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.

17
Apr
Sprint HTC Hero Android 2.1
Last Updated: April 21st, 2010

Introduction

Us, Hero owners, have been waiting for an OS upgrade for a loooooong time, since the phone got released last October with Android 1.5.

At first, we were hoping for 1.6, then 2.0, and finally 2.1 was promised ("Totally for real this time, yo" - said Sprint and HTC but we saw nothing).

Other phones kept getting 2.1 upgrades but our favorite Hero saw only promises after promises with release dates pushed further and further back.

16
Apr
Sprint  HTC Hero and Samsung Moment Android 2.1 in May
Last Updated: July 31st, 2011

An internal Sprint memo has surfaced showing a new early May release date for both HTC Hero and Samsung Moment Android phones, jonathan76888 on AndroidForums found out.

The memo looks quite legitimate and this time actually lists 2.1 as the update target, compared to the one from 3 weeks ago that referenced a "maintenance release" and promised an April 9th date (followed by rumors of April 16th, all false).

The wait is almost over, guys.

16
Apr
Dell Streak 7 and 10

Dell Streak 7 and 10

In addition to the already announced Dell Streak Mini-5 - a 5" tablet device, Engadget found out from a leaked memo today that the 7" and 10" versions are going to be coming as well. Dell seems to have dropped the "Mini" part of the title for these larger versions of the Streak.

Dell Streak 7 and 10

Looks like Dell has some sense after all - launching just a tiny 5" tablet would have left most consumers unsatisfied, prompting them to look for other options, such as an iPad or ICD Gemini.

16
Apr
ClockworkMod ROM Manager backup and restore
Last Updated: January 20th, 2011

Introduction

In this tutorial, I will guide you through the easiest and most reliable way to fully and 100% back up and restore your Android phone.

By fully back up, I don't mean backing up just your address book or your emails, or your dog. I mean EVERYTHING that resides on your phone with the exception of the SD card - what we will create is essentially a full image of your phone's current state that you can restore to at any time as if nothing happened.

16
Apr
Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson, a well known mobile arm of the Japanese company Sony Corp and Swedish Ericsson, posted its first profit in years, following a cost-cutting measure and introduction of new phones to the market, including the XPERIA X10 - its first Android based device.

Profits for Q1 2010 were EUR21 mil, compared to a loss of EUR293 mil a year ago.

In mid-2008, Sony Ericsson started a transformation program with the aim of reducing annual operating expenses by EUR880 mil.

15
Apr
CyanogenMod ROM

A few moments ago, Cyanogen announced version 5.0.6 of his ROM for HTC Nexus One and Motorola Droid. This release contains a whole plethora of bug fixes and enhancements for the Nexus One and a few for the Droid.

The release follows the drama with Cyanogen and the Ultimate Droid ROM creator The BlackDroid, which you can read about here and here, which explains the note at the bottom of Cyanogen's announcement that reads

"PS: Expect Ultimate Droid v11 soon!

15
Apr
Verizon Droid page

Constant refreshing has finally paid off and the Verizon's official Incredible page is finally live.

Remember the staging site that was leaked yesterday and then quickly password protected? Well, Verizon did a bit more work on it to make it snazzy, added a pre-order date of April 19th, and released it into the wild. Check it out yourself.

The page is live following the official Incredible press release that we posted earlier today.

14
Apr
Twitter Android app, image courtesy of neurosoftware.ro

After last week's acquisition of Tweetie by Twitter itself, we've been kind of expecting this, and now it's official: Twitter is going to have an official Android application.

@ev, Evan Williams, Twitter's CEO made the announcement today at the company's first ever developer conference, called Chirp. He didn't specify whether the official app would be a ported version of Tweetie or a brand new application, or whether Tweetie developers would be involved in its development.

14
Apr
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Verizon just posted a semi-official confirmation of the long awaited HTC Droid Incredible coming to their network on April 29th.

The announcement is semi-official because it was posted to their staging site, which is now password protected. A staging server is normally used for testing pages that are going to production but it didn't make it anywhere official yet, so things are still subject to change.

As a refresher, HTC Incredible's specs, leaked a few days ago, are as follows:

  • 1GHz Snapdragon CPU
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • 8MP camera with autofocus
  • 8GB internal storage
  • 512MB ROM and 512MB RAM
  • 3.7" WVGA 480×800 px OLED touch screen
  • Sense UI
  • 312 min talk time / 149 hours standby time
  • 4.59oz
  • Android 2.1
  • CDMA obviously – it’s Verizon

Check out this screenshot that Engadget managed to grab before authentication was added to the site:

Sources:

13
Apr
HTC Incredible

BGR just got a hold of the official Verizon spec sheet for the upcoming HTC Incredible and it looks pretty good.

Here are some highlights:

  • 1GHz Snapdragon CPU
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi - I believe this is the first handset to feature 802.11n
  • 8MP camera with autofocus
  • 8GB internal storage
  • 512MB ROM and 512MB RAM
  • 3.7" WVGA 480x800 px OLED touch screen
  • Sense UI
  • 312 min talk time / 149 hours standby time
  • 4.59oz
  • Android 2.1
  • CDMA obviously - it's Verizon

The rest is pretty much expected of any phone nowadays.

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