Nexus S

Owners of the Nexus S may already feel satisfied with Google’s announcement to bring the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update to the said smartphone within weeks. But, there are people who just can’t wait any longer.  The fellows at XDA Developers managed to compile for the Nexus S and the Nexus S 4G a custom build of Android 4.0 from the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) source code. Being an unofficial build, the custom ROM is littered with bugs and non-working features. For instance, video recording is not functioning at the moment, as well as tethering and data usage limit….

When Android Éclair was bumped up to Froyo one year ago, it was a game changer. The JIT (Just In Time) compiler sped up everything from User Interfaces to App loading time. The cold & creamy Frozen-Yogurt treat froze the market share of other Mobile OS and turned old hardware into a shiny new gadget. Next, stepped in Gingerbread – which in my opinion, wasn’t much of a game changer except for gaming. This helped developers to create better games and since then, we’ve seen loads of spectacular games on Android. Then came Honeycomb, a sweet treat for those who lust…

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Despite early critics raving about its performance and sleekness, complaints from irked owners of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus have appeared all over the Internet regarding a couple of software glitches. Already available since November 17 in the U.K., Vodafone is still holding back from selling the handset possibly in light of the issue. Early adopters reported in the XDA Developers forums of what they call the SAV-Ghost or Self Aware Volume Ghost. As the name suggests, the phone is able to control the volume automatically on its own without user notification. According to one forum member, “This morning the volume…

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The Adobe Flash Player, which has been present in Android handsets prior to the Galaxy Nexus, is, surprisingly, not present in the Galaxy Nexus.  According to Google, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich does not currently support Flash. Google confirmed to SlashGear the absence of the Flash Player in both the flagship Google phone and its brand-new operating system, Android 4.0.  Apparently, Google is waiting for Adobe to update the mobile version of the Flash Player for Android 4.0.  Consequently, neither the latest version or the older versions of Flash Player will be available to users of the Galaxy Nexus or…

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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) is going to usher in not just a lot of new useful features but also fun ones–such as the real-time video effects that Matias Duarte recently demonstrated in the pioneer episode of On the Verge. Tech blog The Verge (formerly This is my next…) managed to set an appointment with none other than Google’s Matias Duarte to perform a quick, live introduction of ICS’s so-called fun video effect features. In his demo, Duarte describes how ICS’s native camera app lets you apply real-time video effects on the fly. By using the built-in feature called…

lenovo

It seems that everyone except Apple has made an Android tablet now. And just one is not enough, manufacturers have gone to great lengths to make multiple versions, and Lenovo is no exception. Clocking in with 3 Android Tablets on the market today, ranging from $229 to $499, Lenovo hopes that the fourth will be the charm.

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  [ Update 2011-11-15: Wow, Shravan was wrong, and we're happy he was.  We just received word that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has been available from the source code repository since a few hours ago.  Devs and modders are most likely in a mad rush to download the source code right now.  But, that's okay--no more need to wait for November 17.  Go get yourself some Ice Cream Sandwich.  --Ed. ] Android developers might want to mark November 17 on their calendars. Two days from now the source code of the upcoming Android 4.0Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) will become…

Galaxy_Nexus

Those of you who are thinking that the Face Unlock feature in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich–and first featured in the Galaxy Nexus–is a security feature may be in for some disappointment.  Someone was able to show a photo to the Galaxy Nexus and the device instantly unlocked itself without complaining. Blogger Soya Cincau captured live footage of the “test” that was done that showed the Galaxy Nexus unlocking itself when shown a photo of the face programmed for the device’s Face Unlock feature. The “test” was conducted during the launching of the Samsung Galaxy Note in Jakarta, Indonesia. The…

Galaxy Nexus on the left, Galaxy Note on the right

Do you remember the days of Gingerbread and the discovery of the Zombie Art by Jack Larson? It got Android fans excited about the Gingerbread OS! Today, feast your eyes on the Android 4.0 Easter Egg! Just like the Gingerbread 2.3 Easter Egg, you can access it by: Settings->About Phone-> Android version. It will yield the very cool photo below! Repeatedly tap on the Android version, and the Easter Egg will emerge. The Android 4.0 Easter Egg is a little Ice Cream Sandwich Android on a live wallpaper background. (Note – the live wallpaper is in use, and am unsure if…