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.
Motorola is taking development on the Xoom pretty serious these days and to ensure a great experience for the consumer they’re launching the MOTOREADY App Testing Program. The service assists in finding applications that are best optimized for the popular Motorola Xoom tablet.
We’ve had a behind-the-scenes version of the MOTOREADY program for years. This program was focused on rigorously testing applications which we preload on our devices to ensure a high-quality end-user experience. The MOTOREADY test criteria are based upon industry best practices and years of experience with testing mobile applications. The tests for the XOOM program evaluate data privacy, data preservation, application stability and consistency, UI behavior, and input method support.
The MOTOREADY App Testing program is a fee-based program. All testing is performed by a 3rd party test house – Intertek – one of the world’s leading quality assurance test labs. Simply create an account with Intertek, sign their testing agreement and the MOTOREADY Program Rider, and then submit your application for testing. Once your application has been tested, both you and MOTODEV receive a copy of the test results.
Consider this a stamp of approval from Motorola if your application can pass their “rigorous” testing. If you want to ensure your application is optimized for the Xoom, hit the break for more details from Motorola. Hit the source link as well to take you to Motorola’s dev site where you can check out some more details on the offerings and services.
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.
Back in January at the Inside Mobile Conference, Google announced plans for In-app Billing, but said it would not be available till the spring. Well spring is here and Eric Chu, of the Android Developer Ecosystem, announced that In-app Billing will launch next week.
To prepare for the launch they are allowing developers to upload their apps that utilize In-app Billing to the Developer Console. They can create a catalog of in-app products and set prices for them. Developers will be able to set up accounts to test in-app purchases. The interaction for these test transactions will be the same exact experience actual users will have next week.
Developers will not be able to publish the apps to users until the full launch of In-app Billing takes place next week.
This is great news for developers as in-app purchases have been available in Apple’s App Store since late 2009 and Blackberry’s App World since late 2010.
For more information hit the source link.
Test results were sent to AIRBench, an Android App which measures how well the testing device runs Adobe AIR through a series of tests, which show a new build of Gingerbread in use on a Nexus One smartphone. The new build shows that there are new builds still in development, and gives us hope we’ll see Gingerbread make its way out soon.
If you’d like to see how your device performs in Adobe AIR testing, search for “AIRBench” in the Android Market, and run the app.
Being north of the border can sometimes be a blessing and a curse for most Canadians. With regards to technology, it’s mostly a curse. We find ourselves having to wait on a handful of companies to bring the best technology to us, which usually ends up being a monumental task, and costly adventure given our vast real estate to cover, much smaller population, and stricter Government policies.
Rogers Wireless is one of the major players in Canada wide mobile technology, and thankfully, they’ve began testing with 4G in Ottawa, Ontario. Rogers Communications Inc also stated that they have already been working on Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless technology and will soon expand this across the nation.
Most of us haven’t even gotten an official update to Android 2.2, and there are signs that some people are already running Android’s next update (3.0), otherwise known as Gingerbread. GreeneComputing found evidence supporting this through their popular android benchmark software, Linpack for Android.
While checking users results from last week, they found 17% of phones that used the software were using something other than Android 2.2 or 2.1. That added up to around 158 ROMs, the most unique being Android 3.0, 3.0.1, and 3.2. My best guess is that the Android team is testing the next version of the the Android OS on some devices and were looking at some benchmark results. It’s still interesting to see it being used, especially since there are versions higher than what we originally thought for Gingerbread (just 3.0).
I should also note that even though not many of us have gotten the official update to 2.2, that hasn’t stopped us from getting it other ways. Benchmark tests were used on phones using Android 2.2 the most at 43.1%, suggesting that many have already rooted their Android phones and installed a custom ROM built from Android 2.2. Of course, the general population of Android users that don’t mod their phones have probably never used Linpack, let alone heard of it, so we don’t know how many phones aren’t included in the results.
Are you part of the 43%? Do you wish you were that small part of the 17%? I know that if I got the chance to try out 3.0 early, I definitely would.