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Motorola Photon 4G gets official on Sprint, available this summer

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The Motorola Photon 4G was rumored to be the first flagship Motorola handset to join Sprint in quite some time, and just moments ago at Sprint and Motorola’s press event in New York City, the Android handset got official. The Motorola Photon 4G features a 4.3-inch qHD display, 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 16GB of storage, front-facing VGA camera, rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with full 1080p HD video capture support, 4G WiMAX, and more. It definitely looks like the Photon 4G and the EVO 3D will be the Android handsets to beat this summer. The full press release is after the break!

Sprint and Motorola Forge Renewed Business Relationship That Extends Device Innovation

New Portfolio of Android-Based Devices Empower Both Businesses and Consumers with World-Class Versatility, Productivity and Entertainment Features

Sprint to launch more than 10 new Motorola devices in 2011, including
Motorola PHOTON 4G, boasting Sprint 4G, Android 2.3, Sprint ID and worldphone capabilities,
Motorola XPRT, a business-class Android smartphone, and
Motorola TRIUMPH, the first Motorola Android smartphone for Virgin Mobile USA

New York City – June 9, 2011 – Sprint (NYSE: S) and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) today announced a reinvigorated alliance that strengthens and extends the two companies’ device innovation leadership. Sprint and its prepaid brands of Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA will launch more than 10 new Motorola wireless devices in 2011, bringing revolutionary performance, speed and design to Sprint customers. This new portfolio demonstrates a commitment to bring customers advanced devices with industry-leading features, including smartphones, tablets and best-in-class Push-to-Talk devices.

Two new devices were communicated today as part of this relationship, including the iconic Motorola PHOTON™ 4G, Motorola’s first Sprint 4G device with a dual-core 1GHz processor, Android™ 2.3, Sprint ID and worldphone capabilities, and Motorola TRIUMPH™, the first Virgin Mobile USA device from Motorola. These two devices, along with the additional products in the new portfolio, build upon Sprint and Motorola’s long history of innovation across Sprint 3G and 4G networks and Nextel National Network.

“Over the years, we have teamed with Motorola to bring top of the line devices to our customers across both prepaid and postpaid brands,” said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. “I am pleased to see our collaboration grow. Together we will enhance the customer experience by bringing innovative devices to market, such as the Motorola PHOTON 4G and Motorola TRIUMPH.”

Sprint was unbeaten among major wireless carriers for customer satisfaction according to results from the 2011 American Customer Satisfaction Index. In addition to tying for first place among wireless carriers, Sprint was also the number one most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all industries, over the last three years, according to the survey.

“We are excited to be partnering with Sprint to announce a new portfolio of innovative, differentiated Android-based products that make the mobile experience better for people – whether at home or at work,” said Sanjay Jha, chairman and chief executive officer, Motorola Mobility. “These devices showcase our deep insight into consumer needs and harness the power of Sprint’s networks.”

Motorola’s First Sprint 4G Phone

Sprint and Motorola are taking wireless innovation to a new level with Sprint’s first 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 processor smartphone on the Sprint 4G Network, Motorola PHOTON 4G. Motorola PHOTON 4G provides on-the-go users with an edge in managing their lives, around the world. Motorola PHOTON 4G offers the perfect blend between personal and business needs and boasts enterprise-quality security for Android, international GSM capabilities, a 4.3-inch qHD display, dual cameras and a kickstand for hands-free viewing.

Built with Android 2.3, Gingerbread, Motorola PHOTON 4G, combined with the Sprint 4G Network, lets users browse, download and multitask at blazing-fast speeds to support their busy lifestyles. Motorola PHOTON 4G does it all, providing users with an array of versatile tools, like the Motorola webtop application, allowing users to access and create content from a larger screen while connected to a Motorola accessory dock (available for purchase following device availability).

Additional features include:

  • Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and 1GB of RAM
  • Large 4.3-inch touchscreen with qHD (Quarter High Definition) display
  • 16GB of onboard memory, support for up to 32GB SD Card, for a total of up to 48GB
  • Worldphone capabilities to access emails, calendars and news from locations around the globe
  • Ability to utilize the webtop application while connected to a Motorola accessory dock (sold separately) to open, view, edit and send Microsoft Office documents using cloud-based web apps through the full Mozilla Firefox browser
  • Supports critical IT device policies commonly requested by enterprises and government entities, including integration ease, cost-of-management and data security concerns
  • Dual cameras – 8 megapixel, dual-LED flash camera with front-facing webcam to store photos and videos directly on the device and VGA front-facing camera for video chat
  • Android Market™ for access to more than 200,000 useful applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience
  • Sprint ID for an easy way to personalize the user experience with apps, widgets, ringtones and more, all in a single download
  • 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, supporting up to eight devices on the Sprint 3G or 4G networks and one while roaming internationally on GSM (Mobile Hotspot capability while roaming internationally on GSM will be delivered through an upcoming software update)

Motorola PHOTON 4G will be available this summer. Pricing, final specifications and a full list of accessories will be provided closer to launch.

Motorola’s Debut on Virgin Mobile USA

Available this summer, Motorola TRIUMPH is the first Motorola device available exclusively to Virgin Mobile USA customers. Tech savvy customers will appreciate the feature-rich Motorola TRIUMPH as one of the hottest phones with the added flexibility of a no contract plan.

Motorola TRIUMPH boasts a vibrant 4.1-inch WVGA touchscreen, two cameras, a super slim design at less than 0.4 inches thick, HD-Video (720p) capture and HDMI output to allow for image sharing on your HDTV (requires HDMI cable sold separately).

Additional features include:

  • 1GHz processor and up to 32GB of expandable memory to power and store multimedia libraries
  • HDMI out hook-up for flat screen multimedia viewing
  • Access to corporate email, social media sites, like Facebook® and Twitter™ and a full suite of Google™ services, like Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™, Google Talk™ and more
  • 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and front-facing VGA camera for video chat
  • Android Market for access to more than 200,000 useful applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience

Motorola TRIUMPH will also be the first handset to come preloaded with the Virgin Mobile Live 2.0 app used to access the Virgin Mobile branded music stream.

Virgin Mobile Live 2.0 is a social networking music application, which will provide Android users free access to the company’s critically acclaimed music stream hosted by DJ Abbey Braden, as well as live music performance videos, and “check in” features at special events. All status updates made using the app will also sync with Facebook and Twitter. It will be available in late July at www.virginmobileusa.com and in major retail outlets nationwide.

Business-Class Android OS Smartphone

On June 5, Sprint and Motorola debuted Motorola XPRT™, the first Motorola smartphone powered by Android from Sprint to deliver enterprise-class security, personal productivity enhancements and international roaming. Designed for business users, Motorola XPRT offers a sleek, compact design built on Android 2.2, Froyo.

It features:

  • High-resolution 3.1-inch HVGA display with physical QWERTY keyboard
  • 5 megapixel camera with camcorder and dual LED flash for low-light performance
  • 2GB memory card included, supporting up to 32GB
  • Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®), personal (POP & IMAP) email and Quickoffice for opening Microsoft Office™ documents
  • Worldmode – CDMA (EVDO Rev. A), GSM/UMTS (HSPA) – international roaming service available in more than 200 countries
  • Google mobile services such as Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps with Navigation, syncing with Google Calendar™, Voice Actions and YouTube™

It is available now in Sprint Stores, Business Sales, Web Sales (www.sprint.com) and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) for $129.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement.

More than 10 Devices Together by Year End

Additional devices available in 2011 from Sprint and Motorola will include:

  • Motorola Titanium™: Available late summer, Motorola Titanium leverages Sprint’s industry-leading Push-to-Talk capabilities as the first Nextel Direct Connect® smartphone built on Android 2.1.
  • Motorola XOOM™ with Wi-Fi: In May, Sprint made available Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi through Direct Ship sales channels for $599.99 (excluding taxes). It is the first device to feature Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), the version of Android designed specifically for tablets and features innovations in widgets, multitasking, web browsing, notifications and customization. It also offers a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display, 1GHz dual-core processor and two cameras, a rear-facing 5 megapixel camera with flash that can capture HD video and a front-facing 2 megapixel camera for Google Talk with video chat.

Boost Mobile recently announced availability for three new Motorola devices:

  • Motorola Clutch™ + i475, successor to the highly popular Motorola Clutch, is a candy-bar QWERTY device with a larger display screen, improved keyboard for text messaging and walkie-talkie functionality. It is available now for $99.99 (excluding taxes) at Boost Mobile’s exclusive retail stores, select independent wireless dealer, major retail outlets nationwide and at www.boostmobile.com with free shipping.
  • Available later this month and priced at $79.99 (excluding taxes), Motorola Theory™ is a sleek, candy-bar QWERTY at an affordable price. Key features include a high-finish premium design, threaded messaging, web and email access, Bluetooth® technology, 1.3MP camera and 2.4-inch QVGA display.
  • Coming late June, Motorola i412 is ideal for wireless users craving an uncomplicated phone for talking, texting and walkie-talkie functionality. It will be available for $69.99 (excluding taxes) at Boost Mobile’s exclusive retails stores, select independent wireless dealer locations across the country, www.boostmobile.com with free shipping and major retail outlets nationwide.

Motorola Clutch + i475 and i412 are the latest walkie-talkie phones to offer Push-to-Talk service operating on the Nextel National Network, the fastest national Push-to-Talk network1.

All three devices will be available with Boost Mobile’s $50 Monthly Unlimited with Shrinkage plan where the longer you stay, the less you pay simply by making on-time payments. For every six on-time payments, a Boost Mobile customer’s monthly cost will shrink by $5, eventually getting down to as low as $35 a month for unlimited nationwide talk, text, web, email, IM and calls to 411. Payments do not need to be consecutive to qualify for the next savings milestone.

Boost Mobile was recently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as Highest-Ranked Non-Contract Company in Overall Customer Satisfaction Performance2. It offers wireless phones and services with no long-term contracts.

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AQUOS PHONE THE HYBRID 007SH: Sharp Shows World’s First Clamshell Android Phone

aquos-android-2 If you thought Android and clamshell handsets won’t fit, think again: Sharp today introduced [JP] the so-called AQUOS PHONE THE HYBRID 007SH, a flip phone running on Android 2.3. It’s the first of its kind (at least by a major company), but that’s not all the device has to offer.

Sharp actually squeezed a ton of features into the phone:

  • Android 2.3
  • 3.4-inch naked-eye 3D LCD touchscreen with 854×480 resolution
  • 0.7-inch OLED sub-display
  • 16MP CCD camera with 1,280×720 HD video recording support
  • waterproof body
  • IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0+EDR
  • GPS
  • digital TV tuner
  • digital wallet function (Felica/RFID)
  • infrared port
  • Micro HDMI interface
  • Blu-ray recorder connectivity
  • microSD/SDHC slot (shipped with a 2GB card inside)
  • W-CDMA, GSM
  • size: 113×51.8×19.3mm, weight: 140g

In other words, this thing is quite a monster.

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The keyboard section can also be flipped to the back, so you can use the phone like this:

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The AQUOS PHONE THE HYBRID 007SH will be distributed in Japan by mobile carrier SoftBank starting next month. An interesting experiment to see how Japanese consumers will react to a smartphone in a form factor they have been used to for over a decade.

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Sony Ericsson unveils Xperia mini, Xperia mini pro, Xperia acro

Sony Ericsson on Thursday unveiled three new Android-powered smartphones: the Xperia mini, the Xperia mini pro and the Xperia acro. The latter is a new version of the Xperia arc that will only be available in the Japanese market, however the Xperia mini and mini pro are set for global launches beginning in the third quarter of this year. Sony Ericsson claims that the new Xperia mini is the smallest Android phone in the world capable of capturing HD video, and it features Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), a 3-inch Reality Display with Sony’s Bravia engine, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and a 5-megapixel camera. The Xperia pro features similar specs along with a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard. Hit the jump for the full press releases.

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Sony Ericsson unveils next-generation Xperia minis

  • Introducing two powerful, versatile and compact smartphones
  • Xperia™ mini – the world’s smallest HD video recording smartphone
  • Xperia™ mini pro –intuitive fast messaging in a compact smartphone

May 5th, 2011, London – Sony Ericsson unveils the new Xperia™ mini andXperia™ mini pro, the latest additions to its Xperia™ family. Building on the success of the original mini series, these innovative smartphones come packed full of features, powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor, and run the latest platform of Google’s Android™ – Gingerbread 2.3. Beautifully designed, Xperia™mini and Xperia™ mini pro both integrate best-in-class imaging and display technology from Sony, including Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine and HD video recording (720p).

The products offer a full multimedia entertainment experience. Xperia™ mini and Xperia™ mini pro enable access to over 150,000 apps on the Android Market™ and has a 3” scratch-resistant, multi-touch glass screen. The improved user interface allows up to 16 apps displayed on the home screen. Facebook inside Xperia™, a feature just announced for the Xperia™ family, provides a unique social media integration.

Xperia™ mini pro brings the optimized slide-out keyboard with smart functionality first seen on the Xperia™ pro to a compact smartphone. A subtle but fast Type & Send functionality eliminates the need to open a dedicated app for each type of message, and Smart Keyboard triggers predictive messaging actions automatically when the user slides out the keyboard. Xperia™ mini pro also comes pre-loaded with Office Suite and McAfee antivirus software, letting consumers manage documents and e-mails instantly and securely while on the move.

Steve Walker, Head of Marketing, Sony Ericsson said, “We wanted to provide consumers even greater choice across the Xperia™ range, while building on the success of the original mini series. These turbo-charged smartphones now contain even more power, enhanced functionality, a larger screen and premium features unique to Sony Ericsson. They are packed full of features, making them a perfect choice for consumers looking for all the benefits of Android and Sony in a beautiful and easy to use compact form factor.”

Sony Ericsson also unveils today a new integration, Facebook inside Xperia™, which will be included in the new Xperia™ mini and mini pro and soon to be available across the wider Xperia™ range. Facebook inside Xperia™ integrates social connections throughout the phone, by making Facebook immediately accessible from the most used areas of the phone such as the picture gallery, music player, phonebook and calendar.  As people are becoming increasingly reliant on their smartphones for instant communication, Sony Ericsson is enabling people to ‘like’, share and comment more easily than ever before with Facebook inside Xperia™.

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ mini – Key features

  • World’s smallest Android™ smartphone with HD video recording
  • Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
  • Place up to 16 apps in the corners of your home screen
  • Over 150,000 apps on Android Market™
  • Facebook inside. Keeping your friends closer

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ mini pro – Key features

  • Ergonomic keyboard and smart functions for fast messaging
  • HD video and Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
  • Synch your email and view office documents safely on the go
  • Place up to 16 apps in the corners of your home screen
  • Over 150,000 apps on Android Market™

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ mini pro and Xperia™ mini with HD will be available globally in selected markets from Q3.

Sony Ericsson unveils Xperia Acro – the ultimate smartphone for users in Japam

  • Combines best-in-class imaging and display technology with features familiar to users in Japan, such as an infrared port for data exchange, mobile wallet, and mobile TV functionality.

May 5, 2011, London, UK – Sony Ericsson today unveiled the Xperia™ acro, a new addition to the Xperia™ range, designed specifically for the needs of users in Japan. The Xperia™ acro builds on the success of the product family with a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor, and runs on the latest Android platform – Gingerbread 2.3. Best-in-class imaging and display technology features from Sony – the perfect enabler for its mobile TV functionality.

Bert Nordberg, President, Sony Ericsson said, “We are delighted to be introducing this flagship model to Japan. In this sophisticated market, we are listening to consumers and are happy to adapt our products to fit in with requirements which they believe to be an essential part of the mobile experience. We expect that they will be pleased to have such a uniquely adept premium smartphone and look forward to a new wave of consumers experiencing the world of Xperia™.”

The Xperia™ acro provides an excellent multimedia experience, powered by a Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine and presented on an extra wide 4.2” screen. The 8.1 megapixel camera with ‘Exmor R™ for mobile’ enables the capture of low-noise, high quality images and HD video (720p), even in low light. Pictures and videos can then be shared in HD on a HDTV through a built in HDMI-connector.

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ acro – Key features

  • Human Curvature™ design and form factor
  • Mobile TV functionality enabling live TV viewing
  • Infrared port  enables data sharing with other infrared enabled devices
  • Mobile wallet: Instead of paying with cash, cheque or credit cards, a user can use the Xperia™ acro to pay for a wide range of services and digital or hard goods.
  • Extra wide 4.2” multi-touch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine to ensure ultimate multimedia and viewing experiences
  • Sony Exmor R™ for mobile delivers best-in-class low-light photography and video capture
  • 8.1 megapixel camera and HD video recording capability
  • 1GHz CPU, Adreno 205 GPU

HTC Thunderbolt and EVO 4G finally getting Android Gingerbread update?

2011-04-11_htc The HTC Thunderbolt and EVO 4G smartphones could get upgraded to the Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” operating system by no later than the end of June, according to a TalkAndroid reader who sent in a message allegedly from an HTC representative.

Despite bountiful company resources, both device manufacturers like HTC and wireless carriers have been dragging their feet when it comes to upgrading their devices to the latest OS, which has been available for nearly six months.

Meanwhile, the hacker community has managed to push unofficial Gingerbread upgrades to the majority of smart phones running older versions of Android natively. The only device that officially runs Gingerbread at the moment is Samsung’s Nexus S, which was made in partnership with Google to run a pure version of the OS without any carrier alterations.

Justifiably, Android phone owners are pissed off that the updates aren’t coming any faster.

Unlike older versions of the iPhone, most Android phones have sufficient hardware requirements to support timely OS updates. However, upgrading to Gingerbread isn’t good for the bottom line of either the carriers or hardware manufacturers, who would rather you buy newer devices featuring Gingerbread instead of getting the update for free.

 

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Is Your Device Scheduled to Receive Gingerbread?

android-23-upgrade-list Have you been getting sick of being saddled with Android 2.2/Froyo or maybe you’re one of those stuck on Android 2.1/Eclair?

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.

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Samsung Galaxy S To Get Android 2.3 Gingerbread Within Weeks

samsung_galaxy_s_smartphone_display The popular Samsung Galaxy S smartphone will receive the latest Gingerbread update according to Three’s Twitter feed where a post mentions that the update is expected to come within the next couple of weeks but that they cannot yet confirm a date.

We saw Android OS 2.3.4 popping in our Google Analytics logs, aversion which was also powering the Sprint Nexus S 4G (the successor of the Nexus One and build by Samsung) towards the end of March 2011.

The Galaxy S, like the HTC Desire, can be purchased for as little as £18 per month on a two year contract on Talkmobile with 300 minutes, 1000 texts and an unlimited data allowance (subject to fair usage).

For those looking for an uber-cheap package, there’s an 18-month contract with 100 minutes, 100 texts and unlimited data allowance for £20.42 per month (or just over £360 for the duration of the contract) via Buymobilephones.

Given that the phone itself costs around £320, it is a smashing deal. Unfortunately, the cheapest such deal from 3 was a £28 per month on a two year contract with 900 minutes, 5000 minutes and a mere 1GB data.

As for the phone, it is just like the Samsung Galaxy Tab but only smaller, with less onboard memory and a better camera. There’s a 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, a 4-inch WVGA AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, a 5-megapixel camera, HD video recording capabilities, DLNA support and weighing only 118g.

 

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Boost Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Prevail hands-on!

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We’re here live at the Boost Mobile’s media event in New York City where the prepaid carrier just announced the Samsung Galaxy Prevail — its first CDMA Android powered smartphone. The Galaxy Prevail runs Android 2.2 (Froyo) and sports a 3.2-inch touchscreen display, 2 megapixel rear-facing camera, Bluetooth, and free subscription to Telenav for voice-guided turn-by-turn directions. During our initial hands-on, it was immediately clear that the Galaxy Prevail does not have the same hardware prowess as other Samsung devices with the Galaxy namesake. There’s no 4-inch Super AMOLED display, it’s incapable of recording 720p video, and it felt a bit sluggish navigating through menus and panning on web pages. That’s not necessarily a deal breaker, though, as the Galaxy Prevail is available for a very reasonable $179.99 contract-free. When used with Boost Mobile’s $50 all-you-can-eat smartphone plan — which includes unlimited talk, text, and web browsing — the deal gets even sweeter. It’s certainly a welcome addition to Boost’s portfolio, especially for those looking to save a few bucks without sacrificing all that a smartphone can offer, but certainly isn’t going to woo many (read: any) users away from their current Android handset.

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Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update

android-gingerbread-update1 Although some lucky Android smartphone users have already received an update to the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, many more are eagerly waiting for the upgrade. There are so many reports about Gingerbread coming to various handsets that it can be difficult to keep up with news for your own smartphone but now you will be able to see easily if your phone is on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade list.

The Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS gives better speed, enhanced battery life, an improved interface along with an improved keyboard. The 2.3 upgrade has already been received for the HTC Nexus One and the Samsung Nexus S and now a really useful article by J R Raphael on Computerworld has rounded up all the Android 2.3 Gingerbread news for many different Android smartphones. The list will give you your phone’s current status if you’re waiting for Gingerbread and is split into categories. Not only that but the list will be regularly updated so you can keep informed about how much longer you may have to wait.

First on the list is phones that have already received the Gingerbread upgrade and those are followed by phones expected to get the new OS, giving launch dates where known, estimated times from rumors and the latest information. For example an upgrade to 2.3 Gingerbread for the HTC Thunderbolt is expected in the second quarter while an upgrade is expected for the LG Optimus 2X but with no specific date yet. Another category lists phones for which the upgrade looks ‘iffy’ and then there’s another category for those handsets that won’t be getting the upgrade.

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Finally if your phone is not listed at all that’s because there’s no clear information available yet but we can really recommend this article, which has been thoughtfully put together to make life simpler for you. For the full article head to the earlier Computerworld link and remember the list will be regularly updated with the latest info available.

Also if you want to find out more about Android 2.3 Gingerbread, another useful article over on MarketNews gives a lot of details and information about new features. Is your phone on the Android 2.3 upgrade list? Let us have your comments about this.

 

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[Exclu] Le HTC Pyramid fin mai chez SFR

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Notre source, mala3320, chez SFR vient de nous annoncer une excellente nouvelle. Le HTC Pyramid, le successeur du Desire HD, va arriver en France. Il sera disponible chez l’opérateur à la fin mai. Sur la fiche technique, les caractéristiques sont les suivantes : processeur double-coeur à 1,2GHz, écran 4.3 pouces, HTC Sense 3.0 et appareil photo de 8 mégapixels avec flash LED.

Ces informations confirment donc les photos que nous avons pu apercevoir hier chez xda-developpers. On aura donc un téléphone avec les spécifications suivantes :

  • Android 2.3
  • HTC Sense 3.0
  • Ecran de 4,3 pouces, avec une résolution de 960 x 540 pixels (qHD) et un ratio 16:9
  • Processeur double-coeur Qualcomm Snapdragon cadencé à 1,2 GHz
  • RAM de 768 Mo
  • Appareil photo de 8 mégapixels avec double flash LED, capable de faire du 1080p
  • Caméra frontale VGA
  • Wifi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • DLNA

La conférence du 12 avril au Royaume-Uni pourrait donc annoncer ce téléphone.

Notez que les HTC Desire S, HTC Wildfire S et Sony Ericsson Xperia Play arriveront aussi chez SFR.

 

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Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) review

未命名 Gingerbread, Google’s next step towards Android’s mobile dominance (both on smartphones and on tablets) has launched with Samsung’s Nexus S in December. Not only did Samsung bring out great hardware, but Google’s also launched the next version of Android with along with it. We review Android “Gingerbread” on T-Mobile’s extraordinarily flexible HD2.

Google hasn’t actually promised much with Gingerbread despite much ferocious speculation online but as far as Android news goes, we’ve had to get used to it. What is promised by Google was improved gaming performance, new UI elements including a new keyboard, and improved battery life and performance, and we’re going to test as many of those claims out as we can.

New Features of android 2.3:

  • New refreshed User Interface
  • Improved keyboard
  • Improved Text Selection and copy-paste
  • Near Field Communication Support (NFC)
  • VOIP Calling
  • New Download Manager integrated to browser,email and other apps.
  • Better Power Management
  • Faster Processing Speed
  • Improved Game Development

UI & Keyboard:b_250_200_16777215_0___images_stories_galleries_gingerbread_gingerbread-keyboard

Overall the OS has seen a move towards darker and blacker backgrounds with green and orange contrasting colors, including the bounce effect when reaching the bottom of a page. The strong contrast in colors gives Android a greater sense of focus on important parts of what’s going on. The darker colors help conserve power since OLED-based displays don’t consume power when rendering black pixels, because the pixels physically supply the light themselves. Gingerbread seems clearly made for Nexus S or similar devices with high quality, extremely high contrast displays – definitely something we can get used to.

Keyboard improvements include new punctuation keys that opens a box allowing you to slide to select symbol you want which closes the box. It’s an elegant solution to a time-killing set of commands that required opening a secondary keyboard and then closing it after tapping one or two characters out, this small iteration has definitely saved me time. Keyboard’s also been themed to match the darker look, with puncuation keys taking on the orange highlights found when reaching the bottom of menus. Button spacing has seen adjustment with the buttons overall being smaller, allowing for more space in-between them. We’re not sure if it’s benefited our typing, but it certainly looks better doing it.

Android’s UI has seen some marked improvements that focus more on aesthetics than design, and for good reason. Many of the most dramatic changes happening with Android have been happening through application developers taking advantage of Google’s new technologies. Google apps have seen Market updates that, now everyone can get including YouTube, Maps and the Market itself. All update independently of when carriers push out updates, with some Google apps now getting automatic over-the-air updates; which, quite frankly we aren’t exactly thrilled about and wish Google would change soon.

Battery Life:

Gingerbread seemed superior in day-to-day use if only because it manages to kill, and keep dead most background processes that Froyo and older versions would keep open which we confirmed with SystemPanel. Less processes were left using CPU cycles when the phone was sleeping, and less things left the phone awake. CPU scaling also seemed more willing over older versions of Android as well.

Icons and Widgets

Not much has changed in terms of icons and the application menu, but many of the stock icons have been recolored to match the green theme found throughout the UI. Highlighted icons are now backed by an orange glow. Before, the entire space for the icon was filled with the orange selector, now the orange is tighter to the icon, however, this may not be so for every third-party application.

You will also find a “Downloads” icon that keeps track of all of your recent downloads. Before, this was hidden deep within the browser and was a pain to navigate to every time you wanted to find something you downloaded. It was easier just to use a third-party file explorer. With this Downloads app, you have the option to easily delete any old downloads too, thanks to the check box and pop-up delete button that appears when you check a file. The Power Control widget has been slightly modified as well, but nothing major. The sync, location, and Wi-Fi button on the widget have been updated and match the other UI changes in the notification bar.

Gaming (to be updated):

Many of the promised improvements in Android were in the gaming department. Unfortunately, the updated Gingerbread SDK features haven’t actually been implemented by any Android game developers yet. We expect the Xperia Play and Playstation Suite devices with Gingerbread to take better advantage of these features whenever they launch.

Application Control (Task Killer Killer)
Along these same lines is a shortcut to “Manage Applications” which you can reach in your options menu. From here, you can indeed view all of your applications, how much power they’re using, and you’ve got the ability to stop any app instantly.

Internet Calling
SIP Internet Calling addresses can be added to your contacts list and you can make internet calls via Quick Contact or Dialer. Hooray! Of course you’ll need a SIP account for this to work and these features will be turned off or on depending on what your manufacturer or carrier wants.

Downloads Management
A new download manager is in place to work from your browser, email, or other apps. This could be rather helpful I must say so myself.

Camera
Multiple
cameras can now be accessed from your one new camera app, just by clicking the “select camera” button.

Wrap-up:

We have to say, we didn’t expect much from Google and it’s probably a good thing. There’s not too much new here; at least not until those SDK features are implemented, and when they are we’ll definitely be updating this review to reflect it with detailed comparisons. Alas, too many changes and they would probably risk alienating developers anyway. UI has been cleaned up across the board and we can’t wait for the future of black-themed Android apps that are coming with it; after all the biggest changes in Android rely on the developers to actually implement the new features and styles.Big changes in Android are coming with Honeycomb and Ice Cream when they launch; and the review will, of course be more in-depth and analytical when there’s something worth analyzing. For a point-release, we applaud Google for many of the changes, but should you upgrade your phone for it? Absolutely not.

For more geek talk, refer to the official vid below…

DEVELOPERS UPDATES

Concurrent Garbage Collector
Dalivik VM brings you a lovely new way to collect your garbage during gameplay for apps, this bringing along a whole lot smoother and more responsive playing of game-based apps.

Video Drivers
Third-party video drivers are introduced to improve OpenGL ES operations and to increase your whole 3D graphics performance experience.

Event Distribution
Touch and keyboard events are now handled faster and much more efficiently reducing the amount of CPU used during event distribution. Responsiveness is therefor improved in all apps, especially those with 3D graphics and those that are CPU-intensive.

Event Handling
Along those same lines, apps using native code are now allowed the ability to receive and process input and sensor events right into their native code, improving both responsiveness and efficiency. All supported sensor types can now be received by apps, enabling and disabling of specific sensors is allowed, as is managing of event delivery rate and queing. Native libraries exposed by Gingerbread let apps handle the same kinds of input events as currently available through the framework.

Gyroscrope, rotation vector, gravity, barometer sensors, and linear acceleration
All new sensor types Android 2.3 has added API support for. Open API is added for Native Audio, Khronos OpenSL ES. Gingerbread gives you an interface to its Khronos EGL library allowing apps to manage graphics context as well as manage and create OpenGL ES textures and surfaces from native code.

Native Access to Activity Lifecycle, Windows Management
Native apps are now able to declare a new type of Activity class by the name of NativeActivity, its lifecycle callbacks implemented right direct into the native code. This NativeActivity and its native code run inside the system like other Activities, they running in apps system process and executing on apps main UI thread, receiving the same lifecycle callbacks as the rest of the Activities. Also Native APIs are revealed for managing windows.

Native Access to Storage, Assets
A native Asset Manager API is now accessible by apps, getting rid of the need to go through JNI for retrieving application assets. Streaming decompression is included along this path. Limit to compression no longer exists as far as how much .apk assets can be read, and apps have access to a native Storage Manager API that works directly with OBB files (although Dev tools for managing and creating OBB files wont be available until early 2011.)

Robust Native Development Environment
Android NDK (r5 or higher) gives you now a complete set of tools and toolchains and libraries for helping you develop apps inside Android 2.3.

Internet Telephony
SIP-based internet telephony features can now be added to apps, Android 2.3 including a full SIP protocol stack and integrated call management service allowing apps easy set-up of incoming and outgoing voice calls (no managing sessions, audio recording, playback, or transport-level communication needed directly).

NFC
Near Field Communication capability allows developers access to the new world. Proximity-based info and services for all, using NFC API to respond to NFC tags by touching things like posters, stickers, and other devices. Any number of actions can follow.

Mixable Audio Effects
New audio API allows developers creation of rich audio environments with equalization, bass, headphone virtualization, and reverb. Mixing of multiple effects in local tracks or globally.

Support for New Media Formats
Built in support for VP8 video compression as well as WebM open container format. Also AAC encoding and AMR wideband encoding is included for apps to capture higher quality audio than just narrowband.

Access to Multiple Cameras
New Camera API makes use of as many cameras as are available on the device they’re working for, querying the platform for info on each camera, opening the camera that’s needed. Simple, necessary.

One of the best improvements is, finally, proper copy-and-paste. With previous versions of Android, selecting text was a rather random affair. Now, selections are made by moving bounding arrows in a similar way to the iPhone. This method is available across all applications, and works really well. HTC and Samsung have implemented their own versions of this, but Google’s is neater.

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