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Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

Introduction

Since the advent of Android in 2009, the family of devices running Google's mobile OS has grown from one handset to now hundreds and possibly thousands of unique models. In recent months, Android has seen an explosion of devices coming from lesser-known Asian manufacturers, with one of the main selling points being price. The manufacturers realized that with Android they had a readily and freely accessible operating system, a large market of potential customers, and all they had to do was put together a cheap device to capitalize on Android's continued growth.

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Word on the street is that Droid 2 users are now receiving/pulling a minor update. The official Verizon document on the update reveals a number of improvements:

    • Improved battery life
    • Heightened proximity sensor accuracy to enable faster screen response
    • View the Weather widget in both landscape and portrait orientation.
    • Simpler setup, improved user interactions, and better notifications for Visual Voice Mail.
    • Background Email Sync during display inactivity for better user experience
    • Support for email domain suffixes containing more than three characters.
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    These last few days the Android blogosphere has been awash with excited spluttering, dubious rumours and hopeful conflation. Kicking things off was City A.M., a "London-based free daily newspaper that specialises in financial news". According to an article on their website, Google had struck a deal with the popular phone retailer Carphone Warehouse. CPW were to sell Google's next phone, the Nexus Two by any other name. Their position as a reseller of phones and contracts on most if not all networks in the UK and wider Europe makes them a logical choice, right?

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    Thought the miniscule HTC Aria wouldn't be getting a bite-sized scoop of Froyo to call its own? Wrong! ls377 over at the Android Central Forums has packaged the leaked Froyo Sense RUU for the Aria into a flashable .zip file. There isn't really much else to say other than that you can flash it just like any other ROM (through Recovery Mode or through an app like ROM Manager) and that some users seem to be having issues with the Android Market.

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    Yessir, the new myTouch 4G is indeed just around the corner, and would you believe what's right there with it: an entire collection of official T-Mobile accessories for the device. Now as you probably know, official accessories are rarely the best, but as you can see for yourself in the pictures below, these look to be an exception:

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    No word on pricing or release date just yet - this is, after all, just a sneak preview of the cases delivered through T-Mobile USA's Facebook account - but hopefully the cases won't end up being too pricey, for these could easily end up eliminating the need for third-party cases if they're as good as they look.

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    Yes, the new T-Mobile myTouch 4G will be launching on November 3rd, and yes, early adopters can now pre-order it from Wirefly, but guess what? The somewhat less popular Motorola Defy is in a similar predicament: its official launch date is November 3rd, and its official price tag is $99.99, but the Internet's #1 cell phone retailer is now allowing eager buyers to pre-order the military-grade device for just about half the official price - $49.99 on a new two-year contract.

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    It's a good day when someone at Google can point out the obvious, but Vice President of Corporate Development David Lawee told attendees at the Stanford Accel Symposium that acquiring Android Inc. was the "best deal ever" for the search behemoth.

    Lawee commented on the Android founder, Andy Rubin, saying, "I saw this guy in my building for two years, walking his dog, and I was like, I hope this guy does something." During his time at Google, Rubin shepherded the OS and helped it become a serious competitor to Apple's iOS, RIM's BlackBerry OS, and Microsoft's Windows Mobile.

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    T-Mobile's just released a Galaxy Tab-related announcement - and, surprise, surprise - their version of the tablet will be launching November 10th for $399.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate. Unlike Verizon, though, you'll be stuck with a two-year data contract during which you'll be paying a "qualifying rate plan," with the only currently visible route out of the plan being a pricey $200 ETF. To add to those nasty fees, you'll also be coughing up $35 upon activation, which doesn't make us too happy.

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    The new myTouch 4G is around the corner, and today Wirefly was the first retailer on the web, from what I could tell, to launch preorders on 3 of the 4 color variants: black, white, and red.

    The phone is available for $149.99 for new accounts and upgrades and $199.99 for family plans adding a new line.

    As usual, Wirefly ships free (November 3rd) and doesn't charge tax in most states.

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    This morning Sony Ericsson posted a teaser video on YouTube explaining to X10 users the differences they will find in the update from Android 1.6 to 2.1. As painful as it is to watch a video of someone demonstrating five homescreens, slide-to-unlock  and live wallpapers like they're brand new features, the video underscores the growing expectation that an update will be released for the X10 within the next few days.

    According to the Sony Ericsson blog:

    (Note – It does have some wording on getting the update now – that is not yet really valid and it wasn’t scheduled to be released until the update is out there.