As proof that you can't keep a hacker from besting anything you design, the G.O.T. team wrangled themselves a leak of the upcoming Android 2.2.1 update for the Motorola Milestone, made it better, stronger, and faster, and then released it for the community long before Motorola and the carriers ever will. And as you can see from the benchmark above, they did an amazing job on the year-old hardware. In the words of someone who's been running it for a bit "I've been running it for 6 hrs now with no problem. And it's really fast!!"
A few things do need saying here -- there doesn't appear to be a version available for the Cellular South Milestone, and the installation instructions aren't for the timid -- thank the locked-down bootloader for that one fellas. Have a look at the source link and digest the instructions and decide for yourself if its something you can work out. There's video (in Korean) of it in action after the break. [G.O.T.] Thanks for the tip, Sean!
As another week comes to an end it is time to take a look back at some of the never ending Android news. Trying to keep up with all this news can be a full time job in and of itself, so it's no wonder some of you miss the news during the week. Let's take a look at some of the fun we had this week and see what you may have missed.
We've had our hands all over the HTC Merge, but we haven't really heard when it's due on Verizon. Looks like the fourth quarter may be pretty well nailed down (along with the "Merge" name), at least according to this leak that just hit our inbox.
Four Android smartphones -- "world phones" that will work on Verizon in the United States as well as on networks overseas -- are listed as coming in the fourth quarter. There's the aforementioned HTC Merge, the Motorola Droid Pro (see our hands-on at CTIA), the Droid 2 Global (which is still unannounced but pops up from time to time) and the LG enV Pro (largely a rumor until now).
Of course, this is still subject to change, and we don't actually know release dates, so stay tuned, folks.
The Motorola Cliq is set to receive the Eclair (2.1) OTA update in a couple weeks, as the T-Mobile employee training guide for updating has leaked out. No word yet on specific dates, but Cliq users should be happy that they will finally receive 2.1.
Even though there are no dates, there is some information Cliq users should be aware of. The update will require 30MB of internal memory as well as 100MB on the SD card. The update should also take about an hour to complete. (Unlikely, but that's what they say.)
We will keep you updated with the more information we hear. Rest assured Cliq users, Eclair is coming! [TmoNews]
Ice Cream will be the version of Android following Honeycomb, Forbes reported today. We haven't even gotten to Gingerbread yet, but that doesn't mean we can't look to the future.
Google has taken to naming different iterations of Android after desserts, in alphabetical order. Beginning at "C," we've had Cupcake, Donut, Eclair and Froyo. Gingerbread and Honeycomb have been confirmed to be next and are expected to be announced later this year and early next year, respectively. Google has not said anything about what delicious desserts will follow Honeycomb, but that doesn't prevent hardware partners from doing so.
Tudor Brown, the President of ARM, mentioned the codename to Elizabeth Woyke of Forbes. ARM, which manufacturers processors, integrates with a wide variety of electronic devices, many of which run Android; in other words, he would be in the know about future Android versions.
All that said, we haven't really had an official official announcement from Google about anything past Froyo, so we'll just have to see. [Forbes] Thanks to everyone who sent this in.
Our favorite Muscovite Football leaked out the latest HTC Lexikon RUU (that's geek-speak for the Verizon Merge), so I just had fire up lil' Hal and get to cracking it open. What's better than spending a Friday evening with your main squeeze having dinner and seeing a movie? Sitting in a basement, slugging down diet Mountain Dew and tearing into leaked Android software, of course! There are no big surprises -- it looks like it's still "old" HTC Sense, is Binged out with search and maps, and all your favorite VerizonWare is on board. That's all stuff we've seen in our exclusive hands-on preview and video walkthrough with the Merge (whose name might still change).
What is music to my ears is that this appears to be a full release version of the software, so the engineers at Verizon and HTC might be done with this one and it's ready for Big Red to decide to start selling it. If you're like me and are compelled to tinker, grab the RUU from the source link. [XDA-Developers]
The decision to initially publish the full version of Angry Birds this morning on GetJar.com instead of the Android Market raised a few eyebrows, and it showed what can happen when an immensely popular Android app doesn't have the might of Google's servers behind it. GetJar went down almost immediately, leaving us all scrambling for mirrors and apks.
Just how bad was the traffic crush? GetJar says traffic was eight to 10 times higher than a normal daily load, and it could see 10 million hits by the end of the day -- far more than its usual 3 million. Chris Dury writes on the GetJar Developer Blog:
"In the past few months, we’ve built the team up to nearly 60 people and we’ve been focused on scalability on many fronts. We were unfortunately not done yet, and couldn’t handle 8x to 10x higher peak load. GetJar normally does 3 million downloads a day and we may have hit more than 10 million today if all went well. In 2 weeks, we’ll complete many of the scalability projects, and we’ll be able to manage 10+ million downloads a day."
The popularity of Angry Birds was only bolstered by today's down time, to be sure. You can look at the decision to (attempt to) publish exclusively with GetJar as a damning of the Android Market. But you can't deny there likely was a mad dash to Angry Birds up in the Market just as soon as things went sour. [GetJar Developer Blog]
A little security bug apparently is plaguing the the Motorola Droid 2. Tipped off to the lads at BGR, the bug allows anyone to activate Google's Voice Action feature when the phone is locked with a security passcode. While holding the search icon (the little magnifying glass), users can essentially bypass the security screen and tell the phone to dial a number, or any of the other commands. All this is done without any visual cues or audio cues. We're not on red alert here, but it's something that should be fixed. Make the jump to see it in video form. [Boy Genius Report]
Update:Kellex over at Droid-Life shows us that this happens exactly the same on the Droid X, even when running custom ROMs on either phone. He's whipped up another great video showing all the ugly action. Be sure to check it out. [Droid-Life]
We soldier on through some technical difficulties (sorry for the sound quality) and podcast through the launch of Angry Birds, discuss the T-Mobile G2, Google TV and a whole bunch of your voicemails and e-mails. Listen in!
Rogers has announced that it is "working towards" having the Samsung Captivate (read our review of the AT&T version) in stores sometime next week. That isn't quite in line with their previous promise of "mid-October," but Android fans on the Canadian network are probably happy just to hear that the phone is finally coming out after some manufacturing delays. Hit up the link (note: the new info is in an update to the original post and can be found at the bottom) to check out the details and to preorder one for yourself. [Rogers]
You start by putting the phone in the back cover, and then snapping on the front bezel. It's a pretty sung fit, and you won't have to worry about it coming undone. The back cover is clad in a textured rubber, giving it great grip in the hand, or on a table or car dashboard. There are cutouts for all of the buttons, ports and microphone. And the case is thick enough so that the camera lens is well-protected if the phone is left face up.
The belt clip fits snugly and secures with a snap mechanism. You release it with a spring-loaded button on the bottom of the clip. If you want, you can remove the belt clip nub from the back cover of the case and replace it with a flat insert. That lets it ride much more comfortably in your pocket.
Everyone loves free stuff. So everyone should be excited to hear that Motorola has just launched a contest on Twitter to promote the R2-D2 with five of the phones (pictured above) going to random winners. How do you enter, you ask? Well, all you need to do is retweet a post from Moto's official Twitter account. You must be over the age of 18 in the U.S. to enter, so get to the (re)Tweeting! [Tweet to retweet, contest rules]
On the news side, your first stop should be our new Android Device Gallery - linked in the main menu and also in the sidebar, where you can select your phone and quickly get the stats, photo galleries, reviews, latest news and forum posts. You can rate your favorite phones and sort by carrier, but expect more improvements to come.
The wait is over, and Angry Birds is now available -- immediately at GetJar, and later in the Android Market. Yes, the whole Angry Birds, with a boatload of levels to make for hours of lost productivity and battery-burning good time. We can't get enough of it, and neither can you.
Oh, and it's free. Ad-supported, actually, just like the version that Rovio started handing out on Thursday. A paid version will come later. The full e-mail from Rovio is after the break, and we'll update with Market links just as soon as it's in the Market. [GetJar]
Update: And GetJar is down. See what you guys did? Hope you're proud of yourselves.
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