LG Android based handsets are not very popular. The plummeting sales and profits of the LG mobile division is a testimony to this fact. However, it looks like LG has met with some kind of success with the LG Optimus One. In a press release, LG just announced that they have managed to sell more than one million units of the Optimus One. Keeping in mind that the Optimus One still has not been launched globally, it sure is no easy task!
The LG Optimus One is a low-end Android based phone. The handset has a 3.2-inch screen with HVGA (320×480) resolution. The phone is powered by a 600MHz processor and packs in 178MB of internal memory. The usual Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS, Compass, external memory card slot, FM radio and a 3.5mm jack are all present.
According to me, one major plus point of the Optimus One is that it runs on Android 2.2. LG is now expecting the Optimus One to be its first handset to breach the ten million mark in terms of sale.
It was just a couple of days ago that we reported that Dell will be rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Streak within this month. Now, Dell has officially released the Android 2.2 update for the Streak. The update comes in an OTA (Over-The-Air) form for the tablet-cum-phone crossover.
The Froyo update for the Streak will be first rolled out to unlocked devices. Carrier branded Streaks will get their share of Froyo love in phase two of the rollout i.e. late December.
The Android 2.2 update for the Streak will bring with it a new Stage UI along with Flash 10.1, Mobile hotspot, better memory management and performance improvements. Since the Froyo update will wipe clean the Streak from user’s data, Dell as released a Dell Backup & Restore application on the Android Market.
The application creates a backup of all the user data on the external memory of the device so that they can restore it later on.
LG finally launched the Android powered LG Vortex smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 (FroYo) Operating System and it will be available exclusively on the airwaves of Verizon Wireless. LG Vortex is an entry level smartphone with basic features such as Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, A-GPS and 3.2 megapixel camera.
LG Vortex features a 3.2 inch touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixels resolution, Android 2.2 Operating System, Virtual QWERTY keyboard with Swype, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi Connectivity, 3G Mobile HotSpot capable, 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera and camcorder with five different camera resolutions and three different video resolutions, Video recording time up to 16 GB and more.
Other features include a 3.5mm audio jack, Bing Search, Bing Maps, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, Customizable home screens, Proximity sensor, Pre-installed LG Apps, Skype mobile, Full suite of messaging options, VZ Navigator and so on.
LG Vortex will be available for $79.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. LG Vortex customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card and they will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan.
It was exactly ten days ago that HTC announced that the Legend will get its Android 2.2 (Froyo) update in the coming weeks.’ Now, in less than a couple of weeks since the announcement, Vodafone UK has started rolling out Android 2.2 update for the Legend. Vodafone branded Legend handsets in France and Germany are also reportedly getting their Android 2.2 update love.
It’s quite surprising that Vodafone decided to release the Android 2.2 update for the branded Legend first instead of the un-branded ones. The update weighs in at 82.88MB so users are recommended to use Wi-Fi to download the update. Early upgraders suggest that the phone now feels smoother and the irritating SMS bug has been fixed as well.
Hopefully, HTC will release the Android 2.2 update for the unbranded Legends soon as well!
We had earlier reported that Dell will be rolling out the Froyo update for its 5-inch phone-cum-tablet crossover the Streak. The update will start rolling out before the end of November but only in the U.K. Along with Android 2.2, the update will also bring performance improvements, better memory management, Flash 10.1 and Mobile hotspot feature. The Stage UI from Dell will also be present in this software update.
Here is a video of Android 2.2 with the Stage UI in action on the Streak :
It will replace the custom launcher found used by Streak in Android 1.6. The Stage UI basically contains a launcher and a few widgets along with a webOS like multi-tasking UI. However, the software update will wipe clean all user data present in the phone so users are recommended to make a backup of their data.
Samsung has already started rolling out Android 2.2 update in various parts of the world. The roll out is expected to be completed by the end of this month. However, Samsung has not mentioned when the U.S. variants of the Galaxy S will be getting the Android 2.2 update.
The Vibrant and the Captivate have already had their taste of Froyo thanks to some leaked firmwares. Yesterday, the Epic 4G joined that list thanks to Firon.
Firon has released a new ROM for the Epic 4G based on a leaked Android 2.2 firmware (DJ29). The ROM is a pretty basic one (deodexed, zip-aligned and pre-rooted) and only contains the usual Froyo goodies.
The catch? Browsing performance is actually slower than what it was on Android 2.1 based firmware and the audio sometimes skips when on 3G. Epic 4G owners can download the ROM from here.
It was nearly a month ago that the Nexus One got a minor Android update to 2.2.1. Hopefully, the Motorola Droid will also be getting the Android 2.2.1 update soon. However, impatient people – like me – can head over to My Droid World forums and download their just released Android 2.2.1 based ROM for the Droid.
Droid owners need to make sure that their handset is rooted. Both, deodexed and odxeded version of the ROM available for download. The ROM is a pretty basic one and is pre-rooted with Busybox installed. If Droid owners want to try Android 2.2.1 on their handset, they should have a look at CM6.1 RC3 ROM as it is also based on Android 2.2.1
It was exactly a month ago that Motorola had announced the Droid Pro. However, back then the company did not mention when the phone will be launched and its pricing. Today, Verizon has made both the pricing and the launch date official. The Pro will hit the Verizon store shelves on November 18th whereas online orders start from November 9.
The Droid Pro has a 3.1-inch screen with HVGA resolution. The phone is powered by a 1GHz OMAP processor and packs in 512MB of RAM. The Droid Pro sports both EVDO Rev.A and WCDMA antennas for global roaming capability. Users can find out the whole specification of the Droid Pro here.
The phone will cost $179 after a $100 mail-in rebate on a new 2-year contract from the big red.
The full unlocked version of the handset will retail for around $749.
The Android powered LG Optimus One is now available for Three subscribers in the U.K. This handset is powered by Android 2.2 Operating System, which allows you to access more than 100,000 apps from the Android Market. The Optimus One is capable of playing DivX and Xvid videos.
Slyvia Chind, Head of Branded Devices at Three said Adding the LG Optimus One to our range of devices continues our commitment to offer customers the best smartphones on the market. Our strong 3G network makes the most of the Google Android operating system and brings to life features such as the portable Wi-Fi hotspot.”
LG Optimus One features a 3.2-inch touchscreen display with 320Ã—480 pixel resolution, 600 MHz processor, Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, 3 megapixel camera with auto-focus, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, Compass, GPS and A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, stereo FM radio, LG App Advisor, 1500mAh battery and more.
The LG Optimus One is available for free on the £30 per month The One Plan with 2000 minutes, 5000 texts and 1GB of data. It is also available on PAYG for £174.99. Until the end of 2010, you will also find a free car mount and car charger in the box.
When Android 2.2 was released by Google, HTC had promised that most of their phones launched in 2010 will be getting the update. However, after that only the Desire Android 2.2 update was the most talked about. Now since the Desire Android 2.2 update has already been rolled out or is being rolled out in certain regions, the company has moved on to the small brother of the Desire the Legend.
HTC has confirmed via their Facebook account that they will be rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Legend in the coming weeks’. Owners of unbranded/unlocked Legend will be among the first one to get the update with operator locked owners getting the update once it has been approved by their carrier.
It’s nice to see HTC offering Android 2.2 update for the Legend. Being a Legend owner myself, I had almost given up hope of the phone getting the Froyo update.