Posts tagged with: Froyo
  • by | October 4, 2011 6:47 PM

    With iOS 5 on the horizon, we'll soon see nearly all of Apple's userbase, with the exception of those poor saps still on 3G (or earlier) hardware, make the move to the latest version of the operating system. What's the upgrade story looking like over in Android land, though? The latest figures showing the breakdown between Android revisions are out, detailing the continuing trend towards Gingerbread. The good news is that there are clear signs of users updating, whether that's because new software was made available to them, or they traded-in an old handset. The growth in Gingerbread ...

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  • by | September 30, 2011 3:53 PM

    Four months ago, we got a look at an AT&T roadmap mentioning the internal codenames of several upcoming smartphones for the carrier. Some we already were able to match up with their common names, while others were new to us. One of those unknown models was the Samsung i857 Habrok, apparently a low-to-mid-tier device. At the time, the Android phone was tipped for a Q3 release. Just where has it been, and what will it be called? While we still can't answer the former with any certainty, the latest data from Cellebrite ties that model i857 to the name Samsung Doubletime. Cellebrite provides ...

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  • by | September 20, 2011 3:09 PM

    The LG Thrill 4G is naturally the AT&T version of the LG Optimus 3D, which we previously reviewed. It's designed to compete with the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint as a GSM flavored Android phone featuring 3D imaging and display technology. The Thrill 4G also features three technologies that are "dual" in nature; a dual-core processor, dual-channel data transport and memory, and dual-memory chips. Of course, you've got the dual cameras for 3D photo and video recording as well as the 3D screen which displays two fields to your two eyes. As you can imagine, the 3D imaging needs a lot of power. Can the ...

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  • by | September 19, 2011 7:17 PM

    This past winter marked our first exposure to ViewSonic Android smartphones, with the company revealing its ViewPad 4 and V350 models. Now the company is ready to come out with a new model that makes some upgrades from that previous pair, but are the changes going to be enough? The V430 is powered by a single-core 1GHz Snapdragon, has 512MB of RAM, and a five-megapixel rear camera (VGA front-facer). Those aren't bad specs (though certainly far from high-end), but they're also specs shared by the ViewPad 4. The V430 does matter to pack-in a larger 4.3-inch display, but it keeps the earlier ...

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  • by | September 9, 2011 8:36 AM

    The LG Thrill 4G is very similar to the LG Optimus 3D. It's running Android 2.2 Froyo out of the box and not everything makes use of the 3D screen technology. There is a special 3D launcher that is activated from a button on the side and 3D enabled applications appear separately by default in the application tray. This is also running LG's custom flavor of Android, so you'll see some significant differences from the stock Froyo build. The video below will show you all of the added AT&T programs that have been bundled with this device as well as show you some of the 3D programs, though you ...

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  • by | September 7, 2011 11:16 AM

    We heard a rumor late last month about an Android smartphone called the Impulse; it was supposedly made by Samsung, and might be one of the first LTE devices on AT&T's fledgling network, but there wasn't much to go on besides that one render of the phone. As fate would it have it, it looks like the name was spot-on, but nearly everything else about that rumor is turning out to be wrong. In reality, the Impulse is manufactured by Huawei, and while it will find a home on AT&T, it won't be an LTE device. AT&T announced the Huawei Impulse 4G this morning, with plans to start selling the ...

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  • by | August 22, 2011 7:58 PM

    It's been a long time since we heard about plans to bring Motorola's Droid Pro to Europe, dropping the Droid moniker, as the Motorola Pro. The Droid Pro's been out in the US since fall of last year, and over winter we learned of plans for its global launch. Since then, though, things have been pretty quiet. We had heard of its French launch last month, but the UK has been kept waiting. Now it finally looks like the Pro is about to arrive, in about a month's time. Retailer Clove has updated its page for the Pro to reflect "mid-late September" availability. Until then, you can get in your ...

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  • by | August 18, 2011 5:59 PM

    It's been ages since we last talked about the Motorola Flipside, a QWERTY slider that looks like a little brother to the Droid lineup with the unusual inclusion of an optical trackpad. When the smartphone launched late last fall, it shipped with Android 2.1 Eclair. That was annoying enough at the time, but Flipside users have been stuck with Eclair ever since. We'd have thought that Motorola had forgotten about the phone, when all of a sudden the company has revealed an official update to Froyo. We haven't heard anything about this update going out OTA, but you can easily download and ...

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  • by | August 5, 2011 7:51 PM

    Last time we told you anything about the Samsung Continuum, it was back in January when the phone received a bugfix update. After being tipped-off that an update was on the way, we were getting optimistic that it might just be Froyo, but saw our hopes dashed. While some other Galaxy S models have seen official Froyo updates, the Continuum has remained stuck on Eclair. That's a shame, because it's got some interesting hardware, like its 480 x 96 sub-display. For those of you who haven't given up on the phone yet, we've got great news, as a developer on XDA has released a leaked Froyo ROM ...

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  • by | July 21, 2011 3:59 PM

    Motorola's Defy hit the scene last year, bringing some ruggedizied Android action to T-Mobile. Since then, it's moved on up from Eclair to Froyo, and we've seen a Gingerbread leak hinting at an official update on the way. Now a new rumor says that we might be about to see a Defy refresh, bringing with it a hardware upgrade, as well as the emergence of the smartphone on some new frequency bands. This so-called Defy+ would swap out the original's 800 MHz OMAP 3610 Texas Instruments chip for a 1GHz OMAP 3620 TI model. It's not a huge improvement, sure, but the 25% clock bump should help the ...

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  • by | July 19, 2011 12:43 AM

    Over the weekend, we told you about a soak test starting up for the Android Gingerbread update to the Motorola Atrix 4G. That's great to hear, especially considering how the Atrix has been around for a while now, but not every Motorola need wait so long for its 2.3 update; the Droid X2 has been rocking Froyo since its debut in May, but signs now point to it, too, soon getting Gingerbread OTA. As with the Atrix, Motorola is running another wide-deployment test for a new Droid X2 update. From the leaked email regarding the Atrix testing, it was clear we were dealing with Gingerbread, but the ...

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  • by | July 15, 2011 7:53 PM

    It's been seven months since the debut of Android Gingerbread, and we continue to see brand-new smartphones released running Froyo. We appreciate the lengthy development cycles phone manufacturers must plan for, but we're really starting to get to the point where our tolerance for seeing Android 2.2 on a new smartphone is dropping sharply. LG's Optimus 3D, for instance, despite its eye-catching display and powerful processor and memory configuration, will still arrive with Froyo on board. At least now we have an idea of how long users will have to wait before they can finally upgrade, with ...

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  • by | July 14, 2011 3:45 PM

    You might remember iRiver from some of the media players it released throughout the 2000s. Nowadays, we're more likely to just keep our MP3s on our smartphones than to carry around a separate PMP, so it only reasons that iRiver would follow its user base as it started moving to smartphones. A leaked advertisement shows off what the company's been working on, revealing the lily white iRiver I-L1 Vanilla. The Vanilla seems aptly named, as not only does it look the part, but its specs are pretty ho-hum, running Froyo on either a 600MHz or 800MHz CPU. Its screen is a 3.5-inch WVGA LCD, and it ...

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  • by | July 8, 2011 5:15 PM

    HTC Thunderbolt owners have been suffering from a string of random resets since installing an update to their phones in early May. Sadly, we didn't see any kind of decisive action on Verizon or HTC's part, so Thunderbolt users have been forced to just grin and bear it thus far. A leaked Verizon memo made it clear that the carrier was aware of the issue and was prepping its support staff for how to handle inquires regarding it, but there was still no fix. Supposedly, an update to correct the reset issue was going to arrive in the second half of June. Then we started hearing talk about a ...

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  • by | July 8, 2011 1:42 PM

    When Verizon announced HTC's Droid Incredible 2 at the end of April, it confirmed that the smartphone would ship with Android 2.2 Froyo. Sure, that wasn't great news, but we expected a Gingerbread update to be waiting for the smartphone just around the corner. That must have been a heck of a big corner, as we're still waiting for the update to arrive, but at least now there are signs that it could very well be imminent, with Verizon hosting the update documentation on its site, in advance of the code's release. The update, when it finally arrives, will bring the Incredible 2 up to system ...

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