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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

Thank you so much blackberry team. I was waiting this app. Its really great user friendly and smooth. Via: CrackBerry
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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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A new update for Sony Ericsson's Xperia Arc is beginning to appear, according to a new posting on the manufacturer's support site. While it doesn't seem to update the core OS past Android 2.3.3, it does bring some cool new features, including:

  • xLoud – boosts your music when played through the speaker
  • Stereo recording – shoot video with high-quality stereo sound
  • Digital home – enjoy entertainment content stored in your phone on DLNA certified media devices
  • New themes and Landscape mode for your home screen

The update is said to be working for Xperia Arc and Play handsets, but not everyone is seeing the download become available yet. Arc and Play users should check for updates on the phone or in the PC Companion program in the days ahead.

The update is expected to come preinstalled on the soon to be released Xperia Ray, which is due out in Europe sometime before the end of the quarter. 

Source: Sony Ericsson

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If you're considering the HTC Status and have been waiting for the old Android Central review treatment, check out our review of the HTC ChaCha-- the Status' foreign cousin from across the pond. The devices are virtually identical: same internals, same screen, same keyboard, and same Gingerbread. If you've seen one, you've seen them both. The only true difference is the network the devices run on: the Cha Cha has set up shop on the Three Network in Europe, while the Status found a home on AT&T here in America. As the only true difference, it is the only topic left to explore: how does the Status compare with the rest of the carrier's offerings? And how does a phone like the Status fit into the current Android catalog here in the states?

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With Gingerbread having now been out for a while on the Motorola Atrix, we're sure some of you out there may have already dived right into rooting it. For those of you who wanted to give the stock update a try though, the good news is you can still root your Motorola Atrix any time you want. If that is indeed the case, then we have just what you are looking for in order to make that happen. Just head on into the Android Central forums to get started.

Source: RootzWiki; via: Android Central Forums

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Almost exactly a year after the device first received an update to Froyo, the venerable HTC Desire now has an official Android 2.3 Gingerbread update available. The update is provided in the form of a RUU (ROM Update Utility) directly from HTC's Developer Center.

In order to fit Gingerbread and HTC Sense onto the Desire's tiny 512MB of internal storage, HTC has removed certain bundled apps from the update. The updater will also eradicate any carrier-specific branding or applications that might be loaded onto your Desire, which for some may be reason enough to update. Because of the nature of the update, HTC won't be offering it over-the-air, instead the only way to get it will be via a manual install of the package on the developer site. And because the installation method is a little more complex then the usual OTA, HTC recommends the Gingerbread update for "expert users only".

Unfortunately, though, Desire owners in Germany, North America, South America, South Korea, and Japan are out of luck. HTC says that Desires in these territories aren't supported, and applying the update on an unsupported device may result in the loss of basic functionality like SMS and MMS.

So to break it down, here's what you'll get if you choose to apply the update --

  • Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread (yay!) on top of a tweaked version of HTC Sense 1.0.
  • A clean, de-branded phone. All user data will be removed during the update, as will any bloatware bundled apps from your carrier.
  • Just one pre-loaded wallpaper. The rest are included in a zip file inside the updater package.
  • Flashlight, Teeter, Facebook are no longer pre-loaded. The first two are included as apk files in the update package, while the latter is available from the Android Market after initial setup.

Kudos to HTC for providing a way for advanced users to enjoy Gingerbread with a minimal amount of fuss and lost functionality (we doubt anyone will lose any sleep over having to sideload Teeter and the Flashlight app). If you've taken the plunge and updated your Desire using the RUU, let us know how it went in the comments. In the meantime, you can grab the files for yourself from the source link below, or check out HTC's full release notes after the jump.

Source: HTC Developer Center

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No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you -- the Kyocera Echo, in all it's dual-screen glory, is slated to get updated to Gingerbread on August 1 according to the latest Sprint playbook leaked to the fellows at SprintFeed.  Besides all the great behind the scenes changes that comes with Gingerbread, like better battery life and memory management, the Echo update will also roll out with Swype 3.0, Exchange Mail enhancements, "eco" mode, and security fixes.  It's going to follow the standard Sprint OTA rollout, with the lucky 10 percent to get it first, then slowly migrate it's way to the rest over a four day period.  That is, until someone gets the OTA location, then all bets are off.  The best place to stay on top of that situation will be the Echo forums, so pull up a chair and join in.

Source: SprintFeed

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Great news for T-Mobile G2 users who have been patiently waiting for their Gingerbread update, as it is going to start rolling out today via OTA.

The update will be to Android 2.3.3 and will bring:

New features:

  • Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Tell HTC
  • Google Books added
  • Notification bar color scheme is changed to black
  • New battery indicator, phone, and web icons
  • Color-coded network icon and signal indicator added. Green when connected to Google servers. Grey when not connected.
  • Pressing the power key while on a call disables the proximity sensor
     

Fixed or improved issues:

  • Wi-Fi calling improvements
  • New SMS and email notification improvements
  • Improvements to sending MMS from the Gallery

To check to see if you have it yet: Menu -> Settings -> About Phone -> System Updates

T-Mobile said that they're rolling this out over 'the coming weeks' so if you don't have it yet sit tight, it's coming. If you were lucky enough to receive the update already or want to see how it's working for everyone else, visit our G2 Forum.

Source: T-Mobile

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Whoops. Looks like someone over on the Sony Ericsson support site pulled the trigger a little early on the news that the Xperia X10's Gingerbread update was live. Sony Ericsson has issued a clarification today, saying that the announcement was "premature" and that while everything was going "according to plan", it'll still be a few more days before the update to Android 2.3.3 goes out through the PC Companion app.

So hold tight, X10 owners, your Gingerbread update isn't far away!

Source: Sony Ericsson Product Blog

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Verizon has been sitting on this update for a while now but it's finally ready for the masses. Yes, Motorola Droid X2 owners are being shown some love with the release Gingerbread for their devices. There is a whole bevy of changes within these update so be sure you hop on it as soon as possible:

Enhancements:

  • Download Manager App:
  • New App to manage all of your downloads from web browsing, email attachments and other apps.
  • Multi-Touch Key-Chording:
  • New ability to enter numbers and symbols with keyboard shortcut combos,instead of having to change to the numeric keyboard mode.
  • Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality:
  • New capability to select a word via press-hold. A second press of the selected word copies the selected characters.
  • New User Interface and Color Scheme: New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.

Security:

  • Added Device and SD Card encryption. VPN enhancements integrate IPSec VPN clients into device security settings.

Updated Calendar Options:

  • Display Calendar and event times in your home time zone when traveling.
  • Dismiss individual reminders, such as dismissing one meeting reminder without dismissing other meeting reminders.
  • Easy conference dialing – simply dial and automatically enter a conference
    code directly from your Calendar.
  • Google Books is now preloaded.
  • Geo-tagging features available for camera applications.

You'll find more improvements listed in the support PDF which can be found after the break but if you're not really into all that and would rather just get your Gingerbread on ASAP -- go ahead and check for system updates. You should find it readily available for download.

Source: Verizon; Thanks, Mike!

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Unlikely as it may have seemed just a few months ago, the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for Sony Ericsson's Xperia X10 is now live, and can be obtained from the Sony Ericsson PC companion app, assuming you're rocking an unbranded X10. In addition to (nearly) the latest version of Android for smartphones, X10 owners will get SE's new "Facebook Inside Xperia" integration, Wifi and USB tethering, a re-vamped music app and photo widget and custom sorting in the app drawer.

For more info, and a download link for the PC Companion, head on over to the source link and click on the X10.

Source: Sony Ericsson

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A few days ago, T-Mobile G2X users could get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update by downloading LG's update tool. It appears now that T-Mobile has started to roll out the update via OTA, so if you misplaced your USB cord or didn't want to bother with LG's tools, you're in luck.

Here are the details for the update:

  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Improved battery life
  • Improved front-facing camera operation when using Qik record and share
  • Improved disabling Car Home
  • Helps address unexpected reboots

If you don't see it yet, don't fret as they appear to be slowly rolling it out. This is great news for G2X users though, who have been waiting patiently for their Gingerbread update.

If you have received the update or have more questions, sing out in the G2X Forum

Source: T-Mobile

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Update: The Gingerbread upgrade is now live!

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

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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.

We've already seen that the Gingerbread update for the MyTouch 4G is in the works, and Gingerbread for the G2 has been leaked out as well as accidentally shipped on some warranty devices, but it looks like things are a go for an OTA roll out, and not a moment too soon.

Source: TmoNews

 

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With AT&T having increasingly been loading up on Android devices, they've now taken the issue of software updates head on and have now reassured customers that all of their 2011 postpaid line-up of Android devices will indeed be upgraded to Gingerbread.

As we saw most recently, the Motorola Atrix 4G received it's update in a somewhat timely manner and more devices such as the HTC Inspire 4G, Samsung Infuse 4G and Samsung Captivate will also get their updates when ready. The LG Phoenix and Pantech Crossover are in the mix, too.

Now, while we applaud AT&T for having so many devices that will eventually run Gingerbread, this announcement is pretty much a tooting of their own horn here. Most of the devices on their list were assumed to be getting Gingerbread at some point anyhow. Full press release can be found after the break.

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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.

Source: Android Central forumsThanks everyone who sent this in!

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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, v4.5.9.1 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.

Image Credit: XDA; Thanks for sending this in Aaron!

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Good news for HTC Desire owners on British network Three -- the carrier has confirmed today that it'll be pushing out the official Gingerbread update for the popular handset as soon as it's made available by HTC. No waiting around for network testing or the addition of carrier-mandated bloatware, instead Three-branded Desires will get the update at the same time as unbranded phones. In a post on its official Twitter account, a Three rep said --

Three customers will get this update as soon as HTC release it, there is not a Three version

The Gingerbread update for the HTC Desire is currently in the final stages of testing at HTC, and is expected by the end of the month.

Source: @ThreeUK

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Remember the snafu last month where T-Mobile was shipping out warranty-replacement G2s running Gingerbread? Well, some crafty tinkerers have extracted the build and made it available for all to download. This 2.3 update is the same exact version as the one T-Mobile mistakenly shipped out, so though it isn't "official," rest assured that it is the build that big T is working with. No, you don't need root, but yes, there are some bugs that still need squashing, so as always, download at your own risk. Hit the source link to grab the update from T-Mobile's support community.

Source: T-Mobile Support Community

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Our pals at CrackBerry are in the midst of testing a recently leaked version of the Android Player app for the PlayBook tablet. And guess what: It's running a newer version of Android than some 80 percent of you guys out there. When last we looked, some 18.6 percent of Android devices were running Android 2.3.x. (Honeycomb devices made up less than 1 percent on top of that.)

And RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook? Why, it's running Android 2.3.3, while some 59 percent of you out there are still officially stuck on Froyo, and another 18 percent are on Eclair.

Food for thought.

Source: CrackBerry, @bla1ze

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If you've got a sexy T-Mobile G2x in your hands you'll want to sit it down for a while so that you can grab your cables and get started on downloading the LG update tool. Yes, Gingerbread for the T-Mobile G2x is now available for download. The update will come in weighing 178MB and when completed you'll have fully loaded Android 2.3.3 GRI40. If you're rooted or using a custom ROM at the moment, you'll likely want to hold off but of none of that is your concern -- have at it.

Source: XDA; via: Android Police

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The T-Mobile myTouch 4G is slated to start seeing some of that sweet Gingerbread loving starting tomorrow (July 20).  According to T-Mobile, a limited pilot will kick things off, with the broader general roll out to begin in a few weeks.  Besides it being Gingerbread, T-Mobile says they're including the latest Swype update, and Exchange 2010 compatibility.  In the "resolved issues" column, we have fixes for Bluetooth, saving messages from the inbox, a better domestic roaming signal, a "more responsive" display, and the usual unnamed software and stability improvements.

T-Mobile also make a special note that they will be unable to expedite the software roll-out, so you'll just have to wait your turn.  Until someone leaks out the download location, that is -- we'll let you know.

Source: T-Mobile

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