Droid Eris Comes Out of Hiding

Droid ErisThere’s a good look of a real, breathing, 3-dimensional DROID Eris. BGR’s tipster says it runs pretty much exactly like the HTC Hero except it feels a little faster. Maybe that’s the new shine of the device speaking? Also, it’s a little taller and thinner. For a reported $99, this looks like a steal on Verizon. As cool and hyped as the DROID is, we’re sure the DROID Eris will find its own success. Now if only Verizon will announce the device!

The Droid Eris will run Android 1.5 and pack the same 528 MHz Qualcomm processor and also have a 5.0 megapixel camera (which we’re assuming is the same camera in the Sprint HTC Hero).

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Droid Eris Confirmed: November 6, $99

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New leaked documents suggest all the Droid Eris grumblings we’ve heard were true: it should launch November 6, and it will supposedly run $99 after rebate. That’s pretty cheap considering it matches the specs of the $180 Hero.

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AddressBook availability, 1.6 only on Android Market

From: Nancy Benovich Gilby, VP Engineering, Asurion Mobile Applications

The AddressBook team would like to thank everyone for trying and giving feedback on AddressBook. It’s only been a few days but we’ve learned a lot and will be responding to feedback with improvements in short order.

One issue that may best be addressed when we can catch them in the blogs is “where in the heck/he__ is the AddressBook app?”. We made a mistake and were not as explicit as we should have been that only Android 1.6 is supported by AddressBook at this time.

We realize this is a disappointment to HTC Hero (guess who LUVs her Hero, me) and Moto Cliq users. However, try as we might, there was a severe bug introduced with Android 1.5 that added significant instability into our app, especially with installation and deletion of mixins. We worked with Google, submitted a fix for Andorid on 1.5, and while Google was able to respond for 1.6, there was not an opportunity for them to get the fix into an update for 1.5.

If any of you out there are willing to join our “guinea” program (very pre-release), and likewise are willing to follow a strict set of guideline for installing/de-installing with “as is” ground rules, please email us at addressbook.support@asurion.com to discuss use on 1.5. I’d like to get feedback on is it worth offering it on 1.5. If not, we’re working day and night to be ready for 2.0.

Keep the feedback coming, we are listening,

-Nancy

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We’re Moving to a Dedicated Site

You may experience a few difficulties reaching us as we move to a dedicated site.  Please forgive any difficulties and stick with us as we make our move.

Thank-you for supporting DroidTalk.

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What the iPhone Needs to Keep the Android Hordes at Bay

A couple of days ago, a friend was trying to key my email address into his aging feature flip cellphone. He was muttering about how painful the process was and how stupid the phone was, and he remarked that he was getting a new phone for his birthday — can’t wait. Me, being the tech-curious guy I am, asked him what he wanted. “I don’t know,” he asked. “What do you recommend?”

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Sprint’s Steve Elman Talks Android

For many of the 1,000-plus developers at the Sprint Open Developers Conference this Tuesday, there was one word on their lips: Android.

Steve Elfman, president of network operations and wholesale for Sprint, stated it’s not just about iPhone envy. He said the Android ecosystem is growing with so much broad support that it has the potential to become a new standard for the industry.

“In the old PC days, Apple came out with a vertically integrated computer that was great but was a niche product, while Windows became the operating system for all manufacturers to build on,” he said. “I think Android has the opportunity to be the Windows of 2010 and beyond.”

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No Android HTC HD2 for Verizon?

Yours truly reported a rumor circulating a few days back that the HTC Passion, the CDMA equivalent of the Dragon, would be coming to Verizon as Android’s version of the HD2. According to a recent interview however, that rumor has been dispelled by HTC’s CEO. Continue reading

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