Probably the biggest fix in the maintenance update for the Samsung Captivate was with GPS reception. OK, it might not be a "fix." But Samsung is calling it "an update to improve the ... GPS performance," and, darn it, that's a fix to us.
Anyhoo. We had two Captivates laying around. So we updated one, and left the other one looking longingly at its brother, then fired up some GPS on both. We didn't see a huge boost in our short test, but the updated phone seemed to connect to more satellites and just a tad quicker. Check out the video after the break, and let us know if your GPS is any better in the Samsung Captivate Forums.
Dell had moderate success with its Dell Steak (pictured above), and looks to be following upon that with a new tablet. CEO Michael Dell announced the device during a conference in San Francisco, but did not give any details other than it would pack a 7-inch screen and run an unspecified version of Android. Considering the screen size, it is probably safe to assume the device will be a full-fledged tablet, and not a phone/tablet hybrid like the Streak. One would hope that Gingerbread would be released and on the tablet by the time the device is launched, but that might be a pipe dream considering the struggles Dell has had just getting the Streak up to Froyo. In addition, the CEO mentioned that the Streak would be available in Best Buy retail locations soon. [Wall Street Journal]
One of the greatest iterations of the smartphone industry has been the cameras that are attached to the devices. They have become sufficient enough to leave a separate camera at home or forget buying one altogether (Photo-philes will disagree, but for the average consumer this is true).
A result of this has been an increase in camera apps found in the Market. These can range from simple effects to a full on camera replacement app. One of the best that I’ve tried is Vignette, which can act as one of the full replacements. Let's take a look, after the break.
Looks like the rumors are true, folks -- the Evo 4G update that's coming down the pike may well be fixing the 30FPS graphics issue that's been plaguing us all from the start. We were slipped the above e-mail (and it looks like Engadget got one, too) that shows the rumored 3FPS and GPS reboot fixes (that strangely are missing from Sprint's update list).
But wait, there's more. The leaked e-mail also shows an update to the HTC Hero. No, it's not Froyo (and it won't be), but you are getting fixes for GPS reboot and sluggish dialer issues. So you got that going for you, which is nice.
Sing out in the comments if you've gotten either of the updates yet.
Update: Unrevoked's got video of the fix in action, apparently. Check it out after the break.
Curious what the Droid 2 world phone (also being referred to as the Droid Pro or "Global" edition) looks like? Droid Life got their hands on the CDMA-GSM device, and it looks like it's got a new paint scheme to go with it. No word yet on any other new features, though the ability to take this kid overseas is going to sit pretty with a good number of business-types, we reckon. Couple of more pictures at the source. [Droid Life]
But wait. There's more. Maybe. Word of the update actually started late last night at SDX Developers, and jerdog says that in addition to the gmail and calendar fixes, the infamous 30-frames-per-second graphics cap is lifted, and the GPS reboot will be addressed. We're hoping to get official word on those last two, but we'll gladly take the gmail and calendar fixes, too. [Sprint via Android Central Forums]
An update to improve the Samsung Captivate's GPS performance is now available. Captivate customers will receive a notification on their device that an update is available and will simply need to download the file to update their phone. The updates will be pushed to customers’ devices over the next few weeks.
The update for the Captivate will also improve additional device functions, such as media scanning time, add the full version of Quickoffice and address Microsoft Exchange 2003 policy support.
Earlier this month, HTC hosted a meetup in London at which they announced the HTC Desire Z and more importantly, the HTC Desire HD. During the event HTC flashed us a sneak peek of the new Sense UI, and it's definitely garnered some attention. As we've come to expect from the great community that is XDA, user DarkStone1337 nabbed a beta ROM of the HD and put it up for the masses. Join us after the jump to view the plethora of new features and a video showcasing them with the beta ROM. [via AndroidSPIN and XDA]
The Droid X Froyo update is now available, folks! Go to Settings>About phone>Check for updates, and it's all yours. It's a hefty 67.6-megabyte update, so pop on your Wifi and pop open a cold one. It's going to take a few minutes.
Now that your Droid X Android 2.2 update has arrived, it's time to get your Flash on. Adobe Flash Player 10.1 was included in the update, so you don't have to do anything. You can watch Flash videos, browse Flash-enabled websites, play Flash-based games -- and do it all immediately after the update. No muss, no fuss. What other new features are you enjoying? Share them in our Droid X update forum!
(Twitter pre-update, left, and post-update, right)
The official Android Twitter app -- cleverly named Twitter for Android -- just got another updated. There's no changelog just yet (it'll be here, and apparently we skipped the 1.3 update), but the cool little trending topics cloud is gone, the icons have gotten less attractive, and we kinda miss the bird looking at us. We have to hope there's something more than that in this update, and we're not alone in our disappointment. If you spot something, sing out in the comments. Thanks @macprv and Pepito141.
Virgin Mobile has joined the wonderful world of Android, with the Samsung Intercept as its first device. The happy marriage was announced on Facebook, and no information was released on pricing or availability. Virgin Mobile promised more info would be coming soon, which is darn nice of them. [Facebook via Phonescoop]
Here's a neat twist for folks using the Nexus One or Desire, MIUI -- a "from-source" ROM from a Chinese group that takes the best things from vanilla Froyo (Android 2.2), TouchWiz, and of all things, Apple's iOS and bastardizes them into something tha really shows some promise. It's full of features you wouldn't expect, like dedicated SMS and dialer buttons on the lock screen that unlock the phone and takes you right to the app, working FM radio, a built in screenshot function, and a launcher with an adjustable bottom bar, notification shade controls, and home screen changes much like we see on the new TouchWiz.
It's also full of bugs, and a good portion of the ROM is in Chinese. The developer is quick to point out that this is not ready for prime time by any means, and they never intended for it to be localized in other areas. But (and it's a big but) if you like to tinker you should give it a look, because someone else has shown interest in the ROM ... a fellow who goes by the handle Cyanogen. Hit the break to see a video demo of the ROM and some screenshots from my own Nexus. For more info, and downloads, hit the source link. [MIUI via XDA-Developers] Thanks teleknEsis!
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