Nov 222011
 

The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime will not ship with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) but NVIDIA already has it up and running on one. It used it for an “early demo” showing off 1080p video playback and a game called Riptide GP which uses all four of the Tegra 3′s cores.

NVIDIA taped the demo a short two days after Google released the source code for Android 4.0.

The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime is expected in both Canada and the US in early December. The 32GB version will sell for US$499 and the 64GB one for US$599. The optional keyboard docking accessory will sell for US$149 (Canadian prices are expected to be on par with US ones).

Nov 212011
 

Google AndroidIt has come to light that the Galaxy Nexus does not come with Flash preinstalled. If you are looking to install it, you will not be able to do so as it is not available for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) at this time. Adobe, which recently announced plans to stop development of Flash for mobile, has confirmed though that it will update Flash Player for Android 4.0. A company spokesperson told Pocket-lint:

“Adobe will release one more version of the Flash Player for mobile browsing, which will provide support for Android 4.0, and one more release of the Flash Linux Porting Kit – both expected to be released before the end of this year.”

The announcement also confirms that Adobe will not support future Android versions. Going forward, it will only provide bug fixes and security updates.

With HTML5 taking on more and more of what Flash used to provide, it’s likely that many will not miss it.

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Nov 212011
 

Galaxy NexusBell Mobility and Virgin Mobile Canada will launch the Galaxy Nexus on December 8th (along with Verizon?). Pre-orders began today at Bell.ca/GalaxyNexus or Virginmobile.ca/Nexus.

Bell is also giving 100 people the chance to get the Galaxy Nexus on launch day with their Bell Twitter Lineup. To qualify, you will need to claim a spot in the lineup via Twitter on December 1st. You will then need to keep your spot by tweeting an updated message each hour for the duration of the lineup. If you finish in the top 100, a Galaxy Nexus will be delivered to your door before phones arrive in store.

Bell will offer the Galaxy Nexus for CA$159.95 with a three-year contract, CA$599.95 with a two-year contract, CA$624.95 with a one-year contract, or CA$649.95 with no contract.

Virgin Mobile will offer it for CA$159.99 with a three-year contract or its SuperTab or CA$649.99 with no contract.

Both Rogers and TELUS will also carry the Galaxy Nexus but only starting in early 2012.

Read more: Bell Mobility and Virgin Mobile Canada

Nov 172011
 

CyanogenModWith the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) source code now available, Cyanogen wasted no time confirming that work has begun on a new version of its CyanogenMod tool to support the latest version of Android. The group said via Twitter that it expects to have CyanogenMod 9.0 out in about two months:

..and we’re off. check back in 2 months :) #cm9 #ics

In the meantime, work continues on CyanogenMod 7.2 (CyanogenMod 8 had been set for Honeycomb but will not be released).

There is more good news too: Cyanogen is also working to port Ice Cream Sandwich to the HP TouchPad and the Nook Color although this may take a bit more time.

Sources: Tweet 1, Tweet 2, Tweet 3

Nov 172011
 

Samsung Galaxy S IISamsung today confirmed that it will offer an Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) upgrade for its Samsung Galaxy S II devices. The confirmation came via Twitter from Samsung UK’s account:

Hi, good news – the Galaxy S II will be receiving ICS, but there are no dates confirmed as yet. We will keep you posted.

It remains to be seen how quickly carriers will deploy the update once Samsung releases it. In Canada alone, the Galaxy S II is offered under different guises by Bell Mobility, Rogers Wireless, SaskTel, TELUS Mobility and Virgin Mobile.

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Nov 152011
 

Sony EricssonSony Ericsson today confirmed that its entire 2011 Xperia device portfolio will be upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The devices in question are the Xperia arc and arc S, Xperia PLAY, Xperia neo and neo V, Xperia mini and mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia active, Xperia ray and the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman.

No details are yet available about timing and availability. Sony Ericsson will provide these details later as it is currently working on merging its “Xperia experience” into the new OS.

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Nov 142011
 

Google AndroidA few days earlier than predicted by some, Google today released the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) source code:

Hi! We just released a bit of code we thought this group might be interested in. Over at our Android Open-Source Project git servers, the source code for Android version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is now available.

In fact, the version released is 4.0.1 and it is specific to the Galaxy Nexus. Updates for other devices such as the Google Nexus S will follow later when “we feel confident that they’re ready to ship on consumer devices.”

If you’ve ever wanted to try to build your own version of Android from scratch, here is your chance to do it with Google’s latest. Here are the download instructions to get you started. Have fun!

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Nov 142011
 

Google AndroidNotion Ink’s CEO, Rohan Shravan, is indicating that Google will release the code for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) on November 17th, the same day that the Galaxy Nexus is apparently to go on sale in some parts of the world.

Shravan seems to have a decent track record with predictions in this area. Last year, he correctly called out when Android would release Gingerbread. Earlier this year, he indicated that Android’s next reference platform would be based on the OMAP chipset and Ice Cream Sandwich.

Mark the 17th on your calendars!

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Source: The Cellular Guru

Nov 082011
 

ASUSASUS may have pushed back the shipment date of its upcoming Eee Pad Transformer Prime to early December. Citing supply chain sources, Digitimes is reporting that Google has agreed to help ASUS launch its latest tablet with Android 4.0 pre-installed. The plan to date had been to ship it with Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) with an upgrade to 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) to follow.

Google is apparently facing some backlash from Taiwan-based manufacturers over its lack of assistance over Android 3.x to 4.0 upgrades. Some of these unnamed companies are now considering focusing more attention on Windows 8 in response.

The same sources suggest that Google’s decision to help ASUS could also help ASUS negotiate lower Windows 8 license fees for future products.

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Nov 072011
 

HTCShortly after Google unveiled Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) in October, HTC stated it was “looking closely at the new OS’s features and functionality to determine our upgrade plans.” Today it has outlined more information about those plans:

HTC knows how excited our fans are to get their hands on Google’s latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, so we’re thrilled today to announce the first wave of HTC phones that will receive upgrades.

Ice Cream Sandwich is coming in early 2012 to a variety of devices including the HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XL and HTC Sensation XE, as well as the HTC Rezound*, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G* and HTC Amaze 4G* through close integration with our carrier partners.

We’re continuing to assess our product portfolio, so stay tuned for more updates on device upgrades, timing and other details about HTC and Ice Cream Sandwich.

*US handsets

Basically, all of HTC’s more recent devices are getting the update. Don’t despair if your device is not listed as HTC has promised more updates are coming.

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Nov 022011
 

LG Optimus 2XLG moved today to deny rumours that it would not provide an Android 4.0 upgrade to its Optimus 2X smartphone. In a Facebook post, the company confirmed not only that the Optimus 2X would be upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) but so would other “LG high-end smartphones”:

LG firmly denies the rumors that claim LG will not be providing the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) OS update for the LG Optimus 2X. These rumors are NOT true. LG is currently in the process of planning the ICS OS update for the LG Optimus 2X as well as other LG high-end smartphones. Detailed information on the ICS OS update schedule for specific models will be announced, once the ICS OS is publicly released by Google. Please stay tuned for more updates from LG.

LG has not provided specific availability details so far but promises to do so once Google releases the latest version of its OS.

The LG Optimus 2X is offered in Canada by Fido, Vidéotron, and WIND Mobile. It is also offered in the US by T-Mobile as the T-Mobile G2X.

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Nov 012011
 

ASUSWith the launch of the Eee Pad Transformer Prime coming November 9th, ASUS today shed some light on what it is planning for early 2012. CEO Jerry Shen confirmed that ASUS will launch two more tablet PCs in February of 2012 along with the PadFone.

Rumours suggest that one of the tablets coming will be a 7-inch version of the keyboard-dockable Transformer to sell for US$299.

Shen also confirmed that the Transformer Prime will ship with Android 3 (Honeycomb). An upgrade to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) will follow in early December. No such upgrade will be required for the Padfone; it will ship with Android 4.0.

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Oct 252011
 

MotorolaMotorola today announced that it will announce a timeline for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) updates within six weeks of Google releasing the code. It reached out to Droid-Life.com with the clarification after a tweet made earlier in the day suggested that it would release updates for many of its latest Android devices within six weeks of the code being available. The tweet in question read:

We’ll be releasing devices for ICS 6 weeks after Google releases the final version of it

Among the devices expected to get the update are the DROID RAZR (and likely the Motorola RAZR), the Motorola DROID BIONIC and the XOOM tablet. The tablet update was separately confirmed in Motorola’s support forums by a moderator:

I don’t know anything about if it will be first or not — have no insight into how other manufacturers do updates — but Xoom will get ICS. I just don’t have any timing to share.

It is unlikely at this point that any upgrades will be available by the end of the year. It will likely be early 2012. Throw in carrier testing and it could be a while before devices start getting the upgrades.

It’s likely that the same upgrades will be available in Canada for devices offered here. Based on past upgrades though, it may be a few more weeks after the US release before they are available in Canada.

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Oct 242011
 

We already know that the Galaxy Nexus is headed to Canada in November. The price has remained a bit of a mystery until today when Expansys.ca listed it today for pre-order. You will need to save your shiny pennies as they are offering the 16GB unlocked model for CA$794.99!

Expansys.ca pre-order price for Galaxy Nexus

The Expansys USA website lists the same 16GB unlocked model for US$749.99.

No Canadian carriers have yet to confirm that they will offer the Galaxy Nexus (and for how much).

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Source: MobileSyrup.com

Oct 222011
 

Galaxy Nexus by SamsungVerizon Wireless yesterday confirmed that it will offer the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung, the world’s first smartphone to run on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) “later this year.” It will offer download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in LTE mobile broadband coverage areas.

Verizon did not provide specific availability or pricing details. It did indicate that customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at US$39.99 per month and a smartphone data package starting at $30 per month for 2 GB of data.

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