The recently released Motorola Droid 2 is already getting its first firmware update pushed out to the device from carrier Verizon Wireless. The handset had already shipped with Android 2.2 Froyo out of the box, along with support for Adobe’s Flash plugin and support for Google Voice Actions app, so this firmware won’t add anything new to the mix, but does improve performance and stability.
According to the carrier, the update should improve the following items:
+ Enabled text and picture message scrolling.+ Streamlined set up of Visual Voice Mail [...]
With Apple CEO Steve Jobs arguing that Flash on a mobile device would not deliver acceptable performance for the user, the ensuing war between the two Silicon Valley tech giants have led to Apple evangelizing HTML 5 as an alternative to interactive content, browser-embedded videos, and games and advertising for mobile. However, the war is far from over as Google, which is a supporter of HTML 5, has stood behind Adobe and the Motorola Droid 2 has become the first device to launch with Google’s Android 2.2 operating system, which brings with it native Flash 10.1 for Mobile support [...]
Meizu, known for copying Apple’s moves in the smartphone space, has fashioned its M9 Android smartphone to be the perfect balance between the Retina Display on the iPhone 4 and the industrial design of the iPad, though it’s hard to discern if the M9 actually uses the unibody construction similar to the larger bodied iPad. The high resolution knock-off running Android 2.2 with Meizu’s heavy UI skins is expected to hit China in October, though it supports TD-SCDMA so Stateside viewers should look away as this won’t hit US shores.
For its part, Meizu has [...]
If you’re a proud owner of the Motorola Droid X and are eager to get Android 2.2 for your Adobe Flash 10.1 browsing experience on Android, the wait’s just about over. We’re not sure if the update that’s been leaked online will be the legitimate over the air update that’s scheduled to roll out soon from Verizon, but it does promise Froyo for rooted and non-rooted Droid X devices.
If you’re interested in getting the update, you can head over to Droid X Forums to download the file, but do so at your own risk.
Meizu, a company not known to shy from controversy, is still attempting to emulate Apple’s smartphone’s design, which may not be a bad strategy aside from patent infringement as it seems Apple is attracting a lot of sales, attention, and mind share in the smartphone space. Meizu, originally known for its Windows CE-powered M8 iPhone knock-off, is now taking another stab at copying Apple with the high resolution 960 X 650 Retina Display, which offers a high pixel density giving text and images the effect of print publishing on the device’s 3.5-inch screen.
At the Adobe – Android event, Google and Adobe had announced that the Flash 10.1 plugin for the Google Nexus One has finally exited beta. Owners of the Nexus One, which has since been discontinued for consumer consumption, can head over to Android Market to download the plugin for their devices.
It seems that if your Android 2.2 Froyo does not launch with Adobe Flash, you’ll be able to download it from Android Market if your handset meets hardware specs. Another device getting Flash via this route would be the Motorola Droid, which is still getting its Android 2.2 [...]
Previously, Adobe had announced that an ARM Cortex A8 processor or better was required on smartphones to run Adobe Flash 10.1 on Google’s Android operating system, but it seems that the requirements has just been lowered a bit to support devices running the less powerful ARM11 processors. This announcement comes from the Adobe – Android conference in San Francisco, California.
Currently, devices supporting Flash 10.1 must have an upgrade path to Android 2.2 Froyo build. Those devices include the HTC EVO 4G, the Motorola Droid X, the Motorola Droid, the Droid 2, [...]
Verizon Wireless is continuing to roll out its upgrade for the original Motorola Droid in batches. The upgrade will bring with it Android 2.2 Froyo, which will support Adobe Flash 10.1. According to Verizon PR, Flash 10.1 will be available later this summer from Android Market. The browser plugin will give the Droid a desktop-class browsing experience on Android’s Webkit-based browser.
The OTA firmware update for Motorola’s Droid 1 will happen in batches so keep your eyes out for the update to hit your device.
For now, interested users in Android 2.2 Froyo [...]
Users and reviewers of the Motorola Droid 2 on Verizon Wireless are noticing that the device’s signal strength is all over the place. Like Apple’s Antennagate, the signal does jump and fluctuate, but unlike the case of the iPhone 4, users are reporting that the signal fluctuates on the Droid 2 without any intervention, death grip, or even holding the phone. According to Mobile Crunch, “The signal on one of the two units we received is all over the board, dipping from full signal down to nearly none whilst sitting in the same spot (and no, we’re not holding it [...]
A little bit more details are now known about Samsung’s Android tablet efforts, commonly referred to as the Galaxy Tab, from leaked screenshots from a Vodafone UK terminal as well as from an uncovered firmware. Unlike iOS, which scales to offer a different, more desktop-like user experience on the iPad versus the smaller screen iPhone, Android does not offer that capability right now and apps will presumably run in the same manner on the larger tablet as it does on the smaller smartphone; it’s unclear how users will react to the same user experience (UX) on Android tablets [...]
We were in San Francisco earlier in the week and got a chance to see the Samsung Epic 4G, a dual-mode 3G/4G hybrid smartphone that runs Google’s Android operating system. The Epic 4G is definitely the most unique Galaxy S smartphone model, outpacing its competitors like the Captivate on AT&T, Vibrant on T-Mobile, and Fascinate on Verizon Wireless.
Unlike its close cousins, the Epic 4G has some unique features that make it stand out from the pack. First, it’s the only 4G smartphone on the market from the Galaxy S family, running on Sprint’s growing [...]
According to speculation, Verizon Wireless will be rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update to the HTC Droid Incredible beginning next week. The sources say that Verizon Wireless team members already have Froyo installed on their handsets, and that the rollout will begin in limited batches starting next week. If you’re a lucky Droid Incredible owner and have managed to secure yourself HTC’s AMOLED device in spite of the shortage, keep your eyes out next week for Froyo.
Android 2.2 is expected to give the handset a number of improvements, including speed improvements [...]
If you’ve signed up for the pre-sale opportunity of the Dell Streak through Dell.com, you should start seeing emails letting you know that you can pre-order your device starting today with two-day shipping and a coupon for a Plantronics headset for $0.99, which will be beneficial if you’re trying to make a call so you don’t have told a 5-inch slab to your face. The Streak should be widely available to everyone starting tomorrow, Friday, August 13th.
Dell has confirmed that at this point retail availability for the Streak will be through Dell.com. Dell is [...]
It looks like the wait for the Samsung Epic 4G on Sprint’s Now Network will finally be over soon. The Samsung Galaxy S variant with slide-out keyboard, front camera, and LED flash on the 5-megapixel HD-capable camera on the rear will be available on August 31st for $250 after a $100 mail-in rebate and on a two-year service agreement.
With the launch of the Epic 4G, Sprint will also be announcing a new online reservation system where customers interested can register and reserve a device at sprint.com/epic4g for beginning on August 13th for in-store pickup on August 31st. [...]
A great feature with Android is the ability for device manufactures to implement their own “skin” to work in their device(s). We’ve seen this in the form of HTC Sense on HTC phones, and, Dell has also followed suit with the release of the Dell Streak Android Tablet. In Part 1 of our Software Overview on the Dell Streak, we showed you Dell’s custom interface.
Well, now it’s time to run some tests and check out how a few highly used apps perform on the Dell Streak. First, we check out how fast the YouTube app loads. Next, we look at how well the [...]
Now that it’s legitimate to jailbreak, at least by the US government though still not officially sanctioned by Apple, another good reason to proceed with the warranty-voiding process is to get a hacked version of Adobe Flash 10.1 working on the iPhone 4 and iPad.
That version of Adobe Flash 10.1 Mobile was obtained from the Android platform and ported to work on iOS devices. Developers and hackers have gone ahead and created a tutorial on how to get it working over at Redmond Pie. To get started, however, you do need to jailbreak your iPhone 4 and download the [...]
The long awaited Motorola Droid 2, which had previously been spotted at a Best Buy, has emerged with pricing information from the electronics retailer. According to Best Buy, the second Droid iteration with the sliding keyboard form factor from Motorola will cost $199 for new contracts or eligible upgrades and $599 for commitmentphobes. Though August 12th has been a rumored date for sometime now, there has been no word yet from either Motorola or Verizon on when the Droid 2 will launch. The device is expected to launch with Android 2.2 Froyo out of the box on release.
For those who did not wait for Sprint to release the official Android 2.2 Froyo build and had to download the unofficial, non-final build of the Flash-supporting ROM from HTC’s servers, there is a fix in tow for your HTC EVO 4G. However, the fix does require a full wipe of your device, but it should rectify any instabilities you have by installing the official version. This will require you to be tethered to a PC to install.
The fix is available over at XDA-Developers and you can download the .EXE file from the links there. Directions are also given over at XDA. [...]
On the Windows Phone 7 front, Microsoft says that there is no plan currently to bring HTML 5 support to Internet Explorer Mobile. The mobile browser, which has been re-written for the next-generation operating system, is based in large part off of the desktop editions of Internet Explorer 7 and 8; Internet Explorer 9 for Windows does support HTML 5.
For some good news, Microsoft says that it is still partnering up with Adobe to bring the Flash browser plugin to Windows Phone 7 in about half a year or so. According to Microsoft Technology Evangelist Frank Prengel, the company is [...]
Previously you heard from Joe Levi on why he uses a Nexus One as his daily driver, and from Brandon Miniman on his choice of the iPhone 4. Now I’d like to tell you why it is the EVO 4G that can be found in my pocket each day.
As someone who has a huge weakness for anything new in the tech world, I’ve owned many phones over the past few years. Some of these devices were mine only for a very brief period. I found myself switching phones every month or two, until I landed on the iPhone. However, I recently left the iPhone behind so that I could enter the Android world. [...]
HTC has become a powerhouse in manufacturing Android powered devices. They have created a device to fit practically every form factor, budget, and cellular network type. HTC has now set their sights on the budget friendly market with the release of the HTC Wildfire. Typically, in order to create a lower-priced device, manufacturers must sacrifice some quality or features. We can’t help but be curious to see as to whether or not HTC puts a mark on its reputation for quality with the Wildfire. Read on to find out in our full review of the HTC Wildfire!
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On Friday, we got an email from Verizon Wireless saying that the carrier intends on pushing its Android 2.2 Froyo update to the Motorola Droid next week, so that means hopefully we’ll see Froyo with Adobe Flash 10.1 running on Droids starting this week. Verizon’s announcement comes just right after Sprint had announced that Android 2.2 will be hitting its HTC EVO 4G flagship phone beginning on August 3.
(via: Verizon Wireless)
Sprint announced that it will be the first US carrier to launch Android 2.2 Froyo with an update scheduled for August 3 for the HTC EVO 4G. The EVO 4G was launched to great media buzz earlier this summer with HTC Sense and Android 2.1 on a spacious 4.3-inch LCD display. With Android 2.2, the EVO 4G will be capable of playing Adobe Flash 10.1 content and have a richer, more desktop-like browsing experience with that browser plugin, along with numerous speed improvements to enhance the user experience.
OTA notifications will be pushed on August 3, but if you want Froyo early [...]