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!
And thus, it begins. Engadget has official word from HTC that unlocked European Desires will be getting an over-the-air (OTA) update to Android 2.2 ("Froyo") this weekend. This comes hot off the heels of Sprint announcing that the Evo will see Froyo early next week, so it surely looks like HTC has gotten Sense working just fine on their current line of high-end phones. Users should be automatically notified that there is an update available.
HTC is going all out, promising several features not in stock 2.2:
In addition, HTC is saying that users with carrier-locked Desires will see the update in "several weeks' time." Just as a friendly reminder, they also told users that the update will not delete any existing user data, which is always a great thing.
It looks like there is going to be a ton of 2.2 update news coming in the next few weeks for HTC phones, so if you aren't a Desire or Evo owner, keep your eyes peeled. [Engadget]
Beautiful Widgets, the application that is known for bringing a Sense like style to any device, received a nice update today. The update changed the weather service to AccuWeather, which we hope can be just a little more accurate. The menus of the application also have been updated making the application way easier to navigate. In the past, the menus were not the easiest thing to look through, they now allow users to easily set and change the many features of the application. In addition, one of the other great new features is the unlock animations, which brings some brief animations of the current condition to your homescreen after unlocking the device. If you have not checked the update out, be sure to do so. Market links after the jump.
Feast your eyes on the photo above, in what purportedly is a prototype of an Android tablet device from Samsung. Posted on Twitpic, the only info given is that it's seven inches, and that looks about right. There's no way of knowing how recent the picture is, and you really can't see much more than the black slab. But the translated tweets from @metabaron appear to say it's not the final design, will have a phone radio and camera, no physical buttons and will be released this year. [Twitter via notebookitalia.it and GadgetMix]