Remember that pesky rumor sparked up by Mashable a while back, claiming that the Incredible would be receiving the Froyo OTA update right about now? Well, if you are still clutching your phone and frantically checking for system updates as the day 08/18 draws to a close … you can take a rain check on that system update. Tweeted out earlier by the Verizon Wireless support account @VZWsupport, there is no confirmed date for the Froyo release and it will not be happening today. Sorry guys.
Are you in the market for a strikingly rectangular low-end messaging phone running Android 2.1 and Motoblur? Come on, you know you want one!
If so, the Motorola Charm - you know, that squat little Motorola messaging phone for T-Mobile with a 2.8 inch screen and a non-slide out physical QWERTY keyboard right below it - is now officially hitting T-Mobile on August 25 for what T-Mobile USA has said on Facebook to be an "affordable" $74.99, despite the rumors that it would be free on a new two-year contract.
Of course, the specs aren't anything special:
- 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)
- WiFi B/G and N (Single-band 2.4GHz)
- Can capture 24FPS video (we assume that is with VGA 640×480)
- 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
But hey - it's not meant for us geeks; it's aimed at the kind of people who post statuses on Facebook like "Still recovering...too many parties!" (see the picture above for more on that).
Verizon announced that they’d be releasing an app for a variety of devices that adds functionality for FiOS customers. For example, iPad users can watch TV on the device as long as they’re at home. More relevantly to our purposes, though: they’ll be releasing an app to allow some smartphone users to stream video-on-demand.
There is a catch-22 though: the app only supports select smartphones - namely, those sold by Verizon. While this isn’t stated explicitly (that I can see), the list of supported devices makes it pretty obvious: Droid X, Droid 2, WinMo 6.5, and the BlackBerry Storm. Even better, it seems that any movies purchased or rented can then be viewed on any available device - no limitations to just one device.
It's no secret that Verizon loves Android, so it shouldn't be a surprise that it's featured heavily in a leaked roadmap.
Yesterday, BGR confirmed the Droid Pro, Droid 2 World Edition, and Motorola Tablet, and now PhoneArena is reporting that they have a "trusty source" inside Verizon that has given them a sneak peek at the device release schedule for the rest of the year.
Let's start with September: we "should" see the Droid 2 World Edition released, and it will be the first Android phone to support both GSM and CDMA networks. Of course, Android isn't just for us nerds, and therefore it's reasonable to assume that Verizon wants Android devices in the hands of as many people as possible, even if those people only pay them $50 or so upfront.
The custom used to be to release two, maybe three, at most four, new flagship smartphones every summer. Now, it appears that the custom is to release as many as possible, as soon as possible. And this latest batch of leaks indicates that Verizon and Motorola have no plans to change that anytime soon.
Droid 2 World Edition
First up for inspection, we have a screenshot of an internal document suggesting that a device with the model number A956 is in the works and will come in both black and white. What's more, according to BGR, this device will be a more business-centered edition of the Droid 2 and will have a World Edition global roaming feature.
It happened to the Droid X, it happened to the Galaxy S, and now it's happening to the Droid 2. The Droid 2's live wallpaper, the one with the evil red eye, has been extracted and is ready to be used on any other device running Android 2.0 or above.
Oh, and as if that wasn't enough, it now comes in nine versions, including:
- the original wallpaper
- modified versions called Evil Andy and Evil Grey Andy
- a mod with the eye from the Droid X, only on the Droid 2's background image
- a Cyanogen Mod themed one
- a BlackDroid edition
- a green theme
- a gold theme
- and a wallpaper where the eye is from the Droid 2 and the background is from the Droid X.
After months of leaks, announcements, and the releases of its sister phones, the Epic 4G is here... sort of. While the device won't go on for sale for another two weeks, the big players in tech have managed to snag some early review units. We've filtered through the roundups and come up with the four that we deemed most worthy. Let's take a look:
As our very own John Thompson said in his hands-on with Dell's Streak, the phone/tablet hybrid has some really nice hardware, like a front-facing camera, a 1 GHz processor, and 512 MB of RAM, but the fact that it runs Android 1.6 is rather disappointing.
Well, the update to Android 2.1 may never see the light of day, as Lionel Menchaca, Dell's official chief blogger, has tweeted the following message, which was just spotted by one of Engadget's tippers:
So there you have it - looks like Dell is scrapping plans to roll out Android 2.1 officially, instead gunning straight for 2.2.
After the huge success of the original Droid, the Droid 2 was one of the most hotly anticipated (and most leaked) handsets ever. So, we’ve decided to compile some reviews of the device to help you decide if it’s worth upgrading to the Droid’s sequel. A few minor complaints aside, the general consensus is that this is indeed a worthy successor to the most popular Android phone yet.
Chris Ziegler was impressed by the Droid 2’s improvements over its predecessor, but still recommends the Droid X or Droid Incredible unless a physical keyboard is a must for you.
In case you Droid Incredible owners were jealous that the much older Motorola Droid was getting Froyo, you can rest easy – your Froyo update is good and ready, and it’s set to go out Wednesday, August 18.
The update is over-the-air, so your phone should prompt you to install it. If you don’t want to wait, you can check for the update manually by going to Settings, About Phone, then System Updates. Verizon employees already have access to the update, so there shouldn’t be any problems or bugs.
If you receive the update, be sure to let us know how it works for you.