Galaxy Note owners, the time to do that happy dance is now. While Samsung is releasing the official ICS update for the Galaxy Note in phases according to regions, Faryaab – a recognized XDA develop – has repackaged the update and set it free on the wonderful world wide web for you to enjoy.
Here’s how you get Ice Cream Sandwich with Premium Suite right now. Note: root required.
Update download link and full details here.
Also, thanks @baliriot for sending this in
It’s confirmed, Samsung has started releasing Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note together with its Premium Suite of features but before owners start doing the happy dance, Samsung firmware updates are generally released in phases according to region so it will be a couple of weeks or longer till Malaysian users get the update notification. Hold your happy dance till then.
Having said that, if you’re a Galaxy Note user and you do get the update notification do update us so we can share with the rest. Gamsahabnida
In the meantime, check out what you’ll be getting with Ice Cream Sandwich and the Samsung Premium Suite on the Galaxy Note in this video.
Looks like the Sony Xperia U went on sale earlier than expected. Online retailers IMCC & SuperBuy has revealed the Xperia U pricing at RM899 which is a bargain considering it packs a dual-core processor which is unheard of in this price range.
To recap on the specs, the Xperia U comes with a 3.5″ TFT display that pushes 854×480 resolution, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM and 4GB of storage. At the back, there’s a 5MP camera with 720p HD video capabilities and there’s a front facing VGA camera as well. It is 12mm which and weighs about 110 grams. You can compare the Xperia U specs with its Xperia NXT series in our comparison post.
It is available in black and white colour which the bottom portion can be replaced with multiple colours. Details on the interchangeable bottom caps are not known at this point. One of the interesting features of the Xperia U is the transparent belt which illuminates in multiple colours depending on the dominant screen colour.
At time of release, the Xperia U runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread which Sony says it will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. At RM899, the Xperia U will be going head on with its more expensive rivals such as the Samsung Galaxy W and the HTC One V which are priced at RM999.
RIM has recently announced a new entry level BlackBerry Curve 9320. A few weeks ago, RIM introduced the Curve 9220 in India which looks similar but comes with much lowered specs.
The Curve 9320 appears to be an upgrade of its previous Curve 9300. It comes with a 2.44 QVGA display (320×240), 806MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM with expandable storage via microSD.
It is slightly lighter and slimmer than the outgoing Curve 9300 at 12.7mm thick and weighs at 103g. Over at the back, it comes with a 3.2MP shooter and it is powered with a generous 1,450mAh battery, which is 300mAh more than the previous model. Out of the box, it runs on the latest BlackBerry 7.1 OS.
For more information, head over to BlackBerry 9320 product page.
Head after the break for videos of the Curve 9320.
The Hayabusa mystery is finally unraveled as Sony lifts the covers off two of its latest Xperia phones both totting LTE connectivity – the 13MP Xperia GX (codenamed Hayabusa) and the Xperia SX which Sony claims is the lightest LTE smartphone.
The Sony Xperia GX packs a 4.6-inch HD Reality Display with 1280×720 pixel resolution (319ppi) and a “stacked” 13MP camera capable of shooting 1080p HD videos with a 1.3MP front camera. The device runs Ice Cream Sandwich and is powered by a 1.5Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Qualcomm MSM8960 with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of on board memory. Battery capacity is 1,700mAh.
Meanwhile, the Sony Xperia SX boasts a 3.7-inch display with a resolution of 960×540 pixels (298ppi), an 8Mp camera with 1080p video, a 1.3MP front camera and 8GB of internal storage. In terms of processing power, the SX packs the same punch as the GX with a 1.5Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Qualcomm MSM8960 mated to 1GB of RAM. On board storage however is half that of the GX at 8GB. Weighing in at just 95g Sony claims the SX is the lightest LTE phone on the planet. There’s also an infrared port and mobile TV support to cater for the Japanese market.
Speaking of the Japanese market, both Xperias, go on sale in Japan in June and by the low-key unveiling, we’re not expecting the GX and SX to make their way to Malaysia.