So smartphone manufacturer HTC has an event planned for Sept. 15 in London, eh? Maybe they just want to hang out with a few of their closes friends, or, more likely, we'll get to see some new hardware! Our money's on the Desire HD and Vision, a couple of names that have been floating around in various places -- Vodafone Germany, for one, plus an early hands-on video. (Plus, Eurodroid points out the smokey image above sure looks like the Desire HD.)
Or, it could be some Windows Phone 7 hardware. Or both. Who knows. Place your bets now, folks. [via Gizmodo]
Oracle has filed a lawsuit against Google, claiming that the Android operating system infringes on its own software patents. Oracle spokeswoman Karen Tillman says in an official statement, "In developing Android, Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle's Java-related intellectual property. This lawsuit seeks appropriate remedies for their infringement." Google has issued no statement, saying that they had not yet been served.
And I say, in a very unofficial statement, "A large portion of Java is covered under the GPLv2, and it's very likely that the Dalvik virtual machine was built from the ground up using none of Sun's existing technology." This will probably turn out to be just another drawn-out court battle, with no clear winner, and lots of money being spent on both sides. We will just have to wait to see what a judge or other elected official has to say on the matter. Google must be doing something right with Android -- it certainly has become a popular target. I'm certainly not a lawyer, and never even played one on TV, but for those who are, the complaint is after the break. [AP via MSNBC]
Here you go, folks, a slew of benchmark tests with the Motorola Droid 2. We're doing this batch with a quorum of Android 2.2 devices -- the original Droid, the Droid 2, the Nexus One and the Evo 4G.
One pretty major caveat, however, is that the Linpack test doesn't appear to be working properly with the Droid and Droid 2, both of which use TI OMAP processors. The Nexus One and Evo 4G are scored just fine. You'll see what we mean, and if someone wants to explain things to us, we'll be at the bar. Video after the break.
Whether stepping foot into the Android Market for the first time, or just looking for something new to use on your brand new Motorola Droid 2, we've got you covered. The Market is loaded with applications, the variety is insane, and the selection is just plain wild. Searching can be a bit overwhelming at times, so lets take a look at some good foundational applications to get you on your way. Be sure to also check out our review section which we are rapidly filling with software reviews.
Enter Chapter 3 of the on-again, off-again saga that is the Motorola Droid Froyo update -- Verizon has sent out an e-mail to it's business customers that says FRG01B is only the first step of a two part update, with part two bringing Adobe Flash support to the father of all modern Android phones. Will this be the mythical FRG22? Will this fully enable JIT? Will Gilligan and company ever get off the island? We just don't know. But when we do, we'll tell ya. [Phandroid]
What's small, made by Dell, runs Cupcake (Android 1.5) and lives on a fuzzy pink rug? Why, the Dell Blaze, of course! (Pink rug not included). It's the newest Android device in the works by Dell, and it looks to be their "entry-level, featurephone-market-stealer™." Not a lot is known about it just yet, but there's a slew of pics at the source link to check out.
I have to question this choice by Dell. I'm all for entry/mid level Android phones, but why on earth is anyone still developing hardware on ancient versions of Android? And considering Dell's release track record, who knows what version of the OS we'll be on by the time this rolls around? [AndroidSpin]
We brought you a hands-on with the Audible Android app a couple of months ago while it was in beta, and we're happy to report that it's now available in the Android Market. The app itself is free, but you're going to need an audible account to actually make use of things. [Audible] Thanks, Nwani!
Gartner's Q2 2010 numbers are in, and the chart above says it all. So do these. And these. And these, you get the point -- Android is showing unprecedented growth, all thanks to people like you and I who love the OS. Overall, the world's "mobile communication" market grew by 13.8 percent, but the competition (we love it!) drove the average price of a handset down (hey we love that too!). Notable news from Gartner's report:
HTC debuts in the top 10 worldwide, with 139.1 percent Y-O-Y growth
Apple's iPad did not affect smartphone sales as much as was predicted
Android overtook iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) for the number 3 spot on the planet
Android overtook RIM (BlackBerry) to become the number one selling mobile OS in the United States according to Gartner
<fanboy>Worldwide -- look out RIM, there's a little green robot on your bum...and he bites. Read the whole report at the source link, you'll like what you see. </fanboy> [Gartner Research]
Just got some more pics in from the Star Wars convention going on in Orlando, and it looks like the date for the R2-D2 version of the Droid 2 is going to be Sept. 30. Good news indeed for you guys waiting on the little guy.
And we've got fresh pics of the R2-D2 phone after the break, if you're into that sort of thing. Thanks to skippyrulz from the Android Central Forums for the pics!
Vlingo has responded to Google's release of Voice Actions in an amazing way -- by making its $9.99 Android application free. Yes, free, starting today. The folks at Vlingo are the first to applaud Google for the great Voice Actions application, but they also point out that Vlingo offers a bit more -- besides being cross platform, they also hook into Twitter and Facebook, and SafeReader to have incoming messages read aloud. Oh, there's one more thing -- Vlingo works with Eclair and Froyo, so no need to wait for that OTA.
So the Dell Thunder's made a surprise appearance this morning, moving beyond renders into the realm of the unannounced prototype. Same Android 2.1 and 8MP camera that we were led to expect, 4.1-inch screen at 800x480, a three-button scheme that looks more like something from Windows Phone 7 and ... Oh, you just want to see the video? Fine. Head on to the source link. But let us put this bug in your ear: While watching, think of the AT&T Captivate, because it and the Thunder certainly appear to share the same design cues. [Engadget]
Update: AndroidSpin got themselves some new pics, but no new info. Check 'em out.
Google held a small event today to highlight some improved features in Android. One of these features was the Chrome-to-Phone extension/application. We brought you one of the first public demos of it way back in May and have been using it since it was first announced as a part of Android 2.2.
Chrome-to-Phone is a nifty application that allows you to send data from your browser directly to your mobile phone. It was developed by a Google engineer with his 20 percent time (where employees are on the clock but free to work on whatever they want). Check out his demo-video after the break.
It is available for 2.2 (Froyo) and higher only and is now available in the Market as well as in the Chrome Extensions Gallery (check our links after the video) [Google Mobile Blog]
The Motorola Droid 2 camera is a 5-megapixel monster. OK, maybe not a monster. It's not the whopping 8MP we're seeing on other phones. But we're OK with that, as it shoots from the hip pretty well, features Motorola's camera software (which we like) and records video in 480p resolution. Let's see some more examples after the break. (Warning: All example photos open in a new window in full resolution.)
We've already played around with an early leaked build of the Tweetdeck Twitter client for Android, but now the beta period is in full swing, and we can all get our Twitter/Facebook/Buzz/Foursquare thing on. You're going to have to register with Tweetdeck and wait for them to send you the app (took about 5 minutes for me), and then you can get your beta on. Tell 'em Android Central sent 'cha. [Tweetdeck]
Google has led the way with native voice search capabilities on Android, and it's take a giant leap ahead with the new Voice Actions, just announced at that event today in Mountain View, Calif. It's about as easy as it gets. Speak it, and it happens. Here's what you can say:
send text to [contact] [message]
listen to [artist/song/album]
send email to [contact] [message]
go to [website]
note to self [note]
navigate to [location/business name]
directions to [location/business name]
map of [location]
We're going to have to play with this and see how well it handles multiple e-mail accounts and the like. But judging by the demo (which you can watch after the break, it's quickly leaped to the top of the voice ladder. [Google]
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