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Android Ice Cream Sandwich Delayed

Earlier today, Google announced the delay of the expected launch of Android’s latest upgrade, Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest in a series of operating systems named after sweets, was anticipated to combine previous smartphone and tablet versions, known as Gingerbread and Honeycomb, into a cohesive whole.

Recent plans for the Samsung event on October 11, where the Ice Cream Sandwich and a new Samsung phone running on the operating system were expected to be unveiled, has been canceled.

The reason? A Google spokesperson said it was out of respect for the loss of Steve Jobs.

“Samsung and Google decide to postpone the new product announcement at CTIA Fall,” the companies said in a joint statement. “We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product. New date and venue will be shortly announced.”

Apple Regretting Their “New” iPhone With Competition Coming From Google

Earlier this week, many fans of Apple products found themselves disappointed when the unveiling of Apple’s “new” iPhone (the iPhone 4S) when noticing that everything about the phone was the same with some minor upgrades that didn’t live up to the hype that the media gave.

Apple may start to regret their choice on releasing the 4S with competition showing up from Google.  Just 24 hours after the launch of the iPhone 4S, Google released a trailer saying that “something BIG was coming” which was a preview for their upcoming, much anticipated, Nexus Prime which many people believe will be the first phone to run on Android 3.5 Ice Cream Sandwich.

This week Samsung unveiled in its home nation of South Korea the monstrous Galaxy S II HD LTE, complete with a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED handset with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution — 50 percent more pixels than the iPhone 4S display.  The Nexus Prime is expected to get an LTE modem and a similar high-resolution screen.

Not much is known or could be told from watching the video but there are a lot of people excited for it and now with disappointed Apple fans, Google might be seeing an increase in business in the upcoming months.

Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

This Friday, Samsung announced the new Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, and upgrade from the original Galaxy Tab.  This new version is expected to be lighter and more powerful compared to the original by running on a new 1.2GHz processor.

This new Galaxy Tab will run on Android 3.2 (Honeycomb).  It will also have a 7 inch screen and will weigh around 12.16 ounces compared to the 13.58 ounces on the original Tab.  It will also be running on the new dual-core 1.2GHz processor.

The Galaxy 7.0 Tab will be offered in both 16 and 32 GB versions which can both be expanded to 64GB by using a microSD card.

Pricing hasn’t been stated yet but the new tablet will be available first in Indonesia and Austria by the end of October, and then it will gradually roll out in other countries, including the U.S.

Samsung Illusion Photos Leaked

Samsung accidentally leaked photos of an upcoming Android smartphone for Verizon on Flickr this morning.   The device is called the Samsung Illusion and it’s very much a reality now that the company inadvertently posted a public preview of the device via Flickr, but then quickly set the image to private.

You might know the device as the Samsung Viper.  Some of the specs of the device include 1GHz processor, with a 3-5 megapixel camera, 320 x 480 resolution, as well as running on the latest version of Android (Gingerbread).

Most of the details on the handset have not been confirmed except that it will be a eco-friendly device with a Sustainable Product Certification. It is expected to arrive on Verizon around September 29, priced at $100 or less with a new two-year contract.

Jelly Bean Next on Google’s Desert List

People may not think of “jelly bean” as a good tasting desert anymore as rumors say that it may be the name of Google’s next Android update after Ice Cream Sandwich.

Tech site “This Is My Next” cited a trusted source as saying that “Jelly Bean” will continue Google’s tradition of naming Android builds after sweet treats in alphabetical order.

“We’re hearing from another well-regarded source that Jelly Bean is in the running for the name, but that the choice hasn’t yet been finalized by Google; for what it’s worth, the pickings are fairly slim for desserts with ‘J’ names, so Jelly Bean seems like a solid choice,” it said.

According to the site, there will be some major architectural, design and functional changes since the release of Google’s last update, Ice Cream Sandwich.

Also, it said that with rumors of the Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Nexus Prime from Samsung hitting fever pitch lately, it seems likely that an announcement is imminent.

Firefox 6.0 Debuts Ahead of Schedule

Just like Mozilla Firefox 5.0, Firefox 6.0 is being “unofficially” released earlier than expected.  That’s right, Firefox 6.0 is now available for you to download if you so choose although the official release of the update has not been announced.

N0w Firefox 6.0 will not be bringing many changes to desktop versions of the browser (besides some changes in the address bar), changes will mostly be occuring in Android devices.  It is said that the latest version will bring a “fresh visual style in Chrome Gingerbread”.  Other features included in the update are enhanced image scaling and more importantly, the app is now faster and doesn’t use nearly as much memory.

Jump on the release now and download Firefox 6.0

New Acer Tablet Hits U.S. Shelves

Acer’s Iconia tablet has just hit shelves for many US retailers with a price tag of $329.99 (8GB) and $349.99 (16GB).  The tablet will be running on Android 3.2 Honeycomb.  Although it hit US shelves, consumers in Canda will unfortunatly have to wait until next month.  Sorry guys.

The new tablet from Acer packs a punch with a 1GHz Nvidia dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM, and a 7 inch touch screen display (1024×600 resolution).  The Iconia also has a 2 megapixel front facing camera along with a 5 megapixel rear facing camera with an LED flash and support for video calls.  The cameras also support 720p HD video recording. Other features on the device include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microHDMI, and even a port for a docking station.  Physical features include the standard 3.5mm headphone jack,  a microUSB 2.0 port, and an auto rotate sensor.

The device will be available in two different sizes (8GB and 16GB) but it will be expandable to 32GB with use of a microSD card.

Android Ice Cream Sandwich Images Leaked

Android users pay attention because the new Android version, Ice Cream Sandwich, looks to be near its launch date.

Earlier this morning, images from multiple websites appeared showing off what looked to be the new Android Ice Cream sandwich.

One of those sites, Rootzwiki.com, showed Ice Cream Sandwich running on Google’s Nexus S phone (image on right).  The images shown show a new updated notification bar with some updated icons along with a blue theme.  A new customization control panel is also shown.  Many people have said that it looks like the panel that you would see on Android Honeycomb powered tablets.

The other site, AndroidPolice.com, have also uploaded a couple images (image to left).  These images show that the phone is in fact running on Ice Cream Sandwich.  The other image shows what looks to be the notification bar pulled down and has a new black theme to it.

So it looks like Ice Cream Sandwich might come out sooner than expected.  It will most likely be available for Nexus S phones first and then for other phones as the year goes on.

Get a Free Android Smartphone

Looking for a new for or to upgrade to a smartphone but don’t have the money?  Your problems may be solved.

For today (August 3rd) only, BestBuy stores will be offering customers Google’s Nexus S smartphone for free. Only catch is that the customer has to sign up for a two-year contract with AT&T, T-Mobile, or Sprint in order for the phone to be activated on the spot at BestBuy.

The Nexus S is designed with a 4 inch touch screen display, and includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and a 5 megapixel camera.  It also runs off of Android’s operating system which is Android 2.3, also known as Gingerbread.  For a better review of Google’s Nexus S, check out my review on it here.

 

AT&T Supplying Android Update

If you are the owner of a smartphone from AT&T, then you most likely have good news coming your way.  Earlier today, AT&T confirmed that after the launch of the HTC Status, they will be launching the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for all of the smartphones on the network.

Some of these phones include:

  • HTC Inspire
  • LG Phoenix
  • Motorola ATRIX
  • Pantech Crossover
  • Samsung Captivate
  • Samsung Infuse

Side note that some AT&T users may have to connect to Wi-Fi or to their computers in order to download/install the new update.

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