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4 years ago

Google gives slight non-update update on Froyo for the Nexus One

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Nexus One with Froyo

For everybody who's asking us when the Nexus One will get its official update to Froyo, well, we still don't know. But Google employee passion-ate does give us an Android 2.2 update update (see what we just did there?). Anyhoo, here goes:

Apologies for keeping everybody waiting. We are not intentionally holding back on Froyo, just improving the overall experience and quality.

I don't have an exact date to share yet, but we are striving hard to OTA it ASAP. Stay tuned!

OK, so we don't really know any more than we did before this post. But you'll take what we give you, and you'll like it. And in the meantime, you can check out all of our Froyo feature posts here [Nexus One support forums] Thanks, jaeisber, for the tip!

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4 years ago

Sprint revises its Evo launch sales numbers -- sold a lot, but not that many

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Evo 4G

Yeah. Apparently Sprint goofed pretty big when it reported first-day sales numbers for the Evo 4G. When it said this:

"The total number of HTC EVO 4G devices sold on launch day was three times the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined."

What it actually meant was this (emphasis ours):

"The total number of HTC EVO 4G devices sold on launch day was in line with the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined."

Whoopsie, indeed. Sprint does still contend that "Launch day sales of HTC EVO 4G were six times greater than launch day sales of Samsung Instinct and nearly twice the launch day sales for Palm Pre. We continue to see sales of EVO 4G outpace sales of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre." [Sprint]

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4 years ago

Google search by voice gains new languages

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Google Search by Voice

Good news for those of you who prefer to do your Google searches via voice input -- and in French, German, Italian or Spanish -- you can now do so in your native tongue. You'll need to have at least Android 2.1 on your phone if you want to use the standard microphone button, or you'll need the Search by voice app on 1.6 and up. Also note that it's designed to work with accents from Spain, France, Italy and Germany. So if your accent is from another country -- say, Mexico for Spanish -- then you might have a little trouble. [Google Mobile blog]

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4 years ago

Nexus One unofficially gets 720p video recording enabled (updated)

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nexus one camera

While it may seem that everybody and their brother are busy poking around the innards of the HTC Evo 4G, developers are still hard at work on other Android phones as well.  Late last night I was flipping through my Twitter timeline and came across this nice piece of work:

its official get it here http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=6744172#post6744172 720p for nexus

You'll have to be running the latest CyanogenMod test version, and be sure to realize that this is by no means an official update.  I think this is the last straw for me and I'm rolling back from Froyo soonest.  (Just kidding. Maybe.)  A Froyo version will follow soon according to the developer charnsingh online.

If you try this out, by all means post some videos up in the forums. [xda-developers via Twitter]

Update: Check out a video test after the break.

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4 years ago

Swype beta receives an update

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swype

Swype has certainly gained a lot of hype from many users, and a while back they rolled out a beta program to select number of people. Today members of this beta received an e-mail stating there was an upgrade available, along with what this upgrade entailed. From what we can see this update includes:

  • Added better context sensitivity for the “magic button” (go/search/enter/smiley)
  • Added automatic apostrophe insertion for contractions (e.g. won't, don't, wasn't, etc)
  • Added the Italian language dictionary
  • Improved sensing of field type to prevent the display and addition of passwords to the UDB (user dictionary)
  • Improved suppression of auto-spacing in fields such as URLs and email addresses
  • Updated the built-in dictionary to include several common words that were previously missing
  • Rewrote some settings descriptions to be more clear on their functionality
  • Fixed licensing issue causing “Limited Functionality” errors when rebooting devices running Android 2.0 and later
  • Fixed licensing issue causing some users to receive an “Incorrect ID” error when installing Swype
  • Fixed a bug where manually typing some words with word-prediction enabled would cause Swype to crash
  • Fixed a bug which caused some words added to the UDB to erroneously override other words when word-prediction is enabled
  • Many other minor bug fixes!

For all of you who are part of the beta program, be sure to install the latest update, and let us know how it works out for you!

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4 years ago

Here is a blurry picture of a Droid 2 activation screen

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Droid Xtreme

Here is a blurry picture of the Droid 2 Android activation screen. It looks exactly like every other activation screen you've seen, only this one is blurry, and on a Droid 2, which we're nearly convinced may itself be blurry, or possibly cast some sort of blurry distortion field around it. Coming up next: Blurry pictures of the Droid 2 microUSB port, headphone jack and power switch. (Note to Motorola: Announce this thing already!) [Droid-Life]

Update: Oh, right. Forgot that the Droid Xtreme is the un-blurry one. Post updated. :p

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4 years ago

MyTouch 3G Froyo update coming 'soon'

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myTouch3G getting it's froyo on

Who says only the latest and greatest Android phones will get Android 2.2?  Not T-mobile.  HTC already let us know that all their Android devices manufactured this year would be getting a Froyo update, but that left users of 2nd generation hardware wondering if they would ever be seeing it.  That question has just been answered for myTouch 3G users.

What this means for other second-generation hardware is unknown.  Also unknown is the all important date when myTouch 3G users should expect their Android 2.2 update.  We don't have a clue, but you can count on reading about it here when we know more.  [TmoNews]

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4 years ago

Google says missing apps are back in the Android Market (updated)

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Android Market Paid apps in Froyo

Update: And just like that, Google says its fix is in place and developers are seeing their apps again. Huzzah! [Google, Google Developer blog]

Original: Apps have been disappearing from the Android Market for a good many of you (and us) for a few days now, and you've been screaming for answers. And we hear you. And, believe it or not, Google's heard you, too. Here's what Google told us about the problem:

"We are aware of an app visibility issue with certain recent devices. We believe it to be a device configuration problem and are working on a workaround."

We know, we know. You guys and gals won't be happy until the apps are back in the Market like they should be. But remember that there are thousands and thousands and thousands of you using the Android Market, and we don't wan things to get worse. (But that said, let's get this fixed, Google, m'kay?)

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4 years ago

Qik video chat demo on the Evo 4G

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Qik video chat on the Evo 4G

We've already taken a walk through the basic functions of the updated Qik video chat app for the Evo 4G -- now let's take a look at video chat in action. Check it out after the break as Jerry and I give things a go, with both of us connected over WiFi, though even that couldn't make up for the server crush everybody's putting on Qik.

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4 years ago

Yes, folks, the Galaxy S is 'landing soon'

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Samsung Galaxy S

Yes, folks, it's all but official that the Samsung Galaxy S (see our hardware and software hands-ons) is coming the U.S. Only questions are when and to which carrier. (OK, those are pretty big questions.) But the flying saucer we got says it's "Landing soon," and there's a new U.S. website up and running, so things are definitely on the move. If you're in the mood for some unsubstantiated rumors, TMoNews says it's heard of a possible July 21 launch on T-Mobile, and there's a Verizon rumor going around, plus that one on AT&T. But there's nothing to back up most of that other than a big pile of salt, so ... Stay tuned, everyone! [Samsung]

Update: Oh, yeah. Samsung's having a little party on June 29, so we'll likely find out more then.

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4 years ago

Evo 4G out of stock on Sprint's website

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Evo 4G out of stock

If you're looking to snag an Evo 4G, you're going to have to hoof it, as it's currently out of stock on Sprint's website. Sprint's said the Evo set a one-day launch record, and it must not have been kidding. We haven't heard hard numbers, but whispers have it at several hundred thousand sold over last weekend. Thanks, djjk2004!

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4 years ago

LG Optimus: Rooted!

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LG Optimus Rooted

A note to anybody with an Android smartphone: Don't leave it sitting around Paul from MoDaCo, or he's liable to root the thing on principal. Such is the case with the LG Optimus (aka the GT540 -- see our hands-on at Google IO), which he cracked open in what may well be record time. Good on ya, Paul! [@paulobrien]

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4 years ago

Front-facing cameras mean hands-free gesture commands for Android

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Android motion demo

Waving your hand in the air to control your phone isn't a new idea -- we've seen talk of it before on Windows Mobile, and it's been implemented on other platforms. But now that Android is getting front-facing cameras (with the Samsung Galaxy S and HTC Evo 4G, for starters), we may finally see gesture commands on our phones in the near future.

And that's where developer eyeSight comes in. It just announced support for Android, which "enables users control their phones and navigate in documents, web pages or maps by using gesture recognition technology."

Check out the full presser and demo video (on a Nokia, sadly) after the break. This pique anyone's interest?

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4 years ago

Throwing a bone (and a free case) to the Verizon Droid Incredible [contest]

Verizon Droid Incredible High Glass Silicone Protective Case

We know. You Droid Incredible owners have had to sit through an awful lot of Evo 4G news of late, and you're feeling a little left out. We hear you. But there's actually been some great stuff going on in the Droid Incredible forums, and it hasn't gone unnoticed. As such, let's reward your patience with a free Verizon High-gloss silicone protective case for one lucky beloved Droid Incredible, courtesy of the Android Central Store.

What do you have to do? Just keep on doing what you're doing. When you post in the Incredible forums today -- as in June 8 -- you're automatically entered. We'll pick a single post at random tonight and get your new case shipped off post haste. Good luck, everybody!

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4 years ago

Toss the HTC Intruder into the Android mix (Update: Probably)

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AT&T HTC Intruder

We can't vouch for anything here, but the inventory shot you see above apparently shows the HTC Intruder on AT&T. Maybe it's yet another name in the Liberty/Aria lovefest, giving us a proper threesome of rumor goodness. Or maybe it's an entirely different phone. Or maybe it's a last gasp of Windows Mobile. Or (gasp) maybe it's some way early entry for Windows Phone 7. Or maybe it's something like the HTC Smart, which has a Sense-type UI but is neither WinMo nor Android.

Point is, it's early yet, and this is all we have to go on. Also no way to tell whether that $699 retail price/$129 contract price is real, or just a placeholder. Any AT&T peeps out there wanna help shed some light on this? You know where to find us. [TjCrew via Unwired View]

Update: OK. We're already hearing that this will be an Android 2.1 device, about the size of a Coke can (presumably in two dimensions only). Also, Omegaglory23 points out in the comments that this is a Radio Shack inventory screen.

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