Remember that Quick App post from Jerry back in May? Well, Android Town is looking to expand and they’re in the process of making a multiplatform application and with that in mind, they’re looking to change their name and they’re going to let the users who helped them grow this app with such great feedback and suggestions, pick the new name! Drop a suggestion down in the comments and if you haven’t got this app already or taken a look at the latest version, you can get it here:
When you see a phone along side a set of keys, a screw, a penny a razor blade, you know something bad's about to happen. Right? Roman G lets us know in the Android Central Forums about his scratch test on the Evo 4G (he was sending the phone back to Sprint for another physical problem anyway), and he definitely put it through its paces. Check out the video, after the break. [YouTube via Android Central Forums]
Some of you have reported the Evo 4G to be a little choppy while scrolling through the menu, or swiping through the home screens, and it might just not be your imagination. Using an application called ‘fps2d’, Evo enthusiasts have discovered that there appears to be a 30-frames-per-second cap. That means that games and other graphic intensive applications may not be running to the best of their ability. Nobody’s really sure as to why this could be yet, but there was a similar issue with the Motorola Droid when it got its Eclair update. But you better believe your friendly neighborhood devs are quickly working to resolve this issue. [code.google.com via XDA]
Recently the Motorola Droid 2 was seen for the first time in Verizon's system, and today it has decided it was ready to pose for the camera. It looks like the glimpse of the keyboard we had a little while back was right on point. At this point not a lot is known about the device, but Droid Life says it was seen running Android 2.1, will have 8GB of internal memory as well as an 8GB storage card, a 3.7-inch screen, the aforementioned updated keyboard and a beefed up 750MHz processor, which makes it seem like a decent -- though not revolutionary -- upgrade from the original.
But before you can say "why mess with success," this puppy reportedly is running a newer version of MotoBlur. Maybe it's the updated version like the Flipout, or maybe it's something else, along the lines of the rumored (but neither confirmed nor detailed) Ninja Blur. Peep some blurry video of it booting up after the break. [via DroidLife]
So we've already taken a look at the strength of the Wifi signal on the Evo 4G. And that's important. You have to have a good connection to get anything done. But signal strength isn't everything. And so we re-ran our tests, this time measuring data speed. How did the Evo 4G compare? If the picture above is any indication, our results might surprise you.
If you're looking at an HTC Desire but aren't all that crazy about having yet another black slab laying around, UK retailer Expansys has you covered. A silver job will be available for a limited time, going for £449 unlocked. Of course, if you end up importing this thing to the U.S. you need to remember that you won't be getting U.S. 3G bands on it, which might take a bit of the shine away. [Expansys via Unwired View]
In what should be a surprise to no one, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha said recently that he expects to see two to four phones (Android, we assume) with front-facing cameras coming later this year. That'll bring Motorola up to par with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S, Sprint Evo 4G and upcoming iPhone 4 when it comes to video calling. Huzzah.
Jha also noted that the Motorola Droid "sales are going extremely well" (what else would he say?) on Verizon despite the launch of the HTC Droid Incredible this spring. That's great and all, but it's getting to be about time to see what Moto has up its sleeve next. [Reuters via Phone Scoop]
Adobe Flash is finally coming to Android with the update to Froyo, and quite a few of us have been rocking Android 2.2 for a few weeks now. So let's put it to you, folks. Now that you've actually been using Flash on Froyo, how's it working out? Killing your battery? Slowing your phone? Or is it shooting rainbows and unicorns out of the headphone jack? Hit up the poll, the give us your reasoning in the comments.
Samsung makes all sorts of electronics (including some nice Android phones), but their name is synonymous with screen technology. That being said, anytime they chime in about screens or displays, we tend to listen.
"Structurally, IPS LCD technology cannot catch up with AMOLED display technology."
That's what Samsung has to say in response to Apple's claim that their new IPS screen is superior to OLED. Samsung claims that IPS only offers a 3 percent to 5 percent increase in sharpness, at a cost of 30 percent more power use. They (Samsung) also claim that the Super AMOLED display on the upcoming Galaxy S will offer better viewing angles and contrast than the upcoming iPhone.
We would love to find out for ourselves, but we still don't have a Galaxy S to play with review. Samsung, toss us a bone so we can help prove your point! [Korea Herald via Electronista]
The Droid Incredible has been a tough nut to crack, with rooting eluding the hacking elite (and thus the rest of us mere mortals, too). But it looks like some real progress has been made, and Shadowmite says a couple of phones have been rooted. It involves getting adb to work while in recovery and needs some pretty precise execution in terms of timing. It ain't pretty, and it's not ready for the mainstream, and you might end up crying in the end. But fear not, Incredible owners, work continues. [XDA Developers via Android Central Forums]
On Monday we brought you some application choices for all the new Evo 4G owners, but we are so dedicated to the rest of you out there we wanted to bring you some more suggestions! Hit the jump and see what we have in store for you this time around!
Not quite satisfied with the stock firmware on your new HTC Evo? Or maybe you just have the itch to tinker that comes naturally when some folks get their paws on an Android phone. Android Central member and all around goof off THE Keith Newman and his cohorts have you covered.
The ROM is a mostly stock version of the latest EVO stock system (with the OTA fixes in place), but has some very nice custom touches:
Busybox installed and working
Working 4G :)
Non essential apps have been moved out of the locked /system partition for easy removal if you don't want them installed
Some great 3rd party apps are included (courtesy of their respective developers, check the forum thread for details)
It's no great secret that the Evo 4G doesn't do as well as other Android phones when it comes to holding a Wifi signal. In fact, we've got page after page in our forums of how displeased many of you are.
But how does the Evo 4G's Wifi stack up? We put it through a couple of relatively unscientific tests, using the Wifi Analyzer app from the Android Market. Check out our results after the break.
T-Mobile has Father's Day covered, apparently, with a leaked document showing that every phone in TMo's inventory will be free on June 19. TMoNews scored what purportedly is a couple of commercial scripts. We won't know for sure that these weren't ginned up by somebody with 10 minutes to spare until it happens. But in the meantime, you can start pondering over whether you want to walk out with a myTouch 3G Slide, myTouch 3G, G1, Samsung Behold II, Motorola Cliq XT, Motorola Cliq, or Garminfone (dang, that's a lot of Android!) in exchange for a couple of years of service, we assume. [TMoNews]
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