Friday, 2 July 2010

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Motorola Droid Getting Android 2.2 on July 13th, Rumor Suggests

Posted: 02 Jul 2010 10:43 AM PDT

We’ll put this out there first: The Motorola Droid X launches on the Verizon network on July 15th. With that being said, a new rumor has popped up that suggests Motorola is all set to release the official Android 2.2 for the original Droid on July 13th. The reason we wanted to point out that the Droid X is coming out two days after the supposed release of Froyo, is because that can either work in favor of the rumor, or against it.

As we all know, the Android 2.1 update for the original Droid didn’t go over too well. But, even when it did launch, the Over the Air launch rolled out as they normally do: gradually. There’s enough Droid users out there that getting Froyo to all of them through an OTA in two days just won’t happen — but it’s a good thought. Giving them a huge OS upgrade during the launch of the next best Droid device is a pretty good idea.

To further the rumor, we know that July has already been mentioned in tandem with the update to the Droid. So, while we may have been thinking the end of July would have been a bit more timely, we can always hope that Motorola’s planning a little ahead of some unknown schedule (unknown to us, of course). Anyone else want to put their two cents in?

[via Droid-Life]


Android 2.2 Froyo FRF91 for Nexus One goes out OTA

Posted: 02 Jul 2010 04:05 AM PDT

A new Android 2.2 Froyo build for the Nexus One, FRF91, has begun OTA distribution.  Landing on one of our own Nexus One handsets this morning, the update seems a relatively minor one and is only 2.2MB in size.

It’s been speculated that this could contain predominantly security fixes and tweaks from the previous FRF85 distribution, though so far there is no change log from Google that we can find.  Anyone else out there finding FRF91 being offered for their Nexus Ones?


Verizon DROID Incredible 720p HD recording & 3G hotspot incoming?

Posted: 02 Jul 2010 02:23 AM PDT

Looks like the Verizon DROID Incredible isn’t quite ready to be overshadowed by the incoming DROID X.  Over at AndroidForums, a user with a test Incredible has supposedly spotted a firmware update that adds 720p HD video recording and 3G WiFi hotspot functionality to the HTC-made smartphone.

That certainly isn’t available on the DROID Incredible presently, and HTC have been tight-lipped about the potential for their inclusion when asked previously.  No word on when – or indeed even if – the new firmware will get rolled out to general users.


Samsung Galaxy S Series Brief Announcement for Cellular South

Posted: 01 Jul 2010 04:22 PM PDT

Android phone seems unstoppable in the market right now. Many phones now are created only for Android starts from HTC until Samsung. Samsung is ready to take off with their Samsung Galaxy S series which of course runs Android 2.1. And, as we already know, is launching in one variation or another on Verizon, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Sprint. And Cellular South is getting one, too.

This phone will be out in fall this year. The Galaxy will have a 4.0" WVGA (480×800) Super AMOLED display and 1GHz processor. Also, it will have Samsung Media Hub which is a revolutionary library of content from some of the biggest names in the entertainment world. It has a 5MP camera on the back that support HD video.

[via CellularSouth's Facebook]


Samsung Supersonic and Motorola Charm Price

Posted: 01 Jul 2010 04:15 PM PDT

These is the leaked Samsung Supersonic and Motorola Charm pricing sheet. Most phone can survive if they have good price, style, works, and depending on the carrier too. But, many prefer to see the price first before deciding on their phone choice. Well, let’s starts with Motorola Charm pricing. According to the pricing sheet, it will cost you $269.99 without contract but if you want to pay a cheaper price for this device you’ll have to sign a two-year contract which will drop the price to $74.99.

Next is Samsung Supersonic. The Supersonic is probably a code name for Samsung Vibrant which features the 4-inch Super AMOLED display and TouchWiz 3.0 with Android 2.1. The price for the Samsung Supersonic is $499.99 without the contract with T-Mobile and $199.99 with a two-year contract. So, which one will you choose?

[via Phonemag]


AT&T’s Decision on Locking Android Handset

Posted: 01 Jul 2010 04:10 PM PDT

AT&T seems to be a company that likes to lock down their Android handsets. This may be why many AT&T customers haven’t adopted Android yet. By locking down their devices, we are unable to download applications from third-party developers, or locations. The only thing you can do is download applications from the Android Market.

Why locking down Android Handset really a big deal? Well, Android handsets allow you to choose whether you want to download tons of applications from the Android Market (officially) or from unknown sources. This gives you freedom on what you can get inside your fabulous Android phone. However, it is only works if is not lock down. Well, AT&T has their own say in this matter.

“AT&T selected Android Market as the exclusive source for applications because it forces developers to be accountable for the apps they submit. If the Android community has issues with an app, the app can be flagged and removed. This minimizes the risk of malicious apps harming customers and provides more protection to the customer's private data stored on the phone.”

[via PhoneMag]


Yahoo Announces Mail, Messenger, and Search for Android 2.x Devices

Posted: 01 Jul 2010 04:06 PM PDT

Yahoo has finalized their own applications for Android 2.0 or later. They managed to create a Mail application, Messenger Application, and Search widget. The Mail application is just like any other Mail application which let you check, read, send and organize your Yahoo! mail from your phone. It also gives you access to your Yahoo! address book and you can apply Yahoo! emoticons in your text.

Next is the Messenger application. It will let you send messages, read them, also send pictures and more to your Yahoo!/MSN/Windows Live Messenger friends. Lastly, the Search widget. It’s a home screen widget that lets you easily have access to the Yahoo! search engine. The widget also allows you to search using text or voice command. Since this is an application for Android, it has the same capability as other Android application which can run in the background so you can still stay connected.

[via Androinica]


HTC Sabor Could Feature 2GHz Processor and Gingerbread

Posted: 01 Jul 2010 01:03 PM PDT

Reported by OZCARGuide, HTC is working on 2GHz “Sabor” device for Sprint which will be release by the end of this year or the beginning of next year. Also, the report suggests that HTC is going to manufacture their own displays, to compete with Samsung’s AMOLED technology.

This smartphone will have a 2GHz processor, 2 cameras with one being a 10-megapixel featuring 1080p video recording. There’s even a built-in kickstand. And of course, Android OS 2.5 (Gingerbread). Of course, all earlier reports suggest Gingerbread is Android 3.0, and not 2.5, so keep that in mind.

[via AndroidGuys]


Vodafone launches Nexus One in Australia

Posted: 01 Jul 2010 12:43 PM PDT

Nexus One is finally launching down under. Courtesy of Vodafone Hutchison Australia. It’s an exclusive deal. Price wise, you’re looking at $79 per month, but you’ll be getting the handset for free. That is, if you sign a two year contract.

VHA also comes up with another interesting offers. The restructured data plans that give the customer double to ten times the current data allocation depending on the plan. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Nexus One seems to be shipped with Android 2.1, so that seems to be the only bit of bad news.

[via Phandroid]


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