Well, Xoom Wi-Fi owners, the wait is over. If you weren’t one of the lucky ones to get the OTA when Google announced the good news, you can now manually check your Xoom for the update, which will be patiently waiting for you.
The Android 4.0.4 update for the Wi-Fi Xoom brings the following features and improvements to the Wi-Fi Xoom:
Quicker screen rotation
A new setting to choose whether the power button immediately locks the device or not
Microsoft Exchange improvements with additional EAS policies
Better phone number recognition
Camera and image quality improvements
So, if you’re a Xoom owner, grab the system update by going to settings > About tablet > System updates. Let us know if the update is available for you and how you like it once you’re rocking 4.0.4.
I usually don’t jump on the rumor bandwagon, but as I’m in the market for a new tablet I’ve been paying attention to anything involving the ASUS Nexus Tablet or ASUS in general to be honest. Well, the interweb got hit by a rumored render of the new Nexus Tablet, and as you can see, it’s pretty bland and probably a ruse to get us all excited.
From the developer of Helium Boy, Bertil Hörberg has released another game onto Android, this time in the form of a western themed action platformer called Gunman Clive. This is one of those indie games we tend to enjoy that, aside from being a fun game, has unique visuals to look at as well.
The highly anticipate App, Instagram, is now available on Android – Instagram is a free application that can be found on Google Play.
The simple user interface of the app allows users to share quickly-edited photos with a few taps on the screen from smartphones to be shared to friends and family on these social networks: Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, and Tumblr.
As a first time user, I was able to learn to share the photos that I have edited with great ease – I could crop photos, add frames and change colour schemes to create different effects in the photos I took. In roughly 5 minutes, I was able to share my follow some friends, edit some photos and share them with the world.
Well there we go! Enjoy! The download link on Google Play is in the source link.
Well would ya look at that – Ice Cream Sandwich isn’t the only thing included in the Android 4.0 ROM fro the Motorola DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX. There also appears to be a brand-spanking new version of WebTop, the desktop-style operating system that’s activated when you plug a compatible Motorola Android phone into a LapDock accessory. Stifle your yawns, Android faithful: it looks like this version isn’t just a spit and polish update. No, it’s more like a full tablet makeover, not unlike the shift from smartphone UI to tablet UI in the ASUS Padfone.
A couple of Motorola enthusiasts on YouTube popped their upgraded DROID RAZR into a LapDock 100 to see how it ran, and were surprised to find that the previous separate Linux OS was nowhere to be found. Instead, the docked mode is all Android, bringing in a full Ice Cream Sandwich tablet interface to the LapDock. The advantages here are tremendous: no longer are “phone” apps restricted to a separate window, instead getting the whole screen to work with just like any tablet app. Some of the previous features are gone (like a desktop Firefox browser) but overall the experience seems to be much more effective.
It’s not perfect: some tablet apps like Chrome aren’t displaying properly, apparently not getting the message that they’ve got a lot more resolution to play with. Even so, this makes us excited for RAZR and other Motorola users. The concept is not unlike the previously mentioned Padfone, or the rumored “desktop mode” in Android 5.0 Jelly Bean. Added features like this could really push Motorola up if they can demonstrate its usefulness. The 3.0 version of WebTop is labelled as “beta”, so expect it to improve in later (and more official) software releases.
Despite some initial consumer confusion about the Samsung Galaxy Note – is it a phone? is it a tablet? – the company now boasts impressive sales of over 5 million units worldwide.
While Samsung started off down a slippery path when they tried – and failed – to coin the catch phrase “Samsunged”, they quickly recovered with the TV spot that clarified the Galaxy Note as a unique hybrid of phone and tablet.
The success of the device can be attributed to stellar marketing and the hugely effective “The Best Of A Phone And A Tablet” commercial, according to Ace Metrix, a television analytics company. The company’s proprietary ranking system called “Ace Score” gave the commercial a score of 686 for the first quarter out of a possible 950, outranking both Doritos and M&M’s which raked in 671 points each.
Ace Metrix CEO Peter Daboll attributes part of the commercial’s success to the eye-catching creative portraying true technology innovations, all without the use of a narrator. He also notes that because “Q1 is arguably the most important quarter for advertising […] it will be interesting to watch how Samsung’s continually impressive ads affect the company’s marks share vis-à-vis competitors like Apple, which, this quarter, did not come close to measuring up to Samsung’s advertising prowess”. With over 5 million units under its belt, Samsung seems to be on the right path to have another successful year.
With Sprint set to launch its first LTE handset in the coming weeks, it stands to reason that the Galaxy Nexus, which was announced alongside the LG Viper at CES, will follow shortly after. New training documents obtained by Engadget show that employees are already getting learned on the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich handset. The training covers all the basics from Android 4.0 to Google Wallet and is expected to be completed within the next couple of weeks. The timing suggests a late April launch. This lines up with previous leaks showing an April 22nd release date for Sprint’s version of the Galaxy Nexus.
Of note is mention of another LTE handset by the name of LG Fury within the training materials. It’s very possible that the name could be referring to the Viper while being confused with the recently released ZTE Fury. It seems likely that Sprint would release two handsets under the same name.
Can Android 4.0 replace a desktop PC? We have already examined that question, and now it appears Motorola believes the answer is yes. Their Droid RAZR is expected to see a software update to Android 4.0 as early as next week, which delivers a totally new Webtop experience.
Previously, Motorola’s Webtop software allowed a phone to plugin into a smart dock that launched a custom Linux desktop that featured Firefox for as the browser. We thought it was an innovative feature when it debuted at CES 2011, but the actual experience turned out to be pretty sluggish and frustrating.
We predicted that the Motorola Atrix 4G and Webtop software were a good indicator of where Android was headed, and now it appears that has come true.
A leaked copy of the Android 4.0 update for the Droid RAZR reveals a new “Webtop 3.0 beta” that does away with the limited Linux desktop and provides users with a full Android 4.0 tablet UI when a device is docked to a larger display.
I’m pretty excited to see that this different-UI-for-different-displays feature is finally coming to Android phones. Hopefully handset makers will enable it over HDMI, MHL, and eventually WiFi Display.
This is similar to the functionality of the new ASUS Padfone, but it’s interesting to see Motorola go this direction after the acquisition by Google.
We now expect that Motorola will include this feature on all their new high-end Android phones. Check out the quick video below to get a sneak peek of what it will look like.
Glu Mobile is gearing up to release a new version of their mobile hunting game called Deer Hunter Reloaded. This is a realistic hunting simulation game where you trudge around different locations in the US hunting big game such as Deer, Elk, Bears and more.
Spotify premium users, there’s some good news for you. The Verge is reporting that Spotify is working on an major update for their Android app. Unfortunately, there’s no information on when the update will be available.
Since its last update back in November 2011, users have been complaining about bugs, glitches, and crashes that make using the app a major disappointment on Android.
Although we don’t have an exact date when the Android update will be available, hang in there, premium users; it’s coming!