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.

Evernote for Android redesigned for tablets and more

Evernote is an app that many find they can’t live without once put to use. I personally know a few users that will swear by it for organization of their daily lives. Evernote takes control of everything you consider ‘noteworthy’. It helps you stay organized by syncing across devices for easy access, and much, much more.

The Evernote Android application has been updated today with the following changed: Ability to create notes with rich text, bullets, numbered list, and checkboxes. Completely redesigned for Android tablets. Changes to the widget for quick access to notes and features. Bug fixes, performance improvements, and interface enhancements.

For all the detailed information on the latest updates to Evernote hit the source.

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You can now Play, Watch, and Read with the new Android Market [Video]

A brand new Android Market is coming to your phone very soon and it is a major upgrade. The new Market client will feature an improved UI and will be designed to better showcase top apps and games. To make it easier for users to find fresh content, Google has added their app lists right to the Apps and Games home pages. Users can now quickly flip through these lists by swiping right or left. The lists include Top Paid, Top Free, Top Grossing, Top New Paid, Top New Free, and Trending. They will also be country specific.

You will also find changes to the app details page. The app name and price has been moved to a compact action bar at the top of the page. Directly below, users will be able to swipe through screen shots, flipping right or left, or they can continue down to the app’s description, what’s new, reviews, and more.

The other big news is movies and books will now be available in the U.S. You will be able to rent movies for as little as $1.99, and be able to watch them immediately, or save them to watch offline when you don’t have a data connection. There will be over 3 million books that you can purchase and read immediately. Google plans to offer movies and books outside of the U.S. soon.

Hit the break for the video showing it all off.


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Google Updates Google Shopper to 2.0

It’s becoming a common sight to see people using their smart phones when they’re out shopping. Whether you’re checking prices, looking at reviews, etc, the smart shopper knows his phone is also a tool. The following features have been added to 2.0.

  • Today’s Offer: part of the Google Offers beta program, this tab displays a single offer for discounted goods or services in your area. Today’s Offer is currently available in Portland, Oregon, the San Francisco Bay Area and New York, with other cities to follow.
  • Nearby Offers: when you click this tab, you’ll see offers in the ‘Eat’ and ‘Play’ categories which nearby businesses have submitted through Google Places.
  • My Offers: for those of us who occasionally misplace coupons or gloss over expiration dates, Google Shopper makes it easy to stay organized. When you come across an offer you like you can save it for later. Your saved and purchased offers appear on this tab and you can see which offers are close to expiring. To take advantage of an offer, just navigate to ‘My Offers,’ select the one you’d like, and click ‘Redeem’. In the future you’ll also be able to access and redeem your saved offers using Google Wallet.

Also interesting to note is the iOS and Android friendly look. Google hasn’t exactly been great at updating its iOS iterations of apps close to when it updates the Android version, but the design leads one to believe that they’ll be updating that one soon as well. What do you guys think? How many of you have used your phone for shopping? Did it help?

[via google mobile 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]

Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab receiving Android 2.3 Gingerbread update now

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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:


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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]