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We’ve been sent a message by HTC asking us to update our notes here about the HTC EVO View 4G. Apparently when we reported yesterday that Sprint’s HTC EVO View 4G was to ship with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, they’d jumped the gun on their website, which is where the whole world looks for solid info. Now consider this: what does Gingerbread mean for the world of Android phones? HTC EVO View 4G will certainly be upgraded to Android 3.0 Honeycomb soon after it’s released, but does this mean the Gingerbread wave is finally upon us?
What I speak of is of course a combination of the fact that Google doesn’t release its source code all at once, instead choosing a hero device with which they can wow the world, then moving on to the lowly peasants who all get it at the same time. You’re aware of the Nexus S, I’m sure, but did you know that there was another candidate in the Xperia PLAY?
Have a look at a story by the name of Playstation phone confirmed as former Gingerbread hero phone and consider this: with so few phones on the market this moment with Gingerbread and now both the Nexus S and Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY out there, does the HTC EVO View 4G with Gingerbread, again, show itself as a sign of the Gingpocalypse?
Google is apparently preparing its own entry in the growing Android tablet competition. Reports say Google is working with LG on a Nexus-branded tablet running the Android Honeycomb 3.0 software.
The tablet could ship as soon as this summer, according to tech pundit Eldar Murtazin, writing for Mobile-Review [translation].
Google first partnered with HTC to create its own brand smartphone, Nexus One, which is now retired. Then Google paired with Samsung for the successor Nexus S, also running the latest version of Android at the time. Given Google’s history of teaming up to manufacturers to release phones under its brand, it’s indeed possible a Nexus tablet developed in partnership with yet with another manufacturer (LG) is coming up to shape the Android tablet landscape.
Besides projecting release in either midsummer or early fall, Murtazin did not detail any specifications on the rumored Nexus tablet. But if past experiences with the Nexus One and Nexus S are any indication, the Nexus tablet would come preinstalled with a new version of Android Honeycomb 3.X. Like the Nexus S, Google would also sell the tablet direct to consumers, or via subsidized deals from wireless carriers – if the tablet will have 3G/4G capabilities alongside Wi-Fi.
LG is also preparing its own Android tablet, the G-Slate, with an 8.9-inch screen and 3D features, priced at $529 from T-Mobile. Running on a dual-core 1GHz processor, the G-Slate has two 5-megapixel cameras on the back to record 3D video, but requires special glasses to view 3D content on the G-Slate. The tablet will run Android 3.0 and come with 32GB of internal memory.
Android 2.X Tablets Miss Honeycomb Party
Another interesting tidbit of information from Muratazin’s report could be bad news for owners of Android 2.X tablets like the original Samsung Galaxy Tab. Apparently Google’s licensing agreement with manufacturers specifically prevents them from upgrading the smartphone-oriented Android 2.X to tablet-optimized Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
If true, the rumor of the Android 2.X tablets not being able to upgrade to Honeycomb could also affect some other tablets expected later this year on the market. One notable example is the HTC Evo 4G (the stateside version of the HTC Flyer), which HTC said it will come with the Sense interface, on top of Android 2.3. But it is yet to be seen whether it will receive at some point an update to Honeycomb or not.
As we tell you quite frequently Google is very good at getting updates out for their Android mobile platform. The problem arises when it comes to manufacturers actually getting the latest updates pushed to their devices. A prime example of this would be Google’s latest Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 which, despite being out for quite some time, has still only been installed on Google’s own Nexus One and Nexus S.
Owners of the Motorola Droid X on Verizon are sure to know that rumors had been floating around about the Gingerbread update coming to the device sometime this weekend. This would have came virtually out of no where considering neither Motorola nor Verizon came forth to deny or confirm this rumor. Well unfortunately it seems that another rumor has come forth today that says just about the exact opposite.
According to this latest round of rumors the Gingerbread update for the Droid X was denied by Verizon pushing its release date back. Of course there is no official confirmation to this rumor either so the Droid X’s update status is essentially still in the air.
North American mobile operator Sprint, as part of its program to expand the portfolio of mobile terminals that support its 4G network, introduced another model of Android smartphone – Nexus S 4G, manufactured by Samsung.
In addition to supporting work in 4G mobile networks, Sprint (WiMAX), the new Nexus S 4G running platform Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), 1 GHz processor and a built-in 3D graphics accelerator, which also enables the processing of HD-video content .
Among other specifications Nexus S 4G, which differ little from the original Nexus S, indicates the following:
- Support networks: 3G (EVDO Rev A.); Sprint 4G (WiMAX)
- Dimensions: 124h63h11, 2 mm
- Weight: 131 gr.
- Display: 4-inch, Super AMOLED with support for multitouch, a resolution of 480×800 pixels
- Main camera: 5 megapixel with LED flash
- Front camera: VGA
- Platform: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
- Memory: 16 GB (ROM) / 512 MB (RAM)
- Communications: GPS, Wi-Fi (802.11 b / g / n), Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, NFC
- Battery: 1500 mAh, Li-Ion
There are many different phones on the market powered by Google’s Android mobile operating system from a wide array of different manufacturers. Each of these different phones feature their fair share of positive qualities be it price, big screen, high res camera or what have you. However, just about every Android smartphone is the same in that it takes quite some time before actually being updated to the latest version of Android.
In fact, some of the only smartphones currently on the market running Android 2.3 include Google’s own Nexus One and Nexus S. Luckily, many other manufacturers have let us know in the past that they do plan on releasing the Android 2.3 update at some point in the future. For instance, LG has just come forth today by way of Facebook to let us know that the Android 2.3 update for their highly popular Optimus One will be made available this Spring.
Of course things are subject to change so until something along the lines of a press release goes out we’d say don’t get too excited just yet.
First to take two and a third bites from Google’s Gingerbread Android OS 2.3 is Vodafone, who is launching the Google/Samsung Nexus S from the 9th of March, a few weeks before it launches Sony’s Xperia arc which also comes with the same OS sweetness.
Although Google and Samsung launched the Android OS 2.3-powered Nexus S smarGoogle’s Gingerbread Android OS 2.tphone late last year, with Google’s Australian employees the first to truly get the Nexus S down under, it has taken a little while for a local telco to bring it to Australian retail stores.
That telco is the somewhat troubled Vodafone, who despite the well-publicised network issues has still been able to use its global clout to secure smart technologies, from the Nexus S smartphone to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1-inch Android OS 3.0-powered Honeycomb tablet.
Vodafone will be offering the Nexus S to existing customers from the 9th of March, and will then make the handset generally available to the public from the 16th of March, and naturally it will do so on a range of 12 and 24 month plans.
Equipped with the very slight “arc” of a “contour” display, as opposed to the “arc” on the back of the Sony Xperia arc, the phone has a 4-inch display which is 0.2-inches smaller than the Xperia, although that probably won’t make that much difference to end-users.
Indeed, it is the Xperia arc that is the biggest competitor to the Nexus S, featuring an 8.1 megapixel camera with Sony’s “Cybershot” DNA within, while Samsung’s Nexus S features a 5 megapixel camera instead.
Although Sony has happily promised to promptly deliver Android OS updates, unlike most of its competitors, the Samsung/Google Nexus S should, in theory, see zero delays to OS updates as it is “Google’s” official Android OS 2.3 smartphone, with choosing between the Sony and Samsung sure to be an angst-laden decision for anyone that wants the latest Google-powered smartphone.
On top of that is the issue of more phones due later this year which will feature dual-core processing technologies, which neither the Nexus S nor the Xperia arc contain – do you buy right now, or do you wait for a future model – or even simply wait for the iPhone 5 instead?
Decisions, decisions… although if you want Google’s latest smartphone NOW… well… the Nexus S will be it, and unless you’ve already imported one from overseas, it will be either today for existing Vodafone customers or in another week for anyone brave enough to switch to Vodafone, instead of away from it.
As Vodafone promotes in its media release, the Nexus S has a 1GHz Samsung processor, a 4-inch “Super Clear LCD Contour Display” at WVGA 48×800 resolution with anti-stain and anti-fingerprint technology.
There’s 16GB of storage within, too, along with all of Google’s apps and maps, and unlike Apple with its iPhone 4, the Nexus S will be available in black or white from day one.
Naturally, Samsung’s local VP of telecommunications, Tyler McGee, was pleased by the development.
He stated that: “We are excited to be bringing the Nexus S, the first Samsung-Google co-developed device, to market with Vodafone in Australia.
“This partnership gives Vodafone customers access to the most innovative hardware solutions from Samsung coupled with the pure Google experience of Android 2.3. The Nexus S brings Vodafone users the latest mobile technology and faster multimedia content with an intuitive experience”, he concluded.
Full pricing is available to view here, with Vodafone’s pricing plan table reproduced below. Source: itwire
It’s been a few days since Sprint sent out invitations to their press event at CTIA. While we certainly have our own ideas as to what Sprint will announce, an anonymous tipster has come forward, possibly revealing Sprint’s big announcement agenda.
The source claims that Sprint has three Android devices waiting to be unveiled at CTIA. Two phones and one tablet. The first phone will be the Nexus S which will be equipped with WiMax capabilities. As you may recall Sprint did have plans to launch the original Nexus One last year, but changed their mind since the handset wouldn’t offer anything unique over the T-Mobile and AT&T versions that were being sold by Google.
The second handset Sprint will unveil at CTIA with be the HTC EVO 3D. As the name implies, the HTC EVO 3D will feature 3D capabilities (though we’re not sure what those are at this moment) and we’re pretty sure it’ll support Sprint’s 4G WiMax network. We do not know the specs of the HTC EVO 3D, but the hope is that the handset will be similar to the rumored HTC Pyramid (dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor [MSM8260] and a 4.3 inch qHD display) which should be heading to T-Mobile later this spring.
Since Verizon has the XOOM and T-Mobile has the G-Slate, Sprint has decided to offer up their own Android tablet: the HTC EVO View. The only detail we have right now is the tablet’s name, but we’re assuming that it will be pretty similar to the HTC Flyer which is running a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm processor, with a 7-inch display, Android 2.3, and HTC’s new Scribe technology.
While everything above may sound feasible, we’re still labeling it all as rumors until we can get some concrete evidence. But that doesn’t mean we’re not excited! If the report does turn out to be true, which of three devices will you be picking up?
The Motorola Xoom is the first device to use Google’s new Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system. Here’s a look at some of the best elements of the new OS.
Since previous versions of Android were designed for 3- to 4-inch lower-resolution displays, anytime a manufacturer tried to use the OS on larger, higher-res displays, there was often screen blank space. Android 3.0 uses every inch of the Motorola Xoom’s 10.1-inch 1280-by-800-pixel display-on the home screen, each corner of the OS has some action:
The top left is a shortcut to dedicated Google and Voice commands. The top right takes you to your Apps and home-screen customization menu. Bottom left is the multitask button which shows you everything running-this is a nice addition, there’s nothing like this in Android 2.3. The bottom right is the notification area-popups appear here (new e-mails, IMs, new apps installs, etc.). The notification area is like the pulldown notification tray in previous version of Android.
The new widgets in Android 3.0 are very noteworthy, and they’re much more useful on a larger screen. For instance, the Gmail widget is terrific, you can scroll through the subject lines of your messages without actually entering the mail app. The new Gmail app takes cues from the iPad mail app, you scroll through your subject lines in the left pane while the right pane displays the body of the email.
The new Google Talk app offers video chat-it’s basically Google’s answer to Apple’s FaceTime. It’s long overdue for Android and it works quite well. Check out what Google Talk can do in our video walkthrough.
The last app that really stands out is the new Web browser-but there’s good and bad. Like previous Android versions, you can zoom in to enlarge the text to a comfortable size and then double tap to make it fit within the screen, which is useful. Google has also added tabbed browsing so it feels like a desktop-class browser. Now for the bad: Flash is promised on the Xoom, but it isn’t ready at launch. This is disappointing, especially considering Flash for Android 2.3 is out there, and it works well (when used on a powerful-enough Android phone, of course). The other big browser problem: Most sites default to the stripped-down mobile version. You can navigate to the full site by simply clicking on a link at the bottom of most pages, but the iPad goes to the full site by default. If this browser gets Flash support and defaults to full sites, it could truly compete with the iPad’s browser, but right now it just can’t.
Hit the slideshow for a closer look at Honeycomb and some of its flagship apps.
Google may have jumped the gun on announcing that the Android 2.3.3 update for the Nexus One was available – although they did say that it could be a few weeks until the update deployed OTA, it wasn’t available for download and install, either. Or, rather, it wasn’t until now: the update .ZIPs have been posted and can be downloaded directly from Google.
Obviously, Gingerbread brings a ton of new features, and 2.3.3 builds upon them even further. Install instructions are the same as previous updates:
I grabbed these instructions from Android Central, so be sure to show them some love:
- Download the update from here.
- Rename the file to update.zip. Note that if you’re using Windows, just rename it to “update” (no quotes, of course) because it’s already a zipped file.
- Copy the update.zip file onto your microSD card.
- With your Nexus One off, hold down the trackball and press the power button (for the Nexus S, hit Volume Up + Power).
- You’ll be booted into a white screen with three Android robots on skateboards. Select “Bootloader.”
- On the next screen, select “Recovery.”
- Your phone will reboot, giving you a picture of the Android robot and an exclamation point inside a triangle.
- Now press the power button and volume up button at the same time. It could take a couple of tries.
- Now (using the trackball this time) choose “Apply sdcard:update.zip” and let things run their course.
Update: We’ve just successfully applied the 2.3.3 update to our Nexus S. As you can see below, everything went very smoothly:
Good news for long-suffering Nexus One owners – Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread has finally begun rolling out for the original Nexus and its big brother, the Nexus S over-the-air. For the Nexus S, 2.3.3 will introduce new near-field communication (NFC) capabilities. For those still rocking a Nexus One, this will be the first official taste of Gingerbread on the device.
The news was broken via the official Google Nexus Twitter account, which advises users to be patient, and says that the OTA update process will take several weeks. Of course, direct links to the OTA update package should start to emerge long before then for anyone feeling a little impatient. [GoogleNexus on Twitter]