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Froyo review reveals true performance gain

by: James TromansMay 28, 2010

Android Phone Benchmark

Gizmodo have completed a detailed review of Android 2.2 and to sum things up nicely, I thought I would start by quoting Buchanan and say that “Android 2.2 is the first version of Android that feels totally complete—”. I think that this is something that many people would tend to agree with. Aside from offering a well written account of the new OS, Gizmodo and Buchanan touch on some of the ‘lingering issues’ which he feels are something which stops Android from reaching its full potential.

There are still too many buried features, hidden by menu button, and general complexities, like a separate [...]

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Cool “Exploded” Android robot T-Shirt available

by: Michael OrylMay 27, 2010

Exploded Andy shirt by Garry Booth

I don’t normally cover the world of, uh, shall we say…fashion?  But this is a pretty cool t-shirt that features an exploded view of the lovable Android robot.

The shirt was designed by Garry Booth and is available for US$19 in sizes for both men and women and can be bought using Google Checkout or PayPal.

A similar design is available as a poster.

You’ll find information on both the t-shirt and poster at the Exploded Andy website.

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Verizon working on HTC DROID Eris weather widget issue, still investigating other problems

by: Michael OrylMay 26, 2010

HTC DROID Eris for Verizon

I got word back from a Verizon Wireless rep moments ago regarding all of the complaints we are seeing in comments about the recent HTC DROID Eris Android 2.1 over the air firmware update.  We were told that the tech gurus are already working on the weather widget issue, but that other less frequently cited problems (such as missing call audio and message notification issues) have not been properly documented yet.

I was advised that people with problems other than the weather widget should call Verizon Wireless or bring their DROID Eris to a Verizon Wireless retail store.  Verizon is somewhat skeptical of anonymous [...]

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Manually update your Nexus One to Android 2.2 Froyo

by: Michael OrylMay 22, 2010

That didn’t take long. The over the air (OTA) update for Froyo on the Nexus One just started last night, and already somebody has found the update file on a Google server (for the T-Mobile version, at least).  The Google link comes from XDA-Developers, and the directions below are taken from an old AndroidCentral post. The safest way to get the Froyo update is to just wait for it to come OTA, of course.  Do the manual update at your own risk….

Download the update zip file from Google. Rename the file to Copy the file onto your microSD card. With your Nexus One off, hold down the trackball and press the power button. You’ll be booted into [...]
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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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