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Dell Streak for O2 Unboxed by SlashGear [Video]

Posted: 04 Jun 2010 10:56 AM PDT

Being excited about a piece of tech, or the next best thing in the gadget industry is pretty much normal for anyone. And one of the best ways to calm your beating heart is to watch an unboxing. And, let’s face facts here, the best unboxing videos come from our friends over at SlashGear. Today’s is no different, as we get a first-hand look at the upcoming Dell Streak, the 5-inch tablet running our beloved Android Operating System (OS).

Chris Davies does his handiwork with his usual bit of flair, as he opens up the box, shows us all the goodies inside, and then gets right into showing off the Mobile Internet Device (MID). You could probably get away with calling this a tablet, if you really wanted to (it’s been called that enough over the last several months that we don’t think we could fault you on it). Features wise, you’re looking at a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen, with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor running underneath the hood to keep everything humming along at a nice tick. You’ll be using Android 1.6 out of the box, but Dell has said that they’ll be upgrading the MID to Android 2.2 (or Froyo) later in the year, probably when they get all the customization worked out.

Other features include a 5MP camera on the back, and a front-facing camera to go along with it. There’s access to 3G, WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth 2.1 support. You can add a microSD cad as well, for memory upwards of 32GB, if you were so inclined. Price wise, you’ll be looking at $500 unlocked; while on O2, you’ll be paying £149 for the 16GB model, and £249 for the 32GB version, but only on a 24 month contract. You can find more pricing details here.

Dell Streak unboxing:

[via SlashGear]


Archos 5 Internet Tablet gets OpenGL support in 2.0.15 update – Video

Posted: 04 Jun 2010 09:16 AM PDT

The Archos 5 just received an update to OpenGL 2.0.15. This update brings with it a drastic improvement in gaming. There is a video demo of its results after the break. Yes, this device is still running on Android 1.6, for those of you that are curious.

All you Archos 5 owners can now enjoy most of the new 3D games that are available for Android. The best thing about this update is you can go download it now. There's no need to wait for an OTA to be pushed to you tablet.

The second version 2.0.15, 3D-accelerated OpenGL, offers in addition the following improvements:

- Display : add accelerated 3D openGL support Display: add OpenGL accelerated 3D support
- Fullscreen : add statusbar notification when an application is requesting fullscreen with ability to enable fullscreen for this application. Fullscreen: add statusbar notification When applying year IS Requesting fullscreen with flexible loan to enable fullscreen for this application. Fullscreen enabling/disabling can be performed through power menu (on long power button press). Fullscreen Enabling / disabling can Be Performed power-through menu (on long press power button).
- Archos media center : faster display Archos media center: faster display
- Thinkfree : v2.0 with full edit features Thinkfree: v2.0 with full edit features
- Thinkfree : can now be un-installed by user. Thinkfree: can now Be-installed by a user. Note that sometimes during this process an invalid shortcut might remain on the home screen. Note That DURING Sometimes this process an invalid shortcut Might intransitive the home screen. If this happens this shortcut can be removed by a long press and drag towards tray trash icon. If This Happens this shortcut can Be Removed by long press and drag trash Towards tray icon.
- Display : add transparency to notification tray background Display: add transparency to notification tray background

Click here to view the embedded video.

[via engadget]


Acer Android beTouch E130 – Video

Posted: 04 Jun 2010 08:15 AM PDT

The first thing that jumps out about this phone is its BlackBerry like form factor. This device will surely make traditional BB users feel right at home (with the exception of being an Android device). This phone is made by Acer and is called the beTouch E130.

This phone features Android 1.6, a 2.6-inch QVGA touch screen, 256MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM and an exposed full QWERTY keyboard. It's powered by an ST Ericsson CPU running at 416 MHz and has an optical track pad with a 3.2 MP camera. It looks pretty responsive given the fact that it has a weak processor, it should have awesome battery life though. What you think, is the screen too small for you? Would you consider buying something like this?

Click here to view the embedded video.

[via armdevices]


Toshiba AC100-114 Android 2.1 netbook

Posted: 04 Jun 2010 06:32 AM PDT

Sorry for the picture below but it's the best we have at the moment. For most, this is a welcome change from all the tablet and slate talk. Toshiba has an Android netbook in the works and it is powered by NVIDIA's Tegra chipset. This is a 10-inch netbook that was originally going to ship with Windows 7 now it's going to be preload with Android.

The Toshiba AC100-114 is a 10.1-inch netbook with an HDMI port and NVIDIA's Tegra T20 GPU. It also has a 16GB SSD, SDHC card reader, Wi-Fi and 512 RAM. Just like in the mobile phone world, tablets are not for everyone, some folks prefer to have a physical keyboard.

This netbook measures in at 26.2 x 18.9 x 1.4-2.1 cm and weighs 0.9kg. It outfitted with a 2,200mAh 3-cell battery that is good for 4-5 hours. That's a bit low for a portable device so keep your charger handy. This netbook is also capable of 1080p video, there is currently no price or release date set.

[via slashgear]


Qik, Premium Features Outlined for the EVO

Posted: 04 Jun 2010 06:14 AM PDT

Not too long ago we found out Qik would be charging for "premium features". This was an additional fee of $4.99 a month. Couple this fee with the 4G and hotspot fee and the EVO was becoming quite an expensive device to own. The good thing is this fee wasn't mandatory, it just unlocked access to those unnamed premium features.

Qik Features:

* Unlimited Qik-to-Qik video chat
* Unlimited Live streaming to the web
* Unlimited Live sharing to Social Networks (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Myspace)
* Unlimited Live sharing to Video sites (e.g. YouTube, Livestream) and blogs (e.g. Blogger, Wordpress, Tumblr, Posterous)
* Unlimited Live sharing to IMs (COMING SOON)
* Qik-in-Touch Desktop App
* Video quality
o Up to 640×480 (Standard)
o Higher than 640×480 (Premium)
* Video archiving
o Unlimited (Premium)
* Unlimited automatic downloads to computer (COMING SOON, Premium)
* Snap photos while recording videos (COMING SOON, Premium)
* Video access settings
o Public, private (Standard)
o Public, private, group (Premium)
* Upload and share videos recorded with the native phone camera app (Premium)
* Priority Support (Premium)

Androidguys uncovered these features, now we all know what they are. As mentioned in an earlier post, video calls will be free. Even after you factor in the cost of this and 4G coverage, your plan would still be cheaper than those found on a few other carriers. For all you lucky people that got your hands on an EVO, you will have access to all these features for free until July 15th. If ownership of this awesome device wasn't enough, Qik has just sweetened the pot (temporarily).


Huawei S7 runs Android 2.1 and 1GHZ Snapdragon

Posted: 04 Jun 2010 05:46 AM PDT

Another day, another tablet, this time around we are treated to the S7 by Huawei. This is another tablet Engadget got a preview of at the years Computex. The S7 was shown boasting a 1GHz MSM8250 Snapdragon processor and Android 2.1.

This is a 7 inch MID that features android 2.1, a 1GHZ Snapdragon, a 3.5mm jack and a microSD slot. There are also internal speakers, volume rocker and a kickstand on the back. No other technical specifications are known.

The touch screen is capacitive and is said to be very responsive. There is currently no release date or price set for this tablet. Most of us are ready to start seeing some of these tablets hit the market instead of demo model after demo model. Hopefully after the Dell Streak is released next month, the Android tablet flood gates will be opened.

[via engadget]


HTC Readies OTA to Fix Storage Card Issue in the EVO

Posted: 04 Jun 2010 05:28 AM PDT

Maybe the best thing about this phone being handed out at the I/O is the discovery of the storage card bug. If that hadn't been done there's a good chance most of the customers that ran out and purchased this device would've had some major complaints for Sprint and HTC. An OTA update will be pushed out soon to fix the storage card issues in the EVO.

“We have identified the cause of the memory card issue and are testing a solution. We expect to have a software solution available very shortly that will be automatically pushed to phones over the air.”

Most early EVO adopters experienced a problem where the phone would not recognize the SD card. When this problem occurs many core functions that rely on the card stop working properly. A reboot fixes this problem in most cases. Even after a reboot, some users claim the problem would happen again.

Up until now neither Sprint nor HTC made a comment on the situation. There have been a few people with EVO's that didn't experience this and wrote it off as a myth. It's good to see HTC act so fast to fix this problem around launch time, there would've been many returns if this problem was not dealt with in a timely fashion.

UPDATE: The OTA has already begun to show up on newly purchased EVO’s. And if you’re rooted this will unroot your handset.

[via mobileunderground]


HTC Hero Android 2.1 unofficial ROM released [Updated]

Posted: 04 Jun 2010 05:07 AM PDT

If you’re not in Taiwan and thus waiting for the OTA HTC Hero Android 2.1 update to drop from carrier Chungwa Telecom, you’ll be pleased to hear that there’s already a hacked ROM suitable for any Hero out in the wild.  Master ROM-fiddler Paul O’Brien has released three different versions of the update.

Two are rooted (one of which has the Chinese-specific functionality stripped out as well, and is the recommended path for most users to take) while there’s also an unrooted version.  We’re keeping a watchful eye on HTC’s European support sites, and have a request in with their PR team for any public timescale they may be able to give.

Update: We’ve just heard back from HTC’s UK PR team, who say that they expect the Android 2.1 firmware for the HTC Hero to be released sometime in June 2010. Nothing more specific than that, sadly.


HTC Hero Android 2.1 update imminent?

Posted: 04 Jun 2010 02:22 AM PDT

Could the HTC Hero finally be getting its Android 2.1 upgrade?  A new OTA software update has been announced in Taiwan, which promises to take the handset from its core Android 1.5 OS to the same OS 2.1 as on the Desire and Legend.

Of course, that’s just in Taiwan right now, and since it’s an OTA update – and likely localised to their regional device – it’s not much use yet to the rest of us with Hero devices aching for an upgrade.  Still, if one is getting pushed out then it stands to reason HTC may be looking to do the same in other countries where the Hero has been available.

[Plurk via CoolSmartPhone]


Dell Streak on sale at O2 now

Posted: 04 Jun 2010 02:01 AM PDT

It’s not only the EVO 4G hitting shelves today; O2’s Dell Streak, the 5-inch Android MID, is also up for sale.  Priced from free if you’re willing to sign a new contract (either for voice & data, or just for data) or £349 for the 16GB model contract-free, the Streak runs a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, has dualband 3G/UMTS and a 5-megapixel autofocus camera.

There’s also a front-facing camera for video calls, a microSD card slot for augmenting the onboard storage, and a copy of Android 1.6 complete with some of Dell’s own customizations.  The company has promised an Android 2.2 Froyo update later in 2010.  Full pricing can be found here and our hands-on report here.

O2 Dell Streak hands-on:

[via SlashGear]


HTC EVO 4G arrives at Sprint today

Posted: 04 Jun 2010 01:57 AM PDT

You’ve seen the review, you’ve read the user guide; now it’s time to own the phone itself.  Sprint’s EVO 4G is up for sale online and – in a matter of hours – in-store, offering the US’ first WiMAX smartphone.

Priced at $199.99 – after a $150 online discount and a $100 mail-in rebate – with a new two-year agreement, the EVO 4G has a vast 4.3-inch WVGA display, HTC Sense, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, WiFi, WiMAX and GPS.  It’s running Android 2.1 at present, though there’s already a Froyo hack in the wild.

So, anybody tempted?


Android 2.1 MID from Sony Ericcson spotted

Posted: 04 Jun 2010 01:53 AM PDT

A new Android MID from Sony Ericsson has seemingly leaked in China, differentiating itself by virtue of a full hardware QWERTY keyboard rather than relying solely on an on-screen ‘board.  The photo leak prompted a slug of other tidbits, too, with Engadget being told that the handheld runs a stock Android 2.1 install and has a 5.5-inch touchscreen.

Unusually, the original source in China reckons Sony Ericsson have no internal plans to put Android 2.2 on this unnamed handset, though that of course could change by the time it launches.  That’s expected to take place this coming fall, with Sony Ericsson currently working on low-level drivers.

[via Engadget]


(Rumor) HTC Scorpion will feature Android 2.2 and a 1.5GHZ CPU?

Posted: 03 Jun 2010 02:29 PM PDT

Here's a rumor that we haven't heard in awhile. The first time we heard of this device it was supposedly headed to Sprint to join the EVO as another Android based 4G phone. The latest rumors have this pegged to land on Verizon's network.

MobileCrunch is making these claims on information they've received from a "well-informed" source. Conflipper, a well know ROM cooker, is the source of these latest rumors. We're all aware of the existence of these chips, in fact they have started shipping already. This rumor is totally feasible and I would think there is a good chance that we will see a 1.5 Snapdragon powered handset in the next few months.


HTC EVO: Froyo Port – Video

Posted: 03 Jun 2010 12:24 PM PDT

The HTC EVO isn't out yet and there's already a few custom ROM's for it. This time around, Froyo has been customized to run on the EVO. So if you have one now or are picking on up, you can have Android 2.2 loaded a running on your handset.

Like all custom ROM's you have to be rooted to load this on your EVO. A few things still need to be worked on but this is more of a proof of concept build. It is good enough to use for an awhile if 4G, tethering, MMS and the camera aren't important to you. The good news is JIT is alive and well in this build. This is not an official release and anything that may occur from you flashing that ROM is your own responsibility. Head over to the XDA if you're ready to enjoy a taste of Froyo on EVO now.

Click here to view the embedded video.

[via geekforme]


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