Gingerbread

Motorola HD XT928 and MT917 announced for China – don’t call them RAZRs

We've seen a couple of RAZR look-alikes bound for the Chinese market before, but now they're both official. The extremely similar devices both feature a 720p display and 13 megapixel rear cameras, beating the DROID RAZR and the identical international version soundly. Otherwise they're essentially the same, including the 1.2Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.

NFC in the UK: Acer launches Liquid Express on T-Mobile & Orange

While Acer's Liquid line of Android smartphones hasn't exactly set the world on fire, the company is proceeding with its rollout with the latest model in the United Kingdom. The Acer Liquid Express (sounds like drain cleaner, doesn't it?) is launching now at T-Mobile and Orange locations across the country, distinguishing itself as one of the only low-end smartphones to offer near-field communication (NFC) technology for quick wireless retail payments.

Full Motorola DROID 4 specs leaked

The primary DROID line's got a special place in our hearts, and if you want a powerhouse Verizon LTE phone with a full QWERTY keyboard, you'd best make a space in your wallet. The full specifications of the upcoming DROID 4 were leaked over at Droid Life, and this one is a doozie. The specs mostly match those of the DROID RAZR, with the obvious addition of some extra bulk for the sliding keyboard.

Motorola XT615 drops by the FCC

Dear Federal Communications Commission: this doesn't get said often enough. We love you. We really love you. Whether you're tipping us about shiny new gadgets headed for the states, slicing up wireless spectrum like a holiday ham or keeping certain carriers from merging and creating an anti-consumer megagiant, your subtle influence on the mobile industry is much appreciated by those of us in the tech blogging world. Case in point: the Motorola XT615.

CyanogenMod for the HP TouchPad gets upgraded to Alpha 3

There's a lot of folks out there in Internet Land who picked up an HP TouchPad on the cheap just so they could eventually run Android on it. We posted a rundown of RootzWiki's Alpha 2 version of CyanogenMod 7.1 for the TouchPad, with generally favorable results - it's amazingly stable for an alpha release on hardware that doesn't officially support it. The hardworking folks at RootzWiki have released a third alpha version, fixing various bugs and performance issues.

ZTE’s Vivacity lands on T-Mobile in the UK

We got a glimpse at the ZTE "T-Mobile" Vivacity early this month, and lo and behold, it's arrived on the UK branch of everyone's favorite magenta-tinted carrier. The mid-range Gingerbread phone is available now from T-Mobile for a £10 monthly charge, or £99 on a contract-free plan. The device loses its manufacturer branding, like many OEM phones on T-Mobile.

Cotton Candy is a tiny Android desktop computer… on a stick

People have been building integrated Linux thin clients that can fit in the palm of your hand for years, but now there's a more modern approach. Startup company FXI Technologies has applied the same idea to Android, putting a fully functional build of Gingerbread on a flash-drive sized device with easy connection to HDMI displays and input devices. The gadget is at the prototype stage now, but the company hopes to sell it for $200 by this time next year.

Huawei Honor ships to Asia in December, other markets to follow

Chinese manufacturer Huawei's got big plans for the smartphone sector, and a lot of them hinge on the Honor. And why not: it's a 4-inch Gingerbread phone with a zippy 1.4Ghz processor, and the last time we saw it, it was going for the equivalent of $300 without a contract. That's about half the price of similar unlocked phones. In a press release, Huawei said that the phone will be launching next month in Russia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and China, with other markets following after. In addition to Gingerbread, Huawei is including their differentiation skin, the "Huawei Android Platform 5.1". Multiple colors will be available, including Glossy Black, Textured Black, Elegant White, Vibrant Yellow, Cherry Blossom Pink and Burgundy, though the company notes that not all colors may be available in all markets. Huawei is marketing this under their own name, unlike a lot of their products that eventually make it to the United States and other markets, like the "T-Mobile" Springboard. Huawei is making some impressive in-roads into the smartphone market. According to the latest Gartner numbers, Huawei is in 9th place for total (smartphone and featurephone) shipments worldwide at 10.6 million phones shipped last quarter alone. With the smartphone market growing in leaps and bounds, Huawei is resting its hopes on Android, and they're expanding their efforts to include more mid-range phones, and extending to the high end. Customers and competitors would do well to keep an eye on their progress.