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To help realize the goals of NASA's PhoneSat project, engineers have turned to off-the-shelf consumer gadgets for parts, harnessing the internals of Google's Nexus hardware as the brains of the operation.
As promised, today Google is releasing Android 4.1 into the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) for everybody to download, examine, and likely attempt to port a a whole host of devices
Google's apparently ready to greatly expand its Nexus program: the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the company plans to give as many as five device OEMs early access to future versions of Android and sell those devices directly to consumers.
Samsung has posted a list of phones which will be receiving an upgrade to Android 4.0, with a number of carrier-specific phones included. However, the Galaxy S — a handset that Samsung said was "under review" following a public outcry — has not made it onto the list.
Sprint has made an official Android 4.0 update available for the Nexus S 4G, over three months after it rolled out for the GSM version of the same device.
Sources close to Spotify have informed us that the company is hard at work on a "major" new version of its Android app. While we couldn't learn any more details, the news should delight the legions of Spotify Premium users flooding the company's support forums with complaints about the app, which hasn't been updated since November 2011.
T-Mobile USA was sued today by a company called On Track Innovations, which claims that T-Mobile's smartphones with NFC technology infringe one of its patents — a patent that may not be so strong.
The custom launcher for the popular Cyanogenmod 9 ROM has been released in Alpha form. It only works on Android 4.0.3 devices, but it offers customizations above and beyond what's available in Ice Cream Sandwich.
Earlier today, Samsung revealed that it doesn't intend to update the Galaxy S, its most successful smartphone to date, to the latest version of Android. You might shrug and dismiss that as just more evidence of Android's inherent fragmentation or the need for buyers to beware, but I take grave issue with it. This is a decision based not on technical constraints, as Samsung would have us believe, but on hubris.
Patrick Boivin and his stop-motion Nexus Ninjas have an affinity for unboxing Google's flagship Android devices — generally with some crazy flips and flying kicks — that dates back to 2010's Nexus One. For their third outing, the ninjas downgrade to 8-bit as Red seeks out the missing Galaxy Nexus in a sidescrolling brawler beautifully reminiscent of classics like Double Dragon and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Instructions for manually updating GSM Nexus S devices to Android 4.0.3 have surfaced and the steps are simple and straightforward. Users simply need to download the ROM image from Google's servers and install them directly from their computer.
We offer some hands-on impressions of a new app in the Android Market called Add Friend allows you to tap your NFC-enabled smartphone with your buddy's phone to send a Facebook friend request.
The Verizon version of the Galaxy Nexus won't ship with Google Wallet. It's the latest move in a high-stakes game that pits Google and Sprint up against the ISIS consortium of Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile for the future of mobile payments.
CyanogenMod 9 developers are bringing increasingly stable versions of Android 4.0 to the Samsung Nexus S and Galaxy S international version. According to developer Koushik Dutta, it's suitable for use as a "daily driver" on the Nexus S
German firm Dream Chip Technologies has brought wireless display mirroring to the Android platform with its XBounds dongle. It will be showcasing its invention at Droidcon 2011 in Amsterdam.
- Android 4.0 ported to Raspberry Pi, supports HD video but not audio Aug 1, 2012, 8:02am EDT
- HTC One V's Android 4.0 firmware ported to the Desire S and Desire HD Apr 9, 2012, 2:43pm EDT
- Nokia N9 gains Android 4.0.3 dual-boot thanks to 'Project Mayhem' Mar 22, 2012, 1:24pm EDT
- Nokia N9 shown running Ice Cream Sandwich Feb 9, 2012, 6:33am EST
The AOSP version of Ice Cream Sandwich has been ported to Google's previous Android flagship phone, the Nexus S. It's stable and responsive, with almost full functionality available.