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Samsung Galaxy Note finally gets the taste of Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Samsung Galaxy Note finally gets the taste of Android Ice Cream Sandwich

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Samsung has started rolling out the updates to Android ICS 4.0 for the Samsung Galaxy Note to users across Germany and Europe. The update would be pushed via OTA (over-the-air) or Samsung’s PC Suite Kies. The install package weighs 319MB in total, adds the ‘Premium Suite’ of apps as promised, Touch Wiz remains the core for ICS with minimal changes to the design and the New S Memo widget. The best way to start the upgrade is via PC, make sure you’ve taken a backup as well to avoid any issues.

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On the software enhancement front the Note has now much more to offer with apps specially tailored for the S-Pen that include S Note, Shape Match and My Story. The visual appearance remains almost the same, if you are well versed with the Gingerbread UI then you won’t feel much of a change, as Touch Whiz is the driving force even on the ICS front. I know that each one of is desperately waiting for update, if luck is on the go you might see the update notification to soon pop-up on your devices. Most of the folks across the European and German belt are already a part of the ICS marathon while others wait eagerly.

Information on carrier specific or region specific release date for the update is yet to be out, will keep you guys posted on the same. Lets hope for a speedy worldwide roll-out.

Sony’s first Android ICS Smartphone: Xperia neo L debuts in China

Sony’s first Android ICS Smartphone: Xperia neo L debuts in China

Today, Sony Mobile announced the Xperia neo L smartphone in China, the company’s first smartphone that would ship with Android ICS pre-installed on to it. The Xperia neo L is a successor to the Xperia neo and neo V smartphones that were introduced last year. The handset does not seem to carry major changes on the hardware front in comparison to its predecessors, it seems that the processor and other related specs remain more or less the same. The Xperia neo L sports a 4-inch FWVGA Display (854×480 pixels), 1GHz Single-Core Qualcomm processor, 1GB internal storage with Micro SD card support up to 32GB, 512MB RAM, 5MP camera with LED Flash (supports HD Video recording up to 720p), VGA front facing camera, 1500 mAh battery, and the key ingredient to the mix is Android Ice Cream Sandwich that comes pre-loaded.

The exact date for the product release or its exact availability is yet to be revealed.  We still speculate whether the handset would only be available to markets wide China or would be released globally.

We also saw some great Android handsets that were introduced earlier this year by Sony that include the Xperia P, Xperia U, and Xperia Sola. All devices boast great specs, but still await an upgrade to Android ICS, which should hopefully come through by the end of this year.

Update Your Nexus S to Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0

Galaxy Nexus S Ice Cream Sandwich Upate

Good News! Nexus S GSM users can now manually update their phones to Android Ice Cream Sandwich. We will give some quick instructions that would allow you flash the update of Nexus S Device. This update is especially for those who are eagerly waiting for Android ICS. The aforesaid update only works out for GSM devices and does support any CDMA models. An important thing to keep mind is your phone has the original Android Gingerbread and that you are not trying to update it via a custom ROM as you might damage the device. Please follow the instructions below and enjoy the ICS update. Please go through instructions carefully before updating and make sure device has a battery charge of 50 percent or more. I would suggest a fully charged phone anytime for a phone flash.

Instructions to flash your Nexus S:

  • Once you have downloaded the update file you can rename it incase needed to “android4” or any convenient name.
  • Connect you device via mass storage mode and paste the aforesaid file on to SD Card root directory.
  • Turn off the your phone and then power it on by keeping the Volume Up and Power Button together till the time you see a menu screen.
  • On the menu screen you can find an option named “Recovery” which can be highlighted by using the Volume Up key and selecting it by pressing the Power key.
  • Once the option is selected it brings an exclamation mark on the screen that needs to be selected by pressing the Power Button and then pressing the Volume Up Key.
  • The next screen will has various options including “Update from /SD Card”. Select the option by keeping the Power Button pressed.
  • On selecting the option you will be to access the root directory or main directory of your SD card.
  • Select the update file i.e. android4.zip by pressing the Power Button.
  • The file will flash your Nexus S to Android ICS 4.0 and will ask you to reboot the phone once all done.
  • Enjoy! Your Phone is Now Updated! Have the flavor of Android Ice Cream Sandwich. 😉