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4 years ago

The officially unofficial Android 2.2 upgrade list

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Froyo

One of the questions we hear on Twitter and through the contact page most often is "will my phone get Froyo?"  I can't blame anyone for asking, or for wanting it, cause all the changes are oh so nice.  Our standard answer has always been what we can confirm with the manufacturers, which to be fair and honest, isn't much yet.  Trust me, we bug them because we're Android fanatics and want to know just as much as you all do :)

Thankfully, there's always speculation and rumors to tide us over until we get word (or even better, see that update available screen).  We talk about it on the Podcast.  We talk about it with each other via e-mail.  We talk about it in the forums.  We want it.  When a reader sent in a tip that PC World has compiled a list of phones and their upgrade to Froyo status, it got our attention.  We can't vouch for anything on the list, so insert a grain of salt the size of a beach ball, follow the break and check it out. [with a tip of the hat to Computer World via PC World] Thanks lastdetailwd!

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4 years ago

Hands-on video shows Xperia X8 looks like ... an Xperia X8

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

Take a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, shrink it down, and you get the Xperia X8. And there's the X8 above (on the left). The guys at SE-First got a hands-on with a prototype, and there's pretty much nothing there you wouldn't expect. It's a smaller X10. Or a larger X10 Mini. Your call. Turn your speakers off (don't say we didn't warn you) and check out video after the break. [SE-First via MobileCrunch]

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4 years ago

Half of all Android phones now on Eclair

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Android versions

It's been a couple of weeks, and that means it's time for an update as to who's running which version of Android. (See the previous breakdown here.) Fifty percent of Android devices are now running Android 2.1 (and if you count all of Eclair -- 2.0, 2.0.1 and 2.1 -- it's 50.4 percent. Android 1.6 is down to 25 percent even, and Android 1.5 is at 24.6 percent.

It would be interesting to see Android 2.2 numbers on that chart, however unofficial they may be. For what it's worth, our server logs for Monday showed 79 percent of our Android-OS visits coming from Android 2.1, and 7.35 percent coming from Android 2.2, with Android 1.5 coming in third at 4.59 percent. [Android Developer Blog]

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4 years ago

New Foursquare update lets you flag venue info on the fly

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Foursquare changelogFoursquare

An update to Foursquare just came down the pike, and this one's a goody if you're anal about your check-ins. (Wonder which side of the fence we're about to be on?) You now have the ability to fix those blasted incorrect, inaccurate or otherwise just plain wrong locations.

Now your old friend Jeremy, who fled his beloved hometown for the Midwest, can't become mayor of his forsaken airport merely because he misspelled it and you were too squinty-eyed for your 6:30 a.m. flight to notice and check in at the proper location.  (Hey, warned you about our anal-check-in thing.)

Anyhoo, you can now tell Foursquare of your buddy's transgressions and suggest that the venue info be flagged, market it as closed, as in incorrect address or as a duplicate. [Market linkApp Brain]

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4 years ago

HTC Legend launches on Bell as Canada scores again

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HTC Legend

I'm officially jealous.  First Virgin Mobile Canada gets the HTC Legend, now parent company Bell flaunts this gorgous phone in my general direction.  It's the same Legend we've been talking about since we first saw it at Mobile World Congress -- 3.2 inch AMOLED screen, all aluminum unibody design, 600 MHz Qualcomm processor, 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, and enough good looks and style to shake a stick at.  Price looks nice as
well, $79.95 CDN with a three year contract, $399.95 CDN to buy it outright.  While I sit and cry because I can't have it, I expect all my friends in the Great White North to tell me how awesome it is and show me lots of pictures of this hot little phone.  [Bell via BGR]

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4 years ago

Logitech's Google TV set-top box will be the Logitech Revue

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Logitech Revue

Logitech just confirmed a previous report from Engadget that its Google TV set-top box will be called the Logitech Revue. Still no word on pricing or when we'll see any of this launch (other than "this fall"), but Logitech did give an explanation regarding the name:

At Logitech, we’re known for certain kinds of products – peripherals, video calling, entertainment control, streaming media….

Logitech Revue does everything we’re known for and more. So it couldn’t just be the Harmony Box or Squeezebox TV or, even worse, the Logitech TV Hub (although believe me, we’ve discussed them all). The meaning of Revue is a type of multi-act theatrical entertainment that combined music, dance and sketches – wildly popular between 1910 and 1930.

Logitech Revue is a companion box and controller that brings the experience of Google TV to your TV screen. It combines everything on the Web, cable or satellite content, apps, video calling and more that will be wildly popular between 2010 and 2030, until we reinvent interaction again.

So that's that. Now it's time to get this thing into living rooms across America. Specifically, mine. [Logitech]

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4 years ago

HTC Aria benchmark tests

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HTC Aria benchmark test

So long as we have the HTC Aria, let's do some benchmark tests, shall we? The second Android phone from AT&T has a Qualcomm MSM7227 processor at 600MHz. And before you start screaming about how anything that has less than a 1GHz Snapdragon processor shouldn't even be bothered with, remember that the Aria has a 3.2-inch screen and shouldn't need the same processing power as a high-end (read: larger) phone.

And while we've seen a little stutter in some of the games we like to play, you'll find the Aria is as snappy (or snappier, even) as the likes of the Evo 4G and Neuxs One when it comes to tooling around the user interface. But you're going to ignore all that an just bemoan the lack of gigahertz, aren't you. ... So let's just cut to the benchmark tests? After the break, folks.

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4 years ago

And on cue, Cellular South announces the HTC Desire is coming 'soon'

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HTC Desire

And just as soon as HTC announces that the HTC Desire is coming to the United States in August, regional carrier Cellular South puts out a release of its own saying that it's getting the Android 2.1 device "soon." That gives Cell South its third Android phone, including the HTC Hero and the upcoming Motorola Milestone.

No exact date or pricing yet, so stay tuned. Full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

Another Android tablet straight 'outta Shenzen -- now with 20% more bezel!

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Sanxi tablet knock off

Resistive screen? Check. Outdated version of Android? Check. Familiar looking box and logo? Check. Yes, all the makings of a cheap knockoff are in there.  Some people call them 'KIRFs' (Keeping It Real, Fake).  We call them .... well, we call them lots of things -- most of which aren't fit to print.  This one's a bit more interesting though.  Not because of the internals (they're still lackluster), but because of the lengths manufacturer Sanxi went to making this a complete clone of that other tablet.  Even the box is a pretty close replica. If you're wandering the streets of Beijing be on the lookout.  If you're not, just hit the source link for a chuckle or two.  [Tech, Travel and Tuna via Engadget]

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4 years ago

What is Google TV? This is Google TV

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Google TV

We thought Google made a pretty good case for Google TV at its Google IO conference last month. But if you're still having trouble explaining it to that special someone in your life -- you know, wife, mom, whomever controls your money because you just can't help yourself -- Google's worked up a great explainer video.

Google TVFor you non-visual learners, Google TV will come baked into new Sony TVs this fall, and will also be available as an add-on set-top box. Then you'll have access to the entire Internet, including a Webkit-based browser, and even Android apps. Want to watch a show? Search for it. If it's on, you can watch it via cable or satellite, just like normal. Or you can tap into a show's web feeds, and watch it that way, all on your TV. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Check out the video after the break. (Thanks to everyone who sent this in.)

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4 years ago

HTC Desire coming to the U.S. in August

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HTC Desire

We've pretty much known the HTC Desire (see our hands-on) is coming to the United States ever since we first showed it to you on a Cellular South U.S. Cellular rebate form. But now HTC itself has made things a little more official with the above post on Twitter. It's coming to some regional carriers in August, and Cell South's still a pretty good bet. More as we get it. [@htc]

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4 years ago

Swype updates keyboard, opens beta for a limited time

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Swype keyboard

Good news for those of you waiting patiently to get into the Swype keyboard beta program. Not only has the keyboard just gotten an update, they've opened the beta for a limited time. Says Swype:

  • It will be open for a limited time - probably a few days
  • In English, Spanish, and Italian - more languages to come
  • Limited Features - some key features of Swype require OEM integration
  • HVGA and WVGA Resolutions - don't worry we'll detect this automatically
  • Limited End User Support - mostly via our forum

If you recently got a notice that your previous Swype keyboard was expiring, you'll want to log in to get the new version. [Swype]

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4 years ago

Android 2.1 update for Xperia X10 line moved from Q4 to 'latter part of Q3'

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 line

At the same time as it announced the Xperia X8, Sony Ericsson revised its update schedule for the Xperia X10, X10 Mini Pro and X10 Mini (seen here from left). Previously slated to get Android 2.1 in the fourth quarter of this year, updates should now start "from Q3 onwards," according to a press release and the official SE Product Blog. The blog goes a tad further, saying the upgrades will start "from the latter part of Q3." Still long overdue, but some movement is better than none at all. [Press release, SE Product Blog]

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4 years ago

Google reportedly focusing on UI with its next revision of Android

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Stock AndroidIt's not really a big stretch to come up with, but TechCrunch chief Michael Arrington says he has "multiple sources close to Google" who tell him the stock Android user interface will get a pretty big overhaul in the next version, tentatively nicknamed Gingerbread and possibly headed for release by the end of the year.

Like we said, it makes sense. Froyo is largely under-the-hood adjustments -- though there are a fair amount of visual tweaks -- so it stands to reason that UI is up next, especially given the acquisition of UI-specialist Matia Duarte, who left Palm and is now User Experience Director for Android.

But you have to wonder how many carriers and/or manufacturers will be willing to forgo their own custom UIs for stock, no matter how good it is. Still, options are good, so we look forward to seeing whatever Google cooks up next. [TechCrunch]

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4 years ago

14-megapixel Altek Leo runs Android 2.1, shows itself off at CommunicAsia

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Altek Leo cameraphone

Remember that Altek camera that comes with a phone attached we showed you a week or so ago?  It's back, with some nice action shots and even a video.  Android 2.1 has been confirmed as the OS (According to vice president JS Liang, Froyo is being worked on) with a slightly customized UI.  We also get some info about release in Asia -- Hong Kong, China and Taiwan in Q4 of this year, and the price will translate into about $499.00 USD.  No word about this one hitting the west -- sorry guys.

Hardware specs are a little sketchy for now.  Altek is a camera manufacturer, so they didn't realize that phone geeks wanna know what's under the hood.  But we have all the camera specifications, and guess what?  It looks like a true replacement for a point and shoot camera is finally here.  14 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD, 3x optical zoom lens (at up to 36mm), xenon flash, and dedicated camera controls should make for a nice little digicam -- with a phone attached.  Hit the break for a couple more pics, and a short video.

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