The lovely little Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini just cleared the FCC and is maybe on its way to release, well, somewhere. Our previous report had pointed both the X10 Mini & X10 Mini Pro to our friendly neighbors to the north, Canada, but this particular device that cleared the FCC is packing European-friendly bands.
Not that Android is a slouch, but let's face it -- we'd all love a faster operating system. And it looks like may well be getting one in Android 2.2 (aka Froyo), and something to the tune of 450 times percent faster. Android Police managed to snag a build and run some tests, and they show some major under-the-hood tweaking speeds up non-native apps by the whopping 450 percent. And have we mentioned it's 450 percent faster? We're still a long way (OK, not that long, we should find out a lot more next week) from actually using any of this (let alone seeing it) in the wild. But should all this pan out, it should curb some of those Flash fears. [Android Police]
If you're chomping at the bit for the T-Mobile Garminfone, you shouldn't have to wait too much longer. A mere $199 (or $450 off contract) will get you the Garmin-Asus special sauce of turn-by-turn navigation, on top of Android 1.6 on a 3.5-inch display, and it's coming in June. Yeah, we're excited, too. [Phonescoop]
It should come as little surprise that Google's working on its own tablet because, well, we've told you as much. (Plus there's the Dell, HTC, Toshiba and Samsung variety rumors floating around out there, too.) And it should come as little surprise that Verizon has declared itself the carrier of choice because, well, its CEO has said as much. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Lowell McAdam openly said his company is looking to catch up (or is it cash in?) on the popularity AT&T has seen with the iPad. And Bloomberg reports that the tablet indeed would run Android, and that more details would come out this week. (Ahead of Google I/O? We'll see.)
Anyhoo, exciting times, indeed. Let's celebrate with a poll, shall we?
Verizon Wireless tends to be rather notorious, along with nearly every other cell phone manufacturer and carrier, for delaying taking its sweet time with OS updates. Android 2.1 has been rumored to be coming to the Droid Eris for quite some time now, then some said it was not going to be coming, then we see a release date, and ... yeah, you get the point.
Today was supposed to be the day of the magic for you Droid Eris owners, and it appears Verizon has kept its word, and the rollout has started. This update is scheduled over the course of two weeks, so keep checking your device for updates, and hit up the forums to see who's got it, and what's in the update. And for those that missed the change log, be sure to check it out after the jump. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
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We are noticing a pretty large trend of Blackberry users converting over to Android and more specifically to the Incredible. If you are one of them be sure to visit this thread - Blackberry to Incredible.
It's not the most cryptic of codes, but Cellular South slipped into a tweet today that it's going to offer the Motorola Milestone (aka the Droid to you folks on Verizon) as its previously announced "game changer." We've highlighted the important part above for those of you who aren't quite up on your word games. Cause we're givers. No word yet on pricing or exactly when it'll be available. [XL Tweet via Android Guys]
It sure is nice when the folks building your operating system also make some of the best applications around. Proof -- Google Maps for Android's new updates. Little things make for great software, and the Google maps app is chock full of them. Today's update brings biking directions, a direct shortcut to turn by turn navigation in the app drawer, and the coolest new feature is destination sharing. Enter your destination and you can now share the address with your friends via email or SMS, as well as popular social media sites like Facebook, Buzz or Twitter. Open your market app and update maps to check out the new features. Android 1.6+ only. Sorry Cupcakers. [via Google Mobile Blog]
We'd love to take all of you with us next week to the Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco, but you know how much it costs to check luggage these days. The good news is we'll be there to bring back all the latest Android news (including the likely possibility of seeing Froyo and Flash make their official debut). And you can follow along, if you want, with Google's official I/O Android application. Schedules, maps, the works. It's a must-have if you're going, and cool to play with if you're kibitzing from the sidelines. More screen shots after the break. [Market link]
The New York Times is one of the nation's leading sources of news, and its website is one a great extension of that. As people continue to work longer hours, travel farther to work, and try to pack every day full of things to do, it can be a little hard to find time to sit down and read the paper or browse the web. The Times has developed an Android application [Market link] that brings you its content in a very professional, easy to read manner. Let's take a look, after the break.
Finally, after so many months in the dark, it looks like the T-Mobile myTouch 3G will get an update to Android 2.1. Hip hip hooray! According to Andrew Sherrard, T-Mobile's VP of Product Innovation, the myTouch 3G will receive the update to 2.1 and the updated UI that we've seen in the myTouch Slide. Features like the 'Genius' button will also be put into the myTouch which means the myTouch 3G will pretty much become a brand new device.
The good news: LG is finally getting into the Android game, and on Verizon, no less (just like we first told you). The ho-hum news: It's doing so with the Ally. And as this leaked slide deck shows, the Ally will be available for preorder on Thursday, and fully on sale starting May 20. Pricing still has yet to be announced (or leaked, for that matter).
OK, OK. We shouldn't be down on a phone that nobody's actually touched yet. And it does have a decent Qualcomm MSM7627 processor running at 600MHz, 512MB of ROM and 256MB of RAM. And all that's pushing a 3.2-inch WVGA touchscreen. So we're talking part for the course these days on a slightly smaller than awesome screen. Sure, Android 2.1 is nice, and a 3.2-megapixel camera is passable. But we'll have to see about LG's custom interface atop Eclair, and we can't help but wonder how long until it might (if ever) get a Froyo update. So until we get our hands on this guy, we're going to continue to shrug. [via BGR]
We know Adobe is giving its employees Android phones in a form of "dogfooding" for Flash on mobile. We know that Flash is coming in Android 2.2 Froyo. We also believe that Android 2.2 will be a big part of Google I/O next week in San Francisco. Would it make sense that Android 2.2 is running on those phones that Adobe gave away, in some sort of preparation for Google I/O? Makes you think, doesn't it?
In a video showcasing Flash on Android, Android and Me spotted a new homescreen that could possibly be from Android 2.2. We see a few updated icons on the bottom, an updated search bar, and even an Android tutorial icon. We're very excited to see what Android 2.2 holds and see how much Android can get better. In any case, it definitely looks like Google is getting ready for 2.2. Hit the jump to see the video!
Here we go again, folks, with another Sprint Hero Android 2.1 update. After at least one false start, Best Buy is now expecting the ROM to ship by May 21. Of course, that could be any time between now and then, so we'll just have to wait and see, and hope we guessed right in the office pool. Thanks to our anonymous Best Buy tipster, who claimed the May 21 square for himself.
Android 2.0+ The Dolphin Browser is an old favorite on Android, and it just got a nice refresh in the form of the Dolphin Browser HD. You want tabbed browsing? You got it. Gesture support? Yep. It's there. How about the ability to download a YouTube video straight onto your SD card? Sure thing. Go ahead and give it a shot with our hands-on video after the break.
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