Archive for: 2.1

Android 2.1 Update for Xperia X8 Begins Rolling Out. #android #sony

  • November 27, 2010 10:37 pm

Today, Sony Ericsson announced via their blog that the official Android 2.1 (Eclair) update has started rolling out to Xperia X8 users and some additional X10 users. Many of us have had 2.1 since late 2009 and Android 2.2 since earlier this year. With that said, the only reasoning we see for the massive delay is on Sony Ericsson because of the complex nature of the Rachel UI.

Besides performance improvements and bug fixes, Android 2.1 on the Xperia X8 will bring among the standard Android 2.1 updates, media sharing via TV’s, as well as some pretty hefty upgrades to the MedisSpace and TimeSpace layers. Unfortunately, 720p video recording won’t be included (much like the X10 mini and mini pro models).

Xperia X8 users: Let us know how the updates go!

Dell unveils the “Thunder” 4.1″ OLED, Android 2.1, Flash 10.1 and more!

  • April 21, 2010 9:12 pm

At first, it seemed like Dell’s ambitions with Android were lackluster at best. So far, what they’ve shown us was drawing nothing but yawns on my end. However, the tides changed quite drastically today with the unveiling leak of the Android-powered “Thunder”. A cousin of the Windows Phone 7 “Lightning”, the Thunder aims to usher in the next generation of Android on all new, classy looking hardware. And yes, the body the Thunder is rocking is helluva sexy.

But as much as we like them, looks aren’t everything. And that’s perfectly fine as far as the Thunder’s concerned…

Oh how I wish to have thee: Android powered LG LU2300

  • April 9, 2010 8:01 am

I think I’ve finally figured out my favorite type of phone — slide-out qwerty + touchscreen. It’s the best of both worlds. You can be touchy or physical whenever the mode strikes you. I guess that’s why I love the form factor of the DROID. (Wish I could say the same about Motorola’s build quality though)

The phone you see above you is one of those “magical” concoctions that get’s me going. The only sad part is that there isn’t any current plans for a stateside release. Major bummer.

It would do well here too — 1GHz processor, 3.5″ WVGA display, 3G/WiFi/GPS, 5mp camera, DivX support, DMB tuner, and Android 2.1. Clearly it’s a winner on paper and at least in pictures, looks like it would sit well in my hand. For typing nuts, the keyboard looks nice and spacious with properly spaced keys featuring plenty of travel.

Ugh, I better stop now. Can’t miss what you’ve never had, huh? Somehow that just doesn’t seem too true right now…

BGR > AndroidGuys

Samsung Moment 2 gets the blurry cam treatment. [Leak]

  • April 6, 2010 10:45 am

The Samsung Moment is pretty much your only Android choice on Sprint if you’re the type who digs a full qwerty *physical* keyboard. Overall, it’s a pretty sweet phone (and I actually prefer it’s styling to the DROID’s I might add). Though, being stuck on Android 1.6 is certainly a party killer. Thankfully Android 2.1 is slated to make it’s way to the Moment in the near future.

That phone is barely 6-months old (debuting in September 2009) and already a leaked image of a new replacement — the Samsung Moment 2 — is fresh out of the blurry cam factory. For now, there isn’t really anything to go by spec-wise save for physical observations. In that case, the keyboard looks like it got a tick bigger which should make typing a tad more pleasant. Two things we do “know” however are that TouchWiz 3.0 will come as the standard skin atop Android and that the super sexy Super-AMOLED display won’t be coming to the Moment 2. A bit disheartening but not something I’d call a deal breaker myself.

If this is the type of thing that gets your inner geek all hot and bothered, best stick around as we’ll follow up this post once we get some more solid information on the core specs that every Android nut cares so deeply for.

Looking forward to the Samsung Moment 2?

Unwired > WeRAndroid

Get the Moto DROID 2.1 update now! [Manual install]

  • March 31, 2010 6:04 am

Remember the big hubbub last time when upgrading from 2.0 -> 2.01? Everyone wanted it much faster than Verizon was rolling it out. This time with 2.1 it’s not any different. But that’s my job — to make your tech filled life easier. Verizon’s rollout schedule is nice as it is one final test of stability before a “mass” rollout like we’ll see within the next day or so. Even still, some just can’t wait *raises hand* and that’s ok. So without further adieu, the Moto DROID 2.1 update.

Instructions for install

**It’s pretty much dammed near impossible to brick your phone with a manual update.zip such as this unless the update package itself were somehow corrupt. Even the less experienced should be able to get this done relatively painlessly.

  1. Download official ESE81 — Moto DROID 2.1 update from here (Official), here, or here.
  2. **rename download to “update.zip” (without parenthesis)
  3. Connect DROID to computer and enable mass storage mode.
  4. Copy over update.zip to the root of your SD card (don’t move it inside any folders)
  5. Restart phone holding the power button and “x” at the same time, not letting go until you see an /!\ symbol.
  6. Select “apply sdcard:update.zip” by navigating with either the volume buttons on the side of the phone or the D-pad on the slide out keyboard. Use either the camera button or center D-pad button to select menu items.
  7. reboot and enjoy!

**Forgot one thing (Thanks Carlos): If you get stuck at the /x\ screen, click the camera or volume up/down to jump into the screen with the option to install update.zip

See, it’s not really that difficult is it? The whole process (sans actual download) takes all of 30-60 seconds so it doesn’t really take that long. Let us know how the update goes for you!

PhoneArena > DroidForums

Moto DROID 2.1 update delayed…again…

  • March 18, 2010 12:18 pm

Those crazy ninjas of the VZW underground…. Somehow BGR always gets the low down dirt. Today’s edition of ultra secret news could potentially hit Moto DROID users pretty hard. A new rumor now confirmed development has the Moto DROID 2.1 update that was scheduled to start rolling out day, delayed. According to the source, a last minute bug that wasn’t discovered until late last night/wee hours of the morning is the culprit. I’d be interested to know exactly what the cause for the hold up was. Though in the end, it doesn’t really matter.

Some interesting info can be gleaned when skimming through the comments on BGR however. One comment in particular by a Jason Grier puts the blame not on VZW or Google but on the company who owns the systems that actually “push” out the update. Call me crazy, but I thought VZW would handle something like that? Anyone care to shed some light?

Those waiting rather impatiently for the legit 2.1 upgrade may have another sleepless night or two in store.

BGR

Moto DROID *officially* getting Live Wallpapers with 2.1 update!

  • March 6, 2010 11:06 pm

Moto DROID owners who aren’t necessarily into the “underground” world of modding, hacking, and custom ROM’s were no doubt a bit disgruntled when finding out the 2.1 update would not be as nifty super cool as the Nexus One’s special flavor of Flan (2.1). Adding to the anger, Motorola missed the February-ish time frame that 2.1 for the DROID was supposed to drop. On the subject of Live Wallpapers, the general consensus was that the DROID simply lacked the needed muscle to get the job done smoothly. The hacking community disproved that however as Live Wallpapers have been running on the DROID in custom ROMs pretty much sense the N1 was released.

While we DROID owners have been through quite a bit the last few weeks, hope is on the way. The latest “official” DROID ROM that’s been leaked and spread like wildfire features the code name: ESE53. It is this (from Moto) build that is even faster than the previous leaked DROID 2.1 ROM and has Live Wallpapers to boot. Yes folks, Live Wallpapers are going to be included in the final DROID 2.1 ROM.

As far as the delay goes, retooling Live Wallpapers to make the most of the DROID’s lesser hardware was obviously needed (and adding a few challenges I might add). So all is well in DROID land again, huh? Of course, you can always root and enjoy this and plenty more long before anyone else…

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