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3 years ago

HTC Desire getting its Froyo OTA today

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Just as it was foretold, the HTC Desire is in the midst of its Android 2.2 update, with reports of the Froyo OTA blasting us from throughout Europe. Congrats, folks. And for those of you looking to go the rooted route, be sure to check out XDA Developers before you do anything. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Apple gives up trying to make other phones look bad, pulls testing page

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Maybe Apple finally figured out how to hold a phone, or maybe it just realized it was bad PR move to begin with -- either way, all of those "tests" at apple.com/antenna showing other phones losing signal strength when held have disappeared. The videos showing the Droid X and Droid Eris supposedly crapping out remain on YouTube, however (though you do have do dig for them a bit on Apple's YouTube page), so we can still go to them for a laugh.

Guess that means we can all quit watching our bars with a worried look on our faces, eh? [via TiPB and Slashgear]

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3 years ago

Motorola sending the Sage to AT&T?

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Motorola has done an excellent job with its Android handsets on Verizon. Case in point, the Droid X, Moto's latest to hit the market.  Now, an FCC filing has shown up to suggest that they could be sending one named the Sage to AT&T. 

All of the specifications suggest that this is an AT&T phone. Other than that? No real details yet, but remember that we've seen the Flipout with AT&T apps loaded. AT&T was late to the high-end Android handset game, but has released the HTC Aria and Samsung Captivate lately, with the Dell Streak soon to follow. AT&T finally appears committed to releasing quality Android phones. [via Engadget]

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3 years ago

HTC Desire HD 'Ace' and Desire Z 'Vision' show up in Vodafone inventory system

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We're still not entirely sure what's planned for a couple of HTC codename-phones that have been floating around -- the Ace and Vision, but damned if they haven't appeared in an inventory system for Vodafone D2 in Germany as the Desire HD (a name we've heard before) and Desire Z, respectively. German blog BestBoyZ says the Desire HD should be similar to the aluminum unibody design of the HTC Legend (read our full review of that one), and have features of of the HD2 and Desire (whatever that means).

Now, any release here in the U.S. is likely to come under some other name, but it looks like these phones may be closer to breaking their cover. Oh, and do note the addition of the original Desire with its new SLCD screen listed. [BestBoyZ via Google Translate] Thanks, Patrick!

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3 years ago

Droid X gets Froyo in 'late summer', Motorola says [#Froyogeddon]

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Motorola has updated its, erm, update chart, and we've got two changes. Unsurprisingly after yesterday's announcement, the original Droid has been changed to "Upgrade to Android 2.2 expected to begin the week of August 2." And the Droid X now has "Upgrade to Android 2.2 expected in late summer." There's a whole bunch of Android 2.1 listed for Moto's other phones, but Froyo's all anybody's interested in now, right? [Motorola]

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3 years ago

Android 2.2 on the Evo 4G

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At long last, the Sprint Evo 4G is getting Android 2.2 -- nicknamed Froyo. It's the second U.S. phone to get it -- behind the Google Nexus One -- and the update will be rolling out over the first week or so of August, or you can give the manual install a try by downloading the file from HTC here, and visiting the forums for installation help.

We've gotten our hands on an official build -- though it's not quite the final build -- and have put it through its paces. The overall experience remains the same. HTC's Sense user interface remains on top of Android and is as speedy as it ever was. There new widgets and apps. A bunch of new features. And, of course, two biggies that come with Froyo -- the Just-in-Time compiler, and Adobe Flash.

So join us after the break as we dive into the Android 2.2 update for the Sprint Evo 4G.

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3 years ago

Android 2.2 build for Evo leaked, rooted -- and released

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Android hackers strike again, this time with the upcoming Android 2.2 release for the Evo 4G -- it's already been found, rooted and made available for your flashing pleasure.  Avalaunchmods has beat everyone to the punch and cranked out the first Evo 2.2 ROM with Sense, and everything working.  Enough of my talking, I have a ROM to flash -- and some of you do too.  Hit the source link for download instructions and links [xda-developers] Thanks for the tip and the ROM Avalaunchmods!

Update: HTC's pulled its link and gone on Twitter with the following: "Please be aware any update.zip floating around for EVO are not final and may cause problems. Official updates are coming OTA next week!" You've been warned!

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3 years ago

Original Droid getting Android 2.2 next week - it's official, folks!

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Not to be outdone by its Sprint rivals, Motorola just blasted us with the e-mail all you old-school users have been waiting for: Froyo is coming to the original Droid. Next week. Nothing more exact than that. But we're in uncharted waters here, with carriers giving us warning at all, let alone this far out. Can't contain your excitement? Sing out in the forums with all the other Droid-heads! Huzzah!

Update: And Verizon has updated its support site, which must mean this is really real, right?

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3 years ago

Motorola releases open-source portions of the Droid X source code

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Not to be outdone by the competition, Motorola has released the open-source portions of the source code for the Droid X, too!  All this open-source licensing agreement following is getting me teared up a little bit, even if a good bit of proprietary code remains under wraps.  Moto has fully embraced the intent of open source, even if we tend to complain about efuses and bootloaders.  The release of the code just might help in that area, too. Now get to it developers, see what you can wrangle up with your new toys! [Motorola]

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