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4 years ago

KT set to launch Nexus One in Korea on June 21 -- with Froyo on board

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Look close. There are Nexus Ones in that picture. Now look a little closer (you do see the phones, don't you?) and you'll see the Froyo launcher on those phones.  That's because Korea's number two carrier, KT, is set to launch the Nexus One running Froyo (Android 2.2) on June 21st.  It's the same Nexus One we all know and love hardware wise, and will be limited to 4,000 units for the launch date.  Interestingly enough, the phone will be subsidized by KT ($125 USD on a two-year contract) as well as be sold contract free for $576 USD.  KT has promised that they will have ample stock and the phone will be "readily available" for purchase in retail stores in July.

Does this mean that we can plan on seeing Froyo for the Nexus One this week?  Or that we will be seeing Nexus Ones pop up in T-Mobile retail locations soon?  We don't have the answers, but things are developing in a very interesting way. [Korea Times via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for June 17th 2010

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You can never really have enough application choices on your device, can you? Sometimes the Marketplace can get overwhelming with all the choices, so we make the job easy and help you with a couple applications that we know and love. Let's take a look at the choices for this week!

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4 years ago

Adobe Flash on the HTC Evo -- 10.1 full, not lite

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The above is a screen grab of full on Adobe Flash on my HTC Evo.  Still running Sense, still running Eclair, you don't even have to root your phone. (Giggity).  I've shared my new found love affair with Flash on the podcast, so y'all know I'm in Android-Geek heaven -- thanks to the wizards over at XDA forums.  Wanna see good news get even better?  This works on the Sprint Hero, and might just work on other Sense 2.1 devices -- including the HTC Droid Incredible

Enough reading, who's going to test and see? Go get it [xda-developers]

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4 years ago

AT&T announces the Samsung Galaxy S as the Captivate -- coming soon

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Well will you look at that. The Samsung Captivate -- aka the Galaxy S -- just popped up on AT&T's website. The Captivate will be the third Android phone on AT&T -- behind the Backflip and Aria. Keep your fingers crossed that non-market apps aren't excluded, though we're not going to bet the farm on that.

Want full specs? Here you go:

  • 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen.
  • 1GHz Coretex A8 processor (which they're calling the "1GHz Hummingbird Application Processor").
  • Samsung Social Hub (as seen in the CTIA presentation)
  • 5MP camera with autofocus and 720p video recording.
  • 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi.
  • Quadband EDGE, tri-band 3G.
  • Bluetooth 3.0.
  • DLNA out.

Pricing and availability weren't noted, so stay tuned. Full presser after the break. And in the meantime, you can relive our hands-on with the Galaxy S at CTIA. [AT&T]

Update: Eagle-eyed @raam89 points out that the front-facing camera that's on the original Galaxy S is gone in this model. Score another point for the iPhone conspiracy.

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4 years ago

Flash 10.1 enters beta 3, but when will we see it (and Froyo) officially?

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Those of you rocking Android 2.2 already should know that Adobe Flash 10.1 has entered beta 3, so you'll want to update it (if you're not having it update automatically).  Not sure if anything of substance has changed, so sing out in the comments if you spot something. [Adobe] Thanks, @iRyanM!

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4 years ago

Droid X officially 'coming soon' on Verizon's website

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If you need something to whet your appetite as we wait for next week's announcement, the Motorola Droid X is now listed as "Coming soon" on Verizon's Droid microsite. You can feed Verizon your e-mail address for more info later, which we're sure everyone's going to want to do. [Verizon] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

Update: Hover over the phone and it shows what you see above -- it's got a 4.3-inch screen (not 4.4 inches as previously noted) at 720p. Whoa. Really? Assuming that's correct and it's really a 720-pixel-wide screen, there's going to be a lot trash talking regarding the iPhone 4, with its mere 960x640 screen. But more than likely they mean 720p output through the HDMI port. Stay tuned.

Update #2: Verizon has updated their web page and it now says "Captures 720p".  We take that to mean it will have the same 854x480 display that it's older brother the Motorola Droid has, but no confirmation one way or another on that as of yet. Thanks for the tip Kyleg!

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4 years ago

Motorola adds a bunch of phones to its Android 2.1 update list

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Motorola just added a slew of new non-U.S. phones to its Android 2.1 update list (see the previous update), including a bunch of Backflips and Quenches. Doesn't really give us a better idea of when the new software will actually be available, but it's good to see Moto at least trying to be transparent about it. That said, it'd be great if we'd see some Android 2.2 update schedules popping up, m'kay? [Motorola] Thanks, Jake!

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4 years ago

The officially unofficial Android 2.2 upgrade list

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One of the questions we hear on Twitter and through the contact page most often is "will my phone get Froyo?"  I can't blame anyone for asking, or for wanting it, cause all the changes are oh so nice.  Our standard answer has always been what we can confirm with the manufacturers, which to be fair and honest, isn't much yet.  Trust me, we bug them because we're Android fanatics and want to know just as much as you all do :)

Thankfully, there's always speculation and rumors to tide us over until we get word (or even better, see that update available screen).  We talk about it on the Podcast.  We talk about it with each other via e-mail.  We talk about it in the forums.  We want it.  When a reader sent in a tip that PC World has compiled a list of phones and their upgrade to Froyo status, it got our attention.  We can't vouch for anything on the list, so insert a grain of salt the size of a beach ball, follow the break and check it out. [with a tip of the hat to Computer World via PC World] Thanks lastdetailwd!

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4 years ago

Hands-on video shows Xperia X8 looks like ... an Xperia X8

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Take a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, shrink it down, and you get the Xperia X8. And there's the X8 above (on the left). The guys at SE-First got a hands-on with a prototype, and there's pretty much nothing there you wouldn't expect. It's a smaller X10. Or a larger X10 Mini. Your call. Turn your speakers off (don't say we didn't warn you) and check out video after the break. [SE-First via MobileCrunch]

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4 years ago

Half of all Android phones now on Eclair

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It's been a couple of weeks, and that means it's time for an update as to who's running which version of Android. (See the previous breakdown here.) Fifty percent of Android devices are now running Android 2.1 (and if you count all of Eclair -- 2.0, 2.0.1 and 2.1 -- it's 50.4 percent. Android 1.6 is down to 25 percent even, and Android 1.5 is at 24.6 percent.

It would be interesting to see Android 2.2 numbers on that chart, however unofficial they may be. For what it's worth, our server logs for Monday showed 79 percent of our Android-OS visits coming from Android 2.1, and 7.35 percent coming from Android 2.2, with Android 1.5 coming in third at 4.59 percent. [Android Developer Blog]

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