A leaked build of Android 2.2 Froyo has appeared on the Internet for the Samsung Captivate, which has been promised an upgrade by Samsung. Right now, though, it’s unclear whether the build that’s floating around is a final release or if it’s an early build, the latter of which could present problems with future firmware updates.
In the past, early builds have shown up for other Android devices, most notably the Motorola Droid X and the Sprint HTC EVO 4G. With the former, Motorola told customers who upgraded to the early build that there was no easy way to [...]
Early adopters of the T-Mobile G2 Android smartphone, which has been shipping early to existing customers who are eligible to pre-order the handset, are noticing some problems starting to arise. First, some users are reporting loose hinges, which will mean that the screen and keyboard won’t stay tight together when the keyboard should be tucked away underneath the screen in closed position.
The second issue appears to be missing storage, with some users noticing that only 2 GB of storage showing up, half of the promised 4 GB on the retail box. Whether this has to do with [...]
While Sprint may be looking to add another Samsung Galaxy S to is arsenal by the name of the Samsung Transform, its 4G partner Clearwire may be looking to adopt its Galaxy S model by the name of the Epic 4G and rebadge that handset as the Samsung Notion. The speculated Notion is said to have a QWERTY keyboard–like the Epic 4G–a front facing camera with VoIP integration with OOVOO services, and free hotspot features. Whether the Notion will be an exclusive 4G device or whether it will be a dual-mode 3G/4G device like Sprint’s Epic 4G is unclear. The Samsung Notion is [...]
Just a little over a week left to go for the official launch of the T-Mobile G2 on October 6th and someone has already unboxed the device in photos. The 800 MHz Android smartphone will be the first smartphone to make use of T-Mobile’s upgraded HSPA+ network, which the carrier is claiming to deliver 4G speeds though it is still technically a 3G network. There’s a gallery of unboxing photos at TmoNews and Engadget just posted a quick video preview of the device.
Photos from TmoNews.
For owners of the Droid 2 who were jealous of the Droid X’s FM tuner functionality, a new hack has emerged on XDA-Developers that promises to bring your favorite broadcast radio stations to your Droid 2. In order for the hack to work, you do need a rooted device, and you can follow the instructions on XDA-Developers.
First it was Flash, now it’s Air that’s coming to an Android near you. That much we know, courtesy of some comments that Adobe made at the Samsung Galaxy Tab event.
For those of you who are wondering, Air is basically Adobe’s way of letting you run a Flash application outside the web browser.
Why would you want to do this? I don’t want to say it, but I’m going to have to: Farmville. With very little work, Farmville (or Petville, Mafiaville, InsertYourTimeWastingThingHereVille and other Flash-based games) could be ported to run in an Adobe [...]
While T-Mobile USA still has yet to announce exact availability of the unveiled T-Mobile G2, there have been some speculated release dates in the past on the Internet. Most notably, Best Buy Mobile has posted pre-orders for the device with expected availability on October 6th, but it turns out that we’re now hearing that the nation’s fourth largest carrier will be unleashing its HSPA+ smartphone on October 16th. The silver lining here is that the delay may give you a few extra days to save up funds on splurging for this smartphone. That said, the 16th is still speculated at [...]
While this tip that Boy Genius Report had received is unconfirmed, it would make sense that Verizon Wireless may be discontinuing the Droid 2, which was first released late this summer as the first phone with Android 2.2 Froyo and Adobe Flash 10.1 Mobile out of the box, in favor of the Droid 2 World Edition. The Droid 2 World Edition would essentially be the same phone in terms of looks as the Droid 2, but would bring support for GSM/HSPA alongside the CDMA/EV-DO support on the model that it replaces. The move would make sense as having two models in the lineup that are very similar [...]
Maybe Steve Jobs had a good idea keeping Adobe products off his portable devices, albeit for the wrong reasons.
According to a spokesperson for Adobe “A critical vulnerability exists in Adobe Flash Player 10.1.82.76 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Solaris and Android operating systems. This vulnerability also affects Adobe Reader 9.3.4 for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX, and Adobe Acrobat 9.3.4 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh.” (emphasis added)
This is a critical zero day exploitable flaw in Adobe’s Flash which. [...]
It looks like AT&T’s extensive Windows Phone 7 lineup reveals possibly six Microsoft devices. Engadget has obtained information that HTC and Samsung will be among the early Windows Phone 7 makers to launch devices on AT&T, to launch the Samsung Cetus, HTC Surround, and a yet unheard of Samsung Focus. Additionally, there will be three additional Windows Phone 7 devices to join the early Samsung and HTC launches on AT&T.
The carrier will also be colorizing its BlackBerry Torch smartphone offerings with a red/black color scheme, a pure white offering, and also [...]
It looks like in addition to T-Mobile, Best Buy, and Radio Shack, another location to get your T-Mobile G2 Android smartphone would be Costco. The discount membership warehouse is expected to carry the smartphone for between $150 to $200 with a two-year contract and with some accessories thrown in to sweeten the package should you decide to make the plunge. The computer capture which was leaked to Android Central shows a full MSRP of $449.99, though it’s unclear if Costco will sell a phone without contract at its warehouse stores.
(via: Android Central)
The newly announced T-Mobile G2 Android smartphone with its HSPA+ network support will be seeing some stiff price competition. Electronics retailer Radio Shack, also known as “The Shack,” has announced via Twitter that the smartphone will be coming to its stores for $150 on a two-year agreement. Rival Best Buy already announced it will sell the device for $200 on contract.
(via: Android Police)
If you’re concerned that the newly announced T-Mobile G2 Android smartphone made by HTC may not hold up well given its 800 MHz Qualcomm processor speed, then you should fret not as an early benchmark shows that the device can keep up with the best of the Android crop.
The T-Mobile G2 has a couple advantages going for it. First, it is a stock Android smartphone, meaning there isn’t any gimmicky UI overlay to slow down the device. Second, there’s a newer Qualcomm processor inside the device. The 45 nm SoC integrates an Adreno 205 graphics processor, which is [...]
After teasing a binary announcement earlier in the day, T-Mobile USA has made good and announced the T-Mobile G2 made by HTC as a stock Android 2.2 phone with quick keys that are customizable as well as HSPA+ support. The device is expected to be available for pre-order later this month, though the carrier has yet to release pricing nor availability information.
Also unknown on the device is whether the 3.7-inch display will be of SLCD (Super LCD) or AMOLED technology. The device will have an 800 MHz CPU to power Google Android 2.2 Froyo with Adobe Flash 10.1 Mobile loaded. It [...]
About a week ahead of the HTC event in London, T-Mobile USA has decided to tweet a vague update to its much hyped T-Mobile G2 handset, which according to speculation promises to be a stock Android phone with HSPA+ network support all for the $200 rumored price tag. The tweet reads G2newscomingsoon once translated from the 0s and 1s. A lot of information has been leaked about the phone, and now we’ll have to wait on T-Mobile to announce availability.
Motorola’s latest advertisement is taking another subtle hit against Apple’s iPhone and iOS platform by leveraging the advantage of Adobe Flash support in its choice of Android platform for devices like the Motorola Droid 2. Motorola has been making subtle jabs at Apple in its ad campaigns; the last ad taken by Motorola poked fun at the iPhone’s reception issues.
In this current ad, Motorola uses a similar tone to Apple’s “There’s an app for that campaign.” The company asks, “Flash websites?” and then notes that “There [...]
While Samsung may be doing its best to promote the Galaxy Tab as the bigger brother, tablet edition to Galaxy S smartphone, the Android 2.2 Froyo tablet also does have phone features. IntoMobile’s Will Park was on-site at IFA to preview the device, and we’re not sure the average user would be comfortable enough to put a 7-inch slab to their face to make a phone call, but alas the feature is there in case you need it.
The device has a black front and white back and uses the same 1 Ghz Hummingbird processor that’s capable of decoding 1080p video. A [...]
Although Verizon Wireless had already begun to dispatch its Android 2.2 Froyo update to the HTC Droid Incredible, the upgrade was rolled out OTA in batches. Now, it seems that the upgrade is widely available and users who are comfortable with downloading the update to their PC, transferring it to a micro SDHC card, and installing it manually can do so if they don’t want to wait for Verizon to push out the update.
The update file is available from Android Central. After downloading, you’ll need to rename the file to “update.zip” and then place the file [...]
A recent video of the Milestone 2 was spotted on YouTube, which shows the GSM variant of the Droid 2, which was recently released on Verizon Wireless in the U.S. However, unlike the Droid 2, which uses the widgets-based UI borrowed from the Droid X that looks similar to MOTO BLUR but isn’t a MOTO BLUR UI, the Milestone 2 will be running MOTO BLUR; MOTO BLUR is a proprietary user interface developed by Motorola.
The Milestone 2 has been an anticipated device from Motorola as the manufacturer had released the Milestone as a GSM variant of the original Motorola [...]
Samsung had made a teaser announcement of its forthcoming tablet called the Galaxy Tab, a branding that piggybacks onto the large marketing campaign for the company’s Galaxy S series smartphones. The tablet will feature Android, Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, along with re-vamped apps for email and calendar handling that will make better use of the tablet’s 7-inch screen, much like how Apple had retooled some of its iOS native apps for the iPad to scale to the larger screen to add value to the platform beyond just making the tablet a larger iPod Touch as many had believed. [...]
If you’re running a device with Android 2.2 Froyo and don’t have Adobe Flash 10.1 Mobile yet, you can head on to Android Market to download the browser plug-in, which will give you access to most of the videos, games, and interactive Flash-based content on the Internet. In the case with Verizon Wireless with the original Droid, the OS update is now being pushed out for that device to get to Android 2.2, but the OTA firmware upgrade does not come with the Flash package built-in. Rather, the carrier is advising users to head over to Android Market to get Flash [...]
Our Verizon Wireless rep has informed us that the carrier has begun to push out the Android 2.2 Froyo update to bring compatibility with Adobe Flash, which has been long delayed, to the Motorola Droid. Users who update to Android 2.2 and would want access to Adobe Flash content would need to download Adobe Flash 10.1 from Android Market according to the rep.
“Verizon Wireless has begun pushing an update today to the DROID by Motorola (introduced November 2009) that will allow customers to download Adobe Flash 10.1 via Android Market. Flash Player 10.1 provides access to [...]
Skyfire, which for consumer intents and purposes, is a browser or browsing service that’s been a staple on Windows Mobile phones, and more recently on Android handsets, that supports streaming of Flash videos and other media-rich plugins that may not be natively supported on a phone’s platform. Soon, Skyfire may be headed to an iPhone near you.
According to sources from MobileCrunch, the Skyfire browser app may be submitted for App Store approval some time next work. The company recently got more courage for iPhone approval after Apple had relaxed its policies and [...]