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Motorola DROID 2 official, Star Wars R2-D2 limited edition coming

by: Michael OrylAugust 10, 2010

Motorola DROID 2

Today Verizon Wireless officially launched the Motorola DROID 2, which will go on pre-sale on August 11 (tomorrow) and be in stores on August 12.  It runs on the Android 2.2 smartphone OS and comes with the Adobe Flash 10.1 player built-in.

Motorola says it has listened to its customers and has made a number of changes to the DROID 2. The new DROID features a larger keyboard (with no d-pad), a faster processor (1GHz), and mobile 3G hotspot capability.  It has also added an on-screen, multi-touch keyboard for when the situation requires it.

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Video: Motorola DROID Froyo update demo

by: Michael OrylAugust 5, 2010

Here’s a quick video I shot that shows some of the changes brought about by the Android 2.2 Froyo firmware update for Verizon Wireless’ Motorola DROID smartphone.

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Dolphin HD Android browser video tour

by: Michael OrylAugust 2, 2010

Dissatisfied with your Android smartphone’s stock web browser, but just too damn lazy to try out Dolphin HD yourself?  I’ve got just the thing for you! Here’s a video tour I shot on my Samsung Vibrant of some of the cool features available on the free Dolphin HD web browser.  Check it out.

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HTC EVO 4G users getting Froyo update next week

by: Michael OrylJuly 29, 2010


Well, somebody had to be first, and it seems that Sprint will be the first carrier (U.S., at least) to offer the Android 2.2 Froyo OS update to its users – specifically, to its HTC EVO 4G users.  According to a Sprint Community blog post:

Sprint will be the first wireless carrier to bring the latest version of Android to its customers. The Android 2.2 software release provides a significant number of feature enhancements, including:

Voice Dialing Over Bluetooth. Application Storage on External Memory, giving users more storage room for all their apps. Camera 4-way rotation allows the camera icons to rotate with the [...]
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Google offers licensing service to prevent pirated apps

by: Michael OrylJuly 27, 2010

Android Licensing Service

Today Google unveiled a new Android Market licensing system for developers to use in their apps instead of the copy protection system Google currently offers. This new API will allow an application to verify that it was properly purchased at run time, via a call to Google’s servers, and should pave the way for paid apps to be installed on a phone’s SD card – a feature of the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system.

It will work on all systems running Android 1.5 or higher.

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Video: Motorola i1 Android smartphone for Nextel and Boost Mobile

by: Michael OrylJuly 26, 2010

Yesterday I shot some video footage of the Motorola i1, the first Android powered smartphone to work on iDEN push-to-talk networks, such as those run by Sprint Nextel and Boost Mobile in the USA.

The i1 features a solid design that is resistant to dust, shock, and rain.  It runs only the 1.5 version of Android, though, and does not even feature Motorola’s MOTOBLUR social networking extensions. All three of our Motorola i1 videos are available in the playlist below.

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Our Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini and mini pro videos

by: Michael OrylJuly 22, 2010

I just finished uploading my two part video on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini and Xperia X10 mini pro Android smartphones. In spite of the fact that I really disliked the original Xperia X10, the mini and mini pro models, which are much, much smaller than the original, are very nice and left me quite pleasantly surprised. Part 1 of the video is below, part 2 can be found after the jump.

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Cellular South now offering HTC Hero Android 2.1 update

by: Michael OrylJuly 21, 2010

HTC Hero for Cellular South

While it doesn’t come as an over the air download, it is now possible for Cellular South customers to manually update their HTC Hero smartphones to the Android 2.1 operating system.

The download file and instructions for applying it can be found on the Cellular South website.

[via Phandroid]

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Verizon releasing LG Ally firmware update

by: Michael OrylJuly 21, 2010

LG Ally for Verizon

According to the Verizon support site, a firmware update for the LG Ally is on its way out to customers. The update will take the phone to firmware version VS740ZV8. It offers the following improvements:

Increased QWERTY keyboard operability Streamlined alert functions Improved usability with alert sounds for authentication or confirmation of Bluetooth functions Increased speed and response time for Messaging and Camera applications Manage your schedule with preloaded Corporate Calendar application Improved Amazon MP3 application Preloaded Backup Assistant application is now available Enjoy an enhanced preloaded Visual [...]
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HTC Wildfire review and videos

by: Michael OrylJuly 15, 2010

HTC Wildfire

Russell Jefferies wrote a review of the new HTC Wildfire for our sister site, MobileBurn.com.  The Wildfire is very much like the high-end HTC Desire, except for a downgraded screen, CPU, and price. Here’s an excerpt from the full HTC Wildfire review:

The HTC Wildfire is one of HTC’s latest Android smartphones that is aimed at the social networker who wants an affordable handset. Containing most of the HTC Desire’s high end components, the Wildfire packs an impressive feature set, yet costs around a third less than it’s bigger brother.

HTC has also enhanced the Facebook connectivity of the handset to [...]

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