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]
'bot related mods and projects, and we're particularly keen on Hideyuki Takei and Reo Matsumura's Android-Robo. Basically a motorized Android model that has flashing eyes, a rotating head and articulated arms - and that can make all manner of R2D2-style bleeps and gurgles - the 'bot can be remotely controlled over Bluetooth via your Android phone.
DROID 2 smartphone, the successor to the popular DROID, has shown up in the wild again, this time for a hands-on preview. Android and Me acquired a DROID 2 and promptly ran some benchmarks on its 1GHz Texas Instruments OMAP3630 processor; that, and its doubled memory from the original DROID, helped it score almost twice as much in GPU tests. Meanwhile CPU testing showed the new DROID 2 to be the best performing Android 2.1 handset to-date, and since Android 2.2 - which will likely be pushed out as an update shortly after the DROID 2 reaches shelves - boosts performance even more, we could be looking at the fastest Google phone so far. Of course, also waiting in the wings is the DROID X, basically the same internal hardware but a larger display, better camera and HDMI output. We're hoping to see Verizon's new line at their event this coming Wednesday. [youtube FCEMRZIHZY8]
Toshiba has announced their first Android-based MID, the Toshiba AC100, a netbook form-factor ultraportable running Android 2.1 on NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset. The 1080p-capable smartbook has a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 non-touchscreen display, 8GB of SSD storage and an HDMI output. Toshiba AC100 hands-on: [vms 1adc8a7a835976064a86] In addition to the regular Android apps, Toshiba has loaded their own custom launcher, Opera Mini, Fring and Documents To Go, among others. Battery life is rated at up to 8hrs runtime - that's with normal use, not leaving the AC100 whirring away to itself on a shelf somewhere - or a full week of standby. Connectivity includes WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR as standard, as well as USB 2.0 and an SD card reader, while 3G/WWAN is optional. No word on pricing at this stage, but the Toshiba will debut in August 2010. For more on the AC100, check out our first impressions over at SlashGear. Toshiba AC100 promo: [vms 57ab574cf005eb8a7676]
Samsung Galaxy S landed on our mat earlier, a new HTC Wildfire has just appeared too. HTC's new entry-level handset made its debut a month or so ago, and now we've one of the first review units in to see how well it holds up. Aesthetically, the Wildfire cherrypicks from the rest of HTC's range: ostensibly it's a mini-Desire, with the same optical trackpad, but the touch-sensitive buttons under the screen and the color scheme are from the Nexus One. Meanwhile the striped back panel looks like the back of the HTC HD2, though the middle section doesn't remove separately. There's also Android 2.1 with HTC Sense, again from the Desire. HTC Wildfire unboxing & hands-on: [vms 8e41c89689f54970bb35] Of course, once you turn it on the more humble specifications of the Wildfire rear their head. The display is a 3.2-inch QVGA LCD panel, rather than the WVGA AMOLED of the Desire (or indeed the HVGA of the Legend), though unlike the Tattoo it basically replaces it has a capacitive touchscreen panel rather than resistive. That touchscreen is nicely responsive, and while the Wildfire only has a 528MHz processor it seems to nip through the menus without lag. We'll be checking to see how well it copes loaded down with apps, of course. The 5-megapixel camera (with autofocus and LED flash) is a welcome carry-over from the Desire, and of course there's the usual WiFi b/g, Bluetooth, 3G/UMTS and GPS. Build quality is reassuringly high, and at 4.2 x 2.4 x 0.48 inches it's a relatively compact device as well. We'll be putting the Wildfire through its paces ahead of its full review, so until then enjoy the unboxing & demo video and the gallery below! [gallery]
Galaxy Tab P1000 - spotted on video yesterday - has apparently been detailed in a further leak, with a new source claiming that it's around as thin as an iPhone, does indeed have full voice call functionality, but lacks an integrated earpiece. Engadget were contacted by an anonymous tipster who claimed to have hands-on experience with the Tab P1000; they reckon it's "sturdy and well-built" and will require Bluetooth headsets for voice calls. Meanwhile it's also said to have GPS, Android 2.2 - with no modifications in the prototype the source used - and a a 3.2 megapixel camera, along with a front-facing camera for video calls. There's obviously Bluetooth and WiFi, together with 3G, and the ability to tether via WiFi or USB; the battery, meanwhile, is non-user accessible. [youtube ZklPmnDfwNk]
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!
broken cover again, this time starring in a brief and blurry video. Labelled as the Galaxy Tab P1000, the tablet has different controls to the previously pictured version - touch-sensitive keys rather than a physical D-pad - and appears to be running some form of TouchWiz on what is said to be a Super AMOLED display. Samsung are tipped to have several tablets in the pipeline for 2010; this particular example is said to run Android 2.2 on a 1.2GHz processor with 16GB of onboard storage and a microSD card slot. [youtube ZklPmnDfwNk] [via SlashGear and via OLED-Info]
unexpected debut yesterday and isn't set to hit AT&T stores until June 20th, but we've grabbed a handset to bring you all the details ahead of time. Based on Android 2.1 with HTC's familiar Sense UI and a 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, you could well argue that this is AT&T's answer to the HTC Legend.
mentioned it last month, but as promised the 14-megapixel Android smartphone made its debut at CommunicAsia 2010. CNET Asia were on hand to fondle its 3x optical zoom and bring back the disappointing news that Altek are only planning an Asia launch for the moment. According to Altek, the Leo will debut with Android 2.1 - a Froyo update is in the works, but there's no timescale for its release - and should come with the usual bevy of Android apps. It has a 1/2.3-inch CCD and a Xenon flash, together with dedicated zoom controls; Altek started out a standalone digital camera manufacturer, so they do have some experience making reasonable optics. Of course, we'll have to see the sort of photos the Leo produces before we grant final judgement - as we've seen on other camera-phones, you can have all the megapixels in the world but that doesn't necessarily add up to decent images. Expect it to drop in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan come Q4 2010, priced at around $499. [youtube ikvYq1prQBs]