Hey, all you guys and gals out there with the Samsung Moment who have been patiently (or not -- we do check our Twitter replies, you know) for your phone to get the latest version of Android: It looks like things are getting closer after missing that rumored March 26 date. Above (and after the break) are shots of Android 2.1 running on the Moment, straight from KansasCityJoe in our own forums. In his own words:
Just got it early this morning and it is not for general release yet. I just started playing with it, but it seems much faster/more responsive than 1.5.
It does not appear to have pinch-to-zoom on either the Gallery or the Browser. Same backgrounds/bloatware that 1.5 has. When you launch NFL Mobile Live, it tells you it will be replaced by "Sprint Football Live".
It actually, now, has VPN built in (PPTP, L2TP, L2TP/IPSec both PSK and Certificate-based). Bluetooth is vastly improved. There is no more cutting out. Your headset will re-pair without having to put the phone into discoverable mode after you reboot.
You slide-to-answer a phone call now. It has voice input ("an experimental feature using Google's networked speech recognition") built it and it actually works! No more texting while driving! Extremely cool!
Email will now work with any certificate (not just signed).
The update erases everything on the device, and it's probably a good idea just to reinstall everything from scratch. Some of the 1.5 apps I'm not finding in the Market for 2.1. And some versions of apps in the Market say they don't work with 2.0 yet.
So, you've got the latest and greatest Android 2.1-update1, same as the Nexus One and, now, the Droid, though with a couple of caveats. Build number is listed as ECLAIR.DC23, Kernel version is 2.6.29 and the baseband is S:M900.8.05.DC23.
What does that mean, in English? An Android 2.1 upgrade and all its bells and whistles appears to be in the works. Hang on just a little longer, folks. More pics after the break. [Android Central Forums]
No, folks, we weren't kidding when I said I was giving away my original Nexus One. And to prove it, we're giving you a sneak peak at the first batch of contest entries. (And, no, there's nothing wrong with it, and I don't know about any super secret Nexus One that's coming out.)
Oh, so now you want to enter? OK. Go here and read up on the particulars. You have until the end of the month to get your entry to me, and you guys and gals get to vote once come May. Check out the first batch after the break.
There has been a alot of hype about the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and to make matters worse we even watched Sony unbox it for us. (It's cool. We've done a hands-on and have one in the office as we speak.) We've been waiting to hear when and where this bad boy would end up. No surprise, it's not coming to the U.S. first (if at ever) Instead, it's going to our neighbors to the north. Come April 15 one can go into any Rogers store and pick up the new Xperia X10 and get a Sony Ericsson MW600 Bluetooth headset for free.
Not a bad deal, not only do you get the newest high end phone, you get a free headset that's about $100 at retail. [Rogers via Engadget]
As is quickly becoming the norm at developer conferences, we're getting word that Nexus Ones and Motorola Droids are being given out in advance to developers who plan to attend the Google IO conference next month in San Francisco. (They did it last year, too.) Makes sense, as it's sort of a goodwill thing (or small-scale bribe, some might say), and it's obviously good to have developers actually using some of the top-of-the-line phones.
And before you ask, no, you can't go if you're not already registered. It's all full-up. Sorry, kids.
According to HTC Peter Chou, HTC growth in the U.S. market has been "faster than others" which is probably due in large part to Android's success here. HTC was the first phone manufacturer to release an Android device and has been on a roll ever since, improving their hardware, writing new software, and basically building better phones. Our apologies to other phone manufacturers but HTC has shown the world how awesome Android can be.
Because of its recent success, HTC's relationship with U.S. carriers have also improved. Chou specifically mentions the Nexus One (which will be available on all 4 carriers) and the Evo 4G (which is on Sprint) as devices that have brought firmer support from US carriers. Chou also says:
"[Verizon and T-Mobile] started treating us as their first-tier suppliers last year. It was difficult for us [to boost our sales] without their support. But their endorsements became a strong momentum" for growth"
We've said it before, but we'll say it again: we're glad that HTC has been in Android's corner since day one. We're even more glad the rest of our lovely country has taken notice. [wsj]
Let's talk Bluetooth headsets for a second, shall we? They're not exactly everybody's favorite thing to use, but they're a must-have in the car if you want to stay safe and legal. After the break, we take a look at the Motorola Endeavor HX1 Bluetooth headset.
Look, we're just gonna come out and say it: It hasn't been announced yet, but the HTC Incredible is coming to Verizon. This should not be news to anybody. We've already seen it on video with a Verizon-branded ROM. We've seen it in Verizon's system not once, but twice. It's in the CelleBrite system. It's basically the worst-kept secret Verizon has these days. And above, we see activation instructions that are floating around the Web in various places (including our inbox) today.
So, yeah, it's coming to Verizon. Maybe this week. Maybe it's the Big Red version of the Nexus One. Maybe it's the U.S. version of the Desire. There's a lot we still don't know. But it's coming. Get ready. Thanks to everyone who sent this in
Would you look at that! Google is getting serious about selling the Nexus One and marketing the Android platform, too. Apparently the folks over at Mountain View have decided not to take the reported less-than-stellar sales (and we're still not buying that, by the way) lying down. A recent Google job listing calls for:
The Android space is a big opportunity for Google, and an area of strategic importance. As Product Marketing Manager for Android and Nexus One, you support the Direct-To-Consumer marketing plans and initiatives that will be rolled out in the coming months. You are focused on increasing the number of device sales and increasing awareness of the Nexus One brand.
This is refreshing news, especially since Google's flagship phone is set to be on all four major carriers by this summer. How will this affect the sales of the phone, when potential buyers still won't be able to lay their hands on it until after they've ordered the phone? Only time can answer that question, but this definitely looks to be a positive next step. [Google via Phandroid]
It seems that the motorola backflip must be doing a lot of flips because it is sure getting around. Coming this month the Moto Backflip will be released in Germany this month. The Backflip has already been launched here in the US as AT&T's first Android phone, but also in China and Italy.
I9000 is a Full Touch phone with reinforced features. 4.0 inch OLED screen perform expanding full touch to follow TouchWIZ 3.0. It embedded Android OS. It supports EDGE/GPRS Quad-Band (850/900/1800/1900).
The screen size, full touch nature and Bluetooth 3.0 capabilities of the "I9000" meets up exactly with the Samsung Galaxy S. However, the Galaxy S was said to have a Super AMOLED screen but we're going to chalk it up as some poor typing mistake rather than disregard this as the Galaxy S. And like what we've seen in CTIA, the Bluetooth SIG filing re-iterates its EDGE/GPRS bands but doesn't specify its 3G bands. Hopefully, Samsung will come to their senses and figure out the US 3G situation cause this Galaxy S is hot. [via phonescoop]
Hello again everybody! This week we're leaving all the techie stuff behind and we're going to have some fun. Android phones are great portable media playesrs -- we just have to get used to a different way of encoding and syncing our media. While there are lots of way to get it done, we're going to focus on two that use free tools to make the most out of your Android multimedia experience. So put your ringer on silent, send the kids out to play in the yard and read along after the break.
Yeah, we wrote that headline with our tongue firmly planted in our cheek -- Motorola today took to Twitter and Facebook to confirm that the Android 2.1 update indeed is being pushed out to the Droid in stages. Or, you can skip the wait and update manually with handy how-to instructions, follow along with our step-by-step video, or get more help in the forums. Oh, and here's Moto's version of the changelog, if you want another look at what's new. [pdf link] (Strangely, no mention of graphics being slowed. To be continued ...)
Yes, What you are reading is correct! TweetDeck -- the popular desktop and iPhone Twitter client -- is releasing an Android application (and one for BlackBerry, to) giving us yet another choice to tweet away our lives in 140 characters or less. [via Crackberry]
We know a few of you did it. Despite your love for all things Android and Google, you shelled out $500 or more for an iPad. It's OK. It's shiny. We understand that. And despite your transgressions, we're more than willing to point you to our pals at TiPB for all the iPad launch day news, app reviews, accessories and other Apple giddiness. Go ahead. And then come on back this way for your Android fix.
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