Apparently the HTC Thunderbolt will be getting an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update soon. Many Thunderbolt users have been contacting HTC about all of the issues this phone has been having since its release and one of these users got a promising response.
Dear Adam XXXXX,
I understand how important it is for your Thunderbolt to function properly and I apologize that you have been experiencing rebooting of the device. HTC and Verizon are aware of this issue and an update will be released soon that will address the reboot issue, and bring the Gingerbread 2.3 upgrade on board, as well as several other enhancements. Although I don’t have an official release date to provide you, this update will be released soon. Please monitor our website for further information as the release date moves closer.To send a reply to this message or let me know I have successfully answered your question log in to our ContactUs site using your email address and your ticket number xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.
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This means not only a fix for the reboot issue on the Thunderbolt but finally Gingerbread as well. With all the issues this phone has had I would think that this comes as nothing but good news. Of course there is no estimated release date for the update at this point but it is coming just the same.
We had a Thunderbolt to test for only a short time and love the phone although every time any stress was put on it we had one issue or another. We were impressed by the phone as a whole but usability was its huge fault.
Currently the Atrix 4G Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) Update is slated for a July 2011 release. AT&T and Motorola after testing the Gingerbread build for a few weeks now have very few bugs to finish fixing. The new update will have a few changes to your Motorola Atrix 4G.
Atrix 4G Update will Include:
Android Gingerbread 2.3.3
New version of Motoblur UI
iOS looking dock at the bottom
Sideloading will be enabled (unknown sources)
While Atrix users wont be getting the current 2.3.4 update this is a huge plus for Atrix users. Finally one of the most powerful smartphones available to date will get a little closer to the function it is capable of.
Let us know how you like your Atrix or what you think of the update that will be OTA in July.
Sony Ericsson has promised the Gingerbread update for their Xperia X10 that will be available very soon. We can see how close it is to release by their release of the following video.
Its nice to see the Xperia X10 keeping up with the competition. Sony has been a slow mover in the past when it comes to their android devices although it looks like things have changed. We thank Sony Ericsson for releasing this Video.
The Motorola Droid 2 update version 4.5.600.A956.Verizon.en.US now updates your phone to the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. The update is now available via your phones update software.
Droid 2 Enhancements:
+ Download Manager App:
New App to manage all of your downloads from web browsing, email attachments and other apps.
+ App and Power Management Details:
Under Manage Applications, a new “Running” tab displays a list of active applications and the storage and memory being used by each.
+ Multi-Touch Key-Chording:
New ability to enter numbers and symbols with keyboard shortcut combos, instead of having to change to the numeric keyboard mode.
+ Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality:
New capability to select a word via press-hold. A second press of the selected word copies the selected characters.
+ New User Interface and Color Scheme:
New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.
+ Dock Icons:
Static Phone, App Launcher and Contacts icons are replaced within a customizable dock. Three swappable icons and the App Launcher icon are fixed to the Dock at the bottom of all home screen panels for easy and instant access.
+ App Groups:
New App Menu allows creation of custom app groups, in addition to 3 default groups: All Apps, Recent and Downloaded.
Added Device and SD Card encryption. VPN enhancements integrate IPSec VPN clients into device security settings.
+ Updated Calendar Options:
Display Calendar and event times in your home time zone when traveling.
Dismiss individual reminders, such as dismissing one meeting reminder without dismissing other meeting reminders.
Easy conference dialing – simply dial and automatically enter a conference code directly from your Calenda
You can update your phone by going to: Settings -> About phone -> System updates and checking for new updates.
126.1(W) × 65.4(H) × 11.3 mm(D) (4.96×2.57×0.44 in respectively)
148 g (5.2 oz)
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Dual-Core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 (Snapdragon)
Qualcomm Adreno 220
768 MB RAM
8 GB microSD 2.0 (supports up to 32 GB)
1520 mAh Li-ion
Ambient light sensor
Multi-touch capacitive touchscreen
4.3 in (110 mm) capacitive S-LCD
Gorilla glass touch screen
qHD (540×960) resolution at 256.15 PPI
8 megapixel (3264×2448)
dual LED flash
VGA fixed focus color camera (0.3 megapixel)
3.5 mm TRRS connector
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP
FM stereo receiver (87.5-108 MHz) with RDS
Micro USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection
USB and Wi-Fi tethering
HTC Sense v3.0 user interface
EVO 4G owners will be excited to hear that their phones will finally get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. June 6 will see the 4.22.651.2 update deployed across Sprints Now Network.
Fixes included in the 4.22.651.2 EVO 4G update are:
Obviously the normal 2.3 upgrades
fixes for gmail and SMS bugs
patch for the battery charging problems
While June 6th is less than a week away you can perform a manual update starting on June 3rd. Thank you Sprint for allowing us to get this update on our own before the official OTA Update.
To Manually Update your HTC EVO 4G:
HTC Software Updates
We look forward to seeing Gingerbread on one of the most popular phones on Sprints Network. We all know this phone will run Gingerbread to its fullest ability.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread has only been out for a few months and it seems that some lucky Droid X users are receiving the update. Those of you Droid X users that haven’t already received this Gingerbread update don’t worry your just not part of the test release. According to other sources once Motorola has determined the update for Droid X is rolled out successfully with no bugs ( or very few bugs ) everyone else will get this update in phases.
There was no official release date that we found anywhere with Motorola although we have found a few locations that have mentioned this including Android Central.
Manually check for the update on your Motorola Droid X:
Press your Home button to get to your Android home screen.
Press your Menu button.
Select System Updates.
If you start receiving anything, be sure let us know so we can report on it here to others interested in hearing more about this update.
UPDATE: All Droid X owners should be getting the Gingerbread update now
Sharp has announced it is not the first clamshell Android but it’s the first one that features Autostereoscopic 3D. It’s called the Sharp Aquos phone the Hybrid 007SH. It also has a 16 megapixel camera with HD video recording, a micro-HDMI port, Blu Ray recorder connectivity and a lot more. This one’s Japan-only for the time being. Flip phones have never been so sweet.
Aquos Hybrid 007SH Features Full Spec listing:
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
3.4-inch naked-eye 3D LCD touchscreen with 854 x 480 resolution
0.7-inch OLED sub-display
16MP CCD camera with 1,080p–720 HD video recording support
IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0+EDR
Digital TV tuner
Digital wallet function (Felica/RFID)
Micro HDMI interface
Blu-ray recorder connectivity
MicroSD/SDHC slot (shipped with a 2GB card inside)
Dimensions: 113mm H x 51.8mm W x 19.3mm Thick, weight: 140g
We are interested to see how this phone does and when it will be available in the US.
The Motorola Droid X2 has just been released and has already been rooted. Most of you haven’t even received your device yet and will be able to root it the day you get it. These days I can’t imagine that any device will be locked down enough that the Android community can’t root it.
The method used to root the device wasen’t even created for it but does the job. Gingerbreak was created to root phones running the leaked Gingerbread platform. The great part about all of this is that the Motorola Droid X2 doesn’t even run Gingerbread.
The GingerBreak APK is a way to gain root access on GingerBread. What the app does is:
The APK puts the right files in the right place to run the exploit
The APK runs the exploit
The exploit attempts to attain root access
The exploit remounts /system as read-write and runs the installer script
The installer script installs the su binary and superuser APK, and reboots
Installation of Gingerbreak
Enable USB Debugging mode on your phone (settings … applications … development … check USB Debugging mode)
Make sure USB debugging is enabled
Make sure you have an SD card formatted and in the phone
Transfer the APK on the phone and install it (download the apk here)
Open the APK and press the root button
Wait a few minutes and the device will reboot, be patient it can take a while (10 minutes or so)
Make sure the Superuser app is install and working
You now have your Gingerbread phone rooted Using the Gingerbreak method (this also works for tablets)
As always Android Advice is in no way responsable for the use of this information or apk file. You root your phone at your own risk.
Original Article can be found at: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1044765
An upgraded HTC Inspire 4G with some more horsepower:
5MP camera on the back
4.3″ WVGA (800×480) display
Dual-core 1.2GHz processor (MSM8660)
Nice to see some new devices headed to AT&T as long as todays sideloading article stays in tact for all new devices.
HTC Evo 3D
The HTC Evo 3D will be one of the hottest Android phones of the year.
4.3-inch 3D qHD capacitive 960 x 540 px display
1730 mAh battery
4GB of internal memory
8GB microSD card pre-installed (expandable to 32GB)