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Today’s Galaxy Nexus Release Date Is: Thursday, December 15th.

  • December 9, 2011 11:18 am

Want a Galaxy Nexus but bummed to find the December 8th/9th release date didn’t pan out. No worries. Today’s Galaxy Nexus release date is *spins wheel*…December 15th.

At this point we wouldn’t put too much weight/hope behind Galaxy Nexus release date claims. WIth that said, several GottaBeMobile sources/VZW reps have confirmed that Google’s latest and greatest software and phone will in fact officially hit stores next Thursday, December 15th. We too have called a couple stores in the area and received a similar December 15th nod.

The reasoning behind the delay (most recent launch date was today, December 9th) hasn’t been made public nor leaked. We’d chalk it up to Android 4.0 and it’s bevy of new features and fancy new UI as the main culprit. Whatever the case may be, we’re just glad to finally (and again, hopefully) be in the home stretch.

LG Optimus Pad Leaked With Mentions Of LTE.

  • December 7, 2011 2:36 pm

LG’s upcoming LG Slate successor, the LG Optimus Pad tablet, has seen it’s veiled face uncovered and leaked by prying eyes. The most obvious confirmation is that of LTE support, while features such as it’s 1.5 GHz Snapdragon processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8.9″ 1280 x 768 display, and 8mp/1.3mp (rear/front) cameras still reside in the “rumor” category.

While the Optimus Pad will ship with Android 3.x at launch, we can’t imagine LG delaying Ice Cream Sandwich longer than it has to for testing/stability purposes. Look for pricing/release info as it’s made available.

South Korean Galaxy Nexus Owners Will Get Choice Of Larger, 2,000 mAh Battery.

  • November 29, 2011 8:09 am

Being that we absolutely flog every phone we touch, a robust battery and efficient power management is a must. Unfortunately even the most optimized phones, hardware and software, sputter out long before we’re done. There’s always the ability to plug in (if available), but what if you’re on the road? For that you have two options: a second, spare battery or an extended battery.

The Galaxy Nexus is the “Jesus Phone” of Android for 2011, bringing with it a high bar in terms of hardware specs as well as showcasing Android’s biggest release yet, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The 1,750 mAh battery is already one of the largest smartphone batteries you’ll see shipped from the factory. But those needing even more will get a rare opportunity (provided you live in South Korea) as Samsung is making available a 2,000 mAh battery for the Galaxy. Again, the extended battery is only available for South Koreans. Bonus: It comes with a slightly re-designed battery cover to accomodate the bigger battery.

We don’t get this option. Bummer. We know.

Normally we’d begin to worry about unsightly bulk being added to something as sleek and sexy as the Galaxy Nexus, but as you can see above the added size is minimal with only a slight bump appearing on the bottom of the phone.

If you’re interested in scoring a battery such as this, now would be a good time to make a South Korean friend or two.

Patched Version Of Tweetdeck Upgraded To Play Well With Ice Cream Sandwich, Regain Support.

  • November 23, 2011 4:15 pm

Bummed that the Twitter acquisition has effectively killed off Tweetdeck’s fast paced update schedule and excellent support? You’re not alone. Public outcry has begun building over the last few days now that Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich is gaining presence, as the latest version of Android does not play well with Tweetdeck. But one loyal Tweetdeck user, MoDaCo founder Paul O’ Brien was so frustrated he took matters into his own hands by creating an “upgraded” version of Tweetdeck.

The patched Tweetdeck app not only updates some UI problems that have become more noticeable on larger-screened devices (such as the Galaxy Nexus), but also changes the notification icons to align with ICS and re-adds support for Tweetdeck’s old feature for tweets over 140 characters — one of Tweetdeck’s defining features until Twitter took over.

While we’re more than appreciative for Paul’s efforts, we hope that Twitter/Tweetdeck get the ball rolling and start fixing their own problems and not rely on end users to keep everything in proper working order.

Download the patched Tweetdeck app over at MoDaCo here.

Get Some Sweet Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich On Your Galaxy S And Galaxy S II Now!

  • November 20, 2011 3:34 pm

If you’re a true, die-hard Android aficionado, chances are you’re more than willing to risk hundreds of dollars forcefully upgrading your device to the latest and greatest Android code available, officially supported or not. With that said, owners of the Galaxy S and Galaxy S II line of devices have a new thrill to chase. Two new alpha builds of ICS are available for the aforementioned devices.

Compliments of Android dev @xplodwild, the links to the ICS ports:

  • Galaxy S II ICS Port (alpha 7): Download

The process is pretty simple for anyone who’s done the custom ROM thing before — copy the .zip to your SD card > reboot into Clockwork Recovery > wipe pretty much everything + format > install the .zip. Viola!

For continuing info, follow the dev team behind the Galaxy S and Galaxy S II ports @aospsgs2.

Video of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich running on a Galaxy S II after the break.

Samsung Confirms Ice Cream Sandwich Update For UK Galaxy S II.

  • November 17, 2011 6:42 am

Considering the Galaxy S II is still one of the most powerful Android devices on the market, we’d expect Samsung to take care of said owners rather generously with a nice, official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. And so they shall.

Samsung UK announced (Twitter) that they will in fact be updating their (still for a couple more weeks) flagship device to the latest and greatest Android OS. With that said, Samsung didn’t give any clues as to when the update would be released. With TouchWiz on board, UI tweaks will need to be made. As such, don’t expect any (official) ICS action on your Galaxy S II until early 2012. As for us Americans…keep waiting.

CyanogenMod 9 Announced. Will Be Built Off Of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Core.

  • November 15, 2011 1:04 pm

Waiting for CyanogenMod 8 to get up and running? Sorry. It’s probably not happening. But fret not for something much better is in store — CyanogenMod 9. You see, CyanogenMod 8 was to be built off of Android 3.x Honeycomb. Until very recently the ASOP code that CyanogenMod developers rely on wasn’t available. Even though it is now, Ice Cream Sandwich has Honeycomb’s internals plus all the additional upgrades with Android 4.0. It doesn’t make any sense to waste time developing an outdated OS.

Of course, confirmation via CyanogenMod leader Steve Kondik’s Twitter page that the CyanogenMod team is moving onward to CM9 is pretty much all you need to know, anyway.

Release schedules are something that CyanogenMod doesn’t follow. Nonetheless, for those of you looking for something to look forward to, expect some alpha-ish ROMs in roughly 8 weeks. A long time for sure, until you consider carriers’ and manufacturers’ own update schedules are woefully worse.

Verizon Wireless Galaxy Nexus Floats Through FCC, Paves Way For (Rumored) Late November Launch.

  • November 15, 2011 12:48 pm

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the ultimate “Jesus” Android phone if you will. A perfect blend of powerful hardware, all new software, and a sleek chassis all embody the next generation of Android. While the release date is still uncertain, take comfort in at least knowing your next Android device of desire won’t be sitting around the FCC’s halls waiting for approval — it’s just won FCC approval. With everything the Galaxy Nexus has promised to bring, to say we’re “excited” is an understatement. Stay tuned for more Galaxy Nexus info…

Sony Confirms Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Coming To All (2011) Xperia Phones.

  • November 15, 2011 7:37 am

While the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich future is a bit murky from manufacturer to manufacturer, Sony at least has made it easy for us concerning their portfolio. Today the company confirmed that all of their Xperia branded phones (2011 models) will be receiving an Android ICS update. From the horses mouth:

There have been a few questions here on the blog and in our support forums regarding our upgrade plans beyond Gingerbread. We can today confirm that we plan to upgrade the entire 2011 Xperia™ portfolio* to the next version of Android known as Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich. We are working on merging our current Xperia™ experience with the new features in Android 4.0. More detailed information regarding this upgrade, timing and global availability will be communicated in due course here on the blog.

* “2011 Xperia™ Portfolio” refers to the following products: Xperia™ arc and arc S, Xperia™ PLAY, Xperia™ neo and neo V, Xperia™ mini and mini pro, Xperia™ pro, Xperia™ active, Xperia™ ray as well as Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman™

Relieved, Xperia owners?