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Originally Posted by Foolsmasher View Post

Sounds like ICS is going to be pretty good, from the Techradar review:
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The other new addition is the dock at the bottom of the screen - this stays on every home screen, and like iOS can be altered to contain the applications you like to tap away at the most. Folders are more iOS-like too, with users given the ability to drag and drop icons on top of one another from the home screen to create bundles of apps which you can simply rename. Given Apple's ire about Google 'stealing' certain elements of its UI, we can't help but think this will create a little more angst down on Infinite Loop.
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Overall, we love what Google has done with the Ice Cream Sandwich UI. It's nothing mind-blowing, but the little touches here and there will add to user delight, and that's what's needed to chip away at those that are dyed-in-the-wool iPhone users.
ICS just isn't being made available apparently, unless you want a Galaxy Nexus.
PCWORLD had this to say:
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Google first introduced Ice Cream Sandwich back in October, but Google didn't release it to developers until the Galaxy Nexus shipped in Europe a month later. Many phone manufactures made promises to release Ice Cream Sandwich updates for their their then-current line-up of phones that would roll out shortly after Ice Cream Sandwich launched. As of this writing, only the Nexus S (a handset that Samsung developed in conjunction with Google) has gotten an update for Ice Cream Sandwich.
CES brought more promises, but Ice Cream Sandwich phones were few and far between. Almost all of the new phones coming to US carriers in 2012 will ship with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). These aren’t devices that are coming in the next few weeks, mind you; Many of them won’t make their way into stores until around the middle of 2012. That means if you want the latest version of Android--and all the improvements and bug fixes it brings along--you’ll either have to track down a Galaxy Nexus or Nexus S, or hope that your current phone gets the update.

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http://www.anandtech.com/show/5310/samsung-galaxy-nexus-ice-cream-sandwich-review
Edited by Tehrawk - 1/18/12 at 3:06pm
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post #152 of 165
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Originally Posted by LastBucsfan View Post

That makes no sense whatsoever.

um, maybe to someone who spends all their time totin around about android, it doesnt. lol

it makes perfect sense.
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You linked a demo of GlowBall which showed great physics, dynamic shadows, and real time lighting in action. That requires a quad-core CPU which is why we don't see any of that on iOS yet. The iPad 3 will change that.

If those graphics and physics enhancements are not CPU dependent, then nothing is going to change.

iPad2 has a better GPU then Tegra 3, but doesn't support the technology beyond that of the Tegra 2. Hence why Tegra 3 is leaps and bounds ahead of the iPad 2, and probably the iPad 3 as well.
Edited by Domino - 1/18/12 at 4:29pm
post #154 of 165
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Originally Posted by Foolsmasher View Post

You've been saying that for a year. How many phones officially have that now? Honest question.

Officially:

Galaxy Nexus
Nexus S
ASUS Transformer Prime
Motorola Xoom WiFi


Unofficially:

Multiple HTC devices (from Desire HD to Thunderbolt and EVO 3D)
Motorola Atrix, Photon, Defy, OG Droid
Samsung Galaxy S (and some variants), Galaxy S II i9100, Galaxy Tab 10.1
Kindle Fire
HP Touchpad
etc.


So yeah, overall we're getting a taste of ICS pretty early. Though some ROMs are not fully stable, most core functions work great. smile.gif
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Unofficial do not count.
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Unofficial do not count.

Because? In more ways than one, unofficial ROMs beat the crap out of official OTAs from the OEM manufacturers.
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Because? In more ways than one, unofficial ROMs beat the crap out of official OTAs from the OEM manufacturers.

QFT.
Using CheckROM, got some nice tweaks in the KitchenPro that comes with it like a modified Phone.apk that has call recording.
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If those graphics and physics enhancements are not CPU dependent, then nothing is going to change.
iPad2 has a better GPU then Tegra 3, but doesn't support the technology beyond that of the Tegra 2. Hence why Tegra 3 is leaps and bounds ahead of the iPad 2, and probably the iPad 3 as well.
You seem to have this misconception that because (you think) iOS doesn't have a game which has better graphics than Tegra 2 RIGHT NOW that it never will and that no developer is ever going to be able to make use of the PowerVR SGX543MP2.

The fact of the matter is, we have Infinity Blade 2 which the Tegra 2 couldn't run at 30 FPS yet alone 60 FPS. It's only one game but there will be more. You don't actually have a game coded for the Tegra 3 yet. You've got a tech demo of a game which will be released when it's finished, and a few games which have updated with improved graphics which mostly relate to the CPU improvements in Tegra 3.
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Officially:
Galaxy Nexus
Nexus S
ASUS Transformer Prime
Motorola Xoom WiFi
Unofficially:
Multiple HTC devices (from Desire HD to Thunderbolt and EVO 3D)
Motorola Atrix, Photon, Defy, OG Droid
Samsung Galaxy S (and some variants), Galaxy S II i9100, Galaxy Tab 10.1
Kindle Fire
HP Touchpad
etc.
So yeah, overall we're getting a taste of ICS pretty early. Though some ROMs are not fully stable, most core functions work great. smile.gif

So in essence, ICS will be available on less than 1% of Android devices currently in use, while iOS was available on 60% of iPhone hardware the day it was released. If the PCWORLD article is to be trusted, then we still won't see much significant ICS implementation on android handsets even in 2012.
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So in essence, ICS will be available on less than 1% of Android devices currently in use, while iOS was available on 60% of iPhone hardware the day it was released. If the PCWORLD article is to be trusted, then we still won't see much significant ICS implementation on android handsets even in 2012.

I think it's too biased to say that less than 1% of available Android devices will have ICS by 2012, when at least 40-50% of current HTC devices alone have ICS builds in development. Sure it is unlikely we will achieve a full 100% ICS conversion, but I'd bet 60-70% will be sporting the latest Android version by this year. It's actually easier to achieve this goal since ICS also encompasses Android tablets and Smart TVs, which devs can easily code for given the scalability of the OS.

And I also believe that Android OEMs will be quicker to launch updates for existing handsets because of the universal compatibility of ICS. We're already seeing update roadmaps from various manufacturers, as well as leaked alpha builds of the software such as those in the Rezound and Galaxy S II. Even smaller companies such as Huawei and Lenovo are eager to update their lineup to the current flavor in order to compete against the major OEMs.
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