More images of the HTC droid Eris resurface

So just a couple of days ago we talked about the Eris Android phone. Which, by the way, will be made by HTC, not Motorola, and will have the DROID moniker too. And yes, it will also be sold by the Big Red. So, can you hear me now? If you are one of the few that are not sold into the Motorola DROID, or maybe you just don't want to shell out two Benjamins for it. Well, there is a solution, in the form of another DROID phone coming from Verizon, the HTC DROID Eris. Not as cool as the Motorola DROID, but hey, you might like the Eris better. Who knows? You also have to remember that the DROID Eris by HTC will arrive with the nice SENSE UI from the Hero, as you can see on the images on this post. The Verizon DROID Eris by HTC will be Verizon’s second Android phone and will be priced at $99.99, after the unforgiving rebates and a two year agreement that is. And is believed to be Big Red's version of the HTC Hero. [Via phoneArena]

Google: We don’t Make Hardware, so don’t expect a GPhone anytime soon

As we know, or at least most of us anyway, there have been rumors of a Gphone for a long time. And there has been actually no Gphone so far, just phones and other devices running Google's Android OS. Google has confirmed that they don't make hardware. According to Tom Krazit from CNET, "Google's Andy Rubin, head of the company's Android development, would like to clear something up: Google is not in the phone-making business." So there you have it folks, apparently, Google will not compete with its customers by releasing its own phone. Which many believe is the right path for the company. Rubin, besides making clear that Google doesn't make hardware, also said; "We're enabling other people to build hardware." The vice president of engineering for Android at Google also joked at why Google should not be making its own hardware. He gave the example of Google advocating for the infamous hinge design on the G1. He said that specific design wasn't popular with reviewers. Rubin also said that at this moment, the company does not seem prepared to make a shift in Google's business model.

Review of the Samsung Moment at Slashgear

If you have been waiting to find out more about the Samsung Moment, than now it's your opportunity. Our fearless Head Chef BBQ has reviewed the latest of the Android phones on Sprint's line-up over at SlashGear. And apparently, he does like it. Most of those who read the specs on the Samsung Moment, normally drool about the 800MHz processor, hey, I don't blame them, here between us, I did that exact thing. But, there are also things that this new Android phone needs, like a reworked UI - a la MOTOBLUR or HTC SENSE, for example - and also a more extensive social network integration. Now the keyboard, that's the first thing that impressed everyone that handles the Samsung Moment, and Ewdi was no exception. He likes the audible click when each of the large keys are pressed, and believes that the offset layout better replicates that of a regular keyboard. However, not all the keyboard is great, there are certain "annoying" things about it. I don't want to spoil it for everyone though, so if you want to see more images of the Samsung Moment from Sprint, as well as a small Screen Test video of the beautiful AMOLED capacitive display, well, head on over to SlashGear. Enjoy!

NBA League Pass Mobile App for Android Phones

For those avid fans of the NBA that are always on the go, now there is a way to enjoy those NBA games, but not everyone can do that, unfortunately, only the lucky owners of the Android G1 and myTouch. Those lucky ones will, for the first time ever, watch live NBA action all season long wherever they happen to be, via 3G or WiFi. We are not joking, you will be able to watch every single televised game, nationally and locally, well, almost, since those games are subject to blackout restrictions, regardless of whether team is home or away. But other than that, you'll be okay. And if you missed a game don't worry, you'll have up to 48 hours to check out full game replays from around the league. To review the NBA League Pass blackout rules go here. Also, you can watch one live game while checking out the scores and status of other games at the same time. So head on out to the Android market place and get your NBA League Pass Mobile season pass. And remember that for now, is only available on G1 and myTouch devices running OS 1.6 or higher. Now, the price of this app will make you fork out $39.99, which is expensive if you ask me, but if you got to have your NBA fix, than I guess it'll be well worth it.

Verizon DROID by Motorola gets a Hands on over at SlashGear

As we all know, this week is DROID week, and if you did not get a chance to check out the Droid site from Motorola last friday, before it was pulled. Well, do not fret, the good fellas over at SlashGear got a hands on with the famous device from Motorola. There isn't a full review of the Verizon DROID by Motorola just yet, since it's too early for that. So instead, the SlashGear crew was in a session with Verizon, Motorola and Google to discuss the first Android 2.0 smartphone of the year. Which has a nice 3.7-inch 854 x 480 capacitive touchscreen, that dominates at first glance. Talking about the display, SlashGear expects the AMOLED display on the Samsung Moment to be the best of the Android phones. But the DROID mounts such a vivid and bright display, with "eye-popping colors", that it will give the Moment a run for its money. A full review will be here soon, where we will know how the DROID by Motorola hold its own. But it is already looking as a great device. If you want to see more pictures of this hands on, head over to SlashGear to check them out.

Will Verizon have its own Hero in the form of the DROID Eris by HTC? Apparently, Yes

Apparently, the DROID by Motorola is not the only Android phone that Verizon will be launching in November. According to the latest batch of leaks, the Verizon DROID Eris by HTC will be big red's second Android phone and will be priced at $99.99. According to a leaked screenshot over at AndroidGuys, it appears that staff over at Verizon are already being trained on the technical details of the DROID Eris. This new Android phone will have the same 528MHz Qualcomm processor as other HTC Android models, and will also run Android 1.5. Over at phoneArena, they got a hold of more images of the DROID Eris, which confirm the 5-megapixel camera with no flash. However, the phone does have WiFi, and the camera has autofocus. So, as you can see, it looks like the Eris would be Verizon’s version of the HTC Hero, since those specs do match with what’s available on Sprint and in Europe. The latest leaks also tipped a November 6th for the lauch date of the DROID Eris, with a price - as we mention before - of $99.99, After rebates and with a 2 year agreement, of course. What do you think? Will Verizon launch 2 Android headsets from 2 different companies on the same day?

Confirmed: HTC Hero to get Android Eclair

For those of you who don't have Sense UI in their Android phones, and got jealous about the Taiwanese HTC Magic getting that update, well, there's more to be jealous about. The HTC Hero will be getting an update sometime soon in the form of the Eclair (2.0). HTC have confirmed to our good freinds over at SlashGear that they’ll be offering an update to Android 2.0 for the HTC Hero. HTC is asking that owners “be patient”, since they are not giving an exact date for the release. Here's the statement from HTC:
Yes, we are working on an Eclair update for the HTC Hero. Because Eclair is a significantly enhanced release, it will require some time to update Sense for this new version of the Android OS. Please be patient while we work to provide you with a tightly integrated experience like the one you are already enjoying on your Hero.
Now, how will this be rolled out on to the different Android carriers, well, that is a mystery. What we know is that, the original European GSM version of the Hero, as well as the CDMA Sprint version, will both get it.

HTC Magic In Asia to get Sense UI

According to many people, the custom HTC Sense UI makes the HTC Hero the best Android phone currently on the market. So is no surprise that HTC Magic owners want to have it, unfortunately, it has been available only to Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom subscribers. As we all know, the HTC Sense debuted on the HTC Hero - which by the way, has been well received - and back in August we had confirmation from HTC about upgrading certain Android models. So far, there is no word on when will the rest of the HTC Magic phones in the world get the upgrade, if they get it. Also, there isn't any word from HTC on delivering this upgrade to any other Android devices. The HTC Sense brings social networking integration into the smartphone’s contacts app. Not only that, but it also tweaks the Android UI, and adds various interactive widgets.

GSM version of Motorola DROID caught on camera [Video]

The Verizon DROID by Motorola may be getting all the headlines today, but we're already wondering when the smartphone might show up in GSM form.  One such device has already made an appearance in a video, and while there's no extra detail about the DROID itself - bar the SIM card - it's certainly whet our appetites. Of course, what the video can't tell us is when the GSM DROID might arrive in the US or Europe.  An AT&T-friendly version has been tracked crossing the FCC's path already, though, so we're hoping it'll be sooner rather than later. [youtube][/youtube] [via SlashGear]

Android 2.0 gets Google Maps Navigation Beta [Video]

While we may have caught up with the main features of Android 2.0 earlier this week, Google have been keeping one surprise.  Google Maps Navigation Beta is an update to the company's free GPS app, initially exclusive to Android 2.0 devices such as the Verizon DROID by Motorola, adding in turn-by-turn directions, vocal prompts, speech-recognition and more. The software - which is likely to strike fear into the hearts of standalone PND manufacturers and GPS software providers - has Google search is built in; you can tap in - or, by holding down the search button, search by voice - an address, landmark or business and get a list of results.  Points of interest (such as gas stations) along the route are also given priority in searches, while both satellite mapping and Street View imagery is shown. You can place shortcuts to commonly-accessed destinations on the Android 2.0 homescreen, and of course there'll be integration from the Contacts.  There's also a new UI more suited for in-car use, which has larger icons and a predominantly voice-controlled menu system. [youtube][/youtube] [gallery] [via SlashGear]
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