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Ice Cream Sandwich update for AT&T's Samsung Galaxy S II delayed for technical reasons

Ice Cream Sandwich update for AT&T's Samsung Galaxy S II delayed for technical reasons

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 by MG1

Last night, it seems that word had slipped out that the Android 4.0 update was available for the AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S II via Kies. Unfortunately, it turned out that the update was available only for a limited time. For those unfamiliar with the process, Kies allows users to connect their Samsung-made device with a PC or Mac using a USB cable. One use of Kies is to install software updates such as Android 4.0 as an alternative to an OTA update.
So why was the Android 4.0 first made available and then apparently pulled? One AT&T customer decided to discuss the matter with an AT&T rep via a Live Chat. And during this chat, the rep said that the update has been delayed due to "Te...

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Android 4.0.3 now available for T-Mobile Galaxy S II, get it while it's cold

Android 4.0.3 now available for T-Mobile Galaxy S II, get it while it's cold

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 by MG1

It may be late in the evening here in the States, but for T-Mobile users, your time in the sun has finally arrived -- Android 4.0.3 is now available via Samsung Kies for the Galaxy S II. According to the carrier, the update won't be made available via an OTA download, which means that if you don't have a PC, you'd best shake down a friend at this late hour -- or, at least give 'em a call in the morning. In addition to Ice Cream Sandwich, the update is said to bring WiFi calling improvements and enhancements to the voicemail system. It'd also be wise to ensure that your phone's software is up-to-date before you begin, as Android 2.3.6 is a prerequisite of the upgrade. Ready to dive in? Just h...

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LG Optimus LTE Android 4.0 update now rolling out in Korea

LG Optimus LTE Android 4.0 update now rolling out in Korea

Posted on Jun 04, 2012 by MG1

The Ice Cream Sandwich update LG promised in June is here, at least for one of its phones. We've gotten confirmation that the Optimus LTE software upgrade, which adds Android 4.0 as well as the Optimus UI 3.0, is now live for phones in Korea. LG PR rep Ken Hong has posted a picture of his Optimus LTE running Android 4.0.4, and we're keeping our eye out for similar updates elsewhere. Besides the Optimus LTE, LG has previously said that the Vu and Optimus LTE Tag will be getting Ice Cream Sandwich in June.

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Sony Ericsson rolling out Xperia arc and Xperia neo Android 4.0 updates as we speak

Sony Ericsson rolling out Xperia arc and Xperia neo Android 4.0 updates as we speak

Posted on Jun 01, 2012 by MG3

Just because it has no “Ericsson” in its name, that doesn’t mean Sony has forgot about its existing Sony Ericsson customers. Quite the contrary, the company is rolling out firmware updates for select devices wearing both names as we speak.
The select devices are Xperia arc and Xperia neo, which users have reportedly started receiving their servings of Ice Cream Sandwich. The phones will be updated to Android 4.0.4 and will remain on kernel 2.6.32.

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LG Spectrum Ice Cream Sandwich ROM leaks, update incoming?

LG Spectrum Ice Cream Sandwich ROM leaks, update incoming?

Posted on May 30, 2012 by MG3

There are a number of things you gotta love about the LG Spectrum. To start, it comes with a gorgeous HD display measuring 4.5 inches in diagonal, and you also get to enjoy Verizon's speedy 4G LTE network. There is a 1.5GHz dual-core processor inside it and an 8-megapixel camera at its back. Yet in charge of this potent hardware we still see the aging Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

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Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 hitting Verizon Galaxy Nexus soon

Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 hitting Verizon Galaxy Nexus soon

Posted on May 30, 2012 by MG3

Verizon finally updated its website with information about the IMM76K Android 4.0.4 update for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The long-awaited update has been approved by Verizon and should hit Nexus handsets in the next few days. The update will be delivered over the air and a notification will alert Nexus owners when it is ready.

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LG Optimus LTE, LTE Tag, Vu to get a scoop of Ice Cream Sandwich in June

LG Optimus LTE, LTE Tag, Vu to get a scoop of Ice Cream Sandwich in June

Posted on May 30, 2012 by MG3

It looks like LG will be spending June rolling out Ice Cream Sandwich updates to a few of its devices. According to the LG Newsroom, the LG Optimus LTE, Optimus LTE Tag, and Optimus Vu will all begin to see software upgrades available starting on June 4th.
All three devices will receive the new UI 3.0 interface with this update that adds a host of new features. The Optimus Vu will also be privy to some “additional features.” According to Engadget, some of those additional features will “take advantage of the extra-wide dimensions for side-by-side note-taking.”

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Sony rolling out ICS update for all 2011 phones (bar PLAY)

Sony rolling out ICS update for all 2011 phones (bar PLAY)

Posted on May 30, 2012 by MG3

Sony promised that its entire 2011 line of Android smartphones would be receiving an update to Ice Cream Sandwich, and while it’s been a long wait, the company is starting to deliver. Sony has taken to its user forums to announce that the rest of the 2011 line should be seeing the ICS updates very shortly, with Xperia Arc and Xperia Neo users already reporting that the upgrade has arrived.

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Ice Cream Sandwich demoed on Motorola devices

Ice Cream Sandwich demoed on Motorola devices

Posted on May 30, 2012 by MG3

Motorola is finally getting ready to unleash Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on its Droid Razr line of devices.
A series of videos released today from Motorola Japan show off the new OS running on a Droid Razr device.
Motorola provided its own skin for Ice Cream Sandwich, replacing most of the smartphone's icons and adding some useful new features.
The biggest change is that four shortcuts now appear on the phone's lock screen, with Motorola adding messaging and dialer shortcuts to the standard Android 4.0 camera and unlock options.

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HTC Sensation XL getting its Ice Cream Sandwich dessert

HTC Sensation XL getting its Ice Cream Sandwich dessert

Posted on May 29, 2012 by MG3

Users of the HTC Sensation XL, mostly in Europe and Asia, have received the Android 4.0 update over the air. To make sure you have received it, go to Settings > About phone > Software updates and hit that button. You will be downloading a 200MB package which means those with a strict data cap might want to wait for a Wi-Fi connection before installing it. The exact build that you will be updating to is Android 4.0.3 while HTC Sense remains at 3.6. This brings users some of the new ICS features like Face Unlock, the new app dock and the multi-tasking menu. What you won't be getting is the new UI found on devices carrying HTC Sense 4.0.

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Xperia Play Ice Cream Sandwich update canned?

Xperia Play Ice Cream Sandwich update canned?

Posted on May 28, 2012 by MG3

Blimey. After a concerted effort to right its wrongs has had us retracting our previously harsh words about Sony and its Android updates, things are all starting to unravel once again. A bagful of Sony Ericsson handsets are still destined for an Android 4.0 upgrade, but has the Xperia Play just fallen off the wagon?
The Sony Mobile website’s list of upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich updates is missing one key player. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play seems to have slipped off the list, which still includes the likes of the Xperia Pro, Xperia Arc and Xperia Ray.

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Sprint discontinues Nexus S 4G

Sprint discontinues Nexus S 4G

Posted on May 28, 2012 by MG3

Sprint has officially discontinued sales of the Nexus S 4G, we've learned. The recent release of the Galaxy Nexus would be the obvious reason for the move, though some Sprint customers (and Android fans) may still mourn the passing of its predecessor — we've heard many smartphone users say they prefer the 4-inch form factor, and the recent upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich kept it as relevant as ever.

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LG Nitro HD gets a leaked build of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

LG Nitro HD gets a leaked build of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Posted on May 24, 2012 by MG3

When 720p displays are no longer deemed as unique, we sometimes forget that the LG Nitro HD was actually the first AT&T smartphone to offer one – then again, it’s still sporting Gingerbread. So yeah, some people have probably tried looking at other things to quench their thirst for the latest and greatest Android build.

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Samsung spills Galaxy Note's ICS guts, releases kernel source code to devs

Samsung spills Galaxy Note's ICS guts, releases kernel source code to devs

Posted on May 24, 2012 by MG3

Back when it was unveiled at IFA 2011, Sammy's famed phablet was more of an attractive oddity than sure hit. Skip to now, and that 5.3-incher's not only taken the European continent by storm, it's also made inroads onto these American shores via AT&T. In keeping with the open source embrace begun last October, the OEM's once again offering up the device's kernel code, this time for the skinned ICS OS unlocked versions currently run. Devs and the amateur hackers that love them should make haste and hit up the source below to get cracking on this latest software nut.

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Google: We're going to invest heavily in Moto phones

Google: We're going to invest heavily in Moto phones

Posted on May 24, 2012 by MG3

Google's chairman Eric Schmidt has outlined Big G's plans for the newly-acquired Motorola brand.Speaking at Google's Big Tent conference, he said that this was Google's realisation of an ambition to start mixing it with handset providers:
"As you know, we announced it last August. We wanted a stake in a hardware business. We closed this morning in Chicago - that's around right now, so we're going to meet with the staff. "

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