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Android 4.0 Hits More Tablets, Smartphones

Samsung, HTC, and other hardware makers deliver Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update to device owners.

10 Tablets To Shake Up 2012
10 Tablets To Shake Up 2012
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Android 4.0, also called Ice Cream Sandwich, is still being pushed out to smartphones and tablets far and wide. The 2011 version of Android offers significant upgrades to the system software of devices that hit the market earlier this year. Here are the latest devices blessed with the good graces of the system software update gods.

First up, the Motorola Droid 4 from Verizon Wireless. Big Red announced this week that Android 4.0 will be delivered to the Motorola Droid 4 over the air in the coming weeks. The update brings the system from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich, which adds features such as face unlock and faster camera software.

Notably, the Droid 4 also gains the ability to roam overseas once the update is installed. Since the Droid 4 is one of the few Android smartphones from Verizon that includes a QWERTY keyboard, it is a solid choice for enterprise users. Toss in international roaming, and the full power of the Droid 4 has now fully been unlocked.

Verizon Wireless also recently offered Android 4.0 to the HTC Rezound. The update can be downloaded over the air, and Rezound owners will be notified when the update is ready for their device.

Next, T-Mobile is pushing Android 4.0 to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 and the Springboard. The Tab 7.7 receives Android 4.0.4, while the Springboard gets Android 4.0.3. The Tab's update must be installed via Samsung's desktop Kies software, rather than over the air. The update is necessary if Tab 7.7 owners want to be able to continue using Samsung's Media Hub after August 27. The Springboard update is being delivered over the air, which means it can be downloaded directly to the tablet via Wi-Fi.

[ Apple vs. Samsung could have repercussions for the Android developer community at large. Read Samsung Prospects Dim Vs. Apple: What Next, Android Designers? ]

AT&T announced a couple of weeks ago that Android 4.0 is headed to the LG Nitro HD. The update is rolling out over the air and should be delivered to all users by the end if this month. The update also includes the LG Optimus 3.0 user interface. AT&T and HTC also noted that they are delivering maintenance updates to the One X and the Inspire. Both of the maintenance updates improve performance of the devices.

Last, HTC promised that several of its smartphones will receive Android 4.0 by the end of this month. The devices on HTC's update list include the Rhyme, Desire S, Droid Incredible 2, and Thunderbolt. All of these updates are running late, but will be delivered in the coming weeks.

Is your device running Android 4.0 yet? It may not be Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but Ice Cream Sandwich is a heck of a lot tastier than Gingerbread.

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