T-Mobile makes in-store updates to Gingerbread for G2 and myTouch 4G official

Remember about a week ago, when we told you about T-Mobile planning on bringing you updates in-store, via an SD card? Well, it looks like T-Mobile has sealed the deal – and the date – for this update process. Users running a G2 or myTouch 4G that have yet to see the update to Android 2.3 can take their devices into an official T-Mo store starting August 6th, and can get their updates while they wait. As far as we can tell, this is only coming to users in the west and midwest regions for now, but we would assume that, as long as everything goes smoothly, we will probably see this coming nationwide sooner than later.

The update procedure goes a bit like this:

  • Updating at the store can erase all the data on the device. The SD card will not lose data.
  • Back up your data, synchronize your contacts to Google or T-Mobile Backup, and write down the names of all the applications you will want to re-install.
  • The update can take up to 30 minutes to complete.
  • The update requires that your phone has over 50% battery life at the store.
  • The rep at the retail store will:
    • Remove your personal SD card.
    • Insert a software update SD card.
    • Wait for the update to download and install on the device.
    • Remove the software update SD card.
    • Insert your personal SD card again.

So hit up your local T-Mo store and get your updates while they’re fresh. If you bring yours in, let us know how the experience goes in the comments below.

[via tmonews]

Droid X could get Gingerbread update to fix bugs by mid-August

The Droid X Gingerbread update has been one big disaster. It is full of  bugs, and it most likely caused Gingerbread update delays with other phones like the DROID 2, Global, and Pro. One the plus side, the update did bring better performance and a nicer version of Blur (or whatever you want to call Motorola’s UI), but there were too many bugs that made people wish they never updated.

The good news is that Verizon and Motorola are expecting a fix to be ready by mid-August.

We have forwarded your information to Motorola. They were able to duplicate the issue on their end.

As of 7/29/11 we have learned that it will be corrected with MR6 update. At this point, a target release date for this update is mid-August.

As soon as more information becomes available, we will be sure to post it here.

In the interim, if are turning the device off to avoid notification tones during your slumber, you may want to put the device on silent until we get the resolution.

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[via VZW forums]

Sharp shows off Galapagos A01SH 7-inch Honeycomb tablet

Sharp and EAccess unveiled a new 7-inch tablet running Android 3.2 called the Galapagos Ao1SH. It features:

  • 7-inch 1024 X 600 display
  • 42Mbps 3G
  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • 8GB memory, expandable via microSDHC

The Galapagos is expected to launch sooner rather than later, but no details were revealed. It is also likely it could come to the US as it recently passed through the FCC.

[via electronista]

Australian Galaxy Tab Launch Event Postponed

In an ongoing feud with the heat (or immaturity) of a sibling rivalry, Samsung has decided to postpone the August 11th launch event for the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This appears to be more of a game of tug of war than anything else. First Apple prevented Samsung from selling the 10.1 in Australia. Samsung responded saying they’ll sell it anyway because it’s slightly different. Now it goes back to Apple. I’m guessing the next move will be Samsung forcing some sort of lawsuit that requires iPad users to wear ugly purple shorts in public. Seriously, my younger brothers and I fight less than this.

[via phandroid]

Samsung Admire Coming To Cellular South

While a lot of our phone news is about phones that are breaking the technology barrier, every now and then we have to give the little guy some love too. The Samsung Admire is officially coming to Cellular South. There’s no word about pricing, but looking at the average specs I wouldn’t bet on it being too much. The phone is sporting a 3.5 inch touchscreen with HVGA resolution (that’s a pretty modest 320×480). Android 2.3 (not bad), Wifi, Bluetooth, and a 3.2 MP rear camera. Strangely, you are not supplied with a MicroSD card. Nothing to throw away your contracts for, but definitely something to look at if your technologically impaired relatives are ready to ditch their 25 year old feature phone.

[via Cellular South]

Verizon software update for the Motorola Xoom to Android 3.2 Honeycomb

Verizon Wireless says you need this update that is “coming soon”, so you better get it when it’s available. In reality, you already knew you needed it, and have likely have been wanting it for a while, as you saw other devices like the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer take full advantage for the delicious Honeycomb.

The announced information on the Verizon Wireless website lists the changes we expect Android 3.2 to deliver such as:

  • Software Build # HTJ85
  • Screen Scaling Compatibility Mode
  • SD Card Support
  • Adaptive Streaming Support for Movies
  • Movie Rental Improvements
  • New EAS policy: “Allow Password Recovery”
  • Improvements to Exchange ActiveSync and security

Hit the source for the full pdf outlining the update and keep watch for when Honeycomb for the Big Red branded Motorola Xoom is available for download.

[via verizon]

Sprint Offering Its 4G Network To Wholesalers

Sprint has recently announced that they will be offering some of its products for wholesale.  The company is touting products for resale like the HTC Detail, an HTC Shift look-alike and a Sierra Wireless data card.  Sprint states that more products will continue to make the lineup as they continue to expand and offer their 4G network.  Currently, Sprint offers their 4G services in 71 different markets within the US.

[via sprint]

Samsung Stratosphere 4G LTE is coming to Verizon Wireless, What is it?

It seems that Verizon is getting ready for the launch of the Samsung Stratosphere. We know this because a support page has been created for it on the Verizon website, but the actual page itself is not visible yet. The above screen shot is the page that loads when a URL is in the system, but not loaded. You get a completely different web page when a link is not in the system whatsoever.

The only thing we know at this point is that the Stratosphere will be 4G LTE, but the big question is if this is going to be the Samsung Galaxy S II, which was rumored to be called the Function or possibly the Fascinate II. To me, the Stratosphere is a perfect name, but if it is the Galaxy S II, don’t expect it before the Bionic because Sanjay Jha said last week that the Bionic would be the first dual-core 4G LTE phone on Verizon.

The only other possibility is that it could be the leaked slider that we showed you a few weeks ago. If the Stratosphere is going to launch this month, I would expect it to be this device or it really isn’t a 4G LTE device.

[via droid-life]

Launching in September on Sprint, Samsung Epic Touch 4G aka Galaxy S II

We’re all looking forward to the U.S. launch of the Galaxy S II. When this device does hit the U.S. market, no matter your carrier, it’s highly likely you’ll be able to get your hands on it. From BGR we get fed a little more information on one carrier that should be adding this Android 2.3 phone to its line-up.

It’s been stated that Sprint should be getting their version of the GS2 and calling it the Samsung Epic Touch 4G. It will be sporting WiMAX but be void of the QWERTY keyboard as its predecessor the Epic 4G. As of right now we don’t have any information on release date or price. But keep your eyes peeled as the news comes in, as September looks to be the month we should be seeing it stateside.

[via bgr]