Sony Selling Unlocked Xperia Arc for the US, Priced at $599

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It hasn’t come to a carrier just yet, but Sony Ericsson is now selling their flagship Xperia Arc as an unlocked handset via the Sony online store. The Arc has been making the rounds on carriers around the globe, and we suspect a US operation to eventually pick up the device, but if you can’t wait to get your hands on the Android handset with a Bravia display it can now be yours for the sum of $599.99. It’s no cheap price to pay, but you’ll have the luxury of using the quad-band 3G handset on any compatible network you see fit.

[Sony via Engadget]

Sony Selling Unlocked Xperia Arc for the US, Priced at $599

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It hasn’t come to a carrier just yet, but Sony Ericsson is now selling their flagship Xperia Arc as an unlocked handset via the Sony online store. The Arc has been making the rounds on carriers around the globe, and we suspect a US operation to eventually pick up the device, but if you can’t wait to get your hands on the Android handset with a Bravia display it can now be yours for the sum of $599.99. It’s no cheap price to pay, but you’ll have the luxury of using the quad-band 3G handset on any compatible network you see fit.

[Sony via Engadget]

Sony Selling Unlocked Xperia Arc for the US, Priced at $599

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It hasn’t come to a carrier just yet, but Sony Ericsson is now selling their flagship Xperia Arc as an unlocked handset via the Sony online store. The Arc has been making the rounds on carriers around the globe, and we suspect a US operation to eventually pick up the device, but if you can’t wait to get your hands on the Android handset with a Bravia display it can now be yours for the sum of $599.99. It’s no cheap price to pay, but you’ll have the luxury of using the quad-band 3G handset on any compatible network you see fit.

[Sony via Engadget]

Upcoming Nexus S Update to Be Android 2.3.5?

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Rumor has it the Nexus S 4G will be receiving an update to build number GRJ90 on July 11th, and if the above image is any indication it could be one of the first instances of Android 2.3.5 finding its way to smartphones. The build number pictured is a bit outdated at GRJ85, but according to the tipster who provided DroidLife the goods, Google Wallet using secure NFC is indeed enabled. That’s the same functionality mentioned in the Sprint update documentation. It all adds up to an intriguing possibility. More photos over at the source link below.

[via DroidLife]

Upcoming Nexus S Update to Be Android 2.3.5?

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Rumor has it the Nexus S 4G will be receiving an update to build number GRJ90 on July 11th, and if the above image is any indication it could be one of the first instances of Android 2.3.5 finding its way to smartphones. The build number pictured is a bit outdated at GRJ85, but according to the tipster who provided DroidLife the goods, Google Wallet using secure NFC is indeed enabled. That’s the same functionality mentioned in the Sprint update documentation. It all adds up to an intriguing possibility. More photos over at the source link below.

[via DroidLife]

Upcoming Nexus S Update to Be Android 2.3.5?

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Rumor has it the Nexus S 4G will be receiving an update to build number GRJ90 on July 11th, and if the above image is any indication it could be one of the first instances of Android 2.3.5 finding its way to smartphones. The build number pictured is a bit outdated at GRJ85, but according to the tipster who provided DroidLife the goods, Google Wallet using secure NFC is indeed enabled. That’s the same functionality mentioned in the Sprint update documentation. It all adds up to an intriguing possibility. More photos over at the source link below.

[via DroidLife]

Upcoming Nexus S Update to Be Android 2.3.5?

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Rumor has it the Nexus S 4G will be receiving an update to build number GRJ90 on July 11th, and if the above image is any indication it could be one of the first instances of Android 2.3.5 finding its way to smartphones. The build number pictured is a bit outdated at GRJ85, but according to the tipster who provided DroidLife the goods, Google Wallet using secure NFC is indeed enabled. That’s the same functionality mentioned in the Sprint update documentation. It all adds up to an intriguing possibility. More photos over at the source link below.

[via DroidLife]

The Android 3.2 update is upon us; here’s everything we know so far

Android 3.2 is almost here, folks. Confirming the chatter we heard a few weeks ago, Google is about to drop a whole lot of Honeycomb goodness on us. According to a member of the Android team, the Motorola Xoom should be getting the 3.2 update over the coming days.

Android 3.2 won’t be a huge jump over version 3.1 in terms of features. In fact, Android 3.2 will still be considered Honeycomb. (Much like both Android 2.0 and 2.1 were considered Eclair). However, that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited about a new version of our favorite mobile OS.

The two biggest features (that we know of) coming in Android 3.2 are support for 7-inch tablets and Qualcomm processors. This should open up the Android ecosystem to a more diverse group of Honeycomb tablets. So far, it consists mostly of 10-inch tablets powered by Tegra 2. You can expect more and more OEMs to jump on the Honeycomb bandwagon with cheaper and smaller tablets like the Huawei MediaPad and the very affordable Archos 80 G9 and 101 G9 tablets.

By adding support for 7-inch and Qualcomm-powered tablets, Google also opens the door to tablets currently running Android 2.x. A prime example of this is HTC’s Flyer tablet. The device got great reviews at launch, but it doesn’t change the fact that HTC’s tablet feels a lot like an over-sized HTC EVO 4G. Hopefully, HTC won’t forget about Flyer users and will update the tablet to Android 3.2.

Moving on to the smaller improvements, Android 3.2 will also bring a bunch of bug fixes and improved hardware acceleration (which is always good). In other words, a faster more stable version of Android 3.1. What’s not to love? Finally, apps like Movie Studio, Movies and Music will be getting an update. We don’t know whether these will be small or large updates, but we hope they’re more than just a couple bug fixes. Widgets will also be getting a bit of polish according to TIMN, but we have no idea what Google will improve about them.

That’s pretty much everything we know about Android 3.2 at this point. But there’s always the chance Google surprises us with one more thing. What would you like to see Google announce with Android 3.2? Keep in mind they announced Android 3.1 a few weeks ago and Ice Cream Sandwich is coming in a few months. These are people, for God’s sake, not robots.


Nexus S 4G to receive much needed bugfixes on 7/11

When the Nexus S 4G was released on Sprint a few months ago, the pure Google Experience phone quickly became the phone to have on Sprint. But as several owners of this device were quick to point out, the Nexus S suffered inexplicably from horrid WiMax and WiFi connectivity. When I was personally using this device, I noticed I would have 1/3 bars of WiFi connectivity when I was physically in the same room as my router. Once I upgraded to the Evo 3D, I would notice the Evo getting a strong 4G signal in many places where the Nexus S was stuck on 3G.

Engadget beat me to the punch, however, and very neatly demonstrated the sub-par performance of the Nexus S when compared to the Epic 4G. The results speak for themselves. The Epic 4G bests Google’s current flagship in just about every test Engadget threw at it.

Fortunately for current Nexus S 4G owners, Sprint, Samsung and Google have been hard at work putting together an OTA update to fix these connectivity issues, according to a leaked document from the folks over at Sprintfeed (image in Gallery below). The Nexus S 4G is all set to receive an update on July 11th, bringing all the following goodies:

  • Enabling the NFC Secure Element
  • 4G Settings widget
  • TTY support
  • NI Push Support
  • Improved WiFi connectivity
  • Improved speakerphone audio quality
  • Improved 4G throughput and signal acquisition
  • Tuned signal strength indicators

This much-needed update will roll out over a 4-day period beginning July 11th (through the 14th) and will come via an over-the-air update. It’s nearly time to rejoice, Nexus S 4G owners!  Be sure to stop back and let us know how your update experience goes.

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Motorola Xoom Getting Android 3.2 “Within Days?”

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According to a supposed Googler, Android 3.2 might be coming to the Motorola XOOM in a matter of days. Buried in the comments of Android Open Source Project Issue 16992, a one line response states, “There should be a 3.2 update coming within days, and that should help those of you with Xoom.” The issue the comment is referring to concerns problems with Exhcnage support arrising after the Android 3.1 update, and while a fix is welcomed that’s not what has us excited.

This is one of only a handful of times we have heard mention of Android 3.2, an update that is said to bring support for a wider range of screen sizes and help bridge the gab to Ice Cream Sandwich. The update was first mentioned alongside Huawei’s upcoming tablet, and later more information was detailed. This is the first we have heard of it going to the Motorola XOOM, but it wouldn’t surprise us to see the flagship Honeycomb device receive the update. We wouldn’t even be surprised if the rumored XOOM 2 ships with the new version out of the box.

[via AndroidCentral]