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HTC Releases List of Phones Receiving Android 4.0

clock May 24, 2012 01:15 by author Jeremy

HTC has released a list of cell phones that will be receiving the latest Android 4.0 OS, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich. A majority of these devices will receive their update between June and July, with some updates having already been rolled out, or will be rolled out in May. Along with Ice Cream Sandwich, the operating system will be accompanied by HTC's Android overlay, Sense 3.6.

This update to Android 4.0 doesn't apply to HTC's tablets, such as the HTC Flyer and HTC Jetstream. Many phones that have less than 512 MB memory will also not receive the update.

Device Schedule
DROID Incredible 2 by HTC To be determined (by the end of August)
HTC Amaze 4G May-June
HTC Desire S June-July
HTC Desire HD July-August
HTC EVO 3D June-July
HTC EVO 4G+ May-June
HTC EVO Design 4G June-July
HTC Incredible S June-July
HTC Sensation March-June
HTC Sensation 4G March-June
HTC Sensation XE March-June
HTC Sensation XL April-Jun
HTC Rezound June-July
HTC Rhyme June-July
HTC Thunderbolt July-August
HTC Velocity 4G March-June
HTC Vivid March-June

Source: HTC



Samsung "Mobile Unpacked" Event Reveals New Galaxy S III

clock May 4, 2012 01:12 by author Jeremy

The Galaxy line of phones from Samsung have been nothing short of spectacular. Each new iteration brings something new to the table, and the latest Galaxy S III doesn't disappoint. While it may share a few similarities with it's recent cousin, the Galaxy Nexus, the S III still has a lot of brand new software features to offer.

First off, the hardware. Samsung is showing off it's latest Exynos 4 quad-core processor, rated at 1.4GHz. Along with 1 GB of RAM to help processing speeds, this phone is more than capable of tackling the multitasking that its users will likely ask of it. The phone will come in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models, with a microSD slot as well for the media-attuned. The camera isn't exactly out-of-this-world, but still shows off with its 8 megapixels, along with a front-camera boasting 1.9 megapixels. There's zero shutter lag and it takes less than a second to boot up. The camera also offers a burst feature, capturing 20 shots at a rate of 3.3 per second. Lastly, the replaceable battery measures at 2,100 mAh, which is a bit more powerful than other flagship phones (such as the HTC One X).

Samsung seems to have placed a lot of effort into the S III's software. While TouchWiz (Samsung's custom UI) is still around, it actually offers quite a bit on top of Android 4.0.

Smart Stay: The phone utilizes its camera and facial recognition features to watch you through the front camera. As long as you stick around, the phone won't "sleep" and the screen won't shut off.

Smart Alert: Once your phone wakes up (or when you wake up), the phone will inform you of any activity that's occured since sleeping.

S Voice: The phone will "wake up" when you chat to it. You can have up to 5 personalized commands.

S Beam: Similar to Android Beam, the S Beam is an intuitive way of sharing that makes use of WiFi and NFC. By pressing your Galaxy S III against another S III, you can wireless transfer files such as videos and music.

Besides interesting new software, the Galaxy S III has it's own array of gestures that control the phone, but we may have to wait for the official release to see all of them for ourselves.

Sources/Pictures: engadget, cnet



Google ICS List – Ice Cream Sandwich Cell Phone Compatibility

clock December 20, 2011 20:35 by author Ty

Lock Screen Google Ice Cream Sandwich ICS

For those of you that own an Android cell phone or are in the midst of purchasing one, many of you can now upgrade and experience the new Google Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) Operating System (OS) on your smartphone.

“Android 4.0 brings an entirely new look and feel. The lock screen, widgets, notifications, multi-tasking and everything in between has been rethought and refined to make Android simple, beautiful, and beyond smart.”

The new Android holds many new features and functions for the avid Android user. Many of these new features include:

Simple, Beautiful, Useful

  • Refined, evolved UI
  • Home screen folders and favorites tray
  • Resizable widgets
  • New lock screen actions
  • Quick responses for incoming calls
  • Swipe to dismiss notifications, tasks, and browser tabs
  • Improved text input and spell-checking
  • Powerful voice input engine
  • Control over network data
  • Designed for accessibility

Home Screen Google Ice Cream Sandwich ICS

Communication and Sharing

  • People and profiles
  • Unified calendar, visual voicemail
  • Rich and versatile camera capabilities
  • Redesigned Gallery app with photo editor
  • Live Effects for transforming video
  • Sharing with screenshots

Cloud-Connected Experience

  • Powerful web browsing
  • Improved email

Innovation

  • Android Beam for NFC-based sharing
  • Face Unlock
  • Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth HDP

Face Recognition and Unlock Google Ice Cream Sandwich ICS

Google has stated that all smart phones with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS and tablets with the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS will be able to upgrade to Android 4.0 (ICS), unless the cell phone manufacturer decides to not let the upgrade happen.

If you’re looking to upgrade to ICS, below is a list of manufacturers and smartphone models that will get an official upgrade to Android 4.0 in the course of the next few months.

Google Ice Cream Sandwich Cell Phone Compatibility List:

Samsung

Phones

  • Samsung Nexus S - Now Available!
  • Samsung Galaxy S II (Q1 2012)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note (Q1 2012)

Tablets

  • Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • Galaxy Tab 8.9
  • Galaxy Tab 7.7
  • Galaxy Tab 7 Plus

Improved Text Input Google Ice Cream Sandwich ICS

HTC

Phones

  • HTC Vivid
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Sensation XL
  • HTC Sensation XE
  • HTC Rezound
  • HTC Evo 3D
  • HTC Evo Design 4G
  • HTC Amaze 4G

Speech to Text Google Ice Cream Sandwich ICS

Sony Ericsson

Phones

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia arc
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia neo
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia mini
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia pro
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia active
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia ray
  • Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman

Charts and Graphs Google Ice Cream Sandwich ICS

Motorola

Phones

  • Motorola Droid RAZR
  • Motorola RAZR
  • Motorola Droid BIONIC

Tablets

  • Motorola Xoom
  • Motorola Xoom 2

LG

Phones

  • LG Optimus 2X
  • LG Optimus Black
  • LG Optimus 3D

Other Phones and Tablets

Phones

  • Asus Padfone
  • Meizu MX
  • Meizu M9

Tablets

  • Asus Transformer Prime
  • Asus Eee Pad Transformer

This Google ICS list is current as of December 17, 2011. If you would like more information on the Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ICS upgrade, please visit the following Web sites.

http://www.android.com/about/ice-cream-sandwich/

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/ice-cream-sandwich-compatible-devices.html

Google Ice Cream Sandwich ICS

 

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