Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

19
Jun
Android Forum Roundup: Where Do You Go For Android Help And Discussion? Vote For Your Favorites
Last Updated: July 11th, 2010

Where do you go when you have an Android related problem? Where do you hang out on a rainy day? Where does a good percentage of Android news originate from?

I'm talking about Android forums. Today, inspired by this reddit post, I wanted to highlight some of them and provide a list for people looking to ask questions, start an Android related conversation, report a problem, or just become part of another community (of course, you should always be close to Android Police by following us on twitter at @AndroidPolice and keeping up with the RSS feed).

18
Jun
Droid 2 Sneak Peak: First Impressions

One of Gizmodo's readers Zack unexpectedly stumbled upon an upcoming Motorola Droid 2 at a tech show and didn't hesitate to snap some pictures and play around with this Droid successor.

Here are the main points of his review, in my favorite bullet point style, to save you some time:

  • about the same size as the original Droid
  • dark chrome overall color instead of the black
  • feels really nice - more curves, fewer edges
  • different button placement as the original, both on the outside and on the keyboard
  • blue coloring around the keyboard instead of gold
  • there is now a dedicated voice search button on the keyboard and the horrible d-pad is gone, replaced by cursor keys
  • no more lip on the right side with phone open
  • the Droid 2 name might change - Motorola reps are unsure of what it will be yet
  • same 5MP camera, though noticeable faster
  • most likely will come with vanilla Froyo - not Ninjablur
  • 8GB internal memory, 8GB micro-SD card
  • 1GHz processor

Droid 2 Sneak Peak: First Impressions Droid 2 Sneak Peak: First Impressions

Droid 2 Sneak Peak: First Impressions

And here's Zack's full account if you want the original:

I am a summer intern at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA) this summer and today there was a tech show on the lab.

18
Jun
White HTC EVO 4G Coming Exclusively To Best Buy July 11th, Sprint Stores August 8th - Preorders Open Now
Last Updated: July 11th, 2010

This was unexpected - Best Buy is offering exclusive preorders on a white version of the HTC EVO 4G, scheduled to arrive in Best Buy stores on July 11th. The white version is going to have the same specs and price of $199 on a 2-year contract. As usual, a $50 deposit in the form of a Best Buy gift card is required.

I am not sure personally that I would like the white version over the black one, but I guess some people expressed desire for one.

18
Jun
BREAKING: European HTC Hero Android 2.1 (Eclair) Update Finally Rolls Out, Nordic Countries Are Up First

Our chinned Hero brethren from Europe, it looks like your time has finally come - minutes ago, HTC posted a new update which finally brings the long-awaited Android 2.1 to your Heroes, following a small update earlier this week which was released in preparation for the big one

Update 1: it's another 1.5 update, though at 102MB and requiring a wipe. We jumped the gun a bit - apologies for giving you false hope.

17
Jun
Gang Up On Apple And Win One Of 5 Free Android Phones, Including The EVO 4G

Want to lay your hands on a new Android phone? For free? For creatively beating on Apple's iPhone?

Well, you are in luck, as WireFly.com is giving out 5 Android phones of your choice, including the EVO 4G, for comparing an Android phone to the iPhone, specifically, the ways the former can beat the latter.

Gang Up On Apple And Win One Of 5 Free Android Phones, Including The EVO 4G

The contest ends June 28th, when 5 most creative answers, as decided by the in-house judges, win.

16
Jun
HTC Desire Coming To The US In August
Last Updated: December 30th, 2011

The popular in Europe HTC Desire handset is going to be heading to the US in August, HTC officially announced this morning via twitter:

HTC Desire Coming To The US In August

The device will feature the same specs as the European version: 1Ghz Snapdragon processor and Android 2.1 with Sense, HTC's PR rep Ricky tells us.

The only caveat in this announcement is the carrier choice - Desire will be going to regional carriers only, which means the big 4 - Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile - will not be involved.

16
Jun
Is Sprint About To Release 4G To The Bay Area?

It's no secret that Sprint has had the San Francisco Bay Area on its 4G release roadmap for a while, with a planned release time frame of sometime this year. It's always been mind-boggling to me that the heart of the Silicon Valley, where Google itself lives, along with thousands of other tech companies, was not priority #1 for Sprint.

Is it all about to change? I was getting off Caltrain at Mountain View this morning, playing with the EVO, as usual, when I suddenly noticed the 4G widget somehow switched itself on.

16
Jun
Mark Your Calendars: Motorola, Verizon, Google, And Adobe Set To "Unleash The Next Generation Of Droid" - Is Froyo Also Joining The Party?

In exactly a week, on June 23rd, the 4 giants of the Android world - Motorola, Verizon, Google, and Adobe are set to announce something really great, dubbed "the next generation of Droid" at a special invitation-only press event in New York.

We can only guess what the event will touch on - surely, Droid X and Droid 2 are at the top of the list.

However, noting the presence of Adobe, it makes us wonder whether something much-much bigger is coming, i.e.

16
Jun
Altek Leo Android Phone… Errrrr… DigiCam To Arrive With A 14MP Camera, Xenon Flash, Retractable Lens

Have you ever seen an Android phone that looks more like a camera than a phone? I haven't, until today.

Check out this 14MP supporting, Xenon flash bearing, 3x optical zoom retractable lens carrying phone digital camera with a side effect of also being a phone.

Altek Leo Android Phone… Errrrr… DigiCam To Arrive With A 14MP Camera, Xenon Flash, Retractable Lens

Altek Leo Android Phone… Errrrr… DigiCam To Arrive With A 14MP Camera, Xenon Flash, Retractable Lens

Unfortunately, heading only to China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, users can expect to shell out $499 US in Q4 of this year. There is no word on the quality of pictures and videos taken or an ability to take them in HD.

16
Jun
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Swype, an alternative Android keyboard, that pretty much turned the whole texting industry upside down a couple of months ago when it debuted, is coming to all Android handsets, regardless of the manufacturer, today, June 16th (hey, that's a nice birthday present for me!).

Previously, you could only get your paws on Swype if you acquired one of very few handsets that came with it preinstalled, downloaded it as part of a limited beta, or mooched a leaked version online.

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