David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

12
Aug
dell-thunder-04-gal

Dell’s elusive not-a-tablet-phone has broken its cover once again, this time showing up on a video exclusive over at Engadget.

The phone remains unchanged on the hardware side of things, it seems, but it’s now confirmed to be running Android 2.1. We’ll go ahead and give you a quick brush-up lesson on what the Thunder is bringing (pun very much intended):

  • 4.1” WVGA AMOLED 480x800 display
  • Android 2.1 with Dell’s “Stage UI” overlay
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • Removable 1400 mAh battery
  • 8MP camera with LED flash and 720p video recording
  • FM radio
  • External SD card support

Internal storage specs for the Thunder remain unknown.

11
Aug
psp-mockupengadget

Earlier today, Engadget broke an exclusive regarding Sony-Ericsson’s work on an Android gaming handset that is currently “in the late stages of planning.” There have been rumblings of a PlayStation phone for quite some time, and it seems like this device may be Sony finally delivering on those long-standing rumors.

According to Engadget, the device will feature:

  • 3.7-4.1” WVGA screen
  • 5MP camera (may not be final)
  • Slider-phone design, but instead of a QWERTY keyboard, a gamepad
  • Gamepad will have:
    • Touchpad for directional controls instead of joysticks
    • A standard D-pad,
    • Standard PSP buttons
    • Shoulder buttons
  • “Likely” to have a 1GHz Snapdragon Processor
  • Mostly black chassis, some silver highlights (looks like a Captivate crossed with a PSP Go)
  • Will run Android OS “Gingerbread”
  • Phone-specific software skin
  • Will have access to a new and exclusive Android Market Games section
  • Game titles will include some PSX oldies, as well as newer PSP games

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Mockup Created By Engadget

Engadget has speculated the device and the new Android Market Game “ecosystem” could be available as early as October.

11
Aug
unrevokedforever

This tool does appear to do a permanent NAND unlock, irreversibly voiding your phone’s warranty, proceed with caution.[/note]

This night keeps getting better and better. The unrevoked team just announced the release of their anticipated Unrevoked Forever tool. What does it do? While the summary provided by unrevoked is a far better explanation, I’ll keep it short and sweet: once you install unrevoked forever, your phone can flash unsigned updates, no matter what, forever.

11
Aug
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UPDATE: Customers can reserve their smartphone for purchase at www.sprint.com/epic4g beginning Friday, Aug. 13

Well, it would appear we were off a bit on our August 20th estimate. Sprint has just informed us that the Epic 4G (the first Galaxy S keyboard phone, and the first 4G keyboard phone) will be available for purchase on August 31st on the Sprint network, specs below:

  • 4” Super AMOLED Capactive Touch Screen (Resolution: 480x800)
  • Slide-out QWERTY Keyboard
  • TouchWiz 3.0UI overlay
  • 1GHz Hummingbird A8 Cortex Processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 512MB ROM
  • MicroSD external storage
  • 5MP camera with LED flash
  • Front-facing camera
  • Sprint 4G Service
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 720P video recording
  • FM radio support
  • Android 2.1
  • 1500mAh battery

Sprint’s official press release on the Epic 4G:

Samsung Epic 4G will be available beginning Tuesday, Aug.

11
Aug
dellstreak08102010

After having faked us out a couple weeks back, it seems Dell is finally ready to let its Streak tablet-phone-whatever loose stateside. You can get it $299 with a new or upgraded 2-year service agreement on AT&T, or shell out $549 to avoid the contractual shackle. Here’s a quick reminder of the specs the Streak is packing:

  • 5” TFT LCD with resolution of 480x800 pixels
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • HSDPA 7.2 radio (Class 12) with GPS
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g radio
  • Bluetooth v2.0
  • 5MP camera with dual-LED flash
  • Front-facing camera
  • Snapdragon 1GHz processor
  • Android 1.6
  • 2GB Internal Storage
  • 1530mAh battery

You’ll notice I’ve taken the liberty to highlight a few of the Streak’s unique points, good and bad.

11
Aug
galaxy_s_door

Galaxy Not-So “S”

Is your Galaxy S a little laggy (experiences stutters, delays) at times, even on Froyo? It’s not your imagination; your phone’s internal storage is probably the culprit, and LagFix addresses the problem quite cleverly, helping you put the “S” back in your Galaxy.

As you probably know, Galaxy S phones boast either 8GB and 16GB of internal memory. Pretty hefty for an Android phone (the most spacious available, in fact).

11
Aug
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HTC just tweeted that EVO 4G users who downloaded the unofficial Froyo build but for whatever inexplicable reason have not yet manually upgraded to the official build will be getting it via an OTA update, starting today. I appreciate HTC’s dedication here, but I think this probably the smallest target device group for an OTA ever.

If you’re still on the unofficial version and can’t wait for the OTA update, you can download it directly here (read the instructions in this thread).

11
Aug
SAMI500MNT (1)

It’s hard to say if it called for a full-blown press release, but Samsung today issued a statement announcing the availability of official Samsung-branded accessories for Galaxy S devices in the US.

What kind of goodies can users expect? Well, as the title suggests, Samsung has produced some very shiny photos of a desktop dock, a car dock/charger, and a spare battery charging system (they’ve apparently caught on that many Android users go through multiple batteries in the course of a day).

08
Aug
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With the release of the DROID 2 fast approaching, the death of Motorola’s first Android phone was an unavoidable casualty in the name of progress. While the DROID platform lives on in the Milestone and Milestone XT, a certain piece of Android philosophy has died today with the DROID. Verizon’s website shows the DROID is no longer available:

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The DROID 2 will undoubtedly ship with yet another iteration of Motorola’s now-infamous encrypted bootloader, and without the flaws that made the rooting of the DROID X possible.

06
Aug
500x_car_dock[3]

When Google closed up shop at their now ghost-town of a webstore, Nexus One owners were left without an outlet for official accessories, particularly the elusive HTC Nexus One Car Phone Holder (aka car dock).

With eBay sellers demanding upwards of $200 (and that’s used) for a device that once retailed for $59.99, it seemed Google and HTC had hung Nexus One owners out to dry. But now, HTC’s US online store (run by LetsTalk.com) and its UK sister site are offering up Nexus One goodies, Car Phone Holders included, once again.

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