And for those of you worrying about if Android actually costs Google money, Schmidt say mobile search ad revenue "easily pays for all Android development." So it's got that going for it, which is nice. [@gaberivera via Unwired View]
We know, the Motorola Droid 2 specs have been leaked in nearly every way, shape or form at this point, but it just doesn't seem to end. A flyer from Verizon has been leaked, confirming most of what we had already known, but either way confirmed information is always welcome. From the flyer we can see that the Droid 2 will ship with Android 2.2 out of the box, so no waiting on the Froyo OTA like the Droid has to. The device will have 8GB of on-board memory along with an 8GB microSD card, will feature the Droid X-like skin, unified inbox, Swype and many more great features we have come to love. One very interesting stat that they claim is 40 percent boost in webpage loading times, but there is no data showing what the competitor in this was. All this information is great and all, Verizon, but can we just have the device now? [via Engadget]
Trident at Android Forums has it that a showstopper was found in the FRG01B build that came out on Tuesday, which explains why not many people actually got the update over the air. (FWIW: We did our update manually -- see our hands-on here.) And add to that the image sent to Droid Life that you see at right, showing a newer build, FRG22.
Whether FRG22 ends up being the build we finally see released? Well, we'll see. The good news is that just about everybody's in agreement that those of us who updated to FRG01B should be just fine and get another update shortly. Huzzah. [via Android Forums and Droid Life]
Hey, look at that. It's the Motorola Charm at Best Buy, listed at $249.99. That's either one of BB's famous placeholder prices, or the unsubsidized price. Either way, we're still no closer to knowing when this thing's actually coming out on T-Mobile, but there you go. [Best Buy] Thanks to everyone who sent this in.
Finally, the long wait (OK, it just seems long) for Android 2.2 is coming to an end for many of you. First with the Nexus One, and now the Motorola Droid and Sprint Evo 4G, Froyo is steadily being updated on thousands of Android phones.
But we get it. You guys still have plenty of questions about Froyo. And we've got answers. So after the break, some Q&A on everybody's favorite OS update.
NimbuzzOut will allow you to make cheap international and local calls to mobile phones and landlines over the internet without using your minutes! The new keypad located on the NimbuzzOut screen lets you access your entire phone book so you can make quick calls to anyone outside your Nimbuzz network.
A Dialer Tab: call mobile phones and landlines via NimbuzzOut, SkypeOut or any of our SIP partners (Google/Gizmo5, Sipgate, Xeloq, T-Pad, VoIPax, Gulfsip, IPS, Badatel and more)
Friend suggestions see which of your phonebook contacts are already using Nimbuzz so you an add them to your network. The more you add the more you save! ; )
Facebook connect: more stable connection, improved the security of your Facebook data, and allow you to see the status message of your Facebook friends.
New options in the settings, allowing you to choose different layouts, account credentials and profile information.
And best of all, Nimbuzz is still free. Check out video of it in action, plus download links, all after the break. [Nimbuzz]
Possible seamless integration of Chrome and Android was first seen with the Chrome to Phone app/extension. If you haven't heard of it, check out our demo, it's very cool! Now, the reverse process, dubbed Android2cloud, allows users to send information from their phones directly to Chrome.
After installing the app and the extension, give them both the appropriate permissions and start sharing! Video and download link after after the break [Lifehacker]
According to NPD, one of the largest consumer market research companies, Android phones smartphones (or superphones, as Google likes to call it), has out sold the BlackBerry in Q2's sales. Almost every one in three smartphones that are sold today, has Android installed on the device.
The top 5 Android phones sold in the second quarter were:
HTC Droid Incredible
HTC EVO 4G
HTC Droid Eris
It looks like Verizon's and Sprint's marketing efforts have really paid off. (Not to mention HTC, eh?) It's no surprise the Motorola Droid is at the top of that list. Especially with all those Droid commercials Verizon kept on pumping out every few weeks. We're just pretty surprised the HTC Droid Incredible made number 2 on that list. With all those supply shortages with the AMOLED screens and all.
Let's see if RIM's new marketing campaign and the launch of BlackBerry 6 will help them with sales in Q3. They need something other than BBM to help them now. Boast about your Android phone and all of its first-placeness in the comments section. [Business Wire]
Now for something completely different -- J&R has put up the pre-order page for the Archos 32, a 3.2-inch 8GB personal media player. Don't hit the back button on your browser just yet, because this little device is big on the spec sheet:
3.2-inch TFT LCD touchscreen at WQVGA (400x240) resolution and 16 million colors
Android 2.1, with plans to upgrade to Froyo at release
Access to over 2000 apps in the Archos AppsLib app store
800 MHz A8 Cortex processor with OpenGL support
802.11 b/g/n WiFi suport
Standard USB connector with USB Host and composite video out
VGA camera with camcorder mode
Support for every audio and video format I've ever heard of, and a few I haven't
Shazam! Now pack all this into a 2.5-ounce device with a $147.00 price tag and you've just piqued my interest. I've searched high and low for a leaked pic to no avail, and no word on just when we'll be seeing this one, but you can sign up to be notified at the pre-order page. [J&R via NetbooksReview] Thanks Jazz!
Always had a special place in our hearts for the HTC Hero, even if it is a little long in the tooth. But dress it up in black, and we'd be more than happy to put this guy in our bag as a backup device. It's available now from Cellular South for $79.99 after contract and rebate. [Cellular South] Thanks, @asmith001!
When we saw that blurry picture of the Motorola Sage last week we thought ... well, we're not quite sure what we thought. We've been hoping that the difference between high-end Motorola smartphone and low-end Motorola smartphone might at least creep toward the middle. But what we see here sure looks like it's from the same family as the Backflip. Engadget's tipster says the is-Blur/isn't-Blur/PhilBlur skin is on board, and we're trying not to poke fun at that trackpad. Really, we are. You, however, can have at it in the comments. [Engadget]
Don't look now, but it seems like Verizon is about to get real serious about competing with the iPad. Word comes from the Financial Times that Big Red and Motorola, who have been best budsas of late, are planning on launching a 10-inch tablet device that would allow subscribers to Verizon's FiOS TV service to watch live TV shows on it. Just let that sink in for a moment.
The device could launch as soon as "this autumn," but no specific date or pricing were given. It does seem that the tablet will come with full Flash compatibility, which would almost guarantee the device would launch with Android 2.2 ("Froyo"). In addition, the tablet could come with Verizon's hotspot feature, allowing nearby WiFi devices to connect to the internet as well. If they weren't before, Moto and Verizon are sure playing for keeps now. [FinancialTimes] Thanks to SharonW for the tip!
Ever navigate away from a site and have trouble duplicating the search you used to find it? Google has come to the rescue again with a handy "History" link on the Google mobile site. You can find old searches, remove items from your history, and even star search items if you're so inclined. The history includes all searches made while signed in with your Google account, not just those from your phone, and mobile searches are designated by a little phone icon.
Search history should be enabled by default; if not, you can select "Settings," then hit "Save Searches" under "Search History" and save your settings. It's not clear whether search history will be made similarly accessible from the desktop site (although you can simply navigate to google.com/history). There may be some kinks to work out, as evidenced by the following screenshot, so share your experience in the comments! [Google Mobile Blog]
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