Oct 19, 2011 - 1:21 PM - by dgstorm
For all of our developers out there in the community, or folks that just want to experiment, you will be happy to find the following download links. We have the Ice Cream Sandwich System Dump and Data Folder Downloads available!
Also, Google has already released the SDK for the 4.0 version of Android, which you can find at the Android Developers source link below.
Downloads: Ice Cream Sandwich System Dump & Ice Cream Sandwich Data Folder
Source: XDA-Developers and Android Developers
Oct 19, 2011 - 11:21 AM - by dgstorm
Best New APP "Boot Manager" by init2winitapps! Run up to 5 roms on one phone!
Are you a "CrackFlasher"?! Good, me too! Boot Manager is for you. It gives you the ability to run up to 5 custom roms on one phone all at the same time. It is super easy to use and flash from one rom to the other. I like to use this to test roms that are not completely stable, like beta roms, and alpha builds, but you can use this to flash a rom that maybe you have never tried and still keep your main phone rom the same. The app copies an image of your current rom and saves that, then you install any custom rom to one of 5 slots it creates on your sdcard. You can then boot into one of your "sdcard" roms, and use it the way you would any other rom. You don't loose any functionality or stability or speed when running the rom from your sdcard. In fact, you probably wont notice a difference at all. Once you have finished playing with your "sdcard rom" you just boot back into your "phone rom." It's as simple as that.
It is supported on multiple devices and the list is long, including: Htc Desire, Evo, Evo3d, Incredible, Thunderbolt, Inspire, Sensation , Droid, Droid 2, Droid X and more!
On DroidX and other 2nd Init devices your phone rom must be a second init rom that is on the GB kernel. Also when installing an sdcard slot rom be sure to go into settings/display settings, and put the timeout at 30 minutes. If the screen turns off during a rom install it wont turn back on. You will have to pull the battery and reboot the phone to turn it back on. Check out my full video review above!
Oct 19, 2011 - 11:04 AM - by dgstorm
Oh, the strange things that people say. It's interesting how our wagging tongues can flop out the most interesting or inane statements sometimes isn't it? Case in point... Recently at a Web 2.0 conference, Steve Ballmer, the current CEO of Microsoft said the following to Federated Media founder John Battelle during an on stage interview,
Yes, Mr. Ballmer, the legion of people out there happily using their Androids are all super-elite nerdy and genius computer scientists, and you wish you lived in a world where Windows Phone 7 is the dominating OS on mobile phones. Oh, but wait... Windows Phone 7 devices' share of the smartphone market recently hit a new low in the second quarter of 2011. It's a shame that reality doesn't match up with your fantasy. It may be hard for you to get excited about Android, but, apparently, for the rest of us, it's harder to get excited about WP7.
“You don’t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows Phone, but I think you do to use an Android phone. It is very hard to be excited, for me, about the Android phones.”
Source: Android.net via BGR
Oct 19, 2011 - 10:44 AM - by dgstorm
According to a report that Engadget made from the Samsung/Google event last night, they heard straight from Google's Gabe Cohen that the Nexus S will be getting Ice Cream Sandwich. Supposedly, they are already working on porting it to the device, and it shouldn't take too long. Cohen further elaborated that most Gingerbread devices will get the upgrade, saying: "Currently in the process for releasing Ice Cream Sandwich for Nexus S. Theoretically should work for any 2.3 device."
In fact, another report from ThisIsMyNext confirms that is the plan. Andy Rubin, Android's CEO himself, indicated in an interview at the AsiaD conference, that Google was planning to start rolling out ICS "a couple of weeks" after its launch. That means, that we should start seeing Android 4.0 coming to our Gingerbread devices as early as December!
Yum. I love Ice Cream Sandwiches. How about you guys?
Source: Android.net via Engadget and ThisIsMyNext
Oct 19, 2011 - 10:28 AM - by dgstorm
Motorola has confirmed that the Droid RAZR will get some tasty Ice Cream Sandwich love. The update will go out OTA, and although no specifics were given, they indicated that the RAZR would get the update early next year. That makes things a bit more interesting doesn't it?
Oct 19, 2011 - 10:14 AM - by dgstorm
Good news Verizon users! It is all but officially confirmed that the Motorola Droid RAZR will be coming to Verizon. The phone just passed through the FCC yesterday with a global GSM and a Verizon LTE radio. So, not only will it come to Verizon, but it is also very likely that it could be the first global LTE device for the carrier.
Oct 19, 2011 - 10:01 AM - by dgstorm
Last night, the folks at Engadget posted a handy, but somewhat incomplete feature comparison between the new Galaxy Nexus and the Droid RAZR, but this morning, the folks at PhoneArena have taken it a step further and done a SmackDown comparison that includes those two phones plus the Samsung Galaxy SII and the iPhone 4S. You can see the feature comparison in the pic below. Perhaps this will help folks make an informed decision for purchasing when ready. Which phone looks better to you?
Oct 19, 2011 - 9:35 AM - by dgstorm
If you have had a chance to peruse our article from last night's Galaxy Nexus/Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich launch, then you will know that ICS comes with a massive amount of new features. However, apparently, not all the features were shared during the event last night. One of the lead engineer's over at Google, Dan Morrill, decided to rectify that. He shared his personal favorite features of ICS that were not revealed in the Hong Kong presentation. Here they are below:
- Updated Settings – We’ve seriously revamped the Settings screen organization. Items are arranged much better now, and it’s easier and usually fewer actions to find what you are looking for.
- Disabling Apps – ICS adds the ability to disable an app outright. Don’t like an app that came preinstalled? Disable it! Its resources never run and its launcher icon is gone until you re-enable it. (This doesn’t free up any space — it can’t, since pre-installed apps are included in the read-only system storage. But it does put them “out of sight, out of mind.”)
- Camera Controls – The camera controls have been redesigned and are easier to find and mess around with.
- Improved Download Manager – It looks better and is easier to find and use, and to see and clear any downloads you might have.
- Support for Encryption for Phones – Honeycomb added full-device encryption, but ICS brings it to phones.
- Audio Effects – There’s a new audio effects API. Nuff said, really.
It was also made clear that there are still more amazing new features built into the new generation of 'Andy.' The SDK should be released soon so that developers can dive in to find them all.
Source: DroidMatters and Dan Morrill - Google+
Oct 19, 2011 - 5:08 AM - by tp7six
Thanks to our friends over at Android Police we're able to watch the entire event again, or for the first time for those who missed it - so here it is, enjoy
Engadget had a cool feature showdown for the just launched Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Motorola Droid RAZR. It gives a head-to-head comparison of some of the biggest features. Perhaps this simple breakdown will help folks with their purchasing decision.
If you are like me, it just keeps you on the fence. Both these phones look amazing!
One of the new features of Android 4.0, is the way to unlock the device to enter your phone. While we have gotten use to gestures or even a finger scanner, get ready to Face Unlock. For those that watched the live presentation tonight, you might recall a face slap while the demo failed to unlock the phone. I think the neato factor of this feature is great, however how functional will it be for everyday uses?
Oct 18, 2011 - 9:56 PM - by WenWM
Pictures say a thousand words, so this video says 157,000 words about what Google just announced today --Ice Cream Sandwich. There has been a lot of headlines about the new OS that's set to launch later this year, but not many videos have been posted to give us an idea of how it will all work, until now. Google put together this video to demo the new features, and OS changes that we should expect in Android 4.0. Along with the revamped user experience, and black/blue color scheme, the video takes you through some of the key new features that might grab your attention.
Oct 18, 2011 - 9:45 PM - by WenWM
Apple's battle to win market share over Android is really hurting Android's manufacturers, and HTC today lost one of their battles against Apple. Today the ITC decided that Apple did not infringe on the patent that HTC sued them over last year. These patents were meant to store the sales of the iPhone, iPod, and iPad from the US market, but apparently failed. HTC still has a chance to win this battle, but the ITC will not make their finally decision until February of next year.
Verizon users have waited a long time to have a Google branded smartphone available and it appears to be well worth the way. The big, bold, and very beautiful Galaxy Nexus might take a little while longer to land in our hands, but at least we can enjoy looking and reading about it. The official Galaxy Nexus landing page has gone live on http://www.google.com/nexus replacing the Nexus S. Not only will you get the full scoop on the hardware details of the Galaxy Nexus, you'll also get highlights of all the Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" and the option to register for more information.
"Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich brings an entirely new look and feel to Android. The lock screen, widgets, notifications, multi-tasking and everything in between has been rethought and refined to make Android simple, beautiful, and beyond smart."
Oct 18, 2011 - 9:03 PM - by dgstorm
The Samsung/Google live! marketing event was just held in Hong Kong, and we were blown away by the presentation. Samsung and Google have been working closely with each other on this technology and it is designed to take Android to a whole new level.
Be sure to check out our dedicated sister-site, @ GalaxyNexusForum.com!
Here is the full breakdown of The Samsung Galaxy Nexus flagship superphone: Launching in November - US, Europe, & Asia (including Japan and China)
- LTE or HSPA+ - So it will work with several carriers - NOT NECESSARILY VERIZON EXCLUSIVE!
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 4.65 Inch HD Super AMOLED Screen - 1280 x 720 Resolution (Native Resolution of ICS) - Fast Response time
- Ergonomic curved contour case
- 8.90mm thin with a 4.29mm bezel
- Hyperskin Textured back
- Buttonless Design
- Zero Shutterlag Camera - Low-Light Shooting
- Full HD Video
- NFC - Google Wallet and other data sharing
Here is the full description of Android 4.0/ Ice Cream Sandwich:
- Roboto - Font and Graphic Design Theme
- New Live Wallpapers
- Buttons Part of the Android SW UI - Virtual & animated and Hide when not needed
- HomeScreen - Gesture based navigating with Scrolling and Stax - Easy to find
- You can pick up, move and resize Widgets
- Folders - Can Move and combine them - Can make speed-dial shortcuts
- Can customize Favorites Tray at bottom
- Recent Apps Icon - with big thumbnails - Customize and remove apps from your lists (flick gesture to throw away what you don't need)
- Power and Volume Down to Do Screen Caps
- Notification System - Improved, Faster - Peek in Notifications from LockScreen
- Music Player notification while in other apps
- Text Input - Keyboard Improved - improved error correction and in-line spellchecker - Drag-able selectable text
- Talk to Type Feature - Faster and button free
- Face Unlock - Facial Recognition Security Locking
- Improved Browser - Tabbed Browsing - Request Desktop version and Bookmarks (Will synch with Chrome from your laptop) Incognito Browsing
- Gmail Improved - Action Bar at Bottom - Select Multiple messages - Swipe/flick gesture through inbox - Offline Search
- Calendar App - Extra Readable - Same Flick Gesture movements - Pinch to Zoom
- ... [Read More]
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