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Update your Singapore Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 to Ice Cream Sandwich

13 Jul


When it turned up in Singapore early this year, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 was one of the best tablets – still is, actually – with a bright Super AMOLED screen and a really sharp resolution. So when the rest of the Samsung pack, from the Galaxy S II to Galaxy Note, recently got their official Ice Cream Sandwich updates, it seemed somewhat left out.

I’m not waiting for Samsung Singapore to release their firmware, of course. Earlier this week, when an official ROM update (for Europe) turned up online, I updated my Galaxy Tab 7.7. It is now like a new tablet, zippy and really responsive.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, Tablet, diy, Galaxy Tab 7.7, Ice Cream Sandwich, Odin, ROM, samsung, Singapore, update,  

Goondu DIY: Installing CyanogenMod 9 on Samsung Galaxy S II

1 Jul


One of the best things about owning an Android phone is that you can customise your gizmo to no end with open source software that is available and well-made by a committed community of enthusiasts.

Yes, I’m talking about custom ROMs that replace the operating system that comes with your phone. In particular, the popular CyanogenMod 9 (CM9) version of Android 4.0 that is now very mature and have reached “release candidate” status – in other words, it is very stable for many phones out there.

A couple of days ago, I finally decided I’ve had enough of Samsung’s version of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.3) on my Galaxy S II and flashed it with CM9. Since then, I’ve never been happier with my phone.

The interface is understated and cleaner than Samsung’s rather cartoony Touchwiz interface which it layers on top of its Android operating system. Better yet, CM9 doesn’t come with a lot of the useless stuff that the phone maker deems it necessary to include. Without that bloat, the performance is very zippy.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, google, Software, Android 4.0, CM9, CyanogenMod, diy, Galaxy S II, how to, Ice Cream Sandwich, installation, samsung,  

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and 7.0 in Singapore from this weekend

15 Jun

After a good few months’ wait, Samsung’s new tablets refreshed with the Android 4.0 operating system are going on sale in Singapore from this weekend.

The 10.1-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 2 will be available this Saturday, on June 16, for S$798, while the 7.0-inch Galaxy Tab 2 will ship a week later on June 23, and cost S$598. Both will be 3G-enabled, said Samsung on Thursday, adding that it will release more details on Wi-Fi-only versions later.

Tagged in: Featured, Singapore, Tablet, 10.1, 7.0, Galaxy Tab 2, Ice Cream Sandwich, samsung, Singapore price and availability,  

Sony Tablet S and P get Ice Cream Sandwich update in Singapore

3 Jun
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Sony has been accused of being a little slow in the past when it comes to updating their phones, but it seems to have wasted little time moving its recently available tablets onto the latest Android operating system in Singapore.

Users of the Tablet S and Tablet P started getting their Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) or Android 4.0 updates over the air on Thursday, as the Japanese electronics giant moved to keep pace with rivals such as Samsung and Asus.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Singapore, Tablet, Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, Sony, Tablet P, Tablet S, update,  

Samsung Galaxy S II gets Ice Cream Sandwich update in Singapore – finally

8 May

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Just when you think that Samsung is forcing you to upgrade your Galaxy S II, the Korean phone maker finally decided to deliver its much-awaited Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update for Singapore users in the past few days.

It has released a “DXLP9″ version of the phone’s firmware, which essentially updates the current Android software onboard to version 4.0 or the much-talked about ICS version.

It brings along enhancements like a niftier task switcher and a more powerful Gmail app, along with cosmetic upgrades like smarter icons and fonts. 

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, google, Singapore, Software, Galaxy S II, Ice Cream Sandwich, over the air, samsung, update,  

Huawei MediaPad gets a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich

5 May
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Guess which Chinese company is back in the news with a pleasant surprise?

After being the first company in the world to roll out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update to the Honor, Huawei said on Friday that an update is now also available for the MediaPad Android tablet as well.

Unveiled last year at CommunicAsia, it has been running Android 3.2. Besides the expected feature and performance boost that comes with Android 4.0, the software update will also let the MediaPad send SMSes and make voice calls. 

Tagged in: android, Tablet, Android 4.0, Huawei, Huawei MediaPad, Ice Cream Sandwich, MediaPad,  

Goondu review: Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

23 Mar

When everyone was going ga-ga last week over Apple’s new iPad, I went out to a small store in Funan and bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, a tablet that I had under-estimated when I first saw it earlier this year.

I had thought this was simply a refresh of the 7-inch Galaxy Tab that marked the Korean firm’s entry into the tablet market in 2010. But I changed my mind the moment I saw the screen on the new tablet. It is sharp, bright, has great contrast, and is quite stunning.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, google, Singapore, Software, Tablet, 7, Galaxy Tab 7, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, review, samsung, Singapore,  

Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

15 Mar

At this time last year, Samsung was agonising over how slim its Galaxy Tab 10.1 was going to be to challenge Apple’s iPad 2.

Just like Apple this time, its updated Galaxy Tab 2 tablets, unveiled recently at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, seem more poised and you could say, possibly more confident of the response from potential buyers.

Besides having Google’s Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich operating system out of the box, no big changes exist in the two versions of the Galaxy Tab 2, either in their 7-inch or 10.1-inch versions.

Tagged in: google, Software, Tablet, 10.1, 7.0, Android 4.0, Galaxy Tab 2, Ice Cream Sandwich, review, samsung,  

Samsung’s official Ice Cream Sandwich out for Galaxy S II, but not in Singapore yet

13 Mar
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The Korean phone maker finally released its official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the popular Galaxy S II phone, after weeks of leaked rumours that it would be available this month.

The update brings the S II on par, at least in terms of the software, with the Galaxy Nexus, along with several other features like an improved Gmail experience, a new task manager and improved browser.

However, the release is only available for South Korea and several European countries like Poland, Hungary and Sweden, and there is no news still of availability for Singapore users, who have had the phone since last year.

Samsung said on a Facebook post today that it was still working with other wireless carriers in other markets to get the Android 4.0 operating system out to more users.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, google, Singapore, Software, Android 4.0, Galaxy S II, Ice Cream Sandwich, samsung, Singapore, update,  

Samsung Galaxy Nexus finally out in Singapore on Feb 11, in white and black

9 Feb

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the Google phone that had fans waiting for months, is finally here in Singapore this Saturday with a small bonus – it will come in both black and white.

The first model here to sport the new Android 4.0 OS out of the box, the top-end phone had been delayed from its original January launch, missing both the Christmas and immediate post-Chinese New Year buying sprees. 

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, google, Software, Android 4.0, Coral pink, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S II, Galaxy Tab 7.7, Google, Ice Cream Sandwich, price, samsung, Singapore,