It looks like LG doesn’t want Samsung to get all the dual core glory. The company has just announced their own plans for dual core smartphones, this time using the the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor that we’ve already seen power a few Android tablets. The expected Q4 release of these phones (interestingly, the same timeframe as Samsung) seems to line up with the release of an Android-powered LG phone headed to T-Mobile. Unfortunately, without a name, there’s no way to tell if this will be part of LG’s Optimus series (currently, the only known phone in the series is the Optimus 7, which runs WIndows Phone 7).
Verizon sent out a press release this morning announcing that the Samsung Fascinate we've been hearing so much about lately will, in fact, be dropping on September 9 (as rumored). Even better, it'll be up for sale online tomorrow (September 8\) - meaning you won't be able to get your grubby paws on it until the 9th at the earliest anyway.
As rumored, pricing will be $300 with a $100 mail-in-rebate (MIR), for a final cost of $200. No word in the release if they'll be running the rumored Buy-One-Get-Any promo we heard about, but at least we don't have to wait long at all to find out, do we?
Remember the Cortex-A9 we talked about just a few days ago - the one that can clock in at well over 2 GHz on a 28nm process? Turns out Samsung has had its eyes on that bad boy for a while - they've now announced a mobile CPU based on the architecture (one caveat, though - the chip is manufactured on a 45nm process).
The lack of a major die shrink may keep things running at a more reasonable clip (1 GHz), but the improved architecture still allows for huge improvements over today's tech. Namely:
- Dual 1 GHz A9 cores
- 64 KB data and instruction cache
- 1 MB L2 cache
- HDMI 1.3a
- Full 1080P video encode/decode at 30 fps
- Triple display controller
- Up to 5x the 3D graphics performance over previous Samsung processors
Further, it looks like we're looking at a fairly flexible chip here:
Well, well, well. I never thought the day would come: the HTC Desire, first announced at Mobile World Congress in February, has finally landed in the States! Of course, six months is a long time in the world of technology, so when I first started reviewing the Desire, my expectations weren't nearly as high as those of, say, my colleague Ian Douglas when he began reviewing the Samsung Epic 4G.
Nonetheless, the carrier HTC decided to bless - US Cellular - was in desperate need of a decent Android phone, and, if nothing else, the Desire absolutely beats the pants off its only other Android offering - the Samsung Acclaim.
This is seriously impressive stuff - the guys from the unrevoked team did it again, and this version 3.2 is definitely their best release yet. Most of the credit, outside of the core unrevoked team, belongs to Sebastian Krahmer for discovering the exploit that works on all supported phones.
Unrevoked 3.2 Features
Well it's not the first phone to get FroYo, or even the first phone with HTC's Sense UI to receive the delicious update, but Froyo is coming to UK carrier O2's HTC Desire. The update hit the air - before being pulled almost immediately!
According to O2's full statement posted on their forums,
As some of you will have noticed the Android 2.2 Froyo update for HTC Desire on O2 went live this morning. While we’re pleased that so many of you have been able to download it successfully and are enjoying the benefits of 2.2, we have seen that a small number of people are having problems installing the update.
After I dried my eyes, Samsung's executives in the video reassured me that the Super TFT they opted for instead is still great looking and offers even better battery life than super AMOLED. They also said that the Super TFT was developed in parallel to the Super AMOLED (so it's not old news) and is the best TFT display that you can get. Does it look as good?
No. I'm not sure if it's the screen glare in this picture or what, but at this point, I'd rather have that Galaxy S than the Galaxy Tab.
Good news on the Droid 2 modding front: the first custom ROM for said phone has been released. As this is the first ROM out for the device - and it's fairly soon after release - there's not a ton of customization. Still, any improvement is better than none at all, right?
The ROM (Epic Unleashed 1.0) is the work of Matt4542, and requires root and koush's recovery. It retains a feel pretty close to stock:
This is pretty cool - looks like redditors have come together to build and track a speadsheet on upcoming tablets. So far most of the data on the sheet seems to be firmly based on established knowledge, but it's only just begun forming - it's likely that over time, more speculative data may be added. Still, a very neat idea and it's cool to see people working together on something productive.
... Rather than trolling.
Thus far, there are 10 tablets accounted for:
- Dell Streak
- RocketFish tablet
- ICD Tablet
- Flatpad A10
- Folio 100
- Google/HTC tablet
- Galaxy Tab
- Sony tablet
- Archos 101
- Huawei S7
[Source: Google Spreadsheet]