Thursday, 24 June 2010

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HTC EVO 4G Set for Software Update on June 28th

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 11:26 AM PDT

News on a software update for the EVO 4G can’t be completley confirmed, but BGR has received news that Sprint is preparing for a maintenance update. The update is supposedly coming up on the 28th of June, three things are to be targeted in the update. The first update will be an improvement on the wi-fi, the EVO 4G is known for it’s poor wi-fi reception.

Another update will be a fix to issues including new account set up, PIN policy usage, and Exchange Server 2010 Calendar Sync. Lastly the issued with the Facebook app, the Addresses Social Networking Sync, which will improve battery life. As we said, the date can’t be confirmed completley but the source is pretty reliable to it will probably turn out correct.

[via Boy Genius Report]


Apps wiped from a few phones, Google explains why

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 11:07 AM PDT

For those who weren’t aware, Google can remove apps that may be bad or violate the Terms & Services of the Android market. This doesn’t happen very often, but when it does it’s a pretty big deal. Google explained why they took steps to remove an app from a certain small number of phones. They became aware recently that two free apps built for research purposes by a security researcher, the apps were misrepresented intentionally to encourage user downloads, but weren’t designed for malicious use.

The apps were removed from the Android market voluntarily by the researcher, and after that we tried out our remote app removal feature to complete clean up. This is one of the several security controls Android has to protect users from harmful apps. If ever an emergency occured, a dangerous app could be removed to prevent further users to be exposed to it. Google did a good job removing the app and explaining why it was done.

[via Android Central]


ZTE X850 is ZTE’s First Android Phone

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 11:03 AM PDT

ZTE has made it’s first Android powered phone, the X850. The X850 won’t target the high end market like most Android phones recently to date have, but will instead target the entry-level market. But for a phone targeting the entry-level market, the X850 isn’t bad at all, except for the 2.8″ 320×240 resolution of the touchscreen display. The X850 is powered by a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227, has a 3.5 mm headphone jack, 3.2 mega pixel camera and an FM radio integrated into it.

The X850 supports 2.1, shockingly enough. The phone will be sold in China since it supports a WCDMA radio. The retail price is to be put at about $173, the price is pretty cheap for a good phone. The only real problem the phone has is its display, an improvement in that would be appreciated.

[via Ubergizmo]


Intel x86 Android 2.2 port due in next two months

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 08:23 AM PDT

Intel are planning to release an x86 version of Android 2.2 Froyo sometime within the next two months, in the hope that the release will encourage developers to use the fashionable Google platform on Atom based netbooks and tablets.  Speaking to APC, Intel’s senior VP for software and services Renee James confirmed that not only was the project underway for a summer release, the company would be feeding back their code into the open-source project for other Android developers to take advantage of.

“All of the (x86) code will be fed back into the open branch that will be created for x86″ he explained, going on to suggest that the process as a whole hadn’t been especially troublesome for Intel’s engineers.  ”[Porting the OS] wasn't tremendously difficult, as we have a lot experience in Linux” he said.


Motorola Droid and Droid X Getting Froyo in July and August

Posted: 23 Jun 2010 05:52 PM PDT

The Droid X just got announced (here’s the hands-on, by the way), and during the announcement, it was revealed that the upcoming device wouldn’t be launched with Android 2.2, but would actually get an update Over the Air some time by the end of Summer. Most of us instantaneously started hoping for the end of August. Some of us even had our fingers crossed. And in the midst of that little tid-bit of news, it was revealed that original Droid owners would be getting the update (around?) at the same time. If this newly leaked internal Verizon document is any indicator, then our hopes and dreams are coming true, folks.

If you’re holding back on getting the Android 2.1-powered, 1GHz OMAP processor-boasting, 4.3-inch 16:9 aspect ratio capacitive touchscreen display-showcasing Motorola Droid X because it has a new version of MOTOBLUR on it, you don’t have to worry. According to the image above, which is coming from some internal place within Verizon, it looks like the Droid X is indeed getting its update to Froyo by the end of August. That means just over a month after you buy the phone, you’ll be getting your hands on the tasty goodness that is Android 2.2.

As for the original Droid, apparently it’s not coming at the same time, but actually before the Droid X. According to the image, that update is coming at the end of July. There’s probably going to be someone out there that gets upset at this, but considering the Droid came out first, we’ll have to give it to the original workhorse that started it all. Either way, looks like Android 2.2 isn’t far off, so start counting down the days.

[via PhoneDog]


Huawei S7 Android Tablet On Sale Now, Ships in 10 Days

Posted: 23 Jun 2010 02:40 PM PDT

The S7 tablet from Huawei hasn’t necessarily been high on people’s radars, but that could be because it keeps disappearing into the unknown from time to time. Last seen back at Computex earlier in the month, it’s good to see that it’s back, and in the best capacity it could be: for sale. That’s right, if you’re a lucky enough to be across the pond, or want to import something, then you can order your very own 7-inch capacitive touchscreen tablet, running Android 2.1, with a screen resolution of 800 x 480.

As for what’s under the hood, you can expect to be zipping around the Android platform thanks to the 768MHz processor. It also features 3G connectivity, WiFi, and GPS, which we’ve all come to expect on anything Android-based. If you’re interested, get ready to drop £299 thanks to Expansys (the online retailer), and be prepared to wait 10 days for the tablet to ship. That’s not too long at all, but it takes a lot of willpower for us to buy anything we can’t play with immediately. We’re shallow like that. Let us know if you’re planning on picking one up, or if you’re waiting for something else on the horizon.

[via Phandroid]


Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini torn down Officially

Posted: 23 Jun 2010 02:29 PM PDT

Want to see the inside of a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini? This is the E10i Euorpean model, but basically has the same inside of the American E10A. Their was no problem actually taking it apart, and replacing it is told to be very easy as well.

During the taking apart process a few things came to attention. One was the .7V 950 mAh Li-Polymer battery's capacity is 22 percent less than the iPhone 3GS's. Both phones deliver the same 53 mAH’s per gram. It’s model number is the same as Microsoft’s Kin Two, which could help if you wanted to replace the screen.

[via Android Central]


Sprint HTC EVO’s 30 FPS Restraint Cured by Hack

Posted: 23 Jun 2010 02:24 PM PDT

The brand new HTC EVO as we now know is being set at 30 fps in both 2 and 3d models. The slow-down is noticeable in a lot of games even when some people said it didn’t matter. But anyways most people are happy that a fix-up is on the way.

XDA-Developers Android Hackers believe they have a solution after researching this problem. Certain users who used a custom kernel says the 30 fps is gone and the performance on the touchscreen has improved. HTC said they will show the kernel source soon, so hacking the phone could still be possible. At the least we know the EVO can run at 60 fps.

Click here to view the embedded video.

[via Android and me]


Droid X Hands-On First Impressions [Video]

Posted: 23 Jun 2010 01:30 PM PDT

Now that the Droid X is official, and the press conference itself is over, we can finally get some hands-on time with the brand new device announced not just by Motorola, but by Google, Adobe, and Verizon Wireless as a collective mass. It’s a beast of a device: featuring a 4.3-inch 16:9 capacitive touchscreen display, a 1GHz OMAP processor under the hood, with Android 2.1 at launch, and an expected update to Android 2.2 “later this Summer.”

So, with that in mind, and plenty of other extras you can read about right here, at the official launch page, take a gander at the videos below, and take the Droid X in. Because you need to. Without saying as much, Verizon, Motorola, and Google are positioning this as the iPhone 4 combatant, and even if you’re not a huge fan of Android, one probably couldn’t argue that truth.

So, go ahead and take in the video. And, of course, this goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: let us know in the comments what you think of the new Droid. Is it going to be your next phone? Already waiting in line? Let us know!


Droid X Car Dock And Accessories

Posted: 23 Jun 2010 12:57 PM PDT

Besides the Droid X being unveiled today in New York, this car dock made an appearance as well. Naturally, a device of this caliber will have a slew of accessories. Not only is this dock a multimedia cradle but it has scratch guards and it can charge the phone. This dock will cost $39.99 and will put the device in the new dashboard UI that is a new component of MotoBlur.

Are you jealous of the EVO's kickstand? Well, the Droid X will have an optional snap-on case with its own kickstand. This case will retail for $24.99. Verizon will also offer a few NFL themed skins that it likely a spin-off of the included NFL app. And last but certainly not least, the multimedia cradle. This cradle will retail for the low price of $9.99, there's no word on if it will feature an HDMI jack but I expect it to be there. If you need an HDMI cable for your Droid X, that will also be available for $24.99.

UPDATE: The medi dock will be $49.99 and it does include an HDMI jack. There are also silicon skins available for $19.99.

[via droidlife]


Froyo Code published to AOSP right now

Posted: 23 Jun 2010 11:45 AM PDT

Google announced at the I/O conference that the Froyo Code in the coming weeks would be released. It will be released to an open source community, many are simply wondering how many weeks it will take. But the wait for this is over as Froyo code is beginning to be dropped into the Android Open Source Project right now.

This likely means it’ll be coming for handsets pretty soon. Handsets that are included include Android devices such as the Nexus One. Modders like Cyanogen will be able to begin building Froyo-based ROMs with the code out in the open. Development will probably be announced at the Droid X event, stay in touch for any more news.

[via Android Guys]


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