In October, I suggested that more than half of all Android devices would run Android 4.0 or better within four to six months. My time was just about up, but it happened as planned. That’s good for developers and for end users.
Gmail for Android gains some great enhancements that everyone will likely want, but only devices running Android 4.0 or better can get right now. Pinch to zoom in email, swipe to archive and fit to screen are some of the more impressive features.
Android’s fragmentation continues to recede with new data showing 28.5 percent of Google phones and tablets now running either Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean. The software’s pace of change has slowed and more devices are shipping with the newest software.
One of Google’s biggest Android challenges has been devices running various versions of the software. But two things have happened that are helping the issue disappear as 1 in 4 Android devices now run the Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean versions of Android.
Android 4.0 is making adoption gains thanks to software upgrades and new devices on sale with the Ice Cream Sandwich software. Nearly 1 percent of devices run Android 4.1 thanks to Google’s Nexus device program and strong demand for the company’s 7-inch slate.
Samsung’s “phamous phablet”, the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note, continues to improve thanks to an update to Android 4.0 for AT&T device owners. T-Mobile has Galaxy Note support documents on line, so it’s likely to get the device soon. Maybe there’s a market for extra-large phones after all?
Motorola explained why certain smartphones and tablets it makes won’t be getting the Google Android 4.0 software update. Not all Motorola device owners are happy though; especially those that bought a Droid 3 in the past 10 months. These folks are stuck on Android 2.3.
The good news: HTC Sensation owners on T-Mobile’s network are getting a software update to Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich along with HTC Sense 3.6. The bad news: It will cost $14.99 monthly to keep using the phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Samsung Galaxy S II handsets not tied to a carrier no longer have to wait for their Android 4.0 upgrade. Unlocked Galaxy S II phones can now download and install the software, known as Ice Cream Sandwich, which also includes a fresh version of Samsung’s TouchWiz.
Google is rolling out Android 4.0.4 software upgrades to several devices: the GSM Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S handsets as well as Motorola’s Wi-Fi Xoom tablet will all see the software delivered over the air. Other devices will see it soon but that’s not comforting.
Samsung’s Android 4.0 update for the Galaxy S II smartphone shows few visible differences. As expected, the company’s TouchWiz interface appears in the update, but it completely hides the visual improvements that Google made with Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich.
HTC expanded its list of devices that will see the Ice Cream Sandwich software, which now totals 16 smartphones. Noticeably absent from the list is the HTC Flyer, the company’s 7-inch slate. Why is that? It’s likely due to the dual-digitizer and meager sales.
Four months after Google Android 4.0 arrived, handset makers are starting to update older phones. Samsung and Motorola(s mmi) recently announced upgrade plans, and the U.S. is low on both lists. But handsets in Europe and Asia are already getting the software. Is it our carriers?
Verizon published the list of devices it plans to upgrade to Android 4.0, and all but one share a common feature: LTE. Verizon is likely trying to get more consumers on its LTE network as these phones will offer a better experience to new smartphone customers.
Nuance added support for Ice Cream Sandwich, or Android 4.0, in the latest beta of its Swype software keyboard on Thursday. The new version has a limited audience base, but Swype is getting ready for devices as they gain the update to Android 4.0.
Google merged its Chrome browser with Android today and I’m thrilled to see it. The Chrome beta is fast and it has a clean interface. If you’re a Chrome user on the desktop, Chrome for Android can open whatever webpage you’re browsing on the PC.
Google TV devices from Sony received an update based on Android Honeycomb 3.2 this week, and Logitech’s Revue will be updated in the near future. This is the last major update for the platform before Ice Cream sandwich, which is rumored to come before year’s end.
In October, Google debuted Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, to unify tablets and smartphones. But does it really accomplish that? It’s too early to tell, but the current version has some inconsistencies noted by Jason Perlow, and I can’t disagree with him.
Google (NSDQ: GOOG) today took one more step towards getting its device partners and developers in line when it comes to using its Android o…
This week, I took delivery of a Galaxy Nexus, which may the hottest new Android handset; at least for now. Android 4.0 is elegant and refined, on par in many ways with Apple’s iOS 5. Silently running diagnostic software from Carrier IQ isn’t so elegant, however.
The Galaxy Nexus is in the house! This week, Matt and Kevin devote the audio show to share first impressions of the newest Android 4.0 smartphone. The hardware is generally excellent, but the real star of the show is the software: it’s elegant and refined.
The Galaxy Nexus smartphone I ordered on Sunday from the U.K. has arrived. I haven’t played enough yet, but the little time I’ve had with the first Android 4.0 smartphone has been most impressive. The best way to put the experience? Android has finally grown up.
Google’s Android 4.0 software won’t be limited to new handset models like the Galaxy Nexus; handset makers are starting to share plans on which existing smartphones will see the update. With plans for software updates to existing phones, this could finally eliminate Android fragmentation issues.
Today we either saw the first effects of Adobe’s decision to stop developing Flash for mobile, or another example of why it has not gotten v…
The HTC Rezound comes with a large 720p display, LTE radio and Beats Audio, but the $299 price doesn’t include Android 4.0 until 2012. Amazon and Barnes & Noble have created a second tablet market that looks successful while Motorola’s Xoom 2 appears marginally improved.
Motorola introduced two new Xoom-branded slates for the U.K and Ireland markets. The Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition both run on Google’s platform for tablets, but won’t ship with Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich. Didn’t Motorola learn from the first Xoom?
Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus was finally introduced, but two hardware components have enthusiasts disappointed. Along with the new phone is Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich, Google’s new platform to unify smartphones and tablets; the latter of which may not be selling as well as some think.
Google’s latest version of Android should make its way to existing handsets faster than the rollout of other milestone releases, according t…
In an interview, Android user experience director Matias Duarte explains how Android is evolving to become something that inspires more wonder and is more usable for users. If Android with Ice Cream Sandwich can become more lovable like iOS, it could further challenge smartphone OS competitors.
Google’s new Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android will natively play WebM video streams and MKV files. However, don’t expect your Android handset to support all those files you downloaded from The Pirate Bay any time soon; the new codec support largely targets developers.
At the Samsung Galaxy Nexus product launch, Google finally shared details of Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), the next version of Android. The new software removes many of the inconsistencies found in the current versions while improving and simplifying the feature set of Google’s mobile platform.
Samsung introduced the newest flagship Android phone, the Galaxy Nexus, in conjunction with Ice Cream Sandwich, the next version of Google’s mobile platform. The Galaxy Nexus launches in the U.S., Asia and Europe next month, giving developers time to code apps for the updated operating system.
Samsung’s official press event in Hong Kong to debut the Nexus Prime smartphone isn’t until Wednesday morning, but NTT DoCoMo may have outed the details and a photo a bit early. The hardware components match earlier leaked lists and still show a 5 megapixel camera.
The Samsung Unpacked event that was expected to introduce the Google Nexus Prime smartphone next week has been postponed to a future date. Meanwhile we have leaked specs and what appears to be a legitimate hands-on video with the Nexus Prime and Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
A AT&T Galaxy S II video shows what to expect before the phone goes on sale. Samsung is planning an event with Google that could bring the next Nexus. And Amazon’s Kindle Fire may be the best Android tablet yet, even though you won’t see Android.
A few more details might have emerged about Google’s next generation of Nexus phones, which are expected to arrive later this year with the…