This saga of the hilarious Evo vs. iPhone videos produced by a Best Buy employee just got even better. When last we heard, Brian Maupin, 25, had been suspended by the retailer while it conducted some sort of investigation. His job hung in the balance. The investigation -- which we have a hard time typing while keeping a straight face -- concluded, and Best Buy chose not to fire Maupin, who then said thanks, but no thanks, and is looking for work elsewhere.
Takes some stones to do that, for sure. Good luck, Brian, and thanks for the laughs. Check out Best Buy's statement and Maupin's reaction -- as well as the videos in question -- after the break. (Warning: Foul language ahead) [via TechCrunch]
Google made a pretty big splash at its Google IO conference when it said the browser on Android 2.2 is the world's fastest. And Ars Technica has done some legwork that backs up that claim. In the chart above, you can clearly see Froyo on the Nexus One beats the radio signal out of iOS on the iPhone 4 in SunSpider and V8 benchmarks. So while you're taunting your iPhone-using friends by, oh, actually using your phone in front of them, show 'em this chart while you're at it. [Ars Technica]
We often say that Android Central forum members are the best around, and here's yet another example. Skippyrulz crafted a dock for his Sprint Evo 4G out of Legos (mostly from an Indiana Jones fighter plane set, he says), and the result is what you see above. OK, so a more consistent paint job wouldn't hurt, but that's still pretty darn cool. Check out his post for more pics. [Android Central Forums]
The whispers are true, folks. A few lucky souls already are getting their Motorola Droid X's, more than a week before they're set to go on sale July 15. And one such person is coerulea in the Android Central Forums, whose brought us a trio of photos of his new prize. Anybody else hit the lottery today? Sing out, shout from the rooftops, and above all, post some pics. [Android Central Forums]
The Motorola Charm, one of the devices being touted as a T-Mobile back to school special, appears to have made an appearance in a T-Mobile store. While there really isn't much new to come from the small hands on that appears to have been had, we have learned that the device does have a touchpad on the back of the device similar to the Backflip. Sadly, we are still unaware of what Android version the device is actually running, or if the device will launch as the T-Mobile Basil, since that is what the packaging refers to this "project" as. Well, we can hope that since it has made its appearance in store now we will get a firm release date, as well as more specs on the device in the near future. [via TMoNews]
Although that latest OTA patch for the Evo 4G had some launching quirks, you can't deny that it brought some great things for our beloved Evo – better battery life, improved exchange sync support, and overall just a more stable system. There is one thing behind the curtains that not everyone’s aware of though, and that’s the fact that it completely crushed our precious root exploits. As to be expected, a lot of people were upset about this, and a $600 bounty was put up for whoever could crack the code. Luckily, the “leetest of the leet” over at XDA finally figured it out, and the path they took was somewhat of a surprise. Achieving root through a Flash cookie exploit has never been done before, so it marks yet another milestone hurdle the Evo clears. Fortunately enough for all noobs, the process isn’t really all that complicated. Just make sure you know your ADB’s. [XDA via DaringFireball]
At this point I'd like to ask everyone to turn off their WiFi...err I mean put down their pitchforks and rotten fruit. All sharp objects put away? HTC says to expect Froyo on their handsets by Christmas. And since you all are safely empty handed, he also says not to expect Gingerbread anytime this year. Allow me to quote Mr. Lin:
"It takes time to port all of our applications over to Froyo and then make sure that it is running well on each of our devices. That’s not like a one week kind of project. We need to make sure that our applications are taking advantage of the Froyo features. To make sure that they’re all running properly on the OS now that it’s a new version. And then to make sure that it's running on our hardware as well as we expect."
Update from Phil: Good lord, people. OK, we should have included the following line (but were trying to to steal all of Pocket-Lint's quotes). Said Mr. Lin: "I would believe that we would be done with our Froyo updates before Christmas." Updates could come next week. Or next month. Or the month after. Regardless, everybody have a little patience. You'll get Froyo in due time. This reaction is why we never get more than a ballpark time line.
Guess the guys and gals in the federal government saw our hands-on with the Logitech Revue Google TV set-top box and figured they should give it the what-for as well. ... What's that? It can't be released to the public without the FCC's blessing? OK, fine. We understand. But that's not going to stop us from calling "First!" Or at least "Second!" [FCC via Engadget]
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The white HTC Evo 4G, a Best Buy exclusive, should be available for purchase this Sunday, July 11, but some lucky people are seeing them a full five days early. Even better, it seems that at least a few Best Buy stores aren't being shy about handing out the white version of HTC's latest masterpiece to customers who pre-ordered either. If you were waiting for a shiny white Evo and had the foresight to pre-order one, might want to get on the horn with your local Best Buy and see if they have your sitting in stock -- waiting for you to bring home and add it to the family. Be sure to shout out, and some pictures would be awesome :) [Engadget]
You Mac users out there (yes, we know there are a few of you) likely are familiar with 1Password, the uber-password management software. (For the uninitiated, 1Password securely stores your passwords. Learn more here.) Finally (finally!) it's come to Android (Version 2.1 and up). You're going to have to manually copy over your password data from your computer to the phone, but after that, you'll have access to everything. And best of all, it's free. [1Password instructions | Market Link | App Brain] Thanks, Rene!
The wait for Android 2.2 continues, but the European Motorola Milestone apparently is in the midst of another update. MR2.5 reportedly comprises bugfixes and performance/stability improvements, which we certainly wouldn't shrug our shoulders at. Random power cycling and force closes are said to be targeted, and the alarm clock and music capabilities are said to have been addressed. Check your phone or hit up the Motorola software update tool. [via The:Unwired]
Update: Whoops. Apparently Motorola jumped the gun, though you can get the update if you're in Greece, which is nice.
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