After being the first carrier to confirm the HTC DesireGingerbread 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]
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]
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
[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.]
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.
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!
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.
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]
When it comes to extended batteries, there are a couple things I worry about. First and foremost is having more juice. That's a given, though. With the 2750mAh extended battery for the HTC ThunderBolt, you're getting nearly double the miliAmp/hours of the stock 1400mAh battery. So it's going to last longer. (Or in the case of the ThunderBolt on LTE, which sucks through a battery, you might actually get a day's use out of it.)
But the other thing -- and for a lot of us the only real concern -- is how the extended battery looks and feels on the phone.
First things first: It's bigger. Along with the battery, you get a new battery cover. And the cover has the same cutouts for the camera, dual flashes and 3.5mm as the standard battery. And it also has the same internal antenna connections, which is important, too. It's also made of the same soft-touch plastic as the stock battery cover and has the same HTC and 4G LTE markings.
As for the size, it's definitely larger, sticking out from the back of the ThunderBolt, whereas the stock battery and cover are flush. That's to be expected, of course. Funny thing is, it doesn't feel too bad in the hand. It's noticeably heavier -- about 1 ounce -- but, again, that's to be expected. But our fingers rest comfortably on the top lip. So despite the added size and weight, it's not horrible.
To celebrate 1 million downloads of their SwiftKey keyboard app, TouchType is giving away a tablet each to THREE lucky winners! Which tablets? Whichever the winner chooses so long as they're available for purchase for up to $800 where he or she lives. iPad 2, PlayBook, Xoom, Galaxy Tab are all on the table.
How do you enter? TouchType has put together a small survey which shouldn't take more than five or ten minutes to complete. That's it - well, that and a quick perusal of the official entry rules just to make sure you're eligible (sorry minors and SPE employees). The contest is open to readers of Android Central, CrackBerry.com, TiPb, and WPCentral and ends at midnight Pacific on April 14th.
Not familiar with TouchType? You may have also seen that TouchType made a splash at this year's CTIA with their tablet keyboard for Honeycomb - that's coming soon, but SwiftKey is available now for Android devices.
So get cracking on the survey, folks - these tablets aren't going to give themselves away.
The HTC Thunderbolt has been outselling the iPhone 4 at Verizon Wireless locations nationwide, according to the research firm BTIG.
Their research methodology was simple: call 150 Verizon Wireless retail locations in 22 major cities and talk to the sales people to get a sense of how each device has been selling.
Here are the results:
61% of respondents said that the two devices were selling equally as well
28% said that the Thunderbolt was selling more units
11% answered that the iPhone 4 was the subject of more sales
Keep in mind that these are not actual sales figures, but rather based on interactions with the people who have been selling the units. Either way it's great news for Android and HTC as the Thunderbolt appears to be an early success. Android has been outselling the iPhone for a while now due to the fact that there are so many Android handsets to choose from. However, there was never one device that kept up with iPhone sales on its own, until now. If you have a Thunderbolt and want to share your experiences or have been considering one and want to know more, please visit our HTC Thunderbolt Forum. [BTIG]
4shared, the popular file sharing site, has released an Android application allowing users the same access to their 4shared account on their Android device that they have on their computer. You can manage (or create) your 4shared account, upload and download files, search for other files, and copy already hosted files to your own account, right from the app. There's also a picture viewer and video player built into the app itself, so you can check out any downloaded media without leaving the app.
While it's true that services like this quite often are used to share copyrighted material, they also can be used for legally distributable files as well. Many Android themers and modders use 4shared, so you now have a quick way to download those files right to your phone. If you're a 4shared user, you'll certainly find this useful. It's free for devices running Android 2.1 or higher, and download links and the press release are after the break.
The highly anticipated "PlayStation Phone," which is now known as the Xperia Play by Sony Ericcson (see our hands on) is set to launch in its first 11 markets, which sadly none of which are the US. This device is now on sale in the UK, Netherlands, Germany and many other countries this week, and will be available in six more the following week. The device will launch with a market of 60 game titles, including Splinter Cell, Need for Speed, Worms and many more. Verizon Wireless is set to release some time this spring, so hopefully this announcement will mean that it will be available sooner then later. For more information on release countries and game titles, hit the break for full information. [Sony Ericcson]
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