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3 years ago

Froyo still leads Android versions

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The latest Android versions numbers are in, and it remains relatively unchanged from last month. Android 2.2 continues to dominate at 63.9 percent, up from 61.3 percent from the previous two weeks or so. Gingerbread builds of Android 2.3 and 2.3.3 are up a tad to 0.8 percent and 1.7 percent, respectively. Android 3.0 Honeycomb remains unchanged at 0.2 percent, which doesn't say much for sales of the Motorola Xoom, which so far is the only device officially running that build. We'll look to see if that changes now that the Wifi-only version of the Xoom is available.

Android 2.1 dropped a couple percentage points to 27.2 percent. Android 1.6 and 1.5 are at 3.5 percent and 2.7 percent.

So Froyo rules, there aren't too many Nexus One and Nexus S devices out there in the in overall scheme of things (they're the only ones officially running Gingerbread so far), and the Xoom and Honeycomb are just getting started. More data's at the source link if you're into that sort of thing. [Android Developer Blog]

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3 years ago

Android 2.2 Froyo update available for the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide

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If you are a T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Slide user and have had your fingers crossed for an official Froyo (Android 2.2) update for your device, your patience has paid off. While it has been a while since we first heard of the delay, and there are other versions that are higher (namely Gingerbread) it is still quite an update for you. This update brings users:

  • Wi-Fi calling
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • USB Tethering (Internet Sharing)
  • Low storage (User Data) notification mechanism
  • Resolves issues with text and picture messaging
  • Resolves some Bluetooth compatibility issues
  • Improves compatibility with new Bluetooth devices
  • Improves stability and reliability of the device

In addition to these large improvements, there were also a bunch of smaller bug fixes as well. So, if you are still rocking with the MyTouch 3G Slide, be sure to head to the HTC site to view download and installation instructions. [myTouch 3G Slide Froyo update] Thanks, Jack and Irlisse!

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3 years ago

Gingerbread for HTC Desire due late April or early May, says Three

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After being the first carrier to confirm the HTC Desire Gingerbread update, Three UK has now given an estimate of when they expect to push the update out to Three-branded Desires. Responding to a question on its official Twitter feed, Three said the update is "coming in for testing on Monday, so end of April early May is the plan."

Other network-branded HTC Desires (in Europe, at least) should expect to see the update around the same time, though some carriers are faster than others when it comes to testing and approving new firmware. Unlocked Desire owners are likely to get Gingerbread before the late April/early May release window given by Three, as updates for their handsets don't have to be vetted by carriers before being pushed out. [@ThreeUK]

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3 years ago

Xperia Arc/Play available for pre-order on Rogers, 'late April' release rumored

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Canadian carrier Rogers now has pre-order pages up for Sony Ericsson's Xperia Arc and Xperia Play, following the phones' (slightly disrupted) European launch yesterday. Both phones will set Canadian buyers back C$99.99 upfront on any of Rogers' contracts, which range from C$50/month to C$75/month. While the Xperia Arc will only be available in black, Rogers is offering the Xperia Play in the lesser-spotted white as well.

The Rogers pre-order site doesn't list any release date. However, MobileSyrup is reporting via a leaked Rogers internal screen that both phones will see the light of day in "late April", with inventory arriving in stores between April 19 and 21. [Rogers, MobileSyrup]

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3 years ago

Motorola Bravo's Froyo update delayed on the cusp of its release?

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A little bit of bad news for those of you with a Motorola Bravo -- looks like external testing for an update to Android 2.2 Froyo was about to begin (according to a post this week in Moto's support forums). But the screen shot we were just sent certainly makes it look like that update (or possibly a separate update) might have been delayed.

The Bravo, as you'll recall, is a mid-level device on AT&T (see our hands-on) announced last fall at CTIA. It's got a 3.7-inch WGVA touchscreen, 2GB of ROM, a 3MP camera and ye olde Motoblur.

If indeed it's the Froyo update that's been delayed, here's hoping for a speedy re-release. Submitted via the Android Central App

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3 years ago

Sprint's Nexus S 4G launching April 18? [Update: Just a training launch?]

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Dunno from whom or where this came, but it sure looks like someone's about to get all trained up on the Sprint Nexus S 4G. (See our hands-on at CTIA.) And it sure does look like it could see an April 18 launch. The Nexus S 4G, as you'll remember, is the same as the original Nexus S, with a Wimax radio thrown in for good measure. It'll cost you $199 on-contract whenever it does launch, and you'll have to shell out extra for the Wifi hotspot. Submitted via the official Android Central app

[Update: Got a tip that this is sort of a soft training launch from the rewards site that announces the trainings, and that we could see the consumer launch a week or two later. The source guesses on or about April 24.]

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3 years ago

LTE onOFF brings an easy way to turn off 4G on your Thunderbolt

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We have discussed the battery life of the HTC Thunderbolt a time or two, and we have seen some ways to turn off the 4G connection, but none of them were as simple as a toggle on your home screen. The folks at TeamAndIRC were nice enough to go ahead and create a 4G LTE toggle for the HTC Thunderbolt, that allows for a quick and easy way to turn the connection on or off. Nothing overly fancy, a simple toggle that allows you to select whether you want the connection on or off, so head to the market, and grab it for yourself. Download information after the break.

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3 years ago

Early Upgrade price changes coming to AT&T?

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We just received this one through the Android Central app, and with a little sleuthing (reports filed via the app are completely anonymous) we tied it to AT&T, based on the lingo.  QMP is what AT&T calls their feature phones (Quick Messaging Phones), and it looks like anyone looking to purchase off-contract or on a one-year commitment is going to be paying a little more come April 3.

According to the screenshot, the price of the iPhone will be going up by $50, while other smartphones like the Atrix 4G will be going up by $150 for a one year contract, and $50 if purchased outright.  How any rebates are going to affect this, is still unknown.  Nobody likes it when prices rise, but Android, BlackBerry, and WP7 fans will be hit the hardest.  And just when we thought AT&T was warming up to Android a little.  Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Beautiful Widgets Beta, Thunderbolt themes [from the forums]

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It's Friday, April Fools Day, and it's also the start of the weekend, which is a good thing considering some of the pranks we've seen through out the day. Everything from Cyanogen leaving Android to ClockworkMod being acquired by HTC. Needless to say, we're glad it's all coming to a close for another year. We've covered a lot of news this week and did a stellar podcast for you all so be sure to check it out. If you're looking to get totally caught up over the weekend, jump into the forums and get started.

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3 years ago

Google I/O Extended events connect developers across the globe

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Can't attend this year's Google I/O conference? Google and the GTUG network have you covered, with a number of Google I/O Extended events around the world where developers can watch live streams of all the action for free. Google describes the Extended events as "part viewing party and part community building", with some events even including local developer demos and speaker sessions.

Hit the source link for a map showing all the I/O Extended events around the world, along with registration links. [Google I/O 2011 Extended]

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