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4 years ago

Android 2.1 update for Xperia X10 line moved from Q4 to 'latter part of Q3'

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 line

At the same time as it announced the Xperia X8, Sony Ericsson revised its update schedule for the Xperia X10, X10 Mini Pro and X10 Mini (seen here from left). Previously slated to get Android 2.1 in the fourth quarter of this year, updates should now start "from Q3 onwards," according to a press release and the official SE Product Blog. The blog goes a tad further, saying the upgrades will start "from the latter part of Q3." Still long overdue, but some movement is better than none at all. [Press release, SE Product Blog]

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4 years ago

Google reportedly focusing on UI with its next revision of Android

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Stock AndroidIt's not really a big stretch to come up with, but TechCrunch chief Michael Arrington says he has "multiple sources close to Google" who tell him the stock Android user interface will get a pretty big overhaul in the next version, tentatively nicknamed Gingerbread and possibly headed for release by the end of the year.

Like we said, it makes sense. Froyo is largely under-the-hood adjustments -- though there are a fair amount of visual tweaks -- so it stands to reason that UI is up next, especially given the acquisition of UI-specialist Matia Duarte, who left Palm and is now User Experience Director for Android.

But you have to wonder how many carriers and/or manufacturers will be willing to forgo their own custom UIs for stock, no matter how good it is. Still, options are good, so we look forward to seeing whatever Google cooks up next. [TechCrunch]

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4 years ago

14-megapixel Altek Leo runs Android 2.1, shows itself off at CommunicAsia

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Altek Leo cameraphone

Remember that Altek camera that comes with a phone attached we showed you a week or so ago?  It's back, with some nice action shots and even a video.  Android 2.1 has been confirmed as the OS (According to vice president JS Liang, Froyo is being worked on) with a slightly customized UI.  We also get some info about release in Asia -- Hong Kong, China and Taiwan in Q4 of this year, and the price will translate into about $499.00 USD.  No word about this one hitting the west -- sorry guys.

Hardware specs are a little sketchy for now.  Altek is a camera manufacturer, so they didn't realize that phone geeks wanna know what's under the hood.  But we have all the camera specifications, and guess what?  It looks like a true replacement for a point and shoot camera is finally here.  14 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD, 3x optical zoom lens (at up to 36mm), xenon flash, and dedicated camera controls should make for a nice little digicam -- with a phone attached.  Hit the break for a couple more pics, and a short video.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile officially offering free phones for Father's Day

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Father’s day is nearly upon is, and T-Mobile wants to help you celebrate. On Saturday, go visit your local T-Mo store and pick out any phone they’ve got for free – all you’ve got to do is switch to a family plan, or add a new line.  Now's your chance to get your hands on that shiny new myTouch Slide, or maybe your Dad has had his sights on the Garminfone.  Either way it’s a great deal, but be sure to check to see if your local store is participating before you ambush them. [via T-Mobile]  

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4 years ago

The Xperia X8 is officially announced by Sony Ericsson

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 was officially announced today, bringing a mid-size, mid-spec Android phone to the Xperia line. The particulars:

  • Android 1.6 (Donut) with Mediascape and Timecape user interfaces.
  • 3-inch capacitive touchscreen at 320x480 (HVGA).
  • 600MHz processor.
  • Quad-band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900), dual (900/2100) or quad-band (800/850/1900/2100) HSPA.
  • 3.2MP camera.
  • aGPS.
  • WiFi.

So, a mid-level phone, it is.  Question remains whether it'll be the first to break through to the American carriers. Full presser after the break. [Sony Ericsson]

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4 years ago

Tuesday tumult: Comment at will!

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Tuesday Tumult

Oh, what the hell. We had the first hands-on with the HTC Aria, the Droid X got into Engadget's hands, the myTouch 3G Slide was rooted, and the Evo 4G is perched atop the Palm Touchstone inductive charger and got overclocked to 1.2GHz. Quite the Tuesday, eh? So let's get it all off our chests before Wednesday rolls around (with a nod and a wink to our European readers).

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4 years ago

Froyo Feature: Blocking auto-update of apps with changed permissions

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Android Market on Froyo

We showed off the new Android Market with the "update all" and "allow automatic updating" earlier, and we've been waiting for an app to come along to talk about this part.  I finally was close to a computer when it happened and was able to document the process instead of just talking about it.  It's another of those nice touches that come along with Android 2.2, but this one has security and the safety of your information in mind.  Follow the break to see a step-by-step in action.

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid X goes public, official announcement coming next week

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Motorola Droid X

Welp, there it is. The Motorola Droid X. Not on a plane, not some blurrycam shot. It's 4.4 inches of Motorola goodness, and Engadget managed to score some time with it ahead of an expected launch event on June 23.

Their takeaway? A 4.4-inch -- bigger than the Evo 4G -- screen with Android 2.1 and a new Motoblur-ish skin. Swype's on board (so much for that T-Mobile exclusive), and the keyboard has honest-to-goodness multitouch. Performance is said to be plenty fast, thanks to its 1GHz processor.

It's going to be a battle of heavyweights this summer, we betcha. Peep some hands-on video after the break, and hit up Engadget for the full run-down. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

MyTouch 3G Slide rooted -- you just can't stop Android hackers

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myTouch 3G Slide rooted

And another new phone falls to the genius of the Android hacking community.  You'll recognize the names -- eugene373, Paul O'Brien, and Koushik Dutta.  These guys used the fake OTA method that was devised for the HTC Droid Incredible to crack the MyTouch3G Slide wide open, add the necessary files, and write a custom recovery to the phone.  This makes it wide open and ready for ROMs and Metamorphing and all the other goodness that comes with root.  Eugene373 has worked up a clear set of instructions, and all the tools and files needed are at the source link.

The Slide is a pretty darn nice phone to start with, and this just made it better.  Only thing left is to convince the wife I need another phone.  [xda-developers via Twitter] Thanks William! 

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4 years ago

Europe and Asia to get Samsung i5500 Galaxy 5

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Samsung today announced the i5500 Galaxy 5 will launch in July in Europe and Asia. The Galaxy 5 is a multimedia phone with an integrated social network tool, a touchscreen display and hopes to appeal to a younger clientele due to the phones design with style in mind. The phone will ship with Android 2.1, a 2-megapixel autofocus camera and Bluetooth 2.1. [via Mobile Burn]

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4 years ago

HTC Aria unboxing and hands-on video

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HTC Aria from AT&T

The HTC Aria from AT&T brings the Android big-time in a little package, with a 3.2-inch touchscreen at 320x480 pixels. And if you think this guy looks familiar, well, it should. It's a mash-up of the Windows Mobile-powered HD Mini (the case and innards), coupled with buttons and the trackpad from the Droid Incredible and Evo 4G.

After the break, we unbox and do a quick walkthrough of the Aria, the second Android phone from AT&T.

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson Shakira is the Xperia X8

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

What's bigger than the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and larger than the X10 Mini? Meet the Xperia X8 -- a mid-size model previously known as the Shakira. No other real details just yet, though it appears to be keeping the same three-button styling, along with the Timescape and Mediascape user interface atop Android. No word on if or when it'll make an appearance, or if it'll be stuck with the same Donut version of Android as its older siblings. [Unofficial SE Blog]

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4 years ago

AT&T locks its latest Android phone -- the Aria -- out of sideloading apps, too

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AT&T Aria appsApps on the Nexus One
(AT&T Aria, left, and the Nexus One)

Here we go again, folks. The HTC Aria -- AT&T's second and arguably best foray into Android -- is limited to only loading applications from the Android Market. As you can see in the screen shot above, the choice to load apps from "non-Market" sources is missing, meaning you won't be sideloading from other websites or -- once Android 2.2 is released -- directly from e-mail, which is very cool.

And this isn't the first time we've seen this. As you'll well remember, the Motorola Backflip is hobbled in the same way -- it's a limitation inflicted by AT&T and is not inherent to the phone itself. We still don't like calling the phone crippled (OK, I don't like calling it crippled, others disagree) because of this, as the rest of it works just fine. But we will say the following:

AT&T: Stop doing this. It's bad for the ecosystem. And bad for developers. And bad for your customers. And it ultimately makes it look like you don't care about Android.

More on the Aria coming up, folks.

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4 years ago

Evo 4G overclocked to 1.2GHz

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Evo 4G overclocked

If modding the Evo 4G to work with the Palm Touchstone isn't warranty-voiding enough for you, take a look at this. XDA member coolbho3000 has cranked his Evo's Snapdragon processor up to 1.267GHz, up from the stock 998MHz or so. Meltdown risks certainly grow as you get that Snapdragon processor to work harder than was initially intended, and this isn't a DIY project for the noobs, so handle with care. But for everybody else, happy overclocking! Check out video of it in action after the break. [XDA Developers] Thanks, Mike!

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S slides through the FCC - next stop T-Mobile

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Samsung Galaxy S

We don't suppose the Samsung Galaxy S will be a part of Saturday's "All phones free" promotion at T-Mobile (which is now official, by the way), but it's will on its way to the U.S. carrier, having just made its way through the FCC. Exactly when we'll be able to get our hands on all that Super AMOLED goodness is still anybody's guess, though the Sammy event late this month hopefully will shed a little light on things. [FCC via Unwired View]

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