Motorola DROID 2 gets early video preview & benchmarking

Motorola's DROID 2 smartphone, the successor to the popular DROID, has shown up in the wild again, this time for a hands-on preview.  Android and Me acquired a DROID 2 and promptly ran some benchmarks on its 1GHz Texas Instruments OMAP3630 processor; that, and its doubled memory from the original DROID, helped it score almost twice as much in GPU tests. Meanwhile CPU testing showed the new DROID 2 to be the best performing Android 2.1 handset to-date, and since Android 2.2 - which will likely be pushed out as an update shortly after the DROID 2 reaches shelves - boosts performance even more, we could be looking at the fastest Google phone so far.  Of course, also waiting in the wings is the DROID X, basically the same internal hardware but a larger display, better camera and HDMI output.  We're hoping to see Verizon's new line at their event this coming Wednesday. [youtube FCEMRZIHZY8]

Android Toshiba AC100 MID announced [Video]

Toshiba has announced their first Android-based MID, the Toshiba AC100, a netbook form-factor ultraportable running Android 2.1 on NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset.  The 1080p-capable smartbook has a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 non-touchscreen display, 8GB of SSD storage and an HDMI output. Toshiba AC100 hands-on: [vms 1adc8a7a835976064a86] In addition to the regular Android apps, Toshiba has loaded their own custom launcher, Opera Mini, Fring and Documents To Go, among others.  Battery life is rated at up to 8hrs runtime - that's with normal use, not leaving the AC100 whirring away to itself on a shelf somewhere - or a full week of standby. Connectivity includes WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR as standard, as well as USB 2.0 and an SD card reader, while 3G/WWAN is optional.  No word on pricing at this stage, but the Toshiba will debut in August 2010.  For more on the AC100, check out our first impressions over at SlashGear. Toshiba AC100 promo: [vms 57ab574cf005eb8a7676]

Updated Android 2.2 Froyo FRF72 for Nexus One leaks

A new version of Android 2.2 Froyo for the Google Nexus One has emerged, the FRF72 build, seemingly another beta version of the more widely available FRF50 build.  Shared by a source at xda-developers, the new ROM requires FRF50 to be installed first, and so far there have been no significant changes noticed by those who have tried it out. If you're feeling brave and experimental, however, you can download it yourself from http://android.clients.google.com/packages/passion/signed-passion-FRF72-from-FRF50.bc033f9e.zip; we're not sure how long that link will last, though there are mirrors linked here.  Instructions for installing the new beta are here.  As ever, installing beta software can leave your phone less than stable, though there are multiple people who have tried FRF72 and supposedly experienced no issues as yet. [via Android Police]

HTC Aria for AT&T Arriving in Some Stores Early

So much for a release date, right? Originally scheduled to go on sale June 20th (and we're sure AT&T's still sticking to that date), it looks like a few lucky stores out there in the United States have begun to get their hands on the new Sense UI device. Thanks to a tipster, who managed to grab quite a few shots of the new device, unboxed, we can confirm that at least one device, somewhere, made it to a store and broke cover early.

Droid Incredible Powers Xbox LIVE on a Bridge [Video]

Ever wanted to take your Xbox LIVE experience somewhere other than your living room? How about a bridge? If that's you, then this video's going to make your day. Even if you've never wanted to play your Xbox 360 from a bridge, fully connected to friends and strangers alike online, this is a pretty awesome set-up. It's great what you can do if you've got the ingenuity -- and time.

Motorola XT720 Heading to Germany

The XT720 is already heading to the UK in July, this much we know. And, we've heard plenty of rumors that it's going to show up here locally on T-Mobile USA's network some time in the future. So, where's it missing? How about Germany? That's where you were thinking, right? If you find yourself in Germany and in need of a new Android fix, then it looks like Motorola's got you covered.

Kobo eReader and Store Launches for Android

If you've never heard of Kobo, we can't really fault you. But, to be fair, they're literally everywhere. Today marks the official announcement that the eReader, which may be better known for its tie-in with Borders bookstores, along with its global eBook store, is heading to the Android mobile Operating System (OS). Yes, this beats Amazon's Kindle app by a at least several weeks, so it's probably something you'll want to give a shot if you've been waiting for a good eReader to hit your favorite handset.

Nexus One Running Froyo Launching in Korea in July

We already told you that the Nexus One launching in Korea was coming. In fact, it was originally reported that it'd be coming to shelves on June 21st. But, apparently that may have been a little premature, because it looks like that's been pushed back a few days. And by a few days, we mean maybe a month.

Samsung Galaxy Q to Feature Physical QWERTY Keyboard, Heading to US

The argument about having a full, physical QWERTY keyboard or one of the "soft" kind is a time-tested one. And it's probably not going anywhere any time soon. It's all about personal preference, but unfortunately there's just times when you're favorite hardware manufacturer doesn't give you what you want, so you're forced to look at something else. Well, for Samsung, it looks like they're starting to focus more on the hardware, as the Galaxy S (up until the Galaxy S Pro, that is) has been focused on the software side, rumors suggest a new device is heading to the States, featuring a full physical 'board.