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Motorola XPRT update brings Gingerbread and bugfixes

The Motorola XPRT, that BlackBerry-like keyboard phone on Sprint, has finally made its move to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Along with bumping up to the next platform version, the update brings a decent grouping of bug fixes for the device: Email User Interface fixes. Contact User Interface...
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Aston Martin gets in on the luxury smartphone act, high on price, low on specs

Not content with producing some of the the worlds most beautiful cars, Aston Martin has decided to get in on the luxury smartphone space with this. Known as the Aspire, the device packs Android 2.3.5, an 800MHz processor, a paultry 256MB of RAM and a 3.2 inch HVGA display. Right. Choice of colors...
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Carphone Warehouse offers Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and Galaxy Y phone for £15.50 p.m.

UK retailer the Carphone Warehouse is kicking off its latest “Smart Deal” by giving customers the chance to pick up an entry-level Android phone and an entry-level tablet for a mere £15.50 per month. The deal runs from today until next Thursday, Aug. 23, and if you take up the £15.50 per month...

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Apps crashed most on Gingerbread, but Android is consistently more stable than iOS according to report

Samsung Galaxy S4 was most stable device, while the iPad 2 was the least stable It's probably no surprise, but Android 2.3 Gingerbread was the least stable version of Android when it comes to causing app crashes. That's all improved since, however — according to a report from Crittercism, which...
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BBM for Android now compatible with Gingerbread

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BlackBerry to bake version of BBM for Gingerbread phones

Update will bring support for older devices While the folks behind the BBM Twitter account may be making some questionable posts, the team behind the scenes has been hard at work adding support for Gingerbread users. Jeff Gadway of BlackBerry has posted that over the past few months the team has...

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The Motorola Cliq 2 is finally getting it's Gingerbread update. I'll spare you from the witty and/or snide remarks abut Gingerbread being 18 months old. It's not an OTA update, and you'll need a computer running Microsoft Windows to update your Cliq 2. I'll spare you from the witty and/or snide remarks about that, too. In their place, I offer this list of updates and enhancements.

  • Improved Cursor Control
  • Improved Word Selection and Copy
  • Number and Symbol Shortcuts
  • Sleep Mode
  • Dock Icon Functionality
  • App Groups
  • Rich Location App
  • App and Power Management Details
  • Download Manager App
  • New User Interface Icons
  • Tasks App Enhancements
  • Browser Search Engine
  • Emergent Groups and Smart Contacts
  • Updated Calendar Options
  • Device Control Capabilities Through 3LM
  • UI performance Improvements
  • Battery Fixes
  • Wi-Fi Calling Implemented fixes to improve reliability.
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot Signal Improved

That's a big, long list. You can find the full details, as well as update instructions in the links below. Now go get some Gingerbread if you're still using your Cliq 2!

Source: Motorola, Update support

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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The latest set of Android version numbers has been released by Google, showing details of the spread between various versions of the OS. As always, the stats were collected from devices accessing the Google Play Store during the last two weeks of the month. Here's a quick breakdown --

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich grew from a 2.9% share last month to 4.9% this month, marking a continuation of the slow but steady climb for the latest version of the OS. This is likely due to sales of new ICS phones like the HTC One series, as well as updates for existing phones and tablets running Gingerbread and Honeycomb.
     
  • Android 3.x Honeycomb stayed flat at 3.3%, likely due to slow Honeycomb tablet sales, combined with a similarly-paced update schedule for current Honeycomb tabs.
     
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread rose from 63.7 to 64.4%, meaning people are still buying Gingerbread phones. No surprises there.
     
  • Android 2.2 Froyo and 2.1 Eclair steadily fell in market share, and now stand at 20.9 and 5.5% respectively. As older devices are left behind, and newer ones are updated to Gingerbread and ICS, we expect to see more of this in the months ahead.
     
  • Android 1.6 Donut and 1.5 Cupcake continue to soldier on with 0.7 and 0.3% of the Android market respectively. Go figure.

For some perspective, take a look at last month's numbers here. Though ICS continues to be out-represented by the likes of Eclair, we're expecting to see a big jump in the next 30 days, with the launch of devices like the AT&T HTC One X, Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE and Samsung Galaxy S3, in addition to even more updates for existing hardware. If you like looking at charts, you'll find even more at the source link.

Source: Android Developers

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Back in March, Sony highlighted some details surrounding their rollout of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the 2011 line of Xperia smartphones and at the time, their plans looked a little like something like this:

  • Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray, starting mid-April.
  • Xperia Arc, Xperia Play, Xperia Neo, Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro, Xperia Pro, Xperia Active and SE Live with Walkman, getting ICS "the end of May/early June."

Sony has now taken to their blog to let everyone know the updates, especially for the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray are rolling out as planned and they will continue to roll out the updates globally as soon as possible. To further address the matter, Sony has been listing the devices and their carrier related software version numbers so that folks may check to see if their device update has been approved. Although we're sure some folks will still be upset with the wait time, it's nice to see Sony keeping folks in the loop.

Source: Sony Mobile Blog

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First seen at Mobile World Congress, the Eluga is Panasonic's first real attempt to break into the international Android market. The 4.3-inch, dust resistant, Gingerbread phone has been available in Japan for a few weeks now, but right on cue the predicted April launch for Europe has arrived with news of its availability in the UK. 

Online retailer Expansys are offering the Eluga for £369.99 inc VAT, and are showing as in stock. While it may not be breaking any records, the Eluga is a solid mid-range device with an Ice Cream Sandwich update promised for the Summer. Before handing over any of your cash though, don't forget to check out our hands on from Barcelona

Source: Expansys

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Verizon has published the support documents for an upcoming LG Spectrum update, and going on the history of such matters, we expect an over-the-air update rather soon. It's not the Ice Cream Sandwich update many users are wanting, but it does address some issues and bring newer versions of the bundled applications along for the ride. The details:

  • EAS password follows security policy, requiring an 8-digit password minimum.
  • Application launch will not cause force close when the device is scanning for available Wi-Fi networks.
  • Improved outline for multiple calendar view.
  • Calendar reminders send notification at accurate time.
  • Successfully sync Optimum Online accounts using POP3.
  • Pinch zoom in Camera Preview mode to select zoom level.
  • Sync and Connect email maximum count is 500 regardless of server settings.
  • Browser launches immediately upon selection.
  • Added ‘Select Search Engine’ option in browser settings.
  • Google Search is now set as default search for a better user experience.
  • Google GMS (Google Mobile Services) is upgraded to Gingerbread R9.
  • Updated Google Play (v3.3.12) with enhanced user experiences.
  • Updated Gmail (v2.3.5.2) with a series of security fixes.
  • Talk2 (v1.3) includes updated video chat capabilities.
  • Updated YouTube (v2.3.4) includes enhanced editing functionalities.
  • Visual Voice Mail connection has been updated for a better user experience when syncing email.
  • NFL v4.0
  • VZ Navigator (v7.5.1.54)
  • Amazon Kindle (v3.3.2.3)
  • SmartShare (R2.0)
  • Verizon Video (v6.1.34)
  • My Verizon (v10.0.7)
  • V CAST Apps (v3.03.41)

As you can see, it's a fairly big update. It also brings the Spectrum up to the Android version 2.3.6 code-base, which includes various security fixes and enhancements to the Android system from Google. For more details, and instructions on how to apply the update when it goes live, visit the source link.

Source: Verizon

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Sprint and LG were at tonight's Pepcom event in New York City, where the theme was eco-friendly technology. On hand was the upcoming Optimus Elite, the entry-level "green" device scheduled for an April 22 release. The Elite will not be the device of your dreams, but for $29.99 on contract, there really isn't much here to complain about. 

The Elite's got 3.5-inch display with a 320x480 resolution-- if you've gotten used to an HD display, this one's going to feel like a punch in the forehead. There's an 800 Mhz single-core processor pumping Gingerbread under the hood, and a 5 megapixel camera around back. The Elite is NFC-enabled, which means you'll have access to Google Wallet without breaking your wallet. Performance wise there's nothing truly remarkable, nor is there anything disappointing. I didn't notice any slowdowns or stutters, but if you're looking to do some heavy-duty computing, look elsewhere. The Elite will ship in two colors: white and titan silver.

The Elite will launch on Sprint.com on Earth Day-- a fitting release date for this ULE Platinum and CarbonFree-certified device. If you want to pick one up in stores, you'll have to wait until May 18th. Oh, and if prepaid is your preferred flavor, you're in luck-- the Elite will be heading to Virigin Mobile in the near future, though how near is yet to be announced. Hit the break for some photos and a quick video.

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There's an update waiting for you in the LG Mobile Support tool if you have a T-Mobile G2X, but relax -- it's not Ice Cream Sandwich. V21Y brings the G2X to Android version 2.3.4, swaps out the baseband for a newer version, and adds Google+ to the ROM.  Early reports say that battery life has been improved, but that great LG camera app is still nowhere to be found. 

Other than that, it looks to be a small version bump from 2.3.3 to 2.3.4, and was "released" with no fanfare. We still don't know when (or if) the G2X will ever see an official Ice Cream Sandwich update, and that makes us sad. Anyone who has one will tell you it's an amazing piece of hardware, simply held back by buggy radios and software. 

If you're feeling brave, and have a stock G2X (or can take the time to roll back to stock), plug in and check for updates and give it a try. 

Source: XDA Developers; via Android Central forums

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British construction equipment manufacturer JCB is no stranger to the smartphone game, having worked with Motorola to launch the DEFY+ JCB Edition just a few months ago. And today sees the launch of JCB's own-brand Android handset, the JCB Toughphone Pro-Smart. It's not going to win any beauty contests, but JCB's going for ruggedness over looks with this device, which boasts IP67-rated water and dust-resistence, along with a basic Gingerbread-based software experience.

A glance down the spec sheet reveals some pretty basic internals -- you've got an 800MHz CPU, a 3.2-inch HVGA screen and a microSD card port. Interestingly there's a whopping 2000mAh battery packed inside this phone, which combined with its entry-level hardware, should deliver some impressive battery life.

British retailer Clove Technology is now stocking the JCB Toughphone Pro-Smart with a SIM-free price of £310.80 including VAT.

Source: Clove Technology

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If you've checked out our Sony Xperia S review and have been wondering when you can get your hands on one of your very own in Canada now is the time to celebrate. Starting today, Sony stores throughout Canada have the device in stock and ready to be placed in your loving hands for only $100 with a new 3-year Rogers agreement or $500 if you're going no contract.

While we still think Sony dropped the ball by shipping its first major handset of 2012 with Android 2.3, their refreshed focus hopefully means they'll get Ice Cream Sandwich out to the masses fairly quickly.

Overall though, that 4.3-Inch 1280x720 display coupled with the Bravia engine and a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 chip set makes for some great hardware. Add in the other stuff such as the 12.1MP camera and 1GB of RAM with 32GB of internal storage and you have a nice package. You can check out the Sony site for retail locations and be sure to check out full review.

Read our full Sony Xperia S Review

Source: Sony; via: Mobile Syrup

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It's been about two months since the AT&T Samsung Infuse 4G first saw its Android 2.3 Gingerbread made available, only to be yanked back due to some bugs. On Thursday, the download was finally revived via the Samsung Kies Mini application. Yes, folks. It's finally happening. (Again.)

Here's a reminder of what you'll be getting in the Android 2.3.6 update, which takes the software version up to UCLB3: 

  • Improved Copy and Paste functionality
  • Redesigned Multi Touch Software Keyboard
  • Download manager for long running HTTP downloads
  • Improved power management and application control
  • Notification Shade: “Flight Mode” added (“Silent” removed)
  • New Fonts options added include Choco Cooky, Cool Jazz, Rosemary
  • Keyboard Changes: Android Keyboard with Wider Spaced keys and Quick Keys at the top
  • New Widgets: The name of the content provider will be listed on the widget list along with the widget name. Previously only the widget name was provided.
  • New Widget: Traffic (Android) added to list of available widgets
  • Menu Changes/New Apps: Downloads and Google Books added new, Promotional pre-load of Angry Birds removed.

A slightly odd development: AT&T in its forum post says that this update will hard-reset your phone -- as in wipe anything that was previously on it. But that wasn't the case with our update. Regardless, be sure to back up your contacts and e-mails and pictures and the like, just in case. Then be sure to download Kies, and get to updating. Should take about 5 minutes or so once it gets going.

Download: Kies Mini for the Infuse 4G; More: Update instructions
Via: Samsung Infuse 4G forums

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Seems like today is a good day for updates. Google has now rolled out the latest version of Google Play Books to the Google Play Store and as noted in the change log, this will be a good release for anyone still using Froyo or Gingerbread as it adds a new UI and 3D page animation. Other changes in this update include In-book search when off-line, ability to add a home screen shortcut for a single book and now the screen will stay lit when using text-to-speech. The update is live now; you can jump past the break for the download.

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Google has updated the official Gmail app for Android today, with assorted changes for Android phones and tablets running Froyo, Gingerbread and Honeycomb. The most significant changes are for Android 3.2 tablets -- Honeycomb now gets access to a few handy features which until now have been reserved for ICS. These include swiping between messages, and a shortcut in the top left corner for selecting recent labels. Honeycombers also the ability to customize the way Gmail notifies you about mail with different labels.

Google hasn't forgotten that the majority of Android phones are still on Gingerbread or Froyo, however, and for them, this update will deliver performance improvements and a new labels API for  third-party app developers.

Hit that Google Play Store link and head to "My Apps" to grab your update.

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A few days ago we saw the very first factory images for the Nexus S posted by Google. Previously you had to use a community-supplied image to go all the way back to 2.3.4 and then manually flash the updates. It was a pain, and we're glad that Google and the hardware vendors got it all worked out. Earlier today, three more factory images for the Crespo were released, including 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich for the i9020a. Unfortunately, users of some Nexus S models still aren't seeing any ICS love.

The sojuk -- the Korean m200 model -- has a 2.3.6 image available for download, and the Sprint version -- model d720 or sojus -- has the 2.3.7 image available as a "reference only" download. We're not sure what's happening with versions other than the i9020t "world version", but at least the model that works with AT&T is up-to-date. 

I still love the Nexus S. I destroyed mine (water damage sucks) and am looking to replace it. Yes, I can use just about any Android phone available and really want my Nexus S back. But it's soon out of warranty, and if you're the type that has to have the latest just root the thing and do it. We've got all the help you would need in the forums, and now with factory restore images you could just roll back and relock it if things go awry. 

Source: Google. More: Android Central forums

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Google has just released an updated set of Android platform statistics for the two-week period ending April 2, 2012. These numbers show the proportion of various version of Android to have accessed the Google Play Store over the past fortnight, meaning these are devices that are being used by real people.

Here's how things looked for Android in late March and early April 2012 --

  • ​Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.x): Decent growth for ICS, as the latest version of Android increases its share from 1.6 percent of devices last month to 2.9 percent this month. This is likely due to the arrival of OTA updates for popular international phones like the HTC Sensation and Samsung Galaxy S II.
  • ​Honeycomb (Android 3.x): Unchanged at 3.3 percent. We'd expect this number to fall gradually in the months ahead, as ICS slowly starts to arrive on the current crop of Honeycomb tablets.
  • ​Gingerbread (Android 2.3.x): A small jump to 63.7 percent, from 62 percent last month. Clearly some devices are still in the process of being updated to Android 2.3. We can see the pace of Gingerbread's growth is starting to slow, though -- last month's growth was just under 4 points, compared to 1.7 percent this month.
  • ​Froyo (Android 2.2.x): Froyo numbers continue to slowly fall away, with Android 2.2 now on just 23.1 percent of devices, down from 25.3 percent last month.
  • Eclair (Android 2.1): A small drop of 0.6 percent, to 6 percent total.
  • ​Donut (Android 1.6) and Cupcake (Android 1.5): Down 0.2 percent, but still active on one percent of devices. Maybe time to think about an upgrade?

For the record, here's our breakdown of last month's numbers. There's definitely a general movement towards Ice Cream Sandwich on both tablets and phones, and we expect that trend to accelerate in the next month. April will see more ICS updates for existing Gingerbread and Honeycomb devices, along with the launch of more ICS phones, including HTC's highly-anticipated One X and One S.

Source: Android Developers

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Last September, Sprint began rolling out the Gingerbread update for the LG Optimus S. It was quickly pulled as users were experiencing bugs with the data connection, charging, the keyboard, and worse. Since then, we've been waiting for it's return. Today seems to be that day, as Sprint says the update will begin rolling out Wednesday April 4 for Optimus S devices. Besides Gingerbread and all it's improvements, the following issues were addressed this time around:

  • Device not charging
  • SD card unmounting error
  • Device not recognized by Windows SP, Vista, or 7 operating systems
  • Predictive text with Android keyboard issue
  • Voice call volume issue

If you've been waiting for Gingerbread on your Optimus S, now would be a good time to get ready. If you didn't want to wait and have been following the incredible developers for the Optimus from the Android Central forums, you're golden. Don't attempt to flash any update you may be notified of. Your developers will take good care of you, and chances are you won't have to wait six months for it.

Source: Sprint

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Sony Mobile (or Sony Ericsson, as it was known back then) was one of the first Android manufacturers to step forward with a a definitive upgrade plan for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. We've even seen public beta ROMs released for a couple of devices by Sony devs, and active engagement with the community to track down bugs.

Today Sony's offering up more details about exactly when each of its 2011 (and 2012) Xperia handsets will be getting the latest version of Android. The manufacturer had previously promised updates during Q1, but with just two days of the current quarter remaining, it should come as no surprise that things haven taken a little longer than anticipated.

The first Sony devices to get ICS will be the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray, starting mid-April. Next up it's the Xperia Arc, Xperia Play, Xperia Neo, Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro, Xperia Pro, Xperia Active and SE Live with Walkman, which will get ICS from "the end of May/early June."

If you've just bought a brand new Xperia S, though, you'll be in for a much longer wait. Sony's new European flagship isn't expected to get ICS until late Q2. As we said in our review, the Xperia S is a phone which sorely needs that ICS update, and early adopters will no doubt be frustrated to find themselves at the back of the line.

Sony also revealed that for 2011 Xperia phones, ICS will be an optional upgrade rather (through the PC Companion app) than a automatic over-the-air update. This is similar to the strategy adopted by Sony Ericsson with the Xperia X10's Gingerbread update. Writing on its Developer World Blog, Sony explains that ICS may actually degrade performance for some users due to increased memory use, and changes to the way SQL databases are handled, so it's not forcing the update on anyone in an OTA.

More technical details are available at the source link, but the upshot is that Sony's giving customers a choice between sticking with the familiar and stable Gingerbread experience, or living life on the edge with ICS. As far as we're concerned, that's got to be a good thing.

Source: Sony Mobile Blog; Sony Developer World

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Despite some confusion as to whether it was or wasn't real, the fabled Samsung 'value pack' for original Galaxy S phones (the 'GT-i9000' GSM version, that is) has now started rolling out, beginning in Samsung's native South Korea. The pack attempts to make up for the fact that the OG Galaxy S isn't getting an official Ice Cream Sandwich update by bringing a handful of high-profile ICS features to the current version of Gingerbread. Same goes for the mid-range Galaxy K and Galaxy U.

These include face unlock, the ability to snap photos while recording video, enhanced photo editing features, and improved folder functionality in the Launcher. We're there are some who will settle for nothing less than a full ICS update, but it's nice to see Samsung offering something​ to owners of the Galaxy S, which launched in mid-2010 with Android 2.1 Eclair. The good news for anyone still holding out for ICS is that there's a great selection of Android 4.0 custom ROMs available for the phone, if you're willing to root.

No word on anyone outside of Korea getting this update, and we're not holding our breath when it comes to the U.S., where original Galaxy S hardware (and branding) is all over the place.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow; via: Engadget

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Remember the Droid R2-D2? Verizon does, and will shortly be issuing a maintenance update for the aging, but still capable R2-Droid2. The software version is getting a bump to 4.5.622.A957, on top of Android 2.3.4, and looks like it's chock full of security fixes and enhancements, bug-fixes, and newer versions of Verizon's installed apps. The full change log:

  • Enhanced security with DigiNotar security patch.
  • Increased browser cross-application scripting for enhanced multitasking stability.
  • Device will no longer automatically power on after it has been powered off.
  • Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.
  • Successfully download and save purchased MP3 ringtones.
  • Camera settings will be saved, even after the device is powered off.
  • Increased device stability when keypad is opened and closed repeatedly.
  • Improved 3G data connectivity while using the Mobile Hotspot.
  • App shortcuts remain on the home screen after moving them from internal to external memory.
  • VZ Navigator is now updated to version 7.2.0.452.
  • V CAST Apps is now updated to version 4.4.1.0.
  • Successfully play WAV files.
  • Contact groups will sort correctly.
  • Successfully add application shortcuts or widgets to the home panel without error.
  • Fixed issue where duplicate text and multimedia messages were being received.
  • Improved ability to access and receive Gmail messages when the Mobile Hotspot is turned on.
  • Improved syncing with Yahoo! email.
  • Forwarded emails will no longer remain in the outbox when Smart Forwarding is enabled.

While it's not Ice Cream Sandwich, and the R2-Droid2 will never officially see ICS, it appears to be a welcome update -- especially if you were affected by one or more of the listed bugs. No word on exactly when this one will start to roll out, but it should be soon as the support documents are already live on Verizon's support sites. Have a look at them via the links below.

Source: Verizon (1), (2). Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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Four months to the day after the international LG Optimus 3D got bumped up to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, owners of the AT&T version, the LG Thrill 4G, are finally getting their update. The software upgrade, which brings the Thrill up to version 20P, also adds in a couple of features from the Optimus 3D's Gingerbread update, including the 2D and 3D video editor, faster gallery performance and improved video quality. That's on top of all the usual goodies you get in Gingerbread, such as UI tweaks and browser improvements.

The update is currently available through LG's PC software update utility, which can be a little unstable at times, so you'll want to make sure you have all the right drivers installed before you begin.

In the future, Optimus 3D owners can look forward to a further update to Android 4.0, though there's been no specific commitment to bring the Thrill up to ICS at the same time. But given the virtually identical hardware, we'd be surprised if the phone remained on Gingerbread forever.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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The LG Optimus M was the first Android device to arrive on MetroPCS way back in 2010, and now it looks like MetroPCS and LG are looking to follow it up with LG Optimus M+. Leaked details suggest a minor spec bump from the original Optimus M -- there's an 3.5 Inch screen, a 800MHz processor and an updated 5MP camera with flash. Bluetooth 3.0 support is included too, for what that's worth. A decent mid-ranger, but nothing to write home about. Leaked renders obtained by PocketNow also indicate a slightly re-vamped chassis.

As might be expected for a budget handset, there's no Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich love had here -- this one will be Gingerbread. There's no set date for release, but we'll keep you posted if any further details emerge.

Source: PocketNow

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