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Ice Cream Sandwich

Ice Cream Sandwich updates coming to 12 Verizon phones and tablets

March 6th, 2012

Verizon Wireless on Tuesday announced that the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, will be coming to 12 smartphones and tablets currently offered by the carrier. No details regarding release timing were provided, however the carrier stated that Ice Cream Sandwich updates will be issued for the following devices: …

ASUS rumored to produce Google’s ‘Nexus Tablet’ featuring quad-core Tegra 3

March 5th, 2012

Speculation surrounding a Google-branded Android tablet is ramping up with a new rumor suggesting that the search giant has partnered with ASUS to release a 7-inch tablet, an Android fan site reported on Monday. The slate is expected to retail for $199 and include a quad-core Tegra 3 processor with a stock version of Android Ice Cream Sandwich. …

Samsung says Galaxy S III isn’t launching in April; most likely May

March 5th, 2012

Samsung’s highly anticipated follow up to the Galaxy S II was all but confirmed for an April launch. The South Korean manufacturer has taken to Twitter to shoot down rumors once more. The company said that previous speculation around the launch date are untrue and “once a specific launch date [is available] we will notify …

Samsung Galaxy S III launch reportedly confirmed for April

March 2nd, 2012

The sequel to Samsung’s wildly popular Galaxy S II will launch in April. ZDNet Korea claims to have confirmed the time frame with Cheil Worldwide, Samsung’s marketing and advertising agency. The firm is reportedly planning a huge campaign in the United Kingdom, one of the Galaxy S III’s initial launch markets, and the focus of …

Android fragmentation gets measured; 2012 is the year of Gingerbread

February 29th, 2012

Fragmentation is a recurring issue that haunts the Android ecosystem in many ways. While Google’s latest version of the Android platform was intended in large part to address the issue — which many believe to have peaked when the software giant launched Android 3.0 Honeycomb and maintained two entirely separate versions of Android for smartphones …

Hands on with LG’s entry-level L-Series smartphones

February 28th, 2012

The term “entry-level” immediately reduces the appeal of smartphones in markets like the U.S. these days, as flagship phones are typically far more exciting and innovative. Still, it’s notable when a manufacturer goes to some length to differentiate an entry-level line of smartphones, and LG has done just that with its new L series. The …

Acer CloudMobile hands-on

February 28th, 2012

You would think that, given the impressive specs of its new CloudMobile smartphone, Acer would want to place this thing front and center at Mobile World Congress. Think again. For some reason, the company decided to hide its new flagship model within the Google booth. Location aside, the handset’s specs are nothing to scoff at. …

Hands on with Sony’s Xperia P (again) and Xperia U

February 27th, 2012

We were only able to spend a few minutes with Sony’s new Xperia P smartphone as we rushed from Sony’s press conference to HTC’s press conference on Sunday, and we didn’t get any time at all with the Xperia U. Thanks to a slightly lighter event scheduled on Monday, we were able to make it …