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Exclusive: Kyocera Echo Gingerbread Update Coming Starting August 1

Today's Sprint Playbook just landed in our inbox, and one thing stands out: the Kyocera Echo will be receiving an update to Android 2.3. The update will be over the air (OTA), and will be rolled out across a four-day period beginning August 1 at a rate of 10%, 25%, 25%, 100%.

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The details of the update (as shown in the screencap above):

  • Eco Mode
  • EAS enhancements
  • Swype 3.0
  • Miscellaneous security patches
  • Gingerbread Android OS software update
  • Including improved power management
  • Improved text input
  • Minor performance improvements
  • Manage Applications Control
  • Download Manager

[Thanks, Captain Anonymous!]

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Official: Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Coming Stateside In August - But No Word On Which Carrier(s)

Sony Ericsson just dropped a press release announcing that the Xperia arc would be available for purchase in the U.S. beginning in August. On the upside, it will be available through Amazon, Newegg, Buy.com, and through Sony directly. On the downside, they give no mention of the device coming to any carrier, and the unsubsidized price is a whopping $600.

Though the arc presents an enticing exterior, the innards aren't so much so:

  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Custom UI
  • 1GHz Scorpion CPU (MSM8255, same as the fairly dated Desire HD and myTouch 4G)
  • 512MB RAM
  • 512MB internal storage
  • 4.2" 854x480 TFT display
  • 8.1MP camera

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Our own Brian O'Toole managed to get a good amount of hands-on time at CES and came away content.

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'Limit Your Call' Monitors Your Minutes, Automatically Ends Phone Calls When Running Low

In this day and age, we don't talk about minutes all that often, because, let's face it, most of us don't really use our phones for voice all that much anymore. For those who do, however, there is a specific need to monitor minutes -- whether prepaid or post-paid -- to prevent service disruption or, in the case of the latter, any overage charges. To help people in this situation, Yudiz Solutions developed an app that does exactly that.

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ViewSonic: We May Have Set Certain Unrealistic Expectations, But The gTablet Will Never Officially Get Honeycomb

In a move that will certainly irritate many people, ViewSonic has taken to its Facebook page with an official word on the gTablet, future support, and whether or not it will ever officially see Honeycomb. As you may have already guessed, the simple answer from ViewSonic to the latter is "no," with very little reasoning behind the decision.

The ViewSonic gTablet was one of the first Android tablets to hit the market with the NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset onboard, but at the time of release it was powered by Android 2.2, as 3.0 had yet to hit the market.

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T-Mobile G2 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now


About a week ago, a seemingly official build of Gingerbread for the T-Mobile G2 found its way to T-Mo's support forums, suggesting an update was fast approaching. That suggestion was dead-on, as the official over-the-air update process started today, according to the Pinkest Carrier's G2 update page.

The update brings many welcome fixes and enhancements:

  • New features:
    • Android  2.3.3 (Gingerbread)
    • Tell HTC
    • Google  Books added
    • Notification bar color scheme is changed to black
    • New  battery indicator, phone, and web icons
    • Color-coded network icon and signal indicator added.
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[Leak] Another Photo Of The Motorola Droid Bionic Surfaces, Tipster Confirms PenTile Display

It looks like yet another leaked image of the not-so-illusive Droid Bionic has surfaced over at Droid-Life, but it's really nothing that we haven't already seen:

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What this does bring, though, is some new information -- and I can't say that it's welcome news. According to the tipster, the Bionic is sporting the PenTile display that we're not the biggest fans of. However, s/he did point out that there was less ghosting than on the Droid 3/X2 -- but we'll have to see that with our own eyes to determine whether it actually makes the PenTile display more acceptable.

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[Update: Not Just Yet] Gingerbread Update For The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Available Now

Update: It looks like someone in Sony's camp got a little overzealous concerning this update, as it's actually not available just yet. According to the Sony Ericsson Product Blog, the launch is coming, but "[they] just need more days before [they] can push the button." We'll keep you posted of any developments on this front -- like, you know, when it's actually available.

Owners of the Sony Erricsson Xperia X10, make ready your computers - the official Gingerbread update is ready and available to download.

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[Update: Ready To Rage?] Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S II Will Be 4G LTE Enabled, According To The VZW Support Twitter Account

Update: As if we didn't all see it coming (you should see all of the @mentions we received on Twitter regarding VZWsupport's history of ignorance when this post when live), Verizon Support just tweeted that they were actually referring to the Galaxy Tab 10.1, not the Galaxy S II. One of these days, Verizon should probably consider hiring support people that actually know something about the products in which they support, instead of a group of neophytes that know as much about technology as my eighty-six year old grandmother (read: nothing).

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Angry Birds Updated, Gets 15 New Mine And Dine Levels

Angry Birds loyalists and lovers, rejoice! Everyone's favorite bird flinging game received an update this morning that adds 15 all-new Mine and Dine levels to the irritated franchise.

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The update is now live in the Android Market, so grab your device and enjoy.

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Samsung Hosting An Event In NYC On August 3rd To Unveil The TouchWiz UX Update For The Galaxy Tab 10.1

An email just hit our inboxes directly from Samsung, inviting us all to join together in NYC on August 3rd for the official unveiling of a "major software update" for the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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We have known that this update was coming for the past several weeks, but now we can finally lock something a bit more concrete down. According to the above image, onsite Tab 10.1 updates will be open to the public at the event, so I wouldn't be surprised if we started seeing a national rollout begin that very same day.

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