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Another Motorola Droid X Android 2.3 Gingerbread Software Update Leaks!

It was during the middle of last month, that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid X leaked on the Internet.

The Gingerbread OTA build which leaked was pretty stable, and brought with it a new version of Moto Blur, along with some performance improvements. Now, the folks over at MyDroidWorld have got their hands on another Android 2.3 Gingerbread software update for the Droid X. The new software carries the build number 4.5.591.

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Droid X owners, who flashed this software update on their handset, reported no visible changes. It looks like this software update mainly contains some bug fixes and under the hood changes. The new Gingerbread leak can also be rooted easily using Gingerbreak.

It may very well be possible, that this Android 2.3 Gingerbread software update leak will soon be officially released by Verizon and Motorola, to all Droid X owners.

However, the impatient Droid X owners should head over to this thread to download the leaked Gingerbread update. A de-odexed version of the same is available for download as well.

HTC Thunderbolt Gets A Software Update On Verizon

Verizon recently announced a new software update for the powerful HTC Thunderbolt smartphone. This update was leaked last week through a ROM, but today, Verizon officially announced the update through a pdf on its website. The new software update offers enhanced data connectivity when accessing the Verizon 3G network. It also comes with stability improvements for data centric applications. Check out the complete changelog below.

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Changelog:

Web Browsing and Data Access:

  • Enhanced data connectivity when accessing the Verizon 3G network

Email and Messaging:

  • SMS and MMS messages are stored properly in the Messaging Application

Additional Device Features:

  • Timing for device activation has been improved
  • Backup Assistantis correctly displayed in the Application menu
  • Stability improvements for data centric applications such as Facebook, KAYAK, Yahoo! Mail, My Verizon and more
  • Accurate location is displayed when accessing the Weather Widget
  • Quickly load GPS updates for Google Maps and VZ Navigator

The latest software update is expected to arrive soon. It can be easily downloaded from Over-The-Air (OTA). It is always advised to backup your data before updating the device. For step-by-step instructions on how to perform the download, head over to this page.

Motorola Droid Bionic Launch And XOOM 4G LTE Upgrade Delayed!

Back at CES 2011, Motorola announced the Atrix 4G and the Droid Bionic. While the Atrix 4G is already available to the general consumer, the Droid Bionic was expected to be released sometime in Q2 of 2011.

The Droid Bionic is the first dual-core 4G LTE phone headed to Verizon’s network. However, there is a twist in the tale. At the company’s Q1 earning call, Motorola’s CEO Sanjay Jha told the folks over at Droid-Life that the Droid Bionic launch, as well the XOOM’s 4G LTE update has been delayed.

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Instead of the original Droid Bionic, Motorola will now release a new improved and better spec’d Bionic in Q3,2011 .

The XOOM 4G LTE update has been delayed because of Verizon’s 4G LTE network. It looks like the carrier wants to beef up its network, before the XOOM gets 4G LTE support.

For the people who were worried about the low sales figure of the XOOM, the company managed to sell more than 250,000 units.

Keeping in mind that the XOOM launched in the last week of February, and is still not available all over the world, 250k units is not bad at all!

Motorola Droid Pro Software Update Rolling Out Now

Motorola and Verizon have started rolling out a new software update for their business oriented Droid the Droid Pro.

The new software update (v2.26.60) is brings with it hosts of enhancements and bug fixes. The software update will improve the Bluetooth performance, voice call quality and the general performance and stability of the handset.

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Here is the official change-log from Motorola :

Enhancements:

  • Improved audio on voice calls.
  • Improved stability and performance.
  • User interface display now refreshes when user switches from GSM/UMTS communication to Global Mode.
  • Device now prepends 011 to Country Code to send SMS messages.
  • Global Mode no longer resets when connecting to a USB charger.
  • Visual Voice Mail now detects airplane mode while Wi-Fi is active.
  • Prompt return to full screen brightness after wake-up.
  • Upgraded Bluetooth firmware.
  • Improved interoperability with Microsoft Internet Application Gateway (IAG) configurations.
  • Device string format for Exchange changed to include device name and version number.
  • Upgrade to Google applications Release 7.

Other Improvements:

  • Improved audio during voice calls.
  • Reduced user interface lock-ups.

Droid Pro users can manually check for the update, by going to Menu->Settings->About Phone and selecting the System Updates option.

Hopefully, Motorola will also release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid Pro sometime in the future.

Motorola Droid X Android 2.3 Gingerbread OTA Update Leaks

Yesterday, rumors were floating around the Internet that the Motorola has started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid X, via an OTA.

However, there was no concrete proof about this until now. The folks over at Droid-Life have managed to get their hands on the Gingerbread OTA update for the Droid X.

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This OTA update is different from the Android 2.3 Gingerbread SBF file, which leaked at the end of last month.

Along with the latest version of the Android OS (2.3.3), Droid X owners will also be treated to a new, revamped version of MotoBLUR, along with performance improvements.

For the impatient Droid X owners, the OTA update can be downloaded from here. Users need to use a completely stock handset to flash this OTA update. Users can also downgrade to Android 2.2, if they wish to by using the required SBF file.

At the moment, it is unknown whether this OTA update is the official one, which Verizon will release to its customers. However, some Droid X owners did receive this update via OTA on their handset.

Apple iPhone 5 Expectations

WWDC is still a couple of months away, but the Internet is already abuzz with rumors regarding the iPhone 5 and the next version of iOS. Rumors suggest that the 5 launch may be pushed back to Fall, this year. However, I doubt this is going to happen. Instead, this year at WWDC the iPhone 5 will take a backseat, and let iOS and OS X Lion grab the spotlight.

iPhone 5

Nevertheless, below is a short list of all the features which the iPhone 5 should hopefully sport :

Slimmer, Faster And Sleeker

With every passing generation, the iPhone gets slimmer, sleeker and faster. The iPhone 5 should be no exception to this rule. Last year, the was the slimmest handset available to consumers. However, fast forward to 2011 and Samsung has managed to launch (err…announce) the Galaxy S II which is thinner than the iPhone 4.

Expect the iPhone 5 to be thinner than the iPhone 4 and the Galaxy S II, when launched. Since the iPhone 4 got a major design over-haul, don’t expect the iPhone 5 to look radically different from its predecessor. The iPhone 5 will sport the same dual-core A5 processor, which powers the iPad 2 and pack 1GB of RAM.

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No Antennagate

The iPhone 4 was heavily criticized for its Antennagate‘ issue last year. In fact, the issue was so much over-hyped that Apple had to hold a special press conference regarding it, and even had to give free bumpers to existing iPhone 4 owners. I am more than pretty sure that Apple will make sure that the iPhone 5 does not suffer from the Antennagate issue.

Higher Storage Capacity

Apple did not bump the storage capacity of the iPhone 4, which currently maxes out at 32GB. However, this time around with HD videos becoming a common sight expect the iPhone 5 to come with higher storage capacities.

4G Support

This one remains a big mystery for now. No one knows whether the iPhone 5 will support the latest 4G’ network from AT&T and Verizon or not. According to me, the iPhone 5 won’t come equipped with a 4G-LTE radio. However, it may be very well possible that Apple will launch only one iPhone, which will work on both AT&T and Verizon’s network.

NFC Support

NFC (Near-Field Communication) is sure to catch up with the general consumer in the coming future. Google has already started supporting this new technology with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the Nexus S incorporating a NFC chip. Many other industry giants have also showed interest in supporting NFC.

If Apple also starts supporting NFC and the iPhone 5 incorporates a NFC chip, expect this technology to become mainstream by end- 2012.

Bigger Screen

The Internet is abuzz with rumors that the iPhone 5 will sport a bigger 3.75-inch screen, whilst maintaining the same physical size. Rumors suggest that the iPhone 5 will sport a bigger edge-to-edge display, so as to maintain its same physical dimensions.

Steve Jobs had earlier said that a 3.5-inch screen is more than enough for the average consumer. However, times have changed and a 3.5-inch screen barely cuts it. Hopefully, the iPhone 5 will sport a screen bigger than 3.5-inches.

These are the top 5 features/changes which I expect the iPhone 5 will sport. Obviously, this is only the hardware side of the thing and I am pretty sure Apple has some big changes planned for iOS5 including a new notification system and a better home screen.

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Motorola Droid X2 And HTC’s Incredible 2 Pictures Leak

The folks over at Android Central have managed to get their hands on some leaked pictures of the upcoming Motorola Droid X2 and the HTC Droid Incredible 2.

The Incredible S from HTC will get a minor speed bump and will be powered by a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and pack 768MB of RAM. The handset will also feature the same curvy back, as its predecessor.

The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash. Rumors also suggest that the Incredible 2 will feature wireless charging. Sadly, the handset will launch with Android 2.2.1 on-board. HTC and Verizon are yet to announce a release date for the Incredible 2.

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The Droid X2 from Motorola looks similar to its predecessor the Droid X. The handset sports the same 4.3-inch display with a higher qHD resolution. The X2 will be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 2 chipset and pack 1GB of RAM. The back of the handset will sport an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash. Sadly, there is no video call camera in the front.

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While Motorola has retained the mini-HDMI port, the camera shutter key has been dropped from the Droid X2. The phone will launch with Android 2.2.2 with the latest version of MotoBlur running on top of it.

At the moment, it is unknown whether the X2 or the Incredible 2 will support Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Both the phones will be released under Verizon’s Droid brand.

Hopefully, Verizon and Motorola/HTC will announce the phone in the next couple of weeks.

Motorola Droid X And Droid 2 Android 2.3 Gingerbread Firmware Leaks

A few days ago, rumors were floating around on the Internet that Motorola will soon be releasing the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid X and the Droid 2.

Apparently, the update was then delayed because Verizon did not approve the update for some reason. Now, the folks over at MyDroidWorld have got their hands on a leaked Android 2.3 Gingerbread SBF (Firmware file of Motorola phones) files for the Droid X and the Droid 2.

As of now, the firmware is not rooted. Droid X and Droid 2 owners need to wait for some more time until someone manages to get root access.

Beside the bump in the Android version and the goodies brought by it, the update also incorporates a new version of MotoBLUR. Surprisingly, the new version is much better, functionality and performance wise, than the current BLUR version found in the D2 and DX.

The folks over at Droid-Life ran Quadrant on the Droid X and scored a commendable 1796 points! Yes, that’s more than the Nexus S score.

Both the firmwares are pretty good and bug-free. Droid 2 owners should head over to this thread, while Droid X owners should go here, to download and install Android 2.3 Gingerbread on their handset.

HTC Droid Incredible 2 Specs Leaked; Features Wireless Charing And Dual-Xenon Flash!

HTC announced the Incredible S at the MWC 2011. The phone is the European successor of the Verizon branded Droid Incredible.

Now, thanks to a tipster the folks over at Droid-Life have got their hands on the specs of the Verizon branded Incredible S the Incredible 2. Like the Incredible S, the 2 will be powered by a 1GHz MSM8255 Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm, and pack 768MB of RAM.

The phone will also sport a 4-inch WVGA (800×480) display. The Incredible 2 will feature dual-microphones for noise cancellation, and will have support for global roaming as well.

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Well, these are a pretty much run-of-mill specs with nothing special. In this age of dual-core processors and 1GB of RAM, the Incredible 2 does not offer anything special.

However, some out-of-the-box features of the Incredible 2 include wireless charging, a dedicated TI Audio chip with SRS surround and an 8MP camera at the back with dual-Xenon Flash! Yes, dual-Xenon Flash!

HTC sure has made up for the lack of a dual-core processor with wireless charging and dual-Xenon Flash! It is unknown as to whether the handset sports a front-facing camera or not.

The Droid Incredible 2 will not support Verizon’s 4G LTE network. In all probability, the Incredible 2 will hopefully be announced by HTC and Verizon in the next couple of weeks.

HTC Thunderbolt Gets Root Access; First Custom ROM Released As Well

One of the most awaited Android phone the HTC Thunderbolt was released to the public in the United States last week.

As soon as the phone was released, developers started getting their act together so as to find a way to root the device. They met with success in less than 24 hours! Yes, root access to Thunderbolt’s system partition was gained by the developers in less than a day of its release.

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The handset rooting method is pretty similar to the Desire Z/T-Mobile G2 and the Desire HD rooting method. Thunderbolt owners should proceed with caution because there is a small possibility of bricking their handset, if they make any mistakes.   The steps to root the HTC Thunderbolt can be found here.

Soon after the rooting method was released, another developer, adrynalyne, released the first Custom ROM for the Thunderbolt. The ROM is a pretty basic one, and mainly aims at improving the performance of the handset by zip-aligning and de-odexing system files.

It also removes all those pre-installed Verizon bloat and includes a new boot animation. Other changes include an increase in the Dalvik heap size and change in the Wi-Fi polling interval. The ROM can be downloaded and steps to flash it can be found here.