TELUS HTC Hero owners weren’t the only ones to wake up today smelling something fresh and tasty in the air, but it looks as though customers sporting the more powerful HTC Desire are also in for a tasty snack.
According to the TELEUS HTC Desire web site, it looks like the official Android 2.2 Froyo update is available for download. Of course that’s going to be fantastic news for those who managed to stay put with their device in the face of some newer offerings out there showcasing the latest iteration of the mobile platform.
Naturally, it brings forth things like Flash 10.1 support with the web browser, the ability to store apps directly on a microSD card, and mobile hotspot functionality to share data speeds. So what are you waiting for? Be sure to click on the source link so you can get yourself well acquainted with the software update, but be sure to perform a backup before proceeding.
source: HTC & TELUS via MobileSyrup
Last month, we reported that HTC had introduced two Android models overseas, the HTC Desire Z and the HTC Desire HD. But those living Stateside should not be jealous as it appears now that a version of each model will be made available to Verizon customers. As we recently told you, the former will be launched on November 11th as the HTC Merge, an Android 2.2 world phone with a landscape sliding physical QWERTY keyboard.
Now comes speculation that the latter device will also be heading to Big Red, as the HTC Desire HD puts on its CDMA cloak and becomes the HTC Incredible HD. A November 23rd launch is rumored for this phone which is very similar to the EVO 4G model from Sprint with a 4.3 inch display, 8MP camera with dual flash and AF, a kickstand and a front facing camera-the first Android from Verizon with a camera up front.
Those who have seen the phone say that it is very upscale, made of brushed aluminum. A source for BGR called it an EVO in a “larger and more polished Nexus One body.” Another insider says that this model makes the DROID 2 look like a child’s plaything.
We have no idea about the pricing of this device, but with this model and the T-Mobile myTouch 4G/HD soon to be launched, we could be looking at a new higher price plateau for this next generation of flagship phones.
Even though we saw a slight glimpse of a Windows Phone 7 powered ASUS smartphone not too long ago, it might in fact be one of the few to come to market if words from one of their marketing managers are telling.
Steven Tu, marketing manager at ASUSTeK South Africa, talked about the”mystery” ASUS device shown off not too long ago sporting the Windows Phone 7 flare and said, “As always, Garmin-Asus seeks the best for our consumers either on Android platform or on Windows platform. However, we see the potential of Android platform devices, so we are focusing on Android platform currently.”
Although it might come off to be a surprise for some people, it does prove to be telling since ASUS was nowhere in sight for Microsoft’s big shindig in New York City for Windows Phone 7 back on October 11th. However, it doesn’t completely mean that the manufacturer will not produce any WP7 devices – which is evident since South Africa is in line to see a WP7 device ready for the “December holidays.”
After the news broke out that Microsoft is planning to impose royalty fees on the Taiwan-based and worldwide renowned notebook manufacturers Acer and Asus, one can’t help but think that Microsoft sees Android as a too big of a threat not to use every trick in the book to oppose the Google mobile OS.
HTC is the only Taiwanese high-tech vendor to have a license for using Microsoft products, but nevertheless Acer and Asus are also known to use e-mail, multimedia and some other functions patented by Microsoft. That leaves the door wide-open for Microsoft to charge royalty fees. According to the rumour that “pursuit of justice” is primarily driven by Microsoft’s desire not to allow the above-mentioned Taiwan-based manufacturers to adopt Android for their netbooks and tablet PCs.
Since Acer and Asus’ handsets are not the most-popular on the market, Microsoft won’t seek royalty charge based on revenue but rather the Redmond-based giant will concentrate on finding ways to make their market share bigger and increase the popularity of their devices on global scale.
In a little more than a week, T-Mobile is expected to launch one of its most ambitious handsets, the T-Mobile myTouch 4G/HD. According to a leaked document meant to be read by certain of the carrier’s employees only (and then chewed up and swallowed?), the Android flavored device appears set for a November 3rd launch.
HTC and T-Mobile have put everything they could imagine into the phone, including a front facing camera, Android 2.2 which brings Adobe Flash Player with it, a 3.8 inch display with resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, support for a 32GB microSD card, T-Mobile T.V, an optical joystick and the kitchen sink. A 5MP camera is on the rear with AF, flash and HD 720p video capture. Did we mention that the unit is enabled to run over HSPA+? The carrier is even planning on offering the device in white, black, plum or red.
What we still don’t know yet is the price for the device. Considering that the magical $199.99 after rebate and 2 year contract price was just used by the nation’s fourth largest carrier for the recently released T-Mobile G2, it is possible that we could see the myTouch 4G/HD get a $50 or so premium similar to how Sprint priced the Samsung Epic 4G vs. the HTC EVO 4G.
Everyone wants to get a piece of the Dell Venue Pro and if you take a closer look at this monster of a phone, then to say it’s understandable would be an understatement. Just to summarize, Dell’s new device is coming with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 4.1-inch AMOLED Gorilla Glass display and most interestingly of all – a portrait QWERTY. It sounds like an all-around brilliant device and the most loyal Android users can be forgiven for feeling left out of the race to get their hands on this promising device. Not anymore. The rumour is that at some point in the future Dell will release a near identical device to the Dell Venue Pro with Android on board. The sad part is that there is no mention of an eventual release date, carriers or countries where the device will be available, but at least their is hope for the future.
What’s certain is that the actual Dell Venue Pro with Windows Phone 7 on board will be released in the Holiday season and its US carrier is T-Mobile, so that stay tuned to PhoneArena for all you need to know about this WP7 device and plenty of others.
The T-Mobile G2 has a bug that restores the original ROM of the phone every time you try to update it with something custom, which must be pretty annoying for its users, considering how important root access is for Android devices. T-Mobile claims that it is there to prevent “accidental modifications” to the phone, but people who know their way around creating custom ROMs have just called it a bug.
That’s why the owners of the T-Mobile G2 have set a bounty on that pesky permanent root access hack. Over at XDA-Devs the owners’ community has pooled around $700 so far for the first person who allows them to fully enjoy their Android device. With that kind of publicity, we are sure that the issue will be resolved pretty soon, and even if you sniff at the cash prize, you can always do it for the glory.
The smartphone and social networking revolution is taking the world by storm with the recent onslaught of mobile operating systems, applications and devices, pouring out of the Silicon Valley. This time around, the rest of the world knows what happened when Microsoft, and then Google, took over the information needs of mankind in the last twenty years or so, making them some of the richest companies in the process.
Now Apple has become world’s second largest firm by market cap, and the biggest Korean telecom is firmly decided to stop the march of the North Americans. That SK Telecom is afraid it will be left out of the mobile game with crumbs is explicable. But to launch a 1 trillion won ($896 million) project to battle the Facebooks, Androids and iPhones of the world seems a bit overboard. The money will be poured into R&D for the next three years, and should result in SK Telecom having its own mobile platform, applications and services such as maps and music to distribute in the US, China and SE Asia. We are all for competition, and if this results in cooler, cheaper phones, we’d be the last ones to call the biggest South Korean carrier a daredevil. At least SK Telecom, unlike Nokia of recent, has realized that the truth is in software and services, not hardware.
The base technologies behind this incredible mobile push will be open for developers to use and modify at will, similar to Android. The big difference is that developers will not just be left there hanging – the project takes one guy with an idea SK Telecom likes, and gives her or him startup capital, office space and all the tax/accounting assistance needed so they can focus on the core task at hand. This is almost the amount of money Microsoft put into the development and marketing of Windows Phone 7, and the same approach to developers, so we’d wager to say we’ll be writing more about this project in the coming months and years.
source: SKTelecom via Bloomberg
A leaked employee training document from Verizon shows a summary of the Samsung Galaxy Tab’s specs and features. What might surprise you is that the device will launch without Skype, NFL Mobile, and V Cast Video applications.
The lack of NFL Mobile is surprising given their partnership with the NFL, and the hype built around offering coverage over the tablet’s larger screen. Skype is particularly disappointing, as many users hoped they could use the tablet for video conferencing, or in lieu of their cell phone. As for the V Cast Video apps, users probably won’t shed any tears.
The exclusions are most likely temporary. If Skype isn’t made available in the near future, users will surely find a way to utilize it on their Galaxy Tab. However, if these turn out to be permanent licensing-based decisions, they might be discouraging to potential buyers.
source: Engadget via Android Central
Still quite a distance away from the Apple App Store, the Android Market can now claim that it hosts 100,000 applications. That is still only one-third of the number of selections seen in the Apple App Store. While the momentum has slowed a bit since the end of the Summer, the NY Times is reporting that 200,000 Android units are being activated daily. That is a lot of potential customers for a software developer to have.
According to the “father” of Android, Andy Rubin, 270,000 developers are busy writing apps for Google’s open source OS. With all of those developers hard at work, can the Android Market catch up to the App Store? Android’s momentum is catching on to some developers. Michael Novak is in charge of Android development at Medialets, a mobile advertising software company. Novak says that Android has gone from being a bit of a mystery to becoming a household name. “I used to tell people I wrote software for Android, and they’d look at me like I had three heads,” said Novak, “That wasn’t even a year ago. Now everyone knows what it is.”
source: Twitter via AndroidandMe, NYTimes