DigiTimes confirmed that the first model from the HTC stable codenamed Flyer is due to begin shipping in US by March. The Flyer will run on Android 2.3 or Froyo and will be upgradeable to Android 3.0 or Honeycomb. The other two models will hit the market in the second quarter of 2011 and both will run on Honeycomb juice. As per the sources, HTC will partner with an unannounced U.S. telecom carrier and introduce the Flyer tablet in March. The company will introduce two more tablets running Android 3.0 in June this year. Flyer is expected to get some lead before RIM PlayBook and Motorola XOOM which are expected to be launched in March-April time frame. Continue reading
Google Android 2.2 Froyo has gained 8.4% of the total number of Google-powered devices since we last took a look at the stats published by Android Developers back in December, a tad more than a month ago. According to the figures, Android 2.2 Froyo now powers 51,8% of devices while Android 2.1 Eclair is present on 35.2% (4.4% lower than last month’s 39.6), putting a solid 16.6% between the two. Unfortunately, Froyo is not the latest of Google’s operating system with the launch of Gingerbread, which is only active on 0.4% (most of them probably Nexus S smartphones) of the total devices powered by the platform. Continue reading
Google will soon bring a native music syncing feature into its Android operating system, as you can see from the leaked image shown below. The image is said to be taken from a device running Android 2.3. It could also hint at an iTunes-like program from Google that would help users better manage their multimedia libraries. (Something like the iTunes store, with lots of media content.) With the Music Sync feature, you can sync all the music contents on your device, it will be stored in the server, so you will always have a backup of your purchase.
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Android 2.3 has been ported to Apple iPhone 3G, you can see a video of it here.
After several weeks of work, Nick Pack and others have found a way to install the Android OS on an iPhone 3G, using the OpeniBoot software that has been used on previous ports. OpeniBoot is an open source implementation of iBoot for iOS devices, which allows booting of unsigned code, such as Linux kernels, on the device. Continue reading
While most smartphones are waiting to be updated to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is already sporting Android 2.4 (not to be confused with Android 3.0 Honeycomb).
With Android 2.3 already spotted on the ultra slim Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, it may not be too long before handsets get the update after Gingerbread. The update of course is not going to be major and may be for minor new features that they didn’t have time to include in Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Continue reading
Finally, Android 3.0 Honeycomb spotted in the air! AIR Benchmark, a website designed to test Adobe AIR performance on mobile devices, has seen pings recently from new versions of Gingerbread and Honeycomb. Both new Android OS builds were running on Nexus Ones. So, there are Nexus Ones or Nexus S in the wild, running both Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Android 3.0 honeycomb. There are two happy things :
- The Nexus One is capable of running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will get an official update from Google. Google’s Nexus Twitter had tweeted that the Gingerbread OTA will be coming, and coming soon. They said – “The Gingerbread OTA for Nexus One will happen in the coming weeks. Just hang tight!”
- Android 3.0 Honeycomb is being tested out somewhere and we can hear a lot more about it soon!
Photos of a device that seems to be the successor of the Sony Ericsson X10 Mini was spotted in the wild, even though the current model of X10 mini didn’t sell well, Sony isn’t giving up! The successor may look cute, but its a beast considering the specifications. The phone will have under the hood, a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. The device will also boast of 3 inches of display space and, the Android powering the device will be the 2.3 version, and also it will have all the usual stuffs like a front camera and a slide out QWERTY keyboard. Have a look at the leaked pictures! Continue reading