See here! If you have a hankering for some square Android action on T-Mobile, the upcoming Motorola Charm (aka the Basil) appears to be going for $149.99 after contract, or thereabouts. (If you check out the Behold II on TMo's website, it's actually being sold for free now, take this however you want.)
Also listed is the Samsung Supersonic, which may well be the Vibrant version of the Galaxy S and is listed at $499 on the top end, and either $249 or $199 after contract. (Any T-Mo people wanna clear that up for us?)
Either way, pricing hasn't been officially announced yet, so we could see things change. And the $199 price is the sweet spot these days. Let's hope we get some launch dates soon. [via TMo News]
Just a few weeks ago Google’s Voice Search added a handful of languages and now they've added Korean to the mix. Perfect timing since the Nexus One launching on KT in Korea which is shipping with Froyo. Anyone who has access to the Google Mobile app or Voice Search included in the Android OS can now search in Korean. It’s worth mentioning that the Google Mobile application is cross-platform and the addition of Korean is included on all platforms. [via Google Mobile Blog]
Samsung week continues. To recap, the Galaxy S has been announced for the four major U.S. carriers -- Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular, too. Now add Cellular South to that list, too. The Southeast carrier announced on Facebook this morning that it's also getting the Galaxy S, with the same 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, 1GHz Hummingbird processor and the upcoming Samsung Media Hub.
No specific pricing or launch date, other than "this fall." Stay tuned, folks. [Facebook] Thanks, Billy!
Android remains the No. 2 smartphone operating system worldwide
AdMob -- the company that serves up a good many of the ads you see in mobile applications (about 23,000) and that was bought by Google -- has released its numbers for May 2010. As you can see from the chart above, Android's climb continues worldwide, remaining the No. 2 operating system, according to AdMob usage. That's a pretty steady climb we're seeing there.
Maybe an actual Sprint Epic 4G hands-on isn't your thing. (What's wrong with you?) Maybe you're the type who prefers to see the phone in all its computer-generated glory. Fine. We've got you covered there, too. After the break, check out Sprint's promo video for the upcoming Epic 4G with its 4-inch Super AMOLED display and 1GHz Hummingbird processor. Thanks, Keith!
Whether just joining the Android world, or just looking for a new application, the hunt can be tiring. Each day applications are just flooding into the market, and at times it's difficult to know which ones to try out. We aim to please, so we here we bring you some suggestions of what you may want to try out. Check them out after the jump.
If your phone was bricked during the update -- and HTC stresses to us that the number of affected phones was very low (though that's of little consolation to those with a brand new paperweight) -- you need to take your phone to a Sprint corporate store to get things taken care of. Easiest way to find one is by using the tool at sprint.findlocation.com, and be sure to click the "Repair centers near me" button. That'll get you the nearest store where they can make things right.
For those of you new to Android (and smartphones, for that matter), fear not. Think about how many over-the-air updates have gone out for our beloved platform. While problems occasionally occur, it's the exception, not the rule. And HTC and Sprint's responses were swift and should be commended.
If you use a custom ROM on your Android phone, you should know about CyanogenMod. If you don't, go hit Google now, then come right back. (pretty freakin' sweet, huh?) With the drop of the Froyo (Android 2.2) source code everyone is patiently waiting for the code wizards behind the CyaongenMod project to give us the kind of custom goodness we've become used to. To quell the mountain of inquiries, Cyanogen himself has updated the CyanogenMod homepage with a progress report.
The condensed version? Things are going well. The Nexus One and Droid ports "just work," the Dream/Sapphire port has everything but one minor issue working, Wes Garner has the Slide (MyTouch 3G slide) port well underway, and ports for the Desire, Incredible, and Evo have no status report as of yet. Also, we're told to expect some experimental releases (for the Nexus One and Droid most likely) by the weekend. (YAY!) Hit the source link to read the post and take a minute to thank Steve and the whole crew for their hard work! [CyanogenMod]
This update focuses on improving the general performance, speed and responsiveness of Xperia X10. For example, there are speed improvements in messaging tasks and camera UI. In addition we add a free back up and restore application so you’ll never lose your settings and information. In selected markets, PlayNow™ with premium apps and games will also be added.
Better than nothing, we guess. But as we talk more and more about devices starting to get Froyo, the wait for Eclair becomes that much harder to stomach. [Sony Ericsson Product Blog]
It’s been officially stated that the Motorola CLIQ and CLIQ XT will definitely be receiving an Android 2.1 update, but now the question is: When? Well, folks, just hold your horses. Motorola jumped on Twitter this morning and released a statement:
For those asking for an update regarding a software upgrade on CLIQ in the U.S., we've made a decision to take more time on the release to optimize the experience in some key areas. We will continue to work to deliver it as soon as possible and apologize that we have been unable to provide an upgrade to these users in Q2 as planned.
We are working hard to provide an upgrade to Android 2.1 as soon as we can. Our consumers’ experience is our first priority and we will provide an upgrade when we can deliver the best possible user experience.
Basically, that’s Motorola saying that the update just isn’t ready yet, and they can’t tell you when it will be. Luckily, last week they opened mailing lists that will inform you when 2.1 has walked through the door. Until then, all we can do is be patient. [Motorola via Twitter]
The Bodyguardz Protective Skin for your Sprint Evo 4G's 4.3 inches of glass definitely brings the protection. Many of us (myself included) do not like a case interfering with the pocketability of our phones, especially when it's as big as the HTC Evo, so a full skin is the answer.
Made from the same material used to shield the front of automobiles from stones, the Bodyguardz skin is tough and durable, and will keep your Evo 4G free from scratches. Cut to fit the Evo, it provides screen and full body protection without adding in bulk, and best of all there is no case to grab all that pocket lint or interfere with docks or chargers.
It's also a pretty easy install, and comes with all the materials needed for two applications on your HTC Evo 4G.
Take a look after the break to see a video of the installation process, as well as a few pictures showing off the finished product.
Details on Gingerbread, the next big release of Android, have been few and far between. We are expecting a user interface overhaul, but beyond that things have been a little murky. Well, mobile-review's Eldar Murtazin is a man with a long history of accuracy when it comes to the future and he's held forth what he expects on Russian podcast Digestiv. Unwired View does the hard work of translation to let us know that the release should be in October with handsets by December; the minimum requirements for hte OS will include a 1GHz processor, 512 megs of RAM, and a large touchscreen; 1280x760 will be supported; and yes, we'll see that completely revamped interface that will apparently share lots of design cues with Froyo's gallery app. Apparently today's high-end will become tomorrow's low end, too, so Froyo as we currently know it will stick around for devices that aren't up to Gingerbread spec.
If Murtazin's predictions hold true (and we have little reason to doubt them), then we may be looking at an even more fragmented Android future. The fragmentation doesn't sound so good to us, but these sound like the right notes for the high-end devices of the next year or so.
This kind of should go without saying, but Samsung said it last night, and so shall we: The Galaxy S class of smartphones it just announced -- the Sprint Epic 4G, Verizon Fascinate, T-Mobile Vibrant and AT&T Captivate -- all will be "upgradeable to Android 2.2." Sammy couldn't quite come out and say they will be upgraded -- you have to get the carriers involved, natch -- but we can't think of any reason why they wouldn't be upgraded.
In the interim, we've got some good news. We were running some late-night benchmarks on the AT&T Captivate, pitting it against the Motorola Droid X on Neocore. And the Captivate won, hands-down. That's a big plus for those of you worried about not having Froyo and the JIT at launch. We're not worried about it, and neither should you be.
According to a tipster, Verizon is sending out letters to everyone waiting for their HTC Droid Incredible, apologizing for an extra seven-day delay for those who ordered on or before June 28. The letter goes on to say they will be sending out $25.00 gift cards to all who had to wait as a way to express their thanks for your continued patience.
While it doesn't make the time go by any faster, a few bucks and more importantly the fact that they address and apologize for the issue goes a long way. I'm sure Verizon wants an Incredible in your hand almost as much as you do. Follow the link to see the text in it's entirety. Thanks Andrea!
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