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]
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.
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!
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!
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]
Samsung has announced its second-quarter 2010 earnings, and the electronics giant is sitting pretty. Revenues were 37.89 trillion Korean Won (about $32 billion USD). That's a 17 percent year-over-year increase. The net income for the second quarter was 4.28 trillion Korean Won (about $3.8 billion USD).
Of interest to us -- Samsung says it sold 63.8 million handsets in the quarter, which is a 22 percent YoY increase. Samsung seems pretty open with the breakdown of all the numbers, including some interesting facts about phone pricing, their plans for smartphone market share increase through the Galaxy S line, and the LCD market overall are in the press release, which you can read after the break. [Samsung] Thanks to Professor Keith for help with the currency conversions!
Samsung loves open source -- today they have sent out an e-mail to interested developers with a download link to the open portions of the Captivate and Vibrant source code. (see our Captivate review here, and our Vibrant review here) Rather than trying to stifle third-party development, it looks like Samsung is embracing it, and we couldn't be happier.
To most people, this won't mean much. But to developers and ROM cookers this is a huge step and should really get the ball rolling for some amazing stuff. There's already talk of a change that will drive the benchmark scores up through the roof. Bring it, I say! [Samsung via [BriefMobile] Thanks Scepterr for the update on the Vibrant
Patience is a virtue. Remember that! With all the Froyo news around the web, it's a little hard to be patient though. But hey - we can't blame you. We can't wait to get our grubby paws on the Evo 4G's new Android 2.2 update. But until Aug. 3, we all need to sit tight.
In the meantime, Engadget scored some screenshots of a few little apps and features that the EVO will be getting next Tuesday. For all of you folks out there who struggle finding the right key in the dark, HTC now has you covered. It looks like the update will bring a new Flashlight app to owners of the phone. Finding that key was never easier.
In addition, it looks like HTC will allow you sync all of your Facebook events and birthdays to your calendar. Finally, if that wasn't enough, app sharing will also be made available. That is, only if the developer has not made the app copy protected. Remember what your mother said when you were young, "Remember to share Johnny." To view the rest of the screenshots, hit the source link. [Engadget]
Here's a follow up to yesterday's tip, in which we learned to hold down the search button to launch Google's voice search. But what, exactly, can you ask it? Here it is, from the horse's mouth:
Call <contact name> (+ <home|mobile|work>): Dial this contact. If the contact has multiple phone numbers, and you don’t specify which number to dial (i.e. “call Dad work”), you will receive an on-screen prompt to select which number.
Dial <phone number>: Dial your selected number: “Dial 3-1-0-5-5-5-1-2-1-2?.
Find <location>: Open a map a Google Maps displaying pins with the location(s).
Specific business name: “Find Staples”, “Find McDonalds”,
Type of business: “Find gas station”, “Find grocery store”, “Find yogurt”,
Specific location name: “Find Disneyland”
Type of location: “Find dog parks”
Map of <location>: See Find, above.
Directions to < location>: Open Google Maps providing driving, mass transit, biking or walking directions to your selected place from your current location. You can use the same types of locations as with Find, above.
Navigate to <location>: Start Google Navigate with <location> set as the end point. You can use the same types of locations as with Find, above. General requests like “Navigate to gas station” will produce an on-screen prompt to select which local gas station.
Open <application name>: Open the desired application: “Open calendar”, “Open Facebook”, “Open Battery Info”.
Post buzz <message>: Generate a Google Buzz posting of your phrase. Posting will be geolocated with your current position.
And again, third-party apps can add functionality. There are what you get in stock Android.
Update: OK, so some of these might not work anymore. (Why? We have no idea.) Find one that does? Sing out!