leaked image of Samsung's Galaxy Ace Plus from yesterday, you'll be glad to know that it's now officially official. The shrunken version of the original Galaxy S should make for a solid choice for those who want a mid-sized, affordable phone without dipping into the low-end side of the hardware range. Unfortunately, they didn't mention a price or availability, though we'll probably find out more about that soon enough.
Nexus One was getting an update, and now we are hearing the Google Nexus S at T-Mobile is also receiving the same glorious update to Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread. The update is only around 17.5 MB in size and sits at build GRK39F. Along with the update users can expect bug fixes and a few security patches.
XOOM tablet has suffered the screwless indignities of the teardown, with iFixit taking the 10.1-inch Honeycomb slate apart for the unblinking gaze of the camera. The freshly rooted tablet is unsurprisingly straightforward to open - considering that's something Motorola will be doing a lot of, while replacing the 3G modem with a 4G version later in the year - and reveals what iFixit describes as a blank "mini-PCI interconnect board" which seems to be a placeholder for the 4G modem. Interestingly, the XOOM uses the same Qualcomm MDM6600 3G radio as Verizon's iPhone 4, which as you may remember is potentially world-phone capable (the radio, that is, not the iPhone 4). That could imply that the HSPA+ capable chipset won't be changed out for the GSM versions of the XOOM, merely have its GSM capabilities unlocked through software/firmware. In the end, iFixit have glowing things to say about the XOOM's repairability, though they do warn that there are a lot of screws to get past in order to access all of the different components. For more on the performance of the XOOM, rather than the hardware inside, check out the Android Community XOOM and Honeycomb Review.
eaked internal screen from Verizon showing that the Galaxy Tab would be available through them. Now that we have the FCC filings we are seeing that there will be GSM connectivity options also. The report says that it supports GSM frequencies of 850, 900,1800, 1900 and HSDPA is on board also. It also has dual-band 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi that is capable of speeds up to 150MBPS, which will be very nice.