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Cellular South HTC Hero Finally Gets Updated To Android 2.1

Cellular South HTC Hero Finally Gets Updated To Android 2.1

If you happen to be an HTC Hero owner on Cellular South, today is your lucky day – an update to Android 2.1 is now available for you to download. Unfortunately, it’s not the easy an over-the-air update - you’ll have to download it yourself and wipe all your data (factory reset) – but, in my opinion, it still beats running Cupcake. The update includes the following features:

  • Picture and video messaging capabilities [Pics feature required]
  • Android Market™ with access to latest 2.1 apps
  • Turn-by-Turn Google Navigation
  • Preloaded Facebook™ app with
    enhanced Facebook sync
  • Preloaded YouTube™ app
  • Enhanced Bluetooth support
  • Voice Dialing
  • Improved Phone Search
  • Improved alarm/bedside clock
  • Multiple Gmail account support
  • Improved Battery Meter
  • VPN support
  • Enhanced ActiveSync support for Microsoft Exchange
  • Additional Gestures: Pinch home screen to see thumbnails of all 7 hero screens, dial contact by drawing letters of contact name
  • Enhanced Device Setup Wizard

All the instructions can be found in few videos on Cellular South’s website.

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HTC Desire Headed To Canada On Telus

HTC Desire Headed To Canada On Telus

Android is getting some love from the great white North: the HTC Desire is coming to Canada on Telus.  The Desire features:

  • Sony SLCD 3.7” HVGA screen at 800x480,
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 5 MP camera with flash and video recording
  • 3G (850MHz and 1,900MHz bands)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1
  • MicroSD slot with support for cards up to 16GB

Telus is also throwing in an 8GB microSD card for good measure, and the device will be running Android 2.1 with HTC’s Sense UI.

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Motorola Officially Announces CHARM For T-Mobile USA Running Android 2.1, Goes After BlackBerry Users

Motorola Officially Announces CHARM For T-Mobile USA Running Android 2.1, Goes After BlackBerry Users

While Motorola didn’t do a great job keeping CHARM under wraps, they did manage to hide a few features of the candy bar phone until today’s official press release. Given the amount of MOTOBLUR and social-networking talk going on in the CHARM’s somewhat lengthy introduction, we’ve broken it down and provided you the juicy bits for easy digestion:

  • 2.8” 320x240QVGA TFT LCD touch-capacitive display with Gorilla Glass
  • Android 2.1 with the newest "enhanced" version of MOTOBLUR
  • 3 Megapixel camera
  • Physical QWERTY keyboard
  • 2GB Removable MicroSD card included (expandable to 32GB MicroSDHC)
  • Accelerometer
  • WiFi B/G and N (Single-band 2.4GHz)
  • Can capture 24FPS video (we assume that is with VGA 640x480)
  • Secondary noise-cancellation microphone with CrystalTalk PLUS technology
  • Compatible with T-Mobile HSDPA 3.6
  • Support for Adobe Flash Lite
  • 1170mAh Lithium-ion battery
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

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Additional MOTOBLUR and social networking features are described in the press release.

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Android Internal Version Distribution Updated; Fragmentation Dissipating

Android Internal Version Distribution Updated; Fragmentation Dissipating

Right on schedule, Google has yet again updated their Android version distribution charts.

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Immediately one notices that Android 2.1 now controls 53.1% of the Android device population. This is in stark contrast to mid-May; when 2.1 accounted for little over 30% of the operating system distribution. The major changes, summarized below:

  • Android 1.5 and 1.6 have shrunk to a combined 44.8% of the Android population; Android 2.1 and 2.2 devices now represent the majority of the distribution.
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Motorola Charm Headed To T-Mobile, Bringing New Form Factor To Android

Motorola Charm Headed To T-Mobile, Bringing New Form Factor To Android

Charm

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.

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Droid X's Sexy Software Keyboard Ripped Out, Now Available For All Phones

Droid X's Sexy Software Keyboard Ripped Out, Now Available For All Phones

Earlier today we reported that the Droid X internals were leaked out and provided to developers to play with. It didn't take long at all - Droid X's software keyboard is already available for everyone to download.

This keyboard should work for any Android phone running 2.1 Eclair (it reportedly force closes for most on Froyo). It looks very clean, mostly due to the absence of most non-alphanumeric characters which can be accessed using a familiar looking button on the bottom left.

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Updated: Not 2.1 Yet AGAIN. Another European HTC Hero Update Rolls Out (102MB), Nordic Countries Are Up First

Updated: Not 2.1 Yet AGAIN. Another European HTC Hero Update Rolls Out (102MB), Nordic Countries Are Up First

Our chinned Hero brethren from Europe, it looks like your time has finally come - minutes ago, HTC posted a new update which finally brings the long-awaited Android 2.1 to your Heroes, following a small update earlier this week which was released in preparation for the big one

Update 1: it's another 1.5 update, though at 102MB and requiring a wipe. We jumped the gun a bit - apologies for giving you false hope.

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Android Platform Version Chart Updated, Android 2.1 Continues To Grow

Android Platform Version Chart Updated, Android 2.1 Continues To Grow

Ever since they promised to help developers and slow the growing problem of Android fragmentation, Google has been quite consistent in updating their platform version chart, which shows how many phones are running each version of Android. Just over a month ago, the chart was used in the argument that fragmentation is a major problem for Android, as Android 2.1 was running on a much smaller percentage of phones than previous versions Android 1.6 and 1.5.

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HTC Aria Coming June 20th To AT&T, Initial Hands-On Impressions Surface

HTC Aria Coming June 20th To AT&T, Initial Hands-On Impressions Surface

Good news, AT&T customers – starting June 20, AT&T will begin selling its first HTC Android device, the Aria. A few days ago, they (accidently?) released a video showing the HTC “Liberty” being tested. At the time, we speculated that it might actually be the HTC Aria we’d heard about before. Turns out we were probably correct, as various news outlets have been receiving the Aria to play around with, and they look to be one and the same.

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Motorola Droid Xtreme/Shadow/Droid 2 Leak Roundup

Motorola Droid Xtreme/Shadow/Droid 2 Leak Roundup

It seems like almost every other day something new is leaked about the upcoming Droid Xtreme. This is fairly typical of any anticipated phone release so, while nothing new, it can get a bit confusing with so many sites reporting on every single leak regarding this phone. Here is a rundown of everything that is Motorola Shadow/Xtreme…

This phone was originally dubbed the Droid 2 before progressing into its second name, the Droid Shadow.

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