HTC Desire Gets Official Froyo Update

Today, HTC in a press release has finally announced the roll-out of Froyo update for theclip_image001 Desire. The Desire is identical to the Google Nexus One, except for some subtle changes. Along with updating the Android OS to Froyo, the update brings in some other changes as well. First and foremost, this update allows users to record videos in 720p HD resolution.

The update also brings a new enhanced Caller ID screen, ability to sync using iTunes, and the other usual standard Froyo features. The software update is available Over-The-Air (OTA) and weighs in at a whooping 25MB. Nevertheless, the update will preserve all your data, and application settings. This software update will also include a new HTC Share widget, which was first seen on the Wildfire.

The update is available, effective immediately to all unlocked Desire owners. Owners of the operator locked version of the Desire need to wait for several more weeks.

Augen Launches New $150 Android Tablet

Augen has just launched the cheapest Android tablet in the US. The Augen GenTouch Tablet is powered by Android 2.1 and is available for just $150. It’s available at Kmart and has started shipping.

Augen Gentouch Android Tablet

Augen GenTouch Android Tablet Specifications

* Display: 7 inch TFT touchscreen display, 800 x 480 pixels
* CPU: 800 Mhz
* Ram: 256 MB DDR2
* Internal Memory: 2 GB
* Expansion Slots: SD/MMC card slot up to 16 GB
* Connectivity: Wi-Fi Connectivity with Full Web Browsing Capability
* Ebook Formats: Text, PDF, E-PUB, HTML
* Media Formats: MP3, WMA, FLAC, AAC, JPEG, BMP, 3GP, MP4
* Battery: Rechargeable Lithium Battery

It also supports the Android Market, giving you access to over 80,000 apps. For only $150, the Augen tablet seems like a really sweet deal.

Here’s a user video review via Engadget

Official Links:

Augen Android Tablet – Augen US

Augen Android Tablet – Kmart

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Android 2.1 Update: First Look at HD Video Recording

While HTC has already begun rolling out Froyo, Sony Ericsson is still trying to get Android 2.1 out of the door. Android 2.1 is expected to arrive on Sony Ericsson handsets in Q3, which essentially means within the next couple of months. However, an xda forum member has already managed to get his hands on an X10 running an internal Éclair build.


The Android 2.1 update will introduce live wallpapers, 16M colors, improved application support and hopefully improved performance. Besides the standard Éclair improvements, the new ROM will also feature HD video recording. The aforementioned xda forum member was kind enough to record a sample video for our viewing pleasure. To be honest, the video quality is nothing spectacular. It’s not bad by any means, but the frame rate could have definitely been better. Let’s hope that finished ROM will fix the current deficiencies.

Xperia X10 HD Video Recording Sample: Click here to download the uncompressed video.

Motorola Droid Froyo Update To Rollout From August 3

Yesterday, we told you that the HTC EVO 4G and the Desire will be getting the Froyo update next week. Today, Motorola has officially confirmed that the Droid will be getting the Froyo update from August 3 onwards.Motorola Droid Motorola has also released a small change-log for the upcoming update.

The Froyo update for the Motorola Droid will include the following enhancements:

* Improved Web browsing with Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta for Android
* New security options including remote device wipe and device lock, password complexity and minimum password length.
* Easily switch between the eight most recent applications.
* Rotate the screen 270 degrees to work with apps in any direction.

Along with this, the audio quality of the device is also expected to improve. Most of the Android phones will be getting the Froyo update in the month of August itself, except for the Samsung Galaxy S.


Samsung Galaxy S To Get Froyo Update By End Of September

Over the last few days, 3 firmwares for the Samsung Galaxy S were leaked. The main thing about these firmwares are that they all are based on Froyo. However, all the three firmwares are alpha builds, and so there are still someSamsung Galaxy S performance issues. These leaked Froyo based firmwares got all the Galaxy S owners interested, as visible from this thread over at XDA forums.

Many people were curious to know when the final update will be rolled out, and now Samsung has officially given a time frame for the Froyo update. Samsung UK announced through their official twitter account that the Froyo update will be released to all the Galaxy S phones by end of September, irrespective of their network provider.

Hopefully, the international version of the Galaxy S will also get the Froyo update within the same time period. If end of September is too far away for you, then you can download and flash your Galaxy S to one of the leaked Froyo firmwares.

Top 10 Android Applications In Android Market

If you have got a Android based phone recently, you might want to start installing new apps on it to get the best out of it. The only reason why OS has been able to compete with Apple’s   is because of the Android Market. The Android market features more than 75000 applications and games.

Best Android Apps

Some of these applications just take your Android phone to the next level and are very useful too. If you haven’t got an Android phone yet take a look at some of the Best Android Phones in the Market right now and then check out our list of Top 10 Applications for Android based phones. You can find all the apps below in the Android Market place by searching using the application name.

#10 Fring: Fring is the best multi-IM client I have used on Android so far. Nimbuzz comes in a close second, but the application was not working properly when I tried to start it the second time around. Fring supports most of the major IM protocol like Yahoo, Google Talk, and AIM. The only IM protocol which Fring does not support is Facebook Chat. The application has a greenish theme, and also displays your phone book contact with your IM contacts. Fring also allows users to make video calls via 3G or Wi-Fi to fellow Fring users. The only downside is that it displays ads and there is no paid version of the application available to remove them.

#9 WaveSecure: Scared of losing your high-end Android phone? Use WaveSecure then! I don’t think this application needs any introduction. WaveSecure is the best multi-platform security application for your phone. The application allows you to lock your phone down, remotely wipe the data in the event of a theft. The application allows you to backup and restore your contacts and SMS, and also helps you track down your phone location in case you lose it.

Endomondo Screenshot

# 8 Endomondo: Endomondo is a sports tracking application for Android. The application is available for many other mobile operating systems like Symbian. The application supports quite a few rare’ sports like Skating, Skiing, Snowboarding, along with the usual running and walking. DroidFit may be a better alternative to Endomondo for some users, but the latter has a nice UI which is very important. The best part about the application is that it allows you to track your workout online as well. Pretty handy I say! The application can be downloaded for free from the Android market.

#7 AppBrain: AppBrain allows you to remotely install applications on your Android phone. Users can browse the applications at and remotely install them. The site also shows the users a list of most popular apps and the recommended applications. The site also allows users to share their applications among their friends and view what applications they have installed on their phone.

#6 Barcode Scanner: Read about an awesome application somewhere on the internet? In all probability, the application review must be accompanied with a QR code as well. The Barcode Scanner application uses the camera of your phone to decode the information hidden inside the QR code. Barcode Scanner is available for free at the Android Market.

#5 Rockplayer: It is a very well-known fact that nearly all the Android phones fall flat on their face when it comes to video playback. They don’t support most of the popular codes like Xvid/DivX. This is where Rockplayer comes to the rescue. The application was recently released in the Android Market and it supports a plethora of video codes. The supported video codec format list includes MKV, Xvid, DivX, and RMVB. The minimum Android OS version required is 1.6. A free as well as a paid version of the application is available at the Android Market.

#4 Swype: I don’t think Swype needs any introduction to any Android user. Swype is hands down the best keyboard available for any Android phone out there. Using the Swype keyboard, users need to glide or swipe their hands across letters of the word they want to write. The rest of the work will be done by the smart algorithm of Swype. The prediction of Swype is quite precise as well. Swype comes pre-installed in many popular phones like the Droid X and the Galaxy S.

Astro File Manager

#3 Astro File Manager: This has to be the best file manager I have ever used in any mobile OS. Astro file manager can open ZIP and RAR files without any additional plugins. Along with this, the application also allows users to backup and restore their applications. Recently, the free version of Astro File manager was updated to include ads. However, there is an alternative paid version available for download as well.

Advanced Task Manager

#2 Advanced Task Manager: Most of the Android phones have around 250 to 512MB of RAM. Most of the time, this is more than enough. However, if a lot of applications are running in the background then the amount of free RAM depletes pretty quickly. This not only decreases the performance of the phone, but also kills the battery life. This is where Advanced Task Manager comes in. As the name suggests, Advanced Task Killer is well – task killer! There are two versions of the Advanced Task Killer available at the Android market place a free version and a paid version. The free version has ads, while the paid version is ad free.

#1 Launcher Pro: This is a must have software for every Android phone owner. Launcher Pro replaces the default Android launcher, with a much more visually appealing launcher.  The software also works in Landscape mode,  which the default Android home screen does not. Along with the home screen, the application replaces the Menu of the phone with a 3D Drawer’, and it looks stunning.  Users can also set the number of home screens, as well as the theme of the dock. The software works like a charm, and is not a resource hogger. Launcher Pro is available for free at the Android Market. A paid version of the application recently hit the Android market as well. The Plus’ version includes the different HTC styled widgets.

These are just some of the few apps in the Android Market which make it a pleasure to use the phone. I bet you might have your own favorites to share, so go ahead and tell us about them through your comments.

Motorola Milestone Doubtful Of Froyo Update

The Motorola Droid was one of the most popular Android phones of all time. The phone helped Motorola make a comeback, from the brink of shutdown. When it was launched, the device sold like hot cakes in the U.S. TheMotorola Milestone phone was a hit among the modding community thanks to the unlocked bootloader, as well. However, the European version of the Droid a.k.a Milestone did not do as well as its sibling. The locked down bootloader of the Milestone, did not help things either.

This made Motorola partial towards the U.S. only – Droid. The Droid got the software update to Android 2.1, and will soon be getting the Android 2.2 update. But it looks like the Froyo update for Milestone is still undecided. Motorola European Marketing Director James King said in the Motorola owners’ forum that the Froyo update for Milestone is still doubtful. He said that he is pushing for the decision to be made as quickly as possible. Here is the link to his whole post.

From James King statement, it is quite clear that Motorola has not even started working on the Froyo update for Milestone. Bad luck Milestone owners! Hopefully, the pending decision will be in favor of you guys!


Android 2.1 In 50% Of All Android Phones

For the first time, Android 2.1 took more than 50% share in the leading Android OS version in the market. Android 2.1 is on 55.5% of all Android devices currently in the market.


Android 1.5 and Android 1.6 together sums up to 41% of all Android phones in the market (Android 1.5 with 18.9% and Android 1.6 with 22.1%). Android 2.2 made its mark as well with 3.3% share amongst all Android devices.

This graph will change soon during this quarter because many phones with Android 2.1 will be updated to Android 2.2 and few Android 1.6 phones will be updated to Android 2.1. The Nexus One is the only device with Android 2.2 from an official update.


HTC Incredible And Motorola Droid To Get Froyo Update By Early August

Remember the HTC Droid Incredible software update we told you about? Apparently, the update has been postponed to a future date. The update is now expected to be rolled out by end of July, or early August. The reason for the delay in this software update you ask? Well the change-log of the software update has been edited to add one major update Froyo. Yes, the Droid Incredible is expected to get the Froyo update by early August.

This piece of news has been confirmed by an unofficialVerizon Tech Support. Here is the proof-:


Along with the Incredible getting the Froyo update, the Verizon tech support guy also confirmed that the Motorola Droid will be getting the Froyo update within the same time span. Hopefully, most of the HTC phones and the Motorola Droid X will get the Froyo update by the end of August.


BlackBerry OS6 WebKit Browser Video Preview And Benchmarks

BlackBerry, like Nokia have been unable to catch up with the touchevolution in mobile phones. The BlackBerry Storm and the Storm 2 were a major failure, thanks to the out-dated BlackBerry OS. Now all the BlackBerry fans have pinned their hopes on the next generation BlackBerry OS, and it looks like they won’t be disappointed. Salomondrin have posted a video of the new browser in the upcoming BlackBerry OS in action.

The new browser on the BlackBerry OS 6 is based on the same webkit code used by Apple’s Safari web-browser and the Android web-browser. In the Acid3 benchmark, the new BlackBerry browser outperformed both the iPhone 4 and HTC Incredible. However, users should keep in mind that the HTC Incredible was running on Android 2.1, and not on Android 2.2 (Froyo).

Here is the video I am talking about :

The HTML5 score of the webkit browser is impressive as well. Looks like RIM has been working hard behind the scene to make sure BlackBerry OS 6 and its future devices meet the expectations of the general public. Kudos to RIM for this!