Posts Tagged ‘Android-2.2-Froyo’

Double Dell: Venue Pro Delayed, Streak Updated

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

The Dell Streak is getting a much awaited Android 2.2 Froyo update this week –in case you have not heard. The first confirmations of this good news actually came out yesterday, but today, local network operator O2 has assured that Streak users under the network will be receiving the update automatically.

This is a major bit of happiness for those under networks. More often than not (and especially with Android updates) individual per-company releases of mobile platform versions often take months to arrive. This is actually the same case with the Dell Streak –the official launch of the Froyo version was around last June. While an update to 2.0 Éclair would have made sense earlier on, Dell opted to skip that point and just go straight to the latest version instead.

The Streak’s main feature is a 5 inch TFT capacitive touch screen display with a 480 x 800 resolution. The display is supported and protected by Gorilla Glass and also has an accelerometer and proximity sensor. The handset is also powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU running at 1GHz.

In the meanwhile, Dell’s other smart phone, the Windows Phone 7 running Venue Pro, will not be available until next year. This is quite surprising as many expected the Venue Pro (which was previously named as the Dell Lightning) to launch alongside the Windows Phone 7 OS last October –along with many other WP7 devices as well.

Also powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, the Venue Pro would be the perfect device for the heavy smart phone user. The 4.1 inch AMOLED capacitive touch screen provides users with just the right amount of display space to fully enjoy the new MS made user interface. Lastly, the slide out physical QWERTY keyboard is a great addition. While the portrait orientation may throw some users off, it seems to be a pretty stable phone overall.

HTC Magic Update for Froyo Coming, Nokia E7 is Delayed

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Sad news for those waiting for Nokia’s upcoming E7 handset; the touch screen smart phone with a slide out QWERTY keyboard was originally due for release early next year. However, due to some unconfirmed reasons, the device has been indefinitely delayed.

Still, many are hopeful (even within Nokia’s camp) that whatever issue is holding the handset back will be fixed pretty soon.

This Symbian^3 powered handset is not the first of its type to be delayed –the Nokia N8 also suffered from the same problem. In fact, Nokia spent most of its time last year announcing further delays to the N-series device that was supposed to have launched last April. Eventually, the phone came out around October to November, which is probably one of the worst delays to have ever affected a smart phone’s launch.

The Nokia E7 delay is such a big shame since the handset is actually pretty impressive. In fact, one might even say that it is more well rounded that the N-series N8. The E7 is packed with an 8 mega pixel camera with 720p HD video recording, a 680MHz CPU with a 3D graphics accelerator, a 4 inch touch screen display and gorilla glass protection.

Moving on to good news, the HTC Magic will be getting an unexpected update: to Android 2.2 Froyo. The original generation 1 Android handset (next to the HTC Dream) is confirmed to be getting a special version of the new Froyo update for the open source mobile platform. So far, it has not been determined as to when the actual Vodafone exclusive (for now) update will arrive, but it is expected to be available by the end of the year.

As some might expect, not all features are supported –especially those that are resource draining such as Flash playback. But other details such as USB tethering and app support in micro SD cards are much welcome add-ons to the now-ancient smart phone.

Google Updates Dell Streak, LG Star Launches in Korea

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

For those who have never heard of the Dell Streak –you missed out. This is probably one of the biggest Android smart phones to ever be released; both figuratively and literally. In many ways, the Streak is Dell’s top contending Android device. Sure, the electronics manufacturer has several handsets under its brand, but none could possibly match up to the Streak.

But as we said, the Streak is also big in size –literally. The device pops out a large 5 inch capacitive touch screen display. The screen provides users with plenty of space for accurate navigation and of course, gestures. The larger screen may sound bulky, but once you have the device in your hands, it is impressive how ergonomically sound the whole handset is.

Anyway, the big news about this equally big phone is the fact that Google has finally come out with the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Dell Streak. The actual patch has yet to be put up online, but the official statement is that the Froyo patch will come out by the end of the week so it will not be too much of a wait for fans of the Android OS.

For those worrying about the large screen, do not worry, all that 5 inches with 480 x 800 pixels of visual joy is fully protected by Gorilla Glass. The handset also comes with 16GB of internal memory, a 5 mega pixel camera with auto focus and dual LED flash. 720p HD video recording will be supported with the upcoming patch. Lastly, the handset is running on Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon CPU.

In other Android news, the launch of the LG Star worldwide might not take too long now. The device has already been released in South Korea as the LG Optimus 2X. Hopefully, the Android handset powered by the Tegra 2 CPU will be available in local store shelves by the end of the holidays.

Google Shows Off Gingerbread, Froyo Now Standardized

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Things are looking good for Google’s Android mobile platform. The OS has been taking some criticisms regarding issues that relate to fragmentation –a much expected result of being an open source OS that is used in a wide variety of handsets. Still, a little standardization goes a long way and seeing how the latest version of the OS, Android 2.2 Froyo, has finally been able to make it to more than a third of all the devices is certainly a major feat.

Reports have shown that at least 43% of the Android smart phones now use version 2.2. Another large chunk goes to version 2.1 Éclair while a small remainder still makes use of the older 1.5 Cupcake and 1.6 Donut versions.

Of course, not all major handsets have been updated and not all releases have been able to roll out smoothly. Delays, issues and other problems tend to pop out and that is also the case for the Samsung Galaxy S under T-Mobile. Users of the handset were disappointed a couple of days ago when the planned December 1 update did not arrive as scheduled. While the network has expressed a sincere apology for the delay, not specific reasons have been stated.

As for the upcoming version 2.3 Gingerbread, the new OS has finally been revealed by Google through a quick video demonstration. So far, there are plenty of familiar elements in the icons and user interface while most of the common functions are still there. The new OS once again brings focus to voice input features.

The only downside to this new video is that it is currently entirely in Chinese –so a little knowledge of the language would be nice if you plan to watch the vid. The update still retains the performance boost provided by the Android Froyo so users can expect to see the same speed.

Upcoming: NFC Activation for C7 and Updates for Legend and Streak

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

The 5 inch Dell Streak handset is one of the most intriguing smart phones around. After all, with the massive 5 inch touch screen display on the device, it is easy to mistake the overall face of the phone for one of the older, bulkier mobile devices of yesteryear.

Of course, the super slim case makes it known that this is simply a high end phone with a really big screen –much like a touch screen tablet. In fact, many are referring to the Streak as a mini tablet and the terminology is quite fitting. With the smallest tablets ranging around 7 inches, a smart phone with a 5 inch screen certainly has plenty of similarities. Anyway, the much anticipated upgrade to Android 2.2 Froyo for this intriguing device is available now.

HTC’s Legend handset is finally getting an update to the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system, as well. With initial plans to leave the device at 2.1 Éclair now scrapped, owners of this impressive high end smart phone have something new to look forward to. The Legend is basically a watered down version of the HTC Desire. Both devices use AMOLED touch screen technology, though the Legend’s screen is smaller at 3.7 inches. The device also comes with a 5 mega pixel camera.

Finally, Nokia has confirmed that the C7’s near field communications chip will be activated in an upcoming update. Though no specific date has been announced, this has excited many in the tech industry. NFC technology can be used in a very wide range of applications, making this handset something that users will certainly want to play around. Interfacing with a wide range of gadgets is expected to be one of the primary new functions that NFC will serve.

Apple is also heavily investing in NFC technology as well, having recently bought a specialist company earlier this year. Expect to see NFC to appear in more devices in the coming months.

HTC: Launching WP7 App Store, Legend Update Coming

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

It seems that HTC has special plans for Windows Phone 7. While Microsoft has announced pretty early on that the new mobile platform will certainly be getting its own custom app store category in the Microsoft Marketplace, it seems that they have not made any restrictions regarding where the platform may obtain new apps.

Several details has been announced by Microsoft early on regarding Windows Phone 7, this announcements included details such as what kinds of hardware was required and the fact that manufacturers were limited in the use of custom user interface –which was practically saying that it was not allowed in the first place. But as for the app store, there were no rules stating that WP7 was limited to Microsoft’s domain, and this is where HTC has come up with something special.

At the moment, no specific details has been given as to what HTC has in store for WP7 owners, but one thing is for certain, they will need to get the support of many developers for the new app store to be successful.

In other HTC related news, the Legend will finally be getting an Android 2.2 Froyo update as well. The phone was launched along with the HTC Desire earlier this year, but has met very little success in terms of popularity –despite the device’s pretty impressive hardware features. Though while this handset has been lingering in the shadow of the Desire, there has been enough attention to the device to finally get it a much needed software update.

The Legend’s 2.2 Froyo update is expected to come out before the start of December, though no specific date has been confirmed. For those wondering about their HTC handset, the Legend comes packed with a 3.7 inch AMOLED touch screen and a 5 mega pixel camera.

The Long Road to Standardization: Google’s Android OS

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

One of Google’s biggest problems with the Android mobile platform is the fact that the system is very fragmented. For those unfamiliar with the concept, this is simply the fact that so many different versions of the Android OS are currently available.

This is because the Android operating system is used by a wide range of mobile phones and that there has been a lot of versions that have been released in the past couple of years. The other important factor here is that many manufacturers have come out with Android devices as well –which means that being able to provide a uniformity of user experience is completely out of the question.

The BlackBerry OS, Palm WebOS and the Apple iOS are not prone to this same issue –this is because the other mobile platforms are stuck with only one phone manufacturer. But since the strength of Google’s open source platform is its distribution, delegating it to only one phone maker would not be a good idea.

According to recent studies, the Android 2.2 Froyo has grown to reach a significant portion of Android users. Currently, the latest OS holds about 38% of the Android population. About 41% of users are still using 2.1 Éclair and the rest are split between 1.5 Cupcake and 1.6 Donut.

Many are expecting that the shift from Donut and Cupcake to the Éclair and Froyo platforms will be happening during this last quarter of the year (Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA series will be getting Éclair in the UK by early 2011 –or so many rumors say) until the start of 2011. In the meanwhile, the Android is quickly catching up with the Symbian mobile platform in terms of distribution –with many expecting total market saturation by the end of the year.

Mobile News: Today’s Highlights

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

It has been another exciting week for the mobile phone industry and if you have been having keeping tabs on all the latest news updates, here’s a quick list of all the important things you would not want to miss out on.

First off is the launch of the Windows Phone 7. The new mobile platform from Microsoft is officially out but the first handsets to showcase the OS will not be out until the next few days. Expect to see plenty of sold out pre-orders for some of the latest devices like the HTC HD7 and the Samsung Omnia 7.

Samsung’s also got another killer handset on the way. The Wave II has just been confirmed for a launch in the UK this coming holiday season. The massive update to the first device that brought to us the Bada operating system and is taking away all that disappointment high end smart phone fans had with the Wave 2 and Wave 2 Pro (though we can expect those two devices to sell significantly better). The new phone will also be showcasing super LCD technology as a replacement for the super AMOLED screen on the older Wave.

In more Samsung news, the i9000 Galaxy S is getting its much awaited update to the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system. After a long wait, the OS if finally moving up to match that of the HTC Desire keeping the Galaxy S as still one of the most coveted Android devices around. If the impressive new firmware update is not enough, let us remind you that this phone also packs a 4 inch super AMOLED touch screen display.

HTC’s previously exclusive Aria handset has finally made it to UK shores. And like many other smart phones that were deemed to be US carrier exclusive, a quick name change (to the HTC Gtatia) was all it took to bring the handset over locally.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Confirmed for November Launch

Monday, October 4th, 2010

It seems that the Galaxy Tab’s official launch date has finally been confirmed. Plenty of time has passed since we first got a glimpse of the massive 7 inch Android gadget back in Korea and now, the time has come to finally announce the tablet’s official UK launch date: November 1.

So far, Samsung has not yet detailed if there will indeed be a launch event, but those who are planning to get a touch screen tablet might want to consider freeing up that day in order to get in line.

While Google has specifically stated that the Android operating system has not been designed with tablet devices in mind, many manufacturers have seen the potential of an Android tablet, and Samsung is among the first that fully pushed with the idea. In fact, this 7 inch, capacitive touch screen device is the first official Android tablet that will hit the store shelves (other Android tablets are also in the works from other manufacturers as well).

As stated, this tablet runs Google’s Android operating system. Loaded in the phone is version 2.2 Froyo which provides support for plenty of new features including the latest Flash player, version 10.1.

One of the biggest issues that the Galaxy Tab has had since it was announced is the projected price. According to many sources, the tablet would be costly especially on SIM free plan with estimates placing the Tab at a price range of a little under 800 GPB –even more expensive that Apple’s iPad.

But for a tablet with the Android operating system, built in cameras and a more ergonomic design, the extra cost makes sense –but still places the device well out of budget for many interested buyers. It has also been reported that on data plans, the device might become available for about 300 Pounds, but only for two year contracts with an unlimited data plan.

Tablet and Social Networking on BlackBerry, O2 Android Launched

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Technically, the O2 Android 2.2 Froyo update for the HTC Desire should be considered as a re-launch. According to reports, the update of the Android handset came out as scheduled but O2 UK was forced to shut it down after several reports of freezing issues came in. While the exact cause of the problem was not detailed in the reports, there were enough cases to warrant the removal of the update for a small period of time.

This situation is similar to the one Orange Mobile UK faced with the same Android 2.2 Froyo. When installed successfully however, the new OS is a charm to use on the HTC Desire. The speed is significantly faster and all the new features are certainly quite useful too –particularly the update to the camera’s user interface.

In any case, the update for 2.2 Froyo is finally back online and HTC Desire owners under the network can start downloading the update –just be sure to do so under a secure and stable connection as the update file is pretty big.

Moving on, Research in Motion has announced not only their plans for the BlackBerry tablet, but they have also announced the new systems and features that will be available to BlackBerry users. The new tablet will be named as the BlackBerry Playbook and will feature a 7 inch capacitive touch screen display, a 1GHz Processor and dual cameras. While the launch is still pretty far away –around the second quarter of 2011, it is a pretty decent tablet to look forward to.

As for the new systems and apps for the BlackBerry OS, users have plenty to be excited about with the new BBM. The BlackBerry messenger has always been a core function for RIM handsets and now users will be able to do more things such as being able to invite friends to app games or actual events.