While recent Android models like the Nexus One and the Motorola DROID/MILESTONE are expected to get their Flash 10.1 upgrade before the middle of the year, what about older models? Does an Android phone like the G1 still suffer from performance issues when loaded up with Adobe’s software? The answer came in a statement on the official Adobe blog page from Antonio Flores. Flores said, “You can expect the final release for Android to be available mid-year. All Android devices that meet our minimum s/w and h/w requirements will be supported. Unfortunately, I cannot say a lot more publicly about our port to the Android system at this time. No, the HTC Hero will not be supported b/c it does not have the correct Android OS version and its chipset is not powerful enough. We require a device with an ARM v7 (Cortex) processor. Examples are the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets and the TI OMAP3 series.” The Nexus One, of course, features the former processor while the Motorola DROID has the latter chip under its hood. As for the G1, forget it. The DROID and N-One are the only models that currently meet the requirements.
Just in case it’s been a long day and the words are just not able to penetrate, here is a list of U.S. Android phones that will not be getting Flash 10.1. They are the Sprint Hero, Sprint Moment, T-Mobile G1, T-Mobile myTouch 3G, T-Mobile CLIQ, T-Mobile Behold II, Verizon DROID ERIS and Verizon DEVOUR. It should be noted that some handsets like the DROID ERIS and the DEVOUR are equipped with Flash Lite that was added by the manufacturer.
source: AdobeForums via Andronica
According to BGR, sources close to HTC have revealed that the HTC Desire is headed to AT&T sometime in May or June and will offer up some HTC Sense UI goodness for its owners. The model that will hit the shelves is likely to look slightly different than the one pictured, with some minor cosmetic changes.
Rumor has it that Sprint will get a new Android handset of their own from HTC – the Hero2. The Hero2 is actually the new HTC Legend but will also undergo some cosmetic changes as it makes its way to Sprint. There is no timeframe at present for Hero2 availability on Sprint, but as we learn more details and as rumor becomes reality, we will post it here.
We recently mentioned an update for the Samsung Moment that was to require you to bring your handset to a Sprint repair center. Well, Sprint has decided to offer the update via your own PC. While the carrier’s other Android device, the HTC Hero, has received a few OTA updates for light housekeeping, it seems that Samsung is just not there yet in regards to sending out the upgraded software.
After the update is through, the Moment will still be running Android 1.5. There should be a firmware upgrade to Android 2.1 early in the next quarter. For those who don’t keep up to date on these matters, Sprint will send out an SMS that will alert the user to the CL 14 update. Among the changes will be updates to certain third party apps like Visual Voicemail, NFL, NASCAR and Sprint TV. The Emergency Dial on the lock screen will be changed as will the hard reset which will now be available in recovery mode. This update should also improve battery life. For more info and instructions, visit the source link.
source: Sprint via Twitter, AndroidandMe
Undeniably, the Google Nexus One is a wonderful smartphone. It packs many great features and a good-looking user interface. It’s great as a whole, but lacks what some consider to be the best thing that has happened to Android so far – the Sense UI. HTC has greatly personalized the operating system, adding a lot of diversity to the interface and neatly integrating it with social services.
Apparently, someone has decided to fill that gap, by porting the HTC Desire’s UI to their Google Nexus One. Unfortunately, the developer has not yet uploaded the Desire ROM, in order to share it with the whole wide world, but has at least posted a list of the working features. These include hardware stuff like the trackball and key on the front, the proximity, light and G sensors, LED and compass. Other features the dev has managed to run fine are the camera, Flash 10.1 support, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. What’s still not working however is the microphone – a very important element no doubt. So, we hope the ROM will become available for all who would like to try it, as soon as this issue gets patched up.
When we last spoke of the Samsung Moment, it was to pass along the word that the device could start receiving an Android 2.1 upgrade as soon as February 22nd. Actually, the upgrade was to be offered in two different ways. According to the story, Moment owners could take their phone over to a Sprint store starting February 22nd to receive Android 2.1, or wait until March 8th for an OTA version. That report seems to be incorrect as Sprint has just sent out a tweet saying that early in the second quarter, the carrier will upgrade both the Samsung Moment and the HTC Hero to Android 2.1. The message says that the pin-dropping network is working through update options with both HTC and Samsung. In reality, we’re probably talking a few extra weeks of waiting, but for Android 2.1, we know that you’ll be patient.
source: Twitter via Engadget
HTC today announced two new Android smartphones that we’ve seen in the unofficial space for months. As expected, the HTC Desire and HTCLegend are the new Android 2.1 smartphones of the company, featuring the revamped Sense user interface. In short, the new features of the interface include a new special screen that lets you overview all the home screen pages and easily pick one. Another novelty is the Friend Stream app, which aggregates updates of your friends’ social profiles. It kind of looks like MOTOBLUR’s happenings. The browser app is also slightly updated, letting you select certain text and run a quick Google search for it.
Now, the HTC Desire (aka Bravo) is something like HTC’s Sense UI version of the Nexus One. It sports very similar specs, including the beautiful 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen and 1GHz Snapdragon processor. For a smooth system performance, it has 576MB RAM and 512MB ROM, which sounds like more than enough. So, if you were into the Nexus One’s features, but also wanted HTC’s social-oriented Sense interface, we guess the Desire is what you’ve been dreaming of. It even has full Flash support so watching online video will be a seamless experience (we hope). The HTC Desire is a quad-band GSM and a dual-band 3G smartphone that will be available in Europe and Asia from early Q2. T-Mobile UK just announced it will offer the device starting March 26.
The HTC Legend is something else. It is the successor to the quite popular HTC Hero, sporting a 3.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen, 600MHz processor and 384MB RAM / 512MB ROM. Many other great features are also available of course, such as a 5MP shooter. The HTC Legend also runs Android 2.1 (aka Éclair) with the updated Sense UI proudly on top of it. The Legend has been “machined from a single aluminum block into a seamless compact frame”, which according to HTC has allowed them to make the device slightly smaller… um, okay, it’s a good looker that’s for sure. Being a dual-band 3G smartphone, the HTC Legend will be available in Europe (through Vodafone) in April, while other parts of the world will get it in early Q2.
Stay tuned for our hands-on experience with the HTC Desire and Legend live from the MWC!
HTC’s press conference is scheduled for tomorrow at 10:30AM CET / 3:30 AM PST, but we already have an idea of what the company may announce. And it would be great to actually see that stuff announced, as MoDaCo has leaked info about the HTC Desire and Legend, two high-end Android 2.1 smartphones.
The first one, the HTC Desire, is something like a Sense UI version of the Nexus One. It sports very similar specs, including the beautiful 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen and 1GHz Snapdragon processor. For a smooth system performance, it is said to rely on 576MB RAM and 512MB ROM. So, if you were into the Nexus One’s features, but also wanted HTC’s social-oriented Sense interface, we guess the Desire is what you’ve been dreaming of.
The HTC Legend is something else. This one is rumored to be the successor of the quite popular HTC Hero, sporting a 3.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen, 600MHz processor and 384MB RAM / 512MB ROM. Many other great features are also available of course, such as a 5MP shooter. The HTC Legend should also run Android 2.1 (aka Éclair) with Sense UI proudly on top of it.
Both devices look very promising, so we hope we will see them tomorrow, this time officially.
source: MoDaCo, more
There are a lot of Android handsets that are anticipating to see Android 2.1 land some time soon to existing models, but now the Samsung Moment can be added to the list with a potential date lined up. Although the Moment is still running Android 1.5 and could’ve been easily lost among the other big named Android phones expected to make the transition to 2.1, it may see light sooner than expected – the first wave is expected to happen beginning on February 22. Unfortunately it will not be an over the air process, instead it will require owners to visit Sprint stores to actually get it installed. It’s still not a terribly bad thing when you consider that the Samsung Moment is reported to get 2.1 as opposed to 2.0. If you do plan on skipping the first wave, then you can sit back at home as the second one will go live on March 8 – that one will be pushed out via OTA process. It’s yet another reason why Samsung Moment owners can rejoice – let’s just hope it comes out on time with the latest version
source: Android Central
News surrounding the HTC Legend have been slowly trickling in – with each one providing a glimpse into what is expected out of the HTC camp. After it was caught in the flesh a few days ago, it surprisingly made another appearance on a Dutch web site with an expected debut to happen in March. The Dutch wireless carrier KPN also let out some additional specs which aren’t too awe inspiring in light of other recent news regarding HTC Android phones – it’ll be powered a 600 MHz processor with Android 2.1 packing some heat from the onset. Additionally KPN will be taking email sign-ups in advance for those who are curious about the smartphone. Some have already begun to compare it with the HTC Hero partly due to its uni-body aluminum frame and somewhat prominent chin – all the things we know and love about the original Sense UI starter. Aside from all the pre-existing specs we know about the phone, we’re hoping for it to become official by the time MWC rolls along.
source: tweakers (translated) via electronista
All HTC devices offering the Sense UI really has to thank one specific handset that may have gotten lost in all the hype surrounding the latest Android phones. The original HTC Hero is still sitting on Cupcake and may soon get retrofitted with the latest Android 2.1 update. Although there are ways to get around on having the latest platform on the handset, such as installing a custom or leaked ROM, there are some owners out there that prefer the old fashion way – waiting patiently until HTC decides to make it available. Luckily for those who have held onto the original starter of the Sense UI, there is news regarding Android 2.1 making an appearance with Sense in “mid March” according to HTC’s Benelux team. Always attempting to make itself unique from others, it’ll feature a new Friend Stream widget that pushes user updates across various services, tweaked Exchange support, and a mix of other goodies. Still it isn’t clear as to when other Hero versions, like Sprint’s, will see the light of this update – it’d be a great idea if Sprint were to go through with it.
source: Whizpr (translated) via Engadget