HTC Releases Thunderbolt Gingerbread kernel source code

Well folks, time to let the good times roll and the custom ROMs flow. HTC has recently released the full kernel source code for the HTC Thunderbolt, although this isn't for Froyo, no, this is for the recently released Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Now all of the hackers and tinkerers that make our custom ROM's can get to work on the Gingerbread aspects of things. Good news for Thunderbolt users indeed.

HTC EVO 3D dressed in Purple available from Amazon for just $50

I'm sure many of you loyal WiMAX supporters were jealous when you saw Verizon get the Plum colored HTC Rhyme, and immediately you wanted one for yourself just with a more powerful smartphone. Usually I wouldn't post just because a new color is available but common, purple (plum) is just the best color on a smartphone I think I've ever seen. That and Amazon has the awesome dual-core EVO 3D for just $50 in the new beautiful color.

Motorola Xoom 2 models spotted in Verizon systems with 4G LTE and 64GB storage

The new Motorola Xoom 2's have been getting plenty of love lately but we still don't have anything too concrete regarding these tablets other than the few and far between leaked details. We've seen plenty of pictures and have heard rumors of a November launch date but are still waiting for confirmation. Recently they've been spotted in Verizon's inventory system giving us hope they are coming soon.

LG Revolution Android 2.3 Update on the way

We heard a little chatter regarding the 2.3 Gingerbread update for the 4G LTE packing LG Revolution this week and now the official details have been revealed. If you've been waiting for some Gingerbread treats you are in luck because Verizon is all set to push the OTA to your Revo and have just released the update documents today.

$35 Aakash tablet gets a hands-on, deemed surprisingly OK

The Indian government got some gadget good will when they began subsidizing the incredibly cheap Aakash Android tablet, bringing its student price down to a mere $35. The question on hardware junkies' minds is, is the experience on such a low-grade device acceptable at all? VentureBeat smuggled one of the tablets out and put together a hands-on, and surprisingly, the Aakash came away with a pretty solid showing.

Google TV apps already showing up in the Android Market

That didn't take long. Just a few hours after Google's official announcement of Google TV 2.0, apps specifically designed for integrated TVs and set-top boxes have started appearing in the web version of the Android Market. You can use this URL to check them out for yourself. There's just 28 results when you specifically search "for Google TV", and not all of them are true Google TV apps.  The generic "Google TV" search shows thousands, most of which are just ordinary Android apps matching the search terms.

Samsung beats Apple with 28 million smartphones shipped in Q3

Deck the halls, break out the traditional holiday doughnuts and throw another TPS report on the fire, it's quarterly earnings call season. Samsung certainly has reason to celebrate: in the last three months they've shipped 28 million smartphones worldwide, taking the #1 spot away from Apple. Samsung doesn't use Android exclusively for their smartphone hardware, but needless to say, it plays a big part in their worldwide strategy.

Google TV 2.0 update coming to Sony next week, Logitech Revue later

Logitech appears more than ready for Google TV's Honeycomb update, but according to a new blog post from the Google TV team, Sony's TVs and set-top boxes will be getting it first starting next week. The Logitech Revue will follow "soon thereafter". The updated post outlines some of the new Google TV features, including Android Market support and an improved user interface. In an interesting bit of humility, the post admits that the original Google TV software "wasn't perfect," and focuses on the simpler homescreen with customizable video and app shortcuts. Search functions have also been refined, allowing for a broad search across live TV, Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO and other video services. It will also recommend content similar to what you've already watched, a la Netflix's recommendation engine. A new customized YouTube app will compliment the upcoming Google TV apps that will spring up on the Android Market. The 3.1 Honeycomb update has been a long time coming, but Google TV users' wait is almost over. Logitech appears ready to send their Revue set-top boxes to retail stores with the software pre-loaded, and developers are already working on Google TV apps via the expanded Android SDK. Google also mentioned that some much-needed new partner and device announcements would be coming in the next few months.

Samsung Italy says Galaxy S II, Note, and Tab will get Ice Cream Sandwich

Well that's encouraging. According to Italian site HD Blog, Samsung's Italian arm has confirmed that basically all of their high-end models will receive an Android 4.0 update. We are making inquiries to confirm the news. The post says that the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 7.7 and the refreshed Galaxy Tab 7.0 will all be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich.
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