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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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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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Hot on the heels of word that the Motorola Atrix 4G is about to get its Gingerbread "soak" test, we've now learned that the Motorola Droid X is about to get a soak of its own. Motorola's asking for a few thousand testers. MFN members are being contacted and asked to complete a survey, after which they may be accepted into the beta. We're not sure if it's going to be the Gingerbread update, but we've got a feeling that it will be. Here's the survey intro:

Several thousand Droid X2 owners will receive the update. Only a percentage will be Motorola Feedback Network (MFN) members. If you sign up, your phone will be included.

This is what we call a "pre-launch soak." We'll watch what happens for about two days, just to make sure there is nothing wrong with the update or the update process.

You will be trialing FINAL software. This is not a beta test. In most cases, this is the software that will be released, unless we find an extremely serious issue. Your feedback will help us identify issues that may require a later fix, and help us prepare others for getting used to the new software. Your feedback will be extremely valuable and we do hope you will take part!

When you receive the update, we would appreciate your quick feedback. You will be provided a link to a private community. All of your comments and questions should be posted there, and that's where we'll provide more information.

We will also distribute one or more surveys to get your evaluation of the process and the software.

So it looks like we'll be seeing this update -- whatever it is -- in the coming weeks. Huzzah!

Thanks, anon!

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It's been a couple weeks now since we got a very slight peek at what appeared to be a Samsung slider on Verizon. Let's get a little closer look, shall we? The pic you see above (and a couple more after the break) just hit our inbox. And, sure enough, the as-yet unannounced device looks a whole lot like Sprint's Samsung Epic 4G.

We'd imagine that if indeed this unnamed piece of Android goodness ends up seeing release on Verizon, it'll be of the Galaxy S II variety. And while it's nearly a dead ringer for the Epic 4G, the keyboard's been tweaked every so slightly. The shift and fn buttons have been moved, and what appears to be an Internet shortcut key has been added, and the emoticon key -- which ridiculously found itself as a dedicated key on the Epic 4G -- has been relegated to secondary status on the space bar.

What else do we know? It looks like it's running Android 2.3.4, which any release at this point of the year should definitely have.

Also note the 4G LTE icon in the status bar. We've all been wondering why the Motorola Droid 3 got such a low-key launch on Verizon. Jerry's suspected that it was because the D3 is 3G only. And if this Samsung slider indeed sees release as a 4G device, it looks like he'll be able to chalk that one in the win column.

Update: Got a few more details. The screen is described as "awesome." (Never mind these blurrycam pics.) Better than the Fascinate, we're told, and our tipster is thinking it could well be a Super AMOLED Plus screen, which packs in more subpixels than a mere Super AMOLED screen. It's also said to run faster than the Fascinate. Internal storage is 2.17GB after hard reset. It's got a 5MP camera on the back, and 1.3MP up front.

Couple more pics after the break.

Thanks, anon!

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Good news, everyone! The Motorola Atrix 4G (read our full review) -- another one of those phones announced at CES this year that in reality "should" have launched and Android 2.3 Gingerbread -- apparently is about to begin field trials of said upgrade.

Motorola's sent out links to a survey and is looking for 1,000 beta testers for the Gingerbread build. Chances are they've already hit that number, and they're probably not all that happy that we know about it. (Hey, we're customers, too.)

Following is the e-mail that was sent out:

You're receiving this email because you've filled out a Motorola Feedback Network survey in the past stating your interest in ATRIX 4G feedback opportunities. As a Motorola Feedback Network member you get advanced notice, like this, of such activities.

We're getting ready to have a pre-release for Gingerbread (Android 2.3.X) on your AT&T ATRIX 4G. Please fill out the following survey to confirm your interest in this soak opportunity. The first 1,000 applicants will be picked on a first come, first serve basis, provided information is correctly filled out. I know there are some questions that are a repeat, sorry, but there is a reason for that. Please fill it out carefully, honestly and accurately as misinformation can cause this exercise to be unsuccessful. You can edit your survey from the same computer until the survey period closes, though it is advisable to fill it out the first time correctly. Duplicates will be excluded with the newer one used.. Secondly, once the survey period closes we'll not be able to update your IMEI. Consider carefully before exchanging your device. .

This survey period tentatively ends at 9am 7/18/11 Central time, provided all spots are filled.

In fairness to other Motorola Feedback Network members, do not forward this communication to other parties (websites, individuals, etc). As part of your MFN survey you agreed to keep all MFN activities and notifications confidential. If we find that you have breached this agreement we may elect to remove you. You can always encourage users to sign up for the Motorola Feedback Network so they can be considered for feedback opportunities in the future.

If accepted, you will receive additional notifications via this email when the soak test activities will begin. Do not email or PM me asking if you are accepted or when it will start as I may elect to remove you from the opportunity.

Thanks again for your interest.

There you have it, Atrix fans. Gingerbread testing is about to get under way in the public arena. Feel free to take your chances and let us know how it's going in the link below.

Source: Atrix 4G Forums

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Vodafone has announced it is beginning to roll out Android 2.3.3 for the HTC Desire Z. Much like any other OTA update your device will notify you when the update is available, simply accept the update, it will download and then install, and boom you will have Gingerbread. It is recommended that you download via wifi if at all possible due to the size of the file. Already installed the update? How did it go for you, be sure to let us know!

Source: Vodafone: Thanks, Anthony!

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Almost two months ago, Zinio, the popular magazine browsing app, released its first Android version which was exclusive to Honeycomb tablets. The developers have now released a version that will work with any device running Android 2.2 (Froyo) or higher.                                       

With the release, Zinio is giving users 12 free current titles through Aug. 15. These titles are:

  • Bike magazine
  • BlackBook
  • ESPN The Magazine
  • House Beautiful
  • Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine
  • Maxim
  • Outdoor Photographer
  • Redbook
  • Robb Report
  • Seattle Met
  • SURFER Magazine
  • Wine Enthusiast

In addition, T-Mobile customers who are signing up for Zinio for the first time will be able to select five additional titles from T-Mobile's Freemium offering.

If you've been wanting to experience Zinio on Android but don't yet have a Honeycomb tablet, you can now get it for your phone or tablet running Froyo or Gingerbread. Please find links to the app and press release after the break.

Source: Zinio

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LG today unveiled a pair of mid-range Android smartphone for Europe -- the Optimus Pro and Optimus Net.

The Optimus Pro is a front-QWERTY keyboard messenger, with a 2.8-inch display at 240x320, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 512MB/256MB ROM/RAM, 150MB of user storage, 800MHz processor, a 3MP camera, Wifi, aGPS, FM radio and a 1500 mAh battery. The Optimus Pro will come in white, titan and black.

The Optimus Net specs and design will vary by market, but the gist is a 3.2-inch touchscreen at 320x480, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 512MB ROM/RAM with 150MB of user storage, an 800MHz processor, a 3MP camera, 1500 mAh battery and FM radio. Some versions will have NFC, and the North American version will have a QWERTY keyboard. In Brazil, China, Asia and the CIS, the Optimus Net will have dual SIM cards. It'll be available in white and black.

Both phones will hit Europe first in 30 markets. Full presser's after the break.

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Hate to burst anyone's bubble (and we don't care what you've heard, we really do hate to do it), but the Sprint Epic 4G isn't yet shipping with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. We asked Sprint, and sure enough it's just a typo. Not the first time we've seen this happen, and it won't be the last, either. That's why we check. folks.

Don't worry. Gingerbread's coming to the Epic 4G. We wouldn't say it if it weren't true. And because we're saying it, it must now happen. Otherwise the sun and the stars would collapse in on themselves, and nobody wants that to happen. Right, Sprint?

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Still holding onto that beloved Motorola Droid, hoping and praying that updates will continue to roll through for it? Peter Alfonso, a name that most of us OG Droid owners know has released his GPA16 build, which is not an official from Motorola and Verizon, but one that would replicate it.

He has been supporting the device for as long as we can remember, and his purpose of these releases are to continue what users would have hoped to see in the updates, keeping a clean stock appearance, with a few extra tweaks throughout. If you're still rocking out with the Droid, be sure to download and install this build, as you are sure to be happy with it. Full change log to come and be available on Pete's site soon.

Source: Peter Alfonso: Thanks, David!

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Owners of the HTC Desire Z will soon be basking in the love of Gingerbread, according to HTC UK's official Facebook page. HTC says that they have entered final testing and will be rolling Android 2.3 out to the global device “in the coming weeks.” with everyone set to receive the update “by the end of the month.” If you've got a Desire Z hanging around, be sure to check for that OTA update, and keep us posted here when it arrives.

Source: HTC UK

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Following up on their successful launch of the Original Huawei Ascend, Cricket has announced the availability of the Huawei Ascend II, which also is slated to hit US Cellular in the fall. This time around there is no trackball to be found on the device and it comes pre-loaded with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

This value-priced Android comes with a 3.5" HVGA touch-screen with virtual keyboard, Wi-Fi capability and 3G Real Web Browsing. The Ascend II has lots of great smartphone features packed into an affordable package. Cricket's fifth Android smartphone also includes great features like a 5 MP camera/camcorder and a MP3 player/microSD slot. The Ascend II features the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and a 600 MHz processor.

That value-price equates to $179.99 at Cricket retailers but you'll also nee to sign on for Cricket's all-inclusive $55 Android plan, which provides users with unlimited talk, text, 411 information, international text, unlimited and video picture messages with unlimited data included.

Source: Leap Wireless

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Now is the time to start checking for updates if you're sitting there with Droid Incredible 2 in your hands. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update is now rolling out to some -- the update dubbed 2.18.605.4 weighs in at 116.306MB and of course brings plenty of performance enhancements with it.

  • Overall improvements to the performance of Mobile IM.
  • Resolved Hotmail sync & connect issues when setting up a one day sync.
  • Improvements to device connectivity when roaming on global GSM/UMTS networks.
  • New download manager app
  • New app and power management details
  • Improved word selection and copy functionality
  • Alarm notifications turned off while in emergency mode
  • Improved device stability
  • NY Times added to browser bookmarks
  • Wireless Charging UI added
  • New desktop dock app

Plus, you get support for that fancy wireless charging battery cover Verizon has made available. We're looking to grab you all a manual download link but in the meantime -- go ahead, check for updates. You may just be among the lucky who are having it arrive on their devices right now.

Discuss more in the Droid Incredible 2 Forums

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Since HTC made the announcement that it would be bringing Gingerbread to the HTC Desire (minus some applications) they've been letting owners know where the update's at in testing. Most recently, HTC updated its Facebook page with the following details:

Hi everyone. We have more news about our build of Gingerbread for Desire. Our testing has gone well so we will begin rolling out the update by the end of July! Thank you again for your support!

There you have it, not an exact date but close enough to keep everyone in the loop and you can't really as much more then that.

Source: Facebook

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If you are a Samsung Galaxy SII owner, good news comes your way today in the form of a nice OS leak to give you something new to play around with. Some lucky folks have been given the files for Android 2.3.4 for the Samsung Galaxy SII, and they have released not only the ODIN flashable file, but also a deodexed version that can be flashed through CWM. The ROM will flash without wiping your data, which is always a huge plus as you won't need to set everything up again, and for full flashing instructions be sure to check out this thread.

Source: XDA

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Looks like the HTC Droid Incredible 2 on Verizon is about to get its long-awaited Gingerbread update. And the bump to Android 2.3 isn't all that's coming. Included in build 2.18.605.4 will be support for Verizon's new wireless charging, for which you'll a wireless charging battery cover. Also, you get:

  • Overall improvements to the performance of Mobile IM.
  • Resolved Hotmail sync & connect issues when setting up a one day sync.
  • Improvements to device connectivity when roaming on global GSM/UMTS networks.
  • New download manager app
  • New app and power management details
  • Improved word selection and copy functionality
  • Alarm notifications turned off while in emergency mode
  • Improved device stability
  • NY Times added to browser bookmarks
  • Wireless Charging UI added
  • New desktop dock app

No word yet on when we'll see the update. Stay tuned.

Source: Verizon (pdf); via Android Central Forums

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Welcome to another exciting edition of "Who's using which Android version!" -- the game show that takes a look at the various versions of Android floating around out in the world, and the percentage of devices using them.

Unsurprisingly, Android 2.2 Froyo leads the way for the past two weeks at 59.4 percent, but that's down from 64.6 percent for the two weeks ending June 1. Android 2.3 Gingerbread doubled to 18.6 percent (that's combining Android 2.3, 2.3.2, 2.3.3 and 2.3.4). And Honeycomb -- Android 3.0 and 3.1 -- ticked up ever so slightly to 0.4 percent and 0.5 percent respectively.

Again, the Honeycomb numbers represent tablets compared to the entirety of Android devices out there. But it's probably safe to say they're not catching on as quickly as Google and hardware manufacturers would have liked.

Source: Android Developer site

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From rumor to being quietly released, all without an official announcement, the Motorola Droid 3 is now being served up to customers through Verizon's telesales department. As we were notified earlier:

Calling *611 will get you the option to buy the Droid 3 tonight! If the rep
has any problem finding it here are the part numbers..

Droid 3 MOTXT862 $199.99
Car Mount $29.99 MOTDRD3MNT
Extended Bat $49.99
Dock $59.99 MOTDRD3DTC

The verdict is still out on how well exactly the Droid 3 will sell but if you were a fan of the OG Droid you could consider this a nice upgrade to a device that you already love. Dual-core TI OMAP 4430 1Ghz processor with an 8MP camera with flash on the back and front facing camera for video chat, qHD display (540x960) and 1080p video capture capability so you can fill up the included 16GB of internal storage and finally, Android 2.3 Gingerbread pre-loaded.

More: Droid 3 Forums; Thanks, Jim!

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If you're still rocking an unrooted, Vodafone-branded Nexus One, then you'll be pleased to hear that today sees the release of the official, Voda-approved Gingerbread update for these phones. The carrier has announced that Android 2.3.4 has begun rolling out over-the-air to its Nexus Ones, bringing these handsets up to date with unbranded Nexii.

Of the many new features in Gingerbread, Vodafone has highlighted the re-vamped UI and keyboard, SIP calling and improved power management in its release notes. It's an over-the-air (OTA) update, so simply check for updates in Settings -> About phone to grab the new software.

Source: Vodafone UK

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For all you folks whose Sprint-branded Samsung Galaxy Tabs have been languishing with Froyo for the better part of a year now (since it launched, anyway), your Gingerbread update is coming this week. Sprint's given official word of the update (unofficial word came last week), which begins pushing today. It'll be released in stages, with 100 percent of devices to be updated by the weekend.

Source: Sprint

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UK retailer Play.com has just added a pre-order listing for Sony Ericsson's recently-announced Xperia Ray, pricing the diminutive phone at £349.99, and showing an Aug. 15 release date. The Ray brings the hardware of the Xperia Arc and Xperia Neo and shrinks it down even further, fitting it inside a tiny aluminum-framed chassis with a 3.3-inch display.

Pre-order prices and release dates are always subject to change, but both sound plausible to us in this instance. Sony Ericsson has already announced the Ray's availability in "selected markets" in Q3, and the £350 launch price would more or less match that of its larger, more plasticky sibling, the Xperia Neo.

Source: Play.com; via: Eurodroid

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After previously launching on Three, the HTC Flyer tablet will be on its way to T-Mobile UK later this month, as indicated by an update on the British network's "coming soon" page. There's no information on any specific release date or price points, but you can probably expect a significant discount on the 3G Flyer's £550+ retail price if you're buying one of these on-contract.

If you're thinking of picking up a Flyer, you can find out more about HTC's 7-inch, pen-toting device by reading our full review.

Source: T-Mobile UK

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