Posts Tagged ‘Android 2.2’

Froyo Now Available on Droid X

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Verizon has announced the Froyo upgrade for the Motorola Droid X. You can wait for it over the air, or you can take matters into your own hands, with instructions provided by Verizon.

Among the features added, Flash 10.1 is the highlight. This isn’t news for a Froyo version of Android, but Verizon wants you to be assured that Flash support is included. Other upgrades include access to the new Gmail app downloadable by Froyo devices in the Android market, some Verizon bloatware, and easier access to recently used programs.

You can check out Verizon’s information here. If you just want to download the instructions for speeding up the upgrade delivery, you can view the PDF.

If you are a Droid X owner, or have been waiting to get a Droid X until it got Froyo, this is a good day for you. Android keeps on getting better, and eventually all the latest phones will have Froyo. Hopefully this applies to the Xperia X10, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Has anyone already upgraded? What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Coming Soon to a Carrier Near You

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Not content to simply provide a phone on all the major US carriers, Samsung will soon release its new Galaxy tab across the board as well. It is scheduled to launch in time for the holidays this year.

The Galaxy Tab will launch on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. According to Samsung, there will be no voice capabilities on the models currently being announced. Samsung has mentioned a line of tablets coming in the future, so voice might be available eventually. Using Qik you can do video calls though with the current version. There may be a Wi-Fi-only version coming in time for the holidays as well.

Here are the specs:

  • Android 2.2
  • 1GHz Hummingbird Processor
  • 7″ WSVGA Touch-Screen
  • 3MP Rear-Facing Camera with Auto-Focus and LED Flash, 1.3MP Front-Facing Camera
  • Gyro/Accelerometer
  • 16GB or 32GB on-board memory, expandable external memory to 32GB, 512MB RAM
  • Samsung Apps/Android Market
  • Social Hub (for SMS, Email, IM, Calenders & more)
  • Flash 10.1 Support
  • Swype

At 7″, Samsung is claiming this device fits in a pant or jacket pocket. Dell offered similar capability with its 5″ Streak. I am not sure how comfortable a 7″ device would be. With all eyes on the iPad, it is interesting that Samsung went with 7″ for its first tablet. It fits exactly between the iPad and the Dell Streak. I think it would have been better to start with 9 or 10 inches. In theory a bigger one will follow soon after, so it is likely that a larger screen is on its way.

Samsung seems to be vacillating between processor descriptions. On some sites it calls the processor a Hummingbird, and on others a Cortex A8. If you were confused by the alternate listings, the Hummingbird is based on the Cortex A8 architecture.

The Galaxy Tab will be available in Europe this month, and in the US this fall. There is no word on pricing, as Samsung is letting the carriers determine and announce the price.

What do you think? Are you itching for a 7″ tablet? Let me know in the comments.

Chrome To Phone

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Google hosted a press conference today, and had some pretty exciting news to share. Chrome to Phone is one of the new features. It is limited to Froyo users, so if you don’t have it yet this is something you’ll have to look forward to.

Chrome to Phone is a Chrome Extension that sends web pages or phone numbers from your Chrome browser to your Froyo-enabled Android phone. It doesn’t simply send a link, it auto-loads the content on the phone, making it really convenient. You can even copy text and send it to the Android clipboard.

As cool as this feature is, I think it is already dated, thanks to another tool called Voice Actions. Voice Actions eliminates the need to send driving directions from your computer to your phone, since you can simply speak the address into your phone and launch the navigator. Chrome to Phone is still a useful feature, even if it is less attractive than Voice Actions. Check out the video for more.