According to Google, Android 3.0 Honeycomb is aimed only at tablets with the future version of Android updates bringing some features of Honeycomb to mobile. However, unofficially the Honeycomb SDK has already been ported to the EVO 4G and some popular Android handsets from HTC. A guy with the username t3haxx0r has ported the Android 3.0 Honeycomb SDK to the EVO 4G.
As of now, the build is quite buggy but at least it will be able to provide users with a sneak peek’ of what the latest version of Android will bring. Nearly nothing on the port works including radios, hardware buttons and the ROM is quite sluggish as well.
Here is a video of Android 3.0 Honeycomb in action on the EVO 4G :
t3haxxor and some other developers are also working on a Honeycomb port for the Droid Incredible as well as for the Desire HD.
Below is a video of the Honeycomb SDK port in action on the Desire HD :
HTC Desire HD owners can download the Honeycomb SDK port for their phone from here, while EVO 4G owners can download the port for their handset from here.
The Samsung Galaxy S has four variants in the U.S. the Samsung Captivate available on the AT&T network, Fascinate on the Verizon network, Epic 4G on Sprint’s network and the T-Mobile branded Vibrant. All the four variants have some subtle changes compared to the original Galaxy S.
However, one major difference is that the original Galaxy S got its Android 2.2 update nearly 4 months ago, but 3 out of the 4 U.S. variants of the Galaxy S are still rocking Android 2.1. T-Mobile rolled out the Android 2.2 update for the Vibrant nearly a month ago, but sadly users need to use Samsung’s KIES software to update their handset.
Now, it looks like another U.S. variant of the Galaxy S the Sprint branded Epic 4G will be getting its Android 2.2 FroYo update next week. The folks over at Android Police have managed to get their hands on some leaked internal documents of Sprint. The documents state that the Android 2.2 update for the Epic 4G will start rolling out from the beginning of next week i.e. Feb 21.
Unlike the Vibrant, the Epic’s 4G Froyo update will be an OTA (Over-The-Air) one. Along with Android 2.2, the update is also expected to bring improvements to the GPS performance of the device and Bluetooth device support.
HTC announced the successor to the Desire the Desire S at the recently concluded MWC 2011. Usually an Android handset manufacturer stops providing software support for an Android handset if its successor has been announced. However, it looks like HTC is going to continue providing software support for the original Desire.
CNET UK reports that one of HTC representatives in MWC confirmed that the Desire and its variants will get the update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The Desire’s successor the Desire S will ship with Android 2.3 on-board when it will launch sometime in the middle of the next quarter.
In all probability, the original Desire should get its Gingerbread update only after a month or so of the release of its successor. I guess the Gingerbread update for the Desire will drop-in only by early September or October, if there are no delays. Desire owners who have a carrier locked variant should expect the update to take another month or two before it hits their handsets.
Hopefully, the Gingerbread update for the handset will also include the latest version of the Sense UI from HTC and some other goodies.
CyanogenMod is one of the most popular and feature rich custom ROMs out there supporting a variety of devices. The best part of CM (CyanogenMod) ROMs is that it is made from stock AOSP i.e. it provides the user with the stock Android experience.
Now, the awesome folks behind CM ROMs have released the RC (Release Candidates) of CM 7 for a variety of Android handsets including the HTC EVO 4G, Vision (Desire Z/G2), Nexus One and My Touch 4G.
CM7 is based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with some nifty features like a new music app, a totally customizable lockscreen, gesture support everywhere and performance improvements. Since this is a RC release, some bugs should be expected. However, the CM team is hard at fixing bugs and belting out new RCs. The ROM will also get more visual polishas it reaches its final state.
CM7 also includes a theme engine which will allow users to easily theme their phones. The credit for this theme engine goes to T-Mobile. Yes, T-Mobile! This move from T-Mobile definitely shows the popularity of CM ROMs.
Users need to have a rooted phone in order to install CM7 on their handset. Users who have already rooted their Android handset can use ROM Manager to flash CM7 on their phone.
Along with a bunch of handsets, HTC also announced their first tablet the HTC Flyer at MWC 2011. The HTC Flyer has a 7-inch screen with a 1024×600 resolution.
The tablet is powered by a blazing fast 1.5 GHz single core CPU from Qualcomm. The handset also packs 1GB of RAM along with 32GB of internal memory.
The tablet will be made of aluminum and will weigh in at 415grams. The back of the Flyer features a 5MP camera with AF (Auto-Focus) while there is a 1.3MP camera in the front. The Flyer also supports HSPA/WXDMA network along with quad-band GSM support.
The usual Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card slot and all other relevant sensors are also present. It will also have a microUSB port for docking, charging and connecting to PC purposes. The Flyer will ship with a pressure sensitive capacitive stylus Scribe as well.
The tablet will run on Android 2.4 Gingerbread when launched. According to HTC, there are not much has changed visually in Android 2.4. The Flyer will also have a tablet optimized version of Sense UI on top of Android 2.4. The tablet will be powered by a 4000mAh battery which will provide users with up to 4 hours of continuous video playback.
The Flyer will hit the retail stores sometime in Q2 of 2011. HTC did not mention anything about the pricing of the tablet though.
HTC announced three new handsets at the MWC 2011 the Incredible S, Desire S and the Wildfire S. The Wildfire S is the successor to the low-end budget oriented Wildfire. The company has just beefed up the specs and the resolution of the Wildfire S, compared to the original Wildfire.
The new Wildfire will sport a 3.2-inch display with HVGA (320×480) display. Like the Desire S, the Wildfire S also lacks an optical track pad.
The phone will be powered by a 600MHz Qualcomm CPU with 512MB of RAM and ROM, on board. The usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and other relevant sensors are also present. The back of the Wildfire S sports a 5MP camera with an LED flash. Sadly, the front of the phone lacks a video calling camera.
Apparently, the Wildfire S will run on Android 2.4 Gingerbread with Sense UI on top of it. The phone will be available in a variety of colors including black, purple and white. The phone will be available in the Asian and European markets by late Q2.
Along with the Incredible S, HTC also announced the successor to the Desire the Desire S. The Desire S is very similar to its predecessor except that this time the phone is sculpted from a single block of aluminum, like the HTC Legend. The handset sports a 3.7-inch S-LCD with WVGA (800×480) resolution.
Like the Incredible S, the Desire S is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU with Adreno 205 GPU. The handset also packs 768MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera aided by a LED flash, with a 1.3MP camera in the front.
The usual Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS and other relevant sensor and ports are also present. The track pad found on the original Desire is missing from the Desire S. The handset will be powered by a 1450mAh battery.
Unlike the Incredible S, the Desire S will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread onboard. The handset is expected to be available by the middle of Q2 of 2011.
I am totally disappointed with the Desire S. The phone hardly brings anything new on the board. Where are the dual-core CPUs HTC? No high resolution screens? No AMOLED screens? Nothing!
HTC just announced a bunch of handsets and a tablet at the on-going MWC in Barcelona. First, HTC announced the successor to the highly popular HTC Incredible the Incredible S. The Incredible S sports a 4-inch SLCD display with WVGA resolution.
Like its predecessor, the Incredible S features a cutting-edge design’ with a contoured body. Unlike the Incredible, the Incredible S will be a global device.
The Incredible S will be powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU with the Adreno 205 GPU. The handset will also pack 768MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera with Auto-Focus and dual-LED flash. It is also capable of recording 720p HD videos. The front of the phone houses a 1.3MP camera for video calling.
The usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, DLNA, Accelerometer and a proximity sensor are also present. The four usual Android buttons on the phone are capacitive and are not marked’. They actually change their position with the orientation of the device!
The Incredible S sports a 1450mAh battery. Sadly, the handset runs on Android 2.2 with HTC’s Sense UI on top of it. The handset will hit the stores in Europe and Asia by Q2 of 2011.
Even before the Microsoft event in MWC (Mobile World Congress) kick-started, the company released the details about the upcoming update for WP7 OS. The new update will bring introduce several much needed features to the WP7 OS including Twitter integration, third party apps multi-tasking support, performance improvements, reduce app/game load times and copy-and-paste. Microsoft did not mention much about the multi-tasking support but hopefully it will be supported by all third party apps. The multi-tasking switcher UI will be similar to Palm’s webOS Cards’ implementation. The new update will also bring in IE9 web-browser which will dramatically improve the web browsing performance on the device. The web browser will be hardware accelerated which is definitely good news! The popular social network Twitter will also be integrated into the People Hub so that WP7 users can get the Twitter updates of their friends directly. Here is the official change-log according to Microsoft’s press release :
- Copy and paste functionality via first major update, coming in the next month
- Twitter integration directly into the People Hub in 2011
- Support for Office documents in the cloud in 2011
- Dramatically enhanced Web browser experience based on IE9 in 2011
- A new wave of multitasking applications in 2011
The update will also bring support for CDMA handsets on WP7 OS. The update is expected to be out by early March.
EDIT: The above features will be added to WP7 OS with multiple updates throughout 2011. The “early March” update will bring with it copy and paste functionality and performance improvements.
Acer just announced the Iconia Smart at the on-going MWC (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona. Like the Dell Streak, the Iconia Smart is a mash-up of a tablet and a smartphone.
The Acer Iconia Smart sports a 4.8-inch display with a resolution a HXGA (1024×480) resolution. The phone has a wide aspect ratio of 21:9 and also features Dolby surround sound technology.
The handset will have a unibody metal casing and will be available only in silver. The Iconia is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor along with 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory. The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera with a LED flash while the front of the phone houses a 2MP camera. The camera at the back of the device will be capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution.
The usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, DLNA and a mini-HDMI port are also present. The handset will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Acer’s Breeze UI v4 on top of it. The phone also supports Flash 10.1.
Sadly, Acer did not mention anything about the pricing and the availability of the handset.