Nexus S arrives in Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Romania

Google's Nexus S has arrived in Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Romania. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone is available on various carriers, depending on country. In Romania, for instance, Vodafone has the exclusive, as the carrier does in Greece and Italy. In Portugal and Spain, retailer The Phone House and Vodafone are offering the Nexus S, while in France it's The Phone House and carrier SFR. As for the handset itself, it's the same 1GHz single-core smartphone made by Samsung, with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and a 5-megapixel camera on the back. NFC and a front-facing webcam round out the main specs. More details in our Nexus S review.

Vodafone Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo hands-on

Freshly announced at MWC 2011 earlier this week, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo promises to be the mid-range Android smartphone with some serious imaging punch. We grabbed some hands on time today with the exclusive red variant headed to Vodafone - as well as the regular blue model - and it's a slick, if a little plastic, handset. The XPERIA Neo firmware wasn't final, so we'll hold off from making any judgement calls on how the smartphone performs (or, indeed, how the camera holds up), but from what we've seen it's shaping up nicely. Sony Ericsson has made the sensible decision to separate out its Mediascape and Timescape apps from the core OS, which means that - in theory, at least - Android software updates should come through in a more timely manner than for previous XPERIAs from the company. Of the three colors - white, blue and red - we have to say we prefer the red; in the plastic it's rich, slightly metallic, and looks a lot more interesting than the somewhat mundane blue version. The silver edge pieces are discrete, and the Neo fits nicely into the hand. We'll have to wait for review units to drop before we know whether the phone shapes up as a whole, however. [gallery]

White Google Nexus S hands-on

Google's Nexus S isn't new, but the white variant of the Gingerbread smartphone - which is a Vodafone exclusive - certainly is, and we've been itching to get our hands on the newer model since we first caught wind of its existence. As the official photos showed, this isn't quite a full white makeover; in fact, the battery compartment is now white, as are the inset power button and volume rocker, but the front section of the Nexus S is still glossy black. Still, that's not to say no work has gone into it; under the battery cover it's white as well, which leads us to wonder whether it's something to do with the manufacturing process of the curved glass front that has left it black like the original. It's not just a color change, either; gone is the fingerprint-magnet glossy finish, replaced with a slightly textured, matte back plate that feels less prone to slipping out of your grasp. Functionally it's the same Nexus S we know from the full Android Community review, and still the only Android 2.3 Gingerbread device on the market. It's "coming soon" to Vodafone. [gallery]

Vodafone confirms Nexus S incoming in Black and White

Vodafone has announced that it will be the first European carrier to offer the Google Nexus S directly, joining retailer Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy UK in pushing the Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone. The Samsung-made flagship - the Android Community review of which you can read here - will go on sale in Vodafone's own stores, though it's unclear whether other carriers will also be offering it direct. As well as the general black Nexus S we've already seen, Vodafone has clinched the exclusive on the white version. No pricing or availability as yet, but we're guessing Vodafone will be wanting to push this pair out as soon as possible.

LG Optimus 3D headed to Vodafone and Three UK

UK networks Three and Vodafone have both confirmed that LG's Optimus 3D is on its way, though neither will admit to a release date. Vodafone's announcement was straightforward, with the carrier telling Electricpig that "it will come to Vodafone. As soon as it’s launched, we will bring it to the UK." Three was slightly more surreptitious, instead using Twitter to link to the promotional "Something big is coming" video which LG released earlier in the week. The Optimus 3D is expected to launch at MWC 2011 later this month complete with a 3D-capable display and a dual-camera array. [youtube AYb3EclvaMg]

Vodafone UK promises XPERIA Arc “coming soon”

Vodafone UK has joined fellow carrier Three in confirming that it will be offering the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc, though we don't yet know an exact release date. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone has a capacious 4.2-inch BRAVIA-branded touchscreen, 8.1-megapixel camera and HD video capture. There's also an HDMI port, despite the Arc measuring just 8.7mm at its thinnest point. More hands-on feedback on the XPERIA Arc here.

Vodafone HTC Wildfire Froyo update released today [Update: All UK carriers today!]

Hot on the heals of the news that European HTC Wildfire users should expect to see the Froyo update for their Android smartphone roll out sometime this week, Vodafone UK has announced that the Android 2.2 upgrade for their version of the handset is going out this morning. However, it's worth noting that the updated Wildfire still won't support Flash in the browser or Live Wallpapers on the homescreen, because of "hardware limitations". We're guessing this is a shortcoming of the Wildfire's processor. Update: HTC PR tells us that the Wildfire update should be going out to all UK carriers this morning, in fact.
Today sees the launch of the Android 2.2 Froyo update for Vodafone HTC Wildfire customers. Below are the details of what benefits updating to (Froyo) will give along with how to perform the update. About the Update What benefit will this software update deliver? This update from Android 2.1 to Android 2.2 introduces all the supported functionalities that are included in this OS update. For a full list, take a look here. The most notable are: - Support for USB tethering - Possibility of installing applications to SD card (if supported by the application) - Native support for Activesync Exchange (email, contacts and calendar sync) and security policies - Enhanced Camera application - Enhanced Bluetooth support - Speed and stability improvements - Multiple keyboard languages - WiFi Hotspot tethering NOTE: "Live wallpapers" and "Flash" support in the browser (Froyo features) are not supported due to hardware limitations. When the update is available a message will appear on the handset, follow the instructions to install system software. You can manually check if a software upgrade is available by selecting Menu from the Home screen, tapping Settings, scrolling down the screen, tapping About Phone and then System software updates. On this screen tap Check now. How do I check what software version I have? Menu > Settings > about phone > Software Information > Software Number

Vodafone HTC Magic gets Android 2.2.1 OTA update

Vodafone UK has begun the release of its Android 2.2.1 update for the HTC Magic. According to the company's forum, the Magic Froyo update will be a two-stage OTA affair: one update to prep the phone, and the second to actually install Android 2.2.1. The update's release will be staggered, so you'll have to wait for your Magic to flag up that new software is available; there doesn't appear to be a way to manually trigger the install. Still, we're glad to see that the ageing Magic hasn't been left out in the cold.
"Android 2.2.1 will give customers a number of improvements including: latest Gmail and Android Market clients; ability to save applications directly onto an SD card; support for USB tethering so the phone can be used as a modem; improved support for Active Sync Exchange (email, contacts and calendar sync); enhancements to Bluetooth; and enhancements to the camera. The update also includes the latest Google security patches."
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