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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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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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The rumors are true, folks. While your phone likely is still languishing with Froyo (hey, could be worse), the Motorola Droid Pro (read our full review) is getting its Gingerbread update. And why shouldn't it? We found the Droid Pro to be a more-than capable (if a little small) 3.1-inch Android smartphone, with the front-facing QWERTY keyboard that so many of us had been wanting.

Anyhoo, back to the update. Looks like it's Android 2.3.3 (Build number 4.5.1-110-VNS-11, if you're into that sort of thing). You'll have the updated version of Motorola's Blur skin (which isn't the worst thing in the world), as well as all the tweaks that Gingerbread can muster.

Thanks, Eric!

Droid Pro ReviewDroid Pro ForumsDroid Pro Accessories

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Hey, look at that. It's none other than the about screen from the Droid X Gingerbread "soak test" that's pushing out this morning. Same Android 2.3.3 as the previous leaked Gingerbread ROM, but we're up to a higher build number. No surprise there, right?

Anyhoo, figure the soak test should last through the weekend, but it's always possible that Moto could decide to pull the trigger sooner rather than later. And this being a Blur phone, you can actually manually pull down updates, if one's available. Go to Settings>About>System Updates to give it a shot.

And don't worry: Root's already been obtained. :p

Android Central Forums 1, 2; Thanks, C!

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Sitting by your Droid X waiting on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update? It ain't happening just yet. Yeah, Verizon said it's starting today, but in limited numbers, folks. And remember how Motorola sought out an initial batch of testers? They just got their marching orders, which read thusly:

    •  The update will be pushed late tonight. If you go to bed, it should be waiting for you in the morning. West Coast members and night owls may be up to see it.

    • It’s a good idea to keep your phone charged if possible and plugged in overnight. You don’t have to keep it on, but you can.

    • If you are rooted, you must flash back to the standard Droid X software to receive the update. (Even the n we can’t guarantee the update will work.)

Again, that's for the folks who got in on Motorola's initial testing. We're willing to bet someone will leak out the update file for manual installation. But it sounds the vast majority of us will have to wait until early next week -- likely after the Memorial Day Holiday.

More: Droid X Forums

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Good news for those of you in Europe with Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play and Xperia Arc -- an Android 2.3.3 update has started to roll out. The list of improvements, in handy bullet form, includes:

  • Battery performance
  • General software stability
  • Wi-Fi stability
  • HD Video recording performance (Xperia arc)
  • Touch responsiveness

All that, plus Sony Ericsson's "Facebook Inside Xperia" feature. (More on that after the break.) Remember that this update is for the non-U.S. version of the Xperia Play (which just launched today on Verizon).

Source: Sony Ericsson

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Verizon just dropped us a line to confirm that the Motorola Droid X indeed is getting its official Gingerbread update (see our hands-on) this week. The push will begin on Friday. You might not get it in the initial wave, but we should have the manual download location quickly enough.

More: Droid X Android 2.3.3 changelog

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It was only a couple of days ago we were reliving the discussions of which devices would be getting Gingerbread eventually -- with the clear choices having been the Motorola Droid 2 and the Motorola Droid X. The Gingerbread leaks have arrived for both those devices and with the semi-official confirmations out of the way, it's no surprise really that Verizon has now posted up the changelog for what is the eventual release of Gingerbread for the Motorola Droid X.

Sadly, the one thing the Verizon changelog lacks is an official release date, so we're still stuck waiting on that but it's nice to know that it'll be soon rather than later at this point, which is bound to make a lot of Droid X owners out there happy.

Let this also stand as a friendly reminder for those of you whom may be rooted -- you'll want to go ahead and decline that update notification when it pops up until some folks get to have a look at it and ensure root can be maintained. Hit the source link below for the full .pdf changelog or you can jump on past the break for the second half of the above image.

Source: Verizon; via: Android Central Forums

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Well, two out of three ain't bad, folks. Way back in early December, we asked Android Central Seer (it's on his business card) Jerry Hildenbrand to predict which phones might get the upgrade to Gingerbread. And out of Motorola's stable he picked the Droid 2 (and Droid 2 Global) as well as the Droid X. Easy choices, both.

And while we don't have it recorded for posterity, I distinctly remember someone asking Herr Hildenbrand in disbelief if he really believed the Motorola Droid Pro would be left out -- at least that's my story, and I'm sticking to it. The first two are easy to imagine at this point -- there have been leaks. The latter, well, it admittedly might have been a toss-up, so maybe we'll let Jerry off the hook on that one.

That brings us to a post in the Motorola support forums that states the Droid X, Droid 2/Global and the Droid Pro will be getting Gingerbread updates. So it's semi-official. As for when? Sooner rather than later, we imagine. Stay tuned.

Source: Motorola; via Droid Life

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Update: And we just got the official word from Sprint:

It was mistakenly posted on Sprint.com that HTC EVO 4G with Android 2.2, Gingerbread, was available through our sale channels. We apologize for any confusion. HTC EVO 4G currently uses Android 2.2, Froyo, but we plan to upgrade to Android 2.3 as soon as we can.

Original: We've got no doubt that Android 2.3 is coming the for Sprint EVO 4G -- we've been rocking a leaked build for a month or so now. But might it finally be nearing release?

Sprint's started listing the EVO 4G as "Now with Android 2.3." That mean it's shipping with the Gingerbread build? Or is the update about to roll out? Is it just a typo? News at 11, folks.

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

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Members of Motorola's Owner User Groups who have a Droid X are getting invitations to participate in a new and (cough) confidential project.  While the invitation doesn't come right out and say it, when you sign up you get a little more information about a May 2011 soak (a fancy term for beta testing), and everyone seems pretty sure it's going to be Gingerbread.  This would make sense, as we're under the impression that Gingerbread is ready to go, and we've been expecting it the past few Fridays

If this project follows along with the timeline of previous projects, expect some sort of OS update in about a week.  If we're lucky, expect it to be Gingerbread.

Source: Android Central forumsThanks to everyone who sent this in!

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Wanna see a neat, but mostly useless trick?  Of course you do!  Grab your rooted Honeycomb tablet and change the screen density past 170 and reboot.  You'll be faced with what appears to be the stock Gingerbread launcher.  Change it back below 160 and reboot again to revert all changes.

While it's kind of cool to see things like this, we're not too surprised.  Back in January when the Honeycomb SDK preview was released, we found that fiddling with the screen settings and resolution did just about the same thing (pictured above).  But I digress -- it's cool in a geeky sort of way and we love cool and geeky.  So hit the break to see a video of it in action on a rooted Dell Streak 7 running a Honeycomb emulator port.

Source: Graffix0214's YouTube channel via Pocketables

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It's not just the international versions of the Samsung Galaxy S phones that have some serious Gingerbread cooking -- Samsung and Sprint are hard at work getting a Gingerbread build for the Epic 4G ready for roll-out.  Case in point -- Android Central forums member qbking77 shows us a link to the latest entry in the testing process, dated May 19, at Sprint's website.  Of course we'd all be more excited if we had a ROM to download, but it's nice seeing a new one in the works.  It's Android 2.3.3, and has all the bells and whistles to go along with it.

If you're still rocking the Epic 4G, don't fret.  You haven't been forgotten.

Source: Sprint Epic EE19.rdf via Android Central forums

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You didn't really think the Droid Incredible would be left to languish with Froyo, did you, folks? (You certainly shouldn't, because HTC's said Gingerbread's coming. And to that end, a leaked Gingerbread ROM (Android 2.3.3) has made its way out of everybody's favorite Chinese ROM dumping ground and packaged up into flashable form.

If you're hoping for the latest and greatest version of Sense, well, you're going to be disappointed. But that's also why we keep telling you not to expect it. It ain't gonna happen.

If you're in the mood for a little hackery, check out the links below.

Download: XDA Developers; Source: 911HTC; Via: Android Central Forums

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Good news for Vodafone customers rocking the Samsung Galaxy S: Your Gingerbread update is finally being pushed out.

Gone are the woes of last month, when your update was 'temporarily suspended' and now you're on to new, greener, Gingerbreadier pastures. Rest assured, this Gingerbread update has passed all the appropriate checks, so fire up KIES and get upgraded.

For those who are just now updating, how's it working for you? Was the wait worth it? As always, we're curious, so let us know.

Source: Eurodroid

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The new Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro has arrived on O2 UK's "coming soon" page, and is slated to be available for sale through the network sometime next month. The Gingerbread-powered device manages to pack an impressive feature set into its diminutive chassis, including a 1GHz processor and 720p video recording functionality. There's no word on pricing yet, but you can probably expect to get this sucker for free without signing up to too crazy a contract.

Be sure to find out what we thought of the second-generation Xperia Mini Pro, and its little brother the Xperia Mini, in our hands-on feature from Google IO.

Source: O2 UK

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We know full well that Sprint's testing Gingerbread builds for the Samsung Epic 4G, and the latest to leak out is build EE03. News of this Android 2.3.3 build has actually been floating around for a few days, but now the ROM's in hand, rooted and ready to be flashed, if you're brave enough. For what it's worth, the folks at ACS say it's much better than the ED12 build that leaked previously.

So, who's up for some late night Gingerbread?

Source: ACS; More: Android Central Forums

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Someone had better call a plumber, 'cause the leaks are going crazy!  Here's another Gingerbread leak, this time for the HTC Evo Shift 4G.  But this one has a twist -- Shift 4G developer TMartin03 has already snapped the pieces together and built a flashable custom ROM for the Shift, and it's ready and waiting for you to download and try.  For now, it's a stock build that's been rooted and had busybox added, but I'm sure development on this one will be going full steam shortly.

If you're rooted and ROM'd, give it a try and make your Speedy even more speedy.

Source: 911Sniper (original leak); XDA-Developers (custom ROM)

Thanks, cr33p, for the heads up!

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The 3G version of the HTC Flyer tablet is now available to pre-order from Three UK at a subsidized price of £169 (~$275). In order to bag a 3G Flyer for less than a third of the RRP, you'll need to sign up to a 24-month, £30.99 per month contract with the carrier. That's not a small amount of money to be paying for tablet data, but if you do decide to take the plunge you'll get a pretty generous 15GB monthly allowance to play with.

HTC announced the Flyer's availability in Europe late last week, though stock has been a little slow to arrive at retailers so far. According to Three's product page, Flyers pre-ordered today will begin shipping from May 27.

Source: Three Store

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Anyone with their RSS reader pointed toward Taiwan should know by now that today an Android 2.3.4 test build has leaked out for the HTC ThunderBolt. If you're not the sort who enjoys buggy test builds, better to stay away for now. But if you're the adventurous type, links to the source files and a rooted, flashable build are below.

Source: 911HTC; flashable download: XDA Developers

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Reports from various forums are confirming that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread updates for unbranded British HTC Desire HD's and Incredible S's are now rolling out to users, just as HTC promised last week. On the Desire HD, the update will also bring users up to HTC Sense 2.1, which includes a couple of new features like a quick settings tab in the notification area and a slightly redesigned app drawer.

This should also be good news for owners of the Inspire 4G and Droid Incredible 2. With these devices' European cousins now running Android 2.3, hopefully it won't be long before they get their own taste of Gingerbread.

If you've got an unbranded Desire HD or Incredible S that was purchased in the UK, head on over to Settings -> About Phone -> System Software Updates to grab the new firmware. If your phone is carrier-branded, you'll have to wait just a little while longer for your network to approve the update.

Source: XDA Desire HD, Incredible S forums

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Well, it's no longer in question. The Galaxy Tab and the Galaxy S line of phones are officially receiving a Gingerbread update. Samsung put out a press release this morning breaking the update news. According to the release, the update will begin to roll out in the UK and Nordic countries mid-May. Soon after, Europe, North America, Southeast Asia, Middle East Asia, and Africa should follow.  If you guys are getting the update, be sure to tip us and let us know. Or share your update news in the forums. Press release is after the break.

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