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Ice Cream Sandwich Is Confirmed For some HTC Devices

I am still very specific about the types of electronics that I purchase.  I am very fixed on the Android devices.  Being an Android person I can attest to the facts at hand…

  • It is known that some IPhone devs have moved over to Android.
  • Blackberry has lost many customers to Android.
  • A regular person can code a Android app.
  • IPhones cost some serious money to get fixed correctly.
  • NO IPhone is identical to another.  (Connections, capabilities, etc.)
  • “Rooting” a IPhone a.k.a. “Jailbreak” is against a lot of Apples rules.

It is now confirmed that the HTC line of phones will receive the Ice Cream Sandwich update.

So what is Ice Cream Sandwich?

The newest Android OS has been announced, and it’s called Ice Cream Sandwich.

This new OS is supposed to run on all types of Android devices, converging the Android operating system into one sweet package, easing the issue of OS fragmentation and creating new opportunities for developers.

The version number will be 4.0, and we can expect to see the OS rolling out by the end of 2011.

At Google’s developer conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, Google execs said this would be Google’s “everywhere” OS for mobile phones, tablets, and other connected devices.

When exactly this convergence will take place — especially in light of the Honeycomb 3.1 announcements just moments before the Ice Cream Sandwich reveal — is up for debate. But we’re hearing from Google reps that Ice Cream Sandwich will eventually close the 2.X/3.X fork and be the one OS for all Android devices.

We’d heard earlier this year that an OS called “Ice Cream” would be arriving this summer after a Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc was spotted running the OS at CES. At the time, most reporters were uncertain whether Ice Cream would be a continuation of the 2.4 fork and would function for mobile phones only.

One of the most consistent complaints about developing for Android is the ecosystem’s fragmentation. The hardware is a diaspora; the OSes in use are a crazy quilt. Hopefully, the new OS represents a more consistent direction for Android — one that will once and for all put to rest the more valid criticisms of the “fragmentation” camp.

Here is the text to the official Sprint announcement…

Sprint will begin to rollout Google’s latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, to our customers in early 2012. Ice Cream Sandwich will be available via an over-the-air update to a variety of devices including HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G and other key products in our line-up. Stay tuned for more details and exact timing.

Sprint Epic 4G Gets Android 2.2

Check up on the web if you don’t believe me, but Android 2.2 is apparently starting to go out.

I just installed it, and it does in fact work.  NO rooting required.  And it’s a Sprint release.  Maybe not the final one, but it is one of Sprints.  I will give a full rundown in a few days.  From what I see, and these are only a few things…

  • Flash is now working
  • There is a “Silent” button on the DownSwipe screen.
  • Free HD Game Demos.
  • Tethering option under Wireless and Network.

I take no responsibility if you BRICK your phone so if you can’t follow directions, or aren’t confident… DON’T DO THIS!

If you want to do the update now you can do so by following these directions…

  1. Download the update file.  I already have it named accordingly. 
    http://www.myblogs4u.com/wp-content/plugins/downloads-manager/img/icons/default.gif download: Android 2.2.1 Firmware Update For Sprint Epic 4G (90.00MB)
    added: 05/12/2010
    clicks: 898
    description: Android 2.2.1 Firmware Update For Sprint Epic 4G Use at your own risk.
  2. Connect your phone to your computer and select Mass Storage.
  3. Copy the update.zip to the root of the SDCard / Removable drive on your computer.
  4. Boot into Recovery Mode.
  5. Select Apply update.zip.

To get into Recovery Mode

  • Turn off phone
  • Hold Vol Down + Camera + Power On (Keep Holding These Till Recover Mode Is Visible)

To move around in Recovery Mode

  • Use Vol Up and Vol Down to move up and down.
  • Use Home to select.

That’s it.

Thanks to the many sources that bring me this information.