Slashgear has reported that HTC’s current and older line up of Desires will be receiving Android 2.3 Gingerbread update which includes the original HTC Desire, HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z. The news was confirmed by a HTC spokesperson and it will be rolled out in Q2 this year. Another model, Incredible S which was launched recently with Froyo is also receiving the Gingerbread update about the same time.
Earlier on, there was teaser from Three UK that HTC Desire but this latest updates confirms it further. So far HTC seems to be the most progressive Android manufacturer in terms of software updates as they were among the first to announce Froyo updates for its older models and now the Gingerbread. Hopefully the rest of the Android players will follow suit.
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Three UK has just tweeted to acknowledge that there will be an Android 2.3 update for the original HTC Desire but no timelines are available. If this is true, it will be great news for HTC Desire users making it the 2nd major OS update since its launch early last year with Android 2.1 eclair. It later received its Android 2.2 Froyo update in August.
So far that’s the only lead from a telco and we hope to see some confirmation directly from HTC’s mouth soon.
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The new Android range from Sony Ericsson features a 8MP camera with Sony’s Exmor R which performs superbly under low light conditions. This feature will be available on the Xperia arc, neo and pro that’s coming this year. Earlier on we’ve seen a demo on the Sony Ericsson Arc where it takes multiple shots at surprisingly fast pace. Now here’s a demonstration of the Exmor R’s low light capabilities vs a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10.
Looks pretty impressive and Sony Ericsson is looking like a serious mobile imaging contender this year. Watch the video after the break.
Have we told you that we were once big fans of Sony Ericsson? From the T68i to the P1i, we’ve always felt that Sony Ericsson phones brought in much gusto into the mobile scene. Then somewhere along the way, Sony Ericsson lost the plot with lackluster products and atrociously laggy software.
And things didn’t get any better when Sony Ericsson adopted Android to run their flagship smart phones. As much as we thought it would put Sony Ericsson back into contention in the smart phone arena, the Android-based Xperia line was too laden with unnecessary fluff in its UI that it did more bad than good for the Sony Ericsson brand name.
2011 and things are looking to turn-around for Japanese-Swede outfit, and the one device that’s leading the charge is the titillating Xperia Arc. Announced at CES last week, not much detail was revealed about the Xperia Arc, up till now.
The official Sony Ericsson Product Blog has posted additional information on the Xperia Arc replete with a short video overview of the UI. Though it’s good to know that there are welcomed improvements coming with the Xperia Arc, like the dual-mic for active noise cancellation the exclusion of a forward-facing camera is perplexing. Also, the UI skin is still looking rather laggy albeit much less than previous incarnations in the earlier Xperias (caveat: the firmware version that is installed in the Xperia Arc in the video is still considered as unfinished).
Full list of details and video waiting for you after the jump.
It is pretty interesting to see easter egg hidden in softwares or in operating systems. What’s even more interesting is to discover them on your own mobile device.
Android Central had discovered an interesting easter egg found on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. To reveal it, you’ll need to tap repeatedly quickly on the Android OS version until it shows up. The easter egg on this one is static and there’s no functional game or animation to it.
Watch how it is done on a Nexus S after the break.
UPDATE: Sony Ericsson Malaysia PR informs us that the sleek looking Xperia Arc will be heading to Malaysia within Q2 2011.
Sony Ericsson has finally shown some action with its latest Xperia Arc Android smart phone. The Arc is a sleek little candy bar device which curves in the mid section of its back, forming an “arch” like appearance. In the midsection, the Arc is only 8.7mm thin! We gotta admit this one sexy device from Sony Ericsson and we like the fact that it runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Hopefully the Sony Ericsson days of using old Android versions are over. Other specs include a 1GHz Qualcomm processor, a 8MP camera with Sony’s Exmor R technology and a 4.2″ screen with BRAVIA engine that supports 854×480 resolution.
Head after the jump for more pictures & video.
Well it turns out you might not have to so says the Android engineers via Twitter.
Though, we’ll be quick to point out that there is no indication of what kind of functionality, or responsiveness for that matter, that you’ll get if you want to run Gingerbread on an older device. And then there’s the issue of fragmentation — as is when will the Gingerbread update be made available for your Android device.
We know that a Gingerbread update for the Samsung Galaxy S is coming but there’s no indication on when it will arrive. So you see, even if you can run Gingerbread on the older devices, you’d still have that long wait till it is available.
The Nexus S is probably the most talked about Android device in the world right now and for good reason. The Nexus One changed the game for Android and paved the way for the domination that open source mobile platform is enjoying today.
In many ways the Nexus One is a legendary device and like all legends, its successor has all the work cut out to at the very least live up to the name. Does the Nexus S cut the mustard? Well for us it’s too early to tell but here are some of the early reviews from those who have received seeding units of the Nexus S compiled by the people from Android and Me.
As you’ll see, just like the Nexus one, the Nexus S is getting a mixed bag of opinions from the reviewers and that’s expected. The thing that’s left to known is if the Nexus S will change the game as much as the Nexus One did before it. That is a question that only time can answer.
In the meantime, head on over to after the jump for the review roundup.
The good thing is, since the statement came out from India, it is very likely that Asian Galaxy S users will get the update as well.
The Nexus S availability has been announced for the US and UK market. In the US, it will be on sale on 16th December at T-Mobile and Best Buy outlets at $199 (approx. RM626) with 2 years contract or $529 (approx. RM1666) for outright purchase.
While in the UK, it will be available few days later on 20th December from Carphone warehouse from £35 (approx. RM173) on contract or £549 outright (approx. RM2717). Considering the Nexus S is a Samsung Galaxy S with extra enhancements, the outright device from the US of US$529 (RM1666) is cheaper than the current Galaxy S price tag of RM2599 in Malaysia.
For the rest of us here, we have no idea if Google will make it available officially in Malaysia. As mentioned earlier, all we can do is to submit a Registration of Interest (ROI) for updates on availability in our country. We hope that Google had learned from its past whereby the Nexus One was only shipped to only a handful of countries including our Singapore neighbour down south.
If you’re eager to own a Nexus S before anyone else in Malaysia, the best option is to get it via a friend staying in the states or perhaps the folks at VSHub can make it happen.
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