Swiftkey announced today an update to their popular keyboard app for Android devices. For users who like to dictate instead of type, Swiftkey has enabled use of the Google voice typing tool that is available in Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. For those into themes, Swiftkey has introduced two new ones – Sky (a blue theme) and Fuschia (a pink theme). They have also added two new languages – Malay and Urdu – to bring the number of available languages up to 44.
Users who have been experiencing problems with Swiftkey, including those with Samsung Galaxy S III devices, running Jelly Bean, or who frequently use Chrome will benefit from numerous bug fixes. The new version, Swiftkey 3.0.1, is available from Google Play, Amazon Appstore, and AndroidPIT. Hit the source link for more information on all of the bug fixes and a video on how to change themes.
via: Android Police
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.
Word from the grapevine is that Big Red is planning to finally release Android ICS 4.0.4 to the Galaxy Nexus masses with OTA (over-the-air) roll-out commencing as soon as tomorrow. This rumor supposedly comes from a Verizon customer who was visiting their local store and was briefly shown a Verizon proprietary document detailing the upcoming OTA update. So for those of you who didn’t want to manually install Android 4.0.4 to your GNex, the wait may finally be over. Only tomorrow will tell if this rumor pans out so be sure to keep a eye on your notification bar for a possible icy treat.
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.
Android devs take note… Samsung released the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich source code for the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and 10.1. Here’s a list of model numberes covered:
Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch
Galaxy Tab 2 10.1-inch
Devs, hit the source link to start downloading and cook us up something yummy!
You T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G users have had a rough patch lately, watching as other Sensation users around the world receive the Ice Cream Sandwich update before you. Looks like you won’t have to wait much longer, let alone until June 16th, as T-Mobile just announced on the device’s support page that ICS testing has been successfully completed and the official roll-out should begin “very soon.”
May 2 News: The Android 4.0 (ICS) update for the HTC Sensation 4G has completed its testing process and we expect it to be available very soon. Please stay tuned for an official communication from T-Mobile regarding how and when you’ll be able to receive the update.
I know the thought of an ICS update along with a fresh version of Sense sounds rather appealing, I should inform you that based on other HTC ICS updates, it looks as though you will receive Sense 3.6 (Sense 4 Lite) instead of Sense 4. Still better than nothing, no? Either way, keep an eye out for the new update to be hitting your device any day now. Let’s just hope T-Mobile’s version of “very soon” is same same as yours and mine!
Google released the latest Android version numbers showing the distribution of all Android versions, collected from all the devices that access the Google Play Store during the last two weeks of the month. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich saw steady gains, as did Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
- Sales of new devices with Android 4.0 contributed to a 2% increase for ICS to a total of 4.9% as compared to last month. Updates to existing phones and tablets running Gingerbread and Honeycomb have also helped keep the rise of ICS steady.
- Speaking of Honeycomb, its numbers remained flat at 3.3%, which is no surprise since Honeycomb tablet sales have been fairly slow, as have the rollouts of updates to existing Honeycomb tablets to Ice Cream Sandwich.
- The largest piece of the pie got a tad larger with Gingerbread devices rising 0.7% to 64.4%. Yep, most phones out there are still being sold with Android 2.3 on them, though that will slowly change as newer ICS-based devices begin to hit the market.
- Froyo and Eclair predictably continue their decline to 20.9% and 5.5% respectively.
Expect these trends to continue as new devices are released and older ones get updates. Now just when will Jellybean start showing up?
Source: android developers
According to TmoNews, they got their hands on what is believed to be the official ICS rollout dates for the Samsung Galaxy S II, HTC Sensation 4G, and HTC Amaze 4G. They were able to acquire a leaked 2012 T-Mobile enterprise calendar that also outs the dates these devices should receive the illustrious update. The T-Mo Galaxy S II is scheduled for May 14th, and the Sensation 4G and Amaze 4G are slated for June 16th. As always, this may end up changing and until we hear anything official I wouldn’t bet on anything. We will let you know if we hear anything more.
Looks as though Verizon is getting to the final testing stages of what will eventually be the official ICS build for the Droid Razr and Razr Maxx. A new test build (6.14.84) has been pushed out to testers and has been packaged for download for those willing to give it a run. Some of the new changes include faster speeds, a new kernel, and a new CDMA radio. A few bugs have already been reported so it is very likely that Verizon will compile a new version before anything becomes official.
If you are feeling froggy, be sure that you are running the latest OTA update (6.12.181) before flashing this new build. It is recommended to have Voodoo Rootkeeper installed just in case you happen to loose root during the process. For further instructions and a download link, hit up the source link below.
We all love Android here, but there comes a point where all of us at one time or another are waiting and wondering when the latest software update will finally make its way to our device. Thanks to an anonymous Verizon employee, we now have a leaked list of upcoming Android handsets that can expect to receive ICS very soon. Here is the breakdown:
- HTC Rezound – OTA update available May 9
- Motorola RAZR – OTA update available May 21
- Motorola RAZR MAXX – OTA update available May 21
- Motorola Xoom 4G – TBA, awaiting approval
- Motorola Xoom 3G – TBA, awaiting approval
The tipster goes on to say that Big Red pushes out its OTA over a 14 day period from the release date, “in batches“, so no worries if you don’t see the update on the exact day listed. Hit the source link below for more details.