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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich / Galaxy Nexus Launch Wrap-up [Videos]

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich / Galaxy Nexus Launch Wrap-up [Videos]

We're now a few days out from the first big impact of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as it's launched formally with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in Hong Kong, China, and here we've got a complete wrap-up of the events and the waves that've come after. First we'll get down to brass tacks on what it feels like to handle Ice Cream Sandwich and the phone Google has chosen as it's hero device to run the system without any sort of modification from the manufacturer on top of it. Then there's a few comparisons that need to be made - both to the top device at Apple, the iPhone 4S, and the alternate hero device from Samsung, the Galaxy S II. Devour it all here!

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Here’s why the DROID RAZR is the ideal Android for today’s mobile landscape

Here’s why the DROID RAZR is the ideal Android for today’s mobile landscape

Let me tell you here why Motorola presented the ideal phone for a person like me this week in New York City. And also let me tell you why I'm sad it didn't come out several months ago. First, the positives - they all begin with the heavy metal that makes up the majority of this device. Then let's speak about how thin and lovely this device very much appears to be. Then we'll speak about how even though I will be switching to the Galaxy Nexus sooner than later, you certainly don't have to. This is the DROID RAZR, the greatest Motorola smartphone ever created and soon to be at once the thinnest and the toughest to break smart handset on the market.

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ICS rules phones and slates as Honeycomb and Gingerbread crumble

ICS rules phones and slates as Honeycomb and Gingerbread crumble

As far as versions of mobile operating systems go, Google has been rather up front with the names for Android, each of them sticking to a kind of delicious food - this week in Hong Kong we've confirmed that no longer will the treats Honeycomb and Gingerbread rule the separate worlds of Tablets and Smartphones - there will be one, Ice Cream Sandwich. This version of Android is numbered 4.0 and the name, Ice Cream Sandwich, has two meanings when it comes down to it - As you may recall from all the way back at Mobile World Congress 2011, there was an event we were at where Google's Eric Schmidt first told us of a future with one Android OS.

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Samsung Google Android event set for October 19 in Hong Kong [Official]

Samsung Google Android event set for October 19 in Hong Kong [Official]

Invites have been sent out to those considered worthy of attending what may well be the biggest event in the shared history of Samsung and Google, one taking place LIVE from Hong Kong, China. This event will almost certainly be showing off the newest Android operating system Ice Cream Sandwich working on a Samsung device either called the Nexus Prime or the Galaxy Nexus. One way or another, the 19th of October, Hong Kong (and the 18th of October, USA, for those that understand time zones,) will be the date of the big Samsung Unpacked event that was cancelled last week. Can you even contain your excitement at a time like this?!

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Samsung Stratosphere 4G LTE slider receives first video tour

Samsung Stratosphere 4G LTE slider receives first video tour

The ad team at Samsung have wasted no time releasing their first official video spot for what's now called the Samsung Stratosphere, this device officially detailed earlier today live from CTIA in California. What we get to see here is just about the most professional looking flipping around of the device complete with specifications galore, this making the device seem rather appeasing as a single-core device in a dual-core world. Will its added security features and the fact that it's the only keyboard-toting Super AMOLED Plus having 4G LTE device on the market set consumers to sway its way?

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ViewSonic ViewPad 10e Android tablet detailed

ViewSonic ViewPad 10e Android tablet detailed

It appears that ViewSonic will once again be trying their luck with an inexpensively constructed tablet, this time in the 9.7-inch single-core Android 2.3 Gingerbread 10E. Thus far ViewSonic has been tossing tablets out like their candy inside 2011, with the ViewPad 7x, 10pro, and 7e. Each of these tablets has either been 7-inches and running Gingerbread or 10-inches and running Windows 7 with Android virtualized inside. What we've got here is ViewSonic's first 9.7-inch Android-only tablet boasting, amongst other things, a 9.1mm thinness. Could it compete with the massive tablet market in the mix today, or would it require nothing less than a fantastically low price to blast this tablet into the market?

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CyanogenMod 7.1 Android hack released, HP Touchpad inclusion imminent

CyanogenMod 7.1 Android hack released, HP Touchpad inclusion imminent

If there's a king of Android ROMs, aka complete replacement of the visible workings of a mobile device in this case, it's CyanogenMod. For those of you that do not know, CyanogenMod is used by thousands of Android users across the earth, it being the most used Android ROM by far, and today the developers behind the project have announced that it's been upgraded to version 7.1. This version continues to closely replicate Android 2.3 Gingerbread, now with a new laundry list of feature updates as well as a short list of new devices it will work with, including, yes indeed, the HP TouchPad we've been waiting so long to modify.

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Galaxy Nexus Google Hero Phone, now with much more ideal specs

Galaxy Nexus Google Hero Phone, now with much more ideal specs

Everyone loves idillic specs on their yet-unannounced gadgets, that's why when we heard this morning's news about the Android-laden Galaxy Nexus having a 5-megapixel camera and a Verizon exclusive deal, we just weren't satisfied - thus we found our OWN source, one with a much better outlook on things. Everyone has these unnamed inside-scoop-having officials that they like to toss around, so we figured, hey, lets get a few of our own! That said, it appears that there are a few conflicting stories out there today popping up since this morning's "leak", not all of them ours - see what you think!

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Samsung Nexus Prime pictured clear as day

Samsung Nexus Prime pictured clear as day

It's less than a week now from the final reveal of whatever Samsung has in store for us near the Autumn edition of CTIA, and would you look at that, someone's posted a photo of the next Google hero phone, clear as a bell. What's actually going on here is a cleaning up of the image we've all been staring at for about 19 hours now released by Samsung early this morning, one that showed off the next Samsung device amid signs that it'd be released at Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2011: Google Edition next week. This is one good looking device.

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Samsung releases iPhone 4S vs Galaxy S II Product Spec sheet

Samsung releases iPhone 4S vs Galaxy S II Product Spec sheet

In a rather simply yet powerful gesture from Samsung, a graphic has been released with the headers Product Spec, Samsung Galaxy S II, and iPhone 4S which show a simple comparison between the two competing devices. This less than 24 hours after the first announcement of Apple's newest flagship smartphone. What we can see here is a truly comparable set of devices with what appears to be an Android winning out in the end - see that blue text? That's where the Galaxy S II is 1-upping the iPhone.

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Sphero smartphone-controlled robotic ball Hands-on with CEO Paul Berberian [Video]

Sphero smartphone-controlled robotic ball Hands-on with CEO Paul Berberian [Video]

Remote controlled cars have come a long way in just a few short decades, and here in Orbotix' Sphero we've got the new benchmark for awesome. This device is indeed a sphere with bright lovely lights inside of it that can be controlled with a variety of smartphone-based apps that you can run on either your iPhone or your Android handset. And what's mot than that, you can use your iPad, your iPod Touch, and essentially any variety of Android device to make this ball go - all you need are the official apps and bluetooth connectivity. What we got to see this week, courtesy of the CEO of the group that's created this lovely device, Paul Berberian, is a hands-on experience with the near-final product in all its glory.

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Samsung Galaxy Note vs Tab 7.7 vs Galaxy S II

Samsung Galaxy Note vs Tab 7.7 vs Galaxy S II

This week at IFA 2011 in Berlin we've been given the opportunity have quite a few hands-on looks at products from a handful of vendors, but it's the Samsung stand that's got us most interested as their newest line of products are so very comparable to one another. This week revealed to us two brand new devices, that being the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 and the Samsung Galaxy Note, the former being the next tablet device in the Galaxy Tab line, the latter being what Samsung is describing as the perfect half-way point between smartphone and tablet. Then there's the Samsung Galaxy S II as it exists on the international market right this second. How do they all compare?

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