smartphones

Android joins the Army with prototype

The power of the Android platform is now part of the Arsenal of Democracy. Reports are that the US Army has developed a prototype for a military grade Android smartphone to be carried by soldiers on the battlefield. The prototype is known as the "Joint Battle Command Platform" (JBCP) and is being developed by MITRE. An SDK known as the Mobile Handheld Computing Environment is also in the works for App developers.

HTC Sensation 4G pre-interest page goes live

HTC may not be publicly confirming the rumored June 8 release of the HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile USA, but it has thrown up a sign-up page for those wanting more information. The tri-tone smartphone has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, HSPA+ connectivity and a 4.3-inch qHD display. There's also an 8-megapixel camera on the back with autofocus and a dual-LED flash. HTC has reworked the camera app to minimize start-up lag, so that there's less chance of missing impromptu shots. Meanwhile the Sensation will debut HTC Sense 3.0, the latest version of the company's interface, complete with a new homescreen launcher. We've more on the HTC Sensation in our hands-on report from the launch of the European version, identical bar the radios. Meanwhile for all the specs, check out HTC's product page. [Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

Samsung Galaxy S II: Extreme Unboxing! [Video]

The things we here at Android Community will do to get our hands on the latest gadgets! Samsung invited me to crank the traditional unboxing process up to 11 last week, taking to a 300bhp Subaru Impreza rally car to talk about the company's new flagship Galaxy S II Android smartphone in the most unusual of situations.

June 8 HTC Sensation 4G launch on T-Mobile tipped by advert

The HTC Sensation release date may have been prematurely released by a Google AdWords result and - perhaps a little more tenuously - a screenshot of the HTC Sense 3.0 widgets the company itself has used. TmoNews spotted that the top ad result suggested "HTC Sensation 4G - On 6/8 - Complete w/ HTC Watch & HTC Sense" which certainly implies a June 8 2011 release. Meanwhile, the T-Mobile Sensation 4G press shot shows the HTC weather widget for June 8 too. On its own that probably wouldn't be enough to tip it, but HTC wouldn't be the first manufacturer to theme a press shot to go along with a launch date. The Sensation 4G has a 4.3-inch qHD display, WiFi b/g/n, 8-megapixel main camera and 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. More on the HTC Sensation in our hands-on with the European version from earlier this month.

UK launch for Samsung Galaxy S II pulled forward to April 27 [Updated]

Last we heard, the Samsung Galaxy S II would be arriving on UK shores come May 1. Looks like retailer Phones4u managed to get the Samsung ships to speed up a little, as the company has just announced that it will have a scant three day exclusivity on the Galaxy S II from April 27. The handset will be priced from free on new, £35 per month agreements, or alternatively offered as a pre-pay device for £499. Your money gets you a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Super AMOLED Plus WVGA display, twin cameras - 8-megapixels on the back and 2-megapixels up front - and the usual bevy of WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. We gave the Galaxy S II a good going-over in our hands-on back in March, so head over there to see all the juicy details. Given the smartphone follows the wildly-successful Galaxy S, we - and Samsung - have high expectations for it. Update: Carphone Warehouse has begun accepting preregistrations for the same price, but no word on release dates.

Vodafone HTC Wildfire S hands-on [Video]

The HTC Wildfire S is not exactly unfamiliar to us - we fondled its compact curves back at MWC 2011 - but we won't pass up an opportunity to have a second play. Vodafone offered us some hands-on time with one of its special edition versions; the carrier will offer not only the general white Wildfire S, but a grey model and a purple model. Our initial positive impressions of the Wildfire S remain. The handset feels far more high-quality than its plasticky predecessor, with the chassis and design more like that of the Desire S. The UI may not be Sense 3.0 as on the HTC Sensation but v2.1 is at least smooth-running and as consistent as we're used to. The 600MHz processor feels equally capable, and the HVGA display is bright and crisp. We can see the Wildfire S being a particular success among those looking for a super-compact device that can easily drop into a pocket or purse when it arrives on the market this coming summer. Update: It's worth remembering that this is non-final software, and we can probably expect an even slicker experience when the ROM is polished. [vms 045e91288b430794814c] [gallery]

Samsung 2GHz dual-core Smartphone incoming; Exynos to take on Snapdragon

Samsung's Galaxy S II may have gone through an overclock before it even launched, taking the dual-core CPU to 1.2GHz (and handily matching the HTC Sensation) but apparently the company has even higher ambitions for mobile processors in the coming months. According to Korea's Maeli Business Newspaper, Samsung is planning a 2GHz dual-core smartphone "by next year". "We are planning to release a 2Ghz dual core CPU-equipped smartphone by next year," an unnamed Samsung exec told the newspaper. "This product will have the data processing capacities of a regular PC" he continued. Although the exact nature of the processor is unknown, it's believed to slot into Samsung's Exynos branding. Samsung is also expected to begin offering the Exynos chips to other manufacturers, taking on Qualcomm's Snapdragon in the process. [via Engadget]

Vodafone UK releases Samsung Galaxy S Gingerbread update

Vodafone UK has begun to push out the update for the Samsung Galaxy S, updating the smartphone to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Vodafone looks to be the first UK carrier to offer the update. The first signs of Gingerbread for the Galaxy S were spotted over the weekend, with the new firmware being flagged up in several Nordic countries. According to Vodafone's change-list, the handset will get a "simpler and slicker" UI, the new Gingerbread keyboard, boosted power and camera management, and the ability to lock it into 2G mode. To install the new firmware, you'll need to hook your Galaxy S up to a PC running Samsung KIES. Let us know how you get on in the comments! Press Release:
NEWS: Update for the Samsung Galaxy S A new maintenance release for the Samsung Galaxy S is now available for Vodafone customers. This is an Android platform update to 2.3 Gingerbread which introduces a number of fixes and improvements which include; Ul Enhancements (simpler and slicker) New Android Keyboard, with easy copy/paste feature Improved Power Management Multiple Camera Management (front and back) The ability to switch the device to GSM (2G) only mode has been restored in this update. How will you get the latest software? This can be done manually by connecting your handset to your computer via USB and opening the Samsung KIES application. You will be prompted that an update is available and should then follow the onscreen instructions. Checking the software version To check which version of the software you have on your handset you need to dial *#1234# The new software version will show as i9000BUJV4

Gingerbread for Samsung Galaxy S goes live

Samsung has begun pushing out the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for the Samsung Galaxy S, with multiple European users of xda-developers reporting that the new ROM went live overnight. The update is available through Samsung Kies, the company's PC software tool. A Gingerbread build for the Galaxy S was leaked back in February, but until now the freshest European firmware has been Android 2.2 Froyo. US versions of the Galaxy S are still languishing on Eclair in some cases. It's early days for feedback on the new ROM, but users are hoping for snappier performance more akin to the Samsung-made Nexus S. Let us know if you spot the update rolling out to your country in the comments. [via AgeMobile - thanks droider!]

Samsung Galaxy Tab wireless TV streaming [Hands on]

Samsung has a new feature for their Galaxy Tabs coming out which will add wireless TV streaming. Chris Davies over at Slashgear got a look at it during IFA 2011. Originally announced back in February, the new feature enables users of the Samsung D7000 or D8000 HDTVs to stream wirelessly to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 out of the box. It's very similar to Samsung's AllShare DNLA client, but it works the other way, with the HDTV transcoding the signal and sending it wirelessly to the Galaxy Tab.