Via Facebook, AT&T has made its second major Android operating system update announcement in as many days. The subject of today’s post: the HTC Aria. AT&T has informed its friends that an Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for HTC’s mid-level Aria handset will be ready for public consumption beginning tomorrow. Ma’ Bell is asking eager Aria owners to hit up the company’s Facebook page tomorrow for download instructions. More →
Fear not AT&T Captivate owners, for after tomorrow, your handset will only be one major Android OS revision behind the most current code-base, not two. AT&T has taken to Facebook to let us know that the long awaited Froyo (Android 2.2) update for its Galaxy S-branded Captivate will begin making its way to handsets tomorrow. The company also posted an interview with its Android Senior Project Manager, Dante Martin, who let us know that 2.2 for the HTC Aria will be here “soon” (we’ve heard that before). We’ve included the video for you after the break. Enjoy!
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Fear not Epic 4G owners, Sprint has not forsaken thee. Via the company’s community site, Sprint has announced that the Samsung Epic 4G will be updated to Android 2.2 (Froyo) starting on February 21st — just like we reported on Thursday. The post also notes that “All users should have access to Android 2.2 by Feb. 25,” in case you don’t see it right away. Great news for Epic 4G owners. Now, is it too early to start nagging Samsung for an Android 2.3 update?
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We just swung on by the Dell booth here at MWC and wanted to report back on our quick encounter with the Dell Venue — which is basically the Venue Pro with Android and without a QWERTY slider. To quickly go over the raw specs: 1GHz QSD 8250 processor, 4.1-inch AMOLED display, 512MB RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1400mAh battery, and micro-SD card slot. The device itself is a tad on the thick side — 12.9mm — but feels extremely solid in the hand. The chrome accents on the bezel, like those on the Venue Pro, are a nice touch and give the phone a little flair. The device is running Android 2.2 with Dell’s Stage UI and, much to our chagrin, Dell declined to comment on if/when the device would be updated to Android 2.3. The phone is pretty much exactly what you expect it to be. The device has pretty average specs and behaves like most other Android devices of its ilk. The lighting was terrible, but that didn’t stop us from snapping a few images for you to look over. Hit up our gallery and let us know what you think.
The Motorola ATRIX 4G is the fastest smartphone not yet on the market. Come March 6th, however, it will be. AT&T has landed a screamingly fast Android device courtesy of Motorola, and that’s not all. The device is so powerful that it can power a laptop with full Firefox browser, and spit out 1080p video like it’s nothing. We’ve spent almost a day time with the phone and thought it was sufficient for a review, so read on past the break for what we think, alright?
Remember that Samsung SCH-R910 we first told you about back in January? Well, it looks like the device has officially launched with a new name, the Samsung Galaxy Indulge. Metro has a placeholder page live on its website for the Indulge, and while there are no official pictures of what the device will look like, the handset’s SKU pretty much gives it away (SCHR910ZKAM). The site does confirm some of the specifications we provided to you last month: LTE and CDMA radios, Android 2.2, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, and a $399 price tag. Other specs listed include a 3.2 megapixel camera, 1,500mAh battery, and micro-SD card slot (with support for up to a 32GB card). Expect to see an official press release from MetroPCS go live in the very near future.
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We had a chance to spend time with Sprint, Kyocera, and the Echo earlier in the day, and while there were mumblings about what to expect, we have to say we were completely shocked — literally speechless with all smiles. The Kyocera Echo is unlike any other device we have ever seen, and it’s truly innovative. Let’s first recap the specifications of the handset:
- Dual 3.5-inch LCD WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) capacitive touchscreens (4.7 inches diagonally and 800 x 960 pixels when opened)
- Android 2.2 — Froyo
- 1GHz Snapdragon QSD 8650
- 5 megapixel camera with flash
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
- EVDO Rev. A
- 115.0 x 56.5 x 17.2mm
- 193 grams (6.8 oz.)
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We’re not sure why T-Mobile loves the midnight press release, but they do. At 12:00AM, T-Mo officially announced it’s first 21Mbps capable smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S 4G. The device will boast a 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, 21Mbps capable HSPA+ radio, 5 megapixel camera with 720p video recording, 16GB pre-installed micro-SD card, and a 1650mAh battery. The S 4G will, unfortunately, run Android 2.2, but will be available to customers sometime this month.
T-Mobile also made it known that it will be “delivering 4G speeds to Albany, Augusta, Columbus and Macon, Ga., and Chattanooga, Tenn., in the South region as well as in Champaign, Ill.; Lansing, Mich.; and Rochester, Minn., in the Midwest.”
Hit the jump for the full press release.
We’re going streaking… at T-Mobile… on February 2nd! Hmm, that may have come out wrong. What we’re trying to say is that Dell’s 7-inch tablet, the Streak 7, will be hitting the shelves of T-Mobile in just two days on February 2nd — a date we’ve heard kicked around before. The device will retail for a very reasonable $199.99 with a signed, two-year contract (after a $50 mail-in rebate). For those that need a quick refresher, the Streak 7 was announced at this month’s Consumer Electronics show and will boast a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, HSPA+ radio, front-facing camera, and Android 2.2. A Galaxy Tab or a Streak 7… that is the question. More →
It looks like T-Mobile’s planned release of Android 2.2 for the Samsung Vibrant has other carriers attention. Via its official Twitter account, Sprint has felt the need to remind you that it is “working to release Froyo for the Epic,”and that this update is coming “ASAP,” but has to meet “rigorous testing criteria.” T-Mobile may be the fourth largest carrier in the U.S., but they were, to their credit, the first to market with this major update. AT&T, Sprint, Verizon: your move. More →
ComputerWorld has published a study that sheds some light on which manufacturer and wireless carrier in the U.S. provide Android users with operating system updates in the most timely fashion. Data was collected on handsets released by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon from 2009 through 2010. The report examines how many phones were upgraded to Froyo (Android 2.2), how many days it took to receive this upgrade, and what percentage devices are still waiting. The study indicates that HTC has delivered the most Android 2.2 updates to its handsets (50%) while Motorola updates its devices the fastest (54.5 days after 2.2 announcement). In terms of carriers, Verizon took the top spot — taking just 58 days on average to push out 2.2 updates — and was followed by Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T respectively. The report notes, “Between June and December, AT&T failed to upgrade a single one of its nine Android phones.” Ouch. What do you think? Any surprises here? More →
Chinese handset maker Huawei has officially announced its IDEOS X5 handset aimed at quelling the needs of “busy professionals.” The device, which will run the Android 2.2 operating system, boasts a 3.8-inch capacitive touchscreen display, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p video recording, 4GB of built-in memory, and a micro-SD expansions slot. The device will launch in Singapore, Hong Kong, and New Zealand this month with additional countries — including the U.S. — to follow. More →
Today at CES, LG announced the latest addition to its Android handset lineup, the Optiums Black. Measuring just 9.2mm thick, the Optimus Black packs a host of high-end features, including: Wi-Fi Direct, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera, a 700 nit NOVA display, and UI gestures. The set will ship with Android 2.2, but the press release promises “Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade capability” — it is also being billed as the “world’s thinnest smartphone.” More details are sure to come in the next few minutes, as LG is getting ready to kick off its CES keynote. In the meantime, hit the jump to check out the fairly vague press release. We’ll be updating this post with more details about the Black as they are made available. More →