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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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Good news for long-suffering Nexus One owners - Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread has finally begun rolling out for the original Nexus and its big brother, the Nexus S over-the-air. For the Nexus S, 2.3.3 will introduce new near-field communication (NFC) capabilities. For those still rocking a Nexus One, this will be the first official taste of Gingerbread on the device.

The news was broken via the official Google Nexus Twitter account, which advises users to be patient, and says that the OTA update process will take several weeks. Of course, direct links to the OTA update package should start to emerge long before then for anyone feeling a little impatient.  [GoogleNexus on Twitter] More in the Nexus One Forums!

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A post on the official Twitter account of British carrier Three indicates that the original HTC Desire will receive an official update to Gingerbread, confirming rumors from MWC earlier this week. Responding to a tweet asking whether Three would carry Gingerbread for the Desire, the carrier said - 

"Yes we will but we don't have timescales yet :-)"

Reports appeared on CNET UK's Crave blog earlier this week suggesting a Gingerbread update for the Desire would appear within a month or two of the Desire S's launch, however this is the first semi-official confirmation that an update is indeed in the works.

Today's revelations will come as welcome news to owners of the original Desire, which launched last April with Android 2.1 and was one of the first phones to see an official Froyo update. [ianmcmillan on Twitter, ThreeUK on Twitter, CNET Crave UK]

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One of our favorite drinking games is "Guess the OS version." Someone plops down a phone in front of the "Roach" (the person who's guessing), and they have to, well, guess. When someone throws a Nokia phone into the mix, well, it's gonna be a long night. And it's starting to get to be that way with Android versions, too.

And that brings us to Gingerbread. So far, Android 2.3 is the only official Gingerbread version to have been released, and only on the Nexus S. Android Community confirms something we've heard as well -- that Android 2.4 also will be in the Gingerbread family. And we'll go one further -- Android 2.3 is only for the Nexus S. Any of the new phones you buy, and likely anything that gets an upgrade will hit Android 2.4 out the door. That's not unprecedented -- Android 2.0 (and Android 2.0.1) was only seen on the Motorola Droid; everything else hopped on up to Android 2.1 when the time came.

So you'll really want to be looking for the Android 2.4 version of Gingerbread in the coming weeks and months, and then things will get really interesting with whatever the "I" version of Android turns out to be called.. One way or another, we're not really reading too much into this quite yet, but it's worth noting just so we can all keep our OS versions straight -- and to try to keep from hitting the floor first.

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When it comes to CyanogenMod, Samsung Galaxy S owners have been mostly left in the dark. Fortunately, those days may be coming to end. Some very dedicated developers over at XDA have been hard at work and have gotten a semi-working port of CyanogenMod 7 (that's Gingerbread) up and running on the Samsung Fascinate. Trust us when we say it's still a work in progress, but progress is being made nonetheless.

There are still a lot of things not working properly. Lights, camera, Bluetooth, most of the sensors, GPS, WiFi, MMS and a lot of the hardware are not functional yet, so this is probably not something you'll want to be using other than for test purposes. So, if you're daring, hit up the source link for the full download. [XDA Developers]

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We've heard plenty of rumors about Ice Cream Sandwich being the next version of Android to hit phones. Even at this years Mobile World Congress Eric Schmidt himself was dropping "I" version hints when speaking of taking the best of Honeycomb and Gingerbread for the next Android operating system. Now, a new Dell road map has leaked out courtesy of the fine folks over at WPCentral that not only adds confirmation to the name not being Ice Cream Sandwich but rather Ice Cream. In addition to the name now being confirmed, we get a look at some devices as well. Hancock and Millennium are the internal code names for the phones heading to market while, Opus One, Silver Oak and Gallo are all seemingly Honeycomb tablets or as we've seen from Dell already by way of the Streak and Streak 7 -- MID's. [WPCentral]

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Gingerbread has been ported over to the LG Optimus S.  Using the CyanogenMod 7 codebase, users have been able to get a pretty darn functional version of Gingerbread up and running, long before any manufacturer or carrier ever will.

Not to say it's bug free (are any phones ever bug free?), but the existing bugs are dropping like flies according to the changelog.  It's a testament to both the dedication of the folks working on this, as well as the unrestrictive hardware of LG's Optimus One line of phones.  Android Central forums member zefie, who is spearheading this project, has a forum thread all set up with news, details, and download links -- go check it out! [Android Central forums]

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Live here at Mobile World Congress, we just got word from Eric Schmidt that the next version of Android will combine the feature set of Honeycomb and Gingerbread. Schmidt didn't give any details on naming (we've heard both Ice Cream and Ice Cream Sandwhich), but it'll definitely be the "I" version of Android. Looks like some of our favorite Honeycomb features will be making their way to phones. 

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HTC has confirmed via Twitter that its new Incredible S will run Android 2.2 out of the box, but will receive an update to version 2.4 shortly after launch. The Desire S and Wildfire S, however, will run 2.4 when they're released. HTC has also committed to a Honeycomb update for the Flyer in Q2.

This discrepancy is most likely down to release timing -- the Incredible S launches next month, whereas the Desire S and Wildfire S are slated for release during the second quarter of the year.

To find out more about HTC's new toys, check out our hands-on coverage of the Incredible S and Wildfire S from today's HTC Mobile World Congress event. [HTC on Twitter]

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News, theories, and phones supposedly running Android 2.4 have been kicking around for a while now, and we're seeing it mentioned again today from HTC.  Word is that 2.4 is still Gingerbread, and we assume that it's the version with backwards support of some Honeycomb features for phones.  We're live at HTC press event now, and hopefully we'll hear some more details.  We'll keep you updated.

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Still hanging on to your OG Droid?  Here's some news you're going to love -- Peter Alfonso, of Bugless Beast fame, has released a mostly AOSP build of Gingerbread (Android 2.3.2) for your classic Android phone.  He pulled the code from the master branch of the 2.3.2 tree, added in a few of his (and the community's) favorite modifications, and the original Droid launcher, media, and boot animation.  Make no mistake -- this is 100 percent Droid Does Gingerbread.

Like we saw earlier with the Eris, there's no need to sit back and hear about Gingerbread instead of experiencing it.  Motorola and Verizon may have decided the Droid has reached the end of its life and update cycle, but the Android development community is second to none,and once again delivers.  Now get out that USB cable and head over to Pete's website and get started.  [PeterAlfonso.com]

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Android 2.4 will retain the "Gingerbread" codename and bridge compatibility with "dual-core" apps written for Android 3.0 Honeycomb, according to rumors attributed to a source at Viewsonic. The reports from Pocket-Lint also suggest that version 2.4 will debut in April on Viewsonic's ViewPad 4.

"According to our source, the release date of version 2.4 has been brought forward to ensure that dual-core apps designed for Honeycomb (v3.0) will be able to work with single-core devices running v2.4. Currently, our man on the inside says that’s not possible with version 2.3 (Gingerbread) hence the need to push to the next iteration and version number, but not change the name. It's most likely to be one of the main reasons we’ve yet to see any major manufacturer gunning to get Android 2.3 handsets out there."

There've been plenty of rumors involving Android 2.4 over the past couple of months. It was snapped on the Xperia Arc at CES, though Sony Ericsson later dismissed this as an error. Videos have also appeared of 2.4 apparently running on a German version of the Nexus S, though so far there's been no official confirmation of Android 2.4's existence.

As ever, though, rumors like this should be taken with a pinch of salt, and launch dates -- especially unannounced and unconfirmed ones -- are always subject to change. [Pocket-Lint]

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Sony Ericsson hasn't even announced the Neo, but that didn't stop the good folks at Techradar from getting their hands on a unit.  Formerly known by the name Hallon, the SE Neo is the Android version of the Symbian powered Vivaz's unique form factor.  Ask anyone with a smartphone fetish and they'll probably agree that Sony Ericsson brings beautiful and very well designed hardware to the table.  The curved back and center mounted rear camera (8.1 MP) on the Neo are great examples of this.  The truth comes when you turn them on, though.  Techradar says that Timescape running on Gingerbread has been improved, but we'll have to withhold judgment until we get our hands on one.  In the meantime, head over to the source link and have a look.  You know you're as curious as we are.  [Techradar]

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Reason No. 768 why this job kicks ass -- Field trips to Mountain View, Calif., to see the official Android statues. (One more gratuitous pic after the break.)

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Google just released the latest figures on the number of Android variants in the wild. For the two weeks ending Feb. 2, 89.8 percent of devices are on Android 2.1 and up. Realistically, that means Android 2.1 and 2.2 -- Froyo leads the way at 57.6 percent -- as only 0.8 percent are running Gingerbead. That gives you a feel for how few Nexus S's have sold.

Android 1.5 and 1.6 are down to 3.9 and 6.3 percent, respectively. [Android Developers Blog]

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We've got no doubt that Verizon and Motorola are working on bringing Gingerbread to the Droid X. We said as much in our predictions of which phones will get Android 2.3 upgrades. And so it's little surprise that we're starting to see (reportedly) official builds leak out. And for all intents and purposes, it looks like how we'd expect Gingerbread to look on the DX. Real question, of course, is when we might actually see an update drop. Check out the full annoying animated GIF after the break, if you dare. [My Droid World via Android Central Forums]

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Welp, there's proof that a white-backed Samsung Nexus S is more than just a pretty render. The Next Web was sent this pic that reportedly is of a phone headed to Vodafone in the UK, and possibly the rest of Europe. Gotta say, we're digging the color and texture. Now if only it could fix that nasty reboot bug. [TNW]

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Whoopsie. You know that Sony Ericsson Xperia Play/Playstation Phone/PSP Phone thingy everyone's expecting to see at Mobile World Congress in a few weeks? Well, there it is, in the hot little hands of Engadget for a full preview treatment.

The long and short of it is it looks like a (pretty sexy) Xperia device, with Playstation-type controls tucked into a horizontal slider. No great surprise there. The screen reportedly is pretty impressive, though Timescape running on a 1GHz processor was not. (Again, no great surprise there.)

Details also are light on how gaming will come into play, so we have that to look forward to on Feb. 13. Check out the preview video after the break, and hit up the source for the whole shebang. [Engadget]

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If you're still rather ticked off at Motorola today and swearing to never purchase their devices again maybe some of these HTC devices might make you feel a little better about the whole situation. A whole lineup of HTC device renders has now appeared on the scene but the only thing concrete about all of these devices combined is the fact that nothing about them is for certain. Especially when it comes to that buttonless beauty everyone got their feathers ruffled over. It's entirely too generic to even fathom what it may be at this time. With all the specs and finer details being left for speculation, we'll just have to see what Mobile World Congress and CTIA bring us. Yes, these renders are pretty to look at and we hope some of them end in our hands but right now they're just eye candy. [Pocketnow]

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HTC reportedly will ship the first of three planned tablets in March, according to unnamed sources speaking to Digitimes. The initial offering is the "Flyer," which will run Android 2.3 and be updated to Honeycomb whenever it becomes available. The other two tablets reportedly would be available in June and run Honeycomb out the gate.

But this is Digitimes we're talking about, and as usual we're taking things with a grain of salt. Especially because the source apparently said the Flyer will be time to get out ahead of the Motorola Xoom tablet's April release. But last we heard from Motorola and Verizon, it was still scheduled for a first-quarter launch. That said, it's in line with a previous DT rumor, so it's got that going for it.

Will we see an HTC tablet at some point? Most likely. Will it be at Sprint's "magical" event in a few weeks? Maybe. Will we see it at Mobile World Congress a week later? Possibly. And what about that HTC Scribe name that was trademarked? Dunno. Stay tuned. [Digitimes]

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For those of you waiting to get your hands on CyanogenMod 7 (aka Gingerbread), nightly builds have finally (we say that with a smile) started up for the phones supported by the community project. Builds are ... erm ... building as we speak, and we've already got it up and running on our Nexus One.

As is case with these nightly builds, bugs are inevitable. So no complaining about that to the folks in charge, eh? Get your download on in Rom Manager or at the Cyanogen forums, and you'll need to flash new gapps (99 percent of us will want the Universal DPI: Tiny version) with this nightly. Enjoy! [Cyanogen, gapps]

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