We'd love to take all of you with us next week to the Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco, but you know how much it costs to check luggage these days. The good news is we'll be there to bring back all the latest Android news (including the likely possibility of seeing Froyo and Flash make their official debut). And you can follow along, if you want, with Google's official I/O Android application. Schedules, maps, the works. It's a must-have if you're going, and cool to play with if you're kibitzing from the sidelines. More screen shots after the break. [Market link]
The New York Times is one of the nation's leading sources of news, and its website is one a great extension of that. As people continue to work longer hours, travel farther to work, and try to pack every day full of things to do, it can be a little hard to find time to sit down and read the paper or browse the web. The Times has developed an Android application [Market link] that brings you its content in a very professional, easy to read manner. Let's take a look, after the break.
Finally, after so many months in the dark, it looks like the T-Mobile myTouch 3G will get an update to Android 2.1. Hip hip hooray! According to Andrew Sherrard, T-Mobile's VP of Product Innovation, the myTouch 3G will receive the update to 2.1 and the updated UI that we've seen in the myTouch Slide. Features like the 'Genius' button will also be put into the myTouch which means the myTouch 3G will pretty much become a brand new device.
The good news: LG is finally getting into the Android game, and on Verizon, no less (just like we first told you). The ho-hum news: It's doing so with the Ally. And as this leaked slide deck shows, the Ally will be available for preorder on Thursday, and fully on sale starting May 20. Pricing still has yet to be announced (or leaked, for that matter).
OK, OK. We shouldn't be down on a phone that nobody's actually touched yet. And it does have a decent Qualcomm MSM7627 processor running at 600MHz, 512MB of ROM and 256MB of RAM. And all that's pushing a 3.2-inch WVGA touchscreen. So we're talking part for the course these days on a slightly smaller than awesome screen. Sure, Android 2.1 is nice, and a 3.2-megapixel camera is passable. But we'll have to see about LG's custom interface atop Eclair, and we can't help but wonder how long until it might (if ever) get a Froyo update. So until we get our hands on this guy, we're going to continue to shrug. [via BGR]
We know Adobe is giving its employees Android phones in a form of "dogfooding" for Flash on mobile. We know that Flash is coming in Android 2.2 Froyo. We also believe that Android 2.2 will be a big part of Google I/O next week in San Francisco. Would it make sense that Android 2.2 is running on those phones that Adobe gave away, in some sort of preparation for Google I/O? Makes you think, doesn't it?
In a video showcasing Flash on Android, Android and Me spotted a new homescreen that could possibly be from Android 2.2. We see a few updated icons on the bottom, an updated search bar, and even an Android tutorial icon. We're very excited to see what Android 2.2 holds and see how much Android can get better. In any case, it definitely looks like Google is getting ready for 2.2. Hit the jump to see the video!
Here we go again, folks, with another Sprint Hero Android 2.1 update. After at least one false start, Best Buy is now expecting the ROM to ship by May 21. Of course, that could be any time between now and then, so we'll just have to wait and see, and hope we guessed right in the office pool. Thanks to our anonymous Best Buy tipster, who claimed the May 21 square for himself.
Android 2.0+ The Dolphin Browser is an old favorite on Android, and it just got a nice refresh in the form of the Dolphin Browser HD. You want tabbed browsing? You got it. Gesture support? Yep. It's there. How about the ability to download a YouTube video straight onto your SD card? Sure thing. Go ahead and give it a shot with our hands-on video after the break.
If you're really itching to get your hands on the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide before (almost) everybody else, you can head over to eBay and have at it. Obviously, nothing can be guaranteed with a pre-release device -- it could brick, it could be a prototype, etc. -- but there's something to yelling "first!" on your neighborhood block right? The seller is asking for $750 BIN but the auction starts at $500 (where there is currently no bidders). As much as we like the myTouch Slide, we'd definitely tread carefully as the seller isn't offering a return policy. (And place your bets on when this listing gets pulled.) In any case, the myTouch 3G Slide should get an official release announcement soon, so stay patient friends. [via tmonews]
We don't want to be getting anyone's hopes up too much here, but it's possible that the Verizon Droid Eris could be getting its long-awaited Android 2.1 update ... tomorrow! That said, we've seen far too many of these "official internal" memos announce dates that have come and gone (Canary Traps, anybody?), so we'll believe it when we have the update in our fat little fingers. But in the meantime, we'll keep said sausages crossed that there's good news tomorrow. [MobileCrunch]
Keeping with its trend of weird and awkward form factors, Motorola is pumping out the Motorola Flipout. The Flipout is a completely square Android device that twists open to reveal a surprisingly decent looking physical keyboard. The form factor is such a departure from typical smartphone design that we don't know if we just hate it or hate ourselves for maybe loving it.
Fitting in with previous rumors, the Flipout will run Android 2.1 with Motoblur. The other rumored specs: 700MHz processor, 2.8-inch display, and a 3.1 megapixel camera pit the Flipout as a decidedly mid-level device. The Flipout is expected to hit the US in June and given the overall wackiness of the phone, AT&T has to be the carrier right? One more picture after the jump. [hdblog.it via Crunch Gear]
It's hardly surprising at this point, but the Nexus One apparently is a no-go on Sprint, a little less than two months after its "we're getting it, too!" announcement. Consumer Products representative Michelle Mermelstein told Gizmodo that plans to sell Google's red-headed stepchild are done "because of the 'upcoming availability of the award-winning Evo 4G.' "
Before we get your hopes up, that picture above is not the purported Samsung S-Pad (it's a Samsung Mondi). The real S-Pad (or as real as rumors can get) is an Android tablet said to pack a 7-inch Super-AMOLED screen along with your usual slew of connectivity options (3G, WiFi, etc) and hopefully be awesome. We're not overly excited about the name, could Samsung have at least tried to come up with something a little more unique? But the thought of a crisp and clean 7-inch Super AMOLED device running Android? That we want. The 'S-Pad' is supposed to be slated for a second half 2010 release in South Korea. Here's to hoping Samsung can bring it stateside. [via unwiredview]
It's getting closer. First the Dell Aero showed up on AT&T's website (with all the normal Google services!), now we see that the FCC has approved it for use in the United States. Nothing we didn't already know spec-wise, but the green light has been given and AT&T can start selling them whenever they are ready. Of course no word on when it will be available or any pricing particulars, but rest assured as soon as we know you'll find it here.
With all the other Dell Android news and rumors, is it too little too late? To me this looks like a great introductory-level phone for people new to the Android platform, or the perfect handset for those who need a smaller, lighter phone. Let us know what you think in the comments. [FCC via Engadget]
Reports are saying that the LePhone is pretty snappy even though it runs a heavily customized version of Android in China. If we ever get this LePhone in the US, vanilla Android is good enough for us! [sooyuu via engadget]
We all know the MyTouch Slide is on its way, it's been teased before in video, and it appears as though it has now surfaced again. The video is a bit all over the place, nothing really ground breaking, or anything to call home about, but either way, the device has made it's way into more hands. Hopefully now that we have seen the device in a more uncontrolled environment then we saw it the first time, more information will follow. While a release date has yet to be confirmed, we can hope that it will be sooner then later. [via YouTube] Thanks, Danny, for the tip
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