Gingerbread test ROM for HTC Desire leaked

We just announced the leak of Gingerbread for the HTC Evo 4G, but what about all you other users waiting for 2.3 goodness on your device? Well, if you have an HTC Desire, you’re in luck, as the 2.3 test ROM has also been leaked.

That’s right! There is a pre-rooted (watch yourself!) flashable zip of the ROM, courtesy of XDA member robocik. There are some minor changer to the UI from what we would expect, but all in all, it looks pretty darn good. Remember, flashing unofficial ROMs can be dangerous, but if you’re feeling extremely geeky, hit the source link to check it out for yourself, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

[via xda]

Samsung Intercept finally getting Froyo from Virgin Mobile April 11th

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It’s been a bit of a let down so far this year for many Virgin Mobile customers using the Samsung Intercept, as they’ve been teased with Froyo flavored Androidness for the past 3 months. We heard back in January that Froyo was coming in “Spring 2011“, then we heard mid February that Virgin was releasing Froyo for the Intercept ‘about march 25th 2011‘, and finally, we are hearing that Virgin Mobile is alerting Intercept owners via text message that the update will in fact be available Monday April 11th 2011.

Froyo 2.2 enhancements include:

  • Exchange Active Sync updates
  • ability to install applications to external memory card
  • improved Bluetooth device support
  • Bluetooth Voice dialing
  • improved operating system performance
  • dedicated phone, application and browser icons on every home screen

So how do you Samsung Intercept owners feel about that? Do you think they may pull another fast one and postpone another couple of weeks? Hard to say whether to trust Virgin’s notification here, but one can always be hopeful. Something to note, the update may take a couple weeks to roll out to everybody OTA.

[via virgin mobile]

HTC Confirms Thunderbolt And Evo 4G Will Receive Gingerbread 2.3 By End Of Q2

I know you HTC Evo fans and Thunderbolt early adopters have been asking, for quite some time now, the same question over and over again, “where is my Gingerbread update?”  Here’s a little something to provide some hope over the next couple of months regarding the Android 2.3 update coming to your device.  A faithful reader of ours was generous enough to send in a response he received from HTC when he inquired about receiving the update.  Hit the break for the reply in its entirety and head here if you want to see TalkAndroid’s Chief Editor, Dustin’s review of the Thunderbolt in great detail and its comparison to the Evo 4G.  
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Motorola wants its Bravo owners to test new software update prior to release

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Motorola wants to know if its Bravo owners would like to test out the upcoming and long-awaited Froyo update before it gets officially released to the masses…or at least Bravo owners. You can sign up at the source link below where they’ll take everyone’s name and contact you later letting you know how you can get the pre-release update to install on your Bravo. Here’s what Motorola had to say on the matter;

Motorola and AT&T are happy to announce a pre-release of the first software upgrade* for BRAVO™ with MOTOBLUR™, before it is officially released to all customers. We are recruiting 1,000 BRAVO™ owners to test and provide feedback on the upgrade to FroYo (Android 2.2).

This registration period will be open until we receive our limit of qualified applicants. Note that you must be a member of the Motorola Owners’ Forums to register. If you’re interested in testing and want to take part, just join Motorola’s community now and then fill out the short registration form.

Please note that registering will not guarantee you’ll be among those testing the software update as testers will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis, and on valid registration responses. Selected users will receive additional information to prepare for the upgrade via email when the trial begins.

There you have it, Motorola is definitely committed to releasing Android 2.2 on the Bravo.

[via Motorola]

Google “Test Market” Accidentally Released, Reviewed, Quickly Pulled

Who doesn’t love a good mistake… as long as you’re not reaping any ill repercussions? The folks over at Tech from 10 found themselves asking that question when their Samsung Galaxy S phone magically got an unexpected update to an unreleased “test market”. They tried to remove it, but to no avail. But, you know what they say: if at first you don’t succeed, just review the dang thing.

The main differences they saw were not only in the UI, but in the apps that were listed as “test” or “beta” – as well as a new content ratings section. What kind of new and exciting apps did they find? Things like:


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Android 2.2 Froyo now available for HTC myTouch 3G Slide

For those of you that have a T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide, Android 2.2 Froyo is now available. You will need a PC (or BootCamp on a Mac) to install it since this is not an over-the-air update.

This update brings WiFi hotspot capability, WiFi calling, USB tethering, and minor bug fixes. Please make sure you have at least 25mb of user data available on your device. Hit the source link for further instructions and to download HTC Sync 3.0.

[via HTC]

Updated: Slacker Radio, Streaming Music

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There are a few decent streaming music apps out there. All of which offer their own unique way of delivering its media. I’m pretty fickle when it comes to how I stream my music. I can go from Pandora to Last.fm to Slacker Radio. And sometimes I’ll use Radiotime for my local flavor.
Just as a quick note to all the fans of Slacker Radio, it’s been updated! See below for the list of recent changes.

What’s in this version:

1. This build includes numerous fixes including:
2. Caching stations over 4G/LTE 3. Station selections after automatic refresh
4. App launching on some 1.5 OS phones.
5. EVO USERS: If you experience errors, please contact Sprint Technical Support at 1-888-211-4727 and ask the Rep to apply the work around listed as: ‘HTC EVO 4G (A9292) – UPDATED 2-1-2011: Streaming multimedia applications receiving errors on software version 3.70.651.1′ in Sprint’s device portal

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Samsung Galaxy S has Android 2.3 Gingerbread official ROM leaked

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If you’ve got a Samsung Galaxy S (I9000) and you feel you may never see an update while you still breathe, you may breathe easy friends. At least in Europe anyway. The Samsung Galaxy S Euro style has just gotten an Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM leaked and running as you’ll be able to see in the video below.

This official Gingerbread update will still need to come to those in North America by way through the carrier, but still, it gives hope to some who had none. If you choose not to wait however, make your way to the source link below at XDA-Developers to download with full instructions.

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[via xda-developers]

DROID Incredible getting Gingerbread this Spring?

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All those DROID Incredible owners may take some happiness in this post as it seems an HTC staffer let the word out that the DROID Incredible may be receiving the Gingerbread update sometime towards the end of Q2 2011. That’s got to make you feel better about buying one right? The email from the HTC rep is as follows;

Dear Thomas,
I will be happy to assist with your software update inquiry. Indeed the Incredible is going to get 2.3 Gingerbread and we expect to be ready to release it with Verizon before the end of the second quarter of this year.
To send a reply to this message or let me know I have successfully answered your question log in to our ContactUs site using your email address and your ticket number 11USCW14ENA000091.
Sincerely,
Douglas
HTC

All that said, it would be nice to hear an official word from HTC about this as words may be spoken, but action is much nicer.

[via droid-life]

Motorola Releases Changelist for Upcoming ATRIX Update

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While Motorola’s ATRIX 4G is one of the most powerful smartphones on the whole dang planet, it’s not without some issues. Thankfully, the folks at Motorola are releasing an update. The Motorola support page gives information on how to install the 4.1.57 software update, which includes the following fixes:

Bluetooth Improved multimedia experience with Bluetooth devices as well as the ability to use phone with additional headsets
Fingerprint reader Improved fingerprint reader performance
Battery Improved battery performance for longer battery life
Screen Display will turn off automatically now while charging directly on wall charger
Phone stability Improved stability resulting in fewer occurrences of touch unresponsiveness and/or programs quitting unexpectedly.
Car dock Improved performance of car dock and 3.5mm jack

It’s suggests downloading the file over WiFi, which makes sense given that you never want these kinds of downloads to crap out due to spotty (cough AT&T cough) coverage. Good luck with the update, ATRIX users.

[via Phone Arena]