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Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G And Hero Get An OTA Update

Sprint in collaboration with HTC has rolled out OTA (Over-The-Air) updates for two of its handsets the EVO 4G and the Hero. No, the Hero OTA update is not a Froyo update. Its just a minor update which fixes some important bugs including the sluggish Dialer issue and the GPS reboot issue. The EVO 4G update fixes quite a few important bugs as well including the GPS reboot issue. This update also removes the 30FPS cap that has been plaguing all EVO 4G owners from the start.

Sprint HTC EVO 4G Update

Along with this, the multiple GMail account sync and Calendar Event edit bugs have been fixed in this update as well. A rooted and de-oxed version of this OTA update is already available for download at XDA-Developers forum. Sprint is also working on releasing a software update for the Samsung Epic 4G which will remove the 150kbps upload speed cap of the device.

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Motorola Droid 2 ‘Global’ Benchmarked; Pictures Leaked As Well

The successor to the original Droid Droid 2 was released hardly two months ago. Now, rumors are floating around that the Droid 2 will soon be replaced by a Global’ version, which means that the handset will have both GSM and CDMA antennas. Motorola Droid 2 Benchmark The folks over at Droid-Life managed to get some exclusive pictures and benchmark of the device. The new Droid 2 Global will sport a new color combination of white and silver rather than the usual black or blue.

Apparently, the Global’ version will be running a 1.2 GHz OMAP processor instead of the 1 GHz processor found in the Droid 2. On its first run, the Droid 2 Global edition managed to score 1581 Quadrant score while it scored a whopping 1709 in its second run. That makes this device one of the fastest Android handsets ever. Impressive!

The Droid 2 Global edition will sport the same 5MP camera, 512MB of RAM, same keyboard and Moto Blur UI as its U.S only sibling Droid 2.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Android 2.1 Update Delayed

If you are a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, Xperia X10 Mini or Xperia X10 Mini Pro owner, get ready for some bad news. The promised Android 2.1 update has now been pushed back from late Q3 to Q4. Rikard Skogberg, Business Manager – Product to Market at Sony Ericsson, revealed in an official blog post that the firmware update won’t start hitting the airwaves until late October.

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Sony Ericsson is one of the few major mobile manufacturers that is still deploying the pre-historic Donut build of Android. Most of the manufactures, including HTC and Motorola, have already moved on to Froyo (Android 2.2), while Google is preparing for the release of Gingerbread (Android 3.0).

The update, which was confirmed on multiple occasions (the most recent occasion being yesterday’s tweet by Sony Ericsson UK) to be launching in Q3, will introduce a host of new features to the Xperia line of smartphones besides the standard Éclair goodies. Here’s a quick glimpse from the official SE announcement:

Xperia X10:

  • HD video recording with continuous auto-focus for high quality videos
  • Upgrade of the Android platform to Android 2.1
  • New back up and restore application, with extended content back up
  • 5 homescreens for apps, widgets, shortcuts and folders
  • Social phonebook which automatically syncs contact pictures from Facebook and shows when your friends are online

Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro:

  • Improved Bluetooth functionality with support for sending and receiving pictures, contacts and more
  • New backup and restore application with extended content back up
  • Automatic synchronization of your contact pictures between Facebook and your phone book
  • Improved ways of handling pictures, audio, text and numbers in your messages
  • Upgrade of the Android platform to Android platform 2.1

Sony Ericsson has promised to provide visual and video examples of the new feautures soon. In the meanwhile, you can check out the leaked preview video of Android 2.1 running on Xperia X10.

Samsung Fascinate To Get A Software Update

Verizon is soon going to release a software update for the Samsung Fascinate. However, this software update won’t bring Android 2.2 with it to the device. Samsung Fascinate Update Instead, this update will enhance some features, fix bugs and improve the performance of the Fascinate. The software update will be an OTA(Over-The-Air) one with the version number being i500.DI01.

The change-log of the update is as follows :

* Instant notification of Visual Voice Mail messages on your messaging bar.

* Improved syncing between your phone and email accounts.

* Prompt notification when switching to Airplane mode.

* Faster switching to 3G services from 1x.

* Easily search your phone during calls.

* Improved Enterprise Exchange password alerts.

* No Service audio alert removed.

For more information about the update, click here. The update is expected to be rolled out within a few days from today.

Motorola Droid X Android 2.2 Update Rolling Out Now!

It was just yesterday we had reported that Verizon and Motorola will be rolling out the Android 2.2 update within a couple of days. Droid X Verizon has officially confirmed now that the update has already been rolled out to all Droid X owners. The OTA (Over-The-Air) update weighs in at 67.6MB and will bring with it many new features to the X.

The good news for the modding community is that the Droid X can still be rooted after updating to Android 2.2. The rooting method is same as the Droid 2 one. The Android 2.2 update for the device brings with it Flash 10.1, better browsing experience, better 3G mobile hotspot performance and general performance improvements.

Users who tinker around with their phone are recommended not to downgrade their phone to Android 2.1 after updating it to Android 2.2. If they do so, there is a very high chance of their Droid X being bricked.

Gmail For Android Gets Priority Inbox

Google had added a new feature called Priority Inbox for which would help you sort out important emails based on machine intelligence and user input. It looks like their in-house OS is the first device to get the feature.

Android Gmail Email Sticky Actions

The new Gmail App for Android has a sticky action area, which contains important actions and will stay on top of the message even when you have to scroll through a large message, giving you an option to quickly reply or star emails. In addition to that, the new app also makes it easier to view previous messages in a conversation.

Gmail for Android also has limited integration with Priority Inbox. If you have enabled Priority Inbox through the desktop version of Gmail, you will see a new label called "Important" which will display all Priority messages to you. You can also set up a shortcut on your home screen for the "Important" label.

Another important new thing about the new Gmail App for Android is that it is no longer tied to the Android OS and will receive standalone updates, so users no longer have to wait for an Android update to see an update to the Gmail App.

The latest Gmail App for Android will only work on devices. If you don’t have an update yet, you will have to wait till you get it. The app can be downloaded from the Android Market.

More info and details at the official Google Mobile Blog.

Motorola Droid X Android 2.2 Update Ready To Be Rolled Out

Finally Verizon and Motorola are going to roll out the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for the Droid X. Verizon have updated their Droid X support page which states that the Froyo update for the device is ready to be rolled out soon. Droid X FroyoSources suggest that the update will be rolled out within a couple of days. The software update version which will be rolled out is Verzion.2.3.15.MB810.

The Android 2.2 update for the Droid X will bring with it improved and faster web browsing experience including Flash 10.1. The update will also improve the 3G Mobile hotspot application on the Droid X. Hopefully; the update will also fix the Exchange server issues which have been plaguing the X.

This update will also install Verizon’s VZ Navigator application on your Droid X. The update will also improve the performance of the phone.

Click here to read the full change-log.

Android Gains Market Share in US, Microsoft on A Downslide

comScore has released their U.S smartphone report for the period ending July 2010 and according to them the Android OS has surpassed Windows Mobile in terms of market share.   comScore This was pretty obvious with Android rapidly gaining market share all over the world. Microsoft’s only hope to bounce back now solely depends on their upcoming mobile OS WP7.

RIM is still the market leader in the U.S with a market share of 39.3%, down by 1.8% from the previous comScore report. Apple’s iOS comes in second with a market share of 23.8%, down by 1.3%. Android managed to gain 5% from the previous comScore report and has a market share of 17%. According to comScore’s report, nearly 53.4 million people in the U.S own a smartphone, which is up by 11% from their last report.

Ironically, comScore report did not say anything about the worldwide leader in mobile OS – Symbian. Click here for more interesting stats from comScore.

HTC Android Tablet Rumored to be in the Works

Apparently, HTC isn’t just working on a Chrome OS tablet with Google, it is also planning to launch an Android tablet soon. Digitimes reports that Pegatron Technology, a Taiwan based notebook manufacturer has recently received orders to build an Android tablet for HTC.

The rumored HTC Android tablet sports some great hardware – it will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform and has 2 GB RAM. It has a 32 GB internal SSD and will have a 7 inch or 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. It will be much more powerful than both, the Apple iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab. It will also sport Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as GPS.

It will also support the Android Market (which leads me to think that it will likely have a 7 inch display) as well as Chrome Web apps (weird, but Digitimes seems to think so. Maybe it will be a dual boot tablet with both Chrome OS and Android).

HTC Android Tablet

It will apparently be priced at around $790. Pegatron hopes to break into the top four notebook makers worldwide with this contract (which, again, is weird considering these are tablets, not laptops or even netbooks).

The details seem a bit fuzzy, but an Android tablet by HTC cannot be ruled out. In fact, it would be a logical next step for the company.

Motorola Overclocks XT720’s Processor Via Software Update

Remember the Motorola Milestone XT720, the first Android phone to sport a Xenon flash? The Motorola XT720’s processor was supposed to run at 720Mhz but it was underclocked to 550MHz and was running at the same. Motorola rolled out a software update for UK and German customers which will make the processor run at 720MHz.

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Along with the overclocking, the update brings DLNA support to the XT720. Motorola via a video, gave some cool tips to take great images with your XT720 (the tips are useful for everyone). Here are the useful tips by Motorola.

All the XT720 owners in UK and Germany update your phone for faster performance and DLNA support.

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So, Is Facebook Really Building a Phone?

The blogosphere has been hyped today about a possible Facebook phone in works. It all started with the TechCrunch post about Facebook Is Secretly Building a Phone which was quickly picked up by other major media sources including Silicon Alley Insider, CNET and even Gizmodo. Speculations ranged from building an actual phone to building a mobile platform.

Facebook, however, quickly denied the news in an official statement to Mashable:

The story, which originated in Techcrunch, is not accurate. Facebook is not building a phone. Our approach has always been to make phones and apps more social. Current projects include include everything from an HTML5 version of the site to apps on major platforms to full Connect support with SDKs to deeper integrations with some manufacturers.  Our view is that almost all experiences would be better if they were social, so integrating deeply into existing platforms and operating systems is a good way to enable this. For an example, check out Connect for iPhone and the integration we have with contact syncing through our iPhone app.  Another example is the INQ1 phone with Facebook integration (the first so-called Facebook Phone’). The people mentioned in the story are working on these projects. The bottom line is that whenever we work on a deep integration, people want to call it a Facebook Phone’ because that’s such an attractive soundbite, but building phones is just not what we do.

Many blogs, however, calling this denial a playing-around-with-words still think that Facebook is building something. Silicon Alley Insider claims that Facebook has simply denied the manufacturing of phone hardware but not the highly speculated premise that Facebook is taking Android and making it into a Facebook-flavored platform. Something that will give Facebook much more control over the smart phone industry than it currently has. That means Facebook can have their own unique mobile advertising service and many third-party apps features which currently don’t make it to mobile Facebook due to platform restrictions.

So, even though, we are unlikely to see a Facebook branded phone soon, we may see a highly customized platform that will make Facebook users less dependent on Android or iPhone.

HTC Desire HD Benchmarked; ROM Leaked As Well

It was just a few days ago that HTC had announced the worldwide version of the Evo 4G the HTC Desire HD. The Desire HD is powered by a Qualcomm 8255 1GHz Snapdragon processor and Adreno 205 GPU. HTC DesireHD Benchmark The Qualcomm 8255 Snapdragon processor is manufactured on a lower fabrication processor (45nm) compared to the 1 GHz QSD8250 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor found in all other phones nowadays. The Adreno 205 GPU also offers a much better performance than its predecessor.

The folks over at HDBlog.it managed to benchmark a Desire HD and the device beats the crap out of all other handsets out there except for the Galaxy S series from Samsung. The Desire HD scored a whopping 1974 points in Quadrant benchmark, which is roughly 30% more than a Nexus One running Android 2.2. Only the Samsung Galaxy S handsets are capable of scoring ~1900 points in the Quadrant benchmark with a lagfix applied.

Also the folks over at XDA-Developers have managed to get their hands on the RUU of the Desire HD and they have already ripped it apart. They have even started porting the Desire HD ROM to the HTC HD2.

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Droid Eris Not To Get Froyo Update

Verizon has decided that the HTC Droid Eris won’t be getting the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update. A Verizon spokesperson told Computerworld that Verizon has canceled all its plan of bringing Android 2.2 to the handset.htc-droid-eris According to the spokesperson, the reason for this is that Verizon have other options in Android devices, so this is part of the normal evolution of our portfolio.”

This news will surely be heart-breaking for all the Droid Eris customers out there. The Eris never managed to grab the headlines like the other top-dogs Android handsets in the Verizon line-up. Droid Eris owners who want to experience Android 2.2 need to either wait for some modder over at XDA-Developers to port it to their device or purchase a new handset pre-loaded with Android 2.2.

While Eris owners would want the former, Verizon definitely wants the latter to happen!

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Motorola To Launch Android Tablet in Q1 2011

Motorola Android TabletMotorola is one of those companies which has been riding the Android wave and has successfully leveraged the power of Android to become a major player in the mobile smartphone market.

It has been one of the most loyal backers of Android, other than HTC and Samsung. Its latest launches – the Droid X and the Droid 2 have been hits and are selling quite well.

Now, the tablet fever has caught on with many manufacturers and scores of Android tablets are slated to launch by the end of 2010, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab and tablets by Viewsonic, Archos and Toshiba.

Motorola, however, has remained silent on this topic, it hasn’t formally announced yet that it’s working on any tablet. Other than the leaked Verizon roadmap for 2011, there has been no mention of any Motorola Android tablet in the press.

Yesterday, however, Motorola’s CEO, Sanjay Jha stated that Motorola plans to launch an Android based tablet by early 2011.

“Nearly everyone in this business is clicking on all cylinders.

I will only develop a tablet if it is sufficiently compelling. Hopefully, that is early next year.

I see the tablet market as an opportunity; no cannibalization with smartphones. iPad is more an extension of iPhone than a migration of a Macintosh. I think that is a natural expansion for us.

The convergence of mobility and computing is very important for us. There could be more form factors that are more smartphone-centric.” said Jha.

Google has officially stated that Android 2.2 Froyo isn’t optimized for the tablet form factor. Android 3.0 Gingerbread will be launched by the end of 2010, so we can expect the Motorola tablet to run it, instead of Froyo.

Source: Yahoo

Viewsonic Unveils the Viewsonic G Android Tablet

We have already checked out the Viewsonic ViewPad 7, which was quite an impressive device. However, compared to the Samsung Galaxy Tab, it was pretty bland.

Today, details of the new Viewsonic G tablet were unveiled. It will be an Android 2.2 Froyo tablet which will run on the Nvidia Tegra platform. Like the Viewpad 7, it will run only Android 2.2, and won’t be a dual boot tablet.

Viewsonic G Pad Tablet

It has excellent hardware specifications. It comes with a 10.1 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. It is powered by the Nvidia Tegra2 platform and comes with 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage with support for up to 32 GB microSD cards.

It looks pretty slim and stylish and comes with a 1.3 MP webcam, a USB port and HDMI. It also offers Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity. It can easily handle 1080p HD video playback and has around 10-12 hours of battery life.

It surely looks like a great iPad alternative, now only if Viewsonic can get the software right.

Source: HotHardware