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Vodafone’s HTC Desire Getting Android 2.2 Update on August 23

Vodafone has announced that they will be rolling out the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for the HTC Desire from August 23. The update was initially expected to be rolled out on August 12. However, the good news is thatHTC Desire Vodafone has removed most of their bloatware/crapware from their Android 2.2 update. Earlier, Vodafone was heavily criticized for loading the Desire with their Vodafone 360 crapware. Now, along with the announcement of the Android 2.2 update, the company has also mentioned the steps on how to remove Vodafone 360 for users who have already installed it.

According to the news from Vodafone forums, the Android 2.2 update will be based on the HTC open market visionwith the software optimized for Vodafone’s network settings.

Here is the full press release :

HTC Desire: Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) Update to Android 2.2

The Android 2.2 update for HTC Desire will start to be available to Vodafone customers from Monday 23 August.

Our priority has been to make sure that the software does what we said it will do. This meant testing took a little longer than anticipated.

Customers will receive an alert telling them that their handset is ready for an update and this alert will be phased over a two week period.

If you did not download the Vodafone 360 update, follow the first set of instructions below to download the Android 2.2 update when prompted to.

If you did download the Vodafone 360 software, once you have the 2.2 update, these guidelines also explain what you need to do to remove that content from your device, depending on the current software configuration of your HTC Desire.

Customers who still want to use Vodafone 360 services can visit the Android Marketplace, where a number of 360 apps are available. We will also be issuing an optional Vodafone 360 update for HTC Desire users at a later date.

*Please note: The following steps will only work once you have downloaded the 2.2 Android update*

Finding out which software your HTC Desire is running

To check the current software version of your HTC Desire, go to Settings->About phone->Software information and look for the entries Android versionand Software number.

Your software should either be 1.19.161.5 if you haven’t downloaded the recent Vodafone 360 software, or 1.24.161.3 if you have accepted the update.

Google Nexus One Sold Out!

The Google-branded-HTC-made Nexus One did not sell well through its unique web store. However, the phone was widely appreciated by many before Google killed it. The phone is no longer available from the Googleclip_image001 Web store. Nevertheless, people who are still interested in purchasing the phone can grab it from online stores like eBay. The phone is also available as a Developer phone until now! No, Google has not killed the Nexus One as a developer phone. Instead, the phone has been sold-out globally.

The Nexus One is currently out of stock, and Google is blaming the shortage of AMOLEDs for this. HTC, the manufacturer of Nexus One, has already made their shift to S-LCDs from AMOLED display official. An official Google spokesperson also said that -:

Everyone appreciates that it’s important to the platform to get phones in the hands of developers, so we’re working hard on re-stocking the shelves.

Samsung is currently the largest producer of AMOLEDs but the company has shifted its focus on manufacturing Super-AMOLEDs exclusively for its phone, thus the shortage of AMOLEDs. Hopefully, the Google Nexus One will be back in stock as a developer phone sooner than later.

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Froyo Update For Motorola Droid X Leaks

Motorola released the Froyo update for the Droid a couple of weeks ago. Next in line for the Froyo update is the Motorola Droid X. The Droid X ships with Android 2.1 on board, and is expected to get the Froyo update byDroid X early September. However, users who can’t wait until early-September should rejoice! A leaked version of Android 2.2 for the Droid X has surfaced on the Internet.

Users who are interested in trying this leaked Android 2.2 update should make sure that their phone is rooted. If your Droid X is already rooted, then the method is a relatively simple one. Droid X owners should also keep in mind that this is not the final Android 2.2 version and so bugs and performance issues will be present.

Keep in mind that going back to Android 2.1 after this update is a pretty complex method. Here is the step-by-step process on how to update your Droid X to Android 2.2.

HTC Droid Incredible Froyo Update Delayed

Apparently, the news of the HTC Droid Incredible getting the Froyo update today was just a rumor. According to @VZWSupport, there is no information available on when the Droid Incredible will be getting the update.HTC Droid Incredible

Here is what @VZWSupport told about the Froyo update for the Droid Incredible :

We currently do not have information for the Incredible update at this time and is not being sent out today.

Now, this piece of news is going to break the hearts of a lot of Droid Incredible owners out there. Most of the other popular Android phones from HTC like the Desire, EVO 4G have already got their share of Froyo love.

I wonder why HTC is taking so much time to roll out the Froyo update for the Droid Incredible. Hopefully, the update will be rolled out by early-September to mid-September.

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Nokia N9 Pictures Leaked; Looks Like A Mini MacBook

Details about the Nokia N9 first emerged at the end of June. The N9 will be the first phone from Nokia to run the next generation of the Maemo OS MeeGo. The phone is expected to sport a 4-inch screen, along with a slide-Nokia N9 out QWERTY keyboard. The screen of the N9 will be inclined at a certain angle for better viewing pleasure ala the Nokia N97. The N9 will be made of anodized aluminium. From the leaked pictures, the Nokia N9 looks like a mini MacBook/MacBook Pro.

The phone will also feature a microHDMI port, along with a microUSB port. The N9 will be powered by a 1320mAh battery. No other details about the camera, the processor used inside the phone is available as of now.

The phone will be launched in December, so the phone should be announced by Nokia at the upcoming Nokia World Event.

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Nokia C7 Walkthrough Video, Leaked Pics Surface

We had told you about the Nokia C7 nearly a month and half month ago. The Nokia C7 will be a lower-priced sibling of the Nokia N8. The C7 will be the second handset from Nokia to run on Symbian^3. The handset will feature a 3.5’inch screen with nHD (360×640) resolution. The phone also has a microUSB port, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

The back of the phone features an 8MP camera, assisted by dual-LED flash for low-light photography. The Nokia C7 is made using the same material as the Nokia N97/N97 Mini. The phone also has a call end and a call receive key in the front, along with a menu key. The phone, in all probability, will be powered by an ARM processor, running at 680 MHz. The device should also pack in 256MB of RAM. The device will be powered by a mere 1200mAh battery. Hopefully, the battery life of the device won’t be disappointing.

Here is the walk through of the Nokia C7 :

The C7 will be announced by Nokia at the upcoming Nokia World in September.

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Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse Details Surface

Microsoft still has not made the Arc Touch Mouse official, but a German online shopping site Winfuture erroneously posted details and pictures of the upcoming mouse. The Arc Touch mouse from Microsoft has a veryMicrosoft Arc Touch mouse unique design which makes it very comfortable to hold (at least it looks like so!). The mouse also features touch scrolling, along with a LED light for indicating the battery status of the device.

The Arc mouse has the ability to track on nearly any surface, and features a 2.4GHz nano transceiver. Rumors suggest that the mouse will cost $69.95. If this is correct, then the Arc Touch mouse is just a shade more costly than Apple’s Magic Mouse or the Magic Trackpad.

Notebooksbilliger suggest that the shipping period of the device is 5-10 business days. I guess Microsoft is going to officially announce this device within a week from now.

Via – Engadget

Root Samsung Galaxy S In A Single Click

Two weeks ago we told you about two applications which lets you root your Samsung Vibrant or the Samsung Captivate in just a single click. Now if you’d follow our site, you would have noticed that TGA_GunnmanSamsung Galaxy S commented on that post saying he has released an application which allows you to root the Galaxy S in just a single click. Now, the one-click application to root Galaxy S has been updated, and works under Windows as well as Mac. Yes, now even Mac users can root their Samsung Galaxy S in just a single click.

The application supports rooting both Android 2.1 Firmwares, and Android 2.2 firmwares. Along with rooting, this application also installs Busybox Installer and SuperUser on your phone. Here is the link to the thread.

TGA_Gunnman has also promised to release an application to root the Samsung Vibrant in a single click, whenever its launched.

Get Android 2.1 On Dell Streak

It was just yesterday we reported that the Dell Streak would be getting direct upgrade to Froyo, and skip the Éclair update totally. However, Streak owners in UK should rejoice as an Android 2.1 ROM for the phone leaked onDell-Streak2 the internet a few days ago. The sad news was that this leaked ROM would only work for Dell Streak handsets in UK, and not for the US handsets.

Nevertheless, the modding community did not lose hope and have found a workaround to flash this UK ROM on a US Dell Streak. However, users need to root their phone before proceeding with this process. Luckily there is an application call Universal Androot which will make the job of rooting the phone a lot easier. Also flashing this Android 2.1 ROM will wipe your Dell Streak clean so users are recommended to make a backup of their data.

Here is the step-by-step process on how to update your Dell Streak to Android 2.1.

HTC Droid Incredible Getting Froyo Update On August 18

Many of the popular popular Android handsets like the HTC EVO 4G, HTC Desire, and the Motorola Droid received their Froyo update this month. Now, the HTC Droid Incredible is also set to join this list. Mashable reports thatDroid Incredible the Froyo update for the Droid Incredible is going to start rolling out on August 18.

According to Mashable, Verizon team members already have Froyo installed on their Droid Incredible(s). The Froyo update will be an OTA (Over-The-Air) one and will bring with it a major speed improvement, along with many new features like 720p HD recording, a new boot animation, mobile hotspot etc. However, if you can’t wait until that then users can flash the leaked Froyo ROM for the Droid Incredible. But this method is valid only for rooted Droid Incredible phone owners.

Motorola Droid X Gets Clockwork Recovery

When the Droid X was released by Motorola, a lot of fuss was made about its locked down bootloader. The locked down bootloader on the Droid X meant no custom ROMs for the phone. The modding community was quiteDroid X shocked with this piece of information, since the Motorola Droid had an unlocked bootloader and that made it a popular phone. However, the modding community did not lose hope and started working on the Droid X. Within a couple of weeks of its launch, the Droid X was successfully rooted by birdman.

Now, the modding community has got another major breakthrough. ROM Manager developer koush has managed to get Clockwork recovery working on the Droid X. He even posted a picture of Clockwork recovery on the Droid X on his twitter profile. However, he did mention that the Droid X bootloader is still locked. He managed to get clockwork recovery working on the Droid X by hijacking the boot process of Android.

Sadly, this means custom ROMs for the Droid X is still sometime away.

Motorola Droid 2 Teardown by iFixit

It has been just a day since the Motorola Droid 2 went on sale in the U.S, and the folks at iFixit have already ripped the device apart. The Motorola Droid 2 features quite a lot of stuff inside it. Along with the pictures of Motorola Droid 2 Teardown the device in its totally ripped apart state, the iFixit folks have also given a step-by-step tutorial on how to do so. The Motorola Droid 2 features a 3.7-inch LCD with WFVGA (854×480) resolution.

The phone is powered by a 1 GHz OMAP processor, and packs in 512MB of RAM as well. The Droid 2 looks similar to the original Droid except for some subtle changes. The QWERTY keyboard on the Droid 2 has also been upgraded to make typing on it a much better experience. The iFixit folks have also marked and provided detailed specifications of the relevant things’ inside the phone.

Anyone who has received his/her Droid 2 and has already ripped it apart using the provided guide? Please do drop in a comment and share your experience.

(iFixit)

HTC Lexikon and HTC Bee Specs Surface

Specifications of two new upcoming Android handsets from HTC have surfaced on the internet. These two new unannounced phones are the HTC Lexikon and the HTC Bee. The HTC Lexikon will feature a 3.8-inch AMOLED/S-LCDHTC Logo screen, with a WVGA (480×800) resolution. The Lexikon will be powered by a Qualcomm MSM7630 processor running at 800 MHz. The handset will also pack in a 5MP cam, and 512MB of MB along with 4GB of internal memory.

The phone will also feature a QWERTY. However, whether the phone will have a portrait QWERTY or a slide-out QWERTY is still unknown. The HTC Bee is the smaller brother of the Lexicon. The HTC Bee features a 3.2-inch QVGA display, along with 384MB of RAM. The phone is powered by the age old Qualcomm MSM7625 528 MHz processor. This phone also features a 5MP camera, along with an LED flash at its back. The specs of both these phones were extracted from the company’s own ROM.

Both these phones will release with Android 2.2 (Froyo) on board, and will also feature the popular HTC Sense UI. Both these phones will fit in the low-to-middle end category in the mobile phone market. This will help Android penetrate into this category. HTC might announce these two phones in their upcoming September 15 event.

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TweetDeck Beta For Android Released

A couple of days ago, TweetDeck announced that they will be releasing a beta version of TweetDeck for Android soon. The very nextsnap20100813_094115 day a very early build of the beta version of TweetDeck for Android got leaked. TweetDeck CEO Iain Dodsworth even recommended people from avoiding installing this pre-beta build. Today, TweetDeck has finally released TweetDeck Beta for Android. I installed the application on my Samsung Galaxy S and have found it pretty decent until now.

The UI of TweetDeck for Android looks very polished. In fact, for me TweetDeck is the best looking Twitter client available on Android. I also loved the multi-column timeline, replies and DM column layout. However, the application lacks some advanced settings like the ability to select the timeline refresh interval, background updates etcetera.

Hopefully, TweetDeck will add these features in the future updates. Here is the link to download TweetDeck Beta For Android

Google Launches Chrome To Phone To Send Links, Maps and Phone Numbers to Android Devices

Many a times people tend to find some information that they want to store on their phone for later use. This information usually consists of web pages, address, and phone numbers etcetera. Usually people open the noteandroid-chrome-os application of their phone to save the required information. Now, if you are a Google Chrome user and use an Android based phone then the new Chrome to Phone extension is for you.

This new Chrome extension lets you share an address, a phone number, a web page URL, map or a YouTube video with your Android phone. The official Google Mobile Blog has also given few examples to demonstrate how the application works. Here is one of them :

Suppose you’re reading an interesting article on your favorite news website and need to leave for an urgent appointment. Simply click the extension icon in your browser to send the link to your phone and the device’s browser will automatically open the link, ready for you to view on the go.

However, the sad news is that this application works only on Android 2.2 devices. For people whose phones are already running on Android 2.2 (Froyo), you can download the application from the Android Market. Here is the link to the official blog post from Google.