We'll be releasing devices for ICS 6 weeks after Google releases the final version of it.
The Twitter account later clarified, saying the Droid RAZR, Bionic and Xoom "Will get ICS within 6 weeks of Google's public push," and they'll confirm other devices later on. We'll believe it when we see it. Dunno how many times we've had to say this, folks, but there's a reason carriers and manufacturers don't give precise windows for updates -- and even vague time lines are often missed. (Never mind the fact that "official" information on Twitter and Facebook isn't always as official as you might think.) It was the same way with Froyo updates. It was the same with (and still is, unfortunately) with Gingerbread updates.
The point is this: We have no doubt that Motorola, HTC, LG, Samsung and every other manufacturer is hard at work at figuring out which devices can -- and should -- be upgraded. But if you start a six-week countdown from the instant the Ice Cream Sandwich code drops in AOSP, you're setting yourself up for a big bag of hurt, should things take a little longer than planned. That's not to say we're not hoping for speedy updates across the board. It's just that history has taught us different.
Source: @Motorola; thanks to everyone who sent this in
By the way: The Samsung Tranform Ultra that's coming to Sprint (and that was announced this morning with no word of pricing or availability). ... It'll be priced at $70 after two-year contract and $50 rebate, and it'll be available Nov. 13.
HTC has announced on its official Facebook page that thanks to its recent partnership with cloud storage provider Dropbox, the Dropbox app will come preinstalled on all HTC Android phones. HTC phone owners will also benefit from 5GB of free cloud storage, versus the standard 2GB normally given to free account holders.
Dropbox has previously partnered with Sony Ericsson to bring pre-loaded Dropbox apps to Xperia owners, however unlike the HTC deal, no additional storage is offered on SE devices.
So far it's unclear which HTC legacy devices, if any, will be able to take advantage of the 5GB storage deal. We've reached out to HTC for comment, and we'll update you when they get back to us.
Verizon is officially pushing the Android 2.3 updates out to the Droid Pro and the Droid 2 Global over-the-air today. Besides the features you would expect from Gingerbread, the Droid 2 Global update includes the following fixes and enhancements:
Improvements in stability prevent lockups, resets and force
Bluetooth devices will now select the correct audio recording level for optimal voice capture and alert you when your audio level is too low.
Improved battery life while using Bluetooth.
Access My Verizon without any force close errors.
Reset Backup Assistant under Manage Applications menu.
Enhanced connectivity when roaming in GSM/UMTS networks
(Europe and India).
Improved battery life during Wifi use.
Exchange ActiveSync encryption fails after OTA update.
Google Books added
Amazon MP3 Store added
Adobe Flash Player 10.2 added
Not to be left out in the cold, the Droid Pro also see some much needed fixes and enhancements:
Improved contact syncing from multiple email accounts.
Improved battery life while using Wifi and/or Bluetooth.
Correct contact name is displayed when receiving SMS messages.
Forward SMS message conversations correctly.
Mobile Hotspot status is displayed accurately.
Clock widget updates time correctly.
GPS apps and programs no longer cause unnecessary device resets.
Recently, I was given the (what I thought would be) amazing task of doing an Android adult app roundup. I prepared myself with a pre-paid debit card, a clear mind, a 12-pack of Milwaukee's finest and a dark room -- and went on a download spree. What was supposed to be informative and fun turned out to be a $10 pain in the ass and time spent on the phone with T-Mobile trying to get things undone.
Repeat: Steve Jobs might have joked (or maybe he was serious) that the Android Phone is for Porn, but as we found out, that doesn't mean it's good porn.
This one's about as NSFW as can be, so be warned before you click through.
Microsoft on Sunday -- you know, day press releases are typically sent out -- announced it had reached a patent licensing agreement with Compal over its tablets, phones, e-readers and any other devices using Android or Chrome. Microsoft will receive royalties, though neither company said how much cash is changing hands.
The Motorola Droid RAZR Does. We know it does, because Verizon has added it to the DroidDoes website to get things ready for pre-sale and release. The page reminds us of the RAZR's Gorilla Glass and Kevlar construction, it's 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, water repellent "nanocoating", slim 7.1mm profile and 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced display, and leaves everyone a little bit more excited about seeing one in person -- exactly what marketing should do.
Even though Verizon and Motorola have told us pretty much everything there is to know about the RAZR already, we still like seeing reminders that it's close -- as in pre-orders in four days style close. Check it out at the source link.
Possible good news here if you've been eyeing the Motorola RAZR, and live outside the U.S. -- Motorola has confirmed to the folks at Ausdroid that the RAZR will be the first Motorola phone to offer a bootloader unlock solution. This comes with a "gotcha" though -- carriers have the option to have this removed from the phone's firmware, and Verizon has opted to have it taken out. I'll give you a moment to curse softly under your breath.
We shouldn't be surprised at Verizon's decision -- the phone is more secure with a secure bootloader. That point can't be argued. If we stop and think for a minute though, this means that phones that are almost identical to the Droid RAZR will have factory code from Motorola to unlock the bootloader, ripe for the picking. Developers have a new avenue to explore, and if you were willing to unlock your bootloader in the first place, you shouldn't balk at a method found by hackers to get it done. We'd like to see both a secure and unlockable option offered, but we'll take whatever we can get. Let's keep our fingers crossed that an unlockable version of the RAZR falls into the right hands -- I think it will.
A Nexus phone on the Verizon network is a pretty big deal. Plenty of people never thought it would happen (guilty), as Verizon has the muscle to have a bit more control over their network than most, and the Galaxy Nexus may take a bit of that away. We're all happy to be mistaken about it though, trust me. You guys deserve this phone, and have been waiting for this phone since the day everyone realized that Verizon wouldn't be carrying the Nexus One after all.
So now that it's official, how many of you are going to storm the gates and grab one ASAP? There's other options of course -- the Motorola RAZR looks like a hell of a phone in it's own right, and HTC's Rezound will turn a lot of heads with it's sexy look. And heaven only knows what's coming around the corner. We couldn't make an easy decision ourselves in this case.
It's a lot to think about. It's also an interesting metric, and we all love interesting metrics. Take a minute, hit the forums, and tell the world what you plan on doing once the GNex hits the shelves.
With all the Galaxy Nexus talk, it's easy to forget that the Motorola Droid RAZR (check out our hands-on) will go up for pre-orders in just a few days. Verizon hasn't forgotten, and the RAZR is sitting pretty in the equipment infocenter so that everyone at Big Red can be ready to answer your questions about this new Motobeast. With great specs (dual-core 1.2GHz CPU, 1GB RAM, Gorilla Glass and Super AMOLED up front while Kevlar adorns the back), and a sleek thin profile, this is the Android phone to get for many of you. I couldn't blame ya -- it's gorgeous, and it's coming soon.
While things are always subject to change, the screen you see above should make more than a few happy. Of course Verizon's still mum on an official date, but as of today, they still have stores and agents preparing for a Nov. 10 launch. And for those more interested in some HTC hotness? The HTC Rezound is still on that same Nov 10 track as well.
That's 20 days and 3 hours (ET) for those keeping score at home.
We already knew that Sprint was killing off unlimited data for the hotspot plan, but today's news makes everything all official. Starting in November, users with a mobile broadband plan (that would be a tablet, netbook, USB card, connection card or mobile hotspot device) as well as folks using the mobile hotspot plan on their smartphone will no longer have unlimited data. Depending on your existing plan, you'll be placed in a tier that goes between 3GB and 10GB of data, with a $0.05 per MB overage in-network, and a $0.25 per MB overage while roaming.
Note thatthis does not affect unlimited data for smartphones. Your Epic 4G Touch or EVO 3D will still have unlimited data. It's still a direction we hate to see yet another carrier travel, though. Resist the temptation Dan. Don't kill your unlimited smartphone plans.
Now that we've tackled which phones we think will (or at least should) get updates to Ice Cream Sandwich (along with the slightly more obvious tablet contingent), let's take a loook at which carriers you can expect to use the Galaxy Nexus on. While everybody's been freaking out over where exactly you'll be able to use the Galaxy Nexus, the answer is surprisingly calm and simple.
All of them.
Yes. All of them. And, yes, that's kind of a cop-out answer. But that doesn't make it any less true, though we've not seen any official annoucements. We'll break it down after the, erm, break.
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