Posts tagged with: Froyo
  • by | July 7, 2011 4:45 PM

    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 fans. A straight dismissal ...

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  • by | July 1, 2011 4:16 PM

    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 installing a custom ROM, ...

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  • by | June 30, 2011 3:25 PM

    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 hype? Read on for the full review! BOX CONTENTS ...

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  • by | June 24, 2011 7:36 PM

    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 pre-orders for the Triumph, revealing its ...

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  • by | June 23, 2011 1:58 PM

    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 operation in North America. Normally, we ...

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  • by | June 21, 2011 4:51 PM

    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 favor of a stock ...

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  • by | June 17, 2011 6:00 PM

    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.

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  • by | June 15, 2011 1:42 PM

    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 hitting the $80-and-under mark. ...

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  • by | June 13, 2011 11:25 PM

    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 (which OEMs are ...

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  • by | June 13, 2011 5:00 AM

    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 our power users or ...

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  • by | June 10, 2011 5:44 PM

    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 commitment to plain ...

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  • by | June 9, 2011 1:51 PM

    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 addition to working on Sprint's CDMA and ...

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  • by | June 8, 2011 12:47 PM

    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 specs don't just ...

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  • by | June 7, 2011 8:09 PM

    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 would also be ...

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  • by | June 6, 2011 11:39 AM

    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 you don't try to ...

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