Now, few days before March 26th, a Android forum member has uploaded a new voice message he received from a Sprint technical support representative which confirms that the Android 2.1 update is coming to HTC Hero and Moment on March 26th.
The tech support says:
The software release that is supposed to be coming out on March 26th is Over-The-Air (OTA), so you should get some type of notice on your phone that a software is available.
Whether this voice message was made up or real you judge for yourself. Listen to the embedded voice message by hitting the play button below.
What do you think? Is this a fake too, or will the Android 2.1 update make it to HTC Hero and Moment users on March 26th as we earlier told you?
CyanogenMOD released the next version in its line of production the v5.0.5. The gap between the release of this and the previous version has been long but the good news is that it is finally available.
For those who do not know what CyanogenMOD is, here is a quote from Wikipedia.
CyanogenMod is a community-based distribution of the open-source Android operating system. It offers features not found in the official Android-based firmwares of vendors of these cell phones, including support for FLAC Lossless Audio, multi-touch, the ability to store and run downloaded applications from the microSD card, compressed cache (compcache), a large APN list, a reboot menu, support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB tethering, as well as other enhancements.
CyanogenMOD claims an improved performance in all aspects and is built upon all the best features of Android. The new version has a huge list of changes which can be found at this page. Some of the important ones are:
Includes rsync, iwconfig and iwlist
The kernel is slightly modified in terms of voltage levels.
The kernel version is 126.96.36.199 and includes many more patches from Google
Tweaked animation speeds
For more information and download, visit the Cyanogen developer page here.
Leaving that disappointment aside, there is some really good news for Android fans who will be seeing some of the best Android based phones coming to Indian markets in near future.
Some of the Android handsets which will be released in the Android market include the Motorola Milestone, Sony EricssonXperia X10, Motorola Backflip and the Motorola Dext. There are also some rumors that some of the best HTC Android handsets will be released in India soon.
Right now, there is no confirmation on the release date and price of these handsets, but we will definitely keep you updated when more information becomes available.
The Google Buzz app for Android is a widget for phones running Android v1.6 and later. The Buzz app will allow you to post text and photos with a single tap. In addition to that, you can also tag your post with your current location or place you posted it from.
Once you have posted the message, the Buzz app will process it in the background, so that you can continue performing other tasks without having to wait.
The Google Buzz app is available in the Android Market, just head over there and search for Google Buzz. To add the widget to your home screen, go to "Menu" and select "Add > Widgets > Google Buzz". Currently, the Google Buzz app is only available in English, with support for future languages coming soon.
We have seen Android on cellphones, on Tablet PC’s, on netbooks and now, Android is powering cars.
World’s first Android powered car, the Roewe 350 is coming soon. The car is manufactured by Roewe which is a Chinese company and the unit of the car powered by Android version 2.1 is the GPS device. The GPS device in the car can connect to the Internet and suggest routes based on real time traffic records and reports. It also connects to chat and this feature can be helpful in maintaining safety.
For those not familiar with the Roewe brand, the company is an amalgamation of the Chinese company SAIC and the old British car manufacturer Rover/MG. According to TwitTown, SAIC bought the Rover 25 and 75 models in 2004, just before MG Rover went into administration, producing the cars in China under both the MG and Roewe names.
The car will be launched at the Beijing auto show next month.
Android is making vast progress and is getting more and more scalable. It is claiming installs on more and more devices every day and the acceptance of Android code into the Linux kernel is another determining factor behind the authority Android has gained.
The positive acceptance Android has received from manufacturers, developers and users is proving most beneficial to us all.
Orkut is still one of the biggest social networking sites in India and Brazil, and obviously will get more focus from Google, lest they lose out to Facebook, which they will in near future.
However, to keep up with the latest trends, the Orkut team has now released a Orkut app for Android devices. The new app adds some nice features, which tie in nicely into the Android OS.
For example, you can add your friends as live folders to your Android home screen and you will be able to browse the friends list even when you do not have access to data networks. In addition to that, users can also upload photos to Orkut albums and receive scrap notifications from their friends.
You will of course be able to send scraps to friends and others, add your friends to your contact list, or send them an email too.
The Orkut app is currently available in the Android Market, just go to the market and search for "orkut" and follow the instructions to install the app to your device. More information is available at the Official Orkut and Google Mobile blog.
According to Jimmy from Android Forums, the phone will be available for pre-orders at midday on Monday and will start shipping on March 26th. Current T-Mobile users will be able to upgrade starting Friday, March 26th.
Right now some T-Mobile UK reps are saying that there are only 700 units of the HTC Desire in stock, but they could definitely increase by the time the pre-orders go up and orders start shipping.
You can keep an eye on the HTC Desire at the official T-Mobile UK site here, which says that the phone may arrive in April.
Google Android is the next buzzword in the Mobile world. Everyone from developers to users to cellphone manufacturers are focusing more and more on the Android platform. This has made Android an important platform for rapid development and has made many porting over from other platforms to Android.
The latest and the most intriguing in this list is the .NET framework. In a recent blog post, Miguel De Icaza has written that work has just begun to port the Mono implementation of Microsoft’s c#.NET into Android. Mono has been ported successfully to the iPhone environment and the Android version should be expected by August this year. The version for Android is codenamed MonoDroid while the one for iPhone goes as MonoTouch. MonoTouch is available for the iPad as well.
Our vision is to allow developers to reuse their engine and business logic code across all mobile platforms and swapping out the user interface code for a platform-specific API. MonoTouch for iPhone devices and the Monodroid APIs for Android devices.
Miguel De Icaza, the leader of this project hopes to show a preview of this technology at the Mix1o. The project can be compiled on ARM as well just like on Android or iPhone. This year will see more conversions and heat in the Mono world.
According to a HTC forum member, who spoke with a Sprint executive to troubleshoot his HTC Hero which did not have service, the Android 2.1 update may arrive on March 26th, 2010 for Sprint users instead of the late April. The conversation below: (emphasis added)
I just got of the phone with the advanced support at sprint becuase my phone did not have any service since this morning. They tried all the basic trouble shooting and then said that they had seen this issue before but that the new firmware will address this issue they also stated that reactivating the phone is a work around for now. I kept on asking about the firmware release and they finally released a date for the 2.1 firmware. He stated and confirm that this update will come on 03/26/2010.
However, this update is not officially confirmed, and if released will only be available for Sprint users right now, other HTC Hero users might have to wait till April end to receive official OTA updates from HTC directly.
We will keep our eyes open for any official confirmation from Sprint with regards to this. In the meantime you can call the Sprint support and let us know if they do confirm this with you.
Update: Commentator @Nasty confirmed with Sprint that the Android 2.1 update for HTC Hero will be released in late March, which confirms our earlier date March 26th, 2010. Have fun.
Update 2 – March 22nd: We just came across a voice message from a Sprint representative to a customer which confirms the OTA update for HTC Hero and HTC Moment on March 26th, you can read about it here.
An Over-the-air (OTA) update for Android 2.1 will be released by Motorola for their Droid series of phones. The update was confirmed by a tipster to Droid Life through an internal leaked document.
The Android 2.1 update for droid will be made available OTA starting March 18th 2010 at 12PM EST. The new update will add Multi-touch support for Google maps and the browser with pinch to zoom support. The Google Goggles app for visual search, voice to text support, 3D Image gallery, new weather and news application, live wallpaper support and more.
There are several other new goodies will come with the Android 2.1 update for Droid, so stay tuned, the update will be rolled out gradually to all users,
RoboForm the popular password manager and form filler have released a free app for Android based devices. The app allows users to keep their password in sync between various computers and devices and allows users to securely backup their passwords.
Currently the RoboForm app works with RoboForm online accounts and will allow you to log in to sites on the Native Android browser.
Current features for the app include:
Access your RoboForm Data files using your RoboForm Online Account, a free service at https://online.roboform.com/
Use RoboForm Online to log in to sites on the Native Android Browser.
View your Logins from your Android device.
Log in to sites on the fly using the "Matching Passcards" functionality.
Landscape View – You can rotate in any window and view the proper Landscape View that the Android provides.
You can download the RoboForm app by visiting this link or searching for it in the Android marketplace. The app is free to use and download.
The information was passed on to a XDA Modaco member and re-posted by a XDA member, when questioned about the latest firmware for HTC Hero. (emphasis added by me)
Thank you for your enquiry about htc hero.
Some of the phones in our Android line up including your Hero are due to receive an upgrade, and it is scheduled to be released starting at the end of April. Your phone should be upgraded Over-The-Air. You can expect a pop-up message on your phone when connected to the internet once it is ready. When the upgrade is ready, we will notify you via our website and on various social media networks including Twitter and Face book.
If these steps have not helped, please let me know by responding using the link provided and I will be happy to check again for you.
Best regards, Name removed HTC customer support team HTC Corp. Global Service Division
This could also mean that most of the HTC Android based phones will start receiving OTA updates to their device for Android 2.1 in late April.
Android Mobiles OS has released a new package for the HTC Droid Eris to root the device and upgrade the device from Android 1.5 to Android 2.1.
The HTC Droid Eris root is only for Android 1.5 devices right now. If you use it for anything else, you might brick your phone. Instructions for rooting the Droid Eris can be found at the thefuzz4.net site.
The root for Droid Eris will update the OS to the latest version aka, Android 2.1. Users who run the root will not be able to rollback to Android 1.5 with the current root. Please make sure to backup your phone data and applications before you root the Droid Eris.
Disclaimer: We are not responsible if you brick your device, so root at your own risk.
As the battle heats up between two great mobile OS, anything and anybody can shift the balance. Recently, Android gained some more momentum by Tim Bray joining the team. Tim Bray, is a popular internet personality in addition to being the inventor of XML. He didn’t only join the Android team, he did it with a bang by telling the world what’s wrong with Apple and iPhone.
In a personal blog post, Tim Bray explains how his thinking completely aligns with Google and why he hates Apple due to its stringent yet vague policies and lack of freedom to developers. Going on with a list of things that make Android a much better philosophy than iPhone, Tim Bray clarifies that he will prove to Apple the impossibility of giving consumers the freedom of internet on their phones yet restricting their trivial activities and choices.
On the surface, it seems like Android is gaining support from all corners of the world, but deep inside many Apple critics admit the unmatchable technology Apple offers. For example, Tim Bray mentions:
The tragedy is that Apple builds some great open platforms; I’ve been a happy buyer of their computing systems for some years now and, despite my current irritation, will probably go on using them.
This definitely suggests that Apple can make an easy come back in the game by just making a few changes to its philosophy and attitude towards users and developers. They can definitely things make very difficult for Android if they start listening to their own kin.
When Google had a fallout with the Chinese government and threatened to pull out Google services from China, Microsoft kept quite and now we know Microsoft had some ulterior motives. Of course who wants to come in wrong terms with the huge Chinese tech savvy population? Motorola, who shared a strong bond with Google with the launch of Motorola DROID back in late 2009 has also ditched Google for Microsoft.
Motorola and Microsoft are going to come up with Android devices in China with Bing Search and Maps. Here’s what Motorola Spokesperson had to say:
We believe that consumer choice is one of the most critical components to ensuring a rich and seamless client experience,said Christy Wyatt, corporate vice president of software and services, Motorola Mobile Devices. Motorola and Microsoft have enjoyed a longstanding collaboration and the addition of Bing services to our Android-based smartphones in China is another important step in empowering our end-users.
Bing has come out with some unique features in last couple of weeks and has registered to be an instant hit among the users. Of course, users can opt to use Google search instead, from their browser and install Google maps app, but this is a big move for Microsoft to gain the market.