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Gingerbread Test Build for ThunderBolt Leaked

A buggy test build of Android 2.3 Gingerbread appears to have been leaked from our favorite source for all things HTC oddity: 911HTC! They’ve got a big fat build by the name of Mecha GINGERBREAD S Verizon WWE 2.01.605.0_ Radio_0.01.69.0501r_ _NV_8K_1.41_ 9K_1.64_test_190987.zip – all that make sense to you? It doesn’t have to! All you need to know is that Gingerbread is more than likely on its way to Verizon’s HTC ThunderBolt, and by the looks of it, it’s coming soon!

Before we continue I’ve of course got to warn you that ROMs in test stages such as this are often beyond buggy to the point where should you use them you really ought to prepare yourself for something rather broken. Be sure to back up your current build if you plan on working with this one, Read the rest of this entry

Samsung Epic 4G Gets Leaked and Rooted Gingerbread with ED12

Superbly talented ROM cook group ACS (Android Creative Syndicate) has released a fully rooted Gingerbread ROM based on the Epic’s leaked ED12 source that they are calling Leaky Gingerbead. Our friend’s over at Android Central have the full info on their forums, but the basic gist is that it’s a fully functional ROM, minus a few things that you may not want to part with.

  • 4G non-functional
  • GPS non-functional
  • Wake lag present
  • Does not boot when plugged in and powered off, unplug to boot
  • Temperature sensor readings are incorrect. You may see interrupted charging due to bad battery temp readings.
  • Slide to unlock button sometimes ’sticks’
  • Has Carrier IQ (dieplz

Still, for you Epic flashaholics wanting to get the flavor of Gingerbread on your tongue, here’s a good chance to do so. Video of the ROM in action after the break!

Gingerbread for HTC Incredible S reportedly rolling out in Italy

 HTC Incredible S

The Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for HTC’s Incredible S is already rolling out over-the-air to users in Italy, according to reports currently bubbling forth onto the Internet. So far there’s been no indication that the update’s being pushed to phones outside of Italy, and the Incredible S demo units we saw at HTC’s UK Roadshow last weekend were all still running Android 2.2.1.

Still, the Incredible S was the last European HTC phone to launch with Froyo, so it makes sense that it’d be the first to see an official update to Gingerbread. If these reports are accurate, a wider European release could be imminent, so let us know in the comments if you’ve had the Gingerbread update pushed to your Incredible S. [Engadget]

Gingerbread comes to Vodafone UK Samsung Galaxy S

While the world collectively asks “when will my phone get Gingerbread?” Samsung and Vodafone UK have crossed off the Galaxy S from the list of Android phones waiting for an upgrade. Vodafone UK announced today that Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) is now available for download through the Samsung KIES application.

Vodafone UK Galaxy S owners will have to download KIES for Windows XP, Vista, or 7 computers (Mac support currently not available). Once applied, the update will add some UI changes that are “simpler and slicker,” the new Gingerbread keyboard, better battery life, better management of the front and rear-facing camera, and the ability to use only a 2G connection.

The update from Froyo to Gingerbread is an incremental move, but any improvement – no matter how minor – is a welcome change. I noticed that my battery greatly improved when my EVO went from Android 2.2 to 2.3 via CyanogenMod, and I’ve seen several Nexus One owners say the same once their phone was updated to Gingerbread. Samsung has already released Gingerbread for a few other carriers in Europe, so let’s hope we can take off more names of anxious Android owners.

CyanogenMod 7.0 final released for plethora of Android handsets

Maybe your Android handset hasn’t been bless with an official build of Gingerbread just yet, or maybe your device’s iteration of Google’s latest mobile operating system isn’t performing up to snuff. Either way, you now have unofficial official options, as Cyanogen has announced the release of CyanogenMod 7.0 for a host of Android handsets. Based on Android 2.3.3, the code brings dozens of extra check-boxes and features to your device — allowing you to inflict more of your personal steez on to your phone. If you’re interested in further customizing your set, hit the read link, have yourself a download, and enjoy the mack-daddy of custom Android ROMs.

[Via Android Central]

Froyo still leads Android versions

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The latest Android versions numbers are in, and it remains relatively unchanged from last month. Android 2.2 continues to dominate at 63.9 percent, up from 61.3 percent from the previous two weeks or so. Gingerbread builds of Android 2.3 and 2.3.3 are up a tad to 0.8 percent and 1.7 percent, respectively. Android 3.0 Honeycomb remains unchanged at 0.2 percent, which doesn’t say much for sales of the Motorola Xoom, which so far is the only device officially running that build. We’ll look to see if that changes now that the Wifi-only version of the Xoom is available.

Android 2.1 dropped a couple percentage points to 27.2 percent. Android 1.6 and 1.5 are at 3.5 percent and 2.7 percent.

So Froyo rules, there aren’t too many Nexus One and Nexus S devices out there in the in overall scheme of things (they’re the only ones officially running Gingerbread so far), and the Xoom and Honeycomb are just getting started. More data’s at the source link if you’re into that sort of thing. [Android Developer Blog]

Samsung Nexus S with AT&T-compatable radio shows up in online catalog

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There’s been no official word from Samsung or Google, but the Nexus S with GSM 850/1900 radio bands has shown up for sale at Negri Electronics’ online store. It’s carrying a model number of i9020T, and is available in black or white for $598.50. What we don’t know is if this is the Nexus S with an AT&T specific radio, or an unlocked import of the Nexus S from abroad. I’m sure as people order these and get them in-hand, we’ll know a bit more.

In either case, it’s a Nexus S that will work with AT&T’s 3G, and more than a few of you guys have been waiting for one of these.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will get Gingerbread update this summer

Xperia X10 Gingerbread

No, we’re not talking about a custom ROM, and no, it’s not April 1st yet, either. After announcing that the Xperia X10 would receive no updates beyond Eclair just a couple of months ago, Sony Ericsson has turned on its heel and now promises X10 owners a boost straight to Android 2.3.3 in late Q2 or early Q3.

Sony Ericsson’s Rikard Skogberg says SE has “listened to its consumers,” and as a result of developing the Gingerbread-toting Xperia ArcNeo and Play, it’s been able to bring the X10 up to speed through a special development project. Apparently the update will add some features from the 2011 Xperia phones to the X10, though some earlier functionality will be lost in the process. Because of this, the Gingerbread update will not be delivered over-the-air, but via a PC update utility. See the source link for more on that.

Sony Ericsson has acknowledged that it’s had a poor track record as far as Android updates go and promised to do better in the future. We’re sure X10 owners will be delighted to see these words turn into action, making the X10 the only Android 1.x phone to get an official Gingerbread update. [Sony Ericsson Product Blog]

Android 2.3.3 supports screen shot apps on non-rooted devices

hat Android doesn’t support screen shot apps might have come as a surprise to some people when they first started using Google’s OS, since other smartphone platforms feature such utilities. Android users with root access have enjoyed the option to take screen grabs with applications such as the excellent ShootMe, but so far we haven’t been able to capture screens directly from an Android without rooting it first.

However, users of Android have always been able to capture its UI with a PC and the SDK. By enabling USB debugging from Settings > Applications > Development, installing the Android SDK, connecting your Android device to a computer, and then launching ddms.bat from theandroid-sdk/tools folder, you can quite conveniently capture your phone’s user-interface in action. And some custom ROMs, such as MIUI, let you take screen shots just by pressing a hardware key combination.

But many people understandably find installing the SDK bothersome, and not all Android users are interested in rooting their devices. Luckily, the latest version of Android (2.3.3) lets us take screen shots even without root access. Last night, I happened to notice a conversation on Twitter between Cyanogen and phone guru Paul O’Brian, creator of the MoDaCo forum:

Android 2.3.3 screen shot functionality

No specifics were mentioned, and it will likely take a while before we start seeing apps that take advantage of this new functionality – but still, excellent news. Now let’s just hope that Android 2.3.3 will come to current devices sooner rather than later.

CyanogenMod 7 Gingerbread Now on Galaxy Tab

The day has come, after so much waiting. Oh you didn’t expect this day to ever come? Perhaps you expected the Samsung Galaxy Tab to remain in Android 2.2 mode forever? How would you like to turn on some Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread lights in your lovely little Tab? Lucky you, Technomancer of XDA Forums has posted a path to CyanogenMod 7 for Galaxy Tab bringing you all the tasty Gingerbread your heart could desire.

 

Most of the basic functions appear to be working on this build, and the developer(s) working on this project are making pretty frequent updates. Any help in continuing to develop this hack is appreciated, so says Technomancer. If you plan on attempting to make this version of CyanogenMod work on your Galaxy Tab, you do so at your own risk, and any bricking, blasting, or melting will be attributed to you alone. That said, head over to the XDA thread for this mod and have some fun!

[Via XDA Developers Forum]

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