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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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Sprint's just let us know that the EVO Shift 4G can now grab its update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. All you have to do to get it is go to Menu>Settings>System updates>HTC software Update and start the process. In addition to the Gingerbread update, you'll get improved download management, and fixes media streaming.

If for some reason you want to wait for the update to be pushed to you, Sprint will start force-feeding it on Monday.

Source: Sprint; More EVO Shift 4G forums; Thanks, Eric!

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Today sees the end of Vodafone's UK-wide exclusivity of the HTC Sensation, with the launch of the phone on rival network Three. Three has HTC's dual-core monster available for £449.99 without a contract, or for free on 24-month contracts starting at £30 per month.

This matches the cheapest Vodafone contract that includes a free Sensation, though for your £30 Three will give you a more generous data and text allowance (1GB and 5000 texts), at the expense of fewer minutes (500 vs. 1500 on Vodafone). Three's also offering the Sensation on its £37 per month "One Plan", which includes unlimited data, 5000 texts and 2000 minutes.

If you're thinking of snapping one up today, make sure you check out our full review of the HTC Sensation before parting with your cash.

Source: Three Store

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Ah. So that answers that. If you were wondering how HTC plans on getting Android 2.3 Gingerbread and its Sense user interface onto the HTC Desire after it previously said it couldn't be done, we now have your answer. In an update on Facebook, HTC explains:

To resolve Desire's memory issue and enable the upgrade to Gingerbread, we will cut select apps from the release. Look for status updates starting next week. We apologize for any confusion.

Makes sense to us. Now the question is, which apps will be removed?

Source: HTC Facebook

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What a difference a day makes. Just 24 hours after disappointing a smartphone owner or two, HTC on its UK Facebook Page says the Desire will get Gingerbread after all.

Contrary to what we said earlier, we are going to bring Gingerbread to HTC Desire.

Of course, you can always still go the custom route, if that's your thing.

Source: HTC UK Facebook

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Update: ... And apparently HTC has changed its mind and decided to update to Gingerbread after all. Go figure.

So you woke yesterday morning to the news that your trusty HTC Desire will be left without an official upgrade path to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and now the world seems a cold and uncaring place. Fear not -- we’ve got the complete lowdown on what today’s news means for Desire owners, along with a details of some leading Gingerbread-based custom ROMs that can bring you right up to date with the latest version of Android.

Let’s begin by revisiting exactly what was announced today, and what it means for Desire owners.

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Bad news for those of you in the UK who have been looking forward to getting an official Gingerbread update on your HTC Desire. Looks like it's not going to happen, as the phone's just plain run out of memory, and HTC just can't squeeze in Sense and Gingerbread. (That's not the biggest shock in the world -- Sense has grown quite a bit over the last few versions.)

Here's the official word from HTC UK, via its Facebook page:

Our engineering teams have been working hard for the past few months to find a way to bring Gingerbread to the HTC Desire without compromising the HTC Sense experience you’ve come to expect from our phones. However, we’re sorry to announce that we’ve been forced to accept there isn’t enough memory to allow us both to bring Gingerbread and keep the HTC Sense experience on the HTC Desire. We’re sincerely sorry for the disappointment that this news may bring to some of you.

We know what you're about to say. "Just forget Sense and give us Gingerbread!" Sorry, but HTC's not going to do that. That's one of the downsides to carrier customizations -- even ones as great as HTC Sense. Sometimes the stars just don't line up. The good news is you can always root and ROM the thing.

And one other thing that needs to be mentioned: Kudos to HTC for being forthright and upfront about this. We've seen too many smartphones over the years languish with no updates, and nary a word why. It's a tough pill to swallow, but we're glad HTC's being up-front about it.

Source: HTC UK Facebook; Thanks, Dab, for the tip!

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With the Motorola Droid X and the Motorola Droid Pro having already got their Gingerbread love, it's now time for the Droid 2 Global to get the same attention. If you head on over to the Verizon website, you'll see the updated software update info page is now available for viewing and as we know from the past -- that typically indicates a soak-test is coming and then a full roll-out to the masses. Needless to say, it's coming soon and we'll be sure to let you all know as soon as it happens.

Source: Verizon; Via: Droid-Life

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It's something Motorola Droid X owners have been teased with before. But this time around, it could turn out quite well. Although it remains unreleased as of now, it looks like Motorola Droid X owners may soon be getting a chance to load up CyanogenMod 7 on their devices courtesy of @cvpcs. No, the bootloader hasn't been unlocked but thanks to some handy work making use of 2nd.init CyanogenMod 7 will now run on top of the Motorola kernels in the Droid X.

As with anything of this nature, some bugs are still present but it's surely only a matter of time before they get worked out. Some of the things that may or may not work currently are: GPS, 3G/data, camera, camcorder and bluetooth audio while radio, WiFi, USB, charging, sensors, lights, vibration, standard bluetooth are listed as working. The next few days will provide some more details but until then, jump into the Android Central forums to discuss it some more.

Source: Android Central Forums

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The Samsung (Galaxy S) Infuse 4G is headed to Canada, and it looks like it might do so as a Gingerbread device, and not as a mere Froyo phone, as we currently have here in the United States. Along with that, you'll get the same 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, and 1.2GHz processor, and that awesome camera. ... Know what? Read our full review. And then turn your gaze south and snicker at your American neighbors. It's OK. We know you do it anyway.

Source: Samsung Canada; Thanks, Colton!

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Android 2.3.4 has been leaked for the Samsung Galaxy S (that would be the i9000 international version), and the folks at SAMFirmware have made it publicly available.  Early reports are saying that it does address some of the bugs found in the 2.3.3 version, but the all important video chat via Google Talk is not included in this build.  We're not going to read too much into that, this is a leak and nothing official after all. 

The real question is how long will this take to move from leaked status, to something that can be deployed across all carriers, for all Galaxy S variants.  We don't have that answer -- I don't think anyone does.  Hopefully it's sooner rather than later.

Source: SAMFirmware via MobileGearz

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It has been a few days since Sprint released the official Gingerbread update for the EVO 4G and users have had the weekend to put their shiny new OS through the paces. Some are reporting random bugs and glitches while others say that 2.3 is running as smooth as butter. With any new OS release comes varied user experiences until all the kinks are worked out, as apparent in the forums, where members are keeping a running tally of improvements and reported issues with the update. So, EVO 4G owners, feel free to sound off in the comments below-- what has your experience been with the Gingerbread update?

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We've heard rumors aplenty about the Samsung Galaxy S II coming to Canada in the past. In fact, Samsung themselves have stated it would be coming soon, but they never mentioned as to when, exactly or to what carrier it going once released. The latest info is suggesting an early Q3 release but most recently Samsung Canada has updated their Galaxy S II site to once again reflect the "coming soon" sentiment. If we had to take a stab in the dark we'd say it's likely we'll see a variation of the device on Rogers, Bell and TELUS with likely Bell and TELUS getting dibs on the initial release. But we'll just have to wait and see how this all pans out for Samsung. Stay tuned!

Source: Samsung; via: MobileSyrup

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Notice that Netflix is no longer working on your EVO 4G? You're hardly alone. You can no longer find the app in the Android Market from your EVO 4G, and indeed the phone's been pulled from the list of supported devices. So what's up?

Netflix tells us that it stems from the EVO 4G's recent update to Gingerbread, and that they're working on a fix, but there's no estimated time for when an update will be made available.

Netflix has had a bit of a rocky start on Android, namely in that it's been made available on so few devices. Let's hope for a fix soonest -- and more important, some sort of mechanism so that we're not punished just because our phones get an all-important system update.

Thanks, Kysha!

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A new firmware update has been released for the HTC Flyer, bringing the 7-inch tablet up to version 2.00.405.3. HTC promises "improved system performance" in this new OTA, and before you ask, no, this isn't the fabled Honeycomb update. Once you've got the new software installed, your device will still be running Android 2.3.3. To get your tablet updated, simply head to Settings -> About Tablet -> Software Updates, and tap "Check now".

So far we're noticing slightly better performance across the board on the new Flyer firmware, especially in the launcher with live wallpapers enabled. Be sure to let us know in the comments if you've spotted any surprises in the new version.

Source: HTC Support

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Judging from our overflowing inbox, it looks like most of you have noticed that the Android 2.3 update for the HTC EVO 4G on Sprint is now available, just like Sprint said it would be. You're getting system version 4.22.651.2, and it's a whopping 109.21 megabytes. Not surprising, but be forewarned.

So what do you get? Judging from our hands-on with an earlier leaked build, you're not going to really notice too many differences, at least visually. Sense is Sense. But you get all of the new APIs and improvements in Android 2.3, plus we figure HTC's thrown in a bugfix or two.

If you haven't snagged the update yet, go to Menu/Settings/System updates/HTC software Update to pull it down manually. 

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
More: EVO 4G forums

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It was only yesterday that we had reported the Sprint HTC EVO 4G Gingerbread update might be rolling out June 3 and now, we have that news coming to us in official form from Sprint. After we posted the June 3 date, we got a lot of tips saying it was instead going to be June 6. As it turns out, it's both.

HTC EVO™ 4G from Sprint will receive the Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread, update through an over-the-air maintenance release beginning on Monday, June 6.

Sprint will send update notifications to users in waves. The notification will let users know the update is available and provide the simple two-step, over-the-air download instructions.

Users will receive a notification that Android 2.3 is available for download.

Once the user has downloaded the update, they will be prompted to install the update. The user will be notified that their device will be disabled during the installation process. The phone will be ready to use once the process completes.

Can't Wait Until June 6?

For those who just can’t wait to get Android 2.3, there will be an easy user initiated option to download the upgrade starting on Friday, June 3. To access the update – from the home screen/Menu/Settings/System updates/HTC software Update. This will initiate the upgrade process.

The software release upgrades HTC EVO 4G to Android 2.3, Gingerbread. This version of Android improves download management through the Downloads application, offering the user easy access to any file downloaded from the browser, email or another application. It also fixes the devices ability to stream media through certain applications for the device.

Gingerbread restores HTC EVO 4G’s ability to sync multiple Gmail™ accounts, display email attachments in the email client and fixes battery discharge issues.

We've previously gone hands-on with the leaked build of Gingerbread for the EVO 4G and according to the documentation from yesterday, that will be the same build released on June 3 for those who are eager to get up their devices update.

Source: Sprint

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Another day, another midnight T-Mobile press release to show us some new Android phones.  This time around we have the Samsung Exhibit 4G, and the Samsung Gravity Smart.  The Exhibit 4G (pictured on the left) comes with a 1GHz CPU, Android 2.3, a 21Mbps 4G radio, all wrapped up in either violet or black.  It also has Samsung's Media Hub, Doodle Jump, Bejeweled 2, and Scrabble preinstalled to keep you occupied between phone calls and messages.  The Exhibit 4G checks in at $79.99 after a new agreement and a $50 rebate.

The Gravity Smart (on the right) features a four-row slide out QWERTY keyboard, running Android 2.2, T-Mobile's Group Text service, and a 3MP camera.  The Berry Red and Sapphire Blue models check in at $69.99, the Lunar Gray model is a mere $29.99 -- both after the usual agreement and $50 rebate.

Both are expected on the shelves sometime in June, and look to be a very nice choice in the mid-level market.  Hit the break for the full press release.

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Another month, another batch of numbers showing us the percentage of devices running the various builds of Android. And the numbers haven't change greatly since our last look a month ago.

The big winners (and "big" is relative here) -- Android 2.3.3, not even the latest version of Gingerbread -- that'd be Android 2.3.4 on the Nexus S and Nexus One -- jumped from 3 percent to 8.1 percent. (Update: Google just explained that one to us: The chart's really sorted by API level, so don't worry that Android 2.3.4 isn't visible.)  Otherwise, things are as you'd expect. The older versions continue to dwindle -- Eclair's down to 21.2 percent, and Froyo's dropped a little more than a percentage point to 64.6 percent.

As for Honeycomb? Pretty much no change at 0.3 percent for Android 3.0 and Android 3.1. Now, you might be tempted to extrapolate that to the 400,000-some-odd devices being activated a day, and that'd give you about 2,400 Honeycomb devices being activated every day. But that's bad math. Remember that this chart is aggregate -- from the dawn of time until now. So you're comparing Honeycomb devices against the millions of other devices out there. Food for thought.

Source: Google Developer Blog

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Can't put it more plainly than that. According to this little tidbit that just hit our inbox, it looks like the Sprint HTC EVO 4G -- the first 4.3-inch Android smartphone, as well as the first with 4G Wimax -- could find itself with a an Android 2.3 update -- that's Gingerbread, folks. Starting June 3, you'll be able to manually update. Three days later, if you haven't already requested the update, your phone will ask if you want to update. (Hint: Say yes.)

If this is on the level, it looks like we'll be getting software version 4.22.651.2. And in addition to all of the Gingerbread fixes, you'll see fixes for the infamous SMS bug, a tweak to the Spanish translation in SMS, gmail syncing and that long-annoying bug where batteries just refuse to charge. (Oh, hai, Dieter.)

None of this is official quite yet, and updates like this never hit all at one time. But we've got a good feeling we'll see Gingerbread on the EVO 4G sooner rather than later.

Thanks, anon!

EVO 4G ReviewEVO 4G ForumsEVO 4G Accessories

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You went to sleep last night, didn't you. (OK, so did we.) But wake up this morning, and that Droid X Gingerbread soak test has turned into a full-fledged dunking, with the update rolling out en masse. Lest you forget what you're getting: Coming down the pike is Android 2.3.3. Not the latest version of Gingerbread, but pretty close. You'll also have a new version of the Blur user interface, so things will look slightly different when you're done. It's a 111.8-megabyte download, so it might take a minute or two to snag.

To get the update, if you don't already see it, just go to Menu>Settings>About phone>System updates, and you'll be on your way.

More: Droid X forums; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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