The T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant was the first of the Galaxy S line of Android smartphones to be released in the United States, and it's quickly becoming one of our favorites of the year. Its 4-inch screen is just about the perfect size. Not too large, and far from small. It sports a rounded design (as opposed to its more gangly cousin, the AT&T Captivate), and so it's easy to hold. It has the newfangled Super AMOLED touchscreen, which in addition to having some pretty darn good colors, is also pretty visible outdoors and might or might not produce a small puppy on command.
After the break, we take a walk around the block with the T-Mobile Vibrant, do a few side-by-sides with some of the other hot Android smartphones available today, and basically have ourselves a nice little lovefest. Let's go!
Goby, a popular iPhone and iPod Touch application, has released an Android version of its application. For those who are unfamiliar with Goby and what it has to offer, it is basically a location based search engine that gives users ideas of things to do to fill their spare time. Currently they have more then four million geo-tagged locations that are easily searchable, so the odds of finding something that interests you is pretty high. The application offers users some great features in their initial release, including but not limited to:
Coverage of 350 categories of things to do, from hiking and caving to restaurants and galleries
Coverage of every city, town and region in the United States
User geo-location at start
Result lists complete with photos
Maps and phone numbers to connect users to activities and places
Ability to share things to do through Twitter, Facebook and email
Be sure to give it a shot and give us a shout in the forums if you are able to cure some weekend boredom. Download links after the break.
Well, what do we have here? It seems like Motorola wants to keep pushing hard on the mid-range Android market with this portrait slider, which looks like it will get Verizon's "Droid" branding (or at least the red eye). This could point to some serious hardware, as Verizon has only given it's high-end Android devices the Droid name, while leaving the mid-range phones to fend for themselves (see: Moto Devour, LG Ally).
The device remains unnamed and unannounced, and has a form factor similar to the Palm Pre. It also looks like it will come with a full QWERTY keyboard, which should provide physical keyboard fans with an alternative to the Droid 2 or Sprint's Epic 4G. It would be no surprise if Moto was gunning for Verizon's legions of BlackBerry users who might be looking for a change from their Bold or Curve.
Check a short and very blurry walkthrough of the device after the break. [via Android and Me]
Let's be clear here -- there's no sense in continuing to roll out an OTA update that makes things worse. We certainly don't like waiting for our Android software updates, but I think we would like new signal issues even less. Let's all back off for just a bit and give T-Mobile some room to breathe and update us all accordingly. [T-Mobile support forums via TmoNews]
It's far from a final version, but those of you waiting for the CyanogenMod team to release some delicious Froyo for your HTC Evo, it's your lucky day. The first of the nightly builds (think of them as the beta version of the beta version) is available for download. Of course we all dove right in and I'll have to say, it's very nice. If you're fully rooted and ready to try, you can get your very own copy right HERE. Since CyanogenMod is a 100 percent open source project, you'll have to download the Google applications separately, and it just so happens that the ones right HERE work perfectly. Thanks everyone on Twitter who sent this in, and a special shout out to the developers!
We've had a ton of touchscreen technology thrown at us in the past year -- hell, in the past several months. We've gone from LCD (liquid crystal display) to OLED (organic light-emitting diode) to AMOLED (active matrix OLED) to the brand-new Super AMOLED, which we saw debuted at Mobile World Congress in February.
Each has its merits. OLED and AMOLED have been notoriously not great outdoors, as well as hard to come by of late, leading to handset shortages. LCD is tried and true and more readily available, but can it stand up to the new Super AMOLED, which promises even better battery life and less reflectivity outdoors?
Sprint announced this morning that it will make available the Motorola i1 -- the first Android push-to-talk device -- starting July 25 for $149.99 after contract and rebate. It initially will be sold through direct shipping, business sales and telesales, and will hit all remaining Sprint sales channels starting Aug. 8.
The Motorola i1 (see our hands-on) is a fairly basic Android device, sporting a 3.1-inch touchscreen, 5MP camera, the Swype keyboard, and a host of business applications.
The Motorola Charm's release on T-Mobile appears to be aimed at Aug. 25, according to a doc scored by TmoNews. Though there never has been an officially announced release date, it had been speculated that it would arrive earlier.
In addition, it appears that the phone will launch in two separate colors, Cabernet and Golden-Bronze. While the specs for the Charm do not match up to the Vibrant, it's an intriguing phone because its style is remarkably close to RIM's BlackBerry. BlackBerry users who have been hesitant to switch to Android may find the Charm an easy transition. [TmoNews]
Take this with a BIG grain of salt, but it seems details of the HTC Desire HD have leaked onto the interwebs. The phone, which may have previously gone by the codename "HTC Ace," comes packing 4.3-inch WVGA screen, along with a 1GHz Snapdragon and 8MP camera that can take 720p video. In addition, it would come with 4GB on onboard memory and Android 2.2 ("Froyo"). No confirmation on what type of screen it would have, but safe money would say a SLCD as HTC appears to have learned its lesson with AMOLED on the Incredible.
Of particular interest is the "UniBody Aluminium Design," which means the phone could be a mashup of the HTC Desire and the HTC Legend. Again, this is all rumor and speculation from something that looks very linkbait-ish, but we will keep our eyes peeled for more information as the supposed October launch date nears.
Note: The picture is a HTC Desire, no pictures were leaked of the Desire HD [SuperETrader via Engadget]
We (and you) have been anxiously been awaiting the official Droid 2 announcement with a little more information about when we may actually see this device. Unfortunately, we don't have a date or anything just yet, but a lucky reader appears to have deciphered some code that was on the Droid Does site, revealing the sequel inside a Flash file. Sure, we may have seen it a time or two or even three, but this appears to be the first official style image we have seen for the device. So, Verizon, what gives? How about an official announcement for all us eagerly waiting? [via Engadget]
Good news Eris owners -- your OTA update has begun to roll out, and it's been confirmed that it fixes the 'Silent Call' issue. It may take a week or more for all customers to get the MR4 update, but for those who just can't be bothered to wait the OTA link has been found. You can get the file (direct from Google) right HERE, and install it via your Eris' recovery menu. As always, if you're rooted or running a custom ROM, sit tight and wait for your ROM developer to get the update merged in. [Verizon Community forum] Thanks xstrider!
Another week has passed us by, and did you really think it would be anything but filled with Android news? Seems like almost every day we are catching word of a new up and coming Android device, a new application that will simplify our everyday tasks, or something new in the development community. Since a lot has happened this week let's take a minute to recap it all.
Sure, this 3G thing's been fun and all. But it's getting to be about time for some honest-to-goodness LTE data to give Sprint's Wimax (and arguably T-Mobile's pseudo-4G) a run for its money. And if the screen shots we received today are any indication, Verizon's well on its way to finally launching its LTE service. Engadget got separate confirmation (as well as some nifty 4G fact sheets), and hopefully this all means we'll have some Verizon LTE sooner rather than later. One more shot after the break.
While HTC didn't quite come out swinging like RIM did after Apple's Friday press conference, spokesman Eric Lin wasn't afraid to let Pocket-Lint in on some hard numbers of their own. If you recall, Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs remarked that only 0.55 percent of users have called in to complain about signal issues with the new iPhone 4. He also proceeded to show some pretty pictures of other cell phones signal bar display while being held 'the wrong way' -- including our own Droid Eris. Now, 0.55 percent is an awfully low number, but it looks huge when compared to the numbers Mr. Lin gives us -- "Approximately .016% of customers." I'm no math wizard, but that's less. A lot less. About 35 times less. ( I asked a math wizard.)
This begs us to address the point of Friday's spectacle press conference. Luckily, our pal Rene over at TiPb went through the trouble of rounding up a slew of SPE writer and editor's take on the whole thing, which turns out is a really good read. Do yourself a favor and check it out.
Comments are open, feel free to discuss percentages versus sales, your experiences with the Eris' signal, and what you think of the way our poor lil' Eris got dragged through the mud. Just try to keep the flames to a minimum please :) [Pocket-lint]
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