right around the corner. Verizon updated its support page today, announcing that the newest system update would bring Android 2.3 to the popular handset. The page doesn't give an exact date, but Verizon usually doesn't wait more than a week after an official update guide to begin rolling out the software. The Motorola DROID 2 Global was originally set to get a taste of Gingerbread last month, but some last-minute issues forced a retraction. According to Verizon's documentation, the new software version will bring new features like improved power management, keyboard detection, a revised user interface, new encryption and VPN options and an improved calendar. Speaking of calendars, it's only been 11 months since Gingerbread was available to manufacturers - and we're expecting an official announcement for Android Ice Cream Sandwich any day now. Other improvements highlighted by Verizon include better email syncing, more stability (i.e. fewer device crashes), improved Bluetooth power and volume management, better WiFi power management and new versions of Google Books, Accuweather, the Amazon MP3 store, Blockbuster (woo), and Flash. The software update isn't available just yet, but keep checking the OTA update in the settings menu - you never know when the staggered rollout will begin. If you're the warranty-voiding adventurous type, don't forget that leaks of the update have been available for some time. [device id=312]
now $30 more expensive on the company's web store? The price of the cheapest IdeaPad A1 raised from $199 to $229, but the upgraded 16GB version will still be $249. Android Community is currently waiting for a response from Lenovo regarding the price change.
Q-Pod Android phone is aimed right at the rich, delicious center of the novelty market. The golden-colored phone's back, front and the user interface inside all look as if they're covered in half-melted chocolate, for some reason. It even comes with its own "Chocobed", a charging dock that looks like a fancy chocolate box.
update to the previous model) has a 9.7-inch, 1024 x 768 IPS display that should please just about everybody, a 1GHz processor, ample expansion jacks including HDMI, MicroSD and a standard MicroUSB port. It's got a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, and if ViewSonic's previous Android tablets are anything to go by, the Wi-Fi slate should be priced to move as well.
its latest version with support for new devices and a shopping list of feature updates. Even more exciting, those of you who picked up an HP Touchpad during the $99 fire sale (and I suppose those poor souls who paid the full retail price) might soon be able to enjoy a taste of Gingerbread on your cheap tablets.
Pandigital Nova is the SuperNova, and after munching down a Super Mushroom it's upgraded to an 8-inch capacitive display. Unfortunately, the resolution is still a rather disappointing 800 x 600 in a 4:3 aspect ratio. The budget tablet should hit retailers soon at a price of $229.
any time soon, Australian citizens can be glad that they're getting the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note. Early tomorrow (or in U.S. terms, late tonight) Samsung announced plans to distribute the jumbo smartphone there in "early 2012." Australia is only the second market confirmed to get the flagship device.
latest software breakdown for Android today (what, you didn't think there was only one announcement going on, did you?) and the numbers are promising. 38.7% of devices running Android are using version 2.3, "Gingerbread", the latest smartphone version officially supported by Google. For what's probably the first time this year, less than half of the Android userbase is running on Froyo.