One of the biggest (and best) questions you all asked after Google brought multitouch to the Nexus One this week was "What about the Motorola Droid? Will it get multitouch, too? Of course, the Droid has multitouch outside the U.S., and you can hack it on to your phone if you have the American version. But we're talking about an official, sanctioned update here. Following are the responses we got from Google and from Motorola:
While designing DROID, and all Motorola mobile devices, Motorola work very closely with carriers and partners to deliver differentiated consumer experiences, depending on the region, carrier preferences and consumer needs. DROID features double tap zoom, a new way to zoom in on content. For example, when viewing web pages, simply tap twice on the content you want to view and DROID automatically zooms in and fits the content to the width of the display. You can also zoom in and out with on screen zoom controls.
The Android 2.0 framework includes support for multi-touch. As with other Android platform technologies, such as the text-to-speech engine, operators and handset makers can choose to implement this technology. Regarding the specific pinch-to-zoom functionality included in this new update, once we make this software update (2.1-update1) available to operators and handset makers, they can update their Android-powered devices accordingly.
So, if manufacturers and carriers choose to use it, they can. Same old story. (Let's hope they do.) We also asked Google about enabling multitouch on the keyboard. The big G's response:
The Android 2.0 framework includes support for multi-touch. As with other Android platform technologies, such as the text-to-speech engine, operators and handset makers can choose to implement this technology. Today's update for Nexus One devices only incorporates pinch-to-zoom functionality.
So there you go. Maybe we'll see it later, maybe we won't. Feel free to vent in the comments.
When we broke the news that Europe's Vodafone network would be getting the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, we didn't have an idea of when the phone would be available. That's been answered by Vodafone itself, which now lists the X10 as "Coming soon" in April on its Web site. As for a price? Gonna have to wait on that for a little while, it seems. [Vodafone] (Thanks to everyone who sent this in)
Say hello to the Samsung SHW-M100S, Samsung's latest Android smartphone and their first to run Android 2.1. This puppy looks to be a good one with a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, 800 MHz processor, 5-megapixel camera with 720p video recording, 3.5mm headphone jack, DivX support, and your usual slew of connectivity options. Nice, right?
But it ain't perfect. Why? Because the M100s runs Samsung's much maligned TouchWiz UI which basically strips Android of its character without adding anything worthwhile. The M100S will also only launch on SK Telecom and with no word of a global release we have no idea if we'll actually ever see it here in the US. But at the very least, it's good to see manufacturers launch an Android phone with 2.1 already onboard. The wait for 2.1 has definitely been too long.
Hit the jump for one more picture of the Samsung SHW-M100S!
This is incredibly odd. China Mobile's Ophone platform, which is based off Android, just received an update from 1.5 to 2.0. That's great because it gives Ophone users new features like voice recognition and SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) support. But that's not odd part. The odd part is that the update to the Ophone platform will also include support for Windows Mobile API. Android and Windows Mobile sitting in a tree?
We wish we could tell you what it all exactly means but we're just guessing that the Ophone platform will be able to run Windows Mobile apps in some way or fashion. If this all works out on the Ophone platform we wonder if it can trickle down to other Android-based platforms. We'll be sure to keep an eye on this. It's just too interesting not to.
If there were to be a name change for the myTouch 3G 1.2, it's looking like it might be the myTouch 3G+. That name has been spotted in Best Buy inventory screens and flows a lot nicer than myTouch 3g 1.2. There's rumors for more RAM onboard on the updated myTouch 3G and we think myTouch 3G+ emphasizes that better.
Are any of you guys still interested in the myTouch 3G or is it all Nexus One, all the time?
The folks at AndoridSpin managed to get their hands on the Motorola Devour apparently right as Verizon announced it. And while we don't get a look at anything actually running on the screen, they apparently were told that the Devour "has some tricks up its sleeves," including some sort of IR integration with home electronics. And let's face it: With a mere 3.1-inch screen and other specs that aren't near the top end, it's going to need a leg up. [AndroidSpin]
What's this? Another Motorola Zeppelin? That's apparently the case, according to Gizmodo Brazil. They scored what they says is basically a Moto Backflip (see our hands-on) sans keyboard (which is what makes it a "backflip," but whatever).
This guy is said to be running Android 1.5 with MotoBLUR. Other than that, no real specs, and no idea if this will be a South American special or if we'll see it elsewhere, though a March launch is noted. More pics at Giz Brazil (translated). [via Giz U.S.]
Looks like this Android thing is catching on. The Weather Channel has long had an app in the Android Market, but now they're pimping it on-air. The QR code (more on those here) you see above (which works even in this low-res screenshot, by the way) points to TWC's app in the Market, and they're showing it at 20 minutes after the hour throughout the day. Video of it in action after the break. [via Androinica]
Well will you look at that. We unveil the specs on the Verizon's Motorola Devour, and then Verizon decides to go ahead and announce the thing. And things are pretty much as we've already told you. 3.1-inch capacitive touchscreen at 320x480, optical trackpad, Android 1.6 with MotoBLUR, 1400 mAh battery, an 8GB microSD card already installed.
Weight is now listed at 5.89 ounces, so that brings it in under the Droid's 6 ounces, for those of you who were worried about that.
The Devour will be available in March for an as-yet undisclosed price. Full presser and one more pic after the break.
If you're waiting patiently for your Nexus One multitouch update to roll in and haven't used the manual update method, here's a look at what you're missing. Multitouch on the Nexus One, for all intents and purposes, is the same as multitouch anywhere else (any by that we mean the iPhone, natch). Pinch to zoom, spread your fingers to zoom out. There's a slightly weird elasticity to it -- the motion continues slightly after your fingers have stopped. We wouldn't call it a bug; it's just a noticeable difference.
One thing we didn't look at here is the new Desktop Dock setting because, well, there's not much to show. When you first pair with the dock, it asks whether you want to, by default, stream music through it when connected. That's all the new setting does.
Anyhoo, peep the video after the break, along with a before-and-after look at the system profile, if you're into that sort of thing. Then head into our forums to discuss the update.
Android devices all have large, clear screens that are amazingly video-friendly. Sure, the Nexus One and Droid took it to the next level but for the most part, Android screens have been pretty awesome. So did you ever wonder which Android device had the best screen? We sure did.
AndroidHD attempts to answer that question by gathering 6 Android devices together for your viewing pleasure. Specifically, they've pitted the T-Mobile myTouch 3G, European HTC Hero, Motorola Droid, Samsung Galaxy, Nexus One, and Acer Liquid side by side in a video demo, so you can be the judge on who has the best screen.
The video is available after the jump and by our eyes, the order goes: Nexus One, Droid, Liquid, Galaxy, Hero, & myTouch 3G. And though the Nexus One wins, there were some instances when the picture seemed too 'red'. Be sure to let us know which Android phone you think has the best screen in the comments!
Google is currently looking for a customer phone support expert to manage a new Phone Support team for Android/Nexus One. Which means, yep, Customer Phone Support will finally be available to Nexus One users. To quote Google on the job responsibility of the Phone Support Program Manager:
[The position will be] responsible for ramping up and managing operations of Google’s telephone support for our direct-to-consumer Android/Nexus One customers.
The previous way of finding help regarding your Nexus One's problems (and oh there were problems) was to scathe through FAQs, tirelessly make forum posts, contact via e-mail, google it, and hope and pray for a solution. That's all fine and dandy when your product is a webapp that is free, simple and to the point but when you're actually dealing with complicated hardware that people paid a lot of money for, more in-depth customer support tends to be expected.
Did the recently released limited edition T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender really just sell out? Tmonews just received the slide above which specifically states that the myTouch 3G Fender Edition is no longer available to existing customers that want to upgrade to the device (it also states the the black myTouch 3G will also be unavailable for upgrade). The rumored reason floating around is that that the myTouch 3G Fender is out of stock at the warehouse. Meaning, yes, it is selling out.
It's a little hard to believe because as much as we liked the phone when we did our hands-on, it's still a generation behind the likes of the Nexus One. Did that many people actually pass on the Nexus One and went for the myTouch 3G Fender Edition instead? Was demand that high? Is this real? Did T-Mobile only make 1,000 units? We feel like there has to be more explanation to this story.
What do you guys think? Could the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Edition really have sold out that fast?
Mouse events sort of work, toplevel windows sort of work, keyboard doesn't work yet but shouldn't be hard to hook up.
They're actually testing the full Firefox interface on Android right now, as it's much more complex than Fennec/Firefox Mobile. The understanding is if full Firefox works, Firefox Mobile would work too. And plus, if Android hits netbooks or tablet devices, full Firefox may be better suited for use on those devices. They're still not even ready to deliver an alpha release but they're certainly a little closer than they were yesterday.
If you're the type who just can't wait for an update to be pushed out (erm, like some of us around here), you're in luck. You can manually apply today's update to your Nexus One, enabling multitouch and (hopefully) fixing that pesky T-Mobile 3G issue. Here's how to do it: [via Android Forums]
Download the update from here (Google official) or here (mirror).
Rename the file to update.zip. Note that if you're using Windows, just rename it to "update" (no quotes, of course) because it's already a zipped file.
Copy the update.zip file onto your microSD card.
With your Nexus One off, hold down the trackball and press the power button.
You'll be booted into a white screen with three Android robots on skateboards. Select "Bootloader."
On the next screen, select "Recovery."
Your phone will reboot, giving you a picture of the Android robot and an exclamation point inside a triangle.
Now press the power button and volume up button at the same time. It could take a couple of tries.
Now (using the trackball this time) choose "Apply sdcard:update.zip" and let things run their course.
You may have to soft reset a couple of times after this. (I got a picture of the Android guy outside of a box. But a couple resets later and all was well.) But now multitouch is enabled, and we can sit back and relax, knowing that we have zero patience and just can't help ourselves.
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