist to use a Windows Phone, but you do to use an Android phone.” Good ol’ Steve also let on that Android phones just didn’t get him “excited.” For a company that’s weaseling up to $15 out of OEM’s for every Android device phone sold, you would think that Microsoft would be ecstatic that Android is doing so well. Apparently not. It also doesn’t help that many draw parallels to Android when it comes to the Android vs Apple smartphone war and the PC vs Mac war of the 90′s. Perhaps this is just his way of getting some press for WP7 now that the iPhone 4S and Android 4.0 have largely stolen all of the media’s attention. Either way, this just seems to me like the youngest brother complaining when no one picks him for their team. It’s okay Steve. Maybe one day when WP7 grows up people will obsess about your mobile platform too.
Our friends in the UK are about to receive a lineup of smartphones that are going to make the upgrade process a bit of a challenge this Holiday season. Three, O2 and Vodafone have announced that they’ll be receiving the highly anticipated Galaxy Nexus device with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Three says their device will be available to run on their still rolling out HSPA+ network while Vodafone and O2 have yet to mention whether or not the device will run on HSPA+ technology.
In addition, online retailer, Clove has announced via their blog that they will be offering the Motorola RAZR for £455 ($720) off contract beginning November 1st. If you can do without an ICS device for now, this would be the phone to purchase. Check out our hands-on from yesterday’s event as we’re confident you’ll find this device to be a top contender. And who knows, maybe the device will see Android 4.0 soon enough.
Samsung won a minor victory yesterday when a California judge threw out some of Apple’s claims against it. Samsung asked U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh to throw out several of Apple’s anti trust complaints to which the Judge Koh was apparently happy to oblige to. However, she has still not come to a ruling about Apple’s request to block Samsung phones in the US. Another important note is that Apple can amend the claims slightly and bring them back to court if they so choose.
Will this ever end?
When asked about what phones HTC might be considering upgrading to ICS, HTC gave a typical wordy, yet unhelpful answer.
“We are excited about the latest update for Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, and are currently reviewing its features and functionality to determine our upgrade plans. Our goal for Android updates is to give every customer an improved user experience, which means balancing each phone’s unique hardware, HTC Sense experience and the Android kernel. While our goal is to upgrade as many of our recent devices as possible, we are committed to maintaining every phone’s performance and usability first. Please stay tuned for more updates on specific device upgrade plans.”
Google had said before that it wanted ICS to be more unified than previous versions, and many people took that as custom skins (Sense, MotoBlur, Touchwiz, etc) would have to either be removed or scaled back considerably. Here’s to hoping that HTC upgrades all of it’s older phones to ICS while it figures out what to do with its world renowned Sense skin. Like that’ll happen. That being said, would you want Sense elements or just stock AOSP for ICS? I’m back into my “Sense phase” on my Evo (I often switch between AOSP and Sense depending on my mood, the month, and the lunar cycle), but I can’t say I would want a lot of Sense elements if the Evo gets ICS. It looks rather polished as it is now. What about you guys?
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. » Read the rest
We’ve got another hands on with the Galaxy Nexus for you, courtesy of The Verge, filmed at the event from last night in Hong Kong. This video gives you a good look at Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich without giving you the silent treatment like our previous video. You’ll get acquainted with the home screens, widgets, launcher, and recent apps tray, as well as that super fast snapping camera. No footage of the face unlock, android beam, or the improved voice typing but you want to miss it, regardless
A couple days ago we showed you a leaked Verizon MAP outing November 10th as the release date for the new Galaxy Nexus. Without the inclusion of Big Red in the Galaxy Nexus event I am sure some of you may be worried if and when it may actually show up to Verizon. If you want a little more proof look at the bottom of the Galaxy Nexus in an image (above) that was taken from the promo video. Also, a couple of images were shared by Romain Guy on Google+ that depicted the Verizon 4G logo on the back of the phone (below). Now it’s only a matter of time and patience my friends, known as the calm before the storm…
Hey Android fans! As you all know, Ice Cream Sandwich was officially unveiled yesterday evening. In case you missed it, Google also announced that the 4.0 SDK (Source Developer Kit) is available as of right now. To most, the SDK is strictly for development purposes, but did you know, you can use it to give yourself a tour of new Android releases? The SDK has a built in Android Emulator that can be used use to simply boot up 4.0 and start poking around. So, perhaps you’re eager to know how it’s done.
Hit the break for full instructions. The following assumes you’ve never touched the SDK before. » Read the rest