The above just popped onto Verizon's Web site and, well, you can plainly see it's pointing to the impending Android 2.1 update. We'll let you read through the thing yourself, but there's live wallpapers, pinch-to-zoom, voice-to-text everywhere ... basically all the good stuff that you've been waiting on for so long.
Anybody actually seeing the update yet? And in the meantime, join the conversation in our Droid update forum. [pdf link] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
"Currently there are no plans to update the HTC Tattoo with éclair."
HTC has been known to change its mind, and Tattoo owners can only hope that it happens again. The Tattoo for sure isn't a powerhouse, but it's a nice little phone that fills a niche in Android's lineup. Since the Tattoo was released just last November, it's pretty disheartening to find out that it's already reached the end of it's software update path. Any readers using one of these small sexy phones? Sound off in the comments! [Tracy and Matt's blog]
Android 1.6+ ZumoDrive, a cloud media storage/streaming/sync solution, is now available for Android. Here's the skinny: Install an app on your computer, and media (music, photos and the like) become accessible through the ZumoDrive app on your phone. You get 1 gigabyte of storage for starters (take a tour and get it upped to 2GB), and tiered pricing is available, from 10GB for $2.99 a month to a whopping 500GB for $79.99 a month. [ZumoDrive | Market link]
It was a bit of a disappointment when we learned that despite being an unlocked GSM device, the Nexus One would only get 3G on T-Mobile in the United States. That has ended, as Google is now selling a Nexus One with the AT&T and Rogers (Canada) 3G bands of 850 and 1900MHz. This isn't a great surprise, as we'd seen it go through the FCC already and even got a tip just the other day.
It's the same unlocked phone, and the same price of $529. So, who's regretting that earlier purchase now? [Google]
(p.s.: And you Verizon types? Sorry, keep waiting. )
(p.p.s.: Our pal Michael points out that Bell and Telus users are good to go here, too.)
Here's another one of those charts that shows (and when we say "shows," we mean estimates) just how few units of the Nexus One Google has sold in comparison to the Motorola Droid and Apple's iPhone over the first 74 days that each was available.
And here's the sentence in which we again say comparing these things is ridiculous. Two of these phones are sold in stores. One of them is not. Two of these phones have received gianormous marketing campaigns, in print, online and on television. (And I'm pretty sure I saw somebody going door-to-door the other day.) One of these phones has received a push mainly through Google AdSense. That's no small potatoes, but it's hardly the same thing.
And so to the next company that plans on making this comparison, I beg you: Don't. [Flurry via Business Insider]
Last week we reported the Milestone is/isn't getting Android 2.1. Now Engadget is reporting that the Milestone is getting Android 2.1 as soon as this week by March 20 -- as in Saturday -- leading the way for the rest of Europe to follow.
Meanwhile, all Droid users have been waiting for their long overdue 2.1 update. Hopefully with all of this in the air, this is a sign of things to come. [Engadget]
Good news for those of you in Canada looking to spend your hard-earned pesos on the latest Sexy Bodies No. 38 Android app -- for-pay apps are finally available in the Android Market.
Now you, too, can shell out 2 Euros for the latest and greatest keyboard. You can drop 249 yen on the newest Twitter client. Dig deep for the 24,000 dinar to pay for that game you always wanted. It's about time. Congrats, and try not to spend it all in one place. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
It looks like T-Mobile has settled on a date to launch the Motorola Cliq XT: March 17th. Which is this week! If you can pause your St. Patrick Day's celebration for a bit on the 17th, you should be able to mosey your way down to any T-Mobile retail store to find the Motoblur running, Android powered full touchscreen device that is the Cliq XT. It'll only retail for $99 with new 2-year contract (or $199 with 1-year contract) which is a grand deal for a brand new smartphone. Anyone getting one?
We've said it before.We've seen it already. But we'll say it once again: it's highly unlikely that Verizon is going to sell the Nexus One in stores. So though DigiTimes is saying that HTC is shipping Nexus Ones to Verizon, we're just not buying it. Why would Verizon be stocking inventory of a phone they'll never sell in their own retail stores? Like the T-Mobile Nexus One, the Verizon Nexus One is going to be sold exclusively through google.com/phone. And whether it's beneficial or not for Google to be committed to that strategy, that's on them.
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While it may be the new OS in the game, Android continues to grow, and Google understands they need to grow at the same pace. Recently we saw that the creator of the cell phone has switched to Android, like many other smartphone users. Google has been lucky enough to get the co-creator of XML to join their team as an Android Advocate. Tim Bray has left Oracle, and joined the Google team for Android development as he hopes to bring things to the next level. Tim has made it clear in his blog post that he is a fan of the open source OS, and doesn't like the feeling of being restricted by any company. While the team behind Android continues to grow, we can only hope these growths to transpire into new additions in both hardware and software for consumers. [via ZDNet]
You read that right, folks. At long last, the HTC Droid Eris on Verizon has been rooted. You're going to have to have the stock Android 1.5 phone to get this done, so if you've already installed the leaked 2.1 ROM, you're out of luck. Check out the video after the break, and get the full rundown at AndroidMobileOS and XDA Developers.
Ah, the Motorola Backflip. An odd little phone with a keyboard that flips up under the screen, and a trackpad on the back. Strange, to say the least. But, oddly enough, it works. At least until you turn the thing on.
While some have lamented AT&T's locking-down of the device -- namely in not allowing the sideloading of apps switching to Yahoo instead of Google for search -- it's the internal hardware that's a letdown with the Backflip. Join us after the break.
HTC has made available the user guide for the Legend, which now appears to be exclusive on Vodafone for the time being. And for your guys and gals in the U.S., this user guide may be as close as you get to the phone for a little while, so read slowly. It'll last longer. [HTC]
A lot of Windows Mobile users are waiting for Windows Phone 7 Series to release and that's completely fair, it looks amazing. But what should you do with your Windows Mobile devices in the mean time? Why, get them to run Android of course! The Touch Pro 2 joins a series ofWinMob devicesthat have been hacked to run Android and this one is actually in great working condition. The Sprint Touch Pro 2 is able to make phone calls, send and receive SMS, and run data. Sounds like everything to us (GPS, Bluetooth don't work).
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