There really isn’t much to say about this other than AT&T has really taken their time with this one. ‘Wowwww, bringing the software up to Android 2.1??? How can we be so lucky!’ That’s maybe something like what AT&T would hope to hear from their Sony Xperia X10 owners, but it’s unlikely. In fact, I’m not even going to type what they are probably saying due to this site being work safe and all.
You know what though, on the positive side, it’s amazing they put out an update at all seeing as they would rather have X10 owners just upgrade to a Gingerbread Xperia Arc, PLAY or Neo anyway. So, for that I guess X10 owners should be somewhat thankful. The update will start rolling out today. Click here for a guide on how to upgrade your device.
If you are a member of the Motorola Owner User Groups and own a Droid X, you might have received the above invitation for a new confidential project.
Upon signing up you will be informed that there is going to be a soak (beta test) for May 2011. Although it is not confirmed, I think it is safe to say that this is for the Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3) update which we know is ready.
Motorola usually implements soak testing about 1 week before the actual release. If this is the Gingerbread update, then it will probably be rolled out to all Droid X owners by the 1st or 2nd week of June. Stay tuned.
With the Motorola Xoom being the first tablet to get Honeycomb 3.1, where does this leave other tablets? We know the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will ship with it pre-installed. ASUS and Acer have announced that they will be updating the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer and the Acer Iconia Tab A500 to Honeycomb 3.1 in June.
You can expect the update to be over-the-air and it will bring performance improvements, UI enhancements like stretchable widgets, a new task switcher, and support for USB peripherals.
LG said they will be updating as well, but would not commit to a date.
With the competition heating up in the tablet war, lets hope all the manufacturers recognize that they need to get these updates quicker rather than later.
The official word from Samsung is out. A number of devices will be receiving Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread! Updating to Gingerbread will give user of the Samsung devices, the latest performance enhancements and welcome changes to the UI from the previous Froyo version.
The entire Galaxy line will be updated by way of Samsung device management software, Keis. These devices will be: GALAXY S, Tab, and Ace/Gio/Fit/mini. The update is set to kick off in the UK, and Nordic countries, with the rest of the world to follow. Hit the break for the entire press release from Samsung.
The original Galaxy Tab might be one of the best deals right now if you don’t feel the need for Honeycomb, and it looks like the Tab is getting some Gingerbread love. According to reports from an Italian Android forum, Android 2.3.3 has begun rolling out through Kies to Galaxy Tab owners in Italy.
There is no word on anyone outside of Italy getting this update, but I think it is safe to assume that this will eventually hit all Galaxy Tab owners in the near future.
Let us know if you receive the update and we will let you know when we hear more. The build number is XXJQ1 (baseband version P1000XXJPZ)
More great news is trickling out of Google I/O today and as expected, it’s regarding Google TV. Google has announced that this summer Google TV will be upgraded to Android 3.1 and access to the Android Market will soon follow. According to developer Mike Cleron, developers will be able to use the Vanilla Honeycomb SDK to build applications for the platform. In addition, a few other vendors are jumping on board, such as Samsung, Vizio, Logitech and Sony. This still begs the question though, what about Toshiba, Sharp and LG? In any event, we can’t wait to see what developers do with the platform. Let us know what you think of it all in the comments below. Own a Google TV enabled device? Feel free to tell us what you’d like to see come to the platform in future updates?
Yummy little guy, isn’t he? Sadly, while TalkAndroid wasn’t able to attend Google I/O (stupid day-jobs!), we’re watching the coverage closely, and there’s some interesting stuff coming out of the keynote already!
Just a few days ago we got all excited that there was an update being push to the HTC Thunderbolt. @VZWSupport did tweet last Tuesday that these updates would start rolling out. But, as it seems this update is being delayed.
Here were some of the specifics of the update. Hopefully VZW will get back on track and get all you Tbolt owners the update you deserve.
Web Browsing and Data Access
- Enhanced data connectivity when accessing the Verizon 3G network.
- Email and Messaging
- SMS and MMS messages are stored properly in the Messaging Application (Inbox, Sent, etc.).
Additional Device Features
- Timing for device activation has been improved.
- “Backup Assistant” is correctly displayed in the Application menu.
- Stability improvements for data centric applications such as Facebook, KAYAK, Yahoo! Mail, My Verizon and more.
- Accurate location is displayed when accessing the Weather Widget.
- Quickly load GPS updates for Google Maps and VZ Navigator
Stay tuned for information on when this update will be put back in motion. And if you catch it before we do let us know in the comments.
As of May 2nd, only 4 percent of Android users have Gingerbread. The break down is 3 percent for 2.3.3 and 1 percent for 2.3.
Gingerbread was released 5 months ago on the Nexus S. We are expecting Ice Cream Sandwich to be announced shortly.
This is not a good situation. I still believe that most mainstream consumers are not concerned with what version of Android they are running, but what about the hardcores? We knew that the custom UI’s (Sense, Blur, Touchwiz) that are being installed on top of Android were going to be a problem, but it seems like it is getting worse.