Original Motorola Droid gets update to Android 2.3.4, props to infamous developer Peter Alfonso

Anyone out there still holding onto their OG Droid from Motorola? Yeah, you know who you are. Desperately clutching to your nostalgia, praying for more updates. Well, folks, help has arrived, and it has come by way of developer Peter Alfonso. You may recognize the name from his GPA16 build, which – while unofficial – has become insanely popular on OG Droid devices. He has continued to develop for this piece of Android history, and today brings us a 2.3.4 build, complete with stock UI, clean code, and some other various and sundry tweaks.

If you want to give this sure-to-be-crowd-pleaser a go on your OG Droid, be sure to hit up the source link. Full changelog in the works. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments!

[via Peter Alfonso]

Desire Z All Set For Gingerbread “In The Coming Weeks” Says HTC

We can hear them now, all of the Desire Z owners saying “Hellz yeah!”  Yeah, we feel ya.  HTC has recently sent out acknowledgements that its European version of the G2, is near the end of its testing phase and the Gingerbread 2.3 update should be arriving on devices “in the coming weeks”.  Better than nothing right?

Thanks to everyone whos been patiently waiting for the Gingerbread update for Desire Z. We are in the last stages of testing and plan to start rolling out the update over the air in the coming weeks. It may take a little time to reach all of you across every network but it should have reached everyone by the end of the month.

Updated: Foursquare Specials to include ‘Deals’

If you don’t know what Foursquare is you’re probably living under a rock or not from this planet. Okay, maybe its not that well known, but anyone engaging actively in social networking probably has given Foursquare a try. When connected, the app gives you an inside look at what your friends are up to and where they are. It is a great way to explore the city you’re in, so as to find new places to visit to share with friends all the while offering some friendly competition by including a points system. Also included are specials to be discovered as you visit and check into the appropriate venues.

Motorola XOOM WiFi gets Android 3.2, brings SD card support and “Zoom to fill screen”; LTE module passes through the FCC

The Android 3.2 update started rolling out yesterday for the WiFi-only version. This update brings support for 7-inch devices, but more importantly, it will finally bring SD card support, which hasn’t been available since the February launch. It will also include the new “Zoom to fill screen” feature that we reported a couple of days ago.

In other good news, the LTE module upgrade has been approved, so Motorola will start the 4G LTE upgrade process soon. No word on when Android 3.2 will be pushed to the 3G version yet, but we will let you know as soon as we hear more.

[via phandroid]

Verizon starts pushing Android Gingerbread update to Droid Incredible 2 owners

Last week we told you that the Android Gingerbread 2.3 update for the Droid Incredible 2 was very close. Verizon began pushing it out last night, so if you have an Incredible 2, check your settings to see if you can pull it down manually.

The build is 2.18.605.4 and the full list of enhancements are:

  • Overall improvements to the performance of Mobile IM.
  • Resolved Hotmail sync & connect issues when setting up a one day sync.
  • Improvements to device connectivity when roaming on global GSM/UMTS networks.
  • New download manager app
  • New app and power management details
  • Improved word selection and copy functionality
  • Alarm notifications turned off while in emergency mode
  • Improved device stability
  • NY Times added to browser bookmarks
  • Wireless Charging UI added
  • New desktop dock app

[via androidcentral]

Google promises to make all apps usable on tablets with “Zoom to fill screen”

Google just announced a new feature coming to the next Honeycomb update (most likely 3.2) which will make all non-compatible Honeycomb apps usable on tablets.

Many apps already support Honeycomb, but for those that do not, you will have a choice between two viewing modes; “Stretch to fill screen” and “Zoom to fill screen.” “Stretch to fill screen” is the normal layout resizing, which uses the app’s alternative resources for size and density. With “Zoom to fill” the app will be emulated at 320 x 480 and then scaled up. It will be like zooming in by about 200% so everything will be bigger, but more pixelated. In a sense, the app will look terrible, but it will be usable.

Most likely Google is doing this to force developers to properly update their apps to support tablets rather than allow it to look real bad. I am hoping that we won’t have to use this option frequently, but I guess for now it is a nice alternative if you really like a certain app, but cannot find another one like it.

[via google developer blog]

Gingerbread for HTC Desire to be rolling out by end of July

In a post by HTC on their official Facebook page, the Taiwanese Android phone manufacturer has some good news for their Desire users:

“Hi everyone. We have more news about our build of Gingerbread for Desire. Our testing has gone well so we will begin rolling out the update by the end of July! Thank you again for your support!”

Great news! Hopefully HTC can stay on target with this estimate. What do you think? Be sure to sound off in the comments!

[via facebook]

Droid Incredible 2 Gingerbread update is nearing

The HTC Droid Incredible 2 should be getting the Gingerbread update soon. This will bring it to Android 2.3, and it will include support for Verizon’s new wireless charging. You will, of course, need to buy a new battery cover to utilize this.

Complete list of improvements to build 2.18.605.4 are:

  • Overall improvements to the performance of Mobile IM.
  • Resolved Hotmail sync & connect issues when setting up a one day sync.
  • Improvements to device connectivity when roaming on global GSM/UMTS networks.
  • New download manager app
  • New app and power management details
  • Improved word selection and copy functionality
  • Alarm notifications turned off while in emergency mode
  • Improved device stability
  • NY Times added to browser bookmarks
  • Wireless Charging UI added
  • New desktop dock app

We do not know when Verizon is planning on pushing it out, but we will let you know as soon as we hear.

[via androidcentral]

Motorola Xoom getting Android 3.2 update first in a few days?

There has been some rumors around which devices will be seeing the Android 3.2 update, and it looks as though we may have found a clue. In the Android Open Source Project under Issue No. 16992, there’s discussion over Android 3.1 and the Xoom with regards to the faulty exchange support. This was addressed by someone in comment no. 28, who appears to be a Google staffer, saying that this will be addressed in Android 3.2 going to the Motorola Xoom “within days”, as seen in the screenshot below.

We’ll wait a few days and see when or if this update comes down. You’ll be the first to know…err, right after we know.

[via ac]

Gingerbread doubles current Android devices while Froyo loses grip

Pie charts: admit it, you love them. Especially when they pertain to Android statistics. What’s that? You don’t? Well then… why don’t you have a seat right over there…

But, enough shenanigans. According to the latest poll of Android devices from the Android Developers Site, Froyo is holding strong as king of the Android hill, showing up on a whopping 59.4% of all Google-loving devices; However, that number is actually down from the previous 64.6 percent for the last couple weeks in June. The version picking up slack? Gingerbread, of course! Our tasty baked treat comes in at 18.6%, double what it was in the previously mentioned time frame. Honeycomb comes in at 0.9%.

What do you think of these numbers? Be sure to let us know what you would like to see on the latest devices in the comments below.

[via Android Developers Site]

Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab receiving Android 2.3 Gingerbread update now

galaxy-tab-gingerbread

At last, the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab is receiving the Android 2.3 update that many other Galaxy Tab owners began receiving over a month ago. Needless to say, the update is OTA, but a good Wi-Fi connection is preferred when downloading and updating to ensure a smooth install and delivery.

The update will take the current EB28 version and update it to EF17. If you don’t see a notification for it, simply head into ‘settings’ and ‘About my Galaxy Tab’, then check for updates. The update brings better battery performance, fixes issues for VPN, and Bluetooth HID support.

[via intomobile]

Software Update: Sprint’s Nexus S 4G, set for July 11

Here we go guys and gals. The Sprint branded Nexus S 4G will be receiving an update OTA starting July 11th. This update will fix a few issues, that some of you lucky Nexus S owners may be experiencing. See the specifics below:

  • Enables the NFC Secure Element
  • 4G Settings Widget
  • TTY Support
  • NI Push Support
  • Improved WiFi Connectivity, Speakerphone audio quality, 4G throughput and signal acquisition.
  • Tuned signal strength indicators.

As all over-the-air Android updates, you should be automatically notified. So sit tight and let the update roll in somewhere between Jully 11th and 13th. How about let us know today what issues you’ve been having with this “Pure Google” phone in the comments. And once the updates are pushed out, come on back and tell whats been improved.

[via pocketnow]

Xperia PLAY, Arc, Neo and Pro getting Android 2.3.4 update? Sony currently testing

According to sources close to Sony Ericsson, there is currently some testing already under way at Sony to bring the Android 2.3.4 update to the Xperia PLAY, Arc, Neo and Pro models this year. Part of the update will also include an addition to the software for Sony’s new audio filter technology called ‘xLOUD’.

The update will be rolling to the said devices sometime around October 2011 if testing goes as planned, again this from the sources at SEMC Blog. To add to the rumor mill, the Xperia X10 is also receiving some Android 2.3.4 testing attention.

[via pocketnow]

Google Maps 5.7 brings Transit Navigation (beta) and better search results [Video]

Google Maps has been updated to version 5.7 and one of the big highlights is Transit Navigation (Beta). The update also includes updated access to directions, better suggested search results, and a photo viewer for Place pages.

Transit Navigation give you public transit directions in 400+ cities around the world. It works within turn by turn directions so it will alert you when you need to get off or make a transfer. You can even open up other applications and it will still alert you as your stop approaches. This will obviously work better with above ground transit. Check out the video after break:

Gingerbread software update for Nexus One on Vodafone network

The Nexus One, oh the memories. This phone was initially sought after by many back in January of 2010, and I can safely say still loved today over a year later. Vodafone users were able to get their version of the Nexus One in April of 2010, and can now rejoice that they can update their devices to Android 2.3.4. This update of course introduces a number of fixes and improvements:

  • UI Enhancements (simpler and slicker)
  • New Android Keyboard,  with easy copy/paste feature
  • Improved Power Management
  • Internet Calling support (Voip over SIP)
  • Multiple Camera Management (front and back)

This new update is being pushed out OTA. You will be alerted when the update is pushed to your Nexus One and is labeled as build GRJ22.

[via androidcentral]