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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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Preface this with the usual "It's possible to make a "custom" (read fake) about screen in 30 seconds on a rooted phone," but this about screen making the rounds today seems to confirm the story we broke a couple weeks ago that showed Gingerbread build ED12 for the Sprint Epic 4G is in testing. And it also goes along with a poorly photoshopped promo pic that's been making the rounds today, too.

Brief Mobile's source tells them it's got a goal of May 15 to finish up the Android 2.3.3 update, but the same source also says it won't be out before the EVO 3D, which might or might not be on June 5. So will we see a more recent build before then? It's certainly possible.

Us? We're taking all this with a pretty huge grain of salt until it's official. Because it's pretty much impossible to peg the date an update will start to push -- and even then there's no guarantee that the update won't be pulled for some reason, and we've seen early builds leak out week before.

So nobody get your hopes up just yet for anything official, and keep an eye on our build.prop Hall of Shame. Just sayin'.

Source: Brief Mobile

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The Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for HTC's Incredible S is already rolling out over-the-air to users in Italy, according to reports currently bubbling forth onto the Internet. So far there's been no indication that the update's being pushed to phones outside of Italy, and the Incredible S demo units we saw at HTC's UK Roadshow last weekend were all still running Android 2.2.1.

Still, the Incredible S was the last European HTC phone to launch with Froyo, so it makes sense that it'd be the first to see an official update to Gingerbread. If these reports are accurate, a wider European release could be imminent, so let us know in the comments if you've had the Gingerbread update pushed to your Incredible S. [Engadget]

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Finally, have a date for the Sprint Nexus S 4G, folks. You've got a couple weeks to go, but it'll finally be available May 8. For those new to the game, it's Sprint's version of the latest "pure Google" phone. No carrier customizations, no bloatware, just pure, unadulterated Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a 4-inch screen powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor. Plus you've got NFC capability, which is nice.

The Nexus S 4G will cost you $199 on contract, and it's subject to Sprint's $10 smartphone fee in addition to whatever data plan you choose. Check out our hands-on from CTIA, and the full presser's after the break.

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The GSM version of the HTC Hero is in need of a CyanogenMod maintainer, so it has been dropped by the CM team.  Ciwrl sends word that while they have tried to keep the Hero on the supported device list, some memory eating bugs have cropped up and without someone to keep things up to date, they had no choice but to discontinue support for the GSM Hero.

Like its Sprint cousin, the Hero is still a pretty capable device and has probably the best profile of any phone -- Android or otherwise -- with that awesome chin.  We just can't let it die without a fight.  If anyone out there has the time and skills to commit to this one, contact a member of the CM team. [CyanogenMod Forum via @gu1dry]

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Could be hours, could be days, could be weeks, but T-Mobile has told one of its Twitter followers that "Gingerbread is coming to the G2X soon. You won't have to wait long." Let's certainly hope so. That that the G2X is unusable with Froyo, but it's definitely a little noticeable going back (especially if you're a stock keyboard user). [Twitter] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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So what happens exactly when you take the Palm Pre and load it up with a healthy dose of Android -- more specifically a Gingerbread AOSP. The folks over at PreCentral have done all the hard work for us and were even kind enough to film it. If you happen to have a Palm Pre kicking around that you want to have some fun with, then by all means -- head on over to PreCentral and take a look at k3dar's work, or just hit up the video above. Instructions and a downloadable shell script are available to help you along should you like to go on this adventure. [PreCentral]

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I hope everyone Europeans reading abroad are ready for this, but Samsung's Galaxy Ace (which shipped with 2.2) is definitely getting upgraded to some Gingerbread goodness, and if you just can't wait for it, there's a leaked ROM you might want to consider picking up.

The ROM is build tag S5830XXKP8 (for those interested) and is for the European model, S5830. (Sorry, everyone else!)

Any of our European compatriots considering taking this out for a spin? If you do, be sure to let us know how much faster that 800 MHz processor feels. [Blogsdna] Thanks, Sandip!

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Ruh-roh. Here's some bad news for European Galaxy S owners following the triumphant roll-out of the handset's Gingerbread update last weekend. According to Vodafone UK, the update has been "temporarily suspended" by Google due to "an issue".

Vodafone doesn't say exactly what the problem is, but claims that its Galaxy S variant isn't affected by it, and that it's working with Samsung to have the update reinstated. Based on Vodafone's comments, it's looks like all Gingerbread updates for all European Galaxy S phones should be subject to this suspension, though we haven't been able to confirm this yet.

In the meantime, Vodafone has apologized to its customers and says it's "working hard to address the matter with Samsung." [Vodafone UK forum via Engadget]

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British retailer PC World will sell the Wifi-only version of HTC's 7-inch Flyer tablet for £479.99, according to a newly-updated product page. This matches the current price for the Wifi-only Motorola Xoom in the UK, and is considerably cheaper than the 3G version of the Flyer, which is priced at £599.99.

HTC announced last week that the Flyer will launch across Europe on May 9. However, PC World is listing May 17 as the earliest delivery date available for both the Wifi-only and 3G versions of the tablet, so it looks like the UK release may lag slightly behind continental Europe. Check out our hands-on coverage of the Wifi-only Flyer from CTIA to find out more about the device. [PC World]

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Samsung released the Android 2.3 Gingerbread source code today for the original Galaxy S I9000 phones.  If you're a developer and you love releases like this, get your kitchen going and start cooking up some ROMs. Or, if you just like peering into the source code, go on over to the source link, type "GT-I9000" into the search box, and download the GT-I9000_OpenSource_GB.zip file. [Samsung Open Source Release CenterThanks, imnuts!

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Getting word out of Europe this morning that Gingerbead is starting to push out for the original Samsung Galaxy S. That's right in line with what Samsung Finland had said, as well as the Three network. So if you've got the ol' GT-19000 and have a hankering for some Android 2.3.3, fire up Kies and get to flashin'.

We've got another pic after the break of the post-update about screen. Thanks, Morten and Zackarias!

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Here's the thing about this leaked Gingerbread build for the Sprint EVO 4G: If you're waiting for unicorns to come flying out of it, you might come away disappointed. That's not to say we're not totally excited for the EVO 4G to get Gingerbread. We certainly are.

So we've spent a few minutes now using the leaked Android 2.3.3 build that's been packaged up by TMarton03 at XDA Developers. And, lo and behold, it looks and feels just like an EVO 4G. No, you're not getting any of the newfangled versions of Sense. That's disappointing, but not surprising, if only because the newer versions of Sense are a bit portly. As in large.

But what you're going to get is the latest (smartphone) version of Android, including a host of bugfixes, with all of HTC's excellent customizations on top.

Hit the break for video of our quick walkthrough and a spin through Quadrant, and sing out if there's anything else you want to see.

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Alongside today's EVO 4G leak, a Gingerbread test ROM for the HTC Desire has also leaked out via the 911HTC blog. Version 3.06.707.0 is based on Android 2.3.3, but is running the old version of Sense, which will come as disappointing news for Desire owners hoping to get their hands on the new-fangled Sense 2.0 found on more recent handsets.

Right now the ROM (pre-rooted, of course) is available as a flashable zip courtesy of XDA member robocik. Upon initial inspection, we noticed the clock widget animations and "fast boot" feature from Sense 2.0 have been ported across, and there seem to be some minor UI changes in the browser too.

Flashing an unofficial leaked ROM like this should always be approached with caution. If you decide to take the plunge, remember that this ROM is intended for GSM Desires from Europe and Asia -- it won't work on the U.S. Celular CDMA version of the phone. [XDA, 911HTC]

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While it can never come soon enough for impatient Evo 4G users (like all of us here), Gingerbread with HTC Sense has finally leaked out.  We shouldn't be surprised, as there was no way HTC would leave the phone that started it all stuck on Froyo, and they have already let us know they planned to update their current users to Gingerbread in due time.  What's surprising is that it took this long to leak out.

There's nothing available (as of this writing) that you can flash -- what has leaked is the full dump of all partitions.  This is exactly what ROM developers want and need, and they are already hard at work.  In the meantime, if you're curious and want to dig around in the files while we wait, hit the source link and download them for yourself, and share your findings in the Evo 4G forums. [911HTC via Android Central forums; XDA-Developers] Thanks, dcmasta!

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A quick peek at an internal page at Sprint lets us know that the Epic 4G apparently will be seeing some of that sweet Gingerbread goodness, as build ED12 is being tested.  It's an .rdf file, so the formatting in your browser leaves a bit to be desired (see for yourself via the source link) but the words "OSName GoogleAndroid" and "OSVersion Android 2.3" are right there in black and white.

It's been speculated that Samsung would have a much easier time developing Gingerbread than they did with Froyo, and we have already heard that the international version of the Galaxy S should be seeing Gingerbread sometime soon.  And that's a good thing -- a lot of the behind-the-scenes changes take much better advantage of Samsung's Hummingbird chip and the performance difference should be pretty major.  Of course there's no word or even an estimate of when to expect this, but in the meantime we can all wait and speculate in the forums.  [Sprint

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HTC Droid Incredible owners have been patiently waiting for their Android 2.3 Gingerbread update and while we still don't have an actual release date for it, HTC is now advising folks it will be arriving "this summer" as noted in the email below:

Dear [Redacted]:

I understand your concern about wanting to know when the Android 2.3 upgrade will be released for the HTC Incredible. I’m pleased to inform you that there is going to be an update this summer to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). At this time we do not have any more information about the update. When the update is released we will announce it on www.htc.com and www.facebook.com/htc.

If you feel you need more information, you are welcome to send us another
email or you can contact the HTC Technical Support team at [Redacted] daily from 6:00AM until 1:00AM Eastern.

We've seen similar emails come from HTC before for various other devices, so you kind of have to take them with a little grain of salt. Ultimately, it'll be pushed out when it's ready but it is always nice to get some kind of time frame from the folks behind the software. Thanks, Michael, for sending this in!

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A new build of Android 2.3.3 for the Motorola Droid X is making the rounds this afternoon and reportedly has hit up a few people OTA-style. Here's the deal:

  • We're looking at Android 2.3.3. That's Gingerbread, folks.
  • It's system version 4.5.588 -- the leaked build we played with last month was 4.5.573.
  • It's said that the update might be pushed out silently -- you could get it an not even know it. We'll believe that when we don't see it.
  • If you don't feel like waiting for the update, you can update manually. (We've got instructions after the break.)
  • And if you do update (manually or over the air), the old 2.3.340 SBF file will still work, just in case you need to roll back.

So, that's that. We're halfway expecting Verizon to let us know if this thing's for real -- they've been really good about announcing updates the past few months. Anyone actually seeing this over the air yet? If you wanna give it a go the manual way, head on past the break. [Droid X Forums via P3Droid and Android Central Forums]

Update: Verizon says it's not yet pushing any update, according to JR Raphael from Computer World.

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Fresh out of HTC's London event today is that the 7-inch HTC Flyer Android tablet will be available in Europe starting May 9. Carphone Warehouse has it listed at £599, but you'll likely see that vary a little bit.

For those of us in the states, we'll have to wait on Sprint's EVO View tablet -- same thing, basically, with 3D recording and playback -- or Best Buy's Wifi-only version, coming this spring. [via Modaco]

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Samsung has announced that its dual-core Galaxy S II will be released in the UK on May 1. The Gingerbread-powered Galaxy S II brings some impressive specs to the table -- a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 4.2-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, making it one of the most powerful Android devices around.

Samsung says the Galaxy S II will be available on-contract all major UK networks, as well as SIM-free from British retailers. If you'd like to be serenaded with more tech specs, you can read Samsung's full press release after the jump. Find out what we thought of the Galaxy S II by checking out our hands-on coverage of the phone from Mobile World Congress.

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In the latest chapter in the ongoing Galaxy S Gingerbread saga, Samsung Finland has updated its official blog with the news that Finnish Galaxy S owners (and other Europeans too, presumably) will get the update in "mid-April". Samsung adds that the Gingerbread update currently in the final stages of testing.

This more or less jives with what we've heard from British carrier Three, which expects to push Gingerbread to its Galaxy S customers in the "next couple of weeks". If you can't wait the extra seven days (or longer, depending on your carrier) and you're feeling brave, you could always check out the leaked Galaxy S Gingerbread build which we reported a couple of weeks ago.

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