Though Android is already available on many tablets, and Samsung is also launching the Galaxy Tab next month, which will sport Android 2.2 Froyo, Google hadn’t officially commented yet about the use of Android in tablets.
However, it was clear that they didn’t endorse the use of Android on tablets, evident by the launch of Chrome OS. They were also reportedly working on a tablet powered by Chrome OS with HTC and Verizon.
The next versions of the Android OS, Gingerbread and Honeycomb will be much better suited to the tablet form factor than Froyo, but according to Google, Android isn’t optimised for tablets.
“Android is an open platform. We saw at IFA 2010 all sorts of devices running Android, so it already running on tablets,”
“But the way Android Market works is it’s not going to be available on devices that don’t allow applications to run correctly.”
“Which devices do, and which don’t will be unit specific, but Froyo is not optimised for use on tablets.”
“If you want Android market on that platform, the apps just wouldn’t run, [Froyo] is just not designed for that form factor.”
“We want to make sure that we’re going to create a application distribution mechanism for the Android market, to ensure our users have right experience.” said Hugo Barra, Director of Products for Mobile, Google.
Most tablets don’t support Android Market though the Galaxy Tab does. Even without the complete backing of Google, Android will probably remain a popular choice for a tablet OS. If Chrome OS fails to make an impact, Google may be forced to work on Android as a tablet OS.
Google played a gamble when they decided to foray into the mobile operating system by purchasing Android about 5 years ago. However, 5 years down the line that gamble seems to have paid off, since reports suggest the Android will soon overtake RIM and iOS as the 2nd largest mobile in the world behind Symbian.
According to Gartner, Android will become the No. 2 worldwide mobile operating system in 2010 and will challenge Symbian for the largest mobile OS title by 2014. Currently Symbian has the highest markets share with 46.9% overall, however, that is set to drop to 40.1% in 2010.
Android on the other hand had only 3.9% market share in 2009, but that is set to leap to 17.7% in 2010 overtaking Apple’s iOS which had 14.4% share last year, is set to rise to 17.5% because of several new introductions including the iPad and iPhone 4. Blackberry’s RIM to is on a downswing with 19.9% share last year and 17.5% share predicted for this year.
Android phones have definitely hit the roof since last year. More than 200,000 Android devices are sold per day, this number is bound to rise, with several mobile manufacturers adopting the Android OS for their devices.
With the introduction of Android 2.2 Froyo and Android 3.0 aka Gingerbread, Google is all set to challenge the mighty Symbian who was at one point of time one of the best Mobile OS. Sadly Symbian has lost ground since then and has failed to make impressive changes to challenge the newer age mobile OS platforms.
The HTC-manufactured-Google-branded Nexus One was the first Android handset to hit the retail market with Android 2.1 on board. It was also the first device to get the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OTA update. With the Froyo update, the Nexus One got a very big performance boost. The Linkpack and the Quadrant scores of the device nearly tripled after the Froyo update. Now it looks like Google is working on another Froyo build for the Nexus One which has leaked onto the Internet.
Users who flashed this new leaked FRG33 build Froyo ROM on their Nexus One are reporting improvements in the performance of the device as well as Wi-Fi transfer speed. This leaked build also updates the radio of the phone. Hopefully, this will solve the 3G reception issues which initially plagued the handset.
Hopefully, Google will roll out the FRG33 build of Android 2.2 (Froyo) for the Nexus One sooner than later.
Archos was one of the first manufacturers to release an Android tablet. Its first attempt wasn’t very impressive, but Archos isn’t backing down. It has announced 5 new Android PMP tablets with different specifications and price ranges. Here are the complete specifications of the 5 Android tablets by Archos.
This is the cheapest of the lot. It has a 2.8 inch resistive touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. It has an 800 MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor and comes with 4 GB internal memory. It is priced at $99.99 and runs Android 2.2 Froyo.
This is the next tablet in the list. It has a 3.2 inch resistive touchscreen display with a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels. It has 8 GB internal memory and comes with a camera which can record 720p video. It is priced at $149.99 and runs Android 2.2 Froyo too.
The Archos 43 has a 4.3 inch resistive touchscreen display like the other two, but it has a 1 GHz ARM Cortex processor powering it. It will ship with Froyo too and comes with 720p video recording and an acclerometer. It comes with 8 GB internal memory and costs $199.99.
This is the standard sized 7 inch Android tablet you have been waiting for. It has a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display and comes with a front facing VGA camera for video calls. It has USB connectivity and comes with HDMI out. It comes in two versions- 8 GB and 16 GB, priced at $274.99 for the 8 GB model and $349.99 for the 250 GB model.
This is the best Android tablet Archos has to offer; it has the same form factor as the iPad. It has a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display. It has a 1 GHz processor and HDMI out. It also offers USB and Bluetooth connectivity and comes with a front facing video camera. The 8 GB version is priced at $299.99 and the 16 GB version is priced at $349.99. Like all the other Android tablets, it runs Android 2.2 Froyo.
Archos – List of Android Tablets
HTC rolled out the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for the EVO 4G a couple of weeks ago. The Froyo update bought with it tons of performance improvements and many new features as well. However, with this update HTC also fixed the security hole via which the modders rooted the handset. Nevertheless, the folks over at XDA Developers have managed to root the EVO 4G running on Android 2.2. The process to root the phone is pretty complex and is similar to the Droid 2 rooting method.
Owners of EVO 4G running on Android 2.2 and interested in rooting their device need to flash a stock Android 2.1 ROM on their device first. During the rooting process, owners will also need to install the unrevoked boot loader on their EVO 4G.
Here is the step-by-step guide on how to root your EVO 4G running Android 2.2.
The Nokia N900 was the first phone from Nokia running on the Maemo OS. The company positioned the handset as a modder’ friendly phone. Even after 8 months of its launch, the N900 is still a popular phone among the modding community. A couple of months ago, we reported that working Android 2.2 ROMs for N900 were out. However, that ROM were full of bugs. Now, a fully functional Android 2.2 ROM for the N900 is out.
The latest version of Android ROM from folks over at NITDroid project is pretty good for day-to-day use. It adds the main functionality which was missing from previous ROMs the ability to make and receive calls. Below is the video of Android 2.2 in action on the Nokia N900-:
Along with this, the ROM also supports various data connection including EDGE and 3G. Even the physical QWERTY keyboard of the N900 is supported. The only downside of this ROM is that the camera does not work.
Droid-Life is reporting that Verizon is going to start rolling out the official Froyo OTA update for the Droid Incredible from tomorrow itself. I will now recommend users to wait for the OTA instead of flashing the leaked Android 2.2 update about which we reported a few minutes ago. Verizon has updated the Droid Incredible support page with full information about the Froyo update as well.
The Froyo update for the Incredible brings with it incredible’ changes like 720p HD recording, 3G Mobile Hotspot, Flash Player 10.1 and a new boot screen. The Froyo update is also expected to improve the battery life of the device. This software update will also install Skype, VZ Navigator and My Verizon applications on your Incredible. The update will also enable the Wi-Fi n capability on the handset.
The folks over at Android Central have published the many screenshots and benchmarks of the Android 2.2 update running on the Droid Incredible. Here is the link to the full change-log of the Android 2.2 update from Verizon itself.
HTC are yet to announce the official release date of the Froyo rollout for the Droid Incredible. Earlier, rumors suggested that the Droid Incredible will get its Froyo love on August 18. However, that did not happen and Incredible owners are still waiting for HTC to announce the Froyo rollout date. Nevertheless, a full Froyo RUU has leaked on the Internet today.
Users who have rooted, as well as non-rooted phones can flash this firmware file. The Android 2.2 Update for the Droid Incredible will bring with it many new changes like 720p HD video recording, Flash Player 10.1, new Boot screen etcetera. Hopefully, Verizon will soon announce the official roll out date of the OTA Froyo update.
Here are the steps to flash this leaked Android 2.2 RUU file on your Droid Incredible.
Nexus One users can install Flash 10.1 directly from the Android Market. For the others, well, there was a complex process that you needed to follow in order to install Flash 10.1 on your devices. It involved rooting your phone and installing a Cyanogen build on it.
Not anymore! You can now install Flash 10.1 on your phone running Android 2.2 Froyo directly by installing the Flash APK on it. You can download the Flash 10.1 APK here and install it. It doesn’t even require a rooted phone.
Download Flash 10.1 APK for Android 2.2
Finally, after the endless wait with only some blurry images and spy videos of the Galaxy Tab to keep us company, we have some clear pictures of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Samsung’s upcoming Android tablet in action.
ifanr, a chinese blog, has uploaded some clear shots of the Samsung Galaxy Tab which is supposed to be unveiled officially at IFA 2010, Berlin in September.
It runs Android 2.2 Froyo and has a 7 inch SuperAMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. It will have a 1.2 GHz Cortex A8 processor and a PowerVR SGX 540 graphics processor. It will also have 512 MB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. It will also sport a 3.2 MP camera and all the usual connectivity options: Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth. It will also have A-GPS and will be priced around $499 – $599.
Check out the Samsung Galaxy Tab images
Vodafone has announced that they will be rolling out the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for the HTC Desire from August 23. The update was initially expected to be rolled out on August 12. However, the good news is that Vodafone has removed most of their bloatware/crapware from their Android 2.2 update. Earlier, Vodafone was heavily criticized for loading the Desire with their Vodafone 360 crapware. Now, along with the announcement of the Android 2.2 update, the company has also mentioned the steps on how to remove Vodafone 360 for users who have already installed it.
According to the news from Vodafone forums, the Android 2.2 update will be based on the HTC open market visionwith the software optimized for Vodafone’s network settings.
Here is the full press release :
HTC Desire: Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) Update to Android 2.2
The Android 2.2 update for HTC Desire will start to be available to Vodafone customers from Monday 23 August.
Our priority has been to make sure that the software does what we said it will do. This meant testing took a little longer than anticipated.
Customers will receive an alert telling them that their handset is ready for an update and this alert will be phased over a two week period.
If you did not download the Vodafone 360 update, follow the first set of instructions below to download the Android 2.2 update when prompted to.
If you did download the Vodafone 360 software, once you have the 2.2 update, these guidelines also explain what you need to do to remove that content from your device, depending on the current software configuration of your HTC Desire.
Customers who still want to use Vodafone 360 services can visit the Android Marketplace, where a number of 360 apps are available. We will also be issuing an optional Vodafone 360 update for HTC Desire users at a later date.
*Please note: The following steps will only work once you have downloaded the 2.2 Android update*
Finding out which software your HTC Desire is running
To check the current software version of your HTC Desire, go to Settings->About phone->Software information and look for the entries Android versionand Software number.
Your software should either be 18.104.22.168 if you haven’t downloaded the recent Vodafone 360 software, or 22.214.171.124 if you have accepted the update.
Motorola released the Froyo update for the Droid a couple of weeks ago. Next in line for the Froyo update is the Motorola Droid X. The Droid X ships with Android 2.1 on board, and is expected to get the Froyo update by early September. However, users who can’t wait until early-September should rejoice! A leaked version of Android 2.2 for the Droid X has surfaced on the Internet.
Users who are interested in trying this leaked Android 2.2 update should make sure that their phone is rooted. If your Droid X is already rooted, then the method is a relatively simple one. Droid X owners should also keep in mind that this is not the final Android 2.2 version and so bugs and performance issues will be present.
Keep in mind that going back to Android 2.1 after this update is a pretty complex method. Here is the step-by-step process on how to update your Droid X to Android 2.2.
Apparently, the news of the HTC Droid Incredible getting the Froyo update today was just a rumor. According to @VZWSupport, there is no information available on when the Droid Incredible will be getting the update.
Here is what @VZWSupport told about the Froyo update for the Droid Incredible :
We currently do not have information for the Incredible update at this time and is not being sent out today.
Now, this piece of news is going to break the hearts of a lot of Droid Incredible owners out there. Most of the other popular Android phones from HTC like the Desire, EVO 4G have already got their share of Froyo love.
I wonder why HTC is taking so much time to roll out the Froyo update for the Droid Incredible. Hopefully, the update will be rolled out by early-September to mid-September.
Google has a history of naming new versions of major Android OS releases after popular desserts.
Android 1.5 was codenamed Cupcake while Android 1.6 was named Donut. Android 2.1 was Eclair and Android 2.2 was Froyo. The next version of Android — 3.0 has already been named Gingerbread and is set to release soon.
Rumors surfaced today that the next version of the Android OS, 3.1 or 3.2 will be codenamed Honeycomb. Techradar broke the news and even contacted Google, but hasn’t received any comment yet.
Android is going places; it has a huge lineup of smartphones and tablets which are slated to launch in the next year. Honeycomb will probably support more powerful hardware and higher display resolutions and also offer much better performance.
It was just yesterday we reported that the Dell Streak would be getting direct upgrade to Froyo, and skip the Ã‰clair update totally. However, Streak owners in UK should rejoice as an Android 2.1 ROM for the phone leaked on the internet a few days ago. The sad news was that this leaked ROM would only work for Dell Streak handsets in UK, and not for the US handsets.
Nevertheless, the modding community did not lose hope and have found a workaround to flash this UK ROM on a US Dell Streak. However, users need to root their phone before proceeding with this process. Luckily there is an application call Universal Androot which will make the job of rooting the phone a lot easier. Also flashing this Android 2.1 ROM will wipe your Dell Streak clean so users are recommended to make a backup of their data.
Here is the step-by-step process on how to update your Dell Streak to Android 2.1.