Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich SDK Now Available

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich SDK

Google is being as aggressive as they can with their Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich launch. Not only do we have an OS and a Smartphone to look up to, but developers can begin working on porting their apps to Ice Cream Sandwich starting today. Ice Cream Sandwich brings a true paradigm shift to what we currently know as Android. With the lack of hardware buttons, the enhancements brought to the table with 720p resolution on a screen, Android beam and so many other new changes, developers really have a lot of catching-up to do for next month’s release. On the positive side, Ice Cream Sandwich brings so many good things to the table that we know developers will do their best to embrace the massive hit we expect the platform to be.

So far the upgraded SDK is available for Windows PCs, Macs and Linux based computers and you may download it at the source link.

SOURCE: Android SDK

All about Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Galaxy Nexus

Ice Cream Android

Google and Samsung launched the latest Android OS Ice Cream Sandwich and the Galaxy Nexus smartphone Wednesday morning in Hong Kong.

We’ve broken down the long-awaited phone and OS’s new features, so that you can see exactly what is now brought to the table. Our pick for most impressive new feature is that glorious camera, which includes native features ranging from filters to panorama shooting.

  • Big, fast and powerful: the Nexus Prime has a 4.65-inch display and LTE, runs one of the fastest 4G networks in the world and has a dual core 1.2ghz processor.
  • Everything about this phone is smoother. There’s a new font optimized for HD, software buttons replace hardware buttons and the keyboard’s improved.
  • Your face unlocks the phone, as facial recognition replaces a traditional pass code.
  • The new and improved camera has zero shutter lag, autofocuses, takes low-light photos, stitches together images into seamless panoramas and shoots 1080p, time-lapsed video. You also have lots of instant editing options such as removing red eye, adding a “hipster” filter or cropping.
  • The phone gives you a detailed analysis of your data usage, down to the very app sucking up all your bytes.
  • Android Beam eases sharing between phones — simply bump your phone against another Android to transfer videos, maps or other content.
  • Gmail and Google calendar have slick new looks and are integrated into the OS.
  • The People app innovates your contacts list, linking individuals with all of their social profiles.
  • You can multitask and view your recent apps.
  • Developers can download the SDK starting immediately. The phone will ship to the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia in November.

What do you think of Ice Cream Sandwich? Is it a game changer from Gingerbread or does it merely add some new bells and whistles? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Samsung ChatON App Now Available for Android Devices

Samsung ChatON App

Samsung ChatON App

Samsung’s cross-platform communication service, ChatON is now available for mass consumption. The app is currently available on Android via Samsung’s own app store. ChatON, if you’re unaware is Samsung’s tool for communication across various platforms including Android, bada, iOS, BlackBerry and PC. Currently, Samsung preloads the ChatON app only in bada 2.0 devices whereas Android users can download from the store.

ChatON will enable users to have a 1:1 conversation, group chat and share multimedia content. ChatON currently supports over 25 languages.

SOURCE: Samsung Apps

4 Ways to Make Your Android Device Feel New Again

Android Device Feel New Again

Most people keep a phone for nearly two years. Unless you’re keeping things fresh, you’re likely to get a bit bored with the look and feel of your phone. And while you can’t change the hardware, you can surely change the software.

Here are four ways to make your Android feel new again, in order of easiest to most difficult :

Change your wallpaper :

This might seem obvious, but it’s amazing how much of a difference a change of wallpaper will make to your experience. Most devices let you change the lock screen wallpaper independently of the home screen, so you can get even more variety by making them different.

Our reccomendations? If you like Live Wallpapers, try Fireworks, Koi, or Super Mario. All are free.

If your battery life is on the fritz and you don’t want to toll your CPU with animated backgrounds, try Backgrounds HD for a huge selection of high-resolution static images.

Change your lockscreen :

Android Lockscreen
If the “slide to unlock” function on your homescreen is feeling a bit stale, check out WidgetLocker to increase the functionality of your homescreen. This app is well worth the the $2 pricetag, as it gives you endless flexibility to make your homescreen functional. You can add widgets, place multiple sliders to quickly launch your favorite apps, and more.

Change your launcher :

Android Launcher
Android is unique in that you can install a third-party launcher to change your home screen interface entirely. Don’t like HTC Sense, MotoBLUR, or TouchWiz? Try either LauncherPro or ADW Launcher EX. These apps let you set custom gestures for dock icons, apply visual styles to your application tray, and lots more.

Change your ROM :

At the end of the day, your phone is only as good as its core software. Thankfully, there’s a huge selection of third-party ROMs available from the development community that can increase your battery life, improve device performance, and drastically change the look and feel of every screen. For example, I’m currently running VillainROM on my Galaxy S II, which has improved my battery life by around 20%. Another popular ROM series is MIUI, which transforms your Android in what appears to be a totally different operating system.
To load a custom ROM, you must root your device and install a custom bootloader. To do this, allocate at least an hour of time to make it happen, as rooting often involves running through a handful of steps. Check out the development forum for your device over at XDA; you’re likely to find a sticky thread with instructions on how to get started.