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.
It looks like Nexus One owners have started to receive Google’s latest Android update, version 2.3.4. The software bump brings Gtalk voice and video-chat capabilities to the Nexus One’s younger cousin, the Nexus S, but will not unfortunately be bringing any of those features to the original Nexus. It looks like owners of the search giant’s original “pure Google” handset will have to be content with smaller bug fixes and tweaks. The manual download link for the latest iteration of Gingerbread is after the break.
Did you really think the kiddies over at XDA were going to wait “a few weeks” to get their mitts on Android 2.3.4? Of course not. A sleuthy forum member has uncovered the manual download link for Google’s latest iteration of Gingerbread. The file will update a stock Nexus S, running Android 2.3.3, to the most recent code for those of you fluent in Android flashing, the package will update devices running build number GRI40 to GRJ22. Sorry Nexus One faithful, nothing for you… yet. If you’re a Nexus S owner looking to get your video-chat on, hit the jump for the download link and enjoy.
In case you haven’t heard, Android is kind of a big deal. Some research firms say it’s already the world’s top smartphone operating system, having recently passed Symbian’s quarterly sales pace for the first time, and just about every firm on the planet is predicting that Android’s market share will continue to grow for the
Here’s the good news: newer smartphones from HTC will feature gorgeous new UI tweaks and other enhancements as part of HTC’s new Sense 3.0 overlay for Android. Here’s the bad news: the millions of Android fans who own one of HTC’s recent smartphones will not have the pleasure of experiencing the new software until they purchase new handsets. HTC confirmed on Wednesday that only its forthcoming devices like the HTC Sensation, HTC EVO 3D and HTC Flyer tablet will get Sense 3.0. Other devices even ones as recent as the Desire HD will not be upgradable to the new software. Thankfully, Android has one of the strongest enthusiast communities in the mobile space, so those of you who don’t mind tinkering can be sure we’ll see HTC Sense 3.0 on plenty of cooked ROMs in the near future.
The HTC Sensation aka the Pyramid has just gone official. The Taiwanese handset vendor has launched its new flagship smartphone during an event in London.
The HTC Sensation is an Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone based on a 1.2 Ghz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It has a massive 4.3 inch LCD capacitive touchscreen display protected by the scratch-proof gorilla glass, sports an 8.0 MP camera with dual LED flash and a front facing VGA camera and records high-def videos at 1080p. Connectivity features include Bluetooth 3.0, micro USB port for MHL support for HDMI out and DLNA, Wi-Fi and HSDPA.
LG has launched two high profile Android smartphones - the Optimus 2X and Optimus Black in India. The Optimus 2X is the first Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor equipped smartphone while the Black has LG's Nova display, which the company claims is 'the brightest, clearest and most legible display' on a cellphone. Both smartphones currently run on Android 2.2 (Froyo) with the Optimus 2X being upgradeable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).
Maybe your Android handset hasn’t been bless with an official build of Gingerbread just yet, or maybe your device’s iteration of Google’s latest mobile operating system isn’t performing up to snuff. Either way, you now have unofficial official options, as Cyanogen has announced the release of CyanogenMod 7.0 for a host of Android handsets. Based on Android 2.3.3, the code brings dozens of extra check-boxes and features to your device allowing you to inflict more of your personal steez on to your phone. If you’re interested in further customizing your set, hit the read link, have yourself a download, and enjoy the mack-daddy of custom Android ROMs.
Samsung has confirmed via an official Twitter account that the Galaxy S II, its upcoming flagship Android smartphone, will launch as planned in April. There were rumors that the device would be delayed due to speculation that Samsung had plans to upgrade the 1GHz dual-core Cotex-A9 processor to 1.2GHz. Samsung officially announced the Galaxy S II on February 13th during Mobile World Congress 2011. It offers Samsung’s next generation 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED Plus display, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), and Samsung’s new TouchWiz 4.0 user interface. Samsung hasn’t confirmed exactly when it will launch this month, but if you need something to tide you over, be sure to check out our hands-on.
HTC’s highly anticipated Android smartphone codenamed “Pyramid” may finally be unveiled as the HTC Sensation at a media event in London on April 12th. An unconfirmed report from technology blog Pocket-lint cites multiple unnamed sources in claiming that the device will be introduced at the HTC event as had previously been rumored. Earlier reports suggest the Sensation will be a Gingerbread phone with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a 4.3-inch display, an 8-megapixel camera, 768MB of RAM and the latest version of the HTC Sense UI. Pocket-lint’s report states that the HTC Sensation will be available in the U.K. in the coming months but does not mention U.S. availability.
Leaked photos from China reveal what appears to be the successor to Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X10 mini pro smartphone. The new device, currently named the SK17i codenamed Mango reportedly runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. A full slide-out QWERTY keyboard is present, as is typical with Sony Ericsson’s “pro” devices, and it doesn’t look like the user interface has been tweaked a whole lot at least, from what we can tell in the images. A camera with a single LED flash is also present, although it’s unclear if there’s a front-facing camera, too. The Sk17i doesn’t seem to sport any exciting hardware, so we hope Sony Ericsson has some surprises in store.
The debate surrounding Android fragmentation continues to draw attention, and the issue resurfaced on Monday following the results of a recent survey. According to Baird analyst William Powers, roughly 87% of Android developers believe that fragmentation is a problem for the Android platform. 57% feel Android’s fragmentation problem is either “huge” or “meaningful,” and about 30% agree that it is a problem to a lesser degree. Google said this past November that the overwhelming majority of Android devices 77% run Android 2.1 or Android 2.2, but developers apparently still feel that the existence of multiple Android versions in the market at the same time is less than ideal. What’s more, the company’s recent decision to provide limited early access to upcoming Android builds for partners whose plans for the software are approved by Google suggests that the company views fragmentation as more of a problem than it might convey publicly.
The gang over at XDA Developers have acquired several new images of the unannounced and unreleased HTC Pyramid Android handset. The site’s intel seems to confirm what has been rumored for several months: this device is going to be a beast. The Pyramid will boast a 4.3-inch qHD display with a 960 x 54o pixel resolution, dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 768MB of RAM, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, Wi-Fi b/g/n, and will run Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3) with Sense 3.0 (the same version that will be running on the EVO 3D). No word on when and where this Herculean handset will hit store shelves… but we’re hoping sooner rather than later. Hit the jump to see a few more images.
Sony Ericsson announced on its blog that it will update unbranded versions of the Xperia X10 to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) in the second or third quarter of this year. That’s a pretty stunning announcement, considering Sony Ericsson had said earlier that it had no plans to update the Xperia X10 beyond Android 2.1 (Eclair). The company says it will alert customers at a later point in time if it ever plans to roll-out the update to carrier-branded Xperia X10 devices, but we seriously doubt it’ll ever hit the AT&T Xperia X10. Hit the jump for a list of some changes users will see when the Gingerbread update rolls out.
Amazon on Tuesday announced the launch of its new on-device and Web-based Android application hub, the Amazon Appstore. As a direct rival to Google’s own Android Market, the Amazon Appstore features a wide range of Android games and applications. Amazon is also touting the exclusive availability of Rovio’s new app, Angry Birds Rio. Free for a limited time, Angry Birds Rio is Rovio’s latest game for the Android platform and it features all new levels with the same great characters we know and love. The Android platform s openness provides a great opportunity to reach new customers, said Rovio CEO Mikael Hed in a statement. We are thrilled to offer the Angry Birds suite of Android games using the easy and trusted shopping experience that Amazon is known for. The Amazon Appstore is available immediately on Android devices as a downloadable app and on the Web, accessible from any Web browser. Hit the jump for the full press release.
It will be raining Android superphones next month in India. After we exclusively reported about Sony Ericsson's launch plans for the Arc, Neo and Play, we are now hearing that Sammy is gearing up with introducing the Nexus S in India in April. This will be the first official "Google phone" to be launched in
That’s right folks, CTIA’s annual CTIA Wireless show kicks off tomorrow and the BGR team is on the ground in sunny, humid Orlando to bring all the latest news to you as it breaks. In spite of the huge news that came out of AT&T’s camp over the weekend, Sprint is shaping up to be
Think Beyond event last week, devices running Android 2.3.3 or later can be connected to each other with a simple tap that will automatically initiate data transfers. Apple is rumored to be cooking up a unique twist for the NFC functionality coming to its next-generation iPhone, so smart functionality beyond mobile payments such as tap-to-share will certainly help Android's case in the meantime.
BGR has learned from multiple trusted sources that Research In Motion is planning to bring its beloved BlackBerry Messenger app and service to Android, and eventually to iOS as well. According to our sources, RIM has not yet finalized details surrounding timing or pricing, but we have heard that the company might make the software free to all users. We're also told strategy is still being developed, however, and RIM may end up charging users a one-time fee or even a recurring fee for access to its BBM service on third-party platforms.
Adobe Flash support was noticeably absent from the Motorola XOOM at launch, though it was because Adobe wanted to ship Flash 10.2 as opposed to 10.1, and that’s all finally in the past. Starting today, Adobe Flash 10.2 will be available in the Android market for most Android devices Froyo, Gingerbread and Honeycomb. It supports