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 that 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.
Few days ago, the Android 2.2 update for Motorola Droid was rolled out by Verizon. The users complained that Adobe Flash 10.1 and few other stuffs were missing. Now, Verizon will be releasing another update which will enable Droid users to download and install Adobe Flash 10.1 from Android marketplace. Adobe Flash 10.1 will be available by late summer.
Earlier, Verizon said that Wi-Fi tethering will not be featuring in Droid because the hardware doesn’t support it. Unfortunately, even though Android 2.2 supports this feature it will remain absent on Motorola Droid (by official means). Engadget reported that the hardware incapability is reported by Verizon not Motorola.
Motorola Droid, which was once doubtful to even get Android 2.2 update is slowly getting all the fun like the other high-end Android devices.
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 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.
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-LCD 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.
HTC will be hosting an event in London on 15th September, where they will be announcing their upcoming phones. Interestingly, this date coincides with the Nokia World date of 14-15 September in London.
Talking about HTC, the phones which are expected to be officially announced on the event are HTC Desire HD (Ace) and HTC Desire Z (Vision). The HTC desire HD is rumored to have a 4.3 inch WVGA AMOLED screen (maybe S-LCD). The internal memory is expected to be 4GB and the external microSD will be expandable up to 32GB. Desire HD will be having a 8MP camera with dual LED flash and 720P video recording. It will come with Android 2.2. out-of-the-box and will have Qualcomm 1GHz processor.
The HTC Vision will have a smaller 3.7 inch WVGA TFT screen and physical QWERTY keyboard. The internal memory is rumored to be 1.2GB and the external will be expandable up to 32GB. The camera resolution is still unknown. It will come with Android 2.1 and 1GHz processor.
These are just two phones from HTC which are running hot in rumor mill. We can hope to see more than these two devices from HTC in the event. So stay tuned for HTC’s “Dream”.
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 note 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.
The Samsung Galaxy S is one of the best Android phones in the market right now. The phone has a 1Ghz Cortex A8 based Hummingbird processor, and 512MB of RAM. The Galaxy S features the best combination of CPU + GPU on an Android device. The Galaxy S is sold in the U.S under different operators and under various names like Captivate and Fascinate. With the various lag fixes available for it, the Galaxy S beats all other devices in Quadrant benchmark irrespective of their Android OS.
However, for some developers this was not enough and they have gone ahead and overclocked their Galaxy S to 1.2 GHz. The Hummingbird CPU inside the Galaxy S can be overclocked to 1.6 GHz safely. Interested readers need to flash a modified kernel to overclock their CPU to 1.2 GHz. They also need to download SetCPU from the Android Market. Here is the link on how to overclock Samasung Captivate to 1.2Ghz .
Keep in mind that the above link is valid only for Samsung Captivate owners. Samsung Galaxy S owners need to check this thread on how to overclock their CPU.
The Motorola Droid 2 is available for order online on Verizon. The Droid 2 is available in $199.9 on a two year contract. The Droid 2 has a 3.7″ WVGA (854×480) resolution capacitive screen with 16 million color support. It also has a slide out physical QWERTY keypad.
The Droid 2 has 8GB internal memory and the external microSD slot is expandable up to 32GB. 3G connectivity is supported (Rev. A, up to 3.1Mbps). The tethering feature is also available and the 3G connection can be shared with 5 Wi-Fi enabled device at once. The Bluetooth version is 2.1 with A2DP support. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n is available with DLNA support.
The camera is of 5MP with auto focus, face detection and more features. The video is recorded at DVD-D1 resolution with slow motion and fast motion capture. The processor inside has a clock speed of 1Ghz and has a dedicated GPU support. Android 2.2 will come out of the box. GPS with aGPS and digital compass support is also present. A TV-out (720P) via HDMI port is also present. Adobe Flash 10.1 is also support.
The battery power is of 1400mAh, Li-ion. The phone weighs 169gm. The Droid 2 is a very powerful device. How many of you will change your current phone for Droid 2?
TweetDeck is a very popular twitter client on Windows and on iOS. Now, the folks behind TweetDeck are soon going to launch a beta version of TweetDeck for Android. According to the official TweetDeck blog, a public beta version of the application will be released sometime this week for some serious device testing.The TweetDeck for Android application has been built from the scratch for the best Twitter experience possible.
Here is the full press release :
Android TweetDeck – Beta Test
To get straight to the point, we’re nearing completion of Android TweetDeck and we’ve really been pushing the limits of what Android can do. Hence we will be opening up a public beta testing period this week for some serious device testing. But before all that happens I wanted to briefly explain what Android TweetDeck means to us because it’s more than just TweetDeck on Android.
First off, we’ve built Android TweetDeck from the ground up to be true multi-stream, laser focused on showing you all your friends’ cross-service activity in one app. Multi-column is still the order of the day but now columns are blended based on the type of activity rather than the service. And all this whilst retaining the most powerful functionality from each included service.
We’ve spent an inordinate amount of time making the app silky smooth from the column scrolling to the custom views – so much so that one of Google’s Android Developer Advocates recently described it as “a thing of beauty”. So look out for the beta test later this week and please do get involved.
Interestingly Android TweetDeck also represents the future of our iPhone and iPad applications. We’ll have a few bug fix releases shortly (awaiting approval in the app store) but in the background we are working on porting Android to iPhone in as quick a time as possible. Finally, it won’t be long before most of the new concepts in Android TweetDeck make it to the desktop and web – we’re also working on this now.
Speaking of the desktop, we have a new build available now which contains a workaround for a Facebook bug which caused TweetDeck to order updates incorrectly.
Android has quite a few Twitter clients like Seesmic, Tweetcaster and Twidroyd. However, none of them stand a chance against the awesome tweeting applications available for Apple iOS. Hopefully, the launch of TweetDeck for Android will change this.
An Italian website has leaked a 90 second video of the upcoming HTC Desire HD, which also goes by the name HTC Ace. The Ace will sport a unibody aluminum design with a 4.3-inch WVGA widescreen display, and run on Android 2.2 (Froyo). Under the hood, the Ace will house a meaty 1GHz Qualcomm processor.
When it comes to appearance, the Ace bears a closer resemblance to the HD2 than the Desire. It also packs a 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash that is capable of capturing HD (720p) video. Unfortunately, HTC has decided to continue with its annoying practice of placing the 3.5mm headphone jack at the bottom of the handset.
The HTC Desire HD is still probably a few months away. We will have to wait to learn more about it. However, it is already shaping up to be another impressive Android handset from the Taiwanese manufacturer.
Verizon has said precious little about Motorola Droid 2 – the highly anticipated successor to the smartphone that is widely credited for kick starting the Android revolution. However, the steady supply of leaks and rumors has ensured that we already know a fair amount about it.
A North Carolina Best Buy store was careless enough to put dummy units of the new Droid on display. As you can see from the snap procured by Engadget, the Droid 2 will be available for $199.99 with a two year contract and for $599.99 without. There is nothing shocking about the pricing, but it’s always nice to have some confirmation.
The Motorola Droid 2 is the hottest thing on the internet right now. Nearly all the information is available about the device, except for its launch date. The Motorola Droid 2 is powered by a 1Ghz OMAP processor, and packs in 512MB of RAM. The Droid 2 will be the successor to the original Droid. The original Droid was and still is one of the most popular Android phones in the market.
The Motorola Droid 2 features a 3.7-inch TFT LCD screen, and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard as well. According to leaks, and mini-hands on review, the keyboard on the Droid 2 has been greatly improved as well. The keyboard also features 4 arrow keys, instead of a D-Pad found on the original Droid. The Droid 2 will be the first Android phone to hit the market with Android 2.2 (Froyo) on board. Rumours say that the Droid 2 is going to be launched on 12 August.
Now, BGR has received some information from one of their Best Buy sources that the Droid 2 release date is indeed pegged at 12th August. The only thing left is Motorola confirming this piece of news. The Droid 2 launch will be pretty quiet compared to the Droid X launch.
The Motorola Droid X ranks among the high-end super-Android phone currently available in the market. The phone was launched by Verizon on July 15th, and the device has been selling in decent numbers since then. A few days after its launch, the device was sold out online as well as in the retail market. The Droid X features a massive 4.3-inch TFT LCD screen, with FWVGA resolution. The phone is powered by a 1 GHz OMAP processor, and packs in 512MB of RAM as well.
The only downside of this phone for some users is that it still runs on Android 2.1. Many users cribbed that Motorola should have launched the Droid X with Android 2.2 on board. At the time of its launch, Motorola did promise that the Droid X will be getting the Android 2.2 update by late summer.
Earlier, it was thought/rumoured that the device will get the update by end of August. However, a Motorola employee while answering a problem with Exchange 2003 email that the Droid X Froyo update is “scheduled for deployment by early September.” This news surely won’t go down well with the existing Droid X owners.
It was after ages that Facebook released an update for the Facebook mobile application for the Android OS to make it less crappy. The latest release of the application boasted of tons of new features like Photo Reel, Support for events etcetera. You can read about the change-log here.
However, I will suggest our readers not to download this application. What’s the reason you ask? According to Flipz the guy behind Fresh ROM’s the updated version of the Facebook app has a wake lock bug. This bug uses/wastes the CPU and the RAM/ROM power even when the phone is in sleep mode. This has a huge impact on the phone’s battery life and drains it in no time.
Device battery life will be significantly affected by the use of this API. Do not acquire WakeLocks unless you really need them, use the minimum levels possible, and be sure to release it as soon as you can.
If you hold a partial wakelock, the CPU will continue to run, irrespective of any timers and even after the user presses the power button.
Flipz has discussed about this problem in-depth on his blog. Here is the link to it. Hopefully, Facebook will release an update to fix this WakeLock bug sooner than later.
Yesterday, we told our readers that Android is the leading mobile OS in the US market. Today, Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt said that 200,000 Android based devices are sold all over the world from the different manufacturers. This means that on a monthly basis around 6 million (!) Android devices are sold. However, this figure is not even close to the iPhone 4’s launch figure of 1.7 million in 3 days.
In May, around 100,000 Android devices were sold daily, while June this figure was pegged at around 160,000 devices. In the latest survey from NPD, Android managed to grab 33% market share in the U.S, followed by RIM at 28% and Apple at 22%. The high growth rate of Android OS can be credited to the launch of high-end handsets like the HTC EVO 4G, Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola Droid X etcetera in the recent months.
With Android making its way into the low-end phones, the growth rate of Android is surely not going to slow down anytime soon.