Android 2.0

T-Mobile UK Will Soon Have The Motorola Milestone

The GSM version of thee highly successful Motorola Droid will soon make its way to T-Mobile UK. This Android 2.0 packs in a fast processor along with an awesome GPU. This is one of the best Android handsets available and it has a full hardware keyboard.

IBM Plans to Release Lotus Notes App for Android

Apparently IBM finally recognizes Google's Android OS as a viable platform, good enough to create a Lotus Notes app for it. Windows Mobile, iPhone and Nokia's Symbian S60 handsets already have their own version of IBM's Lotus Notes Traveler. According to ZDNet UK, IBM announced at its Lotusphere conference in Florida that they will release a secure Lotus Notes client for Android devices. The app will be free to download, but you'll have to buy the Lotus Domino server software in order for the app to work. The mail, calendar and contacts app will run on handsets with Android 2.0 and higher (sorry Android 1.6 and 1.5 users), and will be the second major secure email platform outed for Google's free mobile OS. Back in December 2009, Good Technology launched an email client that isolates and encrypts sensitive data on Android-powered phones. So far there's no word from IBM on the specific features of Lotus Notes Traveler for Google's open-sourced mobile OS or when the Android email app will be made available. Will you get it when it comes out? Let us know in the comments.

Korean ads for the new Motorola MOTOROI (aka Sholes) [Video]

Like many of us, our friend djunio is keeping an eye on the MOTOROI Android-powered handset made by Motorola. So you might enjoy the three video ads we have about this new device at the end of this post, even though they are in Korean. Motorola’s first Android 2.0 device for the Korean market shows some basic phone capabilities on the first video. And if you were wondering on how to pronounce the name (MOTOROI) of this handset, well, just pay attention to the clips and you will find out. On the second clip you will see some of the 8-megapixel camera functions been demonstrated, and the third video shows you how to use the 720p HD video recording capability. As you can see, Motorola’s social networking integration system better known as MOTOBLUR is no where to be found on the new MOTOROI. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0QO5UMWd_I&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBitaNAgtMQ&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFjTsqCC6Cg&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

Motorola Announces MOTOROI with Android 2.0 for Korea

Back on December we had some pictures of the Motorola Sholes (XT701) running on the newest version of Android (2.1) heading for China Unicom. This time Motorola have confirmed the arrival to the Korean market of what appears to be the same handset but using Android 2.0 instead. This Motorola handset is called the "MOTOROI" (yea, it sounds a little funny), and will be the first smartphone for the Korean market to run on Google's Android 2.0. The MOTOROI will arrive to Korea sporting an 8 megapixel camera with Xenon flash and a 720p HD camcorder. The Android-powered handset has a 3.7-inch (480X854) WVGA capacitive touchscreen, multitouch gesture support, and up to 32GB of storage with a MicroSD. MOTOROI owners will be able to enjoy Terrestrial DMB1 with up to 24 TV and audio channels for free. [gallery] Press Release:
Motorola Introduces MOTOROI™, Korea’s First Smart Phone Powered by Android 2.0 January 17, 2010 SEOUL, Korea. – 17 January 2010 – Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), a global leader in mobile telecommunications, today inaugurated a new era in Korea’s mobile lifestyle with the introduction of MOTOROI™, the first smart phone in Korea to be powered by Android™ version 2.0. For people who want the ultimate smart phone experience, MOTOROI™ offers the ability to use multiple applications at the same time, effortless pinch-and-zoom browsing, and cinematic navigation through music, videos, and maps of the world. “We are delighted to announce MOTOROI™, the first Android-based phone, with SK Telecom in Korea, a key partner in one of Motorola’s key markets in the world, ” said Sanjay Jha, co-chief executive officer of Motorola and chief executive officer of Motorola Mobile Devices. “MOTOROI™ is a smart phone without compromise, delivering a wiser, richer web and messaging experience with the most delightful touch-interface you have ever experienced, all made possible through the combination of Motorola’s expertise in design, a truly differentiated Android experience, and the power of SK Telecom’s network.” “Motorola’s smart phones powered by Android are receiving tremendous response around the world, and it is our pleasure to introduce one of them for the first time in Korea,” said Ha Sung-min, MNO president of SK Telecom™. “MOTOROI™ by Motorola will bring a paradigm shift in the domestic mobile market with outstanding Internet, multimedia features and access to the fast-growing Android Market™.” Thousands of Android-Based Applications Android is widely recognized as the most exciting mobile platform in part because of its unequalled openness. Anyone can develop Android applications and make them available through Android Market, and you can download them on MOTOROI™. Designed to take full advantage of the power of Android 2.0, MOTOROI™ gives you a full touch screen with a huge 3.7 inch, high-definition WVGA (480X854) display, making it easier than ever to view full page websites, videos, games, or photos. The display uses a powerful combination of Motorola’s touch user interface (UI) and a capacitive touch sensor for smooth screen flipping and scrolling, and five main displays let you customize your MOTOROI™ with various widgets with more freedom than ever before. Google Mobile Services in Your Hand MOTOROI™ delivers fast and powerful mobile versions of Google™’s most popular services. High speed web-browsing1 is possible at home or outdoors with MOTOROI™’s Wi-Fi support and Android Web Kit Browser, supporting up to eight open browser windows1 and giving you the greatest possible freedom in using Google™’s various mobile services1, including: * Google Maps™: Search for places near your location, get driving directions, view map with Street View and satellite imagery * Gmail™: Integrates and supports multiple accounts * YouTube™: Enables one-touch playback from home screen widget or app * Google Talk™: Provides messenger service by Google Imaging Technology for Digital Camera Experience & Premium Multimedia Features You expect a Motorola device to offer superb imaging, and MOTOROI™ breaks new ground, offering an 8 megapixel camera with Xenon flash and a 720p HD camcorder – the first of its kind in Korea. Your new MOTOROI™ not only lets you capture, view and share2 high quality photos and videos, it helps you make them look better than ever: * Smart image capture: Includes easy panorama, face detection, multi-shot (6 shots in a row), face filter, red eye reduction, camera shake prevention and many more elements designed to improve the quality and variety of your photos * HDMI™ (High Definition Multimedia Interface): With Korea’s first HDMI™ capable phone, play your HD video from your phone directly to your HDTV. MOTOROI delivers an upgraded mobile entertainment experience from the company that pioneered mobile entertainment: * MP3 player: Enables you to send and listen to MP3 files without the need to convert files * Terrestrial DMB1: Enjoy up to 24 TV and audio channels for free * 3.5mm ear jack: Listen to music through connecting your favorite head phones * Storage up to 8GB3 and Micro SD support up to 32GB3 * Unique docking station: Enjoy movies by setting the phone on the docking station designed exclusively for the MOTOROI™, or use the phone as table clock or digital frame User-Friendly and Innovative UI MOTOROI™ adds a host of small touches to your user interface to help make using a powerful smart phone easy and intuitive: * Smart widgets let you use your content more conveniently, adjusting the size of the calendar, memo pad, contacts, e-mail and other widgets and shortcut icons on the home screen as you are using them * Pinch to zoom in and out lets you enlarge or reduce the size of web pages with ease * MOTOROI™ offers five distinct text-input methods, including a 3X4 keypad, full QWERTY, half QWERTY, hand writing and writing pad * The screen lock with proximity sensor lets you talk on your phone with ease as the screen automatically locks when the touch screen gets near your face Advanced Mobile Office for Efficient Working We all have to work sometime, and MOTOROI™ supports management of multiple accounts and document editing to ensure you work more efficiently with cutting-edge text recognition and true multi-tasking, which lets you run multiple applications at once: * Synchronize and manage multiple email accounts simultaneously, letting you separate your work and personal inboxes * Gmail Contacts sync: Synchronize contacts from the accounts that are added on the device. * Microsoft and PDF document viewer * Optical Character Recognition: Optical dictionary that translates immediately through quick scanning, business card reader which recognizes contact information on business cards and automatically stores information to your phonebook; and document reader which easily scrap books or articles to your phone as text files The MOTOROI™ by Motorola will be available at SK Telecom™ retailers throughout Korea beginning in early February. For more information on MOTOROI™, please visit the Motorola website www.motorola.com/kr/consumer.

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.

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]

The DROID by Motorola is now Rooted

Been the hottest Android handset on the planet at this moment, the DROID by Motorola was bound to get rooted sooner rather than later. And guess what, it has happened. We have word from simms22 in our forums, about this good news. Before anything, let's be clear that, if you decide to go on and root your Android device, you take some risks on doing so. Like always, be very careful and have a back-up plan, just in case. And remember that you do this at your own risk. Below you will find the instructions on how to proceed:
Download the zip file and rename it . Rename it to "update.zip" and copy to your sdcard . Power off your DROID and then power it back on again, at the same time hold down the X key . When you see the "/!\" symbol, press both vol+ and camera and and a menu will appear allowing you to install the update.zip file . Once installed you will be able to run "su" from your adb shell.
To find the zip file and everything else, including advice, that you'll need to go ahead with rooting your DROID, you need to click on our androidcommunity forums link here. If you have already done it, give us a shout and let us know how you like it. [Thanks to simms22]

The Android-based Acer Liquid A1 is Now on Sale in the UK

Finally, the first Android-based Acer smartphones, named "Liquid A1", went up for sale in the United Kingdom as of yesterday. We already knew about retailer Clove taking orders for the Acer Liquid A1 since mid-November. But there's also another retailer selling this phone too. So now there are actually 2 retailers selling the first Acer Android smartphone in the UK; Expansys and Clove. Expansys is offering it for £339.99 ($554) including taxes, while Clove is selling the same device for a lower price; £328.90 ($536), not much, but is still cheaper, and that's always good. Now, the last time we heard from Clove on this Acer phone, they had a Qualcomm 8250 1GHz processor on the features list, but now, they have it with the same Snapdragon processor at only 768Mhz. This might have something to do with the capacity of the battery (1350mAh). And unfortunately, the Acer Liquid A1 will run Android Donut (1.6) instead of the Eclair (2.0).

HTC Droid Eris Might Receive Android 2.1 Update in Early 2010

Lets face it, as soon as we learn about the leaked Hero 2.1 Eclair ROM, we knew it was just a matter of time before we could get our hands on the official release. According to InformationWeek, the update to Android 2.0, or 2.1 for at least one version of the Hero, is coming. According to Verizon Wireless, the HTC Droid Eris will be receiving a significant system update at some point in the fist quarter of 2010. This update will boost the version of Android on the HTC Eris, to at least 2.0. But there are even better news; that the update might possibly be Android 2.1. We know that Android just had some minor updates to the SDK, and now there's word of Android 2.0 or 2.1 coming to the Eris, so hold on tight, 2010 is just around the corner. Verizon spokesperson Brenda Raney told InformationWeek, "The Droid Eris currently using Android 1.5, can and will be upgraded to newer a Android operating system software in first quarter 2010. The enhancement will allow customers to continue to enjoy the powerful HTC Sense experience while also gaining the additional benefits of Google Maps Navigation." Raney also said that, based on the timing, the Droid Eris will be updated to either Android 2.0 or 2.1.
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