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HTC Hero And Samsung Moment Will NOT Get Android 2.2 Update

The HTC Hero got the official Android 2.1 update just a few weeks ago. Now, it seems that this will be the last Android update the Hero will get. The official Sprint account on twitter just tweeted that:HTC Hero

HTC EVO will be updated to Android 2.2; Samsung Moment & HTC Hero will not. Future devices launching with 2.1 will be also be updated to 2.2.

Now this tweet confirms that not only the HTC Hero, but also the Samsung Moment will not be getting the Froyo love. Only HTC EVO users can rejoice, as they will get the Android 2.2 update sooner, than later. Along with the HTC EVO, other Android phones launched in 2010 will get the Froyo upgrade soon.

Hero owners should not blame Sprint here. Sprint might be unable to provide the Android 2.2 update because HTC itself might have stopped supporting the device.

Android 2.2 Froyo open-sourced !!!

The highly celebrated and awaited Android 2.2 called Froyohas just been open-sourced. Earlier at New York, Motorola and Verizion unveiled their newest Android powered device the Motorola Droid X. Following this unveiling, it was said that Android 2.2 Froyo would be released shortly.

Contrary to earlier expectations,the Droid X is powered by Android 2.1 rather than Android 2.2. The Android market continues to grow as is evident by the huge number of Android devices to be sold each day(nearly 160,000 everyday).

With the Android platform flourishing, Andy Rubin of Google had this to say –

To celebrate, we are open sourcing the new 2.2 version of Android, which we call Froyo, to our partners who manufacturer Android devices around the world. Customers will enjoy great new features and improved browser performance. And developers will benefit from new tools such as Android cloud-to-device messaging (which makes it easier for mobile applications to sync data).

We want to thank our partners for joining us in our vision, for creating such compelling devices, and for continuing to push the limits of what is possible in a smart-phone.

The new Android 2.2 has various improvements vis-a-vis the older versions greater performance and speed, new enterprise capabilities, faster more powerful browser,new set of APIs and services and more additions to the Android Market.

All in all, Android 2.2 Froyo is looking to dominate the market once again following the overwhelming success of the earlier versions of Android.

Source : Google

To download : Android SDK

More information : Android 2.2 Froyo

Google Open Sources Android 2.2 Froyo To Partners

At today’s Verizon and Motorola event for unveiling Droid X, Google added another good news for device manufacturers.

Android 2.2 Froyo

Google has finally open sourced the code for to their partners who manufacture Android devices around the world. This would mean that device manufacturers will be able to customize Android Froyo to their liking before adding it to their phones.

However, custom made firmware also has its problems, since updates to Android may not be available quickly enough, specially when Gingerbread is being cooked by Google.

More info at the Official Google Blog.

Motorola Officially Announces The Motorola Droid X

Motorola along with Verizon, Google and Adobe have officially announced the Motorola Droid X. The event took place at New York, and was attended by Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha, Andy Rubin, and Shantanu Nayar – with EricMotorola Droid X Schmidt being a surprise guest. The Motorola Droid X has a huge 4.3-inch TFT display, with WVGA resolution. The phone is powered by a 1Ghz OMAP processor, and 512MB of RAM. Along with this, the phone also features an 8MP camera with dual LED flash.

Nine months ago, we made a commitment to our customers to bring the openness of Android to the Verizon Wireless network,said John Stratton, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless.   Since then, we have introduced the top-selling Android phone in the marketplace today the DROID by Motorola.   DROID X takes that commitment to another level with exclusive content, faster processing speeds, and, of course, the reliability of our network.

The phone features 8GB of onboard memory, and a 16GB memory card is bundled with the retail box of the device. The phone is able to record videos at 720p resolution. The phone also features a mini HDMI port. The Droid X will run on Android 2.1, but will get the Android 2.2 update by late summer. This beast of a mobile phone also features a 1540mAh battery.

The phone has a multi-touch keyboard, with Swype pre-loaded. The phone also has three microphones one for video, another one for calls, and the last one for noise cancellation. The phone is pre-loaded with NFS Shift, Skype and a few other softwares. The phone will be available from July 15, for $199.99 after a $100 rebate.

HTC Phones to Get Android 2.2 Froyo In Two Weeks

Last month we told you about HTC devices getting Android 2.2 Froyo update after June, now there may be some confirmation coming in from HTC that the will be released in the next couple of weeks.


An XDA forum member contacted HTC and got a response that 2.2 Froyo would be released over the air in the next couple of weeks (emphasis added):

Dear Jonathan, Thank you for contacting us in regards to your flash player issue. Within the next 2 weeks HTC wil (sic) release the Android 2.2 OS over the air. The will enable the lastest (sic) version of Adobe Flash Player on your device and will resolve any exisiting (sic) issues. I trust that this resolves your query, please do not hesitate to contact us again if required. Thank you for contacting HTC. Best regards, xxxxxxxxxxxxx HTC Technical Support.

The message does confirm that HTC will be releasing an Android 2.2 Froyo update by end of June or early July. However, take this information with a pinch of salt, in the past we have had Sprint customer support telling users than an Android 2.1 update for HTC Hero was coming soon, however, it never came on the said date.

Android 2.1 Captures 50% Market Share In The Android OS Ecosystem

The major problem of the Google Android OS is the fragmentation. People have always criticized the Android OS for its high-level of fragmentation. At the Google I/O conference, Google did say that it is trying its best to kerb fragmentation. The latest report from Android Developers suggests that the measures, which Google has taken, have surely been successful to a certain level. In this latest report, Android 2.1 has the highest market share at 50%. This is a 5% increase from the last time this report was published.


The above data was collected within a period of 2 weeks, ending on June 16, 2010. The data was collected by the number of Android devices, which accessed the Android market.

As it can be seen from the above chart, Android 1.6 and Android 1.5 still hold a major chunk of the market share. Hopefully, with the release of Gingerbread, and the updates of Android OS being slowed down to one per year, the fragmentation issue of Android OS will be eventually be solved.

Quickoffice Is Now Available On Android

The long wait for a good Office document editing application on Android platform is now over. The famous Quickoffice application is now available for download on Android phones. The Quickoffice is already available on Symbian, iPhone, Blackberry and Palm platforms. The Android users will be very pleased with its launch.

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The Quickoffice app on Android can only view files on Trail version, you have to pay $14 for the full version. The Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite can view and edit Microsoft ® Office 97-2008 Files (DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PPT, PPTX). Documents on Dropbox, Google Docs, Box.net and MobileMe can be accessed from Quickoffice. It also has advanced PDF viewing on the move. Files can also be saved on your remote storage provider from the phone.


If you have Android 2.0 or 2.1 then you can also use the multi-touch for zooming and flick scrolling. The Quickoffice is available for devices with Android 1.6 – 2.1. Quickoffice will release the compatible app on Android 2.2 soon. For downloading the Quickoffice app on your Android device, go to Android Market and search for Quickoffice.


Google Nexus One Gets 720p HD Video Recording Capability!

Rejoice HTC-made-Google-branded Nexus One owners! Now you can record 720p HD videos on your Nexus One! This is not an official Google release though! The modding community has been working hard on bringing 720p HDclip_image001 video recording to the Nexus one, and they have been finally met with success.

The modder who made this possible is Cyanogen and charnsingh_online. Earlier, it was Cyanogen who had brought Wi-Fi n support to the Nexus One with his CyanogenMod. Users who want 720p HD videos recording capability must use the CyanogenMod firmware on their device.   Modder charnsingh_onlinehas made a patch, which enables HD video recording capability on the Nexus One. The only requirement to get the HD video recording capability on your handset is to use the latest CM4.0.8test3 CyanogenMod on your Nexus One.

Sadly, this patch does not work with the latest Android version Froyo. It is expected that with future updates – Froyo support, higher fps, and better audio quality will be made possible.

Here is the download link to the patch. You can also find some videos shot from the Nexus One at 720p HD resolution here.


HTC myTouch 3G And myTouch 3G Slide To Get Froyo Update Soon

HTC has confirmed that the T-Mobile myTouch 3G, and its sibling the 3G slide will get some Froyo love soon. HTC had earlier confirmed that most of their devices launched in 2010 would get the Froyo update. However, HTC did not mention anything about myTouch 3G and myTouch 3G slide handsets.


Now the company has confirmed in an official statement that the T-Mobile myTouch 3G, and the myTouch 3G slide will get the Android Froyo update soon. The company, however did not mention when the update will be released. As of now, the T-Mobile myTouch 3G runs on the Android v1.5. myTouch 3G and 3G slide users should rejoice, as they will be getting a direct update to Android Froyo (v2.2).

We hope HTC won’t delay the Froyo update, as it did for the HTC Hero. After numerous delays, the HTC Hero got its Android 2.1 update a few days ago.


Motorola Droid Gets Unofficial Froyo Upgrade

The Motorola Droid has got its share of Froyo love, thanks to the folks at My Droid World! Until now, only the Google-branded-HTC-made Nexus One had got the official Android 2.2 update. The Android 2.2 updateMotorola Droid for the Motorola Droid is not an official one though. The folks over at My Droid World have released an unofficial Android 2.2 update for the phone.

This unofficial Android 2.2 update works like a charm on the phone, except that Wi-Fi functionality does not work. This is because the kernel of the phone has been replaced to protect the identity of the original source. The update is in nanandroid format, which means users must already have a Motorola Droid, which is rooted.

The unofficial Android update is already pre-rooted so users don’t need to worry about losing their super-privileges. The official update from Motorola is still a few weeksaway though.

Update : The folks over at My Droid World are on a roll! They have just released a new Froyo update for the Motorola Droid, which supports both Wi-Fi and Overclocking! The CPU speed has been hardcoded into the kernel, so the update is available in different clock speedversions. Here is a link to the thread.

Update 2-: Apparently, the Motorola Milestone cannot be flashed to use custom ROMs. So this “unofficial” Froyo update is only for Motorola Droid owners. Sorry folks!

Sony Ericsson Working On a 5-Inch Android Phone With QWERTY?

Looks like Sony Ericsson is working on an Android based phone, which sports a five-inch (!) screen with a slide out QWERTY keyboard. After sliding the keyboard out, the screen is automatically inclined at a certain angle, a la the N97, for the viewing pleasure of the user. According to Engadget, the tipster who tipped them with this piece of information also said that the phone is running on Android 2.1. clip_image001

The phone is still in development stage, where all the low-level drivers of the phone are being tested. The tipster also said that Sony internally does not have any plans to start working on Android OS v2.2 soon. If this piece of news is true, then Sony Ericsson is surely making a big mistake here. Even though, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 has been selling briskly, the older version of Android OS surely has made a dent on its sales figure.

Sony Ericsson is expected to release the Android v2.1 update for Xperia X10 by the end of this year.


Android OS Update Cycle To Be Reduced To 1 Update A Year

Android has always been criticized for its fragmentation. Google did say at its I/O conference that with Android 2.2 Froyo, it is trying to stop fragmentation. However, with Gingerbread due for release at the end of thisAndroid year, we wonder how much Froyo will be successful in kerbing the Android OS fragmentation.

The cycle of two OS updates per year is something which handset manufacturers and developers struggle to cope up with. Sony Ericsson, being an example here, will launch the Android OS 2.1 update for the Xperia X10 when Gingerbread will be hitting the market.

The main guy behind the Android OS at Google, Andy Rubin said that the two OS update per year cycle will soon be reduced to one OS update cycle per year. Andy Rubins told this in an interview with the Mercury Times. He said:

Awe’ve gone through a lot of product iterations because we had to bring the product up to market spec. Quite honestly, the product when we launched it, it didn’t really feel like a 1.0, it felt like kind of an 0.8, but it was a window of opportunity and the market needed an entrant at the holiday season.

So we launched it, and from our internal 0.8, we got to 1.0 pretty quickly, and we went through this iteration cycle. You’ve noticed, probably, that that’s slowed down a little bit. Our product cycle is now, basically twice a year, and it will probably end up being once a year when things start settling down, because a platform that’s moving — it’s hard for developers to keep up. I want developers to basically leverage the innovation. I don’t want developers to have to predict the innovation.

This surely will help phone manufacturers like HTC and Sony Ericsson who have a custom UI running on top of the Android OS. By the time, these companies port their custom UI to the latest version of the Android OS, the next version of the Android OS is around the corner. Hopefully, the launch of Android Gingerbread won’t be pushed back due to this.

Dell Streak Is Ready To Hit The Stores

According to the Carphone Warehouse in UK, the tablet cum phone, Dell Streak will hit the stores in UK by 4th of June. The Dell Streak has a gigantic 5inch capacitive screen with WVGA resolution. The phones weighs around 220gms and is 10mm thick.  dell-streak

The Dell Streak will have Android 1.6 at the time of release and will be upgraded to Android 2.2 by the end of 2010. The Dell Streak has nearly the same hardware; just like in any other high-end Android phone currently in the market.

Dell Streak has 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 and will have flash support in future. It has a 5MP camera with LED flash. A HDMI port is also present. The internal memory is of 16GB and is expandable up to 32GB (microSD). The RAM is a weak point in it with 256MB.


The Dell Streak will have a price tag of £429 without contract in UK and £25 a month on a free contract. Dell Streak will be eventually launched in other countries soon.


Watch Hulu Videos On Android 2.2 Froyo With Flash 10.1

A few days ago I had posted on how Hulu was blocking Flash 10.1 on based devices due to licensing issues. However, for every block there is a workaround and it is the same with Hulu.

Android 2.2 Flash 10.1

A recent post on Absolutely has instructions on how users can access Hulu on Android 2.2 Froyo running Flash 10.1. The detailed instructions walks you through changing the Android browser string to use a desktop UAString in order to trick Hulu into thinking that you are accessing it from a desktop.

The hack will only work on Android 2.2 with Flash 10.1 installed. If you do not have Android 2.2 yet, check out how you can root Nexus One to install Android 2.2, you can also download a manual update of Android 2.2 for from official sources. You will also need to download Flash 10.1 for the Nexus One.


Root Android 2.2 Froyo on Nexus One With Quick Rooter

had been officially made available for the Nexus One along with an option where users could download and install the manual update on the . However, if you are not that tech savvy you can easily root 2.2 Froyo on the Nexus One using a tool called Quick Rooter.

According to an XDA forum member, Quick Rooter does not install a full ROM, however, it should be used to flash an existing installation.

Just a quickie to enable root access on the new FroYo OTA.. This is *not* a full ROM, but meant to be flashed over an existing stock installation. This is just something I threw together for myself until Google releases the source to AOSP and CM6 can get underway.

If you are eager to root your Nexus One and get Android 2.2 Froyo on your device, visit this page on the XDA forum to find the necessary downloads to flash your device.