For those of you waiting for the Samsung Acclaim ... well, here it is, outed by none other than Samsung itself. There's been little doubt that it'd be an Android phone, and this seals the deal. You've also got a pretty basic four-row sliding QWERTY keyboard, along with what appears to be an optical trackpad on the front. And U.S. Cellular definitely is the carrier of choice, not that there was much doubt. [Samsung via Engadget]
Not everyone with a new Evo 4G is just enjoying the beast. Some of us are hard at work applying everything we know about hacking Android to our new toy. My eyes are getting blurry, and it's time for a break from the terminal so let's have a look at how you can cull some of the bloat on your Evo.
For everybody who's asking us when the Nexus One will get its official update to Froyo, well, we still don't know. But Google employee passion-ate does give us an Android 2.2 update update (see what we just did there?). Anyhoo, here goes:
Apologies for keeping everybody waiting. We are not intentionally holding back on Froyo, just improving the overall experience and quality.
I don't have an exact date to share yet, but we are striving hard to OTA it ASAP. Stay tuned!
OK, so we don't really know any more than we did before this post. But you'll take what we give you, and you'll like it. And in the meantime, you can check out all of our Froyo feature posts here [Nexus One support forums] Thanks, jaeisber, for the tip!
"The total number of HTC EVO 4G devices sold on launch day was three times the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined."
What it actually meant was this (emphasis ours):
"The total number of HTC EVO 4G devices sold on launch day was in line with the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined."
Whoopsie, indeed. Sprint does still contend that "Launch day sales of HTC EVO 4G were six times greater than launch day sales of Samsung Instinct and nearly twice the launch day sales for Palm Pre. We continue to see sales of EVO 4G outpace sales of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre." [Sprint]
Good news for those of you who prefer to do your Google searches via voice input -- and in French, German, Italian or Spanish -- you can now do so in your native tongue. You'll need to have at least Android 2.1 on your phone if you want to use the standard microphone button, or you'll need the Search by voice app on 1.6 and up. Also note that it's designed to work with accents from Spain, France, Italy and Germany. So if your accent is from another country -- say, Mexico for Spanish -- then you might have a little trouble. [Google Mobile blog]
While it may seem that everybody and their brother are busy poking around the innards of the HTC Evo 4G, developers are still hard at work on other Android phones as well. Late last night I was flipping through my Twitter timeline and came across this nice piece of work:
You'll have to be running the latest CyanogenMod test version, and be sure to realize that this is by no means an official update. I think this is the last straw for me and I'm rolling back from Froyo soonest. (Just kidding. Maybe.) A Froyo version will follow soon according to the developer charnsingh online.
Swype has certainly gained a lot of hype from many users, and a while back they rolled out a beta program to select number of people. Today members of this beta received an e-mail stating there was an upgrade available, along with what this upgrade entailed. From what we can see this update includes:
Added better context sensitivity for the “magic button” (go/search/enter/smiley)
Here is a blurry picture of the Droid 2 Android activation screen. It looks exactly like every other activation screen you've seen, only this one is blurry, and on a Droid 2, which we're nearly convinced may itself be blurry, or possibly cast some sort of blurry distortion field around it. Coming up next: Blurry pictures of the Droid 2 microUSB port, headphone jack and power switch. (Note to Motorola: Announce this thing already!) [Droid-Life]
Update: Oh, right. Forgot that the Droid Xtreme is the un-blurry one. Post updated. :p
What this means for other second-generation hardware is unknown. Also unknown is the all important date when myTouch 3G users should expect their Android 2.2 update. We don't have a clue, but you can count on reading about it here when we know more. [TmoNews]
Update: And just like that, Google says its fix is in place and developers are seeing their apps again. Huzzah! [Google, Google Developer blog]
Original: Apps have been disappearing from the Android Market for a good many of you (and us) for a few days now, and you've been screaming for answers. And we hear you. And, believe it or not, Google's heard you, too. Here's what Google told us about the problem:
"We are aware of an app visibility issue with certain recent devices. We believe it to be a device configuration problem and are working on a workaround."
We know, we know. You guys and gals won't be happy until the apps are back in the Market like they should be. But remember that there are thousands and thousands and thousands of you using the Android Market, and we don't wan things to get worse. (But that said, let's get this fixed, Google, m'kay?)
We've already taken a walk through the basic functions of the updated Qik video chat app for the Evo 4G -- now let's take a look at video chat in action. Check it out after the break as Jerry and I give things a go, with both of us connected over WiFi, though even that couldn't make up for the server crush everybody's putting on Qik.
Yes, folks, it's all but official that the Samsung Galaxy S (see our hardware and software hands-ons) is coming the U.S. Only questions are when and to which carrier. (OK, those are pretty big questions.) But the flying saucer we got says it's "Landing soon," and there's a new U.S. website up and running, so things are definitely on the move. If you're in the mood for some unsubstantiated rumors, TMoNews says it's heard of a possible July 21 launch on T-Mobile, and there's a Verizon rumor going around, plus that one on AT&T. But there's nothing to back up most of that other than a big pile of salt, so ... Stay tuned, everyone! [Samsung]
Update: Oh, yeah. Samsung's having a little party on June 29, so we'll likely find out more then.
If you're looking to snag an Evo 4G, you're going to have to hoof it, as it's currently out of stock on Sprint's website. Sprint's said the Evo set a one-day launch record, and it must not have been kidding. We haven't heard hard numbers, but whispers have it at several hundred thousand sold over last weekend. Thanks, djjk2004!
A note to anybody with an Android smartphone: Don't leave it sitting around Paul from MoDaCo, or he's liable to root the thing on principal. Such is the case with the LG Optimus (aka the GT540 -- see our hands-on at Google IO), which he cracked open in what may well be record time. Good on ya, Paul! [@paulobrien]
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