HTC desire coming to Telus

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You may have read that there was some unearthed source code on the Telus website that indicated the HTC desire heading that direction. While that speculation may be a little outlandish for some, we’ve got something better now… a retail inventory screenshot showing the 3-year contract price (see above).

According to the leak, the price will be $79.99 for a 3-year lock in. That’s an awesome price for an awesome little phone, sporting:

  • Android 2.1 (may be upgraded to 2.2)
  • 3.7 inch LCD display
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 5 megapixel camera

Also in the rumor mill, there are talks that it will be available off contract for $499.99, but that has yet to be confirmed.

[via mobilesyrup]

Eclair now has over 55% of Android share

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Over at the Android Developer website, there’s an updated pie graph (pie, eclair… I’m getting hungry) that shows Android 2.1 taking up 55.5% of Android platforms on mobile devices. Donut (1.6) is falling in at 22.1%, followed in third place by Cupcake (1.5) at 18.9%. Froyo, or 2.2, is taking up only 3.3% of the platform share.

As you can see, the fragmentation still exists in a large way, but hopefully this is proof of a move toward gathering all that fragmentation up and coming up with a more universal solution for Android users.

What version of Android are you running? Let us know in the comments!

[via Android Developers]

Nexus One’s on Vodafone getting Froyo over the coming week

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Benchmark scores and consumer complaints are in… and it looks like everyone wants Froyo. While those non-US Nexus One owners may be jealous of these beauties running 2.2, fear not… it looks like UK Vodafone Nexus One users will be hitting this update in the next week or so.

According to an email from Vodafone, “the roll out will be phased and will be available to all Vodafone customers who have purchased the handset from us.” Apparantly there are some tweaks to the rollout, to include:

  • Amazon MP3 Store and Google Goggles removed from stock apps, but are still downloadable via the Market
  • Wireless Hotspot app set to “open” by default

Full email from Vodafone can be read below.

Google Android software update
UK Communications -
20/07/2010

We can confirm that Google will start to roll out the latest Android software version (2.2) for Vodafone Nexus One users over the course of the next week as an over-the-air update. The roll out will be phased and will be available to all Vodafone customers who have purchased the handset from us.

If customers ask about any changes, please advise:

“Google has removed two applications from the Vodafone version of the 2.2 software build. These are Amazon MP3 and Google Goggle. Both can be downloaded free of charge from the Android Marketplace

Android 2.2 will be installed with the Wireless Hotspot functionality set to ‘Open’. To make sure that no-one else is able to use your device for WiFi internet access, we recommend that customers change that default setting.

To do this, customers need to access Settings/Wireless and Network/Tethering & Portable Hotspot/Portable Wifi Hotspot, then toggle from ‘Open’ to ‘WPA2PSK’ and Save.”

Samsung Galaxy S getting Froyo in September for France

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While the Samsung Galaxy S line has been one of the most anticipated lines of mobile phones to come out in recent months, and has had remarkable sales numbers, it is still shipping with Android 2.1 installed. So, everyone wants to know… when is The Galaxy S line getting Froyo?

We all know that the Korean Galaxy S market will be getting it in August, but now Samsung France has released the information that the Froyo upgrade in their area will be happening the month after, in September. The French got the Galaxy S in the first part of July, and the device is available for as low as 29 pounds when purchased through Virgin Mobile.

All you other Samsung Galaxy S owners: don’t fret. With as popular as this line is and has been, and hopefully will be, you can expect that almost every Galaxy S will have some Froyo goodness in the near future.

[via unwiredview]

Tether Your Droid X Without Cables

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Sure, there are programs out there like PDANet that allow you to tether your phone and get internet, but until now that seemed the only way to do so without paying out the wazoo to do so. A few users have just discovered what is probably just a feature that Verizon forgot to close the loop on which allows users to tether their Droid X’s to their Mac, PC, or Box via Bluetooth. No cable, No root, No special program, no being redirected to Verizon for additional fees. All you have to do is use the built in mobile hotspot feature and set it to Bluetooth. How long do you think Verizon will let this go un-patched? Let us know in the comments!

Thanks, Tipsters!

Samsung Galaxy Beam, first smartphone with built-in projector, debuts in Singapore, available 7/17

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Samsung has officially announced that their Samsung Galaxy Beam with built-in projector will be available to Singapore consumers through StarHub on July 17th.

An exciting device for meeting organizers and media freaks alike, the Samsung Galaxy Beam will not only have a built-in Pico projector, but also has

  • Android 2.1
  • FM Radio
  • 3.7″ Super AMOLED screen
  • 8MP camera
  • 802.11 b/g/n wifi
  • TV Out
  • GPS

There is, as of yet, no word on whether or not we can expect a device like this in the states anytime soon. For more info, or to check out how to order, click here.

Below is the full Press Release:

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Samsung Intercept now official

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You may have seen this phone leaked out to a few fortunate consumers, but soon everyone can get their hands on it. The Samsung Intercept will slide in at a smooth $99.99 after a $100 mail in rebate on a 2-year contract.

It’s features include a slideout QWERTY keyboard (slightly better than it’s younger brother), Android 2.1, 3.2MP camera, stereo bluetooth, wifi and GPS.

It is available in as of 7/11 in either satin pink or steel gray, and will require an Everything Data plan.

[via cnet]

Bell Canada getting Samsung Galaxy S, named the Vibrant

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Bell Canada has officially announced that it, too will be offering the Samsung Galaxy S, slated to be named “Vibrant”, in the coming months. If this device (considering it holds the same moniker as T-Mobile’s version) is similar to others, we can be expecting the standard specs: Android 2.1, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 5MP camera, 4″ super AMOLED display, etc.

Stay tuned for a release date, as the  official page doesn’t tell us much.

[via BoyGeniusReport]

HTC Legend, Desire and Wildfire due for Froyo upgrade in Q3

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HTC has made it official: the HTC Legend, HTC Desire and HTC Wildfire are slated to get Android 2.2 sometime in Q3 of 2010. What does that mean for users? Well, considering Q3 starts on 7/1 and ends on 10/1, that means that there will be a lot of anxiousness, followed (most likely) by a lot of waiting. According to a spokesman for HTC:

“We are working hard with our partners to update the HTC Sense experience on Froyo and distribute it to our customers as fast as possible. We expect to release updates for several of our 2010 models including Desire, Legend and Wildfire beginning in Q3.”

However, it will be interesting to see if, and how, they are able to make 2.2 and HTC Sense play well together, considering all of the aforementioned phones have HTC’s UI overlay.

[via engadget]

Motorola Flipout coming to AT&T?

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Let’s face it. Thus far, AT&T’s choices of Android devices have been slim. But, according to an anonymous source, it looks like they may be getting another soon: the Motorola Flipout. According to a tipster, it will be chugging along with Android 2.1, and most likely the same new Motoblur as the Charm, and may also have Yahoo set as the browser default, like it’s equally acrobatic sibling, the Motorola Backflip. As a side note, it is entirely possible (even likely) that AT&T will also keep this device from loading third-party apps, considering they have done it with every other Android device on their network. Here’s to hoping they won’t.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!