*Updated* – XDA Developers Premium App

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As the headline says, the premium forum application for XDA has been updated.
Head on over to the Android Market and do what you have to do. You know the routine. This app is a must for any XDA addict, whether it’s the premium or free version, also available in the market.

See the screenshots below for recent changes, which include bug fixes and an improved splash screen:

Motorola prepares to push update to the Charm

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In a perfect world, all Android devices would receive the latest and greatest updated at the same time, and we would all be equal. But what fun is that? Well, the Motorola Charm will be getting updates, but not to Froyo. It will remain on Android 2.1, so users will be happy to at least receive the following updates:

  • Added Wifi calling
  • Added SlackerRadio and NAB
  • Improved phone stability
  • Calendar bugfixes
  • Improved calendar performance
  • Added Google security patches
  • Songs purchased from Amazon MP3 store now visible in Connected Music Player
  • Improved touchscreen response
  • Last text message now shown instead of the first
  • Improved audio quality through speaker

Do you think it’s fair to leave Charm users a couple iterations behind? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

[Via AC]

HTC Sense ROM with Gingerbread now available for T-Mobile G2

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It’s apparently ROM week for Android devices, as we’ve reported on the HTC Evo Shift 4G, CyanogenMod 7 RC2, the Sprint Epic 4G, and now the T-Mobile G2 getting some lovings from HTC Sense ROM which is running Android 2.3!  This ROM is called GingerSense and built by TeamVillian, the same team that brought the first G2 Gingerbread goodness with ‘GingerVillian’.

Even though you may be tempted to grab this right away, be warned, as there are still some issues that need to be worked out. The issues are as follows;

  • Camcorder hangs when pressing record
  • Bluetooth does not work
  • HTC Hub fails to log in
  • The “card” mail widget does not work
  • Landscape mode in Sense is bugged (thanks to HTC for this), I would advice against using this too often
  • Question mark doesn’t work on hardware keyboard

So, if you’re feeling adventurous, give it a shot by heading over to VillianROM and let us know how it goes, otherwise, may be good to just wait it out a few days and see if they get some of the issues above tackled before you flash.

[via intomobile]

Foursquare Has Been Updated to 3.0 with New Features

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Looks like Foursquare is coming out with some new updates! These updates are being applied to Android as well as iOS. See whats new:

  • New Explore tab added for recommendations
  • New Leaderboard
  • New user detail pages
  • New specials 2.0

Personally, I use Foursquare pretty often: I push my check-ins to Facebook and Twitter. There are a few things that motivate me to check-in. Becoming mayor is not as cool as it once was, unless i’m competing for it with a friend, then its on! I like to go out to eat a lot, so i’ll definitely check-in at restaurants, looking for possible specials (Chili’s Grill and Bar gives you free chips/salsa if you check-in). Also, now that the majority of my close friends have Android devices, we are able to check-in at the same time at the same places, earning us point toward perks such as discounts, samples, or even free items. With the addition of this new Explore tab, I can check out more detailed info, tips, who’s been where, and what specials are available – all without having to search for a venue and review.

Hit the break to check out some screenshots:

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Navigation: Google Maps runs Real-time Traffic Rerouting

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GPS navigation became available to the masses back in 1996, when the current President issued a policy directive. Just a little bit of history.

Google Maps has taken another step forward in competing with the traditional in-car GPS companies out there, adding real-time traffic rerouting. Although still in beta (as many of Google’s projects seem be) it looks to be very proficient, using multiple sources to calculate traffic loads and find the best route. I personally really love that they are moving forward with Google maps features involving navigation. I always use it when I take trips, whether I need it or not. So obviously this real-time traffic rerouting will just make thing easier.

I suggest getting it HERE or just update your Google maps in the Android market. Check it out, give it a try, and let us know what you think!

[via Engadget]

Motorola will not update Flipout or Charm to Android 2.2 – will stay on Eclair

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This is going to sound a little like a total bummer for anyone who has a Motorola Charm, or Flipout, but here it goes… Motorola won’t be dishing out any Froyo goodness for those devices. There, I said it.

Motorola released an updated version of their update timeline chart, and it isn’t going to happen for the Flipout or Charm stating they “will remain on Android 2.1.”

We feel for you. But…it’s a great reason to sell that off to some teenager, and grab yourself a new fancy Gingerbread smartphone…oh wait…if you have one of these, you might be a teenager already. Jokes!

[via Motorola]

Android 2.3.3 allows screenshots without rooting, Android SDK

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Some changes have been made to the Android 2.3.3 code which allows taking screenshots without rooting your Android phone. Screenshots have always been possible with Android SDK, pictured above, as well as various apps that require your phone to be rooted. But with Android 2.3.3, screenshots can be finally achieved through applications due to changes in what is captured from the framebuffer.

Being able to take screenshots without rooting your Android device is something that many users have been wanting for awhile it. For those of you who already have Gingerbread, it shouldn’t be long before developers start including this awesome capability into later updates.

[via AC]

Nexus S 2.3.3 update changes your screen color slightly

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There’s been a bit of buzz online about the new Nexus S Android 2.3.3 update making the coloring on the display a little ‘different’ than what it was before the update. Google’s Ry Guy has let us know that this update and the effects on the coloring is intended to tweak the Nexus S display, and therefore, it was expected.

With your new OTA complete, you may notice a slight difference in the way colors are displayed on your Nexus S. For Nexus S, we have adjusted the color temperature settings to more accurately reflect darker colors at all brightness levels. The Gingerbread UI being darker, we found that the colors were not as accurate when the device was being used at lower brightness levels. For example, some users reported that the initial color temperature was too high leading to some darker greys having a reddish tone; with the new color temperature this is no longer the case.

Engadget went on and updated their own Google Nexus S and found the update did in fact change the color. Whether this is intended or not, still leaves some upset about the changes, as many Nexus S users have reported their unhappiness on forums as well. Here is a good look at the changes from Android 2.3.2, to 2.3.3, which Engadget is happy with after the update. I have to say as well, it does look like an improvement overall. have a look below.

[via Engadget]

Gingerbread coming to HTC Incredible S, Desire HD, Desire Z and Desire all in June 2011

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Looks like HTC will be making good on their promise to get Gingerbread onto the HTC Incredible S after we saw the device at MWC 2011 without Gingerbread. I admit, we had concerns why they would not put the latest Android OS onto such a fine device. HTC promised it wouldn’t be long, and it will be a few more months, 4 to be exact before we see Android 2.3 on the Incredible S.

To add to the update madness, the HTC Desire family will also be getting Gingerbread around the same time, which is awesome for those who still have an original Desire and thought with all these new devices coming out, why would they bother with little old me and my Desire. Well, they are bothering with all of them. Nice work HTC.

[via Slashdot]