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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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Step into my time machine, and go back to May 20, 2010, with me.  That was the day Google released Froyo to the world with much fanfare and cheering.  I think a few little old ladies may have even cried.  In any case, we all were excited and looking forward to the day we could have some frozen yogurt for our Android phones.  Now back to today, and things still look about the same -- a year and a few days later and manufacturers are still shipping phones with Froyo, even though Gingerbread has been available since December of last year.  We're not talking about phones that languished forever and a day without getting an update, that's just as ridiculous, but best saved for another day.  This is about new phones, still being shipped and sold with a year old codebase -- and known security issues.  Hit the break and read along.

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HTC is ramping up the hype around its upcoming dual-core flagship phone, the Sensation, with a new promotional video showing off the device's hardware and software. In particular, there's a great deal of info about shiny new Sense 3.0 features like active lockscreens, improved weather animations and HTC Watch, the manufacturer's new movie and TV streaming service. Check out the video for yourself after the jump.

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HTC has just announced that the HTC Flyer is now available in the UK and most of continental Europe. Beginning today, customers will be able to pick up a Flyer from retailers based in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Romania. In addition, HTC will be selling the 7-inch tablet directly through its official website.

The European Flyer will launch in two flavors -- a 32GB 3G model, and a 16GB Wifi-only model, both of which include HTC's "Magic Pen" in the box. All the stores we checked are still listing the Flyer for pre-order only, however now that the press release has gone out, we can probably expect stock to start appearing pretty soon. Speaking of press releases, you can find today's after the jump.

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Owners of unlocked HTC Desire HD's and Incredible S's in the UK can look forward to an official Gingerbread update next Monday, May 16, according to a Facebook post by HTC UK. The news follows some confusion over the timing of over-the-air updates to Android 2.3 for both devices -- HTC posted a update on its support site a couple of weeks ago stating the update was already live, but owners of unlocked British handsets have yet to receive it over-the-air.

Hopefully the wait should be over next Monday, though. Bare in mind, as usual, that the update will take a little longer to roll out to carrier-branded handsets.

Source: HTC UK on Facebook

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Looks like you just can't slow the folks down at 911Sniper. They brought us our first leak of a Gingerbread OTA for the T-Mobile G2, and now they're at it again.

The version numbers look nearly identical, save the last .5 growing up into a .8, but if you're interested in the latest and greatest for the G2, this looks to be the place to be.

How does it work? What fixes or enhancements does it bring? Sound off and let us know.

Source: 911Sniper

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While we've all been gawping at Samsung's new 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab, it seems some original Galaxy Tab users have been getting their hands on a brand new OS update, bringing the 7-inch tablet up to Android 2.3.3. According to multiple reports on an Italian Android forum, the Gingerbread update has begun rolling out through Kies to Galaxy Tab owners in Italy.

We've yet to hear reports of anyone outside of Italy receiving this update, so if you've managed to get it on your Tab then be sure to let us know in the comments. The build number to look out for is XXJQ1 (baseband version P1000XXJPZ).

Source: Androidiani forum

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OK, all you boys and girls on Sprint -- the Nexus S 4G has finally arrived! You get the latest version of Android (that'd be Android 2.3.4, with the new Google Talk video chat), the promise of the latest updates, the "Pure Google" experience, all in a sleek, lightweight Samsung shell.

Oh, and Sprint's 4G Wimax data.

It's available today for $199 if you sign a two-year contract, or $549 if you want to skip such formalities. And remember that it's subject to Sprint's $10-a-month "premium data add-on" tax. But that's that price you've gotta pay. So, who's in?

Source: Sprint

Update: Best Buy's got it on sale for $150 on contract.

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T-Mobile is continuing its push of 4G Android phones, and the latest looks to be the Samsung Exhibit 4G.  The specs we're sure of, thanks to a tipster who sent a handful of pictures to T-MoNews, are TouchWiz, a front facing camera, Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread), and a model number of SGH-T759.  Additional rumored specs include a 1.4 GHz ARM11 processor, a 5 MP shooter that does 720p recording, and a 3.7-inch AMOLED display. 

Looks like another nice mid-range Android phone from Samsung.  We'll be on the lookout for more about this one, for now hit the source link to see the rest of the photos.

Source: T-MoNews

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Apparently Cinco de Mayo isn't just a day for celebration and drinking, phone manufacturers like to join in on the fun, too.  Sony Ericsson announced a new addition to its Xperia line of phones, the Xperia Acro, the Japanese cousin to the SE Xperia Arc.

In a press release, Sony Ericsson told us its new phone would have Android 2.3 on board, huzzah!  It's always a good sign to see manufacturers preloading Gingerbread on their new phones.  It'll handle the processing with the help of a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU and Adreno 205 GPU.  The camera will snap photos at 8.1MP and record video at 720p.  With the included Exmor R for mobile technology, low light stills and videos will turn out surprisingly well, often negating the use for the camera flash.  SE brags the Acro has "best-in-class imaging and display technology features," something we can certainly attest to given the excellence of the Xperia Arc's camera.  This allows it to take full advantage of the mobile TV functionality it's capable of.  All this goodness will be displayed on a 4.2-inch extra-wide screen powered by the Reality Display with Mobile Bravia Engine.  You'll be able to pick up an Acro this summer in black or white.

We have SE's full press release after the break.

Source: Sony Ericsson

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Popular custom ROM CyanogenMod has been updated to version 7.0.3, bringing minor bug fixes along with an "important security fix". The new version is available now through ROM Manager, as well as the official CyanogenMod website.

CyanogenMod 7.0.3 is still based on Android 2.3.3, so user are advised against trying to upgrade to this version if they're running any of the recent 2.3.4-based nightly builds. The CM team is now hard at work on version 7.1, and lead developer Steve Kondik (Cyanogen) has tweeted that he expects release candidates to appear in the next couple of weeks.

Source: CyanogenMod, @cyanogen

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Seen the video of the Gingerbread leak for the T-Mobile G2X teased by former Engadget Mobile editor (and current This is My Next-er) Chris Ziegler? That's as close as you've been able to get to it -- just a video. Until now.

The leaked Android 2.3.3 ROM has been leaked yet again and packaged into a handy update.zip file for those of you who have unshackled your G2X from the bonds of official update-dom. Bugfixes, the tweaked UI, and all the usual Gingerbread goodness we've come to know and love on other devices are all there.

So get your download on at the source leak, and there's a quick hands-on with the leak after the break.

Download: MoDaCo; Source: This is My Next

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Over-the-air updates to Android 2.3 Gingerbread are now available for the HTC Desire HD and Incredible S, according to a new post on HTC's European support site. Owners of both devices should head over to Settings -> About Phone -> System Software Updates to grab this latest update to Android and HTC Sense. If you have a Desire HD, you should be updated to firmware version 2.36.405.5. On the Incredible S you'll get version 2.12.405.7.

There are reports on multiple forums that these updates are indeed rolling out to the masses, so if you don't see it right away then hold tight -- it should be with you before too long.

Remember, as ever, that if your phone is carrier-branded (which is usually the case if you bought it at a subsidized price), then you'll need to wait for your network to approve this update before it's pushed out to you.

Source: HTC Europe; via: Engadget

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Here's some good news for anyone rocking a rooted T-Mobile G2X or LG Optimus 2X. The G2X and its LG-branded cousin have taken their first steps towards being fully supported by popular custom ROM CyanogenMod, with the release of the first CM 7 nightly builds for these devices. Nightlies are work-in-progress builds that may include bugs or be lacking certain functionality, so you should be sure you know what you're doing before flashing them onto your phone.

If you do, though, your dual-core device will get an early taste of Gingerbread, seasoned with the bacony goodness of CyanogenMod 7. To get started, hit the source link and choose the latest "p990" build for the LG Optimus 2X, or "p999" for the T-Mobile G2X.

Source: CyanogenMod Mirror Network

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While it's still unofficial -- former Google CEO Eric Schmidt went out of his way to not name it during his keynote address at Mobile World Congress -- it's hardly a secret that the next named version of Android will have something to do with Ice Cream. And it looks like "Ice Cream Sandwich" -- a name that has been rumored for months -- is starting to firm up, according to a Googler's reply on the AOSP issues forum.

The "I" version of Android will bring together features of Gingerbread and Honeycomb, Schmidt said in February. Anybody think we're going to see it unveiled next week at Google IO?

Source: AOSP issues forum; Thanks, Yuankai!

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Well, how about that. Another Gingerbread leak has dropped from our favorite Chinese HTC ROM dumping ground -- this time for the T-Mobile myTouch 4G. It's Android 2.3.3 -- not the just-announced Android 2.3.4 with video chat in Google Talk -- and it's clearly labeled as a test build. But it's also a clear sign that the MT4G is likely to get Gingerbread in the near future.

So what's new? (Or, more important, what's new that's not a behind-the-scenes bugfix?) You've now got a cool "Quick Settings) menu when you pull down the notification bar. Your recently used apps are still there in the notifications, but you can tab over and toggle Wifi, Bluetooth, Wifi hotspot, GPS, mobile data, and hop straight into the settings. It's a cool little addition to an already cool twist on the HTC Sense user interface.

If you're running a stock myTouch 4G, you'll probably want to sit this one out. But we've got video of the leak in action after the break, so you're not totally stuck on the sidelines. Downloads are available at the source links.

Sources: 911HTC; XDA Developers

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Desire HD owners have had their hands on some previously leaked versions of Gingerbread, and the final shipping version of Gingerbread for the device has now appeared. It's unbranded so you need not worry about any carrier bloat added and all apps thus far are up and running perfectly fine for me.

If you're a Desire HD owner and looking to get in on Gingerbread, this is a pretty good build to start off with. A few caveats to remember, if you're rooted, you will lose it but it is easily regained by installing Gingerbreak. You will of course also want to back up your data depending on how you decide to flash the ROM but realistically, you should be back up your data anyway.

The download is available in RUU form or if you prefer, just grab the PD98IMG.zip file and load it through the boot loader method. This will work for all Desire HD devices as you do not need to be rooted in order to load it up, nor do you need S-OFF. If you're not down with doing all of that, sit tight -- I'm sure a lot of custom ROMS for this will be along soon in addition to an official release.

Source: 911 Sniper via XDA

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Warning: Do not attempt anything you see here at home. Engaging in a video chat with one's self on a Nexus S and a Motorola Xoom while recording the endeavor with a third camera may will lead to severe confusion, nausea, upset stomach and could well end in the destruction of the universe as we know it. You have been warned.

Oh, and check out the video of video chat on the Nexus S. It works, all right.

Also: How to download Android 2.3.4 on the Nexus S

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That little surprise that Google's been teasing us with is now official -- Android 2.3.4 will indeed support video chat for the Nexus S. And that's a good thing, 'cause we've been loving it on Android 3.0 and our tablets. Looks like it'll work the same way on our phones. And Google says it'll also be coming to Gingerbread (Android 2.3 and up) devices later. And what's more -- it'll work over 3G as well as Wifi.

The update will be "rolling out over the next few weeks." Which means as soon as we have a download location, we'll all have it. But that's not all. As you can clearly see, Google's got another surprise in store. Any guesses? Video of video chat is after the break.

Source: Google Mobile Blog, @googlenexus

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What a night for Android hackers and HTC fans.  The fellows at 911sniper have a feast of leaks for us all to monkey around with.  First off, there's a leaked version of a Gingerbread OTA for the T-Mobile G2.  There's nothing new in there, but it is a full dump of all the partitions, and plenty of stuff to base a custom Gingerbread ROM off of.  You can check out more here in the G2 Hacking forums

If Gingerbread for the G2 isn't your cup of tea, how about a leaked Gingerbread ROM for the rumored (and I guess now verified) HTC Doubleshot, AKA the MyTouch 4G Slide?  Yep.  Got that one too.  And as a special bonus I pulled out the Sense 3.0 weather animations so you don't have to download the whopping 701 MB worth of system files to see them.  You'll find out more about it here in the Android Hacking forums.  Worth noting here is the build prop makes reference to OpenSense SDK version 3.0 as well as a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 768 MB of RAM, Bluetooth 3.0 and dual cameras -- 8 MP rear and VGA front.

And if that isn't enough for you (MORE MORE!) there's a HTC Flyer leaked RUU in the wild now as well.  We couldn't get that one downloaded because the link kept timing out, but I'm sure mirrors will appear, and someone will have a peek and see what's inside.  If you feel like giving it a shot, download links are at the source, and any of our resident HTC hackers will be able to help you pull out any goodies to play with.

Source: 911Sniper (G2 leak, HTC Doubleshot, HTC Flyer)

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The folks at C Skills have done their magic again, this time with Gingerbread (and possibly Honeycomb) and have released GingerBreak.  If you don't keep up with this sort of thing, the C Skills team are the people who brought us the rageagainstthecage exploit.  Besides having a run-on sentence for a name, this is the trick that can root any device running Froyo.  Since it isn't going to work on Gingerbread, the fellas have jumped ahead of the game and found one that will, and are pretty confident that it will crack Honeycomb and Froyo, too. 

Now all we need is devices that aren't OEM unlockable to ship with Gingerbread so we can test it. 

Source: C Skills. Thanks, KSmithInNY!

 

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