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3 years ago

HTC Desire on Vodafone to receive Froyo update on Monday

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The HTC Desire started receiving its OTA Froyo update at the beginning of August, but users on Vodafone have been growing impatient. Word has come from the mobile carrier that the update will start to roll out on Monday, August 23.

The wait was longer, according to the Vodafone rep, because:

Our priority has been to make sure that the software does what we said it will do. This meant testing took a little longer than anticipated.

The rep also said that the update will be a gradual roll-out over two weeks, so if you don't get yours on Monday, look for it in the coming days. The more phones updating to Froyo the better, so this is great news; even if it did take a little longer. [Vodafone forums] Thanks, D.

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3 years ago

Nexus One too popular even with devs, is now on backorder

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The Nexus One has been through a lot -- it's been strapped to a rocket, had mutiple cameos in HBO's hit show "Entourage," it died and came back to life again as Google's main dev phone. But this saga doesn't end there; Google's Android Developer blog put out word that the Nexus One has now been put on backorder by HTC. According to Tim Bray, the inital batch of unlocked phones flew off the digital shelf. But hey -- I guess when you're this popular, everyone wants a piece of the pie (or frozen yogurt). [Android Developers Blog]

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3 years ago

Another beta version of Tweetdeck for Android released

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Tweetdeck released its open beta last week and has been very well received. They released a new version Thursday with increased functionality and blogged about how well the client has done since its release. 

According to the blog, the Tweetdeck team was swarmed with 20,000 requests for its first release. These are not idle users who download an app just to say they have it, it's being used -- a lot, saying:

"Even though we haven't officially released the app yet, TweetDeck Android is generating more tweets and status updates than our 3 month old iPad app."

Now that's impressive. This release brings changes to the app that includes:

  • A new column setting page (users may now set individual columns with notifications, sound and vibrate, and LED flashing)
  • A "share" intent now has been added, so whenever you click share in Android, Tweetdeck will be one of the options
  • Support for bit.ly

They also said that they are working to integrate even deeper with the Android OS. Expect many more functions as Tweetdeck matures.

A teaser for future functions:

  • A widget
  • 1.6 support (Donut)
  • Video uploads
  • Better support for multiple Twitter accounts
  • Native service columns (for Facebook, Buzz and Foursquare)

You can download the new version here. Enjoy! [Tweetdeck Blog]

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3 years ago

Dell Thunder Android protoype gets a thorough hands on

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While we drool over all the new phones we hear about, the Thunder prototype units the Engadget got their hands on are certainly near the top of the want list, and they're sharing a really nice preview of what's to come.  Ever since we first heard about the Thunder back in April, the curved glass screen and sleek styling have stood out and even though these are just prototype units, they sure look good.

We do know it has a Snapdragon clocked at 1 Ghz, 802.11n, 8 MP camera (with flash), and a 1400 mAh battery, but things like the final screen resolution and version of Android are still up in the air.

Be sure to check out the video and image gallery. [engadget]

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3 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G initial impressions and hands-on video

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The Sprint Epic 4G is the third of the Samsung Galaxy S-class phones to be released in the United States. And it comes with a few additions over its already-released cousins, the AT&T Captivate and T-Mobile Vibrant. Initial thoughts and hands-on video are after the break, folks.

(And we know you have questions, and we'll have answers. Ask 'em in this forum thread, and we'll make you famous.)

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3 years ago

Froyo for Droid X leaked; can't be too long now

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Last we heard about the Motorola Droid X getting some Froyo, the date of "early summer" and "by early September" were being thrown around. That might be about to change, as a forum poster on My Droid World seems to have gotten his hands on the DX's Froyo release. In addition to posting some pictures, he goes on to promise that the update is "less than 24hrs away." Now, this is completely unconfirmed by anyone, and we have seen many-a rumored Froyo release date on Verizon come and pass sans update, so take this with a healthy dose of skepticism.

That said, we won't blame any of you Droid X users if you mash on the "System Updates" button (Menu > Settings > About Phone FYI) throughout the day. Just try not do get your hopes up too much, ok? As a DInc owner, I know the feeling far too well. Check out another picture past the link. [My Droid World] Thanks, Josh!

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3 years ago

Droid Pro is a Droid 2 with global support; LG enV2 Touch to be Android-powered

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The not so secret Droid Pro now is said to be a Droid 2 with GSM and CDMA radios inside -- aka a "World Phone," according to an Engadget tipster. No word on a price point yet, though, it is safe to presume that a similar device with global capabilities will probably cost you a little more than $200 with a two year contract (plus whatever happens on the data side). In terms of release, Engadget's source is claiming that we should see it within the next few weeks.

If one inside tip wasn't enough, there is also word of LG releasing a successor to the popular LG enV Touch; named, well -- you probably already guessed it -- the LG enV Touch 2. Quite a mouthful, eh? Unlike its orginal make, this enV will be preloaded with Android 2.1 and will rock two touch screens -- with full QWERTY keyboard. And if one global Android device wasn't enough this holiday, the enV Touch 2 is also to be a global device. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

HTC Desire Z (Vision) and HTC Desire HD (Ace) set to release in Europe soon, found advertised on mobile site

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The HTC Desire Z, also known as the Vision, as well as the HTC Desire HD, formerly known as the Ace, are set to be released soon. HTC is holding a special event on September 15, most likely to introduce its new lineup of phones. 

Online store mobile.co.uk has begun displaying the new Desires, sort of. They're shown in silhouette, there are no specs listed, and "prices have not yet been confirmed." It's likely what we're looking at here is a retailer looking to get ahead of the pitch, not a formal declaration that the phones are on their way. (That said, we're pretty confident that the phones are on their way.)

As for those specs, however, here's a recap of what we think is known:

Desire Z:

  • 3.7-inch screen 
  • 480 x 800
  • Android 2.1 (Eclair)
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor

Desire HD:

  • 4.3-inch screen
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • 8mp camera
  • 4GB internal memory
  • 720p video capture
  • 1GHz processor

Two strong Android phones, these are great follow ups to the original Desire, another great device. [HTC Source]

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3 years ago

Trillian multi-client IM app now in open beta for Android

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Who has two thumbs, seven Android phones and has a hankering for some multi-client instant messaging on Android? This guy. The popular desktop IM client Trillian is now in open beta for Android for a limited time. With it, you can keep up with your pals on AIM, Gtalk, IRC, Mobile Me, Facebook, MySpaceIM, Yahoo and a handful of other protocols, all from a single app on your phone.

Along with the usual Trillian support, you get tabbed chats, landscape mode, and can sent emoticons, photos and send pings (oh boy) to your friends "to demand attention."

The beta period won't last forever, and the app will expire at the end of the beta (at which time we'll likely have to pay for it. So snag it now and give it a shot. [Trillian]

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3 years ago

From the Forums -- aHome 4 beta released

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Whether you're getting tired of the vanilla look, or feeling like PhilBlur just isn't for you, or just ready to try something new, the good people at Mappn have delivered. We looked at aHome 4 a few weeks back when we got hold of some leaked screen shots, and now you can, too.  The developers are actively seeking feedback, and looking for some artistic types to work up some more themes as well.  Give it a look! [Android Central forums]

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