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LG Optimus One hands-on [Video]

LG officially announced their Optimus One smartphone back in September, but the entry-level Froyo handset is only now making its sales debut.  We caught up with LG in London for the Optimus One launch event, and grabbed some hands-on time with the phone.

T-Mobile’s date for Distribution of FroYo for MyTouch 3G extended

When word was received that T-Mobile would be upgrading the MyTouch to Android OS 2.2, people were ecstatic. They could almost taste that FroYo in their mouths, but now they will have to wait just a bit longer. T-Mobile originally planned to release Android OS 2.2 for MyTouch 3G users by October 25th, but T-Mobile gave an update on the status in their official forums. The date has been officially pushed back until December 15th. There was no specific reason for the push back, but T-Mobile must have had a good reason for it. Oh well, MyTouch 3G users will just have to wait another two months or so, but until we'll keep you updated on a change of date or if it comes out before December 15th. Via [tmonews]

Archos Froyo update for 28/32/43/70/101 tablets gets video preview

Archos has been quietly seeding testers with betas of its upcoming Android 2.2 Froyo ROM for the recently-announced Gen8 tablet range.  ARMDevices has been testing it out, and put together a demo video showing some of the changes along the way. No word on when the new firmware will be released for the 28/32/43/70/101 range - apparently there's still a little work to be done on optimizing the build and ironing out the last few bugs - but it's all looking promising. [youtube kS9Y4Zv5avU]

TELUS HTC Desire Android 2.2 Froyo going out OTA

Canadian carrier TELUS has begun to push out its Android 2.2 Froyo update for the HTC Desire.  The product page for the Desire - which launched running Android 2.1 Eclair - has been updated with the message "Upgrade your HTC Desire to Android 2.2 today" along with a list of new features. Android Community reader Donald called TELUS, who confirmed that the Desire update is going out OTA from today.  However it's yet to show up on his handset, which suggests it's a staggered release rather than a mass push-out. [Thanks Donald!]

Motorola Milestone Gets Android 2.2 Test Build, Poses for Photos

So, if you've got yourself a Motorola MILESTONE, then you've probably been trying to wait patiently for the upgrade to Android 2.2. While Motorola hasn't really been all that forthcoming with 2.2 information for the device, at least we know it's coming. And, sure enough, the European side of the company has taken some steps to show off the test build for the device, and show them off.

Froyo Upgrade in November for UK

And so it was spake, Samsung says the Froyo iteration of Android will be available for upgrade in the UK from early November. That, and they expect that all operator versions will be available by the end of November. This info was tweeted by whoever's running the helm over at @samsungukmobile on twitter.

HTC Desire HD unboxing [Video]

The HTC Desire HD is in the house, and it's been a while since we were this excited about an Android smartphone. Packing the same 4.3-inch WVGA display as the HTC HD2 and HTC EVO 4G, the Desire HD throws in the latest build of HTC Sense with numerous improvements, including easy DLNA streaming, a new Car Panel interface, enhanced GPS functionality and more. We wasted no time getting the Desire HD out of its box and slapping a SIM card inside, and of course we made sure there was a camera trained on us throughout. In our hands-on demo with this production HTC Desire HD you can see some of the initial changes over previous versions of Sense; meanwhile the hardware itself is slick and tactile, a solid-feeling block of aluminum that owes a lot to the shape of the Windows Mobile HD2. [vms 150c77bda2eda01ae484] The only usability fumbles we've found so far are the slightly tricky angle of the lock button and a difficult-to-replace battery door; otherwise the Desire HD fits nicely into the hand. We can't argue with performance, either, the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (and 768MB of RAM) keeping things flying along nicely. Meanwhile there's 1.5GB of app storage on hand, and a microSD card slot down underneath the bottom panel. Some of the most useful changes are the smallest, in fact, like the new app-switcher bar which has been added to the pull-down notifications pane, and which shows the last eight accessed apps. We'll be putting the HTC Desire HD through its paces to see how the Android 2.2 smartphone holds up in the real world. Until the full review, enjoy the unboxing and walkthrough video! [gallery]

HTC Gratia brings Aria to Europe [Update: full specs]

HTC has announced a new Android smartphone, the HTC Gratia, which is basically a European version of the HTC Aria.  The Gratia gets Android 2.2 Froyo, HTC Sense and a 5-megapixel camera; we're still waiting for the full spec sheet, but we're guessing it has the same 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen as the Aria and the same 600MHz processor, too. The HTC Gratia will be available through mobile operators and retailers across major European markets from November 2010.  No word on pricing at this stage. Update: HTC has sent us over the spec sheet, and it's confirmed as the same hardware as the Aria.  The big difference is obviously the 3G, with the Gratia getting HSPA/WCDMA 900/2100 support along with its quadband GSM/EDGE.  The display is confirmed at 3.2-inches and HVGA resolution, there's Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi b/g, a microUSB port, 3.5mm headphone socket, GPS, a g-sensor, digital compass, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor.  Storage is via microSD card, adding to the 512MB of ROM (RAM is 384MB). [gallery] Press Release:
HTC LAUNCHES SLEEK AND COMPACT HTC GRATIA FOR EUROPEAN MARKETS LONDON, UK – 18 October, 2010 – HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today announced the European launch of HTC Gratia, a rich and elegant addition to Android’s smartphone portfolio. Combining style and functionality, the sleek and compact HTC Gratia features a seamless wrap-around soft-cover that eliminates hard edges and a five megapixel colour camera with auto focus. At just over four inches in length and weighing 4.06 ounces, it packs power thanks to Android 2.2 – the latest version of Android. HTC Gratia also embodies the acclaimed HTC Sense™ experience, which places you at the centre, by making your phone work in a more personal and natural way, while providing unexpected features that put a smile on your face. It also offers you more ways to stay connected with Friend Stream – an application that brings all of your Facebook, Twitter and Flickr updates into a single, organized flow of updates – making keeping in touch with friends on social networks even easier. “HTC’s mantra is to provide a unique mix of experience and choice to people using our phones,” said Florian Seiche, President of HTC Europe, Middle East and Africa. “HTC Gratia offers something completely different. Its compact size, beautiful design and power with Android 2.2, combined with its personalised experience through HTC Sense, is uniquely compelling. We can’t wait to bring HTC Gratia to our customers in Europe.” Availability The HTC Gratia will be available through mobile operators and retailers across major European markets from November 2010. About HTC HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.

Samsung Galaxy S Froyo update released

It looks like Android 2.2 Froyo for the Samsung Galaxy S is finally getting its release, with owners in Norway, Denmark and Sweden all reporting that the new firmware (I9000 JPM) has shown up for installation in Samsung's Kies PC manager app. It's worth noting that, so far, Samsung only has a version of Kies for PC users; if you've only got a Mac then we're afraid you're out of luck. Among the reported changes are:
  • Android 2.2 JIT compiler
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1 compatibility
  • New Android Market with auto-updating
  • Speed improvements
  • Pinch-to-zoom homescreen flyover
  • Improved default keyboard
  • Quick links to “GPS” and “Auto rotation” toggles on notification bar added
  • Slightly different graphics and transitions with app drawer and default icon dock
  • Colored icons in settings
  • GPS Fix
  • Colored settings icons
  • Media Hub
  • Darker menu theme, navy blue color
  • Better Exchange support
  • Video records in MP4 format
  • New Search widget
  • New Gmail application
[Thanks Spary!] Update: The press release has confirmed it; Nordic regions first, then "gradually rolled out to other European markets, Southeast Asia, the Middle East Asia, North America, Africa and rest of the world." Press Release:
Samsung GALAXY S Offers New Android 2.2 Upgrade New platform upgrade provides enhanced experience on the go SEOUL, Korea – October 18, 2010 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today announced the Android™ 2.2 (Froyo) upgrade to the Samsung GALAXY S, giving users access to new features, enhanced navigation applications and improved performance. The Android 2.2 upgrade will be available via Kies, Samsung’s unique in-house software upgrade program. Kies can be downloaded at the Samsung mobile website (http://www.samsungmobile.com). The GALAXY S is Samsung’s cleverly designed smartphone with a bright 4-inch SUPER AMOLED screen and a 1 GHz application processor, giving users an intelligent, immersive and integrated mobile experience. The Android 2.2 upgrade offers voice-controlled GPS through Google MapsTM with Navigation, faster performance by JIT(Just in Time) compiler. Additionally, further functionalities including Search in-browser, Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1, improved customization options will be provided with OS upgrade. - Google MapsTM with Navigation: GPS navigation system with voice guidance - Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1: Allow the web browser to make full use of the whole web - Setup Wizard: Quickly customize the GALAXY S and access networks with ease - Home Screen/Menu Preview and Edit : Preview by pinch-zoom - Search in-Browser : Google™, Translate, Wikipedia, Dictionary The Android 2.2 upgrade will be available from the mid of October 2010 in the Nordic region and gradually rolled out to other European markets, Southeast Asia, the Middle East Asia, North America, Africa and rest of the world. About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of US$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 188,000 people in 185 offices across 65 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com. * All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation. Samsung reserves the right to make changes to this document and the product described here, at anytime, without obligation on Samsung to provide notification of such change. This document and any formation contained here are provided on "AS IS" basis without warranty of any kind, either implied or expressed, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Google, the Google logo, Google Maps, Android and Android Market are trademarks of Google, Inc. Google MapsTM Navigation is not available in countries outside of the Europe, the Americas and Japan regions. Adobe, the Flash logo and Flash are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.