Android smartphones you can buy for as little as a penny on a new two-year contract tend to be few and far in between, but it looks like Amazon's looking to change that. The movement started with them selling all US versions of Samsung's Galaxy S phones (save for Sprint's Epic 4G) for $0.01 on contract a few weeks back, and now they're taking the same approach with the Motorola Droid 2.
Today, Samsung updated its open-source portal with what seems to be the final Android 2.2 source code for JPM Galaxy S i9000s. This might not mean much right now to those of you running carrier-branded Galaxy S phones (Captivate, Vibrant, Epic 4G, Fascinate), but it is a positive indication of things to come and may mean that the Froyo ROMs for your handsets will be showing up sooner rather than later.
Who thinks strictly black and gray phones are gloomy and boring? I do and, thankfully, so does Best Buy. A few months ago, the retailer announced an exclusive white EVO 4G, and today we got word of not 1 but 2 more white Android phones arriving on October 24: Verizon's Samsung Fascinate and AT&T's slightly outdated Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. While the exact pricing on either of these is unknown, you can head over to Best Buy today and reserve the device of your dreams with a $50 deposit.
Evernote is one of those services that does one thing and does it extremely well: it takes your notes, organizes them, and helps keep your life together. The beauty of Evernote is that it works everywhere (desktop, web, mobile) but, until recently, the Android app has been a bit... lackluster. It was not just a bit clunky and bland - that we could live with. The biggest downside of the Android client, as noted by countless 1-star reviews, was the need to maintain an Internet connection to read and write notes, meaning the app didn't support offline storage of any kind.
TweetDeck just went public on the Android Market, you can grab version 1.0 now via our QR-code link below. What's new in the official release? Probably not much aside from bug fixes. You can expect all the features of the last beta, plus automatic updating (for those on the new Market). Here's a video:
TweetDeck has also hinted that later releases will provide landscape view, more Facebook integration, and better support for multiple accounts.
As you may be aware, Dell Streak owners have not exactly been sitting on the cutting edge of Android (the device runs 1.6 Donut) since the phone was released stateside. While a leaked and tweaked build of the UK version's 2.1 update has been floating around for a while now, the average user doesn't want to take the time or risk in using an unsupported software build.
But hear ye, hear ye - hope does yet live.
The Motorola Droid 2 may ship with a pesky eFuse bootloader which has been designed specifically to prevent rooting of the phone, but little things like that have never held back the truly talented and passionate (and nerdy). The FRF91 Vanilla Android ROM - the Droid 2's first AOSP (Android Open Source Project) ROM - has just made an appearance on DroidForums.
What does this mean? Well, in and of itself, not much, but it's a huge step up from the device's previous ROMs, which brought little to no customizations.
Looks like New York's the place to be tonight, especially if you're an Android fan looking for a Google TV built by Sony - the company has just announced the "Sony Internet TV", which will be available in four sizes: 24", 32", 40", and 46", priced at $599.99, $799.99, $999.99, and $1,399.99 respectively. While each model does offer unique specs (all of which are listed in the press release at the end of this post), all will come with:
- Google TV built in
- four HDMI input ports alongside four USB inputs
- a 1080p LED display (with the exception of the lowest-end 24-inch model, which will feature a plain CCFL backlit LCD panel, with the 1080p resolution remaining unchanged)
- an Intel Atom processor
- access to the Android market in early 2011
Sony also announced that users will be able to control their Internet TV with the RF QWERTY keyboard (pictured above) as well as with an Android app that will be available from the Market "later this fall."
Finally, to put it in the words of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the company announced one more thing - a $399 Blu-ray Disc Player, which will offer only one HDMI input port and the same four USB ports, although with the addition of an HDMI output port.
Take this with a large grain of salt as it's just a rumor at this point, but one of our sources very close to the Android core who has been testing and working with Gingerbread for quite a while recently shared a little tidbit of info. According to the source, we won't have to wonder what exactly Gingerbread, the next Android OS, is going to bring to the table for too long because the Gingerbread SDK is going to go public next week.
Well, this is interesting: TmoNews is claiming that the myTouch 3G will receive an update to Android 2.2 (Froyo) starting tomorrow. If true, the rollout will be staggered - beginning tomorrow and running until October 25. An important note, though: they provide absolutely no details on how they found this out, and the only image they use dates back to June when we heard the same damn thing.
TmoNews has a pretty decent record as update leaks go, but without any details, it's hard to know whether or not this is one to back. Still, let's hope it's true - but take it with a grain of salt.