Samsung Galaxy S II receives Ice Cream Sandwich update in Europe and Korea today, Other markets to follow gradually

Well March 10 came and went without the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II, but hey what’s a few extra days? If you remember, we posted that earlier today a tweet was pulled by SK Telecom announcing that ICS would arrive on March 13. It was pulled because Samsung wanted to make the official announcement, which they just did via Twitter and Facebook. Here’s what they said on Facebook:

We’re thrilled to announce that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be served to GALAXY S II users in the European countries including Poland, Hungary and Sweden, as well as Korea today, and gradually roll out to other markets.

ICS for GALAXY Note, GALAXY S II LTE, GALAXY Tab 8.9 and 10.1 will follow soon.

In addition, we’ll also offer Android 2.3 Gingerbread firmware upgrades for GALAXY S, GALAXY Tab 7″, GALAXY S Plus, GALAXY S SCL (Super Clear LCD) and GALAXY W from end March. The firmware upgrades for GALAXY S, for example, include Face Unlock, Snapshot, Photo Editor, and others.

The availability and scheduling of the software update and specific models upgradeable to Android 4.0 will vary by market and wireless carriers’ requirements.

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Apple Says Samsung Is Not Complying With Judge’s Orders

And the never ending war continues.  In recent news Apple is accusing Samsung of not following orders issued by a judge to turn over all necessary source code to be analyzed by the Cupertino based company.  According to Apple, Samsung had “only partially complied with” the court order which mandated that Sammy hand over the goods including 4G handsets and the Galaxy Tab 10.1.  Samsung had until December 31st to supply the code which they willingly offered by producing one version of code for each of the products accused of a patent violation, but withholding source code for other versions.  And with the new trial coming up in late August, Apple is claiming that there’s not enough time to seriously analyze any new source code that Samsung would provide so late in the game.  Apple states:

“At this point in the case, it is too late for Apple to make meaningful use of any late produced source code.”

Apple is now requesting that the court not allow Samsung to use any of the “undelivered” source code in their defense against Apple’s patent claims.  Apple is actually taking it one step further and requesting that Samsung’s undelivered code be “representative of all versions of that product.”  Stay tuned as we closely follow the two tech giants in their quest to dominate over the other.  So far, the two companies have filed 30 suits against one another on four different continents since last April.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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source: Bloomberg

Motorola ICS Due Dates Change – Bad News US RAZR Owners

Motorola’s master list of ICS updates has been updated. On the whole, there are  a couple of changes including the addition of a few more devices, but for many one thing will stick out like a sore thumb: the RAZR. Previously Motorola announced an expected update for the RAZR in Q2. Not long after, we got a peak at ICS running on the RAZR which only further fueled the proposed update schedule. This recently revised update list paints a different picture. Apparently RAZRs the world over will be updated to ICS in Q2 except US RAZRs. Their chart shows that in the US, Q2 will be devoted to evaluation and planning.

The US RAZR certainly does sport different hardware than many of its worldwide counterparts but is that the sole reason for the delay? I wouldn’t be so sure. One thing is for sure, that extra time had better yield a bug-free release.

source: Motorola
via: Android Central

[Deal] Amazon Sees Their Own Sprint 4G Sale and Raises It a Droid Madness Sale

As we told you earlier today, Amazon is offering one hell of a sale. They are offering amazing Sprint 4G phones for a $0.01. As if that weren’t enough they decided that they would up the anti and also host a Droid Madness Sale. They are offering most of the Droid phones for that same $0.01 price or at a heavily discounted price. As we told you with the Sprint phones the usual contract provisions apply for these phones. So if you are in the market for a newer 4G Droid phone here is what they are offering:

  • Droid RAZR MAXX – $199.99
  • Droid RAZR (Black 32GB) – $49.99
  • Droid RAZR (Black, White, Purple 16GB) – $34.99
  • Droid Bionic -$29.99
  • Droid 4 – $49.99
  • Droid 3
  • Droid X2
  • Droid Pro
If you are up for a contract renewal or new phone on Big Red’s 4G Network then you have until 11:59 p.m. PDT on March 26 to snag one of these phones. You can get the new Droid 4 or the 32GB RAZR for $50. If that’s not a deal then I don’t know what is. Hit the source link below to get a chance to check out these awesome sales. Hurry up! You only have two weeks. Heck while you’re at it snag 4GB for the price of 2GB as both of these are sure to disappear sometime soon. Enjoy!
source: Amazon

T-Mobile Kills Off the Sidekick 4G

Some of you may be dissapointed to read this, but it looks like T-Mobile is putting an end to the Sidekick era as they recently put down the good ol’ Sidekick 4G. That’s right, the trusty QWERTY device favored by many has unfortunately reached EOL (end of life) status.

According to a leaked T-Mo system screenshot obtained by TmoNews, Magenta discontinued the Sidekick 4G as of last Tuesday, March 6th. Since we haven’t seen anything along the lines of a replacement slide out QWERTY from T-Mobile, it leads one to believe that the Sidekick series of devices may actually be discontinued forever. Let’s hope they really do have something new in the works because it would be a shame to see such a loyal following go to waste.

source: TmoNews

Samsung outselling Apple by three to one in China

Here at TalkAndroid we’d be lying if we said we didn’t enjoy seeing Apple taking a spanking every once in a while and that’s exactly what’s happening in the Far East right now. Where Android remains the most popular Operating System across the world, the iPhone is generally the top selling individual smartphone in most countries. Most countries except for China, which just happens to be one of the biggest smartphone markets in the world. A recent report from Bloomberg shows Apple holding a 7.5% share of Chinese smartphone sales which actually places it as the fifth most popular manufacturer. Samsung is sitting pretty at number one with a healthy 24.3% share.

All gloating aside, much of the success is down to the backing of the major Chinese mobile carriers. Samsung has used all three of the major networks for the past 4 years including China Mobile (655 million subscribers), China Unicom (200 million subscribers) and China Telecom (129 million subscribers). Apple initially only sold the iPhone through China Unicom and only recently added China Telecom, China Mobile is likely to remain a huge omission due to Apple’s unwillingness to adopt the 3G standard that the network operates on.

It will be interesting to see if Samsung can hold on to such a big percentage of the market share. The launches of both the Galaxy SIII and the iPhone 5 (New iPhone, iPhone 4.5s?) will certainly shake up the market worldwide.


source : phoneArena

9.7-Inch IdeaTab S2109 Passes FCC, Could Launch This Month

During CES 2012 back in January we brought to you a hands on video with the Lenovo IdeaPad S2110 that was announced at the event. While we are still waiting to hear on if this device will make it’s U.S. debut it appears that its cousin the S2109A-F has passed through the FCC and could possibly arrive sometime this month. This tablet will have Ice Cream Sandwich onboard as I assume most, if not all, tablets will have until the release of Jelly Bean. Besides that it will have a 9.7-inch, 4:3 IPS display, a TI OMAP processor and four SRS-ready speakers.

If the above diagram is any indication the tablet will have a microSD slot and will require a beefy 2.5A input at 5 volts. This suggests that the tablet will come with a 12.5W adapter and is a lot higher than the normal maximum of 10 watts. Could it mean that charging time won’t take as long? Here’s hoping. When the time comes it will be sold in Canada, Chile, China, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, Turkmenistan and the U.S. Does a 4:3 aspect Android tablet excite you? Let us know in the comment section below.


source: FCC
via: engadget 

[Deal] Amazon Offers All Eight Sprint 4G Phones for Only $0.01 Each

Right now, Amazon is quite possibly offering one of the best smartphones sales of this year. From now until March 26th, all Sprint’s 4G smartphones are on sale for only.. wait for it… one lousy penny! That’s right, for one cent (and the usual contract obligations) you can get any one of the following 4G phones to use on the Now Network:

  • Samsung Galaxy S II Epic Touch 4G (white and black versions)
  • HTC EVO Design 4G
  • HTC EVO Shift 4G
  • Samsung Nexus S 4G
  • Samsung Epic 4G
  • HTC EVO 3D 4G (black and plum versions)
  • Motorola Photon 4G
  • Samsung Conquer 4G

That’s a total of eight 4G phones to choose from, all of which would make for a great new addition. The only catch? This deal only applies to new contracts unfortunately, so if you are in need of a new wireless carrier and have been eyeballing a new Galaxy S II then this is probably the time to get on board with the most successful Android device to date. Plus, the SGSII is scheduled to receive the illustrious ICS update sometime in the near future, too. Hit up the source link below for further details and to place you order.

source: Amazon

HTC Shows Off One X Deluxe, Limited Edition in Taiwan

While everyone around the world is still waiting for the release of the HTC One X that hasn’t stopped HTC from announcing a deluxe, limited edition version of the flagship device. The Taiwanese company took some time to show off the device that’s packed with the Solo Beats by Dre headphones valued at $179.95. The device will be available in Taiwan for pre-order starting March 20th and it will be sold for 24,900 Taiwan dollars or roughly $842 American. 
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HTC Media Link Makes Its Rounds At The FCC, Indicates It’s On Its Way Very Soon

Didn’t believe the hype surrounding HTC’s Media link at MWC this year did you? Well those who were skeptics will now be believers as the sweet wireless HD accessory has made its rounds at the FCC and looks primed for a release sometime within the next month or so. That means we’ll be able to experience a DLNA alternative that will display photos, video, games, etc. very soon. Let’s just hope the price is right and doesn’t scare too many folks off into buying this cool accessory.

source: FCC
via: Engadget