I know what you’re thinking: “Honeycomb was just announced last week, and now we’re hearing Ice Cream rumors?” Well, yes. Rumor has it that not only is the next Android version going to be named Ice Cream, it’ll sport the 2.4 version number. Honeycomb is 3.0, so it’s a bit odd for Google to backtrack numbers to 2.4. But, Honeycomb was designed especially for tablets, so if you’re keeping score at home, the latest version for phones is 2.3, which explains why Ice Cream is 2.4. Confused yet? We’re hearing whispers of a June or July release, and an announcement at Google I/O in May. No word on what features Ice Cream will bring, but I’m sure more info will flow in soon enough.
Google has stated that they want to stagger updates, releasing 2 per year. In 2010, they released 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3. Just a week into 2011 and we’ve already seen 3.0. Google has some work to do if they want to meet their goals on this one. But a June release would fit the timeline. We’ll let you know if we hear a date or any more info on Ice Cream. Anyone else feel like the updates are too close together? Sound off in the comments!
RUMOR: Ice Cream to be 2.4, Summer Release? originally appeared on AndroidGuys.
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Bunches of people are reporting that when making a phone call on their Nexus S the phone will randomly reboot. And random means random- some have it happen every few days while one person tried to make a phone call four times in a row but was interrupted with a reboot.
After a brief silence, enough hand-waving went on to attract Google’s attention to the matter, and they are now claiming they’ve reproduced the problem and have begun working with Samsung on a solution:
If you’re irritated with the issue, at least you know they’re working on fixing the problem. Hang in there Nexus Essers!
The most obvious reason for a barometer would be to provide accurate, on-location weather data. While that’s all good and well, the way developers manipulate and use this data in future apps could prove its true ability. We’re thinking something along the lines of apps that take external weather data and use it to manipulate various parameters in the same way a light sensor can help determine when to automatically adjust screen brightness. What sort of things would a barometer affect? We’ll wait for the developers to answer that one.
We didn’t see Sony make the Xperia Play official at CES 2011, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get news from unofficial sources, like one lucky guy who was recently playing Resident Evil 2 and Rage Racer on the still only rumored and unreleased device:
I’m actually REALLY excited for this device. Android gaming is an area of HUGE growth opportunity and a phone like this, pushed by Sony, could really gain some traction. How many people out there will snag this device as soon as it comes out if it lands on their carrier? I suppose there are too many details to answer that fairly, but if you like video games and phones? The Xperia Play seems like a no-brainer.
The Verizon iPhone has been rumored year after year… but it seems tomorrow the rumors will transform into truth as several news sources are claiming attendance to a Verizon event in NYC tomorrow. That event is supposedly to announce the Verizon iPhone, which will be launched on February 3rd.
I’m not excited because I’m some closet iFanboy or because I’m dying to get the Verizon iPhone… come on, give me a little bit of credit. I’m excited because healthy competition is a great thing. We might not be Apple lovers ourselves, but I can understand why some people WOULD love the iPhone, like our friends at iSource.com who are excitedly ramping up their Verizon iPhone Forum.
When (and if) the iPhone hits Verizon on February 3rd, I think we’ll see a few main things:
- Apple and Android will breakaway as the two leading mobile operating systems, both separating even further from the pack over the next year. BlackBerry, Windows Phone, WebOS and others are in big, big trouble.
- Apple and Google will begin a more rigorous arms race in terms of releasing new and innovative features. This is what I really love: both want to “win” and will push harder and harder to make the best product, and in the end, it’s the consumer that really wins.
- Prices for smartphones in general will drop due to increased competition – consumers win again.
Android has been running rampant on US carriers, totally taking over mindshare AND marketshare and CES 2011 is living proof. Worldwide the affects have been similar. Apple may have had leverage in a Verizon iPhone negotiation a few years ago, but now the momentum is all in the favor of Verizon thanks to what Droid Does.
The iPhone launching on Verizon WILL have huge implications on the mobile landscape. As Android enthusiasts and knowledgeable mobile fans I would LOVE to hear your opinion on a few things:
- How will the Verizon iPhone affect sales of Verizon Droid devices?
- Will many former Verizon Android owners defect to the iPhone when it launches just because it’s the iPhone?
- Will AT&T iPhone users lead a mass exodus to Verizon?
In general, how will the Verizon iPhone change affect Android on Verizon, in the United States in general, and globally?
The battle for smartphone OEM supremacy will no doubt heat up throughout 2011, and we have a pair of reports indicating just how many handsets two of the biggest manufacturers plan on moving this year. Samsung is aiming to ship and sell 50 million units this year, the majority of which will be Android-based. Taking up much smaller portions of that pie will be Samsung’s own Bada and Windows Phone 7.
A report from DigitTimes doesn’t peg a grand total for HTC’s handset shipments, but it does claim that the company plans on shipping 10 million 4G-enabled devices. The report also claims this won’t include HSPA+ “4G” phones, only WiMAX and LTE. They also point out that HTC moved 3 million WiMAX devices last year, all of which were the HTC EVO 4G.
[via BGR, UnwiredView]
Without any fanfare whatsoever Sprint has added to its Android lineup with the 810G military-specced Motorola i886. The water/temperature/dust/shock/accidentpronesmartphoneuser resistant handset isn’t high-powered on the hardware side, but it does feature an interesting dual-keyboard design. One slides out, while the other is a standard numerical dialpad located below the screen.
The phone features Nextel Direct Connect and is $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.
A shot of the unreleased Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc running Android 2.4 threw us for a bit of a loop last week — Android 2.3 had just been released and Android 3.0 Honeycomb was just officially shown off at CES (also checking out the Arc at CES, it wasn’t running a build of 2.4, and now SE is claiming the OS version number is actually the result of a configuration mistake and not a different OS version at all). Our immediate thought was that Google is in fact not slowing up on Android updates as they have said would be the case. The latest source-fed information seems to confirm this, claiming Ice Cream will be ready for release this summer. That no doubt equates to a Google I/O 2011 unveiling.
Saving the release for I/O suggests it may carry some of the larger changes we were expecting in Gingerbread, but we doubt it will be anything like the huge overhaul that is Honeycomb. Hopefully some of those awesome features make it into the build, anyway. The bigger issue is fragmentation, which over the past two months seems to be becoming a bigger problem than ever. Perhaps a larger looming issue is the problem Google has created for itself as 2.x phone builds near the 3.0 build for tablets. Who knows what will happen when those numbers converge…
Following the announcement of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and a thorough leak of the upcoming Playstation Phone, another new Android handset from SE has been spied. This time it looks to be the follow-up to the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro, the tiny phone with a slide-out keyboard. This new edition follows that trend with a bump up in specs along the way. A Qualcomm MSM 7230 processor clocked at 800MHz and 384MB of RAM are in inside.
SE hasn’t really been able to take as big a hold of the Android Market as they would like, but after speaking to some reps at CES they look to be taking steps in the right direction. The Arc is actually a really sleek, quick, and well-desigened device. They hope to expand more in their US offerings, so hopefully this new lineup of Androids will find its way States-side over the next year.
[via Unofficial Sony Ericsson Blog]
All across Canadian carriers, Samsung Galaxy S series devices have been starting to get there Froyo updates, and the Rogers Samsung Captivate is no exception to that. Available now, Rogers Captivate owners can to download Kies and begin getting their Froyo on. You can also hit up the Rogers website for the full .pdf instructions if you should need them. Of course, you can always hit up the Android Central forums if you run into issues as well. Thanks, Colin! [Rogers Forums]
Android 2.2 update now available to Rogers Captivate owners posted originally by Android Central
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