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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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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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Perhaps you just saw our rundown of the Verizon Motorola Droid 3 specs. Did you catch the Easter egg? According to our leak, it appears that the Motorola Droid 2 Global (and presumably its CDMA-only cousin) -- which has seen its Gingerbread update apparently delayed -- will finally get Android 2.3 after the launch of the Droid 3.

That's a tad interesting given that Verizon first appeared to have the update ready to go, and then Motorola came back a few days later, saying things were on hold. Makes you wonder a little about who's calling the shots there. Also makes you wonder about the accuracy of the rumors that any Droid 2 update has been held back for more bugfixing. It makes sense that you'd want to launch the new hotness Droid 3 first, with the better hardware and newer OS, to better differentiate it from the old and busted Droid 2.

So what's that mean for the rumored launch dates for the Droid 3? You know these launch dates go -- any window bigger than a month is likely to be slammed on your fingers, and the Droid 3 hasn't yet been publicly announced by Verizon. But if we had to bet at this point, we'll likely see the Droid 3 sooner rather than later, lest Verizon and Motorola feel the wrath of those whose phones have been left behind.

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Having only recently picked up an original Samsung Galaxy Tab for myself, I can relate to the many users out there that have one and are not currently running Gingerbread on it. Fortunately I was able load Gingerbread on mine after having rooted it but for some -- that's not really an option. Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab owners though will soon be feeling the love, according to the info above a Gingerbread update is ready to to roll out on July 5 and will bring along Bluetooth HID for the ride.

In other news, the Samsung Transform has an update coming as well that will correct errors users were seeing when updating their PRL. That update is set for the same timeframe.

Source: Engadget

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As promised, HTC has offered Desire owners some news on the status of the phone's Android 2.3 Gingerbread update, saying they've begun testing on it this week. In a post on its official Facebook page, the manufacturer said --

Hi all- We're excited to share that we are testing our build of Gingerbread for HTC Desire and will start doing quality assurance for it this week. When we have an update on availability we'll post another announcement. Thanks for your support!

There's still no word on which apps have been cut to allow HTC to cram Gingerbread and Sense onto the Desire's 512MB of internal storage, nor any official comment on reports that Aussie carrier Telstra plans to ditch Sense entirely to get Gingerbread on its Desire handsets. For its part, Telstra is now echoing today's statement from HTC, saying the software is "in testing", and listing an August release window.

Source: HTC on Facebook, Telstra

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Despite the fact that it is coming over a month later then that of the unlocked versions available in the UK, the HTC Desire HD on the Three UK was seemingly held back from getting its Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for a while. No matter, its here now and ready to be installed -- If you've not got the notification as of yet, you can check for system updates and you should find the Gingerbread OTA ready for download.

Source: Eurodroid; Thanks, Galfert!

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Now that S-OFF can be obtained on the Droid Incredible 2 we've started to see some custom ROMs pop up for the device and developers have been hard at work in an effort to make everyone happy by working on root solutions and now -- a leaked build of Gingerbread has appeared.

The full RUU has been leaked for all non-rooted users courtesy of Football but if you at some point want to root then you'll want to stay very far away from this considering you'll be killing off the only known root method for the Droid Incredible 2. That said, if you care none about obtaining root then you can go right ahead and proceed with the installation.

The other option here is to hold out and wait until the AlphaRevX team releases their root method for the Droid Incredible 2 at which point, you'll then be able to install a pre-rooted version of Gingerbread based off of the RUU using AlphaRevX and ClockworkMod recovery.

The choice really is up to you as a user but our personal suggestion is to just hold out and wait until the root method becomes available and then go from there. Links for both can be found after the break as well as short list of the changes that are said to be included with this RUU release.

Source: Android Police

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Things have been pretty quiet on the update front for Samsung Droid Charge owners as of late, unlike the HTC Thunderbolt there hasn't been any leaked radio files, no leaked Gingerbread builds or anything of that nature. That is until the latest video from p3droid popped up -- yes, what you see running above in that video is Gingerbread along with Netflix up and running on a Samsung Droid Charge. We still don't have any dates for such a version to be released but boy; it sure is pretty to look at.

Source: MyDroidWorld

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After delays resulting from the recent earthquakes and tsunami in Japan, Sony Ericsson's Xperia Neo is finally starting to see widespread availability, as the handset launches in the UK today. We've been playing around with the Neo for just under a week now -- in terms of internal hardware and software it's pretty much identical to its bigger brother, the 4.2-inch Xperia Arc. There's a larger battery, as well as a front-facing camera, but besides that it's the same phone packed into a smaller (if slightly bulkier) 3.7-inch chassis. However, the Neo is a little more affordable than the Arc, with prices on launch day ranging from £342 at Clove to £390 at Amazon UK.

We'll have a full review of the Xperia Neo written up in the next week or so. In the meantime, let us know in the comments if you're thinking of picking one of these up.

Source: Clove, Amazon UK; via: Eurodroid

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If you have an LG Optimus One, and have been waiting for that long rumored Gingerbread update to finally become a reality it appears as though your time has come. Reports are rolling in of official Gingerbread updates rolling through for the device, the first was for the V20G version in Romania which started receiving the roll out yesterday, and other carriers are confirming it to be coming in the next few months as well. So, fear not, you are not left behind, it is just a matter of timing at this point!

Source: Facebook: Thanks, Kiraly!

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The plot thickens. Last week HTC kicked up a bit of a storm by announcing that the Desire wouldn't be getting an official Android 2.3 Gingerbread update due to memory constraints, saying there wasn't enough space on the phone for Gingerbread and HTC Sense. Then, 24 hours later the manufacturer responded to feedback from Desire owners and changed its mind, committing to delivering Gingerbread alongside a trimmed-down Sense UI.

Now Australian carrier Telstra has indicated it's willing to go even further to get Gingerbread onto its Desire handsets. On its software updates page, the network lists a HTC Desire Gingerbread update as due for release in August, with the following description --

"Due to the increased memory requirements of the ‘Gingerbread’ update, new software that does not include HTC’s Sense UI is being prepared."

So that means it'll be completely stock, vanilla Gingerbread that'll be offered to Telstra-branded Desire owners this August. If accurate, this is a pretty important development. It's also an acknowledgement that a significant minority of customers would be prepared to ditch the manufacturer's custom software to get their hands on the latest version of Android.

Because of the logistics of moving from a Sense ROM to stock Android, we think the update will be an optional one for Telstra customers, perhaps applied by using a RUU as opposed to the usual over-the-air upgrade. It remains to be seen whether other carriers will follow suit and decide to offer power users a way to leave Sense behind in favor of stock Gingerbread. Nevertheless, we'll be following this story with interest in the weeks ahead to see how things progress.

Source: Telstra; via: Engadget

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Three is the first UK network to announce that it'll be carrying Sony Ericsson's new Xperia Ray when it's released sometime during the third quarter. The Xperia Ray takes the tried-and-true internals of the Xperia Arc and Xperia Neo and shrinks things down even further, into a tiny 3.3-inch aluminum-framed chassis. Just like the Arc and the Neo, the Ray offers a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, an 8-megapixel Exmor R camera and of course Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Unfortunately there's nothing in the way of release dates or prices just yet, aside from the Q3 launch window given by Sony Ericsson at Wednesday's announcement.

Source: Three Media Centre

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A pleasant surprise has just popped up on my Telus HTC Desire HD -- Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The update itself comes in at 99.68MB and while it's not going to bring Sense 3.0 to the Desire HD it's still nice to see HTC keep their word and roll it out to customers. If you're rooted, or running a custom ROM you may need to return back to stock in order to get it up running but after that it's as simple as just checking for system updates under your settings menu. If you're looking for the manual download link, look below.

Download: Gingerbread for Telus Desire HD;
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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How do you make the HTC Flyer even better? Pop in a Wimax radio, put it on Sprint, and call it the Sprint HTC EVO View 4G. What you see above you is the second version of the Flyer to hit the United States -- the Wifi-only version is currently available at Best Buy; this one's on sale June 24 -- this Friday -- for $399 on contract.

So what do you get for all those bones? How's about a slick 7-inch tablet with Android 2.3.3, a custom version of HTC Sense that's pretty much like what you get on the new HTC Sensation and EVO 3D, a1.5 GHz single-core processor, and, of course, the HTC Scribe stylus for some serious note-taking.

But, as you'll see in the video after the break, everything's not coming up roses, despite all that awesome hardware. Take a look.

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We all know, the Samsung Fascinate has not been known as the device to receive the quickest updates, heck it feels like just yesterday that we saw Froyo land on the device officially. While many would think that Gingerbread is something that we would never see on the device, an unofficial build has leaked for those risky enough to install it. For more instructions about the install be sure to hit the source link, and be sure to hop in the forums and let us know how it goes for you. Video after the break. 

Source: My Droid World

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If at any point over the past year you would have told me that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 would actually get an update to Gingerbread, I'd likely have laughed at you. And, in fact, I did throw a chuckle or two toward Alex Dobie when he first wrote in March that indeed the X10 was slated for an Android 2.3.3 update.

Sony Ericcson's now given us a little more detail on the update. It's currently shooting for an August released -- the beginning of August, in fact. Other details to note:

  • The Gingerbread update will keep the original camera software user interface.
  • The new Facebook inside Xperia will be included.
  • Features from the Xperia Arc will be included.
  • There will not, however, be DLNA support.

Who'd have thunk the Xperia X10 would end up being one of the longest-lasing smartphones of the past 18 months, eh? Peep the video above for a quick demo, and get full details at the source link.

Source: Sony Ericsson

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Looks like the continued wait for the latest HTC ThunderBolt software update -- the one that everybody initially thought would just be to fix those blasted reboots -- may be well worth the wait. We'd heard that the more improvements were in the works as, meanwhile, work has continued on new radios. And if this feature list is any indication, we're about to see some official Gingerbread love, folks. Here's the rundown:

  • Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread.
  • Google Talk video chat (making it only the third phone to get it)
  • Skype video (at long last)
  • Sense 2.1
  • Enhanced aGPS
  • Amazon Appstore
  • Download Manager
  • Verizon Phone Finder
  • MyVerizon

June 30 is the rumored date for the software push, but you know how those things go. It lines up with the news we broke a couple weeks ago, stating an update was coming in the second half of June. But seeing as how there are 30 days in June, that could be what we call a "CYA date." And Verizon recently said no date had been scheduled, after rumors of June 15 fell flat. We'll just have to see.

Anyhoo. Gingerbread. Skype video. Sense 2.1. Oh, and hopefully an end to all those reboots. Now if only someone could do a little something more about battery life.

Source: Android and Me; More: HTC ThunderBolt Forums

Update: A lot of your are noting the misspellings and use of "gTalk" and are of the opinion that this is fake. Might well be. You'd have to ask Android and Me's "Verizon Insider" -- it's their source, not ours. But we will say we've seen some fat fingers at Verizon before. Anybody remember this one?

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Another Gingerbread build has leaked out. This time around the Samsung Epic 4G gets updated to EF02, and the reports thus far have been looking good. The verdict on whether or not this build can be rooted or not is still out so keep that in mind before you dive in, you may wish to hold out until some more feedback is gathered.

You will also need to fire up Odin in order to load so, like always exercise caution and follow the instructions. You can hit the source link for the full details and make sure you leave some comments here and in the forums on how things are working should you decide to load this one up.

Update: You can haz root. See the Android Central forums for more details. Thanks, Paul627g!

Source: XDA; Thanks, sctwinslow!

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Although Verizon is good to go on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid 2 Global, Motorola isn't. They now have stepped in to say that the update is certainly not rolling out at this point despite what Verizon has to say on the matter. We're not exactly sure where the break in communication came from but one thing is for certain -- it puts Droid 2 Global owners to the back of the line in the Gingerbread waiting process and that's just simply not cool at all.

Source: Motorola; Thanks, Anguish, for sending this in!

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A very nice phone that doesn't get near enough spotlight, the Samsung Galaxy S 4G (check out our hands-on) has a new Gingerbread leak floating around.  The 2.3.3 build has been rooted, and it looks like the battery life got even better -- one user reports about 50 percent better battery life after updating, rooting, and removing pre-installed applications.  If you're inclined, you can find all the instruction and download links at the source link. 

Remember, there's always a risk involved if you jump into this sort of thing.  For many, the rewards outweigh that risk.  Be sure you're informed and pay attention to the instructions.

Source: XDA-Developers

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For Samsung Captivate owners it was a struggle just to even get Froyo, let alone Gingerbread but thanks to some leaks -- there is now a pair of official-looking Gingerbread 2.3.3 leaks available. Both have different build dates with the later build addressing minor fixes over the older build.

  • I897UCKE3 - Build date of May 26, 2011
  • I897UCKF1 - Build date of June 8, 2011

As folks have been ripping through them to find changes, it's been noted that AT&T bloatware is present in each in one and both appear to be making use of a new bootloader similar to that of the i9000. As with all leaks -- you'll have to exercise some caution should you go messing with these, they're not meant for everyone and just because they are labeled "official" does not mean they're ready for prime time. Until released by an official carrier -- they're still just leaks.

That said; if you're into dealing with the nitty gritty details and comfortable going hands-on with Odin in order to get either one of these files loaded up you can hit the source links for more details.

Source: SamFirmware; via: XDA Thanks, to all who sent this in!

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A leaked internal screenshot seems to show T-Mobile USA acknowledging recent reports of some G2 warranty replacements returning to customers with a tasty surprise, in the form of Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread. According to the image obtained by TmoNews, the carrier notes that this was a "test build", "shipped in error on a limited number of devices". Unsurprisingly, Tmo also says it noticed an increased number of "unnecessary" exchange requests in the week or so since the reports first emerged, as wily G2 owners attempted to take advantage of the mix-up to get an early taste of Gingerbread.

However, now that T-Mobile is aware of the error, it's unlikely any more devices will be shipped with the test build. Unless you're among the lucky few that already has it, you'll have to wait until the update's officially sent out over-the-air in the weeks ahead.

Source: TmoNews

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