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Android Wednesday: Samsung YP-MB2, New LivePrints Live Wallpaper, and new Froyo doubts on Milestone

  • July 21, 2010 3:07 pm

First up — the Samsung YP-MB2. You can’t really tell much by blurry photo above, but if the few rumors that are floating around are to be believed, we’re looking at a Samsung Galaxy S sans phone capabilities. Basically, it’s an Apple-isque iPhone-to-iPod Touch type of deal. The YP-MB2 will feature the same 1GHz Hummingbird processor, Android 2.1, 4″ Super AMOLED display, WiFI, DMB, GPS, 3MP camera, and of course, access to the Android Market that the Galaxy S phone variants enjoy. I for one would highly welcome a Galaxy S sans cellular contract. Though the original argument for the iPhone and iPod Touch was because of the iPhone’s limited carrier support. The Galaxy S suffers from no such thing. Exciting to say the least.

But there’s more: A new cool Live Wallpaper (No, really! It’s seriously cool!) and new doubts surrounding the Moto Milestone’s Froyo future. So hop inside…

Samsung Galaxy Pro becomes the Sprint Epic 4G.

  • June 28, 2010 6:27 am

Can a new Android phone by Samsung really be called “Epic”? The fact that it has 4G is a good start. Kicking the phone to the side to reveal a rather spacious 5-row sliding keyboard doesn’t hurt either. But are those two features alone enough to conquer them all?

Depends on what you look for in a phone. Though, the reported 1GHz “Hummingbird” processor, 1GB RAM/512 ROM, 802.11b/g/n w/ wifi hotspot, 5mp camera, and 720p video recording ability certainly add some weight. Tying it all together is Android 2.1 with Samsung’s love it or hate it TouchWiz 3.0 skin.

Other tidbits like price and release date have been grouped under the all too common “Soon”, so keep checkin’ back. But if you’re feeling the urge to stay up to the minute with the Epic 4G, sign up to receive more information as it becomes available. You know how it is, join the crowd.

Any Sprint users waiting with abated breath?

[Update] The more permanent “quick fix” EVO 4G rooting solution.

  • June 7, 2010 6:37 am

Does adb, talk of flash custom ROM’s and all of this kernel talk scare the hell out of you? Congratulations, you’ve successfully jumped head deep into the world of Android rooting. Though understandably, it’s not for everyone. For not so code-centric EVO 4G users, a new day is dawning. One in which rooting is now literally as simple as a single press of a *fake* button.

Introducing “unrEVOked”, a one-stop-shop for EVO 4G rooting. First, the good news: it’s easy! Ya, pretty much sums it up. Simply copy the unrevoked.apk to SD card and then install it using Astro or some other like program. From there, users have access to a boat full of rooting tools including Superuser permissions as well as countless root-only apps.

Update:
Checking @unrevoked debunks the cons below. Namely, leaving the .apk on your phone will ensure root access is retained even after rebooting. Removing the .apk removes the root and returns your phone to it’s stock state.

Ok, that’s considerably better. EVO 4G users, you really need this now.

Mystery MetroPCS Android device shows its face.

  • June 6, 2010 8:22 pm

MetroPCS may miss out on…pretty much all the cool stuff (as does any smaller regional carrier), but that doesn’t mean they can’t get in on this Android revolution either. If you haven’t noticed, there’s an Android for everyone these days it seems.

So the device in question — the unnamed gadget before your eyes right about. Some basic specs include a 600MHz proc (same as Moto Droid’s) and what appears to be a display in the low 3.x-inch spectrum. Also, considering the fact this baby is shipping with Moto Blur, Moto isn’t shooting themselves in the foot and wasting all of our time (read: it’s coming with Android 2.1). Granted, I’m rockin’ Froyo (2.2) on my Droid right now. But 2.1 is a helluva lot better than 1.5 or 1.6. Hopefully those days are numbered…

Other tidbits such as RAM, ROM, name, release, and price are all up to you to speculate on at this point. Though what we can say is the processor has some potential. Being that it’s shared with the Droid, we can assume that this mystery device will overclock just as well, meaning easy 1.2GHz kernels wringing every last ounce of performance from this beaut (Is it really?).

So there ya have it MetroPCS fans. It’s not an Incredible or EVO 4G, but it’s somethin’. And somethin’ is so much better than nothin’. So take what you can get and hope for the best.

Android 2.2 (Froyo) faster than 2.1…450% faster to be exact.

  • May 12, 2010 8:26 pm

Scientific number munchers look elsewhere, this is not your Google-sourced, bar chart type of benchmark. It’s nothing more than a dude from Android Police running a benchmark using LinPack. But that benchmark is quite telling.

At stock speeds and non-rooted, the Nexus One averages 6-7MFLOPS. Alright, decent showing. But, flash Android 2.2 (Froyo) on that beast and the ‘putin is kicked up several notches to an average of 37MFLOPS! Talk about a speed increase. That’s a huge improvement brought about by nothing more than more efficient coding. I don’t know if I should be ecstatic for the new found power or depressed that Android was so inefficient this was possible…

Either way, it’s good news for Android users. Whether or not we’ll actually see 450% of real world improvement (and that’s what’s really important) n day to day tasks, under the hood everything should be a lot happier — especially with Flash focusing it’s sights on your Android devices’ resources.

Android 2.2 has my vote. What’s yours?

Nexus > AndroidPolice

Sprint jumps ship on Nexus One, puts all eggs in Evo 3G basket. GS says: Good!

  • May 10, 2010 4:23 pm

I really don’t understand all the fan fair and crying-in-your beer syndrome that has been mounting over various partners dropping Nexus One support. A few months back, the Nexus One spec sheet was the phone to beat. For Android, it was *the* phone on top. And then HTC came around with the Incredible on Verizon causing many to decry the loss of the Nexus One on VZW. The Incredible is better than the Nexus One in just about every aspect. If VZW’s news was detrimental to your well being, the following is going to kill you even more…

LG Ally mini-site goes live. Verizon bound, lower-end Android goodness?

  • May 4, 2010 11:53 am

Android may be suffering from past follies of previous manufacturers concerning fragmentation, but LG appears to know how to release a “modern” phone. As such, the LG Alley that is a relatively mysterious device still had it’s mini-site go live today.

Specs that are known so far include Android 2.1 (yay), 3.2-inch screen, 3.2 megapixel camera, and GPS/WiFi/Bluetooth for wireless needs. LG will also sweeten the pot (?) and toss in a few apps of their own: Life360, Wikitude and Hoccer. How much they add/take away from the experience will remain to be seen.

Short list of specs aside, LG’s device looks like a winner on paper even if it is a lower end model as has been rumored. Look for the LG Ally to open up more as the month moves on to an impending release. Speaking of release, Verizon has long been rumored as the official US carrier. Another fancy Android phone on VZW would certainly give VZW/Android customers a much needed option on America’s largest CDMA carrier.

Anyone feelin’ the LG Ally?

Android Community > LG

Claimed Motorola Droid 2 and Shadow preliminary info leaks out.

  • May 1, 2010 10:41 pm

The Incredible may be all the Android rage as of now, but as is usual in the gadget field, nothing enjoys the crown for very long. Before the Incredible, we had the Motorola Droid. Even now after the Incredible’s release, it’s still one of the top phones (the top phone if physical keyboards are your thing). Back to the Incredible — looking at it’s specs, it’s pretty hard to imagine something displacing it in the near future. But a few members of Howard Forums apparently under NDA have been slowly trickling out a few bits of information regarding two upcoming Android devices — the Droid 2 and Shadow.

Twitter for Android released! Bad: Requires Android 2.1 or above. [Update]

  • April 30, 2010 5:46 pm

We knew it was coming — Twitter for Android. Well, “official” Twitter that is. From the initial looks of it and after 15 minutes of playing around with it, I give it a 3.7 out of 5 (absolutely no scientific reasoning behind that…). I mean, it seems a little plain to me. Not that I want a cluttered, heavy, slow app of course. It just seems like it’s missing something.

The features are as one would expect from your typical Android Twitter app these days: Replies, retweets, address book/camera integration, location aware, etc. etc. Will it replace Seesmic in my day to day Twitter usage? Ehhh, that’s a bit of a stretch. I’ll have to give it a little more play time before I make that decision.

The only truly terrible thing I can think of is the fact that it requires Android 2.1 or above. Ya, that sucks for pretty much…1/2 of the Android population. Sorry guys, look but don’t touch…