Simply releasing a Motorola Droid 2 with internals capable of global roaming probably wouldn’t have done much to differentiate the world device from the D2 currently on Verizon’s shelves, so good thing Big Red decided to give the phone a cosmetic makeover (at least in the color department). This is our first look at what will be the Droid 2 World Edition (or Droid 2 Global or Droid Pro or whatever it may end up being called) with its white casing and silver screen bezel as opposed to the blue and gunmetal of the first Droid 2. Rumor has it this one might replace the first iteration of the Droid 2 outright in VZW’s lineup.
Other than the new colors and roaming capabilities, looks like we will be getting the same exact phone. We more or less expected that, though some were holding out hope for some tweaks in the hardware here and there.
This will be the first world-roaming member of the Droid family and I must say the new look makes this a pretty tempting handset. Hit up the via link below for a couple more images.
Updates! Get yer updates here! Everything must go, or that is how things are seeming today with the fourth announced update for an Android handset ready to roll out. First the Droid X got Android 2.2, then the Samsung Fascinate and Captivate each received their own minor update to clean up some bugs and throw in a few tweaks, and now the HTC EVO 4G is also all set to get it’s own small update to deal with some performance improvements and enhancements. Firmware version 3.29.651.5 brings fixes for calendar event editing bugs and adds in support for multiple GMail account syncing.
You can force the update by going to Settings > System updates > HTC software update. We sure wish carriers and manufacturers were always this update happy.
[via Android Community]
Those with a bone to pick regarding the handling of GPS support on the Samsung Captivate should get some relief in the coming weeks, as Samsung and AT&T have announced an over-the-air update for the handset that should corral the hit or miss location functionality plaguing the device. The update will also bring other enhancements such as improved media scanning time, the full version of Quickoffice, and Microsoft Exchange 2003 policy support will be addressed.
When the update is ready for you to receive you will get a notification on your device to download and install. Of course, this should take a couple weeks to completely roll out to every device. You can always try the old Settings>About Phone>System Updates trick to try to force the update.
While it is no guarantee, with the Fascinate receiving a similar update in the near future we expect the GPS issues on all versions of the Galaxy S will be dealt with shortly, even if we still have to wait a couple more months for Froyo.
After Android has found a home on smartphones, televisions, and even home appliances, you may be wondering, “Where will we see the OS next?” I might just have an answer for you. Planes. That’s right, Thales and Panasonic are both planning on implementing Android in the next iteration of their in-flight touchscreen entertainment devices. Now let’s just hope Android isn’t piloting our flights any time soon. If that happens I’m assuming we’ll see an alternate history where Android is the operating system of choice for the T-1000.
Right after we get done hearing that the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S won’t be primed to go until the end of October, T-Mobile UK has come out saying that at least on their network the S will be getting it much sooner. By the end of September sooner. Then you will be free to install Android 2.2 to your device through Samsung Kies. By our calculations that’s less than two weeks of waiting left if you happen to be on TMo UK. But in conjunction with the earlier announcement we are willing to bet that most carriers with the device will be launching the update between September and October, so the Froyo hold-out won’t last much longer.
Dropbox is updating their mobile apps across the board, and the latest version for Android brings some welcomed enhancements to the already awesome cloud file-sharing app. According to the folks at Dropbox there are currently about 100 mobile apps that use Dropbox integration, but the new version for Android also includes the built-in ability to send files to Dropbox from other applications. Other new features include enhanced photo galleries and multi-photo upload support. A progress bar and notifications for uploads round out the bigger additions to the latest release.
If you aren’t using Dropbox, what are you waiting for? The infinite usefulness will instantly become known in both your work and home life. Dropbox has bailed me out more than once. Oh, and if you want to take a look at some of the apps built with the Dropbox API head over to www.dropbox.com/apps.
To be honest, we don’t really know when the T-Mobile G2 will be available for sale or pre-order- different dates in late September and October have been floating around. But we’re not trying to stir up dust for nothing: in select MyT-Mobile account pages, users are seeing the T-Mobile G2 with a “Pre-ordering starts soon” beside it.
We’re hearing from TMOnews that the date has jumped from September 29th to October 6th all the way to possibly October 16th. Obviously the sooner the better, but how many people are dying to get their hands on the 2nd generation of the first ever Android Phone?
If you don’t think you have seen enough of the HTC Desire HD over the past week or so, maybe HTC’s own video detailing the phone in — what else — HD on their YouTube page. Take a look at the uni-body construction broken down to just the casing and a full run-down of specs in this over seven minutes video. Enjoy the calming overview, chant it as your mantra to get over hump-day, or just plain become convinced that this is the handset you need. Check out the video below:
Hopefully this isn’t a trick and is only a treat, but Samsung Mobile’s Facebook page in Spain has posted a status update saying that the Samsung Galaxy S will be getting Android 2.2 in late October. These releases are definitely regionally oriented so its impossible to know if all Galaxy S owners can expect the same, or if only certain pumpkin baskets and pillow cases will be filled with Android’s latest sweets.
Despite the fact that people speak to me in Spanish at least once a day… I cannot speak Spanish and have no clue what any of the above actually says. BUT, feel free to leave YOUR comments below, preferably in English, but I’m not picky- we’ll take what we can get.
It’s the middle of the week, so we’re just about to the end. Hopefully you’ve got some plans for the weekend, with plenty of rest before we get back into it on Monday. With that in mind, welcome to tonight’s edition of The Daily Slash. In our news from around the Web segment, we got an update for their new 27-inch displays. And then, as usual, we wrap up what’s been going on around the R3 Media Network.
From Around the Web
Apple Releases Software for 27-Inch LED Cinema Displays: Even if the 27-inch LED Cinema Display isn’t quite out yet, that’s not stopping the company from making sure that all the software out there that would need it, gets updated to support the upcoming hardware. Not that customers have to wait long, considering the display went on sale last Friday, and shipping times are still listed as 1-2 weeks. As for the software update, it’s measured at 75.79 MB, and if you don’t have Mac OS X 10.6.4, it won’t work. Features include subtle tweaks to the System Preferences settings, which include ambient light sensor settings. [via MacRumors]
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