Google IO 2016 Coverage

HTC Hero, back in black

The HTC Hero, one of Sprint’s all time best selling phones, has come back, this time with some attitude. To quote Brian Johnson, she’s “back in black”.

Cellular South is now offering out HTC’s handset, with all the standard specs. It comes with Android 2.1 installed, and it priced at $129.99 on a two-year contract, along with a $50 reward card, bringing the total price to $79.99. To sweeten the deal, you can snag a second one for free… after another $50 mail-in reward card.

If you would like to check it out for yourself or order, hit up the source link below.

[via Cellular South]

Instantly Open URL’s From Your Phone in Chrome

Have you ever been checking out a really cool website on your phone and then realized some cool feature would just be way better on a computer? If you have then you probably also realized how much of a pain it is to try and get to that same page from your computer. Sure you can email yourself the link, or something similar, but really there is no excuse for such clunky functionality. Well worry no longer. Android2cloud is an app that fixes this problem quickly and elegantly; once you install the app and the Google Chrome extension and verify both clients, you can simply ‘share’ the page from your phone to the app and it opens the tab on your computer! Pretty slick huh? Let us know what you think in the comments!

[via Lifehacker]

Three UK updates status on HTC Desire upgrade to Froyo

If you’ll recall, yesterday, we reported on Three’s statement to the public on the upgrade status for their HTC Hero phones for 2.1. According to the statement, their end of the development was complete, and they were simply waiting for the go-ahead from Google. Well, now it seems that they’re giving us an update on their plans for the HTC Desire as well, but this time it’s for the Froyo update.

According to the statement:

Although the HTC Desire update was released for unlocked phones last week, HTC are building a specific version for Three which will take them a few weeks. Once we have this version it will be tested, approved by Google and then rolled out to customers. Although it goes without saying that we will get the update to customers ASAP, it’s likely to be towards the end of summer until we can guarantee a problem free version for our customers.

In other words, it looks like some relatively major testing on the new OS is going on now, and hopefully we’ll see an update for the Desire around September.

[via techradar]

Android 2.1 and 2.2 now have 64.2% of Android OS handsets

According to a pie graph over at the Android Developers Blog, Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 are now taking up 64.2% of Android handsets. The total numbers are broken up as follows:

  • 2.1 – 59.7%
  • 1.6 – 20.3%
  • 1.5 – 15.3%
  • 2.2 – 4.5%

The good news is that this brings the numbers for Froyo up from the last time we saw this chart by 1.2%. As these numbers keep improving and eventually start leaning towards 2.2 being the dominant OS, then we should hopefully start seeing the end to the fragmentation that has been plaguing Android users.

What do you think about this? Make sure to let us know in the comments.

[via Android Developers]

Three UK says HTC Hero 2.1 upgrade waiting on Google

While most of us are clamoring over which handsets will receive Android 2.2, we tend to forget about some other users who are still far behind that mark. For example, the HTC Hero on UK’s wireless carrier, Three.

However, it looks like those Three Hero users (and we don’t mean the three users who have a hero…pun?) still on 1.5 will be getting their official upgrade to Eclair once Google OK’s the transition. They also apologize for the (long) delay, saying that other devices, such as the iPhone 4 and Galaxy S, had gotten in the way of their development process. Check out the full statement below.

Thanks for all your patience regarding the 2.1 update for HTC Hero. We have now tested and approved the software and this has been submitted to Google to get the final go-ahead. We’re hoping that they can push this through as quickly as possible, but we’re not clear on the timescales for this yet.

Really sorry for the delay on this update. We’ve been working really hard to approve and launch lots of handsets and updates this month including iPhone 4 and Samsung Galaxy S, and the 2.1 update for Hero has had to queue up alongside these other big launches, particularly the Galaxy S which took a number of versions of software to get right. We’re a smaller network than some of our competitors, and while that has its advantages it also means that our testing team doesn’t have limitless resources. We’ve done our best to manage priorities, but the 2.1 Hero update hasn’t gone through testing and approvals as quickly or as smoothly as we’d have wanted – HTC did have to supply us with a couple of versions until we were satisfied it was bug free. We really wanted to get this to you for the end of July, but we’ve missed our deadline – I’m really sorry I can’t bring you better news on a Friday afternoon but at least you’re now in full possession of the facts.

South Korea proud owner of Motorola Glam

Motorola has continued it’s release of one of their new devices in the Asian market by bringing it to South Korea. Dubbed the “Glam”, it would probably be safe to assume that we may never see this device stateside, but that doesn’t mean some of our friend to the east would mind terribly having it. The specs are relatively standard, touting:

  • 3.7-inch screen
  • WiFi
  • 256MB RAM
  • 512MB ROM
  • 5MP camera with dual flashes
  • HDMI out
  • 720p video recording
  • Android 2.1

The phone will be exclusive to wireless carrier SK Telecom.

[via unwiredview]

Allstate Mobile App Availible in Market

If you’re an Allstate customer, then you should definitely considering downloading the Allstate Mobile app. The app allows you to access account information, claims, find an agent and begin preliminary accident reports right through your phone! Best yet, the download is completely free, and compatible with all handsets running Android 2.1 or higher. Check it out!

HTC Hero users on Orange now receiving Android 2.1

According to an article over at eurodroid, there has been news flowing in that HTC Hero users, locked in on Orange, are getting their updates (finally) to Android 2.1. So, if you’re on Orange with a Hero, go to your updates in your system settings and see if there is any 2.1 goodness lurking in the shadows.

Any of our readers out there turning “Orange” with excitement over seeing 2.1 heading to your handsets? Let us know below in the comments!

[via Eurodroid]

Acer Stream Launch Date Confirmed for August 9th

After the usual pre-release leaks, and tidbits of information here and there, Acer finally came out and finalized a launch date for their upcoming Stream phone earlier. The device sports Android 2.1, a 1 GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 3.7in screen, and HDMI 720p out among other features. Personally I think that this device will have a hard time distinguishing itself from all of the other 3.7in phones beyond the HDMI out. Hopefully Acer has some really cool software tricks up it’s sleeve for this one. The full press release with specifications etc. is after the break, let us know what you think in the comments!

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Motoblur and Android 2.1 playing nicely on Motorola Cliq

That’s right, folks… Motoblur and Android 2.1 Eclair are running on the same device. While not an official thing, reports are rolling in that it’s quite stable. Some say that you may have to recreate your blur account to get everything going, and some are also saying that it’s “quite laggy” once everything is up. You will, of course, have to be rooted and have the ability to be running a custom 2.1 based ROM, but for you Blur fans, it will be well worth it.

Check out the thread here for instructions, as well as the download link… but be quick, as the download link may not last long.

[via ModMyMobile]