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3 years ago

Motorola Europe says Android 2.1 for its Milestone is delayed

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The saga of the Android 2.1 upgrades continues, with Motorola Europe posting on its Facebook page that the upgrade for the Milestone has been delayed.

"We regret to say the UK 2.1 update has suffered further delays and been pushed back at least another 2 weeks. Additional operator approvals are now required which were not planned for originally. As we don't want to cause any further disappointment, we will now post about the update only once the launch date is 100...% confirmed. Sincere apologies for the frustration caused and thanks for your continued patience."

The good news is they're taking their time to get things right. Bad news is it's taking time. Hang in there, folks. [Facebook via TheUnwired's Arne Hess on Twitter]

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3 years ago

We're now giving away two Verizon HTC Droid Incredibles [contest]

What's better than giving away a Verizon HTC Droid Incredible? Giving away two Verizon HTC Droid Incredibles. That's right, we're upping the ante in advance of this week's launch. Here's the deal:

  • Our original contest is still on. Hit up the forums if you haven't entered yet.
  • For a second chance at winning a Droid Incredible, hit up this forum thread and tell us about the sorry old phone you're currently using. We'll pick one answer at random to win the second Incredible.

We'll pick both winners Wednesday morning and contact by e-mail, so keep close to your inboxes, and ship 'em out so you'll have them on Thursday, launch day. Good luck, everyone!

Another chance to win a Verizon HTC Droid Incredible

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3 years ago

Vodafone Nexus One available for pre-order, will be available in stores

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And in slightly less unhappy Nexus One news, it's now available for pre-order on Vodafone in the U.K. -- free if you shell out for a monthly plan that costs at least £35. We're also being told that unlike in the U.S., you're actually going to be able to buy it in stores. Will that signal a change for procedure in the U.S.? Let's hope so. [Vodafone] Thanks, Dave!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile's Garminfone spotted, still looks like the nuvifone A50

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Not a whole lot to say here other than it's the T-Mobile Garminfone in the wild, aka the Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 that we saw a couple of months ago at Mobile World Congress. Android is still skinned pretty heavily, as the focus remains on navigation (natch). We're still expecting Android 1.6 with a 600MHz processor. 512MB of ROM are confirmed, along with 3GB or so of internal storage. Still no word on when to expect it, other than "spring."  [via TMo News]

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3 years ago

Google: No Verizon Nexus One, buy the Incredible instead

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Sorry, folks, but I'm gonna have to say I told you so here. (See podcast Episode 9.) Google apparently put an end to the Verizon Nexus One, slipping it into an official Nexus One blog post "update on partnerships." (Strangely, the post is dated April 21, but it just pinged RSS feeds today. Update: They've fixed the date.) The line you need to be worried about:

In the US, if you’ve been waiting for the Nexus One for Verizon Wireless’ network, head over to http://phones.verizonwireless.com/htc/incredible to pre-order the Droid Incredible by HTC, a powerful new Android phone and a cousin of the Nexus One that is similarly feature-packed. It will be available in stores on April 29th.

The official Nexus One order page also says as much. From what I've been told, Verizon rejected the Nexus One at least once -- and the trackball was said to be a major culprit. Guess that makes that decision a little easier, but sorry to those who were holding out for the N1. [Google] Thanks, Nick

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3 years ago

Best Buy promoting Sprint Evo 4G - sign up to be notified when it's coming

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At this point, you're either in the Verizon Droid Incredible camp, or the Sprint Evo 4G. And both are stellar HTC Android smartphones. But the latter has a few extra bells and whistles up its sleeve, and like you, we can't wait to get our hands on it. (Again.) And so it's worth mentioning that Best Buy is now promoting the Evo 4G, and you can sign up to be notified when it will be available. We still don't know any more than "Coming summer 2010," but hopefully we'll learn more at the launch event in a few weeks. Stay tuned. [Best Buy] Thanks, Cody!

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3 years ago

AC Asks: Motorola Droid owners - what are your must-have apps?

Let's just go wide-open this week. We've got 10 Otterbox Commuter Series cases for the Motorola Droid to give away. And so, Droid owners, we ask you: What are your must-have apps for one of the most popular Android devices around?

Reply in this forum thread and you'll be automatically entered to win one of the 10 cases. We'll take entries through Thursday, April 29. Good luck, everyone!

What's your favorite app on the Motorola Droid?

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3 years ago

Dell roadmap shows 'Sparta,' 'Athens' Android netbooks amid smartphones

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Here's a little more out of the Dell camp following last week's insane smartphone leak of the Thunder and Looking Glass, along with the Streak (Dell Mini 5). The roadmap we've obtained shows a few new items, including the "Sparta" netbook tablet and "Athens," a 0.9-kilogram "true netbook", both of which appear to fall under the 11-inch category or so, with an ARM processor, optional 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth. There's also the LG Pro, which looks to be the 7-inch Looking Glass with a high-definition screen and digital TV.

Also note that the Streak appears slated for T-Mobile (confirming an earlier report) and Vodafone, and a Chinese version is in the works as well.

Judging from the roadmap, we could see the Streak as early as next month, August for the Sparta, and the Athens in the fall -- let's just hope Dell doesn't let such sexy Android hardware fall by the wayside.

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3 years ago

How to run Android on the iPhone 2G

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If you have an old iPhone 2G laying around (and chances are if you do have one, it's laying around, right?) and want to run Android on it like we saw the other day, instructions are now available. It's definitely not for the casual jailbreaker, and it's gonna take you a little while. But the instant karma you gain by putting the world's best smartphone operating system on the world's most ubiquitous phone is gonna be worth it. Video of how it's done after the break.  [AndroidaLot via Redmond Pie]

And if you're looking for even more resources, check out linuxoniphone.blogspot.com and the idroidproject.org wiki, brought to you by the guys who got this done in the first place.

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3 years ago

Can you turn off the Sense UI on the Droid Incredible? Mmmmmm ... Not just yet

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It seems that a lot of folks interested in the HTC Droid Incredible want to be able to turn Sense (HTC's custom user interface) on and off at will.  Previous HTC handsets (as recent as the HTC Desire) had the ability to do this pretty easily by erasing Sense as the default and throwing up a choice between Sense or the stock Android home screen after you hit the home button.

Not any more.

We tore into the system files of our Droid Incredible to see what we could find.  After hours of hard work, caffiene and Excedrin, we found some interesting information -- the resources
and artwork for vanilla Android seem to be absent, or at least aren't where we expect them to be.  While we can't be 100 percent  sure just yet, it certainly appears that the Droid Incredible was meant to only run the Sense UI.

This isn't necessarily a bad thing.  HTC clearly has upped the game with the new Sense UI,
as our video walkthrough shows.  At this point, if you're on the fence, the best advice I can
think of is to head down to your local Verizon Wireless store on the April 29 and give the device a spin.  After a few minutes with it, if you think (like we do) that Sense enhances this
particular handset, use your 30 days to find out.

Update: Yep, you can use Helix Launcher 2 on it. So you're running a launcher on top of Sense. Have fun with that.

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