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
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Dell is responding to concerns in the open-source community that it didn't comply with the rules governing Android software used in its Streak tablet.
The Streak was released in the U.K. in June, and in the U.S. in July. Recently, a group of developers started a mini-protest online after they found, they said, that Dell failed to release some source code components for the Streak as required by anyone using software governed by the GNU General Public License.
The GPL requires those who use software governed by the license to make available any changes they made to … Read more
We've known for a while that Google has plans to launch a music service, but the search engine is now searching for someone to lead the music venture, according to a published report.
Citing industry sources, the blog All Things Digital reported that Google has spoken to several digital-media executives about the job but hasn't hired anyone yet. Google has spoken to the labels about launching a music service that offers song downloads, streams music, and ties music into the company's all-powerful search engine, as early as this fall, according to people familiar with the situation.
Those … Read more
After a short period for preorders, Cricket's first Android smartphone is now officially on sale. You can get the Sanyo Zio, aka the Kyocera Zio, for $249 with Cricket's no-contract service. To go with the phone, Cricket also is offering a $55 per-month service plan that includes unlimited talk, text, picture mail, Web browsing, e-mail, and international text.
As we've said since the handset's introduction earlier this year, the Zio's feature set includes a 3.2-megapixel camera, a video player with 30 frames per second, Wi-Fi, voice dialing, a music player, a digital compass, a … Read more
A licensing system meant to ensure Android applications were properly downloaded has been hacked, and Google is looking into the issue.
Google introduced a new licensing system for the Android Market in late July in response to concerns that it was too easy to obtain Android applications without paying for them or without proper authorization. However, that system itself can be bypassed relatively easily by someone with a little bit of coding knowledge, according to an investigation done by Android Police.