For those Samsung Galaxy S-loving purists out there, you’ll be pleased to know that there is an option around the corner. Stock Android 2.1 has been running just fine on the Galaxy S, though there are some issues at this early stage in the game, namely the camera application not functioning. Once all the bugs are worked out, how many of you would rather run stock Android than Samsung’s TouchWiz interface? Video after the jump. More →
Sprint and BGR are collaborating on a video segment with the purpose of focusing on questions from you guys, our readers! We’ll be filming this video with David Owens, Sprint’s Vice President of Consumer Marketing, next week in New York City. While we’ll have some questions of our own about 4G and upcoming handsets, we really wanted to get some great questions to include from you all. Want to know if the Samsung Epic 4G will be able to support 10 computers/devices simultaneously over a mobile hotspot? Maybe you’re wondering when the handset will be upgraded with Android 2.2? Who knows, but shoot us your questions in the comments, and we’ll pick a whole lot of them to go over in our interview, ok?
Google has released their latest Android platform distribution numbers, and it looks like Android 2.1 — Eclair — is dominating. In a report from last month, Google reported 50% of the Android install-base was running version 2.1 of the mobile operating system, however, in just one months time that number has jumped 5.5%. Other highlights include Android 2.2 (Froyo) having 3.3% of the platform pie, with Android 1.6 registering in at 22.1% and Android 1.5 at 18.9%. Apparently, Android 2.0 and 2.0.1 have fallen into the “statistically insignificant” category. Hopefully, when the next report comes out, Android 2.2 will have a much bigger slice of the pie… if you know what we mean. More →
Originally announced in June, the Motorola Milestone XT720 has landed sans carrier in the UK today. The unusually-contoured handset sports an ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 3.7-inch display with 480 x 854 resolution, 8 megapixel camera with Xenon flash and 720P video recording, 10.2Mbps HSDPA, 512MB ROM / 256MB RAM, Bluetooth, WiFi, FM radio, and Android 2.1. The Milestone XT720 is available unlocked from online UK retailers Play for £359.99 ($550 USD) and Clove for £381.88 ($583 USD). Anyone across the pond interested in this feature-rich handset from Motorola? More →
A rumor originating from Droid-Life suggests that DROID Incredible owners may be the recipients of an OTA update this weekend. The update is rumored to bring 720p video recording, several bug fixes, Skype, the MyVerizon app, updated widgets, and the DROID red eye boot animation to the Incredible. Some hard-core Android fans will be disappointed to know that this update is expected to be Android 2.1 and not the much anticipated Froyo build. If this rumor pans out, and Big Red sticks to its previous rollout schedule, Incredible owners should receive the update in waves with a small number receiving it on day one and increasing numbers on subsequent days. If you are one of the lucky recipients of the update, hit us up in the comments with your first impressions.
UPDATE: Looks like the OTA update is now hitting handsets! More →
It’s the epitome of cruel irony- folks who were brave enough to score one of the last Windows Mobile handsets are enjoying the latest OS Android has to offer while the rest of Android world waits idly for Froyo to land on their non-Nexus One handsets. HTC HD2 owners need to look no further than xda-developers to discover a treasure trove of updated ROMs which offer stock Android 2.2 or Android 2.1 with Sense. Though a bit rough around the edges, these ROMs give HD2 owners some serious bragging rights over their Android counterparts, at least for the time being.
A rumor out of TmoNews suggests that the newly announced Motorola Charm may be delayed before it even gets out of the starting gate. The handset is reportedly experiencing issues with the battery that are serious enough to force Motorola and T-Mobile to delay the launch of the Android handset until August. Under the same breath, the whisperer mentioned the possibility of Motorola including an extended battery with each handset; a scenario that may allow for a timely launch and a bandaid for the problem while Motorola works out the kinks. Whatever the case, those interested in the Charm may want to watch for a follow-up to see if this rumor pans out. More →
We have just received our very own Samsung Captivate device and have put together some first impressions as well as some great photos. The Samsung Galaxy S is launching in some form or fashion on practically every U.S. carrier, and AT&T’s model, the Captivate, is pretty action-packed. As far as specifications, the device is powered by a 1GHz CPU, 2GB 16GB of internal storage, a 5 megapixel camera, Super AMOLED screen, and Android 2.1. As far as the hardware goes, the device is very, very thin, but comes across as feeling pretty cheap thanks to a, well, really cheap plastic casing. Samsung tries to add a little pizazz with the textured back battery cover, but honestly it gets lost in a sea of mediocrity. The display is top notch, though, very readable and usable in sunlight, with great colors. The blue default color scheme on here really pops with the contrasting deep black. As far as size, 4 inches of display seems like the perfect compromise between the gargantuan DROID X and EVO 4G and the smaller iPhone-sized handsets.
The Captivate seems very snappy, and it isn’t as molested as we’d figured it would be. You know, when mixing AT&T and Samsung together, well, we don’t tend to get pleasant thoughts about that collaboration. We’re not saying there isn’t enough AT&T-branded apps and content in here to make Andy Rubin nauseous, we’re just saying it’s more tolerable than we thought, and that’s a good thing for everyday usage. We’ll get started on our full review, but in the meantime check out some pretty pictures!
Update: After playing around a bit, it looks like AT&T has blocked the installation of non-Market apps, and we can’t find Google Navigation on here. Neither of those are big surprises, but hey, a guy can dream, right?
Update 2: We have received word from some AT&T sources and readers, and Google Navigation is actually supported on the Samsung Captivate. You have to update to the latest Google Maps through the Market, then enter an address to get driving directions to, and then you can click Navigate. There isn’t a separate Google Navigation application, but it can most definitely be accessed.
Wednesday, T-Mobile and Motorola officially announced an Android 2.1 handset named the CHARM. While the press release was nice, it did lack a certain level of detail that we prefer. Yesterday, Moto put up the official specs page for the CHARM, so with further ado, here is the extended spec sheet:
- WCDMA 1700/2100, GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 3.6 Mbps (Category 5/6), EDGE Class 12, GPRS Class 12
- Android 2.1 with Motoblur and Flash Lite browsing
- 3 Megapixel fixed focus camera with digital zoom
- Video playback and capture at 24 fps (supported playback codecs: AAC, H.264, MP3, MPEG-4, WMA9, ACC+ Enhanced, WMV v9, AMR NB, AAC+)
- 1170 mAh battery (WDCMA standby 334 hours, GSM standby 267 hours)
- Support for Exchange, Gmail, IMAP, and POP3 email
- Bluetooth 2.0 + ERD (A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, HID, HSP, OPP, PAN)
- Wi-Fi (b/g/n)
- 2GB micro-SD card included (support for up to a 32 GB card)
- 2.8″ TFT touchscreen display with Gorilla Glass (says it includes “pinch-to-zoom” but does not specify multitouch)
- Accelerometer, proximity and ambient light sensors
- Size: 67.2 x 98.4 x 11.4 mm
- Weight: 110 grams
There you have it. Is the CHARM, uh, charming anyone? More →
Well that didn’t take long. Yesterday, we saw the Motorola Charm get the blurry picture treatment, and today, Motorola has made its existence and destination official. Formally the CHARM, this Android 2.1 handset packs a 2.8-inch touchscreen display, 3 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, BACKTRACK trackpad thing, Flash web browsing, MOTOBLUR, and in-call noise cancellation. Not a bad little package after all. The handset is exclusive to T-Mobile USA and the release timeframe given is “this summer.” Hit the bounce for the official press release. More →
Croatian blog njuskalo.hr has an image of what appears to be the HTC Vision; possibly one of HTC’s first high-end, full-QWERTY Android offerings. Details on the device are unconfirmed and extremely scarce, however njuskalo.hr sources indicate that the device has a 3.7″ touch-screen, 1 GHz processor and Android 2.1. From the image we can see a full-QWERTY slide-out keyboard (reminiscent of the Touch Pro 2), optical trackpad, and the units apparent use of a SIM card. We certainly could use more high-quality, full-QWERTY, Android offerings…so we hope this one makes its way out of the lab and onto the production line.
Apparently Motorola thinks the antenna issues that are plaguing the iPhone 4 are a laughing matter. Based upon this full page ad that was published in today’s New York Times, we’d have to agree.
“[…] And most importantly, it comes with a double antenna design. The kind that allows you to hold the phone any way you like and use it just about anywhere to make crystal clear calls. You have a voice. And you deserve to be heard.“
That’s gotta sting a bit, no? Hit the bounce to check out the ad in full-sized glory!
Thanks, A.! More →
Say it ain’t so! There’s a rumor going around this afternoon that Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile were forced to abruptly end all pre-orders of the Motorola DROID X. As we understand it, the problem is that the number of units requested by Android-crazed customers greatly exceeded the number of handsets that will be on-hand come launch day. We’ve not been able to independantly confirm this, so does anyone have first hand knowledge of what’s going on? More →