In a weird twist, while everyone was waiting for the Evo 4G update to show up, the folks over at XDA-Developers have just released the rooted users version of it. Don't ask, we have no answers about the how or why :) It looks like the rumors of the 30FPS cap being lifted were true, but it's still too soon to see if the Gmail and GPS "issues" have been addressed.
We normally suggest that everyone on the darkside who has rooted their phone wait a day or two for the developers to release a "root-friendly" version, but this time we don't have to. Follow the source link to grab the ROM, as well as new cellular and WiMax radios while they're still hot! [Xda-Developers via Android Central Forums] Thanks b0ricua!
There have been grumblings for weeks now about 3G upload speeds on the Sprint Epic 4G being slower than expected. We've had plenty of reports in the Android Central Forums, never mind the hundreds of posts at Sprint's own community forums, that tell tales of upload speeds seemingly topping out at around 150kbps -- inadvertently or otherwise. And that's no good. We've been in contact with the powers that be on this one, and Sprint and Samsung have an update in the works.
Here's the official word from Sprint:
"We have heard reports of users experiencing less-than-expected 3G upload speeds with their Samsung Epic 4G. After extensive investigation, Sprint and Samsung have identified an enhancement that may improve upload speeds on the Epic. This fix will be made available in the next maintenance release. It’s important to note that network speeds are impacted by many factors when using commercially-available speed test applications and test results may or may not be true indicator of the actual network performance."
We in the Android world have been basking in some pretty bad-arse hardware for some time now. Our Windows Phone cousins, on the other hand, have been patiently waiting for something new since -- well, the Touch Pro 2 and HD 2. But it doesn't look like Android's going to corner the black-slab market for long. The first real images of the HTC HD3 (it might also be called the HD7) have leaked out, and it's admittedly a beauty. And we're pretty darn curious to get a look at the final product of Windows Phone 7 (I was able to get a look at the early build way back at Mobile World Congress).
Probably the biggest fix in the maintenance update for the Samsung Captivate was with GPS reception. OK, it might not be a "fix." But Samsung is calling it "an update to improve the ... GPS performance," and, darn it, that's a fix to us.
Anyhoo. We had two Captivates laying around. So we updated one, and left the other one looking longingly at its brother, then fired up some GPS on both. We didn't see a huge boost in our short test, but the updated phone seemed to connect to more satellites and just a tad quicker. Check out the video after the break, and let us know if your GPS is any better in the Samsung Captivate Forums.
Dell had moderate success with its Dell Steak (pictured above), and looks to be following upon that with a new tablet. CEO Michael Dell announced the device during a conference in San Francisco, but did not give any details other than it would pack a 7-inch screen and run an unspecified version of Android. Considering the screen size, it is probably safe to assume the device will be a full-fledged tablet, and not a phone/tablet hybrid like the Streak. One would hope that Gingerbread would be released and on the tablet by the time the device is launched, but that might be a pipe dream considering the struggles Dell has had just getting the Streak up to Froyo. In addition, the CEO mentioned that the Streak would be available in Best Buy retail locations soon. [Wall Street Journal]
One of the greatest iterations of the smartphone industry has been the cameras that are attached to the devices. They have become sufficient enough to leave a separate camera at home or forget buying one altogether (Photo-philes will disagree, but for the average consumer this is true).
A result of this has been an increase in camera apps found in the Market. These can range from simple effects to a full on camera replacement app. One of the best that I’ve tried is Vignette, which can act as one of the full replacements. Let's take a look, after the break.
Looks like the rumors are true, folks -- the Evo 4G update that's coming down the pike may well be fixing the 30FPS graphics issue that's been plaguing us all from the start. We were slipped the above e-mail (and it looks like Engadget got one, too) that shows the rumored 3FPS and GPS reboot fixes (that strangely are missing from Sprint's update list).
But wait, there's more. The leaked e-mail also shows an update to the HTC Hero. No, it's not Froyo (and it won't be), but you are getting fixes for GPS reboot and sluggish dialer issues. So you got that going for you, which is nice.
Sing out in the comments if you've gotten either of the updates yet.
Update: Unrevoked's got video of the fix in action, apparently. Check it out after the break.
Curious what the Droid 2 world phone (also being referred to as the Droid Pro or "Global" edition) looks like? Droid Life got their hands on the CDMA-GSM device, and it looks like it's got a new paint scheme to go with it. No word yet on any other new features, though the ability to take this kid overseas is going to sit pretty with a good number of business-types, we reckon. Couple of more pictures at the source. [Droid Life]
But wait. There's more. Maybe. Word of the update actually started late last night at SDX Developers, and jerdog says that in addition to the gmail and calendar fixes, the infamous 30-frames-per-second graphics cap is lifted, and the GPS reboot will be addressed. We're hoping to get official word on those last two, but we'll gladly take the gmail and calendar fixes, too. [Sprint via Android Central Forums]
An update to improve the Samsung Captivate's GPS performance is now available. Captivate customers will receive a notification on their device that an update is available and will simply need to download the file to update their phone. The updates will be pushed to customers’ devices over the next few weeks.
The update for the Captivate will also improve additional device functions, such as media scanning time, add the full version of Quickoffice and address Microsoft Exchange 2003 policy support.
Earlier this month, HTC hosted a meetup in London at which they announced the HTC Desire Z and more importantly, the HTC Desire HD. During the event HTC flashed us a sneak peek of the new Sense UI, and it's definitely garnered some attention. As we've come to expect from the great community that is XDA, user DarkStone1337 nabbed a beta ROM of the HD and put it up for the masses. Join us after the jump to view the plethora of new features and a video showcasing them with the beta ROM. [via AndroidSPIN and XDA]
The Droid X Froyo update is now available, folks! Go to Settings>About phone>Check for updates, and it's all yours. It's a hefty 67.6-megabyte update, so pop on your Wifi and pop open a cold one. It's going to take a few minutes.
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