Motorola today announced the Milestone XT720, the next variant of the same phone we saw destined for South Korea during Mobile World Congress (see our hands-on and video). The Milestone XT720 sports a 3.7-inch touchscreen at 854,480 pixels, 8-megapixel camera with Xenon flash that can record video at 720p, an included 8GB microSD card and HDMI video out. It's been updated to Android 2.1 since we last saw it, and you'll have five home screens on which to work, all in a package that's just 10.9mm thick.
No word on pricing or which carrier's officially picking it up. Full presser, more photos and a bit of video after the break. [Motorola]
Shouldn't come as much surprise, but Sprint has announced that the HTC Evo 4G has taken over the top spot as its hottest one-day seller, beating out the Palm Pre (which just turned 1) and the Samsung Instinct.
Sprint didn't actually give any numbers (we've had retailers unofficially give us estimates between 25,000 and 50,000, and the developer of Radar Now! estimates as many as 45,000 to 60,000 devices activated over the weekend.
Sprint also acknowledged that some stores are having problems keeping the Evo in stock (that's a bad problem to have, huh?) and that Sprint and HTC are diligently working around the clock to increase inventory in all sales channels. Additional shipments are arriving in retail stores on a regular basis with many stores seeing daily deliveries.
Regardless, it's been quite the weekend for Sprint, HTC and -- judging by everything we see going on in our Evo 4G forums -- you, as well. Full presser after the break. [Sprint]
We're starting to get a few more details about a possible new Android phone for AT&T. Courtesy of ROM-chef extraordinaire Conflipper, we find this render of the HTC Liberty, which looks to be very similar to some leaked shots we saw of the Aria. User-agent profiles for both devices (Liberty | Aria) show a 320x480 touchscreen (we can hear developers grumbling already at that resolution).
Otherwise, not too much to go on just yet, and who's to say what name -- assuming any of this pans out -- AT&T gives the phone, and when it might ever see the light of day.
Meanwhile, Conflipper brings world of the HTC Bee, a 320x240 (remember those days?) touchscreen device that he says could be headed toward Verizon. And that's all we've got on that one. [via @Conflipper1, 2]
Here's a guy with tech skills cranked up to 11. Sven Killig has built USB host drivers for the Nexus One and shows them off in a big way. USB keyboards, webcams, flash drives, even output to the big screen on his desk. Speaking of the desk, you know something good has to come from anyone with that many cables and gigawatts laying around.
He's has released a pre-built kernel for Android 2.2 (tested, should work on 2.1 as well according to Sven), and has full instructions (including the needed hardware) for the D-I-Y types. Check out Sven's site here for the rundown, and hit the break for an incredibly cool video. [via Engadget]
If your dying for root access on your Evo 4G but just can’t figure out how ADB works, or custom recoveries confuse you – fear not, my friends. “Unrevoked” might just be for you. It’s a very simple one-click root method which allows you to run root-required apps, and even gives you Super-user protection. All you do is copy the “unrevoked.apk” file onto your SD card and install it using Astro, or some other file manager. Easy enough, right? The only problem is that you have run the app after every reboot, as it’s not permanent. And it also doesn’t give you a custom recovery, so you can’t flash ROMs – but if you’re just looking to run some “root apps”, then this is definitely your cup of tea! After the break are a couple screenshots, and thanks everyone who sent this in! [via Unrevoked]
There's a new software update from HTC for all of us holding on to the Sprint Hero. This updates the Android 2.1 system from 2.27.651.5 to 2.27.651.6. To get the update, open settings and cruise to About Phone > System Updates > HTC software updates, then follow the prompts. Not exactly sure what this is fixing, other than closing the new root exploit, but everyone running a stock Sprint HTC Hero should update accordingly. Those of us riding the root train should hold off until the developers go over this one to see how to handle the changes.
Anyone notice any differences after updating? Let us know in the comments and forums!
Ed. Note: The story originally was published on Feb. 14, 2010. We've updated it with new information and present it again for those of you new to Android.
Each day more and more Android handsets are being sold, and that means users are faced with a major decision: To root, or not to root. Some of us will do it simply because we can, others will decide not to do it as they enjoy the phone as-is, but the majority of us will be on the fence about the whole idea of rooting.
Hopefully some of those questions can get answered and you’ll have a clearer picture of the process and some understanding to make the decision a bit easier. I’m sure this won’t answer every question you’ll have when considering whether or not to root your device, but hopefully this is a good start and a basis for further discussion.
Been wondering where the Qik app -- the much heralded video chat service that was (supposed to be) a major part of the Evo 4G launch -- has gone? It's been missing from the Android Market for a little while, and those of you with earlier versions have been awaiting the update for video chat on the Evo 4G (and those premium features, too). Well, it seems that you've been the problem. From the Qik blog:
Earlier in the day we ran into a snag with Qik for HTC EVO 4G not being visible in the Android Market from the HTC EVO 4G devices – even though it was published to the market. Hats off to our great partner Google. Their Android team jumped in, found the issue and came up with a workaround that enabled us to at least get the new Qik Video client out to our users.
We had an unprecedented 20X the amount of workload on our servers. As a result, you were seeing issues connecting to our service on and off. So, our team is now out provisioning more capacity and we expect to have this in control shortly. We feel bad that not all of you got a chance to experience the new Qik Video today and truly appreciate your patience. Rest assured we are not going to rest till this is humming and you are able to video chat with your friends and loved ones.
That was quick! Paul over at MoDaCo announced that he has rooted the Dell Streak (aka the Dell Mini 5). Seems like these new devices are getting cracked as fast as manufacturers can push them out. Not a lot of details yet, but you can bet this is another thing we're all keeping our eye on. Thanks for the hard work Paul, now go have that beverage at your BBQ -- you deserve it. [MoDaCo]
Let's be honest, after having Jerry and Phil break down nearly every new Froyo feature in video, all of us Droid owners have been anxiously awaiting our turn to play around with it. Looks like the folks at MyDroidWorld have ported over a nandroid install of Froyo -- aka Android 2.2 -- for the Motorola Droid. The stock kernel has been removed from this leak, to help protect the leaker's identity, so at this time wifi does not work. But that seems like a fair trade. Once you have flashed over to Froyo, they have even been kind enough to give us Droid owners a direct download to Flash so that you can play around with that as well. What an exciting day for all the Droid owners, though having an official release would be nice, too. [MyDroidWorld]
It's good to see the regional carriers staying in the Android game, it above is a Motorola phone reportedly destined for Metro PCS. It's a four-row horizontal sliding QWERTY that's a bit reminiscent of the Cliq. The home button's been moved left (and down) but still has that familiar ring around it, and the search button has returned (huzzah!). Specs are said to be Android 2.1 with Motoblur (presumably the same new Blur that's on the Flipout?), a 3.1-megapixel camera and a 600MHz processor. [Android Guys]
Looks like the Verizon Motorola Droid Xtreme -- aka the Droid Shadow -- is going to milk these leaked shots for all they're worth. And as such as now have a pretty clear look at its backside. You can see the 8-megapixel camera (and the words "HD VIDEO" with it) alongside dual flashes (which are all the rage these days). Looks like the speakerphone and a probably secondary mic down at the bottom, not far from a Google logo. Also looks like the battery door continues the styling of the original Droid.
Still no official acknowledgment of the phone, or when it might actually see release, so stay tuned. One more shot of the front -- with some sort of custom launcher -- is after the break. [via Droid-Life]
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