In the continuing story of "Nobody knows what the hell's going on with the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab," (see Part 1 and Part 2) a new report out of Korea suggests that the manufacturer's 2010 flagship devices may receive a "Value Pack" update instead of a full-fledged refresh to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The "Value Pack" -- we'd expect a better name once all the translation and marketing is done -- would bring some of the sex of ICS without the hastle of an actual OS update.
That's probably a good middle ground, if indeed it is the case. It's not going to silence those who won't settle for anything less than Android 4.0, of course. But for the vast majority out there (who likely wouldn't really notice the difference anyway), it's a compromise worth exploring.
The obtusely named PRADA phone by LG 3.0 is now available in South Korea, the manufacturer announced today. It'll be released in most European nations and in other parts of Asia in January.
As you'll recall from our hands-on with the phone earlier this month, the PRADA phone by LG 3.0 (seriously, we're just calling it PRADA 3.0 from here on out) is running a unique UI on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, has a 4.3-inch display at 480x800 resolution and 800 nits of brightness, 8GB of onboard storage, a 1GHz processor and a 1540 mAh battery.
We've got our hands-on video and the full press release after the break.
Only, does anyone really think Samsung doesn't already know if it's technically feasible to put Ice Cream Sandwich on the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab? Is it really possible Samsung explained why they won't get it without actually trying first?
Nah. If in fact Samsung's taking another look at things, it's because someone's finally starting to put a dollar value on the backlash received worldwide after it announced that its wildly popular 2010 flagship devices were being left behind. Never mind that year-old tech is still year-old tech (even if it is good year-old tech).
And keep in mind we're still talking about things on a global scale here. Even if Samsung changes its mind and figures out how to get ICS on the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab in a timely and economical manner, we have zero idea of what the U.S. carriers -- not really known for update expediency -- will do to their aging lines. After all, some phones didn't start getting Gingerbread until the last quarter of this year.
Sony Ericsson today is sending out e-mails reminding folks (or chaps, since the e-mail we received was sent to our UK operation) that it's shutting down its Sony Ericcson Sync service on Dec. 29. The good news, of course, is that you can (and really should) sync all the same stuff with your Google account, including your contacts and calendars, along with, well, every thing else Android does extremely well.
So, you've got a couple days left to get it down. SE's worked up some instructions to ease the transition. Give 'em a look.
If you're a registered member here at Android Central then you know our forums always have a contest happening. And if you're not registered, well -- now is as good a time as any. This week's winners are as posted after the break, and if you were chosen watch your email as we'll be following up shortly. Stay tuned for more upcoming contests folks. Congrats to this week's winners!
The folks at Max MP have released version 2.0 of PowerAmp, their excellent music player for Android. We've loved PowerAmp in it's previous versions, and 2.0 looks to be a great update with improved media scanning, Samsung Galaxy Nexus support, and SD card mounting fixes. Add this to their list of great features, like tag editing, theme support, scrobbling, and that amazing graphical EQ and you have one of the best music players for mobile on any platform. You can download the 15-day trial version of PowerAmp after the break, and the full version costs $4.99. PowerAmp requires Android 2.1 or higher.
To help celebrate they also have a new Twitter account and a contest to give away 32GB microSD cards to store some music on. The contest starts Friday Dec. 30 at noon Central time, and ends Jan.1 at midnight Central. Follow @PowerAmp2 for the full details.
So you found a new Android phone under your tree this year did you? Welcome to the family, we're glad you're here, and you picked the right place to visit. We understand all the options and choices can be a bit overwhelming if you're new to smartphones in general, or switching from another platform. We have you covered, and here's a great set of resources to get you started.
Android forums: Most times the answers you want and need come from people just like you -- Android users. You'll find out forums full of helpful and friendly people, who also know their stuff when it comes to Android devices.
Help and Tips: When your new phone or tablet can do so much, sometimes it's hard to figure out the how and where. These handy tips will get you pointed in the right direction so you can begin to make things you own.
Accessories: Looking for a case to protect your new phone? Or maybe you want a spare battery or a new data cable? We have you covered at the Android Central store.
Applications: Android has about half a million apps, and sorting through them all is impossible. We can help -- we look at more than a few and let you know about the ones we're particularly fond of. Check it out!
And finally, our own forums adviser milominderbinder has the ultimate resource for any Android user in his Getting Started With Android post. It's legendary, and we're darn lucky to have him around. Be sure to have a read -- I promise you'll learn something.
The Android Dictionary: You're going to see a lot of terminology you may not understand, and we've got a great reference here for you. Bookmark this one.
You're in for a treat with your new Android powered device, and you can always count on us to steer you right. Settle in, and enjoy yourselves!
LG on its Facebook page today announced that the Optimus LTE, Prada Phone by LG 3.0, Optimus 2X, Optimus Sol, myTouch Q and Eclipse would start to see ICS upgrades in the second quarter of 2012 -- that's as early as April, as late as June. And coming in the third quarter -- that's sometime between July and September -- the Optimus 3D, Optimus Black, Optimus Big, Optimus Q2 and Optimus EX will start to see their updates.
That LG has committed to updates is great. That it's going to take a minimum of six months for a number of its current phones to even begin to see official updates is far less great.
The gift-giving season is winding down to a close, and we're all enjoying the time with our loved ones, warm holiday comfort foods, and maybe some cool Android goodies. Did you get a new Android phone? Or a tablet? Maybe you got a Google TV unit of some sort or another, or your stocking was full of accessories. Sound off and share with us (we're like your extended Android family) to let everyone know what great stuff you got this year.