Earlier this month, HTC hosted a meetup in London at which they announced the HTC Desire Z and more importantly, the HTC Desire HD. During the event HTC flashed us a sneak peek of the new Sense UI, and it's definitely garnered some attention. As we've come to expect from the great community that is XDA, user DarkStone1337 nabbed a beta ROM of the HD and put it up for the masses. Join us after the jump to view the plethora of new features and a video showcasing them with the beta ROM. [via AndroidSPIN and XDA]
The Droid X Froyo update is now available, folks! Go to Settings>About phone>Check for updates, and it's all yours. It's a hefty 67.6-megabyte update, so pop on your Wifi and pop open a cold one. It's going to take a few minutes.
Now that your Droid X Android 2.2 update has arrived, it's time to get your Flash on. Adobe Flash Player 10.1 was included in the update, so you don't have to do anything. You can watch Flash videos, browse Flash-enabled websites, play Flash-based games -- and do it all immediately after the update. No muss, no fuss. What other new features are you enjoying? Share them in our Droid X update forum!
(Twitter pre-update, left, and post-update, right)
The official Android Twitter app -- cleverly named Twitter for Android -- just got another updated. There's no changelog just yet (it'll be here, and apparently we skipped the 1.3 update), but the cool little trending topics cloud is gone, the icons have gotten less attractive, and we kinda miss the bird looking at us. We have to hope there's something more than that in this update, and we're not alone in our disappointment. If you spot something, sing out in the comments. Thanks @macprv and Pepito141.
Virgin Mobile has joined the wonderful world of Android, with the Samsung Intercept as its first device. The happy marriage was announced on Facebook, and no information was released on pricing or availability. Virgin Mobile promised more info would be coming soon, which is darn nice of them. [Facebook via Phonescoop]
Here's a neat twist for folks using the Nexus One or Desire, MIUI -- a "from-source" ROM from a Chinese group that takes the best things from vanilla Froyo (Android 2.2), TouchWiz, and of all things, Apple's iOS and bastardizes them into something tha really shows some promise. It's full of features you wouldn't expect, like dedicated SMS and dialer buttons on the lock screen that unlock the phone and takes you right to the app, working FM radio, a built in screenshot function, and a launcher with an adjustable bottom bar, notification shade controls, and home screen changes much like we see on the new TouchWiz.
It's also full of bugs, and a good portion of the ROM is in Chinese. The developer is quick to point out that this is not ready for prime time by any means, and they never intended for it to be localized in other areas. But (and it's a big but) if you like to tinker you should give it a look, because someone else has shown interest in the ROM ... a fellow who goes by the handle Cyanogen. Hit the break to see a video demo of the ROM and some screenshots from my own Nexus. For more info, and downloads, hit the source link. [MIUI via XDA-Developers] Thanks teleknEsis!
Instant notification of Visual Voice Mail in the messaging bar.
Improved sync between phone and e-mail accounts.
Prompt notification when switching to airplane mode.
Faster switching from 3G to 1x RTT.
Search phone while on a call.
Improved Exchange password alerts.
No Service audio alert removed.
So, it takes care of some of the bugs that were on that leaked launch list, but we wait for Android 2.2, among other things. When will the update be released? We've had no official word yet, but we've been told Thursday is a strong possibility. Stay tuned. [Verizon - PDF]
Alright ladies and gents, this one's something you have to check out -- the newest iteration of Twidroyd (formerly Twidroid) brings Live Preview to Android. It looks and acts very much like the new Twitter website that's slowly rolling out to everyone, but in my humble opinion it goes a step further and better. Rather than direct you to profiles, and users tweets like the web client does (screen shot after the break in case you're not familiar with it) it gives a live preview of a website link, or a picture. In short, it's AWESOME, and the caps lock is on purpose! Add in the other features, like native bit.ly support, widgets, multiple accounts, Twitlonger, and more and you have what I think is now the premiere Twitter application for Android -- or any other OS. You do have to be running Android 2.x or higher for the Live Preview, but by now that's the majority of us.
The Motorola Droid X officially will get its Android 2.2 update starting Wednesday, according to a note Verizon just dropped in our inbox. Here's the word:
Verizon Wireless will begin pushing Android 2.2, Froyo, to the DROID X by Motorola tomorrow. Customers do not have to wait for the over the air push, they can obtain the official update via the device itself by following these steps: "Menu" > "Settings" > "About Phone" > "System Updates". For more information and step-by-step instructions please visit www.verizonwireless.com/DroidXsupport.
And you read that right: You won't actually have to wait for the update, you should be able to go and get it. (And there shouldn't be any shenanigans like with AT&T.) More in the Droid X forums!
Gmail just got an update to add some of those cool UI improvements -- and it's been moved into the Android Market. This means that from now on, you won’t have to wait for system updates to get Google’s latest and greatest e-mail client. You will find some pretty cool improvements in this particular update including a much better implementation of how "quoted text" works within e-mail threads as well as limited (for now) support for Google’s new Priority Inbox feature – just be sure to enable it on your desktop version of Gmail first.
You need Froyo to take advantage, and we've got the download links after the break. [Google]
It sure seems as though Logitech is taking a rather out of the box approach to market the Revue -- its Google TV set-top box. A rather creepy ad was released late last month, and nearly instantly burned into our minds, and it seems as though they have gone ahead and done the same for us this month. Not too sure where Logitech is going with these ads, but they sure do stand out and make you remember them, whether for the good, or bad. If you are brave enough, hit the jump for this months video.
AT&T is pushing out an update for the Samsung Captivate -- its version of the Galaxy S -- as noted by SlappyMcgee in the Android Central Forums. The 12MB update takes the phone to version I897UCJH7 (from I897UCJF6) and includes the following:
Preinstalled software - QuickOffice for Android will allow users to edit various Microsoft Office documents.
Messaging - Exchange 2003 support, MMS and other messaging enhancements.
Voice - Improved calling experience.
Media - media scanning time improvements.
So, no Froyo yet, and no GPS improvements. It's also interesting that AT&T notes the update "is not intended to resolve all device reset or freezing issues."
The update is being pushed out in batches of 15,000 through Friday (which gives you an upward ceiling of how many Captivate may be out there). Oh, by the way, regarding the picture above -- if you manually check for the udpate and it's not ready for you yet, you'll have to wait 24 hours. Classy, AT&T. [AT&T via Android Central Forums]
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