Who thinks strictly black and gray phones are gloomy and boring? I do and, thankfully, so does Best Buy. A few months ago, the retailer announced an exclusive white EVO 4G, and today we got word of not 1 but 2 more white Android phones arriving on October 24: Verizon's Samsung Fascinate and AT&T's slightly outdated Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. While the exact pricing on either of these is unknown, you can head over to Best Buy today and reserve the device of your dreams with a $50 deposit.
As you may be aware, Dell Streak owners have not exactly been sitting on the cutting edge of Android (the device runs 1.6 Donut) since the phone was released stateside. While a leaked and tweaked build of the UK version's 2.1 update has been floating around for a while now, the average user doesn't want to take the time or risk in using an unsupported software build.
But hear ye, hear ye - hope does yet live.
The Motorola Droid 2 may ship with a pesky eFuse bootloader which has been designed specifically to prevent rooting of the phone, but little things like that have never held back the truly talented and passionate (and nerdy). The FRF91 Vanilla Android ROM - the Droid 2's first AOSP (Android Open Source Project) ROM - has just made an appearance on DroidForums.
What does this mean? Well, in and of itself, not much, but it's a huge step up from the device's previous ROMs, which brought little to no customizations.
Looks like New York's the place to be tonight, especially if you're an Android fan looking for a Google TV built by Sony - the company has just announced the "Sony Internet TV", which will be available in four sizes: 24", 32", 40", and 46", priced at $599.99, $799.99, $999.99, and $1,399.99 respectively. While each model does offer unique specs (all of which are listed in the press release at the end of this post), all will come with:
- Google TV built in
- four HDMI input ports alongside four USB inputs
- a 1080p LED display (with the exception of the lowest-end 24-inch model, which will feature a plain CCFL backlit LCD panel, with the 1080p resolution remaining unchanged)
- an Intel Atom processor
- access to the Android market in early 2011
Sony also announced that users will be able to control their Internet TV with the RF QWERTY keyboard (pictured above) as well as with an Android app that will be available from the Market "later this fall."
Finally, to put it in the words of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the company announced one more thing - a $399 Blu-ray Disc Player, which will offer only one HDMI input port and the same four USB ports, although with the addition of an HDMI output port.
Well, this is interesting: TmoNews is claiming that the myTouch 3G will receive an update to Android 2.2 (Froyo) starting tomorrow. If true, the rollout will be staggered - beginning tomorrow and running until October 25. An important note, though: they provide absolutely no details on how they found this out, and the only image they use dates back to June when we heard the same damn thing.
TmoNews has a pretty decent record as update leaks go, but without any details, it's hard to know whether or not this is one to back. Still, let's hope it's true - but take it with a grain of salt.
Things are really coming along in the Google TV world, aren't they? First, a survey by Appcelerator showed that developers were showing strong interest in Google TV. A few days later, Google revealed that major players in the entertainment industry were backing GTV in a big way - and also gave us a short preview.
Fast forward to today, and Sony has opened up registration for its Android Developer Site. Thus far, there doesn't seem to be much to it - but they promise that there will be "...
Today, in the wee hours of the morning, Cyanogen tweeted what many people have been waiting for: video footage of CM6.1 up and running on his T-Mobile G2.
His explanation for how things work:
Basically what I'm doing is temprooting and rebooting all of userspace with CM on the sdcard. Gonna keep refining it while the really persistent and smart guys from #g2root keep working on a permanent root.
And there you have it.
I was about to go to sleep, but, of course, when I heard of a possible G2 OTA report, and one that brings such important new features as WiFi calling,
otherwise known as UMA, and native tethering, I had to stay up just a bit longer.
Thanks, people in comments!
Some interesting details about Verizon's Samsung tablet that is set to take on Apple's iPad monolith have recently come to light. Droid-Life's insiders have let them know of a possible November 1st release date for the Verizon version, to coincide with the European release. This differs from the previously rumoured release date of November 14th on Sprint, so, just like with the Galaxy S phones, we may see a staggered release schedule from the big four in America.
The first two of Sprint's latest three-phone, mid-range lineup are now arriving to various Sprint retailers, such as Best Buy, sprint.com, Wirefly.com, and others. While they aren't the powerhouses that we've gotten used to, the Sanyo Zio and the Samsung Transform are good introductory-level Android devices for people who want to dump their feature phones for smartphones without having to shell out the big bucks. They are joining the ranks of Sprint's other low-to-mid-range phones, such as the Samsung Intercept and the HTC Hero.