Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0 gains fans; including me

You can’t buy the Galaxy Nexus from a U.S. carrier just yet, but that’s isn’t stopping early adopters from getting their hands on Samsung’s newest phone. After reading reviews and tweets from happy owners, I decided to pull the trigger on my own. Hello Android 4.0!

First look: Android 4.0 on the ASUS Transformer Prime

We’ve seen Android 4.0, also known as the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Google’s mobile platform, on a phone, but not on tablets. That changes with this video from Nvidia, showing off 1080p video and 3D gaming thanks to the Tegra 3 inside ASUS’s Transformer Prime.

What makes Motorola’s Xoom 2 tablet better than Xoom?

Motorola introduced two new Xoom-branded slates for the U.K and Ireland markets. The Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition both run on Google’s platform for tablets, but won’t ship with Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich. Didn’t Motorola learn from the first Xoom?

Nexus One put out to pasture: No Android 4.0

I knew this day would eventually be here, but it still saddens me: Google’s Hugo Barra has said that the Nexus One smartphone won’t officially gain the Android 4.0 upgrade. Sadly, I think it’s time for me to move on after 22 months with my Nexus.

MobileTechRoundup podcast episode 249

Join Matt and Kevin for this week’s mobile tech podcast featuring thoughts on Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0: is now the time to upgrade to a new Android phone? Matt’s also preparing for next week’s Nokia World. Here’s what you should expect from it.

Android yearns to become more usable, lovable, iPhone-like

In an interview, Android user experience director Matias Duarte explains how Android is evolving to become something that inspires more wonder and is more usable for users. If Android with Ice Cream Sandwich can become more lovable like iOS, it could further challenge smartphone OS competitors.