Tag Archives: Ice Cream Sandwich

Verizon Details Droid Bionic Bugs, Update Slated for November

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For all the time Motorola and Verizon took to polish their Droid Bionic, the phone did not launch without its faults. From its first days it has had its fair share of bugs and glitches, from a high-pitch squeal when using wired headphones to 4G/3G data connectivity issues. One customer experiencing problems with the Bionic contacted Verizon support about the issue. In return a full bug list was provided, detailing every known issue with the handset. While a majority of reported issues either don’t affect all users or have very minimal impact on the overall use of the Bionic, the number of bugs is still rather alarming. Also revealed is the fact that the phone does not support eight devices in hotspot mode as advertised.

Many of these known issues are planned to be addressed in an in-the-works update. While we don’t like to put too much stock in the word of lower level customer service reps, word accompanying the bug list is that we can expect a software refresh in November. Though the timing lines up with the release of Ice Cream Sandwich, we suspect the Bionic won’t receive its serving of the frozen dessert until a much later update. For a more detailed look at the bug list, head to the source link below.

[via DroidLife]

Android Overload: AT&T To Begin Throttling Customers, File Transfers Coming To NFC and More

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Happy Thursday everyone! In case you have a hankerin’ for more Android related news, we’ve pooled all the stories we didn’t get to post into this — the Android Overload — for you to feed on. So grab a napkin, pull up a chair and chow down! G’night!

  • The Motorola DEFY is now in stock at Clove UK.
  • Android 2.3.4 coming to SE Xperia devices including Xperia Pro. [SENSE]
  • Angry Birds speakers are almost here! Pricing revealed. [Mashable]
  • BlackBerry Playbook sees temporary price drop. $300 for 16GB til October 8th. [BestBuy]
  • Amazon may buy Palm. What does that mean for Android? [VentureBeat]
  • Facial recognition software found inside Ice Cream Sandwich. [AndroidandMe]
  • File transfers coming soon to NFC. [MobileBurn]
  • AT&T sends warnings to customers using too much data. Let the throttling begin. [9to5Mac]

Deal Alert: Motorola Xoom 32GB (Refurb) Only $350 On Woot.com

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If you’ve been dying to get a taste of Honeycomb (and eventually Ice Cream Sandwich) you might wanna scoot on over to deal-a-day site Woot.com. Today’s deal is a 32GB Motorola Xoom for only $350 + $5 shipping. Keep in mind these are refurbished units but if that doesn’t bother you then more power to you. With an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and full access to the Android Market (cough — Kindle Fire — cough), any way you slice it, this Xoom is quite a deal.

The Motorola Xoom 2 was recently leaked and even though that device is nearing release it will most likely be priced around 2.5X more than the deal you’re getting here today. Anyone fixin’ to grab one of these?

[Via Woot]

Samsung Sends Out Invites For Unpacked 2011 “Google Episode” Event

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We’ve just seen it leaked (possibly) now our juices are flowing for some more Ice Cream Sandwich goodness. Well, it looks like October 11th could be the day everything is finally revealed and by everything — we mean none other than the Nexus Prime

We’ve been drooling over the device/OS for months now and judging by this “Google Episode” Unpacked 2011 invite from Samsung, you can no doubt expect Google and Samsung to bring the pain (iPhone what?). The event will not only unveil the very latest Nexus device but all the sweet Ice Cream locked inside.

The Google edition Unpacked event will be taking place during the same time as CTIA this year in San Diego and mark my words, I will be there. Inside. Bringing you all the latest. With my camera. And wearing my Depends.

Second Coming of the Motorola XOOM Slated for November?

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Images of several new Motorola tablets have surfaced over the past week or so, and while specific details are scant we could be seeing at least one model launching in time for the holiday season. A report from digitimes suggests Motorola is developing both a 7-inch and 10-inch model, while a leaked image gallery suggests we might also get something in the 8-inch department. All are running on Android Honeycomb and it seems there is no plan to get the tablets up to speed on Ice Cream Sandwich at launch. While hardware specifics are unknown, the tablets are said to be super slim. Right now buzz is picking up for a November launch of the 7-inch model, which is being manufactured out-of-house by Compal Electronics. The manufacture of the 10-inch model will be handled by Motorola directly.

[via AndroidCommunity]


White HP TouchPad and Pre 3 Get Pictured, in AT&T Version

Although the HP TouchPad is pretty much old news, it seems the revamped versions of the device are coming up as leaks. What we have here is the European TouchPad with a white case and also pictured with it there’s the black TouchPad 4G for AT&T.

In this pic you can also see the Pre 3.4G for AT&T and the Veer 4G handset version. Overall it’s a novelty fest, with HP at its center and white tablet makes us interested… Is the $99 price tag still on? And what about an official Android port? Keep in mind that the white TouchPad comes with a 64 GB internal memory, a 1.5 GHz CPU and finally a case that’s less of fingerprint magnet.

There’s also a SIM slot for the carrier’s HSPA+ network and overall I’m guessing the device is a dirt magnet, since it’s white. Europeans, steer clear of the white TouchPad, in case it costs more than $150 let’s say… However, I’d pay about $200 to $300 if the slate came with Android, maybe even Ice Cream Sandwich… for now we can only dream.

LG’s Upcoming LG U+ Caught In The Wild – Shows Off HD Display For The Camera

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The guys over at PocketDroid came across these pics of LG’s upcoming U+ LTE (LU6200) showing off a clearer picture of what the “Galaxy S II killer” and its gorgeous 720p HD IPS display look like in the wild.

LG’s U+ LTE flagship device will feature the aforementioned 4.5-inch 720p IPS display along with a dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB internal memory, 8MP camera with 1.3MP front facing cam and running on Android 2.3.5. According to MediaDaum, the device is also said to be Ice Cream Sandwich ready and will receive the update once Google releases it into the wild.

[MediaDaum via PocketDroid]

Google Gets Android Developers Ready For Ice Cream Sandwich SDK With Some Helpful Tips

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Android Developers Blog is getting Android devs and their apps ready for the soon-to-be-announced Ice Cream Sandwich SDK with some helpful tips. Even though the ICS SDK isn’t currently available for devs, the post lists various ways a developer can get their Honeycomb apps (currently only available on tablets) ready for smartphones and smaller screen devices that will be running Ice Cream Sandwich.

Ice Cream Sandwich is coming, and with it, handsets will be able to install apps built on Honeycomb. We haven’t released the ICS SDK just yet, but you can start preparing your Honeycomb apps by thinking about how they should work on smaller screens.

Stay tuned to the blog for more information about ICS as it nears release.

Should be any day now that Google will finally announce details on Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s so close, I can almost taste it. You guys excited?

[Via AndroidDevelopersBlog]

Notion Ink Said to be Bringing Ice Cream Sandwich to the Adam in November (After Google Launches it in October

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This is an interesting story. The folks at Notion Ink have mentioned that their before-its-time Android tablet, the Adam, will be receiving Ice Cream Sandwich come November. This is especially interesting considering they spent so much time customizing Android specifically for their tablet.

The underlying story here, though, is that apparently Ice Cream Sandwich will be ready to go late next month.This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that rumor but we do feel a bit better knowing that an OEM has mentioned the same. That’s unless he (Notion Ink’s CEO) happens to be going based on rumors himself, of course. While we’re not too entirely sold on Notion Ink’s own timeline just yet, we can’t imagine they don’t have at least a bit of inside information.

Fusion Garage Pushes Grid 10 Tablet Back, But Dramatically Slashes Price

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The Fusion Garage Grid 10 tablets weren’t originally on our radar for must haves, but following recent price cuts in response to HP’s fire sale for the HP TouchPad, they will come to market with considerably cheaper tablets at $300 and $400 for the WiFi and 3G models, respectively – those are discounts of $200 each.

The Grid 10 is a dual-core Tegra 2 processor with a 10.1 inch display and 1366×768 resolution. This one doesn’t come with Honeycomb, it seems, as Fusion Garage has made their own “GridOS” which is essentially a heavily-customized version of Android.

We’d hope that the community could find a way around that once Ice Cream Sandwich comes around. Look out for the Fusion Garage Grid 10 October 1st. [via RWW]