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HTC Super LCD adoption official: AMOLED gets company

As expected, HTC has announced that they will be using both AMOLED and Super LCD (SLCD) panels for their smartphones from now on, in an attempt to work around the shortage of AMOLED screens that has limited their recent handset availability.  According to the company's press release, Sony's Super LCD technology "provide consumers with a comparable visual experience to HTC’s current 3.7 inch displays with some additional benefits including battery performance."
"HTC believes that both technologies offer exceptional user experiences, and we will employ both types of displays concurrently within our current product lineup." HTC statement
In fact, SLCD is apparently five times more power efficient than traditional LCD, and has wider viewing angles too; both factors have been plus points for the use of AMOLED screens rather than LCD in the past.  HTC tells us that we'll be seeing handsets using the new SLCD displays from later in the summer, both on current models (such as the HTC Desire and Google Nexus One) and new devices. [via SlashGear] Press Release:
HTC INTRODUCES SLCD DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY TO ITS PORTFOLIO New Displays to be integrated into HTC Desire and Nexus One Taoyuan, TAIWAN – July 26, 2010 – HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today introduced Super LCD display (SLCD) technology into a variety of HTC phones including the HTC Desire and global Nexus One later this summer. The SLCD display offers an exceptional natural balanced colour, clear contrast, broad viewing angles and improved power efficiency. “HTC is experiencing high-demand for many of our phones, specifically our phones with 3.7 inch displays. The new SLCD display technology enables us to ramp up our production capabilities quickly to meet the high-demand,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “The SLCD displays provide consumers with a comparable visual experience to HTC’s current 3.7 inch displays with some additional benefits including battery performance.” SLCD is the latest generation of LCD technology that offers improved performance from earlier LCD panels including approximately five times better power management. SLCDs also offer an enhanced viewing experience with wider viewing angles that are enabled by Sony’s new VSPEC III™ technology. 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.

Nexus One gets Ubuntu install [Video]

The Nexus One may be the first to get new releases of Android 2.x, but it's also one of the first to get a usable install of Ubuntu.  NexusOneHacks have a massively comprehensive tutorial showing how to get the usually desktop-bound OS onto the 1GHz smartphone. Usefully, the Ubuntu install doesn't wipe the original Android OS, but lives alongside it: the Ubuntu terminal runs in the background, while the Ubuntu X11 GUI runs as an app under Android's VNC client.  If you're currently asking "why would I want to do this?" then you should probably stick to what's on offer in the Android Market, but if you've ever wanted a portable Ubuntu test server then here's your chance.  A tutorial suited to the HTC EVO 4G is also promised. [youtube xN4c61ETCWg] [via BRG]

Schmidt: no Google Nexus Two plans

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has confirmed that there will be no Google Nexus Two device, telling The Telegraph that "the idea a year and a half ago was to do the Nexus One to try to move the phone platform hardware business forward. It clearly did. It was so successful, we didn't have to do a second one."  While previous rumors have suggested that Google might follow up the Nexus One with a hardware QWERTY model, Schmidt said of the decision not to continue with own-brand devices that they "like that flexibility, we think that flexibility is characteristic of nimbleness at our scale." As for criticism regarding sales of the Nexus One, Schmidt says that of the decision not to make a sequel "[Google] would view that as positive but people criticised us heavily for that. I called up the board and said: 'Ok, it worked. Congratulations - we're stopping'."  The CEO also touched on data security, saying "the reality is we make decisions based on what the average user tells us and we do check. And the reason that you should trust us is that if we were to violate that trust people would move immediately to someone else. We're very non-sticky so we have a very high interest in maintaining the trust of those users." [via Neowin]

Android 2.2 Froyo FRF91 for Nexus One goes out OTA

A new Android 2.2 Froyo build for the Nexus One, FRF91, has begun OTA distribution.  Landing on one of our own Nexus One handsets this morning, the update seems a relatively minor one and is only 2.2MB in size. It's been speculated that this could contain predominantly security fixes and tweaks from the previous FRF85 distribution, though so far there is no change log from Google that we can find.  Anyone else out there finding FRF91 being offered for their Nexus Ones?

Android 2.2 Froyo FRF85 for Nexus One officially released

Google has officially released Android 2.2 Froyo for the Nexus One, with OTA updates beginning this week.  The new firmware brings with it WiFi tethering support together with a significant speed boost for the Snapdragon-based smartphone. The release comes after several weeks of unofficial leaked builds floating around the internet, sourced from Google but, according to the company, not the final code.  In addition to Google's own feature changes, Froyo also opens up the door for Adobe Flash 10.1 support in the Android browser. Nexus One owners should see an update notification in the phone's menu bar, and Google say the update is expected to go out to most users by the end of the week.  Alternatively you can download Android 2.2. Froyo FRF85 from this direct Google link.

Updated Android 2.2 Froyo FRF72 for Nexus One leaks

A new version of Android 2.2 Froyo for the Google Nexus One has emerged, the FRF72 build, seemingly another beta version of the more widely available FRF50 build.  Shared by a source at xda-developers, the new ROM requires FRF50 to be installed first, and so far there have been no significant changes noticed by those who have tried it out. If you're feeling brave and experimental, however, you can download it yourself from http://android.clients.google.com/packages/passion/signed-passion-FRF72-from-FRF50.bc033f9e.zip; we're not sure how long that link will last, though there are mirrors linked here.  Instructions for installing the new beta are here.  As ever, installing beta software can leave your phone less than stable, though there are multiple people who have tried FRF72 and supposedly experienced no issues as yet. [via Android Police]

Samsung Galaxy S unboxing & first-impressions

There's a Samsung Galaxy S in the house, and we have to say we're excited.  Samsung's first Android smartphone to use their Super AMOLED technology is quite the pocket powerhouse, with an indecently bright, crisp WVGA capacitive touchscreen and the company's 1GHz Hummingbird processor keeping things swift.  Check out our exclusive unboxing video, walkthrough and some first impressions!

Android bug sends messages to wrong contacts?

Multiple Android users are reporting issues with the native messaging app on their smartphones, particularly on the Google Nexus One, whereby text and MMS messages are sent to a person other than was initially intended.  The problem - which has apparently affected both modified and stock handsets - occurs when the messaging app switches the contact in the To: field of its own accord; sometimes it can be seen to change it, while at other times it happens without any visible change. Owners of the HTC Incredible have also reported the problem occurring on their phone, so it's not something limited to the Nexus One.  Some users have been able to reproduce the fault by maintaining two separate SMS conversations and switching between them mid-typing.  Google are apparently looking into it, but there's no official workaround beyond deleting old conversation threads when you're finished with them. [Thanks Jeff!]

Nexus One 720p HD camera hack released

Looking for something new to do with your Google Nexus One?  If you're a photography fiend then how about 720p HD video recording; thanks to a new hack from - where else - xda-developers, you can now boost the Nexus One's native video capture capabilities. Currently the hack is predominantly for Android 2.1 Nexus One handsets; there's a test build for 2.2 Froyo, but from the sound of things it's not quite ready yet.  Video demo of the potential results below - make sure to choose 720p from the quality menu, else you won't be getting the full effect - and instructions/downloads here. [youtube mnHw0wdZx] [via Twitter]

Hands-on with SlingPlayer Mobile on Nexus One [Video]

After Sling Media showed off their SlingPlayer for Android beta, we knew we had to have a try ourselves.  After a little cajoling we got our hands on the pre-release software and booted it up on a Google Nexus One for a place-shifting play. The app is clearly almost ready for prime-time, though we did encounter some issues when it came to closing and reopening it.  Image quality over WiFi was decent - especially since we were testing the app in the UK, with content being shifted from a US-based Slingbox hooked up to a DISH Network STB - though we haven't been able to get it working over 3G as yet. [Update: We've spoken with Sling Media about the 3G connection issues we've been seeing, and they think it could be to do with the O2 network in the UK that our Nexus One is using; apparently they've seen similar issues with O2 iPhones.  They're looking into the issue and we'll revisit this when they have a solution; needless to say, they intend Sling over 3G to work on Android, and it's performing just as it should over US 3G networks.] More first-impressions over at SlashGear. [vms 9018052c429cc4e56739] [gallery]
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