We can easily forget some of the mid-range to lower-end devices in the flurry of news we have to keep up with. Thankfully, though, T-Mobile and Samsung haven't. At least not in the Blaze 4G's case. This device is currently in the process of receiving an update to Android 2.3.6. It was already running Gingerbread, so this isn't a huge update. What is big, however, is T-Mobile has announced that some time in the future, the device will see Ice Cream Sandwich.
Those of you who have been waiting for a stable Android 2.3.7 build for your device from CyanogenMod are in luck - the first stable CyanogenMod 7.2 builds have just been released for an absolute slew of devices. For those who don't feel like decoding all the code-names for themselves, here's a handy list of supported devices (at the time of writing – more devices are being added):
NOOK Color (encore)
myTouch 4G (glacier)
myTouch 3G Slide (espresso)
Incredible 2 (vivow)
Droid Eris (desirec)
myTouch T 4G (e739)
Optimus Sol (e730)
Optimus Hub (e510)
Optimus Pro (c660)
Droid 2 (Global)
Galaxy S (galaxy smtd/sbmtd)
Galaxy SII (AT&T and international)
Nexus S/4G (Crespo/4G)
Xperia Pro MK16 (iyokan)
Xperia Neo (Hallon)
Live w/ Walkman (coconut)
Xperia Arc (Anzu)
Xperia Ray (urushi)
Xperia Play (zeus)
Xperia Mini/Pro (smultron/mango)
Arcee notes in a post to the CyanogenMod blog that 7.2 brings a few backported ICS features and a few important bug fixes to a list of devices which includes 20 more than the list of 7.1 recipients.
Back at CES in January we got a first glance at Sony's latest flagship phone, the Xperia Ion. In our time with it, the device made an impression with its 720P display and 12 megapixel camera. As expected, this device is finally showing up on AT&T with an announcement today of the device's availability later this month.
As you can see, this is a phone with some serious media credentials.
It may not get the tech world's heart all a-flutter to hear that MetroPCS is launching a Huawei phone, but the world needs budget phones and networks too! The duo is teaming up this time to bring no fewer than four gees to consumers for the first time in a Huawei device. The Activa 4G is a modestly spec'd phone, with a 3.5" HVGA display, a 5 megapixel camera, and running Android 2.3.
Owners of the Motorola Droid 3 are getting a hefty over the air system update that addresses a number of concerns with the firmware and included apps. Firmware version 5.7.905 clocks in at 224.8MB in size, so make sure you allow at least an hour on Verizon's 3G to pull down the file.
As for system bugs, the Droid 3 is getting a few Google security patches, a fix for mysterious device power ons, better camera autofocus, improved call quality, and a few stability improvements around HDMI and Bluetooth.
Gingerbread may have been out for nearly a year and a half now, but did you know there are some phones out there that have been living on nothing but Froyo this whole time? It's sad and it's true. Today, though, one abandoned phone is finding a new home on Gingebread: the CLIQ 2. Finally rolling out the 2.3 update, after launching back in January 2011 with Android 2.2 on board.
It's been a while since VZW showed any love to Thunderbolt owners, but that doesn't mean that it has forgotten about them completely. In fact, we just received a leak of a new build that brings some fixes and enhancements to Big Red's first LTE device.
After taking the update back to the lab and Frankensteining on it for a while, Samsung has now made available the new build (UCLB3 for those who are into knowing that sort of thing) for Infuse 4G owners.
Do you have an LG Optimus S? Are you tired of running Froyo? Do you long for something newer, even if it's already outdated? Good news! Sprint plans to re-push Gingerbread to the Optimus S starting just two days from now, on April 4th. This time, however, it should be free of awful bugs that broke things like predictive text, charging, and USB mass storage.
As you can see, the update brings more than just Gingerbread to the device; it also brings quite a few other enhancements and fixes, including:
Device not charging
SD card un-mounting error
Device not recognized by Windows XP, Vista, or 7 operating systems
Predictive Text with Android Keyboard issue
Voice call volume issue
Android 2.3 (Gingerbread):
Updated color scheme (includes darker notification bar and black-based menus)
New on-screen keyboard (supports multi-touch input and a smart auto-correction function)
Improved cut-paste functionality
New integrated download application for ease in accessing downloaded files
Updated camera application
Power management and task killer applications
The update will rollout in stages, with all users having received it within 21 days.
So, there's this phone on AT&T called the LG Thrill 4G. While it's virtually identical to the Optimus 3D in nearly every way, it has been running Android 2.2 since release, whereas its twin brother has been on Android 2.3 for four months now. Finally, though, Thrill 4G owners are getting treated to a taste of Gingerbread, albeit with one last hurdle to jump through.