Bell Mobility to exclusively launch LG Optimus Chic January 14th

By on January 4, 2011 at 5:11 PM.

Bell Mobility to exclusively launch LG Optimus Chic January 14th

A memo obtained by BGR indicates that Canada’s Bell Mobility will be exclusively launching the LG Optimus Chic on January 14th; the Chic is being billed as Bell’s “first entry-level Android smartphone.” The device will sport a 3.2-inch full-touchscreen display, 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, DLNA support, micro-SD card slot (2GB card included), and Android 2.2. The device will “operate on the high-speed HSPA+ network”, be exclusive to Bell in Canada, and retail — subsidy free — for $249.95. Not a bad little set for the money. What do you think Canadian friends, any takers?

Thanks, B!

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Leaked images indicate Samsung EPIC 4G getting Android 2.2 on December 26

By on December 22, 2010 at 6:21 PM.

Leaked images indicate Samsung EPIC 4G getting Android 2.2 on December 26

According to an image obtained by blog Phone Arena, Sprint’s EPIC 4G handset will be receiving an over-the-air (OTA) update to Android 2.2 (Froyo) on December 26th. The new code adds the ability to install applications to external storage cards, improves Bluetooth support and voice dialing, and brings Flash Player 10.1 compatibility. “GPS enhancements” is also listed in the update’s change log. The update, dubbed DL11, will be rolling out in waves over a four day period with those who have the latest Android 2.1 code (DI18) getting priority. More →

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Sprint rolling out Android 2.2 to Samsung Intercept

By on December 17, 2010 at 12:41 PM.

Sprint rolling out Android 2.2 to Samsung Intercept

In a forum post today, Sprint announced that it will begin rolling out an update to the Samsung Intercept handset. The update’s biggest payload will be an update from Eclair (Android 2.1) to Froyo (Android 2.2). Other niceties detailed by Sprint include:

Enhancements/Fixes:
– Sprint Navigation
– Dropped calls after unacknowledged call waiting
– Force Close message when opening up contacts

Important Notes:
-The software version is: S:M910.05.S.DL05
-The build version is: Froyo.DL05

The post notes that the update will be pushed in “waves” and users should be receiving it over next several days.

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Facebook for Android updated, chat and push notifications in tow

By on December 15, 2010 at 10:46 AM.

Facebook for Android updated, chat and push notifications in tow

Late yesterday, Facebook released an update for its Android mobile application, bearing the version number 1.5. The new code adds support for Facebook chat — in both the foreground and background — as well as push notifications. Push notifications will only work on devices running Android 2.2 or higher, and the new build does, as always, include “various bug fixes.” The new hotness is in the Android Market, go get em’! More →

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Google’s Android Voice Search application gets ‘personalized recognition’

By on December 14, 2010 at 2:47 PM.

Google’s Android Voice Search application gets ‘personalized recognition’

Search giant Google has just released an update for its Android Voice Search app that offers Android users the option of “personalized recognition.” Enabling the new feature will allow the search application to custom taylor its speech algorithm to a linked Google account. As the press release reads:

If you opt into personalized recognition, we begin to associate the recordings of the words that you ask us to recognize with your Google account. We then automatically use these words to build a speech model specifically for you. This speech model enables us to deliver greater recognition accuracy. Although subtle, accuracy improvements begin fairly quickly and will build over time.

The new version of Voice Search, which is available today, also includes improvements to name recognition and speed when operating on 3G and EDGE networks. The new feature is English only for the time being and requires a handset running Android 2.2 or higher.

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U.S. Cellular launching LG Optimus U on December 13th

By on December 7, 2010 at 10:01 PM.

U.S. Cellular launching LG Optimus U on December 13th

Earlier today, U.S. Cellular announced that it would begin carrying LG’s Optimus U smartphone starting on December 13th. The device, which runs Android 2.2, has a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen display, 3.2 megapixel camera, microSD card slot for up to 32GB of storage, and Wi-Fi with built-in hotspot capabilities. The Optimus U will be U.S. Cellular’s sixth Android handset and will be free of charge after an $80 mail-in rebate. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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83% of Android devices now running OS 2.1 or higher

By on December 2, 2010 at 7:16 AM.

83% of Android devices now running OS 2.1 or higher

Here’s a bit of good news for Android enthusiasts: as of December 1st, 83% of Android devices are now running OS version 2.1 or higher. The numbers, which come directly from Google’s developer analytics, show the progress the Big G is making in getting the wide-variety of handsets in market updated to newer code. As you can see from the above chart, the majority of handsets are now running Google’s latest mobile OS version, Android 2.2. While the nature of the mobile market will always be prohibitive to 100% of in-market devices on a single OS version, it is nice to see the lion’s share of handsets on a more recent, modern code — a favorite party-line of Android detractors is to call the platform “fragmented.” Hit the read link to check out the full article. More →

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New images of 4-inch, Android, LG Star handset emerge

By on November 30, 2010 at 8:13 AM.

New images of 4-inch, Android, LG Star handset emerge

What do we have here? It looks like an Android Forum member has acquired not one, but two LG Star handsets. The device has a 4-inch WVGA touchscreen display, 8 megapixel camera, front-facing camera, HDMI-out port, and runs a skinned version of Android 2.2. The device is rumored to have a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 1500 mAh battery, and 1080p video recording capabilities; rumors that were not substantiated by the user who submitted the images. The photo-taker did post some benchmarks for the unreleased device and , to be honest, they look quite impressive. Hit the read link to check out the full compliment of images and let us know what you think. More →

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T-Mobile myTouch 4G review

By on November 23, 2010 at 9:20 AM.

T-Mobile myTouch 4G review

Here it is ladies and gentlemen, the heir apparent to the myTouch 3G throne and T-Mobile’s second HSPA+ handset, the myTouch 4G. The new device, which is manufactured by HTC, has all the trimmings of a flagship device: 1GHz processor, front and rear facing cameras, vivid touchscreen display, and, depending on whom you ask, a 4G radio. The myTouch 4G is getting the lion’s share of T-Mobile’s ad buys these days, but how does the handset perform when put to the test by your friends at BGR? Hit the jump to find out.

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T-Mobile’s Galaxy Tab tweaked to make phone calls by XDA

By on November 19, 2010 at 7:07 AM.

T-Mobile’s Galaxy Tab tweaked to make phone calls by XDA

The tinkering community that is xda-developers has managed to shoehorn the phone.apk Android module onto T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Tab. Forum member Jyveafk has figured out how to flash the device, using Odin3, to allow calling over T-Mo’s EDGE network. In it’s current state, XDA cautions that the procedure is “for experienced flashers only.” If you’re the adventurous type, and give this a shot, let us know how you make out. More →

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T-Mobile’s G2 gets the root treatment courtesy of XDA

By on November 9, 2010 at 4:38 PM.

T-Mobile’s G2 gets the root treatment courtesy of XDA

Dear hardware OEMs: Resistance. Is. Futile. It seems as though the gang over in the IRC channel #G2Root xda-developers have found a permanent rooting solution for T-Mobile’s HTC G2 handset. As you may recall, the rooting community ran into a little hiccup with the Android 2.2 device due to an auto-restore feature aimed at helping the average consumer un-brick their handset. The new solution comes just days after HTC released the source code for the G2 on their website. The root exploit for the G2 is far from production-ready, but it does look like the software is well on its way to getting the one-click treatment.

UPDATE: Quick correction — As Aaron pointed out in the comments, the G2 root was originally discovered by members of the #G2root IRC channel; an XDA forum member announced it. Thanks, Aaron!

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Motorola’s DROID 2 Global lands on Verizon Wireless’ website; $199, 1.2GHz

By on November 9, 2010 at 6:48 AM.

Motorola’s DROID 2 Global lands on Verizon Wireless’ website; $199, 1.2GHz

We knew that we would have the opportunity to pre-order Verizon Wireless’ DROID Pro today, but we didn’t really expect to see the DROID 2 Global. Late last night, Verizon quietly added the D2 Global edition to its handset lineup; the device is live on the the site and available to order. The spec sheet on the DROID 2 Global mirrors that of the original DROID 2, with the exception of an added quad-band GSM and tri-band UMTS radio for world roaming capabilities, an upgraded 1.2GHz processor, and a white exterior (we’re assuming black is coming). The more worldly Droid 2 will retail for $199 with a 2-year contract and, if all rumors hold true, will completely replace the original D2 in the next month or so. Go ahead, hit the read link and have a look for yourself.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in! More →

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