Fragmentation. The word most commonly used by Android naysayers when they’re looking for some ammunition with which to open fire on the world’s most popular mobile operating system. The problem is that the issue is very real, it’s certainly a large part of the reason why I personally only use Nexus devices these days. Whilst much of the vitriol is aimed at Google, it’s actually the manufacturers and their UI skins that we’re at the mercy of. The latest big player to cause a hullabaloo in the tech world this week is none other than HTC. The Taiwanese giant upset a large group of its customers by announcing that the, barely 18 months old, Desire HD will not be receiving an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The announcement sparked a huge influx of complaints from disappointed Desire HD owners and in turn prompted the following response from HTC:
We’ve heard your feedback on our decision not to update the HTC Desire HD to Android 4.0. We completely understand that this is a controversial decision.
For more background, due to how storage on the HTC Desire HD is partitioned – and the larger size of Android 4.0 – it would require re-partitioning device storage and overwriting user data in order to install this update. While technically advanced users might find this solution acceptable, the majority of customers would not. We also considered ways to reduce the overall size of the software package, but this would impact features and functionality that customers are currently using. Even after installing the update, there were other technical limitations which we felt negatively impacted the user experience.
We believe an update should always improve the user experience and carefully evaluate each update based on this criteria. While we are very aware of the disappointment from this decision, we believe the impact to user experience was too great. We recognize this is a change from our previous statement and for that we’re truly sorry.
It’s encouraging that HTC care enough to take the time to explain its actions however I’m fairly sure that the words will do little to soften the blow. Once again it will be down to the developer community to pick up the slack and offer Desire HD owners some Ice Cream Sandwich goodness (Just don’t mention Jelly Bean!)
Starting now T-Mobile customers in possession of an HTC Amaze 4G can now update to Ice Cream Sandwich. You heard right! Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich is the latest version of this mobile operating system. It’ll give your Amaze 4G a whole new facelift. Completely redesigned UI, with great functionality and enhancements. Some of the features that are available with this latest upgrade include, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), Sense 3.6, system bar enhancements to easily view recent apps, re-sizeable widgets, data usage controls, Face Unlock, homescreen folders, improved battery life.
This is a welcome upgrade for T-Mobile customers who currently have Gingerbread. So grab that phone and navigate to Menu > Settings > About Phone > HTC Software Updates > Check. Once downloaded and installed you will be running on Android version 4.0.3 and software version 2.14.531.3710RD. Hit the source for all the details on what you can expect from the upgrade. You will not be disappointed. Let us know what you think of ICS in the comments.
Amidst all of the criticism aimed at many of the top Android manufacturers surrounding software updates, there is one company that has been pretty much on point since day one and that’s Asus. Whether it be minor bug-fixes or the roll out of Android 4.0, Asus has been consistently prompt and hassle free.
With the Transformer Prime getting a lot of love recently it’s the original TF101 that’s ready for a refresh this time around. The Android version is 4.0.3 and the build is 184.108.40.206. The update is a minor one bringing some optimisation, bug fixes and most importantly it solves the UI lag many users have been suffering. Asus has provided a changelog listing the following improvements :
Improves system stability
Improves email stability
Improves AppBackup App
Improves MyLibrary stability
Supports Wi-Fi Direct
Supports unzip in File Manager
Add restore tab function in Browser
Perhaps it’s the impressive dedication to timely updates that scored Asus the gig as manufacturer of the first official Nexus tablet. Now what are you waiting for, fire up your Transformer and hit that ‘check now’ button as the update is already rolling out. Let us know your thoughts on the latest update in the comments below.
Source: Android Community
Yes Samsung started updating many of its devices to ICS around the world, but what about us here in the States? For the most mart, we had an idea of which existing Samsung devices here in the U.S. would get the coveted ICS update (see exhibit A), though Samsung felt it was finally necessary to give a thorough breakdown for which of its devices would be getting the update. As it stands, specific AT&T, Verizon or Sprint-branded variations of both the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab are slated for the anticipated update. In addition, the Galaxy Note is all set for the Android 4.0 update, though again– you probably knew that already. There’s one thing to note though, T-Mobile is missing from the list, why? Well, Sammy provides this response:
“We are in close communication with T-Mobile to ensure that eligible devices are upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the coming months and will provide updates as we have additional details to share”.
So there you have it folks. Be sure to keep in mind that Sammy stops just short of saying when exactly the updates will arrive for the devices, so it may be a while before it becomes a reality. Let’s just hope it’s not too much longer of a wait before we see updated software to those devices.
Source: Samsung Facebook | Samsung
Like a wayward step child, the unlocked Galaxy S II will start to join its cousins in regards to receiving Android 4.0. In what seemed like a forgetful device, Sammy, in typical Sammy fashion, is a little late to the game but nevertheless here. The company has confirmed and has actually already begun pushing ICS 4.0 to the best selling handset as I write. Like O2, Vodafone and other carriers, the GSII will begin joining the club of 4.0′ers with the slightly tweaked addition of Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay.
“Samsung UK has been working as hard as possible over the last few weeks to get Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) rolled out to all our Galaxy S II customers. We can confirm that ‘XEU/sim-free’ and all network upgrades are now complete except for Orange and T-Mobile which will follow as soon as possible, pending software testing and approvals. Thanks again for your patience” Samsung
And of course, we weren’t expecting this to be a typical Android fashioned OTA update. So get your Favorite Samsung KIES app ready (sarcasm mine) because that’s the only way you’ll be pushing this to your device, sorry folks. Following carrier testing, T-Mobile UK and Orange should be joining the party. Timing couldn’t have been any closer as Samsung will most likely be unveiling the Galaxy S III with ICS on-board in London on May 3rd, of which our very own Chris Stewart will be in attendance to cover the whole event. Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.
Happy days continue for owners of the Google Nexus S 4G smartphone. The much-anticipated Android 4.0 update is officially on its way and now the “soju” factory images are officially available as well, which officially brings Sprint’s version of the Nexus S current with the GSM versions of the device. Android AOSP wunderkind Jean-Baptiste Queru takes some time to make some key distinctions of the newly available factory image:
“This is meant to be used by people who built and flashed their own custom version of AOSP and wish to return to the factory state. If you’re currently running an official retail build, I simply recommend that you wait for the OTA”.
In summary folks: the factory image is meant for those who well you know… fiddled or tinkered with their device by adding a custom ROM for example– and want to flash their device back to its stock state. If you’re on stock Android now, you’re probably better off waiting for the actual OTA update instead of flashing your device to the latest build. When attempting to flash the factory image to the Nexus S 4G, please be aware that there’s a known bug in the bootloader, you’ll have to boot into whatever version of Android is on your device, and then return to fastboot and restart the flashing sequence.
Happy flashing all!
Source: Google Code
via: Jean-Baptiste Queru+
You remember how we told you about that Lenovo tablet trying to sneak past everyone at the FCC last month? Well the Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 has officially been spotted in the wild and is on its way soon, very soon. Here in a promotional video, you can see the tablet’s 9.7-inch screen with the 4:3 IPS display and its impressive 8.9mm thin form factor in action. The device will also feature a TI-OMAP processor, front-facing 1.3MP camera, 4 SRS speakers for quality audio, 10 hours of battery life and Ice Cream Sandwich.
Now that the device is seen through all its glory, we shouldn’t expect it to be too long before interested buyers will be able to get their hands on one. In the meantime, why don’t you see the video in action once you hit the break?
Source: Notebook Italia