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4 years ago

Milestone, Xperia X-10 to get updates, says O2 Germany

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Milestone and X10

O2 Germany says that the  Motorola Milestone and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will soon be getting updated ROMs.  Sorry, but the Milestone won't be getting Android 2.2/Froyo this time around, nor will the X10 be getting Android 2.1/Eclair -- they both are getting small maintenance releases.  Expect them within the next two weeks according to O2.

We've heard nada from Motorola or Sony Ericsson about this, and can only assume that the software will also be headed for other carriers if needed.  And even though it's not the update you might have been hoping for, it's nice to know the manufacturers haven't forgotten you.  [Twitter via TheUnwired.net]

 

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4 years ago

LG planning 20 Android phones in next 6 months

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HTC, Motorola, and Samsung are the three juggernauts of the Android phone world. So what’s the deal with LG? So far, they don’t have much to show for in the US, except the LG Ally. On top of that, their first-quarter smartphone profit sales have dropped 6.7 percent from last year. Since the Android market is starting to become insanely lucrative, they’ve decided to get serious and have released a statement saying that 20 LG Android powered devices will be rolled out before the end of the year. Now, it’s hard to say how many of those phones will make it to the US, but we should expect to see at least a few. [via Unwired View]

Update: It appears that LG's 20 new smartphones won't all be running Android.  Android Central commenter On2Vegas points us to a comment on a story at GigaOm from Ken Hong at LG Electronics in Seoul.  According to Ken no solid numbers for the Android platform as the "portfolio is still in flux".  Thanks On2Vegas!

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4 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 16

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Audio-only stream below

Phil, Jerry and Mickey break down the latest on the Evo 4G, Froyo on the Motorola Droid, the new Droid 2 pictures, the upcoming U.S. launch of the Samsung Galaxy S, and squeeze in a few of your voicemails and e-mails.

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4 years ago

AT&T HTC Intruder (or Liberty, or Aria) teased in testing video

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AT&T Intruder
(AT&T Android Product Manager Dante Martin)

We brought you the first picture of the AT&T HTC Liberty -- which may well be named the Intruder -- and now we can bring you a video teaser of the phone. It's clearly a small HTC phone running Sense, and it definitely lines up with the Liberty render we stripped out of the ROM, with the Evo-style buttons and Incredible-style trackpad. Can't tell too much otherwise, except that the microUSB port is on the bottom of the phone, and the phone itself appears to be pretty small, which could line up with the 320x480 screen resolution.

The video itself is pretty interesting, too -- check it out after the break -- showing how AT&T tests its phones long before they ever get into your hot little hands. And that they did so with an as-yet unannounced Android phone is very cool, too. Nicely done, AT&T. Thanks, Will!

AT&T IntruderAT&T Intruder

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4 years ago

Android Town is looking for a new name

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Remember that Quick App post from Jerry back in May? Well, Android Town is looking to expand and they’re in the process of making a multiplatform application and with that in mind, they’re looking to change their name and they’re going to let the users who helped them grow this app with such great feedback and suggestions, pick the new name! Drop a suggestion down in the comments and if you haven’t got this app already or taken a look at the latest version, you can get it here:

[Market Link | AppBrain]
Android Town QR Code

Also, don't forget to look for us in the town!
phil, duvi, drm2blv, Jorge, afazel, jerry and Dman

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4 years ago

Evo 4G screen scratch test isn't pretty to watch, but the result's not bad

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Evo 4G scratch test

When you see a phone along side a set of keys, a screw, a penny a razor blade, you know something bad's about to happen. Right? Roman G lets us know in the Android Central Forums about his scratch test on the Evo 4G (he was sending the phone back to Sprint for another physical problem anyway), and he definitely put it through its paces. Check out the video, after the break. [YouTube via Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Evo 4G limited to 30 frames per second

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Some of you have reported the Evo 4G to be a little choppy while scrolling through the menu, or swiping through the home screens, and it might just not be your imagination. Using an application called ‘fps2d’, Evo enthusiasts have discovered that there appears to be a 30-frames-per-second cap. That means that games and other graphic intensive applications may not be running to the best of their ability. Nobody’s really sure as to why this could be yet, but there was a similar issue with the Motorola Droid when it got its Eclair update. But you better believe your friendly neighborhood devs are quickly working to resolve this issue.  [code.google.com via XDA]

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid 2 goes full frontal -- but it'll have Motoblur?

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droid2

Recently the Motorola Droid 2 was seen for the first time in Verizon's system, and today it has decided it was ready to pose for the camera. It looks like the glimpse of the keyboard we had a little while back was right on point. At this point not a lot is known about the device, but Droid Life says it was seen running Android 2.1, will have 8GB of internal memory as well as an 8GB storage card, a 3.7-inch screen, the aforementioned updated keyboard and a beefed up 750MHz processor, which makes it seem like a decent -- though not revolutionary -- upgrade from the original.

But before you can say "why mess with success," this puppy reportedly is running a newer version of MotoBlur. Maybe it's the updated version like the Flipout, or maybe it's something else, along the lines of the rumored (but neither confirmed nor detailed) Ninja Blur. Peep some blurry video of it booting up after the break. [via DroidLife]

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4 years ago

Evo 4G Wifi speed test -- you might be surprised by the results

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Evo 4G Wifi speed test

So we've already taken a look at the strength of the Wifi signal on the Evo 4G. And that's important. You have to have a good connection to get anything done. But signal strength isn't everything. And so we re-ran our tests, this time measuring data speed. How did the Evo 4G compare? If the picture above is any indication, our results might surprise you.

Let's discuss, after the break.

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4 years ago

Silver HTC Desire coming in the UK

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HTC Desire

If you're looking at an HTC Desire but aren't all that crazy about having yet another black slab laying around, UK retailer Expansys has you covered. A silver job will be available for a limited time, going for £449 unlocked. Of course, if you end up importing this thing to the U.S. you need to remember that you won't be getting U.S. 3G bands on it, which might take a bit of the shine away. [Expansys via Unwired View]

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4 years ago

Motorola: Front-facing camera phones coming, Droid still selling

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Motorola Droid

In what should be a surprise to no one, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha said recently that he expects to see two to four phones (Android, we assume) with front-facing cameras coming later this year. That'll bring Motorola up to par with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S, Sprint Evo 4G and upcoming iPhone 4 when it comes to video calling. Huzzah.

Jha also noted that the Motorola Droid "sales are going extremely well" (what else would he say?) on Verizon despite the launch of the HTC Droid Incredible this spring. That's great and all, but it's getting to be about time to see what Moto has up its sleeve next. [Reuters via Phone Scoop]

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4 years ago

Quick poll: Froyo fiends, do you still care about Flash?

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Adobe Flash

Adobe Flash is finally coming to Android with the update to Froyo, and quite a few of us have been rocking Android 2.2 for a few weeks now. So let's put it to you, folks. Now that you've actually been using Flash on Froyo, how's it working out? Killing your battery? Slowing your phone? Or is it shooting rainbows and unicorns out of the headphone jack? Hit up the poll, the give us your reasoning in the comments.

Is Flash all you thought it would be?Market Research

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4 years ago

Samsung says its Super AMOLED is better than any 'retina display'

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Samsung Galaxy S

Samsung makes all sorts of electronics (including some nice Android phones), but their name is synonymous with screen technology.  That being said, anytime they chime in about screens or displays, we tend to listen. 

"Structurally, IPS LCD technology cannot catch up with AMOLED display technology."

That's what Samsung has to say in response to Apple's claim that their new IPS screen is superior to OLED.  Samsung claims that IPS only offers a 3 percent to 5 percent increase in sharpness, at a cost of 30 percent more power use.  They (Samsung) also claim that the Super AMOLED display on the upcoming Galaxy S will offer better viewing angles and contrast than the upcoming iPhone.

We would love to find out for ourselves, but we still don't have a Galaxy S to play with review.  Samsung, toss us a bone so we can help prove your point! [Korea Herald via Electronista]

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4 years ago

Latest Firefox build for Android adds basic multitouch to Fennec

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Fennec for Android

For those of you following the development of Mozilla's Firefox browser for Android -- also known as Fennec -- you'll be happy to learn that basic multitouch has been added in a development build. This build isn't as polished as the other nightly builds we've been using, and you'll need to uninstall it when switching from a signed build. But it's great to see work progress, and great to see the addition of multitouch. You can download the development build here. [Fennec Google Group via Matt Brubeck]

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible rooted, but method not yet ready for prime time

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Droid Incredible rooted

The Droid Incredible has been a tough nut to crack, with rooting eluding the hacking elite (and thus the rest of us mere mortals, too). But it looks like some real progress has been made, and Shadowmite says a couple of phones have been rooted. It involves getting adb to work while in recovery and needs some pretty precise execution in terms of timing. It ain't pretty, and it's not ready for the mainstream, and you might end up crying in the end. But fear not, Incredible owners, work continues. [XDA Developers via Android Central Forums]

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