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Sprint’s HTC Hero gets its own Android 2.1 OS update

by: Michael OrylMay 19, 2010

HTC Hero for Sprint

Sprint and HTC have released the Android 2.1 update for the HTC Hero. Like the update that recently went out for the HTC DROID Eris for Verizon, this Hero firmware update must be downloaded and applied from a personal computer.

Sprint notes that applying this update will delete your personal data. The following is the official warning:

Important Note: Installing the 2.27.651.5 update will delete all the data and information on your phone. You will lose contacts that have not been synced to an email account, text messages that have not been forwarded, saved voicemail messages older than 5 days, voicemails older than 20 [...]

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Samsung Moment finally gets its Android 2.1 update

by: Michael OrylMay 14, 2010

Samsung m900 Moment for Sprint

Sprint has finally released the Android 2.1 update for its Samsung Moment Android powered smartphone.  We’ve heard no official announcement yet, but the update file is now available on Sprint’s website.

The update promises the following upgrades:

2.1 Android update (Éclair). Keypad backlight optimization. Bulk Bluetooth contact push. Various Bluetooth fixes. Increased speed and performance. Swipe to Unlock/Mute/Speakerphone. New camera features Pandora enhancements

You can find the update page here.

[via PhoneArena]

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Android 2.2 FroYo to support USB tethering and Wi-Fi sharing

by: Michael OrylMay 13, 2010

Android 2.2 tethering and Wi-Fi sharing

Tech Crunch has turned up some screen shots from the upcoming Android 2.2 OS (code named Froyo) that show built-in support for USB tethering and the use of the Android device as a Wi-Fi hotspot for the sharing of its data connectivity.

I think it is quite likely that we will see some carriers disabling this functionality in shipping phones, but surely some will allow it.

Google’s I/O event is only days away, so we’re very likely going to see the the official Android 2.2 unveiling at that time, and maybe even on a new device.

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Motorola Milestone gets 2.1 update – but not over the air?

by: Michael OrylMay 6, 2010

This morning AndroidPolice pointed out to us that Motorola UK has announced an Android 2.1 update for its Motorola Milestone device, the GSM/UMTS version of the DROID sold by Verizon Wireless.

Full information on how to apply the update is available on the Motorola website, but it is worth pointing out that this operation can be completed by a Windows PC only.  Traditionally, updates for Android have come over the air (there’s one waiting on my DROID Incredible at this very moment), so the fact that you need a Windows computer and a USB cable is really unusual.

There are a number of fairly major enhancements that come with Android 2.1, but the most interesting new [...]

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Google updates search results page for Android, iPhone

by: Michael OrylMay 5, 2010

Enhanced Google Search results

Today Google announced that it has updated its search results page for Android and iPhone devices.  The company has added a simple to use button to the left of the search box on result pages that helps users quickly refine search results based on time frame or result type (news, product, etc). The new menu can also be used to add images to the search results.

The new feature doesn’t seem to work perfectly, though.  I tested it on an HTC DROID Incredible for Verizon and instead of simply scrolling the search results off to the right of the screen when the menu appears, as Google suggests should [...]

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Nice HTC DROID Incredible photos….and application issues

by: Michael OrylApril 23, 2010

I shot a number of photos of the HTC DROID Incredible for the review we posted a few days back on My photos just went in yesterday, even though the review has been up longer, because I just got the device.

So you can see the photos after the jump.  They’re pretty nice, and show off the phone’s design.

But I’ve also come across a number of problems with the phone that Todd hadn’t detected when he did the review.  They mostly stem from the lack of an included microSD card and the fact that the built-in 8GB of storage doesn’t appear as a microSD card to running applications.  The end result is that any app that requires an SD [...]

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Update your Motorla Droid to Android 2.1

by: James TromansApril 1, 2010

Motorola Droid

The update to Android 2.1 for the Motorola Droid has arrived for a small portion of the Droid user-base. However, if you want to manually update your Droid, you can do so quite easily. If you decide that you cannot wait until the weekend when all Droid users are expected to have the update, then perform the following steps.

1. Download the official OTA. 2. Rename the file you downloaded ( to 3. Put the files in the root of your SD card 4. Turn on your Droid by pressing the “x” on the keyboard AND the power botton. You should observe a triangle with an exclamation point inside on [...]

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Latest Cyanogenmod hits the Motorola DROID

by: Kelly HodgkinsMarch 14, 2010

Weekend warriors with a Motorola DROID can point their browsers to the Cyanogenmod forums where Koush has ported the latest Cyanogenmod to the Motorola DROID. Other than having to switch to Clockwork recovery, the install is pretty straightforward for the experienced flasher and the resulting ROM is reportedly fast and super stable. If you take the plunge, your first impressions on this latest DROID ROM are welcome in the comments.

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Verizon offering discount on DROID accessories with phone purchase

by: Michael OrylFebruary 23, 2010

DROID accessory sale

This isn’t exactly hard hitting news, but it seems that Verizon is trying to temp people into buying a Motorola DROID by offering some discounts on its accessories.  If you buy a new DROID for the $199.99 price with contract, you can get $10 off of the desk charger ($19.99) or the car mount ($19.99), or $20 off of the price of the car charger ($9.99).

So if you buy all four accessories you can save up to $40 in total.

Not the kind of deal that is going to swing somebody, but if you are already in the market for a DROID, these deals would be good to know about.  More details on the Verizon website.

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Google speaks of future voice to voice translation, but is it available now?

by: Chuck ZichFebruary 10, 2010

There have been a few articles circulating the web on what Franz Och, Director of Google’s translation services, has said about Google’s future of voice to voice translation and that it was a goal of the company to implement it within the next few years.  For those impatient types (and aren’t we all?), let’s forget a few years and grab this feature now.  By downloading two free apps from the Android Market, you can start enjoying this technology at this very moment.

The first app, Google Translate, is directly from Google and can do the sort of things you expect a translation service to do, and works much like Google’s current online translation [...]

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