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5 years ago

Android 1.6 'Donut' Coming to Vodafone UK October 19th

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T-Mobile US has already begun its rollout of the Android 1.6 'Donut' update to T-Mobile G1 and myTouch 3G users but what about the rest of the world? It looks like Vodafone UK customers will be able to enjoy their 'Donut' on October 19th because according to a Vodafone Forum Moderator, that's when Vodafone is going to start pushing out the update. Enjoy UK HTC Magic owners!

We still haven't heard official word from Rogers in Canada, so if any of our neighbors to the north hear anything 'Donut' related, be sure to let us know so we can pass it along!

Though it's very convenient to have Android OS updates pushed OTA to our handsets, we're wondering if a manual option would be more efficient. Instead of relying on carriers to decide when we can update, couldn't they offer users the option to download the update off their website? Makes sense to us. What about you guys?

Thanks Carl C for the tip!

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5 years ago

Want to Get a Hero Early? Best Buy and Sprint Telesales Your Best Bet

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If you can't wait 'til Sunday for the HTC Hero to officially launch on Sprint (and who can?), you can grab a HTC Hero as early as today at Best Buy! Granted you have to be a Best Buy Reward Zone Member and bring the above coupon (which can be found in our forums) to your local Best Buy in order to get the Hero before everybody else, it's well worth it! (plus it's not that complicated). We suggest you call your local Best Buy to confirm availability.

Another route to get the HTC Hero early would be to order it via Sprint Telesales. Yep, the good ol telephone still works wonders. Though we're not sure when Sprint will ship your Hero, the comfort of knowing that the latest and greatest Android phone is en route is always a plus.

And finally, if you have the patience (bless your heart) you can still wait for Sunday, October 11th to purchase it at any Sprint retailer for $179.99 with new 2-year contract. Good things come to those who wait (like the ability to read our upcoming two-part HTC Hero review today & tomorrow!)

a BIG thanks to esanger02 and JayTV for the tip!

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5 years ago

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy I7500 Available at Newegg for $579.99

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The Samsung Galaxy I7500, once Samsung's only Android device and previously unavailable in the US, has hit stateside. The good news? It's not tied down to a carrier so any GSM user can pop in their SIM card and get rolling. The bad news? It's not tied down to a carrier so there's no subsidies, which means you'll have to pony up $579.99 to get rolling. Yikes.

We'd be hard pressed to find a good enough reason to buy the Galaxy I7500 at that price. Especially with Samsung releasing two new Android devices, the Moment on Sprint and the Behold II on T-Mobile. But if you're into being financially irresponsible, the unlocked Galaxy I7500 is available at Newegg (no ship date).

And though it is unlocked, it looks like the Galaxy I7500 will only work on T-Mobile 3G and not AT&T 3G.

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5 years ago

Your Favorite 'Donut' Feature Is The Improved Performance of Android

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You guys have spoken--well, technically. Since there are still some of you who haven't received the Android 1.6 'Donut' OTA Update, this poll wasn't entirely representative of all of our readers. But even so, one 'feature' was clearly the answer and as it turns out, your favorite feature isn't a feature at all, it's the overall improved performance of Android in Donut!

To the votes:

  • Improved Performance - 50%
  • Updated Android Market - 21%
  • Quick Search Box - 16%
  • Battery Usage Indicator - 8%

We're glad to hear that Android 1.6 is running smoother for you guys but our own personal vote finished dead last. We thought the Battery Usage Indicator was a nifty tool that showed the uniqueness of Android. Other votes ranged from the new camera interface to 'have yet to receive the update'.

Hopefully those without Android 1.6 will receive 'Donut' soon enough!

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5 years ago

Samsung Moment Hands-On

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We managed to snag some hands-on time with the just-announced Samsung Moment for Sprint. What do you need to know? Well, let's say it's a standard, straightforward Android slider - the only custom stuff here is Sprint's various custom apps like Sprint TV and NFL. In other words, this ain't no Hero.

Still and all, build quality is sufficient, if a little plasticky. It's a step up from the G1 on T-Mobile, but that's about the best you can say.  You'd have to be a pretty finicky person to dwell on that, though, given that it's wrapped around a gorgeous AMOLED screen. The colors pop on this device something wonderful, although we were in a fairly dimly-lit room when we tested. 

The optical joystick isn't quite as nice as jogball to our fingers, but then again it won't fall prey to the gunk and accidental presses you find with balls. The keyboard does the job - and to be honest that's pretty much the only reason we could imagine anybody choosing this device over the Hero on Sprint - if they just gotta have them buttons.

More photos after the break!

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5 years ago

Analysts Say Android Will Rank Second in Smartphone Marketshare by 2012

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We're not the only ones who think that Android is about to take off. Analysts at Gartner forecast that our favorite OS, Android, will rank second in worldwide smartphone market share by 2012 (behind Nokia). They estimate that 14% of the global smartphone marketshare will be Android devices--higher than Blackberry, higher than Windows Mobile, and even higher than the iPhone.

Gartner cites multiple reasons for Android's impending success but points mainly to Google. Android will succeed, "because of Google Inc.'s backing of Android and the range of cloud computing functions and related applications that Google will make available in coming years". They expect Android to run on nearly 40 different handsets by 2012.

We're glad that people are finally noticing Android and believe in its potential. But Android in 2009 currently sits 6th in worldwide marketshare with only 2% of smartphones running Android. It's a long climb to the top but we definitely believe that Android can make it--the OS has shown a great balance between offering third-party applications and maintaining high usability--you can have it your way.

We can't wait to meet all you future Android users.

 [via computerworld]

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5 years ago

Pictures of Motorola Droid aka Tao aka Sholes Battery Cover

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Yeah, we're showing you guys battery covers. Sorry. But can you blame us for our excitement? The Motorola Droid aka Tao aka Sholes will be the first Verizon Android device and we're going to track this device every step of the way until it launches. The leaked picture showcases a Verizon-branded battery cover and an unbranded one. Not to make something out of nothing but could this mean that a non-Verizon Motorola Droid aka Tao aka Sholes exists? Perhaps, it'll be a GSM worldwide unit (for the likes of Europe, Asia etc)?

[via engadget]

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5 years ago

Sprint HTC Hero: Quick Thoughts

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There's no question that the Sprint HTC Hero is one of the most anticipated Android phones, well, ever. It's Sprint's first Android device, looks relatively pleasing, and runs the beautiful HTC Sense UI. We've spent some quality time with the Sprint HTC Hero and have gathered some of our quick thoughts to hold you over until our full review.

  • The build quality is wonderful. There's no creakiness like the T-Mobile G1 and it feels much more luxurious than the myTouch 3G.
  • We're not the biggest fans of the flush hardware buttons, it's too difficult to differentiate and much too easy to accidentally click. We've had the phone unlock multiple times and make calls without even knowing.
  • On the other hand, the trackball is easily the best of the HTC Android family.
  • The soft matte finish on the backside of the phone greatly improves the overall feel.
  • HTC Sense UI is simply a joy to use. We're not having any of the lag or slowness problems that have been reported elsewhere.
  • Peep, HTC's Twitter client, is very well designed. Actually, all of the HTC apps and widgets are very impressive.
  • Multitouch in the browser is great--a much more intuitive way to navigate. Flash, not so much--on first impression, it's just too clunky for everyday use.
  • Battery life is perfectly adequate.
  • Sprint catches a lot of flack in the media but our experience with its service and data speeds has been entirely positive.
  • We love the Hero

Stay tuned to Android Central for more coverage on the HTC Hero! This is only the beginning, we're going to give you as much information about the Hero as we can before the October 11th launch date. 

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5 years ago

Meet the Samsung Moment, Sprint's Second Android Phone Available November 1st for $179

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We've heard whispers of a second Sprint Android device before and now it's official--meet the Samsung Moment. The Moment is a QWERTY-slider device that packs a 3.2-inch AMOLED screen, 800MHz processor, 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera with video and flash, and an 'optical joystick'. And of course, the usual slew of wireless options--Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and EV-DO.

The Samsung Moment will be the second Android device on Sprint and it certainly looks like a winner. The Moment is most definitely the previously rumored InstinctQ and we applaud Sprint and Samsung for delivering a top-notch Android device without the baggage of a previously used name. The Moment will be available for $179 on 2-year contract ($100 mail-in-rebate) on November 1st.

More info to come!

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5 years ago

Verizon Promises 2 New Android Phones, Shown Off by CEO's

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With the news that Google and Verizon will be co-developing Android phones for release on Verizon Wireless, we can't help but wonder what devices will be released and when. Considering that the Motorola Droid aka Tao aka Sholes has been endlessly pointed towards Verizon, we can surely expect that device to be one of the first Verizon Android efforts right? And, yep, it looks like Verizon CEO Lowell McAdams is holding the Motorola Droid aka Tao aka Sholes in his hand!

But what is Google CEO Eric Schmidt holding? From our perspective, it looks like a HTC-built Android device rocking HTC Sense. BGR reports that it may be a re-packaged version of the HTC Hero for Verizon (the typical Android hardware buttons are said to be touch-sensitive). But it could very well be the previously rumored HTC Desire. Either way, it looks like Verizon is going to be delivering on its promise of offering Android devices (and top tier ones to boot!). And soon.

To quote Verizon CEO Lowell McAdams:

“I don’t wanna leave the impression that you will have to wait until next year or our launch of 4G to see the fruits of this partnership.  In fact over the next several weeks, we’ll begin to announce the initial devices in this family of devices that you’ll see from us over the next several years.  So stay tuned for some game-changing products beginning in a few weeks."

This is absolutely great news for Android. The current smartphone selection on Verizon is weak, to say the least, and to add Android to the mix is going to be huge for the growth of Android. What's great to know is that Verizon is going to be completely on board with Android--Google Voice will even be approved because as Verizon says, you're either open, or you're not. We can't wait to see what other great devices will come out of this partnership and we have no doubt you guys are excited. Remember, this partnership isn't limited to just smartphones.

Verizon + Android? It really is going to be game changing.

[via engadget]

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5 years ago

Dell Bringing Mini 3i Android Phone to the US ?

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Update: The WSJ reports that the Dell Android Phone may be headed to AT&T. AT&T is currently the only carrier who have yet to reveal their Android plans.

When we first heard that Dell was making an Android-powered smartphone we couldn't help but get excited. Seriously, the biggest US computer manufacturer creating a smartphone powered by our favorite OS? We were immediately on board. Then came news that the Dell Mini 3i, the much anticipated Dellphone, was going to be China-only. To say we were disappointed is an understatement--we were absolutely crushed. How could a US company, like Dell, ignore the US market? Especially when we were thirsting, starving even, for more Android devices??

Luckily, it looks like the Dellphone, the Mini 3i, might just find its way home--rumors are pointing towards a US release and it's going to be even better than what we already know. As it exists now, the Dell Mini 3i won't cut it in the states--they'll likely add Wi-Fi, bump up the camera to 5 megapixels, and improve the device. It's going to be thinner than the iPhone and have a similar feel to the Palm Pre. Yeah, we're excited again.

[crunchgear]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition Adds 3.5 mm Headphone Jack, Wood Design

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Update: Check out the myTouch 3G fender edition in the picture above! We think it turned out quite well!

If you thought T-Mobile would just forget about the myTouch 3G especially since the Motorola CLIQ is coming up, you were wrong. T-Mobile has just announced that they'll be releasing a myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition that'll pack a 3.5mm headphone jack complete with pre-loaded songs (on a 16gb microSD card). Along with the music-heavy features, the Fender myTouch 3G will sport a wood finish made famous by Fender guitars.

We love music as much as you do, so to see a legendary brand name like Fender tied to Android is a wonderful thing. We're hoping that Fender and T-Mobile can pull off the wood design on the myTouch 3G because the cynic inside us thinks it may come off a little too tacky.

What do you guys think?

[via engadget]

hit the jump to see the front face of the myTouch 3G Fender Edition!

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5 years ago

Google and Verizon Announce Partnership, Plan to Co-Develop Several Android Devices

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*Spoiler alert* The Google and Verizon joint press conference scheduled for this morning was made to announce a new partnership between the two companies that'll soon pave way for Android devices on Verizon. Yep, it's finally official. Big Red is going to finally carry Android and it's going to show in a big way. To quote:

Verizon Wireless and Google plan to co-develop several Android-based devices that will be pre-loaded with innovative applications from both parties as well as third-party developers. The family of Android phones on the Verizon Wireless network will come from leading handset manufacturers.

How soon will we see Android devices on Verizon? According to the press release, "The agreement will come to fruition within the next few weeks as Verizon Wireless introduces Android-based handsets". So after a year of existence, it looks like Android is hitting the big time. Motorola Droid aka Tao aka Sholes, we can't wait to see you.

Now what about AT&T..

What do you guys think?

[via engadget

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5 years ago

Verizon and Google Schedule Joint Press Conference, Perhaps Announcing Android Phone ?

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Verizon and Google just announced that they'll be holding a joint press conference this morning (10am Eastern, 7am Pacific)  to discuss, well, no one really knows exactly. Obviously, when Google and Verizon get together, our minds get spinning for a Motorola Droid aka Tao aka Sholes announcement. Could this be it?

The MOTODEV Summit is kicking off the same day as this Google/Verizon conference and well, if the stars are aligning like we see it, a new Android device just might be shown off. At the very least, we expect Verizon and Google to detail their Android plans--how can they not? Both Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam are slated to speak so this is as big as it gets.

What do you guys think?

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5 years ago

HTC Dragon Packs 1GHz Snapdragon Processor, 800x480 Screen ?

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Okay, we don't honestly expect you guys to get overly excited about the HTC Dragon because for one, we have no pictures of the device and for two, all we can offer you is a purported screenshot of the firmware build. But what we can do, is simply blow your mind away with its rumored numbers: the HTC Dragon is supposed to pack a 1GHz processor (likely the Snapdragon platform) and a 800x480 screen. Yeah, you can pinch yourself right about now.

So though we expect the HTC Dragon to be eventually amazing, our advice would be to keep the thought of the HTC Dragon for future reference(can you imagine a 1GHz processor!?) and stay excited for real Android devices coming this year like the HTC Hero, Motorola Droid, and Motorola CLIQ.

What do you guys think?

[via engadget]

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