Verizon's popular Droid X will finally be getting its update to Android 2.2 (Froyo) starting Wedsesday, according to multiple reports. Users will begin getting system update notifications around noon EST tomorrow. This update will bring the Droid X up to par with the Droid 2, which launched a few weeks ago with Android 2.2 out of the box.
There is one unique benefit of this update. Users will be able to manually update legitimately. By going to Settings > About > System Updates, the phone will actually download the update after it has gone live tomorrow. On other Android phones, this just checks to see if a handset has been provisioned for the push update.
Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President of Nokia, recently announced plans to leave the company within six months, but don't expect him to do it quietly. Speaking to the Financial Times, Vanjoki revealed why Nokia won't switch from Symbian to Android.
Doing so, he said, is no different than the Finnish boys who "pee in their pants" to stay warm during the cold winter months. That bears repeating. Smartphone makers who use Android are doing the equivalent of pissing their pants to stay warm.
We'll have to dig through the archives, but Anssi Vanjoki may have just topped Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, who once promised to open a can of whoop ass on the competition, as the most outspoken, uncensored executive in the tech industry.
We could offer some more commentary, but quite frankly, trying to follow a quote like that is like pissing in the wind.
In a London event today HTC has announced some impressive new Android handsets. The Desire HD will look familiar to those acquainted with the HTC Evo 4G on Sprint. The differences are minor. Both the Evo and the Desire HD run on a Qualcomm 1GHz CPU, and rock a 4.3-inch touch screen display. The Desire HD has a similar form factor, but loses the kickstand from the Evo. The big difference here is that the Desire HD is GSM, supporting HSPA+. It is expected to launch in Europe, but we can still hold out hope it will find its way to an American GSM carrier at some point.
The Desire Z is of particular interest as it is the European counterpart of the upcoming T-Mobile G2 in the US. The only difference between the two is that the Desire Z runs HTC Sense. The G2 is going to come with stock Android 2.2. The Desire Z is running on an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230, which is the next generation of the Snapdragon line. The phone slides open with a unique hinge system to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. There is also a 3.7-inch display and an 8MP camera.
HTC also announced a new site, HTCsense.com. When it launches in about a month, it will give users of new Sense equipped phones the option to track, lock and remotely wipe their handsets. Do either of these new phones get you excited?
We keep hearing different things about when Acer plans to launch its upcoming tablet PCs. Previous chatter had the OEM shooting for a Q4 2010 release, but citing "sources from upstream component makers," DigiTimes says Acer's new tablets won't reach the market until the first quarter of 2011.
Acer's planning to launch three slates in all, including 5-inch, 7-inch, and 10-inch models. All three will come powered by Google's Android 3.0 platform, but the hardware remains a bit of a mystery, even for Acer.
DigiTime's sources say the OEM is still deciding between going with Qualcomm's mighty Snapdragon chipset or jumping on board Nvidia's Tegra 2 train, which would give the tablets a bit more oomph in the graphics department.
This week, Gordon phones in from the IDF show floor, and the gang discusses Samsung's new Android phones, Intel's Sandy Bridge, AMD's Bulldog architecture, and the worst ships in the Star Wars universe.
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Adobe on Monday issued another security advisory warning users of yet another zero-day bug in its software. This is the second time this month that the San Jose-based software developer has warned of a critical bug that is reportedly being exploited in the wild. While the first advisory, issued only a few days ago, warned of a critical bug in Reader and Acrobat, the latest warning pertains to a critical vulnerability in its Flash player.
“A critical vulnerability exists in Adobe Flash Player 10.1.82.76 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Solaris, and Adobe Flash Player 10.1.92.10 for Android. This vulnerability also affects Adobe Reader 9.3.4 for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX, and Adobe Acrobat 9.3.4 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh,” the bug-inured company warned in the advisory.
“This vulnerability (CVE-2010-2884) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild against Adobe Flash Player on Windows. Adobe is not aware of any attacks exploiting this vulnerability against Adobe Reader or Acrobat to date.”
The company expects to provide patches for both the vulnerabilities within the next three weeks.
A leaked T-Mobile USA document hints that the nation's smallest carrier may be about to launch a really big phone. The myTouch HD is highlighted in surprising detail, giving us a look at the impressive specs. The Android 2.2 phone will be running on T-Mobile's super-fast HSPA+ network. There will be a 5MP rear-facing camera, and a VGA front-facing cam. The screen will be 3.8-inches, but we do not know about the resolution or technology used. The real point of interest here is that the document claims the myTouch HD will pack a "1 GHz Dual Processor". We can only assume this means a dual core chip.
All phones to this point have has single core CPUs, but it is known that ARM has reference designs that could be used to construct dual core packages. Battery life may suffer, but power saving designs in the next gen chips could help matters somewhat. T-Mobile is also touting screen sharing technology that will get your smartphone content to a TV screen. This might just mean an HDMI port, but we'd astill take it.
No pricing or availability details are known, but we'll keep an eye out. Do you think a dual core CPU will be of use in a phone? Let us know in the comments.
Despite Google's recent assertion that Android isn't tailor-made for tablets (at least in its current avatar), and that Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Tab is nothing but a gigantism-smitten smartphone, the tablet continues to be seen as the iPad's first true test. The Korean electronics giant reportedly plans to give Apple a run for its money by surrounding the iPad. How exactly does it plan to accomplish that, you might ask?
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Galaxy Tab will not be tethered to any one carrier in the United States. It will instead be distributed by each one of the three largest US wireless carriers. A trinity of anonymous sources familiar with the matter told the Journal that Samsung has cut deals with Verizon Wireless, Sprint and AT&T.
The company pursued a similar strategy while launching its Galaxy S smartphone, which is available from Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. The sources further revealed that the Galaxy Tab will make its US debut at a special launch event to be held in New York on September 16.
A new report from Gartner Research claims that Google's Android operating system will grow rapidly in the remaining months of 2010, passing both Apple and RIM. If you don't follow the smartphone world closely, you could be forgiven for forgetting Nokia is still number one worldwide. While their phones are rarely offered by US carriers, the market in other nations often encourages users to buy unlocked phones. Those are often Nokia handsets.
In late 2009, Android had only 3.9% of the market - Apple had three times more. Google is expected to hit about 17.7%, which will clobber Apple's iOS, and just edge out Blackberry. While iOS is still growing, Blackberry has been falling. The tepid response to the Blackberry Torch isn't helping matters.
Android has spread to all US carriers, and more manufacturers are getting in on the fun. It's impressive to see Google come from behind so quickly, especially considering the state Android was in before the release of the Motorola Droid.
Android is expected to be a force to be reckoned with in the tablet market and some of the upcoming Android-based tablets have already generated a fair amount of buzz. But Hugo Barra, director of products for mobile at Google, reckons Android, in its current avatar (Froyo), is not “optimized for use on tablets.”
The Samsung Galaxy Tab is being seen as an iPad rival, but to Barra it is nothing more than a supersized smartphone. "Android is an open platform. We saw at IFA 2010 all sorts of devices running Android, so it already running on tablets,” Barra told TechRadar.
"But the way Android Market works is it's not going to be available on tablets that don't allow devices and applications to run correctly. If you want Android market on that platform, the apps just wouldn't run, [Froyo] is just not designed for that form factor.”
Point taken, but isn't the iPad a supersized iPhone?