The Motorola Glam, which probably has a 0 percent chance of ever appearing here in the States, continued its Asian rollout by launching in South Korea. The phone comes with the standard plate of high-end specs we have come to expect from Android phones these days, including:
The Seidio Spring-Clip holster for the Evo 4G is a secure and protective way to carry your phone. Your Evo fits snugly, face in for maximum screen protection, but the top spring clip allows for easy release. The holster is designed so that all the ports and controls are still accessible even if the phone is locked in place.
On the rear of the holster is a second spring clip, perfect for wearing on your belt, or for hanging on the sun visor of your car. This clip swivels 360 degrees, allowing for a comfortable fit and access to the volume rocker, headphone jack and USB/HDMI ports without removing the phone from the case. Inserting your Evo into the holster is a piece of cake -- slip the bottom (face in!) into the molded shell, open the top spring clip, slide the phone in place and release the clip. And once it's in place, the only way it's coming back out is if the clip is opened. You can count on it staying put until you want to remove it.
To me, the only drawback to this sort of carry is that the screen isn't visible. But that's also a big plus -- your Evo's screen isn't going to get scratched or damaged and bump dialing simply can't happen. I'm stubborn and set in my ways like an old mule, but after receiving the review unit I'm impressed. If I don't want or need to use Google Maps navigation, the Spring-Clip holster on my visor paired with our cars bluetooth beats the heck out of laying my precious on the dash or in the console. The Seidio Spring-Clip holster is available at the Android Central Store for $29.95. There's a video showing how easy it is to use, and some more images after the break.
Since you probably already lost faith and jumped the ship with Microsoft's Tag application, and maybe you're still not quite happy with the Barcode Scanner from the ZXing Team -- don't worry, AT&T has thrown its hat in the ring, announcing its own Code Scanner. The scanner will allow AT&T customers to scan 2D (QR and datamatrix codes) and 1D (UPC and EAN)
In addition to basic scanning, the app has the ability to make your own barcodes. Visiting www.att.com/createacode will ask you to register. Once registered, you can start making those secret barcodes you've always dreamed of (why, however, is another qusetion). Just don't send anything stupid like, "Be sure to drink your Ovaltine." I'm pretty sure your friends would get mad at you.
Finally, AT&T is also offering a business solution for its partners. It will allow buisnesses to "create, manage and measure mobile barcodes campaign experiences for their customers." According to the press release, a recent consumer survey is claiming that 80 percent of respondents are interested in scanning barcodes with their phones. Are you part of this 80 percent? And if so, did you really need another scanner app? Let us know in the comments section. [AT&T]
Another screenshot and download links after the break.
Judging by the carpet bombing our inbox is currently undergoing, it looks like the official Android 2.2 update for the Evo 4G is under way. That's a tad earlier than we'd been told (though nobody here's complaining), and hopefully it bodes well for getting those of us on the earlier unofficial builds "back on track."
A lucky Android Central forums poster has Froyo (Android 2.2) running on his Droid X, and to nip the nay-saying in the bud has shot a bit o' video for us all to drool over. Looks like an internal test build of some sort, although the poster isn't quite sure how he lucked into getting it. Neither are we, but we never look a gift horse in the mouth. Looks like it runs well, even has a little Flash 10.x love going on. Read a little more here, and check the video after the break! [Android Central forums]
We haven't tried this one ourselves just yet, but what you see before you here is an app that purportedly roots the Motorola Droid and Droid X with a single tap, all on the device, no USB sync required. That alone makes it worth the 99 cents you'll shell out for it in the store. Give it a shot, and sing out in the comments. Download link and barcode after the break. [Unstable Apps] Thanks, Nathan.
There's no official word from AT&T (yet), but it certainly appears that it is blocking the IMEI numbers of all the Dell Streaks handed out to testers in the US. All data is blocked, and any calls are being routed back to AT&T customer service. Some members at MoDaCo's forums claim that Dell has told them that this is all AT&T's doing, but as usual the carrier is keeping tight-lipped about the whole situation. My gut call -- AT&T has a special plan in store for these mini-tablet phones and has disabled all existing units in preparation for launch.
Can't say this is all that surprising, given the results of our unscientific poll back in June that found 37 percent of you said you were ditching BlackBerry for Android. A recent Nielsen survey done in the second quarter of this year found that 21 percent of 1,067 current BlackBerry owners wanted an Android smartphone next. Only 6 percent of 867 iPhone owners wanted to come over to Android, and we wonder if that's changed since Antennagate.
As for our own platform? Android now makes up 27 percent of U.S. smartphone purchases -- ahead of the iPhone's 23 percent. And out of 225 Android owners surveyed, 71 percent said they would stick with Android, and 21 percent wanted to go to the iPhone. (Again, wonder if that's changed since Antennagate.) A mere 3 percent of the Android owners said they wanted to go to BlackBerry. [Nielsen via All Things D and PreCentral]
Though there is a chance it'll look on longingly when other Sprint Evo 4Gs get the official Android 2.2 update, still slated for release this week. The good news is that what you read above is correct. If you applied the unofficial build that leaked late last week (see our hands-on), HTC's working to catch you back up with an official over-the-air update. Don't know when, but the fact that it has said so -- and said so publicly -- bodes well for everybody. [HTC official Twitter]
At 499 Euros (about $660 US) it's not cheap, but who doesn't want to see a Samsung Galaxy S in white? Hopefully, if this blurry picture turns out to be true, sometime this autumn Android fans in Spain will be able to get their hands on one. Maybe it's just me, but some phones look really nice in white -- and I think the Galaxy S would be one of them. What say you? Feeling the white Galaxy, or are you a fan of the basic black? And how about throwing some white Galaxy S variants stateside, Samsung? We'll love you long time!
No word about how many unicorns would need be sacrificed to churn these out, but we're sure it's at least a few. [Unwired View]
We all know that Android has done a remarkable job growing and expanding in the past year. However, I do not think any of us could have predicted just how much the maturing operating system has grown. Canalys, a research firm, is reporting today that Android OS has grown a whopping 886% year-over-year in the second quarter!
That is ridiculous growth for any product and shows just how popular Android is becoming worldwide. Here are some of the interesting statistics Canalys has gathered:
Symbian OS took 38% market share worldwide in Q2 (41% year-on-year growth)
Android had 23% market share (884% year-on-year growth)
BlackBerry OS took 18% share (41% year-on-year growth)
iOS came in with 13% share (61% year-on-year growth)
Apple's iOS displayed the second-best growth numbers, but as you can see, came nowhere near Android, which blew everybody else out of the water.
Android did just as well in the US with 34% market share during Q2, which is a growth rate of 851%. The enormous growth can be attributable to the large number of handset makers that have embraced Android, such as Motorola, HTC, Samsung, LG and Sony.
The momentum is with Android at the moment and it has shown no signs of slowing. With more manufacturers entering the game, the operating system looks to have a bright future. [Canalys]
The Droid 2 is one of the most highly anticipated devices of the summer. And a leaked Verizon training guide for employees has surfaced that provides every bit of goodness that the new member of the Droid family will sport. Some of these features have already been leaked out, but it's nice to have almost official confirmation now.
The Droid 2 will release with:
Android 2.2 with Adobe Flash 10.1
DVD quality video capture with 5mp camera (dual LED flash)
3G mobile hotspot capabilities
1 Ghz OMAP processor with dedicated GPU
A notable feature is the 3G mobile hotspot, which we reported this morning would not be supported on the original Droid.
Uh-oh. PhoneScoop just got word from Verizon that the original Motorola Droid will not have Wifi tethering or USB tethering when the Froyo update hits this week. Verizon's explanation is that the Droid doesn't have a "WI-FI transmitter" and that there is "no connection on the PC side" given as the reason for a lack of USB tethering.
In yet another show of support of the open-source nature of Android by the U.S. Military, Engadget is reporting that DARPA (the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency) is in the early stages of testing translation software to help NATO troops in Afganistan. DARPA teamed up with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to make it all possible, and an-Android based program is one of several possible systems the duo are testing.
Google already offers the free Google Translate app [Market | AppBrain], but it would be no surprise that the needs of troops on the ground exceed what it can do. Let hope that this testing works out and finds its way to the battlefield quickly. I personally know a ton of people going into the military who will likely be deployed, and technology like this can only make their jobs that much easier.
NIST seems more than happy to make Star Trek references in their official video, which you can view for yourself after the break. [NIST via Engadget]
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