Froyo update for Motorola Bravo now available

Do you have a Motorola Bravo? Have you been dying to get Froyo on your device? Well, brothers and sisters, rejoice with me, because the official update is now live! That’s right, folks… all the icy goodness you could want from your device, now available – and official.

According to Motorola, the additions in the update include:

  • Profiles: Added profiles feature that provides three customizable sets of home screens to give you access to the apps, shortcuts, and widgets you want, when you need them.
  • Dialer Search: Phone numbers and contacts can now be searched from the dialer screen by entering the first few letters of the contact’s name or first few digits of the contact’s number.
  • LinkedIn: LinkedIn® social network accounts can now be added to integrate with contacts, social networking updates, and messaging.
  • Security: Added new security features, including Exchange-based encryption and password security.

So, if you’re patient, you just might get an OTA update tonight or tomorrow. If not, you can swoop straight to the source link and check out the installation instructions yourself. Be sure to let us know how you like the update in the comments!

[via motorola]

Samsung Vibrant sees bugfixes thanks to KB5 update through Kies Mini

Have a Samsung Vibrant with some bugs? Well, hopefully your woes are handled, as a new update has slipped in via Kies Mini. Sure, T-Mo isn’t telling us exactly what bugs are fixed in update T959UVKB5 (or KB5), but, hey… who needs those kinds of details, right? </sarcasm>

The update cannot be received OTA, so it looks like you’ll have no choice but to bust out that Kies Mini and do it all up manually. Be sure to let us know how the update process goes!

[via t-mobile]

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


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


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


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 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