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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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Stuck on what to get that special someone for Valentines this year? Enter Samsung to lend a helping hand as this pink version of the massively popular Galaxy S II is due to be launched on Feb.13. Make no mistake, this is a regular Galaxy S II, just they painted it pink.

While having been announced in South Korea back in November, all went quiet regarding global availability. Phones 4 U have announced that they will be offering the device from Feb.13 on a two- year contract starting from a very reasonable £21.50 a month. 

Not looking for a contract to go with that shiny new pink phone, then online retailer Very are set to offer the device SIM free for a whopping £499.99. Whichever way you look at it, that's Galaxy Nexus pricing. While listed as in stock, they are in fact awaiting their supply which they claim to be within 7 days. Get them while they're hot ladies--and guys if pinks your thing.

Source: Somobile

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It seems that British retailer Mobicity may have jumped the gun with the announcement of a new high-end smartphone from Samsung -- the Galaxy S II HD. The device appeared on Mobicity's site today, alongside a promotional blurb promising "a larger, higher resolution screen and more battery power."

So the Samsung Galaxy S II HD, in case you hadn't guessed, is a Samsung Galaxy S II with an HD (720p) screen. The display size and CPU speed have also been increased, to 4.65 inches and 1.5GHz respectively. We first saw the device in Korea back in September, although the Korean variant was packing an LTE radio as well the larger screen and bumped-up specs. It's worth noting that Mobicity is using old promotional photos from the Korean version on its site, rather than any new images.

Veteran mobile blog MoDaCo notes that Mobicity's Australian counterpart is also listing the phone, again with images of the Korean version and specs which include the larger HD SuperAMOLED screen and faster CPU, as well as Android 2.3 Gingerbread and an 1850 mAh battery.

As always with retailer links, this is far from confirmation of the device's arrival in the UK or Australia. But given the rate at which Samsung's launching Android smartphones these days, we certainly wouldn't be surprised to see a refreshed Galaxy S II arriving internationally, alongside Samsung's hero device for 2012.

Source: Mobicity; via: MoDaCo

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After going hands-on with the LG Viper at CES during the stylish-yet-dark Sprint party, we just  had to get our hands back on one of these devices to check it out a second time. 

The booth rep here reiterates a good point -- you're not actually looking at a final device here. Don't expect a real change in the hardware, of course, and the software's going to be pretty vanilla with stock Gingerbread and Sprint ID. But that's why the CES hands-ons with the Viper have been superficial at best.

Anyhoo, check it out, and stay tuned for pricing and availability information.

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British tabloid newspaper The Sun has decided to head down the digital route, with the arrival of its very own subscription-based Android application. 

The premise is quite promising if you're a regular Sun reader. All the "news", less of the paper. The first month's subscription will set you back just £0.69, which is low enough to tempt those more sceptical readers to give it a whirl. After this, though, the subscription rate will rise to £4.99 per month. And of course you don't need to head down to the local store every morning or tip the paperboy. The most obvious downfall, besides the fact that you're reading The Sun, is the lack of Honeycomb and ICS support. Newspapers would look pretty sweet on a shiny new Transformer Prime don't you think?

For those Android Central readers outside of the UK, The Sun is one of the biggest tabloid newspapers in the country and is owned by one Rupert "find me on Twitter" Murdoch. We're not saying that installing this app will mean that The Sun will be listening in on your voicemails, not at all. But just in case -- good morning, Mr Murdoch, we hope you're well.

Download links are after the break.

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The first detailed information on the Japan-only Xperia Acro HD and Xperia NX has emerged along with promotional images, following Sony Ericsson's announcement of the devices on Monday. If you've been following Sony's CES presence over the past few days, then both phones may look strangely familiar -- the Acro HD is a 4.3-inch version of AT&T's Xperia Ion, while the Xperia NX appears to be more or less identical to Sony's international flagship phone, the Xperia S. Interestingly, the Acro HD's spec list also notes that it's a "waterproof" device, a feature that's not often seen on mainstream smartphones. Besides that, both phones feature a now-familiar spec list -- a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU, 1GB of RAM and Android 2.3 Gingerbread, running on Sony's 720p HD "Reality Display".

The Sony Ericsson branding also seems to be alive and well in Japan, at least for the moment. Whereas the Xperia Ion and Xperia S are both Sony-branded devices elsewhere, the Acro HD and Xperia NX still feature the familiar SE logo. Both phones will arrive in Japan on NTT DoCoMo -- first the Xperia NX in February, followed by the Xperia Acro HD in March.

Source: Sony Ericsson Japan

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CES isn't only a venue for the biggest and baddest technology, but also for affordable and accessible products as well, as we learned today at Motorola's booth. Introducing the Motorola Defy Mini, a shrunken version of big M's popular Defy smartphone. It's not going to blow anybody away specs-wise: inside we've got a 600 MHz single-core processor, 512 MB RAM, a 3MP rear camera, and a VGA front-facer, all underneath a 3.2-inch Gorilla Glass-coated VGA display. Those modest specs are all powered by a 1650 mAh battery, which will pack plenty of juice for days and days worth of standby time.

The Defy Mini certainly won't be running Ice Cream Sandwich anytime soon, but for those looking for a pocketable, entry level Gingerbread smartphone, Motorola has your solution. This one will only be available in China, Latin America, and Europe beginning next month, though keep an eye out for something similar to hit the States sometime down the line. Hit the break for some hands-on shots and video.

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We've already seen the Intel Medfield reference device with our hands on earlier today, but during the Intel Keynote they took it out on stage to show it off to the world. 

The device itself is pretty fully loaded. NFC, HDMI, and an 8-megapixel camera that can take 10 high resolution pictures a second. The design also supports upto a 16-megapixel camera. While running Gingerbread, it's clear that this is a highly optimized version of Gingerbread, that performs amazingly well on the device. 

The 1080p video playback was shown alongside an HTC device in a time lapse video, which illustrated how the Intel device outlasted the HTC one by hour in terms of battery life. The claim is that 1080p video playback is offered without sacrificing battery life. 

In browsing and Javascript, the device was shown against a competitor product and the results were impressive. The Intel Medfield offered a significantly better experience than the competitor phone and because of the optimizations, existing Android Market applications will work without needing a re-compile. 

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It's been a long wait, but Samsung Captivate users can finally upgrade their device to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).

Here are the benefits of updating your device, according to the Samsung page:

  • Download management
  • New layout for larger fonts
  • Word prediction, multi-touch for numerical input
  • One-touch word selection and copy/paste
  • Fixed Top-menu in Gmail
  • Voice Search added into the search categories
  • Vertical play mode added to YouTube
  • 3D graphic driver updates
  • Additional Khronos standard such as OpenSL ES, EGL for better multimedia performance
  • Concurrent Garbage Collector  technology embedded to reduce lags in games
  • Being able to show your face in public

Unfortunately, to get this update you'll still have to go through the dreaded Kies system, but Samsung has put step-by-step directions on their site. Hit up the source link for the instructions. For more info or to see how the update is going for others, please hit up our Samsung Captivate Forum.

Source: SamsungThanks, Bruce, and everyone else who sent this in!

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It's been extensively leaked for a few months, but now the Sony Ericsson "Nozomi" has an official name -- the Sony Xperia S. As with the Xperia Ion, the Sony Ericsson name has been dropped in favor of the new Sony Xperia branding. Most of the specs from the Xperia Ion have been carried over to the Xperia S, with the notable exception being LTE support -- the Xperia S is a HSPA-only device.

Other specs are exactly as we've heard from all the pre-release rumors and leaks. There's a 720p zero-air-gap display on a 4.3-inch chassis, powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU. The beastly 12-megapixel Exmor R camera from the Ion has made it across too. And like its big brother, the Xperia S ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with the promise of an update to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Other notable features include panoramic photos and PlayStation certification.

The Xperia S will arrive globally in March. Join us after the jump for the full press release, along with promotional videos and photos.

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We've heard (and seen) plenty about the Sony Ericsson LT26i "Nozomi" already, but one upcoming SE device that has so far only existed as a set of leaked specifications is the MT27i "Pepper", a mid-range phone that seems to share some design cues with its big brother.

Today the first photos of the Pepper, which is being called a successor to the Xperia Neo, have emerged over on XperiaBlog. There's plenty of blurry-cam action going on, but you can still get a reasonable idea of how it's supposed to look. It's smaller than the Nozomi, but it shares the more grown-up, angular look of that phone. Spec-wise, XperiaBlog says it'll sport a 1GHz dual-core CPU, with a 3.7-inch WVGA854 display and a 5MP camera with 720p recording. If true, the camera specs are a little disappointing, representing a downgrade (in terms of numbers, at least) from the excellent 8MP Exmor R in last year's Neo.

For the full set of blurry-cam shots, head over to the source link. Sony Ericsson is promising to show off some new handsets at next week's CES, so there's every chance that we'll see more of the Pepper in the near future.

Source: XperiaBlog

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Count Viewsonic in for CES, this year bringing what they aim to be their first smartphone to enter the U.S. market, the Viewphone 3. 

According to product manager Mike Holstein, Viewsonic is doing well enough in their tablet ventures to warrant a move into smartphone sales in the states. They're not going bleeding edge here though, instead aiming squarely at the 'value market.' 

Specs on the Viewphone 3 read as a 3.5 inch display, 5MP camera, 800MHz Qualcomm processor and 512MB of RAM. It arrives running Gingerbread, and has no 4G capabilities. 

The unsubsidized price reaffirms the value aspect of the phone, coming in at just $250 for use on AT&T and T-Mobile networks. Despite releasing in the US, it is the emerging markets where Viewsonic aims to make it with the Viewphone 3. It comes with a particularly popular feature in some of said markets, dual sim support.  

Holstein has also come out and said that Viewsonic will be continuing in phones, with some higher end devices being announced towards the middle of the year. More importantly those will be coming with Ice Cream Sandwich

Source: Forbes

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It's already available in parts of Asia, and now we have details of when the PRADA phone by LG 3.0 will be launching in the UK, and for how much. On its official blog, online retailer Clove says it'll begin shipping the device from the week commencing Feb. 6 (that's going to be a busy week), and if you want one, the SIM-free price is a surprisingly reasonable £429.99.

As we said said in our hands-on feature, the PRADA 3.0 is a well-designed handset with decent specs, however it's tied to a quirky monochrome UI that we think may be something of a polarizing feature. To find out more about the phone, check out our write-up, or take a look at our hands-on video after the break.

Source: Clove Blog

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Ready for yet another Sony Ericsson "Nozomi" leak? Following on from the slew of images that worked their way onto the web in November and December, some new photos of the upcoming SE device have appeared on ITProPortal today, seemingly confirming much of what we already knew from earlier leaks.

To recap, inside the LT26i (or Nozomi, if you prefer codenames), you've apparently got a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, the same sort that powers the HTC Sensation XE, along with 1GB of RAM. Software-wise, there's Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread, skinned with a new version of SE's Xperia UI. On the outside, there's said to be a 720p Bravia Engine display, tucked inside a chassis of similar size to the Arc S, albeit a little chunkier around the back. The rear camera is said to be an impressive 12MP Sony Exmor R sensor, a step up from the 8MP camera of the Arc and Arc S. Interestingly, ITProPortal refers to the device as the Xperia HD, rather than the Xperia Arc HD, which we've heard from other sources.

For its part, Sony Ericsson has been dropping some pretty serious hints that it'll be showing off its new hotness at CES 2012 next week. So, only a few more days and we should be able to get our hands on this and other CES-bound devices on the show floor in Las Vegas. Maybe then we'll find out what's going on with that weird transparent cut-out section along the bottom of the phone.

Source: ITProPortal

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The Samsung Replenish, Sprint's first environmentally friendly smartphone, has begun getting its Gingerbread update. This has to be welcome news for Replenish users who haven't heard about updates for their phone in quite some time.

The update will come as an OTA and will be rolling out gradually to devices, so if yours hasn't received it yet, be patient, it's coming.

Sprint has detailed what improvements this update and Android 2.3 will bring to the Replenish:

  • Increased OS speed and efficiency
  • One-touch word selection and copy/paste
  • Improved power management
  • Downloads management
  • SMS messaging fix

Source: Sprint

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Google's just released the latest numbers showing the distribution of the various versions of Android. Ice Cream Sandwich has made the list for the first time, with Android 4.0 totalling 0.6 percent of the devices activated. That's actually split into two versions of ICS -- Android 4.0 through 4.0.2, which comprises the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and Android 4.0.3, which is currently rolling out to the Samsung Nexus S. (The Galaxy Nexus will be updated to 4.0.3 in good time.) 

In other unexpected news, Honeycomb (Android 3.x) has hit a total 3.3 percent, Gingerbread (Android 2.3) is up a bit more, now totalling 55.5 percent, and Froyo (Android 2.2) is down to 30.4 percent. Eclair (Android 2.1) has dropped to 8.5 percent, while Donut (Android 1.6) hit 1.1 percent, and Cupcake (Android 1.5) is at 0.6 percent.

Again, that's the first showing for Ice Cream Sandwich. We'll want to watch how quickly that one grows, whether it's from new devices (which we really hope to see soon), or software updates (which we hope to see just as soon).

Numbers are for the two weeks ending Jan. 3

Source: Android Developer Blog

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We passed along the good news on Boxing Day about how Carphone Warehouse had slashed the price of the Nexus S to a few pence under £200. However they seemed to sell out of them almost immediately. 

Well, good news. If you missed out last time, it's worth trying again because as the graphic here shows, they're currently back in stock. You won't see a link to the SIM free version on the main page, but hit the source link below to be taken right to it. As ever folks, be quick. Don't expect them to hang around. Again. 

Source: Carphone Warehouse

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Today sees the unveiling of a new entry-level Android handset from Samsung, the 3.65-inch Galaxy Ace Plus. The Ace Plus is the successor to last year's Galaxy Ace, which was Sammy's main mid-range phone for Europe in 2011. It's billed as a phone for "trendy and sociable young professionals" (so that's us out), and brings Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the latest TouchWiz 4.0 onto a 3.65-inch HVGA display. Design-wise, you've got a chassis that closely resembles the original Galaxy S, and the more recent Galaxy S Plus.

The phone's powered by a 1GHz CPU and comes equipped with a 5MP rear-facing camera (no front-facer), along with 512MB RAM and 3GB internal storage (including 1GB for apps, and expandable using a microSD card) -- so nothing to set the world alight, but a respectable mainstream device nonetheless. Of course, you can also expect all the usual Gingerbread and TouchWiz software niceties.

Samsung expects to release the Galaxy Ace Plus in Russia this month, followed by a gradual roll-out in Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa later in the year. We've got the full spec list, along with more photos, after the jump.

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Following a slew of other phones late last week, the CyanogenMod team has just added nightly build support for three new devices -- Sony Ericsson's Xperia Pro and Xperia Active, as well the LG Thrill 4G -- AT&T's version of the Optimus 3D. Nightly builds of the popular custom ROM are built every day by the team's army of robots, giving advanced users the change to try out the very latest untested versions, bugs and all. They're also an important milestone towards a device being fully supported by CM.

Also worth noting is the fact that these nightlies are based on the current CyanogenMod 7 release, rather than the upcoming CyanogenMod 9, so if you're after ICS on these devices, then you'll have to wait a little while longer. We've got individual device links after the jump, or alternatively you can hit the source link to see all CM7 nightly builds.

Source: CM Mirror Network; via: XperiaBlog, +Ricardo Cerquiera

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European Motorola RAZR owners should be waking up to an update this morning to software version 651.73.30, bringing with it some useful bugfixes along with a couple of new features. Here's whats new:

  • New Evernote™ application
  • Camera - General improvements to camera performance
  • New Smart Rule Trigger  - 'Motion Detection'
  • Security features - Added new security features in the Google™ Android™ release
  • Phone stability - Improvements on call performance and Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Localisation improvements
  • Wi-Fi performance and stability   General improvements to Wi-Fi connectivity         

You can get the update by hitting Settings>About Phone>System Updates 

Source: Motorola 

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Really wanted a tablet for Christmas but the high prices put you off? Well Dixons online in the UK could well have come to the rescue by dropping the price of the HTC Flyer to £199 for the wifi only version. 

While shipping with Gingerbread, it's important to remember before dismissing the idea that the wifi version of the Flyer will be getting a Honeycomb update like it's 3G brother. That's quite a lot of tablet for £199. Hit the source link below for more info. 

Source: Dixons

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