1. Posted on Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 at 9:49 am by Andy

    The Samsung Galaxy SThe multi-million selling Samsung Galaxy S is destined to get an update that will bring Android 2.3 to the smartphone, after an official announcement from the manufacturer.

    This is no big surprise since the upcoming Google Nexus S is essentially a spruced-up Galaxy S with Google branding and so transposing the latest version of the platform onto its sibling, should be relatively straightforward.

    This news was broken via Samsung’s official Twitter account for its Indian operation. Quite when Android 2.3 will actually make its way to the Galaxy S handsets in the UK is unknown, but the fact that it is coming at all can be counted as a good thing.

    Various improvements to the software are made in Android 2.3, including an augmented copy and paste feature and better mobile gaming credentials integrated into the platform.

    The Samsung Galaxy S has been one of the success stories of the year, with more than five million sold since its launch and particularly positive reviews from the media causing many to consider it an equal of the iPhone 4. The Nexus S may steal some of its thunder but a price war could put it in reach of many more consumers this Christmas.

  2. Posted on Friday, December 10th, 2010 at 9:30 am by Andy
    LG Optimus One

    Android 2.3?

    This week LG caused quite a stir when it used its social networking presence to state that entry level Android-based handsets like the Optimus One, would not be getting an update to bring their firmware up to version 2.3.

    Initially, the firm stated that the reason behind this was that, with a 600MHz processor, the Optimus One is simply not powerful enough to meet what it called Android 2.3’s minimum specs requirement.

    LG said that Android 2.3 required at least a 1GHz processor to run, which excludes all of the Optimus range from getting an update.

    However, various experts used Twitter to point out that Google has not imposed any kind of minimum specs list upon Android 2.3, causing LG to reassess its earlier statements.

    In effect the South Korean manufacturer admitted that it had been too hasty in stating that Android 2.3 would not run on a 600MHz processor and said that it would be waiting to see the contents of the Compatibility Definition Document which Google will publish shortly, before it makes any decisions. That means the LG Optimus One and its stable mates could eventually get Android 2.3.