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Android 2.2 (Froyo) Caught On Camera, Flash On The Nexus One
May 12, 2010, 8:09 am
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Waking up to a surprise on a day as gloomy as this one (at least in my native area of Wisconsin) is always appreciated. Sometime last night, Android And Me stumbled across a video from Ryan Stewart – self-proclaimed evangelist for Adobe (is this even an official title?) – showing off Flash 10.1 Mobile on a Google Nexus One (likely one of the bunch of Adobe employees that received a Froyo-stocked Nexus One as a gift).

The video showed Flash in several different forms. He demoed a game/application of sorts, we saw him scroll through a flash-enabled stock chart, and saw him play a couple of videos – all right within the browser window. For the most part, everything looked smoothed. I did notice some choppiness at the beginning of each video he tried to play from different sites, but that’s to be expected as it looked like content was still trying to load (and because this probably isn’t a final build).

As Ryan went to retire the video (the 6:30 minute mark), we also got a brief glimpse of the version of Android 2.2 he was running. For starters, the launch area seems to have gotten a drastic change. On the left and right of the classic “Nexus Launcher”, there are buttons to launch the dialer and web browser, respectively. It’d be pretty cool (but unlikely due to the style) if you could customize those to your liking.

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Android Nation: Why iPhone Exclusivity Doesn’t Matter Anymore
May 12, 2010, 8:07 am
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I can’t even keep up with which rumor is true at this point. Contradicting reports are everywhere concerning what everyone is pinning the biggest tech story of the year on: the iPhone 4/4G/HD or whatever it ends up being called dropping its AT&T exclusive brand and heading to Verizon. Depending on who you ask, Apple may be locked in with AT&T for another 2 years after signing a supposed 5 year exclusivity contract, or maybe advertising company Landor Associates is feverishly slaving away at an iPhone campaign for Verizon for an upcoming summer release.

Great. Does it even matter? Aside from the fact that Apple could use a larger customer base — as the latest numbers indicate they may be running the vein dry over at AT&T — is the issue of what carrier the iPhone lands on really of the world-changing relevancy it may have been a year or two ago? I just can’t see it that way. According to a report by NPD Group (and verified by numbers in AdMob’s latest metrics report), Android has surpassed the iPhone to become the second-most installed handset in the US.

Apple, of course, has their own take on those figures. They are quick to cite that worldwide their iPhone OS devices currently hold a 16.1 percent share of the global market. Great figures for a smartphone — that is if it weren’t lumping in the iPod touch. A decent PR tactic, shifting the figures to a global view and padding them out with a secondary device, but its just a bit more smoke and fire to distract from the real issue at hand: the iPhone’s waning importance.

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Sprint “Hoped” You’d Get Your 2.1 Update by Now, But You’ll Have to Wait Longer
May 9, 2010, 10:02 am
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Earlier in the week word came through a Best Buy internal document that the update to Android 2.1 for at least the HTC Hero would begin today. There was no word on the Samsung Moment, but the hope was that would be coming in just as quickly. The key word here is “hope,” which according to a series of tweets from the official Sprint Twitter, was all they ever had in regards to said update coming today.

I hate to be the bearer of this bad news, especially if you’ve come to the site today “hoping” for an announcement that 2.1 would begin rolling out to your Sprint devices. I’ve reached out to Sprint via Twitter for definitive confirmation.

We did receive an anonymous tip earlier in the week from an UNCONFIRMED source claiming to be a Sprint employee that the actual release of the update would be something more along the lines of May 31st. Take that as a big old rumor though, as at this point any date encompassed in Q2 of this year is up for grabs.

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Verizon Says Droid Eris Update “Coming Soon”
May 9, 2010, 10:00 am
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If you want to complain about software updates, another handset you don’t want to fail to mention unless you like the idea of a thousand angry Android owners descending upon you is the HTC Droid Eris from Verizon. We learned that Verizon would be dropping the Eris in short order, and along with this there was some worry that a new OS update may never come. Now it looks like Verizon is gearing up to bring the update to Eris owners, with software revision ROM: 2.36.605.1/Radio:

No where in Verizon’s literature do they call this one Android 2.1, but if you look at the list of new features you’ll know that is exactly what you are getting:

  • Pinch-to-zoom is now available when using the Gallery and Google Maps.
  • New support for voice-to-text entry.
  • New Gallery application with 3D layout. View and share photos taken with your phone and images from your online Picasa Web albums.
  • New Leap thumbnail view lets you pinch to jump between the seven panels on your home screen.
  • Google Maps with Navigation provides free, traffic-enhanced, turn-by-turn navigation.

If Verizon sticks to their guns, notice that Eris users will get 7 home screens with thumbnail navigation, something that was surprisingly absent from the Motorola Droid Android 2.1 update. You can learn much more about what other additions and enhancements will come with the update at the Verizon Eris Support site.

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Google updates mobile search, adds advanced options
May 6, 2010, 8:17 am
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When Google updated its search results page yesterday with a new sidebar, it also made similar additions to its mobile version. The official Google Mobile blog announced that if you’re in the United States and search for something on your phone’s browser via, you’ll now have a new blue arrow beside the search field. Clicking this arrow will expand an advanced search pane, like it does on the desktop version.

This advanced search will allow you to narrow down your search based on “News”, “Updates” and “Products”, as evidenced by the screenshots. Hopefully it isn’t limited to these three categories, as I would assume there’s legions of others results could be sorted into. Also available is the option to sort by when the results were indexed by Google; this would be especially useful with the “News” filter to find up-to-the-minute information…Read Full Story

Sony Said to Announce Televisions With Intel Chips, Google Software in May
May 6, 2010, 6:16 am
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Sony Corp., trying to reverse sales declines in its TV division, will announce home-entertainment devices next month that use Intel Corp. chips and Google Inc. software, said two people familiar with the matter.

The companies plan to discuss the new products at a conference sponsored by Google in San Francisco on May 19 and May 20, said the people, who asked not to be identified because details are still being worked out. Intel is contributing a customized version of its Atom chip that will run a new version of Google’s Android operating system called Dragonpoint.

Sony, aiming to win back share lost to Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc., would use Intel and Google to help produce televisions and Blu-ray DVD players with Internet access. Intel, whose processors run 80 percent of personal computers, wants to get its chips into new areas, including mobile phones and consumer electronics.

The three companies have been working with Logitech International SA on ways to add more Internet content to televisions, two people involved with the discussions said in March. Logitech is developing a keyboard that would work as a remote control, one of the people said.

Gabriel Stricker, a spokesman for Mountain View, California-based Google, and George Boyd, a spokesman for Sony, both declined to comment. Mary Ninow, a spokeswoman for Intel, also declined to comment…Read Full Story

Acer A1 Overview
May 4, 2010, 5:52 am
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The A1 was Acer’s first Android powered handset and notedly the first Android phone to be powered by a 1GHz snapdragon processor! With this kind of power onboard it caused a lot of buzz and somewhat setting a standard for other “higher level” phones which we have today.

Months before Acer even joined the Open Handset Alliance, rumors swirled that they would launch an Android Phone before the end of the 2009. Looks like the rumors were right! The phone was officially announced in October of 09 to be the Acer A1! A name that makes complete sense. (A for Acer, 1 for first, relation to G1). The Handset was then uniquely only available to be purchased Sim-free & unlocked in Europe – no carrier has of yet decided to stock it and sell it on contract however in December the A1 did go through the FCC with AT&T bands…Read Full Story