Tagged: Android Gingerbread
OliveSmart V-S300, an HSPA+ smartphone with a 4.1-inch capacitive touchscreen. OEM is unclear, but the V-S300 has a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with 720p HD video support, 1GHz Snapdragon MSM8255 processor, 512MB of ROM and WiFi b/g. There's also a front-facing webcam, WVGA display, GPS and Bluetooth 2.1, along with HDMI and a digital compass. The whole thing is expected to measure 122 x 66 x 9.9 mm. Release date isn't clear, and the fact that Olive has used a screenshot of an earlier Android version than Gingerbread doesn't exactly fill us with confidence, but we'll hold judgement until the smartphone emerges into the wild. Olive had previous promised an Android 2.2 device in the first week of March. [Thanks Fransiscus!]
Gingerbread release for Intel processors. Right now sound and WiFi work, but ethernet, 3D and mouse control are still works-in-progress. It's the handiwork of cwhuang, and you'll need a 64-bit build environment and Java 1.6. [via Twitter]
released a list of tips and tricks for Android devices, particularly useful for those buyers picking up a new Nexus S ahead of the holidays. The list includes old favorites like mobile hotspot functionality but also some newer text-entry tricks; for instance, the space-bar lights up in 2.3 when the phone can auto-complete your word. Many of these will be well-known - especially if you've read our Google Nexus S review - but there might be one or two tricks you've not spotted. Plus, Google has put together a list of apps that every new Android owner should be downloading.
Nexus S isn't expected to hit the US market until December 16, but the Android Community review unit has just dropped onto the test bench. Google's second own-brand device, the Nexus S will eventually be used to push NFC when the short-range wireless technology gains sufficient momentum, but is initially the launch platform for Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
weren't confident on Android 2.3 Gingerbread updates for the Galaxy S, but Samsung India aren't so reticent. The country division's Twitter team has been assuring Galaxy S users that their smartphones will indeed get Gingerbread firmware (well, "Gingerbeard" but we're guessing that's a typo). There's no timeline for the firmware's release - it's not even out for the Nexus One yet, and the new Nexus S isn't due until December 16 - but hopefully it'll be faster than Froyo took to arrive. [via Unwired View]
Galaxy S family of smartphones will see an official upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, blaming system requirements and "the overall effect of such [an] Update to Samsung products" - among other things - for the uncertainty. That's according to a Samsung spokesperson pestered by Pocket-lint, who basically surmised that the possibility of an update was still being decided.
"In case a new version of Android operating system is publicly announced and released, Samsung will review the possibility of implementation of such new version to the existing Samsung products with Android operating system ("Update"). Such a review will be based on various factors including, without limitation, the overall effect of such Update to Samsung products, the system requirements, the structural limitations, and the level of cooperation from the component suppliers and the software licensors" Samsung UKMeanwhile Google's lead Android developer, Dan Morrill, has confirmed that the hardware requirements of Gingerbread "are similar" to those of Froyo, and that the platform "has never had hard processor" minimum specifications. If Samsung decides not to release Gingerbread for the Galaxy S, it seems like it would be more for reasons of keeping the new Nexus S differentiated rather than for anything technical. [via Engadget]