An unnamed source at Boy Genius Report today provided a tip that Verizon is planning to begin its 4G LTE network rollout in 25 markets on November 15th, 2010. Some interesting details emerged from the tip - most of them good. To summarize:
Word over at Boy Genius Report is that the Samsung Moment II will be known as the Samsung Intercept. Technical details are a little scarce right now, but we do know:
- Android 2.1 (Eclair)
- 3.2” display (I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s AMOLED, ‘cause Samsung)
- 4 row, slide-out keyboard
- Wi-Fi (would guess 802.11n)
- 2 Color Choices – Pink or Dark Gray
Given that Samsung doesn’t seem to be in much of a hurry to get their phones hotted-up via FroYo, I doubt they’ll update to Android 2.2 before launch.
Update #1 11:11AM 6/28/10: Sprint published the official announcement, though only listing the original 3 update points from 4 days ago. Go to the thread and voice your concerns to them if you've bricked your EVO with this update.
Update #2: 6:00PM 6/28/10: Sprint pulled the update because of numerous reports of bricking legitimate unrooted phones. More info as soon as it's available.
If you guys remember, 4 days ago a BGR connection at Sprint leaked information regarding an OTA update for the EVO 4G scheduled to arrive on June 28th and fixing the following issues:
It looks like he wasn't lying, as a 21.43MB v1.47.651.1 OTA did hit EVO 4G this morning:
It is currently not known what exactly was changed, although from what I could gather from the comments over at Engadget:
- 802.11n was indeed enabled
- the grounding issue that prevented the touchscreen from working when the phone is laid flat was fixed (my EVO definitely suffers from that - take a look at this video around 1:40)
- the 30fps limit was NOT fixed
- you can select the resolution for HDMI video out
- the update reportedly breaks the unrevoked root Edit: confirmed
I’ve installed the update from FRF83 (500K) on my own Nexus One, and installation was smooth, as always.
It is unknown what the update brings and whether it will be the last one before we see the final official Eclair>Froyo update.
You can download the update here if you didn't get the OTA yet:
It was reported some time ago that the Samsung Galaxy S would hit every major carrier in the US – and it seems like the prediction was dead on. First announced for AT&T as the Samsung Captivate, the Galaxy S has already been confirmed for T-Mobile as the Samsung Vibrant, and was just announced as the Samsung Epic 4G for Sprint, the Samsung Fascinate for Verizon, and an unnamed version of the device for US Cellular.
It seems a new Android phone is on its way to T-Mobile stores, but it might not be the superphone you’re looking for. The Motorola Charm, revealed in leaked training materials sent to Engadget, is running an enhanced version of Motoblur on top of Android 2.1.
However, what makes this phone unique is its form factor, a candybar style with a front-facing keyboard, similar to many Blackberry devices. The materials also note a variety of changes and additions to Motoblur in 2.1:
- Seven home screens
- Motoblur widgets can now be resized
- Widgets include enhanced functionality including “Like” for Facebook and “Retweet” for Twitter
- Usual Android 2.1 enhancements, such as multitouch and 3D Gallery
No technical specs were included, but given the nature of the device, you shouldn’t get your hopes up.
Obtaining Your Droid X Live Wallpaper
A savvy XDA forum user has taken the initiative to decompile the Droid X’s live wallpapers and provide them to the Android masses. At the moment, 6 live wallpapers of the Droid X “Eye” are available on the thread - 5 from the phone and 1 modified by one of the forum members. Links for each below:
To install your Droid X Eye live wallpaper, simply
- download one of the .apk’s linked above straight from your phone's browser and click on it to install or
- move it to your phone from your computer, open using Astro File Manager or another install-capable file manager, and select install
Once installed, the Droid X wallpaper is selected like any other live wallpaper:
- go to your home screen
- hit the settings key
- select wallpapers > live wallpapers
- the installed .apk should appear as “DROID X.”
The wallpapers should be installable on any 2.1 or 2.2 Android device, with or without root.
Man, these guys are good. This is the third time I’m writing about Eugene in the past 2 weeks – first he rooted the MT3GS (June 15), then he rooted the Aria two days after it came out. Now, he and ChiefzReloaded are poised to release FroYo ROM's for the G1, MyTouch 3G, and MyTouch 3G Slide.
Good news for US Cellular customers – looks like you’re getting your first Android phone. The bad news, however, is that it is one hell of a lame Android phone – why US Cellular would choose this phone to make an entrance with is beyond me.
The Samsung SCH-r880 Acclaim comes packing some pretty low-end specs:
- 3.2” Screen (resolution not specified, which can’t be good)
- 3.0 MP Camera (to be fair, it has an LED flash)
- 4 GB microSD card (supports up to 32GB)
- WiFi & Bluetooth
I’m not sure what versions of WiFi and Bluetooth it comes with (if you really want to know, you can go through the FCC filings here).
Can’t wait to get your hands on the next Android superphone - Motorola Droid X? Then you’ll be probably be interested to learn that Best Buy has already begun their pre-orders for the newest addition to the Droid family, which will be arriving in stores on July 15th.
The biggest difference between buying the phone from Best Buy instead of directly from Verizon is simply the bonus of avoiding the mail-in rebate, as Best Buy is selling the phone for $199.99 flat instead of Verizon’s $299.99 with a $100.00 mail-in rebate.