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Engadget Giveaway win an HTC One S, courtesy of Bell Canada

The HTC One S has been making a splash across carriers in Canada, so it's only fitting that we ride the wave and give one away to a reader in the true north strong and free. The example we're giving out is Bell Canada's model, which mates the dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 and Android 4.0 with Bell-specific extras like Mobile TV. Should you live in the land of the red and white, fire off an entry according to the rules and you might just get HTC's super-skinny smartphone for yourself.

  • Leave a comment below. Any comment will do. Duplicate entries will be filtered out and discarded, so adding additional comments won't increase your likelihood of winning.
  • Contest is open to all residents of Canada (excluding Quebec), 18 or older! Sorry, we don't make this rule (we hate excluding anyone), so be mad at our lawyers and contest laws if you have to be mad.
  • Winners will be chosen randomly. One winner will receive one Bell Canada HTC One S.
  • If you are chosen, you will be notified by email. Winners must respond within three days of being contacted. If you do not respond within that period, another winner will be chosen.
  • This unit is purely for promotional giveaway. Bell Canada service will NOT be included. Also, HTC, Bell and Engadget are not held liable to honor warranties or customer service.
  • The full list of rules, in all its legalese glory, can be found here.
  • Entries can be submitted until June 3, 2012 at 11:59PM ET. Good luck!

Engadget Giveaway: win an HTC One S, courtesy of Bell Canada originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 02 Jun 2012 11:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Android 4.0 Ice Cream  jumps to 7% share of Android devices; Gingerbread now up to 65%

Only 7 of every 100 Android devices are powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the most recent firmware available. That’s the story told by the latest edition of the Android Platform Versions chart.

As disappointing as a 7.1 percent share of up-to-date devices may be, it’s actually an encouraging sign. Last month, Ice Cream Sandwich accounted for only 5 percent of visits to Google Play. And with recent updates announced from Sony, HTC, and soon Samsung, there’s a good chance that ICS may claim as much as 8 percent in July. Slow motion’s better than no motion.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread still remains far and away the most popular platform version. Gingerbread accounts for exactly 65 percent of Android devices, which is practically stagnant from the 64.4 reported in May. Meanwhile, Android 2.2 Froyo dipped to 19.1 percent, the first time this year that Froyo has accounted for less than 20 percent.

Take a look at the Android Platform Chart below. It shows that only 7.1 percent have the latest firmware version, but 72 percent have a reasonably up to date platform that allows them to access Android’s most important features. About 92 percent can access most apps in Google Play, leaving the unfortunate pre-Froyo users out in the cold.

*Note: I said that Android 4.0 might see as high as 8 percent in the next chart, but users upgrading to new devices might push it to 9 or 10 percent. That would be ICS’s highest share ever.

 

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Google Ice Cream Sandwich now accounts for 71 percent of Android user base

Well, it's about time that Ice Cream Sandwich made some headway -- even if the process is much slower than consumers deserve. According to the Android developer hub, Android 4.0 now accounts for 7.1 percent of all Android smartphone and tablet installations, which is a sharp and welcome increase over the 2.9 percent figure that we reported just two months ago. Naturally, Gingerbread users still account for the lion's share of the Android ecosystem with 65 percent, but it's worth pointing out that this segment also grew during the last month -- no doubt at the expense of Froyo and Eclair. Don't know about you, but we like our desserts fresh, thank you very much. Go ahead and hop the break to see the full breakdown.

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Google: Ice Cream Sandwich now accounts for 7.1 percent of Android user base originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 01 Jun 2012 22:36:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Chipworks, iFixit tear down the Galaxy S III for all to see, spot iPhone 4S' camera sensor hanging around

You've picked up the Galaxy S III. You've grabbed the source code. But you probably like the quad-core monster too much to tear it down, which is why Chipworks and iFixit have taken to disassembling the phone for themselves to look fro any surprises. We certainly knew to expect the Exynos 4 Quad and 2,100mAh battery, but we now know how Samsung is claiming a boost to speed and image quality for the 8-megapixel camera: it's using the same Sony-made, backside-illuminated CMOS sensor that we've seen since the Xperia Arc and made its biggest splash in the iPhone 4S. Just don't anticipate replacing many components yourself. That 4.8-inch screen is not only permanently attached to the glass, but to the phone frame, leaving any face-first accidents a dicey fix. We're expecting a few more discoveries once iFixit gives the Galaxy S III a second scan, but the source will give you everything there is to know right now.

Chipworks, iFixit tear down the Galaxy S III for all to see, spot iPhone 4S' camera sensor hanging around originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 01 Jun 2012 21:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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TMobile Samsung Galaxy S II getting ICS June 11th

If you've been waiting... and waiting... and waiting some more for Ice Cream Sandwich to show up on the US variants of the Galaxy S II, it looks like the upgrade is ready to begin trickling in. T-Mobile is the first to announce an official date for its flavor of last year's flagship device, with its version of the GSII rolling out on June 11th. Unfortunately, it's not an OTA refresh as we'd prefer -- you'll have to surrender yourself to the will of Kies, but at least it's going to be available. AT&T and Sprint, the move is now yours to make.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II getting ICS June 11th originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 01 Jun 2012 15:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC One S for Taiwan with Snapdragon S3

We'd been wondering just where the HTC Ville C would go with its odd mix of a 1.7GHz Snapdragon S3 and the One S' otherwise sleek hardware. Of all places, it's HTC's home turf of Taiwan: although the One S is still branded as the same phone, the usual 28-nanometer, 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 we've come to love has been replaced with a high-frequency version of its ancestor. When grilled about the switch by ePrice, HTC insisted that the new version would "provide consumers [with] the same experience." We're not so sure after having seen lower Nenamark scores, but we suspect many owners will be too happy with the micro arc oxidized body and rapid-fire camera to notice. All the same, charging NT$17,900 ($600) for a less efficient take on the same formula makes us wonder if supply for the 28-nanometer S4 didn't force a swap.

HTC One S shows up in Taiwan with 1.7GHz Snapdragon S3, speed lovers wail originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 01 Jun 2012 06:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Galaxy S III internals and battery

That was fast: just a few days after the Galaxy S III reached buyers' eager hands, Samsung has posted the phone's source code. Its dutiful clinging to Google's Android guidelines opens the floodgates to custom ROMs as well as a better sense of what makes Samsung's Android 4.0 variant tick. As you'd anticipate, the code is only valid for the international GT-i9300 version. North American models, for the time being, are left out. Still, the source is useful for most anyone that wants to tinker with what should be the most ubiquitous Google-powered phone of the year, so get to downloading if that sounds like you.

Samsung posts Galaxy S III source code, modders start their engines originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 31 May 2012 19:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus with cases

Verizon said it was pushing out the Android 4.0.4 upgrade for its edition of the Galaxy Nexus, and it meant business: we've received tips and reports that some owners have been getting the update over the air within the past day. The long-overdue update upgrades the calendar and sorts out problems with email as well as the 4G device itself. It will likely take a few weeks before every Galaxy Nexus owner on Big Red is up to speed, but there's no doubt that many of them will just be happy to have caught up to the One True Nexus in features and fixes.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

PSA: Verizon Galaxy Nexus' Android 4.0.4 update is rolling out now originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 31 May 2012 14:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung unveils South Korea-bound Galaxy R Style: 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, LTE and ICS on board

Not satisfied with the launch of its newest creation, the Galaxy S III, Sammy's taken the wraps off of yet another member of the famed galactic family: welcome the Galaxy R Style. While Samsung isn't coming out and saying it, the device is essentially a follow-up to last year's 4.2-inch Galaxy R -- and although the handset keeps a similar form factor, it's changed quite a bit on the inside. For example, the 4.3-inch (960 x 540), 9.79mm thin R Style now houses an LTE chip, 16GB of onboard storage and a TouchWiz flavor of Ice Cream Sandwich. As if that wasn't enough, the slab also packs a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU and a 5-megapixel camera to take care of those filtered Instagram shots -- all while being powered by a 2000 mAh battery. Samsung's R Style will be priced at 700,000 won (around $590) when it goes on sale in South Korea later this year. If we were there, we'd take two.

Samsung unveils South Korea-bound Galaxy R Style: 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, LTE and ICS on board originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 31 May 2012 12:38:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung Galaxy S III for Canada announced, features 2GB of RAM

Earlier today, Samsung issued a press release for the Canadian citizens detailing which carriers would launch the Samsung Galaxy S III and confirming a laundry list of specs.  Unfortunately, pricing is not yet available, but we do know the Galaxy S III will officially launch on June 20th in Canada.

There are two different models of the Samsung Galaxy S III  that are going to launch in Canada.  The main difference is that the SGH-i747 will feature LTE connectivity, while the SGH-iT999 features HSPA+ connectivity.  In terms of carriers, the former will launch with Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile, SaskTel, TELUS, and Rogers.  The latter will launch with Videotron, Wind and Mobilicity.  It is Samsung’s mission to launch the Galaxy S III with as many carriers as possible in Canada in order to give interested customers multiple options.

In terms of hardware prowess, both models will sport the Qualcomm S4 dual-core 1.5GHz processor instead of Samsung’s Exynos quad-core processor.  The S4 provides an advantage since it can use LTE, while the Exynos processor cannot.  In addition, the Galaxy S III in Canada will boast 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear facing camera, 1.9MP front facing camera, 2100 mAh battery, Android 4.0.4.

Now, the good news here is that the smartphones in Canada and the United States are typically identical.  With this in mind, there is a very good chance the American version of the Galaxy S III will also come with 2GB of RAM and the Qualcomm S4 processor.

[Samsung Press Release]

 

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