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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update now rolling out to the Orange San Diego

If you’re an Orange San Diego owner in the UK, there’s some good news for you. Reports are starting to pour in of UK’s first Intel-powered phone receiving an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Orange San Diego was the first Intel-powered smartphone to launch in the UK. Unfortunately, when it launched, it still ran on Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. Since the launch of the San Diego, many more Intel-powered smartphones have launched; the latest being the Motorola RAZR I and ZTE Grand X IN.

If you’re one of the lucky people who have received the update, let us know by leaving a comment below. If you haven’t sit tight, it’s going to hit your phone soon.

via AC

Orange, Orange San Diego

Applications News

New universal root method roots many Jelly Bean and ICS devices

An XDA user has developed a new method for rooting devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. XDA user Bin4ry has created a small script that uses the remount timing issue in Android’s adb restore service. Theoretically, the root script should work with nearly all ICS/JB devices. For those that devices that it doesn’t work on, a slight mod might be needed.

To get started, simply downloaded the Root_with_Restore_by_Bin4ry_v3.rar file from the source link below, extract the file, and double click RunMe.bat and follow the onscreen instructions. The script is available in for Windows and Linux.

For more information and to get started, hit the source link below.

Source: XDA

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O2 UK customers with Xperia Arc, Ray, and Neo to remain on Gingerbread

If you’re an Xperia Arc, Xperia Ray, or Xeperia Neo user on O2 in the UK, there’s some not-so-good news for you. Despite Sony releasing the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for your device, the highly-anticipated updated won’t actually make it to your device.

O2 UK has decided to block the ICS update on those devices. According to O2, they are blocking the update on the Xperia Arc, Ray, and Neo due to performance issues. Basically, O2 is saying that the update slows down the phones and lowers performance, two things it doesn’t want its customers to experience.

So, if you own an Xperia Ray, Arc, or Neo on O2, we hate to say this, but you will remain on Gingerbread. If you own an unlocked model of the device, you’re safe.

Source: O2

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Android 4.0.3 ICS build for the HTC Thunderbolt leaked

If you’re an HTC Thunderbolt user who has been waiting for Verizon and HTC to update the device to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, you don’t have to wait much longer (if you don’t mind flashing a leaked copy of the ICS). The guys over at Team BAMF have gotten a copy of the official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the HTC Thunderbolt.

The ROM, which is marked as build number 7.00.605.2 brings Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich as well as HTC Sense 3.6. Since this is a leaked copy of the update/rom, there could still be some issues that are present and there’s also a great chance that this isn’t the final ICS build for the Thunderbolt.

If you’re feeling adventurous or can’t wait until Verizon and HTC makes things official, you’re more than welcome to head over to the Team BAMF’s website by vising the source link below. If you’re currently rooted and enjoy having root access, you might want to lay off this one until root is achieved.

Source: TEAM BAMF | via AC

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Verizon’s Motorola Droid 4 now receiving Ice Cream Sandwich

It looks like Motorola has decided to roll out Ice Cream Sandwich to the Droid 4 sooner than expected. Just yesterday, we thought that the update was going to be tested via the Feedback Network first which is customary for Motorola. However, they announced earlier today via Twitter that “Android 4.0 for DROID 4 is rolling out in phases.” All you have to do is arm yourself with patience until you get the prompt on your D4 screen. And if you are one of the lucky ones, leave us a comment below.

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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich now being pushed to select Motorola RAZR and RAZR Maxx owners (GSM)

IF you’re an owner of the international version of the Motorola RAZR or RAZR Maxx, there might be some good news for you. Motorola has announced that the Android 4.0 update for both of the above-mentioned devices is starting to roll out to “select users”. By select users, Motorola is referring to some lucky individuals who will be testing out the update prior to it being released to the general population. If you’re not a lucky “select user”, you will have to wait for the update like everyone else, which will be available in the “coming weeks”.

Users in the United States have been enjoying ICS on their Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX since shortly after Google I/O. So, it’s great news that international users will soon be enjoying ICS on their devices. If you’re one of the lucky international users who is lucky enough to get 4.0 now, hit us up with a comment below.

Source: Motorola Europe Facebook

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Android 4.0.4 OTA now available for the international HTC One X

If you’re rocking an international version of the HTC One X, you might want to check your device for an update. HTC has rolled out the Android 4.0.4 update for the device, bumping it from 4.0.3. The update brings improvements to the HTC Sense experience which includes the ability to map the menu function to the ‘recent app’ key, improvement to the tab management in the browser, and enhanced camera functionalities.

In addition to the Sense-specific improvements, the update also brings enhancements to the device’s memory, platform stability, and overall browsing experience, and more.

Here is HTC’s full statement on the update:

As part of our ongoing commitment to ensure customers are receiving software updates that improve their user experience, we are pleased to announce our next upgrade for the HTC One X will be released on August 10th.

The primary update will include an upgrade to Android version 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), in addition to an improved Sense experience which will: enable the ability to map menu function to the ‘recent app’ key (improving visual presentation in non ICS apps like Facebook); improve tab management in the browser with a dedicated tab switching button and enhance camera capabilities such as white balance and continuous autofocus. Furthermore, customers can expect enhancements to memory, platform stability and the overall browsing experience. Other improvements include a Single Sign-On for Facebook allowing user access across applications and browsers and upgrades to Beats audio, which reflect our dedication to providing an authentic sound experience.

From a developer perspective, we are expanding SDK support for Media Link and providing a framework for video call applications to achieve improved performance and quality.

Let us know if you received the update and how things are working out for you by leaving a comment below.

via AC

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Motorola Droid 4 Android 4.0 update changelog released; rollout is imminent

It looks Verizon is getting close to rolling out the much anticipated Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Motorola Droid 4. They have just made the full changelog available for all to see via their support site. We reported last week that Motorola Feedback members started getting invites to participate in a testing of a new software. And according to Droid Life, the soak test is going to be available as early as today meaning that we should see ICS sometimes this week.

Here is the full changelog:

Issues Corrected / Enhancements -OS Upgrades

  • Device is enabled for Global Roaming. Now take advantage of voice and data services in over 205 countries worldwide. For additional information and support please visit

Application Updates

  • Integration of new version of Backup Assistant Plus.
  • Mobile IM has been removed.
  • Color for Facebook application is preloaded.

Enhanced Customer Support with Verizon Remote Diagnostics

  • New customer care solution to improve customer service experience. When a customer calls into Verizon Wireless customer care, this solution, with the customer’s permission, allows support personnel to remotely view the user’s device for device training, application demonstrations and troubleshooting.

Email / Messaging

  • Improved Stability and connectivity with Email.
  • Successfully download and save ringtones.

Stability and Performance Improvements

  • Mobile Hotspot – Improved connectivity.
  • Reduced device resets and power cycling.
  • Camera quality has been improved for better pictures.
  • Improved My Gallery performance.
  • Voice Mail Notification shows the correct of unread messages.

User Interface

  • Updated Mobile Hotspots Icon.
  • Visual Voice Mail shortcut on home screen changed to a standard voicemail shortcut.
  • Clear Contact pictures are displayed for phonebook contacts.

The 364.1MB update will bring build number 6.16.217.XT894.Verizon.en.US. To avoid any interruptions in the installation process, make sure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network. For more info, hit the source link below.

via Verizon 1, 2

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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich now available for the 3G Motorola Xoom in the UK

If you own a 3G version of the Motorola Xoom and live in the UK, you might want to check your device for an OTA update. The 3G version of the Motorola Xoom in the UK is finally in the process of getting its much-anticipated update to Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. This ICS update comes more than one month after the Wi-Fi version of the Xoom in the UK began receiving its ICS update.

While it’s good news that this update is finally available, the waiting game now begins again, this time for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Wi-Fi version of the Xoom in the U.S. recently received its Jelly Bean update. We’re sure that Google and Motorola are working hard to bring the update to other Xoom devices. It’s just a matter of time. Hopefully it won’t take too long.

So, if you’re 3G Xoom owner in the UK, go to Settings > About tablet > Software updates, and download the ICS update for your Xoom today.

via Eurodroid

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Motorola Droid 4 OTA update on the way. Is it Ice Cream Sandwich?

If you’re a Motorola Droid 4 owner, there might be some good news for you in the form of an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Reports are coming in that Motorola is currently sending out requests to Droid 4 owners on the Motorola Feedback Network to participate in the testing of a new software release. Although the notice doesn’t say anything about the update being ICS, there’s still a chance that 4.0 will soon be available to the Droid 4. On the other hand, this could also be a minor bug-fixing update.

The last time the Droid 4 was updated was back in April. Whatever this soak test contains, you can be sure that it will be available to the general public in the coming weeks. Lets just cross our fingers and hope that this one is ICS.

via AC

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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich now rolling out to the Toshiba Thrive

If you’re the owner of a Toshiba Thrive, there’s some good news for you. After months of waiting, your 10-inch tablet is finally going to get upgraded to Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. While it may not be the newer 4.1 Jelly Bean, it’s still a welcomed upgrade and we’re happy that Toshiba has gone through and delivered as promised.

Besides bringing ICS, the update also brings improved video and audio performance, improved camera functions, and improved signal strength and connectivity.

You can either wait for the update to be pushed to your machine or you can manually pull the update by launching the “Service Station” app and selecting “Check for Updates”. After checking for updates, simply follow the steps and you’ll be rocking Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Let us know how things went by leaving a comment below.

Source: Toshiba

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Will the HTC Desire HD get updated to Android 4.0 ICS?

What’s up with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the HTC Desire HD? First the carrier says it’s getting it, then it reneges and says it’s not, then HTC says it is…what’s going on with this device’s update? At the moment, we don’t exactly know.

Last week, Canadian carrier Telus released an updated roadmap which said that the Desire HD wouldn’t be upgraded to Android 4.0 ICS due to poor performance. The guys over at Android Central then contacted HTC to find out the exact status of the Desire HD ICS update and were told specifically by HTC that the both the Desire HD and Desire S were still on track to receive an ICS update. To be specific, here is what HTC told Android Central three days ago:

We remain committed to providing customers with the latest software updates when possible. As such, we are pleased to confirm we are still on schedule to deliver an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for both the HTC Desire HD and Desire S.”

Today, HTC is singing a different tune in regards to the Desire HD getting upgraded. According to a new statement from HTC, they’re still trying to determine if ICS on the Desire HD is a good idea. The official statement from HTC is listed below:

“HTC is committed to providing the best customer experience on our devices and are currently determining the ability to support Ice Cream Sandwich on the HTC Desire HD. We’ll provide more information when we’ve completed our analysis.”

If they go ahead and scrap the plans to update the Desire HD to ICS, owners of the Desire S and HTC Thunderbolt might have to worry because all three phones feature nearly identical specs. We’ll just have to wait and see how this one finishes. We’ll be sure to bring you updated info as soon as it’s made available.

Source: AC

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AT&T Motorola Atrix 2 Android 4.0 ICS update out in the wild

With everyone preoccupied with the release of Jelly Bean, we shouldn’t forget that there are folks out there with Android devices that haven’t even gotten ICS yet. One of those devices is the AT&T Atrix 2–Motorola revealed that it will be updated during Q3 of 2012. Luckily for this phone’s owners, a new update with ICS in tow along with build number 67.21.123.en.US has leaked an is now available at the XDA Forums. As usual, if you’re rooted, we advise you to wait for developers to test out the new build–you could also use OTA RootKeeper. For step-by-step directions on how to get ICS on your Atrix 2, hit the source link.

Let us know how you like it by dropping a comment below.

Source XDA 1,2
via Phandroid

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AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Ice Cream Sandwich update is here

If you haven’t grabbed the leaked ICS build for the Galaxy S II Skyrocket back in March or May, you should know that AT&T and Samsung are pushing the official Android 4.0 update with build UCLF6–the latest build was UCLE2. It looks like you have to use Kies to install the update meaning that you need to connect your phone to your PC instead of receiving over the air. On the other hand, if you’re rooted and want to stay that way for now. We advise you to wait for our beloved developers to come up with an exploit. As always, we’d love to hear if you were able to grab the update.

via XDA

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[Deal] Acer Iconia A100 TAB 7-inch tablet, ICS, Tegra 2 (Refurbished) $140

If you’re looking for a cheap back up Android tablet, you should definitely check out tonight’s deal. aSaleADay via their eBay store is offering a factory refurbished Acer Iconia A100 Tab for $139.99 with free shipping. We know that this isn’t the Nexus 7 here but for almost a fraction of its price, you could own a decent Android tablet with good features like:

  • 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 chipset
  • 1GB of Ram
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • 7-inch 1024 x 600 TFT display
  • 5-megapixel rear camera
  • 2-megapixel front camera
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity
  • MicroSd slot with up to 32GB of additional storage
  • 1530 mAh

The Iconia A100 tablet has been updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich two months ago, so don’t pay attention to the eBay listing description. Do you guys think that this is a good deal? Let us know.

via eBay

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Android 4.0 ICS update now rolling out to the Xperia Mini and Incredible S

If you’re the owner of the HTC Incredible S or the Sony Xperia Mini, you might want to check your device for an update, an ICS update. The Android 4.0 upgrade of the HTC Incredible S comes just a few days after HTC released the update for some models of the HTC EVO 3D. The OTA update is whopping 250MB and brings Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich along with HTC Sense 3.6. This is the first HTC device that is getting upgraded with Android 4.0.4.

Sony, on the other hand, released the Android 4.0 ICS update for their Xperia Mini. The update is being released in batches, and unlike the OTA update for the Incredible S, the Xperia Mini will need to be upgraded via Sony’s PC Companion software. To see if the update is ready for your Xperia Mini, hit up the Source link below and search for your Sales Item number, an 8-digit number that identifies the country and software of your Xperia Mini. If your SI matches, you can fire up the PC Companion software and start the update.

Let us know how the update goes by leaving a comment below.

Source: The Unwired | Sony Mobile | via The Verge

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Droid RAZR and RAZR Maxx owners, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is finally available for you install!

If you’re the owner of a Motorola Droid RAZR or Droid RAZR Maxx, the day you’ve been waiting for is finally here. As promised by a Verizon rep yesterday via Twitter, the Android 4.0 update for the RAZR devices is finally here. You don’t have to wait for it to get pushed to your device, just go out and get it on your own.

To get the update, simply go to Settings > About phone > and check for a system update. The update should be available, and once applied, you should be rocking Android 4.0 in no time.

Let us know how the update goes by leaving a comment below. Now that ICS is finally available, the natural question now is going to be about Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Unfortunately, you’re going to have to wait a little longer for that one :-).

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Android 4.0 ICS update now available for the Sony XPERIA S on Three in the UK

If you’re a Three customer in the UK with the Sony Xperia S, there’s some good news for you. The Android 4.0 update is now available for your device. While it might not be the newly-announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, it’s better than the Gingerbread and it’s available for your device now. The Three ICS update for the Xperia S comes just days after Sony announced that the Android 4.0 update was being pushed out to Xperia S devices.

Unfortunately, the update is only available via the PC Companion; no OTA this time around. You won’t be getting any update notifications or anything like that. If you haven’t already, you can download PC Companion directly from Sony’s website.

If/when you upgrade, let us know how the process went by leaving a comment below.

via AC

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Android 4.0 ICS update now rolling out to the HTC Evo 3D in EMEA

If you’re an HTC Evo 3D user in Europe, Middle East, and Africa, you might want to check your device for an update. According to multiple sources, HTC is now rolling the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update to the Evo 3D in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Unfortunately, users with the phone on Sprint’s network in the U.S. are not so lucky.

The update, which is a whopping 300MB, brings Android 4.0 ICS along with HTC’s Sense 3.6 UI (the newer HTC One series features Sense 4.0). Although the update is available to those in the EMEA region, the update might not be ready for your device just yet. You can manually check for the update by heading to Menu > Settings > System updates > HTC software update > Check now.

Let us know if you received the update and what country you’re in! Sorry, Sprint users. Although you’re not included in this ICS update, we’re sure that HTC is working hard to make the update available to you by next month. After all, they did say that the Evo 3D would be getting its ICS update in June/July.

Source: The Unwired | via The Verge

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Heads up: Ice Cream Sandwich update for the AT&T Galaxy S II pushing out again

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II is once again pushing out folks via Kies. If you recall, AT&T decided to pull it claiming that they were testing it on their servers. Thanks to some of our readers, we can now confirm that it is available. I was able to update my wife’s GSII with no issues and it has been great so far. So what are you waiting for? Grab that USB cable of yours and get yourself some Ice Cream Sandwich.

Thanks net poser