Here's a bit of good news for all of you who have an unlocked (global) Samsung Galaxy S II here in the U.S.: Ice Cream Sandwich is being pushed to your device right now. This makes the global GSII the first of the GSII family to officially get Ice Cream Sandwich in the U.S., as none of the three American carriers that offer the phone have begun sending the update yet.
Looks like Big Red is on a roll with the OTA updates this week. First the RAZR/MAXX and Droid 4, then the LG Spectrum, and now the Casio G'zOne Commando. If you don't remember, the all but forgotten G'zOne is Casio's rugged offering to the Android world, packing lightweight specs in a heavyweight shell.
The OTA update, which is build number C771M110 for those who like to keep up with that sort of thing, brings a number of enhancements and fixes:
As always, we expect the update to begin rolling out at any time now, but you can check to see if the update is available on your device by going into Settings > About phone > System updates > Check New.
Update: We've gotten official word from Sprint - the EVO 3D is officially on the way out:
The award-winning HTC EVO 3D is no longer available through Sprint.com. Quantities are limited, but customer can still get HTC EVO 3D at Sprint Stores nationwide.
So here's an interesting little fact: if you go to Sprint's site right now and look for the EVO 3D, you won't find it. Really.
Anyone who reads Android Police knows that we generally spend a lot more time debunking rumors and leaks than we do actually reporting them as valid news. With that said, this could be the best look we've seen at the upcoming Galaxy S III yet (if Samsung chooses to stick with that name, of course). While this is most definitely a real device, it's possible that it could be something different than the GSIII altogether, though I honestly doubt that Sammy would pack this kind of hardware into anything other than its highest-end flagship:
- 4.6-inch 1280x720 Super AMOLED display
- 1.4GHz quad-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8MP rear camera
- 16GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
- 2,050mAh battery
- Android 4.0
Those who dig the photography aggregation site 500px can finally enjoy all of its offerings on their mobile device, as the official 500px app is now available in the Play Store. The app is just as simple and elegant as the site itself, paying specific attention to highlight all of the work on display instead of offering an over-the-top interface.
Once the app is fired up, you have a grid of images available, and tapping on any image displays it in greater detail.
Three days ago, Sprint finally announced pre-order and availability details for its version of the Galaxy Nexus. Turns out that the demand was more than expected, as the Now Network is completely sold out of its pre-order inventory.
Considering we don't often hear about carriers selling out of pre-order devices, this might be a good indication that the Sprint GNex could be even more difficult than anticipated to find on retail shelves beginning on April 22.
Big Red isn't skimping on the updates over the past couple of days (though none of them are ICS) - yesterday we saw changelogs for upcoming Droid RAZR/MAXX and Droid 4 OTAs, and today, details for an upcoming OTA to the LG Spectrum hit Verizon's site.
While this update appears to be nothing more than a incremental Gingerbread update (which brings the device up to Android version 2.3.6) it does bring quite a few fixes and enhancements to the device:
As always, there's no word as to when the update will start rolling out, but most OTAs start within a few days of the documents hitting Verizon's support site.
You can always count on the Android ROM development community to extend a device's relevance in the tech world. Take the OG Galaxy Tab for example - this little guy was the first Android tablet to hit the scene (running a phone-specific version of the OS, no less). It has been around for about a year and a half now, and there's no hope that it will ever officially be updated to anything past Gingerbread.
We talk about power-on-the-go a lot around here. We've reviewed several portable chargers, and even a messenger bag with a charger built-in. If you need some extra juice in your bag but just can't justify spending $60+ on a portable charger, then you may want to take advantage of today's mobile Daily Steal: the Trent iFuel 5000mAh portable charger for $25.
The iFuel should be compatible with any Android device that can charge over USB (including tablets, according to the DS listing) and packs enough juice to charge a 2000mAh battery more than two times.
If you're one of the many who jumped on the Spotify bandwagon when it finally showed up in the U.S., then you'll be happy to know that the Spotify folks have been working on a new build that will bring a whole new interface and full support for ICS devices.
- Totally new app with full support for Android 4.0
- Top-to-bottom redesign
- All-new slide-out navigation
- Even more social - check out friends’ profile pages and playlists on the go
- Artist imagery in high resolution
- Related artist view - available for the first time on mobile
- 'Extreme' sound quality setting for 320kbps listening
- So much faster!