Clarion Mirage head unit is powered by Android
Clarion has taken the wraps of a new ‘smart’ car stereo head unit powered by Android 2.2. The Mirage is currently targeted at OEMs looking to integrate it into their vehicle ranges and is not available to the general public. In addition to including typical car-based apps including GPS and map functions, users will also be able to enjoy apps like Angry Birds and Facebook from their 6.5-inch capacitive touch center console.
Motorola Cliq 2 gets Android 2.3 a year later
Motorola Cliq 2 users who may have been holding out for an update to Google’s Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS are on the verge of getting their long awaited update from Android 2.2 (Froyo). First released in late 2010, Gingerbread has since been superseded by Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Nonetheless, Motorola has announced that it is recruiting 1000 customers to try its latest Motoblur-inspired Gingerbread variant before a final release is issued to all remaining Cliq 2 users.
Classpad offers new lower-cost tablet in India
Dehli-based company Classteacher Learning Systems has launched the Android 2.2 touting Classpad, a range of lower-cost tablet set to take on DataWind's Aakash, a $35 7-inch Android 2.2 tablet. While it will be priced above the Aakash, the new tablets are up to 1GHz faster at 1.3GHz than the cheaper tablet and will have options for 4GB and 8GB of storage. The Classpad tablets will also come in a range of sizes including 7-, 8- and 10-inch variations.
Yinlips YDPG18 offers plenty of game compatibility
Chinese company Yinlips has released a Sony PS Vita clone it calls the YDPG18. The device, which also bears a resemblance to the original Sony PSP, runs Android 2.2 and allows users to download games from the Android Market. It is powered by a 1.2GHz processor matched with 512MB of RAM and centers on a 5.0-inch touch screen display with a resolution of 800x400 pixels.
BeBook Live Tablet launches with Android 2.2
BeBook Live has in introduced the BeBook Live Tablet. The device is one of the few newly launched tablets to persist with Android 2.2 although the OS is not specifically designed for tablets. Like the original Samsung Galaxy Tab, which also runs Android 2.2, the BeBook Live Tablet even incorporates Samsung’s own 1GHz single-core Hummingbird Cortex A8 processor matched with 512MB of SDRAM. It is also Flash compatible.
Update arriving on Friday
AT&T has announced that it is finally ready to release an Android 2.2 update for HTC's Aria handset. The carrier promises the update to arrive on Friday, after the company began releasing over-the-air Froyo updates for Samsung's Captivate handset earlier today.
Update arrives much later than promised
Toshiba has finally posted an Android 2.2 update for its AC100 smartbook, several months after the promised time-frame of an October release. The update brings the standard set of Froyo features, including Flash support, along with Toshiba's own app market and additional support for the Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities of the 3G version.
A more silver look, plus front-facing camera
T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S 4G has appeared in a series of more definitive photos. Also referred to as the Samsung Vibrant 4G, the new photos clearly show that 4G update does not differ greatly in external appearance to the original Samsung GalaxyS 3G. The most notable external changes are silver color touches and a front-facing camera. The version snapped in the photos is also still running Android 2.2 (Froyo), although Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) remains a possibility for the shipping model.
Billed as world's first dual-core smartphone
LG has launched its Optimus 2X, which is billed as the world’s first dual-core smartphone. Also introduced was a previously unseen white version of the NVIDIA Tegra 2-powered handset. The NVIDIA chip gives the phone H.264 video encoding and decoding capabilities and the ability to output video at 1080p over HDMI. It also features true dual-display support.
CEO also provides details on shipping process
The Notion Ink Adam, which shipped as promised on January 19, has received its first unboxing pictures courtesy of a proud Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan. The 10-inch Android tablet, which runs a heavily customized version of the Android 2.2 OS, has been eagerly awaited by all those who contributed to the device’s first allocation sellout. Shravan posted some remarks along with the photos explaining details of shipping roll-out for users who might be somewhat impatiently awaiting the arrival of their shiny new slate.
Update has taken 8 months to roll out
The LG Ally and the Samsung Acclaim have received updates taking their OS to Android 2.2. The update for the handsets has arrived at the same time as news showing that more than half of Android users are now using Android 2.2, some eight months after it was made public at Google I/O. The Android 2.2 update brings with it a range of enhancements including Microsoft Exchange support, Adobe Flash 10.1 for mobile devices, a portable hotspot function, and faster browsing.
Samsung Forte leaked ahead of Feb 11 launch
MetroPCS looks set to add a new Samsung LTE-enabled mobile for its nascent 4G network. The new phone has been identified as the Samsung Forte from a set of leaked photos. It is an Android 2.2-based slider that is rumored to launch on February 11.
Comparison shows lack of effort by phone makers
As the Android OS has continued to receive updates from the team at Google, many manufacturers and carriers have been less than timely in their efforts to push the latest versions to various handsets. In a comparison of handset manufacturers and carriers, compiled by Computerworld, HTC and Verizon take top honors in the recent switch to Android 2.2 Froyo.
Rogers likely to carry Liquid Mini
Acer unveiled several new devices at CES last week, among them the Acer Liquid Mini E310. This week, Acer’s latest Android 2.2 device gained FCC approval although it is not entirely certain which carrier will land the phone. Rogers Canada is a likely candidate as it already sells the Liquid E.
Despite name, not a tablet
Viewsonic has unveiled the its contribution to the plethora of Android smartphones available on the market, the Viewpad 4. The handset runs Android 2.2 (Froyo) and incorporates all the typical Android smartphone hardware. It centers on a 4.1-inch WVA capacitive touchscreen display and is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor by Qualcomm.
Take your media and play it anywhere
Skifta has launched a new DLNA-based media streaming app for Android mobile devices running Android 2.2. Skifta, owned by mobile chip fabricator Qualcomm, takes a relatively simple approach to enabling content streaming from a user’s mobile. Users download the mobile version of the app to their phone and install the desktop counterpart on their computer or NAS server. Once installed, users can stream their media content including movies, music and photos to any DLNA-enabled device including TV’s, gaming consoles and Windows PCs.
Hints running Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Notion Ink has released a demo video of its Adam tablet in response to a request from Android Police who were keen to see the interface working live, rather than just in rendered demos. The video (included below) shows Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan putting the Eden UI and its multitasking panel engine through its paces. Up until now, it has also been thought that the Adam tablet will be running Android 2.2 (Froyo), although the clip hints at the possibility of the device shipping with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) as it refers to the utilization of the Android 2.3 framework.
v2.2 update arriving weeks after v2.3 exits beta
Internal e-mails allegedly circulated to AT&T staff suggest the carrier will not update its locked Dell Streaks toAndroid 2.2 until next year. The e-mails, posted on Streak Smart, point out that locked devices that shipped with an AT&T SIM will have to wait until the week of January 12 for the over-the-air update.
Google updates store with oft requested feature
Google has updated its Android Marketplace to deliver the oft requested ‘Related’ tab to help shoppers looking for similar apps. Initially, the feature which makes apps more readily discoverable, was thought to be unique to the forthcoming Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update. Instead users with a Droid 2 and Nexus One running Android 2.2 (Froyo) have discovered the tab appear on their devices overnight.
Sprint servers pushing OTA update to handsets
The Samsung Epic 4G is the first Galaxy S series phone in the US to receive an Android 2.2 update in the US. Sprint is pushing the official Samsung TouchWiz UI skinned over-the-air (OTA) update through its servers and it is slowly working its way around the country. Despite releasing its iteration of Samsung’s Galaxy S phone after AT&T’s Samsung Captivate and T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S I9000, Sprint has managed to get its official Android update out the door before the other carriers as it did with HTC’s EVO 4G.
Locked Streaks join unlocked Streaks with update
As promised, Dell has released an over-the-air (OTA) update for its Dell Streak taking it to Android 2.2. The update features Dell's custom Stage skin and is available to users of the handset who have purchased it on a plan with a carrier. The update is already shipping pre-installed on the unlocked version of the handset.
Hannspad loaded with Froyo and Tegra 2
Hannspree has given Electricpig a chance to play with pre-production version of its forthcoming 10.1-inch Android 2.2 (Froyo) tablet, the Hannspad. It includes a custom Hanspree UI, which is most noticeable on the ‘portlets’ page, which features three customizable widgets. The device is powered by the dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 platform. A video of the device in action is included below.
Galapagos range and Lynx possibilities
Sharp Japan today announced that it will bring its glasses-free, auto-stereoscopic display equipped Android-based smartphones to the US in 2011. Two of the phones, the Galapagos 003SH and 005SH were recently introduced in Japan on the Softbank network. Both devices run Android 2.2 and offer 3.8-inch displays at a resolution of 800x400.
LG bounces back to reverse downward trend
The LG Optimus One has reached the 1 million sold milestone according to an announcement made by the Korean company. It has only taken the company 40 days to reach the mark after having gone on sale throughout Europe, the USA, and much of the Asia-Pacific. The device, which runs Android 2.2 (Froyo), has been selling at the rate of about 25,000 units per day since its October launch.
Android 2.2 OTA by end November in UK
The promised update for the Dell Streak from Android 1.6 straight to Android 2.2 (Froyo) will begin its worldwide roll out in the UK by the end of November. According to a post on Dell’s UK Facebook page the rollout will pushed to Streak devices over-the-air (OTA) and will be staggered by region.
Carrier-branded phones face extra wait
HTC has announced that it is finally bringing Android 2.2 to its Legend handset, which had been available through several Canadian carriers. The update will arrive first on unbranded handsets sometime in the "coming weeks," while carrier-branded variants will be the next in line, according to a Facebook post from HTC representatives.
Folio 100 packs Tegra 2, optimized Froyo skin
Toshiba has formally launched its Folio 100 tablet. It runs a customized version of Android 2.2 in order to optimize the user experience for the larger than typical 10-inch display compared to most rivals. At its heart lies the vaunted NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core ARM-based processor, which puts out 1080p video and also helps to conserve power and deliver up to seven hours of battery life depending on use.
Available now on Japan’s Softbank network
Sharp has launched a pair of glasses-free Galapagos handsets on Japan’s Softbank network. The 003SH and 005SH Galapagos handsets both feature autostereoscopic displays and run Android 2.2 (Froyo). While the 003SH adopts a candbar/slate form factor and the 005SH packs a sliding QWERTY keyboard, both include the same 3.8-inch 800x480 3D display.
7.0-inch model joins 4.3-inch sibling
Archos has started shipping its second Android 2.2 (Froyo) internet tablet, the Archos 70. It joins its 4.3-inch sibling, the Archos 43, which began shipping yesterday. While the Archos 43 is aimed at the iPod touch and has no obvious Android competitors, the Archos 70 joins a slew of Android internet tablets that aim to challenge the iPad. The Archos 70 shares most of its major components with the Archos 43, other than its larger 7.0-inch 800x400 capacitive multi-touch display.
Ready to tackle iPod touch
First announced by Archos at IFA back in August, the Archos 43 internet tablet with Android 2.2 (Froyo) is now shipping. The device centers on a 4.3-inch 854x480 display, has Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) and Bluetooth connectivity as well as an HDMI output. It comes with 16GB of on-board storage, which can be expanded by utilizing its microSD card slot. Powering the device is an ARM Cortex A8 running at 1GHz with DSP and graphics support for 3D OpenGL ES 2.0.
Froyo update begins appearing in Europe
The five million Samsung Galaxy S owners patiently awaiting Samsung’s version of Android 2.2 are beginning to receive the anticipated update. The TouchWiz tweaked version of the Froyo upgrade has so far surfaced in Sweden, Denmark and Norway and is a available for download through Samsung’s Kies or PC Studio applications.
Handset to arrive mid-October
As Rogers customers wait for the imminent launch of Samsung's Captivate handset, a representative for the carrier has admitted that the device may not receive its Android 2.2 update until early next year. The Canadian network already ran into other problems with the launch, which was initially expected in the summer but later pushed back to mid-October.
Android 2.2 not optimized, waiting for Honeycomb?
LG today stated that it has dropped it plans for an Android 2.2 Optimus-branded tablet. A company spokesperson stated that LG had been in discussions with Google about what was the most appropriate OS for a tablet moving forward, and it was decided that Froyo was not the best choice. Android 3.0, which is nicknamed Gingerbread is a possibility, but LG’s chief competitor Samsung has hinted in a slip that Android won’t be properly optimized for tablets until Honeycomb. With Gingerbread due this fall at the earliest, this news could push LG’s entry into the tablet market well into next year.
Spanish Samsung Mobile fan site points to update
Samsung may be preparing to begin rolling out Android 2.2 updates for its Galaxy S handsets some time in October. The company's Spanish Facebook page claims the Froyo update has finally been confirmed for a late October introduction, although it is unclear if the announcement is limited to customers in the local market.
UI takes heavily from iPad design
Following several leaks and an official teaser for Samsung's Galaxy Tab, the device has surfaced in the wild yet again. The latest video, posted by Korean news outlet The Digital Times, focuses on Samsung's customized interface that sits atop Android 2.2.
Diagrams show Android 2.2, Swype
Motorola's Droid 2 user guide has surfaced ahead of the handset's official launch. The document sheds light on a few unconfirmed details regarding the OS and other minor features. Diagrams appear to show the search menu for Android 2.2, corroborating earlier rumors that the device will ship with Froyo.
Platform brings 50% improvement in tests
Handsets will still launch with Android 2.1
Samsung is preparing to bring Android 2.2 to the full range of Galaxy S handsets that will soon be available through different carriers, according to the company's recent Twitter post. Each of the devices will still ship with Android 2.1, with v2.2 to arrive at a later date alongside Adobe Flash 10.1.