Word on the street and in the Android Central Forums (same difference, really) is that the Nexus One is in the midst of an update to Android 2.2.2 -- build FRG83G. Nope, not Gingerbread yet. The new Froyo version is a scant 558kb, which Google says "contains important bug fixes."
We just got hit with the news of the minimum advertised price for the Motorola Xoom Android tablet and HTC ThunderBolt LTE smartphone on Verizon. Looks like the Xoom will be going for $799 -- we have to assume that's unsubsidized. The HTC Thunderbolt is listed at $249, a more subsidy-friendly number.
That doesn't mean those are the exact prices we'll see at launch -- and we still don't know when that is for either device. But it's a bit of a starting point. One more pic after the break. Thanks to the the tipsters!
Also included is the Swype keyboard technology and Samsungs Social hub is baked right in. Neither availability dates or any carriers are associated to the device. It just appears that Samsung wanted to add yet another device to their website even if it never ends up on a carrier. [Samsung via PhoneScoop]
As Android gets more popular and mainstream, new users are coming out of the woodwork! I'm very happy to say that a portion of those users are running Linux on their desktops, and they're hungry to learn the things we try to teach all you Windows users. Since we have more than a few Linux-using Advisers and senior members in the forums, this is something we're more than happy to do. And we're going to start with something that's pretty important to me -- sideloading apps on phones that have been altered.
It's not hard, it's all done through the terminal using commands you can cut and paste, and the setup from start to finish is laid out pretty clearly. Check it out in the forums, and be on the lookout for more Linux tips and tricks from Android Central. And if you're not a Linux user, but need to get your sideload on, check out the Sideload Wonder Machine for Windows.
We've covered Trapster a few times here in the past but they seem to of have had a run in with some hackers as of late. Recently Trapster has been sending e-mails out to users letting them know hackers may have comprised the Trapster database:
"The Trapster team has recently learned that our website has been the target of a hacking attempt, and it is possible that your email address and password were compromised. We have taken, and continue to take, preventative measures to avoid future incidents but we are recommending that you change your Trapster password. As always, Trapster recommends that you use distinctive passwords for each site you visit, but if you use the same password on Trapster that you use on other services, we recommend that you change your password on those services as well."
If you have any questions, you'll want to reach out to Trapster, and if you are a Trapster user please, be sure to change up your password as soon as possible. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
British retailer Expansys UK is offering the LG Optimus 2X for the low price of free when paired with a Vodafone UK contract. The phone itself is listed as being available starting Mar. 21 but it would seem that eager customers can pre-order it now. The pricing on contracts starts at £30.65 for a two year plan with 300 minutes, unlimited text messages, and a paltry 500MB data allowance. For those of you who want the Tegra 2 powered phone unlocked, be prepared to pony up £499. [Expansys UK via UnwiredView]
On a very special Android Central Podcast, we tackle the Samsung Froyo update and why we've scoffed at many of the rumors. Plus, Eric Schmidt's out as Google's CEO. And stick around at the end for a special contest announcement. Namaste!
We're all greatly awaiting the arrival of the LG Optimus 2X, which is one of the first phones to rock a dual-core Tegra 2 processor. In the meantime, the official German LG blog has posted up a 20-minute hands-on video of the German version, the Optimus Speed. Our German's a little rusty, but the rough translation is something like "Holy crap this thing is awesome." Or at least that's what we figure is being said. (Actually, we're told it mentions that it'll be available in Germany in March or April, and that it has dual internal storage, much like the Droid Incredible.) Check out the video after the break. [LGBlog.de via Androider.de] Thanks, Jojo!
As HTC continues to expand its European lineup, the manufacturer has announced that the HTC Gratia will launch in the UK next month. The Gratia is a fairly basic smartphone, and appears to be a refresh of last year's HTC Legend. It has a slightly redesigned chassis, making it lighter, but features the same 600 MHz CPU and 384MB RAM as the Legend.
Based on the promotional stills shown on HTC's site, the Gratia seems to be running the old version of HTC Sense rather than the newer Sense 2.0 found on the Desire HD and Desire Z, which is a little disappointing. There's also some confusion over which version of Android the Gratia will ship with. Today's press release from HTC states Android 2.2, while the phone's spec page on HTC.com lists Android 2.1. We're more inclined to believe the former, as there wouldn't be much point in putting Eclair on a brand new phone in 2011, right?... Right? [HTC]
Widgets are a great part of the Android OS, and clocks are a necessity in many peoples lives, and who wouldn't enjoy to have a futuristic styled clock, much like that found in Android 3.0 Honeycomb? This clock, which is a great replica of the one found in Honeycomb, offers users a very clean clock that takes a bit of getting used to in order to read properly.
Two versions of this clock widget are available, a free as well as a premium version, both of which allow direct access to the alarm application by simply tapping on the clock. The premium version will allow users to select between eight different colors, which is almost one for any color wallpaper that you are using at that time. For less than $1, the premium version is a must have for anyone looking for a great clock widget to keep their home screen clean and futuristic looking. Hit the break for more information as well as download links.