Gingerbread

Turn Kindle Fire into an Android tablet (and back!)

Tech-savvy Kindle Fire owners planning to turn their $199 tablet into a full-fledged Android slate can roll up their sleeves and get started: There’s now a fully documented process to make it happen. Even better: you can reverse back to a standard Kindle Fire.

Netflix now available on 4 out of 5 Android devices

It took several months, but Netflix for Android is now available to most Android smartphones and small tablets. The latest app update adds support for Android 2.2 and 2.3; a change from the earlier Netflix versions that were tested on a device-by-device basis.

How Android’s fragmentation issue is slowly receding

In May of 2010, I examined the Android fragmentation issue. Is it still a problem? Yes, but based on various Google actions that time, the data shows it’s far less of an issue than it was. And it will always exist under the current licensing model.

Another Big Bang? Samsung debuts Galaxy R smartphone

Samsung is expanding its smartphone line with the Galaxy R, a slightly smaller version of the company’s fastest-selling handset, the Galaxy S II. The new Galaxy R has a lower quality display and camera sensor, but still offers a dual-core CPU and HD video recording.

AT&T preps Gingerbread update for 6 Android phones

Six of AT&T’s Google-powered handsets get a software upgrade to Gingerbread, the latest version of Android for smartphones. Starting Monday, the Motorola Atrix 4G gains Android 2.3.4, with HTC’s Inspire 4G to follow. This could help consumer fears of Android updates that never seem to arrive.

Android 2.3 for G2x coming soon (but you can get it now)

Got an LG G2x handset and looking for a new version of Android? LG has created Android 2.3.3 firmware for the smartphone, which hopefully addresses some performance glitches. The software will eventually be pushed over the air to phones, but you can get it now.

New Sony Ericsson Android phones use TV technology

Sony Ericsson still wants to the be the top seller of Android phones globally, but will these two new Gingerbread handsets help? The Xperia Active and Ray do bring a few differentiating features, such as the Mobile Bravia Engine and a waterproof design for active consumers.

Android 2.3 Coming to Samsung Galaxy Phones, Tablet

Samsung is will bring Android 2.3, or Gingerbread, to it’s Galaxy S handset line as well as its 7-inch Galaxy tablet. That’s good news, as many Galaxy S owners waited months for the last update. My first look at Gingerbread on the Tab shows many improvements.

Nook Color Flexes Tablet Muscle With Custom Software

I returned my Nook Color within the 14-day window and later saw this video of the device running Android 2.3, or Gingerbread. The custom software turns the $249 e-reader into a useful tablet provided you don’t mind using software to work around some hardware button issues.

Google Nexus S 4G to Launch on Sprint on May 8

Sprint today announced the Nexus S 4G, with support for Sprint’s WiMAX network, is launching on May 8 for $199 with a two-year contract. Will customers be interested in the new Nexus when dual-core, higher resolution phones are available? They probably will for one key reason.

Android’s Gingerbread Brings WebM to Mobile Phones

Android users will finally be able to play video encoded with the open source WebM video format: Google’s new Android 2.3 Gingerbread release adds WebM support to the platform. However, it may take until long after the holiday season until the Gingerbread man arrives on handsets.

Android Gingerbread Arrives: More Exciting Than New Nexus S?

Google’s latest upgrade to Android, “Gingerbread,” arrives today in the form of a developer SDK and a new flagship phone later this month: the Samsung Nexus S. Amid the improved Android software features, the Nexus S appears to be a marginal upgrade over existing Android phones.

Android Gingerbread Out of the Oven This Week

The next version of Android appears on its way in the coming days, according to a tweet from a leader in the Open Handset Alliance. Gingerbread should help address some of the needs of the Android platform, allowing it to stand up better to the iPhone and Windows Phone 7.

As Gingerbread Bakes, 73.8% of Android Phones Run 2.1, 2.2

Nearly three of every four handsets hitting the Android Market are now running modern versions of Google’s mobile operating system, just as rumors begin swirling around Gingerbread, the next Android version. Between Froyo’s uptake and core apps developed as add-ons, Google is quietly reducing Android fragmentation.

As Gingerbread Bakes, 73.8% of Android Phones Run 2.1+

Nearly three of every four handsets hitting the Android Market are now running modern versions of Google’s mobile operating system, just as rumors begin swirling around Gingerbread, the next Android version. Between Froyo’s uptake and core apps developed as add-ons, Google is quietly reducing Android fragmentation.