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Google unveiled Android 2.3, codename Gingerbread at the end of last year and the Nexus S by Samsung was the first device to get a taste of the delicious Gingerbread. But what about the rest of the world not fortunate enough to land themselves a Nexus S?
Computer World has thrown together a brilliant list of just about every device you can think of and some notes on each device’s hopes for Gingerbread. Everything from the Xperia X10 to the HTC Thunderbolt is covered, so chances are you can glean some information from their well-researched database.
We do, however, want to stress that a lot of the information given is based on rumors and you definitely want to take those lightly because more often than we’d like, rumors turn out to be untrue. Hit the source link below to take a look at the full list from Computer World.
Android 2.3 Upgrade List: Phones That Have Received (or Are Receiving) Gingerbread
• HTC Nexus One: After a longer-than-expected delay – from users’ perspectives, at least – Google started sending the Android 2.3 upgrade to its Nexus One flagship phone on February 22, 2011.
• Samsung Nexus S: Though the Nexus S shipped with Android 2.3 already installed, the device received an over-the-air upgrade to Android 2.3.3 in late February. The 2.3.3 update enabled new Near Field Communications capabilities and included a handful of other minor tweaks.
Android 2.3 Upgrade List: Phones Expected to Get Gingerbread
• LG Optimus 2X: The LG Optimus 2X – known in the U.S. as the T-Mobile G2X – is confirmed to be in-line for the Android 2.3 upgrade. No specific launch date has been announced so far.
• LG Optimus Black: Despite the fact that it ships with Froyo, LG’s upcoming Optimus Black smartphone will eventually enjoy the taste of Gingerbread, LG has confirmed. No specific date has been announced.
• LG Optimus One: LG has confirmed that all of its Optimus One phones will receive the Android 2.3 upgrade at some point in the foreseeable future. This includes the Optimus S on Sprint, the Optimus T on T-Mobile, and the LG Vortex on Verizon, as well as the Optimus C on Cricket Wireless, the Optimus M on MetroPCS, the Optimus U on U.S. Cellular, and the Optimus V on Virgin Mobile. LG has not announced any specific time frame for the Gingerbread rollout, saying only that details will be "announced locally in due course."
• HTC Desire: HTC says its original Desire Android phone will receive the Android 2.3 upgrade, according to a spokesperson quoted in tech blog SlashGear. The update is said to be scheduled for sometime in the second quarter. British carrier Three also sent a tweet in early April stating that Gingerbread was "coming in for testing" on April 4 and should be sent out to users around the "end of April" or "early May"; a follow-up tweet sent by Three on April 5 said the upgrade was "expected in the next couple of weeks" but that no firm date could be provided.
• HTC Desire HD: HTC has gone on the record as saying its European Desire HD phone will feast on Gingerbread sometime in the second quarter of 2011. Some French sites have reported that the upgrade could come as early as April, though that timing has not been officially confirmed.
• HTC Desire Z: The Desire Z is on-track to get Gingerbread, according to an HTC spokesperson quoted at SlashGear. The Desire Z’s update is said to be scheduled for sometime in the second quarter.
• HTC Droid Incredible: According to an email said to be from an HTC rep and published by Android blog Droid-Life.com, the HTC Droid Incredible is set to receive the Gingerbread upgrade. The email says the upgrade will be made available "before the end of the second quarter of this year." Neither HTC nor Verizon has officially confirmed that information.
• HTC EVO 4G: While Sprint and HTC have stayed fairly quiet on the EVO’s Gingerbread status, the phone certainly seems poised to receive an Android 2.3 upgrade. A small tech blog, citing a conversation with an HTC employee at the CTIA mobile tech show in March, suggests the upgrade could arrive sometime after the launch of HTC’s new EVO 3D device. An email purportedly sent from HTC and leaked to another website, meanwhile, points to a possible second quarter rollout.
• HTC G2 [UPDATED 4/8/11]: HTC has confirmed its T-Mobile G2 will get Gingerbread. The phone is on-track to receive the upgrade sometime in the second quarter of this year, an HTC representative tells me.
• HTC Incredible S: The HTC Incredible S – rumored to be headed to Verizon as the Droid Incredible 2 – will be bumped to Gingerbread "soon after" its release, according to HTC. A company spokesperson has been quoted as saying the Android 2.3 upgrade (or possibly Android 2.4 upgrade) will be rolled out sometime in the second quarter of 2011. Some rumors have suggested the Verizon version could arrive with Gingerbread already intact, but that information has not been confirmed.
• HTC Thunderbolt: An email said to be from an HTC rep and published at Android blog Droid-Life.com claims the HTC Thunderbolt will get its Android 2.3 upgrade sometime in the second quarter of 2011.
• Motorola Atrix 4G: Motorola has indicated it plans to upgrade its AT&T-based Atrix 4G phone to Android 2.3 at some point in the future. No specific date, however, has been announced.
• Motorola Droid 2: While we’ve heard no official word about Android 2.3 upgrade plans for Motorola’s Droid 2, some Android blogs have posted leaked versions of a Gingerbread update apparently customized for the phone. It’s not entirely clear if the update is official or final, but many Android enthusiasts are taking it as a sign that something is a-cookin’.
• Motorola Droid X: Numerous rumors have circulated in the blogosphere about possible Gingerbread rollouts for Verizon’s Motorola Droid X, with the latest having pointed to March 27 as the day to watch. That date, of course, didn’t end up panning out – but leaked versions of the Android 2.3 software apparently customized for the Droid X do add weight to the notion that an update is in the works.
• Samsung Galaxy Player: It isn’t technically a phone, but Samsung’s new Galaxy Player Android device will be upgradeable to Android 2.3, according to a press release put out by the company. No target date has been announced.
• Samsung Galaxy S [UPDATED 4/7/11]: All signs point to Gingerbread being in the cards for Samsung’s popular Galaxy S line of phones. That includes the Samsung Captivate on AT&T, Samsung Epic 4G on Sprint, Samsung Vibrant on T-Mobile, and Samsung Fascinate on Verizon (which as of now has yet to even receive Froyo). Rumors started popping up in January that some Galaxy S phones could see an Android 2.3 upgrade as early as March or April. Samsung’s official Samsung Mobile India Twitter account, meanwhile, has stated numerous times that the Galaxy S will receive Gingerbread – version 2.3.3 – but that a definite launch date has not been set. Samsung’s Romanian Facebook page has issued similar promises. In late March, software said to be a leaked version of Samsung’s official Galaxy S Gingerbread update surfaced on an Android developers’ forum, heightening speculation that a rollout could be near. In addition to all of that, Samsung’s Finnish site has now posted a news release stating that Gingerbread will reach Galaxy S handsets "in mid-April."
• Sony Xperia X10: Sony disappointed countless customers when it said its Xperia X10 line of phones wouldn’t be upgraded past Android 2.1 earlier this year. Now, however, Sony has reconsidered its stance and said it will upgrade the Xperia X10 to Android 2.3. According to a company blog posted in late March, Android 2.3 – 2.3.3, to be specific – will hit Xperia X10 phones late in the second quarter or early in the third quarter of 2011. Before you get too excited, though, note that Sony says the upgrade will be delivered to "generic trade versions" of the phone – and that carrier-customized versions may or may not be included. "We will have to get back with more information on this at a later stage," Sony says, "but we want to be very clear already at this stage on the fact that some of you may not get this upgrade." Sony also notes that Xperia X10 phones will not be upgraded again beyond the Gingerbread level.
Android 2.3 Upgrade List: Phones Where Gingerbread Looks Iffy
• Motorola Backflip: Neither Motorola nor AT&T has said a word about the Backflip even receiving Froyo – so while there’s no official denial of Gingerbread for the device, a 2.3 upgrade certainly doesn’t seem like a strong possibility.
• Motorola Cliq: Motorola accidentally announced a Froyo upgrade for the original Cliq last fall, then quickly deleted the apparently typo-caused mention. Since that time, the phone has been stagnant at the 2.1-level on Motorola’s corporate upgrade list – a sign that isn’t very encouraging when it comes to the newer 2.3 release.
Android 2.3 Upgrade List: Phones Not Expected To Get Gingerbread
• HTC Droid Eris: Verizon has confirmed that its HTC Droid Eris device will not receive even the Froyo upgrade. The phone is no longer sold by the carrier.
• HTC G1: The T-Mobile G1 was denied Froyo due to hardware limitations, and the same restrictions will keep Gingerbread from officially reaching the device. "Like Froyo, Gingerbread is too large to fit on the G1’s system storage," Android team member Dan Morrill explained via Twitter.
• HTC Hero: The Hero got a "no" for Froyo, so it seems safe to say the phone won’t be receiving Gingerbread, either.
• Motorola Charm: The Charm will not receive upgrades beyond its current 2.1 level, according to Motorola.
• Motorola Cliq XT: Motorola said Froyo "could not meet the basic performance standards required" while running on its Cliq XT device. As such, the phone is now set to remain at Android 1.5, the company has confirmed.
• Motorola Devour: Motorola says the Devour will remain on Android 1.6.
• Motorola Flipout: The Flipout will not receive upgrades beyond its current 2.1 level, according to Motorola.
• Motorola i1: The Motorola i1 will remain on Android 1.5, Moto says.
• Motorola Milestone XT720: Motorola has said its XT720 tablet phone won’t be upgraded beyond its current 2.1 level.
• Samsung Behold II: Samsung has confirmed its Behold II handset won’t be upgraded beyond Android 1.6.
• Samsung Moment: Like the HTC Hero, the Moment was given a no-go for Froyo and consequently isn’t likely to receive Gingerbread.
• Sony Xperia X10 Mini and Xperia X10 Mini Pro: Though it changed its mind on its upgrade stance for the Xperia X10, Sony says it’s sticking to its guns with the X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro; neither device is scheduled to receive the Android 2.3 upgrade. "We have had to prioritize our resources and have therefore focused on delivering the upgrade to Xperia X10," Sony says.
Android 2.3 Upgrade List: The Rest of the Phones
If a phone isn’t listed here – like the original Motorola Droid, for example – it’s likely because there just isn’t much clear info available yet about its fate. Odds are, we’ll soon be hearing more and more details with each passing week.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4G picks up where the Vibrant left off, adding 4G HSPA+ speeds of up to 21Mbps, a front-facing VGA camera, enhanced battery life, and Android 2.2 with Flash 10.1 support. The rest of the phone is strikingly similar to its 3G predecessor, even down to the disappointing lack of a camera flash. T-Mobile also dangles the carrot in front of its customers by preloading the movie Inception onto the phone in order to show off the Galaxy S 4G’s Super AMOLED screen. This is a classic T-Mobile incentive, and one that should make Christopher Nolan happy. James Cameron got his jollies with Avatar preloaded on the Vibrant. According to numbers, the Samsung Galaxy S 4G is T-Mobile’s fastest phone to date when it comes to network speeds, as long as you live within range of the company’s advanced towers. It’s also a good match if you want to get one of T-Mobile cell phones prepaid and avoid the contract. For the rest, the Samsung Galaxy S 4G is just another Galaxy S phone . Let’s take an in-depth look at the Samsung Galaxy S 4G.
- Thin and light
- Excellent screen
- Highly responsive
- Excellent battery life
- Slippery to hold
- Disappointing voice quality
BUILD & DESIGN
This phone is extremely thin and light. It measures 4.8-inches long, 2.5-inches wide, and 0.4-inches thick, and weighs just over four ounces. Unlike some modern smartphones that will hardly fit in your largest pocket, the Galaxy S 4G won’t add any bulk to your mobile lifestyle.
The sides of the phone are shiny silver, and the back cover is a platinum gray color with a cool color shifting effect. There’s nothing flashy or garish about this phone, but it does stand out from the pack in a good way.
The Galaxy S 4G can be somewhat “slippery” and difficult to hold on to because it’s so smooth. It doesn’t have any prominent ridges, and is rather curved at the sides. The only slight bump is at the bottom edge on the back, but that may not be enough to help you figure out which end is which when you dig it out of your pocket or bag.
Since the power and volume buttons are almost flush mounted, they don’t stick out enough to give you much of a clue about which way you’re holding the phone — you’ll have to look.
Aside from my slight frustration with the slipperiness of the phone, I found the Galaxy S 4G to be of excellent build quality. The phone feels solid in the hand and is well made. You won’t find any bending, creaking, or flimsy parts here.
The 4-inch Super AMOLED display is simply gorgeous. While I might not often want to watch full length movies on the small screen, the clarity and detail are just outstanding. Colors are rich and sharp, and I can see everything clearly, be it text on a web page, photos, videos, or games. Even when I look very closely, I can see little to no evidence of jagginess or pixelization on the 800 x 480 pixel display.
I also found the screen to be entirely readable outside in direct sunlight, though of course the colors did wash out a bit. The screen can be a bit too bright indoors, at least for my taste. I found myself turning off the automatic brightness control in the settings area so that I could dial it down just a bit.
You’ll be relying on the on-screen virtual keyboard here, since the Galaxy S 4G doesn’t have a physical QWERTY keyboard. Thankfully the Swype technology is included, so you should be typing quickly and accurately with a minimum of practice. That’s especially important since this phone is relatively narrow in portrait mode, so the keyboard keys are rather long and narrow too.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Swype is a text entry method in which you slide you finger from letter to letter, rather than pecking at each one. It’s become quite popular in the last year or so, and Samsung put it on virtually all its phones.
Swype is smart enough that it does a very good job of reading your mind. If it ever isn’t sure about a particular word choice, a handy menu pops up with several likely choices, and a single tap is all that is needed to pick the right word and move on.
Call Quality/Battery Life
Like the Samsung Vibrant, we had nothing to complain about with the Samsung Galaxy S 4G when it came to call quality. Despite the hubbub of traffic and town noises, we were able to have unmolested calls, thanks to the phone’s polished microphone system. Although Samsung upgraded the Galaxy S 4G’s battery to a 1650 mAh pack, we only discovered a minute boost in phone stamina. Naturally, we tested games, took pictures and video, browsed the Internet, and made calls, but by the end of the day, the phone was hurting for some electrical juice. Our advice is to keep an eye on the phone’s Program Monitor and make sure the brightness of the phone is not set to maximum.
We actually had a better experience with the 5-megapixel camera on the Samsung Galaxy S 4G than we did with the Samsung Vibrant. We’re not sure if Samsung changed the glass or tweaked the sensor a bit but all of our bright light testing ranked among the better phones we’ve seen in this class. At times, the phone had a tendency to oversharpen, but for the most part, colors were natural and detail was uninhibited.
Unfortunately, Samsung chose to omit a flash for the second time on the Galaxy S 4G, so we had to shoot in Night mode any time the lighting was not favorable. Night mode worked surprisingly well, however, but we found that it was difficult to capture blur-free images because of the shutter speed sacrifice. The bottom line is that the Samsung Galaxy S 4G needed a flash, and it didn’t get one.
The same applied to video mode. 720p bright light performance was good, although it didn’t live up to the same standard as the phone’s still image quality, thanks to its unpredictable frame rates and occasional lack of detail. Still, we were able to attain some decent footage up until the lights dimmed. Without a Night mode or Flash to shoot with, video mode at night was essentially useless.
On the plus side, the Galaxy S 4G has a stellar camera interface, just like the Samsung Vibrant. We have numerous Scene modes, Shot Modes, manual controls, and a new Default Destination option, which lets us choose where we wanted the images to ultimately end up. The Front Facing Camera also came in handy for self-portraits, and for most users, the camera will be fine in bright light. But we’re still bitter about that lack of flash!
While this phone is set to be dwarfed in one feature or another by phones coming out in the months ahead, I’ll tell you this: here is a solid Android phone we know to be capable of doing anything an average user might want it to do, and it’s inexpensive, and it’s extremely light. The Samsung Galaxy S 4G comes from the most successful line of Android phones in the history of Android, so you should have no worries on whether or not it’ll be worth your time – it will be!
What you’ve got to decide now, if you’re considering purchasing an Android phone, is if you’re going to want to stick to a lineage of proven phones such as this one, or if you’re going to toss your cash in a barrel marked “oddity.” There’s a whole slew of Android phones coming out sooner than later that offer up more than just a dedicated Android experience. But is “more” better? And how well do you like T-Mobile? Know these things before you step in the store, and ye shall know the truth.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4G is an entertainment powerhouse. If you’re looking for a phone that can offer excellent photo and video quality, with excellent choices for live and on-demand TV, this is the phone for you. The screen is gorgeous, the battery life is impressive, the camera/camcorder capture everyday memories with excellent quality, and the gaming experience is fun.
Though there were some issues with voice quality and a few minor frustrations relating to the lock screen and access to the camera settings, the Galaxy S 4G is a solid device with some impressive features.
If you’re more interested in Facebook, gaming, video, and email than you are in gabbing on the phone, this is the device for you. Voice quality isn’t horrible by any means, or even particularly bad, but it is the weakest point for what is, in all other respects, a powerful and fun device.
Here’s a turn up for the books; the original Samsung Galaxy S will be getting an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. You know, the phone that took ages to get involved with Froyo after many many delays.
According to Samsung Romania’s Facebook page, upgrades will start rolling out on Sunday 20th of March til the end of the month.
The translation from the page reads: “Here are some news about the upcoming upgrades to your Android running smartphones. The 2.2.1 upgrade for the Galaxy S will be available until March 20 and the Gingerbread update will roll out until the end of March.”
This comes after news that HTC promised 2.3 upgrades for last year’s Desire and Desire HD Android phones. Galaxy S owners will be pleased to hear that they’re getting the same Gingerbread love and attention too.
We’ve contacted Samsung to find out when the Android 2.3 upgrade will be coming to the UK, and whether you’ll need to update via Samsung Kies or get the upgrade over the air; we’re waiting to hear back.
The Samsung Galaxy Pro was unveiled today at the at Samsung SEA Forum in Singapore. The Samsung Galaxy Pro is the first Android handset from Samsung to sport a portrait QWERTY keyboard. The handset will feature an 800MHZ CPU, 2.8-inch touchscreen, 3 megapixel camera, WiFi, and 3G connectivity and will run on Android 2.2.
Like the majority of Samsung’s Android devices, the Galaxy Pro will feature TouchWiz and Samsung’s Social Hub. Launch details and pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Pro are still not available, but 3 UK has announced on their blog that the handset will be coming to their network sometime soon.
I’m personally not a huge fan of having a full keyboard on the outside of my phone, but it’s hard to deny that there’s a huge demand for this form factor. RIM has made a fortune with their BlackBerry handsets over the years and now Android manufacturers want to show that they can compete in that same segment.
Well this is certainly unexpected. The HTC Droid Eris for Verizon (remember the one that isn’t getting Android 2.2 Froyo and that seemed relegated to its current firmware) is receiving an OTA software update. We shouldn’t have to tell you it isn’t Froyo, but it does boost the software version to 2.41.605.6 and the radio to 2.42.01.04.27. The list of enhancements and tweaks includes:
- Improved Bluetooth connection to Mercedes-Benz E350 automobiles (random much?)
- New Twitter authentication
- Visually improved Received Signal Strength Indicator
- Pre-loaded Visual Voice Mail
- Sync-able Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 calendars
- MMS can now be sent with or without text, and devices on other carriers will now receive multimedia messages
As you can see from the above list, not a whole lot going for this update to get you too excited, but improvements it brings nonetheless. Anyone receive it yet?
The HTC Incredible 2 has just been spotted in Verizon’s internal system almost a year to the day after its predecessor. Before you get too excited, assuming you are prone to getting excited about the Incredible 2, keep in mind that the original Incredible didn’t launch for a little over two months after it made its first appearance in a similar screenshot.
It’s a safe bet that the Incredible 2 will at least borrow quite a bit from the already announced Incredible S, but whether it is in fact a carbon copy remains to be seen. One trait it hopefully doesn’t pick up from its overseas cousin is Android 2.2.
Here’s a quick refresher on the basic Incredible S specs:
- 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8255 Processor
- 768 MB Ram
- 4″ Super LCD
- 800 x 480
- 8 MP rear camera with dual-LED flash (720p video capable)
- 1.3 MP front facing camera
- 1,450 mAh battery
- Rotating capacitive buttons