Android 2.3 Gingerbread update hitting the UK HTC Desire Z now

We’ve see HTC tell us of their plan to release Gingerbread for the Desire Z for a little while now. A couple weeks ago, HTC thanks us for waiting. And last week it was reported that 2.3 would be pushed to other HTC devices, including the Desire Z.

Well today HTC has started updating the device with Android 2.3.3. This update is arriving OTA to all unbranded Desire Z’s in the UK. So keep watch for the notification. And if you’re device is carrier specific, you’ll need to contact that carrier, and tell them to hook you up!

[via eurodroid]

LG Rolls Out Remote Call Services For Optimus Users

LG has announced, via their official web page, that they’ll be offering a new service for those who have purchased a product from their Optimus lineup.  The new “Remote Call Service” will allow LG to be the very first handset manufacturer with the ability to provide remote maintenance to diagnose a software issue or push an OTA directly to your device.  With the aid of 3G and WiFi networks, LG has eliminated the necessity to visit a customer care center when a problem arises.

“Convenience is what LG is about and remote call services fit our brand character perfectly,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “LG is leading the way in virtual services and follow-up care for our customers everywhere. Being there for customers from A to Z is a key priority for us.”

The services will be available for those who own a handset from their premium Optimus lineup such as the LG Optimus 2X, Optimus Black and Optimus 3D.  The service is made possible thanks to LG’s “Remote Call” app that’s pre-installed on the device, no need to leave your home.  Hit the break to check out the full press release and to see how LG plans to pull this off.  We think this is a great service and other carriers and manufacturers should pay attention.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  
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Kyocera Echo Gingerbread Update Made Available And Then Halted For Reportedly Bricking Devices

It’s been a pretty hectic day today in the Sprint Kyocera Echo…echo….echo dept as a frenzy of tech blogs jumped on the news which confirmed the update’s release, as expected being August 1st and all, along with a quick follow up of its suspension.  The 2.3.4 Gingerbread update became available and offered a slew of features such as pinch to zoom support in the web browser, gallery and Sprint Navigation & Maps.  The update also installed an new “downloads” application and adds the newest version of Swype 3.0 with “Tap Correction and Horizontal Word Choice list”.  Due to a poster prematurely released by Sprint, it was thought that the device would also gain support for calls over WiFi and the enabling of a supposed built in NFC chip.  According to Brief Mobile, a Sprint Rep explained that someone screwed the pooch and tossed up the feature page prematurely.  The device will not be receiving those features.  Sorry to break your hearts Echo owners.

But wait, the news gets even more interesting.  Some time today, according to Android Central, it appears a majority of their readers were complaining that the update was bricking their devices.  Say what?!  Yep, looks like Sprint pulled a Sammy on this one and for now, choosing to error on the side of caution, have suspended the update until they can troubleshoot the issue.  So, if you’re one of those 10 users that bought an Echo, just be patient and hang in there, it’s not worth bricking your investment.  And if you have bricked your device, feel free to use our comments section below to rattle off how you truly feel.  We’re sure Sprint and Kyocera are listening.

[gingerbread update via kyocera]

[update suspended via engadet 1, 2]

HTC Desire finally gets Android 2.3 Gingerbread, or did it?

A little over a month ago, HTC announced that the Desire would not get Gingerbread due to memory constraints only to reverse course a day later and promise that they could make it happen. Soon after they announced they were testing a Gingerbread build, and that it would become available by the end of July.

It is now August 1st and HTC has released the update, but it is looking like they probably should have just stayed with their original statement because this is nothing like we expected. The Gingerbread ROM has been published, but HTC said the following on their Facebook page:

As we’ve mentioned, this upgrade will remove some important functionality and experiences in your HTC Desire. For that reason, we only recommend upgrading if your an expert user or developer. Please make sure to read the full disclaimer about the changes if you do decide to upgrade. Also, flashing this ROM will erase your previous customizations, including any messages, emails, contacts, and other personal information so make sure you backup your data.


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Want A Better Search Experience On Your Honeycomb Tablet? You Got It

Google believes search on tablets could and should be easier and we’re inclined to agree with them.  With that, the company has stated via their mobile blog that they’ll be revamping the search experience on devices running Honeycomb 3.1 and up.

As part of our effort to evolve the Google design and experience, we’ve improved thewww.google.com search experience on tablets. We’ve simplified the layout of search results pages and increased the size of page contents like text, buttons and other touch targets to make it faster and easier to browse and interact with search results in portrait or landscape view.

The search button located below the search box provides quick access to specific types of results like Images, Videos, Places, Shopping and more. Just tap to open the search menu and select an option to see results in one category.

Thanks to the update, images will now render largely with improvements and enhancements that will make your search a much better and enjoyable experience.  You should now benefit from faster loading of thumbnails and be able to tap finger friendly links with ease.  If you’ve been able to spot the update on your tablet already, we’d love to hear about it.  Feel free to drop a comment or two below.  We’re glad to see Google pushing Honeycomb in the right direction with these improvements.  I’m looking forward to the day when my tablet can fully replace my laptop.  We want there to be no limitations!  Hit the break for another screen shot.  
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Gingerbread update now pushing to Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

Gingerbread is here for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, so get it now! You can at least hope you get it OTA before they put it on hold again. In actuality, they probably won’t do that. Prior to that we reported that it was available.

Now, it’s being heard that the Xperia X10 is receiving the Andoid 2.3 update as we speak. Here’s a little excerpt from what the press release says would be included:

The UI with the desktop layout and pinch-to-overview gesture will be similar and Gingerbread features like Wi-Fi & USB tethering, App storage on SD-card etc are included. Also the customizable horizontal app tray and the media experience widgets from the 2011 XperiaTM Products are in, including an integrated equalizer in the music player. Of course also apps that require Android versions 2.2 or 2.3 will now be possible to download from Android Market, e.g. Adobe flash.


…..also confirm that the new Facebook inside XperiaTM functionality introduced in the 2011 XperiaTM products will also be in the XperiaTM X10. More info on what it is and what it does at:http://www.sonyericsson.com/cws/products/services/facebook-inside/overview?cc=gb&lc=en.

Whatever that above information really tells us, all you x10 owners need to know is that Gingerbread is being pushed. So keep an eye on you notifications and you should be seeing it soon.

[via pocketnow]

Google Updates Gmail App to 2.3.5, Offers Increased Battery-Savings and Various Bugfixes

Time to break out the ol’ updates, guys. As of this morning, Google has released an update to to Gmail, which hasn’t seen any love since the middle of February! The update brings a number of new features and bug-fixes including:

- Save bandwidth and battery by only syncing priority mail

- Use label notifications to mash up filters, labels, and ringtones

- Remember “Show Pictures” for senders

- Turn off sticky message actions in landscape or all orientations

- Better TalkBack support for accessibility

- Performance improvements

Check it out and let us know if you see a noticeable difference.

[via market]

August release of the Acer Iconia Tab A100 for $300, It’s finally here

There definitely has been some waiting going on for the Acer Iconia Tab A100. This 7-inch Honeycomb tablet has taken some time to get to market. Now, according to an email that was received by Acer retail partners, and Engadget being so kind as to pass along, it looks like we can expect an August release date. Also mentioned was a suggested retail price of $300 once it hits stores. So here’s to hoping we’ll see this Acer Iconia Tab A100.

Also don’t forget it’s big brother the Acer Iconia Tab A500 available now with its 10.1″ display, and now a leaked version of Honeycomb 3.1 available at the link.

[via engadget]

Toshiba promises update early next week to fix resume from sleep issue

Toshiba’s PR just made the following statement on the resume from sleep issue with the Thrive:

Toshiba recently became aware that a limited number of Thrive Tablet users were experiencing Resume issues when in Sleep mode. We have heard from a Toshiba source that a software update to resolve this issue will be available early next week and can be accessed from the Service Station utility app found on the Thrive at that time. This will improve sleep-and-resume performance, as well as enhance the multimedia playback capabilities of the device.’

I have to say that this is a really good turnaround, especially from a company that has limited history with Android.

[via androidcentral]

Samsung Fascinate ED05 update for incoming call bug is now available

The Fascinate has been suffering from a bug in which you cannot receive calls, but some of you might not have noticed because you forgot you can actually use your phone for calls. For the ones that did notice, some were able to get replacements devices from Verizon with constant complaining. That route might be unlikely now because update i500.ED05 is now available too fix it, along with some additional SMS bugs.

[via verizon]