Well, 2.1 rumors are just flying around these days like no other, but this time it seems like something a little more concrete then a rumor. Verizon appears to have update their site showing an update for the Droid Eris as "coming soon". For those who watched the Droid 2.1 update unfold, you will remember we saw this prior to the release as well. It appears as though the new ROM version (2.36.605.1/Radio: 2.42.00.04.12) is in line with the latest leak that many of you are probably running. Timeframe on the release is still unknown, but this looks like some more concrete evidence that the Droid Eris will indeed see Android 2.1. Check out the full document with some more information after the jump. [via Verizon]
Sprint has left new official word about the 2.1 eclair update for the still popular (but last generation) Samsung Moment and HTC Hero handsets. It's not likely to make anyone happy, but it's exactly what we figured it would be.
The Sprint Evo 4G WiMax hotspot plans are starting to shape up internally, and it's not looking good if you were hoping Sprint would go the same route as Verizon and offer it up for free. (That said, we're talking WiMax and not just 3G EVDO, so ...) As you see above, "Special plans are being created for the Evo 4G because it is the first dual mode 3G/4G phone offered by Sprint." Also, the plans will have "a monthly recurring charge." That's really not that big a surprise, however unwelcome.
We're still unsure of an exact release date, though we're expecting it sooner rather than later. Let's just hope that the plans are reasonable (we've heard rumors of as much as $30 a month for hotspot access) and that WiMax lives up to its billing and that the rollout continues to smaller cities. One more shot of the info after the break.
If you missed out on one of the 30 copies of WaveSecure we gave away, we're not done yet. For one month, you can get WaveSecure at a 20 percent discount if you use the promo code WS-ACENTRAL. That's 20 percent off what you'd pay for the peace of mind to know that you can locate your phone if it's lost or stolen, and that you can lock out anyone trying to insert an unauthorized SIM card. Get WaveSecure for just $15.90 for the next month at WaveSecure's site (and be sure to click on the promo code link).
Legos? Check. Droid? Check. Puzzle problem solver? Check. What you see above is being used to trumpet the ARM processor inside the Motorola Droid (as well as any number of other smartphones). The phone's camera is used to identify the colors on the Rubik's Cube and instruct the Lego robot on how to solve it. No matter how you slice it, this is one of the coolest thing's we've seen all week. [YouTube] Thanks to everybody who sent this in.
Bloomberg is reporting that Sony will introduce their Android-based 'Google TV' at Google I/O. Remember, 'Google TVs' are TV sets that use Intel Atom chips and run an optimized Android OS. Having Android on a TV could very well be the solution to all our crappy TV UI's. It also could not.
What's kind of interesting, however, is that Sony is using a new version of Android called 'Dragonpoint' to power these TVs. We've never heard of Dragonpoint before, and though it sounds insanely cool, it's probably just code for Android optimized for TV usage. Or it could be awesome.
Basically, there's much to find out about these new Google TV sets and Google I/O is the perfect stage for it to be introduced. Considering the likes of Sony, Intel, and Google are involved, it has to be big. Google I/O is set for May 19th and 20th. We can't wait.
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You wouldn't even know there's a big legal brouhaha going down because HTC just keeps on churning. In April, HTC just posted their best financial numbers to date. According to Digitimes, HTC managed to post $571.9 million in revenue for the month of April, which is a 57.93 percent increase on year. We don't need to crunch all the little numbers and decimal points to know that HTC is doing an awesome job for us and for themselves. With the Droid Incredible now fully available and the Evo 4G on deck, there's really no stopping HTC. Check out a few graphs after the jump!
The wait is finally over! A new private beta is available for the SlingPlayer Mobile for Android. Since your beta profile is a good match for testing, you have the opportunity to join the new beta program.
If you're not familiar with Sling, it basically digitally "brings" your living room TV with you wherever you go. You access it through a web interface on a laptop or a mobile app on your phone and you have full access to your remote, recorded shows, and can even watch live tv. It's ridiculously awesome and we don't even know how something that cool can exist without being illegal or magical. If you still don't understand, watch the video to see it in action! Who's excited for SlingPlayer for Android?
It's finally time. Our grand plan to announce the winners of my and Dieter's Nexus Ones may have been dashed, but we shall soldier on. And so. After a month of entries, 15 finalists and several days of voting by you, the readers, the winners are ... (after the break)
A guy walks into a bar and there's this unreleased cell phone. .....wait, wrong story. But this one's just as good :) A self-admitted huge Precentral follower (bnceo on the PreCentral forums) happened to be looking for some Palm accessories at his local Radio Shack and stumbled across these on the counter. As he started grabbing pictures with his phone and asking the salesman about them. The salesman had this to say -- Release is early June (around June 6), cost on contract is $200.00, out of contract will be $600.00, and no planned changes to your Sprint plan. The Shack employee had no info about any cost for the mobile hot spot feature.
Then he handed them over to to our man bnceo and said to take 'em, he can get more copies. The sheets don't tell us anything we already didn't know from our hands on with the EVO 4G, but man-oh-man does it feel good to see them in cyberprint. From the looks of things it's a four week promo event and with a rumored June 6 release, we should start seeing these any time now.
You know you want to follow after the break and check out the high res scans yourself. Thanks a ton Rob!
So here's the thing about watching Hulu on the Android Skyfire 2.0 browser: You can do it at the moment, but don't count on it for long. We've been down this road before with Skyfire on Windows Mobile. One minute Hulu would work (with Skyfire's servers taking care of the Flash playback), and the next minute it'd be gone. And we've discussed the reason for this at WMExperts: "The answer is simple: Hulu has decided to block you from watching Hulu videos in the Skyfire browser, as part of blocking all mobile access to Hulu, as well as TV access such as with Boxee and PlayStation."
Fast forward to today: Skyfire's been playing Hulu just fine. But don't expect it to last. Skyfire says so far as they know, Hulu hasn't changed its mind about mobile playback yet. Spokesman Kevin Jordan told us the following:
"Sometimes Skyfire works on Hulu while Skyfire does routine updates on its servers. Typically, though, it's intermittent before Hulu re-blocks us.
"Chances are that process is going on again. From our standpoint, we haven't learned of Hulu intentionally allowing Skyfire to work."
So there you go. Maybe we'll get lucky. Who knows. If you're dying to know what Skyfire looks like on Android, check out our video after the break.
A lot of folks have been speculating about the new Droid OTA update and its effect on rooted phones. Looks like we can all relax, Motorola and Verizon don't have a sinister plot to lock down the Motorola Droid. Honestly, I don't think they ever will. The Droid is a development phone whether Motorola wants it to be or not. Even Google thinks so.
Nobody's 100 percent sure exactly why the update is rolling around, but reports over at droidforums.net have come in that it doesn't break root or render your phone un-rootable. Those that want to go for it and manually install can grab the OTA file HERE.
This is a good time to remember that rooting your phone gives you more than access to cool stuff you couldnt normally do -- it also has some responsibility attached to it. Waiting for word about the update before you accepted it IS the right thing to do, and you can be sure your favorite ROM cooker will follow soon with anything worthy of an update. Thanks everyone who sent this in!
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