ARCHOS G9 Series Tablets Get Official Ice Cream Sandwich Update

Today is a joyous day if you’re an ARCHOS G9 series tablet owner. We knew it was only a matter of time before a major update arrived for the tablet, but unfortunately encountered some minor delays which raised some doubt. The brand has officially pushed out the coveted Ice Cream Sandwich update to the 80 G9 and 101 G9 tablet devices. The new update will now bring the software build of those tablets to Android 4.0.3. In addition to ICS, you’ll find some MediaCenter and FileManager upgrades and ohhhh– Xbox gamepad support if that strikes your fancy. If you’re an owner of either tablet, go out and grab the update today by hitting up the Support link below. And please– be sure to let us know how that delectable ICS goodness tastes.

 source: ARCHOS Support
via: Phandroid

 

ICS Leaked For HTC Vivid Owners

The HTC Vivid is about to get a little bit better. How much better you ask? Well Vivid owners— you’re looking at a heaping scoop of the newest Android dessert with a side of an enhanced audio experience. That’s right folks— Ice Cream Sandwich and “diet” Sense 4.0 is finally here. But you know of course we’ve been paying close attention and already knew the update was on its way:

“In the coming weeks, HTC Vivid™ customers will be able to enjoy the optimized audio experience through an upcoming software update that will provide Android 4.0, an updated HTC Sense™ experience and Beats By Dr. Dre Audio profiles.”

Ehhh, “in the coming weeks” is too vague for some of us and it can sometimes be code for “coming months”. That’s why a crafty Vivid owner was able to grab the actual OTA update and share it with the rest of the Android community. The OTA update has been converted to a flashable file and is now ready for use by other ambitious Vivid owners. A heed of warning though: the file requires a different hboot and there is no known way of getting it back at this time. There has also been a few reports of some bricked and disabled devices as a result of a failed attempt. However– there has been an overwhelming number of success stories. You can find full details at the source link below. If you’re a Vivid owner and are ambitious enough to update your phone. Let us know how it works out for you in the Comments section or in our Forums.

source: XDA Forums
via: Android Central

ASUS Wants To Stay Ahead Of The Curve And Shares It Wants To Be The First To Android 5.0 Jelly Bean

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.

source: TechRadar
via: Android Community

SugarSync Gets Updated To Version 3.5, Includes Social Networking Sharing & Android 4.0 Support

One of the best apps available for Android just got another major update. Data syncing wunder-app SugarSync has been updated to version 3.5 and now it does more than just let you access your files on your computers using your Android device. Sure, it introduced the ability to sync videos just a few months ago, but here are some of the items to look forward to in this latest update:

 

  • Get anytime, anywhere access to all of your files, photos, and music
  • Automatically back up and sync photos & videos to your computers
  • Share any file or folder, even if it’s huge, over email, Facebook, Twitter, or even SMS.
  • Stream your entire music collection, even while you use other apps
  • Download files or entire folders for fast, offline viewing
  • Make edits to any file and will SugarSync automatically sync it to all your computers

The app is now available in the market for Android 1.5+ devices. The new version of SugarSync even includes the much-welcomed support for Ice Cream Sandwich! There’s no excuse for you all to not have this app, so be sure to grab it immediately (if you don’t have it already). You can find the QR code and Market link right after the presser— but first you have to hit the break. Read more

Shazam Will Update App To Include Android Beam Support, Also Promises Faster Tagging

You remember how we just mentioned that Google introduced the NFC-based Android Beam? Well Shazam has taken notice and is ready to implement the technology into its app. In the newest version of the Shazam app, it will utilize Android Beam— allowing users to share music, coupons and tour dates. The feature works in a straightforward way too: two Android users will be able to hold their phones back-to-back in order to share music, offers they’ve received from advertisers, and even info on tour dates for favorite bands and more. While Android Beam has yet to be live on Android devices, there is much optimism and excitement for the new feature as we will see the feature introduced sooner than later.

Shazam also took this opportunity to highlight it will feature faster tagging. How fast, you ask? Well Shazam “says that songs and TV ads will be able to be identified in a fraction of the time it previously took, even as little as one second”. As the Android OS continues to evolve, so does the apps on the platform. Are you all excited for the evolution of Shazam yet?

source: Tech Crunch

More HTC Endeavor Details Surface, Shaping Up To Be A Real Contender

More details have surfaced about HTC’s flagship device, the Endeavor, which is expected to be announced at MWC this year. It’s already been reported that it will be running Android 4.0, adorn a 4.7″ 720p screen, an 8 MP rear facing camera and a 1.3 MP front facing camera, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and tout 1GB of RAM. A Tegra 3 based 1.5GHz quad-core processor is reported to be the brains of the device.

Now we have some more insight into what the Endeavor will bring, including some confirmations and details of the aforementioned specs. There’s been quite a few details uncovered, but here are what I believe are the most important:

  • The phone will be Beats branded including software, device branding and will include Beats headphones in the box
  • Like the Galaxy Nexus, the Endeavor will ship with a 5-pogo-pin connector for use with a speaker dock
  • No MicroSD slot, and will be using MicroSIM technology
  • The quad-core Tegra processor has been confirmed as an nVidia AP33 1.5GHz/XMM6260
  • The screen will be of SuperLCD variety — no OLED
Seems to me that this phone might even make me swallow an early upgrade fee and retire my Galaxy SII for now. We’ll have to see as more details surface. Hit the source for details in their entirety.

source: modaco

Motorola DROID Bionic Update Rolling Out Now

It’s here!  The DROID Bionic update version 5.9.902 that we told you about a few days ago is currently rolling out to users everywhere.  This update is full of bug fixes, including improved battery life and data connectivity.  It should also keep those pesky lockups at bay.  Check out the source link below for the full changelog.

If you haven’t received a notification on your Bionic about this update, you can check for it manually in your phone by hitting Menu-> Settings-> About Phone-> System update.  Let us know in the comments if you notice any improvements after the update.

source: Verizon

Motorola VP Says Hardware Is The Reason For Android 4.0 Upgrade Delay To Its Devices

So you own a sweet MOTO DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX, DROID Bionic or other premium device, but are still aching for that ICS update? Well we know it’s on its way, but as of this time, there’s no estimated release date from MOTO at this time. Owners of the devices previously presumed it was because of customizing the (MOTO)BLUR skin on top of Android 4.0. However, the software development isn’t the hassle— it’s actually the hardware that’s causing a bit of a hassle and prolonging the eventual rollout of the update to the handful of MOTO devices. Christy Wyatt, Senior VP and general manager of Motorola’s Enterprise Business Unit makes that point clear:

“When Google does a release of the software … they do a version of the software for whatever phone they just shipped. The rest of the ecosystem doesn’t see it until you see it. Hardware is by far the long pole in the tent, with multiple chipsets and multiple radio bands for multiple countries. It’s a big machine to churn. I would have to know that every single operator I have is going to want to upgrade every single product, and sometimes they’ll want to control the timing … it’s just not easy to make that blanket statement.”

Motorola completely feels for its customers and wants to push out timely updates as quickly as possible, but it’s not at this point because of various factors involving hardware and mobile carriers. The problem is pretty straightforward: Motorola finds out if the hardware is compatible, throws on the custom skins like (MOTO)BLUR and waits to finally get re-certified by every individual carrier– which is a difficult process by itself. As tedious as the process is upgrading devices to Android 4.0, it’s a necessary one in order to ensure all aspects of the devices are running smoothly and without issues.

All is not doom and gloom though folks. While highlighting the difficulties in updating the software for each phone, Wyatt added some understandable enthusiasm for Android 4.0 because it gives developers a single UI for phones and tablets:

“That has to be one of the promises of Ice Cream Sandwich,” she said. “By bringing these UIs together, you solve the experience gaps and the ecosystem gaps between [phones and tablets].”

Our sentiments exactly Christy. While additional tweaks such as the WebTop (laptop) mode needs to be worked out as well, expect MOTO and its great group of developers/engineers to figure out everything sooner than later.

source: PC Mag