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Samsung Sells 1 Million Galaxy S Handsets In The U.S

The Samsung Galaxy S series of phone has another milestone under its name now. Today, Samsung officially announced in a press release that they have managed to sell more than a million Galaxy S devices in the U.S. This is aSamsung Galaxy S pretty impressive figure considering the device hit the retail stores on July 15 and only under two operators AT&T and T-Mobile. AT&T sells the Galaxy S as the Captivate, while T-Mobile sells it as the Samsung Vibrant. Sprint is going to launch the Galaxy S on August 31st under the Samsung Epic 4G name.

Rumors suggest Verizon launching its version of the Galaxy S Fascinate on September 9. All the various versions of Galaxy S are pretty similar to each other except for the Epic 4G which features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. With the launch of the Galaxy S handsets under two more operators in the coming weeks, the sale of Galaxy S are set to breach the two million mark soon.

Samsung had earlier managed to sell 500,000 Galaxy S handsets in South Korea in less than 33 days.

New Evo-like Mystery HTC Device Coming to Verizon [Pictures]

HTC has been releasing Android handsets at a prolific rate, and they clearly have no intention of slowing down. BoyGeniousReports has managed to procure pictures of a new mystery device from HTC, which is expected to land on Verizon.

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The handset looks a lot like the Sprint HTC Evo. Although BGR didn’t mention if it’s an Android or a WP7 device, the button layout suggests that it is not running the latter. The phone sports a 4.3” screen, which seems to be a new standard for high end Android phones, and according to BGR’s source, “makes the Droid 2 look like a kids toy”. There is an 8 megapixel camera, as well as a front facing camera for video chat. Interestingly enough, it even has a kickstand.

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The handset obviously has all the hallmarks of becoming a flagship device. Let’s hope that HTC is also planning on releasing it globally. It would be a pity to see such an impressive device being restricted only to the US.

HTC Droid Incredible Froyo Update Coming Tomorrow!

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 weclip_image001 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.

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HTC Droid Incredible Android 2.2 Update Leaked

HTC are yet to announce the official release date of the Froyo rollout for the DroidHTC Droid Incredible 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.

Get Flash 10.1 On Your Motorola Droid

One of the major benefits of Android 2.2 is that it brings full flash to Android via Flash Player 10.1. However, not many phones have got their fair share of Froyo and Flash love except for the Google Nexus One. The Motorola Droid hasMotorola Droid already got its Froyo update, but the Flash update for the phone still has not been released. The Flash 10.1 update for the Droid was expected to be rolled out from August 18, but sadly it did not happen.

There are many leaked Flash 10.1 .apk’s floating around on the Internet which Droid owners can install. However, these Flash builds are not optimized for the Droid and thus result in a choppy experience. Nevertheless, users who want smooth and trouble free Flash experience on their Droid should install the latest version of CyanogenMod 6 a.k.a CM6 RC3. After installing the latest RC of CM6, users should search the market for the Flash player and install it.

Apparently, this Flash 10.1 player provides a much better flash experience on your Droid than the other leaked .apk’s do.

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HTC Chrome OS Tablet To Use N-Trig Touchscreens

Google is reportedly working with HTC and Verizon to launch a Chrome OS tablet on November 26. It will have some great hardware specifications — it’s powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform and comes with 2 GB RAM and a 32 GB SSD. It will have a 10.1 inch multitouch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G connectivity and GPS.

HTC Chrome OS Tablet

Today it was reported that HTC is working with an Israeli based startup, N-Trig to create multitouch enabled screens for its tablet. Microsoft had invested in N-trig for its multitouch display technology research during the development of the Microsoft Surface. N-trig’s Duosense capacitive touch technology allows you to use both pen input and finger based multitouch input.

Last week it was revealed that the latest beta of Chrome 6 has menus optimized for multitouch operations. All the rumors and leaks seem to indicate the same thing — that we may indeed see a Chrome OS tablet by the end of this year.

Check out more details about N-trig’s touchscreens here.

Source: Haaretz

Verizon to Launch New Androids, Blackberrys and Tablets By the End of 2010

We had given you a glimpse of Verizon’s 2010-2011 roadmap about a week back, here on Techie-Buzz. Today, new information has surfaced about Verizon’s 2010 plans and it’s looking great.

Verizon Wireless Roadmap 2010

Verizon has a slate of Android launches planned for this year. It will also launch 2 new Blackberry devices and some Android tablets.

In September, we will see the launch of the globally compatible Motorola Droid 2 World Edition. We can also expect the Motorola Citrus WX445, a low end Android phone.

In October, RIM will launch the Blackberry Storm 3 9570 and the Blackberry Curve 3 9330, both running the new shiny Blackberry OS 6.

October will also see the launch of the Samsung Fascinate, a CDMA variant of the Galaxy S on Verizon’s network. The Samsung Continuum I400 mid-range Android phone and the low end Samsung Gem I100, a QWERTY Android handset will also be released around the same time.

The new Motorola XT610, a cheaper version of the Droid X with lower specs but the same 4.3 inch display, and the Motorola Droid Pro will be launched by the end of October. Even the Palm Pre 2 running WebOS should be available by then.

Finally, in November 2010, we will see the HTC Merge, a Android superphone with a 10 MP camera and two new Android tablets — the Motorola Z600 and the Samsung I800 (Galaxy Tab).

The enTourage eDGe (a dual display ebook reader + tablet with Android) and an enTourage Pocket device will also surface around that time.

With all this awesomeness, who needs the iPhone 4 on Verizon?

Source: Phone Arena

Google Chrome OS Tablet Launching on Verizon on November 26

Apparently, Google is planning to launch a Chrome OS tablet on Verizon’s network on November 26 which is Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.

Download Squad says that HTC is currently building the tablet for Google and Verizon and it will be priced much lower than the iPad. It will be available with Verizon on contract.

Google Chrome OS Tablet

It will have some really good hardware under the boot. It will have Nvidia’s Tegra 2 platform powering it and will likely sport a 10.1 inch multitouch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. It will have 2 GB RAM and a 32 GB internal SSD. It will offer a webcam and GPS and will also offer Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity.

The rumor actually makes sense as Black Friday would probably be the best day to launch a new product. The specs seem realistic and fit in line with all the other tablet releases. Now we know why Google was so eager to comply with Verizon on the Net Neutrality proposal.

While Android based tablets will compete with the iPad, Chrome OS will probably compete with Windows 7 tablets.

Source: Download Squad

Verizon To Release Another Update For Motorola Droid

Few days ago, the Android 2.2 update for Motorola Droid was rolled out by Verizon. The users complained that Adobe Flash 10.1 and few other stuffs were missing. Now, Verizon will be releasing another update which will enable Droid users to download and install Adobe Flash 10.1 from Android marketplace. Adobe Flash 10.1 will be available by late summer.

The other features which will come with the update are new security options like Remote device wipe and lock, wipe out data after certain number of password attempts. The browser will be enhanced for quicker loading of heavy JavaScript pages.

Earlier, Verizon said that Wi-Fi tethering will not be featuring in Droid because the hardware doesn’t support it. Unfortunately, even though Android 2.2 supports this feature it will remain absent on Motorola Droid (by official means). Engadget reported that the hardware incapability is reported by Verizon not Motorola.

Motorola Droid, which was once doubtful to even get Android 2.2 update is slowly getting all the fun like the other high-end Android devices.

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CDMA iPhone 4 Coming to Verizon in January

Noted blogger and Apple fanboy, John Gruber, has put up a lengthy post which says that Apple is currently working on a CDMA version of the iPhone 4 which will probably launch in Jaunary 2011 on Verizon’s network. Even the guys over at Techcrunch seem to agree.

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The CDMA variant of the iPhone 4 is codenamed the N92. According to Gruber’s sources, it isn’t in production yet and hasn’t even reached the prototype device verification test stage yet. It is in the engineering verification stage currently; which is exactly where it should be if it were to launch in January.

The CDMA iPhone 4 may also be made available worldwide with other CDMA providers; it isn’t exclusive to Verizon.

Experts project the sales of a CDMA iPhone 4 on Verizon’s network at about 2-3 million in the first week, considering that a lot of Apple fans aren’t using the iPhone just because it is on AT&T’s network. Bringing the iPhone 4 on Verizon’s network would surely boost sales.

Motorola Droid 2 Officially Launched

Finally! After numerous leaks Motorola has officially launched the Droid 2. There is hardly anything left to be known about the Droid 2. The Droid 2 is powered by a 1 GHz OMAP processor, along with 512MB of RAM. The phoneDroid 2 has 8GB of internal memory and an 8Gb microSD card is also included in the retail box. The screen size of the Motorola Droid 2 remains the same as in the original Droid at 3.7-inch. The camera at the back of the phone also remains the same at 5MP. However, the keyboard of the Droid 2 has been improved over the Droid.

The slide-out QWERTY keyboard on the Droid 2 has 4-directional arrow keys instead of the heavily criticized 4-way D-pad found on the original Droid. The Droid 2 will also be the first phone to launch with Android 2.2 on board. The phone will be available for order on the official Verizon website from 11 August. The phone will hit the retail stores on August 12.

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Verizon 2010-2011 Roadmap Revealed; Android to Rule Them All

The boys over at BGR have come across some interesting information about Verizon’s 2010-2011 roadmap. It has a great deal of juicy tidbits about the various releases on Verizon’s network in the coming year.

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Motorola is set to launch a new Android handset, the Motorola Droid Pro, which has a 1.3 GHz CPU and a 4 inch touchscreen display by November 2010.

Motorola will also launch a QWERTY phone running Android 2.2 which will look like the old Motorola Q but will have a touchscreen and the MotoBLUR interface.

There will be more Android releases by Samsung and HTC in the coming year.

Samsung will launch a 7 inch Android tablet, presumably the Galaxy Tab, on Verizon’s network.

Motorola will also launch a 10 inch Android tablet with a 1.3 GHz CPU which will be powered by Android 3.0.

There are many other details; head over to Boy Genius Report to check them out.

Motorola Droid Is Officially Out Of Stock

The Motorola Droid is one of the best selling Android phones in the market. The popularity of Android can be to a certain extent credited to the Motorola Droid. The strong ‘Droid Does’ marketing campaign by Verizon andDroid 2 Motorola led to this device selling like hot cakes. However, with time the Droid has become old and it’s time to bid adieu to the device. Motorola and Verizon have now officially phased out the original Droid. Consumers can no longer order the Droid from the Verizon website.

Nevertheless, they can still try websites like eBay.com and Amazon.com to get their hands on the handset. The Motorola Droid is all set to be replaced by Droid 2. Rumours suggest that the Droid 2 will be launched by Verizon and Motorola on August 12.

The Droid 2 will feature a 1 GHz processor, along with 512MB of RAM. It will also be the first device to be launched with Froyo on board. The only thing left is Motorola and Verizon officially announcing the Droid 2.

Motorola Droid Does Not Support Wi-Fi And USB Tethering

Most of the Motorola Droid owners must be happy with their phone getting the Android 2.2 update soon. Android 2.2 brings with it tons of speed improvements, and some new notable features including native tethering,Motorola Droid and mobile hotspot. Users who were hoping to enjoy these 2 new features on their Droid are sadly out of luck.

Verizon has confirmed that the Motorola Droid lacks the hardware to support mobile hotspot, and tethering. The official Verizon spokesperson said that :

The Droid by Motorola doesn’t have [the] hardware to support a Mobile Hotspot. With tethering there is no Connection on the PC side that will allow you to tether the device so the answer is that option isn’t part of this update.

The Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for the Motorola Droid will begin in the upcoming few weeks. Motorola and Verizon have already released the software update for a small test group. However, users should keep in mind that many users are already using Wi-Fi tethering and USB tethering on their Droid by hacking it.

Samsung Haven Launched On Verizon

Samsung Electronics and Verizon Wireless recently announced the launch of a clamshell device, Samsung Haven, exclusively for the US market. There is nothing great about this phone but it has already received the prestigious Good Housekeeping Seal. Have a look at the features of this device below.

samsung haven

Samsung Haven has a 2.2 inch display, messaging capabilities, one touch access, dedicated keys, voicemail, voice commands, calculator with currency converter, speaker phone, In Case of Emergency (ICE), Calendar and scheduling assistant, polyphonic ringtones, world clock, stop watch, full menu readout, well-being and health tools, medical information application and much more.

This phone is available only in charcoal grey color. Haven is currently available for order on the Verizon’s site and it comes with a price tag of $39.99 with a two-year contract agreement. This handset will be available from July 29.