The week in Android News

20 November 2010

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Here we are, concluding another week in which we did not see any Android 2.3 leaks, or official updates. As we continue to hold our breath for this update, plenty more Android related news continues to flow. Let’s take a look at some of the fun information that has been announced over the course of the past week.

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Samsung Continuum hands-on

20 November 2010

Samsing Continuum

We actually had our first hands-on with the Samsung Continuum long, long before it was ever announced, but now that it’s official and available, we’re going to give it the official treatment. It’s the first phone of its kind, and I have to be honest — the ticker fascinates me.  We’ll see if it can live up to the expectations I have for it over the next week or so.  

In the meantime, have another look at the hardware and an overview of the ticker and its settings, video style, after the break.

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While the information is slim, the smaller, finer details give us just enough to keep the speculation going. According to an FCC filing, HTC has dropped off a WiMax, CDMA enabled device to the FCC labs for testing. For those of you out there keeping track, these specs fall in line with that of the oft rumored HTC Knight / HTC Shift Evo 4G that’s supposed to be heading to Sprint with some Android flavor. Many folks still question the reality of this device, as we noticed in our forums but if nothing else, this FCC finding could mean we are one step closer to seeing it hit store shelves soon. [FCC via Engadget]

HTC drops WiMax and CDMA enabled device off at the FCC –EVO Shift 4G? posted originally by Android Central

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The Sprint HTC Hero might feel a little outdated compared to the HTC EVO 4G, but that doesn’t mean Sprint doesn’t care about their current customer base.  A new OTA update is hitting the Sprint HTC Hero today which should take care of a few bug fixes.  Details about the latest firmware update are a [...]





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Motorola Droid Pro review

20 November 2010

It might look (a lot) like an oversized BlackBerry,
but the Motorola Droid Pro on Verizon is all Android

Motorola Droid Pro

The Motorola Droid Pro brings to fruition a form factor long desired on Android smartphones — a full front-facing QWERTY keyboard. The easy comparison, of course, with with the BlackBerry, but let it not be forgotten that Motorola had a strong showing with the Q-series of Windows Mobile phones back in the day.

And that brings up a few interesting questions. Is Android — primarily a touchscreen-optimized OS — ready for a front-facing keyboard? And how does that affect how you use the touchscreen? Will we even need it? And will the Droid Pro’s slightly smaller touchscreen (at a mid-level resolution) be usable for someone coming from a high-end phone? Is it for stuffy suits? Can it still play games? And what’s all this talk about it being a “world phone.” Good questions, all. We’ll answer them, and more, after the break.

Motorola Droid Pro review posted originally by Android Central

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Samsung Fascinate maintenance release

The Verizon Samsung Fascinate is set to get another maintenance update over the next few weeks — no, it’s not Froyo — and we got a sneak peak at an early version. GPS has been targeted, and it’s looking better in early testing. Signal strength has been addressed. Also, the backlight settings are a little better, which helps the capacitive buttons stay lit longer. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. I walk through them in the video after the break.

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HTC is one of the largest Mobiles Cell Phones manufacturers in the world today and they have brought many phones on the market which really grabbed many people’s attention due to their sophisticated electronics and intelligently designed features. HTC is the short version for High Tech Computer Corporation.


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Sprint HTC Hero

A bit of good news for all you HTC Hero owners out there.  Sprint just announced a maintenance release that should begin rolling out sometime today.  HTC Hero Maintenance Release 2.32.621.2 brings a few fixes, including:

  • Correct a non-customer impacting issue (device diagnostics)
  • MMS issue with contact number format
  • Updated Sprint Zone application

And there you have it.  No FroYo — ain’t gonna happen, people — just a little Friday afternoon maintenance update. We haven’t got a manual update method just yet, but that should change once it starts rolling out (if it hasn’t already).  Give us a shout if you’ve got the update package and want to share it with other eager Hero owners.

Want to discuss this update with other Hero owners?  Head into our Hero forums and chat it up. [Sprint Forums] Thanks, Simon!

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Just in case the Samsung Galaxy Tab was not the tablet you’ve been waiting for, you may wish to check out Staples on black Friday. Stapes will be making the Viewsonic G Tablet available online and in some store locations although, the ad suggests ordering online for the fastest delivery.

Assuming that G Tablet logo in the ad is accurate, what you’ll end up with is a NVIDIA Tegra 2, Android 2.2 powered tablet with 512MB of RAM, a 1024 x 600 resolution capacitive screen, USB / HDMI, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, 16GB of storage and finally a 1.3 megapixel camera. All of which you can call yours for the low, low price of only $399.98. Thanks Yozic! [BlackFriday]

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Since we don’t work at Verizon, we’re not really sure what their launch plans are for the HTC Merge.  That being said, it’s pretty easy to deduce that 360 degree view of the HTC Merge which showed up on Verizon’s site for a few short hours was published by mistake.  Fortunately, our friends over at [...]





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