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ICS ROM Leaked for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

icsXDA-Developers again has a great ICS leak, this one coming from DooMLoRD for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. It is an alpha release from Sony Ericsson, so don’t expect too much to work at the moment. DooMLoRD notes the following issues currently:

Swype to unveil ICS beta by end of January

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Swype announced on Twitter that they'll be unveiling a beta release of their popular keyboard for Ice Cream Sandwich devices by the end of January. There's no set date, but at least we have a time frame for the beta. As far as we know, there won't be any additional features, but that could change before the release. Stay tuned to Helloandroid for more news on Swype and Ice Cream Sandwich!

Velocity Micro Debuts A Pair Of Android 4.0 Tablets: The 7-Inch Cruz T507 And 9.7-Inch Cruz T510

thumbWe've all heard of the low-budget Velocity Cruz tablets before, and it looks like company is keeping the brand alive in 2012 with a pair of Android 4.0 tablets.

As expected, these aren't the most powerful portables on the planet -- but, then again, they'll likely have a price to match. The smaller of the duo is the Cruz T507, a 7-inch slate with a Cortex A8 1.2GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 8GB internal store, front-facing camera, HDMI out, and Amazon's Appstore as its go-to marketplace.

Google: Gingerbread leads all Android versions at 55.5% as Ice Cream Sandwich scratches surface

Android 4.0 has started to make a dent in the platform versions chart, but Gingerbread leads all.

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Google Requires OEMs To Include The Stock Set Of UI Widgets In All Ice Cream Sandwich Devices, Developers Can Stop Skins From Messing With Their Apps

thumbWe are going to need some restraint and careful explanation for this one.
Google is making life a little easier for developers. Today a post on the official Android Developers Blog announced a new rule for OEMs that insist on skinning Ice Cream Sandwich: You must also include the unmodified ICS "Holo" Theme files. Regular users still have to deal with a skinned OS, but developers can opt out of the skinned parts for their app. Observe:

HTC to give users extra DropBox storage with ICS?

thumbWe just got word from a reader (thanks, Tristan!) that's quite interesting. He installed the Sensation Ice Cream Sandwich ROM that we told you about yesterday, and upon logging into DropBox, received the above email. He was surprised to learn that he'd been given an additional 48GB of storage, for "supercharging his HTC device with DropBox". It's unclear if this is part of the ROM, or if HTC and DropBox are giving users an incentive to choose Sense on their next Android device.

Gold For Android Developers: Add AOSP Source Code To Eclipse With The "Android Sources" Plugin

aospAs an Android developer, the first thing I do when I set up Eclipse with ADT on a new machine is hunt down the Android source for the API level I'm working on.

Developers should understand what I'm talking about, but for the rest of you - this priceless little addition to our development process means whenever we want to see just what exactly Android is doing at a certain point in our programs, we can actually take a peek.
In fact, I oftentimes gain more insight into how the code works (or why mine doesn't work) from looking at the source than from reading documentation. Go try that with iOS...

RCMix ICE v1.0 ROM combines Sense 3.5 with Android 4.0

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Want to see what HTC might have in store for Sense 3.5 devices running Android 4.0? Take a look at the screen shots and accompanying ROM which comes courtesy of the XDA forum. Thanks to a leaked RUU (firmware file) for the Sensation and the Sensation XE, we have an early indication as to how Ice Cream Sandwich will play with the custom launcher.

Sony Ericsson Devices Getting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

seSony Ericssin promised a while ago that they would bring Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to their 2011 devices and now heres the list. They have detailed the list of phones that will get the update along with when the updates will start rolling out. The following devices will get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich between late March and early April.
Sony Ericsson Phones Getting Android 4.0:

Samsung: Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note, Galaxy R, Tab 7.0 Plus, 7.7, 8.9, 10.1 All To Get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

icecreamSamsung has finally made an official statement regarding its plans to upgrade current handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android version 4.0), and the short list is indeed quite short:

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