Sprint’s Hero & Moment Will Receive Android 2.0 on First Half of 2010

Since someone caught an HTC Hero in the wild running Android 2.1 with a new HTC Sense UI, all Hero users here in the US are asking how and when will they be receiving the Eclair treatment. The answer from HTC and Sprint Twitter accounts points to early next year. So now, as you can see on the images above, we can be almost certain that Hero and Moment users on Sprint, will not get Android 2.1, but instead, Android 2.0. And according to Sprint's twitter account, the date is "TBD (To Be Determined), but roughly 1H 2010". And HTC's twitter account confirms that the Sprint Hero will get Eclair "early next year". We're happy to see that Hero and Moment owners will no longer be stuck with Android 1.5 and that they will soon be getting all the goodies that come with Android Eclair.

The Gphone aka Nexus One Could be Just Android Dogfood for the Holidays

The Google Phone is a great mystery, Google themselves have denied about making hardware, saying that they are not in the phone-making business. But many people keep on waiting for the myth called Gphone, and it is believed to arrive by next year. And now, Google admits to handing out phones to their employees for testing. Yes, you read that right, Google confirms to be testing "in-house", some new hardware from a Partner that runs on their free mobile OS. So it appears that they are just experimenting with some new product, a new Android phone, perhaps, but, is not Google's hardware. And that's about it, they are not letting anything else out of their mouths. Here's what Google's official blog has to say on this:
We recently came up with the concept of a mobile lab, which is a device that combines innovative hardware from a partner with software that runs on Android to experiment with new mobile features and capabilities, and we shared this device with Google employees across the globe. This means they get to test out a new technology and help improve it.
So, whether or not is the Gphone or the Passion, we can be sure there's something new coming from Google pretty soon. Until then, dogfooding is on at Google's campus, and they will not share any details. We will have to wait for the dogfood diet to be over. [Via eGether]

Motorola MILESTONE; The Smartphone Without Limits, Touts UK TV Commercial

And since we are already talking about the Motorola MILESTONE, and how it took less than three hours - record time - to sell out in the UK. Well, lets talk about the UK TV commercial for this awesome Android phone. This new commercial for the Motorola smartphone doesn't have the bomb-like objects coming out of the stealth fighters and scaring the cowboys and their horses. And it doesn't have the robotized voice saying "DDROOOIIIDDD". Nope, instead, there's a voice of a nice Brit lady, telling you several things about the device. We know that many of you don't like or care about the DROID commercials, but they are good nonetheless. On this UK commercial, you hear about propositions that many smartphones can claim as their own too. Call me crazy, but I'm almost certain that, if the Brits see the DROID's commercials, they'll be more influence to buy the MILESTONE. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtNisSeihPE&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

Motorola Milestone Sells Out in Record Time, Less than 3 hours

We know the DROID by Motorola is a great device, and many people love it, or love to get one. That's especially understandable, and more so after TIME announced their “Top 10 Everything of 2009″ list with the Motorola DROID ranking as the number 1 on the gadgets category, over the iPhone 3GS, which took the 4th place. With that in mind, we have no doubt the DROID by Motorola is a very popular smartphone in the good ol' US of A. But many of you might be asking themselves, how is the DROID's twin brother; the MILESTONE, doing in the UK? Apparently, pretty good. According to Expansys, it took less than three hours to sell all the MILESTONE by Motorola phones that they had over there. Below is what the CEO of eXpansys; Roger Butterworth had to say about this:
The demand for the Motorola Milestone has been staggering. We received the units at 10am on Thursday, 2.5 hours later we had sold out. A second shipment is already on the way and should be arriving in time for Christmas orders.
[Via Pocket-lint]

Acer Liquid A1 is a Step Closer to Launch in the US After Passing the FCC with AT&T 3G Bands

Now that the Android-based Acer Liquid A1 is on sale in the UK, many Americans are hoping to get their hands on that nice smartphone. Well, some of them might get their which granted now that the Liquid A1 has passed the FCC. Apparently, the first Acer Android smartphone; the Acer Liquid A1 was spotted at the FCC's testing. Not only that, but it also appears to have complete support for the 850 and 1900MHz bands, which happen to be the same 3G bands that the DeathSta... errr, AT&T use here in the US. So far there's no word from AT&T or Acer on this matter, and of course the FCC isn't saying anything either. Will the Acer Liquid A1 be the first Android smartphone from AT&T is yet to be seen. But for those who want this Android phone, is good to know that is one step closer to be release in America.

Beautiful Widgets App Now Available on the Android Market

So who doesn't like the SENSE UI on the latest HTC smartphones? I guess is safe to say that most of those who see it, fall in love with it. Heck, there's even a leaked Sense UI ROM for Android 2.1 out there. You don't have an HTC phone? Well, that might not be a problem now, as long as you have an Android-based phone. Beautiful Widgets has come to the rescue, and is now available on the Android Market. Beautiful Widgets is actually a set of widgets that run on Google's free mobile Android platform, with a stylish and nice looking design inspired by the HTC interface (Sense UI). So, all those Motorola DROID owners who would kill to have Sense UI on their smartphones, now you don't have to (killing is never good, you know). If you own a Samsung Android-based phone, you can also get this app to work for you. Next are the Features: - Two nice looking flip clocks with 12/24 hours support - Weather with realistic icons - Celcius and fahrenheit temperature - Automatic language detection - Geolocation for the weather city, or the ability to enter the city name - Automatic sunset/sunrise calculation - High res graphics for WVGA Devices (such as the Motorola Droid) - 1x1 beautiful Wifi/Bluetooth/Plane mode/Silent/Vibrate widgets to easily enable or disable them - 1x1 GPS widget that act as shortcut to enable or disable location in the settings. Check below for 2 screenshots of Beautiful Widgets running on a DROID by Motorola:

eviGroup Wallet Android MID Might Arrive in January

evi Group, which is headquartered in Nancy, France, is planning to bring to the public, an Android-based MID; the eviGroup Wallet. eviGroup’s CEO, Nicolas Ruiz has confirmed that the Android MID might make its official appearance as early as next January. The upcoming Android-based MID has a 5-inch 800 x 480 WVGA touchscreen, with GPS, WiFi b/g and integrated 3G. The device was originally scheduled to arrive in France this month, but apparently, the process is proving to be a little harder than expected. Apparently, this new MID is ready for “initial production” with suppliers for ARM chipsets, and will have a front facing camera, as you can see in the image above. Is not a surprise that eviGroup are not having a walk in the park getting this new device off the ground. But let's hope they soon bring a cheap MID to our hands. [Via SlashGear]

Google is Blocking the Maps Navigation Hack for International Users

If you are running Android 1.6 on your smartphone, then you are one of the lucky ones who got the update to be able to use Google Navigation Maps Beta. Unfortunately, if you live outside the United States, you might not be so lucky afterall. Even if you were able to hack your Android device. As we all remember, the Google Navigation Maps Beta was only available at first for Android 2.0 devices in the US only. However, Google decided to give the update to Android 1.6 users too, but also available for US users only. It wasn't long before someone got Google Navigation to work on devices outside the US, thanks to a "little hacking". Apparently, Google is now blocking this hack for all the Android smartphones that had access to the Google Maps Navigation beta outside of the US thanks to the hack. Maybe Google is doing it to cover their butt... errr, to cover themselves from any legal action. So, we must blame licensing restrictions, and not Google, from preventing the use of Google Navigation outside the US. Hopefully, Google is hard at work to get this working on all the Android devices of the world. I can only hope.

DROID #1, iPhone 3GS #4 in TIME Top 10 Gadgets for 2009, Take that iPhone!

I know this one is going to hurt those who drink too much iDon't koolaid, because they never, in their most wildest dreams thought about any other phone beating the iPhone. But it happened, TIME announced their “Top 10 Everything of 2009″ list, and the Motorola DROID ranks on number 1, and the iPhone 3GS took number 4 on the gadgets category. As a matter of fact, the Barnes & Noble nook is the device that took the second place, and Dyson’s Air Multiplier bladeless, nonbuffeting fan took third place. Now, as we all know, many upset iPhone followers will not believe this, but who cares now. Do you? TIME, of course, is just one magazine saying this, for now anyway, there might be more coming down the pike. Next, for your reading pleasure, is what TIME had to say about the DROID and the iPhone:
1. Motorola Droid Everybody likes Android, Google's open-source smartphone operating system. But a smartphone operating system isn't all that satisfying without an actual kick-ass smartphone wrapped around it. Now Android has one: The Droid is a hefty beast, a metal behemoth without the gloss and finish of the iPhone, but you don't miss it. The Droid's touchscreen is phenomenally sharp and vivid, it has an actual physical (not great, but good enough) keyboard, and best of all, the Droid is on Verizon's best-of-breed 3G network. It's Android's first credible challenge to the iPhone. Price: $300. 4. iPhone 3GS Take the iPhone. Make it faster. There, you're done. Yes, the 3GS has a better camera — with video. And it has a compass and voice control. Those are all improvements over the original. But the main point of, and the best thing about, the new iPhone is speed. It has more of it. Period. Price: $200 to $300.
[Via SlashGear]

MOTO MT710 Zhiling to go on sale in China on December 28th

The MOTO MT710 is a nice and stylish looking smartphone, it is based on the most advanced version of the OPhone platform. Many people think of it as a DROID without the hardware keyboard. The MOTO MT710 has a 3.7" FWVGA screen with 480 x 854 resolution, and a 5-megapixel camera. The phone will use China's homegrown 3G standard and a China Mobile operating system, which is known as the Ophone. It will access the internet using China Mobile's TD-SCDMA (Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access) network or WiFi. The MT710 will also be able to download applications via the Mobile Market from China Mobile. A China Mobile representative said that the MT710, will go on sale in China on December 28th of this year. There's no word on pricing just yet, but the device - like all Ophones - will use a version of the Google Android operating system, which is modified by China Mobile. To check the full specifications of this Motorola phone, click here.
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