Android 2.2 (Froyo)

HTC ThunderBolt Connection Speed Benchmarks [SlashGear]

We'll be running our own benchmarks when we get our own ThunderBolt tomorrow, but for now, let's have a look at what SlashGear's been doing all afternoon, as they got their Verizon superstar phone earlier today! The tests began with a bit of the ol' Sun Spider browser testing. What SlashGear found was that this phone, while fast on the downloads, isn't the speediest phone out there today as far as Sun Spider sees it - while the HTC ThunderBolt grabbed a 6031.9ms, the Motorola ATRIX 4G (also on Android 2.2 Froyo running with the NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor) handled the test at 3960.8ms - and smaller is better.

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G by Samsung Announced with Android [And There Was Much Rejoicing]

Remember that phone that was originally made by a group called "Danger" by it's first name "Danger Hiptop." That was way back in 2002 (ancient history!) Danger was picked up by Microsoft, and long story short, in 2009, Microsoft suffered an outage that screwed up basically ever Sidekick user across the USA as well as parts of the UK. There was a long period of no Sidekicks during 2009, then on July 2nd, 2010, a date that will live in infamy, the Sidekick was discontinued. Until NOW when this epic phone that's gone through several iterations since birth when Samsung and T-Mobile team up again with a brand NEW partner, ANDROID, all of them here to bring you the 2011 T-Mobile Sidekick 4G!

Kyocera Echo coming to Sprint April 17th

Sprint has announced that the dual touch screen Kyocera Echo will be launched on the Now Network on April 17th. Pre-orders will being March 26th with the Echo going for $199 with a two year contact. Current Sprint users will also be able to purchase the phone through their eligible upgrade option. To celebrate the first dual screen Android phone, Sprint is hosting a "Duel for Dual" promotion where Android fans will have the chance to compete for a free Echo of their own (I wonder if the 2 year commitment comes with it).

Hulu Plus coming to Android 2.2 (Froyo)

Hulu has quietly leaked on their website that their popular subscription streaming TV service will join it's trifecta of Apple platforms with Android access to select OS 2.2 (Froyo) phones. There's no word on which specific handsets are supported, and frankly, does it really matter? If the phone runs Froyo, why should it matter? Well, it may be that the term "select" is to insulate Hulu from the root community out there which is placing Froyo and other Android OS flavors on older handsets.

Adobe Gets Official with Flash Update Announcement for Honeycomb

Adobe has announced that Flash Player 10.2 will be available for download through the Android Market starting March 18th. Initially designed for Honeycomb devices, this beta release is also available as a general availability (GA) release for Android handsets using Android 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread) as well. All Honeycomb tablets need to have Google's 3.0.1 system update as well. It will be an automatic update in conjunction with Google's first system update for Honeycomb, but Froyo and Gingerbread users will have to go out and get it when it comes on the 18th.

Motorola Droid OTA update to FRG83G starting today [Breaking News]

Sorry to get your hopes up. This is not Gingerbread. This is breaking news that Motorola and Verizon are rolling out a OTA update for the Original Droid to Android 2.2.2 This is a small 3.4MB update that will bring your device up to Android 2.2.2 the latest version of FroYo. If any of you Droid users are on stock firmware you should be getting the OTA starting today 3/9, with it being completely rolled out to all users by 3/17. Go to menu>settings>about phone> and click System Updates.

Olivetti OliPad 100 Android Tablet Hands-on and Unboxing [Cute Little Italian Number] [VIDEO]

Well would you look at that, a group of fellas over in Italy have their hands on an Olivetti OliPad 100, an 10-inch Android tablet running Android 2.2 Froyo with a slightly unique physical build. This isn't exactly an iPad killer by any stretch of the imagination, but it is interesting to see the different iterations of tablets coming out on this 2011 wave to be sure. This tablet has a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution on it's multi-touch display and a sassy ARM Corex A9 dual-core processor running the engine.

Google Instant Preview comes to Android

Google Instant Previews, the search feature that shows snapshots of web pages along side search results has finally made its way to Android and iPhone handsets. Users of Android must have vs. 2.2 (Froyo) or above, while iPhone users must have iOS 4.0 and above to take advantage of the new search feature. Users don't have to download or update anything at all to use the new feature either. All they need to do is search for a topic and the click on the magnifying glass on the right of the results (note, not the search bar).

Google Nabs more Exploits from the MarketPlace

The latest battle in the war against malicious apps is joined as Google has reported via it's mobile blog that a number of new Android Apps repackaged with malware have been removed. In addition to wiping the apps from the Marketplace, Google is in the process of removing the malicious applications via remote from affected handsets. They've also banned the suspect publishers and are calling in the long arm of the law. According to Google, the malicious applications are taking advantage of a known vulnerability in Android versions 2.1 and below, so users with handsets running Android 2.2 (Froyo) and above aren't affected.
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