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Chrome gaining a foothold on Android devices

On desktops, Chrome is far and away one of the more popular browsers, but on mobile, it has taken a while to find its footing. Well, according to a new report from Net Applications, Chrome is finally getting a decent amount of usage on Android devices. For iOS, the usage is still negligible, but at least Android users are moving over to Chrome. It shows Google's efforts with the browser were not a waste of time.

Motorola ATRIX 2 gets Android 4.0 ICS update today

Today it's been announced that AT&T users with a Motorola ATRIX 2 can now download Android 4.0 on their smartphones in an over the air update. This should help ATRIX 2 users get their devices caught up with some of the latest features Android has to offer. The update is available today, so users can start enjoying the awesome new features right away. ATRIX 2 users will get access to a new browser that includes tabbed browsing, a desktop mode and offline reading. The ICS browser is fantastic, and it is a huge step up from the one previously installed on ATRIX 2 device. The update also includes Ice Cream Sandwich's unlock features where users can open their phone directly to camera, text messaging or other apps. Android 4.0 also helps users control their data usage, and let's be honest, with AT&T being known for throttling users' data, this is important. It has all kinds of charts that help users see exactly what they are using and manage it properly. The ATRIX 2 will also have access to the new People app, which greatly improves the contact screen. To download the update over the air, ATRIX 2 users simply go to Settings > About Phone > System Update. From here, users can download the ICS and get access to all the awesome new features. This is yet another step in increasing install base of the newer Android OS, and that is always a good thing. [device id="1734"]

Sony Xperia Arc and Neo officially updated to ICS

"Enough with the betas already," said the international hardware giant, "they're ready for the real thing." Xperia Blog reports that Sony is rolling out the final version of its Ice Cream Sandwich update for its Xperia Arc and Xperia Neo phones, free for the asking for anyone who prefers up-to-date software. Sony had already updated the Arc S, Neo V, Ray and the Tablet S. The rest of the 2011 Xperia line, with the notable and disappointing exception of the Xperia PLAY, will be updated later.

Samsung confirms ICS update for Galaxy S II, Note in Q1

If you own a Samsung smartphone or tablet and are wondering about an upgrade to Android 4.0 ICS for your device, Samsung is offering up details. Samsung has officially confirmed the OCD upgrade schedule for its Android devices so you now know how long you have to wait. Perhaps two of the most important devices getting the update will be the GSII and the Note in Q1.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich confirmed with details

We've known the name for months and months as Ice Cream Sandwich but until recently many were still guessing on the version number and what we'd see with Ice Cream Sandwich. The full details are coming in just a few minutes when the official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Galaxy Nexus event gets under way. Watch it live at YouTube.com/Android. We now have confirmation on a few extra special details such as facial recognition unlock, NFC sharing and more all coming to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Samsung Nexus Prime hitting Verizon October 27th [Rumor]

Word on the street is the Samsung Nexus will be launching on Verizon Wireless come October 27th. Since we still don't have an official name I'll just start calling it the Samsung Nexus instead of Galaxy, Prime, DROID, and all that other jazz. With all the recent rumors and teaser videos this just might end up being accurate but for now we'll chalk this up as a rumor and keep on dreaming.