It’s said the Android 2.2 Froyo for Sprint HTC EVO 4G will go out next week. It’s really a good news. And the new update features: – Ability to share applications – Display events and birthdays from Facebook on Calendar – Use camera LED as flashlight – New user interface for the FM radio – [...]


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HTC Desire Z and Desire HD (Ace and Vision)

We’re still not entirely sure what’s planned for a couple of HTC codename-phones that have been floating around — the Ace and Vision, but damned if they haven’t appeared in an inventory system for Vodafone D2 in Germany as the Desire HD (a name we’ve heard before) and Desire Z, respectively. German blog BestBoyZ says the Desire HD should be similar to the aluminum unibody design of the HTC Legend (read our full review of that one), and have features of of the HD2 and Desire (whatever that means).

Now, any release here in the U.S. is likely to come under some other name, but it looks like these phones may be closer to breaking their cover. Oh, and do note the addition of the original Desire with its new SLCD screen listed. [BestBoyZ via Google Translate] Thanks, Patrick!

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Motorola Droid X

Motorola has updated its, erm, update chart, and we’ve got two changes. Unsurprisingly after yesterday’s announcement, the original Droid has been changed to "Upgrade to Android 2.2 expected to begin the week of August 2." And the Droid X now has "Upgrade to Android 2.2 expected in late summer." There’s a whole bunch of Android 2.1 listed for Moto’s other phones, but Froyo’s all anybody’s interested in now, right? [Motorola]

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 Evo 4G with Android 2.2

At long last, the Sprint Evo 4G is getting Android 2.2 — nicknamed Froyo. It’s the second U.S. phone to get it — behind the Google Nexus One — and the update will be rolling out over the first week or so of August, or you can give the manual install a try by downloading the file from HTC here, and visiting the forums for installation help.

We’ve gotten our hands on an official build — though it’s not quite the final build — and have put it through its paces. The overall experience remains the same. HTC’s Sense user interface remains on top of Android and is as speedy as it ever was. There new widgets and apps. A bunch of new features. And, of course, two biggies that come with Froyo — the Just-in-Time compiler, and Adobe Flash.

So join us after the break as we dive into the Android 2.2 update for the Sprint Evo 4G.

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froyo release rooted

Android hackers strike again, this time with the upcoming Android 2.2 release for the Evo 4G – it’s already been found, rooted and made available for your flashing pleasure.  Avalaunchmods has beat everyone to the punch and cranked out the first Evo 2.2 ROM with Sense, and everything working.  Enough of my talking, I have a ROM to flash — and some of you do too.  Hit the source link for download instructions and links [xda-developers] Thanks for the tip and the ROM Avalaunchmods!

Update: HTC’s pulled its link and gone on Twitter with the following: "Please be aware any update.zip floating around for EVO are not final and may cause problems. Official updates are coming OTA next week!" You’ve been warned!

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The Backflip has a QWERTY keyboard mounted onto the back via a very sturdy flip hinge meaning the keyboard is always exposed; the digital camera has been neatly installed on the side of the keyboard and is hard to notice straight away. Motorola have given there new creation speedy web connectivity, social network capabilities and various messaging options to keep the young messengers out there happy.


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Android voice search

Here’s a follow up to yesterday’s tip, in which we learned to hold down the search button to launch Google’s voice search. But what, exactly, can you ask it? Here it is, from the horse’s mouth:

  • Call <contact name> (+ <home|mobile|work>): Dial this contact. If the contact has multiple phone numbers, and you don’t specify which number to dial (i.e. “call Dad work”), you will receive an on-screen prompt to select which number.
  • Dial <phone number>: Dial your selected number: “Dial 3-1-0-5-5-5-1-2-1-2?.
  • Find <location>: Open a map a Google Maps displaying pins with the location(s).
  • Specific business name: “Find Staples”, “Find McDonalds”,
  • Type of business: “Find gas station”, “Find grocery store”, “Find yogurt”,
  • Specific location name: “Find Disneyland”
  • Type of location: “Find dog parks”
  • Map of <location>: See Find, above.
  • Directions to < location>: Open Google Maps providing driving, mass transit, biking or walking directions to your selected place from your current location. You can use the same types of locations as with Find, above.
  • Navigate to <location>: Start Google Navigate with <location> set as the end point. You can use the same types of locations as with Find, above. General requests like “Navigate to gas station” will produce an on-screen prompt to select which local gas station.
  • Open <application name>: Open the desired application: “Open calendar”, “Open Facebook”, “Open Battery Info”.
  • Post buzz <message>: Generate a Google Buzz posting of your phrase. Posting will be geolocated with your current position.

And again, third-party apps can add functionality. There are what you get in stock Android.

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Very little is known about the upcoming HTC Vanguard. Some were expecting it the be the G1 Blaze, but now it looks like T-Mobile’s first official phone to support HSDPA+ may be the myTouch (3G) HD. As of now, all we know about the phone is the name and what’s been revealed through the two images of the handset which have leaked this week.

The first image shows off the front of the phone which features a larger, more narrow display than the myTouch 3G Slide. Above the screen, it appears the the myTouch HD will feature a front facing camera which could be used for video calling over HSDPA+. The design elements of the phone are pretty close to those of the myTouch Slide, though the back of the handset looks to have a soft-touch, matte finish along the edge and a silver colored plate in the middle.

We expect the myTouch HD to feature at least a 1GHz processor, 5-8MP camera, Android 2.1 (maybe 2.2 since HTC seems to be rolling out the new update to many of their phones starting this weekend), and the Espresso build of HTC Sense.

Quite a few Android fans have been complaining about the lack of a powerhouse phone on T-Mobile’s network. With the myTouch HD, T-Mobile looks to be stepping up their game to compete with the HTV EVO 4G and the DROID X. Question is, does anyone here really want another myTouch phone?





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Sprint Evo 4G

Sprint has just announced what we all were hoping for — the Evo 4G will be getting Froyo starting August 3, making Sprint the first carrier to upgrade their devices to Android 2.2.  Hit our story HERE to see what’s included with the update.  Sprint says that the OTA will roll out in stages, but they will be providing a manual download link for those of us who just can’t wait.  (That’s you and I )  Yes, we’ll have a nice set of simplified instructions to make it as easy as possible, just as soon as we get the link and the method.  Check out the source link to see Sprint’s official announcement.  [Sprint]

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