The Motorola Droid 2 Global comes with dual GSM/CDMA compatibility and includes a 1.2GHz processor, a 3.7″ WVGA touchscreen, 5-Megapixel camera and will run on Android 2.2 operating system. There is also a white colored variant to pick from and so if you are a fan of such models, this is a phone you should check out. Click here to look out for more details at Verizon’s website.
HTC Legend owners should soon get their dose of Android 2.2. HTC has confirmed this on the company’s Facebook page. While an exact date is still not revealed, HTC notes that the roll out will first happen with unbranded handsets while carrier-branded variants will take a little longer. On the Facebook page, a HTC representative has written,
“We have been working hard to find the most accurate information about how the update is progressing, and when it will be ready for all of you – thankfully, you won’t have to wait much longer! Below you’ll find all the information we can share right now.
The update has been progressing quite well, and in the coming weeks those with unbranded Legends should be receiving the update.”
The problem with carrier branded variants is apparently an approval that HTC must obtain from the carriers themselves before the roll-out can happen. That is expected to cause the extra delay. Nevertheless, if you own a Legend, you at least now know that you are not forgotten.
Android 2.2 has taken a long time coming to the various Android handsets. In a tweet posted recently, Samsung UK has confirmed that the Galaxy S owners in the country will start receiving the latest FroYo update to their phones shortly. As it has always been, the update is being carried out on a gradual basis with all owners likely to be updated with the latest OS by the end of this month.
The update shall not be over-the-air and shall be supported over the Samsung Kies software for PC. Users will need to download the latest version of Kies to support the update. You can download this application by clicking here.
Android 2.2 will bring a number of new features to the Galaxy S handsets in UK. Most importantly, users will now be able to access Adobe Flash content on their mobile phones. Also, support for mobile hotspot is available on the platform with this update.
Users on the Android 2.2 platform will today get a choice to try out a new keyboard layout called 8pen. 8pen is developed by 3qubits and aims to change the fundamental way in which users type on touchscreen mobile devices. It is pretty hard to explain how 8pen works. Here is a video demo of the application
While this is certainly cool, I have my doubts over the adoption of such a drastically different feature. Despite the reasons behind the QWERTY keyboard coming into vogue, there is no denying that this is the most preferred form of text input on keyboards or touchscreen devices. While earlier improvisations like Swype have seen a good adoption rate, it needs to be noted that these implementations built upon the basic QWERTY keyboard. 8pen on the other hand brings an entirely new perspective. While it will garner its own set of fans, it is too unlikely for 8pen to gain mass adoption. What do you think?
What are your requirements for an Android smartphone? Does it need to have an 8-Megapixel camera or will a 5-MP model do? How about other aspects like storage capacity, front camera, working memory, physical buttons, etc.? If you are quite choosy about the features you need, it is quite likely that you don’t find any of the Android phones in the market filling all your needs.
A Germany based developer of smartphones has now launched a portal that will let users select the features they need and will be able to order one custom phone online. The Synapse Phones portal is quite intuitive and users need to enter all the features that they are looking for and the price of the phone – VAT included – is displayed alongside. The pre-ordering is set to begin soon and the phones are expected to arrive in the mid of Q1 2011. Phones are expected to come with Android 2.2.
Meanwhile, check out the likely price that you will need to pay for your specifications here.
Earlier this month, T-Mobile unveiled their new myTouch Android phone. As we had noted back then, the slider phone comes with a 3.8″ WVGA display, a 1GHz SnapDragon processor, a 5-Megapixel rear facing camera and other features like 720p HD video recording, video calling,etc. The device will run on the carrier’s HSPA+ network that will give realistic browsing speeds of up to 14Mbps.
T-Mobile has now announced that myTouch 4G will begin to ship starting November 3. Pricing depends on where you buy it from. Hit the T-Mobile retail stores directly and you will be shelling out $199.99 along with a 2 year contract. On the other hand, third party retailers like WireFly are selling the phone for just $150.
The device will be running Android 2.2 and considering that this is a HTC make, you will be treated to the regular Sense UI on the display.
Word is that Verizon is getting ready to announce a successor to the popular Droid Incredible. According to reports, the new phone, dubbed the Droid Incredible HD, shall be launched in less than a month from now; on November 23.
The Droid Incredible HD was first pictured back in August of this year, though there was no word on what it will be called or whether it was genuine at all. This new Android phone is expected to come with a 4.3″ capacitive touch screen, an 8-Megapixel camera with dual LED flash, a front facing camera, 768MB RAM, Dolby Mobile and SRS virtual sound, a kickstand and shall run on Android 2.2 with the new version of HTC Sense UI. It goes without saying then that the device will also be integrated with the new HTCSense portal.
It will be interesting to see if this new phone manages to make its mark during the competitive holiday shopping season.
Steve Jobs may disagree, but truth be told, Android is an open source platform that anyone can willfully tinker with, modify and release with their own customizations. Carrying on with the tradition, Motorola has released their latest Android 2.2 source code that has been used for Motorola Droid X.
If you are a developer who is curious to see what’s inside the phone that you are carrying or a hacker looking for ways to create more hacks for the Droid X platform, you can check out and download the source code by clicking here. The application is being released with the release id rel1489 and contains close to 67 files in all.
While at it, if you are looking to download the older version of the Droid X, here is the link.
If you are one of those Samsung Galaxy S users in the United Kingdom patiently awaiting your turn to get the Android 2.2 update, the good news is that this new update is coming in early November. A recent tweet posted by Samsung UK reads,
“The Froyo upgrade will be available in the UK from early November and we expect all operator versions to be available by the end of November”
That is some clearly worded announcement. But then it is still not clear how early in November you can expect this update. Nevertheless, expect Samsung to start rolling out the update to at least a select few users within the first two days of the month.
The rollout of FroYo to Samsung Galaxy S users in UK would mean that these users will finally get the highly anticipated features like mobile hotspot and Adobe Flash on their mobile devices. Does that get you excited?
HTC Desire HD, one of the two recently launched Android devices from the Taiwanese manufacturer has finally hit the virtual shelves of the UK stores. The 4.3″ WVGA display device that comes with an 8-Megapixel camera, 1GHz processor, 1.5 GB internal storage, Android 2.2 OS and integration with HTCSense.com will at present be available only on the web stores and have be ordered online.
There are three stores where you can head rightaway to buy – uSwitch, Expansys and Play.com. At uSwitch and Expansys, customers can choose to pick the HTC Desire HD at anywhere between £0 and £499 depending on the corresponding carrier contract and monthly payment chosen. At the higher price, you can get it unlocked. But do note that in case you choose to buy a SIM-free version, go for uSwitch since the device is available at £465. The Android phone is available for pre-orders only at Play.com though the launch is expected to happen soon on October 25.