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6 years ago

Sprint Keeps Us Updated On The Android 2.1 Update By Telling Us Nothing New



Sprint had previously informed us via Twitter that they would update all of their Android devices to Android 2.0 in the first half of 2010. That was great news--back in October. And then they reminded us again in December. And then it was clarified to be 2.1 shortly after that. Now in January, a Sprint Employee keeps the masses at bay by saying that "things are going very well so far" in testing and they're still on target to release it the first half of 2010. To quote:

A while back we announced our plans to update our Android devices to 2.1 in the first half of 2010. I just wanted to follow up with a quick status. The 2.1 update is currently being tested and things are going very well so far.  We’re still targeting the first half of 2010 and if things continue to go smoothly we should have the update well within that time frame. I’m sure there will be a lot of questions about procedures and more exact time-frames but for now I won’t be able to say much more. I just wanted you all to know that things are still on track.

It's really considerate of Sprint to inform us and keep us updated throughout the process, but there's hardly any new information being passed around. It's just re-hashing what we already know. And with the target date of the 'first half 2010' being so incredibly vague, we wish they would have specified a month at least. But oh well. Just know that the Android 2.1 update is coming to you Sprint Android users. We hope soon.

[sprint via androidandme]

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6 years ago

Motorola Motoroi Getting A Lot Of Pre-Orders In South Korea


Looks like Android is catching on fast overseas. The Motorola Motoroi, with its cute bump and all, is expected to reach 50,000 pre-orders by February 4th. That's the word from SK Telecom, the carrier that will exclusively carry the Motoroi. Color us surprised because well, that's a lot of units. Consider the fact that South Korea is a relatively small country, that Android is still fairly new there and that companies like LG & Samsung have an iron grip on their home country, those 50,000 pre-orders become even more impressive. For reference, our lovely Nexus One only managed to sell 20,000 units in its first week.

Speaking of the Nexus One, SK Telecom is also reviewing the possibility of carrying the Nexus One in South Korea, so it looks like the Android train will keep on rolling. But it won't just stop there, SK Telecom is expected to introduce 13 (!) Android smartphones this year. Good times for Android.

Would you be interested in the Motoroi once it hits the States?

[telecomskorea via androidos

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6 years ago

Motorola Cliq sees accidental update


Motorola Cliq

Speaking of the Motorola Cliq, a few of you started noting in the comments today that your phones saw updates, too. Turns out, according to Phone Scoop, that Version 1.3.8 -- which remains Android 1.5, by the way -- accidentally was pushed out to about 600 people and was only available for 15 minutes or so. Battery life, screen sensitivity and GPS are said to have been improved somewhat. No word yet on when any update will be made available again. [Motorola forums via Phonescoop]

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6 years ago

How badly do you want FM radio on the Motorola Cliq?


Motorola Cliq with FM radio

Sure, there are precisely 3,497 ways (we counted) to get music on your Motorola Cliq. It's just that FM radio isn't one of them. Until now. Sort of. Alls you have to do is load up an LG ROM, mess around in some bin files and load an apk or six, and you're good to go. Simple, really, when you think about it. Oh, you don't know how to do that? Don't want to dive into the depths of a Linux-powered phone to listed to the latest from Ke$sha? Fine. Slacker. [via AndroidGuys]

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6 years ago

And yet another weak punch at Verizon by its old nemesis, AT&T


Luke Wilson AT&T commercial

Seriously, AT&T, it's time to give it a rest. You're getting as bad as Apple with these "facts." Woman looks at a Motorola Droid and says, "What is this?" Why, it's the Motorola Droid. It's what's propelling Android's numbers month after month. "Where are all my apps?" another woman asks. You're right, lady. It's real tough to find Android apps. Stop it. Just stop it. [via The iPhone Blog]

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6 years ago

Dell Mini 5 teased by none other than Michael Dell


Dell Mini 5

We're still eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Dell Mini 5 -- a five-inch Android-powered Mobile Internet Device also known as the Streak-- and we're going to keep waiting, apparently. Michael Dell himself teased TechCrunch with it recently, saying nothing more than "it'll be out in a couple months."

Despite the CEO's unwillingness to talk about the nuts and bolts of the Mini 5, we do know that it's powered by the 1GHz Snapdragon processor (isn't everything these days?) and has a 5MP camera, WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G capability. So, that's a snazzy-looking device. The question, Michael, is how much are you gonna charge us for that little slice of heaven? Video after the break. [TechCrunch]

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6 years ago

50 Android games in 10 minutes


Android games

When your iPhone-loving friends question whether there are any decent games on your Android phone, just show them this video. (Thanks to everyone who sent this in.)

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6 years ago

'Direct-to-Google' Android phone coming, Motorola CEO says


Shadow aka Nexus Two

Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha has confirmed that his company has in the works "at least one direct-to-consumer device with Google." Sure sounds like the rumored Google Nexus Two to us, and again solidifies the relationship between the Android developer and hardware manufacturers. (Remember that Jha was on stage with Android and HTC execs at the launch of the Nexus One.)

As for the earnings call and Motorola's recent resurgence in the mobile space, Jha seemed upbeat, though cognizant of the road ahead. "We are just at the beginning of our transition to a smartphone company, and we have a lot of work ahead of us," he said. A couple of other points:

  • 2 million Android-based smartphones sold in the fourth quarter. They expect lower sales in the first quarter.
  • The Motorola Backflip is coming before the end of the first quarter.
  • "Cliq, Backflip and the majority of our new smartphones this year will feature MotoBLUR," Jha said.

As for the numbers end of things, Motorola sold 2 million Android-based smartphones in the fourth quarter. Sales hit $1.82 billion in Q4, up from $1.69 billion in the third quarter. Operating loss was $114 million, down from $183 million the previous quarter, and down from $476 million in Q4 2008.  More on that after the break. [Motorola (pdf link)]

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6 years ago

myTouch 3Gs seeing OTA update, but it's not a newer Android version


myTouch 3G OTA updatemyTouch 3G OTA update

We're getting word that T-Mobile myTouch 3G users are seeing an over-the-air (OTA) update roll in, but unfortunately it's not an update to Android 2.0/2.1 or anything. It's looking like it's not much more than a radio fix (better 3G, anyone?), but that's nothing to scoff at, either. Sing out if you're seeing anything different. [T-Mobile forums via @tsuranoth]

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6 years ago

MSI reportedly has $500 Android tablet coming later this year


MSI tablet

Want a 10-inch tablet with a big black bezel for $500, all without that Apple/AT&T baggage? MSI has one in works, says Digitimes, source of all things sometimes true. The as-yet unannounced and unnamed tablet would run an as-yet unidentified version of Android, powered by a Tegra-based processor. And unlike the iPad (which you guys weren't too keen on, by the way), this one would feature "all the functions of a regular notebook." [Digitimes]

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6 years ago

Google's five privacy principles


Google privacy principles

The biggest leap many Android users have to make is going all-in with Google. E-mail, contacts, search results -- Google knows it all. Today is International Data Privacy Day, and the Big G is taking the opportunity to explain its privacy principles in five easy bullet points. Peep them and a cute little explainer video after the break.

Do you worry about how Google treats your data?(online surveys)

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6 years ago

Handmark's TweetCaster Twitter client now in the Android Market


TweetCaster from Handmark

Handmark's TweetCaster Twitter application is now live in the Android Market. (If you missed it, be sure to check out our review.) TweetCaster features support for multiple Twitter accounts, geolocation, searches and all of your other favorite Twitter features.

A free, advertising-based version is available, and there's a premium (ad-free) version of TweetCaster available for $4.99 in the Android Market. Note: You need to install the free version first, and then the upgrade key, to go ad-free. Download links below.

TweetCaster free
TweetCaster Free

TweetCaster upgrade
TweetCaster upgrade

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6 years ago

Blackberry Review -- Smartphone Round Robin



Ah, Blackberry. If you think about it, Blackberry is the last of the "old guard" of smartphones still standing. Palm rebooted with webOS and Windows Mobile is looking to do the same with Windows Mobile 7. The (relatively) new players in the game, iPhone and Android, have introduced new philosophies and innovative features while Blackberry just keeps on churning, with its pager history on its back and keyboard tradition on the front, a Blackberry today is simply, yet unmistakably, a better Blackberry from yesterday.

And to tell you guys the truth, I love me some Blackberry. Even though it's a completely different experience compared to the Android experience, there's a lot to love and learn from Blackberry. Though it's not the most ideal device for me, I can definitely see why its so wildly successful. It's undoubtedly a unique experience. But there are obvious limitations to Blackberry, perhaps more so than any other platform, but hey, Blackberrys get things done, right?

See what Android Central thinks of the Blackberry platform in the full review below!

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6 years ago

Nexus One desktop dock now available


Nexus One desktop dock

The first official accessory for Google's Nexus One Android phone is now available. The desktop dock goes for $45 directly from Google. (Click the "Get your phone" button then scroll down to "Accessories.")

Strangely enough, you don't actually get to see the dock when you're ordering the thing. You have to go to the Nexus One technical specs for that. And there you learn that the dock will automatically launch the clock app. From there you can:

  • Check the local time and weather
  • Set and clear alarms
  • Watch a slideshow of your photos
  • Play music
  • Dim your phone's display for nighttime use

The dock also comes with a 3.5mm-to-RCA cable so you can run it into your stereo, if you so choose. No word yet on any Bluetooth capability, or on the rumored car dock. Do note that this dock does not sync the phone with a computer. [Google]

Update: Sure enough, the printable user guide (pdf link) confirms that music is transmitted from the phone to the dock via Bluetooth, and then it can be pumped into your stereo. (Nice find, jdmoore81!)

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6 years ago

Android is on Mozilla's road map, but don't expect Fennec anytime soon


Firefox Mobile - Fennec

Word's been going around that Firefox will have a browser in beta in February. That's a bit odd, as I've been following the development of Fennec for Maemo and Windows Mobile -- it's being developed openly -- and have seen neither hide nor hair of it. So it looks like a German Mozilla community site may be a little ahead of itself in saying that a beta for Android would be out in February. Here's the response I got from Mozilla U.S.:

Android is on our mobile road map, but the German reports were a bit exaggerated. The Android version of Fennec is not yet in alpha so "on the way" is premature. 

Put it this way: The Windows Mobile version hit Alpha status last May and still isn't in Beta form yet. And here's another way to look at it: Mozilla's weekly meetings date back to October 2007. If we were going to see Fennec (that's the code name for the mobile version of Firefox) in a matter of weeks, we'd have heard about it by now.

But that doesn't mean we're not looking forward to the day Firefox arrives on Android. In the meantime, check out the Q&A I did with Moz's Brad Lassey about a year ago.

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