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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

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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

Applications News

[Update: Full list included] CyanogenMod 10 nightlies slowly rolling out to select devices

Well guys, this is what you all have been waiting for! CyanogenMod announced earlier today that CM10 nightlies for select devices will be available tonight. Guess what? they kept their promise. It looks like CM has rolled out their nightlies to other devices like the LG Nitro HD and the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer. So far, here is the list which we will keep updating as we see more is now complete:

If your device isn’t going to get a CM10 nightly, it will keep getting CM9 nightly builds which will be delivered on a weekly basis (weeklies) until merged onto the ICS branch. Other than that, we are keeping our eye on the page for new additions. Happy flashing!

via Google+ | CyanogenMod

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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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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

Applications News

Apex Launcher goes Jelly Bean, beta now available

Apex Launcher is one of the coolest Android ICS-based launchers out there. To make it even better, The folks at Android Does released a new beta version of the application that has been rebuilt based on Android 4.1.1.” They added many Jelly Bean features and improved the overall speed and performance of the Apex Launcher. Here is the full changelog:

Rebuilt based on Android 4.1.1 Launcher, lots of JellyBean goodness

  • When placing widgets on the screen, everything else automatically moves to make room
  • When they are too big, widgets resize on their own to fit on the homescreen
  • Quickly remove apps/widgets by flinging them to the edge of the homescreen
  • Major performance boost for homescreen and drawer
  • New app enter/exit animations (JB only)
  • Switched to phone layout on 7″ tablets (e.g., Nexus 7)
  • Added background for widgets in the drawer
  • Fixed icon ordering bug within folders

Other improvements and bugfixes

  • Unlimited drawer tabs and new drawer management UI (pro)
  • Improved drawer tab switching for vertical drawers (pro)
  • Fixed Play Store widgets on JellyBean
  • Fixed paid theme (icon pack) issue on JellyBean
  • Lots of other improvements and enhancements
  • Updated translations

The beta is currently unavailable at the Play Store. The only way to install it is to grab the apk (below). For future beta updates, the developer mentions that they will be available via Apex settings > About Apex Launcher > Automatically check for updates > Beta version.

Apex Launcher Beta apk

via XDA | DL

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HTC Rezound now receiving Ice Cream Sandwich update

HTC posted their timeline for Ice Cream Sandwich update for Verizon’s Rezound back in May estimating the roll out by the end of July. According to reports from diverse sources, it is finally happening. The 3.14.605.12 update will upgrade the HTC handset to Android 4.0.3 and Sense 3.6. Verizon’s changelog reveals a slew of improvements in data connectivity, stability and the default mail application. If you haven’t been prompted yet, Big Red says that the update will be pushed out in phases. You can however keep hitting your settings menu to manually pull it. For instructions on how to install the update, you can head to Verizon’s support page.

via VZW | XDA

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Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus to soon receive OTA update IMM76Q

According to Android Central, the Verizon variant of the Galaxy Nexus is going to be receiving an OTA update with build number IMM76K. We hate to be the bearer of bad news but you will not get Jelly Bean this time around. It looks this will be another ICS-flavored maintenance update that will bring bug fixes, signal improvements, new baseband and software versions.

We know that this isn’t what you wanted to hear but on a positive note, Verizon is probably making sure that the Galaxy Nexus will be ready to embrace Android 4.1 once it becomes available. We’ll make sure to let you know once it becomes available.

via Android Central

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LG Spectrum Android 4.0 update will here in the coming days

It looks like an LG employee has spilled some details about when the LG Spectrum 4G will receive the Ice Cream Sandwich update. This happened in the LG support forums where he responded to a member who inquired about a time frame for the ICS update. Here is the response, a week later:

Keep an eye on our “Company Updates” which shows up on the home page or you can see the entire list here:…

It’s getting very close…can’t wait to get the official word to post it! I think we’re just waiting on Verizon to set a FOTA schedule. 🙂

He advises Spectrum owners to watch LG’s “company updates” page where there is a list of devices that are receiving or received updates. So it is all in the hands of Verizon at this point folks. Here’s to hoping they get things moving. We’ll let you know once we hear something.

via LG Forums

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CyanogenMod 9 RC2 now available to download, adds support for additional devices

if you’re a CyanogenMod 9 user, you might want to update your device to the latest and greatest of CM9, release candidate 2. Today, the CM team announced that RC2 of CyanogenMod 9 was now available many to flash onto their device. CM9 RC2 brings bug fixes and updated translations.

Also new in RC2 of CM9 is support for additional devices. Starting today, the following devices can also enjoy all the Android 4.0 ICS goodies found in CM9:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (all variants)
  • Samsung Galaxy SII on AT&T – Skyrocket
  • Samsung Galaxy SII on T-Mobile – Hercules
  • Samsung Galaxy Note on AT&T
  • Samsung Galaxy SIII – i9300 (International GSM model)

If you’re a Galaxy S III owner, remember that CM9 RC2 is only available for the international GSM model of the GS III. If you’re on Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, or U.S. Cellular, do not attempt to flash it on your device; bad things will happen.

To get the latest release candidate for your device, head over to Get.CM today!

Source: CyanogenMod

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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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Android 4.0 ICS update coming to the HTC Evo 3D and Evo Design 4G in early August

If you’re a Sprint customer with an HTC Evo 3D or an HTC EVO Design 4G, there’s some good news for you. According to Sprint, the long wait for your device to receive Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is almost. The update will be available for both devices starting in early August. Once the update is available for your device, you will be prompted to install the update, which will give you numerous enhancements and new features.

The ICS update for the HTC EVO 3D in the United States will comes a little over a month after the international model of the phone received its ICS. Back in late June, the update hit the device in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. During that time, EVO owners in the US where left wondering when they’d get the update.

Looks like the time is almost here. Simply hang in there, guys. ICS is coming soon.

Now about that Jelly Bean…

Source: Sprint

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Android 4.0 ICS update now rolling out to the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch

The wait for Ice Cream Sandwich on the Sprint variant of the Galaxy S II is almost over. Today, Sprint announced that they have begun on the ICS update process for the Epic 4G Touch. News of the update comes just a few days after a leaked memo suggested that today would be the day.

Unfortunately, you can’t just pull the update and install it. You will have to patiently wait for the update to hit your machine. According to Sprint, all users should receive the update in the next month.

Once you get ICS installed, you’ll have the following new features and enhancements:

  • A refined, evolved user interface that is simple, beautiful and useful
  • Face Unlock: use state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to unlock your phone with a smile
  • Redesigned camera which introduces panorama mode, effects like silly faces and background replacement, and a powerful photo editor
  • Android Beamâ„¢: quickly share web pages, apps, contacts and YouTubeâ„¢ videos with your friends by simply tapping two Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled phones together
  • Web browser now lets you sync Google Chromeâ„¢ bookmarks, request full desktop versions of sites, see your open tabs in a new layout and even store web pages for offline reading
  • People: browse friends, family and coworkers, see their photos in high-resolution and check their latest status updates from Google+
  • Improved keyboard with incredibly accurate typing, an inline spell checker and improved copy and paste support
  • New Calendar app that lets you add events quickly, sync with Google Calendarâ„¢ or Microsoft Exchange and even pinch to adjust your calendar display
  • Redesigned Gmailâ„¢ app that now lets you swipe between conversations to catch up quickly, and search for emails even without a data connection
  • Google+ integration that lets you hangout and video chat with up to 10 friends using your front-facing camera

Source: Sprint

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Android 4.0 ICS update for Sprint Galaxy S II could be here on July 12

Could the Android 4.0 ICS update for the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch be upon us? According to a screen shot obtained by Android Central, you could see your Epic 4G Touch with ICS as early as Thursday, July 12. According to the document, the OTA update which brings ICS will be pushed to Epic 4G Touch devices beginning on July 12 and until July 20.

While it sounds nice, we must wait for both Sprint and Samsung to make the news official. Until then, we must just keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best on July 12. We’ll keep our eyes and ears open for any official info. Once received, we’ll be sure to update!

Via AC

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AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note Android 4.0 update, Premium Suite coming tomorrow

If you own an AT&T Galaxy Note and have been waiting to for the ICS update, you are in luck. According to Engadget, Samsung will be pushing Android 4.0 to the GNote tomorrow. Just like the International variant, it will pack the Premium suite. In it you will find improved S-Pen and S-Memo applications. You will also find news tools such as Knowledge Search, Formula Match and Shape Match.

We think that the update will be rolled out via Samsung Kies just like it did with the Galaxy S II and Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Make sure to let us know if you see the prompt by dropping a comment below. In the meanwhile, check out the video below.

via Engadget

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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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Android 4.0 ICS update now rolling out to the GSM Motorola RAZR

Just a few days after Motorola and Verizon finally released the Android 4.0 ICS update to all Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR Maxx owners; it looks like Motorola has begun releasing the update on the GSM variant of RAZR. According to an AC tipster, the ICS update for the RAZR is starting to roll out in Asia. At the moment, there’s no official reports from Motorola that they’ve started the ICS rollout, so we’re not sure if this is only happening in Asia or if it’s also happening in other parts of the world.

If you’re a GSM RAZR owner, let us know if your device has received the ICS update by leaving a comment below.

via AC

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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 :-).