According to Pocket-lint, their sources within Motorola hint to the telling tale that an improved version of the Motorola Motoroi is headed to the UK within the next few months. As the company is looking forward to launching a variant of the handset, the Motorola XT701, the news should raise some eyebrows as the version intended for the UK looks to offer a well rounded mix of impressive features. The rumors point for it to feature an 8-megapixel camera with a Xenon flash, support to playback & record 720p video, mini HDMI connector, and a faster processor – which all points to a somewhat fantastic multimedia packed powerhouse. To even add some spice to the UK version, it is also expected to offer the social networking friendly MOTOBLUR running on top of Android 2.1. With no word on carrier availability, pricing, or an exact release date, it’ll nonetheless still provide a decent offering out of Motorola’s camp – especially when it’s intensive over in the multimedia department.
Expected to be available this week at the App Store and Android Market is the Square Payment System which turns your iPhone/iPad or Android device into a credit card reader. With the reader plugged into the phone’s 3.5mm audio jack, you simply swipe the card after entering information about the transaction, and you receive an approval. Retailers using the system will have to pay 2.75% of the amount of the transaction plus 15 cents, but that is much lower than other services and does not even take having to buy more expensive hardware into consideration. If a mobile card reader is something that your business could use, check out the video below.
Adobe has passed out Android phones to its employees. Some of them have been lucky enough-like Ryan Stewart-to find that their Nexus One is powered by Android 2.2, also known as Froyo. Thanks to this video made by Mr. Stewart, we can see that 2.2 will include support for Flash 10.1 as well as a new app launcher, Android tutorial and a global search box. Android 2.2 is expected to be introduced at this month’s Google I/O show. As for when you might expect to see the new build on your DROID or Nexus One, no date has been announced although we have reported that June appears a likely time for a launch of Android 2.2.
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Some questioned the reality of the square-like Motorola phone we first saw a month ago, but now it looks more telling that this device is for real. Although there is a slight resemblance to the Motorola BACKFLIP, this latest smartphone sports a twist/flip like action that’s required in getting the QWERTY keyboard into its usable position. Going by the name Motorola Flipout, it features Android 2.1, MOTOBLUR, 3.1-megapixel camera, 2.8” touchscreen, 256MB RAM, 512MB ROM, GPS, and a 700 MHz processor. As of late, we’ve been seeing a steady stream of handsets that utilize the square form factor – such as the Nokia Twist, Microsoft KIN ONE, and the LG Lotus Elite. When it comes to personalization, it looks to be available in three colors – but it’s unknown which carriers will be offering the smartphone. When every device out there looks somewhat the same, it’s quite refreshing to see Motorola once again by stepping outside of the box to offer a unique looking device that can differentiate itself.
In showcasing the possibilities that can be accomplished with the Android platform, gamers will surely love how the platform can play host to a myriad of fun loving games – even if it doesn’t offer a QWERTY keyboard. The Motorola DROID might’ve received a neat new accessory that transforms it into a nifty game pad, but now it looks like the Nexus One is taking it to another level as it combines the Nintendo Wiimote to play games like Donkey Kong Country with the aid of an emulator. Thanks to the Wiimote Controller App, you can simply bring along the popular gaming accessory with you in all of your travels and have some much needed wireless fun on your Nexus One. So if you happen to own both devices, the Wiimote and Nexus One, then you can have a shot at having some console fun on the go.
source: YouTube via Engadget
With a number of third party browsers trying to attract the attention of Android users, the Dolphin Browser HD joins the list with a number of new features. Joining pre-release versions of the Skyfire and Fennec browsers, the latest build of the Dolphin Browser HD includes multiple tabs, full multitouch support, a YouTube downloader, a thumbnail flick menu and more. You can install the software for free at the Android Market, or scan the QR code on the search link. You must be running Android 2.0 or higher on your handset. Including the stock browser, which one are you Android users partial to?
Even though there was a decent chunk of European Motorola MILESTONE owners who managed to get on board with the Android 2.1 update that started to become available towards the beginning of April, others are just getting their chance in downloading the update for the very first time. UK customers who own the Motorola MILESTONE are now taking their first plunge in experiencing the new found wonders that accompany Android 2.1. Almost more than a month of being available to other European owners, the UK is now just getting treated to the much wanted upgrade to Android 2.1. Users can simply download the update manually by going to Motorola’s web site or by just going on your handset to check and see if the OTA process is available. Whichever way you go with, you can now reap the benefits of all that it has to offer.
source: Motorola via AndroidGuys
An update to version 1.1 of Google Goggles might make the app more useful. A new feature allows you to highlight a word or a block of words and if Goggles recognizes it, you will get an option to translate the highlighted word(s). Obviously, Google has expanded the number of languages that can be read using the technology it unveiled at the MWC in Barcelona. Back then, only German was supported, but Goggles can now read English, French, Italian and Spanish as well as translate many more languages. Google continues to work on being able to use the service for all Latin and non-Latin based languages. In addition, the new version of Goggles includes improved barcode recognition and better recognition of products and trademarks. You can now initiate a search using pictures in your phones gallery, and there is an new user interface.
You can install Google Goggles from the Android Market, or head over to the source link and scan the QR code. If you already have Goggles installed on your phone, you should be prompted to click on your phone for the upgrade. Google Goggles works on phones running Android 1.6 or higher, and is a free download.
While the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 won’t be powered by Android 2.1 out of the box, the joint venture said today that it will upgrade the X10 line with 2.1 by Q4 of this year. The models involved are the Xperia X10, Xperia X10 mini and the Xperia X10 mini pro. Adding Android 2.1 is part of an upgrade to the handset’s UX platform and other improvements include HD video recording with the same specs (720p) as on the Sony Ericsson Vivaz, and upgrades to Mediascape and Timescape to make them “smarter and richer”. For Xperia X10 users, the bad news is that multitouch was not mentioned at all. The timing of the update might also prove to be a bone of contention for users of the joint venture’s first Android model. It is possible that by the time the Xperia X10 is running Android 2.1, other high end Android phones could be sporting 2.2.
From all appearances, it was just another phone getting a perusal by the FCC prior to being sold. But the FCC label apparently matches the one on the inside of the HTC Legend. What else can we discern from the filing? How about the radio frequencies? The FCC filing says the phone might end up with a carrier that supports the 850 and 1900 MHz WCDMA bands. This limits the potential carriers receiving the HTC Legend in North America to AT&T in the U.S. and Telus, Bell and Rogers up north. Adding to the circumstantial evidence is the similarities in the FCC’s ID numbers. The first time through the FCC, the number was PB76100 and the new filing number is PB76110. Put this all together and it looks like a living legend is AT&T bound.
source: FCC via EngadgetMobile