Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie to be released this spring

Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie

Android 5.0 Key Lime PieThere has been leaked, there has been rumors and they all point to Spring release of next version of Android OS. Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie is all set to bring some new features when it hits the market in spring.

There has been no confirmation from Google but leaked documents and inside reports suggest that it’s certainly coming around spring.

Android 4.0 was released on the Galaxy Nexus on December 16, 2011 which  followed by the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean release on Nexus 7 on July 9, 2012. Jelly Bean’s final upgrade was on November 13, 2012.

It is expected that Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie will be released on Motorola X Phone (code name) which is being jointly developed by Motorola and Google.

HTC Thunderbird gets Ice Cream Sandwich

HTC Thunderbolt 4G

The good news for HTC Thunderbird owners is that it’s getting Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) upgrade. HTC Thunderbird was launched on Verizon 2 years back and it currently runs on Android 2.3 “Gingerbird”.

HTC Thunderbolt 4G

HTC Thunderbolt 4G gets Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

This upgrade will bring new life to this age old phone which otherwise was considered to be a dying phone.

How to Import BlackBerry Contacts into Android Smartphones

Google Sync

It’s a very simple process to import contacts from BlackBerry to Android phones. However if you are not aware of the process then it might appear to be a difficult task.

While reading about how to perform this task myself, I was stumped when asked to export my files in a .csv, .vcf etc formats. Each of these formats has their own set of rules and regulations, something that must be followed while entering the complicated world of contact sharing. I have provided a much simpler method, which is faster and doesn’t even requite any manual contact transferring through data cables, etc.

Export Contacts From BlackBerry using BlackBerry Desktop Software

For this first step, a number of third-party applications such as MyPhoneExporter are available, but since the blackberry desktop software is free of cost itself, there is no clear reason as to why someone should not download that. I downloaded the blackberry desktop software from the RIM website, which can be easily found through a quick google search.

Use Google Sync

While one could use that software to export all their BlackBerry contacts, there is a shorter way-by downloading a google app which is designed specially for synchronization of contacts with gmail, in friendly .csv and .vcf formsts. And the best part, it’s vaild on all phones like iPhones, Nokia, Windows Mobiles (above v6.0), etc.

Simply open your web browser and type and download the web-app.

Google Sync

Google Sync

Usually it installs itself, but requires a reboot afterwards. After rebooting your device, go to the all-tab on your blackberry menu and find the google application, the normal way you would follow to find any downloaded application, or run a search to find it quickly if you still can’t find it.

Once you do, run the application and it will prompt you to enter your e-mail id and password as given below :

Google Sync for Mobile

Google Sync for Mobile

After you enter your username and password , it will take you through this short readme file, which I would advise that you read, since it’s so short ! After that, the options automatically open up-where you can choose to manually or automatically update your contacts . In case you want to sync your calendar as well, you can select the “sync Calendar” option.

Sync Options

Sync Options

After this, you press the blackberry button and select the Sync Now option.Depending on the volume of your contacts and calendar, if selected, google will upload all of these to it’s database online.

Once done uploading, it will provide you with details of how many contacts it has updated in the final screen. Now you have successfully uploaded all the contacts to the google database, so head to

Log in with the same username and password, and you should now be at a screen which looks somewhat like the one below, with all your contacts :


Google Contacts

Google Contacts

To export your contacts to anywhere apart from an android phone (which i’m getting to in a minute), you can select the more drop-down menu and select the export option. You will then get a new window, like the one below where you can select the format you want.

Export Contacts

Export Contacts

As for android based phones , you would have probably signed into your gmail accounts upon initialization itself, and the contact transfer happens automatically.

If you have signed into a different gmail account or one that does not have all your contacts, or even if your contacts just aren’t updated through the correct account, go to your settings by pressing the menu button in your home screen. Scroll to the Accounts & Sync Tab and select it.

Your blackberry-synced account (gmail account)should show up and once you select it, just ensure that contacts is selected as an item to be synced. In case you are using a different account and want to set up one with all your contacts, just select add account and proceed as usual. The phone will automatically update your contacts upon the creation of the new account. And voila, your phone has all of your old BlackBerry contacts !

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Android 4.0: Ice Cream Sandwich
Android 4.0: Ice Cream Sandwich

Android 4.0: Ice Cream Sandwich

Since it’s inception, Google’s Android OS has occupied the prime position in the mobile phone market share, and seeks to further this with it’s release of Android 4.0, commonly called “Ice Cream Sandwich”. The beautiful new operating system comes with a host of new features and upgrades, bringing it very close to the iOS, which unintentionally thematizes this as an iOS vs. Ice Cream Sandwich article.

Previous versions of the android operating systems were just minor upgrades from one to another. From Froyo to Gingerbread, the number of upgrades were limited enough to be counted on one’s fingertips. This is similar to the iOS where, as far as looks go, there were limited upgrades, even between iOS 3 and 4. The new ice cream sandwich brings a host of compelling new upgrades to the playing field, which might not match up to the class of the iOS, but is still more than commendable. Fluid animations , new scrolling styles and it’s great multi-tasking abilities make it a serious competitor for apple in the future.

Getting to the interface, the first thing you will notice is the dock to keep your most-frequented applications, something which is clearly an iOS trait, but something that cannot be neglected. However the middle button opens up your entire application library, so as to effectively control what you can and cannot view on the home screen. This is because one may want to hide apps that are not used regularly. Most of the navigation buttons to bring you back home, manage running applications, go forward/backward while browsing a page are all easily available in the row of function keys at the bottom of the screen, making multi-tasking a breeze. There is also a google search bar at the top of the home screen which is androids answer to spotlight. You can decide whether to search data such as pictures, music, videos or contacts, etc. or the web – it’s all there in one convenient location, a feature lacking in spotlight search.

With the new ICS update, there is virtually no task that an iOS can do that ICS can’t. From running bucket loads of android applications to in-built applications, ICS is competent in every way. Especially the Google apps such as Gmail which come integrated with the OS feel more crisp and responsive than before, including an ever-so-useful task bar for tagging , forwarding, replying or deleting messages . The Google Calendar has also been updated, with great support for a “several calendars” type of person – different calendars have different colors and the length of the reminder on a particular day depends on the duration of the task ! Another interesting upgrade is the copy-paste feature which allows the user to tap the word and drag it to the desired location. ICS also includes Google’s facial recognition software, however it still has some hiccups and is not the safest way of protecting your phone , considering that a picture could fool it :p

While the Ice Cream Sandwich is a brilliant and refreshing new upgrade with several innovative features, it just cannot match the iOS ….. yet. Firstly, the responsiveness to touch on the OS is slightly sluggish as compared to the iOS . It also doesn’t dumb down it’s interface to a level where it is as user-friendly as the iOS. Even the wide-selection of applications available on the app-store is something hard for any android upgrade to compete with, let alone the clarity and quality of the apps.

The android 4.0 operating system is a quantum leap above it’s predecessors in terms of specifications and features. However , a lot of work can still be put in to this operating system, which would make it a worthy competitor for Apple’s iOS one day. But as for now, it seems like like the ice cream sandwich isn’t really that tasty !!

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Review

Samsung Google Galaxy Nexus


Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the first phone powered by Google Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system.

Samsung Google Galaxy Nexus

Samsung Google Galaxy Nexus

Before I review the Galaxy Nexus let’s see what are the features of Android 4.0

Google Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Android 4.0 is a completely new operating system which is full with many features. It brings new look and feel powerful multitasking, widgets, notifications and many more features.

New UI (User Interface)

One of the striking new feature in Android 4.0 is it’s new UI. The UI is the screen which you see on the phone. Android’s new UI makes common actions more visible. It also lets you navigate through the screen easily. It has a new typeface which is optimized for high resolution screens. The new typeface improves readability and gives a modern look to the UI.

In addition to the new UI Android 4.0 has following new feaures

  • Home screen folders and favorites tray
  • Resizable widgets
  • New lock screen actions
  • Quick responses for incoming calls
  • Swipe to dismiss notifications, tasks, and browser tabs
  • Improved text input and spell-checking
  • Powerful voice input engine
  • Control over network data
  • Designed for accessibility
  • Communication and sharing
  • Unified calendar, visual voicemail
  • Rich and versatile camera capabilities
  • Redesigned Gallery app with photo editor
  • Live Effects for transforming video
  • Sharing with screenshots
  • Cloud-connected experience
  • Powerful web browsing
  • Improved email
  • Android Beam for NFC-based sharing
  • Face Unlock
  • Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth HDP
Android 4.0 feature list is exhaustive. So it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a device powered by Android 4.0 becoming one of the most sought after gadgets.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Review

Galaxy Nexus is in the league of iPhone, Nokia N95 and similar smartphones from HTC.

Galaxy Nexus Back View

Galaxy Nexus Back View

Galaxy Nexus as a device itself is nothing special. What makes is so special is the Android 4.0 operating system.

Galaxy Nexus is powered with a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, supports HSPA+ and boasts to have 4.65-inches screen with high resolution (1280 x 720).

On the flip side it’s 5 MP camera throws it back into 20th century and this is one of the biggest drawback of this smarphone. If you own a smarphone then without doubt you will be using it as a camera replacement too. Since I started to use Blackberry I’ve never used a camera to take photos. With just 5 MP you can’t use this device as a good camera.

Galaxy Nexus Side View

Galaxy Nexus Side View

The good news is that Samsung Galaxy Nexus has one additional front camera which makes it an ideal device for video call or video chat. The dual camera was introduced in Nexus S phone and I find it very useful.

Galaxy Nexus looks similar to it’s predecessor Nexus S however it is slightly thinner and bigger in size.


With a price tag of £506.12 Samsung Galaxy Nexus is about £100 cheaper than iPhone 4S 16GB which is priced at £615.70. If you can’t afford iPhone 4S then Samsung Galaxy Nexus should be your next choice.

Pros and Cons


Android 4.0 takes this smartphone to a new level. Improved and easy navigation is a big plus. Front camera is a plus.


Galaxy Nexus ran into trouble as soon as it was launched thanks to a software bug which causes battery to drain down rapidly. Thanks to this bug this phone has been withdrawn from the market and Samsung is doing extensive testing to fix the bug.

The problem is with the Android 4.0 operating system itself. Even on Nexus S this operating system caused rapid battery drain and Google stopped OTA OS update.

Till the time of writing this review, Galaxy Nexus remains out of the market.

Another feature which lags behind it’s rivals is the 5 MP camera which makes this device less of a gadget.

16GB of storage is enough but lack of SD memory support is really big disadvantage. Nexus S also has 16GB so it seems Samsung and Google didn’t bother to add more memory.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Technical Specifications

CPU 1.2 GHZ dual core processor
Operating System Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Screen 4.65″ HD (1280 x 720) Super AMOLEDContour Display (curved glass)
Size 67.94 X 135.5 X 8.94
Weight 135g
Connectivity HSPA+/3G/EDGE/GPRSWifiBluetooth
Memory Storage: 16GBMemory: 1 GB RAM
Camera 5 MP continuous auto focus1.3 MP FrontLED FlashZero shutter lagVideo recording in 1080p
Other Features Notification: 3-colour LEDMics:2 MicsButtonlessNFCAccelerometerGyroCompassProximity/LightBarometer

Nexus S Review

Samsung Google Nexus S

Nexus S is the next generation of Nexus smartphone co-developed by Google and Samsung and manufactured by Samsung Electronics. The “S” in Nexus S signifies it’s association with Samsung.

Samsung Google Nexus S

Samsung Google Nexus S

Nexus S comes pre-installed with the latest Google apps and has features like true multi-tasking, Wi-Fi hotspot, Internet Calling, Near-Field Communication (NFC) support, and full web browsing.

Nexus S - Side View

Nexus S - Side View

One of the main feature of Nexus is that users will be able to receive software upgrades and new Google apps as soon as they become available.

Nexus S - Back Side

Nexus S - Back Side

Nexus S is the first device powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbird OS which is faster in comparison to it’s previous versions. If you have been using previous Android OS then you will certainly notice that Gingerbird is significantly faster. Apps load and close faster.

NFC (Near Field Communication) is the new addition to Nexus S, provided it is of any use?

It’s UI is certainly a striking feature. The very first time I powered on this device I couldn’t stop saying WOW. Nexus S looks like a gadget from sci-fi movies.

Nexus S Phone

Nexus S Phone

Nexus S Battery Life

The technical specifications shows 428 hrs of standby battery life. However like rest of spartphones this is a big lie. With normal usage, no calls, playing few games for few minutes the battery lasts only for a day or two.

And yes I’ve done basic optimization for improving battery life.

This is pain, but being a a smartphone user for few years I’ve to come to compromise with this new way of life.


Good news is that Nexus S can’t be SIM Locked, which means that your carrier can’t force you to be with them.

It also has an unlockable bootloader which allows the installation of alternative operating systems.

Nexus S Pros

Nexus S design is sleek, it’s screen superb, operating system is really a big plus and ability to automatic update Apps is a big advantage.

Nexus S Cons


Nexus S is hypersensitive. Hardware buttons, touch screen and motion detection all are hyper sensitive. This is a real disadvantage with this phone.

The biggest disappointment for me is the placement of power button. It is on the top right which is certainly not the right place. Every time I use the phone I always accidently touch that button. The power button should have been at the top.


Lack of FM radio is big disappointment for radio listeners. Being a music fan I always like to have the FM radio, it is a very good time pass specially when you are waiting of travelling.


No option to manually create shortcuts. Only the apps can have shortcuts. Lack of this feature drags this phone back to 20th century. However there is a solution for this shortcoming. There are many apps which allow you to create shortcuts.

No Memory Card Slot

You are stuck with the default USB storage of 16GB which will be sufficient for average users, but for high end users it is going to be a pain. My music collection itself occupies 2 GB and that too is the minimal collection.

Android 2.3 to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich – ICS) upgrade

Theoretically you can upgrade Android 2.3 OS to Android 4.0 Ice cream sandwich. However Google has halted the upgrade as it started to drain the battery.

Well this is not only the Nexus S which saw the battery drain with ICS OS, even Galaxy Nexus, the successor of Nexus S, also suffered with the same issues. Thanks to this bug, Galaxy Nexus is no longer available in the UK and that is why I ended up with Nexus S phone.

Google Samsung Nexus S  Smartphone Technical Specifications

Manufacturer: Samsung Electronics

Operating System: Android 2.3 Gingerbird

Launched: United States December 16, 2010


  • Type Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) (1500 mAH)
  • Talk time 6 hours
  • Standby time (max) 428 hours

Storage and Memory

  • RAM 512MB
  • Internal storage 16384MB (USB)


Network support

  • Quad-band GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • Tri-band HSPA: 900, 2100, 1700
  • HSPA type: HSDPA (7.2Mbps) HSUPA (5.76Mbps)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.1

Infrared: not supported

Size and Weight

  • Dimensions 63.0 mm (w)
  • 123.9 mm (h)
  • 10.88 mm (d)
  • Weight 129.0 grams


  • Screen size 4.0 inches
  • Screen resolution WVGA (800 x 480)
  • Touch screen


CPU 1GHz Cortex A8 (Hummingbird) processor
Audio/headphone jack 3.5mm

FM Radio not supported
Physical keyboard not available


Primary: 5.0 megapixels

Front: VGA (640×480)

Features: Flash, Video

Additional Features

Contour Display, Near Field Communications (NFC), Three-axis gyroscope, Anti-fingerprint display coating, Internet Calling support (VoIP/SIP)