Android 2.1 (Éclair)

NOOKcolor Shipments Halted – Why?

News has it that Barnes & Noble have stopped shipments of their successful NOOKcolor Android tablet ereader. This color reader has seen great coverage in the Android developer community because of its enticing hardware and locked nature. While Barnes & Noble have intended this device to be used strictly for reading, sharing, and purchasing books (and down the line apps for reading as well,) it's been met with some fast moving code tricks and hacks that have allowed avid coders to break its system wide open. When open, this ereader becomes more of a fabulous looking, nicely sized, fully functional Android tablet. What's all this got to do with shipments?

Samsung Gem Announced, Possibly Heading to Verizon

Samsung today has released some fine photos and details on the upcoming Samsung Gem, a phone that also goes by the name SCH-i100 and runs... Android 2.1 Eclair. That's weird. This device also has a 3.2-inch touch display with WQVGA resolution and scratch and smudge protection. It includes GPS, Wifi, Bluetooth, and supports 850/1900Mhz CDMA spectrum. Why do we think it might be released via Verizon? Take a peek at these leaked photos and you'll take the same note.

Xperia x10 Users Rejoice: All in One FlashTool Released

As you might already very well know, hackin' ain't easy. At least for most non-obsessed aka devoted developers in this world, and that why when one of those awesome maniacs creates a tool that makes the whole process easier for everyone else, they get high fives, all around. Today there's a couple of fellow by the names of Bin4ry and Androxyde who've created a tool for you Xperia x10 users that can flash original images (Android 1.6 and 2.1 images,) as well as root, install and recover, clean your ROM, and even clean your cache. Wowzers.

NOOKcolor Receives Full Teardown

The fine folks over at ZDnet have decided to tear down completely the NOOKcolor, a device which we've had quite a bit of experience with (see full list of review and hands-on posts with NOOKcolor at the bottom of this post) They begin by noting the fun aspects of the box - ie the magnets, and get into the fun stuff when they begin by unscrewing the first two Torx T5 screws from underneath the microSD slot cover.

DEFY to get Android 2.2 Quarter 2 2011

Motorola confirms today that the lovely, the wonderful, the affordable Motorola DEFY will be getting Android 2.2 in Europe, the Middle East and Asia! Not until next year though, somewhere around the second quarter of next year. On the other hand, the Milestone XT720 will be staying behind on Android 2.1 looking like a sad little mouse. But remember, everyone, no matter what version of Android you're using, you're still using Android, and that means a lot! Dunk your phone in the pool and rejoice!

Samsung Continuum Review

Welcome to the full review of the Samsung Continuum, currently being distributed by Verizon. Inside you'll find a hard look at whether the second screen is going to be a plus, a minus, or a meh! Preview: depends on the sort of person you are. I'll show you how it works in a video, giving you a few examples of what it can do, then review the rest of the phone in turn. Take a peek!

LG Apex Announced by US Cellular, to be Released on November 19

US Cellular tells us today that they plan on releasing the LG Apex on November 19 for $79.99 after $80 mail-in rebate tied to a two-year contract. The LG apex is a lovely 3.2" touchscreen machine with vibration feedback, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and it runs on Android 2.1. Also in the announcement is a note about the LG Optimus U which will be debuting in December, that being the last of US Cellular's Android devices for the year.

Garminfone Receives Android 2.1 Éclair

So you're hangin out in your entryway, waiting to go on that long trip to the big city, and BAM! There it is, your long lost Garminfone. And what's this? You remember a post over at AndroidCommunity that said there was some sort of tasty treat update on this device and you figure, hey, got it now, why not? Well you're in luck, because the set of instructions we've got right here, courtesy of T-Mobile board member BonnieP, lets you in on this lovely creamy update.

Gingerbread YouTube, now ported to Eclair

So you want the YouTube from Gingerbread, but you want it jammed into your Eclair? You've got strange tasty treat tastes, don't you? Lucky for you, XDA forum member rolle3k has done just what you need to port that futuristic app into your still-yummy Android OS 2.0/2.1 Eclair.

T-Mobile UK Turns Android Donut into Éclair But Where’s the Froyo?

Aggravated users are to asking Sony Ericsson to make a technology jump to Android 2.1. T-Mobile UK has just announced that users can expect a big change in the Android OS by the end of next month. They promise to push out an over air update for customers using Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 or X10 Mini Pro and inform users via text message when the update is available.
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