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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II (I-9100) Ice Cream Sandwich ROM leaks out

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Whatdaya get when you slap TouchWiz on top of Ice Cream Sandwich on an original Samsung Galaxy S II? Something that looks very much like TouchWiz on top of Ice Cream Sandwich on an Original Galaxy S II. The enterprising folks at SamMobile managed to score themslves an early Android 4.0 ICS build for the I-9100 (that's the original international version of the GSII). And just like with thie jump from Froyo to Gingerbread, we're not seeing any huge differences in UI. After all, it's TouchWiz On Top™.

Where you do see a little bit of a dfference is in menus, of course, as well as with features like Face Unlock. Check out the video for the whole thing, and hit the source link if you're up for some experimental flashing.

Source: SamMobile; thanks, Romeo!

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2 years ago

LG Prada 3.0 sneaks out of Germany ahead of today's launch

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Update: And the official press release has gone live in Germany.

Feast your eyes on a phone most of us will likely never own -- the LG Prada 3.0 announced late last month. That little slice of sexy is being officially unveiled in London in a few hours (we'll be there, of course), but it's sneaked out of other parts Europe ahead of time. Specs are said to be a 4.3-inch NOVA display at 480x800 resolution, TI OMAP 4430 dual-core processor at 1 GHz running Android 2.3.7 with a custom UI, 8GB of internal memory, an 8MP rear camrea, NFC and a 1540 mAh battery. 

No word on pricing, but Prada ain't cheap, no?

Source: BestBoyz; via Engadget

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2 years ago

A video tour of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus from another lucky Android Central member

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If you recall, over the weekend a few lucky Android Forums members were able to squeeze a Verizon Galaxy Nexus out of Best Buy a bit early, and guinnkevinr was kind enough to fire up his camera and shoot a few minutes of video for us to drool over.  We know what the engine is under the hood of this one, namely a dual-core TI OMAP and 1GB of RAM, but this shows us how she handles.  Nice and smoothly, that's how.  Kevin shows off how fluid and quick it is, loads up a game, and we get the see the web browser in action.  It's well worth checking out while we wait, and when you're done watching it (over and over) hit the source link and tell Kevin thanks!

Source: Android Central Forums

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2 years ago

Japan getting the LG Optimus LTE on NTT Docomo

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LG tonight announced that its first 720p Android smarpthone -- the LG Optimus LTE -- is coming to Japan on NTT Docomo. That follows launches in Korea and (surprise, surprise) the United States, with the latter enjoying phone on AT&T as the Nitro HD. (Read our full review)

NTT Docomo's also getting a uniqe version of the Optimus LTE. Along with an optional red paint job, it'll have 1seg digital TV and NFC. 

We've got LG's full presser after the break.

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2 years ago

Verizon Galaxy Nexus date of Dec. 15 looking likely according to this Costco document

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We got this gem from a Costco Ninja, and when added to the rest of the leaks and pictures pointing to a December 15 release date of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, the evidence is getting pretty strong.  Maybe not strong enough for a certain editor who want's an officially official announcement from Big Red, but enough that we want to pass it all along.  Engadget also got in some new leaked docs which point to Dec. 15, from Verizon corporate and Costco, you can check those out at the source link.  Our tipster also stated that the Galaxy Unicorn has a price of $289 with a new contract at Costco.

Will Dec. 15 be the day?  Heck, I dunno.  It's as good a day as any to release a phone, and it is before the end of the year.  We just want the damn thing released so we all can play with it, then maybe other carriers here in the states can get a version of their own. 

Thanks Anon!

More: Engadget

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2 years ago

Google Maps updated to version 6.0.2, brings bug fixes for 'newer devices'

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If you have an Android phone chances are that you use Google Maps, and you've got a new update waiting for you in the Android Market.  Usually when we see an update for Maps, we see features like indoor mapping, or updates for places and check-ins, but this time around it simply states that this version is a bug fix for "newer devices". 

We have no idea if newer devices means yet-to-be-released Verizon devices, or current devices (we're not hearing about any glaring bugs in Google Maps for the latest phones), but in any case bugs have been fixed.  Go grab it from the market, or hit the jump for the quick link. 

Thanks, brianalley!

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2 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G Touch gets unofficial CyanogenMod 7.2 port

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It's not anything official, but enterprising Android developer bubby323 has ported CyanogenMod 7.2 to the Sprint Epic 4G Touch.  Yes, 7.2 is Gingerbread and not the Ice Cream Sandwich everyone wants, but CM9 (the ICS-based build number) isn't quite ready for any unsupported devices. We'll manage with Gingerbread for a while longer. 

Using device files from the TeamHacksung Github, bubby and friends have got a semi-complete ROM built and running, and while probably not ready for a daily driver, it's more than complete enough for anyone who wants to test an AOSP-like experience on this hardware.  Notable missing functions include 911 calling (let's hope it isn't an issue similar to the Vibrant), Wimax data, SMS and MMS from the native messaging client, GPS and external SD card mounting.  Early reports seem positive, and users certainly love the freedom from TouchWiz.  The folks are hard at work fixing the bugs and getting all the features up and running, if you're rooted and up to helping test be sure to hit the source link and have a look.

Source: XDA-DevelopersThanks everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

This is not an official Verizon Galaxy Nexus announcement

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With all due respect to the Mobile Generation Verizon retailer in Bloomington, Minn., we're pretty sure the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus hasn't actually been announced yet. And we're pretty sure when it is, it won't be done with the GSM version shown in the pictures. Stay tuned, folks. We're sure it'll happen soon.

Source: Facebook; thanks, @andrew_53517

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2 years ago

Verizon Galaxy Nexus threads of the day

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Depending on who you ask, we might finally see the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus this week. There's still no announced date, and, frankly, we're just going to wait until Verizon announces the damn thing to worry about that. It'll be soon enough. But that doesn't mean you guys haven't had a lot to say about it. Here are a few choice threads from our Verizon Galaxy Nexus forums:

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Have at it, folks!

 

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2 years ago

Droid Incredible 2 gets an update for bugfixes

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Verizon's HTC Droid Incredible 2 is getting an over-the-air update today that brings the following improvements:

Security features:

  • Includes Google BT/DigiNoTar security patch
  • Includes Google security page for upgrading ibping to 1.2.46
  • Includes Wifi password security patch

Device features:

  • Support local video playback when in Airplane Mode
  • 5 bar Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI) support
  • Improvements to clock and alarm features
  • The "Disable while roaming" section will work accurately when roaming in Canada
  • Update Sync & Connect configuration to enable Push e-mail sync during off-peak hours

Hit Menu>Settings>About Phone to check for the update now.

Source: Verizon (pdf); More: Droid Incredible 2 forums
thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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