Android Gingerbread Stories June 14

WhatsApp support for Android Gingerbread will continue through early 2020

WhatsApp is the favorite communication method of millions of users throughout the world, and part of that is just how available the platform is. However, in a recent post, WhatsApp has revealed it will be ending support for several platforms in the next few years.

Android Gingerbread Stories September 29, 2011

You’d be right to argue that most smartphones double as digital cameras these days, but Panasonic’s upcoming Android handsets is in an entirely different league when it comes to snapping photos on the go. Their four-inch Gingerbread device dubbed the Lumix Phone 101P has a high-resolution camera with a 13.2-megapixel CMOS Lumix sensor with Mobile Venus Engine and water-proof body.

Lumix is Panasonic’s brand of digital cameras, ranging from pocket point-and-shoot models to digital SLRs. Other specs include a QHD display with a 960-by-540 pixel resolution, a 1GHz OMAP4430 dual-core chip from Texas Instruments, e-wallet features and digital TV tuner. The Lumix Phone 101P should launch on SoftBank’s network in Japan in November.

via TechCrunch

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Android Gingerbread Stories September 27, 2011

The second day of a two-day hearing between Apple and Samsung has brought resolution to a user interface-related patent claim by the iPhone maker. Webwerld editor Andreas Udo de Haes, who covers the hearing from a Dutch court room, wrote on Twitter that carriers are currently testing a firmware update for Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones. It is said to tweak the user interface of the photo gallery program so it doesn’t infringe anymore:

Meanwhile, Samsung can get around this with an update for Android that changes the UI of the photo gallery, so is doesn’t infringe anymore

Some people are reporting that today’s 2.3.4 firmware update lost the bounce effect on whole Android and replaced it with the blue fading effect. For more intricacies of the legalities, knock yourself out here.

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Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% off: $750!

Android Gingerbread Stories August 24, 2011

When you think about a $199 tablet, there aren’t many good options out there. However, the X10 AirPad might just be the solution for you.The retailer X10 is promising the AirPad to be the “best tablet on the market for under $200.”

The AirPad is sporting Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 7-inch display (unfortunately 800×480 resolution), 1.2 GHz Rockchip 2918 processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage. The device also packs HDMI out capable of 1080p playback, a full-size USB port, mini USB port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and microSD card slot. The device’s 4000 mAh battery supports up to 6 hours with Wi-Fi off, and 4 hours on. The X10 also has a 2-megapixel shooter and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.

With that Barnes and Noble’s Nook heading below $200 in refurbished form, this may be an option for those who want some low spec cameras or a more open, updated OS. Check out another image after the break. (via Android Central)

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Samsung is introducing seven new monikers to their smartphone branding so people can “simply identify the device designed to deliver the perfect experience for them”

The Inquirer reports that Samsung confirmed they will be adding four new smartphone sub-categories to the venerable Galaxy family of smartphones and tablets at the IFA 2011 show in Germany, nine days from today. Expanding on the successful Galaxy S series, the company will roll out new models that will be distinguished with the following suffixes: “R” for Royal/Refined, “W” for Wonder, “M” for Magical and “Y” for Young. As for the Galaxy S, the “S” stands for Super Smart, the South Korean company explained.

In addition, each model may be offered in three flavors, which will be denoted by adding “Pro”, “Plus” and “LTE” to their brand names. What are those about? Well, “Pro” means a physical QWERTY keyboard, “Plus” is for upgraded devices and “LTE”, as the name tells, means the device supports the fourth-generation Long-Term Evolution radio technology. Go past the fold for a quick list of the upcoming new phones.

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Android Gingerbread Stories July 27, 2011

Motorola’s Xoom will get the promised 4G LTE modem upgrade in September, per corporate communication from Verizon Wireless sent to registered users, published by the Droid Life blog. The free of charge update promises a tenfold increase in network speeds, available to more than 110 million people in select markets where the carrier rolled out its 4G LTE network, with “coverage expanding every day”. The email notice reads:

Be on the lookout at the end of summer for an email with information about how to upgrade your Motorola XOOM to speeds up to 10X faster than 3G. In the meantime, learn more about what you can do to prepare for the 4G LTE upgrade to your Motorola XOOM by backing up data, encrypting, or resetting your Motorola Xoom tablet.

On a somewhat related note, T-Mobile and Sony Ericsson also began rolling out Gingerbread updates to the Xperia X10 and G2x

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