Android 4.1 Tip & Tricks

A few bits and pieces of interesting commentary and reviews of the new Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich

Should you get the new Android or stay with your current version 2.1? We like to say, go for it, the future is coming, embrace the change, change is for the better!

The intro video from Android Developers

Nice video with Tips on using your new Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0 Ice cream sandwich

PC Magazines review of the Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0.

Cnet reviews the Nexus 7

Tim Stevens of Engadget reviews the Galaxy Nexus

Galaxy Nexus review from Marketing Land

The Telegraph (a paper in England) reviews the Galaxy Nexus

So are we going to review the Nexus for you? You have got to be kidding. Every Joe and their uncle have reviewed the new Galaxy and why should we not listen to them. It is not like you are going to buy an Iphone instead because of the reviews, or are you?

 

Motorola Droid Razr Upgrades

Motorola Droid Razr Updates

As with all phone manufactures, trying to figure out the update schedule is impossible.

Motorola says,

A note about Ice Cream Sandwich:

We are planning to upgrade DROID RAZR™ by Motorola, Motorola RAZR™, Motorola XOOM™ (including Family Edition) and DROID BIONIC™ by Motorola to Ice Cream Sandwich. We will provide more precise guidance on timing after post-public push of Ice Cream Sandwich by Google, as well as any possible additions to this list of devices.

This page lists the various phones and the schedule of what updates are available. Click here

The page for Motorola Droid Razr has plenty of FAQ’s. Click here

It would be a good idea if you have not done so already, to sign up at Motorola for email updates. Click here

As usual, if you find any good information to share with other Motorola Droid Razr users, please post in the comments section

 

HTC Users Can Now Change Their ROM

Great news for HTC phone users.

HTC will “unlock the bootloader” so that users can modify and change the software their phones came with.

From HTC’sDevelopment website

“we will allow our bootloader to be unlocked for 2011 models going forward. We plan on releasing the updates that will allow you to unlock your bootloader in the coming months”

Naturally they give all the warnings;

“We strongly suggest that you do not unlock the bootloader unless you are confident that you understand the risks involved.”

This is a great example of a phone manufacture thinking progressively and being tuned into their customers desires.

We look forward to the release of the update that will enable unlocking of the bootloader and will post it when it becomes available from HTC.

More info on HTC’s Bootloader can be found here

 

 

LG Phones Android Update

LG is reporting today that they will update some of their android phones, that’s the good news.

The bad news is, it is only starting in April of 2012.

From their Facebook post:

LG will be offering the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) OS upgrade for a range of LG smart-phones which were introduced this year. The global upgrade schedule will begin in the second and third quarters of 2012, which will be followed by a global roll out.

During the second quarter of 2012 upgrades will begin for the following smartphone models: the LG Optimus LTE, Prada phone by LG 3.0, the LG Optimus 2X, the LG Optimus Sol, the LG my Touch Q and the LG Eclipse. These upgrades will be followed by upgrades for the following smartphone models during the third quarter of 2012: the LG Optimus 3D, the LG Optimus Black, the LG Optimus Big, the LG Optimus Q2 and the LG Optimus EX.

LG will be taking all possible measure to offer a smooth OS upgrade in a timely manner. The exact start dates can vary by market, as each country can have different requirements, depending on the carrier and the smartphone model.

LG would like to thank its customers for their most valued loyalty and support. Further details on the ICS OS upgrade, including their exact start dates, will be released prior to their commencement. Please stay tuned for more updates from LG.

To stay updated from LG, click here to get their support tool.

 

Samsung to Upgrade Galaxy to 4.0 in 1st Qtr 2012

Here is the latest from Samsung regarding upgrading your Galaxy to Android 4.0

We know you have been waiting and we’re thrilled today to announce that we’ll start serving Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to GALAXY Note and GALAXY S II in the first quarter of 2012.

In addition, other ICS-upgradable GALAXY devices include GALAXY S II LTE, GALAXY R, GALAXY Tab 10.1, GALAXY Tab 8.9, GALAXY Tab 7.7 and GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus.

Does this mean we have to wait until January or March?

Either way, I think it is safe to say we all have the same feeling…. I  CAN’T WAIT!