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The new Motorola Droid isn't Verizon's only upcoming Android smartphone. In addition to the much-hyped handset which is set to arrive on Friday, the wireless carrier is also planning to unleash the Droid Eris this week. It appears the Droid Eris is a modified HTC Hero, a handset that is currently available as an Android 1.5 device from Sprint. HTC has said an Android 2.0 update is in the works. For this reason, we wouldn't be surprised if the Droid Eris ships with Android 1.5 with an update to Android 2.0 released at some point in the future. From leaked specs, it appears this phone will have a 528MHz Qualcomm CPU and a 320x480 resolution multi-touch display. It is also said to have a standard... Read more...
No interest in waiting until November 6th to fight the lines at your local Verizon Wireless store? No interest in waiting for a $100 mail-in rebate that may or may not ever arrive? Best Buy Mobile has your back. The big box retailer has announced that it's taking pre-orders for the Motorola Droid--the world's first Android 2.0 device--right now, and it's probably worth your while to shop here versus at Verizon. Why? For starters, you can walk right in and get your name on the list now, with no waiting necessary. This secures your place in line to get a phone that'll undoubtedly have more demand than any other phone that Verizon has offered in years. Also, the $100 mail-in rebate that'll be attached... Read more...
After a series of teaser ads that attack Apple’s iPhone, Motorola and Verizon Wireless officially unveiled the Droid smartphone today. The Motorola Droid has a 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen that is larger than the iPhone’s display and has a resolution of 480x854 pixels. The phone also offers a slide-out keyboard yet still manages to be only slightly thicker than the iPhone. As the first device that Verizon is launching under its partnership with Google, the Droid will also feature Android 2.0 with built-in support for Microsoft Exchange. The phone also has a unified inbox feature that lets you manage multiple Exchange, Gmail, and other email accounts using a single interface. Another cool feature... Read more...
If you’ve been following news and announcements surrounding the Android operating system, you may have picked up on the fact that Google hasn’t announced Android 2.0 or the SDK. An official announcement hasn’t stopped Verizon from talking about this new OS, however. In fact, Verizon has said the upcoming Motorola Droid will run Android version 2.0. Word on the street says this much-hyped new Android phone will officially be announced tomorrow, October 28. Two other recently released Android smartphones, the Samsung Moment and the Motorola CLIQ still run older versions of Android. Motorola has customized the interface on the CLIQ, but it’s still not Android 2.0. Looking at it another way, Verizon... Read more...
Motorola's CLIQ hasn't even shipped to T-Mobile USA customers, and already the outfit's "comeback phone" (not to mention its first-ever Android phone) is being greatly overshadowed. And by another phone in the Motorola family, no less. In a rather odd move on Moto's part, the company has seemingly tied the knot with Verizon Wireless for its second-ever Android device, the Droid. The smartphone, which is set to ship with Android 2.0, a 5MP camera, a high resolution display and a slide-out QWERTY keypad, has just been revealed over the weekend in a much-played spot that saw primetime plugs during MLB playoff games. The commercial is a direct knock on Apple's iPhone, though curiously, it doesn't... Read more...
The Android based G1 (or Google) phone sold exclusively in the states by T-Mobile apparently executes typed text entered in any text entry box including on a web page or in the address book. Handsets running Android release 1.0 TC4-RC29 or earlier are affected by this flaw. What makes matters worse is the fact that the commands are executed as the "Root" user. Due to the Open Source nature of the Android OS, the bug was caught by users and traced down to a few lines of code in the init.rc system file. To try this out: "...Save anything you’re working on (this will reboot your phone!), open the keyboard tray on your G1, ignore anything you see on the screen, and type these 8 keystrokes: <return>-r-e-b-o-o-t-<return>.... Read more...
As many T-Mobile G1 users are waiting for the RC29 update that started rolling out a few days ago to hit their phones, Google is already in the process of releasing another update.Generally speaking, people welcome updates with open arms, hoping that the update will improve their phone’s functionality. This update has a few people upset, however. You see, last week, a tinkerer realized that it was possible to “jailbreak” the phone and gain root access by using telnetd. This jailbreak gives you full admin abilities, right down to the core of the handset’s file system. This access allows for both good and bad modifications. Given that root access lets you do stuff you probably shouldn’t without... Read more...
We’re not so sure what to think of this: According to recent reports, Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse reportedly made a comment to the National Press Club in Washington, saying that Android (in its current form) is not “good enough to put the Sprint brand on it.” Although we can’t weigh in on Android’s usefulness with much personal experience quite yet, this is a very strong comment, especially given the fact that Android is the first truly revolutionary thing to happen to mobile phones in a while. Thankfully, Hesse didn’t completely rule out the possibility of an Android phone in the future. We’ve heard rumors of a delay in a Sprint Android phone before, so maybe, just maybe, the two have something to... Read more...
Heads-up: Apple isn’t the only one implementing remote kill switches for applications in their phones. According to recent reports, the Android platform has one, too. The thing is: At least Google owns up to it up front (instead of allowing a developer to discover it like Apple did) by including a mention in the Android Market terms of service, saying:  Google may discover a product that violates the developer distribution agreement ... in such an instance, Google retains the right to remotely remove those applications from your device at its sole discretion.   Given that nearly anything goes in Google's Android Market, there’s a definite chance of malicious or otherwise unwanted applications... Read more...
The launch of the Google's first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1, was both widely anticipated and highly covered.  Of course, one big negative, one frequently pointed out as a real problem for the iPhone as well, is the associated carrier with the device.  T-Mobile has the smallest 3G footprint of any major carrier, and additionally --- well, the devil is in the details.T-Mobile's advertised data plan for the $179 phone are $25 for unlimited data and voice and 400 text messages, or $35 for unlimited everything.  Well, that's when you really, really need to take out your magnifying glass, and take a look at their 3G details page (as linked to this story).  Look at the very bottom... Read more...
In a glitzy multimedia event reminiscent of some other high-profile phone we probably don't need to mention, Google and T-Mobile today introduced the T-Mobile G1, the first Android-based cell phone.  Pricing and availability details (that's all you care about, right?) are as follows:Existing T-Mobile customers can order today.  However, delivery and store availability won't be until Oct. 22nd.  Pricing is $179 with a two-year plan.  For other countries, November will see the device in the U.K. and it'll spread across Europe in 2009.Additionally, earlier today Amazon.com announced that the device will have a pre-installed Amazon MP3 application, so users can browse, search... Read more...
For some time now, rumors of the GPhone (or Google phone) have been circulating around the web.  While it didn't make a whole lot of sense that Google was going to get into the hardware business, especially the highly competitive handset business, it seemed reasonable that Google had an interest in the handheld market for obvious reasons, not the least of which is the huge potential in search.  Though, as we came to find out, it wasn't so much the hardware but the "platform" that Google was interested in.  Tomorrow (9/23) will bring a lot more clarity to Google's play in the handset business, according to Time, as the first ever Google Andriod operating... Read more...
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