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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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Here's the deal regarding which version of Android the Sprint HTC EVO View 4G will launch with: The devices we saw at CTIA were running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, because that's the most recent version that Google has released. And so at the time, we were told that it'd launch with Android 2.3 and be upgraded as soon as possible to Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

And that's still true. So what about that little "This just in" page on Sprint's website? Well, sure enough it says "Android 3.0 just for tablets" next to the EVO View 4G, leading some to believe it will launch with Honeycomb. Problem is, Sprint and HTC still don't have the Honeycomb code, and they don't yet know if they'll have it in time.

Sprint spokesman Mark Elliott tells us "Our plan is to offer Honeycomb, it's just a matter of when. It's too early to determine whether or not Honeycomb will be available at launch."

Elliott also let us know that the "This just in" page will be tweaked (Update: And indeed it has been, now reading "Latest version of Android") as to not cause quite as much confusion. But at this point, you should not take it to mean the EVO View 4G will launch with Android 3.0.

So there you have it. Maybe the EVO View 4G will launch with Honeycomb, and maybe it won't. Our money's on the latter, but we'd be happy to be surprised.

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As we first told you last night, a developer test Market has surfaced, along with a new version of the Music application from Google.  Here's your (and mine) chance to get some hands-on time with both, as they have been leaked out in the Android Central forums.  Your're warned to have a full backup before trying these, and mentions a few different methods to install them.  On stock Android 2.3.3, they both installed and overwrote the normal system apps, but your mileage may vary.

We also have a bit of new anonymous information about exactly what we're seeing:

"As for the test bed it is actually the android developers market related testing site for new versions of the market, security fixes, and the new in-app billing.
Gallery 3D & Desk Clock are not available on gingerbread devices, Camera v12 is a redesigned camera that only has a different icon and background color inside the app. And the Android Music Store can only be accessed if you have an android music account."

As I said last night, it's pretty cool to get a peek behind the scenes of Google's closed-source stuff, even if most of it isn't that useful.  You can find a link to both the Market and Music app at the source, with no guarantees how long either will work -- so hurry, hackers :)

We also have a couple more pictures of the Music player after the break.   [Android Central forums] Thanks, Anonymous!

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Three UK has revealed via its official Twitter feed that it expects to release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for its Samsung Galaxy S phones "in the next couple of weeks". However, the carrier adds that it doesn't have a firm release date in mind yet.

The news follows the leaking of a Euro Galaxy S Gingerbread ROM late last month. That ROM reportedly originated from a Samsung service center, and hasn't been pushed out officially yet. If Three's timings are correct, the Galaxy S series will be among the first phones to receive an official update to Android 2.3. The HTC Desire is also expected to receive its Gingerbread update in late April or early May, according to an earlier tweet by Three. [@ThreeUK]

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The folks over at Tech from 10 have ran into an interesting scenario -- it seems that somehow they have received a test or pre-release version of the Android Market.  It just appeared, and they even tried to remove it.  Since that wasn't happening, they decided to take a look at it and found some major changes.  They found a few differences in the interface, but the two things that stand out are some apps marked as test or beta, and a new section for content rating.  The content ratings are something we first heard about way back in Nov. '10, so they've been a long time coming, but certainly will be a welcome addition.

Among the test and assorted oddities in this market is a version of the Music app marked version 3.0 (.zip install files).  It looks and acts like the Honeycomb Music app on the Xoom (or the last leaked version), just shrunk for the smaller screen and built with settings for the Google Music cloud.  Other cool finds were test apps from Sony, and a few apps from Google --  Gallery 3D, Camera v12,  and Desk Clock 10.  None of these would launch after installed though. 

We're not exactly sure if this is all a preview of whats to come, or just a test bed, but it's an interesting look at what goes on behind the scenes in Google's proprietary apps.  Hit the source link for more, as well as a slew of pictures.  [Tech from 10] Thanks, Tim!

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And did we mention it's a white Nexus S?

There's been no official word from Samsung or Google, but the Nexus S with GSM 850/1900 radio bands has shown up for sale at Negri Electronics' online store.  It's carrying a model number of i9020T, and is available in black or white for $598.50.  What we don't know is if this is the Nexus S with an AT&T specific radio, or an unlocked import of the Nexus S from abroad.  I'm sure as people order these and get them in-hand, we'll know a bit more.

In either case, it's a Nexus S that will work with AT&T's 3G, and more than a few of you guys have been waiting for one of these.  [Negri Electronics via Android Central forums] Thanks, Abraham, for the tip!

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The latest Android versions numbers are in, and it remains relatively unchanged from last month. Android 2.2 continues to dominate at 63.9 percent, up from 61.3 percent from the previous two weeks or so. Gingerbread builds of Android 2.3 and 2.3.3 are up a tad to 0.8 percent and 1.7 percent, respectively. Android 3.0 Honeycomb remains unchanged at 0.2 percent, which doesn't say much for sales of the Motorola Xoom, which so far is the only device officially running that build. We'll look to see if that changes now that the Wifi-only version of the Xoom is available.

Android 2.1 dropped a couple percentage points to 27.2 percent. Android 1.6 and 1.5 are at 3.5 percent and 2.7 percent.

So Froyo rules, there aren't too many Nexus One and Nexus S devices out there in the in overall scheme of things (they're the only ones officially running Gingerbread so far), and the Xoom and Honeycomb are just getting started. More data's at the source link if you're into that sort of thing. [Android Developer Blog]

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After being the first carrier to confirm the HTC Desire Gingerbread update, Three UK has now given an estimate of when they expect to push the update out to Three-branded Desires. Responding to a question on its official Twitter feed, Three said the update is "coming in for testing on Monday, so end of April early May is the plan."

Other network-branded HTC Desires (in Europe, at least) should expect to see the update around the same time, though some carriers are faster than others when it comes to testing and approving new firmware. Unlocked Desire owners are likely to get Gingerbread before the late April/early May release window given by Three, as updates for their handsets don't have to be vetted by carriers before being pushed out. [@ThreeUK]

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HTC Desire Z owner? If so, you've no doubt been holding out patiently for a Gingerbread release and today, you can finally have one in its unofficial form. A new HTC test ROM has leaked out for the device and is now available for download. While we can't go suggesting it for everyone, if you fancy testing out a leaked ROM then you'll certainly want to give this a look.

From what we've gathered so far it's a full blown HTC Sense ROM that appears to be running quite well for those who have been brave enough to load it up. Of course, if you're a T-Mobile G2 owner you'll also want to get caught up on your reading as G2 users have been testing this out as well. Hit the source link for the full details. [XDA]

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Just the other night we saw a leak of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) for the Motorola Droid 2 and Motorola Droid X, but unfortunately at that time users had to decide if they wanted to give up their root. Since then we have gone hands on, and seen a few interesting bits about the update, and now the folks at MyDroidWorld have posted a pre-rooted build for us all to enjoy, so users who enjoy the fun that rooting brings can still do so. This also means we have a chance of seeing some customized ROM's for these devices around this base, as well as some custom themes.

Unfortunately, if you have already flashed the leak from the other night, you will need to SBF your device back down the the Froyo build, and then root it again before installing this. If you held off for this one, then you are lucky, just download and install. If you happen to hit some bootloops, just go into recovery and wipe data and you should be all set! [Droid 2 / Droid X] Thanks, deadlybatman!

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We don't know much about what, exactly, it takes for Motorola to get Verizon to sign off on an official ROM update before it can be pushed out, but we're pretty sure this isn't it. Looks like someone's sharing a bit of Atrix code, because when you try to launch the Wifi hotspot on the leaked Droid X Gingebread ROM, you're prompted to sign up at att.com/mywireless. [via Droid-Life]

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App developer Federico Carnales has announced that LauncherPro, his popular homescreen replacement, has been updated to version 0.8.4. The new version includes performance optimizations and 3D app drawer fixes for Gingerbread, as well as two new screen transition effects. LauncherPro Plus customers will also get a new Gmail widget, along with bug fixes for the existing Twitter and Facebook widgets.

Fede has also revealed that due to changes to the Android Market's terms and conditions, the PayPal option for buying LauncherPro Plus will soon be phased out in favor of Market-based purchases. This will only affect new purchases of LauncherPro Plus, and LPP keys bought through PayPal will still be valid after the switch-over. 

Join us after the jump for a QR code and Market link for the new version of LauncherPro. The .apk file is also available for download over at the source link. [LauncherPro]

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Android 2.3.3 leaked out for the Droid X and Droid 2 earlier tonight, and we just had to take it for a spin, especially given that it has an all new skin atop it. We even hesitate to call it Blur, because it's definitely better than the old Motoblur and not-a-Blur from days gone by.

There's a proper dock now, with three customizable icons. That's right, you can put whatever you want in there, which is the way it should be. But by default, Motorola gives you the phone dialer, e-mail and text messages, which is much better than the dialer and contacts we had before.

The app drawer also is greatly improved. You can now make groups of applications within the drawer. And the first thing we're going to do with it is make a group of icons that excludes all the VCAST stuff that's on the phone, and maybe the stub apps for NFS Shift and Madden 2011. For those of you who don't root and kill unwanted apps, this is a nice, safe way to get the bloatware out of sight.

The menus have a new look, too, which is OK by us.

Anyhoo, peep the video after the break. We're going to give it a go for a few more days, but our initial impression is pretty good. Give it a shot, or sit back and wait for the over-the-air update, whenever that is. More on the update in the Android Central Forums

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The race is on to see which device will be the first to get an official upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and a new ROM has leaked out for the Euro version of the Samsung Galaxy S (that's the I9000 for you folks playing at home). It's not actually being pushed out just yet, but reportedly it's what you'll get if your phone gets sent in for warranty work.

And, no, this isn't what those of us in the states are waiting on -- you'll need the the official upgrade from your respective carrier -- or the Froyo update, first, if you're still waiting on that.

The the full walkthrough of the leaked Gingerbread ROM after the break, and get your download, plus full instructions, at the source link. [XDA Developers]

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No, we're not talking about a custom ROM, and no, it's not April 1st yet, either. After announcing that the Xperia X10 would receive no updates beyond Eclair  just a couple of months ago, Sony Ericsson has turned on its heel and now promises X10 owners a boost straight to Android 2.3.3 in late Q2 or early Q3.

Sony Ericsson's Rikard Skogberg says SE has "listened to its consumers," and as a result of developing the Gingerbread-toting Xperia Arc, Neo and Play, it's been able to bring the X10 up to speed through a special development project. Apparently the update will add some features from the 2011 Xperia phones to the X10, though some earlier functionality will be lost in the process. Because of this, the Gingerbread update will not be delivered over-the-air, but via a PC update utility. See the source link for more on that.

Sony Ericsson has acknowledged that it's had a poor track record as far as Android updates go and promised to do better in the future. We're sure X10 owners will be delighted to see these words turn into action, making the X10 the only Android 1.x phone to get an official Gingerbread update. [Sony Ericsson Product Blog]

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We've seen similar products like this from Samsung in the past and we're about to see some more come this spring. The latest press releases confirms they will indeed be bringing the Samsung Galaxy Player 4 and 5 to the US market. Although no pricing or details were revealed they did drop the specs for us all in the official announcement.

Both the 4" and 5" will come pre-loaded with Android 2.2 Froyo and will be upgradeable to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Both devices also Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, front and rear facing cameras and Skype as well as Flash 10.1. Hit the break for the full press release. [Businesswire via Engadget]

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Although Rogers was quick to jump on the official announcements of the Xperia Play and Xperia Arc, they've remained quiet when it comes to stating a launch date for either. Instead they've just opted to roll with the "coming soon" banter and leave it at that. However, if there was any indication that "coming soon" actually means sooner then we think it's the fact that Rogers has now set up dedicated sites for each device.

Yes, both the Xperia Arc and Xperia Play have their own pages on the Rogers website along with a bunch of videos and other specs and information. Rogers appears to be boasting rather proudly, as they should they'll have not one but rather two Android devices running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. [Rogers]

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Sprint has been coy to say the least about information regarding a true successor to the EVO 4G, but the cat might just be out of the bag if leaked benchmark scores are to be believed. They show a "HTC Shooter" running on Sprint's network along with Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and a 960 x 540 resolution screen. In addition, the Adreno 220 GPU found on board is set to be paired with Qualcomm's upcoming slate of dual-core Snapdragon processors - meaning that something along the line of the 1.2 GHz MSM8660 Snapdragon CPU is a real possibility for this device.

The benchmarks themselves are quite impressive, with the device scoring 22.7 fps on GLBenchmark 2.0 Egypt. For comparison's sake, the Tegra 2-powered Atrix 4G got a score of 19.4 fps on the same test. 

EVO people, please take short breaths. Sprint should be announcing a bunch of things at CTIA on March 22, so you won't have to wait long to find out. Until then, take to the EVO's section of the Android Central Forums. Please? [GLBenchmark via PocketNow] Thanks to MedioGringo for the tip!

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Google has updated the statistics for the state of the Android ecosystem and they show that over 90 percent of all Android devices connecting to the Market are running at least Android 2.1 Eclair, which launched just over a year ago with the Nexus One. The majority of devices are on Android 2.2 Froyo (61 percent), which has seen healthy growth over the months since its launch last summer thanks to updates and the masses of new phones launching with it. 

Gingerbread launched alongside the Nexus S late last year but only accounts for 1.7 percent. This is due to the fact that only the Nexus S and Nexus One officially have the update thus far, but anyone running a hacked Gingerbread ROM like CyanogenMod would show up in these numbers as well. 

The tablet-optimized Honeycomb also made an appearance at just 0.2 percent, which should not be too surprising as the Xoom is the only 3.0 tablet on the market right now. Check out the full breakdown for each version past the break. [Android Developers]

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The HTC Desire and Desire HD on TELUS will receive updates to Gingerbread sometime this Spring, while a TELUS-approved Froyo update for the Motorola Milestone is expected "very soon", according to information provided by the Canadian carrier to MobileSyrup. Other Android update plans include Froyo for the Samsung Galaxy Apollo, also due in Spring, and Gingerbread for the LG Shine Plus, due in early Summer. The Shine Plus will skip Froyo altogether and receive an update from Eclair straight to Gingerbread.

Gingerbread updates for the Desire series have already been confirmed for Q2 by HTC, but today's news will reassure TELUS customers that their updates won't lag too far behind the European and Asian versions. Similarly, European Milestones got their Froyo update today, so it's not too surprising to hear that a carrier-approved version isn't far behind. [MobileSyrup]

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Sprint Epic 4G developer Dameon87 has built a working alpha of CyanogenMod 7 for the popular Samsung slider, and it's off to a good start.  The bug list is surprisingly short:

  • Sensors may be slow, but can be fixed via a shell command
  • GPS is not working
  • Cameras are not working
  • Hardware acceleration is not working
  • Bluetooth only works for music

Other things like network data, WiFi, calling, and the Market seem to be working fine.  This looks to be a great way to get Gingerbread on your Epic 4G, and long before any hope of an official release.  If you're feeling adventurous, hit the source links and give it a try. [XDA-Developers via Android Central forums] Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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