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In a newspaper published Sunday, Verizon Wireless announced that it will soon offer the latest installment of its DROID lineup, the Motorola DROID 2. The DROID 2’s pricing has also been leaked from some tipsters showing the phone retailing for $199.99, with two-year contract. The DROID 2 is expected to sport Android 2.2 Froyo as well as a 5mp camera/camcorder.
Two of the latest Android smartphones, the Samsung Vibrant and the HTC Desire, have been launched in Canada. Mobile users can pick up the Samsung Vibrant, a Galaxy S phone, on Bell for $79 with a three-service agreement or the Desire, which is available from Telus for $79.99 with a three-year service agreement. Those that want to buy the Android smartphones outright can plunk down $450 for the Desire and $499 for the Vibrant without a contract.
We are hoping this rumor pans out to be true. Netflix is actively hiring Android developers and an employee from the company was quoted as saying, “good things come to those who wait” when asked about an app for Android smartphones. Will we see Netflix hitting the Android Market this fall? We sure hope so.
[via Android Central]
Wind in Canada has added a new smartphone to its roster of Android devices, the Huawei U8100. The U8100 is packed full of great features, including a full touchscreen display and virtual keyboard, 3.2mp camera/camcorder, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, social media connections including YouTube, FM radio, and access to the Android Market.
The Huawei U8100 is available now with no service commitment for $160 (Canadian).
Today on the Android Dev Blog, it was announced that the Nexus One has officially become the new developer phone, replacing the Google Ion. It is noted that the new dev phone will ship with Android 2.1 pre-loaded but will get an update to Froyo shortly after it is turned on. The phone is paired up to T-Mobile’s network and can be had for $529.00. Features of the Nexus One include:3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen 512MB FLASH memory 512MB RAM WiFi (802.11b/g) Bluetooth 2.1+EDR A2DP streo Bluetooth 5MP AF camera 2x digital zoom LED flash 1400mAh battery microSD card slot (expandable up to 32GB) USB 2.0 GPS/aGPS
Anyone looking to purchase the Archos 32, an 8GB media player running Android? It seems someone accidentally posted the new Personal Media Player a bit early, before removing it, but we still managed to get the details on this unannounced product. The Archos 32 will offer a 3.2-inch touchscreen display, 8GB of storage for media files, 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity, a built-in camera, Bluetooth, a web browser, and Android 2.1 as the operating system. The media player is expected to be offered for $147.00.
Yesterday the NPD Group released a report that shows Google’s Android OS now dominates 33% of the U.S. market share with RIM’s BlackBerry OS trailing in second with 28% and Apple steady at 22%.
Today Facebook updated its client for Android smartphones with a plethora of new features. New improvements include one-click status updates, a photo reel feature for viewing images and videos, a notifications drawer for viewing comments and wall posts, and the ability to respond to friend requests without leaving the app.
Let us know how you are liking the new update!
Based on U.S. consumer purchases of mobile devices in Q2, Motorola’s DROID smartphone is the top Android device. The second most favored Android smartphone is the HTC DROID Incredible. Both are sold by Verizon Wireless. HTC’s EVO 4G and Hero follow in third and fourth place, with both being offered by Sprint. In fifth place is Verizon’s HTC DROID Eris smartphone.
Google has added an easy button for Android users to get to any website recently visited right from their device. The new Google Search History button offers users in the U.S. a quick and convenient way to relocate their web browsing history. Google users must be signed into their Google accounts and enable search history to begin seeing the history link at the bottom of Google’s homepage.