No, that isn't a typo in the title - Samsung has indeed just unveiled a 5.3-inch phone, the 'Galaxy Note', at IFA 2011 to join the rest of its growing Galaxy family. The insanely big device doesn't just stop there, though, as Samsung has paired it with one of its Super AMOLED displays at a resolution of 1280 x 800. That happens to be the same resolution as my 13-inch laptop, so you get an idea of just how sharp this thing is, with a pixel density of 285ppi.
Finally! The long awaited Gingerbread update for both the Droid Incredible and ThunderBolt will be hitting the airwaves in September, according to HTC's official Twitter.
While several leaked Android 2.3.x builds for each device have surfaced over the past few months, none of them were deemed good enough to achieve "official" status, so it's good to know that HTC has finally put the finishing touches on each.
No solid date has been set, so just know that your waiting will finally come to an end within the next few weeks.
US Cellular released an update today for the Samsung Galaxy Mesmerize that brings a number of enhancements to the device, including Android 2.3.4. For those unfamiliar with the Mesmerize, it's a Galaxy S phone packing some modest specs:
- 4-inch 480x800 Super AMOLED display
- 1GHz Hummingbird processor
- 512MB RAM
- 2GB storage
- 5MP rear shooter, VGA front cam
With the addition of Gingerbread, Mesmerize owners will be able to rock all of the latest-and-greatest that Android has to offer, including improved power management, speed and UI enhancements, more control over running processes and applications, a better keyboard, and a lot more.
We've been talking about Gingerbread for the Droid Incredible and its on-again-off-again status quite a bit lately, but after the official support docs showed up on VZW's site, we had confirmation of what we knew all along: the update is alive and kicking. It was rumored that it would start rolling out OTA-style earlier in the week but was delayed for unknown reasons, leaving Incredible owners without their cookie-filled upgrade just a little bit longer.
Sony Ericsson has taken a lot of flak in the past for its slow roll-out of Android upgrades, however this no longer appears to be the case as today they have announced that alongside the launch of their newest Android device, the Xperia neo V, all 2011 Xperia smartphones (i.e. the Xperia arc, Xperia PLAY, and Xperia neo) will be upgraded to Android 2.3.4.
The update will bring a number of new features to the Xperia phones including video chat support for Google Talk, easier Facebook integration with "Facebook inside Xperia", swipe text input, screen capture support, and the ability to connect USB peripherals through the Sony Ericsson LiveDock.
Even though the HTC EVO 4G is now well over a year old, it holds a special place in Sprint's heart, and because of that (and you know, the fact that it's the most popular Android phone on the network), the company seems committed to providing us with timely updates. A new maintenance update with version number 4.53.651.1 and the following changes and fixes is next up for the OG 4.3" pioneer that changed the smartphone world:
HTC EVO Software Update - 4.53.651.1
- Integrated voice recognition accuracy with voice search and voice-to-text
- Image size issue with contact transfer over bluetooth
- Images cut off in Picasa
- Group contacts not in alphabetical order
- Out of memory, Unable to send SMS
The update should be rolling out over the next 1-2 weeks starting now.
Samsung announced today that it will be launching four new Galaxy smartphones together with a completely revamped naming strategy for these and future devices.
This "simplified" system of naming smartphones will group Samsung's upcoming devices into five distinct classes from entry-level phones ("Y") all the way to premium models ("S"). Each class will be represented by a different letter and additional indicators (such as "Pro", "Plus", and "LTE") will be used to identify the "specific functionality" of that device.
Although the Gingerbread update for the Droid 2 Global was supposed to begin in mid-June, we've yet to see an official release hit the air. Every time another device gets Gingerbread, I can hear the D2G owners across the nation asking when it will be their turn, and it looks like we can finally answer that question: now.
While it may not be the official build, there is a definitely a leaked version floating around RootzWiki courtesy of aceoyame, that's looks to be a somewhat final build.
Following the European Sensation and this morning's EVO 3D's updates to Android 2.3.4, which, among other things, brought bootloader unlocking capabilities to both devices, T-Mobile just announced that the Sensation 4G is now receiving the 2.3.4 update as well. The update (software version 1.45.531.1) brings the following changes to the device:
The update to Android 2.3.4 / software version 1.45.531.1 has the following features and improvements.
- Software stability
- Improved battery life
- Improvements to Trace dictionary
- Improvements to screen responsiveness
- Improvements to video playback
- Improvements regarding device reboot / power off
- Improvements to icon pixilation
- Improvements to Wi-Fi connection
- Improvements to screen/photo resolution
I'm willing to bet that the update also brings bootloader unlocking, just as soon as HTC opens up the flood gates over at HTCDev.com's bootloader unlock page.
Earlier this week, the OTA update to Android 2.3.4 finally began rolling out to HTC Sensations around Europe. Our unit received the update yesterday, and quite by accident we discovered that - besides being able to make voice/video calls in GTalk - we also had a new ability to take screenshots untethered from a computer.
Those of you familiar with the standard method of taking screenshots through the Android SDK know how convoluted the process can be: hunting for drivers, enabling debugging, living down those notification-bar icons ...