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May 15, 2012

Samsung Lists T-Mobile Devices Getting Ice Cream Sandwich

Samsung has updated its list of devices scheduled to receive Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, adding four T-Mobile gadgets.

According to the list, T-Mobile's version of the Galaxy S II, Galaxy S Blaze 4G, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will all be getting a taste of ICS. There's still no word on when exactly those gadgets will see the update, however.

Samsung last month released a list of devices on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon that are scheduled to get ICS, but left out T-Mobile, stating it was still working with the carrier on upgrade plans.

"We are in close communication with T-Mobile to ensure that eligible devices are upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the coming months and will provide updates as we have additional details to share," Samsung said at the time.

April 3, 2012

Almost 3 Percent of Android Devices Running Ice Cream Sandwich

Almost 3 percent of Android-based devices are now running the most-recent version of the mobile OS, Ice Cream Sandwich, but Android Gingerbread is still the most popular version.

According to stats posted yesterday on Google's developer website, 2.9 percent of devices are running Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich. That's up from 1.12 percent in February and 0.6 percent in January.

The majority, however, or 63.7 percent, are still running a version of Android Gingerbread, though that's down from 66.29 percent in February. About 23.1 percent of devices are running Android 2.2 Froyo, which is up slightly from 22.33 percent in February.

The tablet-centric Android 3.0 Honeycomb is on just 3.3 percent of devices, the same percentage it held earlier this year.

March 6, 2012

Verizon Announces ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ Upgrade Plans

Android 4.0 Ice cream sandwich

Fourteen Verizon Wireless smartphones and tablets are going to get a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich this year, the wireless carrier announced.

Verizon on Tuesday released a list of devices currently slated to be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, this year. The upgrade will be coming to the following smartphones: HTC ThunderboltHTC Droid Incredible 2HTC RhymeHTC RezoundMotorola Droid BionicMotorola Droid RazrMotorola Droid Razr MaxxMotorola Droid 4 and LG Spectrum.

It will also be coming to several tablets, including the Motorola Xoom, Motorola Droid Xyboard 8.2Motorola Droid Xyboard 10.1, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7.

Verizon did not specify when this year the upgrades would happen. ICS will bring a redesigned user interface, including upgraded multitasking capabilities, notifications, and Web browsing, Verizon said.

"It's a frozen snack that many in the Android community have been eager to try since ICS launched in December 2011 on the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung," Verizon said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Motorola last month provided details on its plans to upgrade its smartphones and tablets to Android 4.0 ICS, with many devices not slated to get the new OS until the third quarter of this year. The company already started rolling out ICS to the Wi-Fi version of the Motorola Xoom; next on the upgrade path for U.S. customers is the Motorola Xoom Family Edition, which should start in the second quarter.

While the ICS rollout has yet to truly get rolling, Google is already looking to the next versions of its OS. The next iteration of Android is rumored to be codenamed Jelly Bean, while the version after that might get the Key Lime Pie moniker, according to report.

February 13, 2012

Android Ice Cream Sandwich on Just Over 1 Percent of Devices

Android 4.0 Ice cream sandwich

The number of Android devices running Ice Cream Sandwich is growing slowly, but the latest version of Google's mobile OS is still only available on 1.12 percent of Android-based gadgets.

Mobile ad network Chitika examined the number of impressions it received in recent days and found that the most popular version of Android remains Gingerbread at 66.29 percent, followed by Froyo at 22.33 percent, and Eclair at 5.39 percent.

The tablet-centric Honeycomb captured 3.3 percent of the market, but Ice Cream Sandwich was, well, sandwiched between the oldest versions of Android: Donut with 0.63 percent and Cupcake at 0.95 percent.

The fragmentation issue comes up every time Google releases an updated version of Android. Given that so many manufacturers produce Android-based handsets and many carriers in turn pick up those devices, the timing for when a given phone will get a certain Android update varies wildly.

December 14, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Hits Verizon Wireless Dec. 15 for $299.99

Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Unlocked) After much speculation, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the first device in the U.S. to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, will land on Verizon Wireless Thursday, Dec. 15.

The smartphone will set you back $299.99 with a two-year contract.

As part of a promotion announced last month, new and old customers who buy a 4G smartphone will receive double the amount of data for the same monthly fee. Those who get the 2GB plan for $30 per month, for example, will get 4G of data. The promotion runs "through the holidays," Verizon said, so it will apply to the Galaxy Nexus.

The Galaxy Nexus features a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display with 1280-by-720 resolution. It runs a 1.2-GHz processor and features a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat.

The next-gen handset boasts a super-thin 9.47mm design and features a curved back that's contoured for a "softer, more natural look and feel." The buttonless design and slip-resistant hyperskin backing are also highlights.

The smartphone includes 1GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.