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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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British network O2 has announced that it'll be the only carrier in the UK to offer the new HTC Rhyme, which was unveiled in New York City today. According to a an official tweet from O2, the device will go on sale from Oct. 17, and be available in a "lovely plum" color. That's purple to the rest of us.

Check out our hands-on coverage for a closer look at the HTC Rhyme, which is also headed to Verizon in the US.

Source: @O2; via: Eurodroid

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Owners of LG's Optimus 3D (and the AT&T variant, the Thrill 4G) wanting to try some new, exotic software will welcome today's release of an early version of popular custom firmware CyanogenMod by developer Ricardo Cerquiera.

The "self-KANG" build is based on CyanogenMod 7.1 and Android 2.3.5, giving Optimus 3D owners their first taste of Gingerbread. A word of warning though -- it's still a very early version, so bugs are to be expected, along with some missing functionality. Most notably, HDMI mirroring isn't working in this build, and there's a bug with wireless tethering which means you'll need to reboot the phone to turn it off. Also, 3D stills cannot be taken or viewed (although existing 3D videos work just fine), and we found the camera to be particularly prone to crashing.

Like we said, it's an early pre-beta build. We were impressed with the sheer speed that resulted from the combination of CM7 and the Optimus 3D's beastly OMAP4 CPU, though. And despite the aforementioned camera wonkiness, we haven't experienced any real stability issues in our first day of using this ROM.

Fearless testers can find download and installation instructions at the source link. Obviously, you'll need to a rooted Optimus 3D and a fair bit of technical know-how before you begin.

Source: RootzWiki

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Here's a jumpstart for your Monday morning: Telus has released the official Android 2.3 update for the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G, which it says will bring all of the Gingerbread goodies we've come to love, plus some better battery life. The update is only available through Telus' website, so if you're checking your phone for an OTA, stop wasting your time. You'll need Samsung Kies, a Windows computer, and some patience, and Telus says that if you run into any problems you'll have to give Samsung Social Hub support a call. Hit the source link for instructions and all necessary files.

Source: Telus

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O2 UK has let it be known that HTC's soon to be released Sensation XE, with Beats Audio support, will be launching on its network before the year's end. Writing on the carrier's official Twitter feed, an O2 rep said: "Liking the look & listen of the HTC Sensation XE - it's coming to O2 later this year!"

The Sensation XE is a re-vamped version of HTC's current flagship, with a faster 1.5GHz dual-core CPU and a larger battery, alongside the aforementioned Beats support. Yesterday Phones4U revealed that it'll have a short period of exclusivity on the Sensation XE in the UK, starting on October 1. O2, however, isn't offering any release dates or pricing details for the device just yet.

Source: @O2

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The LG Marquee made a cameo appearance tonight in New York, a night before Sprint and LG are slated to "officially" unveil the device at New York City's Fashion Week finale. The Marquee is the next big device from Sprint (after, of course, this Friday's Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch launch), officially landing on October 6.

While it's not the most powerful phone on the market, we loved it as the Optimus Black -- read our full review -- and it's certainly got some respectable specs: 

  • Dimensions: 4.8" (H) x 2.52" (W) x 0.36" (D)
  • Weight: 3.95oz
  • NOVA Display: 4-inch color TFT (480 x 800) WVGA
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 1GHz processor
  • Memory: 512MB RAM, 2GB ROM
  • 1500mAh battery
  • 5.5 hrs Talk Time
  • MicroSD Slot (2GB included card)
  • Wifi Enabled-- 802.11 b/g/n (Hotspot capable)
  • Sprint ID
  • Virtual QWERTY keyboard (with SWYPE)
  • 5-megapixel camera (rear)
  • 2-megapixel camera (front)

Most important is the display: the Marquee's 4-inch NOVA display is a stunner, and LG seems to think it can compete with the likes of SAMOLED Plus. Well can it? You'll have to see it for yourself,  but in a word: gorgeous. It's super bright, super sharp, and the colors look fantastic. It's noticeably smaller than its 4.3-inch (and now 4.5-inch) brethren, but we won't complain: it feels right.

Another thing to look out for is the "pocketability" of the Marquee. It's super thin and super light. Yeah, light is becoming the norm these days, but it's always refreshing when you can drop a smartphone in your pocket and not know it's there.

No, it doesn't have a dual or tri or quad core processor, but from an initial spin around the UI, everything seems pretty smooth. No stuttering, no stammering, and no hesitations. Sure, that could change once you put it through its paces, but until we do so, don't count the Marquee out.

We've got more photos (and a video!) below.

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And then there's the Lenovo IdeaPad A1, aka the little brother of the Lenovo IdeaPad K1. It's a wee 7-inch tablet. And while it's nicely put together, we're having a hard time swallowing a Gingerbread tablet when Honeycomb's starting to hit in the same form factor.

It's noticeably slower than its dual-core counterpart, but then again, it's also only $200, and you'd be hard-pressed to beat that at this point.

See what we mean with photos and video after the break.

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We have seen some Viewsonic tablets in the past, and heard they had some new ones in the works, and we were able to get some time with the Viewsonic Viewpad 7e ahead of its launch. The Viewsonic Viewpad 7e is the entry level 7-inch tablet that they are launching in October, it will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, instead of Android 3.2 Honeycomb, like its big brother, the 7x. The device has a 800x600 display powered by a 1GHz processor, but unfortunately will not have Google Market support. The Viewpad 7e will launch with Amazon Appstore integration so you are not left without any applications, and will come preloaded with numerous apps, such as Twitter, TuneIn Radio and Amazon Kindle.

At the $199 price point it is sure to please a number of users who are looking for something small and portable to take with them on the go. Hit the break for more more pictures!

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With many folks awaiting the inevitable release of Gingerbread for the Samsung Infuse 4G, AT&T decided to go ahead and mess with our emotions a little by releasing a 14.5MB maintenance update. Our inboxes became rather busy, that is -- until everyone who had installed the update realized it wasn't Gingerbread at all. The update, doesn't appear to of have had any major changes in it. In fact, most are wondering what exactly it did. Look on the bright side though, maybe it was a primer for better things to come.

Thanks, Adrian!

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There's some poetic justice in that the HTC Merge -- US Cellular's version, anyway -- is getting its Android 2.3 update when you consider that the phone nearly died on the Verizon vine. But Gingerbread it now has, at least for you folks on the beloved regional carrier.

You're getting Android 2.3.4 (build 3.05.573.1), and with it all the updates and improvements that some of the most high-profile phones of the past nine months or so don't even have. Well done, USCC!

Update: There have been some issues with the download link for the Merge update, and US Cellular says they are working closely with HTC to rectify the situation on their Facebook page.  If you have experienced and issues, know that they are being worked on and USCC will let everyone know when things are back on track. 

Download: Gingerbread for USCC HTC Merge; via US Cellular

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Remember the end of last month when we saw the source code for the LG Optimus S Gingerbread update appear, but no word of the update? Well the update has finally been detailed for us, and it will begin rolling out today. The update, which is slated to roll out to all users within 10 days will bring a whole bunch of improvements, such as

  • Volume adjustment from handset when backlight is off and in a Bluetooth call
  • Initiation of a 3-way call in certain markets
  • Updated color scheme (includes darker notification bar and black-based menus)
  • New on-screen keyboard (supports multi-touch input and a smart auto-correction function)
  • Improved cut-paste functionality
  • New integrated download application for ease in accessing downloaded files
  • Updated camera application
  • Power management and task killer applications

So if you own an LG Optimus S on Sprint be sure to check for the update, and if you happen to receive it let us know your thoughts in our forums!

Source: Sprint ; Thanks, Jim!

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Take the excellent HTC Sensation, toss in the newly acquired Beats Audio, and you've got the HTC Sensation XE. Coming to Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia later this month, it's pretty much the same Sensation we fell in love with -- 1.5GHz dual-core processor (OK, that's updated from 1.2GHz), Android 2.3, 8MP camera, and so on -- with the Beats Audio processing, and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones thrown in with an attached remote control.

No doubt we'll be seeing this here in the states at some point, too. At least we hope.

Full presser's after the break.

More: HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio

Update: You eagle-eyed commenters are also spotting more RAM and a slightly bigger battery. So it's a Sensation -- only better!

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Sony has officially unveiled the Walkman Z-series, a new line of personal media players running Android, powered by NVIDIA Tegra 2 chips. The 4.3-inch device was on show at IFA 2011 last week, albeit without the official name or branding. The Walkman Z sports a WVGA (800x480) display, 512MB of RAM and between 16 and 64GB of internal storage depending on your chosen model.

Software-wise, you've got a skinned version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with additional software perks including DLNA connectivity and FM radio. Being a Tegra device, you'll also get 1080p playback, either through the included micro-HDMI port or over the air using DLNA.

The Walkman Z-series is due to hit Japanese retailers from December 10, with prices starting at ¥28,000 (~$360) for the 16GB model. Currently Sony is offering no additional information on wider international availability or pricing.

Source: Sony (Japanese)

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Word on the streets -- and in our Droid 2 forums -- is that the R2-D2 version of the Droid 2 is getting its Android 2.3 Gingerbread update today, just shy of the anniversary of its launch. Dunno how many more updates we can expect to get out of this thing, and that's a shame, be cause it really is in first-class condition. We've worked with him before.

Source: Droid 2 forums

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Back in May Netflix, finally launched its long-waited Android app, initially only for a few devices. That list grew over time and eventually supported a large number of phones. The .apk was quickly discovered, however, and owners of devices, both phone and tablet, who hadn't received official support yet could install the app just fine. That's no longer necessary (and it's about time), at least for most phones, as Netflix has updated the app to support all devices running 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread). 

Tablet owners still looking for official support will have to wait a bit longer, but this is great for everyone with a smaller device.

So for all you phone owners out there who have Froyo or Gingerbread, hit the link after the break for the official Netflix app.

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Just picked up your Motorola Droid Bionic, eh?  After you've got it charged and ready to roll, for many the next step will be to root it and strip out the loads of carrier bloat Verizon so kindly supplies.  That will be a simple affair thanks to Pete Souza and his one-click Motorola Root Tools. The Bionic and any other Motorola phone running the 2.3.4 version of Gingerbread (like the Droid 3 and the Droid X2) can be rooted with a minimum of fuss, needing only a correctly set-up USB driver and the cable that came with your phone. Pete has things set up with easy to follow instructions for Windows, Mac, and Linux so you'll be rock and rolling in no time.

Now for the big fat warnings -- currently, there is no way to roll back the Bionic to the factory state.  Once done, consider this permanent until further notice.  Also, word is that Motorola is well aware and will be patching this method shortly, so mind those OTA updates if you're considering the root road.  Any HTC EVO 4G user can tell you tales of woe and waiting once an update was accepted.  If you're clear on all this, and ready to go forward, hit the source link and have a go.

Source: Pete's Motorola Root Tools; More: Droid Bionic Forums

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We're getting pinged left and right today that the Gingerbread update for the HTC Droid Incredible is pushing out in earnest following a brief delay. In addition to Android 2.3.4, you can expect:

  • MMS messages will now send correctly
  • Properly save audio files from MMS messages
  • Successfully play audio from MMS messages
  • Internet connection via Bluetooth now enabled
  • VZ Navigator now operates on Wifi
  • Change songs in the music widget by tapping the forward button
  • Camera now functions with an SD card inserted

If you're not in a waiting mood, we've got great manual installation instructions available in the forums. Hit up the link below.

Droid Incredible Gingerbread manual download instructions

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Ol' Moto Matt just dropped word this morning that the Droid 2 Global (that's the GSM/CDMA world phone edition of the Droid 2 that was swapped in shortly after the phone's release) can now get its Gingerbread update. Just go to Menu>Settings>About phone>System updates to snag yours.

Source: Motorola Support forums; more Droid 2 forums; Thanks, Tim!

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The Vizio tablet has an OTA upgrade rolling out, and while it's not a version upgrade to Honeycomb it does look to address a few nags we have with the software -- namely the application launch speed and scrolling between screens.  If you have a look at our review, you'll see that the VIA software on the tablet seems slower than we liked, and full of shiny animations that look good but don't really add to the experience that much.  Better scrolling and faster app loading will go a long way towards making the software more tolerable.  Toss in better touchscreen response and even more devices in the IR remote control database (both of which we already found working quite well), and QVGA video support and we won't complain.  If you haven't already got your notice to upgrade, you should see it soon as long as you're connected to Wifi.

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Google has just released the latest set of Android version numbers, and the overall trend of legacy version numbers dropping continues.  There's no drastic changes, but a quick look at the chart above lets us see that numbers for Donut and Cupcake are now in the "also ran" category with each under two percent, and Eclair is steadily dropping compared to last monthFroyo (Android 2.2) still leads the pack with over 50 percent of all devices using the Android Market running it, but we see a nice boost in the number of phones running gingerbread, with numbers for Android 2.3 climbing over six percentage points.  With Gingerbread updates rolling out or in the works for the Dinc, Droid 2, Droid X, and more, we expect another significant increase next month.

Interestingly, Honeycomb growth seems to have stalled with a measly 0.1 percent increase since August.  It looks like most folks buying into the Android eco-system today prefer it on their smartphones.  We expect that number will change this holiday season.

Source: Android Developers

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While some other tablet manufacturers are hitting high peaks when it comes to pricing, the folks over at Lenovo feel that is seemingly the wrong way to go. Instead of releasing a really expensive Honeycomb tablet, they've stuck to announcing a $199 Gingerbread powered device that may never get upgraded to Honeycomb. The IdeaPad A1 tablet is 7 inches running Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a single-core Cortex A8 processor, and a touting a 1,024 x 600 display.

When it comes to storage, you're looking at 8GB, 16GB and 32GB - which versions will be available in the US isn't known at this time but pricing goes like this 8GB - $199, 16GB- $249 with the 32GB - $299. WiFi is on-board as well as GPS but not mention of 3G connectivity at this time, though it may come in later versions but you do get front and rear facing cameras with the better 3MP shooter being placed on the back. Plus, a SDCard and mircoSD card for watever you do so wish.  Anyone still interested in a Gingerbread tablet? You can hit the Lenovo site for more details should you need them.

Source: Lenovo

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