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Samsung to begin rolling out Gingerbread to Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab this month

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Samsung to begin rolling out Gingerbread to Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab this month

Samsung on Monday announced that it will finally begin rolling out Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) to its popular Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab devices. Samsung had started to roll out Gingerbread last month, but was forced to halt the update due to a bug identified shortly after it was released. Samsung has apparently addressed the issue, and the update will release the update once again this month beginning in the UK and other European countries. The Android update, which will require users to connect their devices to Samsung’s desktop software, will then roll out to North America and other regions at an unspecified time. Hit the break for the press release.

Android Honeycomb 3.1 unveiled

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Android Honeycomb 3.1 unveiled

iOS 5 may bring OTA updates to iPhone

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iOS 5 may bring OTA updates to iPhone

Apple is set to give the world its first look at iOS 5 next month at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference, and a new report from 9to5 Mac suggests one of the new features in the coming operating system update may be an over the air updating mechanism. Apple’s iOS updating system is currently a mixed bag it often takes an excessive amount of time to download a new OS build, back up a device, apply an update and then restore the device from the back up, but it also means restoring devices and switching phones is extremely simple. 9to5 Mac claims to have confirmed with multiple anonymous sources that updates delivered following Apple’s iOS 5 release could take advantage of a new OTA update mechanism that will deliver incremental updates directly to devices rather than to iTunes. The report specifically notes that Apple has been in talks with Verizon Wireless regarding OTA updates, though the feature would obviously be available to any carriers that agree to deliver the updates over their networks. OTA updates would certainly be a welcome addition to iOS let’s just hope we also get a solid new notification system so those OTA update messages aren’t quite as intrusive.

Apple issues statement on location tracking; software update on the way

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Apple issues statement on location tracking; software update on the way

Apple has finally broken its week-long silence over the location-tracking database scandal surrounding iPhones and 3G iPads running iOS 4 and higher. The company states that it never has, and never plans to, track users’ iDevices, and that the purpose of the database file in question consolidated.db is to “help your iPhone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested.” The company noted that a software update will limit the size of the location file and be available in the next few weeks the next major iOS release will add a layer of encryption to the file. Apple’s full statement is after the break. Have a look and let us know what you think.

Facebook for Android updated with friend tagging, more

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Facebook for Android updated with friend tagging, more

Facebook has updated its Android client to version 1.5.3, which includes several noteworthy additions. It’s now possible to tag friends in your status updates a feature that alerts a user if you’ve mentioned him or her in your post and users can also find new friends directly from their Android smartphones. In addition to those changes, Facebook also noted several bug fixes, and said the update will also enable users to add their phone numbers to their Facebook profile. Facebook for Android v1.5.3 is available in the Android Market now, although users with automatic updating should already be up to speed.

Apple releases iOS 4.3.2 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch; iOS 4.2.7 for Verizon iPhone

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Apple releases iOS 4.3.2 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch; iOS 4.2.7 for Verizon iPhone

Apple to release iOS 4.3.2 in the next two weeks

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Apple to release iOS 4.3.2 in the next two weeks

Apple iOS 4.3.1 now available for download in iTunes

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Apple iOS 4.3.1 now available for download in iTunes

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.

Microsoft begins rollout of ‘NoDo’ update for Windows Phone 7

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Microsoft begins rollout of ‘NoDo’ update for Windows Phone 7

Apple iOS 4.3.1 coming within one to two weeks?

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Apple iOS 4.3.1 coming within one to two weeks?

Apple issues OS X 10.6.7 update for early 2011 MacBook Pro models

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Apple issues OS X 10.6.7 update for early 2011 MacBook Pro models

Nokia Software Updater for Mac launches in beta

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Nokia Software Updater for Mac launches in beta

Nokia on Wednesday released an update to its Nokia Software Updater client for the Macintosh platform via its Nokia Beta Labs portal. The new bits will allow Mac users to update their Nokia phones’ firmware directly from their computers as opposed to over-the-air. Nokia warns that the software is still in the development phase and that it will keep the trial going until further notice. The company hopes that users will provide feedback as they use the software, paving the way for future optimizations and updates. Other details on the software are slim, but hit the jump if you’re a Mac user looking to get the latest software goodness on your Nokia phone.