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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Coming November 14th to the US: HTC Rezound

Posted by Karey Westfall in "HTC Android Phones" @ 09:30 AM

"HTC's Rezound first leaked its way into our gadget-lusting hearts in late summer. Then bearing the virile Vigor codename, we suspected a heartily specced, Beats Audio-branded destiny for the device. And today's official unveiling doesn't disappoint, setting this 4.3-inch handset on a 4G course for Verizon's LTE airwaves."

It has been announced that HTC and Verizon will release the HTC Rezound November 14th! This new phone will be the first phone in the US to feature Beats Audio which promises to deliver an "introduction of advanced audio and high-definition visual experience". Also arriving with the Beats Audio is a 8 megapixel camera, Sense 3.5 on top of Gingerbread 2.3.4 (and Ice Cream Sandwich-ready), 16 GB internal storage, 1 GB RAM as well as those totally cool Beats headphones. With a contract, expect to pick up the new phone at $299.99, which is a steal considering that the headphones alone cost about $150!

Friday, August 5, 2011

T-Mobile G2 Gets A Taste Of Gingerbread

Posted by Jason Lee in "HTC Android Phones" @ 05:30 PM

"Greeeeeeat news T-Mobile G2 owners as today is a magical day for you. That's right I'm talking about a Gingerbread OTA update that begins today and will rollout over the next few weeks to all G2 owners."

It's always good to see another Android device get its Gingerbread update. This little bump brings the T-Mobile G2 up to Android version 2.3.3 (Gingerbread). If you haven't received your over-the-air notification yet get in there and start spamming that "System Updates" button.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Feature Removed with Droid X Gingerbread Update

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Talk" @ 04:00 AM

"The Droid X update from from Froyo (340) to Gingerbread (459) left out the feature of being able to flip the phone to silence an incoming phone call. After receiving a warranty replacement phone with the Gingerbread update pre-installed, I called into Verizon to ask where the feature had gone. I was trying to copy all settings from the old Droid X. I was transferred to a level 2 technician who understood the feature I was describing and noticed it was missing in the Gingerbread update. He contacted and transferred me to Motorola tech support. After explaining the situation to the Motorola support agent, he contacted an engineer who confirmed the feature was not present in the current version of the Droid X Gingerbread update. He asked me if I wanted to flag the feature for possible inclusion in a future update. This wouldn't be interesting except for the fact that I got the impression nobody had noticed this feature was missing until I called." - via email to Android Thoughts from Neville Williams

This is interesting. Was there some reason they couldn't implement the feature on Gingerbread? Did someone at Motorola decide this was a feature that nobody used? I'm sure there are countless possible options but it is a little disappointing that they wouldn't have let people know that the feature was removed with Gingerbread. The thing that seems most strange about this is that the flip to silence feature didn't work correctly when the Droid X was released. Well, it did but not always I think. They actually fixed it, so flip to silence worked correctly. I would have thought they would have ditched the setting then rather then fixing it. So it's just odd to me that they bothered to fix it and then took it out all together. Personally, I think it was a cool idea but for me it's just as easy to hit a volume button on the side to silence a call. I actually prefer that because I can see the notification LED when it's face up. Did any of you use the flip to silence feature? Do you know of other features on the Droid X or other phones that have been lost with official OS updates? Btw...Thanks to Neville for sending this in.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Gingerbread is Coming to a Galaxy Tab Near you!

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 11:00 AM

"Exciting news for original Galaxy Tab owners : Samsung started to roll out Android 2.3.3 update (Gingerbread) for the Samsung Galaxy Tab!"

Gingerbread, Android version 2.3, is available for download now for the Samsung Galaxy Tab! That's great news especially from Samsung, a company who did a terrible job of updating otherwise great phones to Froyo. If you have a Galaxy Tab this is definitely an upgrade I would recommend. Gingerbread includes lots of improvements related to memory management and performance. It also fixes Android previous audio API which was not very good and improves copy and paste. Have you updated your Galaxy Tab? Let us know what you think!

Quick Tip: Removing Your Keyboard Without Using the Back Button

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 07:00 AM

"Android: If you're ever in a situation where you need to get out of the Android keyboard, a somewhat hidden shortcut will close it right up: just swipe from the top of the keyboard to the bottom."

Here's a quick tip to use the next time your keyboard annoys you! Just swipe your keyboard from top to bottom and it will disappear. Works on most phones that run Gingerbread and Froyo but will not work on HTC phones. A quick and easy way to get rid of that keyboard, especially if you just don't want to spend those few extra seconds moving your thumb to the back button!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Video Chat: Coming Soon to an Android Near You

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Software" @ 02:00 PM

"Sometimes, the expressions on a person's face can mean much more than what they say. To help you stay in touch with your friends and family, we're launching Google Talk with video and voice chat for Android phones."

Nexus S users, rejoice! Video chat is coming soon to your device via the 2.3.4 update.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Gingerbread Update Coming to Nexus S Users

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Software" @ 05:00 PM

"Instead of hopelessly checking for updates until the time is right, the Powers That Be are now offering the upgrade as a manual download to anyone who is already running 2.3.3 on the i9020T (the AWS-equipped model)."

If you meet the requirements and just can't wait, the 2.3.4 update is ready for manual application. Otherwise you can wait for the OTA which should be arriving soon on applicable devices.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

OTA Update of Android 2.3.4 Released for the Nexus One but it's Missing Something

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 05:30 PM

"Good news: Android 2.3.4 is en route to your Nexus One. Bad news: it lacks the Google Talk video and voice chat options that Nexus S users will get to enjoy in their slice of the same Gingerbread iteration."

This is too bad! I really wish they would give video and audio abilities to all versions of Google Talk, front facing camera or not. Sometimes you want to show something going on rather than yourself anyway. Really, even if you have no camera's the voice chat could be very handy when you're out of minutes on your phone or for some other reason conventional calling will not do the trick. Did you get the official 2.3.4 update on your Nexus One? What do you think?

Friday, April 29, 2011

Good News/Bad News for LG G2x

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "LG Android Phones" @ 12:00 PM

"T-Mobile tweets that Android 2.3 is coming to the G2x 'soon'"

If you're a G2x owner or want to be, some good news from T-Mobile; Gingerbread is coming soon. What qualifies as not waiting long isn't spelled out, but this is good news regardless. The not-so-good news is that the reports of the G2x being a quad-band phone, capable of 4G speeds on AT&T as well as T-Mobile's network, were greatly exaggerated. Sorry, quad-band seekers, this is not the 'droid you're looking for.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Gingerbread 2.3.4 May Bring Voice And Video Chat To Android Phones

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 06:00 PM

"The Google I/O rumor mill has been surprisingly calm this year - certainly calmer than it was last year, that's for sure. But a recent tweet from @MAFiA303, who reportedly "works with Samsung," changes that completely - have a look for yourself:"

This is certainly good news on multiple levels. All has been fairly quiet on the Android for phones front since Honeycomb hit the scene. It's nice to know that there is more OS lovin on the way in the form of some fresh Gingerbread. Speaking of Honeycomb, the addition of video (and I assume voice) calling to Google talk on phones is wonderful. I really love having that option on my Xoom. I've only played with the Video calling once but I have used the voice chat a time or two. I really hope this option comes to my Nexus One even though it doesn't have a front facing camera. I would still like to be able to send video and most of all have voice chats over Google talk. I'm excited! How about you?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Droid X Gingerbread Update Kills Root

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Talk" @ 02:00 PM

"This story is one of those strange things that probably sounds worse than it is. The report is that the official OTA Gingerbread update for the Droid X is now rolling out, but it comes with a caveat that it will kill root access if your phone is rooted."

Good News: Gingerbread is now available for the Droid X!

Bad News: It kills root access.

Another cautionary tale; if you root your phone, it could be taken away at any time by the manufacturer in an update. The better news is that there is always a developer community trying to re-root phones that lose the ability and they do love a challenge. Otherwise the update looks to be pretty decent, with generally good results. If you're rooted and want to keep it, though, you may want to wait until the community comes up with another exploit.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Tough Android Tablet To Be Beta Tested By Motorola

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 08:30 AM

"We've been keeping our eyes on Motorola's plans to sink its claws into the enterprise market for at least the past couple of months, and it looks like the company is ramping up its efforts with a rugged Android tablet fit for the workplace."

Of course Motorola couldn't keep themselves from developing an Android tablet as tablets become more and more popular. Word has it that Motorola will be beta testing a new durable tablet that will withstand drops up to four feet, water splashes and excessive dust and temperatures. Along with those features, the tablet has been rumored to include Gingerbread, a 7 inch screen, rear and front facing cameras, 1 GB RAM and Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Sounds like Motorola is trying to appeal to customers who live rugged lives or have jobs outside of the office.

New Archos 7c Home Tablet On the Way

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 05:00 AM

"The 7 inch Archos 7c coming out in June has a 1.2 GHz Rockchip 2918 ARM Cortex-A8 processor. It has a capacitive touchscreen display and supports Google android 2.3."

Archos has been making "tablets" for years that were basically sold as PMP's and mobile DVR's. More recently they've transitioned to Android tablets though they don't have any that run Honeycomb and the Archos 7c Home Tablet is not an exception as it will ship with Gingerbread. Archos has been doing media very well for years so I'm sure this will not disappoint you if you need high end multimedia features. Archos is claiming it has the fastest processor available. I'm not sure about that but it shouldn't be slow. One major downside is it doesn't have the Android Market but of course there are ways you can add that. There is another model is available for pre-order at the low price of $200. If the price this updated version low it could be a tempting. Is this a tablet you would consider?

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Sensational Pyramid? Introducing the HTC Sensation To the UK

Posted by Karey Westfall in "HTC Android Phones" @ 08:00 AM

"The HTC Pyramid will be called the HTC Sensation when it comes to the UK, Pocket-lint can exclusively confirm after talking to people familiar with the matter."

The HTC Sensation is said to be launching in the UK on April 12th. Some of you may know it by it's former name, the HTC Pyramid. Regardless of it's moniker, few details of it's stats and mobile carriers have been confirmed. But it is speculated that it will have a 4.3 inch screen, arrive in the US for Q2 and run gingerbread. Sounds like the only confirmed fact is it's name!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Gingerbread Update and $1 Price Tag Make Xperia X10 a Bit More Attractive

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android News" @ 12:00 PM

"Okay, so a couple of weeks back, we wouldn't have cared if Best Buy was willing to give us money to carry the Xperia X10, we still would have steered clear of its flawed UI and outdated software."

After a less than stellar review last August, Engadget holds out some hope for the X10 with the promise of an update to Gingerbread. Anyone here have this device? What do you think of it? Will it benefit from the update to Gingerbread, or is it a case of too little, too late?

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Have a Droid X or Droid 2? You Can Have Gingerbread Now!

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 09:00 AM

"Is your Motorola Droidphone hungry for some Gingerbread? Well, the lucky little guy can now get its taste with the recently released Android 2.3 builds for Droid X and Droid 2 from My Droid World. Droid Life's got all the details, including a hands-on video (provided after the break) and complete instructions for rooting your device and downloading the OS."

Motorola has a pretty good track record of getting OS update out and it looks like they're keeping up their development work. Android 2.3, Gingerbread seems to be nearly ready, if not completely finish, for the Droid X and Droid 2. The build has leaked out and you can install it on your phone now if you want! I'm excited about Gingerbread not just because of what Google is bringing to the table in it but also because of the many changes that Moto made to the Blur UI. As you can see in the screen shot you can now create groups in the app tray. It also gives you four buttons at the bottom of the home screens instead of three (phone, app tray, contacts) and three of the four can be changed to anything you want! There's more but that's what got my attention. Have any of you installed the leaked Gingerbread update? How's it working for you?

Monday, March 21, 2011

HTC Flyer Launching in April in the UK

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 05:30 PM

"It's different in a number of ways: it's packing a single-core CPU (though 1.5 GHz is still snappy); it's running Gingerbread with Sense UI, with Honeycomb coming in Q2; it has a stylus and a number of handwriting/note taking features (hence the codename Scribe); and, it will be launching with the OnLive gaming service"

HTC's Flyer tablet will be launching soon (sometime in April, most likely) in the UK. Pricing is a bit high compared to the other tablets coming out, but the £500.00 (about $813 USD) is marked a preliminary price, so we can only hope that it drops quite a bit. No word on a US launch, but can it be too far behind?

This tablet seems to buck the trend of most of the newer tablets coming out with a single-core processor, Gingerbread, and a stylus, but it looks intriguing nonetheless. Anyone excited about this device, or are you waiting one of the others on the horizon?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The HTC Shooter Looks Like a Very Nice Gingerbread Phone on its way to Sprint

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 07:00 PM

"The "PG86100" certainly identifies itself as carrying a speedy new Adreno 220 GPU, which is typically paired with twin processing units, and should help push plenty of pixels to the 960 x 540 screen that's presently displaying Android Gingerbread 2.3.2."

This has the potential to be a great phone! If you're on Sprint and waiting for one that's really high end keep your eyes open for the Shooter! It's already running Gingerbread so that's a good start. Also, HTC does have a good track record of updating their high end phones. Last year I didn't like HTC phones because they had a relatively weak GPU. That's not the case anymore. The Adreno 220 should be right up there with the Tegra 2 and it may be faster. It's als designed to be paired with a dual-core CPU so we can expect that. And what good is a crazy fast GPU with a screen from last year? This has a qHD display!!! I'm so glad to see HTC going with a 16x9 aspect ratio and significantly a higher resolution as Motorola has started with the Atrix. If you're ready to get a new phone on Sprint and renew your contract you may want to hold out a little longer! If this is the phone you've been waiting for, or not, we would love to hear your thoughts!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Capture The Screen Of Your 2.3.3 Device Without Rooting: Once Someone Writes An App For That...

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 09:00 PM

"Changes in the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread source will allow applications to take screenshots without rooting your phone."

Fiiiiinnnaaally!! The only reason I have ever had to root my Nexus One is for the simple ability to take screenshots without utilizing the method pictured above. Now it appears that in Android 2.3.3 programs will actually be capable of capturing the screen without you needing to root your device! That is, once someone writes an app to take advantage of these new APIs. Finally my twitter updates complaining about the weather will be much more interesting with a nice screen capture of the weather forecast. So come on devs, where is that Gingerbread screen capture app? Maybe? Please?

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Gingerbread Updates Now Ready for Your Nexus One or Nexus S

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android News" @ 07:30 AM

Well looky here; just a couple of days after announcing that the 2.3.3 Gingerbread OTA update was coming for the Nexus One and Nexus S the zip files have shown up as well. For those of you (like me) who are too impatient to wait for the OTA, you can download the files from the following links:

Nexus One: FRG83G to GRI40

Nexus S: GRH78 to GRI40 or GRH78C to GRI40

Android Central has great step-by-step instructions for applying the update to the Nexus One. The only difference for the Nexus S is that you hold the volume rocker up when you power up in step 4.

I just applied the update to my N1. After the break I'll share my thoughts on the update process and my initial impression of the update.


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