13
Aug
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Last Updated: August 15th, 2010

This file could make your phone permanently unusable (“bricked”). This update is ONLY for UK Dell Streak phones with the version _21 baseband (O2 phones). Do NOT flash this on a US Streak. As with all unofficial updates, flashing this is done at your own risk.

So you’ve read all about what features are coming in the Streak’s Eclair update, and the planned September release window. Well, some enterprising members over at the MoDaCo Android forum have managed to catch a pre-release version of the 2.1 update, purportedly a newer version than that tested in the original Engadget post.  There’s also an XDA thread on the update

DOWNLOAD: Dell Streak 2.1 Pre-Release For UK Streaks ONLY with version _21 baseband

The leak seems to only work on O2 UK models (serial XXX_21), so those with the factory unlocked SKU are currently out of luck.

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.

26
Jul
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The Acer Stream is coming to the UK, and it’s coming soon. Acer’s newest and most powerful Android device to date will initially be available exclusively through eXpansys.com in the UK starting on August 2nd. £400 will get you the device, unlocked. This is your only purchase option, as no carrier subsidies have yet been announced. I will say it’s pretty robust on the spec-sheet. The Stream features:

  • A 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor
  • 3.7” WVGA AMOLED Display
  • 512MB ROM / 512MB RAM
  • 2GB Internal (Flash) Memory
  • MicroSD Card Slot
  • WiFi (presumably B/G/N), Bluetooth, and GPS
  • Mini HDMI-out
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack
  • 720P (24FPS) Video Recording
  • 5MP Camera
  • Android 2.1 with Acer Touch 3D UI 4.0

And here is the Stream, in all its glory:

Acer-Stream-Android-Expansys-UK

The first thing I notice about the Stream is its lack of a trackball, d-pad, or optical trackpad.

07
Jul
Charm_Cab_Front_TMO

While Motorola didn’t do a great job keeping CHARM under wraps, they did manage to hide a few features of the candy bar phone until today’s official press release. Given the amount of MOTOBLUR and social-networking talk going on in the CHARM’s somewhat lengthy introduction, we’ve broken it down and provided you the juicy bits for easy digestion:

  • 2.8” 320x240QVGA TFT LCD touch-capacitive display with Gorilla Glass
  • Android 2.1 with the newest "enhanced" version of MOTOBLUR
  • 3 Megapixel camera
  • Physical QWERTY keyboard
  • 2GB Removable MicroSD card included (expandable to 32GB MicroSDHC)
  • Accelerometer
  • WiFi B/G and N (Single-band 2.4GHz)
  • Can capture 24FPS video (we assume that is with VGA 640x480)
  • Secondary noise-cancellation microphone with CrystalTalk PLUS technology
  • Compatible with T-Mobile HSDPA 3.6
  • Support for Adobe Flash Lite
  • 1170mAh Lithium-ion battery
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

Charm_Cab_dyn_L_TMO Charm_Cab_Front_TMO

Additional MOTOBLUR and social networking features are described in the press release.

06
Jul
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According to the Wall Street Journal, HTC beat estimates in its Q2 2010 earnings report; with net profits coming in at $268 million for the first half of the year, a 33% increase over 2009. The reason? Probably the fact that HTC is on track to ship over 20 million phones in 2010, a 66% increase over the 12 million they sold last year.

While at first glance these numbers hold little meaning, their implications could be significant.

28
Jun
htc-hero-3

HTC Hero users across Europe are reporting that a two-part OTA update is being pushed to their devices. The first update addresses some bug fixes and system updates; but the second, OTA_Hero_HTC_WWE_3.32.405.1_R-2.73.405.93   is without a doubt the chocolate-éclair goodness Hero users have been salivating over for the past few weeks. One of our Danish readers tipped us that his hero had been updated, and was kind enough to provide us a few screenshots.

24
May
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If you are a Sprint Hero owner and want the latest official 2.1 update baked into a custom ROM with root, then you currently have only one alternative - the Fresh ROM.

Custom ROMs For The Hero

There are pretty much only 2 main Sprint Hero custom ROMs - DamageControl (by damageless and TrevE) and Fresh (by flipz). Both are very good, have an excellent track record, and great communities behind them.

07
May
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I guess Sprint was feeling a bit lonely: Verizon has recently revealed on their official support site for the Droid Eris that users can expect an update to 2.1 ‘soon’. Unfortunately, they don’t offer a more specific time table, but they do provide documents both detailing the benefits of upgrading as well as instructions on how to do so, which is definitely reassuring.

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Reading through the documents provided, it looks like Verizon is going to deliver the update over-the-air, as well as require the user to wipe the device.

07
May
samsung moment htc hero

As we reported yesterday, Sprint has once again pushed back the scheduled Android 2.1 update for the HTC Hero to an unknown future date, destroying expectations of the May 7th release.

Another official confirmation of this was given today in a Sprint statement by another Sprint admin, which notified customers that the delay also affects the Samsung Moment. The official statement on the Sprint forums said

Hello Community Members,

We wanted to let you know that Sprint continues to work closely with Samsung and HTC to deliver the highly anticipated Android 2.1 upgrade for Samsung Moment and HTC Hero.

04
May
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In order to promote the upcoming Iron Man 2 movie together with the LG Ally Android phone (which seems to be featured in a variety of scenes), LG yesterday launched a new Flash powered site called LGIM2.com. While the url spells out "Iron Man 2", quite a large portion of the site is actually dedicated to the Ally.

LG Ally Iron Man 2

In order to gain access to the part of the site where the phone is shown, you have to click on "Nav" at the bottom and then on "LG Ally", or just follow this direct link.

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