Verizon starts pushing Android Gingerbread update to Droid Incredible 2 owners

Last week we told you that the Android Gingerbread 2.3 update for the Droid Incredible 2 was very close. Verizon began pushing it out last night, so if you have an Incredible 2, check your settings to see if you can pull it down manually.

The build is 2.18.605.4 and the full list of enhancements are:

  • Overall improvements to the performance of Mobile IM.
  • Resolved Hotmail sync & connect issues when setting up a one day sync.
  • Improvements to device connectivity when roaming on global GSM/UMTS networks.
  • New download manager app
  • New app and power management details
  • Improved word selection and copy functionality
  • Alarm notifications turned off while in emergency mode
  • Improved device stability
  • NY Times added to browser bookmarks
  • Wireless Charging UI added
  • New desktop dock app

[via androidcentral]

T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide presale starts July 19, In stores July 27

Last month, T-Mobile officially announced the myTouch 4G Slide without availability and pricing. They have finally given us an update via their Facebook page:

“Mark your calendar: The T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide will be available July 27 at T-Mobile retail stores. A Web-only pre-sale at http://mytouch.t-mobile.com/4g​-slidewill kick off on July 19. Offered in two colors – black and khaki – the myTouch 4G Slide will cost $199.99 with a two-year service agreement and qualifying unlimited data plan after a $50 mail-in rebate.”

T-Mobile promises that the myTouch 4G Slide will have the most advanced camera of any smartphone. The full specs include:

  • 3.7-inch touchscreen
  • 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • Slide-out full QWERTY keyboard
  • Sense 3.0
  • Swype
  • Android Gingerbread 2.3
  • Qik mobile video chat.
  • Genius button with Dragon Dictation from Nuance.
  • Netflix.
  • T-Mobile TV.
  • YouTube
  • T-Mobile KidZone

[via tmobile facebook]

HTC Status preorder starts today, Available in stores starting July 17

AT&T already announced the HTC Status, but did not provide pricing and availability. We can tell you that preorders have already started, and the price will be $49.99 with a two-year contract. You will be able pick one up in your local AT&T starting July 17. Again, this is the first smartphone with a dedicated Facebook button on it, but don’t worry, you can still use Google+ as well.

The features are not amazing, but for $49.99 it makes a great mid-range phone. They are:

  • Platform: Android™ 2.3 + HTC Sense
  • Display: 2.6-inch touch screen with 480 x 320 resolution
  • Network: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS/HSDPA 850/1900
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM
  • Processor: MSM7227, 800 MHz
  • Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, 1250 mAh
  • Camera resolution: 5 MP main camera with autofocus, VGA  front-facing camera

Best Buy Mobile will also be offering an exclusive mauve edition.

[via at&t]

T-Mobile Sonic spotted at FCC, AT&T 3G compatible, NFC, and first to support 42 Mbps HSPA+

The Huawei Sonic launched last month in Turkey with Near Field Communications (NFC) and pricing below 200 Euros, but apparently that won’t be the only place, as it looks like it is coming to the U.S. according to a recent FCC filing.

It will be called the T-Mobile Sonic and will include NFC as well as support for AT&T’s 3G network. Most interesting, is that it will be T-Mobile’s first smartphone that will be compatible with their 42 Mbps HSPA+ network.

Nokia has been the only company to make devices compatible for both T-Mobile and AT&T, but their presence in the U.S. is basically non existent. With the pending merger of AT&T and T-Mobile, we can only assume this will be the beginning of a new trend as it will make the transition so much easier. The merger, pending approval, is supposed to complete by next March.

[via intomobile]

Has Android overtaken iPhone iOS as #1 in market share in the mobile OS arena??

As seen in the chart above and based on data from Chitika Ad Network, it looks as if the Android mobile operating system has a hold on 36.3% of the market share, first week of July. Slightly beating out the known reigning king iOS, which reports a 34.4% iPhone chunk. Although when including iPad and iPod, it jumps to a 60% control of the market. Then we have the other players, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and WebOS, which are not even in the running.

……important to note that across online statistics and analysis, everyone’s data is drawn from slightly different sources and as such represents a slightly different market composition. Chitika Inc. draws its data across a wide range of web servers which service over 70 Million impressions daily.

The Android spectrum is ever growing. Device makers are constantly looking to Android as the mobile operating system that will run on their hardware. Android continues to grow and is found on a number of tablets and phones, making ‘smartphones’ accessible to virtually everyone. It is very likely that the Android platform will continue to expand and gain more and more of this market share. In comparison to iOS which was initially developed for one single carrier, AT&T (and now in recent month Verizon Wireless), the Android OS can boast free and open development, giving easier, more affordable access to consumers, also offering more frequent updates and improvements.

As these two top mobile operating systems continue to grow, it will definitely be something to watch. Will they continue to stay in close competition for that goal of #1 mobile OS? Or will Android consistently gain ground over iOS and take the top spot in market share for years to come? Hit the break for the press release.


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Droid Incredible 2 Gingerbread update is nearing

The HTC Droid Incredible 2 should be getting the Gingerbread update soon. This will bring it to Android 2.3, and it will include support for Verizon’s new wireless charging. You will, of course, need to buy a new battery cover to utilize this.

Complete list of improvements to build 2.18.605.4 are:

  • Overall improvements to the performance of Mobile IM.
  • Resolved Hotmail sync & connect issues when setting up a one day sync.
  • Improvements to device connectivity when roaming on global GSM/UMTS networks.
  • New download manager app
  • New app and power management details
  • Improved word selection and copy functionality
  • Alarm notifications turned off while in emergency mode
  • Improved device stability
  • NY Times added to browser bookmarks
  • Wireless Charging UI added
  • New desktop dock app

We do not know when Verizon is planning on pushing it out, but we will let you know as soon as we hear.

[via androidcentral]

Motorola Titanium branded by Sprint, Coming July 24th

What do you want to know about the Motorola Titanium other than the Sprint release date? How about the price at $149.99. And as the ad states, its Sturdy + QWERTY. This phone has been designed to be rugged and durable, meeting “Militarty Specs” as the Motorola fact sheet will point out. Also you find the Nextel Direct Connect feature of course. Unfortunately still running on Android 2.1 Eclair the Titanium is sporting WiFi, 3.1″ multi-touch touchscreen, 5 megapixel camera, memory expandable to 32 GB.

So if you work in a position at might put your phone at risk and you need it to last, this phone is probably the only one you’ll  find that’ll do the job.

[via engadget]

Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab receiving Android 2.3 Gingerbread update now

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At last, the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab is receiving the Android 2.3 update that many other Galaxy Tab owners began receiving over a month ago. Needless to say, the update is OTA, but a good Wi-Fi connection is preferred when downloading and updating to ensure a smooth install and delivery.

The update will take the current EB28 version and update it to EF17. If you don’t see a notification for it, simply head into ‘settings’ and ‘About my Galaxy Tab’, then check for updates. The update brings better battery performance, fixes issues for VPN, and Bluetooth HID support.

[via intomobile]

Software Update: Sprint’s Nexus S 4G, set for July 11

Here we go guys and gals. The Sprint branded Nexus S 4G will be receiving an update OTA starting July 11th. This update will fix a few issues, that some of you lucky Nexus S owners may be experiencing. See the specifics below:

  • Enables the NFC Secure Element
  • 4G Settings Widget
  • TTY Support
  • NI Push Support
  • Improved WiFi Connectivity, Speakerphone audio quality, 4G throughput and signal acquisition.
  • Tuned signal strength indicators.

As all over-the-air Android updates, you should be automatically notified. So sit tight and let the update roll in somewhere between Jully 11th and 13th. How about let us know today what issues you’ve been having with this “Pure Google” phone in the comments. And once the updates are pushed out, come on back and tell whats been improved.

[via pocketnow]

Get your DROID 3 at Verizon, unlimited data is no more

The Motorola DROID 3 can now be had by all you Verizon Wireless customers, as it is now up for purchase on Big Red’s site. Do you want to stay at VZW, and renew that contract and have to go to a tiered, limited data plan? That is your choice. So you definitely have a decision to make.

The DROID 3 can be had w/o contract for $459.99, and a mere $199.99 with a 2yr contract. As with all smartphones, you will be required to purchase a data plan. This option will range from $10/75MB to $80/10GB.

So sit back, take a deep breath and decide if this non-LTE phone is for you. To assist you, below are some of the specs:

  • 4-inch qHD screen
  • Modified keyboard with a dedicated number row
  • Dual core processor
  • Forward facing camera
  • 8 megapixel camera on the back

[via engadget]