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 [...]
With early pictures leaking showing Android 2.2 Froyo on Verizon’s flagship Motorola Droid X, and unconfirmed “news” that the upgrade should start hitting the Droid lineup (sans Droid Eris) beginning August 6, we have more images of Froyo smoothly running on the Droid X, giving veracity to the imminent OTA release.
The new system information shows that indeed Android 2.2 is running on a Droid X and we see also Adobe Flash as well as a Flash game running in the background.
French owners of the Samsung Galaxy S will be able to get their Android 2.2 for their Super AMOLED smartphones come this September according to Samsung. Android 2.2 will bring a number of speed improvements to the Android operating system as well as support for Adobe’s Flash 10.1 Mobile plug-in on Android’s Webkit-based browser.
Unlike the US variants of the Galaxy S–Sprint Epic 4G excluded–the international version of the Galaxy S supports a front-facing video camera, which would be good for some FlashTime video calls.
(via: IntoMobile and [...]
With Apple touting FaceTime and shunning Adobe’s Flash web plug-in, Adobe is striking back with partner google by introducing a proof of concept Flash-based video conference app called FlashTime. FlashTime, as its name implies, requires Flash, and will be a cross-platform solution where Flash and the appropriate hardware–mainly a front-facing camera on a mobile or webcam on a PC or Mac desktop–are involved. FlashTime was recently demoed by Adobe–video below–on the Android OS (Android 2.2 Froyo required as 2.2 supports Flash 10.1 Mobile). [...]
Motorola is still uncertain on whether it would bring the Android 2.2 Froyo build update to the GSM-based Motorola Milestone, a device that resembles the US CDMA Motorola Droid for Verizon Wireless, also called the Droid 1. According to Motorola,
Next European Milestone and 2.2 (Froyo). I have expressed over the last few days that the decision is pending. The team here has been collating key pieces of information and views from this community in the last month and providing input to relevant teams in Motorola so they are aware. I am pushing for that decision to be made as [...]
It looks like the oft-rumored Motorola Droid 2, which has been caught in numerous leaked photos, will be launching straight with Android 2.2 Froyo, the Google mobile OS edition that supports Adobe Flash 10.1 for a desktop-class browsing experience. Adopters of the Motorola Droid X will still need to wait until later this summer for Motorola and Verizon to push out Android 2.2 to their devices; an exact date hasn’t been announced yet.
In addition to being let out of the gate with Android 2.2 on board, it seems that the widgets-based UI system on the Droid X will also be [...]
Just a few short days after the flagship Motorola Droid X Android phone is released, it looks like Motorola and Verizon Wireless will be pushing out an OTA update soon enough that will bring some added improvements. Slated to begin rolling out today, Monday, July 19th.
According to BGR, the improvements include:
-Improved battery charging status indicator.-Smoother transition for camera and camcorder functions.-Redesign of weather widget icons.-Faster Exchange ActiveSync® email loading.-Streamlined organization of newly downloaded applications.-Organized [...]
The Dell Streak is slated to hit AT&T any day now as the carrier is now ramping up its stores with new displays for launch. The 5-inch screen makes the Streak an interesting proposition for many users as it sits somewhere between a larger tablet and a phone; the device’s capacious display even outpaces that of the HTC HD2.
The device has been rumored to cost $500 so we’ll have to see what AT&T announces for a subsidized version compared to a non-subsidized version. Additionally, since the Streak can accept and make calls–like a regular [...]