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Even as Google prepares to (possibly) face Oracle in court today over its use of Java in Android’s mobile OS, excitement builds around the latest devices sporting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Samsung’s sent out an intriguing invite for a May 3 event that simply says “come and meet the next Galaxy,” promising something big. We’ve seen Galaxy handsets launch on what seems like a weekly basis, including the U.S. release of the Galaxy Tab 2 just last week. But Samsung’s building a bit of buzz around this upcoming London event, and expectations are high.
There is hope that the May 3 event could unveil the Galaxy S III, Samsung’s successor to the popular SII smartphone. There are few details on the actual event – and even fewer around the device to be revealed – but unconfirmed rumors are on the lookout for an SIII with a 4.6-inch screen with an edgeless design, an improved camera (possibly 16-megapixels), and wireless charging.
The last time Samsung hosted an “Unpacked” event was late last year when the handset maker held a joint event with Google to announce the Galaxy Nexus, the flagship ICS device. While last year’s event was delayed, originally scheduled during an awkward time for Apple with the iPhone 4S release and Steve Jobs’ subsequent death, Samsung could be looking to preempt a new Apple device this year. A May launch could beat Apple by a few weeks, should there be another iPhone release this summer, something we’ve come to expect over the years.
More ICS updates and devices
While Samsung shows no signs of slowing down, Sony hopes to catch up with its ICS roll out, which is finally headed to the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and the Xperia Ray. It’s Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Norway that will get the ICS update first, with global updates scheduled in the next four to six weeks. Several more Xperia handsets will be getting the ICS update over the summer too, including the Play, Mini and Active. No word on when the Xperia S will receive its ICS update.
And better late than never, Meizu is the latest to throw its ICS device into the mix. Its MX Quad-core handset is due out in June, powered by a Cortex-A9-based, 32nm HKMG quad-core Samsung Exynos chip. The screen measures 4 inches with 960x640 resolution, and the MX Quad-core will come in 16GB and 32GB. No details on the RAM but the battery’s been bumped up to 1,700mAh. Meizu’s customized ICS and dubbed it Flyme OS, and has priced its upcoming devices between $335 and $635.