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LG G3 vs LG G2 – Specs comparison (Worth the upgrade?)

Now that the LG G3 is finally here (as in officially unveiled, because actual shipments only begin in June), it’s time we put a stop to the hypothetical debates and got down to business. No more ifs, no more what ifs, no more speculating, no more assuming.

LG G3 vs LG G2 front

Questions, meet answers. Did LG dish out a fresh flagship worth going berserk about it and forgetting OG top dogs for it? Will all of the OEM’s judgment calls, tough decisions and, yes, sacrifices work out for the best? Only one way to find out:

G3 vs G2 – design and build quality comparison

Simple is the new smart? Damn straight, if simple means replacing chintzy, glossy plastic with… not as chintzy, matte polycarbonate. Clearly, the brushed metal feel can’t fool anyone with half a brain. But this is one of the judgment calls I was talking about.

LG G3

Could have LG mimicked HTC and delivered a “premium”, aluminum-made slab? Sure. Was it the right call? Probably not, due to a bundle of reasons. Like costs. Or potential yield issues. And ultimately, the end user doesn’t care if it’s metal, plastic, titanium or kryptonite he’s holding. He just wants something elegant, sturdy, handsome.

The G3 is all that and more, trumping the G2 with grip, an amazing form factor, just enough curves to look distinguished, not tacky, smoother rear keys, and a removable back cover. LG’s designers really outdid themselves on those bezels, managing to increase the screen real estate by 0.3 inches and keep the proportions and G2’s winning size to body ratio in check.

LG G3 vs LG G2

The G3 is a measly 7.8 mm taller than its forefather, 3.7 mm wider, exactly as thin and, incredibly, six lousy grams heavier. Dayum!

Display face-off

Ah, the quad HD screen talk. How I dreaded it since the very first whispers started to make themselves heard. Yet another controversial judgment call on LG’s part, though one I can’t fully defend. Apparently, the bumped up panel pixel count won’t harm battery life, thanks to special optimizations of sorts.

LG-G3-Display

So I guess we can’t critique the OEM’s choice too much, despite the move from Full to Quad HD having little to no real-life benefits. The hell we can’t! Think about it. The Koreans are capable of amazing autonomy improvements via unique optimizations and they waste them on making this pointless transition smooth.

Why not keep things the way they were resolution-wise and, oh I don’t know, boost the actual running time between charges? Anyway, back to the point, G3’s display is larger (5.5 vs 5.2 inches), higher-res and all-around better… by a whisker.

Processing speed, RAM and cameras

A quad-core 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 chip outpaces a 2.2 Snapdragon 800 any time of the day, especially when paired with 3 GB RAM in lieu of 2. The thing is LG’s most controversial and potentially harming choice is to offer 2 gigs of random-access memory as standard instead of 3.

LG-G3-specs

The whole RAM/storage configuration business is blurry at the moment, but rumor is the variant packing 2 and 16 gigs respectively shall roll out globally, and the one with 3/32 will get a limited run in a handful of markets. Mostly in Asia. Ooh, bad, bad call!

Moving on to the cams, they preserve G2’s megapixel counts (13 and 2.1), but add crazy features like laser autofocus, Magic Focus and a wider aperture for the secondary, front-facing unit in the mix. Also, optical image stabilization is upgraded (OIS+), and you can shoot 4K videos no problem. Neato.

LG G3 vs LG G2 – software and battery life

We already covered the battery life area, where capacity stays the same (3,000 mAh), and, regardless of Quad HD power needs, autonomy allegedly sits tight. Or does it? Well, we won’t know until the reviews start coming in, but personally, I’m fairly pessimistic.

LG G3 battery

Let’s not forget the panel is also larger, the CPU slightly punchier and thus hungrier for “juice”. I’d love for LG’s claims to pan out, but I don’t think it’s possible.

As far as software goes, the G3 naturally comes with the newest Android flavor, 4.4 KitKat, out the box, though right now, so does the G2. Both copies of Android are customized and skinned, with LG’s Optimus UI in tow, but as expected, G3’s user interface is flatter, cleaner, simpler, more minimalistic.

Smart Notice

Fresh add-ons include a particularly useful Smart Notice personal assistant (known on the inside as LG Concierge), and some may enjoy LG’s Smart Keyboard and Smart Security functions too. While definitely not innovative, the two should come in handy for non-purists.

Pricing and others

Like I said, it’s unclear if the G3’s top configuration, featuring 3 GB RAM and 32 GB built-in storage, will ever see daylight on the Western hemisphere. If it does, expect it to be priced around $250 with pacts and $700 outright.

Meanwhile, the lower-end flavor shall cost $200 in subsidized form and roughly $600 off-contract, which is right in G2’s ballpark from last fall.

LG G3 camera

The “others” section sees the G3 trump its forerunner in two final departments, namely expandable storage (yay for microSD card slots) and audio, courtesy of a booming 1 Watt speaker.

Enough to warrant that upgrade? To be frank, LG had me at brushed metal exterior. And redesigned rear physical buttons. And then they swept me off my feet with the OIS+ laser-assisted camera. You’ll really need to blow my socks off with the S5 Prime and One M8 Prime, Samsung and HTC, to win back my vote of confidence.

Google Nexus 5 vs Nexus 4 – Specs Comparison (What’s New, What’s Not)

Did the unprecedented rumor spectacle of the past few weeks months spoil everything? Or has Google and LG’s Nexus 5 delivered and impressed despite being as big of a public secret as NSA’s surveillance programs? That is the question, but it’s not the only one.

Here’s another for you. Is it worth upgrading from the now “dated” N4 to its follow-up?

Nexus 5 vs Nexus 4

Not quite a simple and straightforward yes or no question, so instead of giving a half-assed answer I’ll try to pit the two against one another, highlight as objectively as humanly possible the similarities and differences between them and then let you and just you decide. Deal?

Nexus 5 vs Nexus 4 – What’s new

  • Overhauled design, new build materials, smaller bezels

The N4 was quite the looker back in the day, you can’t deny it that, yet a lot has changed in the space of 12 months. For instance, glass has failed the test and is no longer viewed as an economically wise build material to use in a mobile device. Why? In a nutshell, because it cracks far too easily.

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And with aluminum losing steam too (also due to frailty, not to mention cost), it certainly makes sense for Google to now go the plastic route all the way. N4’s bezels are another design element that simply wouldn’t have cut it for a 2013 Nexus, so it’s nice to see LG shrinking them enough for the width to basically stay the same and height to only grow with 4 mm despite the N5 rocking a screen that’s 0.25 inches bigger.

Besides, the N5 is lighter than its predecessor too (130 vs 139 grams), which begs the obvious question: how in the hell did the designers pull that off?!?

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Finally, as far as the design “language” goes, the best way to describe the N5 is like a cross between LG’s G2 and the Asus-made Nexus 7 2013. Which in lack of a better word is positively peachy.

  • Bigger, better, brighter display

This choice was also a no-brainer seeing how the Android landscape has mutated and, though “perfect size” is primarily a matter of taste, I think we can all agree 4.95 inches is close enough to everyone’s preferences.

Nexus-5-vs-Nexus-4

As for the resolution, it can’t get much better than 1,920 x 1,080 pixelsfor the time being.

  • Moar processing power

A quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor was enough to decently handle most everyday tasks on the N4, especially as it was aided by a whopping 2 GB RAM. But you know what’s better than decently handling everyday tasks?

Nexus 5 in hand

Get every app and game known to man to run smooth as butter, courtesy of the current standard in blazing-fast mobile processing solutions: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 CPU, clocked at 2.3 GHz and paired with the same 2 gigs of RAM.

  • Double the storage, OIS camera, LTE, KitKat

You can file these all under minor upgrades, only for true Nexus fans they’re probably much more important than even the processor bump. The storage options are now 16 and 32 GB instead of 8 and 16, the 8 MP rear-facing snapper has built-in optical image stabilization, 4G LTE is standard (sort of), plus there’s a delicious chocolaty treat waiting for you on the software side of things.

Nexus 5 KitKat

Now granted, Google could have upped the ante even more on storage with, say, microSD support (sweet dreams). As for software, 4.4 could land on last year’s Nexus 4 by the time I hit “publish” on this article, so yeah, that’s probably minor.

Nexus 5 vs Nexus 4 – What’s the same

  • LG

In sickness and in health, for richer and poorer, Google has taken LG under its wing in 2012 and the once unlikely partnership goes on. Good or bad news? It depends on exactly what has LG learned from Nexus 4’s availability woes. Hope you understand this is your last chance to step up to the plate, eh, LG?

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  • Battery life (probably)

At first sight, the battery has been bumped up, now rocking 2,300 mAh capacity compared with 2,100 mAh one year ago. However, as the display is larger and brighter and the processor zippier, the fresh cell is unlikely to be more effective and resistant in real life.

Nexus-4-battery

I wouldn’t rule out autonomy being actually worse, which sounds like the phone’s number one Achilles’ heel, what with the N4 barely capable of running for 14 hours in continuous talk time.

  • Camera

Look, I appreciate a nifty gimmick as much as the next guy, but is OIS really going to improve photo quality on the Nexus phone despite the sensor remaining the same, at 8 MP? Everyone says yes, but before getting my grubby hands on the N5 or seeing the thing thoroughly tested, I’ll play the bad guy and assume nothing drastic has changed.

Nexus-5-camera

  • Pricing (sort of)

I’m well aware the Nexus 5 starts at $349 outright via Google Play, whereas the N4 was $299 and up at first. Yet the base model rocks 16 GB of built-in storage, so exactly as much as the 2012 top-liner, which used to cost, you guessed it, 350 bucks.

Nexus-5-price

Oh, and by the by, when weighing in the pros and cons of scoring a Nexus 5, be sure to put this under pros, as there was absolutely no way for Google to go lower than $350. Bottom line, not all change is good and, in this particular case, no change is exceptionally good.

Over and out and now the floor is all yours. Are you getting a Nexus 5? Is it all you fantasized about? More? Less? How come? 

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Galaxy Note 2 – What’s New, What’s Not

Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Taking advantage of its consolidated comfortable position in the smartphone market, Samsung hasn’t considerably upped its ante, choosing the rehash route rather than the major upgrade.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Galaxy Note 2

Or how about this: it isn’t worth upgrading to the latest Samsung flagship device, as it’s not a game-changer in any key way and does not innovate as past spearheads of the company? Sound familiar? I know it does, since it’s essentially the tune every single Galaxy S4 reviewer sang last spring, being on the verge of repeating itself now that the Note 3 is (almost) out.

And since I myself was a GS4 skeptic (the HTC One was much closer to my heart), I was ready to make a recital of how the Galaxy Note 3 is a pithy update to the 2012 Note 2. But I can’t. I simply cannot. Which is why I’ve decided instead to compile a list of everything that’s changed between last year and now and all that’s remained the same. Here goes:

Galaxy Note 3 vs Note 2 – What’s new

  • Bigger, brighter display with higher resolution and pixel count

They’re going to tell you Full HD doesn’t really make a difference. That 119 ppi more (386 now vs. 267 last year) is nothing. That it’s the same Super AMOLED screen of the Galaxy S3, just bigger. But what do they know? Meanwhile, what you should know is Note 3’s panel is big yet not uncomfortably so, uber-crisp, rocking fantastic colors and just excellent for anything from watching video clips to browsing.

Note 3 display

  • Compact, lighter body and thinner profile

Samsung’s engineering work has been more than once in the past few years mind-boggling, but the Note 3 manages to take it all one step further. How did these artists manage to boost the usable screen real estate by 0.2 inches yet still shave 15 grams off the phone’s weight, 1 mm off its thickness and keep both the height and width in check? One word – aliens.

  • Faux leather battery cover

Plastic or metal? How about faux leather? In a nutshell, I imagine that’s how this bold design decision was made. And let’s face it, it was a pretty big gamble. But by the looks of it, it paid off. I’ve not yet had a chance to play with a Note 3 in the flesh myself, though I don’t have to in order to tell the back cover is smooth, elegant and for once premium-looking. What else could you want?

galaxy-note3-back

  • Zippier processor and one extra gig of RAM

The GNote 2 was already a beast, capable of handling even the longest, heaviest Android gaming sessions, so the Note 3 didn’t really need a speed boost. Which is why it’s so incredibly awesome to see Samsung always want to be on top of its game, always thinking ahead, always taking care of you.

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Is there any limit to what the quad-core 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU and 3 GB RAM can do? Let’s just put it this way – the laptop I’m currently writing these lines on features less memory than this phone.

  • Better rear-facing camera, Android 4.3, redesigned interface

Moar megapixels is always better, but for the time being, before seeing reviews and sample pictures, there’s no way to know how much better the 13 MP snapper on Note 3’s back is compared with Note 2’s 8 MP unit.

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Meanwhile, on the software front, most of the tweaks and bumps are barely noticeable, although there are also plenty of important new S Pen-related features, such as Air Command or Pen Window. And a new, tastier, smoother Jelly Bean flavor.

Note 3 vs Note 2 – What’s the same

  • Design language

There are those that say the Galaxy Note 3 borrows heavily from GS4’s design and even GS2’s looks. But I don’t see it. Sure, it’s sharper around the edges and whatnot, but on the whole, it’s exactly how I would have pictured an evolved Note 2. Which is not a bad thing, mind you. Quite on the contrary.

Note_3_vs_Note_2

  • S Pen

Again, not a bad thing, but Note 3’s accompanying S Pen accessory looks almost identical to Note 2’s. In terms of design, but also capabilities, versatility and functionality.

GalaxyNote3-S-Pen

  • Battery life

I’m going out on a limb here, as the battery tests for the “next big thing” are not yet in, but since the capacity is only upped with 100 mAh, the display is both larger and higher-res and the CPU faster, I’ll assume the real-life autonomy will be more or less identical. Maybe even worse for the GNote 3, though I certainly hope not.

  • Storage, connectivity options and “gimmicks”

Still no fingerprint scanner (who needs one after all?), still 32 or 64 GB of on-board storage with microSD expansion (the 16 GB model appears to have been ditched), plus all you’ll ever need as far as connectivity goes and more (i.e.: 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS, infrared port).

There’s really nothing Sammy could have innovated or upgraded here and I for one am fine with that. How about you? Do you think the Note 3 is worth buying? Is it all that you dreamed of or not that big of a deal? The floor is all yours.

Samsung Galaxy S4 – To Upgrade Or Not To Upgrade?

Seeing as Samsung Galaxy S3 global sales have crossed the 50 million mark already and there’s a good chance they’ll top 60 mil in the next month or so, it’s safe to assume some of you reading me out there have a GS3 in their pockets. Or on the coffee table. Or they’re straight up reading this from an S3.

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Regardless of that, I’m fairly certain there’s also a little something eating at you for a good two or three months now. Should or should you not upgrade to the Galaxy S4, advertised as usual by Samsung as “the next big thing”?

Obviously, there’s no easy answer to that question, as there’s no easy way to explain why is the Earth round, why are all women such terrible drivers (just kidding), and why is Adam Sandler still in the business of making movies (definitely not kidding).

What I can do for you though is offer a few reasons why an upgrade would be smart and a few extra ones why I recommend you sticking with the S3 for a little longer. Ready? Here we go:

Major step forward or just a rehash?

You’ve heard it all before, I’m sure. Some say the Galaxy S4 is the center of the universe, all that’s right in the world, while others claim it’s just an S3 rehash with only slightly better hardware.

Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S3

Well, which is it? I’m sorry to let you down, but I don’t hold the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything (and if I did, it would be 42 not the S4). What I can tell you is, in my humble view, the S4 is a far better, more robust, smoother phone than the S3. There’s no question about that.

But is it a game-changing device in every way? Put simply, is it for the S3 what that was for the S2? Sorry, Sammy, but no. The design is essentially the same (albeit more refined), while the software is simply unfinished, with far too many gimmicks that don’t really work as they should. Yet.

Should you wait for the Galaxy Note 3? How about the S5?

And the questions just keep on piling. Only these two are a little easier to answer. Should you wait for the Note 3 or S5? NO! Because if you do that, you’ll find yourselves in an endless circle, with no easy way out.

The fact of the matter is the big players engaged in the mobile tech battle for supremacy have reached the point where one flagship device per year is simply not enough. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Heck, it’s not a bad thing full stop.

Galaxy Note 3

Just think about how choosing a “high-end” phone went three, five or ten years ago. The choices were extremely limited and there was simply no boost and no reason for the big players to accelerate progress and push limits.

Now however, if Samsung were to wait 12 full months between high-end launches, you’d have better options from Apple, LG, Sony, Nokia, not to mention all those smallish Chinese OEMs that are growing by the day.

$700 for a flagship that’ll be obsolete in six months? No, thanks!

I’m no mind reader, but I’ll bet the above is one of the primary reasons you’re still hesitating to commit to the S4. After all, the 5-incher will be a second-class Android citizen once the Note 3, LG Optimus G2, Sony Honami, iPhone 6 and all of the others will be out, right?

Galaxy-S4

Wrong! Wrong, wrong, wrong! Sure, the S4 will no longer be the world’s fastest and coolest smartphone, but how vain do you have to be to care about that? The right phone for you is the one that best suits your needs and all the rankings, comparisons and vs articles in the world shouldn’t change your mind as to what device to choose at what point.

All that considered, you should be happy with the GS4 two or three years going forward if you buy it today. There, I said it! You don’t need to buy a different high-end phone every 12 months. Which is why, while I don’t recommend waiting for the Note 3 to see if it’s better (spoiler: it will be), I say wait for it if you’re a happy S3 owner. Meaning if it still gets the job done. If not, upgrade and upgrade quick.

Stock Android or TouchWiz? Now you don’t have to choose

Okay, so far it may look like I’m undecided as to Galaxy S4’s upgrade “value”. And I am. Because ultimately who am I to tell you what to do, what to buy and when? But here’s one reason that makes me wholeheartedly recommend the S4 – the phone’s “Google Edition”.

You know, the one unveiled during this year’s I/O. That’s essentially the textbook definition of all that’s right in the Android universe, of the operating system’s diversity and freedom of choice.

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The Nexus-like Google Edition of the S4 is no different from the regular 5-incher on the outside and it rocks the same state-of-the-art hardware. But on the software side of things, it ditches Samsung’s TouchWiz UI and comes with vanilla Android Jelly Bean.

Which I’m not saying is the way to go for everybody. But it’s extremely cool to have that alternative. Basically, you can choose between your usual Samsung top-notch Galaxy phone and an equally as impressive Nexus device. It seems dreams come true after all, eh?

To upgrade or not to upgrade? Final thoughts

I don’t mean to repeat myself, but I’m in no position to tell you to buy this, ditch that, drop 700 bucks here and lose 500 there. Which is why I’ll wrap things up by saying just one more thing – forget about what tech blogs say.

I know that may sound a little weird coming from a guy that makes his living writing on various tech blogs, but it’s true. The only person you can trust when making these kinds of decisions is yourself. You know what you need, what you like and don’t like.

And I’ll let you in on a little secret – that’s all you need to know. Now, will you or won’t you upgrade to the Galaxy S4?

Windows 7.8 opens doors to various bugs

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After several months of wait, Windows Phone 7.5 phones are finally getting updated to Windows Phone 7.8. Windows Phone 7.8 brings several features from Windows Phone 8, and since the older devices won’t be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 8, WP 7.8 should satisfy all the early adopters of Windows Phone platform.
Windows Phone 7.8 brings several features to older devices. Some of the features include:

From Microsoft:
• New home screen experience with more room for your Live Tiles. Now resizable.
• Set the Bing image of the day as the Lock Screen wallpaper.
• Pocket and child Lock screen Security
• 20 new accent theme colours
From Nokia:
• Bluetooth Share (for DRM free media files)
• Cinemagraph add-on to create blend and photo and movie-like animation, creating photos that are alive
• New camera lenses to remove unwanted objects in your photos such as passers-by or people on the edge of the shot the spoil the photo.
• Updated Contacts Transfer application
• Updates Contact Share application
• Ringtone Maker application

Along with plethora of features listed above, WP 7.8 update also opens doors to several new bugs. Many users who have updated the operating system of their legacy devices are reportedly experiencing several problems that they didn’t face on WP 7.5. Many users have discovered an alarming spike in data usage and a significant battery drain since using WP 7.8.

The root cause of first problem is that app gets its data and other information from websites, and this data is used to update icon or tiles. When the particular website is unavailable, WP 7.8 repeatedly tries to get the data and the 30 minute cut-off which was present in 7.5 doesn’t exist in 7.8, hence the system goes into an infinite loop. This of course is a problem that is app specific, but by the looks of it, WP 7.8 has lost the ability to deal with the issue on its own.

This bug or loss of functionality will be only affecting the users who have the offending apps installed on their devices, and the offending app can be easily noticed as the live tile corresponding to that app won’t update. The latter part of the problem is closely related to the former as high data-usage will lead to user’s battery getting drained more quickly, which is annoying as the problem didn’t exist before the upgrade.

Another problem that Nokia Lumia 800 owners are facing after upgrading to Windows Phone 7.8 is in connection with the volume level of the device. Music which used to be loud at the volume level of 15 before the update now has to be increased till 30 in order to have the same effect. According to the complaints, at normal volume values, music cannot be heard at all. Few users have rectified the problem by reflashing Windows Phone 7.5 back on the affected handsets, which points to the fact that the problem isn’t with the device, but the software update.

Microsoft will perhaps fix all these issues in the upcoming updates. Are you facing any problems with Windows Phone 7.8? Share your view with us.

via PhoneReview

HTC explain why Desire HD won’t be seeing ICS

HTC Desire HD is a good phone. Launched back in 2010, it was sold in good numbers. The smartphone has an aluminum unibody design. It comes loaded with a big 4.3-inch gorilla glass WVGA TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen, 8 megapixel camera (can record 720p video) and support for HSPA/W-CDMA and quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE. A 1 GHz Qualcomm 8255Snapdragon processor runs the show. The only downside is that the device is still running Android 2.3.5 (ginger bread) with HTC Sense. With that kind of hardware, it should be capable of running ICS, but it seems like end of the road for this device.

Previously, the update for HTC Desire HD was a major cause for confusion between a Canadian carrier, Telus, and its customers. Telus had told its customers that HTC Desire HD on its network won’t be seeing Ice Cream Sandwich, however, when HTC was approached for the same, they responded saying the decision was still on table as below.

“HTC is committed to providing the best customer experience on our devices and are currently determining the ability to support Ice Cream Sandwich on the HTC Desire HD. We’ll provide more information when we’ve completed our analysis.”

Telus still maintained its word saying HTC had indeed informed them that the device won’t be seeing day of light in regards of ICS. HTC later came forward with the statement below:

“After extensive testing, HTC has determined that the current version of HTC Sense with Android provides customers with the best experience on the HTC Desire HD. When we consider new versions of software, we weigh a number of factors, but ultimately the customer experience on the product is the deciding factor. We apologize for any confusion this change may have caused our customers.”

According to the statement, Telus was right and HTC has no plans on bringing ICS to HTC Desire HD. This news was considered to be a bad news for owners of the Desire S and Thunderbolt as well because they carry the same internals. HTC had not provided the reason as to why this update wasn’t possible, nevertheless, HTC has come forward pretty late and here’s what they had to say in this connection:

“For more background, due to how storage on the HTC Desire HD is partitioned – and the larger size of Android 4.0 – it would require re-partitioning device storage and overwriting user data in order to install this update. While technically advanced users might find this solution acceptable, the majority of customers would not. We also considered ways to reduce the overall size of the software package, but this would impact features and functionality that customers are currently using. Even after installing the update, there were other technical limitations which we felt negatively impacted the user experience.”

It is indeed a fair explanation as everyday average users wouldn’t like to mess with backing up their device and perform a full wipe on their device. It looks easy to a technically advanced user, however, there are few customers who use this device for its basic functionalities such as listening music, texting, playing games, apart from calling of course.

Nevertheless, for “advanced users”, the fate is still not sealed. You have a lot of unofficial ICS ROM option tailored for the device, in fact there are few Jelly Bean ROMs as well. Those who would prefer to get their hands dirty with flashing will not have problems keeping the device updated. For others, be happy with Android 2.3 along with Sense 3 overlay as according to HTC, that software combination gives the best possible experience for the given hardware configuration.

Below is a list of all the HTC devices that are confirmed to get an ICS upgrade in near future:

  • DROID Incredible 2 by HTC
  • HTC Amaze 4G
  • HTC Desire S
  • HTC Desire HD*
  • HTC EVO 3D
  • HTC EVO Design 4G
  • HTC Incredible S
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Sensation XL
  • HTC Sensation 4G
  • HTC Sensation XE
  • HTC Raider
  • HTC Rezound
  • HTC Rhyme
  • HTC Thunderbolt
  • HTC Vivid

What are you thoughts on HTC’s decision for Desire HD? Let us know using the comment form below.

Source: HTC

Motorola Posts Update On Ice Cream Sandwich Including List Of Devices

Motorola took to their official website to announce that their engineers are hard at work optimizing Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, for several Motorola devices. Motorola customers have been asking which phones will be supported by the newest version of Android.

While the web posting here gives no actual time line, Motorola says the following devices will eventually receive the upgrade:

Droid Bionic
Droid Razr
Droid Razr Maxx
Motorola Razr
Droid 4
Photon 4G
Atrix 4G
Atrix 2
Electrify

Of course if your device doesn’t appear in the list, you may not entirely be out of luck. Motorola hasn’t said whether this is a definitive list or not. Based on the devices though, it does cover all of their dual core Android smartphones in the U.S.

source: Motorola

So We Didn’t Run That Fragmentation Chart

On Friday one of the big Android news stories was a chart showing the fragmentation of Android. Actually what it showed was how far behind some handsets were than others in upgrading to new versions of Android.

The upcoming release of Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, is a hot button topic right now.  It was revealed by Android Product Development lead Hugo Barra, that the HTC/Google Nexus One would not receive an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

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Motorola Xoom Getting 4G/LTE Update Tomorrow

Motorola and Verizon Wireless have announced that the 4G/LTE upgrade for the Motorola Xoom 3g will finally start tomorrow.  The upgrade is free but it requires you to send your Motorola Xoom in, in order to get it.

This send in process has become a point of concern for people who have incorporated the Motorola Xoom into their daily routines, whether they are using it for business or personal use.  Motorola is informing customers that the upgrade should not take longer than 6 business days.

Once the upgrade has been performed customers should expect speeds to the tablet between 5 and 12 mbps downloading and 2 and 5 mbps uploading. Xoom owners will still be able to fall back on Verizon’ s 3G network when the travel outside of the 4G coverage area.

Motorola had thought they would have the first 4G/LTE Android tablet however Samsung beat them to the punch. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with 4G/LTE was released in July on Verizon Wireless.

source: Motorola

Verizon Wireless Offering One Heck Of A Trade In Promotion

We’re sure you’ve got that one friend that is still stuck on that Motorola Razr or maybe a Juke, and it’s time to get them a smartphone.  Forget the fact that they were eligible for an upgrade 3 years ago, now it’s time to bring your friend to Android.

Beginning August 18th Verizon Wireless stores are offering one heck of a trade in promotion on basic phones. It doesn’t matter which basic phone you’ve been unwilling to part with all these years. As long as you upgrade to a Smartphone you’ll get a $100 trade in credit towards that smartphone for your old basic phone.  Now Verizon isn’t even trying to pull the wool over your eyes, according to the internal email we saw you can use that $100 trade in on a new 2 year agreement price.

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Motorola Xoom 3G Getting Android 3.2 Update

Verizon Wireless/Motorola are currently rolling out the infamous Android 3.2 upgrade right now. Go to settings, about, and system update.  After you take the update you’ll have access to the SD card slot.  We know, we know, we can’t believe that the SD card slot didn’t work when you bought that shiny new Xoom, but rest assured it does now.

You’ll also get the newest feature of Android Honeycomb which allows you to resize apps not designed for Honeycomb to look a bit better on the tablet.

source: Phandroid

Verizon Rejected Motorola’s Gingerbread Rom For Droid X, This May Be Why

Droid Life has reported that the latest Gingerbread Rom submitted for Verizon Wireless’ approval for the Droid X is packing something that may not make Verizon Wireless execs too happy.

Apparently when you try and use the mobile wifi hotspot feature on this “official” Gingerbread build it tells you in no uncertain terms to visit att.com/mywireless to have mobile hotspot provisioned on your account.  This is probably because they are Motorola is borrowing things from a Gingerbread build for the Motorola Atrix 4g, however we’re sure it’s totally not cool with Verizon.

We’d have to agree with Kellex and the crew at Droid Life in suggesting that the Motorola Atrix 4G Gingerbread update may not be that far away after all.

source: Droid Life

Cyanogen Mod 7 RC2 Does 150,000 Downloads In One Day

One of the most popular mods to an Android device are the Cyanogen mods. Cyanogen Mod is named after Steve Kondik (@cyanogen) but they are a cooperative effort out many people across the country and driven by the efforts of Team Douche.  The latest version that they have been working on is built around the AOSP release of Android 2.3, Gingerbread.

The latest release candidate, RC2, brings wimax to the Evo, notification profiles and bug fixes.  The cyanogenmod website reports that they are currently feature frozen and gathering bug reports at this time.

Cyanogen says on the website in regards to the 150,000 downloads “This blows our mind and makes doing this all the more rewarding.”

Although Cyanogen Mod provides a bunch of  features, some of the 150,000 downloads must stem from Android users who are growing tired of the runaround for carrier/manufacturer upgrades.

Source: Cyanogenmod

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Motorola Clarifies Upgrading Rooted Motorola Xooms

When the Motorola Xoom was released last month it was announced that it would be upgradeable to Verizon Wireless’ 4G/LTE network.  That was one of the big draws to Motorola’s first tablet. That coupled with Android 3.0, Honeycomb, and a dual core processor make this one tablet filled with awesome.

The only downside to the Motorola Xoom upgrading to 4G/Lte was that you have to send the tablet into Motorola to get the 4G/LTE modem which could take between 3-6 days.  Last week though there was another rumor, one that we even reported on. The rumor was that if you rooted/unlocked your Motorola Xoom you would not receive the upgrade.

More and Motorola’s statement after the break
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