The latest tablet rumor is brought to you by tech blog Downloadsquad. According to the blog's anonymous source, Verizon Wireless will begin selling a HTC tablet running Google's cloud-based Chrome OS in late November. Its source, in fact, gave a specific launch date: Black Friday, November 26 – the busiest shopping day of the year.
However, as the source did not disclose any particulars, Downloadsquad's Lee Matthew's grabbed the opportunity to speculate with both hands and dreamed up a tablet featuring: “NVidia's Tegra 2 platform and sport a 1280x720 multitouch display, 2GB of RAM, minimum 32GB SSD, WiFi/Bluetooth/LTE connectivity, GPS, webcam, and possibly expandable storage via a multi-card reader.”
Wonder if we will ever see half as many tablets as are currently rumored to be in the works? Please feel free to announce your own tablet PC in the comments section.
Starting today, all you Droid Incredible owners can look forward to receiving Android 2.2 (Froyo) as an over-the-air (OTA) update, Mashable reports.
Citing unnamed sources, Mashable says that Verizon team members have already installed Froyo on their Incredible devices starting earlier in the week. Satisfied that everything has gone smoothly, Verizon is apparently ready to begin rolling out the update to John Q. Public and friends.
Froyo brings a number of improvements over previous Android releases, including native Flash 10.1 support. Other features include faster JaveScript performance, USB tethering, two-way push sync functionality with Chrome-to-Phone, 720p HD video recording, and more.
Move over, G1, and make room for the Nexus One. No, we haven't traveled back in time - the Nexus One, which Google recently retired from its online one-item store, is back in unlocked form for developers.
"We've always offered unlocked phones for direct sale to registered Android Developers," Google wrote in a blog post. "As of today, the Developer Phone is the Nexus One at a price of $529. To see the details or order a phone, you need to sign in to your Android developer account and click on the 'Development Phones' link."
The Nexus One replaces the aging G1 as Google's Developer Phone, which the search giant describes as a "good choice both for people who want to build Android applications using either the SDK or the NDK," as well as "those who want to experiment with modified versions of the Android platform."
Fast approaching the size of major international brand vendors, smartphone maker HTC said it expects to ship upwards of 6.5 million handsets in the third quarter of 2010. If HTC reaches its goal -- and there's every reason to believe the company will -- it will represent a 132 percent increase from the same quarter one year ago.
HTC's rise as a dominant handset maker has come seemingly overnight. The reason, says company CFO Cheng Hui-ming, is that HTC thrived largely as a niche player, riding the waves of a single hot product every year. In more recent times, HTC has been able to pump out several popular smartphones simultaneously, and that's made all the difference in the world.
As Cheng sees it, HTC will continue to be a major force rather than this being a temporary upswing in shipments. The company plans to increase monthly capacity at both its Taoyuan and Shanghai plants to two million and one million units, respectively, in 3Q10, Cheng said.
According to reports, T-Mobile's historic G1 is no longer for sale. We can call it historic, right? After all, the G1 ranks as the world's first Android handset in mass form, and it was the first to truly challenge Apple's magical iPhone as the must-have smartphone, at least before Jobs and company fluxored the antennae and challenged themselves.
Perhaps more importantly, the G1 solidified Google's Android OS as a bona fide mobile platform, one that is now found on dozens of other smartphones and is arguably the fastest growing OS on the market right now. The Android Market now sits at over 70,000 apps strong, getting ever closer to that 100,000 milestone. And it all started with the G1.
Hit the jump to find out why I'm not too terribly broken up to see the G1 go.
The rumors have been flying for a while now, but HTC has finally officially confirmed that they will be moving to Super LCD screen in some existing AMOLED-sporting phones. The two models listed are the HTC Desire, and the Google Nexus One. Oddly, the very similar HTC Droid Incredible was not mentioned. All these phones currently ship with 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreens, but Samsung (the maker of the AMOLED panels) has been unable to keep up with demand.
AMOLED screens do not use a backlight, are thinner, and generally perform better than regular LCDs. HTC is claiming that the Super LCDs they will be using actually perform better than AMOLED, and have better battery life. This seems like a tall order to us. The screen size and resolution will probably remain the same after the change. Even if the new Super LCDs don't quite match an AMOLED in color vibrancy, they will likely perform better in direct sunlight. Have you ever seen one of these rare Super LCD displays? Let us know what you thought of it.
Young Brian Maupin of Kansas City made a hilarious video on YouTube that over a million people viewed (check out the vid here). The only problem is that Brian also works at Best Buy, and Best Buy has no sense of humor. The videos in question poke a little fun at Apple and the iPhone. Best Buy feels the video disparages a product that it sells, as well as the electronics retailer itself. Heaven forbid your employees have opinions about gadgets that they express in their spare time. Brian is now suspended indefinitely and is probably on the way to unemployment.
The most popular video has a customer at "Phone Mart" insisting that the only phone he (or she, the cartoon is indistinct) wants is the iPhone. Even after being told the Evo 4G could print money and grant wishes, the customer still wanted the iPhone because it has "the Wi-Fis". The weird thing here is that the videos say nothing about Best Buy, and Brian does not announce himself as a Best Buy employee. Indeed, the only connection Best Buy has to these videos is the one it has created for itself by perusing this. Maupin is taking the whole thing in stride saying, " I see it all as a blessing in disguise. I’ve wanted to start my career in graphic design/animation for so long, I see this as my kick in the pants to go get it."
Brian suspects Best Buy figured out who he was by digging through his other videos, which he removed at Best Buy's request. He refused to remove the Evo vs iPhone video as it had nothing to do with Best Buy. We wish him the best in his future video endeavors, and shake our collective fist at Best Buy.
The latest tale involving third-party ROM sites has HTC huffing and puffing and threatening to blow Shipped-ROMs.com's site down, or at least hit the site owners in the wallet if they don't comply with a cease and desist order. That's what Shipped-ROMs is saying, anyway, who posted what they claim is the exact letter they received from HTC.
"It is our understanding that you are responsible for the hosting of an internet webpage located at http://shipped-roms.com," the letter states. "HTC has also recently learned that the Site contains software/ROM related to HTC's Intellectual Property which entails illegal copying of HTC's original art work.
"We have very strong reasons to believe that the HTC Intellectual Property was illegally obtained by fraudulent means. The subject dissemination and publication of HTC's Intellectual Property is in clear violation of HTC's legal rights and is an infringement of the HTC's copyrights, goodwill, as well as the other intellectual rights. The continuing distribution of HTC's Intellectual Property without authorization has constituted a serious criminal offense under the Copyright Act in the U.S. and the EU and other countries where similar laws are enforced."
The site in question contains ROMs for a whole host of popular HTC handsets, and what's most interesting about this is that HTC takes exception to copying the "original art work." HTC didn't go on to clarify what exactly has their undergarments in a bunch, whether it's simply the design of the GUI, or the entire ROM. Either way, best of luck in trying to squash the third-party ROM development community, HTC, because if that's your goal, you're going to need it.
Numbers are hard. Either that, or someone over at Sprint-Nextel wasn't paying very close attention when tallying up the number of HTC Evo 4G smartphones sold at launch. Maybe both.
"We originally reported that the total number of HTC Evo 4G devices sold on launch day was three times the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined. We inadvertently erred in the comparison," Sprint said in a statement.
After carrying the 1 and correcting any other mathematical errors that were made, Sprint now says that the actual number of HTC Evo 4G devices sold on launch day was in line with the two other above-mentioned smartphones. Even still, that's not all bad if the real numbers from the first weekend come out to 150,000 as some analysts have estimated.
As a consequence of having a really stellar launch, the HTC EVO 4G cause a little havoc for video chat service Qik. The fine folks at Qik are partnering with Sprint to offer video calling on the EVO. Little did they know EVO users would bombard their servers with roughly 20 times the usual traffic. As you can imagine, the servers went down in a big way.
The situation got so bad that the app had to be pulled from the Android Market. Qik promised the app would be back up soon. However, users that managed to get the app before it was removed are still being met with connection failures and overall poor quality of service. Luckily, the EVO is able to use other apps for video including Fring for Android.
We hope they've got a rainy day fund to buy more servers. EVOs aren't likely to stop selling any time soon. Are there any EVO users out there that have had trouble finding or using Qik?