LG's Optimus L7 Brings ICS and 4.3-Inch Screen, BlackBerry Is Still the ‘Wait and See’ Platform & Ice Cream Sandwich Adoption Approaches 5%
LG's Optimus L7 Brings ICS, 4.3-Inch Screen To Market Starting Today
The high end edition of LG's new L-Style Optimus line is ready to roll, as the company announced the Optimus L7 is available in various "major" European and Asian locales. In case it's been forgotten in the midst of its fellow L-branded smartphones like the L3 that launched in March, the L7 is an Android 4.0 handset with a 4.3-inch screen and 8.7mm-thick frame.
Ice Cream Sandwich Adoption Approaches 5% But Gingerbread Still Growing
Google updated its Android version tracker on Tuesday, revealing the latest version of its Android operating system is slowly gaining ground. The estimated number of devices running Ice Cream Sandwich has increased by more than two-thirds over the last month, from 2.9% of all Android devices to 4.9% as measured during the 14-day period ending on May 1st. The bulk of Android devices continue to run the year-and-a-half old Gingerbread operating system (64.4%), followed by the two-year old Froyo OS (20.9%). The adoption rate of Android 2.3 is still growing, however devices running Froyo decreased by almost 3%.
For Major Brands, BlackBerry Is Still the ‘Wait and See’ Platform
For Research In Motion, this week has been all about BlackBerry 10, the new operating system for its phones that’s set to debut to customers in the fall. Until BB10′s big debut, though, RIM faces an uphill battle in app support from major brands, say mobile-developer companies. That’s because even though RIM is understandably enthusiastic about BlackBerry 10 — and it even may have some technical advantages over competitors — for now the company is still living in a BlackBerry 7 universe.
FCC Launches New Mobile Broadband Subsidy
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has begun the process to get competitive bids for new mobile broadband subsidies designed to bring 3G or 4G service to areas in the country that do not have it. The FCC on Wednesday announced bidding procedures for the first phase of its new Mobility Fund and released a map of areas eligible for Mobility Fund service. The map includes large areas if the U.S. Mountain West, including large parts of Idaho, Nevada, Washington state, and large parts of Alaska.