Android Ice Cream Sandwich Focused HTC owners, here’s some sensational news: The manufacturer on Thursday announced that the initial Ice Cream Sandwich wave will hit devices by the end of March. First in line will be the HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation 4G, HTC Sensation XE and soon after the HTC Sensation XL.
The cavalcade of dessert-y goodness won’t rest there. Other devices slated to receive the Android 4.0 treatment later this year include:
HTC Amaze 4G
HTC Evo 3D
HTC Evo Design 4G
HTC Incredible S
HTC Desire S
HTC Desire HD
Quite a few versions to behold. Unfortunately, the second round of updates hasn’t been given a release date, but the company said to “stay tuned for more updates on Ice Cream Sandwich releases in the coming weeks.” Perhaps the company is going to reveal more information at Mobile World Congress.
It’s a pretty robust roster, and ambitious of HTC to promise ICS for so many devices. Any handsets HTC left off? Verizon’s ThunderBolt, anyone?
Verizon has taken the wraps off its launch plans for the Droid 4. Get ready to hit up Big Red on February 10 and lay down $199.99 with a two year contract to take this one home with you.
Leaks have been plentiful when it comes to the Droid 4, but we finally have official confirmation of the newest member of the Droid family launching on this Friday, February 10. We already had a strong suspicion of the $199 price tag thanks to a leaked Verizon roadmap, but that data point has also now been made official when you pick it up with the usual two year agreement.
For your two bills you’ll be getting a 4G LTE phone with a full slide out QWERTY keyboard, Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread (upgradeable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich), 8-megapixel read camera, a front-facing camera, 4-inch qHD display and a dual-core 1.2GHz processor.
Verizon and Coinstar announced today that they will be teaming up for a new video streaming service in the second half of this year.
Coinstar, the parent company of Redbox, has been saying for some time now that video streaming was a priority for its DVD rental kiosk empire. While other rumors had been going around for a some time now that Verizon was possibly looking to purchase Netflix as it wanted to enter the video streaming market, it seems that Big Red is instead going to go the route of starting something entirely new while helping Redbox out with its dreams.
Details on the new service are very light at this time with the press release only stating that the new service will offer “subscription services and more in an easy-to-use, flexible and affordable service that will allow all consumers across the U.S. to enjoy the new and popular entertainment they want, whenever they choose, using the media and devices they prefer.” Beyond that there is no name as of yet, no clue as to what the cost will be, if any plans will include rentals from kiosks or what content partners they have signed agreements with. Suspicions are running strong that all of that information will be held back until closer to the launch date in the latter half of this year.
The number of streaming options out there is quickly growing with Netflix, Hulu and Amazon already in the marketplace, and with the money behind Verizon and Coinstar now coming into play, it could get very messy, very quickly.