Items tagged with ICS

Today is a good day for Android users with devices running Ice Cream Sandwich, and a great day for Android users who prefer the Chrome web browser for their desktop browsers. Google announced Chrome for Android today, and of course, it’s technically in beta. The current default Android browser is fine, but it’s nothing special, so that alone is reason to download Chrome from the Android Market right away. However, Chrome for Android brings not just a slightly better browsing experience on Android devices, but a significant change in the way Android users interact with their devices. As expected, it’s designed to be fast and simple to use, with mobile-optimized tabs (which sound... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks, Marco, Iyaz and Dave discuss the Asus Transformer Prime Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” update, AMD's A8-3870K Black Edition unlocked Llano APU, Dell's Alienware X51 small form factor gaming PC, the brand new AMD Radeon HD 7950 and details our most recent contest where three lucky winners can score some great PC gaming gear from Gigabyte! Show Notes: 00:58 - Asus Transformer Prime Ice Cream Sandwich Update 06:17 - AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano Quad-Core APU Review 10:45 - Dell Alienware X51, SFF PC Gaming Refined 16:50 - AMD Radeon HD 7950 Tahiti Pro DirectX 11 GPU Review 20:48 - HotHardware and Gigabyte New Year's Giveaway... Read more...
Months after unveiling its TWC TV app for iPad and weeks hence from bringing a non-streaming version of it (“My TWC”) to Android smartphones and tablets, Time Warner Cable announced that TWC TV is now available on the iPhone, as well. iPhone users who also have broadband Internet in the home can use the app to stream live TV to their device, control the DVR, and even change channels, with that last feature being ideal fodder for surreptitious sibling-on-sibling tomfoolery. The TWC TV app also features an interactive program guide (with show info, show art, and filtering options) and search functionality. There are no fees associated with using the app. With the introduction of the... Read more...
When we first received the new NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime for testing, we had solid communication from both Asus and NVIDIA that this tablet was one of Google's test vehicles for their upcoming Android 4.0 operating system, also referred to as Ice Cream Sandwich. Besides the fact that the folks at Google have a bit of a sweet tooth, at least when it comes to development project code names, this new iteration of Google's OS reportedly was targeted primarily at performance enhancements, with a few feature-adds and UI tweaks thrown into the mix... Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Ice Cream Sandwich Update... Read more...
When we first received the new NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime for testing, we had solid communication from both Asus and NVIDIA that this tablet was one of Google's test vehicles for their upcoming Android 4.0 operating system, also referred to as Ice Cream Sandwich.  Besides the fact that the folks at Google have a bit of a sweet tooth, at least when it comes to development project code names, this new iteration of Google's OS reportedly was targeted primarily at performance enhancements, with a few feature-adds and UI tweaks thrown into the mix.  Both NVIDIA and Asus were keen to see ICS hit the Transformer Prime as well, since the new... Read more...
The Spectrum by LG is now available from Verizon Wireless. This smartphone features a 4.5-inch True HD display as well as a Qualcomm 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 4G LTE connectivity, an 8MP rear-facing camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, and support for Dolby Digital Plus. With Dolby Digital Plus, you'll have the ability to stream up to 7.1 channels of surround sound through your home entertainment system. The Spectrum runs on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. The phone is upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich though a date for the upgrade has not been announced. The Spectrum by LG costs $199.99 with a contract. Spectrum™ by LG Now Available on America’s Fastest, Most Reliable 4G Network... Read more...
Yet another Android device is unwrapping Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). This time it's rolling out to Motorola Xoom tablet owners, and not just a select few who opted in to the Motorola Feedback Network. Now that Motorola has had a week to see how its tablet handles the upgraded OS, it's giving the OTA update its stamp of approval so anyone with a Xoom tablet can hop on the latest and greatest Google has to offer. The update is called IML77 and is available to Xoom owners in the U.S. For rooted users who want a pre-rooted stock build, you can snag the appropriate firmware over at XDA's forum here, though not today since the site has temporarily gone dark to protest SOPA and PIPA, the pieces... Read more...
Leave it to the creative cooks working in the kitchen at XDA Developers' forums to come up with a way to serve Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' (ICS) on Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet device. A locked bootloader made things more challenging than they had to be, but as with similar recipes, installing ICS on the Nook Tablet is simply a matter sidestepping the locked bootloader altogether. They've figured out how to do that. "So now that we have found the leaking crack in the bootloader and proved its usefullness... others are going to start work on a couple of key projects that I could use a little help on," Android developer Brandon Bennet (nemith) said in a post. CyanogenMod 9 has already... Read more...
Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) is a big step for the platform, and Google is clearly interested in maintaining some level of uniformity across the ICS-based products created by developers. In a blog post, the Android User Experience Team announced a new site called Android Design, which is chock full of practical advice and guides for anyone developing for ICS. The idea is to make apps simple and beautiful. The post, written by head of the Android visual design group Christian Robertson states: To help you in that mission, we’re introducing Android Design: the place to learn about principles, building blocks, and patterns for creating world-class Android user interfaces. Whether you’re... Read more...
If you've been paying attention to Android smartphones lately, you know there's one device that people have been talking about and eagerly anticipating for a few months now. That phone is the Galaxy Nexus. The reason this phone is so hot is because it is the first smartphone in the US to run Android 4.0, better known perhaps as Ice Cream Sandwich. As the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich is designed to offer a single Android platform that will run on both smartphones and tablets. There's another key feature about the Galaxy Nexus: It doesn’t have a lot of customizations or UI tweaks from either Samsung (the phone's manufacturer) or Verizon Wireless (who has the exclusive rights... Read more...
If you've been paying attention to Android smartphones lately, you know there's one device that people have been talking about and eagerly anticipating for a few months now. That phone is the Galaxy Nexus. The reason this phone is so hot is because it is the first smartphone in the US to run Android 4.0, better known perhaps as Ice Cream Sandwich. As the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich is designed to offer a single Android platform that will run on both smartphones and tablets. Prior to Android 4.0, users would have one version of Android running on their smartphones and another running on their tablets. Although this may not be a huge issue for some users, it can cause issues... Read more...
The Motorola Xoom was a notorious flop thanks to a sky-high price tag, features that didn't work for months (the company didn'ts tart upgrading the tablet to its promised 4G capability until late this fall), and a buggy implementation of Honeycomb that was a direct result of Motorola pushing too hard for an early launch. Moto, defiant in the face of such failure, went back to the drawing board and has given us the Xyboard / Xoom 2. The new tablet doesn't just replicate some of the mistakes that doomed its predecessor, it adds new flaws and foibles. This, my friends, is dedication at its finest. First, let's talk specs. The new Xyboard comes in 8.2" and 10.1" flavors with full retail prices of... Read more...
We knew Acer was working on a Tegra 2 powered tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich, but thanks to a recent press release, we now have additional details and an official announcement to confirm this tablet. The ICONIA TAB A200 will feature NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual Core 1 GHz processor, a full-size USB port, a microSD card slot, a 2MP web cam, and a 10.1-inch multitouch screen. A version of this tablet running Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) is reportedly shipping to some countries right now. Acer expects to ship the tablet with Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich) in January. For users who get their hands on the early version of the tablet with Honeycomb, a free upgrade will be made available. Acer Presents the... Read more...
If you've been anxiously awaiting the release of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet, you may not have to wait much longer. We already knew that the tablet was scheduled to ship sometime next month, but now we have a slightly more specific date. According to a preorder page on Newegg, the tablet could be released about a week and a half from today on December 8. Newegg's preorder page also shows the price tag of the tablet: $499.00. This price should keep the tablet competitive with other offerings on the market. As you may recall, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime features NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-core processor as well as Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). Not long ago, we saw a video showing... Read more...
A Verizon Wireless ad for the Galaxy Nexus has appeared in various locations around the web. This ad suggests the Galaxy Nexus, which will be the first phone to feature Android 4.0, could be available for $199.99, which is $100 less than some of Verizon Wireless’ other high-end smartphones. After clicking on the Learn More button, users are taken to a promotional page for Verizon Wireless that does not list the Galaxy Nexus. It’s hard to say if this price on the ad is a long-time deal or if it will be a special holiday promotion. The ad does appear to be legit however, since it’s appeared at various sites around the web. The ads are run by NetShelter, a premium advertising network... Read more...
If you weren't already excited about the upcoming release of Google's Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) platform or the Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet from Asus, you will be after watching a video of the two working together with NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-core processor. This is the kind of technology threesome that should appeal to anywhere, regardless of which way you swing (yes, we're looking at you, diehard iOS fans). "Google has done a great job on ICS and has made the platform open to the ecosystem and easy to develop on. Thanks to Google’s developer support, NVIDIA’s experienced software team was able to work with Asus to quickly bring up Android 4.0 ICS on the Transformer Prime,"... Read more...
It's not uncommon for an Android phone to be left in the dust when new versions of Android are released.  When a new version of Android becomes available, each carrier and manufacturer must make a decision as to which phones to upgrade and which ones to leave behind. Unfortunately, many phones are often left behind. All hope is not lost, however, since projects such as CyanogenMod bring the latest and greatest versions of Android to these otherwise forgotten phones. CyanogenMod supports dozens of phones, but you'll have to root the device in order to install the custom OS. With a simple tweet this week, Cyanogen let users know that they are now working on a version of Ice Cream Sandwich,... Read more...
When it comes to Android vs. Apple iOS comparisons, fans of the small green machine have a lot of ammunition they can lob at Apple. Devices tend to be more expensive, other phones often offer more advanced features late in the iPhone's upgrade cycle, and Android phones often have microSD slots for expandable storage. A recent investigation into long-term device support has shone a spotlight on one area where Apple products leave the Android equivalents eating dust: software updates. The situation is honestly worse than we suspected when we alluded to device manufacturers' being entirely focused on short-term profits and quick phone launches. All of the Apple hardware currently for sale, including... Read more...
Motorola has struggled to regain its previous lead in the smartphone industry for years and the company has apparently grown desperate enough to tap device nostalgia for a product barely seven years old. The new Droid RAZR is an interesting product—it's the only cell phone we're aware of that incorporates Kevlar into its structure—but analysts aren't certain the move is going to help Motorola's sales. "Just because it's called Razr doesn't mean it's the next Razr," said Alkesh Shah, an analyst at Evercore Partners in New York. "I don't think any one phone will be a game changer for Motorola." Shah is probably right, though not necessarily for any reason that's the fault of Motorola.... Read more...
Rumor after rumor has suggested that Apple will be releasing a new iPhone at some point in the relatively near future. Depending on who you listen to, the latest iPhone could be announced as early as this month. Now, a new rumor suggests that Google may push up the release date of its next version of Android, known as Ice Cream Sandwich, in an effort to better compete with the iPhone. When Google announced Ice Cream Sandwich, the company said it would be available sometime this year. Rumors then suggested the release would be near Thanksgiving in order to enable Google, manufacturers, and carriers to take advantage of the holiday shopping season. If Google moves the release up, the latest version... Read more...
S3 Graphics recently announced its next generation Chrome 500 graphics processors and new Chrome 530 GT card. This new line comes with all of the A/V goodies you're after, including an on-board Dolby 7.1 digital surround sound processor and support for Blu-ray and streaming HD playback. These new cards also support DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.0 applications. What’s more, the cards have GPGPU (general-purpose computing on graphics processing units) and ChromotionHD.To speed-up 3D and non-gaming functions, DirectX, OpenGL, and GPGPU applications can be processed with programmable shader cores. Because the cards support Microsoft DirectX 10.1+ / OpenGL 3.0, you’ll be able to experience the next level... Read more...
S3 Graphics Ultra Low Power GPUs Chosen by Fujitsu Asia and Pacific Give Users True Mobility and Application FlexibilityS3 Graphics Chrome ULP GPUs Redefine Notebook Graphics Market for 14" and Smaller Mobile Computing Platforms FREMONT, California, November 3, 2008 - S3 Graphics, a leading provider of graphics and multimedia technologies for energy efficient computing devices, today announced multiple Fujitsu product lines featuring the visual computing power of S3 Graphics discrete Chrome 430 ULP (Ultra Low Power) graphics processor.Today's users can now enjoy the latest HD media content online or on disks, in addition to mainstream features like DirectX 10.1 game play and business graphics... Read more...
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