Friday, 25 June 2010

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Droid X Available to Pre-Order at Best Buy Today

Posted: 25 Jun 2010 11:24 AM PDT

Today, Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile are offering pre sales on the Droid X. Similar to what they’ve done in the past with the Incredible, Best Buy got an early pre-order spot about 3 weeks before its release. This move allows you to avoid the mail in rebate card, which is $100.

From the HTC EVO and iPhone from AT&T, and the Droid X from Verizon, Best Buy/Mobile has become the best place to go for mobile smart phones. Users of the Android platform will be able to reserve copies of the Droid X first. The Droid X’s features, include the 2.1 Android operating system for Google, a 4.3″ screen to go along with 720P HD video recording and playback. The Droid X will be able to receive the Android 2.2 later this summer.

[via Droid-Life]


Samsung Moment and HTC Hero Are Not Getting Android 2.2

Posted: 25 Jun 2010 11:19 AM PDT

Even if there had been some obvious kind of way of knowing that the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment on the Sprint Network wouldn’t be getting Android 2.2, we can finally say that it’s been confirmed. By Sprint, thanks to Twitter.

Yes, the HTC EVO 4G is getting Android 2.2, and Sprint is intending to get it out of the way some time in the future. Actually, “in the near future.” But, we know that could mean anything from tomorrow until, well, some time in the future. But, the Samsung Moment and HTC Hero have been left in the wake of Android 2.1. So, if you haven’t upgraded, are you ready to upgrade now?

[via Sprint's Twitter]


Four Android Phones to be offered by US Cellular in 2010

Posted: 25 Jun 2010 10:33 AM PDT

Four phones are planned to be brought to customers throughout the year. This will start off next year with the Samsung Acclaim. The first phone, the slide phone QWERTY will come out July 9th, shortly followed by the HTC Desire. The devices and manufacturers for the other two is yet to be decided by US Cellular.

US Cellular quite possibly might wait until the last 3 months of the year to decide on their options, a good number of phones will be released from now until then. A guess on what they’ll pick would have to be the Samsung Galaxy S. Lately it seems that every time you hear about it, a newer version is being released.

[via Android Guys]


HTC EVO 4G to receive Android 2.2 in near future

Posted: 25 Jun 2010 10:10 AM PDT

It has been confirmed by Spring that an update for the HTC EVO 4G is currently being worked on. The update will for the WiMAX-capable smartphone will receive the Android 2.2 Froyo, heard in rumours earlier this week. This update will give the EVO flash support on its browser, Bluetooth voice dialing, an improvement on Exchange ActiveSync support, similar to other devices with Android 2.2.

We’ve received a quote about the update from Spring, “As work on finalizing the software is underway, Sprint expects to launch Android 2.2 in the near future. It will also be available as an upgrade on the recently launched HTC EVO 4G. With the Android 2.2 upgrade, customers can expect improvements to include the following benefits among others: updates to user interface, improved EAS Support, improved browser performance including Flash 10x Support, voice dialing over Bluetooth and application storage on external memory.” The list of other phones to receive the update is yet to be released, as well as when exactly the update will come out. We’re presuming that the Android 2.2 will be released for other HTC phones.

[via SlashGear]


Droid X Disassembly – Video

Posted: 25 Jun 2010 05:49 AM PDT

Guess what, there are real parts in the Droid X. Sorry to disappoint you if you thought it was powered by magic. Around here, we love seeing a good teardown, mainly because we can watch the dissection without potentially harming our own devices. This teardown was performed by the good folks over at and they were even nice enough to include instructions and a video.

All you need to tackle this project yourself is a Hex X5 and X4 screwdriver and a good old fingernail. There's a bit of tech know how and skill at dissembling computer parts also recommended. But if you’re like me, just sit back and enjoy the video. It's best to watch more skilled people execute things like this.

Click here to view the embedded video.

[via droidx]


Android Owners Unable to Download Apps from Marketplace [Update: And We're Back!]

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 03:28 PM PDT

So, yesterday there were some grumblings about the Android Marketplace being down. However, while there were some protests here and there, it didn’t seem to be a widespread problem. The market would refresh just fine, applications would show in the appropriate places, and most importantly, people were able to download things. Things have changed, though.

We’ve received several tips, and we’ve tried it on three of our own Android devices: the Android Market seems to be not allowing downloads at the moment. We’re not sure what the issue is, and so far we’ve tried it from both Verizon Wireless’ side of the market (with no luck). So, if you’ve got an Android device somewhere else, on another carrier, then let us know in the comments if you’re able to download anything!

[Update] Yep, as the title suggests, it looks like it was just a rolling “blackout” of sorts. Maybe has something to do with updates to the Froyo, or maybe it’s just a fluke that a lot of people had at the same time. In any event, the Market’s up and running, it seems, but if you have any troubles, let us know!

[thanks, Jesse!]


T-Mobile UK Pulls G2 Touch’s Prep Update Due to Issues

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 01:03 PM PDT

The two part Android 2.1 update has just recently been withdrawn for release for the G2 Touch. This is the network’s name for the HTC Hero, with some reports that a couple users had some problems with it. Quite a few people had problems getting the preperatory update to work, they would just get a flashing warning triangle stating that during the process something had gone wrong.

T-Mobile released a statement involving this, stating that they released a minor maintenance for the G2 Touch, and noticed very few were experiencing problems afte installing the maintenance. After T-Mobile investigated the problem they decided to remove the update temporarily. Once their investigation is done, they will let people know when the maintenance will be available.

[via Euro Droid]


Swype Heading for 50 Devices by the End of 2010

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 01:00 PM PDT

Swype is on its way into the mobile world, its already been seen on a few handsets already and the company eagerly wants to put it on iPhone. So far Apple doesn’t look like they’re too interested in taking the bait. But in the meanwhile, HTC, Samsung and Motorola and other OEMs are perfectly fine set in the cult-favorite keyboard’s crosshairs.

So far Motorola has decided to put Swype on their up and coming, very hyped Droid X. Swype’s CEO, Mike McSherry, believes so far this is the company’s biggest move, but not its last. The biggest news McSherry announced was that Swype planned to have the app on about 50 or more phones by the end of 2010. A lofty goal, but one that we’re sure can happen.

[via Engadget]


HTC EVO 4Gs Shipping With New Displays?

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 12:57 PM PDT

The newer EVO’s have recently just come out and there is a huge difference in the colors of the LCD screens. The newer model has a washed out look to it and the older has better contract, the colors are richer. If you look close to it you can see a row of dead pixels that can look like hair from a little further back.

The AMOLED displays, made by Samsung for the Incredible, has been struggling in keeping up with its demand. The HTC might have been looking for new displays elsewhere if these two events are related. But whoever is making the new LCD screens is causing the quality of the phone to suffer, using inferior materials. This might hurt future sales of the EVO, including the white one due to release in July, if you have two EVO’s, it’s recommended you check both of them for the display issue.

[via Android and Me]


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