The wait is almost over, long-suffering Xperia X10 owners. According to a recent post on Sony Ericsson's official Facebook page, your update from the dark depths of Android 2.1 Eclair all the way up to 2.3.3 Gingerbread could be with you even earlier than the expected "August" release window. Here's the scoop --
The launch of the 2.3 software for X10 is getting closer, and the planned release date is approx. w30. The date could still be changed, since the launch is depending on operators approval. The software will be rolled out continuously, just like the earlier 2.1 release. The exact launch date is depending on market and operators approval, so it will unfortunately not be possible to give precise information on launch dates for each market/operator. You will get more information once the roll out has started.
"W30" refers to week 30 of 2011, which just happens to be the this week. So it looks like the update could land any day now. X10 owners can look forward to "Facebook Inside Xperia" functionality, alongside other bundled apps from the X10's successor, the Gingerbread-powered Xperia Arc. If you'd like to check out the new software in action, head on over to last month's video update. Source: Sony Ericsson on Facebook
The update rolling out today for the Samsung Nexus S 4G is a mix of good and bad it seems. Hopefully fixing some of the radio and connectivity woes more than a few are seeing with Sprint's first Googlephone, the latest OTA will also end the free tethering that Nexus S 4G owners have been enjoying. We've heard some rumblings of this across the web, but a confidential source from Sprint has confirmed with a bit of internal communication that the GRJ90 update does indeed stop tethering for those who have not opted in for the hotspot plan. This move shouldn't really surprise anyone, and those determined will easily find one of many work arounds, but it looks like "officially free tethering" is done for the Nexus S 4G. We've reached out to Sprint for confirmation, we'll update if they have anything to tell us. A screen shot of the communication is after the break.
Ready to update your Samsung Nexus S 4G to GRJ90, but don't want to roll back and lose root? No problem -- Shabbypenguin has you covered with a ClockworkMod flashable version, all ready to go. It's pre-rooted (of course), deodexed, and has busybox tossed in, but other than that it's the stock system clean and shiny just like you would have had you accepted the OTA. Of course, there's that small matter of native tethering being broken to consider, but it looks like the easy way to go. Hit the source link for more info and downloads, and be sure to thank Shabby!
According to this screenshot, T-Mobile retail locations will be receiving SD cards pre-loaded with the files to update the MyTouch 4G and T-Mobile G2 to Gingerbread, as well as updating the MyTouch 3G Slide to the latest Froyo version. Coming August 1, techs in the stores will be able to assist customers who have difficulty understanding or completing the OTA update process, which is a great way to help the less tech-inclined folks that still love the freedom and customization that Android offers.
What's this we have here? Popular custom ROM CyanogenMod 7.1 running on the HTC Sensation (aka Pyramid) and LG Optimus 3D (aka Thrill 4G)? The tantalizing screenshots above were recently posted on Google+ by CM developers Ricardo Cerquiera and Ed Carrigan. According to both coders, the CyanogenMod 7.1 ports for both phones are still in the early stages of development, so don't expect to be flashing official builds anytime soon.
If you are a Sidekick 4G owner who has been experiencing some bugs on your device, you will be happy to know that an OTA update has begun rolling out to fix some of these for you. While the update does not boost the device to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) it is stated to bring a slew of bug fixes for the device, and that is always welcomed. The update began on July 21, and should be trickling out to all users, so be sure to check for updates on your device, and if you have already updated, be sure to let us know how it is working out for you!
Not a huge fan of the subdued look of the HTC Sensation? Wish that it stood out a bit more, and was more eye catching? So did the folks at Whitesites Blog, and so they took sand paper and metal polish to the device to give it an all-new chromed-out look, as you'll see above. You'll also find full instructions on their site if you'd like to trick out your Sensation in the same way. It involves a little time and elbow grease, but the results are worth it, if you're a fan of shiny things.
Let us know in the comments if you're planning on chroming out your Sensation, or if you've tried your hand at any cosmetic modding in the past.
Remember the HTC Ruby that popped up? Well, we still don't really have any details on whether or not it's an Android device or not but it sure looks that way, especially when looking at the camera UI in the photo. Look to the right and you'll see what is clearly a T-Mobile logo as well. Alas, specs and pretty much everything else remain a mystery at this point so hopefully some more details will pop up soon.
The Samsung Epic 4G still isn't shipping from Sprint with Gingerbread on board, but that doesn't mean you can't have a try on your own. Build EG22 brings yet another leaked Gingerbread ROM for the Epic, and early word is that it's a fine piece of engineering. It appears that most of the debugging code has been stripped out, which means there's a good chance this will be the final release, and that Android developers won't have to work as hard to clean it all up for those that prefer the custom ROM route. One important thing to know is that there are enough changes in this build that themes and other customizations built for the EF02 leak might not work, but I imagine everyone involved will have that sorted out soon.
There's several different ways to get this one on your Epic, hit the forums and holler at AC adviser Paul627g with questions and for advice -- that man is an Epic hacking machine and will steer you right. If you're the type who would rather wait to get your update pushed from Sprint, it looks like it won't be too much longer now.
Fresh in from our folks behind the shelves at Costco Sam's Club, we have some new info about upcoming releases. In handy bullet point form are the following:
Motorola Droid Bionic. "Pushed to September." Hard to say exactly what this means for the actual Verizon launch date of the Droid Bionic. Presumably one is tied to the other, but a September launch for the DB at Costco doesn't by any means mean Verizon's launch date has slipped. (And, yes, we're fully aware of that MDB228 Twitter account -- which might or might not be legit -- pointing to a possible Aug. 4 launch.)
So, that's that. We're still in agreement that we'll see the Droid Bionic sooner rather than later, but these things aren't official until they're official. But if you're waiting to get it at Costco, Sam's Club you might have a few extra weeks to hang on.
If you are an AT&T customer and have been waiting for a Nexus S that'll actually use your carrier's 3G bands, your big day is here. The Nexus S for AT&T is officially available today at Best Buy locations, as well as via BestBuy.com. The device will run you $99 with the use of an upgrade, or $529 when purchased outright, so will you be picking one up?
You would think that an Android phone like the Samsung Replenish wouldn't draw much attention from independent Android developers, but you would be wrong. Android Central ROM developer Shabbypenguin and his cohorts in the ACS have cranked out the beta version of LeafROM for the little eco-friendly Sprint qwerty phone and it already has a great set of features in place. Besides being theme-friendly and debloated, things like the Gingerbread malware patch have been added, and things like "rescue server" (regarded as a carrier tracking app) have been removed. If you picked up a Replenish, and want to have the Android experience of rooting and hacking away at it, you need to have a look.
A tipster that's "close to the matter" was able to send us this blurrycam shot of a slide shown at the end of the Verizon earnings report, and it includes a few Motorola Droid Bionic details. This basically confirms the laptop dock, full Bluetooth keyboard, and HD webtop dock with IR remote ability. There's no word if any of these docking accessories that already are available for the Motorola Atrix 4G are compatible, but we're not holding our breath. It also shows off the chrome banding around the edge of the device, which lends that extra bit of design to an otherwise generic black slab. Of course the news we all really want to know -- the release date -- is nowhere to be seen.
The HTC Sensation kicked things off fairly well, but HTC is aware there are still some bugs in the software. In an effort to correct them they've been rolling out small updates to carriers who have taken on the device. Virgin Mobile Canada is next in line -- as noted on their Facebook page an update to correct a booting issue with the device is coming as of July 25. Nice to see an update pushed out quickly.
It was only a few days ago we got word that AT&T had started the Gingerbread soak for the Motorola Atrix, now -- the update, v18.104.22.168 is rolling out to users who are running stock builds on their devices. If you're rooted or have unlocked your bootloader to load the previously beta version, you will need to flash back. The full announcement info is past the break for you all, and don't hesitate to let us know how the update is working for you in the comments or in the Android Central forums. If manual updates are more your thing, the updates are available on the Motorola site.
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