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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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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 some good news for all of you who have been wondering if the LG Revolution would ever receive its Gingerbread update: Verizon has made it official and is pushing it out as we speak. In addition to Android 2.3, the update (software version VS910ZV7) also brings with it a host of improvements, all listed above. A welcome update indeed. Sit tight if you're still waiting, and hit the source link for detailed instructions on how to initiate and accept the OTA push. 

Source: Verizon WirelessThanks to everyone who sent this in!

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If you're making use of a Motorola Milestone X on CSpire we have some good news for you all. Yesterday, the carrier started to roll out an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update to the device which has been long awaited. Most users should get an update notification but if not just go to: Home>Menu> Settings>About Phone>System Updates

After that, you should find the update available for download and installation. Once updated, you'll find all the normal Android 2.3 goodies as well, a newer version of Blur.

Source: CSpire; Thanks, StromTrooper626!

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If you've got a Samsung Galaxy S on C Spire (nee Cellular South), word is you've got an Android 2.3 update waiting for you via the Kies desktop program. Along with the Gingerbread UI and other usual changes, C Spire's also touting:

  • Improved battery performance
  • Improved IMAP/POP3 e-mail performance
  • Improved account and contact sync performance (like Facebook)
  • MMS size increased from 512KB to 1MB

Shame you still have to use Kies to update, but, hey, a Gingerbread update is a Gingerbread update, right?

Source: C Spire; More: What's new (pdf)
Thanks, Bobby!

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And this is what it looks like. Yes, Verizon just gave us the heads up that the 146-megabyte Gingerbread update for the HTC ThunderBolt is indeed pushing out right now. Hit up this post for the changelog.

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Finally, the Gingerbread update for the HTC ThunderBolt (that'd be the one we told you about this morning) is once again pushing out. This is the second time Gingerbread's headed to the ThunderBolt; it was pulled earlier because of some bugs, including by not limited to voicemail.

Go to settings>software update to get things going, and hit the forums link below to see how it's going for everybody.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
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It's been a few weeks since Verizon first released the Gingerbread update for the HTC ThunderBolt, only to pull it without official explanation. (Hint: Things were borked.) Looks like the updates set to roll out again, though, with an updated support PDF now live. There's no mention of "things been fixed," so let's just hope that things been fixed. Check out the image above or the link below for the full changelog.

Source: Verizon (pdf); via ThunderBolt forums

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Verizon is officially pushing the Android 2.3 updates out to the Droid Pro and the Droid 2 Global over-the-air today.  Besides the features you would expect from Gingerbread, the Droid 2 Global update includes the following fixes and enhancements:

  • Improvements in stability prevent lockups, resets and force
  • close errors.
  • Bluetooth devices will now select the correct audio recording level for optimal voice capture and alert you when your audio level is too low.
  • Improved battery life while using Bluetooth.
  • Access My Verizon without any force close errors.
  • Reset Backup Assistant under Manage Applications menu.
  • Enhanced connectivity when roaming in GSM/UMTS networks
  • (Europe and India).
  • Improved battery life during Wifi use.
  • Exchange ActiveSync encryption fails after OTA update.
  • Google Books added
  • Accuweather added
  • Amazon MP3 Store added
  • Blockbuster added
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.2 added

Not to be left out in the cold, the Droid Pro also see some much needed fixes and enhancements:

  • Improved contact syncing from multiple email accounts.
  • Improved battery life while using Wifi and/or Bluetooth.
  • Correct contact name is displayed when receiving SMS messages.
  • Forward SMS message conversations correctly.
  • Mobile Hotspot status is displayed accurately.
  • Clock widget updates time correctly.
  • GPS apps and programs no longer cause unnecessary device resets.
  • V CAST Media Manager now comes preloaded.

For more information about the updates, and download and installation instructions, visit the Droid Pro update page and the Droid 2 Global update page.

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We've already heard HTC's thoughts on Ice Cream Sandwich, and now Sony Ericsson has revealed its plans for the next version of Android. According to a statement on the manufacturer's Dutch Facebook page, SE plans to bring Android 4.0 to its 2011 Xperia line, which includes phones like the Xperia Arc and Xperia Play.

Here's a translation of the statement from Sony Ericsson Nederland --

We are planning to upgrade our 2011 Xperia smartphone portfolio to the next Android platform, following Gingerbread 2.3.4. The official Sony Ericsson communication about software upgrades will always be what my international colleagues publish on our Blog: http://blogs.sonyericsson.com/

So great news for owners of those devices, and proof that SE wasn't kidding when it promised to step up its game back in January. Looks like we'll be avoiding a repeat of last year's unpleasantness.

Source: Sony Ericsson Nederland; via: Geeky Gadgets

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For those who hadn't seen it yet: Yes, the Ice Cream Sandwich Easter Egg looks a little familiar. I'm still kind of partial to the Gingerbread Easter Egg myself.

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While tons of news has been kicking around about Ice Cream Sandwich, the rest of us are hoping and praying that our devices won't be left behind in terms of updates. The T-Mobile G2 has not been forgotten, yet instead there is an OTA that started rolling out yesterday. Included in this update to Android 2.3.4 are the following improvements:

  •     Google Security Patch
  •     Google Skymap improvements
  •     Battery life improvements
  •     Data connection while roaming domestically

So, if you are a G2 owner and have yet to receive the update prompt, head into your settings then about phone and check for your update. Be sure to hop in the forums and let us know how the update goes for you, and any improvements you notice!

Source: T-Mobile; Thanks, Stacy!

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A new software update for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is rolling out in Europe and the Middle East, according to reports from Xperia Blog and XDA. The new software version 4.0.2.A.0.42 brings Android 2.3.4, along with a handful of bug fixes for SE's Gingerbread-powered 4.2-incher.

The update isn't yet available in the UK, but seems to now be rolling out via the Sony Ericsson PC Companion in mainland Europe, India, Pakistan and Egypt, in addition to Nordic countries, which got the update first a couple of weeks back. If you've recently received the update on your Arc, be sure to let us know in the comments.

Source: Xperia Blog

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The HTC Thunderbolt has had a rough patch when it comes to Gingerbread.  Combine lots of rumors, even more leaks, and a pretty poor OTA that ended up getting yanked back and you'll have a mix that's bound to have Android power users up in arms.  We're not going to judge anyone here, heck we can't judge  -- releasing software isn't easy.  Verizon and HTC want you to be happy, because they want you to be a return customer.  To quote a great philosopher, "Shit Happens".

Hopefully, the happenings have finished, and according to the official @HTC Twitter account, the powers that be "anticipate the update being available soon."  By most accounts, the previous build of Gingerbread was about 90 percent, and the few bugs remaining have hopefully been squashed.  We've got Phil's battle-scarred Thunderbolt primed and ready, and as soon as we catch wind of any updates you'll be the first to know.

Source: @HTC; More: HTC Thunderbolt forums

Thanks, Ryan!

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In short order, Googlers will be on stage announcing Ice Cream Sandwich.  The next version of Android, it's been touted as "the one" that will merge the tablet operating system (Honeycomb) with the phone operating system (Gingerbread), as well as bring "incredible" things according to Larry Page.  We figure a lot of these incredible things will be under the hood, and they should be -- Android still needs some work in key areas, but as users, we're excited about one thing -- the new user interface.

Honeycomb does a lot of things right, and we would love to see some of those things kept and ported over to phones.  Everyone has their own list, but we're going to share ours.  Read on past the break!

Ice Cream Sandwich forums | Nexus Prime forums | rumored device forums

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Back in September, the Droid 2 Global was busy getting its Gingerbread on when it was disccovered there was some issues with the actual update where in the Exchange encryption was broken. Now, a new update has been reeased to the masses and will be showing up as build 4.5.608.

The key enhancements as listed by Verizon:

  • Download Manager App: New App to manage all of your downloads from web browsing, email attachments and other apps.
  • App and Power Management Details: Under Manage Applications, a new “Running” tab displays a list of active applications and the storage and memory being used by each.
  • Multi-Touch Key-Chording: New ability to enter numbers and symbols with keyboard shortcut combos, instead of having to change to the numeric keyboard mode.
  • Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality: New capability to select a word via press-hold. A second press of the selected word copies the selected characters.
  • New User Interface and Color Scheme: New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.
  • Dock Icons: Static Phone, App Launcher and Contacts icons are replaced within acustomizable dock. Three swappable icons and the App Launcher icon are fixed to the Dock at the bottom of all home screen panels for easy and instant access.
  • App Groups: New App Menu allows creation of custom app groups, in addition to 3 default groups: All Apps, Recent and Downloaded.
  • Security: Added Device and SD Card encryption. VPN enhancements integrate IPSec VPN clients into device security settings.

Updated Calendar Options:

  • Display Calendar and event times in your home time zone when traveling.
  • Dismiss individual reminders, such as dismissing one meeting reminder without dismissing other meeting reminders.
  • Easy conference dialing – simply dial and automatically enter a conference code directly from your Calendar.

The change log remains pretty much the same as before, just this time around everything will work as noted. Just go to Menu>Settings>About phone>System updates to get it loaded up.

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We have heard about the Samsung Stratosphere for a while now, and we have anxiously been awaiting it's official release on Verizon Wireless, and the day has come. If our hands-on got you excited, and you are in need of a new device will you be looking into this one? This 4G LTE 1GHz powered, 4-inch sliding QWERTY is priced at $199 on a two year agreement, and for those looking to avoid contracts this will set you back $409. Picking one of these up? Be sure to share your thoughts on it in our forums!

Source: Verizon Wireless

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Velocity Micro has announced two new Android tablets with features and cost in mind.  Designed to be the "fastest, most feature laden tablets on the market for under $300", the T408 and T410 share a common set of specs, with only the form factor, size, and price differing between the two.  The shared specs are:

  • "Ultra responsive" capacitive touch screens
  • 1GHz Cortex A8 processors
  • Front facing cameras
  • 802.11n Wifi-Fi
  • A premium software suite including full versions of Angry Birds Rio and QuickOffice
  • Content via Amazon Kindle for Android
  • Downloadable Apps from the Amazon Appstore preinstalled - access to thousands of pretested applications
  • A fully licensed version of Adobe Flash Player 10.3
  • Android version 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 1-year parts and labor warranty with premium 100% US-based, non-tiered support

The T408 has an 8-inch screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio, and will retail for $239, while the T410 packs a 10-inch 16:9 aspect ratio screen and retails for $299.  It appears that neither of these tablets will have the Android Market or any of Google's closed source applications, which puts them squarely at odds with the $199 Kindle Fire.  But Velocity Micro does make solid electronic toys, and as they mention, offer up great customer support.  We'll reserve any judgment until we have a closer look.  Both models should be available at major electronics retailers in the US right now.  Hit the break for a video, and for more information head to the Velocity Micro Cruz website.

Update: Velocity Micro has contacted us and let us know that since the release they have changed the price for the 8-inch T408 tablet, which now retails for $199.  Excellent news!

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British networks O2 and Three will both carry HTC's recently-announced Sensation XL, according to new entries on both carriers' "coming soon" pages. The Sensation XL, a 4.7-incher with Beats Audio built-in, was unveiled at a swanky event at London's Roundhouse last Thursday. Be sure to check out our hands-on feature for more on the device itself.

Three's listing the Sensation XL with an "October" release date, however based on HTC's own timetable for the device, we'd be surprised to see it anywhere before November. Neither carrier has announced any pricing details, but based on pre-order prices of around £500 (~$775) that've been appearing over the past few days, we'd expect to see subsidized Sensation XLs given for free on contracts of around £30 per month.

Sensation XL Hands-on | Sensation XL Specs | Sensation XL Forums

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Here's a sneak peek at a prototype of what is tentatively being called the Philips Go Gear Connect. It's very much a pre-release product -- so new they didn't even have any real specs to give us. But through our keen sense of deduction we were able to surmise that it's running Gingerbread, has a small screen and three buttons at the bottom.

Slightly surprising to us was that even though it's far from release and really not intended for public consumption just yet (whoops), it actually has all the Google apps -- Gmail, the Android Market and the like -- on board. No way of telling if that's because someone just put them on, or if this will be a PMP with Google's blessing. We're hoping it's the later.

More pics and some video are after the break.

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Remember the Galaxy Players that Samsung sprung on the world at their Galaxy Tab 8.9 unveiling late last month? Well, we got our hands on the 5-inch model again tonight here in San Diego, and we still like what we see. A refresher: the Galaxy Players are basically Android phones minus the phone. They run the latest version of Gingerbread, skinned with the Galaxy brand's TouchWiz UI. Both the 4.0 and 5.0 come with a single core processor clocked at 1 GHz and 512 MB RAM. The 4.0 has a 4-inch screen Super WVGA Super Clear LCD at 800 x 480 resolution, while the 5.0 has a 5-inch, WVGA TFT LCD display at 800 x 480 resolution. The screens are beautiful, and the 5-inch model is a beast. They'll launch this week (October 16, to be exact); the 4.0 will run you $229, the 5.0 will set you back $269. A video and a few new pictures are after the break.

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The "white whale" at this year's CTIA is the Motorola Atrix 2, the recently announced successor to the Atrix heading to AT&T on October 16. We got our hands on one at tonight's Pepcom event here in San Diego, and we're excited about what we saw. While the Atrix 2 might not be enough for owners of the original Atrix to spring for, those looking to tap into AT&T's 21 Mbps speeds have found a solid choice. 

The Atrix 2 has a solid build quality: it's light, it's solid, and it feels great in the hand. Despite it's 4.3-inch display, the phone doesn't feel oversized or out of proportion. And about that display: it's qHD and it looks fantastic. Motorola wouldn't say (or, perhaps didn't know) whether or not the Atrix 2 is rocking a Pentile display, but if it is, it is certainly an improved version. The display looks crisp and bright, much like the Bionic, though the "pixelation" issues that have plagued Motorola's latest crop seem to be missing here. That's good news. Camera wise, the Atrix 2 has a 1.3 megapixel front-facer, and out back there's an 8 megapixel shooter capable of capturing 1080p video.

Inside, the Atrix 2 has got a dual-core OMAP processor clocked at 1 GHz along with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB of onboard storage. Together, the guts give the Atrix 2 a major kick. No lag, no stuttering, and no hang-ups. We'll throw the usual benchmarks and graphics tests at it when we get our hands on a review unit. 

The Atrix 2 is a Gingerbread device that comes skinned with (you guessed it) Motoblur. On the radio end, it supports AT&T's HSPA+ network, and Motorola claims you'll easily get "true" 4G speeds of up to 21 Mbps. Again, we'll test this more when the Atrix 2 launches, but we're hoping it's true. 

Like I said, I don't know if the Atrix 2 is worth it for those who bought the original Atrix not too long ago. Although at $99 on contract, it could be too good to resist. You'll be able to decide on October 16, when the Atrix 2 officially launches on AT&T. Until then, enjoy some photos and a hands-on below. 

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