android 2.3

Gameloft Announces Xperia Play Exclusive game BackStab [video]

Gameloft has just announced a new and exciting game that will be coming to Android, and later iOS. The Xperia Play exclusive will be available for Play owners only for the first month or so according to sources, then will be released for the rest of the Android community so they can all wish they had the controls the Xperia Play has. This is a very polished game with a little mix of action and adventure. It is sure to please many of you Thumb gamers.

LG Optimus Big Revealed – 4.3″ NOVA Display in Tow

For those of you paying rather close attention, you'll remember back a few months ago when we showed you the LG Optimus Black, an Android handset that employed a brand new NOVA display. That phone had a 4-inch screen, was said to be carrying Android 2.2 Froyo, and will be coming in at 6mm at its thinnest point. What we've got here is a big brother to that, codename Optimus Big, a 4.3" monster that'll be coming out on an LG U+ carrier in Korea starting in April 2011. Will it be coming to the states? We hope so!

HTC Desire S Reviewed by Chris Davies

Our man in England, mister Chris Davies, has let loose his review of the HTC Desire S over on SlashGear. What he's found is that this 3.7-inch display having, Android 2.3.3 wielding, 5-megapixel camera toting handset isn't the best of the bunch, but it's certainly not the worst device he's ever held. This phone is the sequel to the original HTC Desire, which was undeniably HTC's answer for the Nexus One - will it hold up to the pressure of the barrage of phones that have been released in only these past few months?

BlackBerry Playbook will support Android apps with “app player” [New]

This has just been confirmed. Today RIM announced that they WILL indeed be supporting Android Apps with an optional app player that will be available for download on the Playbook release day. This is big news. According to RIM the Playbook will support both Blackberry Java as well as all the Android apps. This includes native C/C++ development support, HTML5, Flash and AIR support. Also take note that RIM's press release only mentions Android 2.3 apps, so we aren't sure if Android 3.0 Honeycomb apps will work, or will need an update first.

Android Loads webpages faster than Safari, or does it?

Earlier today there were a few reports about Android and it's browser speeds in comparison to the iPhone 4 and Apple's Safari. Showing that android was just about 52% faster at loading web pages. That is a pretty bold statement, and would be awesome if it was completely true. The website optimization firm Blaze came out with a study that basically showed Android having a very large lead over Apple and Safari. The story has now been proven to be a little inaccurate.

HTC Rep confirms new date for Thunderbolt, then pulls it back

The drama continues. Yesterday, an HTC rep confirmed on Twitter a new launch date for the HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon. According to Irran Shahid, who is reportedly the Regional Sales Manager for HTC, the new delivery and launch date for the Thunderbolt was supposed to be St. Patrick's Day, March 17th. Shahid sounded quite excited about it, which could point to HTC and Thunderbolt may have finally ironed out all the issues that have been plaguing the new 4g Android phone since it was first announced. Then again, maybe not as the "tweet" was pulled not long after.

Android Booms in Western Europe, Biggest Smartphone OS as of Q4 2010

Android is very quickly becoming the biggest and best Mobile OS, and not just in Europe but around the world. The extremely wide adoption from all manufacturers and developers, to the hundreds of choices make it a clear cut winner (aka #winning like Charlie Sheen). Android has continued to evolve and grow in huge numbers that can be seen in most markets everywhere. You can read here about Android passing BlackBerry to become #1 smartphone. Stories like that just mentioned keep showing up more and more.

Honeycomb music player syncs to the Cloud

Last December, before anyone else know about it, we posted a full guide on how to place the Honeycomb music player onto your Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Nexus S. The two step process, based on a method by XDA Developer johnnie93, enabled users to replace their old music player and get some Honey music goodness. But word out of XDA now is that XDA user White Widows has taken the next step and got the new music app to sync to the Cloud. Users need to have Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) with CyanogenMod 7 Nightlies, though word is that any 2.3.3 ROM will do.

Samsung to announce QWERTY in Android’s Galaxy

Samsung is looking to add a QWERTY Android phone to it's Galaxy line of phones during CTIA this month. The news is that the new phone will have a "candy bar" design much like BlackBerry, running Android 2.2 (Froyo). But it seems more likely that Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) would be more practical. The design is rumored to be a bit wider than the Samsung Galaxy S and is geared for a higher end clientele. Possibly aimed at Blackberry's business models?
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