More than a month after the European roll-out of Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich for Wifi-only Motorola Xoom tablets begun, the British 3G version of the Xoom is finally getting its ICS update. That’s right — until recently, the UK 3G Xoom was two versions behind the U.S. Wifi version, which recently got bumped up to Jelly Bean. We’ll just let that sink in for a second.
In any case, Eurodroid is reporting that those who’ve stuck it out with the 3G Xoom for the past year or so have been rewarded with an OTA update to Android 4.0.4, and with it the knowledge that they’re only one major version behind Xoom owners across the pond. If you’ve got a 3G Xoom, head to Settings > About tablet > Software updates and finally kiss goodbye to Honeycomb.
Now begins the wait for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, though given the timing of this most recent update, we certainly wouldn’t hold our breath. If you’re feeling brave (and impatient), you may want to check our friendly Motorola Xoom forums for tips on rooting and flashing a Jelly Bean ROM on there manually.
Right on schedule, Sony’s new flagship smartphone, the Xperia GX, has today launched on NTT Docomo in Japan. The slim-line device is the spiritual successor to last year’s Xperia Arc, and it comes with a spec list that should tantalize Android fans after a relatively tepid early 2012 showing from Sony.
The GX boasts a 4.6-inch 720p Sony HD Reality Display, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU at 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera (based on Sony’s new CMOS sensor for smartphones). On the software side, there’s Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, backed up by Sony’s UXP NXT software, and all the proprietary Sony Entertainment Network and PlayStation functionality you’d expect. Android purists will be pleased to hear that the GX sports on-screen buttons, including a dedicated multitasking key.
If you’re in Japan, you can view pricing details and other info at the source link below. If not, you’ll have to wait until later this month, where Sony’s expected to unveil an international version of the GX at its IFA press conference in Berlin.
Source: NTT Docomo
… But damned if it isn’t cool to see the original Android phone from late 2008 getting some custom Jelly Bean love. Yes, it’s slow (sloooow), unstable, and the hardware’s prehistoric, but it’s Jelly Bean — based on a port of CyanogenMod 10 — and it’s running on the T-Mobile G1 (aka HTC Dream). See the full preview video from the developers above, or check the forum thread linked below if you fancy firing up your G1 for old time’s sake and flashing this custom ROM.
Last month, Vodafone Australia was forced to delay the Jelly Bean update for the Nexus S indefinitely, citing concerns over “Australian regulatory requirements related to emergency calls.”
Now it seems that they have worked out all the issues and are pushing out an over-the-air update to happy Nexus S users. Customers on Vodafone’s sub-carrier Crazy Johns (really) are also reporting Jelly Bean updates coming in.
Aussies, time to check your phones for updates!
Rumor has it that Sprint is planning on launching the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE next Sunday on the 19th of August. Motorola officially announced the phone about two weeks ago claiming a Sprint launch in the “upcoming weeks.” If you’re not familiar with this device, here’s a quick rundown on its specs:
- 4.3-inch ColorBoost display (assuming qHD – 960 x 540)
- 1.5 GHz dual-core processor (assuming the Snapdragon S4)
- 1GB of RAM
- 8MP rear camera with 1080p video capture
- Front-facing HD camera
- micro HDMI with mirroring
- Sprint ID, offering an innovative way to personalize an Android smartphone with apps, widgets, ringtones and more all, in a single download
Minus the resolution of the device, everything else is top tier when it comes to specs. With physical QWERTY-sliders still popular to many people, I’m sure this device will be welcomed. Does this impending device appeal to any of you guys?
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