Minor Android legend (or major Android celebrity) p3droid has posted some interesting screenshots from a new OS update reportedly for the Motorola Droid 2. First, it looks like the Droid 2 is getting Profiles similar to what we see on the Droid Pro. These will allow you to quickly and easily switch between different homescreen setups as you move through the day.
Another welcome addition is the ability to tether your phone's internet connection to your computer via USB. HotSpot capability is nice, but choice is always a good thing, right?
P3droid also mentioned that the new update is "wicked fast," so it's more than just an eye candy update. Any Droid 2 users excited about getting profiles on their device? [Via MyDroidWorld]
So what are you waiting for? Check the links above and begin your update process. And while it's downloading, feel free to check out the release notes so you can know what to expect once you're up and running on 2.1.
The General Dynamics Itronix GD300 Rugged Wearable Computer may not help you navigate Vault City, but it certainly should help ground infantry troops stay alive -- and General Dynamics chose Android as the OS for this wearable combat computer.
What it is -- a very specialized GPS device, that has connectivity to tactical communications on the US armed forces secure network. Glad to see that the military sees the value in Android, and maybe another manufacturer will make a version for the outdoorsman. /ME wants an Android PipBoy. The full press release is after the break. [DefenseReview] Thanks Cory!
Motorola has announced that the Motoroi X, which is pretty much a Droid X without Verizon's branding, will be hitting Mexican carrier Lusacell in the last quarter of 2010 -- which is anytime now. No pricing was announced, but the phone will have access to Lusacell's 3G network and will retain its WiFi hotspot capabilities. The phone will ship with the same version of Blur as the X and Droid 2 on top of Froyo. Any of you Europeans feeling just a tad jealous? [Motorola (in Spanish)]
Analyst firm Gartner has released its Q3 2010 smartphone estimates, and things are getting downright ridiculous for Android, which has seen 628 percent growth over Q3 2009 and is now the No. 2 smartphone OS worldwide. There were some 20 million units sold to end users (that's you and me) in the third quarter, compared to 1.4 million in the third quarter of 2009. Think back. What was the hot phone this time last year? (And remember that the Motorola Droid wasn't even out yet.)
Overall worldwide, smartphone sales grew 96 percent over Q3 2009 -- they effectively doubled -- and now make up 19.3 percent of all mobile phone sales. Anyone want to place a bet on how big things will be in another year? Check out the full breakdown at the source link. [Gartner]
Update: Fixed the headline and story to reflect percentage change and not percentage points. And going to get coffee now.
For those of you waiting patiently on the Motorola Citrus -- there must have been a few of you, right? -- your wait is nearly over. The entry-level Android smartphone will be available on Verizon starting Nov. 11 (tomorrow).
It'll cost just $49.99 after new two-year contract and $100 rebate. With that you get a 3-inch Android 2.1 smartphone with a low-res (320x240 touchscreen), a paltry 256MB of RAM (512MB ROM) and a 528MHz processor.
As a reminder to everyone, T-Mobile today becomes the first U.S. carrier to sell the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and it is available online now and should also be showing up in stores. You can get one for $399 with a 2-year contract or $599 with no contract. Plans will run you $25 per month for 200MB of data or $40 per month for 5GB. Check out T-Mobile's site now to order one of your own. [T-Mobile] Thanks to I_Am_Incredible for the reminder!
Last week,, security researchers at Alert Logic released the code to exploit the Android WebKit browser on phones and devices running Android 2.1 or earlier. The exploit isn't the most serious issue ever released -- it appears to give someone running a webserver and listening on a certain port the ability to see your browser and media scanner history -- but it needs fixed, and quickly.
Which is why Google fixed it -- in the Spring when Froyo was announced. Apple fixed it, too. I can't find any documentation, but I'm pretty sure HPalm did as well. I'll talk about it a little deeper after the break. [CIO.com] Thanks Dave!
Want to keep your employees around? How about some cold hard cash. Google CEO Eric Schmidt apparently sent out a company-wide e-mail informing all employees that they're getting a $1,000 holiday bonus, plus a 10 percent raise come the first of the year. Schmidt said how surveys of employees had revealed that base pay was more important than benefits to most Googlers, and that Google "want[s] to continue to attract the best people..." The raise will go into effect this coming January for all of Google's 23,000 employees. Except for one person, the guy who leaked the e-mail. He's been fired, apparently. [Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, CNN Money]
Samsung is showing off their new seven inch super-AMOLED display in Japan at the FPD International 2010 show. The panel is WXVGA (1200x600), and as you can see above is being showcased in the next-generation Galaxy Tab. Have a look at any of the Galaxy S phones, SAMOLED is pretty amazing, and seeing it on the Tab will be a welcome sight. The price increase that's likely to come, not so much. Samsung states that they will begin selling the new screens sometime in 2011. [OLED-Display.net] Thanks Erik!
Here's what many were waiting for -- Clockwork recovery for the T-Mobile G2 is now available for all, and is as easy to get as installing Rom Manager from the Android Market. Now all the hackery types have a real way to keep and restore their phone's software, instead of depending on carriers and handset manufacturers to do it for them.
Fire up the Market on your rooted G2, grab Rom Manager (link after the break), and flash Clockwork. Easy as pie. [@koush]
Judging from the amount of e-mails we got sent to us, a lot of you out there are actually using Yahoo! Messenger. The latest release has hit the Android Market and it brings along with it quite a few bug fixes over the previous releases.
Free Video Calls (Beta)
Buzz Your Friends
Improved Photo & Video Sharing
Fixes inc. Sign out issue, Notification reliability & Stability
Yahoo! Messenger is available for Android devices running 2.1 and up but the video calling will only work on myTouch 4G & HTC EVO. Download link is after the break Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
LG has released the required source code for the Optimus S, a mere two days after the handset was released for sale. In the era where getting source code for open-source, GPL products sometimes seems like pulling teeth, seeing a company that follows the agreement they signed is quite refreshing. Make no mistake, LG is serious about its push into the Android world.
This code won't mean much for most of you, but for the few Optimus S developers we're seeing spring up, it's like gold. Give the fellows a bit of time, and get ready for your new Optimus S to get even better. Hit the source link for the download, the model number you're looking for is LGLS670. [LG Electronics] Thanks ksmithinny!
Update - Looks like LG decided to take the source code down for whatever reason.
Want to know what a printer with an Android mini-tablet looks like? Feast your eyes on the "HP Photosmart eStation All-in-One Printer Series - C510" (pause for breath) and itss little Android-powered control station (neé Zeen). Sure, we could talk specs here - Like Android 2.1, a 7" screen, and so on - but HP is pretty much using Android like many companies use WinCE: as a quick OS to build their custom stuff on. Hence: no Google Apps like Gmail or Android Marketplace for 3rd party apps. Regarding the latter - HP says they will continue to evaluate apps that can bring quality printing experiences. Something we pretty much take as code for "you know we're switching this stuff to webOS soon, right?"
In any case, the mini-tablet does have some clever bits on it - the notification drawer has the printer's status and email address right there along with a shortcut to a dashboard that shows you ink levels and the like. There are a smattering of other apps like Yahoo Weather (with printing!), Snapfish (with printing!), and the default Android web browser munged up with a permanent menu at the bottom (with printing!).
Build-wise, it's nothing to write home about. There's a weird swoop on the rear of the tablet, but the full SD card slot is a nice touch. HP has added music functions as well. No word on battery life, but this is most definitely a print and print-app device with just a little bit of classic Android peeking through.
Basically, our take is that if you're in the market for a cool printer - have at it, this eStation is actually very cool and the email-to-print feature is underrated. Just don't expect to get a sweet Android tablet along with it. If you want an Android tablet, there are better ones coming that don't have a printer attached.
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