According to Bensen Lin, vice president and general manager of Garmin-Asus, his company will launch its Android-based Nuvifone A10 smartphone in Taiwan on September 10. Those who want to get a jump on other buyers can put in their pre-order now.
Android's Froyo build (Android 2.2) isn't in the cards for the Nuvifone A10, at least not initially, and will instead ship with Android 2.1. It will also come with a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen display, 512MB of RAM, a 5MP camera, Qualcomm 7227 processor clocked at 600MHz, Bluetooth/Wi-Fi, and other odds and ends. As with previous Garmin-Asus phones, the A10 will come heavily promoted for its built-in GPS functionality.
Mozilla has announced today that the first alpha release of Fennec (mobile Firefox) is ready for mass consumption on the N900, and Android 2.0+. The N900 version has already been posted on the Mozilla site, we expect the Android version to be up soon. One of the main selling points is full Fennec integration with Firefox Sync, a tool that can keep your tabs, history, and bookmarks synchronized across your devices.
Mozilla has been working to make the browser smoother, which is great news to anyone who tried the previous early preview builds. Fennec does this by keeping the browser UI in a separate process from the rendering engine. Actions like scrolling and zooming should get more fluid as the product moves toward a final release.
Mozilla has posted a vide demo of Fennec on Android. While it is looking much improved, they clearly have a way to go. This whole time, Google is improving the Android browser. By the time Fennec is done, it may have already been surpassed in features. Are you anxiously anticipating Fennec?
If you've seen the photos of our lab, you know that we've got plenty of tempting products lying around. One of the things currently taking up desk space inbetween Dream Machines and power supplies are several Android Collectibles (Series 01) figures from Dyzplastic and Andrew Bell. They come in individual blind boxes, and there are several different designs... Let's be real, we had you at Android, right? Some of these suckers are already going for $40 or more on eBay, but you can get one for free. Free! All you need to do is head over and take the Geek Quiz, then post your score (and any comments) below. Now, get geeky and get crackin', because we've only got 5 to give away.
No this isn't January 2010, the Dell Aero is just now available for purchase in the US. The AT&T compatible Android phone was originally known as the Mini 3i when it was announced for the US back in early 2010. A variant was even sold in China last year. It looks like Dell has changed very little about this budget minded, light phone in the intervening months.
The Dell Aero ships with Android 1.5, which just for reference, was pushed to the T-mobile G1 well over a year ago. Dell has created a skin overlaying the standard Android UI, but many features are still missing. The Aero is running on a 624Mhz Marvell CPU, has 2GB of internal storage with microSD support, and a 3.5-inch 360 x 640 touchscreen. The camera is a respectable 5MP, though.
The Aero is available on the Dell website as you read this, and should hit AT&T in the coming days. But in this age of Android 2.1 and 2.2 phones, will people really respond to the Aero? The price is fairly low at $99 with a 2 year contract, which could attract some users. Anyone taking a look at this phone?
Apart from tablets running propriety operating systems like iOS and WebOS, the rest of the tablet market will most likely be dominated by Android and Windows. It is difficult to predict how the impending tsunami of tablets will change the tablet landscape, but one thing is certain: consumers will have plenty to choose from – maybe even too much. ViewSonic is willing to help those likely to vacillate between Windows and Android.
Motorola earned a bit of a black eye from the modding community by introducing a hardware e-fuse used to enforce software restrictions, and they certainly aren’t helping their case by sending out cease-and-desist letters to sites offering “unofficial” Froyo updates for Droid X owners.
Website MyDroidWorld was the first of many Android sites to receive the takedown notice from Motorola, but it’s unclear at this point how enforceable the notice actually is. My guess is that most sites would rather comply than risk ending up across the table from Motorola in court. Realistically the “official” update is expected within the next 2-3 weeks, so if you weren’t able to track down the modified version yet you shouldn’t have to wait too much longer anyway.
Either way this likely won’t sit well with the modding community. Hit the jump to view a copy of the take down notice.
A few weeks ago, Google closed down their online sales of Nexus One phones with the promise they would be made available to developers. Shortly thereafter, the Google developer site did indeed begin offering registered developers the option to purchase the T-Mobile 3G version of the Nexus. Now just two weeks later, Google has announced the developer phone is sold out. The phones are backordered with manufacturer HTC, and are expected to be restocked soon, but no date was available.
In their blog post Google said, " We blew through the (substantial) initial inventory in almost no time." Part of the issue may be that for a $25 fee, anyone can become an Android developer and buy the phone. If you've committed to buying a $530 unlocked handset, an extra $25 admission fee is small potatoes.
Google also went to great pains to praise HTC for managing supplies as well as they have with a worldwide AMOLED display shortage. Sources have said phones like the Nexus One from HTC will switch to SLCD panels at some point. Might that point be now? In the end, with this sort of demand it makes you wonder if Google should have closed that web store at all.
By analyzing the movement of supply chains, Digitimes claims to have sussed out some details of an upcoming Android tablet from Motorola. The device, which they believe will run Android 3.0, will be packing some serious hardware. The internals would be different from previous Android devices with an Nvidia Tegra 2 at its core. The touchscreen will be made by Sharp. This display will not have the brightness of the iPad display, but it is thinner and lighter.
Digitimes researchers believe this device will enter mass production in late 2010. The development of the G1 was cited as an example of this type of Google/manufacturer cooperation, and we would also point out a similar scenario with the Motorola Droid. The analysis also claimed this tablet could sell up to 2 million units by the end of the year. If that's going to happen, they'll want to announce it sooner rather than later.
What do you think? Plausible series of conclusions, or questionable genuineness?
Asus trotted out two tablet prototypes at Computex 2010 in May. One of them featured Windows 7 and the other ran Windows Embedded Compact 7. A couple of months later there were rumors of Asus replacing Windows Embedded Compact 7 with Android. But as it turns out, the company probably never had any plans of replacing Microsoft's OS for ARM-based mobile and embedded devices.
The Taiwanese company actually has a third tablet in the works. According to Asustek Computer's CEO Jerry Shen, Asustek will launch its first Android tablet in March - just after the launch of its Windows-based tablets. Shen spilled more beans while talking to reporters after his company's second quarter earnings call.
The Android tablet will be Asustek's cheapest (if things don't change in the intervening period) as it will cost less than $399. The first tablet to gallop out of the Asus stable, the Windows 7-based Eee Pad EP121, will be priced somewhere around $1,000. It is set to make its debut in December or January. A second tablet will follow in January. Powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 2 SoC (System-on-Chip), the Windows Embedded Compact 7-based EP101TC will cost between $399 and $499.
Google has come out swinging in the wake of Oracle's lawsuit against the search giant for their use of Java in Android. Google calls the lawsuit "baseless" and makes it clear that they will be seeing Oracle in court. The suit is indeed aimed at the Dalvik virtual machine that Android uses to compile and run Java code on the phone. Google said in their statement that technology like Dalvik, "goes beyond any one corporation."
Google is framing this issue as a fight for open standards. Judging by the ton of their response, no one is looking to settle this quietly. More than likely, this will drag on for years. It is interesting that Google's open source operating system is being targeted in multiple legal actions. Still, if there's a company with the resources to devote to defending such a thing, it's Google.