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Another fun filled week has passed us by in the Android world, and as usual it brought a whole ton of new information to the table. This week we saw Froyo leaks and announcement dates for a variety of devices, along with some application drama and more. Overall, another great week for us Android lovers, and we have recapped it below.
Just as it was foretold, the HTC Desire is in the midst of its Android 2.2 update, with reports of the Froyo OTA blasting us from throughout Europe. Congrats, folks. And for those of you looking to go the rooted route, be sure to check out XDA Developers before you do anything. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Maybe Apple finally figured out how to hold a phone, or maybe it just realized it was bad PR move to begin with -- either way, all of those "tests" at apple.com/antenna showing other phones losing signal strength when held have disappeared. The videos showing the Droid X and Droid Eris supposedly crapping out remain on YouTube, however (though you do have do dig for them a bit on Apple's YouTube page), so we can still go to them for a laugh.
Guess that means we can all quit watching our bars with a worried look on our faces, eh? [via TiPB and Slashgear]
Motorola has done an excellent job with its Android handsets on Verizon. Case in point, the Droid X, Moto's latest to hit the market. Now, an FCC filing has shown up to suggest that they could be sending one named the Sage to AT&T.
We're still not entirely sure what's planned for a couple of HTC codename-phones that have been floating around -- the Ace and Vision, but damned if they haven't appeared in an inventory system for Vodafone D2 in Germany as the Desire HD (a name we've heard before) and Desire Z, respectively. German blog BestBoyZ says the Desire HD should be similar to the aluminum unibody design of the HTC Legend (read our full review of that one), and have features of of the HD2 and Desire (whatever that means).
Now, any release here in the U.S. is likely to come under some other name, but it looks like these phones may be closer to breaking their cover. Oh, and do note the addition of the original Desire with its new SLCD screen listed. [BestBoyZ via Google Translate] Thanks, Patrick!
Motorola has updated its, erm, update chart, and we've got two changes. Unsurprisingly after yesterday's announcement, the original Droid has been changed to "Upgrade to Android 2.2 expected to begin the week of August 2." And the Droid X now has "Upgrade to Android 2.2 expected in late summer." There's a whole bunch of Android 2.1 listed for Moto's other phones, but Froyo's all anybody's interested in now, right? [Motorola]
At long last, the Sprint Evo 4G is getting Android 2.2 -- nicknamed Froyo. It's the second U.S. phone to get it -- behind the Google Nexus One -- and the update will be rolling out over the first week or so of August, or you can give the manual install a try by downloading the file from HTC here, and visiting the forums for installation help.
We've gotten our hands on an official build -- though it's not quite the final build -- and have put it through its paces. The overall experience remains the same. HTC's Sense user interface remains on top of Android and is as speedy as it ever was. There new widgets and apps. A bunch of new features. And, of course, two biggies that come with Froyo -- the Just-in-Time compiler, and Adobe Flash.
So join us after the break as we dive into the Android 2.2 update for the Sprint Evo 4G.
Android hackers strike again, this time with the upcoming Android 2.2 release for the Evo 4G -- it's already been found, rooted and made available for your flashing pleasure. Avalaunchmods has beat everyone to the punch and cranked out the first Evo 2.2 ROM with Sense, and everything working. Enough of my talking, I have a ROM to flash -- and some of you do too. Hit the source link for download instructions and links [xda-developers] Thanks for the tip and the ROM Avalaunchmods!
Update: HTC's pulled its link and gone on Twitter with the following: "Please be aware any update.zip floating around for EVO are not final and may cause problems. Official updates are coming OTA next week!" You've been warned!
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]
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