We’ve known for quite some time that Motorola intended to push Ice Cream Sandwich to the Droid 4, but until now the waiting game continued, with no end in sight. It now appears that the smartphone maker is making serious progress on its own Motoblur-infused flavor of ICS, with a stock version of the upgrade making the rounds since last night. According to early adopters, the build seems to enable complete functionality, but upgrading early will leave your device locked to 4.0.4, with no option for future updates. So, for now, it makes sense to hang tight, but it’d be reasonable to assume that Moto-sanctioned ICS is indeed on its way to the Droid 4. Impatient owners will find everything they need at the source link after the break.
Your smartphone and / or tablet is just begging for an update. From time to time, these mobile devices are blessed with maintenance refreshes, bug fixes, custom ROMs and anything in between, and so many of them are floating around that it’s easy for a sizable chunk to get lost in the mix. To make sure they don’t escape without notice, we’ve gathered every possible update, hack, and other miscellaneous tomfoolery we could find during the last week and crammed them into one convenient roundup. If you find something available for your device, please give us a shout at tips at engadget dawt com and let us know. Enjoy!
Not all mobile news is destined for the front page, but if you’re like us and really want to know what’s going on, then you’ve come to the right place. This past week, Sprint reassured us with optimism for Windows Phone 8, and T-Mobile’s CEO found a new partner to continue the fight against Verizon’s AWS acquisition. These stories and more await after the break. So buy the ticket and take the ride as we explore the “best of the rest” for this week of May 7th, 2012.
The last we heard, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 was in pre-order limbo at Office Depot. Now we have official word that the slate will launch at that outlet — and also at Amazon, Best Buy, Tiger Direct and others — on May 13th. As expected, the 16GB WiFi version will go for $400, and if you’ve followed our coverage, you’ll know it’s a solid dual-core slate that nonetheless doesn’t make huge spec improvements over the original Tab 10.1 (barring that Ice Cream Sandwich OS, of course). The Galaxy Player 4.2 will also make its debut this Sunday, for an asking price of $200. Android-loving moms: rejoice.
We knew it was coming, but in case you had any doubts, you’ll be glad to know Vodafone, Three and O2 have opened up the pre-order doors to those looking to grab the newest Galaxy on the block. As we’re accustomed to seeing from carriers across the pond, the trio’s pricing Sammy’s S III with enough flexibility to fit a slew of different budgets; for example, you can snag the 16GB model at no cost with a