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If you own a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, you're probably not too fond of the fact that it's stuck running Android 1.6. Sony Ericsson's projected Q4 release for an Android 2.1 update doesn't sit well either when other devices are already getting Android 2.2, but there might be some good news on the horizon.
Responding to one of its Twitter followers, Sony Ericsson UK said that the Android 2.1 update is due for release before the end of September, ahead of the original Q4 timeframe. The company didn't provide any further … Read more
While currently limited to phones on the Verizon network, Microsoft's Bing for Android is a worthy search app. Similar to Bing on other mobile platforms, the app overlays a striking photograph of the day with a pop-up menu to search by images, movies, maps, news, or what's nearby. There's also an option to search for directions--walking and driving. In addition, a search field sits at the top, next to a voice search button. Bing for Android tucks your history, settings, and favorites in the phone's hard-coded Menu button.
Bing also integrates maps, and the touchable hot … Read more
Microsoft's Bing for Android may not technically be the first Microsoft-made app for Android phones (that honor belongs to the rather obscure Microsoft Tag Reader,) but the Bing is its highest-profile app.
Released on Monday, Bing for Android closely resembles Bing for iPhone, with an image of the day marking the backdrop, and a pop-up menu to search by images, movies, maps, news, or what's nearby. There's also an option for directions. A search field sits at the top, next to a voice search button. Bing for Android hides your history, settings, and favorites in the phone'… Read more
The HTC Desire finally makes its long-awaited American debut today through U.S. Cellular. The carrier has been promising to bring the smartphone to its network for a few months as it plans to bolster its Android offerings. The Desire runs Android 2.1 and has a 3.7-inch Super LCD, a 5-megapixel camera, and the ever-popular 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The phone costs $199.95 with a two-year service agreement and a $70 mail-in-rebate.
Best Buy announced Friday morning that the Samsung Fascinate will be available for preorder starting Sunday, August 29. Verizon Wireless' version of the Galaxy S smartphone features a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, and runs the Android 2.1 operating system. As an added incentive, Reward Zone members can reserve the Fascinate today at a nearby Best Buy or Best Buy Mobile location.
There's no word as to what the actual release date is for the phone, but everywhere I turn, the speculation is it will launch on September 9. As far as price goes, I'… Read more
ViewSonic is throwing its hat into the Android tablet ring with a 7-inch offering called ViewPad.
The tablet will be made official at this year's upcoming IFA. So far, confirmed specs include a 7-inch screen, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, microSD memory expansion, microphone, speaker, 3.5mm headphone jack, mini USB, and both front- and rear-facing cameras.
Pricing, capacity, and availability are yet to be determined, as is the specific version of Android the device will ship with. The image shown here, provided by ViewSonic, is a computer rendering of the device powered off, offering no hint of how Android … Read more
Mozilla is one step closer to getting its Firefox browser surfing on Android phones, and on the Nokia N900. On Friday the company issued an alpha version of Fennec, the code name for every instance of "Firefox Mobile" that's still in development stages.
Features-wise, Fennec alpha is very similar to the Fennec prealpha we got a peek at in April, but with the notable exception that Firefox Sync is now baked in. Firefox Sync is an account-based Web service that stores data on your currently open tabs, bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and form-fills in the cloud, on … Read more
The HTC Droid Incredible, one of the more popular Android-based smartphones on the market, will now be running the most advanced version of that operating system.
Verizon Wireless started rolling out Android 2.2 as an over-the-air update to Droid Incredible owners on Friday. The company didn't say how long it will take for the rollout to be complete. But given that Android 2.2 was unveiled in May and started landing on some rival handsets in June, Verizon would be smart to get it out as quickly as possible.
Android 2.2 is a relatively substantial upgrade over … Read more
We explore whether Android's open ecosystem is really better for consumers and developers than iOS' closed system, talk about Flash on the Droid again, and tell you how to make $10k/month creating Android Apps. Join Justin Eckhouse along with guest host Brian Tong for this week's episode.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360) EPISODE 13
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