Recent in Day: June 1, 2010

Fragmentation!? Google’s Dan Morrill Doesn’t Want to Hear the F-Word Anymore

Jun 1st - Google has no doubt been trying to downplay the use of the word ‘fragmentation’ to describe the state of its mobile OS, but they can’t really seem to tack down any hard evidence that suggests Android is in fact not fragmented. On the Android Developer Blog, Googler Dan Morrill, Open Source & Compatibility Program Manager, …

Viliv X10 Tablet Seen at Computex Running Android

Jun 1st - Viliv is a company known for their Windows-based tablets, and while their X10 tablet was seen at Computex also running Windows 7, an Android 2.1 version also showed its glass. With a 10-inch, 1366×768 display, the X10 doesn’t skimp on visual candy. You’ll get 720p HD video playback and some impressive 3D graphics to boot. …

Huawei and Movistar Team Up For Low-Cost Android Handset

Jun 1st - While the HTC Wildfire may be the current rage for an upcoming low-end smartphone on the cheap, that hasn’t stopped Movistar from unveiling the Ivy, a handset emerging from a partnership with Huawei. The phone is a rebranded Huawei U8100 featuring Android 2.1 and should now be available in Europe. A rundown of what you …

HTC Tattoo for Orange Gets ROM Update

Jun 1st - HTC has just released a new ROM update for HTC Tattoo users on Orange. It is a manual update that must be downloaded and installed via a Windows-based computer using HTC Sync. The update takes about 10 minutes and will wipe your phone, so be sure to back up any important files first. Absent from …

Samsung i897 Headed to AT&T as the Samsung Captivate

Jun 1st - We got our first look at the Samsung i897 last week, confirming that it in fact was not the Samsung Galaxy S, but rather a phone with pretty similar internals in a different package. Now, according to BGR, the i897 will come to AT&T stores branded as the Samsung Captivate. There isn’t much more info …

Motorola Shadow Has Android 2.1, Running “NinjaBlur”

Jun 1st - A Verizon insider over at HowardForums has been revealing some very interesting information regarding the upcoming Motorola Shadow. First off, as our sources have told us and as I asserted in my previous discussion of the Shadow’s benchmark results, the phone is at least currently being tested with Android 2.1 (if you go back to …

Droid Xtreme Accessories Show Up In Verizon Inventory

Jun 1st - Last week the Motorola Shadow (MB810) showed itself in Verizon’s inventory, and some accessory listing have followed. Judging by the model numbers of the accessories (all having the letters DRDX in them), the switch to the Droid Xtreme name is all but confirmed. Or maybe it will be Droid XTRMm we’re still not sure on …

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Acer Shows Off eBook Concept Featuring Android

Jun 1st - After claims that the e-reader market was not big enough to justify developing their own, Acer seems to have at least been toying with the idea, as the folks at Engadget got to spend some hands-on time with the device courtesy of Qualcomm. Qualcomm, who themselves just unveiled their latest and greatest chipset for smartphones, …

Meizu CEO Leaks M9 Pics, Pulls Them and Says “My Bad”

Jun 1st - Actually he didn’t say “my bad” but that’s the sort of stuff I wish CEOs would say more often when accounting for oil spills, financial crisis, and leaked cell phone pics. And for whatever reason Jack Wong, CEO of Meizu, got so giddy he went and threw some blurry shots of his little baby the …

Need Help With Your New Android Phone? Verizon Offering Free Training Classes

Jun 1st - Maybe your Motorola Droid is your first smartphone. Maybe you just can’t seem to get your email working properly on your HTC Droid Incredible. No matter what, if you feel like you could stand to get to know your phone a bit better (or maybe just pester Verizon employees about OTA updates and upcoming handsets), …

Google I/O EVO 4Gs Experiencing microSD Card Issues

Jun 1st - Ah the lucky ones who got theirs hand on the HTC EVO 4G at Google I/O may not have been so lucky after all. OK, they really did score an awesome, totally free phone, but apparently the microSD cards they came with are another story entirely. Users are reporting some problems storing and accessing files …

Android Updates to Settle Down to Once a Year, Says Andy Rubin

Jun 1st - Now that the excitement around Froyo has begun to settle, the lingering question remains: with the Gingerbread update scheduled for a release at the end of the year, how does Google handle making updates that will ease the pain of fragmentation? Google’s VP Andy Rubin addressed the future of Android’s OS updates in an interview …

Best Buy’s Accessories Roadmap for the EVO 4G Gives Broad Launch Dates

Jun 1st - Not too long ago, we saw the product launch guide for the HTC EVO 4G’s accessories. While we got final pricing and dates for a majority of the products that will be offered, we still couldn’t confirm the information of the media dock and car kit that they’d be offering. A new roadmap that leaked …

Can Samsung Really Launch the Galaxy S in 110 Countries This Month?

Jun 1st - We already knew Samsung planned on getting their latest “wowphone” (it’s my take on the superphone) out to as many markets as they can, but we didn’t exactly have the clearest idea about how many of those markets they were targeting. According to the Korea IT Times, they have it on some sort of authority …

Droid Clone Flips the Script, Offers Windows Mobile

Jun 1st - Usually when we see a clone, it’s a device mimicking a popular Apple product with Android, an Android clone actually running Android, and sometimes even an Android product running a no-name OS made to look like the iPhone OS). Another twist has been added to the bunch today, though. This clone is a Motorola Droid/Motorola …