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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
MetroPCS continues to flesh-out its lineup of Android phones, putting together a mix of LTE-capable models and some entries from lesser-known manufacturers. The carrier already had one Huawei Android on-board, the Ascend, and now it’s bringing in the Huawei M835 to keep it company.
While the Ascend is still on Eclair, the M835 ships with Froyo. It has a slightly smaller screen than the Ascend, down to 3.2 inches, but with a mere QVGA resolution. Between that and the 256MB of RAM, it’s pretty clear the M835 isn’t going to get much attention from serious Android [...]
It feels like we have a love/hate relationship with mobile carriers sometimes; we need their service to get our smartphones online, but from bloatware, to double-charging us for tethering data, it can feel like we’re constantly facing obstacle imposed by them. That’s probably what makes this news so interesting: Cincinnati Bell is releasing an unofficial, non-Motorola-certified Froyo update for the Milestone XT720, along with providing tools for its users to root the phone.
The process that Cincinnati Bell outlines for installing the update reads like a manual for [...]
According to Verizon’s site, and we quote, the LG Revolution “is a major wow-machine. Superior speed is found when the 1GHz Snapdragon Processor and LG’s 4G LTE modem are combined with Verizon’s 4G LTE Network. This power-trio makes it possible to download movies and games in seconds, shoot HD videos and share them instantly, seamlessly multitask and browse the web. Honestly, after one day with this device, you’ll see mobile technology in a whole new way.” A pretty bold statement, if you don’t mind us saying so. Does the phone live up to the [...]
For a smartphone that’s not state-of-the-art and lacks any real gimmick, we’ve been paying pretty close attention to the Motorola Triumph on Virgin Mobile. If anything, it’s what the phone lacks that we find so interesting: no custom Android UI, and no contract required. We don’t get to see many phones worth mentioning initially released without carrier subsidies in the States, after all, so we were very interested in seeing how the Triumph would be priced to compensate. We’ve got our answer now, and it’s not too bad.
Best Buy is now accepting [...]
Sharp releases all sorts of smartphones in Asia that don’t end up spreading to the rest of the world. While the US awaits its first 3D phone this week, Sharp’s been cranking them out since last year. One Sharp smartphone does look like it will arrive in the West is Sharp’s SH8188U, an Android slate.
The SH8188U runs a 1GHz Snapdragon MSM8255 and has a WVGA display, though we’re not sure yet just how large it is. The Asian version we have specs for is equipped for WCDMA on the 900 and 2100MHz bands, but with a new radio it should be suitable for 3G [...]
After catching a glimpse at the then-unnamed Motorola Triumph for Virgin mobile back in April, the smartphone made its formal debut at Sprint and Motorola’s NYC press event earlier this month. At the time, the best info we had on when to expect the Triumph to go up for sale was simply sometime this summer. Now we’ve been able to pin the release down to a specific day, with the revelation of an advertisement claiming the Triumph will become available on July 19.
The Triumph, you may remember, is a no-nonsense Froyo Android, eschewing user interface customizations in [...]
Sporting Android 2.2.2, the Verizon LG Revolution, being a new device in a Gingerbread world, seems to be already left behind. Unfortunately, the Verzion / LG software matches the hardware in terms of capabilities and reliability – still no “wow” to be found.
Except for the LTE speeds, if you can get them…
The LG Revolution is available from Verizon for $250 with a two year contract.
Last week, a leaked T-Mobile document put the release date for both the Samsung Exhibit 4G and Samsung Gravity Smart as June 22. This followed earlier rumors that the phones would be out even earlier, on June 8. Obviously, that didn’t happen, so while the June 22 date looked good, we weren’t entirely convinced that another change would be in store for the pair. Now it’s finally confirmed through T-Mobile, which tweeted out that same June 22 date this morning.
Both these Samsung Androids have our attention for being so darned cheap for new smartphones, both [...]
Today at Google I/O the next version of Android, that is 2.2, was made official. The biggest story here is speed (oh, and a little piece of software called Flash 10.1). Google claims that the web browser of 2.2 is the fastest of any mobile device. They are also promising 2-5x faster system speed, which we’re all in favor of. Additionally, there is better Exchange integration, new ways to manage apps, and a built in WiFi tethering app. Here are a few screenshots comparing the two systems. You’ll notice modest changes: new menu items in some programs, an updated home screen [...]
In this video we demonstrate the software of the Motorola Droid X2 which ships with Android 2.2.2 and a new version of MotoBlur which many consumers will probably favor over the previous version. While some of the apps that come preloaded on the Droid X2 are trials, which can be removed without rooting, some are quite useful such as DLNA, Data Usage, Mobile Hotspot, and other core Android apps.
Verizon has also added their own apps in the mix, but thankfully most of the trial apps are able to be removed by uninstalling. This open approach will probably appeal to more of [...]
Android UI enhancements are a two-way street; as we discussed when reporting the coming demise of MotoBlur, they let manufacturers make their smartphones stand out from the crowd, and give the user some more value from his or her smartphone purchase, beyond that in just the phone’s hardware. On the other hand, if you like Android just fine the way Google made it, you may see these UIs as wastes of battery life that slow down your phone. If that’s your camp, you should be paying attention to what phones make it to Virgin Mobile, since the carrier recent talked about its [...]
This afternoon in New York City, Sprint and Motorola’s press event has revealed the Photon 4G, just as we were expecting, along with the Motorola Triumph on Virgin Mobile pre-paid.
Available Photon 4G specs match what was earlier leaked: the Android is very Atrix-like, with a qHD display, dual-core Tegra 2, and a gigabyte of RAM; the most obvious difference between the smartphones is the Photon 4G’s screen measures in at 4.3 inches, over the Atrix’s 4.0. Like the Atrix and the re-tooled Bionic, the Photon 4G will support Motorola’s laptop dock. In [...]
A leaked T-Mobile roadmap mentioned that mid-June would bring the carrier the Samsung T499 Tass, which was speculated to be similar to the Galaxy Mini S5570. Now it looks like the smartphone may be getting a hardware refresh along with a new name, with the reveal of a very Mini-like Samsung Dart.
According to site Cell Phone Signal, which uncovered the photos of the Dart, the smartphone’s specs line up with those already known for the Galaxy Mini. That includes a tiny low-resolution QVGA screen, and like the Mini, we expect the Dart to only have a 600MHz processor. Those [...]
The once-Samsung-Forte, now the Samsung Indulge, launched first on MetroPCS. Now the Android is finding a new home at Cricket, becoming the carrier’s fourth Android smartphone.
Notably, the Indulge will be the only smartphone available from Cricket with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, which may help it attract some users upgrading from messaging phones. With a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, the Indulge should hold up to the majority of Android apps without struggling; the only glaring downside to the phone is its less-than-impressive 3.5-inch HVGA (480 x 320) display. It [...]
In mid-May, we looked into a rumor which claimed that T-Mobile would get the Samsung Exhibit 4G and Samsung Gravity Smart both on June 8. Since then, we’ve learned of an event T-Mobile is throwing that day, aiming to launch three devices, but those are all supposed to be HTC models. When, then, would these Samsungs finally get a chance to shine? A newly-leaked document now puts the release of both those smartphones on June 22.
The Gravity Smart is a mid-range messaging smartphone, with sliding four-row QWERTY keyboard. The 800MHz processor should be sufficient so long as [...]