Engadget is reporting that HTC EVO 4G owners may be getting Android Deuce Deuce as soon as this weekend. The blog received a whole heap of Sprint corporate slides that detail a launch plan; the plan includes an official announcement scheduled for tomorrow and code rollout beginning on August 1st. The slides also detail tons of improvements made to the phone’s software, some of which include: improved 720p video recording, Flash 10.1 support, 4-point orientation rotation, alpha-numeric pins for device unlock, and the ability to use the LED-flash as a flashlight. Who’s excited? More →
We thought it might be a good time to try and take the collective smartphone OS pulse of the BGR community. The question we are posing to you today: What smartphone operating system update are you most looking forward to? Now, your answer can be the OS that your phone currently uses, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re an Android user, but the BlackBerry 6 buzz excites you, feel free to give RIM a nod. iPhone user intrigued by Froyo? Go ahead, give Android a vote… we won’t judge. Let us know which OS you think has the most buzz! More →
In a sort of puzzling YouTube post, Dell did a quick demo of the 5-inch Streak running Android 2.1 (Eclair). The handset, according to Dell, is supposed to get Android 2.2 sometime after launch so we are a bit confused as to why 2.1 is even on the table. We suppose it is a good sign that Dell’s Android team has 2.1 running on this beast, but seriously Dell… bring on Froyo! Also, the device will retail for $299 with a 2-year AT&T contract and $549 full retail. We’ve got the tripod-less video ready for you after the break. More →
This weekend, the folks over at Droid-Life acquired an image that seems to answer a question a lot of potential DROID 2 owners have. Will the DROID 2 ship with Android 2.2 — Froyo — or will they have to wait for Verizon to release an update? Well, luckily it looks like the answer to the first half of that question is: yes, the DROID 2 will ship with Android 2.2. The image obtained by DL shows a D2 prototype running Froyo, with Verizon branding, complete with Motorola’s not-really-BLUR UI (joy). Android 2.2, an improved keyboard, and a 1 GHz processor?! We can’t wait! More →
A few days ago, Google officially released Android 2.2 (Froyo) Build FRF85 to its army of Nexus One owners. Yesterday, Google began making a small update to 2.2 — labeled with build number FRF91 — available via an over-the-air download. The update, which weighs in at around 2 MB, is labeled as being “security fixes”; no further information is available. If you get the OTA notice on your N1 let us know if you find anything visually different, and if you don’t feel like waiting for the OTA push, you can always grab the files here. More →
It’s no secret that the next delicious chapter in Android will be made out of Gingerbread, but until today we didn’t have much of an idea about its ingredients. Thanks to Russian mobile guru Eldar Murtazin, we believe we now know. First and foremost, it’s important to note that Android 3.0 is designed exclusively for high-end devices. For the foreseeable future, everything else will advance no further than 2.1 or 2.2. As much as that might rub people the wrong way, there’s a very good reason behind it: 3.0 has a strict set of hardware requirement that must be met. Specifically we’re looking at a 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, and a minimum display size of 3.5″ (presumably WVGA). If a manufacturer wants to build a Shaq-sized phone with display in excess of 4″, resolutions of up to 1280×760 will be supported. Curious to know what 3.0 will look like? Thanks to Google’s actually paying attention to updating the UI, 3.0 will expand upon the UI seen in the Photo Gallery on the Nexus One. That is definitely a redesign we don’t take issue with. Excited? Well you should be, but apparently you’re going to have to sit tight a while as Android 3.0 Gingerbread is said to be headed towards an announcement on or around the 15th or 16th of October, with the first handsets going on sale in time for Christmas. More →
This isn’t the first time that Android 2.2 has been made available to adventurous DROID owners, but it is the latest, and therefore, to many, it is the greatest. Based upon a test build recently dished out to some lucky DROID users, a new ROM leaked by MyDroidWorld includes root access and a customized kernel. Getting the ROM up and running is simple enough and shouldn’t prove to be difficult, although we’d advise anyone who doesn’t fully understand what they’re doing (or are above begging for help on forums) to stay clear of this until everything is official. If you do try it out, you’ll let your pals at BGR know how it works, right? More →
We don’t mean to get anyone’s hopes up with this, but there’s a rumor going around that Verizon will be launching the Motorola Droid 2 on August 23rd. It’s believed its price will be in the neighborhood of $199.99. Better still, word has it that the Droid 2 might just hit store shelves pre-loaded with Android 2.2 aka Froyo. Of course all of this this is dependant upon Motorola’s engineers getting everything to play nice, but we’re willing to hold out hope. More →
Owners of both the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment from Sprint might want to take a seat, because we’ve got some bad news for you. Not long after it announced that Android 2.2 is in the works for the EVO 4G, today Sprint tweeted that it will not be offering a similar update for the two older devices. Of course Android being what it is, this isn’t the end of the world for some users as there exists plenty of custom ROMs from sites like xda-developers, but for the average person this has really got to suck. More →
Well this is interesting. A poster over at Tihn te (you know, the Vietnamese site that leaked images of the iPhone 4, newest MacBook and the iPod touch with camera) is claiming to have some of the specs for that the Samsung tablet we saw two weeks ago. According to them, the “Tape” as it’s now being called, will we be powered by a 1.2GHz A8 processor while a 7″ Super AMOLED display will be the gateway through which users interact with Android 2.2. 16GB of internal memory expandable up to 48GB via microSD and a 4,000 mAh battery are also said to be on-board, as is some sort of eBook reader. The mention of a Super AMOLED display goes against what was said on Samsung’s South African Twitter account, but it’s not as if what is said on Twitter should ever be taken as gospel.
Not long after it pledged to update the myTouch 3G to Android 2.1, today a leaked document from T-Mobile revealed that the carrier is planning to further kick it up a notch with the release of Android 2.2. In addition to that, myTouch 3G owners will also get an updated version of the Faves Gallery alongside the addition to the Genius button and support for Exchange. No word yet on when the update will actually drop, but we imagine this update will involve at least a little bit of an agonizing wait.
We’ve already seen Android 1.6 ported over to the iPhone 3G, but now Android fans with questionable tastes in hardware can load up Android 2.2 on the hottest device circa 2008. In its present state, Froyo on the iPhone 3G runs about as well as a crippled gazelle, but with a bit of time and a lot of elbow grease, things should pick up. We’ve got a video of the hack in action, but if you’re feeling rather adventurous, all of the instructions and materials you’ll need to get the job done are awaiting you after the break.
Mobile gaming fans who roll with Android, prepare yourselves — a PSX emulator for Android 2.x devices in the works. A joint collaboration between emulation gods ZodTTD and yongzh, the emulator is currently said to run faster than ZodTTD’s PSX port for the iPhone 3GS while possessing a UI with an Android look and the ability to take advantage of hard keys and trackpads/trackballs. And, no, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. The controller skin is indeed from the GameBroid emulator, but will be swapped out for a PSX specific skin before release. Once that’s done, ZodTDD said he’ll be setting his sights on the N64 and then VLC. No release target has been announced for the Android PSX emulator.