Android 2.1

Optimus GT540 gets updated to Android 2.1

The very interesting LG Optimus GT540 has finally received the official Android 2.1 update from LG. The update from 1.6 to 2.1 is relatively painless and it shouldn't take too long until you're enjoying all of the features Android 2.1 has to offer.

Toys ‘R’ Us to sell Android Tablet for £90

After we saw yesterday that Walgreens would sell the Maylong M-150, Toys 'R' Us has decided to sell the Elonex e Touch Android tablet for £90. The price will convert to around $120-$130 depending on the current exchange rate. There will be two models of the table available for purchase; a 7-inch tablet that will cost £89.99 and a 10-inch tablet that will cost £149.99. Both of these models look similar to the iPad with the square home button, but a narrower overall shape.

Australia’s Telstra Prepaid Releases Samsung Galaxy 5 Today for $199

Galaxy 5 is available today to Australians through carrier Telstra Prepaid, costing a very reasonable $199. This will make it the second-cheapest Android device in the entirety of Australia, the first place trophy being taken by the low-end Huawei U8300 for $149. The statistics on these two machines are very similar, but its pretty obvious to me which one you're going to choose just based on the sensual lines of the Galaxy. No brainer.

Majority of Android Phones Running 2.1 and Higher

Google has updated its distribution totals and revealed to us that 73.8% of various Android OS builds are using some version of Android 2.x. Intriguing to developers, the latest data shows that the largest percentage of Android OS use is with Android 2.1 (40.4%), while the second most used OS is Android 2.2 (33.4%). Unfortunately, there are still 26.1% of Android Market users running on Android 1.6 and 1.5. Google regularly builds these charts to help developers prioritize which OS is the most common and which one their apps should support. Reports back in May showed that the majority of users then used older Android 1.6 compared to the then-current 2.1 OS. However, the pie chart (above) was based on data collected on 14 days of Android Market access, ending on October 1. This new data clearly shows that the shift has been made from the majority of Android OS users previously running on 1.6 and older to now running on 2.1 and later OS versions. Android is improving their OS and rumor has it that they are getting ready to launch another update next week. Are you excited for the new (rumored) launch? [via Electronista]

Motorola i1 crosses into Canadian wilderness

Although we've seen Motorola i1 for Sprint, Canada will now be able to get their hands on this rugged push-to-talk device. Canada's Telus and the Mike iDEN network will be providing coverage for it. And for those of you who need two-way PTT communication and a tough phone for the workplace, the Motorola i1 is the perfect device for you.

Rockchip Next Gen Android Chip That Supports 2.1

Rockchip is launching it's next generation chip for Android. The RK2818 chip will be powering select phones and mid range tablets. The three-core processor includes 660MHZ ARM, DSP, and GPU. The chip should allow for really good 720 HD video performance, and make Flash and HTML 5 video run with ease. It has an integrated 3G module to allow connectivity for TD-SCDMA, WCDMA, CDMA2000 EVDO.
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