Samsung have just confirmed through a post on Samsung Tomorrow, that they will roll out Ice Cream Sandwich to the various models of Galaxy S II smartphones, as well as the Galaxy Note, in the first quarter of 2012. This lines up with other manufacturers and their Android 4.0 rollouts.
Other Samsung models would get updated afterwards, including the Galaxy R, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. Stateside, carrier testing will play a role in when we see the updates. Samsung's Ice Cream Sandwich updates should be baked in the best, as they've spent the most time with the update, having collaborated with Google for the first ICS-sporting smartphone, Galaxy Nexus.
I can't wait, as I'm dying for an Ice Cream Sandwich update to my Galaxy S II.
Google's Andy Rubin announced through Google+ and Twitter that "There are now over 700,000 Android devices activated every day." He also notes:
…and for those wondering, we count each device only once (ie, we don't count re-sold devices), and "activations" means you go into a store, buy a device, put it on the network by subscribing to a wireless service.
The last figures from Google were 550,000 devices per day when Chairman Eric Schmidt announced it in Germany earlier this year. To put these numbers into perspective, 700,000 devices per day is nearly 5 million per week, 21 million per month and an insane 250,000,000 (or a quarter of a billion) per year.
This is what all companies should do, even amazing tech sites like TweakTown [hint, hint]. GOogle have stepped up for Christmas 2011 by giving its staff customized Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphones for Christmas.
The smartphone isn't just the stock Galaxy Nexus handset, it has been outfitted with a customized back cover that has various Google+ and Android icons, so it is a one-of-a-kind handset, just for Google employees. TheNextWeb confirmed with Google's London and Zurich-based offices that they are in fact giving out handsets to employees, which require the staff to line up and claim their free handset as shown in the photo below:
It looks as thought Google could have their own Nexus-branded tablet on the market within the next six months, according to Google chairman Eric Schmidt. Schmidt told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sea:
In the next six months we plan to market a tablet of the highest quality.
Schmidt also praised Apple co-founder Steve Jobs for his work in transitioning the tablet from vertical and enterprise markets to a consumer-centric product. He said:
Steve Jobs was the Michelangelo of our time" he told the newspaper, "[he] realized the revolutionary potential of the tablet and has created an amazing product like the iPad.
Apple will need to fight fire with fire if they want to compete with the $199 Amazon Kindle Fire tablet next year, and it seems they will do just that. Rumor has it that Apple are expected to launch a 7.85-inch iPad sometime in 2012, according to sources in the supply chain.
Global shipments of tablets are expected to hit 60 million in 2011, with 70-percent of those iPads. Apple is expected to launch a next-gen iPad before the end of Q1 2012, said the sources. Secondly, Apple are rumored to be launching competition to the 7-inch Kindle Fire from Amazon, with a 7.85-inch iPad.
It is said Apple were "persuaded" into it because of the Fire. 2012 will be an interesting year for Google, Amazon and Apple, I think.
Apple's latest advertisement for both the iPhone 4S and Siri are floating around on TV and the Internet. It features Santa asking Siri a bunch of questions, from e-mails, weather forecasts to directions.
It's a smart ad, and shows off the usefulness of Siri. But, can Siri read e-mails? Anyone with an iPhone and Siri can confirm that for me?
ASUS Transformer Prime will let Australians lick its Ice Cream Sandwich next month, price to be confirmed
ASUS' Transformer Prime will be launching in Australia in January, with no price confirmed at the moment, it has been rumored to be at the $700 mark. When the Transformer Prime launches, it will be the first NVIDIA Tegra 3, quad-core SoC-packing tablet on the market. It's something special, and if you were looking at getting a tablet anytime soon, an iPad 2, Transformer, or even the great Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, I would wait until you lick some of the Ice Cream Sandwich on the Transformer Prime first.
The Prime's specs, in case you have forgotten, or just want a recap:
10.1-inch SuperIPS + display with Gorilla Glass
1.3GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 Processor with 12-core GPU
32GB or 64GB internal storage with microSD card slot
8MP F2.4 rear shooter with continuous flash for video recording, 1.2MP front camera
586g (1.29 lbs.)
12 hour battery life playing 720p video, 18 hours with keyboard dock
Metallic spun finish
Android 3.2 - will be updated to Android 4.0 as soon as possible after release
The Facebook for Android mobile application has passed the Facebook for iPhone app, even though it launched nearly a year later, it has been playing catch-up for a while now. Both apps are developed internally by Facebook, so its not like one team works harder than the other. Facebook for Android has now passed Facebook for iPhone with 58.3 million DAU (Daily Active Users) compared to the iPhone app with 57.4 million DAU , according to the AppData tracking service.
Android devices are growing at a crazy 550,000 activations per day, and Facebook for Android received Timeline for Facebook before the iPhone, but just today the iPhone's Facebook app hit v4.1 which included Timeline access. If we look at MAU (Monthly Active Users) Apple still lead with 99.1 million MAU, Android sits behind with just 85.4 million MAU.
Usually when in a plane, all electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets and the like, are required to be turned off. Including the cockpit and its pilots. Not for American Airlines pilots in the cockpit, who have now been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use electronics, and more specifically, iPads in the cockpit.
The FAA announced on Tuesday that American Airlines pilots in the cockpit will no longer require the use of paper-based flight manuals during those times, and could now use Apple iPads instead.The FAA came to this decision after they conducting a test of the use of electronics in the cockpit, in an effort to potentially replace the use of paper manuals and charts.
Some are left wondering why the FAA didn't run the same tests for passengers, which would see passengers having the ability to use their electronic devices before and after takeoff, instead of having to wait until the plane reaches an altitude of 10,000 feet before the use of electronics is allowed. The New York Times called the rule that passengers needed to wait until the plane reached 10,000 feet "outdated," and even bought up the idea that the rule may just be used to keep passengers' attention during takeoff and landing announcements.
Ah, Nokia. Your days of being the king of the mountain are behind you, for now. Nokia's director of Portfolio, Product Marketing & Sales, Niels Munksgaard, has come out and said in an interview that young people are baffled by Android and are fed-up with iPhone's.
Here's a direct quote:
What we see is that youth are pretty much fed up with iPhones. Everyone has the iPhone," he said. "Also, many are not happy with the complexity of Android and the lack of security. So we do increasing see that the youth that wants to be on the cutting edge and try something new are turning to the Windows phone platform.
Want a free Windows Phone? Sure, just tell Microsoft you're a Malware victim, oh and an Android owner
Android owner? Malware victim? Like free stuff? Well, all you'll need to do is tell Microsoft about the problems you've had with malware on your Android-based phone.
Microsoft's latest social media marketing intiative, is not to push their own Windows Phone-based products, but to take a stab at Google and their malware woes. Ben Rudolph, Microsoft Windows Phone "evanglist", is behind the scheme, which uses the hashtag "#droidrage" on Twitter.
Linking followers to current news articles about Android malware, Rudolph says he will give an "upgrade" to a Windows Phone to the "5 best" stories of being a victim of Android malware.
We know it's coming, but building the excitement is part of the ride, isn't it? Apple's Asian part supplier believe that Apple is gearing up to release another iPad in just 3-4 months time. According to DigiTimes' sources, iPad 2 production is already beginning to wind down, to allow parts for a new tablet to begin making their way through the supply chain.
If it were to hit in 3-4 months time, it would launch perfectly in the spring time set by the two previous iPad launches. This news does come with an included pinch of salt, as Apple is quite the sneaky company when it comes to this type of news.
According to Apple's supply chain partners, production of the iPad 3 is expected to include just under 10 million units during Q1 2012. This is an expanded number, that has increased as its thought that most first-generation iPad owners will upgrade to the new iPad when it hits. iPad 2 production is said to drop to 4-5 million for Q1 2012, with the iPad 3 the reason of its declined production.
Earlier on today we attended a Qualcomm media roundtable in Taipei where we were introduced to a partner product of theirs from a Korean bookstore company called Kyobo.
Kyobo is famous in Korea and its digital catalog includes some 90,000 titles including regular ebooks, children's books, video books and video lectures. With almost a 100% literacy rate and an aggressive government very keen on high levels of education and parents with enough deposable income for youth learning gadgets, Korea is a perfect market for Qualcomm to spread its wings and work with its partners to bundle its mirasol display technology on mobile products.
The result of said above is the launch of the first color e-reader featuring Qualcomm's mirasol display tech. Mirasol is different to that of LCD, LED or plasma in that there are no harmful chemicals used in the production of the display and there is no back light, which some consider harmful to human eyes over extended periods of use. Mirasol reflects natural ambient light in your surrounding and uses it to create the color display. So, you aren't going to get the same quality display as LCD, but Qualcomm are not trying to compete with LCD and mirasol displays use less power. This is only going to result in a device with longer battery life at the end of the day.
Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone was rumored to hit Optus first, then confirmed for Vodafone, but Telstra will be the first carrier out of the gate with Samsung's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-packing phone, starting tomorrow.
The Android 4.0-powered handset will be available for $10 per month on a $59 Freedom Connect plan over 24 months which comes included with $550 worth of calls per month and 1.5GB of data. You can also get the Galaxy Nexus for $0 up front on the $79 Freedom Connect plan that comes with $800 worth of calls per month and 2GB of data.
Telstra have confirmed that partners JB Hi-Fi and FoneZone will have the smartphones for sale on Thursday.
Considering the phone is built in China, one would think it would be one of the first places to hit retail shelves. But, it has only just been in the last 48 hours that Apple have gotten the long-awaited permit to begin selling their latest and greatest iPhone 4S in China.
According to M.I.C. Gadget, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on Monday issued the needed paperwork for the iPhone 4S. After which, China Unicom (I initially read that as China Unicorn... the latter sounds better) hopes to have the iPhone 4S available before the end of the year.
Toshiba have just made their NVIDIA Tegra 2-sporting, 7-inch tablet official. Welcome the Toshiba Thrive. Thrive is a 7-inch tablet, with an AutoBrite LED Backlit display sporting a 1280x800 resolution display, Android 3.2 Honeycomb, dual cameras, NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, and comes in both 16 and 32GB flavors.
The tablet is just .48-inches thick, as for its cameras, it features a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, backed up by a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Thrive starts at $379.99. Yes, it's not an NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered tablet, but for some people, they just don't need all of that power.
RumorTT: Samsung to unveil 11.6-inch, 2560x1600 resolution tablet at Mobile World Congress in Feb 2012?
Wow would be an understatement right now, but rumor has it that Samsung are set to release an 11.6-inch tablet running Google's latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS next year, which would probably pop its head up at Mobile World Congress in February.
It is said that even though the new tablet would have a bigger screen than the Galaxy Tab 10.1, it will be "barely larger" due to the fact that the tablet has a thinner bezel and its amazing 2560x1600 resolution, 11.6-inch screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio.
The tablet will reportedly sport a dual-core Exynos 5250 CPU clocked at 2GHz. My birthday is in March and I think I just found out what I'll be getting.
Zynga is bringing popular its very popular poker app, Texas HoldEm Poker, to Google TV. Google TV will be the first set-top box platform to support the game, and with 30 million active monthly users across all platforms (Yahoo, Google+, Facebook, iOS and others), you can see why.
Google TV has been capable of supporting the app, as they support Flash-based websites which means you can already play Zynga games such as Texas HoldEm Poker already, but Zynga have said that the Google TV version announced today is "especially optimized for playing poker from the comfort of your own couch."
I think it's a great move. Imagine the future, playing poker from your own living room - with real money. I can see it now, motion controller based gaming, with Poker... using hand gestures for check, raise, all-in.
Did you miss out on the original HP Touchpad sale? Well, don't dwell, it's your lucky day. HP have sent out a release to employees this week, letting them know that the sale will start on December 11 at 6PM, on HP's eBay store.
Well, isn't that a coincidence. Former eBay CEO, Meg Whitman is now the HP CEO. Nice work. You'll be able to grab refurbished 16 and 32GB models for $99 and $149, respectively. There's also an added bonus, the chance to grab a case, charging dock and wireless keyboard bundle for $79.
Each buyer is limited to two Touchpads, but that's better than nothing, right?
You would think that the Pope of all people would be grabbing one of those new fandangled iPad thingos, but no, he will be using an Android-powered device to remotely light a giant Christmas tree display attached to the side of a mountain... 200km away.
So, if you are going to be driving around this Christmas looking at lights, this might be a good place to start. MSNBC has reported directly from the Vatican newswire:
Benedict XVI will activate the illumination from his apartments in the Vatican Apostolic Palace. He will touch the screen of a Sony "Tablet" with an "Android" operating system which, via the Internet, will transmit the command to switch on the electric current to the tree.
OnLive have released a new update to its Android and iOS app which allows PC-quality high-definition gameplay to a very wide range of smartphones, tablets and media players. This includes the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Kindle Fire.
The app is available on Thursday, December 8 and will add complete gameplay support for any game offered through the OnLive service, which includes some of the latest AAA games on the market right now such as Batman: Arkham City, L.A. Noire, Assassin's Creed: Revelations and more.
The previous version of the OnLive app only allowed users to use the OnLive marketplace and access the social features of the service, but after tomorrow, you'll be able to play any game as long as you're connected to Wi-Fi, and if not, it'll also work over 3G and 4G LTE connections with a minimum speed of just 1Mbps.