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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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The question on everybody's lips going into this week is "Will we finally see Gingerbread?" Our answer:

Maybe. Let's recap:

  • Google's Andy Rubin is speaking Monday at All Things D. And there's a pretty good chance he'll finally give us some actual news.
  • Notion Ink -- which has had a tablet in the works for a year or so now but hasn't yet produced -- says on its blog that Dec. 6 "is another big day for Android and you will find out how fast Notion Ink can work. [Eden is extremely compatible with 2.3]." (Eden is the name of the UI of Notion Ink's "Adam" tablet.)
  • And as our French pals at Frandroied point out, a Saint Nicolas cookie is a sort of Gingerbread cookie. And Dec. 6 is St. Nicholas Day.

So we've got Andy Rubin speaking, a manufacturer that has yet to bring a tablet to market and French cookies. That's good enough for us! (We're rolling our eyes as we type this.)

Actually, nobody wants to See Gingerbread more than us. But remember that even if it's announced tomorrow, it's not going to magically appear on most phones for quite some time. The Nexus One is likely to get it first (or maybe the not-quite-official Nexus S). As for everyone else? Before the end of the year is extremely unlikely -- and a lot of you are still waiting on Froyo.

So sit back, relax, and let's see what Uncle Andy brings us tomorrow.

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The last time we got a sneak peak at the Playstation phone, it came courtesy of good ol' Mr. Blurry cam. That of course left some folks out there still questioning it's existence and still feeling a little skeptical about the whole thing. Alas, another video has now popped up showing off the device rather vividly. All hail Zeus for this one, it's nice.

Not much has changed in that time; the device is still rather thick and still appears to be running Gingerbread. But, if you look carefully you can now see the Playstation icon on the device itself which, for most should leave you with no doubt about it's ability to run Playstation games. When will we see it? Not sure really but CES is upon us. [Engadget]

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We're hearing over and over that Gingerbread will bring some UI changes to Android, but not a lot of details just yet.  We've seen some hints of the new interface changes courtesy of Google HK, and now we get to see some of the actual code changes thanks to a couple of Googlers and the UI tips and tricks lecture they gave at the San Francisco Android User Group.

The change we will notice first is the fix for color banding in image gradients.  All bitmaps are now in true 32 bit color with their own transparent Alpha channel, and that's going to take care of the color banding issues we see in some pictures today, and jumping straight to true 32-bit color helps plan for the future as well.  For all you imaging geeks (I know you're out there) be sure to download and check out the full set of slides from Romain Guy's website to see the other big changes coming with drawing, animation, and rendering.  [SFAndroid.org via theDroids and Romain Guy]

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We're still waiting on an announcement for Gingerbread, but damned if Android 2.3 hasn't shown up in a demo of voice search (in Cantonese) on the GOOGLEinHK YouTube channel. The video likely will be pulled pretty quickly -- and in all honesty you don't get too much more than the new black nav bar and colored launcher, along with a new tab in the market and a few new settings buttons. But it's Gingerbread (and no telling how complete), and we'll take what we can get. Peep it after the break. [YouTube via Android-HK Android Noodles, Android Police]

Update: And the video's been pulled rehosted. After the break.

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Well, what do we have here? The Sony PlayStation Phone has made a brief appearance in Greece. Perhaps most interesting is that the phone was running Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread, which still has yet to be officially announced by Google. In addition, the phone was named the Sony Ericsson Z1 but had the name "Zeus" under device info, which has been seen before as the phone's codename. It is curious that Sony seems to be ignoring the PlayStation brand in the naming, but obviously nothing is final until Sony says so (also, it's not like they have even announced it yet, but last we heard that might be coming on Dec. 9). 

In addition, it seems that Sony will in fact be doing some sort of special games store for PlayStation-branded phones as had been rumored. As for other specs, the site noted that the screen comes in at 4-inches and had "very good multitouch." Around back, the device is packing a 8MP camera with LED flashes, which should put it right up there with the best Android phone cameras. The touch joysticks were mentioned, but sadly were not captured on the (blurry) video, which can be seen past the break. [TechBlog.gr via Engadget

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Update: The picture in question has been removed from public view on Picasa, and we've removed it here at the owner's request.

Maybe we're all just getting so tired of waiting for the Samsung Nexus S (if indeed that is its name) to be announced that we're starting to see it everywhere. The latest case: A photo posted to Picasa by Google senior software engineer Erik Beans, pointed out to us by a hungry tipster. It's tough to tell exactly what it is, but it certainly shares some of the basic lines of the phone that's making the semi-official and unofficial rounds, much as the original Nexus One did before its release. We've been kicking this one around the forums all day, and now we turn it over to you. Nexus S? Or just wishful thinking? [Picasa] Thanks, Bruno.

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The popular Dolphin Browser HD got an update recently, and there's an interesting tidbit in the changelog (thanks again, Google, for adding that). The line in question is "Fix UI compatibility with Android 2.3," which is interesting because Gingerbread still hasn't been announced, nor has the SDK been released -- publicly, anyway. Guess we'll just have to wait and see what the new compatibility requirements are. Thanks, Yamatine!

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Let the teasing continue: Christophe writes in again to say he's spotted another build of Android 2.3 Gingerbread that reportedly is pinging his app. This time it's GRH47B (the previous sighting was of GRH14B), with the full string being Dalvik/1.4.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.3; Nexus One Build/GRH47B). Yeah, it's possible this is just a little trickery, but we doubt it. Now all we need is an actual build to leak out. Google, you know where to find us. [AIR Benchmark]

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An unnamed source has leaked pictures of the Nexus S running Gingerbread to XDA-Developers, and some rumored specs to go along with. There's about half a dozen blurrycam shots (aren't they always?) showing the software information, the UI, and the device itself -- check the source link for the gallery.

The rumored specs are:

  • ArmV7 CPU
  • Open GL ES Supported
  • ~328MB Ram
  • 1GB Internal Memory
  • 800×480 Screen Resolution
  • 4″ Screen Size
  • SuperAmoled2 – Possibly
  • 720P HD Video

I certainly hope (and think) those specs will turn out not quite right, as they are a bit underwhelming.  Hopefully Google or Samsung will give us some real information about this one soon. [XDA-Developers via Android and Me]

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When you think of Belgium, lots of delicious things come to mind -- truffles, to-die-for dark chocolate, waffles, and now Android 2.3 Gingerbread.  Android developer Christophe Versieux, author of the BeTrains Belgium app, sent us in a little tip that he has found an honest-to-goodness Gingerbread user running his app.  The user string: "Dalvik/1.4.0 (Linux; U; Android Gingerbread Build/GRH14B )" lets us know that someone is running it outside of Google's Mountain View campus, and we know the build number. (Whether that ends up being the "release" build is anyone's guess; remember how many versions of Froyo we went through on the Nexus One.) Now all we need is the official announcement.  Thanks Christophe!

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Hey, lookie there, another shot of the not-so-mythical Samsung Nexus S. You guys have been hitting our inbox all weekend with EXIF data that points to the GT-i9020. And that in turn led to Picasa user Ben Saitz, who in turn led us to this picture of the Nexus S longside a Macbook Pro. Can't tell much else, other than it looks like it's using a standard microUSB cable, but that's hardly a surprise. Now if only the rest of us could get our hands on one.  [Picasa via Engadget]

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Android Central Forums member Hearthatvoiceagain asks the question that's on everybody's mind: Where is Gingerbread? Google CEO Eric Schmidt said Android 2.3 is coming in the next few weeks, but it's been a month since the Gingerbread statue was dropped off at the Google Campus, and still we have no announcement. And that's a break from tradition -- Cupcake, Donut and Froyo were announced within a couple of week of their statues' unveiling.

So what's the holdup? Is Gingerbread just not ready? Is that rumored delay of the Nexus S true, and so we have to wait for Gingerbread? Or maybe everything is going according to Google's plan? 

And will Google unveil Gingerbread during a holiday week?

Join in on the discussion and let us know what you think.

What's holding up Android 2.3. Gingerbread?

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With the release of Android 2.3 Gingerbread imminent (I can almost smell it!), everyone is talking about the new phone OS, and what cool features might be coming along with.  We're looking forward to seeing how some things that needed changing were handled, and I'm itching to have a good look at the UI changes, no matter how subtle they may be

But if we have a look back at Google I/O in May, there are some other big, welcome changes that just might be coming.  Vic Gundotra (Google Vice President of engineering) gave us a bunch of teasers during the Day 2 keynote last spring; let's have a look after the break.

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Reader Jeff e-mailed us this morning to point out some fairly big changes to the Android Market developer's console (that's the place where you actually upload apps). There are now options for high-resolution app icons (high res being 512x512), plus "featured graphics" at 1024x500, and a space for a YouTube promotional video.

We're not the only ones seeing it (Android Police has pointed it out, too), and the change undoubtedly goes hand-in-hand with some of the new features Google showed off at its IO conference in May, the upcoming releases of Android 2.3 Gingerbread -- and Honeycomb on the horizon -- and the down time that the Market developer's console will see Thursday night. Good things are on the way, folks! Thanks, Jeff!

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Google has sent out an email to Android developers with a warning that the developer console will be down for planned maintenance this Thursday:

We plan to perform maintenance on the Android Market Developer Console on Thursday 18 November 2010 from 10AM to 4PM Pacific Standard Time. During this time, there will be view-only access to the Developer Console at http://market.android.com/publish. You will be able to view your list of applications and error reports; however, you will not be able to upload new apps or make updates to existing apps. The publish status of your applications and use of the Android Market app on phones should not be impacted.

Thanks, and we appreciate your patience while we work to improve Android Market.

No word on what the improvements will be, but we all were told last week changes were in the works.  It's also worth noting again that the customer side of the Market should be unaffected.  Is this the first step to Gingerbread?

Update:  Google has sent out an updated email that has a bit different time frame:

We plan to perform maintenance on the Android Market Developer Console starting at 10PM on THURSDAY 18 November and ending by 4AM FRIDAY 19 November 2010, Pacific Standard Time.

Looks like the crew at Mountain View are pulling an all-nighter.  Bring extra coffee fellows, and feel free to call me if you need someone to hold a flashlight.

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Yesterday during the Web 2.0 summit we got a brief look at Google CEO Eric Schmidt showing off Gingerbread -- Android 2.3 as well as, the now infamous "unannounced" device also known as the Nexus S. While it's time on stage was brief, it was more than enough to have us wanting to see more. A few goodies were noted after Eric stepped off stage as well. Remember that "blink off" video of the screen we previously saw powering down? It's pretty awesome. What's even more awesome is that it's still included, as noted by the folks over at Engadget. Hit the break for the full embed of the video. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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Google CEO Eric Schmidt this afternoon gave a sneak peak at Gingerbread -- Android 2.3 -- on "an unannounced" Android device that sure looked a lot like the Samsung Nexus S. It's all going down as we type at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.

Will we "get" Gingerbread today? Doesn't sound like it. Schmidt said Gingerbread is on its way "in the coming weeks." And as we've said before, we still have to see the SDK and what-not before it starts rolling out to phones, with the Nexus One likely among the first.

What there has been is a bunch of search talk, natch, plus a bunch on NFC, or near-field communication. Basically using your smartphone to complete real-world actions, such as payments. Exciting stuff, to be sure. Be we know what you nerds want. Gingerbread. [Web 2.0 Summit]

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Let's just throw this one out there and see if it sticks to the wall tomorrow: Reader Steve (hi, Steve!) Points out that Google CEO Eric Schmidt opens up the Web 2.0 Summit on Monday in San Francisco, speaking alongside Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly Media Inc. and John Battelle of Federated Media Publishing.

It's labeled as "A Conversation with Eric Schmidt," and no topics are specifically mentioned. Nikesh Arora, Google's president of Global Sales Operations and Business Development, speaks later in the day, So maybe we'll get Gingerbread, and maybe we won't. But there are worse venues at which to make such an announcement, eh?

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Tim Bray, who we all know and love from the Android Developers Blog, made a couple interesting announcements this week about the Android Market.  He wanted to remind developers about the Market features enacted this past June that help determine what devices their applications will be available for, as it seems that preparation for some new market features requires all legacy applications to get rescanned and checked against the new methods.

Of course, the words "new market features" caught our attention.  We can't help but think back to I/O 2010, when we saw some great new Market features like Music streaming, that Google said would come soon, likely with Gingerbread.  Is it soon yet? [Android Developers Blog]

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We're still waiting on Android 2.3. Gingerbread -- you can twiddle your thumbs with us here -- but the fine folks at Google have just teased us a bit more on Twitter, with the above picture and "Our cafes are baking something sweet."

Will it be today? Will it be tomorrow? News at 11, folks. [Twitter]

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