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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]

How To Manually Update to Froyo – Smorgasbord

With the release of Froyo today I see there are a few of you that don’t understand how to get it. Well there is three different ways you can get Froyo now other than waiting for the official OTA and I will guide you through all of them.

Android 2.1 update for Motorola MILESTONE is out

Motorola have finally pushed out the Android 2.1 firmware update for the Motorola MILESTONE, with the software being available today for direct download or, the company promise, as an OTA update in the next few days.  Android 2.1 brings with it the potential for up to 9 homescreen panes, Live Wallpapers, speech-to-text and various bug and security fixes. It's been a few months since Motorola's last update for the MILESTONE, which saw the handset blessed with Android 2.0.1.  In the meantime, Motorola's other Android devices - those with MOTOBLUR - have languished with Android 1.6. You can download Android 2.1 for the MILESTONE here, though you'll need a PC to install it to your phone.  More details in the release notes [PDF link]; let us know how you get on! [via SlashGear]

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 Android 2.1 update promised for Q4 2010

Sony Ericsson has confirmed that their XPERIA X10 series, which includes the X10, XPERIA X10 mini and X10 mini pro, will receive an upgrade to Android 2.1. This update won’t happen until Q4 later this year. This update will add HD video recording to the X10 as well as other media-centric tweaks.

Archos 5 Internet Tablet Now Has The Android Market and Paid Apps

For some reason most Android internet tablets doesn’t come with the ability to access the market. This factor is the reason why most people shy away from buying them. To try an offset this, the maker of the tablet usually tries to install a lot of apps that they think will be useful to the user. Now there’s a work around for this on the Archos 5, you can install a hacked version of the Market and have access to mostly ever app.

Android 2.2 Froyo on May 19th?

Is Android 2.2 just around the metaphorical corner?  The next update for Google's mobile platform is currently being tested by the company, reckon Android and Me, who have been digging through their visitor stats and finding records of devices running v2.2.  They've also heard from additional sources that the new build is, indeed, being trialled prior to public release.
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