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.
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.
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.
UK network Three just announced via Twitter that the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for the Samsung Galaxy Ace is now available. You can download it through the KIES proprietary solution.
As promised, the Android 3.2 update for the US ASUS Transformers is now live. We already know that Germany Transformers will be getting it on August 5th, and today they announced via Facebook that UK owners should expect the update on August 2nd. It amazes me that their are European XOOM owners that still don’t have Android 3.1. Congratulations to ASUS on getting this update out timely.
The Kyocera Echo from Sprint was a quite unique device on its arrival. Sporting its dual screen goodness, 5 mega-pixel camera, 1GB on-board memory, expandable to 32GB via SD slot, and WiFi hotspot capable.
Now we’ve got word that this Android device has not been forgotten. Sprint has said they will be pushing Gingerbread to the devices starting August 1st. Calling it an update to 2.002SP. You should be alerted of this update as it arrives. And just as with any Android device, you can check by following this path: Menu>Settings>About Phone.
Following is a list of updates coming:
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
- Eco Mode
- EAS enhancements
- Swype 3.0
- Security patches
That’s it! Be ready for this coming Monday, as all you Kyocera Echo owners should start getting notification of the system update available.
Throughout the week we’ve chatted about the G2 a bit, in hopes of a Gingerbread update. We mentioned the Android 2.3.3 build being leaked, which include a few improvements such as, better radio and audio codecs, faster boot up and response, improved GUI and bug fixes for bluetooth and WiFi. Then, later in the week we discussed the T-Mobile stores getting shipments of SD cards pre-loaded with the Gingerbread update. This was for all those maybe not comfortable with updating, giving them the option to take it in to their local store and letting the techs update for them.
So, if you’ve been been hoping any time now to receive this update OTA, looks like the wait is over. The candy has arrived!
Back in June, Motorola announced via Facebook that European XOOM owners would get Android 3.1, but for whatever reason it did not happen. Now they made an announcement in their support forums:
Android™ 3.1 for Motorola XOOM™ will soon be available over the air to all Motorola XOOM users in Europe. We expect the over-the-air deployment to begin in early August, with the package being available for pull by August 9.
I am not sure I understand the problem here because Android 3.1 was announced in May and many US XOOM (WiFi) owners already have Android 3.2. Lets hope this time the job gets done.
[via motorola support]
We reported earlier that the Gingerbread update for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 was live, but Sony Ericsson is now saying they need a few more days. They admitted to prematurely communicating that the update was available.
Full statement after the break
Ahh, just because Motorola has forgotten about the original Droid, the one that kicked off fragmentation like no other, doesn’t mean our strong at will developer’s community did. Remember Peter Alfonso? He’s the guy that also brought the Droid 2.3.4 a couple of weeks ago. Well, he’s still hard at work to keep the OG Droid up to date with recent devices.
Alfonso has announced today that 2.3.5 is now available for download which would instantly allow this device to leap frog over new devices who haven’t even received the new version yet. Among some of the minor changes you’ll find are video capabilities with Gtalk, new Google Search features yet to even show up in the Market and a few others. Hit the break to snag the download link and thrust your Droid into the near distant future.
This Sony Xperia news has slowly moved up to where we are today. Starting off with the disappointing news that the X10 will not be receiving a Gingerbread update. Then last week the news by way of a full press release from Sony Ericsson stating that the Sony Xperia X10 will indeed get updated to Gingerbread in August.
Well, here it is July 27th and as displayed in the graphic above, “Android 2.3 for the Xperia X10 is here”. Let us all rejoice!
Last week the soak test started for the Droid X2 Gingerbread update, and it looks like things went well because it is now ready for the masses. This is good news because it means that Motorola worked through the bugs that came with the Droid X update. The update is now live so check your menu/settings/about phone/software updates to see if you can grab it. This update will bring you to version 1.3.232.MB870.Verizon.en.US.
Hit the break for the full list of Enhancements
There is no doubt Google is working hard on their next release of Android, called Ice Cream Sandwich. What we do know is that Ice Cream Sandwich will probably be version 4.0, and it will end the need to have different versions of Android for tablets (Honeycomb) and phones (Gingerbread and below). Google execs said this would be Google’s “everywhere” OS for mobile phones, tablets, and other connected devices. The only other rumor we have heard is that phones will no longer need physical hardware buttons.
Is this all that we can expect? If the answer is yes, then it is going to be a boring release because Honeycomb is cool, but simply bringing that to the phone is not enough. I am pretty sure there is going to be a lot more UI enhancements and features.
There are two things I would like to see with the next version of Android, and that is the ability to log in with different accounts on each device and more cloud syncing.
We’ve got some good news for T-Mobile G2X owners. Confirmed by a T-Mobile representative, the highly anticipated and sought after wait for the Gingerbread 2.3 update is now officially available. The update began rolling on the 25th (yesterday) and should be hitting devices soon. If you can’t wait for the update, as our previous article states, you can snag it via a USB connection over at LG’s website utilizing their updater software. The update is reported to also address a number of bugs with the device along with the ever annoying random reboots, which for me, seem to be occurring more and more frequently. Well, I’m headed over there now to update my device. I’ll be back to report my findings and to let you know whether or not the update was successful. If you’ve managed to grab it already, feel free to let us know how it went in the comments below.