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NEC’s MEDIAS Tab N-06D looks cool, runs Gingerbread

Another week, another Asian tablet that's releaseing already behind the times. This time around it's Japanese phone giant NEC, whose MEDIAS line is getting a tablet entry in the form of the 7-inch MEDIAS Tab N-06D. While the slate is kitted out to be a decent little tablet, it's unaccountably running Gingerbread, despite a release date nearly five months after the release of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Good grief, guys, even Motorola is starting to work on ICS updates at this point.

DROID RAZR soak test rolls out – psyche, it’s just Gingerbread

If you're a Motorola DROID RAZR or DROID RAZR MAXX owner who watched the Android news last week, you've probably been waiting all day for a certain frozen treat. Sorry, RAZR owners: the Ice Cream Sandwich update that an internal Best Buy document leaked seems to be a complete dud. And that update that Motorola sent out to members of its official forum? It's just another Gingerbread update, version 6.12.181 to be specific. Talk about a bummer. Oh well - adventurous users can always flash the leaked Ice Cream Sandwich update instead.

Gingerbread still leads but Android 4.0 jumps to 2.9% of devices

The beginning of the month brings paychecks, bills, and new Android distribution statistics from Google. And while April's stats aren't dramatically better than March's, they do show a steady progression for Ice Cream Sandwich. Thanks to a handful of updates on devices like the HTC Vivid and Galaxy S II, the latest version of Android is now running on 2.9% of devices, up from 1.6% last month. That's about an 80% growth factor - and impressive figure, but still a little disheartening when you think that the open-source software has been available for almost five months.

April Fools gone wrong: CyanogenMod joke release still in use a year later

We all love a good April Fool's joke. Well, not all of us. Not I, certainly. Not any of us here at Android Community, since we steadfastly avoided the whole mess this year. But if you're a frequent user of the CyanogenMod family's nightly ROM updates, you may remember their 2011 joke: changing the name of the ROM to "TehUberDuckDistro" for a single nightly release, and replacing the familiar skateboarding Android with... well, a creepy-looking duck. All in good fun, right? Well for a few flashers, either they didn't get the joke or they're really out of date: 29 users of TDUD are still around and logging info with CyanogenMod's built-in reporting app.

AT&T’s LG Thrill gets an update – to Android 2.3

The HTC Vivid has Ice Cream Sandwich! Ten other phones and tablets are getting it too! It's like software updates are eggs and AT&T's the Easter bunny! The latest bit of news is that the LG Thrill is getting an update - too bad it's just Gingerbread. Yes, the forlorn high-end phone has been running Froyo officially all this time, and now (a mere 15 months after Gingerbread became available and almost a year to the day after the phone was announced) it's finally getting an update to Android 2.3. Thrill owners, try to contain your joy - this has got to be like being the one kid who found his egg rotten.

Sharp RW-T110 tablet has Gingerbread and lots of cheek

What's more annoying than a brand-new Android device that's running an OS version behind? One that's running two versions behind, with no clear reason for doing so. Sharp's just unveiled their RW-T110 tablet for the Japanese business market, and as the title suggests, it's running Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box. For the sake of completeness, I'll note that Gingerbread was released in December of 2010, and Ice Cream Sandwich's open source code was published just over four months ago by Google. Nice try, Sharp, we'll see if you can product a tablet and tablet OS combination next year.

CyanogenMod 7.2 (Gingerbread) release candidate available

With all the hubbub about Ice Cream Sandwich, it's hard to remember that CyanogenMod has two active builds going at the moment. The older (shall we say "rich in dev cycles?") CyanogenMod 7 is still going strong, and has currently released version 7.2 of its Gingerbread-based code. The first release candidate is available in the usual GitHub locations for flashers and ROM developers, and should make its way to all officially supported devices within the next few weeks.

Ice Cream Sandwich posts small gains in February

Any long-time Android observer knows how this goes: a new version of the operating system is painfully slow to germinate with the public. Such is the case with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which now accounts for 1.6% of all Android devices across its three published versions. That's about a 60% growth from just a month ago, but still only accounts for about 4.5 million phones and tablets, given Google's MWC report of 300 million total Android devices.

LG Optimus L3 to get Europe launch this month

The lowliest of LG's Mobile World Congress reveals is still a pretty slick little device, and those of you in Europe won't have to wait long to get your hands on it. The company announced that the budget-minded Optimus L3 will gets its debut in Europe later in March, with Asian and American releases to follow. There's no word on a price tag, though the unlocked version should be priced well below the going rate for Android phones, given its light emphasis on specifications.
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