Android 4.0.2 began to roll out to the GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus last night in an over-the-air update. For those with the GSM version, you can head into Software Update to receive it. The update weighs in at 8.8MB, and has “important bug fixes.” The Verizon Galaxy Nexus has version 4.0.3, leaving the GSM version with a little catching up to do. Let us know how it goes in the comments below.
Google launched a new website for Android developers called Android Design that it described as the “the place to learn about principles, building blocks, and patterns for creating world-class Android user interfaces.” Starting today, you can visit the website to get Google’s advice on the “Creative Vision,” “Design Principles,” and “UI overview” of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Google also launched the Android Training website last month for more in-depth tips on working with the Android framework.
Director of Android at Google Matias Duarte just sat down with The Verge and explained the new website is part of a style guide for Android developers that will continually be updated.
The specifics of the agreement are not being disclosed at this time, but it is likely Microsoft’s latest license agreement with LG is similar to those signed with just about every other major Android vendor including Samsung, HTC, Huawei, Acer, and over 10 others. Microsoft is already collecting millions from Android vendors in patent agreements stemming from an original deal to collect a $5 royalty per device from HTC in May, and will now begin to profit off LG’s line of Android-based tablets, smartphones, and televisions as well.
Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Intellectual Property Group Horacio Gutierrez made the announcement on the company’s website:
Google announced in a blog post on its Mobile Blog an update to the Google Search app for pre-Android 4.0 devices. The update brings faster performance, grouped suggestions as you search, the ability to delete search history by long pressing, and country specific search suggestions. Ice Cream Sandwich users are already experiencing these features, but for those of you who do not fall under that category can download the updated application from the Android Market. Google shares a few other tips:
- Tap the arrow to the right of a search suggestion or history item to add it to your search term before searching.
- Get suggestions from other apps on your phone – check out searchable items in Search settings.
- Long press on home screen to add the Google Search widget, if you don’t have it already, to access search faster.
Google Maps is making headlines in a variety of ways this week.
A Jan. 10 update to the Android application made noise at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show yesterday. The Google Maps upgrade claimed to increase battery life while improving location tracking within Google Latitude.
The latest version Google Maps also improved Transit Navigation and more closely estimates location position when GPS signal is lost. The update even increased the number of possible transit routes from three to four.
The final update includes indoor maps that can —well— navigate around various indoor venues in the United States. In this particular update, maps for CES in the Las Vegas area were included (hence all the commotion).
“We hope that these indoor maps will come in handy when finding your way through the slots and to the shops,” announced Google on its LatLong blog. “And for those of you who catch gadget-fever with CES in town, we’ve also partnered with a number of Best Buy stores in the Las Vegas area.”
More information on the updates are available below.
T-Mobile announced a new Android phone to its lineup: The Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G. The Samsung Galaxy S 4G has a nice list of specifications with a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 processor and a Super AMOLED screen. The Blaze also has a HSPA+ 42 built-in that makes this device blazing fast on T-mobile’s network. T-Mobile has an event this evening, and we will update you when we hear more.
The full press release is available after the break:
With more and more consumers replacing their conventional point-and-shoot camera with the camera inside their smartphone, Polaroid has ditched its standard user interface in favor of an Android powered, high-end digital camera called the “Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera.”
Delivering everything expected from a digital camera but powered by Android, the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera surprisingly packs all the features needed to conveniently capture, connect and instantly share beautiful HD digital images and video into one device, weighing a mere five ounces.
As far as specs go, expect a 16-megapixel camera, 3X optical zoom, 36-108mm lens, built-in Wi-Fi, up to 32GB through microSD and a 3.2-inch display. It also includes Android Market access and Polaroid is promising 24 hours battery on a full charge. The company has not announced pricing, but it plans to release the SC1630 Smart Camera sometime in 2012. Polaroid President Scott W. Hardy said the following regarding the announcement:
A busy “Press Day” on the show floor of CES 2012 just wrapped up. Today was busy with announcements from AT&T, Intel, Samsung, Nokia, Panasonic, NVIDIA, Sony, and more. While we only covered the Google-oriented side of things, there was also a lot of news around HDTVs. Samsung unveiled it’s’ rocking 77-inch TV that just looks plain amazing, and Microsoft wrapped up its very last CES keynote ever. However, we are here for the Google news.
We will be on the floor tomorrow, showing you cool gadgets and a few hands-ons of the products announced today. CES is just kicking off so do not go anywhere! Without further ado, here is a round up of today…
The tablet will be priced at $249 and will have a quad-core Tegra 3 chip inside powering the Kindle Fire competitor. The 7-inch (1280×800) Transformer Prime tablet will also ship with Ice Cream Sandwich.
Samsung just announced the Galaxy Tab 7.7 with Verizon 4G LTE at its 2012 Consumer Electronics Show event. The device’s specifications include a 7.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 3-megapixel rear-camera, 2-megapixel front-camera, 16GB of internal storage, and Android 3.2 with TouchWiz. Information on pricing or availability was not made public yet.
As expected, Motorola just announced the 4G Motorola Droid 4, in addition to a purple Droid Razr and the new Droid Razr Maxx. There is not much news when it comes to the Droid 4′s specifications: 4-inch qHD display, 1.2Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and a five-row QWERTY keyboard. The device will run Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread with an ICS update coming soon, and it includes 16GB onboard memory expandable to 32GB via microSD. The device will be available “in the coming weeks”.
The new Sony Ericsson Xperia ion —the handset maker’s first 4G LTE smartphone seen above— is an AT&T network-exclusive boasting a 12-megapixel camera and a large 4.6-inch display. The 5.3-inch Galaxy Note largely resembles its European counterpart, sans the added support for 4G LTE radio technology.
The Arrows prototype, photographed above, packs NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor, an LTE chip, 13.1-megapixel camera with an ISO of 25600, 4.6-inch HD display, and Ice Cream Sandwich. Boy, is she pretty!
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Engadget got a nice session with Fujitsu’s rumored Arrows smartphone before the company officially announced it. The Arrows prototype, photographed above, packs NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor, an LTE chip, 13.1-megapixel camera with an ISO of 25600, 4.6-inch HD display, and Ice Cream Sandwich. Boy, is she pretty!
What is also impressive about this prototype are the abilities to stream the device to an HDTV and control it with a Logitech game controller. There is no word if this will see any play in the United States, but it should land in Europe. Expect to hear more about the final version at Mobile World Conference 2012. Nice spot Engadget!
Nvidia and ASUS just announced a 7-inch Transformer Prime tablet at Nvidia’s press event at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. The tablet will be priced at $249 and will have a quad-core Tegra 3 chip inside powering the Kindle Fire competitor. The 7-inch (1280×800) Transformer Prime tablet will also ship with Ice Cream Sandwich. Information on availability was not made public, but we will keep you updated. Look out for a hands-on some time tomorrow. (via TechCrunch)
It was just announced at Nvidia’s 2012 Consumer Electronics Show press conference that the ASUS EeePad Transformer Prime would receive its Ice Cream Sandwich update today. The update was originally slated for later this week, but ASUS is ready to give it out a little earlier. This is the first Android tablet to be graced with ICS, so make sure to check for the update.
Sony just announced the latest edition to its smartphone lineup at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show called the “Xperia S.” The Xperia S is a beautiful smartphone and has a very solid list of specifications. First off, the device rocks a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 12-megapixel camera, 4.3-inch 720p display, and NFC. Secondly, Sony dubs it “Playstation Certified”. This certification means it will have some type of gaming experience like the rest of the Xperia line. Sony also announced a similar phone today, called the “Xperia Ion.” The Xperia S lacks 4G, because it will most likely go big in Europe.
The Xperia S will launch with Android 2.3, and it will see an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade sometime in 2012’s second quarter, Sony said. The Xperia S will land in select markets, in both black and white, by the end of the first quarter. We will have a hands-on of the device tomorrow. Stay tuned! (via The Verge)