Not wanting to be left out, Sprint announced this morning that it's working on the Android 2.2 update, and that the Evo 4G will get it.
As work on finalizing the software is under way, Sprint expects to launch Android 2.2 in the near future. It also will be available as an upgrade on the recently launched HTC EVO 4G.
With the Android 2.2 upgrade, customers can expect improvements to include the following benefits: updates to user interface, improved EAS Support, improved browser performance, including Flash 10x Support, voice dialing over Bluetooth and application storage on external memory.
No exact date on when we'll start seeing updates roll out -- they say "in the near future -- so we'll all have to sit patiently and wait. Let us know how that works out for ya. [Sprint]
We've known for some time that U.S. Cellular was getting the HTC Desire, thanks to it being on the regional carrier's rebate form. And now we've got a launch window. The Desire will be available in "early August."
Oh, but wait. There's more. Another Samsung Android phone -- to go along with the Acclaim, which is coming July 9 -- is on the way, and LG will have an Android phone, too. That'll give U.S. Cellular four Android phones -- twice as many as AT&T. Who said the little guys can't play big? Full presser after the break.
What do you get when you rip open a Droid X? Besides a creamy caramel center, you get what you see above. Not sure we want to try this ourselves just yet, but there's video after the break of it being done, so if you really get the urge ... Oh, and do note that you don't actually need a screwdriver to remove the battery. As Max notes, he forgot to put the pull tab back on after a previous disassembly. [DroidX.net via Engadget]
BlueAnt already considers T1 and S4 to be groundbreaking devices. The T1 provides the excellent wind noise reduction, delivering clear audio in wind speeds up to 22 mph, and the S4 is the world’s first true handsfree car speakerphone, allowing drivers to communicate on the road using just their voice AND without needing to touch their phone or car speakerphone at all.
Key features of both applications:
Listen to your text messages – When you receive a text message your BlueAnt device will automatically read out the full message using Text To Speech technology.
Help and Support – The BlueAnt Android apps provide a direct connection to BlueAnt’s customer service center to help users with any product need.
User Manual – Both apps also feature a user-friendly searchable manual that has been customized and formatted to fit the phone’s screen.
The apps work with any Android handset running Android OS 2.0 or above, and are available as a free download for all S4 and T1 owners. Users can download them from the Android Market. For more information about all BlueAnt’s hands-free device, see www.blueantwireless.com.
That said (and we're just having a little fun here) one phone you won't see it on is the one above. That's right, Swype will not be on a Windows Mobile-powered Motorola Droid X. Photoshop blunder or not, we can think of a few people who would love to see this happen, though. And knowing the enterprising Android developers out there, it just might. And if you haven't tried Swype yet, you should. Get it at beta.swype.com.Thanks, Justin!
What happens when a pre-released phone gets into the hands of someone who knows their way around the Android system is a beautiful thing. Late last night we got a system dump from the brand spanking new Droid X out in the Android Central forums, and things are already springing up.
Android Central member mothy can hook you up with all the new static wallpapers HERE
The all new drrrroooooiiiidddd sounds can be found HERE
The Eclair Tips Widget (tested only on the HTC Evo) can be found HERE
And last, but not least, you can get the whole system dump and play until your heart's content right HERE
With over 500 downloads so far of the system dump, we expect big things out of the hacking community, and we can experience a little bit of the Droid X while waiting for it to hit the shelves. Thanks heartagram616 for the keyboard tip!
Things like this is why I love Android. Hacker extraordinaire persiansown has ripped the new live wallpapers out of the Samsung Galaxy S and ported them to other devices. They all make a very nice subtle background, and with 4 to choose from there's probably something there to tickle your fancy. As for me, I really like the Blue Sea one. Hit the break to see some images and a short video of them in action, and you can find the download (tested on the Nexus, Moto Droid, HTC Evo, but should work on any Android 2.1 HVGA device) at the source link. [xda-developers]
The amount of developer support that the Android has been getting is rather amazing, and the applications have made great strides since even six months ago. Sometimes it can be a bit rough to find a new application to try out so we try to simplify it for you and bring you some choices that we use daily. Check them out after the jump.
If you didn't know, Google has the ability to remotely delete applications from your phone that may be malicious or otherwise violate the Android and Android Market Terms of Service. And it's a pretty big deal when that happens, and it's a testament to the platform and the developers that it doesn't often happen in this open community.
But Google recently took steps to remotely wipe an app from a small number of phones. And in the interest of full disclosure, they're telling us why:
Recently, we became aware of two free applications built by a security researcher for research purposes. These applications intentionally misrepresented their purpose in order to encourage user downloads, but they were not designed to be used maliciously, and did not have permission to access private data — or system resources beyond permission.INTERNET. As the applications were practically useless, most users uninstalled the applications shortly after downloading them.
After the researcher voluntarily removed these applications from Android Market, we decided to exercise our remote application removal feature on the remaining installed copies to complete the cleanup.
The remote application removal feature is one of many security controls Android possesses to help protect users from malicious applications. In case of an emergency, a dangerous application could be removed from active circulation in a rapid and scalable manner to prevent further exposure to users. While we hope to not have to use it, we know that we have the capability to take swift action on behalf of users’ safety when needed.
Good on Google for not wielding this sword unnecessarily, and good on them for explaining to us why it was done. Hit the source link for the full deets. [Android Developers Blog]
Sidled up to Logitech at the Digital Experience event in New York City, and lookie what we found -- the Logitech Revue Google TV set-top box. OK, so it's not plugged into a TV or anything, but it's still nice to actually pick up the device and get a feel for how it might look among our home-entertainment system. We'll worry about how it works -- and eventually how it runs Android apps -- later this year. Check it out, after the break.
If you're in the middle of pulling sd cards, running scripts, or swearing profusely at your HTC phone while trying to flash a custom recovery image, stop now. The good people at unrEVOked have released another easy tool that does all the hard work for you.
We at unrEVOked have just released a tool for rooted Incredibles, EVOs, and Desires that installs Koush's excellent ClockworkMod Recovery without making you install an engineering bootloader.
For those on the fence, hopefully this helps the decision a bit. I've already rooted everything the hard way, so I'd love to hear how it works out for any of you guys who give it a try. [unrEVOked]
Made of genuine leather, black with contrasting stitching, it provides a convenient way to prop up your Droid smartphone on your desk. Small and lightweight, it can lay flat for transportation (i.e. taking it to and from the office).
The video after the break will give you an idea of how it looks and how to assemble -- a simple process that involves bending the leather stand and tucking a tab into one of two holes, which sets the prop angle.
This stand is simple but does its job well. You can get the Smartphone Experts Desktop Stand for $14.95 in the AndroidCentral Store. Also, note that it will work with most other Android smartphones.
We've had the Motorola Droid X for all of, oh, about 10 hours now, and damned if it hasn't already gotten a software update. Not sure exactly what was changed in version 1.13.516.en.US (that's up from 1.113.514) because the changelog link points to Motorola's home page. More than likely it's just something that was changed after these demo units were assembled. Or, it's quite possibly a conspiracy to keep me from sleeping. Regardless, it's of little use to most everyone, as the device doesn't go on sale until July 15. But you beautiful bloggers out there can go ahead and get your update on.
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