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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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Another day, another Gingerbread leak for the HTC Thunderbolt.  This time around everyone's favorite Russian mystery man Football provides us with the 2.10.605.1 build in RUU form.  If you're feeling brave, you can download the file from the source link and install it yourself, or you can play it safe and wait for more feedback.  Of course if you're riding the root train, you'll want to wait for your favorite developer to get his hands on the files and cook up something wonderful.  That won't take too long, it never does.

Source: XDA-Developers; via @joshuaworth

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If you have a Samsung Fascinate 3G+ on Telus and have been waiting for, what seemingly is forever for them to update it to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, then today is a good day for you. Android 2.3.3 has been released via the Telus website and anyone looking to update can now do so. The update is done through Kies so, be sure to grab a copy of that before you get started. You can find the full details over at the Telus website.

Source: Telus; via: Android Central Forums

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Been wondering where the Gingerbread update for the original Droid Incredible is, since it's been "coming soon" for a few days now? We'd originally heard that the update was supposed to push to 10,000 people on Aug. 16, with another 50,000 today, and everybody else on Friday.

Looks like that's been delayed. A post in Verizon's DInc support forums breaks the bad news:

Everyone, I apologize for the inconvenience, but the update has been delayed. Our product team is going through more testing. Once we know for sure when the update is coming, we will post more info.

Whoops. And, so, we wait. Again.

Source: Verizon; Thanks, rompskee
More: How to hack your DInc and put Gingerbread on it today

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Anybody up for a little Gingerbread on your HTC ThunderBolt? The Android 2.3 update that we're all oh so patiently waiting on hasn't yet been pushed, but a new leak -- and this is about the 16th ThunderBolt ROM leak, for those of you playing at home -- has emerged.

Build 2.07.605.0 is said to be an "official" build -- as in not a janky test build -- but it's not yet the "final" one that will be pushed. And you know how that goes -- ain't nothin' officially final until it's officially final.

Anyhoo, ol' Chingy's got the virgin RUU worked up alongside a few rooted builds. So if you're the brave type, give it a shot.

Source: ThunderBolt Gingerbread leak; via Rootzwiki

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The Korean version of the Motorola Atrix has a tasty western treat available, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update is now live and available for installation.  The update looks just about the same as we saw here recently in the states, including the newer version of Blur that allows customization of the launcher bar and app folders.  The under-the-hood changes should be the same, too -- look for a nice performance boost if you're installing this one.  The update is available at Motorola customer care centers, and via Motorola's website.  If you're signed up with Blur, you can also get the download OTA style.  For the full details and instructions, visit the source links.

Source: Motorola.  More: Motorola (Korean)

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All those rumors you may have heard about the HTC Droid Incredible not getting Gingerbread?  Yeah, forget you heard them (and you didn't hear them here) -- Verizon's support website with the changelog and upgrading instructions went live this morning, and the news is good.  The Dinc will soon be seeing Android 2.3.4 and all the perks that come with the Gingerbread update, as well as a few other fixes:

  • MMS messages will now send correctly
  • Properly save audio files from MMS messages
  • Successfully play audio from MMS messages
  • Internet connection via Bluetooth now enabled
  • VZ Navigator now operates on Wifi
  • Change songs in the music widget by tapping the forward button
  • Camera now functions with an SD card inserted

As for the time frame (be honest, that's what we're all looking for), Verizon doesn't give us one, but the support documents are in place, and Dinc owners everywhere will be checking every 13 seconds -- we'll let you know as soon as we start seeing it.

Source: Verizon; Thanks, Stevie B!

Update: Just got word about how the over-the-air rollout's going to take place. The push is scheduled to start Tuesday, Aug. 16, with an initial 10,000 updates. Another 50,000 will get it on Wednesday, and everybody else on Friday.

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The Android 2.3 Gingerbread leaks for the Samsung Epic 4G have been plentiful in the past and now, we have yet another to add to that list. EH06 has now leaked out and while the verdict is still out on how well it runs, the fact it's now available means we should start seeing some feedback soon.  Paul627g brought us the news via our forums from Samfirmware, so if you're looking for the download or have some feedback to share on just how well this build really is, you know what to do. Drop some comments here or in the Android Central forums to help others out with deciding to load it or not.

More info in the Samsung Epic 4G Forums

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We were kind of hoping Keith Urban might announce it, but we suppose Twitter will have to do. According to AT&T's official Twitter page, in reply to @Drake_Heth (smile, you're famous now), the Samsung Infuse 4G is set to get its Gingerbread update in the next couple of weeks. And that's nary a moment too soon, with the prospect of the U.S. (finally) getting its Galaxy S II devices at the end of the month, and you bet your bippy they won't be running Froyo.

And we'll save you the trouble of looking it up yourself -- the website referenced in the tweet is AT&T's announcement that all of its phones released in 2011 will receive Gingerbread updates. Along with the Infuse 4G, that includes the HTC Inspire 4G, LG Phoenix, Motorola Atrix 4G, Pantech Crossover and Samsung Captivate.

Source: Twitter; via XDA Developers; Thanks, Colton!

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro (not to be confused with last year's X10 Mini Pro) is now available from the manufacturer's official store in the UK. The pint-size, Gingerbread-powered QWERTY slider will set you back £239.99 on its own, but it's also available for free on contracts from Orange, T-Mobile UK and Vodafone starting at a little over £20 per month.

It's a reasonably-specced phone too, with a 1GHz second-generation Snapdragon inside, along with 512MB of RAM and 720p recording capabilities. Considering the shortage of decent Android sliders in Europe right now, this one may be worth a look if you're a fan of clicky buttons.

Source: Sony Ericsson Store

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Have a Kyocera Echo? Want a Gingerbread update that won't brick your phone? Android 2.3 is pushing out once again, following the initial rollout a week and a half ago that was kind of bricking phones instead of updating them. Whoops.

Anyhoo, the update's pushing out once more. Here's the official word from Sprint:

Sprint will restart the Gingerbread update to Kyocera Echo users beginning today (August 10). In an effort to provide the best possible customer experience, Kyocera and Sprint have addressed a previous issue with the update raised last week. The Gingerbread update will provide Kyocera Echo users with performance enhancements including faster response, improved power management, enhancements for gaming, and more.

And, no, it still doesn't add NFC or make waffles.

Source: Sprint; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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The Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant for Bell and Virgin Mobile Canada has received the official Gingerbread update, but the bad news is that you'll need to use Kies to install it.  Just like the Froyo release for the T-Mobile US version, this means digging out your cable and sorting out drivers and generally a big mess that the average user won't be bothered to do.  But I'll go on the assumption that all you guys are not quite the average user, so if you're rocking a Bell or Virgin Vibrant, fire up the PC, step back to the 1990s, and flash your update.

Source:@virginmobilecan; via MobileSyrup

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Samsung has announced the Galaxy Xcover, yet another Galaxy phone, and this one comes IP67 certified to take some real abuse.  This one is clearly aimed at folks who are less than gentle with their electronics, but still want or need an Android smartphone.  Like we first saw with the Motorola Defy, the IP67 certification means the Xcover is dust and dirt resistant, and can be submerged in water a meter deep for up to a half hour. 

No specs have been announced for the insides, but Samsung tells us that it will be packing a scratch-resistant display, a 3.2MP camera with LED flash, 7.2Mbps HSDPA radios, and Gingerbread skinned with Touchwiz.  Set to be released in October, no word on whether or not we'll see this on stateside.

Source: Samsung Germany (Google translate)

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Nvidia and Samsung have announced the Samsung Galaxy R, now available in Sweden but coming soon to more of Europe and Asia.  It's a bit of a departure from what we're used to here in the states when we hear the words Samsung Galaxy, as the R packs Tegra 2 innards, a Super Clear LCD, and Gingerbread out of the gate.  We don't yet have the full specs, but here's what has been announced:

  • Tegra 2 CPU
  • 4.19-inch WVGA Super Clear LCD touchscreen @ 800x480
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system
  • 720p HD video capture and 1080p Full HD playback (Divx, WMV, MP4, H.264 B/P only)
  • Built-in memory of 8GB and support for 32GB Micro SD
  • Size: 125.7 x 66.7 x 9.55 mm
  • Weight: 131 grams

Along with that Tegra 2 chip comes access to NVIDIA's experience in gaming, evident with any of the games from the Tegra Zone app.  And while many folks love Samsung's AMOLED screens, there are a lot of people who prefer a nicely done LCD.  Of course we have to wait until we get to play with a Galaxy R, but from the video above it looks like another winner.  I can totally see hours of Galaxy on Fire 2 HD in quite a few futures.  Check the video above, and the press release is after the break.

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It has been quite a wait for HTC Inspire 4G owners but now the time has finally arrived. Right now, you can check for system updates or head on over to the HTC support site and find the Inspire Gingerbread update readily available for download.

HTC Inspire™ 4G for AT&T Gingerbread ROM Update | 08.08.2011

Starting August 4th 2011, HTC will be rolling out a system update for the HTC Inspire 4G.

This update will only be available for AT&T HTC Inspire 4G Customers and will be sent to the device over the air. Once the release is ready, HTC Inspire 4G users will receive a notification on their device advising them of this update and provide instructions to receive and install it. Users can proactively check for this update by going to Home>Menu>Settings> AT&T Software Update > HTC Wi-Fi software update > Check now. The system update can also be downloaded below and manually applied to the device.

If you decide to update your device manually, make sure you have a back up in place. The update will delete all user information stored on the device and you'll not be able to get it back. If you need some help -- by all means, jump into the Android Central forums and ask away.

Source: HTC; via: Android Central Forums
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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Last night Samsung Mobile held a concert in Toronto, during which they had a VIP event, and the folks at MobileSyup were able to snap a picture of an unannounced Android device. The device looks to be the Canadian version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, which is apparently launching as the Samsung Hercules on TELUS. As you can see, unlike the UK version (see our review), this device does not have an optical track pad, instead the standard four buttons we are used to on Android devices. This guy's also reported to be a larger 4.5 inches. Noyce.

While there is no release date, or pricing information, the fact that the device is in the hands of some folks is always good news. Will this be the next device that locks you into a contract, or got something else in mind?

Source: MobileSyrup

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If you are on Verizon and have had a hard time deciding which device to get, it seems like things are not getting any easier as yet another device has leaked out along with some specs. The LG Enlighten, a mid ranged QWERTY slider has appeared, and apparently it is set to release on August 25. The device will be running Android 2.3, Gingerbread, and will be powered by a 800MHz processor, not the fastest we have seen, and all of this will be displayed on a 3.2" HVGA display. While it may not compete spec for spec with some of the other upcoming Verizon device, is the LG Enlighten something that you could consider owning? Full spec sheet after the break.

Source: Droid Life

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Motorola Mobility today announced the "budget-friendly" XT531 Android smartphone. The 3.5-inch phone will be available in China, which is a wee bit unfortunate because it's also pretty sexy looking for a mid-level phone.

Full specs? Here 'tis:

  • Runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Dual-band HSDPA/Quad-band EDGE
  • 3.5” HVGA display with capacitive multi-touch
  • 5MP camera with auto-focus and built in flash
  • Front-facing VGA camera for video call, chat and sharing
  • Moto Switch UI allows users to shift to different modes
  • 800MHz chipset
  • 512MB onboard memory
  • MicroSD card slot expandable up to 32GB
  • Access to Google Apps (Mapping, Voice Turn-by-Turn Directions, 360 Mapping, Google Talk™, Browsing)
  • FM Radio with RDS support
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • E-compass, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, accelerometer
  • GPS/aGPS
  • LED notifications
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • 1540mAh battery, up to 8 hours of talk time and 28 days in standby in 3G mode

The XT531 will be available this month in China, and in Hong Kong, Taiwan and select nations in Europe and Latin America this fall.

Source: Motorola Mobility

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The Motorola Droid X2 just got its official Gingerbread update, and updates don't always go as planned. For whatever odd reason user experience seems to vary by device, so we are left wondering how is the update treating you? In the forums some users are noting worse battery life, some additional lag, along with some other issues. Are you noticing the same, or has the upgrade treated you perfectly, and brought nothing but happiness to you? Be sure to hop into the forums and let us know how it has been for you, and any issues you may have noticed.

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Beginning this Saturday, August 6, myTouch 4G and  G2 owners can bring their devices into any T-Mobile retail store to upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Though the OTA updates are already underway, this is a welcome option for those with little patience, as the roll-out is said to take a number of weeks to complete. The update will bring all of Gingerbread’s goodies to the devices: the G2 will receive version 2.3.3, while the myTouch 4G will put its front camera to good use with version 2.3.4. Remember, the process will wipe your data (your SD card will be safe, though), and can take up to 30 minutes of your time. Hit the source links for the full list of Gingerbread improvements for each device, as well as what to expect when you visit your local T-Mobile store.

Source: T-Mobile (G2) (myTouch 4G); via TMo News

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Update: We've gotten numerous reports in the comments on this post, in our forums and at Sprint's forums saying this update's bricking phones. Sprint acknowledged earlier in the day that there might be issues, but we've yet to receive a follow-up. For now, we'd hold off on installing this update.

Sprint and Kyocera this morning confirmed that the dual-screen Echo -- read our full review -- is getting its Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. On top of the OS bump, it's getting an update to Swype 3.0, as well as a new "Eco mode" to help out on battery life -- something the Echo desperately needs. (Remember that it actually comes with two batteries and a spare charger.)

Something the update doesn't bring, contrary to earlier reports, is some hidden NFC capability. No great surprise there -- if the Echo had an NFC chip in it, we would have heard about it by now.

But don't let that cast a dark cloud over this update. If you've got an Echo, look for the over-the-air-update to start pushing right ... about ... Now!

Source: Sprint

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