Jawbone Up now available with support for Android
Jawbone has released an Android version of its app for the Jawbone Up connected fitness tracker for devices running Android 4.0 and up. After an initial launch in 2011, the company revamped and relaunched the device in late 2012 for the iPhone only. Additionally, the company is expanding the availability of the Up into markets in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East over the coming weeks.
Four Xperia handsets to remain on Android 4.0
Sony has listed which handsets from its Xperia smartphone range will be updated to Jelly Bean. The rollout of Android 4.1 will take place in the first quarter of 2013, depending on individual carrier delays, though the update schedule also includes details of which handsets will not receive Jelly Bean, instead staying on and not progressing past Android 4.0.
Similar handset to Galaxy S III Mini revealed with improved processor
Samsung has quietly launched a new Ice Cream Sandwich-based smartphone in the US. The Galaxy Axiom, a four-inch Android 4.0 handset with 4G LTE connectivity has appeared on the US Cellular website with little fanfare, and seems to share a similar style and specifications list to the previously-announced Galaxy S III Mini.
Mobile OS update made available through developer site
HTC is not creating an official over-the-air release of Android 4.0 for the Desire S. A update for the handset has been added to the HTC developer website, but according to Technytt.se, this is as far as HTC will go to updating the handset. Customers wanting the update will have to download it from the developer site and follow an install process instead.
HTC Raider, Evo 3D now available, others in September
Canadian carrier Rogers has release the schedule along which several Android handsets on its network will receive updates to Android 4.0. The schedule was revealed earlier today in a post on the Rogers Community Forums. Nine devices are listed in the post, with updates for the devices spread between now and early September.
Twitter account quashes Android 4.0 speculation
In yet another reversal, LG Canada has announced that the Optimus 2X will not be receiving an update to Android 4.0. In a tweet responding to a customer question, the company's Canadian arm clarified that a previous announcement from LG had in fact been a "general statement from HQ." LG Canada had nothing more to add on the matter.
Update also brings Optimus 3.0 UI
AT&T customers that own the LG Nitro HD will soon be able to update their phones to Android 4.0. The update was announced today in a blog post on AT&T's site. The software upgrade will also bring a new version of LG's Optimus UI, bringing it to version 3.0. The update goes live on July 31 and is accessible through LG's site.
LTE MediaPad to come with large cloud storage component
A teaser video (shown below) on Huawei's YouTube page has revealed the company's new MediaPad 10 FHD. The 10.1-inch tablet boasts some powerful specs, and will ship with 160GB of cloud storage, as well as a number of other features. The video doesn't give any pricing or availability for the Android 4.0 device, which was initially supposed to launch in the spring of this year.
Sony reveals slew of new Walkman MP3 players
Sony has revealed a slew of new Walkman devices led by the arrival of its second Android-powered Walkman, the F800 Series. The new device joins the Walkman NW-Z1000 unveiled earlier this year which centers on a large 4.3-inch display, but only runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). The new 3.5-inch F800 ships out of the box with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), but shares the NW-Z1000's proprietary S-Master MX Digital Amplifier for superior audio reproduction.
Gingerbread continues to be the dominant Android installation
Android 4.0 is now running on just over a tenth of all Android-based smartphones, some eight and a half months since it was originally released. Statistics on the Android Developer website for devices accessing Google Play in a two-week period show Ice Cream Sandwich running on 10.9 percent of the Android ecosystem as of July 2. The recent release of the latest Android "hero" phones -- including the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X, along with updates to older devices that are starting to roll out -- are thought to be behind the boost.
Google Australia, Lego collaborate on Build Chrome app
Google Australia and Lego have created Build, a WebGL-based Lego construction app. Users can claim a plot of land on a map of Australia and New Zealand, and can build an object on a 32x32 starting base. Using 12 shapes in 10 different colors, builds can be saved and viewed by others on the Build with Chrome website. In a blog post, Google Australia voices hope that Build will expand to more regions in the future.
Galaxy Tab 7.0 through 10.1 to receive update
Samsung's Galaxy Tab line of tablets is slated to receive an update to the newest version of Android in the coming weeks. A source familiar with Samsung's plans has revealed to SamMobile blog that the Android 4.0 updates will begin rolling out to the Galaxy Tab line in July. Another update on the Samsung Mobile Hong Kong Facebook page confirmed that the updates will be rolling out next month.
Samsung brings new content, premium apps
Samsung has begun rolling out an Android 4.0 update for UK owners of the Galaxy Note. The update is available for the unlocked Galaxy Note, while Note owners with a handset tied to a carrier will have to wait for carrier approval. The update, which became available for German and Dutch Note owners last month, will bring the latest Android operating system to Samsung's "phablet," as well as specially-designed software meant to take advantage of the Note's novel stylus peripheral.
Xperia Arc and Neo upgraded to Android 4.0.4
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) updates have become available today for the Sony Xperia Arc and Neo. The phones will be updated to Android 4.0.4 and will remain on phone kernel version 2.32. Other Xperia phones will be upgraded over the course of the summer. The Xperia Neo was released in July 2011, and the Arc on April 1, 2011.
Leak surfaces ahead of official ICS update for Xperia S
A leaked video (embedded below) has surfaced from Asia showing Sony’s current Android flagship, the Xperia S, running Android 4.04 (Ice Cream Sandwich). As the video shows, the company has managed to keep the look and feel of its custom Android launcher intact, while bringing with it all of the additional fluidity and function of ICS. Sony has revealed in its latest ICS update blog that the Xperia S is due to get its official install of current Google Android operating system by the end of June, although it has not officially made the beta release of the update public.
Stability, compatibility listed as issues with Play and ICS
The official Sony blog published an update today, detailing the progress on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) upgrades on Xperia smartphones. As noted yesterday, the Xperia Play has been removed from the upgrade list. All other upgrades are proceeding as previously announced.
Slimmest smartphone to date bound for Chinese market
Chinese electronics manufacturer Oppo appears to be readying to release the Finder, a smartphone that is claimed to snag the title of World's Slimmest at just over a quarter of an inch in depth. A video showing off the slim handset was released yesterday, and specs for the device have been appearing on numerous tech blogs.
Kai platform to democratize Tegra 3 system-on-chip
At its annual investor meeting, Nvidia unveiled a new platform, known as Kai, which the company hopes will allow for the production of quad-core Android 4.0 tablets that are priced comparably to Amazon's Kindle Fire. The Kai project is both a reference tablet design, which could be turned into a consumer product, and a roadmap for the development of similar low-priced but powerful tablets.
Droid, Amaze, Desire, Evo, Incredible, Sensation, others to be updated over summer
HTC has upgraded its Android FAQ page to lay out the timeline over which a number of its handsets will receive upgrades to Android 4.0. Over the next few months, the Droid Incredible 2, Amaze, Desire, Desire HD, Evo 3D, Evo 4G+, and a number of other models are slated to receive an update to the latest version of Android.
Sony Tablet S, Tablet P to get Android 4.0
Sony has confirmed to CNet that Sony tablet owners in all regions will receive an over-the-air update to Android 4.0 by the end of May. Sony had previously announced the coming availability of Android 4.0 for all of its tablet models, though the company had not announced a specific timeline until now.
Droid X2, 3 not on list; stuck on Android 2.3
Motorola has updated its list of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) updates today. Eleven phones and tablets are scheduled to be updated to the new operating system between now and the end of the year. Two popular phones, the Droid X2 and Droid 3, won't see the upgrade to Android 4.0.
Android 4 micro-PC goes on sale for $74
Online retailer AliExpress has started selling the Model MK802 PC on a stick for $74. An alternative to the Raspberry Pi, the mini-computer looks like a USB dongle, but is in fact a fully-fledged mobile PC. It incorporates a single-core 1.5GHz Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8 processor matched with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage.
New Toshiba tablets range from 7.7 to 13.3 inches
Toshiba has launched its Regza tablet line for the Japanese market, releasing four tablets ranging between 7.7 and 13.3 inches. All four offerings will launch running Android 4.0, and come with 1GB RAM, a two-megapixel front camera, and a five-megapixel rear camera. All models will also have Wi-Fi capability, Bluetooth compatibility, USB2, and an SD card reader.
NTT DoCoMo to bring three new Android 4.0 phones this summer
NTT DoCoMo has announced that the Sharp Aquos SH-07D, SH-09D, and SH-10D smartphones will be appearing on its network this summer. The three phones, each running Android 4.0, will debut separately on the network in a variety of colors.
HTC Desire C official, brings Beats and ICS
The HTC Desire C prematurely spoiled by Vodafone Portugal is now official. The entry-level Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) handset offers users similar styling to the HTC One X and Beats Audio processing for between $200 and $250 off-contract. The Wildfire S successor will be powered by a 600MHz processor and will also offer NFC capabilities.
New budget Android phones
Kyocera has expanded its Android lineup with two new models: the Rise, a QWERTY slider; and the Hydro, a water-resistant handset. Electronista took the opportunity to handle both of the new Android 4.0 devices, which are aimed at the entry-level smartphone market.
Company takes another shot at ICS tablet market
Although most hardware makers have focused on new cellphones and related accessories at the CTIA expo this week, ZTE also brought its new V96 tablet. The 10.1-inch device brings a standard set of Ice Cream Sandwich tablet features, along with multi-band radios for GSM and LTE networks.
Update finally set to arrive in US
Corroborating recent reports, T-Mobile has quietly announced that it has completed internal testing of the Android 4.0 update for HTC's Sensation 4G. The carrier already confirmed that the device would eventually receive the upgrade, however the release timing has now been narrowed to "very soon."
Sony Tablet S receives ICS upgrade and Face Unlock
An update has been released for the Sony Tablet S. The previously promised upgrade installs Android 4.0 onto the tablet and offers an updated interface as well as other extras such as Face Unlock.
Upgrade will be called 'Flyme 1.0' in China
Meizu-branded MX and M9 smartphones will receive Android 4.0 in the form of the Flyme OS 1.0 upgrade later this year. The upgrade will be available by way of over-the-air push or by a direct firmware update from Meizu's website in June.
Japanese version sport new body design
Japanese carriers KDDI and Okinawa Cellular have announced that a custom version of the HTC One S will be created for the Japanese market and sold as the HTC J ISW13HT beginning next month. The phone will make use of Android 4.0 (and Sense 4.0) on launch, and will kick off a line of "HTC J" phones for the market. The new version will sport a new body design, and support both WiMAX and Wi-Fi tethering. The campaign will kick off with several contests and promotional offers.
Huawei Ascend P1 to start shipping from May
Huawei has annouced that its ultra-slim Ascend P1 smartphone will start shipping in May. The Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) powered handset is one of the world’s thinnest at just 0.26-inches (6.68mm) thick. The first countries on the launch list include Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
10-incher will use quad-core, ICS, LTE
ASUS will launch its latest flagship tablet, dropping the "Eee" moniker but gaining a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, in the US on April 22nd, PCWorld reports. The 10.1-inch Transformer Pad 300 will run Google's Android 4.0, and act as a successor to the Eee Pad Transformer Prime, a name that is being retired even before the court case Hasbro brought over the name has been settled. The new model is said to be similar but lower-priced.
Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note first on list
Canadian wireless carrier Bell appears to have established an Android 4.0 update timetable for several of its handsets. A alleged internal memo posted by Mobilesyrup suggests the carrier has set June as a target for Samsung's Galaxy Tab 8.9 and HTC's Sensation and Raider smartphones.
Both models focus on budget market
Coby has begun shipping several of its Android 4.0 tablets that were first introduced earlier this year at CES. The two models that will arrive this month include the seven-inch Kyros MID7042-4 and the 9.7-inch Kyros MID9742-B, both focused on the entry-level tablet market.
Suggests all owners download and install update
AT&T officially is making Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) available to HTC Vivid owners. Although the carrier is recommending that all users update their devices, the upgrade is not automatic. Owners must connect to a Wi-Fi network and then start the download through an update check.
Android 4.0.5 for Verizon Galaxy Nexus en route?
Android 4.0.5 may arrive in early April on Verizon for its Galaxy Nexus users. Well-known Verizon insider @Black_Man_X has revealed as much via his Twitter account indicating that new build is said to currently be undergoing testing. If released as planned, it will include media fixes for an audio reboot issue as well as data falling asleep.
Company already updating Sensation, XE
HTC has announced that its Sensation 4G and Sensation XL smartphones are the next to receive updates to Android 4.0. The company already committed to upgrading a long list of handsets, however the release timing has been slow to emerge.
International variants expected sooner
Motorola has expanded its Android 4.0 upgrade timetable, suggesting Droid RAZR owners in the US market will have to wait until after Q2 for the update. The company has confirmed that its Droid RAZR handsets released in any other international market are expected to receive the update sometime in the second quarter, however.
Samsung suffers PR gaff over ICS update for GS II
Samsung faced a minor and embarrassing PR trip-up when its Philippines division incorrectly told to its Galaxy S II users that an Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update was imminent. Users were informed that ‘Starting March 10, 2012, you may upgrade your Galaxy S II to Android Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) thru [sic] KIES 2.0.’ However, this date was abruptly kyboshed by Samsung Korea, which issued a statement saying that the March 10 date was incorrect and the any launch of the long awaited update for the GS II would be announced through its dedicated Twitter account.
Update brings Sense 3.6 UI
As expected, HTC has begun pushing Android 4.0 updates for its Sensation and Sensation XE handsets for users located in Germany. The update brings the standard set of Ice Cream Sandwich improvements, along with HTC's Sense 3.6 interface overlay.
Another quad-core phone at MWC
Yesterday we took a look at most of ZTE's new smartphones for 2012, and we stopped by the company's booth again to check out the PF112. The device is one of many Tegra 3-powered smartphones that have been brought to Barcelona this week, marking ZTE's attempt to establish itself in the mid- to high-end smartphone market.
Scaled down features from PF100
ZTE has added several models to its tablet lineup, including the seven-inch T98. The midsize tablet integrates the same basic hardware as the 10-inch PF100, including a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and Android 4.0, however the construction appears to be much different between both devices. Electronista had a chance to take an early look at both devices.
Galaxy S III to get 1080p touchscreen, 1.5GHz CPU
The Samsung Galaxy S III may be powered by a 1.5GHz, quad-core Exynos processor and have a 4.8-inch, 1080p touchscreen if the latest specs leaked to BGR prove true. These are in line with earlier reports from the same source, and while the phone isn't officially being unveiled at the currently ongoing MWC, it's expected out soon. Otherwise, it's said the rear camera will be an eight-megapixel unit, with the front rated at two.
Audio enhancements coming via software
Although AT&T's biggest news for Mobile World Congress centers around the HTC One X, the carrier also announced details surrounding a software update for the HTC Vivid. The existing device launched late last year with Gingerbread and Sense 3.0, however an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade is on its way with Sense 4.0 and Beats Audio.
Phone centers around 3.7-inch display
Confirming recent rumors, HTC has introduced the One V to satisfy the market for entry-level Android 4.0 smartphones. The device is smaller than the flagship One X and the midrange One S, bringing the display size down to 3.7 inches with 800x480 resolution, with an aluminum housing and overall design based on the company's existing Legend handset.
Motorola Cliq 2 gets Android 2.3 a year later
Motorola Cliq 2 users who may have been holding out for an update to Google’s Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS are on the verge of getting their long awaited update from Android 2.2 (Froyo). First released in late 2010, Gingerbread has since been superseded by Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Nonetheless, Motorola has announced that it is recruiting 1000 customers to try its latest Motoblur-inspired Gingerbread variant before a final release is issued to all remaining Cliq 2 users.
LG takes the wraps off new 'L-Style' range
LG has continued with its pre-World Mobile Congress announcements, this time revealing the previously teased L-Style smartphone series. The L7 is a high-end smartphone that centers on a 4.3-inch widescreen display and the L5 is a mid-range device with a 4-inch display incorporating ‘enhanced readability’. Both phones are among a trickle of new devices starting to ship with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) as a standard install. The L3 will have more compact form factor built around a 3.2-inch display.
First images point to Verizon phones
Motorola's Ice Cream Sandwich development may have been exposed ahead of schedule, as several leaked images are claimed to show the company's Blur interface running on Android 4.0.3. The images, which surfaced on a DroidRzr forum, appear to show the Ice Cream Sandwich and the Blur UI running on a Droid Razr from Verizon.
Company estimates Q1 launch
Time Warner Cable has confirmed that it is working to bring streaming TV content to Android devices. In a Twitter post, Time Warner director of digital communication Jeff Simmermon suggests the feature may be limited to devices running Android 4.0 builds.