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Sprint Kyocera Echo To Get Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update On August 1

Do you still remember the Kyocera Echo smartphone? Yes, we are talking about the same phone, which runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and comes with a dual-touchscreen display, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and more. This handset is  available  exclusively for the Sprint customers in the US. According to the latest Sprint playbook, the company will soon roll out the much-awaited Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) for the Kyocera Echo smartphone. The Gingerbread update is expected to come with the Swype 3.0, Improved powered management, etc. Check out the complete changelog below.

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Changelog:

  • ECO mode
  • EAS enhancements
  • Swype 3.0
  • Miscellaneous security patches
  • Improved powered management
  • Improved text input
  • Minor performance improvements
  • Manage Applications Control
  • Download Manager

This update will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). You will receive a notification, as soon as the update is available for your device. This update will be available to the Kyocera Echo smartphone, starting from August 1. To check the update manually, go to Menu > Settings > About Phone > Software Update > Check for update. If you have already received and installed the update, please let us know in the comments below.

White Samsung Galaxy S II Coming To The UK In Mid-August

Samsung Galaxy S II is the company’s most popular Android smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and comes with a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 8 megapixel camera and so on. Samsung managed to sell 3 million units of the Samsung Galaxy S II in just 55 days. This week, Samsung broke another record by selling 5 million units of this handset in less than 3 months. This is definitely a great news, but the folks living in the UK have an another reason to cheer.

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Samsung Galaxy S II is currently available only in Black. But, from the next month, a new shiny white version of the handset will be available for purchase in the UK. Thankfully, there are no changes in the specs. It will come with the same 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display with 800 × 480 pixels resolution, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, HSPA+ connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, 16 G internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, Android Market, Social Hub Premium, Readers Hub, Game Hub, Music Hub, Kies Air and a 1650 mAh battery.

The White Samsung Galaxy S II is already up for pre-order in the UK. It comes with a price tag of £492.95 (approx. $800). This handset will release on August 15. To pre-order white Galaxy S II, head over to this page at MobileFun. If you had a choice of selecting the black or white version of the Galaxy S II, which one would you choose?

T-Mobile G2 Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

HTC and T-Mobile have started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the G2. The update is being rolled via OTA starting from today. The G2 was supposed to get the Gingerbread update by the end of Q2, but T-Mobile and HTC delayed the update for some unknown reason.

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Here is the official change-log from T-Mobile :

The update provides the following enhancements and improvements.

  • New features:
    • Android   2.3.3 (Gingerbread)
    • Tell HTC app
    • Google Books added
    • Notification bar color scheme is changed to black
    • New battery indicator, phone, and web icons
    • Color-coded network icon and signal indicator added. Green when connected to Google   servers. Grey when not connected.
    • Pressing the power key while on a call disables the proximity sensor
  • Improvements:
    • Wi-Fi calling improvements
    • New SMS and email notification improvements
    • Improvements to sending MMS from the Gallery

Alternatively, T-Mobile G2 owners can head to any of the T-Mobile stores beginning from August 5 to get the update installed on their handset. However, they will need to make a backup of their data, since the handset will be wiped clean of all the data.

The Gingerbread update is the last Android OS update for the T-Mobile G2. The phone will not be getting any more official software updates, post this update.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Finally Arrives In the US For $599.99

The Xperia Arc is one of the most popular Android phones manufactured by Sony Ericsson. This handset was announced and showcased at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. The Xperia Arc is already available in most of the Euroupean and Asian markets, but the handset was not launched in the US for some unknown reasons. Now, we have a good news for the folks, who were eagerly waiting for the launch of this smartphone in the US. Sony Ericsson have finally announced the  availablity  of the Android 2.3 powered Xperia Arc in the US.

“At Sony Ericsson, we strive to bring consumers the best in mobile entertainment in superior smartphone design,” said Peter Farmer, Head of Marketing for North America, Sony Ericsson. “The Xperiaâ„¢ arc certainly delivers an entertaining smartphone experience and breathtaking design that has generated rave reviews in other markets and we’re thrilled to make it available to U.S. customers.”

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc features a 4.2 inch multi-touch Reality Display with 854 x 480 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Qualcomm processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, 8.1 megapixel camera with Auto focud and Face detection, HD (720p) video recording, 3D games, Media browser, Motion gaming and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, HDMI, DLNA, 512 MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, 8 GB Memory card bundled, PlayNow service, aGPS, Bluetooth, USB mass storage, Wisepilot turn-by-turn navigation and a 1500mAh battery. This handset measures 125 x 63 x 8.7 mm and weighs just 117 grams.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc comes with a price tag of $599.99 without any contract. This handset will be available for purchase from the next month. You can get this handset in Midnight Blue color from the Sony Store. On the other hand, Newegg.com, Buy.com and Amazon.com will sell this handset in both Midnight Blue and Misty Silver colors.

CyanogenMod 7 Lands on the HTC Sensation

The Sensation is the best smartphone HTC has to offer right now. The handset sports a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor, an Adreno 220 GPU and 768MB of RAM. However, one major problem with the handset is that it has a locked down boot loader.

sensation

HTC received a lot of negative criticism for the locked down boot loader on the Sensation. The Taiwanese company heard the negative feedback of its customers, and promised to unlock the boot loader on the handset sometime in August.

For the developers, August was still too far away and they somehow managed to get S-OFF and temp-root on the Sensation. The first result of an unlocked boot loader? CM7 comes to the sensational Sensation.

The CyanogenMod developers are working hard on bringing CM7 to the Sensation, and have already managed to get a partially-working build to boot on the phone. Expect the CyanogenMod developers to get a fully working build of CM7 on the Sensation, in the next few weeks.

In other CM7 related news, CM7 nightly’ users should expect the nightlies beginning from today to be based on Android 2.3.5. The small bump in the Android version does not bring any new changes, and is mainly aimed at fixing bugs and improvements related to NFC.

Via Ed Carrigan

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II Pictures Leak; Sports a Four-Row QWERTY Keyboard

Samsung officially confirmed that their most popular handset of all time the Galaxy S II will be hitting the U.S. sometime in August. Now, the folks over at BGR have got their hands on the leaked pictures of the Galaxy S II, which will be headed to AT&T.

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The AT&T variant of the Galaxy S II will sport a four-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard. From the pictures, the screen size of the AT&T variant looks somewhere around 4+ inches. The handset will also sport the four standard capacitive keys, instead of the two capacitive and one hardware key layout found in the Galaxy S II.

In all probability, the handset will be launched with a different name than its original (Galaxy S II). The images also show that the AT&T variant of the Galaxy S II will launch with Android 2.3.4. The back of the phone will sport an 8MP camera with an LED flash.

The leaked images also suggest that Samsung has managed to keep the waistline of the Galaxy S II slim, even with the inclusion of a hardware keyboard. AT&T users should expect the Galaxy S II sometime in the coming month.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out In Italy

After a lot of confusion, Sony Ericsson confirmed at MWC this year that the X10 will indeed be getting the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update.

Xperia_X10

Sony Ericsson promised to start rolling out the update sometime in late Q2 or early Q3 of 2010. The company has managed to keep its word, and has started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the X10. At the moment, the update is being rolled out for all the unlocked X10s in Italy.

The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the X10 brings with it many new features like Wi-Fi hotspot, USB tethering, Music player with equalizer, Facebook Xperia inside, and better battery life. The usual performance and stability improvements brought about by the Android OS upgrade should also be present.

However, the update will remove certain features like the Mediascape UI. The whole Mediascape UI on the X10 will be toned down to the level found in the 2011 line-up of Xperia handsets.

X10 owners should take a backup of their data before proceeding with the update, because their phone will be wiped clean during the update. They should also not use the Sony Ericsson’s Backup & Restore application, since it won’t work on Gingerbread.

X10 owners in Italy should head over to this link to download and install the update.

 

UPDATE: It looks like all the region specific site of Sony Ericsson say the same thing. However, when one tries to update the handset using SEUS, it says that there is no new software update. People over at XDA forums are suggesting that the Gingerbread update should start rolling out from Friday in Europe.

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Samsung Epic 4G and Galaxy S 4G Android 2.3.4 Firmware Leaks

The folks over at SamFirmware have managed to get their hands on the Android 2.3.4 firmware for two popular Galaxy S series phone in the United States Sprint’s Epic 4G and the T-Mobile Galaxy S 4G.

Samsung_Epic_4G

The EG22 Android 2.3.4 firmware for the Epic 4G brings an overall improvement in performance and stability of the phone. The usual lag’ associated with the Galaxy S phones are pretty much absent in this firmware. However, the GPS performance on this new firmware is wonky at best. Users reported that they were able to lock to only 2 satellites even under clear skies.

The KG4 firmware for the Galaxy S 4G also brings overall improvement in performance and stability of the phone. Sadly, both the firmware for the handsets does not include the video chat capable version of GTalk.

The sources of SamFirmware are also reporting that apparently Samsung has stopped working on firmware updates for the T-Mobile Vibrant.

The leaked firmware for the Galaxy S 4G and the Epic 4G can be downloaded from here.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Gets The Android 2.3 Update In The UK

samsung galaxy tab

Samsung Galaxy Tab is the company’s first tablet device. It was launched during the Q4 of 2011. Samsung has already managed to sell more than 2 million units of this device in just 4 months. This tablet originally runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. Samsung has already rolled out the Android 2.3 update in most of the countries, but Galaxy Tab users in the UK were left behind. Now, Samsung Galaxy Tab owners in the UK has finally started receiving the much-awaited Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update.

Samsung Galaxy Tab comes with a 7 inch TFT LCD touchscreen display with 1024×600 pixels resolution, 1GHz processor, Android 2.2 OS, TouchWIZ 3.0 UI, 3.2 megapixel camera, HD (720p) video recording, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 3G Connectivity, 512MB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, 32GB expandable memory and a 4000mAH battery.

Sadly, the Android 2.3 update is not available via. Over-The-Air (OTA). You will need to manually update the device by connecting it to your computer and then using the Samsung Kies desktop software. Samsung has not released an official statement or complete changelog of this update. If you have faced any issues while installing the update, then let us know in the comments below.

Sprint’s Nexus S 4G GRJ90 Software Update Rolling Out Now

Remember the software update for the Nexus S 4G, which will fix the radio issues with the phone? Well, Sprint has finally started rolling out the update to all NS 4G owners beginning from today.

Nexus_S

The new software update for the Sprint’s Nexus S 4G aims to improve the poor 4G reception and speed, along with an increase in the Wi-Fi performance.

Here is the full official change-log for the software update with version GRJ90 from Sprint :

Enhancements/Fixes:

– Enables NFC (Near Field Communication) Secure Element in preparation to support secure transactions

– Improved WiFi connectivity, speaker phone audio quality, and 4G acquisition and throughput

– Updated signal strength display indicators

– Fixes error code 67 when making account changes

– Adds TTY support

Rumors were that this software update for the Nexus S would bump the Android version to 2.3.5. However, the change-log from Sprint and neither does the thread over at their discussion forum, mention anything about this update being Android 2.3.5.

Sprint will automatically push the update to all NS 4G handsets, and aims to complete the roll-out in the next 3 weeks.

All AT&T Android Phones Launched In 2011 Will Get Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update

Most of the Android smartphones lanched in the Q1 of 2011 runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. Manufacturers have already promised the Android 2.3 updates for these devices, but haven’t released it yet. But we have a great news for the AT&T customers, who has purchased an Android phone launched in 2011. AT&T recently announced that, the company will roll out the much-awaited Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for all its post-paid Android smartphones launched in 2011.

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AT&T has already rolled out the Android 2.3 update for the Motorola ATRIX 4G smartphones. Other AT&T smartphones to receive the latest Android update are HTC Inspire 4G, LG Phoenix, Pantech Crossover, Samsung Captivate 4G and Samsung Infuse 4G. AT&T has also announced that, the Samsung Captivate (Galaxy S variant for AT&T) owners will also be able to upgrade their phones to Gingerbread.

AT&T also mentioned that, the delivery methods will vary by device. Most of the times, the update will be delivered Over-The-Air (OTA), however in some cases, you will need to install the update via. Wi-Fi or connect the phone to a PC. Next month, HTC Inspire 4G users will be notified that the update is available and can be downloaded when connected to a Wi-Fi network. Stay tuned for more updates!

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AT&T Nexus S Now Available At Best Buy For $99.99

Google Nexus S is the first Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) smartphone. This handset is already available in 3G and 4G variants exclusively for the T-Mobile and Sprint customers respectively. Last week, AT&T announced the Google Nexus S smartphone, for its customers in the US. This handset is manufactured by Samsung and it comes with a 4 inch Super AMOLED display, 1 GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and more. AT&T customers will be happy to learn that, the much-awaited Google Nexus S smartphone is finally available for purchase exclusively at Best Buy.

nexus s best buy

AT&T Google Nexus S features a 4 inch WVGA SUPER AMOLED display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 1 GHz application processor, Android 2.3 OS (Gingerbread), Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with Auto Focus, VGA front Camera, HD (720p) video recording and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, NFC (Near Field Communication) Capability, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, A-GPS, 16 GB internal memory, no MicroSd card slot, 512MB RAM, Accelerometer, Digital compass, Proximity and Light Sensor, Android Market, up to 713 hrs stand-by time, up to 6 hrs 40 min talk-time and a 1500 mAh battery.

The AT&T Google Nexus S allows you to access more than 250,000 apps from the Android Market. This handset also lets you to voice and video chat with your Google Talk friends, over the Wi-Fi or using the 3G/4G connection. AT&T Nexus S comes is available for just $99.99 with a 2 year service agreement. To buy this handset, head over to this page at Best Buy.

Motorola Atrix 4G Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

Motorola has finally started rolling out the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread update for its first dual-core phone the Atrix 4G. The Atrix 4G was announced way back at the starting of 2011 with FroYo on-board, and was supposed to get its Gingerbread update sometime soon.

The Gingerbread update for the Atrix 4G brings with it a host of welcome changes, including better system performance and stability, along with improved battery life. Other enhancements include an improved Gallery and Music application, and a new version of MotoBLUR UI, with a new dock. The update will also bring the ability to side-load apps on the Atrix 4G i.e. to install apps other than from Android Market.

Motorola_Atrix_4G

Atrix 4G owners should also expect a speed improvement in the Webtop mode of the handset. Firefox 4.0 is also included in this update, so the browsing mode in Webtop mode should also improve. They can also enjoy full-HD videos playback on their handset.

Users can download and install the update on their phone, by going to Settings > About Phone, and selecting the Check for updates option.

It was also rumored that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread for the Atrix 4G, will unlock the boot loader on the handset. Sadly, users who have already installed the update have confirmed that the boot loader is not unlocked post the update.

The whole change-log for the update can be found here.

Via – ThisIsMyNext

T-Mobile G2X Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now!

LG has finally released the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the T-Mobile branded G2X, which is basically the European version of Optimus 2x.

The Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for the G2X will also squash other serious bugs with the handset especially the random reboot one. G2X owners, who have already installed the Gingerbread update on their handset, are reporting improvements in performance and stability of the phone. The battery life of the handset has also improved noticeably.

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Even though the software update brings Gingerbread to the G2X, it does NOT update the kernel to version 2.6.35.xx. The kernel remains the same as the one used in the Froyo, carrying the version number 2.6.32.xx. This means, that the G2X owners will be devoid of all the kernel related improvements which Gingerbread brought.

Sadly, the update can be installed only via LG’s software update application. The OTA update is supposed to go live sometime in the next couple of weeks. Until then, G2X owners will have to use their PC to update the handset.

Frankly, I would suggest every T-Mobile G2X and Optimus 2X owner to flash a custom ROM like CM7 on their handset. The true potential of the G2X/2X is only unleashed, after one installs a custom ROM on it.

HTC Salsa Launched In China; Comes With Sina Weibo Button Instead Of Facebook

HTC Salsa is the company’s first smartphone, which comes with a dedicated Facebook button. This handset allows you to upload photos or update your status, within a single click. This handset has been recently launched in China. Since, Facebook was blocked in china and the Chinese users doesn’t care much about Facebook, HTC ditched the Facebook button and launched this handset in China with a dedicated Sina Weibo button. Sina Weibo is a popular social networking service in China, similar to the Twitter. HTC has also renamed the handset from HTC Salsa to HTC Weike.

“This is the first time for a handset company to cooperate with a Chinese Internet giant, and I think this could be a trend when the mobile Internet era catches on,” said, Ray Yam, China president of HTC Corp.

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HTC Weike features a 3.4 inch touchscreen display with 480 x 320 pixels resolution, 800 MHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, HTC Sense UI, Dedicated Sina Weibo button, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, VGA front camera, 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, internal GPS antenna, G-Sensor, Digital compass, Proximity Sensor, Bluetooth 3.0 with FTP/OPP, Wi-Fi connectivity, micro-USB, microSD card slot, up to 540 mins talk-time, up to 530 hours stand-by time and a 1520 mAh battery. This handset measures 109.1 x 58.9 x 12.3 mm and weighs 120 grams.

HTC Weike allows you to access more than 250,000 apps from the Android Market. This handset comes with a price tag of 3,380 yuan (approx. $520).