More HTC phones, but no tablets, getting Android 4.0

HTC expanded its list of devices that will see the Ice Cream Sandwich software, which now totals 16 smartphones. Noticeably absent from the list is the HTC Flyer, the company’s 7-inch slate. Why is that? It’s likely due to the dual-digitizer and meager sales.

Which Verizon devices get Android 4.0? The LTE ones

Verizon published the list of devices it plans to upgrade to Android 4.0, and all but one share a common feature: LTE. Verizon is likely trying to get more consumers on its LTE network as these phones will offer a better experience to new smartphone customers.

Android this week: New phones, plus Windows on Android

Mobile World Congress took place this week, and aside from a few Microsoft-related announcements, the show was all about Android. We saw new phones from all but Samsung, with many slated for Android 4.0. OnLive Desktop launched for Android, bringing Windows to tablets and smartphones.

Broadcom promises dual-core power for budget prices

Broadcom claims that all of that hardware and functionality found in high-end devices smartphones like the the Galaxy Nexus can be had for half of the cost. On Monday at Mobile World Congress it’s unveiling the silicon component of that low-cost equation.

HTC One X for AT&T: LTE and HD screen with Android 4.0

With a new phone line called the One, HTC is hoping to reinvigorate sales. AT&T will be selling the HTC One X variant this spring: a 4.7-inch, 1280 x 720 resolution Android 4.0 handset with HTC Sense 4.0 and support for AT&T’s LTE network.

Guess who else is planning lots of Android LTE devices

“These LTE devices are the fore-runners of a wide range of LTE devices ZTE will bring to the market in the coming months, as more and more LTE networks come on stream.”

That’s a quote from He Shiyou, executive VP and head of ZTE’s terminal division, commenting on two new handsets that will be shown off at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) event later this month. But this pair of Android 4.0(s goog) handsets with LTE aren’t the whole story. Note that Shiyou mentions a “wide range of LTE devices” which likely means plenty of phones and tablets.

Typically, the handsets debuting at MWC are meant first for the non-U.S. market, but as ZTE pushes to become a recognizable brand in the U.S., I wonder if it will share plans for U.S. device launches too. In the sea of smartphones and tablets from Samsung, Motorola(s mmi), and HTC, it might be a nice little shakeup for our shores. Consider that ZTE often competes very well on price — look at the no-contract ZTE Optik tablet for $349 for an example — and the two new Android 4.0 models are no slouches in the spec department.

The ZTE PF200, a GSM/UMTS/LTE phone, includes NFC support a 1.5 GHz chip, 4.3-inch display, and 8 megapixel camera. ZTE’s N910 supports CDMA/EVDO/FDD-LTE with a 1.2 GHz processor, 5 megapixel rear camera and 1080p front sensor. I’m looking forward to seeing how they fare against the current Android players. I’d be concerned if I were in their shoes.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2: Android 4.0 tab with old specs

What’s that wedding rhyme: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”? Samsung has taken it to heart with its Galaxy Tab 2. The 7-inch slate borrows the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus form-factor and display and adds Android 4.0, Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich software for tablets.

Review: Transformer Prime; best Android tablet yet

The Asus Transformer Prime has several “firsts” for 2012. It’s the first tablet to use Google’s Android 4.0 software. And it’s the first tablet to run on Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core chip. So does first equal best? In this case, yes for those who like Android.

Hands on with the remastered Rdio for Android

I took a look at Rdio’s new Android client and it’s a vast improvement. The application is a full re-write, rather than an update, and better supports Android 4.0 smartphones and tablets, allowing the app to be controlled on a device’s lock screen.