Starting 03/30/2010, Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce a new software update for the DROID by Motorola. Users will be able to upgrade their software to version AP: ESE81/BP: C_01.3E.03P to receive new improvements and enhancements.
The SOP of 1,000 people in the first batch applies, followed by 9,000 more at midnight tonight, and 200,000 on Thursday. So stand by for an OTA update, and stand by for the manual download link. Or stand by for more disappointment. One of those things is bound to happen. Sing out in the forums if you get some Android 2.1 love.
Update: Actual shot of said internal e-mail is above.
That's par for the course these days on any CDMA carrier. WiMax is a brand-new ballgame, however, and Sprint says they're still testing things, and that simultaneous voice calls while using data over WiMax is to be determined. That lines up with what HTC told us. It's not a hardware issue, it's just a matter of getting it to work, and getting it to work properly. So godspeed, Sprint. We've got faith in ya.
Cellular technology can be broken down into two basic categories – GSM and CDMA. Both work well and provide the same function, but are different enough that they aren’t interchangeable. Lets have a look at each and try to clear everything up.
We're all familiar with the saga of the Xperia X10, how we were once so very excited for the phone to release and to, well, have it never release and have it just disappoint us at every corner instead. So it comes to no surprise that the Xperia X10 is disappointing us once again. (Put it this way: We've got it in hand, and we're trying to figure out what to do with it.) Though laggy software reportedly will be improved via update, it looks like the Xperia X10 will never have multitouch because the hardware is simply not capable of it. According to Sony Ericsson product manager Rikard Skogberg:
"There’s no multitouch in X10 – and I also can confirm that it’s not only related to [software] but also to [hardware]."
In a vacuum, not having multitouch is a downer but not a definite dealbreaker--but considering how reliably unreliable the Xperia X10 has been, those still looking at the X10 as their next Android device should probably look elsewhere. Wait, was there even anyone who still wanted the Xperia X10? [via slashgear]
For our readers down in Australia, The HTC Desire will be available on April 27 on Telstra's Next G Network.
“HTC Desire gives customers unprecedented ability to personalise their mobile,” said Ross Fielding, Executive Director, Mobility Products, Telstra. “Not only can customers select from a massive ecosystem of free and paid-for applications from the Android Market – as well as Telstra apps like Mobile FOXTEL– but they can completely re-configure how shortcuts and applications appear on their phone. Add to this a fast 1GHz Snapdragon processor, the Next G network’s unsurpassed coverage and speed, and Google’s latest Android operating system for mobiles and you have one of the most responsive, intuitive and exciting smartphones to launch in 2010.”
Some additional key features is that the Desire is running on Android 2.1, it has the latest HTC Sense user expirence, 3.5mm stereo audio jack, automatically lowers the ringer volume when the phone is picked up, mutes the ringer when the phone is flipped down and automatically backs up certain data to the MircoSD such as SMS/MMS.
Pricing will be for $0 on Telstra's $60 consumer Phone Plan for 24 months, or can be purchased outright for a RRP of $779. The HTC Desire will be available in Telstra stores and dealers on April 27th. [HTC]
"If you're using 4G for data, you can't use CDMA for voice. Currently the only way to do simultaneous voice and data would be through a third-party VOIP solution. However, this is not do to strict hardware limitations, so it's possible this could change with future updates."
We touched on this in our EVO 4G Q&A, but this certainly needs it's own entry. HTC says that it's not due to hardware limitations, so that leaves only one culprit -- Sprint. We're used to this with CDMA phones, and maybe it's still something that's "in the works," but the question remains -- why would Sprint cripple (sorry, Phil, just couldn't resist ) what's arguably the best upcoming phone on the market? At this point all I can think is "Why, Sprint, why?"
OK, you hungry Motorola Cliq users who are dying for another update: One's coming your way tonight, at least for 1,000 lucky users. But before you call a baby sitter and abandon the family, know this: It doesn't appear to be a full-on Android version update, though it will bring:
Improved battery life
Improved software performance and stability
Improved home screen
Improved widget response
Decrease in ‘Force Close’ error messages
New Manage SIM card application
Added support of .WMA and .WAV media files
Removes the imeem mobile application
To get in on it tonight (for everybody else, this maintenance release is coming later this week), you'll need to manually check for an update starting at 6 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. EDT), and follow this thread in T-Mobile's forums. Good luck! [via TMoNews]
We're not at all against putting a good skin on top of Android, but what Josh shows us doesn't look anything like a good skin on top of Android -- especially that keyboard. Basically it's some rather sleek (and almost sexy hardware), with a UI that makes us wonder (yet again) why some companies can't leave well enough alone. [Engadget]
(Oh, and Phil's alternate post, in a single sentence: "OK, now it's crippled.")
O ye of little faith. We asked for your questions regarding the Sprint Evo 4G, the first WiMax Android smartphone around, and now it's time to answer some of them. Obviously we're not hitting on everything that was asked, and the first place to go if you have a question is the official spec sheet from Sprint. Otherwise, let's get to it. Join us after the break.
See that phone up there? That's the Motorola Milestone, the non-U.S. doppelganger of the Motorola Droid. And unlike its American cousin, it's seeing the Android 2.1 update roll out in Europe as we type this. So hooray for the French. And Germans. And Italians. And British. (And probably another dozen or so countries, too.) In the meantime, we continue to wait. And wait. [via The Unwired]
Biggest complaint we hear about Android? The number of OS versions spread out over the vast number of devices, and the painful wait for updates. We're currently running the gamut from Android 1.5 -- even on new phones like the Motorola i1 -- to Android 2.1, currently on the Nexus One and a handful of Milestones.
But what if that were to finally go away? Engadget says it has on good authority that Google's going to do something about that with the FroYo and Gingerbread releases of Android. And it'll do so by moving some of the core apps out of the ROM and into the Android Market. That's already been done with Google Maps. And it makes sense. Move apps like Maps, Googles and Gesture Search -- to name a few -- into the Market, and the onus no longer is on manufacturers and carriers to test, update and approve them all over again just to push out a ROM update.
Engadget also points to a second track, in that the Android OS development may start to slow as it reaches maturity. Again, makes sense, and it'll make life easier on everybody if we're not seeing major releases come month after month.
One of the sticking points of using the Desire ROM with HTC Sense on the Nexus One was that, at least for a while, the camera wasn't fully functional. That's been fixed, and now you can do one better and run the Desire's camera software -- which has a few more features than the stock Nexus One camera software -- without having to load the entire Desire ROM along with Sense.
It's a basic update from MoDaCo -- just download it to the root of your microSD card, reboot into recovery and apply the zip file. That simple, and it's working at the full 5 megapixels. A few more screen shots after the break. [MoDaCo]
The Verizon Nexus One rumors are running rampant this morning. Piling onto the (likely fake) screen shot of the google.com/phone page showing the Verizon version actually for sale, there's now video showing mostly the same thing. The chatter's a little different however, and the URL appears to match up with the real thing. So have at it in the comments.
Another tasty morsels for this Monday morning: Jkontherun says to expect the N1 in April with "something that the versions on other U.S. carriers lack." Flash 10.1? A better touchscreen? Trackball swapped out for the Desire's trackpad? Your guess is as good as ours.
Update: We've now had a couple people tell us the hold-up for the Verizon Nexus One has been because Skype wasn't playing nicely with Android 2.1. Plausible?
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