Admittedly, posting news on a comparatively lame Android phone is somewhat out of character for us; even more so, nerding out over the hardware of yesteryear. That said, there's a lot of value to be found among the masses in cheap, capable goods such as the upcoming Huawei IDEOS, a 2.8" Android 2.2 phone. The kicker? Rumor pegs the price at less than $200 - conceivably low enough to be used for prepaid plans.
What may be surprising is that there are not one, but two of these widgets: a widget that shows the messages you have in your inbox:
as well as the same widget for managing your Voice settings that was leaked a few weeks ago:
What may be an even bigger surprise is that Google has now made both of these widgets available to non-G2 devices through the Android Market.
Getting my hands on the Charm was no mean feat. Motorola didn’t seem keen to send out review units to anyone in a hurry, so I took it upon myself to go buy one, under the pretext of it being a gift for my girlfriend (she has a Nokia 1661 for chrissakes).
That in itself was quite a quest, as not a single store in the state of Maine seemed to have one in stock.
T-Mobile sent out a press release this morning to officially announce the G2. We've been hearing about (and seeing) the G2 for some time now, especially in the past few weeks. Now, however, we have the official word - and it seems to confirm most of what we've heard.
- MSM7230 CPU @ 800 MHz
- 3.7" screen
- Slide-out four row QWERTY keyboard
- 720p video recording (with automatic upload to Photobucket - nifty)
- 5 MP Camera with LED flash and autofocus
- 8 GB mSD card pre-installed (support for up to 32 GB cards)
- 4 GB ROM
Interestingly, T-Mobile says existing customers will have first dibs at the device - an interesting move considering how many customers a new high-end phone can bring in, but understandable for customer loyalty.
Update: All good things must one day come to an end, and alas, it looks like Sony's just decided to issue a mandatory update to all PS3s that breaks this jailbreak method. Heartbreaking, I know.
If Sony's PS3 gaming system took a step backward in functionality when Sony disabled its ability to install Linux, it's just taken two steps forward again.
t4nav, a Senior Member of xda-developers, has just discovered a method to hack the PS3 using a Nexus One or a Desire!
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.
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.
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,
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:
Looks like the Motorola did a pretty solid job of improving on the Droid: BGR's heard word that the Droid 2 has a great return rate; in fact, it's "the lowest smartphone return rate on Verizon Wireless." Better still, it has a very low dropped call rate. Way to go, Moto - stick it to the man in your ads and products alike.