T-Mobile stores will update your phone to Gingerbread using SD cards

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A few days ago, the myTouch 4G started receiving the OTA Gingerbread update and the Gingerbread update leaked for the G2. Here is a first; T-Mobile retail stores are receiving SD cards pre-loaded with files to apply these updates in store. In addition, they will update the myTouch 3G Slide to Froyo.

Their hope is that it will avoid unnecessary equipment exchanges. Customers will be able to walk into a store and get the update before they leave. This may help customers who are nervous about the update process. Now that is customer service.

[via tmonews]

T-Mobile Getting The HTC Ruby?

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There’s been a device code named the HTC Ruby floating around T-Mobile land for a few weeks and it was originally thought to be a Windows Phone device. However, our friends over at Pocket Now managed to snag some leaked pics of a reflection of the device allowing us to gain a little more insight into the carrier to be and confirming its operating system.

Taking a closer look at the reflection of the device you can see a slim white curvy design and if you focus your sights even more, a T-Mobile logo can be made out along with a camera icon revealing its true OS, Android. Stay tuned to Talk Android because well be performing our best to dig and scrape for more info on the up and coming device. Meanwhile, feel free to leave a comment or two below.

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HTC Chief Innovation Officer leaves for personal reasons

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Horace Luke, former HTC Chief Innovation Officer, has left the company as of April 30th for personal reasons.

HTC made the following statement:

“Horace nurtured a culture of innovation at HTC and instilled a strong consumer design-focus among our employees who continue to raise the bar in designing products that capture our customers’ imagination. We are grateful for Horace’s many contributions to HTC and wish him well in his future endeavors. Scott Croyle, HTC’s vice president of design, has taken over Horace’s responsibilities and will continue a tradition of design innovation at HTC.”

Luke joined HTC in 2006 after he left his position as Creative Director for Microsoft.

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AT&T is bringing Android 2.3 Gingerbread to its entire lineup of 2011 Android smartphones

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As of right now, only about 18% of Android phones are on Gingerbread, but AT&T is looking to change that. They just announced that all post-paid Android smartphones that were released in 2011, will receive the update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The planned devices include:

  • HTC Inspire™ 4G
  • LG Phoenix™
  • Motorola ATRIX™ 4G
  • Pantech Crossover™
  • Samsung Captivate™ 4G
  • Samsung Infuse™ 4G

The Atrix 4G update started rolling out today, and the HTC Inspire 4G will start receiving an update in the coming weeks.

Full press release after the break

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Take It From An Evo User: Why I Will Be Skipping The Evo 3D For The Nexus Prime

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After hours of going back and forth on the topic, I’ve decided I won’t be getting the Evo 3D and instead will be holding out for (and praying) that the Nexus Prime will be on Sprint. It’s no secret that I was originally planning on upgrading to the 3D, but I’ve finally convinced myself that it simply isn’t worth it.

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Tricked Out Sensation 4G Looks Good In Chrome

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While most Android customization comes from software modifications, every now and then someone brings up a cool way to make your phone’s hardware look even better. Paul white has managed to find a rather simple way to polish the back of the HTC Sensation 4G to get a cool, futuristic chrome look. If that’s not your cup of tea, he also explains how you can get a brushed metal look. The process is actually incredibly simple and his guide to doing it contains a lot of pictures for your visual learners. Even though it’s low risk, modding the outside of your phone can still lead to problems if you aren’t careful. Regardless, I have to say I’m kind of jealous that nothing like this has been done for the Evo. It just looks cool.

[via pocketnow]

Minor Droid Incredible 2 update coming soon

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The Droid Incredible 2 recently received some Gingerbread love, but it looks like there is a minor update on the way to fix server connection issues with email and contacts. HTC has been a leader in updates and fixes, and it is refreshing to see even the slightest fixes. Kudos to HTC.

The build for this update is 3.02.605.1. They did not provide a date, but check your phone because it could be anytime.

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OTA Updates Coming to Virgin Mobile, HTC Sensation

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Our sources over at HTC have confirmed that we will be seeing a small OTA update to its popular Sensation device on the Virgin Mobile network. While the update is relatively minor, only fixing a boot issue, it’s nice to see a manufacturer already tackling bugs so soon after the device’s release. HTC is known for taking care of its customers, particularly developers, and is building a loyal user base because of that.

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Samsung Galaxy 3D might be in the works for Q4 2011

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Is anybody still thinking that 3D is a fad? We already have phones from Sharp, HTC, and LG. Now it looks like Samsung wants to join the party and might be preparing a Q4 release.

The phone sounds a lot like a Galaxy S II, but could be called the Galaxy 3D. It will run a 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos, have a 4.3-inch display, and dual 8MP cameras for your 3D needs. The HDMI will output 3D to your big screen 3D if you own one. Gingerbread is expected out of the box with an update to Ice Cream Sandwich when it comes out.

[via pocketnow]

T-Mobile G2 gets official Gingerbread 2.3.3 build leaked

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On one of T-Mobile’s support forum threads, The T-Mobile G2 Gingerbread leak for build 2.3.3 is creating some steam. It looks like the official Android 2.3.3 build for the G2 is now available, with a couple of minor bugs still, but none the less, it’s there. So if you’re OK with installing this very close to complete build for Gingerbread 2.3.3 on the G2, here’s some more information to help you along the way, including the bug list, and instructions on how to get it running.

As always, be sure to run backups of your device in the event something goes wrong with the update. I recommend Titanium Backup for starters.

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