There was a bit of confusion late last month that concerned the availability of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates being made available to the Xperia smartphones from Sony Mobile which were released in 2011, and glad to know that everything is going on smoothly. The thing is, one must need to learn how to walk before one can run, and here we are with word that six Xperia smartphones from 2011 will be on the receiving end of a new Android 4.0.4 firmware update, and this update will sport the firmware version number of 4.1.B.0.587, where it will replace the current 4.1.B.0.431 which delivered Android 4.0.4 to the 2011 Xperia range.
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Boost Mobile announced its first 4G smartphone in the form of the HTC EVO Design 4G. This phone connects to Sprint’s 3G and 4G WiMAX networks and offers 4G service in 71 markets across the country. While connected to WiMAX, customers can expect average upload speeds between 3-6 Mbps. The EVO Design 4G is the first smartphone in Boost Mobile’s lineup to offer 4G speeds along with the carrier’s no-contract $55 per month unlimited plan with Shrinking Payments. The HTC EVO Design 4G will be available on May 31 for $299.99. The phone features a 1.2GHz processor, 4-inch qHD capacitive touchscreen display, Android 4.0 and HTC Sense, and a 5MP rear-facing camera. Although Boost Mobile’s data plan is unlimited, later this year the carrier plans to throttle users to speeds of 256kbps when data usage exceeds 2.5GB in a month.
Google CEO Larry Page isn’t concerned about Android’s lack of revenues, at least for the time being.
Samsung has pushed back the release of it second-generation tablets from the end of March to the end of April. The delay, according to a Samsung spokesperson, is because the company needs more time to work on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. That’s funny, because Samsung has had access to Ice Cream Sandwich longer than any other hardware maker.
Samsung Galaxy S II owners on O2 UK can get a taste of delicious Ice Cream Sandwich today, with the carrier confirming that Android 4.0 for the smartphone has been released. The much-anticipated update follows Samsung’s release of the generic ICS ROM earlier this month; at the time, the Korean company warned that carrier versions might take longer to arrive.
An Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for the “tablet” has been pushed back to Q2. But Samsung is offering a consolation prize for the delay.
Samsung joyously announced today that a new “premium suite upgrade” including Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is headed to Galaxy Note owners sometime in the second quarter.
This sounds great, unless you remember that Samsung told us to expect Ice Cream Sandwich on the Galaxy Note in the first quarter of 2012.
Color us confused. Unless we’re missing something, Samsung has installed Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on a chubbier, slower version of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and rebranded it the Galaxy Tab 2. I hate to open a post with such an accusatory tone, but I’ve read (and reread) today’s press release and that’s precisely what I see comparing the specifications between each “generation.”
The Galaxy Tab 2 shaves some bulk off the original 2010 design, measuring 10.5mm thick and weighing 344g (down from 11.98mm and 380g), but it’s a tad thicker than September’s Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus (9.96mm). Assuming it uses the same chip architecture, the Galaxy Tab 2 also downgrades the Tab 7.0 Plus’ 1.2GHz processor to 1.0GHz (which is in line with the original Galaxy Tab 7.0).