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Android 2.1 unofficially officially spotted on Droid Eris. Download available!

  • March 4, 2010 5:12 am

The oft forgotten about Droid Eris may be the slightly less pretty (read: ugly as sin), fat ugly step sister, but that doesn’t mean someone out there doesn’t have some love for it. (Everyone needs some lovin’, right?) While the bigger and more powerful DROID sucks up most of the attention with it’s egotistic male machismo-like attitude, any and all good news about the “lesser” CDMA Android device for VZW goes to deaf ears. Well folks, if you happen to contain one of those red headed step children in the palm of your hand, today is your day.

Some of the ever talented folks at XDA got there mitts on a unofficial official Android 2.1 firmware for the Eris. Mind you, it isn’t perfect and is lacking a few things — namely Live Wallpapers — that other 2.1 builds contain. But really, it’s not worth getting all upset about — it’s XDA for crying out loud. Just about anything you could ever want done with the coded word has been done by these people before. With that said, all you want is that precious Eris 2.1 firmware, am I right?

Head on over to XDA and pick up your copy now.

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Oh snap! HTC MWC announcements leaked ahead of schedule!

  • February 15, 2010 9:45 pm

HTC is one of the hottest smartphone manufacturers right now. What can I say — they’re on it. Pretty much every handset they release, even the mid to lower range handsets look nice to the eye, sit well in the hand, and offer plenty in the software to keep us entertained. HTC’s MWC event is tomorrow (or today if you’re in Barcelona for MWC) so it isn’t that far away. However, we being the impatient gadget aficionados that we are, never turn down a good juicy leak. And juicy this is — HTC’s MWC rap sheet out in the wild!

Eschewing normal social trends, we’ll start with the tail end of the excitement and build up to a climatic finish…or you could just skip ahead — your choice.

HTC Touch HD Mini

Like the name implies, the HTC Touch HD Mini is…mini. A miniature version of the full bodied 4.3″ Touch HD that is. For the Touch HD Mini anyway, this early leak is purely visual (read: no specs to chew on for now). Well, alright. Chances are it’ll come stocked with Windows Mobile 6.5. Nothing much to see really. But it sure is pretty, isn’t it?

HTC Legend

Now we’re talkin’. The so called successor to the wildly popular “Hero” that was released in the US on Sprint comes into 2010 with a more classy look with slightly subdued edges. Though in true HTC/Android fashion, that now characteristic chin remains front and center — ready for your grouping.

The specs:

  • Screen: 3.2″ HVGA
  • Navigation: Optical trackpad
  • OS: Android 2.1 w/ Sense UI

HTC Desire (Bravo)

Ah, finally. The cream of the crop, top of the line, kingpin. The HTC Desire (Bravo) is *the* new flagship Android device from HTC. The physical appearance is typical HTC smugness — dark, calm, and subdued. That doesn’t make it any less appealing though.

Specs:

  • Screen: 3.7″ WVGA
  • Processor: 1GHz Snapdragon
  • Navigation: Optical Trackpad
  • OS: Android 2.1 w/ Sense UI

So what do ya think? Their lineup looks strong and should cater to any price point no? Look for these spec lists to get quite a bit longer in only a few hours as HTC “officially” takes the wrap on these little gems. Want some early speculation? I’m going to say the processor on the mid-range Legend (Hero successor) will be in the 600-700MHz range. What’s your best guess/wishes?

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*The* smartphone for the smaller folk: Sony Xperia X10 Mini Pro

  • February 15, 2010 1:21 pm

The Sony Xperia X10 is one big collection of hotness save for the abysmal fact that it’s going to ship with Android 1.6. Thankfully Sony has outlined plans to bring it up to snuff with 2.1. But that’s not the point of this article. Noooo sir (and mam). The real deal is the Sony Xperia X10 Mini Pro that made it’s debut last night at Sony’s MWC event. Essentially it’s just a shrunken X10 with a slide out keyboard. I don’t know about you, but the only thing stopping me from calling the X10 Mini Pro better than the full X10 version is the smaller screen and slower processor.

So how does it fare on paper? The specs:

  • Network: UMTS HSPA 900/2100; GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900; UMTS HSPA 850/1900/2100; GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • WiFi/Bluetooth 2.1/aGPS
  • 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 processor
  • 2.5-inch QVGA (240×320) touchscreen
  • Sony Ericsson’s custom “Timescape” interface (same as on the Xperia X10)
  • 5mp camera w/ AF and geo-tagging
  • Android 1.6 (updates to 2.0+ already confirmed)

Again, besides the slower processor and downright minuscule scree, the X10 Mini Pro is quite the little powerhouse. So much so I’d say that after it’s Android 2.0/2.1 upgrade that it would be one of the top Android handsets on the market.

Regarding the keyboard — after spending a good year away from physical keyboards on my iPhone and then returning to the physical world via the DROID, I can honestly say I missed the honest to goodness touch and feel action. The screen however is a different story. 2.5″ is simply too small to be of any real use anymore. The low resolution should help some, but overall I don’t think anyone who’s already had a taste of DROID-like resolution (or even lower-rez G1 quality) is going to be happy with the X10 Mini Pro.

Now if only they could take the sliding keyboard and slap that onto an “X10 Mini Pro”, well then, I’d snap one of those up in a heartbeat. Feeling stuck in the same mental game of tug-of-war?

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Android 2.0 seen struttin’ it’s stuff on HTC Touch HD.

  • January 12, 2010 11:41 am

Those of you on the other side of the fence (as in the WindowsMobile fence) now have something else to brag about concerning your WinMo hardware. Being highly customizable and tweakable via hacking means, HTC WinMo devices in particular make a good platform for tweakers. In many instances, Android is being compared to WindowsMobile in many ways. The ability to flash custom ROM’s, tweak, and customize the OS is among the chief comparisons I’ve heard.

With that said, how would you like to see Android running on a WinMo device? Sorry to burst your bubble, but it’s not the first time such feats have been done. The only difference this time is that this flavor of Android (2.0) is actually usable with fully working radios, calling, texts, etc. Pretty sweet if you ask me. Not to mention, the ability to rock Android on a device that normally is WinMo only will surely garner a few pleasing head turns and double takes. Hit up the vid below to see it in action.

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Portable USB 3.0-to-SATA adapter the best $48 ever spent…

  • December 28, 2009 9:42 am

Think that old, decrepit dying hard drive you tossed in some box never to look at again is still useless? Think again. With as cheap and plentiful as hard drives are becoming these days, trashing an old drive simply because it’s too small is all too common. But those precious bits you’ve tossed aside have so much more potential.

One possible idea is to slap it in an enclosure or hard drive dock to make an external hard drive out of it. But who needs another USB 2.0 external hard drive? (I have 6…) It is that very question that Unitek has answered. Brando and Unitek to be exact. Now before you get all nervous by hearing the word “Brando”, make a mental note that this gadget is far from a onetime use, novelty gadget. The Unitek USB 3.0 to SATA Adapter is pure ingeniousness.

As one can gather from the name, the device is a simple adapter that attaches directly to the back of that old SATA hard drive and gives it USB 3.0 superspeed abilities. Super! There are a couple other such devices already on the market. However, those other devices require a large dock to get the bits flowing at super speeds.

Now all you need is a computer with one or more USB 3.0 ports and the motherboard to support it and you’re golden. Who says old things can’t be fast…

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G1 and Android 2.0(.1) to do the sweet, succulent digital tango…soon

  • December 27, 2009 12:47 pm

I almost bit the Android bullet way back in late ’08 when the G1 first graced the hands of many geek alike. The hesitation on my part was bittersweet. On one hand, I was missing out on the all of the first gen sparkle that surrounded Android. On the other, missing out on that first gen sparkle was also a blessing — allowing me to forgo the standard growing pains first gen products often bring with.

The biggest part of Android however renders this growing pain a somewhat moot point as constant upgrades allow even old hardware to chug along with the latest and greatest. However, hope for 2.0+ was starting to dwindle in many G1 owners’ eyes with each passing day as concerns of system partition space being completely tapped out scaring some.

Thankfully those stories can be put to rest as “official” word has been made that the G1 2.0 and 2.0.1 updates have already been packaged up into nice OTA updates ready to be sent on their way. While both 2.0 and 2.0.1 were tweaked, expect 2.0.1 to be the official update pushed to impatient G1 owners when the times comes.

Speaking of the coming time, word is that the OTA update should be dropping soon — as in very soon. Is “very soon” hours, days, weeks? We’ll see…

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Android 2.1 Google News/Weather widget available for download.

  • December 20, 2009 7:52 pm

Android 2.1 (Flan) may or may not be available (depends on your level of Android hackery) yet but that doesn’t mean you can’t at least have one of the shiny new features 2.1 brings. For 2.1 Google has thrown in a new weather/news widget. It isn’t anything groundbreaking but nonetheless is a nice addition to the stock allotment of widgets.

The weather widget is rather simple and shows the city, current conditions, and temperature while the news widget is a bit deeper allowing customization showing/hiding various news categories and even creating your own. Overall it’s a nifty download worth installing. Get on it folks.

**In order to install the 2.1 Google News/Weather widgets, Navigate to Settings > Applications and check “allow install of non marketplace apps”.

  • Download Android 2.1 Google News/Weather widgets from DroidForums

Download it and give it a go.


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HTC Passion becomes “Bravo” for stateside appearance.

  • December 8, 2009 7:17 am

So far most in the Android realm have been enamored with this so called HTC Passion. With a lovely 3.5″ AMOLED and 1GHz Snapdragon processor, on paper it’s easily the best Android phone to date. Unfortunately, word of delays are making their rounds, destroying what little happiness we had been reserving for the holiday gadget shopping season. But such is the way of the world. A few days back, HTC’s entire product map was leaked for the 1H of 2010. In it was a rather Passion-esque “Bravo”. The only real differences being slightly more RAM and a slightly larger screen. Well wouldn’t you know it, HTC is making two versions of the Passion. The “Passion” as we’ve come to know and love so far is supposedly not a stateside model — odd considering Verizon’s Holiday & Passion splash page on their website.

Instead, the Passion will formerly take on the name of “Bravo” once it makes the trek across the big blue puddle separating the US from Europe. I’m sort of liking Bravo, though not as much as the Passion moniker. It just seemed more lust worth I guess. Silly names aside, all that matters is what comes inside. For that, The Passion/Bravo/*insert clever name here* won’t disappoint. Look for at least Android 2.0 to come standard with 2.1 more likely by the time this little gem surfaces in retail outlets. Discuss away…

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HTC Hero Euro-spec and Android 2.1 (Eclair) get some video action.

  • December 2, 2009 9:48 pm

Android 2.1 is one of the most anticipated Android updates yet. For HTC Hero users even more so as they’re currently stuck at the now old as dirt 1.5/Cupcake edition making 2.1 all the more sweeter. The video above shows an HTC Hero Euro-model packing Android 2.1 w/ Sense UI. It looks hot and performs well. There’s only a few areas where some lag is noticeable. Though at this point in the game, lag shouldn’t be non-existent. But I’ll take what I can get for now. Watch the vid and leave your thoughts in the box inside. Just in case: There’s a heavy amount of techno music. I don’t mind it and actually find it catchy. Others will find it causes them to vomit organs. To each his own…

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