Tag Archives: Android 2.0

Android 2.0 On T-Mobile G1?

Look at the video below, it’s your friendly T-Mobile G1 running the Android 2.0 ‘Eclair’. It’s not a final Android 2.0 build nor is it anywhere close to being an official release, but it’s definitely still a sight to see. The amazing minds we have in the Android community decided to port over what they had in the Android 2.0 SDK  to the T-Mobile G1.

As you’ll see in the video, the 2.0 port on the G1 is very, very rough. It’s sluggish and not really usable but hey, it’s the proof-of-concept and effort that counts! The video goes through some new Android 2.0 features and while some stuff obviously doesn’t work, you still get the overall feel. The T-Mobile G1 (and myTouch 3G) hasn’t yet been confirmed to officially receive Android 2.0 but we’re crossing our fingers it’ll come soon. There’s no doubt that running Android 2.0 will make them feel brand new all over again. Let’s make it happen!

[via engadget]


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Good News for Hero Owners: Android 2.0 Coming to Hero

HTC has posted on the following on their Twitter account:

“The rumors are true! Hero will be getting an Eclair update. We ask for your patience as we update Sense for the fancy new Android OS.”

And a picture for those who need photo proof:

This is good news for the early adopters of the CDMA Hero. Now the question is, how long do we have to wait?

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Rumor: Sprint & Sony Ericsson May Launch Android Phone Xperia X10 Infinity

If the printing of brochures is any indication, the Sony Ericsson “Rachael” has moved one step closer to release. Known as the Xperia X10 Infinity will be the first Android-based offering from the Sony Ericsson camp. While the video doesn’t amount to much more than a 1-minute pan and scan YouTube walkthrough of the sheet, the specs confirm that the first Android-based handset from SE looks to be a real knockout.

  • 1GHz processor
  • 4.1″ OLED capacitive touch screen
  • 8.1MP camera w/ touch focus, smile shutter, face detection, ISO settings, and more
  • 32GB internal storage
  • Specially made apps for twitter, Facebook, and MySpace

It should be noted that while the brochure indicates 1080 Full HD, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will record video in high definition. As pointed out on GSM Arena, it could be a “cheesy marketing statement” by Sony, similar to how they advertise their digicams. The reality ends up being that the camera can be set to capture 1920 x 1080 pixel images (2 MP). However, the 8MP camera has us hoping for the best.

A mini-site has gone live for Sony Ericsson’s “What’s Next” campaign. Poke around the html source code and you’ll see references to the “Rachael” code name and mentions of “infinity”. In fact, the logo sitting at the top of the page is called infinity.png, which leads us to believe that the handset will be called Infinity.

According to Rumor: Sprint Ericsson may launch Android phone. {FierceMobileIT}

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Google Navigation Goodness Available on Android 2.0

Google has announced Google Maps Navigation for Android 2.0 that will offer users free turn-by-turn navigation. You heard that right. Google Maps. Free Turn-By-Turn Navigation on Android 2.0.

Google Maps Navigation has everything you’d expect to find in a GPS application 3D views, turn-by-turn voice guidance, and automatic rerouting.  Google has also added compelling new features ‘built from the ground up to take advantage of your phone’s Internet connection’. Google lists seven features that are possible because Google Maps Navigation is connected to the Internet:

  • Always have the most recent maps and business data
  • Search with the power of Google (no need to know exact address, Google can do the legwork)
  • Search by voice
  • Live traffic data just like you see in the current Google Maps with real-time information
  • Search along route allows you to search for results that won’t take you far from your route
  • Satellite View — high resolution, 3D view of your route
  • Street View — you’ll be able to see where you need to turn, what your final address is, etc

This is big for Google Maps and even bigger for Android 2.0. Turn-by-turn navigation has probably been the most requested feature for Google Maps and for Google Maps Navigation to come native on the Droid (with a slick car dock UI to boot), and future Android 2.0 devices is a huge bullet point victory over competing mobile smartphones. Eventually, Google Maps Navigation will make its way to other phones but there’s nothing like being first (and nothing like being free!).

With the release of the Motorola Droid running Android 2.0 on Verizon there is only one question that remains — Will Verizon lock this feature down and require their users to pay for the Verizon branded Verizon Navigator?

Learn more about Google Maps Navigation here!

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Motorola Droid Releasing November 6th at $199

After much hype and anticipation, the Motorola Droid is officially official. It’s hitting Verizon on November 6th (like previously rumored) for a very reasonable cost of $199 on new 2-year contract. It’s a ‘Google Experience’ Android device that won’t rock Motorola’s own MOTOBLUR but will run Android 2.0. Android 2.0 comes with its own social networking features so you’ll be fine Mr. Facebook Fiend. So Big Red customers, are you already lining up to buy the DROID?

The official specs of the Motorola DROID:

  • 3.7-inch 854×480 display
  • 5-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash
  • DVD-quality video capture and playback (720×480)
  • 16GB microSD
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS (with Google Maps Navigation)
  • Android 2.0

This is the first device in Verizon’s DROID series and my does it have a look of a winner. Stay tuned for more updates throughout the day!

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European HTC Hero Skipping 1.6 Update

We just had an interesting email come across our inbox pertaining to the European version of the HTC Hero. One of our readers reached out to HTC to ask about whether or not their Hero would be seeing an update to Android 1.6. Here’s the email they received back:

“Dear HTC customer,

Thank you for contacting our Customer Support Center. We are dedicated to providing you with the best quality service and answering all of your questions and concerns.

The Hero will not be receiving the Android 1.6 upgrade, it will however get the 2.0 one. Do note however that we do not have a confirmed release date for this upgrade, all I can recommend at the moment is that you keep yourself updated by visiting our website regularly as the latest information will be available to view from there.

Best regards,
HTC customer support team
HTC Corp. Global Service Division”

Sit tight Hero owners – better things are coming! Now the question becomes, Will US Hero owners get the same treatment?

{via: AndroidGuys}

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Android 2.0 Sneak Peak Video

Just yesterday, Android developers were discussing the fact that Android 2.0 (codenamed “Eclair”) would be out this week, but that Google hadn’t updated its SDK with 2.0 support.

Today, Google is rectifying that problem by announcing that the latest version of the Android SDK now supports Android 2.0. Along with it, Google has also released a video showing what’s new in Android 2.0.

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