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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.

No Way Sprint. Keep Your IPhone.

Now that Sprint has released the IPhone we have toying with the idea of allowing our daughter to change out her phone for one.  What I didn’t know was a lot of information that my mother gave me the other day.  From my understanding the IPhone requires a special protection plan, and on top of that when something goes wrong with one then you need to take it back to a Apple store.

This has caused me to rethink the entire situation.  I have enough nightmares with the Sprint store in Brick, NJ.  I don’t feel that I should be getting a phone from Sprint, and having to take it to another retailer for servicing when necessary.

This is direct from the Sprint site…

$99 for 2 years Applecare.

-Includes 2 accidental repairs & $49 service fee on top of each of those 2.

The original situation came because my daughter wanted a IPod Touch 16gb.  This was only because her friends have IPod Touch units.  She has an Android phone.  It does everything that an IPod does.  I just don’t understand the mind of my child.

Sprint Epic 4G Vs. Evo 3D

I have been a long time customer of Nextel / Sprint.  During the past few years I have gone through more phones than one would like to.  This wasn’t because I wanted the best, but it was more of a phone performance issue that I ran into.

The most recent phone that I had prior to the Evo 3D was the Samsung Epic 4G.  This was actually a nice phone for the most part.  If it wasn’t for the many problems that I had with the phone itself then I would still have the Epic.

The Epic 4G had the following problems:

The phone would continuously overheat.

Battery life was next to useless at @4-5 hours maximum.

Signal was horrible.  My wife has a relic phone that was performing better.

The phone didn’t like certain apps from the Market.  When you make a phone you should have the phone be able to determine what software will, and won’t work.  If it won’t work, then the software should not show up in the Market.

In brief the Epic 4G has a great sized screen, and works perfect… Until you start loading things from the Market.  The slide out QWERTY keyboard was a big bonus for me, but a stylus, and a touchscreen phone works the same.  Actually it can be faster.

I spoke to Sprint about the continuous problems that I was having, and also noted the fact that the Brick, NJ service location was totally useless.  They would constantly tell me that they couldn’t see a problem and that I needed to be able to replicate the issue for them to be able to do anything.  I spent some money and got the Evo 3D.

The Evo 3D has been a great phone at this point.  Some things that make this the best phone to date are:

Netflix Capability

Processor Speed

Android 2.3.4 (Aka Gingerbread)

I recently ordered a stylus for use with the Evo 3D.  They actually do work.  Make sure that you order a stylus from a person that has tested it to work with the Evo 3D.  The 3D feature of the phone isn’t that big of a deal at this point for me.  You can’t look at the photos, or videos anywhere other than the phone.  I also have yet to find a good piece of software that will allow conversion of standard movies to 3D.  I know that there are things out there that others say work, but I have tried numerous things and haven’t gotten them to work for me.  If you don’t want to pay for Wireless Hotspot on the phone, then I suggest getting EasyTether from the Market.  EasyTether makes the phone into a modem basically.  I have it, and I find it to be very useful at times.

More to come in the following weeks.  Keep checking back.