Posts Tagged ‘Android-2.3-Gingerbread’

Samsung Galaxy S II pre orders begin

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

As you might know already, the Galaxy S II is official. The device that has been talked about for the past months is finally official thanks to Samsung’s Mobile World Congress keynote on Sunday. But what is even more impressive is that the device is now available for pre-order, SIM-free to those residing in the UK.

The listing we speak of is from Clove.co.uk who is currently offering the Galaxy S II sans a contract (SIM free) for the cool price of £480 which is a much better buy than the previous £550 we had been seeing earlier. That said, we’re not sure if we would actually preorder said device as its expected ship date is “Q2 2011” which means it’s not coming out before April or preferably May.

The phone will support Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a dual-core Orion processor that cranks out somewhere in the range of 1.0GHz in terms of clock speed. The display has been lifted in size from 4 inches to 4.3 inches and the resolution is the same 800 x 400 although the screen technology has been upgraded from Super AMOLED to Super AMOLED Plus. The camera on the rear of the device now sports 8 megapixels instead of 5 and it can do full 1080p video shooting unlike the predecessor which was capped at 720p. Also the front facing camera has been upgraded from 1.3 megapixels to 2.0 so video calls are a lot more crisp and clear. And in case you’re wonder, yes, the phone supports Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n as well as HSDPA and NFC technology.

A worth upgrade for both current Galaxy S owners, and for those looking to move into the fold of Samsung!

Source: Clove

LG Optimums 3G

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

It’s not clear as yet, but the above photo is believed to be that of the forthcoming LG Optimus 3D, a device that for the most part has been unknown due to the fact that LG has it under wraps because it is planning an official unveiling at MWC in just two weeks.

That said, it looks like the phone will feature some type of 3D display which would be the first among a cellphone. More importantly, the screen looks to be a little larger then what it was originally thought of at 4 inches. Thanks to the above photos, it’s looking more like 4.3 inches and just like many of its upcoming competitors, it will be sporting dual-core processor and multi-channel RAM. The processor manufacturer is said to be NVIDIA who will be providing the 1GHz chip, if not more, that will be running the device.

So far we have no more information but LG does seem to be ramping up their effort to compete against the likes of HTC and Samsung. Thanks to T-Mobile, they will be releasing one of the first 4G tablets in the U.S which we understand will also make it to the U.K shores, albeit without the 4G’s though we’re sure the T-Mobile branding will make the voyage.

Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona Spain next month and with that LG will be taking the time to announce its plans for 2011 which we’re sure will include enough new information about tablets and Tegra 2 powered cellphones.

Hopefully more information on the Optimus 3D will surface and hopefully it’s running nothing less than Gingerbread. One specific speculator claims the device could arrive as soon as the holiday season and that couldn’t be too farfetched as that would be the all crucial time in order for good sales numbers.

Source: Phandroid

Sony Ericsson Xperia X12 up for order on Play.com

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Sony might be spending much time developing their PSP phone which will feature an Android operating system as well as the company’s personal software. That does not mean the outfit is letting the rest of its mobile division hang in the balance.

Play.com, an online warehouse that prides itself on offering free delivery on everything currently has the Sony Ericsson Xperia X12 Arc for £459.99 with free shipping. The expected ship date is April 1st 2011 and as such the phone is also discounted 8% according to Play.com which claims the device normal MSRP is £499.99.

The specs of the Xperia X12 Arc read very compelling. At the base of the system is a 1GHz processor along with 512MB of RAM and dimensions that read 125 x 63 x 8.7 mm. The weight is 117g and the screen is scratch resistant as well as sporting a Sony Ericsson Bravia Display. The cellular radio on the device is quad-band supporting the 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz spectrums.

Other details include an 8 megapixel camera on the back of the phone which will be able to shoot 720p video. Wi-Fi is included in the 802.11b/g/n flavors along with Bluetooth v2.1 with support for A2DP. For transferring of tunes and such from a computer to the device, there is a microUSB 2.0 slot and the phone will sport an 8GB microSD card which can be increased up to 32GB.

Android’s Gingerbread v2.3 flavor will come standard and along with that the support for Flash Player v10.1. And for those who still listen to radios, there is an FM tuner included with RDS support.

Last but not least, the 1500mAh batter is rated at 400 hours of standby time on 3G and up to 7 hours of standby time on 3G. Playing music on a the battery can be done for up to 31 hours.

Via: Play.com

Google Shows Off Gingerbread, Froyo Now Standardized

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Things are looking good for Google’s Android mobile platform. The OS has been taking some criticisms regarding issues that relate to fragmentation –a much expected result of being an open source OS that is used in a wide variety of handsets. Still, a little standardization goes a long way and seeing how the latest version of the OS, Android 2.2 Froyo, has finally been able to make it to more than a third of all the devices is certainly a major feat.

Reports have shown that at least 43% of the Android smart phones now use version 2.2. Another large chunk goes to version 2.1 Éclair while a small remainder still makes use of the older 1.5 Cupcake and 1.6 Donut versions.

Of course, not all major handsets have been updated and not all releases have been able to roll out smoothly. Delays, issues and other problems tend to pop out and that is also the case for the Samsung Galaxy S under T-Mobile. Users of the handset were disappointed a couple of days ago when the planned December 1 update did not arrive as scheduled. While the network has expressed a sincere apology for the delay, not specific reasons have been stated.

As for the upcoming version 2.3 Gingerbread, the new OS has finally been revealed by Google through a quick video demonstration. So far, there are plenty of familiar elements in the icons and user interface while most of the common functions are still there. The new OS once again brings focus to voice input features.

The only downside to this new video is that it is currently entirely in Chinese –so a little knowledge of the language would be nice if you plan to watch the vid. The update still retains the performance boost provided by the Android Froyo so users can expect to see the same speed.

The Big News: Gingerbread is Almost Here

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Eric Schmidt, the current CEO for search engine giant Google has finally confirmed that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread is ready for commercial release and to show it off the man has also showcased the next Google branded handset, the Nexus S.

Whether this comes as a surprise for many or not is not the issue, the important thing here is that after a couple of weeks of speculations and rumors about a possible Nexus handset, the early release of the Gingerbread OS and a major launch event from either Google or Samsung, something has finally happened.

So what else is new? Near field communications technology that’s what. The new handset not exactly tagged under any manufacturer and the fine details of the device have been left out of the equation during the Gingerbread announcement, but the device certainly showed off some impressive features. With Google also backing the technology, expect NFC to be an industry standard pretty soon.

Ironically, as much as the event was an announcement for the new Gingerbread OS, one cannot help but have the attention fully focused on the new handset. Equipped with NFC, a high speed processor, an impressive AMOLED touch screen display and what can only be assumed as a high speed processor and a high capacity camera lens, this next generation smart phone is going to set the new standard for Android device –much like the Nexus One did for the current generation of Android phones.

Undoubtedly, this announcement also underlines the fact that Gingerbread will also be coming over to Froyo devices, though only those with unlocked phones will be able to enjoy an update early. Everyone else will have to wait for network specific updates to the OS. With many devices still behind on the Froyo update, those with Android devices still locked to their networks will need to be patient.

Android Gingerbread is Coming

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

It looks like Google will be bringing out the newest version of the Android smart phone a little earlier than expected. According to reports, the new Android 2.3 Gingerbread will be out on November 11.

For those not keeping tabs on the news, here’s the quick summary:

Google originally announced the Gingerbread as Android 3.0 –a full update from version 2.0 Éclair. This was done at the Google I/O conference earlier this year. While the Android 2.2 Froyo was focused on stabilizing and improving the overall performance of the Android OS, the Gingerbread was slated to be a new standard for all devices running Google’s platform.

Currently, a large percent of all high end Android smart phones are being slowly updated to version 2.2 Froyo, but at the moment, the standard version is still 2.0 and 2.1 Éclair. Some mobile phones, such as the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 have come out using only Android 1.6 Donut, leaving them two whole Android versions behind in terms of being updated. This level of fragmentation has always been a serious bane on Android developers as being able to deliver a uniform user experience is deemed to be close to impossible.

Recent announcements have confirmed that the Gingerbread will no longer sport the 3.0 number, but instead, it has been delegated to a lower scale update at version 2.3. This has now led to many believing that that update will not be about creating a new Android standard, but to simply bring more features and functions to the OS. In the meanwhile, the next version is going to take the 3.0 version number designation. At the moment, it is said that the Android OS to follow Gingerbread will be named Honeycomb.

There is no doubt that Google’s Android OS is growing very fast, but unless they are able to overcome fragmentation issues, it will be a while before the Android is able to fully dominate the market.