Android 2.1

Google Shopper App gets new UI, GoodGuide product ratings, and more

Google Shopper version 3.0 has just hit Google Play, and it brings some pretty awesome new stuff. The first, and most obvious change, is a revamped user interface. Instead of the tradition interface, it features a much more image-centric design with a slide-out menu that mirrors many of Google's other in-house applications. This new layout allows users to see larger images of the products in question, which make the app much more user-friendly.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 gets Android 2.1 update starting today

Xperia X10 users have cause to be both happy and sad as a bittersweet update for the Xperia X10 has been announced by Sony Ericsson. Sony confirmed to us back in January during CES that after the Android 2.1 update was offered for the X10, there would be no further Android OS updates coming for the smartphone. That was not good news for early buyers of the smartphone. Here we are months after CES 2011 and SE is finally announcing that the Android 2.1 update is here.

All-New NOOK is an Android E Ink Pearl Machine [BONUS: B-Roll Video]

Well would you look at that, the newest version of the NOOK is also an Android device. The NOOKcolor was and is an Android device, sure, but once you've got it hacked it's quite obvious and beyond the form factor, it's anyone's tablet, right? This new NOOK appears to be upgrading their previous model E Ink specific NOOK without color, able to read books galore and costing a mere $139, but what do you know? It's running Android 2.1 Eclair! This device is available immediately and ships "on or about" June 10.

Motorola Defy FREE at T-Mobile til Thursday

For those of you that seem to always drop your phone, or spill water on it then the Motorola Defy is for you. It is about as rugged and strong as a phone comes. So if you've broke a phone recently, or just need a good deal. The Motorola Defy is FREE on T-Mobile right now with a new 2-Year Contract of course.

Doubletwist turns Android into a Media Server

There's been an upgrade to the popular DoubleTwist AirSync app which adds a serious new feature that Android phones can take advantage of. Using the feature known as "AirTwist," Android phones can now stream video wirelessly to a TV through an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 game console. More DLNA devices are also coming.

Motorola Stops Updates to Four Older Devices

All those with Motorola devices on the new list of the abandoned phones list, at least as far as updates to Android. This list includes the Motorola Clique Xt, the Motorola i1, Motorola Flipout, and Motorola Charm. Both the Flipout and the Charm are currently (and will be forever more) at Android 2.1, while the Xt and i1 is and will now forever be on Android 1.5. Owners of these devices are more than likely going to be neither surprised nor emotionally damaged by this decision, especially since this is a basic procedure for a load of brands pushing out Android phones this day and age.

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?

Nextel Motorola i1Q Spotted

As phones become more and more advanced, they usually become very fragile or at least not "durable" at all. This is not what many need, and durable options such as the original Motorola i1 and Defy become much needed devices. GrupoAndroid has uncovered pictures of what's claimed to be the Motorola i1Q. The device definitely looks like a more rugged DROID PRO with its full QWERTY keyboard. Sadly, the device is a bit behind on the times. Running Android 2.1 and a weak in comparison processor the device will not be targeted to the high-end user, but it will bring Android further into the rugged space. Any users looking for a durable phone? Would the upcoming Motorola i1Q be something that would benefit you in your workspace? [Via Phandroid]

ZTE Micromax Andro A60 Launches in India

Micromax, an Indian phone manufacturer known for their entry-level affordable handsets, has just released a new entry-level Android device in India. Launching as the Android A60, also known as the ZTE Penguin, the interesting device will sell for 6,999 INR which is about $152.
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