As we approach the close of 2012, there’s not much left to anticipate or look forward to… unless if you’re a T-Mobile customer. Thanks to our friends at TMoNews, we now know what Android devices will join T-Mobile’s line up and when they will be released. According to a leaked roadmap, we’re all set to see the LG Optimus L9 and Huawei Summit released on Halloween (10/31), a Samsung Galaxy S II color refresh on 10/29 and a mysterious Samsung Toba device— which is possibly suspected to be a new tablet– released on November 7th.
Naturally, the major focus for the close of the year will likely be the HTC One X+ and Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphones, but it’s still nice to see additional options being available to T-Mobile customers as well.
In what seems like ages, there’s finally good news for owners of the DROID Bionic. Motorola has purportedly invited Bionic owners to test out a new software update. It’s been reported that we would see Ice Cream Sandwich in the 4th quarter of this year for the Bionic, save for a few leaks. So naturally, we can’t see this being anything other than Ice Cream Sandwich, at long last. As a reminder, a soak test is usually the last phase of testing software. If responses are mostly positive, then it’ll be good to go to the masses soon thereafter. What do you say, Bionic owners? I know, when does Jelly Bean arrive?
source: Droid Life
Those of you in the UK who went ahead and splurged on the Orange San Diego smartphone may want to listen up to this tidbit of news. It’s no secret that while the Intel-powered smartphone has a fast chip that resulted in a generally stellar performance, the phone was held back because of its software. So after seeing a few teases before, owners of the Orange San Diego can now scream utter joy. Yes– the smartphone was launched with none other than Gingerbread 2.3, which definitely caused more than a few individuals to scratch their heads or sigh disappointment. So Intel has finally made things right and reports are surfacing that the device has finally begun receiving the much-needed Android 4.0 update. Sure it’s not Jelly Bean, but we’re sure owners of the smartphone will be happy. I’m sure they can attest to the fact that anything is better than Gingerbread.
source: Android Central
Motorola recently announced that the Atrix 4G will not get Ice Cream Sandwich, but it appears they at least gave it a shot. A leaked build has appeared in the XDA forums, and it can be installed relatively painlessly. Now obviously this build is going to have issues since Motorola decided not to continue development on it. They may have stopped it because they felt ICS wasn’t going to jive with the Atrix 4G, or possibly it was budget constraints. We will never know, but if you own an Atrix 4G and want to give it a shot, hit the break for the instructions.
Motorola Atrix 2 owners are rejoicing today because AT&T started rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update. We were expecting this but there is no doubt Atrix 2 owners will be happy to ditch Gingerbread. This update brings ICS favorites like Face Unlock, swipe away notifications and tabbed browsing. The update also brings Motorola’s quick-launch lock screen which allows users to unlock their phone directly to the camera, phone dialer, text messaging or home screen. It is still unlikely that the Motorola Atrix 4G will get ICS despite the protests, but at least Motorola is making a step in the right direction with other phones.
All of you Android parents out there will need to get ready to open up your wallets as there’s yet another Android tablet available for children. Just in time before the start of the holiday season, Ematic has released its 7-inch FunTab Ice Cream Sandwich tablet. While it’s no screamer like some powerhouse tablets, it should more than suffice for the kiddies as it will have a snappy 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable storage and both front/rear cameras. The unique thing about the Ematic tablet is the fact that it will have a customized kid-friendly skin and features including the ability for parents to record themselves reading books that the child can watch.
Oh and in case you are wondering, all of this costs only a mere $149.99, which is not too shabby at all. Hit the source link for additional details.
Today’s a joyous day for owners of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 operating on Verizon’s blazing 4G LTE network— Verizon has officially announced the Ice Cream Sandwich update is ready to roll out to the masses. The update will bring the Android version to 4.0.4 and the software version to i815.LP10, while also bringing items like facial unlock, an updated Music app, revamped Calculator app and a desktop view in the stock browser. For now— only the change log is available for view, but Verizon should begin rolling out the 289MB update within the next week or too, so there’s no need to fret too much.
So there you have it: the Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be getting a new lease on life after all.
source: Verizon Wireless
Individuals of a certain age may remember a time when a Sony Walkman was the technological, gee-whiz gadget of its time that set the standard for other portable music players. While much has changed over the years, the spirit of the Sony Walkman lives on today in the Sony Walkman Player app. Like other manufacturer specific apps included on Android devices in an effort to differentiate themselves, the Walkman Player is limited to Sony devices like the Sony Xperia S, Xperia T, and Xperia V devices. That situation has changed thanks to XDA forum member Rizal Lovins.
Using a copy of the app he extracted from his own Xperia S, Rizal Lovins has figured out how to get the app to install and run other Ice Cream Sandwich devices that have been rooted. Some quirks are still being worked out, but for the most part users can enjoy the visualizations, equalizers, animations, and other features of the music player app.
For instructions on how to install the Walkman Player on your rooted ICS device, hit the source link below.
source: XDA Developers forum
When it comes to Android, one of the hottest topics has always been how fast updates are. It has been a problem for a while now and there’s no question that Google recognizes that. At last year’s I/O, they announced a new agreement with OEMs that would make them commit to updates over an 18-month period. That didn’t seem to do much, so at this past June’s I/O, they announced the PDK. which is the hardware equivalent of the SDK. It gives manufacturers of hardware and chipsets early access to Android builds so they can get a jump start on current and upcoming devices. It’s still too soon to judge if this will help or not, but I really have to point out that things are going in the wrong direction in a major way.
October is officially here, so you know it’s time for some distribution stats for Android lovers (and subsequent haters). Like any other distribution study, the Android team takes time and does measurements of devices that access the Play Store and verifies which version of the Android OS users are on when accessing the Play Store. As you can see per the lovely pie chart and grid, we see that Gingerbread 2.3.3 – 2.3.7 overwhelmingly runs the majority of Android devices, though you can see the tasty Ice Cream Sandwich OS slowly creeping up— taking a 23.7% market share. Looking beyond those two versions of Android is the sudden growth of Jelly Bean 4.1: it’s now at a steady 1.8% representing all Android devices at this time. Considering will see imminent Jelly Bean updates on devices like this, and this… and this too— expect the trend grow even more.
All in all, it’s a wonderful time for Android as we’re really starting to see the newer versions appear on more and more devices. I’m definitely curious to see how much market share Gingerbread loses as we approach the end of the year. Hit the source for more details.
source: Android Developers