Motorola’s rumored 10-inch tablet appears to either be suited with a 1.0 or 1.3 Ghz processor, will also have a front-facing camera and come with Android 3.0 (Gingerbread).
The Verizon contact said that the inclusion of Gingerbread will delay the device (we're likely to see it in February)
Verizon’s aim is to have 75 percent of the country covered in LTE by April 2012
Novatel is releasing its own LTE MiFi device early next year that will support 10 users at once
The Verizon source has also leaked out that LTE pricing will be at $59.99/month, though they did remind that there may be data allowances
Verizon's rumored commitment to providing a global phone to customers is great news. By providing a world phones (which have been sorely missing on Android) for travelers, its network seems even more attractive. A whole lot of speculation at this point, but we’d be lying if we said we weren’t intrigued (and salivating a little bit) by these rumored devices. [BGR]
Forget Skynet, the U.S. Army seems more than content to make Android its platform of the future. Word comes from Engadget that General Dynamics has unleashed what could easily be mistaken for the Fallout series' "Pip-Boy" device. The GD300 is designed to keep soldiers on the ground in the know with a beefy GPS antenna and the ability to connect to the tactical radio system in use by the military. It is also designed to be damage-resistant, "glove-friendly" and "sunlight readable", which probably means it wont be packing an AMOLED screen. In addition, it comes with a 600 MHz ARM processor, 8 GB of onboard flash memory, and a 800 x 480 3.5-inch screen. Basically, this thing is the Android equivalent of the ToughBook. Full press release and some pictures after the break. [GD300 PDF via Engadget]
And sure enough, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is on its way to AT&T. (See our hands-on) The 4-inch phone is bringing its custom Android experience to the U.S. on Aug. 15, complete with 8-megapixel camera, LED flash, 8GB of on-board memory, 2GB microSD card, and the Timescape and Mediascape UIs.
The X10 will cost $149.99 after two-year contract and rebate. Off-contract pricing wasn't initially announced.
Also not announced was what version of Android will be on board at launch, though we have to assume it'll be the same Android 1.6 that we've previously seen, and hope that it'll be upgraded later this year. Full presser after the break. [PR News Wire]
Well hows about that -- there's the HTC Desire HD (also known as the Ace). And this time we have much more than that solitary picture to go with. 247Android.com scored some video with a prototype unit (thus the blurring of the device's serial number), and we get a pretty darn good look at the thing.
Indeed, that's a pretty huge screen, presumably 4.3 inches. It has what's said to be an 8-megapixel camera, and dual flashes are clearly seen. The power button is alone at the top of the phone, and the 3.5mm headphone jack has been moved to the bottom bezel alongside the microUSB port, which is a pretty big change. Looks like there's at least one secondary microphone for noise-cancellation, and the case appears to be of unibody design.
The Droid 2 has been no secret agent, with leaked pictures and information coming out every day. One of the most recent leaks has been the release date, which is still rumored to be Aug. 12 -- this Thursday. Pricing for the phone has been spotted in a Best Buy, leaving us with little information to wonder about when it actually is released.
It appears from the pictures that the Droid 2 will be $199 with a 2-year contract and $599 without one. On a related note, Verizon's website is now saying the original Droid is "Out of Stock." Is this a coincidence or timed perfectly with the impending Droid 2 launch?
Now that you know pretty much everything there is to know about the new member of the Droid family, is it enough to entice you? [Engadget]
So Sony Style has this clock a countin' down, and judging from the reflection (and the smattering of "X10" from the HTML on the page), we could well be looking at the Xperia X10. When last we saw the X10, it was April, it was running Android 1.6, with no upgrade in sight (and the last official word we've had is late Q3), the software wasn't actually production-ready, we left the damn screen protector on -- basically, we were totally underwhelmed with what otherwise should have been an exciting phone.
But it's been rumored for AT&T for as long as we can remember, and maybe now we're going to see it. So wake up early Monday morning, folks (about 11:30 a.m. EDT), and we'll see what's in store. [Sony Style via Gizmodo]
Dear Verizon -- we already know just about everything about the Droid 2, now could you just please advertise the release date instead of teasing us? The image above was found in the Sunday newspaper, an ad from Verizon teasing the release of the Droid 2. Interesting timing on all of this, one would think. The original Droid is now out of stock on the Verizon site as of yesterday, and then today advertisements for the Droid 2 as coming soon. We get it, Verizon, you have the device on the way. We just ask one thing of you now: Give us the device? Please? Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
The U.S. military has been making a strong push lately into building on top of existing systems like the Android OS in order to increase capabilities while keeping costs low. The Army recently wrapped up its "Apps for Army" competition in which Army soldiers and civilians were asked to create apps that were of use to the Army. The contest wound up involving 141 programmers split among 53 apps.
Of particular interest to Android users is the fact that 10 of the 15 winning apps were running on Android, with the remaining five written for the iPhone. One of the top Android winners was written by two Army Corps of Engineers members and was designed to help the Army organize and spread critical information using Google Maps and Earth during disaster relief efforts. The pair chose Android as their platform of choice because it was "more flexible to use" than the iPhone's development environment.
The Army officer in charge of the competition, Lt. Gen. Jeff Sorenson, commented that the other service branches were looking into similar competitions as well. He also said that "as soon as next year" the Army would consider getting iPhones and Android devices into the hands of deployed soldiers.
Holy moley! What you're seeing is thisisbenji's poor HTC Evo 4G after an early morning bicycle mishap. While we hate to see any smartphone in such a clearly painful condition, especially an Android phone, we're as amazed as you are that it still runs. Read the whole story, and see the carnage up close in pictures, in the forums! [Android Central forums]
Internet dating has been on the rise over the past couple of years, many couples have success stories from meeting someone through some type of social networking service or website. MeetMoi NOW is a new Android application that brings the ease of meeting people via the internet to a whole new level. This location based application allows users to see other singles in their area after filling out a profile about themselves. Users will be notified when new matches are found in their respective areas so they are able to decide whether they wish to strike up a conversation with the person or not. So whether you are the shy guy, someone always on the go, or just someone who is looking for another way to meet someone new, this application is a great way to do so. Check out the full presser for some more information, as well as some additional screen shots after the break.
So you missed some news this week? Don't worry, we write it and sometimes it feels like we miss it too! This week was yet another fun filled Froyo week, devices going official, then not, then official again, craziness! Well, take a look below while you enjoy your weekend and check out some of the news you may have missed this past week.
Developer Unstable Apps just released their latest update to their 'Easy Root' application yesterday. Though, just as soon as it went up, Google quickly yanked it off the Android Market. The latest 'Easy Root' update (1.2.2), allowed owners running Froyo on the Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid X, and the Motorola Milestone to easily root their phones by a single touch of a button.
We got in contact of the developer of Easy Root, as we're trying to get to the bottom of why the application was pulled from the Market. That's what we do. He was kind enough to give us a statement. You can read it, as well as see a walkthrough video of the app after the break. [AndroidPhonesBlog via AndroidSPIN]
Update: The developer of Easy Root has again contacted us, this time with news that the application is once again live and available for download from his site HERE. Want some even better news? Emails are already going out to those that purchased from the Market with a new product key and download instruction. Our own Jared has already received his. It's really nice to see this level of support for a $0.99 application. Keep doing what you do Nathan!
Blockbuster has finally unleashed its Android application (see our hands-on) to the masses. Whether traveling, hanging out, or just in the mood to rent and watch a movie, the Blockbuster application will allow you to do so, right from your handset, and you also can purchase the movie. Also available built-in on the Droid X, the Blockbuster application also integrates with the Blockbuster On Demand service, so you are able to resume a movie you were watching from any other device with Blockbuster On Demand. There are no monthly fees associated with the application, just the rental and purchasing costs of the movies, which leads me to ask, why is this not already installed on your device? Hit the jump for the download information.
Update: The good folks at Blockbuster got in contact with us, and there's been a bit of a snafu. The app wasn't supposed to be made available for all devices just yet. The application gets optimized for each device by working with the OEM's and carriers, and we were assured that Blockbuster is in the process of getting the application optimized for other devices. In the meantime, the app has been unpublished from the market and is once again only available for the Droid X.
Anyhoo, the specs of this monster remain a 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen, Android 2.2, an 8MP camera, 1Ghz processor, 720p video recording, 4GB of storage built in, and aluminum case, e-book reader, and all the other bells and whistles we've come to expect.
This one's expected for Europe sometime in October. [UWants via Android-HK] Thanks, Ricky!
Portions of this page are modifications based on work created and shared by the Android Open Source Project
and used according to terms described in the Creative Commons 2.5 Attribution License. AndroidCentral is an independent site
that is not affiliated with or endorsed by Google.