Archive for May 1st, 2012

Posted by androidjunkie at 1 May 2012

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If you’re rocking any Sony Xperia phone from last year and you’re wondering where your ice cream sandwich love is, Sony would like to ease your concerns. In a recent blog post,  one of the software developers stated that the company is right on schedule for its ICS rollout. While there were no specific dates mentioned, for products the blog did list a site where a list of available software kits is available. Interestingly enough, in order to install the update, you’ll need to download the installer to your computer, plug in your device, and push the software manually.

Has anyone already gotten their Ice Cream Sandwich? How are you liking it? Let us know in the comments below!

Source Sony Mobile blog

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Posted by androidjunkie at 1 May 2012

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When Google decided to release its first official proprietary phone way back in early 2010, it chose HTC to create the Nexus One. While not the commercial success that Google had hoped, it was widely loved by developers and Android OS tinkerers. Fast forward a few years, and both successive Nexus phones have been designed and built by Samsung. Whatever the reasons, HTC hasn’t been involved, and, according to “industry sources”, has decided to move on with a different partner: social network monolith Facebook. In an article at Digitimes, these sources were quoted as saying,

“HTC had previously joined forces with Google to launch Google’s first own-brand smartphone, the Nexus One. However, Google then shifted to cooperating with Samsung as its primary production partner for the launch of its second and third own-brand smartphones.

The new Android smartphone being developed by HTC will have a platform exclusive to Facebook to enable and integrate all functions available on the social networking site, the sources indicated. Previously, HTC launched two Facebook-enabled smartphones, the Salsa and Chacha.”

The reasoning has merit, especially given HTC’s history of social networking integration and even their social networking based devices, the aforementioned Salsa and Chacha. HTC has also been recruiting and acquiring business partners of late, most notably Beats Audio and their own acquisition, MOG. As always, time will tell, but such a deal certainly makes sense. On Facebook’s end, they’ve had their own acquisitions and seem to be on the move towards…something, though it’s anybody’s guess as to what.

Have your own guesses? Let us know in the comments!

Source DigiTimes

 

HTC/Facebook jointly developed phone in the works? originally appeared on AndroidGuys.

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Posted by androidjunkie at 1 May 2012

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Has Google decided to stick with Samsung for the fourth generation of the Nexus line of Android smartphones?  If you believe a new report out of DigiTimes then the answer is a certain yes. Advising that Google has already chosen Samsung, the news outlet quotes a source close to the matter.

Since Samsung has become the top vendor of Android smartphones, Google will continue to have Samsung develop its next-generation Nexus models, leveraging Samsung’s innovation ability with regard to the Android platform, and its ability to control the supply of key components, said sources.

If history is any indication then we might look for the Nexus 4 to closely resemble the Galaxy S III but come with Android 5/Jelly Bean.  The Nexus S was similar to the first generation of Galaxy S while the Galaxy Nexus was not all that different from the Galaxy S II.  Keep a close eye on the May 3 Unpacked event as it could foretell the next Pure Google experience.

 

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