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:


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Gingerbread comes to the Sprint Galaxy Tab today

The Samsung Galaxy Tab was the first mainstream Android tablet and it still is a pretty good value at $199 for the casual user. Today it gets even better as the Gingerbread update rolls out for Sprint customers.

Other than Gingerbread 2.3, there is one other fix which is for HID Bluetooth. This brings the software version to S:P100.08 S.EF17 and the build to GINGERBREAD.EF17. It will be released in stages, and all devices should have the update within 4 days.

[via sprint]

HTC: We are testing our build of Gingerbread for HTC Desire

About 2 weeks ago, HTC announced that there would not be a Gingerbread update for the Desire due to memory contraints. The very next day they reversed their position and said it will happen.

HTC is a company that fulfills their promises and they posted the following update on their Facebook page:

Hi all- We’re excited to share that we are testing our build of Gingerbread for HTC Desire and will start doing quality assurance for it this week. When we have an update on availability we’ll post another announcement. Thanks for your support!

There are rumors that Sense will be eliminated to make room for Gingerbread, but there has been no official announcement. I am sure we will find out more soon as Telstra is expecting an August release. It is amazing how fast HTC moved on this.

[via androidcentral]

Shazam Update Now Brings You Music Previews And More!

I never would have thought in a million years that Shazam would be one of the most used apps in my app arsenal.  Yet, I find myself using the application almost daily.  I have a long commute to work and often come across a new tune that quickly catches my interest.  The days of hearing an awesome beat and wondering where it comes from are over.  In seconds I can whip my smartphone out and tap the huge Shazam button, knowing the artist and album instantly.  Well, Shazam is back at it again improving their application to give you the best possible experience when it comes to music searching and discovery.  So what’s new in their latest update?  Plenty.

For starters, and in addition to a very slight and light UI tweak, they now offer “music previews”.  A small play button has been added for you to check out a 30 sec preview for the tune of interest.  The preview works for tagged songs, browsing history, your friend’s tags and even in the Tag Chart and recommendations section of the app.  In addition, they have improved the tag results page, offering bigger and better cover art for your convenience.  Furthermore, you can now track the location of all your tagged songs.  If you haven’t tried Shazam for yourself, you can check out the app here on our apps database and here for the Shazam Encore application which will run you $5 bucks and offers you more goodies under the hood.  You can also snag the download on the Android Market here and here.  As always, feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.

HTC Desire HD Chocolate gets Android 2.3 update with Orange UK

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HTC has partnered with Orange UK to get their HTC Desire HD owners onto a better Android OS with an update for Android 2.3 Gingerbread rolling right now. The update should be OTA, so if you’re with Orange UK sporting a Desire HD Chocolate, check your notifications and taste that sweet Gingerbread goodness!

Just as a reminder, any time you’re about to install an update, it’s best practice to backup your apps and your OS just in case. I recommend Titanium backup for your apps which you can grab here for free. You’ll also need to root your device to use Titanium among many other awesome apps. You can follow here to get it rooted.

[via intomobile]

Motorola Gingerbread updates full of bugs

Back in May, the Droid X received the Gingerbread update so we expected to see updates by now for the Droid 2, Droid 2 Global, Droid Pro, and Droid X2. A couple of weeks ago testing had begun for the Droid 2 Global for Motorola User Group members, but still no official rollout.

Rumor has it that Verizon has rejected all Gingerbread builds from Motorola. The Droid X Gingerbread build is plagued with bugs like constant reboots and data connection drops. This news does not surprise me because I have experienced these bugs with the Droid X, since I own one. From what I am seeing, don’t expect any updates for a while. Let’s just hope that the Droid 3 and Droid Bionic, which will be released with Gingerbread, will not be this buggy. If they are full of the same bugs, we may be seeing delays in them as well.

[via droid-life]

Facebook For Android Now Allows Access To Pages And Video Uploads!

Looks like Zuckerberg and the boys are still trying to keep your mobile Facebook experience up to date and effective.  Up until now, if you wanted to upload videos via mobile you had to use apps like Socialcam and Babbler.  But thanks to the new update, you can now upload those videos directly from the Facebook for Android application.  We know what you’re thinking, “it’s about time!”  We feel ya.  In addition, the social networking icon has given us access to Pages and now offers improvements to the news feed.  We assume that means bug fixes and the like.  It’s nice to see the app headed in the right direction and thanks to the video uploads, I now can eliminate two other applications on my device that were required for me to get my videos online via mobile.  If you don’t already have the application, you can download it here on our apps database or head on over to the Android Market as well.  Don’t forget to let us know what you’re thinking in the comments below.

[via intomobile]

Acer Iconia Tab A500 gets Android 3.1 leaked – download and install

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The Acre Iconia Tab A500 running Android 3.0 was slated to be receiving an update to Android 3.1 down the road here, but it seems it made its way to China before anywhere else. We all know what happens when updates get released…they get shared! Now, owners of the Acer Iconia Tab can download and install the Android 3.1 update right from XDA-Developers link below. The update will be a manual one, so you’ll need to download the ‘update.zip’ and put it on the root of your tabs internal storage to install from there by rebooting into recovery and installing from SD. Always a good idea to backup your OS first in the event something goes wrong. better to be safe than sorry. Happy updating!

[via engadget, xda-developers]

Telstra dumping Sense UI for Gingerbread on the HTC Desire

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Telstra is bringing Android 2.3 Gingerbread to the HTC Desire, which is probably going to be as loved as when Gingerbread was announced for Sony Xperia X10 users. For Telstra to get this upgrade out to the Desire however, it’s going to require the loss of something else native to the HTC Desire among many other HTC devices…HTC Sense UI.

As Telstra explains briefly, due to the memory requirements of Gingerbread, and the limited memory available on the HTC Desire, the Sense UI will need to go to make room. Very well done Telstra! I’m not sure I know anyone with an HTC Desire that would rather keep Sense UI over getting a Gingerbread update, so the choice is a logical one. Let’s hope that other carriers worldwide see this as a great alternative, not only for the Desire, but for any Android device needing an upgrade that may have ‘limited’ resources.

[via engadget]