by George Heymann

Livin’ large with the 5.3” Galaxy Note

 Is that a large smartphone in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

By now those of you interested in the Galaxy Note, have probably already looked at the phone statistics and any number of reviews. Rather than just give you my initial impressions, What I’d like to do do is to give you some insight on what it’s like to live with the rather large but svelte member of the Samsung family.

There is almost no getting around the fact the phone is large, the Galaxy Note sports a 5.3″ WXGA (1280 x 800, 285 PPI) HD Super Amoled screen. For me the size has been more of an asset than a detriment in day to day use. The extra screen real estate on the Note has made mobile web browsing productive and for the first time for me on a smartphone, enjoyable!

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LG announces its initial Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade roadmap

LG announced its preliminary roadmap today for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) upgrades on its Facebook page  for high-end LG smartphones which were introduced earlier this year.

The initial handsets include: the Optimus 2X, Optimus Black, Optimus 3D and the Optimus LTE. The LG post explains that they are continuing to evaluate the performance of other LG smartphones to make ICS OS available on as many LG smartphones as possible.

LG is promising to update its Facebook again in December with its planned upgrade schedule and additional specific models that will be eligible for the ICS upgrade. Although they did not specifically state it, I expect that carrier specific variants of the already announced models will also be included, for example the LG G2x, the T-Mobile version of the Optimus 2X should be supported.

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HTC promises to upgrade as many devices as possible to Ice Cream Sandwich

HTC latest status update on its Facebook page promises to upgrade as many existing HTC devices as possible to Ice Cream Sandwich. No details on specific devices or timing of the pending updates.

Via: HTC Facebook Page

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Google and Samsung officially announce the Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

by George Heymann


Google and Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) at its press event in Hong Kong last night and there is a lot to report.

Let’s begin with Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), the latest version of the Android OS by Google, it looks fantastic. The user interface (UI) appears to be heavily influenced by Matias Duarte the Director of Android user experience at Google. Matias was formerly the VP of User experience at Palm and led the interface design teams at both Helio and Danger.

The ICS user interface is elegant in its simplicity, its emphasis on typography starting with ICS Roboto font and layout stands out as a divergent path in Android development. ICS unified gestures throughout the UI and applications should make navigation simpler for new and experienced users alike.

The capacitive buttons are gone, ICS uses full touch screen controls that automatically orient themselves to match the orientation of the phone. The buttons can also be adapted for specific functions that are context sensitive within application sub-menus.

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