Pitchforks up, people. In Sprint's most recently published issue of “The Playbook” there is a very distinct section stating that this summer, the function of data throttling will be enabled. Exactly what the new policy may entail, who will be subject to it and how and how often it may be implemented isn't yet known. But we're never happy to hear that a carrier plans to regulate the speed at which you can upload and download data over their network in relation to how often you access it and how heavily you use it. Shout out in the comments if you think this is a sign of the apocalypse or just a big mutual misunderstanding. [via Engadget]
Update: As commenter Ecoteric points out, Engadget has updated their story. Sounds like this may about a "new feature for businesses looking to restrict disproportionately high usage by employees with company data cards". Here's hoping for some official word from Sprint.
Looking a lot like the M100S, the Samsung Galaxy Apollo appears to be headed to Europe (at least the UK anyway) 'soon'. If it is the M100S, or a close copy, look for it to show up with Android 2.1, a 5 Megapixel camera, 3.7 inches of AMOLED screen, and 802.11n wireless ability. Oh yeah, the Korean edition has that T-DMB TV tuner. Would be interesting to see an Android phone with mobile TV appear in the West, but absolutely no word from Samsung on that -- don't hold your breath. [Samsung UK via Engadget]
The HTC Legend has been one of our favorite phones to come out of the Taiwanese manufacturer this year. (Read our full review) Its unibody aluminum construction, the new Sense UI, optical trackpad, gorgeous AMOLED screen, 5MP camera, speedy processor ... the list goes on. Only problem's been that it's kept itself out of North America -- until now. Canada's Virgin Mobile network has scored it for $79 with a three-year (Canadian standard) contract and data plan at $50 a month. Welcome to the new world, little Legend. Now let's work our way south into the States, eh? [Virgin Mobile]
Say what you will about AT&T's network issues, but for a lot of us it's worked just fine. Except for when it doesn't work, like today. Seems that it's taken quite a hit in the Southeast again (Sunday wasn't much fun either). AT&T's support forums are lighting up, as is our inbox. What's everybody out there seeing? [AT&T Forums - must be registered]
Update: AT&T tells us a couple of major fiber lines were cut, but everything should be back up now.
In a word: Wow. Finally, some clear pics of the Droid Xtreme -- which apparently is going to be called the Droid X -- and it's a looker. Gadget University scored some time with the as-yet unannounced Verizon-branded phone and reports back that it indeed has a 4.3-inch screen (and says "the colors are much better than on the Droid"), 1GHz Snapdragon process (Really? Switching to Snapdragon? The 1GHz part may still be true, though. -- Update: Now they're saying 750Mhz TI OMAP3630.), HDMI out, 8MP camera with flash, Android 2.1, and an updated Motoblur when they say isn't as bad as what we have now.
Not sure how crazy we'll be about the physical button on the bottom -- they look a little out of place on an otherwise very slick phone. GU says we may see this guy on Verizon in the next month or so. Let's certainly hope so. [Gadget University via Droid Life]
Update: BGR's got an unsourced post that says we'll see this puppy in July and the Droid 2 in August, with the latter launching with Android 2.2. We'll see.
We've heard nada from Motorola or Sony Ericsson about this, and can only assume that the software will also be headed for other carriers if needed. And even though it's not the update you might have been hoping for, it's nice to know the manufacturers haven't forgotten you. [Twitter via TheUnwired.net]
HTC, Motorola, and Samsung are the three juggernauts of the Android phone world. So what’s the deal with LG? So far, they don’t have much to show for in the US, except the LG Ally. On top of that, their first-quarter smartphone profit sales have dropped 6.7 percent from last year. Since the Android market is starting to become insanely lucrative, they’ve decided to get serious and have released a statement saying that 20 LG Android powered devices will be rolled out before the end of the year. Now, it’s hard to say how many of those phones will make it to the US, but we should expect to see at least a few. [via Unwired View]
Update: It appears that LG's 20 new smartphones won't all be running Android. Android Central commenter On2Vegas points us to a comment on a story at GigaOm from Ken Hong at LG Electronics in Seoul. According to Ken no solid numbers for the Android platform as the "portfolio is still in flux". Thanks On2Vegas!
Phil, Jerry and Mickey break down the latest on the Evo 4G, Froyo on the Motorola Droid, the new Droid 2 pictures, the upcoming U.S. launch of the Samsung Galaxy S, and squeeze in a few of your voicemails and e-mails.
We brought you the first picture of the AT&T HTC Liberty -- which may well be named the Intruder -- and now we can bring you a video teaser of the phone. It's clearly a small HTC phone running Sense, and it definitely lines up with the Liberty render we stripped out of the ROM, with the Evo-style buttons and Incredible-style trackpad. Can't tell too much otherwise, except that the microUSB port is on the bottom of the phone, and the phone itself appears to be pretty small, which could line up with the 320x480 screen resolution.
The video itself is pretty interesting, too -- check it out after the break -- showing how AT&T tests its phones long before they ever get into your hot little hands. And that they did so with an as-yet unannounced Android phone is very cool, too. Nicely done, AT&T. Thanks, Will!
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]
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