Four phones are planned to be brought to customers throughout the year. This will start off next year with the Samsung Acclaim. The first phone, the slide phone QWERTY will come out July 9th, shortly followed by the HTC Desire. The devices and manufacturers for the other two is yet to be decided by US Cellular.
It has been confirmed by Spring that an update for the HTC EVO 4G is currently being worked on. The update will for the WiMAX-capable smartphone will receive the Android 2.2 Froyo, heard in rumours earlier this week. This update will give the EVO flash support on its browser, Bluetooth voice dialing, an improvement on Exchange ActiveSync support, similar to other devices with Android 2.2.
Guess what, there are real parts in the Droid X. Sorry to disappoint you if you thought it was powered by magic. Around here, we love seeing a good teardown, mainly because we can watch the dissection without potentially harming our own devices. This teardown was performed by the good folks over at Droidx.net and they were even nice enough to include instructions and a video.
So, yesterday there were some grumblings about the Android Marketplace being down. However, while there were some protests here and there, it didn't seem to be a widespread problem. The market would refresh just fine, applications would show in the appropriate places, and most importantly, people were able to download things. Things have changed, though.
The two part Android 2.1 update has just recently been withdrawn for release for the G2 Touch. This is the network's name for the HTC Hero, with some reports that a couple users had some problems with it. Quite a few people had problems getting the preperatory update to work, they would just get a flashing warning triangle stating that during the process something had gone wrong.
Swype is on its way into the mobile world, its already been seen on a few handsets already and the company eagerly wants to put it on iPhone. So far Apple doesn't look like they're too interested in taking the bait. But in the meanwhile, HTC, Samsung and Motorola and other OEMs are perfectly fine set in the cult-favorite keyboard's crosshairs.
The newer EVO's have recently just come out and there is a huge difference in the colors of the LCD screens. The newer model has a washed out look to it and the older has better contract, the colors are richer. If you look close to it you can see a row of dead pixels that can look like hair from a little further back.
News on a software update for the EVO 4G can't be completley confirmed, but BGR has received news that Sprint is preparing for a maintenance update. The update is supposedly coming up on the 28th of June, three things are to be targeted in the update. The first update will be an improvement on the wi-fi, the EVO 4G is known for it's poor wi-fi reception.
For those who weren't aware, Google can remove apps that may be bad or violate the Terms & Services of the Android market. This doesn't happen very often, but when it does it's a pretty big deal. Google explained why they took steps to remove an app from a certain small number of phones. They became aware recently that two free apps built for research purposes by a security researcher, the apps were misrepresented intentionally to encourage user downloads, but weren't designed for malicious use.
ZTE has made it's first Android powered phone, the X850. The X850 won't target the high end market like most Android phones recently to date have, but will instead target the entry-level market. But for a phone targeting the entry-level market, the X850 isn't bad at all, except for the 2.8" 320x240 resolution of the touchscreen display. The X850 is powered by a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227, has a 3.5 mm headphone jack, 3.2 mega pixel camera and an FM radio integrated into it.