23
Sep
intercept2

Virgin Mobile announced via an image upload on their Facebook page that they're landing the Samsung Intercept as their first Android phone. No word yet on pricing or release date, but we can't imagine it would be too terribly much (should be in the range of their LG Rumor Touch).

intercept1

What we do know are the specs of the Intercept:

  • 3.2” 240 x 400 px LCD display
  • 4 row slide-out QWERTY keypad
  • Android 2.1
  • Samsung S3C6410 ARM 11 CPU @ 800 MHz
  • 512 MB ROM, 256 MB RAM
  • 3.2 MP Camera (with video)
  • 802.11g, Bluetooth (2.1), headphone jack
  • 2 GB microSD card in the box, support for up to 32 GB
  • EV-DO rev.
22
Sep
survey1

Sybase (owned by SAP) commissioned a survey on tablets, and the results are rather surprising. Before I dig in, however, I feel it's only fair to point out what I perceive as a flaw in the survey: they provide minimal information on the survey questions and how it was conducted. As a result, it's hard to tell whether the survey was free of bias; based on how the results are presented with bias, I'm guessing not.

22
Sep
dx_froyo

We had a pretty good idea it was coming, and now it's here: Verizon has started rollout of the Android 2.2 update for the Droid X. As usual, some users are already receiving notification that an update is available, but if you don't want to wait, you can always check for the update manually.

Obviously, the most major change comes from updating Android itself. However, it looks like Verizon has also made a few other tweaks while it was at it.

21
Sep
ipod_html5

While trying to figure out the best way to develop a cross-platform game, developer Christopher Black created a simple HTML5 benchmark, which he then ran on a Nexus One (N1), iPod Touch 4G, and iPhone 4. For some further variety, he also tested Flash 10.1 on the N1. The test itself was simply a black ball bouncing, and the results were incredibly surprising: the Nexus One ran the animation 67% faster than the iPod Touch, and 81% faster than the iPhone 4.

21
Sep
snap20100921_113844

With the release of Froyo, Google promised to start decoupling applications bundled with the Android at the core - we've already seen it done to Maps, Navigation, Street View, and other programs. Today Gmail joins the party with the rollout of a new version 2.3 that can now be installed from the Market.

What does it mean? Well, previously, the Gmail app was only updated when you upgrade the whole operating system.

21
Sep
image

Plants Vs Zombies

I loved Plants Vs Zombies on my PC. LOVED it. I don't get excited by games much anymore but Plants Vs Zombies by PopCap captured my full attention for weeks when it just came out a couple of years back. A version for the iPhone came out later and enjoyed similar success to the original game. PopCap's Android page, however, has been quite empty. Literally:

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Will PopCap ever release an Android variant?

21
Sep
Screen-shot-2010-09-21-at-10.13.03-AM

It seems the DROID X's overdue update may be coming a day sooner than previously thought.

Wait, didn’t we just say yesterday that it would be coming on Wednesday?  Yes, yes we did.  I’d say right now that 9/22 looks pretty likely at this point.

Kellex on Droid-Life

Droid-Life has pointed eager X users to Verizon's support page for the device, which has been updated with a PDF espousing the delights of Android 2.2, along with various DROID X-specific changes.

20
Sep
image

Take this one with a huge grain of salt: DigiTimes is reporting, yet again, that HTC is about to enter the tablet market by leveraging their expertise with Android and their relations with carriers around the world. The rumours point to a  launch date in early 2011 and specs that certainly look good, but would you pay the rumoured price of $790 for it?

The claimed specs:

  • 1280×720 display (from earlier reports, that may point towards Gingerbread)
  • nVidia Tegra 2 SoC
  • 32 GB SSD
  • 2 GB RAM
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • Full Android Market
  • Support for Chrome Web Apps

That Tegra 2 chipset should provide enough power to surpass the iPad and make for a very fluid experience.

17
Sep
good_tech

Looks like Verizon is pushing Android for enterprise pretty hard: they've inked a deal with Good Technology and are bringing some pretty major enterprise features to Android. Specifically, the company provides encrypted and high security email, messaging, and mobile access, as well as features such as remote wipe.

Good is a fairly major player in the enterprise space: in the first half of 2010 alone, they added 1,500 enterprise clients.

17
Sep
Acer-Liquid-E-Ferrari

Acer has partnered with Ferrari to release a special edition of their Liquid E smartphone. The internals are the same as the regular Liquid E, albeit with the processor stock clocked a bit higher:

  • 1 GHz Snapdragon 8250 (45nm process - check out this article for details on why that's a good thing)
  • 5 MP Camera
  • 3.5" screen
  • Android 2.1

The only real customizations are that it's apparently been custom designed by Ferrari to be light weight, and checks in at 135g.

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