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Gingerbread Rolling out for Sprint’s Samsung Epic 4G Tomorrow (Nov. 9)

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After months of leaks and speculation, is the Samsung EPIC 4G finally getting its update to Android 2.3? That’s the word from a source speaking to Android Central. It’s actually a bit silly that such a big-name handset still hasn’t received Gingerbread with other members of the Galaxy S II family long updated and Ice Cream Sandwich around the corner. I suppose that’s how these things go, though.

The update is the EI22 build we have seen previously and will fix plenty of bugs and provide many additional features. It will begin for a small portion of users tomorrow and reach all within eight days, if things go according to plan.

[via AndroidCentral]

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T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II finds its way to the Samsung Website. Still lacking answers to important Questions

One of the most irritating factors of all the Galaxy S II news was the lack of information provided from T-Mobile on their variant. It was on display at the press conference in NYC, but was coyly covered with a clear box. It was all about “Look but don’t touch”. Being a T-mobile customer as well as a blogger, that frustrated the …. out of me. It looks like a small portion of the devices information is finally available thanks to Samsung though.

You can already see, just by the featured image, it should have Netflix, TelenavGPS and T-MobileTV pre-installed. They also list a few hardware specs, but nothing significant-

Platform – Latest version of Android Gingerbread

Display – 4.52″, 480 x 800 pixels, Super AMOLED Plus

Color – Titanium

Battery – 167 hours Standby/7 hours Talk time

Size – 5.11 x 2.71 x .37 inches

Weight – 4.77 oz

At least they were able to provide us with some detailed specs. I still have questions though. I heard a rumor that the T-Mobile variant wouldn’t be using Samsung’s Exynos chipset. Rather it will have an Qualcomm Snapdragon A8 chip due to the Samsung CPU not supporting 42mb/s hspa+. That is still unconfirmed, but brings up major questions in my mind. I can’t imagine Samsung advertising the device with the Exynos processor if the T-Mobile variant didn’t have one. Then again, it could also explain why they didn’t want to let people get their hands on it at the event. I am hoping it is wrong, but one never knows for certain when there is limited info to digest. We will most definitely be digging in to find out more. If you have heard different, please let us know in the comments and also where you found it out at.

Source: Tmonews via Samsung

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Are High Return Rates Spoiling Android’s Strong Sales?

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Over the past two year’s Android has rocketed from holding virtually no market share to leading smartphone platforms the world over in terms of handsets shipped, beating out the likes of Apple and RIM. It has been shown in countless statistic after countless statistic, and surveys and projections don’t show Google’s green monster slowing down anytime soon. But are consumers ultimately not satisfied with the Android product? According to sources speaking to TechCrunch, the answer in some cases is yes at a rate of 30 to 40 percent. Emphasis on some cases.

Yes, the iPhone carries a very satisfactory return rate of around 1.7 percent. Yes, we can believe that some Android handsets are getting returned at a rate nearing 50 percent, but not Android handsets as a whole. The truth is, Apple makes one phone, allowing the company greater quality control over their hardware and user experience. Google licenses Android to handset manufacturers, and some don’t even go so far as to even get official support from the company behind the platform. Half-baked user interfaces built on top of some Android handsets might rightfully detract from a user’s view of their new handset. Still, if we could get some hard numbers we’d be willing to bet that handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S II (which sold 3 million units in 55 days), HTC EVO 3D and others of that caliber would sport return rates much lower than 30 to 40 percent (it’s true that at one point the Motorola Droid 2 held the lowest return rate of all handsets in Verizon’s lineup).

So take the reported numbers as you will, but we suspect that the supposedly high rate of return on a small portion of devices won’t greatly affect Android’s global figures. We’re just not buying it.

[via TechCrunch]

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A “pre-launch soak” bound for DROID X owners, undetermined update

Just as was brought to our attention two days ago in this article – Motorola Arix 4G Gingerbread update now rolling out – apparently once again Motorola is soaking another Android device with an update, the DROID X. Motorola is summoning all the DROID X owners out there to sign up , complete a survey, and if chosen they will receive the latest update. As a small portion of the public test out this final version of the update, Motorola will keep a close watch for two days for any possible, but unlikely extreme issues. Gingerbread would definitely be the update DROID X owners would be looking for. Hit the link for all the additional information.

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Android 3.2 SDK now available for download

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Developers — time to fire up your Android SDK installation and grab the new Android 3.2 SDK. The Android development has let everyone know the update is now available to all.

Here are some of the highlights of Android 3.2:

  • Optimizations for a wider range of tablets. A variety of refinements across the system ensure a great user experience on a wider range of tablet devices.
  • Compatibility zoom for fixed-sized apps. A new compatibility display mode gives users a new way to view these apps on larger devices. The mode provides a pixel-scaled alternative to the standard UI stretching, for apps that are not designed to run on larger screen sizes.
  • Media sync from SD card. On devices that support a removable SD card, users can now load media files directly from the SD card to apps that use them.
  • Extended screen support API. For developers who want more precise control over their UI across the range of Android-powered devices, the platform’s screen support API is extended with new resource qualifiers and manifest attributes, to also allow targeting screens by their dimensions.

That’s just a small portion of what has been updated, you can find the full release notes over at the Android Developers website found in the source link below.

Source: Android Developers

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[Weekend Poll] Which Is More Important To You In A Phone, Size Or 4G?


This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week’s, see Can Google+ Succeed?

From a manufacturer standpoint, 4G (for the purposes of this post I mean LTE and WiMax, not 3G+) is a bit of a nightmare. The immaturity of the technology means that chips are expensive and bulky, and realistically offer benefit to only a small portion of consumers. (Compounding the issue, "4G" has become yet another buzzword that consumers don’t understand but think they need anyway… but I digress.)

Consider a diminutive device such as the Samsung Galaxy S II. It’s…

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