HTC Desire Android 2.3 Gingerbread update finally coming

Contrary to what was announced by HTC yesterday the long promised gingerbread update for the HTC Desire is indeed in the works. the company has rectified yesterday statement without giving anymore details. Technically there’s no reason for it not to be released given that Gingerbread / Android 2.3 is already available on the Google Nexus One which is essentially a Google Branded HTC Desire.

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Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab Gingerbread Android 2.3 roll out starting this month

Following last month’s false start Samsung is now officially announcing that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread roll out for the Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab is going to debut this month in the UK and other Nordic countries then quickly followed by other European countries. Samsung isn’t well known for painless updates but one can admit that at the very least the company isn’t forgetting it’s millions of Android users.

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HTC Desire HD and HTC Incredible S Gingerbread updates pushed OTA

HTC has just started the OTA push of the Gingerbread /Android 2.3 updates for the HTC Desire HD and HTC Incredible S smartphones. Both devices will obviously retain the Sense UI but will finally features all the enhancements found in Gingerbread which was first introduced in January. So if you have a Deisre HD or Incredible S be prepared to be notified in the coming hours or days.

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Samsung Galaxy S II reviews: The best Android smartphone ever ?

The first Samsung Galaxy S II reviews just popped-up today courtesy of Samsung UK who seems to have handled review samples to UK editors this week. The verdict seems to be really positive especially Vlad’s review. According to Engadget’s editor the Galaxy S II is simply the best Android smartphone ever created.

The handset’s biggest sell point is obviously its 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus display which I hand the opportunity to check out in Barcelona in February during the MWC11. Gone is the annoying PenTile Matrix subpixel arrangements which is no replace by a normal RGB matrix. This essentially means that the WVGA Super AMOLED Plus screen has 1,152,000 sub-pixels compared to 768,000 if it was a regular Super AMOLED panel (see my Super AMOLED vs Super AMOLED Plus hands on comparison here).  Interestingly Samsung is also allowing the user to tweak the screen’s color saturation via a setting called “Background Effect”.This is definitely a good thing given that AMOLED panels are highly color saturated most of the time.

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Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread roll out suspended by Google

Why is this not surprising ? Well, because something similar happened with the Galaxy S Android 2.2 Froyo roll out last year. Google has apparently suspended the Gingerbread roll out for the Galaxy S that started last week-end because of problems with the ROM and I personally hope the Samsung changes a couple of things in there before pushing it out again.

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Official Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update starts rolling out

Samsung has started to gradually roll-out the official Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for the Samsung Galaxy S this past weekend via the Kies desktop software. So far only European users are being notified to update when plugin-in their phones but nothing’s stopping you from doing it manually by downloading the full package to your PC and flashing it via ODIN. This new XWJVB version seems to be really similar to the leaked XWJVK (they do have the same basedband).

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T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G announced in the US

Hot on the heels of the European announcement comes the US bound version of the device which is headed to T-Mobile as the HTC Sensation 4G. So hat’s the difference ? Most probably nothing at all. T-Mobile’s 4G means HSPA + and given that the European HTC Sensation also support’s this then we are essentially looking at the same piece of hardware. Anyway, Full press release after the break:

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Official HTC Sensation presentation videos

No need to wait for the official announcement because here are several short videos of the new Sense UI found on the HTC Sensation and the handset’s hardware. You will notice that the weather animation now looks like the one found on the Windows Phone 7 version of the application and that most of everything else looks like the Sense found on the HTC EVO 3D and HTC Flyer. Hit the break to check out all the official videos:

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HTC Sensation aka HTC Pyramid to be announced later today

Qualcomm and Vodafone have apparently jumped the gun and already spilled the beans about HTC’s upcoming announcement. The HTC Sensation also known as the HTC Pyramid is going to be today’s headliner at HTC’s Lodon press event. As previously discussed the Sensation will essentially feature the same hardware as the HTC EVO 3D but without the 3 screen and 3D cameras. So you will have a Quaocmm MSM8260 with Adreno 220 GPU, QHD (960 x 540) 4.3″ SLCD screen. More info to come later today so stay tuned.

 

Samsung Galaxy S II to be available on May 1st in the UK

Samsung has just announced that the mighty Samsung Galaxy II super-phone will be available on May 1st across all carriers in the UK. This will be the i9100 version with the new 1.2Ghz Exynos 4210 SoC and Super AMOLED Plus display. You can check out my hands on video here and here and a close up of the Super AMOLED Plus screen here.  Now I just hope that the software has been improved since February (it was choppy most of the time) and that the device won’t melt after a few hours of use (the prototypes I played with were all burning hot). Full press release after the break:

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Samsung Galaxy S II gets a processor speed bump to 1.2Ghz

The Exynos 4210 powered version of the Samsung Galaxy S II (not to be confused with the Tegra 2 version) is apparently receiving a processor speed bum to 1.2ghz according to Samsung Estonia’s Facebook page. The device was initially announced with a 1Ghz Dual core CPU back in February in Barcelona and is now expected to hit the streets at the end of May or June.

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HTC Pyramid to named the HTC Sensation

According to sources close to HTC the soon to be announced HTC Pyramid will be official named the HTC Sensation once it hits retail later this year. HTC is holding an event on April 12th in London but the content to be unveiled is yet to be known. Will it be mainly Android handsets (like the Pyramid and HTC EVO 3D) or will we also hear about HTC’s upcoming HTC Prime and HT Ignite Windows Phone 7 devices?

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New HTC Pyramid pictures

A couple of live and out-focus pictures of the upcoming HTC Pyramid have just leaked today. The device is essentially the HTC EVO 3D but without the parallax barrier on the QHD screen that allows glasses free 3D viewing and the two 5Mpix camera on the back found on the EVO 3D. Instead the HTC Pyramid will feature a single 8Mpix camera on the back and a front facing VGA camera on the front. The device will be powered by Qualcomm’s MSM8260 SoC and it’s Adreno 220 GPU. I personally think that this device is a better solution that the EVO 3D (which is also launching in Europe later this year) especially if you are like me and find 3D to be relatively useless. More picture after the break:

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Official Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread Samsung Galaxy S ROM leaked ?

What appears to be the official Gingerbread Android 2.3.3 ROM I9000XXJVK for the Samsung Galaxy S line of phones has just leaked today. Samsung is supposedly going to officially push it through it’s KIES software in the coming days but if you don’t want to wait until then just head over here and grab the file to flash your device. Do this at your own risk and don’t forget to back-up your device.

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HTC EVO 3D hardware specifications

HTC has just officially announced and unveiled their highest end and most powerful product ever: the HTC EVO 3D. The only handset comparable to it is the LG Optimus 3D which has essentially the same features but is differentiated by the chipset and SoC used to power the device. Contrary to the Optimus 3D which uses a TI OMAP4 4430 the HTC EVO 3D is using Qualcomm’s latest dual-core Cortex A8 SoC the MSM8660 and its Adreno 220 GPU which I showed you in action here. It has a similar 4.3inch qHD 960×540 glasses free 3D display (parallax barrier) has 2 5Mpix cameras on the back for shooting 720P 3D video, a 1.3Mpix front facing cam and HDMI out via the micron USB connector for 1080P (2D) and 720P (3D). In terms of hardware this device is a real beast. The device will be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread at first with the latest version of HTC Sense on top.

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HTC EVO 3D & HTC EVO View specifications partially leaked

CTIA is shaping up to be big for Sprint who is apparently scheduled to unveiled its new line up of WiMax enabled Android devices on March 22. The first one is going to be the HTC EVO 3D which seems to be the CDMA/WiMAX version of the long rumored HTC Pyramid. The EVO 3D will be powered by an MSM8660 SoC and its Adreno 220 GPU which you can see in action in my MWC video here. It will also pack 1GB of RAM, 4GB of ROM and and glasses free auto-stereoscopic 4.3 qHD 960 x 450 3D display , similar to the one found on the LG Optimus 3D which I showed you here. It will also have a 1730Mha battery, 1080P hdmi output for regular 2D content and 720P 3D output, a 5mpix camera & 1.3 Mpix front facing one.

As I said before; Windows Phone 7 doesn’t necessarily need more powerful hardware right now but when you look at the specifications above (and most other high-end Android devices to be released soon) and factor in the fact that Microsoft is being sluggish with the OS updates I personally  think that most people are not going to buy an WP7 handset in the coming months. Now if Microsoft was more reactive then things would be different but only 2 updates a year? That’s not going to cut it.

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LG Optimus Black Preview: Hands on video

One more hands preview from Mobile World Congress today. This time it’s the LG Optimus Black Android handset which feature the company’s newest 4inch WVGA IPS panel called Nova display. Under the hood you’ll find a TI OMAP 3630 SoC clocked at 1Ghz powering the whole thing. This is obviously far from the Optimus 3D’s insane hardware specifications but should be enough to run Android 2.3 without any problem. This SoC includes a PowerVRSGX530 GPU so you can expect 3D performance to be weaker than the Galaxy S and its SGX540.

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Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread finally pushed out to the Google Nexus One: wait or download it now

This definitely took a while but Google has finally started to push the OTA Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update to the venerable Nexus One. The roll out is probably going to take a little while so don’t be surprised if your handset hasn’t been notified yet. If you can’t wait to get it then just hit the link after the break to download and follow the instruction below to install it:

- Download the .zip file

- Rename it to update.zip

- copy it to the Root of your micro-sd card

-Boot your device in recovery mode by holding the the trackball and pressing once on the power button

- Select Bootloader and then select Recovery

- Let the device reboot (it will display an exclamation point) and then press the volume up and power button at the same time

- finally select “Apply sdcard:update.zip” with the trackball.

-Voila

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Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread XWJV1 rom for Samsung Galaxy S leaked

If you are a Samsung Galaxy S owner and been closely following news related to the handset you have probably noticed that Samsung has been pumping out (un-official) tons of new ROMs for this particular model. None have been officially released yet (and probably won’t) but most of them usually come with some new improvements (like hardware accelerates browser in some cases). Yesterday was Gingerbread‘s turn to leak in Beta form. The XWJV1 Android 2.3.2 beta rom for the Galaxy S can now be grabbed and installed (at your own risk) on your Galaxy S if you are brave enough.

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