Verizon has issued a statement regarding the Motorola DROID Android 2.1 firmware update, after it was widely rumored to have been delayed. Verizon says that there was no delay and that the firmware update went out to a small sample of users yesterday, just as was originally planned.
If the update appears to function well for those test users, the company will schedule a full scale deployment in the near future. No dates have been given so far.
Bad news for Motorola DROID owners as the highly anticipated Android 2.1 update may be delayed. A leaked Verizon Wireless screen shot and inside information from BGR suggests that a last minute bug was detected and the update was pulled without warning. The release date is now in TBD status which means we currently have no idea when it will drop. Anyone disappointed?
Russell and I spent a few minutes checking out the T-Mobile Pulse mini at the 2010 Mobile World Congress event. The Pulse mini is an Android 2.1 smartphone with a QVGA resistive touchscreen display that is also marketed as the Huawei U8110 (it is made by Huawei).
Check out the video to see the interesting homescreen system on the Pulse Mini. You’ll find more photos of the phone after the jump.
The guys over at Pocketnow discovered a YouTube video that offers a preview of HTC Sense 2.1 running on the HTC Hero. Most of the video is fairly mundane but one notable feature is the support for multitouch. A pinch gesture was used in the video to show off a new homescreen preview which allows you to view all your homescreens as thumbnails and switch to any widgetized homescreen with a single tap. The full video, complete with a modern musical score, is after the break.
Engadget has gotten an exclusive tip from a “trusted” source revealing the codename and details of what could possibly be the first 4G Android device to hit the market. Codenamed “Supersonic”, the device is made by HTC and will launch on Sprint with WiMAX capability. Here are the official bullet points taken from Engadget:Codename is “Supersonic” — a name we’ve heard at least once before. Feels a lot like you’d expect an Android-powered HD2 to feel thanks to a 4.3-inch non-AMOLED display and a svelte shell. (For reference, the HD2 is 11mm thick, but we don’t have exact dimensions here.) It’s got a kickstand on [...]
Since the launch of the G1 in the USA, Amazon MP3 has been available for Android to those in the States. However, the rest of the world, including the UK, has been somewhat neglected. This is all about to change. The website belonging to the well respected British Newspaper, ‘The Telegraph’, is reporting that the update to Android 2.1 will also include a copy of the Amazon MP3 application.
It is not yet clear exactly which phones will receive the update to 2.1, but a little thought power might reveal a few (let us know what you think). The launch of Amazon MP3 in the UK will give subscribers to Android access to over 9 million songs. Although Amazon are not as successful as [...]
It was reported a few days ago that Rogers would be allowing HTC Dream owners the chance to upgrade to an HTC Magic due to the fact that the Dream would not get an OS update past it’s current iteration of 1.5. This was great news but the details were scarce at the time and there was uncertainty in the terms. It is now being reported that the offer does include a free upgrade, but with a small catch. Customers who opt for the upgrade will automatically have their contract renewed for the Canadian standard of 3 years, which turns out to be about a 7 month extension for most Dream owners. Hit the jump for the complete terms and conditions of this offer as well as a look at the [...]
One week after the launch of the Nexus One, Google has released the Android 2.1 SDK to developers. The SDK is considered a minor update to Android and will roll out to existing handsets starting in January. Unlike previous SDKs which were released before a phone was launched, the Android 2.1 SDK was released after the Nexus One so there are no big surprises. All the new bells and whistles that are seen in the Nexus One are included in the SDK which provides new APIs for animated wallpapers, adds geolocation support to the webkit browser, creates a new SignalStrength class for obtaining the current network signal strength and more. Developers can download the 2.1 SDK using the Android [...]
It has been rumored and spied and even had its name changed, but the long rumored Motorola BACKFLIP is now official. As expected, the BACKFILP is a reverse QWERTY flip phone and will feature:UMTS 850/1900/2100, GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps (Category 7/8), EDGE Class 12, GPRS Class 12 5 megapixel, auto-focus, LED flash 3.1in 320 x 480 256k color TFT display Bluetooth 2.0 WiFi 802.11b/g 2GB microSD included up to 32GB supported 3.5mm headset jack Android 1.5 with MOTOBLUR
In addition to the Nexus One announcement, Goggle also introduced Android 2.1 today at its Android press event. The next iteration of Android features the Facebook integration and Google Maps turn-by-turn navigation found on Android 2.0 but adds the following:five homescreen panels a news and weather widget Live Wallpapers 3D app launcher improved gallery with background sync to Picasa Web albums voice enabled command/dictation that works with every text field in the device
The Nexus One will be the first Android phone to sport Android 2.1 but is not exclusive to this device. Other devices will receive an Android 2.1 update but the time frame was not revealed and is most [...]