Posts Tagged ‘Froyo’

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.

Xperia X10 Getting Eclair Update In September?

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Sony Ericsson

Update: Eclair update delayed until the end of October. Learn more

Sony Ericsson’s UK Twitter account has been pretty active regarding the upcoming upgrades. According to the tweet by @SonyEricssonUK, the Xperia X10upgrade to Android 2.1 could occur by the end of September. I say could for the benefit of the US fans. The UK folks should indeed be getting the upgrade “by the end of September.” The other markets will follow suite, while the update will slip into Q4 for those in the rear.

Looking at the above tweets, it shows that September is indeed the month for 2.1. Looking at the second tweet we can see that Sony Ericsson is still having to fight off rumors of multi-touch being part of the update. They’ve been saying for months that the hardware is incapable of multi-touch, yet the rumors have hung on.

The question remaining for the US Xperia owners is whether AT&T has us in the rear or near the front of the line for the upgrade. I had a chance to ask Sony Ericsson some questions last week, and naturally asked about the upgrade plans. I was told that Sony Ericsson is limited by contract with AT&T to not leak any information about AT&T’s upgrade schedule. Apparently AT&T is worried someone might find out they are going to release 2.1 even though by then everyone else will have Froyo. I can respect Sony Ericsson’s position though, as they are bound to the terms agreed to with AT&T. The UK branch doesn’t seem to have such restrictions however. Let’s hope that the US is included in this upcoming round of updates.

As exciting as all the talk about 2.1 and even Froyo is, it is important to remember something about the version of 1.6 on the Xperia X10. It is not the stock version by any means. Sony Ericsson has done a lot of work to modernize the older OS, and there are some Froyo-Esque features like Timescape and Mediascape. The UI masks the OS pretty well. There are some limitations, like the inability to install the new StumbleUpon app (2.1 and above only). These minor issues should be solved with the 2.1 upgrade. Also coming is a patch to convert the video camera to HD. This will also help. The still camera is already at 8.1MP, but the video camera was stuck in WVGA. I’m looking forward to the HD upgrade.

What about you? If you have an Xperia X10, is Android 1.6 really that bad? Are you excited about the upgrades? Let me know in the comments.