Bell has had a certain phone rocking Ice Cream Sandwich for some time now. Yet many of the Bell subscribers in Canada were thinking, “ok it’s great the Galaxy Nexus is out, but I like my phone– so when can I expect my device to taste that sweet, sweet new treat“? You’re in luck because we have an answer, for some of you at least. Mobile Syrup just obtained some confidential info that will put a smile for owners of the HTC Sensation and Raider, Samsung Galaxy S II and LG Optimus LTE. What you will find in the above screenshot and below are the estimated dates for your phone to be upgraded to ICS:
- HTC Sensation: February 2012
- HTC Raider: March 2012
- Samsung Galaxy S II: April 2012
- LG Optimus LTE: TBD
You can (un)officially start salivating for that ICS goodness if you’re a lucky owner of one of the listed devices. Stay tuned with Talk Android for more updates on the estimated dates or additional phones!
[via Mobile Syrup]
We have all been in situations in which our smartphone battery is nearly dead, but you have nowhere to charge it. If this is the sort of thing that happens to you a lot, then you might consider carrying extra batteries. The only issue with that is those extra batteries don’t work with your next phone. What about the person who only finds themselves in these situations once in a while?
I have the perfect solution for those that need the occasional boost. The PortaCharge from DROIDAX can not only charge your Android phone, but it can also charge your iPhone (I mean your friend’s), Kodak camera, Sony PSP, or other USB devices. What happens if you have two devices nearly dead? The PortaCharge can take care of that too as it can charge two devices at the same time. All of this for $49.95 isn’t bad at all.
The PortaCharge is compact enough as it measures 4.1 x 3.1 x 0.6 inches and weighs 168 grams. It’s a 5400mAh lithium polymer battery in itself. It has one mini USB port for charging the PortaCharge itself and two standard size USB ports for charging other devices. It comes with a 10-in-1 USB cable for connecting it to various devices and a travel pouch. The digital LED display tells you exactly how much power the PortaCharge has left (0-100).
Let the party begin! Sony Ericsson has joined the small line of those being the first to offer an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for their unlocked Xperia line. They’ve released an Alpha ROM today that supports bootloader-unlocked devices Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and the Xperia Ray devices. Dev’s can now get a quick preview of the ICS goodness that’s to come. The company has already confirmed that they plan to update their entire Xperia lineup over the next several months. We’ll certainly +1 that. As far as the ROM goes, keep in mind that certain functionality is going to be rather limited at start due to legality issues. No Google apps will be included and the ability to make a phone call is excluded at this time as well. So, no daily driver here, of course. If you still want to give it a go despite the limitations, check out the source link as well as a video provided by SE of a walk through on how to flash the ICS ROM. You can check out things like the lock screen, music controls and task switcher.
MIUI is one of those love or hate custom ROMS, but I’m a sucker for lockscreens. WidgetLocker is probably the coolest one out there, but it looks the guys at MIUI want to give it a run for the money with the highly customizable lockscreen from the MIUI ROM. It’s now available in the Android Market as a free app, which means everyone can enjoy it, including all the non Hackers.
There are a bunch of themes that you can download from within the app. They include iPhone styles to the zipper style pictured above. Of course, you can’t forget the Ice Cream Sandwich themes as well.
If you take a look at the comments in the Android Market, you will notice a lot of people unhappy with the permissions for reading Gmail and SMS messages. The reason for this is so the app can display them as part of the lockscreen so put your worries aside and head over to the Android Market via one of the links below and check it out. You won’t be disappointed.
Android Market Link
As we reported yesterday, everyone who purchases a Galaxy Nexus from Verizon today will get a notification for an update shortly after activation. We weren’t sure of all the details, but the changelog is out so here you go:
Software Version: ICL53F / Android Version 4.0.2
- Optimized Mobile Hotspot when used with VPN.
- Optimized 3G/4G data sessions for faster response times.
- Fixed an incorrect notification that “data was disconnected due to roaming”.
- Wi-Fi now automatically reconnects when returning to a known Access Point.
- Improvements to special visual effects feature when using front-facing camcorder.
- Visual improvements to the lock screen.
If you’re looking for a little “old school” action today, then head over to the Android Market and grab Sonic CD. It’s a complete “enhanced” recreation of one of the most popular Sonic games before going 3D. I know many of our younger readers probably never played it, but it’s always nice to see how us old folks use to play them. It only costs $1.99 so what are you waiting for?
Android Market Link
Well, as expected, the Asus Transformer Prime has been slightly delayed for Italians everywhere per Asus’s official Facebook page . Sorry folks, you won’t be able to purchase one as a gift for Christmas however, you’ll be able to reel one in as an after New Year’s present. The Transformer Prime has been delayed until after the holiday season and should be available sometime by the end of January. The company also has plans to release a 3G version of the monster quad-core tablet in addition to a WiFi version. One slight morsel of info that should assist in the long drawn out wait is the fact that the company touts the device will hit the market running with Android 4.0 (ICS) on board. So, as it was once thought that the device was delayed due to WiFi issues, it seems that plans for an OS update was more like it. But don’t worry for those of you in the U.S of A. as our version of the device is still slated for release during the week of December 19th. Feel free to drop a word or two in the comments section below.
Listen up GTA’ers. GTA III has finally landed on Android. Rockstar Games has released Grand Theft Auto 3 to the market, in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the game. This isn’t a remake, it’s the real deal, just optimized for play on touch screen devices. I wasted no time this morning downloading it and giving it a quick one over on my 10.1 Tab. It looks awesome. Not ground-shaking graphics, but cool nonetheless.
Rockstar did a fantastic job of bringing this to Android. Controls are a little weird, but then again I’m used to having a controller in my hands playing this game. Fret not though, Rockstar did think of that while making it and the game does support a USB controller as long as your device does. Hit up the QR code or the Market link for quick access to the game. Let us know in the comments, if you plan on picking it up. Is this your first time playing it or are you just getting it for the nostalgia of having it?
Happy Galaxy Nexus Day folks! What better way to celebrate this momentous day by having full instructions on how to unlock the boatloader? The good news is that the process is relatively brief and not too challenging thanks to the fine team at Droid Life. Since the Galaxy Nexus is a pure developer device, there’s no need to bypass or hack the bootloader like you would another device. Feeling lucky, ambitious, and ready to unlock the phone’s true potential? Hit the break for full instructions for those using Windows-based computers.
The guys over at Pocketnow, got their hands on some nice high quality photos of the LG Spectrum (Revolution 2), as well as the specs. We recently saw pics of this device but they weren’t all that fabulous, and you really couldn’t see the true look of the phone. As you can see from the picture above, LG actually did a good job making this phone look sleek and semi-sexy (I say only semi-sexy, because we are all whipped over the Nexus at this point).
Specs for the Spectrum are decent as well. Defiantly not a device that is going to take any shine away from the Nexus, but still a decent phone for those who don’t need a Nexus. Here is the run down for the Spectrum’s specs:
- Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3
- Android Gingerbread 2.3
- 10.6 millimeters thick
- 4.5-inch, 1280×720 IPS LCD
- 1GB RAM, 4GB storage plus 16GB microSD
- Eight-megapixel, 1080p rear camera; 1.3-megapixel front-facing
- Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n
- HDMI, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct
- 1830mAh battery
- Simultaneous voice and LTE data
- 10-device LTE hotspot
No release date has been given, only speculation and random thoughts as to when it will be released at this point. We will keep you informed as more information becomes available.