One of the advantages of handing out a new phone to developers (and media) at Google I\O a couple weeks before the public availability is that you get a whole lot of hardcore testing. And such is the case of the HTC Evo 4G. A little issue that's cropped up is that the phone sometimes finds that it can't write to the storage card, which can cause crashes, hang-ups and occasional stiffness in joints.
I've only experienced this a few times, and a reboot clears it right up, but it's still a pain. The good news is that HTC has been aware of the problem and tells us the following:
"We have identified the cause of the memory card issue and are testing a solution. We expect to have a software solution available very shortly that will be automatically pushed to phones over the air."
How's that for service, boys and girls? So the sky's not falling, your storage card isn't out to get you, and we'll hopefully see this fix soon enough.
Android tablets have been in the works for a while, and it’s always great to see evidence of that. Pictured here next to the awe-inspiring Galaxy S is Samsung’s newest Android creation – the Galaxy Tab. Although they both have a striking resemblance to certain other “half-eaten fruit” devices, we can assure you that what’s inside is totally different (and much more beautiful, I might add). There are reports that this 7-inch beauty will be running an LCD TFT screen over Samsung’s favored AMOLED, which isn't surprising, given the size of the thing. We can also discern from the leaked image that there is a "phone" icon which insinuates 3G (or 4G) coverage may be available, and that it is also running the TouchWiz interface. Further details aren’t available yet, but more images are supposed to be available soon. [Samsung Hub] Thanks everybody who sent this in!
There's been a lot of chatter about doubleTwist the past few days. That will happen when you push out a desktop app and a on-device player to go along with it. I've spent the past couple days getting things ready for my HTC Evo, and setting up doubleTwist was one of them. Hit the break for the run down and see if doubleTwist is something that might work for you too.
This is another one of those times when we say you might well want to leave this to the professionals (or at least those of us too crazy to know better), but here's Froyo running on the Evo 4G. It's not the first time we've seen it, and it's still not an official build. It's not sanctioned by Sprint, HTC, Google, your principal or anybody else. And some things don't work, like 4G data, the cameras, MMS, and tethering (and it looks like it's still trying to roam on me). But it's Android 2.2. On the Evo 4G. And we just had to try it out.
Attention application developers, Adobe has made the pre-release SDK for Adobe Air that we reported about back in April available for download. Things are still early in the development process, but new extensions for Flash Pro CS5 and tools for Flash Builder 4 now provide support for publishing applications to the Android platform. Adobe also specifies that developers need to be familiar with command line tools, and that apps generated with the pre-release can not be shared on the Android Market.
Hit the open beta enrollment here and get started developing apps for Froyo. We're all waiting for some awesome apps for the platform that gives you the choice -- Android. Thanks Shaun!
The EVO 4G is Sprint's first WiMAX Smartphone, has a gigantic touchscreen, and will blow your mind
Picture, if you will, your perfect smartphone. What features would it have? How small (or big) would it be? Would it have what it takes to get you off that BlackBerry, or iPhone, or whatever.
Sprint and HTC have done that -- and then some -- with the Evo 4G. It's the world's first Android smartphone that can use Sprint's 4G WiMax data. It has a monstrous 4.3-inch touchscreen. It has the ubiquitous 1GHz Snapdragon processor. It has the HTC Sense interface, to make your experience as easy as possible.
But that's all nerdspeak. Know this: It's big, it's fast, it's easy to use, and it's just about the best Android smartphone available today. And it is available Friday (finally!) for $199 after contract and rebate with Sprint. We explain why you'll want this one, after the break.
A couple of days ago we asked you which platform you were leaving to join the ranks of Android with the Evo 4G. We got more than 12,000 responses, and there was a clear winner (or loser, actually). Looks like BlackBerry's taking the biggest hit, followed by Palm's webOS devices, the iPhone and Windows Mobile -- and a bunch of you said this will be your first smartphone. And so we welcome all Android newcomers with open arms. It's an exciting time, and we're right here with you.
When we said the Motorola i1 was coming to Boost Mobile in the coming weeks, we meant it. Because this morning Sprint announced that it'll be available starting June 20 at all Boost Mobile retail stores, Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile.
Pricing wasn't announced, but you'll get unlimited voice and data for $50 a month. The Motorola i1 (see our hands-on) has a 3.1-inch HVGA touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera with flash, WiFi, 2MB microSD card, runs Android 1.5 and has push-to-talk. [Sprint]
The Motorola support forums are letting people sign up to receive an e-mail notification of when the highly anticipated Froyo 2.2 update is available for the Droid. Although it’s unlikely that this update will come out tomorrow or the day after -- or even this week for that matter -- it’s still a good sign that we can expect the update to be released ... eventually. [via Droid-Life]
The Evo 4G was rooted some days ago, and we finally have instructions. And it couldn't be easier. If you're new to this, we suggest you read through the thread at XDA Developers. And then read through it again. And after you think you don't have any more questions, read through it one more time. (Note: THIS WILL WIPE YOUR PHONE.) For the advanced, it's this simple:
1. Download this file (PC36IMG.zip). Move it to the root (as in top level) of the Evo's storage card.
2. Turn the phone off. Once it is, hold down the volume button and the power button until you get a white screen and some text. You're now in the bootloader. It should automatically start checking the PC36IMG.zip file you put on the card.
3. Once it's done, it'll list all the images on the card and ask if you want to flash. (This is your last chance to back out.) Say yes, and we're on our way. It'll look like this as it's going:
4. After it's done, it'll ask if you want to reboot. Surely.
That's it. You have a rooted ROM. You'll want to rename (or delete) the PC36IMG.zip image file that you put on the card, so that next time you enter the bootloader it won't try to automatically update again. You can do that by plugging in the phone, choosing "HTC Sync" and going to your favorite command line prompt and typing:
Ex-wife calling you over and over again at midnight? Froyo can't really do anything about that, but it does keep repeat callers from taking up space in your call log. Android 2.2 introduces threaded calls -- if there's a repeat offender (controlling boyfriend, creditor, etc.), multiple calls are collapsed into a single pane. Tap it, and the calls expand so you can see just when each one was placed. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
We know how excited everybody is. In a mere 36 hours, the Evo 4G will be upon us. And Sprint wants to know: What will you do first with the nation's first 4G phone? (And we'd add the first with a front-facing camera.) Well, folks? What are you gonna do?
If you’ve been itching to get your hands on the near indestructible Dell Streak (aka the Dell Mini 5) you’ll be happy to know that starting next month, it will be available directly through Dell’s own website. Since its being sold unlocked and unsubsidized, it takes a little sting out of the $500 price tag it carries. You’ll have the choice of being able to activate it over AT&T or T-Mobile’s networks, most likely, and you won’t be locked in to any 2-year contract. Even though our European friends are getting the Streak a little earlier than us (this Friday), fear not friends, we’re not too far off. [via Engadget]
Google is the undisputed heavyweight champion of the search world. It's about darn time the folks at Mountain View did this one. Now, when you enter a search at google.com on your Android (or iPhone) device, you get relevant results for mobile apps too. They will appear at the top of the search results, and have a quick view of some of the application details -- price, rating and developer. A quick press will forward you right to the application's market page, where the full description can be read and you can decide whether or not to download.
For now, this is limited to the US, with other countries and support for other platforms in the
works for the future. Another big thumbs up Google, keep it coming! [Google Mobile blog]
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