Android Gingerbread

T-Mobile G2x Gingerbread Leak [Apparently the Real Deal]

What we've got here, courtest of Paul from MoDaCo is what appears to be the Gingerbread build that will eventually be the one send out to G2x users across the USA. This build is release-key signed, which generally means that it's the real deal, and the file you're about to download is both pre-rooted and is a repacked ROM so you'll be able to flash it easily - just so long as your device is rooted, of course. We've got full instructions on how to do this here plus a quick look at the insides.

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Confirmed as Former Nexus phone for Gingerbread

Whilst chatting at a Verizon event last night, we again heard, this time direct from a Sony Ericsson repreentative, that the reason the Xperia PLAY is able to launch with Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread is that this "PlayStation Phone" was once in the running to be Google's hero phone. This spot as Gingerbread model has since been usurped by the Nexus S, but didn't leave Sony Ericsson empty-handed. In fact, Google didn't leave Sony Ericsson at all, working with them from start to finish on a phone that's as optimized for Android a piece of hardware are you're ever going to find.*

Will My Phone Get Android 2.3 Gingerbread? [Plus an Early Dose of Neue Forum Goodness]

So I suppose you've come to this post wishing for the truth, the hard truth, on your phone and its future as far as a lovely holiday cookie goes. I'll tell you what - you'll basically get the truth below, but unless we could call ourselves the developers working on optimizing Android versions for each piece of hardware, we've got no perfect truth for you. That said, this is pretty good. This list was originally compiled by an awesome fellow by the name of Ben Duder over on XDA Developers. What we're using it for here is to do three things, the first of which is to give you the good news.

Android 2.3 vs 2.4: Two Bites at Gingerbread

Google's naming convention was supposed to make differentiating Android releases easier, but Gingerbread seems to have come out half-baked. Launching alongside the Nexus S, still the only phone to officially run Android 2.3, it's now confirmed that Android 2.4 will not only be arriving imminently, but also bear the name Gingerbread. As rumored earlier in the year, that has meant a delay in non-Google Gingerbread handsets. At the time, it was suggested that Google was trying to keep the field clear for the Nexus S, maintaining the Samsung's flagship status for as long as possible until dual-core phones arrived, but it now seems that the delay has been to give Android engineers time to bring 2.4 up to speed. Android Community spoke with HTC in a pre-MWC 2011 briefing, and the company confirmed that its new range would arrive with Android 2.4 rather than 2.3. The exact differences weren't specified - HTC described them as having "no impact on the user" and being mainly bugfixes - but we've also heard that 2.4 addresses the compatibility of apps that have been written for dual-core devices (such as Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets on chipsets like Tegra 2) running on single-core handsets like the Nexus S. Where that leaves devices like the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc - which the company insisted would launch with 2.3, but which has been spotted running what was listed as 2.4 - is unclear. Android 2.4-based handsets have proved rare when it comes to in-the-wild sightings, with HTC's prototypes in Barcelona last week actually running 2.3.2. The company has said the first of its Gingerbread phones will arrive in early Q2, aka April 2011, at which point we'd expect the Nexus S - and perhaps the Nexus One - to get an Android 2.4 update as well.

Dump of HTC HuaShan Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Sense

It's a strange thing to say to those who have no idea what we're talking about, but we definitely love dumps. A dump is essentially all of the information on a phone or an update, or both, including everything you need to virtualize the environment and/or create that environment inside whichever phone you can jam it in. In this case, its an HTC HuaShan's update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the latest installment of Sense. These elements are unavailable in so very many phones at the moment that this situation is exciting for people looking to upgrade their phones to a wacky new higher level.

Huawei IDEOS X3 [Hands-On] [VIDEO]

The folks at Engadget had their eyes peeled back and an eye open whilst at the Huawei booth at Mobile World Congress 2011, finding the Huawei IDEOS X3 right there, sitting out in the open. This is the sort of phone that'll work great to usher in new users into the Android world, having basic features plus a few surprises to leave them wanting more. This phone has a 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive touchscree, a Qualcomm MSM7227 CPU, front facing camera of unknown power, 3.2 megapixel camera on the back, 256GB of RAM, and a 1200 mAH battery. As for connectivity, the IDEOS X3 has Wifi b/g/n, dualband HSPA and quadband EDGE radios... and believe it or not, a skinned version of Gingerbread.

HTC Forest Concept Phone Employs Trackball and Mystery Android OS

Here at Android Community, and indeed at the R3 network as a whole, we really love a good concept here and there, especially when that concept is a bit of industrial design along the lines of a smartphone. We like it DOUBLY when we find out it's an Android phone, just like that's happened here with the HTC Forest, a concept phone by Long-Nong Huang. Before we go any further - can you guess its prospective specs?

OliveSmart V-S300 promises Gingerbread for India

Indian mobile device company Olive Telecom has announced its own Android 2.3 Gingerbread handset, the 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 for x86 released: Android 2.3 for your PC

Gingerbread may only be on one commercially available smartphone right now, but if you fancy Android 2.3 on your PC then there's already a suitable build. The Android-x86 project has managed to craft an early - but functional - 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]

Nexus One to Receive Gingerbread SOON

A Google representative was apparently recently chatting with a mister HR Raphael of ComputerWorld today informed the writer that not only will Android 2.3 be rolling out toward the Nexus One soon, there've been no unexpected hurdles in getting the update ready to go. Sounds good to me. This comes at a time when the Nexus S already has such an upgrade (or rather, was shipped out with it installed already,) and the world is waiting for both Gingerbread and Honeycomb on their devices. Image courtesy of The Gadgets
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