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Verizon OTA Android 2.2 Froyo update for Droid Incredible is out now

Verizon has confirmed to us that the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the HTC Droid Incredible has begun going out today as an OTA update.  The updated ROM will not only upgrade the Droid Incredible's core OS but add in the Adobe Flash Player 10.1 together with 3G mobile hotspot functionality and add 720p HD video recording to the smartphone's camera. The update is going out OTA rather than as a download, so you may have to wait a while before you get the on-device alert to say it's ready for installation.  We'd recommend using a WiFi connection to download it, too, rather than cellular data.  Unfortunately there's no way to artificially prompt the update, Verizon tells us; patience is a virtue, we guess.  There's more information on the update here.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 update boosts performance

The first of Sony Ericsson's promised firmware updates for the XPERIA X10 has been released, and while it doesn't bring Android 2.1 along, it's still worth upgrading.  According to the Sony Ericsson blog, the new firmware boosts the X10's overall performance together with tweaking the camera UI, introduces a new settings backup app and, in certain markets, installs PlayNow with premium apps and games.
"This update focuses on improving the general performance, speed and responsiveness of Xperia X10. For example, there are speed improvements in messaging tasks and camera UI. In addition we add a free back up and restore application so you’ll never lose your settings and information. In selected markets, PlayNow with premium apps and games will also be added."
As for Android 2.1, that's not expected to arrive until later this quarter; Sony Ericsson haven't attached a definitive timescale.  Today's update will roll out over the coming weeks; however you may be able to download it manually from www.sonyericsson.com/update; we checked for the UK but couldn't find anything newer at the moment. [via Unofficial Sony Ericsson blog]

HTC Desire, Legend & Wildfire Froyo 2.2 update due Q3 2010

Android 2.2 Froyo is out for the Nexus One, but what about HTC's range of own-brand smartphones?  We've just spoken to the company's UK team, who have confirmed that HTC engineers are hard at work crafting up a Sense-friendly Froyo ROM.  According to the company, we can start to expect the fruits of those labours from Q3 this year.
"We are working hard with our partners to update the HTC Sense experience on Froyo and distribute it to our customers as fast as possible. We expect to release updates for several of our 2010 models including Desire, Legend and Wildfire beginning in Q3" HTC
Devices in line for an update include the Desire and Legend, together with the newer Wildfire which we reviewed over the weekend.  Froyo brings with it WiFi tethering together with performance increases; however we'll have to wait and see how HTC's carrier partners handle the roll-out, since they can often be another point of delay in the process as a whole.

Android 2.2 Froyo FRF85 for Nexus One officially released

Google has officially released Android 2.2 Froyo for the Nexus One, with OTA updates beginning this week.  The new firmware brings with it WiFi tethering support together with a significant speed boost for the Snapdragon-based smartphone. The release comes after several weeks of unofficial leaked builds floating around the internet, sourced from Google but, according to the company, not the final code.  In addition to Google's own feature changes, Froyo also opens up the door for Adobe Flash 10.1 support in the Android browser. Nexus One owners should see an update notification in the phone's menu bar, and Google say the update is expected to go out to most users by the end of the week.  Alternatively you can download Android 2.2. Froyo FRF85 from this direct Google link.

Barnes & Noble Introduces Nook Wi-Fi

If you’re into eReaders this is double the good news for you. Not only has Barnes & Noble introduced a new version of their Android powered Nook but they have lowered the price of their existing models. And to top it all off, they have added a new update that adds news features and allows you to have free AT&T hotspot service.

HTC confirm Android 2.1 Hero two-stage update is underway

With reports that the first stage of the HTC Hero Android 2.1 upgrade was underway, HTC has been in touch to detail exactly what European owners should expect.  As before, they're saying the 2.1 Eclair update should be out by the end of June: the first update, which is out this week, prepares the phone for the second, full OS upgrade. That second upgrade will wipe the Hero completely, so HTC are recommending users back-up their handsets prior to installing it.  Meanwhile it's also a sizeable package, so HTC recommend downloading it over WiFi rather than 3G.
"Android Éclair update for HTC Hero will be released by the end of June. The upgrade will come in two parts, the first of which will roll out from this week and will be detected when the Hero next automatically checks for software updates. The second part of the update will follow towards the end of the month. As the second part of the upgrade will wipe all data on the handset, Hero users should ensure any important data has been backed up before proceeding with the installation. Due to the size of the update, wherever possible, we would advise using a WiFi connection for this download to avoid additional data charges."

Android 2.1 for XPERIA X10, X10 mini & X10 mini pro in Q3

It's not just the XPERIA X8 that is giving Sony Ericsson Android shivers this morning; the company has also announced its Android 2.1 upgrade plans for the XPERIA X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro.  All three handsets will see an Android 2.1 update in Q3 2010 "in selected markets", which will also see the X10's camera boosted with HD video recording capabilities. Then, in Q4 2010, the XPERIA X10 will receive a further update that will tweak the onboard Timescape and Mediascape apps with some new refinements.  Finally, it will get the ability to wirelessly connect to a compatible TV, and show multimedia content stored on the handset. [via SlashGear] Press Release: Sony Ericsson delivers the most entertaining smartphones · Sony Ericsson brings together the very best of communication and entertainment in its Xperia™ collection · The Xperia™ X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro will all receive software upgrades from Q3 onwards in selected markets. Additional features to be added to the X10 in Q4. · The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X8 extends the range of the most entertaining smartphones Singapore – June 16, 2010 – Xperia™ brings consumers the best communication and entertainment experiences, delivered in a collection of smartphones to give consumers choice in size and style. The Xperia™ X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro smartphones will all receive software upgrades during their lifecycle to improve performance and add new communication and entertainment experiences. From Q3 2010 onwards, the Xperia™ X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro smartphones will be upgraded to run on the Android 2.1 operating system in selected markets. The Xperia™ X10’s position as the best multimedia Android smartphone will be strengthened through the addition of HD video recording as part of the same Q3 upgrade. A further upgrade to the Xperia™ X10 in Q4 will make it possible to connect wirelessly to and display content on your television and enhance the Timescape™ and Mediascape applications. Xperia™ smartphones add best-in-class entertainment on top of smartphone fundamentals such as applications (apps), maps, email and fast internet connection to create the most entertaining smartphones. The Xperia™ X10 is the flagship of the Xperia™ collection and has an 8.1 megapixel camera and 4-inch screen for best in class multimedia creation and viewing. Signature applications such as Mediascape and Timescape™ help you to organise content and bring your multimedia and communication alive. In addition to features and applications, design is essential to the entertainment experience. Sony Ericsson’s human curvature design philosophy is applied across the portfolio to package the technology into products that look and feel great. Using design innovation, Sony Ericsson makes the Xperia™ smartphones available with a choice of size and style. Steve Walker, Head of Product Marketing at Sony Ericsson, commented, “Sony Ericsson’s vision is to be the communication entertainment brand. We are focusing strongly on the smartphone market and specifically on creating the most entertaining smartphones. Sony Ericsson is uniquely positioned to do this thanks to our experience in creating Walkman and Cybershot phones and the strong collaboration with our parent company Sony.”

HTC Hero OTA update paves way for Android 2.1 release

Could the HTC Hero Android 2.1 update be finally nearing release?  A new update for the smartphone has been announced on the HTC support page, described as a "Firmware over-the-air (FOTA) client update & YouTube player Update"; we've previously seen the Android 2.1 firmware for the Hero distributed in a two-stage process, with the handsets first prepared for the new version with an initial, smaller update, before the larger upgrade is distributed. That seems to be happening for Hero handsets in Europe; HTC have previously said are on track for a June 2010 release for the new firmware, having already released it in Thailand.  Anybody out there with a Hero that's been offered this update OTA yet? [via Twitter]
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