On their corporate blog, Sprint confirmed today that the Android 2.2 update for the EVO is being finalized. It’s pretty impressive that the FroYo source code was released just two days ago, and already Sprint is finalizing the code. Then again, as a corporate developer, Sprint had access to the source code earlier than the public, courtesy of the private code branch. It’s no surprise that they chose to update the EVO first, given that it’s their crown jewel.
** Thanks to AndroidGuys podcast host Scott Brown for this leak. **
T-Mobile’s been taking a lot of hits from the Android community recently, as they haven’t really caught up to the other carriers (well, Verizon and Sprint) in terms of great phones. Though they introduced us to Android with the G1, the rest of their Android offerings have been lackluster in terms of specs, with the recent myTouch Slide having only a 600 MHz processor and 3.4” screen being unable to compete with the likes of the Evo and upcoming Droid X.
There have been plenty of leaks and rumors about the Droid X for the past few weeks, but now that it has been officially revealed, it looks even better. Here are all the official specs:
- 4.3” Screen (854 x 480)
- 720p recording
- 8 megapixel camera with Dual LED flash
- 1 GHz processor
- HDMI out
- Android Eclair 2.1 at launch, to be upgraded to Froyo 2.2 in “late summer”
- A radically changed version of Motoblur on top
- 8 GB onboard memory, and ships with 16 GB micro SD card
- 3 microphones, one used for noise cancellation
- Shipping with Swype
Price and Plans
The phone is going to run you the usual $199 after a $100 mail-in rebate, and the unlimited data plan will cost $29.99 a month, with the optional tethering plan to cost $19.99 a month for the ability to have up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices connect to the phone.
Last week, Samsung announced the Galaxy S for AT&T would be named the Captivate. Today, they have announced the same phone for T-Mobile will be called the Vibrant, and boy is it (still) one sexy piece of kit.
In case you need a refresher on the details, based on AT&T’s spec page:
- Android 2.1 with Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0 user interface overlay
- 4” AMOLED Screen
- 1 GHz Hummingbird CPU
- 16 GB internal storage (and support for a 32 GB microSD card)
- 802.11n, FM Radio
- Bluetooth 3.0
- 5 MP camera (no flash), 720p video recording
Couple this with the fact that T-Mobile doesn’t cripple their phones like AT&T does, and they’ve got a blazing fast 3G network… well, things certainly look good for T-Mo customers at the moment, don’t they?
Did you even notice how much information this video just provided? Besides the flashing X symbol, pointing at the model being advertised, can you spot all the other easter eggs? Switch to full screen and up the video quality to 480p to see the details better.
As with most popular Android phones, a community of developers has cropped up over at xda-developers, who are dedicating their time and leet programming skills to ‘cooking’ and releasing improved ROMs for the EVO 4G.
In this case, developer Avalunchmods has released an overclockable version of Froyo for the EVO 4G, ported from the leaked Nexus One FRF72 release, and it seems like it’s nearly good enough to be a daily driver.
I'm talking about Android forums. Today, inspired by this reddit post, I wanted to highlight some of them and provide a list for people looking to ask questions, start an Android related conversation, report a problem, or just become part of another community (of course, you should always be close to Android Police by following us on twitter at @AndroidPolice and keeping up with the RSS feed).
Good thing for our readers that I’m a night owl, and I happen to love my Nexus One, and love me some frozen yogurt. Especially together:
And now I have my T-Mobile Nexus One updated with the latest and greatest FRF72 build.
I just happened to be browsing a forum about the upcoming official Android 2.2 Froyo release when I see someone leak a URL for the FRF72 build that Google Employees were given a week ago.
One of Gizmodo's readers Zack unexpectedly stumbled upon an upcoming Motorola Droid 2 at a tech show and didn't hesitate to snap some pictures and play around with this Droid successor.
Here are the main points of his review, in my favorite bullet point style, to save you some time:
- about the same size as the original Droid
- dark chrome overall color instead of the black
- feels really nice - more curves, fewer edges
- different button placement as the original, both on the outside and on the keyboard
- blue coloring around the keyboard instead of gold
- there is now a dedicated voice search button on the keyboard and the horrible d-pad is gone, replaced by cursor keys
- no more lip on the right side with phone open
- the Droid 2 name might change - Motorola reps are unsure of what it will be yet
- same 5MP camera, though noticeable faster
- most likely will come with vanilla Froyo - not Ninjablur
- 8GB internal memory, 8GB micro-SD card
- 1GHz processor
And here's Zack's full account if you want the original: