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Sony Ericsson commits to Ice Cream Sandwich for all current phones

Following the flurry of excitement after the release of the official Ice Cream Sandwich source code yesterday, Sony Ericsson is assuring its customers that every Xperia phone made in 2011 will receive an official update. That includes the Xperia arc and arc S, Xperia PLAY, Xperia neo and neo V, Xperia mini and mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia active, Xperia ray as well as Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman. Of course, not all models are available in all markets.

Sony didn’t give any timeframe on when to expect the updates, but for those who bought their phones on contract, remember that they’re largely contingent upon carriers’ cooperation – a particularly belligerent carrier might choose not to update their phone at all. Other major manufacturers are quoting between six weeks and four months for the first ICS updates, but given the unfortunately spotty history of Android rollouts, it may be quite a while longer before some see any new software. Sony’s reputation on the matter isn’t the best in the Android business, but it’s far from the worst – we’ll see how Sony’s proposed acquisition of Ericsson affects software development.

Sony joins the major Android manufacturers in reiterating to its customers that they’ll be seeing Ice Cream Sandwich at some point. HTC and Samsung have promised updates for those devices that can handle the increased system requirements, and Motorola said that phones running ICS would begin appearing just six weeks after the source code was released. (For the record, that’s right around New Years’s, Moto. Just sayin’.) If you’re brave and at least reasonable technical, community-authored ICS ROMS and mods should begin appearing this week, with more stable and reliable versions to follow.

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It’s Time To Say Goodbye…

AndroidPolice_banner-125x125-v2For the last year and a half, I’ve been living and breathing AP. Four months in the making, it was originally an outlet for my newly found passion for Android, but quickly grew to be much-much more, frankly, way past any expectations I may have had. I’ve been through a rollercoaster of emotions, breaking news, drama, and excitement. I’ve probably looked through and found more apps than a person could install on 10 phones, learned more about life, business, travel, and people than I have in 5 years prior, and, most importantly, had a ton of fun doing it…

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Android Platform Version Numbers Are Up And Still Not Impressive, Gingerbread Is On 39% Of Devices

The Android Developers site has posted the latest data on devices running a given version of the Android OS, so let’s take a look at the last four months shall we? Ending on July 5th of this year Gingerbread was sitting at about 19%. In August, Gingerbread stepped up to about 24% and in September jumped up a bit more to 31%. Today Gingerbread is sitting at roughly 39% and though that’s almost a 10% increase from last month this needs to be higher. With Gingerbread out for almost a year now the carriers still are just not getting updates out as they should be, though it continues to get better. With Ice Cream Sandwich and the Nexus Prime right around the corner, that will be your best bet to make sure you’ll be on the most current version of Android from the start. It’s still a bit scary to think that the phone you buy may not see any Android OS updates for quite some time after a new OS is released. Hit up the break to see how all the versions stack up and don’t forget to hit us up in the comments. Do the masses really even care what Android OS version they are on or know which version they have?

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Android Platform Version Numbers Are Up And Still Not Impressive, Gingerbread Is On 39% Of Devices


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iOS 5 will be available October 12, iCloud launching the same day

Mark your calendars, kids. Scott Forstall’s on stage here at “Let’s Talk iPhone” and just gave a hard date for iOS 5′s arrival: expect it to hit next week, on October 12th, with Apple’s iCloud service launching that same day. Though developers have been playing with it for four months now, this will be the first time the general, non-tinkering public gets to taste its 200-plus new features — a list that includes Newsstand, Reminders, iMessage, WiFi sync, Find My Friends, split keyboards, AirPlay mirroring for the iPad 2 (and iPhone 4S!) and the Notification Center. (And, you know, greeting cards, if you’re into that sort of thing.) iOS 5 will be free for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches, while iCloud’s standard 5GB of email / storage will come gratis to folks already using iOS 5 and Lion. Take note that if it’s iTunes Match you’re after (and you live in the states), you’ll have to sit tight a few more weeks yet.

iOS 5 will be available October 12, iCloud launching the same day originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 04 Oct 2011 13:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Game on: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G ready at AT&T for $50

Just over four months after the unique device hit Verizon stores, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G has now made it past AT&T’s front door and onto shelves nationwide. The unique factor on this particular version of the “PlayStation Phone” is the inclusion of 14.4Mbps HSPA+ — with enhanced backhaul, naturally — and will be the first PlayStation-Certified smartphone on AT&T’s network. At $50, the pricing is certainly competitive since it ships with Android 2.3.3, a 1GHz single-core CPU, Adreno 205 GPU, 4-inch 854 x 480 display, and seven pre-loaded games. At a full $150 less than Big Red’s launch price, the carrier may move a few units. If you’re one of those that could be persuaded, head to the source link and get your shopping on.

Game on: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G ready at AT&T for $50 originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 19 Sep 2011 22:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Eric Schmidt: Ice Cream Sandwich coming in October or November

Got your sights set on the next version of Android, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich? We knew it was coming near the end of the year, but we now at least have a slightly more specific time frame straight from the horse’s mouth. Google’s own Eric Schmidt revealed in an interview with Salesforce.com’s Marc Benioff that ICS — the highly-anticipated update to Android that will merge elements of Honeycomb and Gingerbread into one universal OS — can be expected to arrive in October or November. This matches up with rumors saying the Nexus Prime will be released in the tenth month, but it’s the first time we’ve heard anything official from El Goog since I/O four months ago. Check out the video below to get Schmidt’s full statement.

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Eric Schmidt: Ice Cream Sandwich coming in October or November originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 07 Sep 2011 16:26:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LG Thrill 4G up for pre-order today at Radio Shack, ahead of August 7th launch?

The LG Thrill 4G was announced at CTIA four months ago , but wasn’t given its rightful time in the sun due to a much larger elephant in the room. Now the phone’s launch is quickly approaching, however, and the AT&T-branded Optimus 3D is ready to get some glory. We were sent not one, but two separate emails this morning from Radio Shack insiders with a few details about the retail chain’s rollout of the device. As it turns out, visitors to The Shack can be offered the opportunity to reserve a Thrill — supposedly gearing up for an August 7th launch — starting today with the purchase of a $50 gift card. According to the screenshots sent to us, the Thrill can be all yours for $80 with a two-year contract ($550 if you exhibit a fear of commitment). We’re hesitant to declare August 7th the official launch date, since history has shown that resellers don’t always get handsets at the same time as corporate outlets do. If you find any success reserving one today, however, we’ll be thrilled elated to hear about it.

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LG Thrill 4G up for pre-order today at Radio Shack, ahead of August 7th launch? originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 22 Jul 2011 16:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Hands-on redux with the AT&T LG Thrill 4G

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We’re edging ever so close to the release of the AT&T Thrill 4G (aka the LG Optimus 3D outside the United States). And seeing as how it’s been a good four months since we last took a look at it — and an unfinished version at that — today seemed as good a day as any.

We spent some quality time this afternoon with LG in New York City for our first official look at the retail version of the Thrill 4G. And things appear to mostly be as we left them in March. You’ve got a 4.3-inch display, dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor running at 1GHz, Android 2.2 (LG tells us it’ll get Gingerbread later this year), and a couple of 5MP cameras.

And those cameras, of course, are the starts of the show, working in concert to create 3D pictures and video. And you can view all of that 3D content — without goofy 3D glasses — right there on the Thrill 4G.

Unfortunately, watching 3D content as seen from our video camera doesn’t really show off the technology. But you do get a good idea of just how powerful this phone is — pay attention to the graphics.

And, le sigh, we still don’t have a street date or pricing for the Thrill 4G. But it’s going to be sooner rather than later. Of that we’re sure.


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Windows Phone Mango ripe for developers to sink their teeth into

We were among the first to check out the upcoming Mango update for Windows Phone, but developers won’t be left out of the festivities any longer. Microsoft released the second version of Developer Tools Beta, which lets eager app-building folks try out the refresh on their own devices. More importantly than solid bragging rights, it affords developers the opportunity to test apps in a realtime environment, rather than on an emulator. This can only mean good things for Windows Phone users; with nearly four months remaining before the first Mango phones show up, devs have gobs of time to make sure their apps work flawlessly before the anticipated launch. As if this isn’t encouraging enough, Microsoft is also doing a fabulous job of helping students get started — not only is Redmond offering free registration, it’s giving out up to 50 phones to members signed up for the DreamSpark program. There’s no shortage of opportunities here, so aspiring developers may want to click on the source link and follow the directions to the letter. Full PR after the break.

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Windows Phone Mango ripe for developers to sink their teeth into originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 29 Jun 2011 18:26:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC 7 Pro continues its tour of smaller carriers, launches on Cellular South for $200

Four months after launching on Sprint under the moniker HTC Arrive, it looks like the HTC 7 Pro is making the rounds among smaller carriers: earlier this week it hit US Cellular, and starting today you can also pick one up through Cellular South for $199.99 with a two-year contract and a $50 mail-in rebate. To recap, the 7 Pro is a full tilt-up QWERTY slider with a 3.6-inch WVGA display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera, and 16GB of storage. So is it worth the $200? That all depends on how long you’ve been holding out for Microsoft’s slick Metro UI — the 7 Pro is, after all, the only WP7 device you can buy through Cellular South. Full press release after the break.

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HTC 7 Pro continues its tour of smaller carriers, launches on Cellular South for $200 originally appeared on Engadget Mobile on Fri, 17 Jun 2011 22:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung Captivate gets Gingerbread through leaked software update

It’s been about four months since the Samsung Captivate got a software update, and that was merely to step up from Eclair to Froyo. And while AT&T still hasn’t pushed out an upgrade to Gingerbread, leaked versions of the official software are said to be floating around the big, wide Internet. So far, we’re not seeing much feedback, good or bad, but it should go without saying that you install this at your own risk. If you’re feeling daring or just dubious that AT&T will release this update anytime soon, hit the source links for instructions on how to install the software… and what to do should something go terribly awry. And, as always, do tell us how it goes.

Samsung Captivate gets Gingerbread through leaked software update originally appeared on Engadget Mobile on Fri, 17 Jun 2011 16:19:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC 7 Pro continues its tour of smaller carriers, launches on Cellular South for $200

Four months after launching on Sprint under the moniker HTC Arrive, it looks like the HTC 7 Pro is making the rounds among smaller carriers: earlier this week it hit US Cellular, and starting today you can also pick one up through Cellular South for $199.99 with a two-year contract and a $50 main-in reabte. To recap, the 7 Pro is a full tilt-up QWERTY slider with a 3.6-inch WVGA display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera, and 16GB of storage. So is it worth the $200? That all depends on how long you’ve been holding out for Microsoft’s slick Metro UI — the 7 Pro is, after all, the only WP7 device you can buy through Cellular South. Full press release after the break.

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Samsung Captivate gets Gingerbread through leaked software update

It’s been about four months since the Samsung Captivate got a software update, and that was merely to step up from Eclair to Froyo. And while AT&T still hasn’t pushed out an upgrade to Gingerbread, leaked versions of the official software are said to be floating around the big, wide Internet. So far, we’re not seeing much feedback, good or bad, but it should go without saying that you install this at your own risk. If you’re feeling daring or just dubious that AT&T will release this update anytime soon, hit the source links for instructions on how to install the software… and what to do should something go terribly awry. And, as always, do tell us how it goes.

Samsung Captivate gets Gingerbread through leaked software update originally appeared on Engadget Mobile on Fri, 17 Jun 2011 16:19:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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It’s official: Droid Charge goes on sale May 14

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Droid Charge release date

Update: Verizon just e-mailed us and has officially confirmed the Droid Charge goes on sale at midnight Eastern tonight. Huzzah!

Word around the campfire is that The Samsung Droid Charge is finally going to go on sale tomorrow, May 14, and we’ve now got the internal notes to back that up. It’s been a long road for the 4.3-inch LTE device. It was announced four months ago at CES. But its April 28 launch date was postponed in the wake of Verizon’s LTE data outage. Can’t say we blame anyone for that.

So, who’s picking one up tomorrow?

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Samsung Droid Charge review

It’s big, it’s bright, it’s fast — but is it worthy of the Droid name?

Samsung Droid Charge

How many 4.3-inch 4G LTE smartphones does Verizon need? How many you got? Because with the launch of the Samsung Droid Charge, Big Red now has a pair of large, fast Android 2.2 smartphones.

The Droid Charge finds itself coming into existence at a weird time. It was announced at CES in early January 2011. And now, four months later, finally is coming to market. And in that time we’ve seen Samsung unleash the likes of the Galaxy S II which is, in a word — sexy.

So we’ve got a few reservations. A few worries. One is in Verizon’s LTE network and its ramifications on hardware. While it’s blazing fast, it’ll drain a battery faster than a blogger drains a beer. And another is in Samsung’s perceived inability to update the software on its phones in a timely fashion. Whether or not that’s true, well, that’s another matter.

So join us after the break as we dive into the Samsung Droid Charge.

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Samsung Droid Charge review posted originally by Android Central

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Leaked pics from a test bed may be the last place you see this Droid Bionic

Motorola Droid Bionic

If you’re looking to get a sneak peek at the current iteration of the Motorola Droid Bionic, better do it quick, ’cause we still don’t have a clear idea of when it’ll actually be released, and it might not look like this when it finally does hit the streets.

But what you see here — and there’s plenty more where this came from after the break — is another look at the Droid Bionic, same as what we saw at CES almost four months ago. Yes, it’s been that long since we got our first look at the Droid Bionic.

There’s nothing too out of the ordinary here, except that it appears to be running stock Android — or at least it’s missing the Blur skin on top. Otherwise, Android 2.2.1. We’re not sure just how recent these pictures are, but we do know they’re from after CES, if that’s any help.

So the big question is will the Droid Bionic be released as the same phone we saw at CES? It’s really starting to look unlikely. Motorola’s fact sheet, dated April 19, states that it’s coming this summer. But it also drops this little bombshell:

"Based on compelling feedback since the show, we are incorporating several enhancements to make this an even better consumer experience. This includes expanded features, functionality and an improved form factor."

So take a good look, folks. Because this might be the last time you see this old Droid Bionic. More pics are after the break.

More coverage: Motorola Droid Bionic Fact Sheet (via)

Leaked pics from a test bed may be the last place you see this Droid Bionic posted originally by Android Central

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Verizon Droid charge initial review

Verizon Samsung Droid Charge

The Verizon Droid Charge is off to an inauspicious start. Announced at CES in early January 2011, it was slated to go on sale today, April 28. Such is not the case, however, due to some major hiccups with Verizon’s LTE network. But we’ve got a Droid Charge in hand, and it’s time to give Verizon’s second 4G-capable phone the what for.

Hardware-wise, it’s the same as we saw it four months ago. You’ve got a 4.3-inch touchscreen at 800×480, powered by a 1GHz processor, with 512MB of RAM. We’ve got 2GB of on-board storage, and our review unit came with a 32MB microSD card. Nice.

Despite being a large phone — it’s a hair over 5 inches tall and is about 2.6 inches wide — it’s less than a half-inch thick and weighs just 5.04 ounces. It’s big, but it feels pretty good in the hand, if a tad plastic. The Droid Charge tapers to a point down at the physical buttons — which are blissfully large — giving it the look of a shield.

Samsung’s TouchWiz interface is on board, same as it ever was. Otherwise, you’ve got all the usual accompanying features. There’s an 8MP rear camera with flash, front-facing 1.3MP camera, HDMI out, and so on and so forth. It’s a big, light, Android phone with LTE.

The full review’s coming up, folks. In the meantime, peep the pics after the break.

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Verizon Droid charge initial review posted originally by Android Central

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