LG says no Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Optimus 2X / G2X

LG announced today that one of their former flagship phones, the Optimus 2X, will not be receiving an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. LG announced the news on its Indian Facebook page. This stands in stark contrast to other Android manufacturers like Samsung, HTC and Motorola, who have all committed to bringing Ice Cream Sandwich to their current high-end smartphones. In the United States, the Optimus 2X is known as the T-Mobile G2X.

T-Mobile and LG committed to updating the software to Gingerbread back in April, and the update is available via a cumbersome PC tool. G2X users became increasingly irate, and it wasn't until July, eight months after the release of Gingerbread, that the software made it to the phone via OTA. International versions of the Optimus 2X are STILL running Froyo. It doesn't help that many of them purchased the G2X for its high-end specs, including oneof the first dual-core mobile processor to hit Android. LG did not give a reason for the refusal, but some of our readers have speculated that 512MB of RAM may be insufficient for Ice Cream Sandwich.

This sort of fast-paced obsolescence is an unfortunately common occurrence on Android devices. While community work-arounds like custom ROMs often deliver the latest software to advanced users, most Android enthusiasts are of the opinion that it's the manufacturer and carrier's obligation to deliver timely software updates. This isn't always the case, even with high-profile devices like the Optimus 2X /G2X - just ask ThunderBolt users. The unfortunate fact of the matter is that manufacturers and carriers aren't required to update their phones, and in at least a few cases have some economically-motivated reasons not to. I'd encourage those who want the latest official software on their Android devices to vote with their dollars, and go with a manufacturer that commits to timely software updates. [device id=398] [via SlashGear]

Dolphin Browser responds: Webzines disabled, no breach in user privacy [Updated]

Yesterday we posted findings from one intrepid XDA-Developers member who claimed that the popular alternative browser Dolphin Browser HD was sending private user information, including URLs, clicks and searches, to a remote server. The developer has responded with an explanation of the more technical aspects of their Webzine feature, and according to a representative that contacted us today, the part of the browser that raised alarms has been temporarily disabled. The developer claims that there was absolutely no breach in user privacy or data security. UPDATE: Dolphin Browser's PR representative has contacted us again to let us know that users should update to the latest version of Dolphin Browser, 7.0.2, to disable the security issues. Version 7.0.1 has not been modified.

Samsung highlights the Galaxy Note’s Wacom digitizer

By now you probably know about the Samsung Galaxy Note's most distinctive feature, that enormous 5.3-inch, 1280 x 800 Super AMOLED screen. Samsung isn't playing down the Note's tablet aspirations, and has included a capacitive stylus - but it's a little different from the one on the HTC Flyer and other third-party styli we've seen before. Namely, it uses Wacom's digitizer technology, not only for superior accuracy, but for advanced pen input features.

HTC EVO Design 4G Review

The popular and iconic EVO brand has just added another member to the family this month and that is the new HTC EVO Design 4G. Being the second smallest to carry the title while staying right in the middle with its specifications it should make most users plenty happy. It may not be as large as the big guns like the original EVO but it sure handles its own quite well, not to mention it should only run you a crispy $100 dollar bill. Below we'll show you a few pictures and our hands-on video and let you decide for yourself if this is the next phone for you.

Google executive: Siri is Star Wars, Android Voice Actions is Star Trek

Sometimes it's nice to know that the executives at Google are just as nerdy as we are. At the Hong Kong event where Google and Samsung introduced the Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Matias Duarte, product management director for Android, answered some direct questions from the crowd. When asked to compare Siri with Android's built-in Voice Control features, he responded with an analogy that any self-respecting geek can identify with. Duarte compared Siri with the bumbling protocol droids like C3PO from Star Wars, while Voice Actions are more like the U.S.S. Enterprise's computer, where voice controls every function.

Possible Dolphin Browser security and privacy issues found [Updated]

Dolphin Browser HD is one of the most popular 3rd-party browsers in the Android Market, and with good reason. But an issue with version 6 and the current version 7 have raised the eyebrows of some users over at the ever-inventive XDA-Developers forum. According to forum poster "Fnorder", the new Webzine feature records every link, search and visited page and sends them to a remote server. If true, the breach of Dolphin users' privacy is very disturbing indeed. UPDATE: In response to the security and privacy concerns, the makers of Dolphin Browser have disabled the Webzine feature. According to the developer, user browsing data was never saved, and users' security has not been compromised.

Motorola reports smaller losses, expects to close merger this year

Motorola has done well out of Android, and vice versa, culminating in Google's plans to buy the hardware company outright. At their quarterly earnings report, Motorola reported $3.3 billion USD in total revenue, and a $32 million dollar loss - not terrible in a down economy, and better than last quarter's $52 million. They also extemporized on the Google sale, with enthusiastic plans moving forward. According to Motorola, the sale of the company to Google should be complete before the end of the year, or early 2012 at the absolute latest. That doesn't include any sort of integration, and of course, it's contingent upon stockholders' approval at the meeting on November 17th. The company was quick to highlight the new Motorola DROID RAZR, releasing on November the 10th on Verizon in the United States and elsewhere in the world as just the RAZR. Motorola is putting a lot of emphasis on MotoACTV, the new fitness sensor-service combination, currently slated for a $249 starting price at an indeterminate date. Motorola still isn't where they'd like to be - no company in the red is, and celebrating the fact that you're losing one less cent a share compared with last year doesn't exactly warrant champagne. But things are looking up, and with the R&D muscle of Google bolstering their efforts next year, not to mention a possible inside line on Android, things could be a lot worse. Now if only they'd get off that non-removable battery kick that seems to be continuing with the DROID 4...

Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs White Galaxy Note hands-on [Video]

Are you guys in for a treat? We have the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy Note both right here for a little tale of the tape all on video. Both devices getting their European debut today and Samsung announcing a white version of the Galaxy Note, and that the Nexus will be available starting November 17th. We have the new Ice Cream Sandwich rocking Galaxy Nexus next to the new white Galaxy Note for a full comparison for those that have been dying to see one, check it out and all the photos after the break.
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