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Sony Ericsson unveils Xperia mini, Xperia mini pro, Xperia acro

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Sony Ericsson unveils Xperia mini, Xperia mini pro, Xperia acro

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.

Android 2.3.4 trickling out to Nexus One owners

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Android 2.3.4 trickling out to Nexus One owners

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.

Android 2.3.4 available to Nexus S owners via manual download

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Android 2.3.4 available to Nexus S owners via manual download

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.

Daily Android activations surpass 350,000 mark

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Daily Android activations surpass 350,000 mark

HTC Sense 3.0 will not support current crop of devices

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HTC Sense 3.0 will not support current crop of devices

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.

HTC Sensation goes official, to hit Indian shores in Q2

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HTC Sensation goes official, to hit Indian shores in Q2

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 launches Optimus 2X and Optimus Black in India

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LG launches Optimus 2X and Optimus Black in India

CyanogenMod 7.0 final released for plethora of Android handsets

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CyanogenMod 7.0 final released for plethora of Android handsets

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 says Galaxy S II not delayed, will launch this month

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Samsung says Galaxy S II not delayed, will launch this month

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 Pyramid may be revealed as HTC Sensation on April 12th

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HTC Pyramid may be revealed as HTC Sensation on April 12th

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.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro successor spied

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro successor spied

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.

87% of Android developers think fragmentation is a problem, survey finds

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87% of Android developers think fragmentation is a problem, survey finds

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.

Images of HTC Pyramid leak; Android 2.3, 1.2GHz dual-core

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Images of HTC Pyramid leak; Android 2.3, 1.2GHz dual-core

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 Xperia X10 to get Android 2.3 Gingerbread update

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 to get Android 2.3 Gingerbread update

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 Appstore for Android goes live

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Amazon Appstore for Android goes live

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.

Samsung to launch the Nexus S in India in April [Update]

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Samsung to launch the Nexus S in India in April [Update]

BGR is reporting live from CTIA Wireless 2011!

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BGR is reporting live from CTIA Wireless 2011!

New Android API eliminates Bluetooth pairing using NFC

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New Android API eliminates Bluetooth pairing using NFC

Google made its software development kit (SDK) available for version 2.3.3 of the Android OS earlier this month, and Stanford University's MobiSocial News uncovered a nifty feature that hasn't gotten much coverage. The new SDK features an API for "insecure Bluetooth socket connections" on both the client and server sides. Coupled with Gingerbread's widely publicized NFC capabilities, this will allow developers to enable a tap-to-connect feature that lets NFC-equipped Android phones forgo the Bluetooth pairing process. Similar to the functionality HP showed off with its TouchPad tablet and Pre 3 smartphone at the 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.

Exclusive: BlackBerry Messenger will launch on Android and iOS

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Exclusive: BlackBerry Messenger will launch on Android and iOS

Flash 10.2 beta released for Android

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Flash 10.2 beta released for Android