Our pals at LatopMag (hi, pals!) are getting way into March Madness this year, and they've got a 16-team smartphone tournament (not to be confused with the Smartphone Round Robin) to go with it.
Today features the Motorola Droid up against the BlackBerry Curve 8530. Other Android phones fighting for the Final Four are the HTC Hero vs. the LG Expo and the Google Nexus One vs. the Palm Pre Plue. And as an added bonus, there's Android-on-Android action when the Motorola Cliq goes up against the Samsung Moment. Check it out. [LaptopMag]
Russian is a hard language to learn. I know -- I took years of it and can still order the vodka but keep forgetting how to ask for the loo. Anyhoo, above is the Russian version of the Motorola Milestone. Now the Milestone (aka Droid in the U.S.) doesn't exactly have the world's best keyboard to begin with. And try cramming on the 33-letter cyrillic alphabet, and things are gonna get downright nasty. Like cold, hard Russian winter.
But, wait. It gets worse. Highlighted above are the letters "З" and "Э." Basically they look like backward Es, though the former makes a "zeh" sound and the latter "eh." Very different letters, to say the least.
Oh, but it gets worse. Try to find the comma on that keyboard. Go ahead. We'll wait. [Unwired View | image via Mobile-Review]
The first batch of 1,000 updates will be pushed out at 9 a.m. PDT.
Assuming all goes well, another 9,000 updates will go out at 8:59 p.m. PDT.
After that, there's a 24-hour waiting period (to make sure all's still well.)
Then 200,000 updates will go out on Saturday, March 20.
Another batch of 200,000 goes out after that, until everyone has the update.
This stuff is brand-new as of this morning, and things are still subject to change. But we're close, people, and we still expect a manual updating method to be had in short order, so don't freak out if you're not in the first group. Thanks, anon!
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You may remember when Google announced Google Gesture Search, and many of you were sad to find out that it was only available on Android 2.0 and higher. We did a video walk through of this in action for all those who were unable to use it due to device restrictions, but today has become your lucky day. Google now has released a version of this that will now work on Android 1.6 and above. The release unfortunately is still only the English version, although they have made some minor performance improvements, as well as fixed some bugs they had run across. For all those that have not been able to try it out yet, check it out in the market place and let us know what you think. [via Google Mobile Blog]
T-Mobile has officially launched the Motorola Cliq XT. That's the good news. The bad news is that contrary to what we previously were told by TMoToday, the Cliq XT will retail for $129 on new 2-year contract and not the previously rumored $99. The slight price bump isn't ideal and leaves us a bit disappointed but hey, what can you do, carriers rarely "get" pricing like we would want them to. In any case, the Motorola Cliq XT is a full touchscreen device that runs Motoblur. And it's pretty nice. [t-mobile]
If you ever wondered what an HTC Desire looked like in silver, now you know. And it looks pretty awesome. The silver HTC Desire is much more eye-catching than the "urban brown" version and there's just something futuristic looking about the all silver device, isn't there? But as awesome as the silver HTC Desire looks, we're not sure we'd pick it over the traditional one, there's something appealing about that brownish/blackish undertone that we can't explain. What about you guys? Do you prefer silver or brown?
Hit the jump for more pictures of the silver HTC Desire!
Update 3/17: And we got even better details on the roll-out. Head here.
And just like that, we now have the date for the official Motorola Droid's Android 2.1 update. It was just approved today and will be rolled out in batches of 250,000 starting this Thursday, March 18, at high noon (EDT). So if you don't get it in the first batch, hang on for a little bit. Or, even better, once we have the download link it should be no problem to apply the update manually, just as we did for Android 2.0.1.
The above just popped onto Verizon's Web site and, well, you can plainly see it's pointing to the impending Android 2.1 update. We'll let you read through the thing yourself, but there's live wallpapers, pinch-to-zoom, voice-to-text everywhere ... basically all the good stuff that you've been waiting on for so long.
Anybody actually seeing the update yet? And in the meantime, join the conversation in our Droid update forum. [pdf link] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
"Currently there are no plans to update the HTC Tattoo with éclair."
HTC has been known to change its mind, and Tattoo owners can only hope that it happens again. The Tattoo for sure isn't a powerhouse, but it's a nice little phone that fills a niche in Android's lineup. Since the Tattoo was released just last November, it's pretty disheartening to find out that it's already reached the end of it's software update path. Any readers using one of these small sexy phones? Sound off in the comments! [Tracy and Matt's blog]
Android 1.6+ ZumoDrive, a cloud media storage/streaming/sync solution, is now available for Android. Here's the skinny: Install an app on your computer, and media (music, photos and the like) become accessible through the ZumoDrive app on your phone. You get 1 gigabyte of storage for starters (take a tour and get it upped to 2GB), and tiered pricing is available, from 10GB for $2.99 a month to a whopping 500GB for $79.99 a month. [ZumoDrive | Market link]
It was a bit of a disappointment when we learned that despite being an unlocked GSM device, the Nexus One would only get 3G on T-Mobile in the United States. That has ended, as Google is now selling a Nexus One with the AT&T and Rogers (Canada) 3G bands of 850 and 1900MHz. This isn't a great surprise, as we'd seen it go through the FCC already and even got a tip just the other day.
It's the same unlocked phone, and the same price of $529. So, who's regretting that earlier purchase now? [Google]
(p.s.: And you Verizon types? Sorry, keep waiting. )
(p.p.s.: Our pal Michael points out that Bell and Telus users are good to go here, too.)
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