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Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean get a big bump from the holidays

#SuryaRay #Surya Gingerbread finally accounts for less than 50 percent of Android devices. @suryaray

Sony’s Xperia TL “Bond Phone” not ready for double-O work

#SuryaRay #Surya Sony’s latest smartphone is solid, but hardly MI6 material. @suryaray

Frustrated with tiny Verizon phones? LG Intuition is here to help

#SuryaRay #Surya Intuition fills phablet need; casts a shadow on current, puny Verizon offerings. @suryaray

Samsung’s New Galaxy Stellar Has a ‘Starter Mode’ For New Android Users

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Lenovo’s $399 Android Tablet Has a Detachable Keyboard

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Lenovo expanded its Ideatab line of tablets Thursday with the Ideatab S2110, A2107, and A2109. Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the trio of tablets are both thinner and smarter than the company’s previous offerings, and come with affordable price tags.

At the top of line of tablets sits the Ideatab S2110. The 10-inch tablet is 8.69mm thick and weighs 580g, making it one of the thinnest and lightest tablets on the block.

Much like Microsoft’s upcoming Surface tablet, the Android slate has an optional keyboard dock that can be used for creating a PC-like experience on the device.

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Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE Has a Keyboard Your Thumbs Will Love [REVIEW]

#SuryaRay #Surya Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE

Available on the carrier for $199.99 with a new two-year contract, the phone is competing against the similarly-priced HTC EVO 4G LTE, and the Samsung Galaxy S III on Sprint for your dollars.

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Android this week: Google Wallet opens; Android 4.0 grows; T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note tested

#SuryaRay #Surya The Google Wallet mobile payment service hasn’t yet taken off, partly because of limitations. Wallet originally launched on a single smartphone — Sprint’s Nexus S — hasn’t been embraced by other carriers and was limited to a single credit card option. Wallet works well for payments in places that accept it and with some changes this week, more people could be using it in the near future.

Google expanded Wallet support beyond the original Citi MasterCard, so that it now works with other MasterCard options, Visa, Discover and American Express. Google says it works with debit cards as well and the service is more secure: Card information is stored in the cloud, not on the device itself. And Wallet can be disabled remotely if your phone or tablet is lost; I tested that this week and it works. With these changes, plus support on newer devices with NFC chips — think about those 10 million Samsung Galaxy S III phones already sold — Google Wallet could see more usage overall.

Android 4.0 is seeing more usage, as well. For that matter, so is Android 4.1, which only launched last month. Google’s dashboard that shows the version number of Android devices hitting the Google Play store was updated this week. The number of phones and tablets running Android 4.0 nearly doubled to from the prior month, accounting for 15.9 percent of the total Android population visiting the Play store. Jelly Bean, or Android 4.1 quickly went from zero to 0.8 percent; impressive considering how few devices run the software.

Part of the reason for this boost is because handset makers are finally upgrading older devices to Android 4.0, which debuted in October of last year. That’s good news for consumers due to the improved look and feel of the platform over the old Android 2.3 software; now more than 18 months old. The other factor is Google’s Nexus 7 tablet which ships with Jelly Bean. No official sales figures have been revealed yet, but based on Jelly Bean already nearing one percent of devices in under a month, combined with Nexus 7 orders held up due to demand, Google looks to have a hit tablet of its own.

That leads to the definition of a tablet, which the Samsung Galaxy Note may meet. The 5.3-inch phone is often called a “phablet” due to being both smartphone and small tablet. Although the device hit the market months ago, T-Mobile has just picked it up and I got an early look. As you can see by my video overview, the Galaxy Note — mostly unchanged from the AT&T version although it ships with Android 4.0 — is big but thin, a solid performer and likely a two-handed device for most people.

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Timing could be important for this device’s launch as Samsung has confirmed it will be announcing a successor device later this month. The Galaxy Note II is rumored to have an even larger 5.5-inch screen; not surprising to me as I believe tablets will replace smartphones for most within the next several years.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Highlights Android’s Tablet Problem [REVIEW]

Is the large-size Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 a worthy iPad alternative? With its 10.1-inch screen, this is the Samsung tablet that competes most direc…

HTC Droid Incredible 4G Is Headed To Verizon [PICS]

HTC and Verizon announced the HTC Droid Incredible 4G on Monday, the third phone in the Droid Incredible line. The HTC Droid Incredible 4G has a…

HTC One X May Be The Best Android Phone Ever [REVIEW]

The HTC One X rests at the top of HTC’s lineup of Android smartphones. Set to come to AT&T’s LTE network on May 6, the handset…

HTC One S Is Lightweight, Takes Dazzling Photos [REVIEW]

In an alternate universe, the HTC One S would the manufacturer’s top-of-the-line smartphone. The phone is HTC’s thinnest handset eve…

Chrome For Android Gets Desktop View, Home Screen Bookmarks, File Downloads

Chrome for Android is becoming somewhat of a flagship product for Google, but given that it’s only available on phones and tablets running Ice Cream Sandwich, its reach is pretty limited. It’s still one of the best mobile browsers on the market, though, and Google is adding a number of cool features to it today. Chrome for Android is now also available in 31 additional languages and in all countries where Google Play is available.

Galaxy Note Won’t Taste Ice Cream Sandwich Until Q2

The still-popular Galaxy S II just recently got its first official taste of Ice Cream Sandwich, but Galaxy Note owners hoping to experience the same before the end of the quarter are bound to be disappointed by a new announcement from the Korean electronics giant. Despite a proclamation from the company stating that the update would be available in Q1 2012, Samsung has officially pushed the release of the Note’s ICS update until some time next quarter.

Google To Release New Ice Cream Sandwich Update For Nexus S

#SURYARAY #SURYA —- I don’t blame Nexus S users for feeling a bit forgotten — for a device ostensibly meant to be on the cutting edge of Android updates, the Nexus S hasn;t had much luck on the Ice Cream Sandwich front. If Engadget’s sources hold true though, that may all change very shortly. According to them, Google is once again preparing to make the Ice Cream Sandwich update available, and it’s expected to drop within the “next few weeks.”

Hey HTC Vivid Owners, Go Download Your Ice Cream Sandwich Update

#SURYARAY #SURYA —- Despite launching last October, the Ice Cream Sandwich club is still a pretty exclusive one, and even moreso in the United States. Let’s see, there’s the Galaxy Nexus… and, yeah, that’s really it. Surprisingly though, while HTC mentioned earlier this week that the Vivid would be among the devices to get the Ice Cream Sandwich update, the new software is already available to anyone who knows how to push the right buttons. Literally.