Android Community Week In Review – Week 38 2010

This week was clearly the week of updates for Android devices across all carriers and manufacturers. The Droid X got the much anticipated, although a bit buggy, Froyo 2.2 Upgrade, while other manufacturers were pushing out general updates for their devices. Google’s CEO commented on requiring device makers to have a fresh, non-customized option of Android ready to download if the end-user so chooses. And finally the T-Mobile G2 made was available for pre-order.

Droid X 2.2 Text Message Display order bug fix coming “soon”

When the Droid X finally got the 2.2 Froyo Upgrade many users rejoiced, it had been long overdue and finally getting it meant they could finally have the latest build of Google’s Android Platform. However, the pure excitement didn’t long, bugs showed up, many have proven to be very annoying. The most pesky bug involved how the phone handled text messages. When texting it seems that your most recent sent text is at the top of your sms list and all received text messages are found where ever that conversation happens to be in the list.  Well, the good news is that Motorola is aware of this issue, acknowledged that it was going to require a software update to fix, and are currently working on it as stated by Matt from the official Motorola Forums below: “Okay. I have news. I talked to our engineering team and it appears that this will require a software upgrade to correct it. They are already on it and seemed confident that they know the why and the how-to-fix. I don't have any timeline on when an update will be released, but when I know more I will let you know.   Sorry for this trouble and thanks for all the good detective work and for reporting it.” As always the no timeframe on release would be expected, but with the annoyance that this bug brings we can all assume it’s near the top of the Droid X’s software development team’s to-do list. More info will be coming, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated. [Via Motorola Support Forums]

HTC Desire HD ROM Ported to Droid Incredible, Desire, and EVO 4G

Just a few days after the announcement of HTC Desire HD, we heard that the ROM has been extracted. Well we now have a followup of the happenings between then and now. The developers behind the extract have not got it ip and running on the HTC Desire as well as the Droid Incredible and EVO 4G. They are still not perfect, missing camera support, WiFi and 4G, but they are definitely a start.

Notion Ink Adam may come in colors, Further development documented

The Notion Ink Adam tablet has been the hype for quite sometime. With little details of the device throughout it’s design and manufacturing stages, we now have word that it may be coming with some color options. Rohan Shravan, of Notion Ink, has updated the official blog, this time we get to hear about the various design choices they had to make as well as hinting that colors may actually be an option.

Google: Requiring Stock Android would violate the “Principle of Open Source”

A lot of the popularity of Google’s Android OS comes from the fact that it is open source, developers, manufactures can do what they want with it. This leads many of them to customize it to their own liking for any specific device (e.g. HTC Sense UI, MOTOBLUR). Some of these builds do not exactly fit everyone’s liking, so some believe the end user should have the option to revert back to a clean, stock version of the Android OS if they so desire. Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, was presented with this concept at a press release last week.

AT&T’s Motorola Flipout appears on eBay

The interesting phone known as the Flipout, known for it’s crazy design that is a swivel square, has just hit eBay. The device’s price is $388.88 and includes packaging, the AT&T branding, and all the other necessities. There are currently 3 available and interestingly the price on eBay is most likely lower than the off contract price from AT&T themselves (when they release announce that the device is coming in the first place).
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