Google+ app updated for Ice Cream Sandwich; Android 4.0 on the horizon

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If you’re an avid user of Google+ and have yet to receive an update notification for the app on your Android device, you may want to check the Market now. A total redesign of the Google+ app for Android has just been released in the last day that features a new UI, bug fixes, battery life improvements and more.

According to the “What’s New” section in the Android Market listing, the latest version of Google+ for Android is a “completely new app” and features a “new visual design.” The new visual design they’re talking about is directly related to Ice Cream Sandwich. The app is still colored the same (lots of gray, red, green and blue), but features back buttons on every page, as well as a new posting UI and a slick new messaging app. Also found throughout the app, especially the messenger, are some of the same graphics shown off in the Ice Cream Sandwich demos from the live announcement.

The two most important things to take away from the update are how committed Google is to design and how close Android 4.0 and the Galaxy Nexus are to launching.

The new Google+ app looks great. The new icons and graphics have a much more refined look to them. Google clearly spent quite a bit of time on the app. And the fact that Google is ready to show off this new design is a good sign that Ice Cream Sandwich is coming sooner than later. Just yesterday, Telegraph reported that here in the US, we may have to wait until after November 17 to see the Galaxy Nexus finally launch. ICS should hit the AOSP and Nexus S devices shortly after that. But there’s still good reason to believe the Galaxy Nexus could launch before then. As soon as November 10 to be exact.

Either way, the new Google+ app is the closest thing most people will get to the ICS user interface for at least another week and a half. If you’re looking to download Google+ for Android, use the Market widget below.

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HTC Sensation XL with Beats Audio Now Available in the UK for £486.00

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Our friends at Clove in the UK have just sent word that the HTC Sensation XL is now in stock and shipping. For £486.00 incl. VAT, you’ll be able to get one of the first Beats Audio HTC smartphones on the market. Aside from that, you’re looking at a pretty good smartphone.

It’s a 4.7 inch smartphone (hence the “XL” part) with a 1.5GHz single-core processor, 768MB of RAM, an 8 megapixel 720p camera, a front–facing camera, 16GB of internal storage, Android 2.3 with HTC Sense and more. It’s also a bit thin at 9.9mm.

This is no HTC Sensation internally, but the device is still quite good. Take a good, close look at it over at Clove before making your purchase decision.

[Update]: Carrier “Three” is now offering the device, as well.

HTC Sensation XL with Beats Audio Now Available in the UK for £486.00

This image has no alt text

Our friends at Clove in the UK have just sent word that the HTC Sensation XL is now in stock and shipping. For £486.00 incl. VAT, you’ll be able to get one of the first Beats Audio HTC smartphones on the market. Aside from that, you’re looking at a pretty good smartphone.

It’s a 4.7 inch smartphone (hence the “XL” part) with a 1.5GHz single-core processor, 768MB of RAM, an 8 megapixel 720p camera, a front–facing camera, 16GB of internal storage, Android 2.3 with HTC Sense and more. It’s also a bit thin at 9.9mm.

This is no HTC Sensation internally, but the device is still quite good. Take a good, close look at it over at Clove before making your purchase decision.

[Update]: Carrier “Three” is now offering the device, as well.

HTC Sensation XL with Beats Audio Now Available in the UK for £486.00

This image has no alt text

Our friends at Clove in the UK have just sent word that the HTC Sensation XL is now in stock and shipping. For £486.00 incl. VAT, you’ll be able to get one of the first Beats Audio HTC smartphones on the market. Aside from that, you’re looking at a pretty good smartphone.

It’s a 4.7 inch smartphone (hence the “XL” part) with a 1.5GHz single-core processor, 768MB of RAM, an 8 megapixel 720p camera, a front–facing camera, 16GB of internal storage, Android 2.3 with HTC Sense and more. It’s also a bit thin at 9.9mm.

This is no HTC Sensation internally, but the device is still quite good. Take a good, close look at it over at Clove before making your purchase decision.

[Update]: Carrier “Three” is now offering the device, as well.

AT&T LTE-Enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Appears at the FCC

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Just as was the case with the original, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 seems to be doing good things on carriers as AT&T wants to get in on the fun of carrying one. An LTE equipped version of the tablet for Ma Bell has been spotted at the FCC. Alongside compatible radios for their network, their 4G LTE logo on the back of the device is more than enough of a giveaway for us.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a very slim Android tablet that foregoes many desirable ports for its good looks. Still, we believe it’s one of the best Honeycomb tablets out there. It sports a 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 10.1 inch display, Android 3.1+ and more.

It remains to be seen how AT&T will price this tablet, though we’d wager they’ll be a bit more expensive than the 16GB and 32GB flavors with only WiFi radios. Other than that, we expect everything else to remain business as usual – we just need some official information from AT&T itself. [FCC via Wireless Goodness]

AT&T LTE-Enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Appears at the FCC

This image has no alt text

Just as was the case with the original, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 seems to be doing good things on carriers as AT&T wants to get in on the fun of carrying one. An LTE equipped version of the tablet for Ma Bell has been spotted at the FCC. Alongside compatible radios for their network, their 4G LTE logo on the back of the device is more than enough of a giveaway for us.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a very slim Android tablet that foregoes many desirable ports for its good looks. Still, we believe it’s one of the best Honeycomb tablets out there. It sports a 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 10.1 inch display, Android 3.1+ and more.

It remains to be seen how AT&T will price this tablet, though we’d wager they’ll be a bit more expensive than the 16GB and 32GB flavors with only WiFi radios. Other than that, we expect everything else to remain business as usual – we just need some official information from AT&T itself. [FCC via Wireless Goodness]

AT&T LTE-Enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Appears at the FCC

This image has no alt text

Just as was the case with the original, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 seems to be doing good things on carriers as AT&T wants to get in on the fun of carrying one. An LTE equipped version of the tablet for Ma Bell has been spotted at the FCC. Alongside compatible radios for their network, their 4G LTE logo on the back of the device is more than enough of a giveaway for us.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a very slim Android tablet that foregoes many desirable ports for its good looks. Still, we believe it’s one of the best Honeycomb tablets out there. It sports a 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 10.1 inch display, Android 3.1+ and more.

It remains to be seen how AT&T will price this tablet, though we’d wager they’ll be a bit more expensive than the 16GB and 32GB flavors with only WiFi radios. Other than that, we expect everything else to remain business as usual – we just need some official information from AT&T itself. [FCC via Wireless Goodness]

More site updates: Tweaked scoring, improved login, link a Twitter account

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Last week we rolled out a a major update to our scoring system. Along with the points that we’ve had for months, we introduced a 1-100 scale that ranks your account in relation to other And Me Accounts on the site. After a week of close monitoring, we’re back with some exciting new scoring updates.

During our last update, we tweaked the level of points that users received for an upvoted comment. Today, we’re rolling out the ability for high ranking users to downvote a comment and have that vote actually affect the permanent user score. Just how many points depends on how high ranking the user is, but we’ve now got a few tiers in place where saying something stupid or rude might actually cost you your account points.

The ultimate goal here is to raise the overall discussion quality on the site and to hopefully highlight some of the most influential users. To that end, we now mark all anonymous comments as guest. We’ve also disabled Gravatars for guests, so if you’d like a proper user picture, you’ll need to sign up for an And Me Account. Registering is free and takes about ten seconds (really).

For those of you with an account already (or who have freshly signed up), you’ll notice our login area has moved to the top right of the site. There you’ll find your user picture and percentile rank, along with links to edit your profile or logout. If you’re not logged in, you’ll see a Log In button (of course).

If you’re an especially keen user, you’ll notice that the Edit Profile page is all new. We’ve restyled everything and added a few fancy new options, like the ability to link a Twitter account. Soon, having a Twitter account linked will unlock some awesome new features around the site (plus we’ll absolutely NEVER tweet without your permission). For now though, linking your Twitter account will just display a handy link on your And Me profile page.

Along with improvements for the And Me Accounts, we’re also happy to be starting with a new advertising partner today. More details will soon follow.

If you haven’t caught our drift here yet, we’ve got a lot of exciting things in store for this site. We’ve got a handful of new scoring and community features still to be unleashed, and we can’t wait to share them with you guys.

Android Overload: HTC Kicking Butt and Taking Names, Motorola Killing 800 Jobs and More

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Double, double, toil and trouble. Fire burn and cauldron bubble. With all the news that comes through our parts it’s darn near impossible to get to them all. The ones that didn’t make it onto our front page get left here. In the Android Overload. Think of this as a cemetery where all good stories go when they die. So grab your shovel and see what you can dig up. You necrophiliacs, you. Happy Halloween, everyone!

  • HTC reports 68% profit growth from last year and ships 13.2 million handsets worldwide. Takes Apple’s crown for #1 US smartphone manufacturer. [TechCrunch]
  • Motorola attempts to cut costs. Will cut 800 jobs despite better than expected Q3 results. [BW]
  • Dual SIM Huawei U8520 hits Australia for $250 unlocked. [IntoMobile]
  • Titanium Backup Pro can now restores apps (and their data) from backed up ROMs. [AndroidPolice]
  • Telus will exclusively launch the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray in Canada Nov. 2nd. [Electronista]
  • Getjar offers loads of free apps for Halloween. Better hurry! [Getjar]
  • European LG Optimus 2X 3D and Black to receive Gingerbread update in the coming weeks. [Facebook]
  • Texas Instruments undercuts the competition. Offers Cortex-A8 processors for $5. [Electronista]
  • Motorola Droid RAZR could be making its way to India next week. [AndroidOS.in]
  • Android 3.2 update now live for Motorola XOOM WiFi-only models. [EuroDroid]

Android Overload: HTC Kicking Butt and Taking Names, Motorola Killing 800 Jobs and More

This image has no alt text

Double, double, toil and trouble. Fire burn and cauldron bubble. With all the news that comes through our parts it’s darn near impossible to get to them all. The ones that didn’t make it onto our front page get left here. In the Android Overload. Think of this as a cemetery where all good stories go when they die. So grab your shovel and see what you can dig up. You necrophiliacs, you. Happy Halloween, everyone!

  • HTC reports 68% profit growth from last year and ships 13.2 million handsets worldwide. Takes Apple’s crown for #1 US smartphone manufacturer. [TechCrunch]
  • Motorola attempts to cut costs. Will cut 800 jobs despite better than expected Q3 results. [BW]
  • Dual SIM Huawei U8520 hits Australia for $250 unlocked. [IntoMobile]
  • Titanium Backup Pro can now restores apps (and their data) from backed up ROMs. [AndroidPolice]
  • Telus will exclusively launch the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray in Canada Nov. 2nd. [Electronista]
  • Getjar offers loads of free apps for Halloween. Better hurry! [Getjar]
  • European LG Optimus 2X 3D and Black to receive Gingerbread update in the coming weeks. [Facebook]
  • Texas Instruments undercuts the competition. Offers Cortex-A8 processors for $5. [Electronista]
  • Motorola Droid RAZR could be making its way to India next week. [AndroidOS.in]
  • Android 3.2 update now live for Motorola XOOM WiFi-only models. [EuroDroid]