HTC Desire Z And Desire HD Delayed

Most of the handsets launched by manufacturers are usually delayed before their launch. This time the manufacturer is HTC and the handsets are the Desire Z and the Desire HD. The Desire HD is the European version of the highly popular EVO 4G. The handset features a 4.3-inch S-LCD with a newer generation Snapdragon processor running at 1GHz and an Adreno 205 graphics core. HTC_Desire_HD_Desire_Z_Delay

The Desire Z is powered by the same Snapdragon processor, but running at 800 MHz. The handset packs in a 3.7-inch S-LCD and a pop-out’ QWERTY keyboard. Even the original Desire from HTC had failed this test before being approved.   Many people over at XDA-Developer forums and according to the leaked image (on your right) state that the reason for delay is that both the devices have failed Google’s Type Approval testing.

The launch of both the handsets has now been delayed until the end of October.

Adobe AIR For Android Released

Adobe has released the Adobe AIR application on the Android market. Adobe AIR allows developers to create applications that can be easily ran on various platforms with minimal changes in their code. AIR will allow Android users to enjoy web applications right on their handsets without opening their Internet browser. Adobe AIR

However, at the moment there is not even a single quality AIR based application available for Android that I know of. To use some Adobe AIR based applications, search for Adobe AIR and all the apps listed will be based on it. Hopefully, developers will soon start creating applications using AIR and thus take full advantage of its multi-platform feature’.

The Adobe AIR application, like Adobe Flash 10.1, is only for phones running on Android 2.2.


Motorola Droid Pro Announced

Verizon along with Motorola have announced their next droid the Droid Pro. The Droid Pro has a candy bar form factor with a QWERTY keyboard a first in the Android ecosystem. The handset features a 3.1-inch capacitive display with a resolution of 320×480 and is powered by a 1GHz OMAP processor. 512MB of RAM and 2 GB of Internal memory along with a microSD card slot take care of all the storage needs.Droid_Pro

The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with auto-focus and dual-LED flash for assisting low night photography. The usual Wi-Fi N, GPS, DLNA, and 3G Mobile Hotspot. The handset will be global-ready’ as its houses a GSM as well as a CDMA antenna. The Droid Pro will run on Android 2.2 with a reduced version of Moto Blur UI.

The handset will also support full Flash 10.1. This handset has been targeted mainly towards business users with features like Corporate directory look-up, support for Exchange and Gmail for business and many built-in security features.

The early hands-on review of the device suggests that its fast and the keyboard is verygood. The Droid Pro is expected to hit the Verizon retail stores by the first week of November.

T-Mobile G2 ‘Temporary’ Root Now Available

It has only been a few days since the T-Mobile G2 started shipping and the handset has already been rooted. The G2 comes with stock version of Android 2.2 i.e. without the popular Sense UI. Rooting an Android phone brings with it a lot of advantage. It allows you to overclock or underclock your phone’s CPU for better performance or better battery life and enable Mobile tethering etcetera.

Users who are interested in rooting their G2 should get adb on their PC and install Terminal Emulator on their handset. The steps to root the G2 can be found here. The only downside of this root is that its temporary in nature. It means that as soon as a user restarts his phone the root will vanish and he will have to re-do the rooting process again.

However, I am pretty sure the folks at XDA-Developers forum will find a workaround for this soon enough.

HTC ‘Phantom Black’ Legend And ‘Brilliant White’ Desire Announced

HTC has launched a black version of the Legend in Europe. The HTC Legend is made up of a single block of an aluminum and looks stellar. In fact, I personally feel that the Legend is one of the best looking Android handset out there in the market. The handset has a 3.2-inch screen with a resolution of 320×480.

The Legend is powered by a 600Mhz Qualcomm processor and sports 384MB of RAM. The back of the phone features a 5MP camera with Flash. From the pictures, the black version looks stellar as well to me. Along with the ‘Phantom Black’ Legend, HTC also announced a new color scheme for the Desire – ‘Brilliant White’. The HTC Desire sports a 3.7-inch AMOLED or S-LCD screen. The phone is powered by a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor and packs in 576MB of RAM. The Desire also has a 5MP camera with a LED flash.

Both the phones will hit the retail stores in Europe by the end of this month. The HTC Desire has already got its Android 2.2 update but the Legend has not. It is still running on Android 2.1 and HTC has not even mentioned a time frame within which the handset will get the Froyo update.


Samsung Captivate Android 2.2 Firmware Leaks

The Galaxy S handset series from Samsung were expected to get the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update by the end of last month. Sadly, Samsung failed to meet the said deadline and pushed the release back to the last week of October. This surely left all the Galaxy S users disappointed. AT&T Captivate Nevertheless, Samsung Captivate AT&T’s variant of the Galaxy S owners should rejoice as the folks at XDA have managed to get hold of a leaked Android 2.2 firmware – I897UCJI6.

Most of the Captivate owners who flashed this leaked firmware have been downright impressed with it. Not only does this firmware improve the GPS performance of the device, it also enables Mobile AP (Access Point) feature! Flash 10.1 is pre-installed and works like a charm on heavy flash based websites.

There are many more nice changes in this leaked firmware and I would definitely suggest Captivate owners to flash to this firmware. Here is the link to the thread over at XDA Developers.

Paid Android Apps Available in 18 More Countries

Google’s highly popular mobile OS Android is going from strength to strength.   The sales of Android devices are growing with each passing month and so is its popularity. Now, in a move to make Android more open’ Google has added 18 new countries which can purchase paid apps from the Android market. Along with this, the search giant has added 20 countries whose developers can sell their applications using the Android Market. Android

With this move, Android users from more than 32 countries can download paid applications from the market. The additional 18 countries where Google has enabled paid application download support includes Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, and Taiwan.

The additional countries from where developers can sell their Android applications include Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan.

This move from Google will surely help increase the popularity of Android worldwide. Kudos to Google for this!

Samsung Continuum With Dual-Screens Pictures Surface

Looks like Samsung is soon going to release another Galaxy S variant in the U.S. This new handset is rumored to be the SCH-i400 Continuum which features two screens. Yes, two screens! Below the 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen (hopefully!), the Continuum will feature a secondary Ticker’ display. samsung-continuum The folks at Engadget have also managed to get some pictures of the device as well. According to them, the Ticker’ will provide users with access to primary phone functions like RSS updates and Weather updates. This will help in improving the battery life of the device to a great extent.

The handset also sports a microSD card slot and a dedicated camera button on its side. The dual-screen handset will be running on Android 2.2 with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz UI on top of it. The phone also sports a Verizon logo up-front which indicates that the device will hit Verizon first and hopefully right before the year ends.

Samsung Vibrant GPS Fix From KIES Reverted

The AT&T Captivate got its promised GPS fix from Samsung last week. However, many people reported that the update only marginally improved the GPS performance of the device. Now, T-Mobile is all set to roll out the GPS fix for its Galaxy S variant the Vibrant. In fact, T-Mobile had already released the GPS fix as a firmware update over KIES but later pulled it back for unknown reasons. Nevertheless, T-Mobile’s Twitter account did tweet that an OTA will be announced soon.T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant

People over at XDA-Developer forum who managed to update their Vibrant with the new firmware (JI5) were happy with the GPS performance. Nearly everyone saw a very huge boost in the GPS performance of the device. Along with the improvement in the GPS department, this new firmware update also fixes some other bugs which bugged Vibrant owners.

Vibrant owners should keep in mind that this update will not bring Android 2.2 to your device. I wonder what happened to Samsung’s promise of delivering Froyo for the Galaxy S handsets by late September? There were rumors that the update has been pushed back to late October and I guess they are true.

Google Maps Updated To V4.5.1; Adds Weather Support To Live Wallpaper

Google MapsGoogle has just rolled out a new version of their highly popular mobile navigation application Google Maps. The new update adds Weather support to the Live Maps wallpaper. Apart from this, there are no other noticeable changes in this version. Of course the Maps Live Wallpaper is going to be a BIG battery drain so users are recommend to use it sensibly. As usual with any update, we also expect Google to have fixed some bugs and improve the performance of the application.

The last Google Maps update brought with it some pleasant UI changes, Voice search and Walking Navigation. Android phone owners can download the update from the Android market. Other OS based handset can download the latest version by visiting from their mobile’s web browser.

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