Everyone was drooling over the HTC One series at Mobile World Congress, and its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense 4.0. Now, it looks as though HTC might be hitting up some of their older phones with ICS as well. There has been an email leaked that Verizon’s HTC Thunderbolt has a few devices undergoing a user trial for Ice Cream Sandwich. The trial should run through April, which may indicate a roll out of ICS for the Thunderbolt late this spring. Of course, this trial is no guarantee of that. There was lots of teasing and changing of minds that the Thunderbolt would get Android 2.3 Gingerbread before it actually did.
The email does seem a little fishy – why would HTC have an outside link to Addictivetips.com to explain Ice Cream Sandwich? Why not roll out the test OTA? Why are they providing test devices? We’ll just have to wait and see. Let us know what you think in the comments.
ASUS is certainly on a roll lately. They’ve launched sexy devices such as the game-changing Transformer Prime tablet and have introduced the sexy PadFone for starters, now they want to be among the first to showcase the latest developments in the Android platform. Let me explain: it has been among the first devices— tablet or otherwise— to showcase Android 4.0. As awesome as that is, ASUS believes that’s not good enough, so it’s using its newfound close relationship with Google to make sure it’s the first manufacturer to present Android 5.0— otherwise known as Jelly Bean— to the masses. Don’t take our word for it either. During an interview with TechRadar, Asus Corporate Vice President Benson Lin shared the following:
“Asus is very close to Google, so once they have Android 5.0 I think there will be a high possibility that we will be the first wave to offer the Jelly Bean update.”
This essentially confirms a few things. One is that Ice Cream Sandwich will only see some minor tweaks and updates while in the version 4.x stage. That means Jelly Bean will not be found in 4.1, 4.2, etc.— it’s going to be a completely new Android version. The second is if you think ASUS isn’t a reputable or hot brand as of late, you may want to think again. Its quality devices released in the last 6 months or so and the fact it is among the first manufacturers to provide the latest Android updates puts it in the top tier of manufacturers. Let’s see if ASUS does follow through and continue to provide updates before the rest of its competition.
via: Android Community
How does a little insight into what Verizon may be bringing out in the coming future sound? Good? Well according to the folks over at Droid-Life and their inside sources it’s suggested that the HTC Fireball will be coming to us as the DROID Incredible 4G, LG will be bringing out the LG Lucid 4G and that the RAZR will be coming out in a new color, this time in blue.
While rumors for the Fireball/Incredible 4G have the specs as being underwhelming compared to that of the One-X and today’s standards (1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a Super AMOLED display, 8MP Rear VGA Front cameras, and ICS) the Incredible line is usually quite solid. Plus with its rumored Global radios it could be a contender all of its own. HTC and Verizon seem to push this as a mid-range/budget device but if the Incredible 2 is any indication you will be hard pressed at finding a better bang for your buck.
There is also talk of LG releasing the Lucid 4G but there isn’t anything concrete in terms of details. The RAZR, not sure if they mean the original or the MAXX, will also be adding a blue color to add to its purple, white and original colors. Here’s hoping that Verizon drops some insight on us here in the near future. Given that the HTC device has passed Wifi FCC certification we may see it sooner than later.
Did you know that Leap Day was also the 27th Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference in Los Angeles? Sprint knew, and announced that it has launched a free app that provides easier access to the smartphones of blind or low-vision Android users. Dubbed “Wireless Accessibility“, the suite has been specifically designed by developers Code Factory for the blind or visually impaired, or for anyone who is having trouble using a smartphone due to physical or developmental disabilities.
This suite normally costs $99, but Sprint is now making it available for free in the Android Market. AT&T has a similar free version in the Market for a limited time called Mobile Accessibility Lite.
Mitch Pomerantz, president of the American Council of the Blind (ACB), said the following:
“Having the ability to gain greater access to information on smartphones through the use of a free suite of applications is a very positive development in the blind community’s quest for more affordable choices. The American Council of the Blind commends Sprint for its willingness to take another positive step toward full product accessibility.”
Full press release and a video of the app after the break.
We were introduced to LG’s “Optimus L” series of phones at Mobile World Congress this year, and it looks like the lower-end Optimus L3 is the first to make it to consumers when it launches in Europe later this month. Asia and Russia are next in line. The specs for the L3 are very modest, with a 3.2 inch display, 800MHz processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and a only a 3MP camera on board. There is no question this is an entry-level device by today’s standards.
No word on whether it’s coming to the States, but with these specs, I can’t see it being anything but a carrier give-away. Full presser after the break.
It’s no secret that Apple and Samsung are not the best of friends. They’ve been firing legal bullets at each other for quite some time now. There’s 278 claims from Apple in Australia, a German skirmish with the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Tab issues in Australia, Antitrust complaints in California, and the list goes on and on and on.
In a seemingly balanced decision, German courts dismissed two patent suits on Friday, one from Apple and one from Samsung. Apple’s slide-to-unlock and Samsung’s 3G/UMTS claims are both on the chopping block. No word from Apple yet, but Samsung is planning an appeal.
More thoughts and a t-shirt after the break.
Sony Google TV devices are reportedly about to get an OTA update on Monday that patches a recently found security exploit that allows you to root your box. Sony owners, if you are planning to root, do it now since once you receive the update, you will no longer be able to.
GTVHacker says that once you perform a “recovery downgrade” and software root, you can prevent the OTA from downloading and continue to enjoy the benefits of a rooted device. If an official update comes out that is worth downloading, a rooted device has the option to revert back to stock and receive the upgrade.
Google TV hasn’t hit its full stride yet, and we already have one casualty in the Logitech Revue (of which I am a happy owner). Eric Schmidt recently stated that “by the summer of 2012, the majority of the televisions you see in stores will have Google TV embedded,” so Google is certainly committed to the platform.
Hopefully this means more updates (even for the Revue… please?), and ones that are not simply patching root exploits.
The Samsung Galaxy S Advance has shown up in FCC documents. We previously didn’t have any release information for this handset in the US, so all you Samsung fans out there in the United States can rest assured that you will see the Galaxy S Advance at some point. The FCC documents reveal that the phone, also known as the GT-i9070, has AT&T bands. Samsung announced the phone in January, and we got to see some real life pics shortly after. The documents show that the handset’s GSM 850/1900 bands, dual-band WiFi, WCDMA bands 850/1900, Bluetooth and NFC are all approved. Here’s a little refresher on the specs:
- 1GHz dual-core CPU
- 4-inch Super AMOLED display
- 768 MB of RAM
- 5 MP rear facing camera and 1.3 MP front facing camera
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- 1500 mAh battery
Since it’s a new release, we’re hoping this phone will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich before too long. There is no confirmation on the release date or price yet. Stay posted to Talk Android for more information on the Samsung Galaxy S Advance as it becomes available.
Since our Android smart phones contain so much of our personal information, it makes perfect sense to keep our phones secure. Enter Avira, the company that has brought our computers antivirus and firewall protection for years. They have released a beta version of their Free Android Security app for all your anti-theft needs.
There are many features in this app to keep your phone safe. You can lock the phone remotely by logging on to the Web Console from any browser, pinpoint a phone’s location on Google maps, or if someone finds your lost phone, they can call an alternate phone number to contact you. Avira will let you manage up to five devices on one account. Logging on to the Web Console will also let you see your battery life and records the security history of your device. Best of all, also using the Web Console, you can “Make It Scream” for those times that you know your phone is hidden under one of those sofa cushions.
Let us know in the comments if Avira makes you feel more secure about your Android device.
The app is free, and you can download it from the market link below.
Android Market Link
It was back in December that we first heard Archos claim that its G9 series of tablets would receive the ICS update sometime in Q1 of this year. Here we are in the home stretch of the first Quarter and we have yet to see the devices get the update. Now, apparently Archos wants to apologize for the delay and is ready to put a more exact timeline on the update. They recently took to their Facebook page claiming “they fully anticipate deploying the upgrade within the next two weeks,” as I am sure you G9 are are pleased to hear. They also emphasize the importance of delivering a smooth transition to the latest version of the Android OS. At least they are trying to make it a bug-free launch unlike the one ASUS issued for the Transformer Prime.
As soon as we can pin down an exact rollout date, or when we receive word of its arrival, we will let you know.
via: Android Police