According to a flyer leaked to the guys over at engadget, the DROID 2 will definitely come with Froyo. Also, there is a mention of the phone being able to load web pages up to 40% faster than other phones, thanking it’s CPU for the boost.
The flyer seems to have come from inner circles for sales reps, probably with Motorola, or possibly even Verizon. Also mentioned is the 8GB of internal storage, extra 8GB MicroSD, Droid X-ish UI and Swype. It is entirely possible that the mention of 40% faster load times is possible, if the comparison is being made to any device running 2.1, as we have seen the improvements to the user experience between the two OSes.
The HTC Aria made quite a splash during it’s initial release to AT&T. The carrier pulled their usual shenanigans by removing the ability to side load apps without the use of any third party software. The Phone has remained stateside on AT&T, only up until now.
It looks like the Aria is headed to FarEasTone, as announced by the eastern market carrier. Specs, however, should stay the same:
Over at Best Buy, there’s news of the Motorola Charm coming their way, then to you, for $249.99. While hoping that this price is off contract may be overly zealous, we can always dream about some Android devices coming to us for this kind of price without any commitment. While very little is offered up on the site (it just gives the price and a “coming soon” availability), keep your eyes peeled and locked on us for any upcoming news on Best Buy’s latest.
The Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung’s seemingly innocent attempt at taking over the mobile universe, is now on it’s way to another carrier. Looks like Bell will be carrying the increasingly popular handset for $149.99 on a new 3 year contract. The handset coming to Bell seems to be the full on Galaxy S experience, complete with front facing camera, instead of the pseudo-complete version at T-Mobile, slated the Vibrant.
The handset can be purchased contract-free for $499.99. Not a bad price in our opinion, considering everything you get under the hood. The device has been announced to be available ala Bell August 6th. For official pricing and date, check out the source link below.
Reports are rolling in that the latest OTA update from Sony on their XPERIA X10 phones has a very annoying wifi bug included, free of charge. Here’s how it works:
Basically, any time your cellular signal drops to zero then bounces back, WiFi turns itself off, which is particularly brutal considering that a weak signal is probably why you’re leaning on WiFi in the first place.
Reports also say that it is most likely software update version R2BA026 that’s to blame, so if you haven’t already updated, you may want to hold off.
Any of our X10 touting readers out there experience this? Let us know below.
Recently, there was a big to do over some wallpaper apps that seemed to be gathering user data and sending it to some remote, unknown website in China. Everyone’s initial response? Malicious software! Kill it with fire!
Turns out, the apps weren’t doing anything malicious at all. It’s developer was simply a little overly zealous about the information that the apps collected about the handsets they were installed on. Google has now completed it’s investigation, and concluded these results. They also sent the developer some “helpful hints” to keep this kind of thing from happening again.
Facebook has long been a source for all the latest juicy gossip, and today was no exception for us Android users. According to the official Facebook page of Samsung Galaxy S, there is soon to be “Some exciting news coming from Sprint soon”. We are also told we should “Stay tuned”.
We can only imagine, considering the Samsung Epic 4G will be Sprint’s Galaxy S baby, that this has to do with the Epic. Keep in mind, this isn’t official, simply speculation.
What do you think? Will Sprint do some news concerning the Epic, or are we all just being strung along? Let us know in the comments below!
Want to get your hands on an Android based media player? Well unfortunately, you may have missed your chance, as the Archos 32 was available for pre-order… and then promptly “yoinked”. Keep in mind, this preorder went up before it’s even been officially announced. Sources say it’s ”decidedly more portable” than other attempts by Archos to bring us PMP’s. Specs include:
800MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor
8GB of storage
camera and microphone
There is also speculation that it may be upgradeable to Android 2.2… not bad, considering the $149.99 price tag we saw.
Well it looks like things are definitely on the up-and-up for Android. Eric Schmidt, Google-CEO said on Wednesday that Google believes there are some 200,000 Android devices being activated every day (compared to 160,000 activations a day that we reported in June). Not to shabby eh? He said that “People are finally beginning to figure out how successful Android is.” Well duh, is all I have to say about that. With Android shipments up 866% and the CEO of Motorola saying Android is the future, it’s pretty obvious people are getting the message that Android is clearly the optimum smartphone platform.
Want to stay up-to-date on the latest from what’s actually happening in the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster? If so then take a look at the Map the Spill app. It’s got quite an extensive list of features:
GPS-enabled: Map the Spill uses your phone’s built-in GPS. It’s designed to work even in areas without cellphone coverage.
Maps: View your location on street, satellite, terrain, topo, or aerial maps. Tip: Going to remote areas? Preview maps in the area you plan to visit before you leave the cell network or Wifi coverage. The app automatically stores maps on the phone so you can view them again in areas or seas without cell coverage.
Photos: Capture photos and see their exact location on a map.
Video: Shoot video to enhance your field reports. Video is auto-saved to YouTube for fast online playback.
Waypoints: Mark important points of interest you find in the field.
Audio: Save time and record your observations with an audio waypoint.
In-App Messaging: Receive important messages from mapthespill.org or response teams.
News: Read the latest news on the Gulf oil spill in this live feed from Yahoo.
New Reports: See the latest reports posted by fellow mappers.
Helpful Info: Find safety tips, important contacts, and more.
Distance: Track how many miles you traveled during your field report.
Time: Record the time you spend in the field.
Social Networks: Coming soon: Share your field reports on Facebook and Twitter.
Post Reports: Every field report is shared with the public at mapthespill.org. The data can be freely accessed and exported by any person or organization.
Not bad eh? If you’re on the Gulf Coast or just want to stay informed, hit up the link below and get started!