Ice Cream Sandwich

Huawei Ascend P1 hits UK in August at ZTE-spanking price

Huawei Ascend P1 hits UK in August at ZTE-spanking price

Huawei has announced UK availability and pricing of the slimline Ascend P1, the company's 7.69mm-thick Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone. The Ascend P1 will drop on Vodafone in early August, priced at free on a new, two-year agreement of £26 ($41) per month. Further carriers and retailers are expected to follow on later, but the price makes it a strong competitor for rival low-cost Android phones from ZTE.

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ZTE Grand X hands-on

ZTE Grand X hands-on

ZTE has launched its new Grand X flagship Android smartphone in the UK, balancing power and price to deliver a mini Nexus on a budget. Powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 2 - no, that's no typo, it's NVIDIA's last-gen chip - and paired with a 4.3-inch qHD LCD display and 5-megapixel camera, the Grand X runs an untampered version of Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich that could prove mighty appealing to those turned off by UI tweaks.

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HTC Desire HD ICS update still on track

HTC Desire HD ICS update still on track

At the start of the week a Telus upgrade schedule plan was discovered that showed the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the HTC Desire HD had been cancelled. The carrier cited poor performance as the reason why, although it wasn’t clear if the cancellation extended to unlocked and international models. Android Central reached out to HTC to get the official word, and the company has responded by saying that the update is still on track.

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Gooseberry jams Android and overclocked CPU into Raspberry Pi rival

Gooseberry jams Android and overclocked CPU into Raspberry Pi rival

The Raspberry Pi has definitely made some waves. Just the other day we saw a Korean company offering up a similar board with a quad-core processor, and now another affordable challenger is available. The Gooseberry Android board features a 1Ghz processor that can be overclocked to 1.5Ghz, 512MB of RAM, a Mali-400 GPU, 4GB of onboard storage, and a microSD card slot for up to 32GB of additional space.

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Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD coming in August for under $500

Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD coming in August for under $500

Huawei announced a plethora of devices back at MWC 2012, one of which was the MediaPad 10 FHD tablet. Things have been pretty quiet regarding the tablet, but Yu Chengdong, Senior Vice President of Huawei, has taken to Weibo to give everyone an update on the specs and release date of the tablet. The tablet will make its debut in China in August, with the price expected to be less than 3,000 CNY (~$470).

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OUYA Kickstarter blasts past $5m mark

OUYA Kickstarter blasts past $5m mark

This week the Kickstarter phenomenon known as OUYA has reached $5 million dollars pledged for their Android-based gaming console with 22 days left to go. This amount of cash for a project such as this is fantastic on its own, but given the group's $950,000 goal at the start of the project, it's become a whole new animal since it started less than a month ago. With more than 5 times their original seed money request, it's time for the developers and engineers behind the project to seriously reconsider their futures in their respective fields - things are looking up!

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LG Optimus Vu spotted with Verizon markings

LG Optimus Vu spotted with Verizon markings

It appears very much like LG will be bringing their rectangular 5-inch display-having Android device known as the Optimus Vu to Verizon this summer if a leaked photo is to be believed. This photo (seen in the gallery below) comes via Android Police who note that this device will likely take the place of the Galaxy Note that's now headed to T-Mobile instead. This continues a legacy of LG devices adopting Verizon's 4G LTE network with their own custom software stylings on Android devices.

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Kyocera Hydro set to make a splash on Boost Mobile

Kyocera Hydro set to make a splash on Boost Mobile

This week the folks at Boost Mobile and Kyocera have announced the final release date for the Kyocera Hydro, a device which we got our hands on earlier this Spring. This device is a waterproof smartphone with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a unique set of hardware buttons, and the ability to be dunked into a bucket of water. This device connects to 3G data via its carrier Boost Mobile and is set to be your "eco-friendly" companion this summer.

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T-Mobile Galaxy Note to add Dropbox and Wi-fi calls

T-Mobile Galaxy Note to add Dropbox and Wi-fi calls

This week the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note has been revealed with a bow on it, showing off its own unique selection of carrier-added apps and the same fabulous S-Pen as the original. This device has been released internationally as well as on AT&T's 4G LTE network, while this newest release, set for later this summer, will be coming with T-Mobile's 4G - that being HSPA+, not quite LTE. T-Mobile has announced that this device will be popping up with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box in "the coming weeks" with a specific date showing its face much sooner than that.

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T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note made official

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note made official

This week a member of T-Mobile's PR team has made a tiny, yet significant announcement via Twitter - that the Samsung Galaxy Note will, indeed, be coming to the carrier. This device has been rumored and pictured attached to the carrier several times in the past few weeks and months, this move by T-Mobile being the one push needed to get customers of T-Mobile thinking about whether it'll be this or the Samsung Galaxy S III they'll be choosing this summer. This version of the Galaxy Note will likely be basically the same as the AT&T version of the device, devoid of a physical home button and toting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box.

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