Verizon Motorola Droid and HTC Droid Eris launching November 6th

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According to BGR‘s ninjas, Verizon’s Motorola Droid and the HTC Droid Eris are going to be launched on November 6th. Nothing is confirmed yet though besides Verizon‘s Droid announced which is taking place tomorrow. Check ou the video here for some short Android 2.0 action on the Moto Droid.

Source: BGR

Google announces Android 2.0 support in the SDK

Android eclairWell the jump from 1.6 to 2.0 was rather quick! Today Google is proudly announcing that the Android SDK now supports Android 2.0 (also known as Eclair). The first Android 2.0 device will be the Motorola Droid which is set to be unvieled by Verizon tomorrow.

Android 2.0 brings new developer APIs for sync, Bluetooth, and a few other areas. Using the new sync, account manager and contacts APIs, you can write applications to enable users to sync their devices to various contact sources. You can also give users a faster way to communicate with others by embedding Quick Contact within your application. With the new Bluetooth API, you can now easily add peer-to-peer connectivity or gaming to your applications. To get a more complete list of the new capabilities you can add to your applications, please go to the Android 2.0 highlights page.

Current developers can use the SDK Manager to add Android 2.0 support to their SDK as well as update their SDK Tools to revision 3. New developers can download the Android SDK from the download site. After the download, Android platforms must be added using the SDK Manager

Make sure that your apps work when using the WVGA (800×480) & FWVGA (854×480) emulator skins. We expect devices with these types of screen, running Android 2.0 to be launched soon.

No shi…Droid maybe? ;)

The new Android 2.0 platform highlights can be found here

Contacts and accounts

•Multiple accounts can be added to a device for email and contact synchronization, including Exchange accounts. (Handset manufacturers can choose whether to include Exchange support in their devices.)
•Developers can create sync adapters that provide synchronization with additional data sources.
•Quick Contact for Android provides instant access to a contact’s information and communication modes. For example, a user can tap a contact photo and select to call, SMS, or email the person. Other applications such as Email, Messaging, and Calendar can also reveal the Quick Contact widget when you touch a contact photo or status icon.

Email

•Exchange support.
•Combined inbox to browse email from multiple accounts in one page.

Messaging

•Search functionality for all saved SMS and MMS messages.
•Auto delete the oldest messages in a conversation when a defined limit is reached.

Camera

•Built-in flash support
•Digital zoom
•Scene mode
•White balance
•Color effect
•Macro focus

Android virtual keyboard

•An improved keyboard layout to makes it easier to hit the correct characters and improve typing speed.
•The framework’s multi-touch support ensures that key presses aren’t missed while typing rapidly with two fingers.
•A smarter dictionary learns from word usage and automatically includes contact names as suggestions.

Browser

•Refreshed UI with actionable browser URL bar enables users to directly tap the address bar for instant searches and navigation.
•Bookmarks with web page thumbnails.
•Support for double-tap zoom.
•Support for HTML5:

-Database API support, for client-side databases using SQL.
-Application cache support, for offline applications.
-Geolocation API support, to provide location information about the device.
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Calendar

•Agenda view provides infinite scrolling.
•Events indicate the attending status for each invitee.
•Invite new guests to events.
New Platform TechnologiesMedia Framework
Revamped graphics architecture for improved performance that enables better hardware acceleration.

Bluetooth
•Bluetooth 2.1
•New BT profiles: Object Push Profile (OPP) and Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP)

Source: Android Dev Blog

T3 wins Microsoft Windows Phone Advertising business

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The T3 (The Think Tank) advertising company has been named the interactive agency of record for Microsoft Windows Phone according to the Austin Business Journal.

The Austin-based advertising and interactive agency is also working with advertising firm Crispin Porter + Bogusky on other media duties for Microsoft Phone, sources said.

T3 declined to comment.

The agency competed against RazorFish(*) to win the interactive portion of the business.

T3 and Microsoft are expected to make an annonucement later today.

(*) Microsoft sold RazorFish to Publicis a little more than a month ago

Source: AustinBizJournal

HTC TouchFLO 3D 2.5 Build 1920 video tour

Here’s a short video tour of the latest TouchFLO 3D (or should I call it Sense now?) version (2.5 Build 1920) that’s shipping on the HTC HD2 (on which it runs quite a bit faster thanks to the SnapDragon chipset). The demo is done on a TouchPro2 though. Don’t expect anything really new in there but if you have some time to waste..here it is:

Source: Pocketnow

Samsung Moment Review

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Engadget took the time to review Samsung‘s first Sliding-Qwerty Android smartphone the Moment which is now available on Sprint. Guess I was right, they came out disappointed because of the total lack of customisation (in runs the vanilla UI) and the fact that the phone doesn’t bring anything new to the market. Even-tough the Samsung S3C6410 Chipset is quite a bit faster that the standard Qualcomm MSM72XX found in all other Android device there’s no point in getting excited about it unfortunately. Let’s wait for the Behold II now, but don’t expect too much..

If there’s one thing Android’s in desperate need of right now, it’s choices — choice of carriers, choice of manufacturers, choice of form factors, choice of skins, and so on, because no single Android device is going to capture whole percentage points of market share the same way the iPhone has. On that level, we applaud Sprint for staying on the ball and recognizing that the keyboardless Hero wasn’t enough to satisfy every last subscriber who’d like to get in on Android. Thing is, the Moment still feels like a first-generation device — and for a platform that launched commercially a solid year ago, that’s not really acceptable. We would’ve liked to have seen Samsung come to the table with a phone that was sleeker, prettier, more thought-out, and — if nothing else — ran the latest and greatest version of Android that Google and the OHA have to offer. Devices like the Behold II suggest that Sammy’s going to be an open-source force to be reckoned with in the long term, but for its first outing on Sprint, it’s a swing and a miss.

Read the whole review here

Source: Engadget

Sony Ericsson set to announce the Xperia X3 on November 3

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Things are finally getting official, according to a message posted on a teaser site and a confirmation from SE themselves on Twitter, the Xperia X3 (or will it be called Xperia X10?) is going to be unveiled on November 3. This fall is definitely all about Android! Check out the latest X3 pictures here
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Source: Sony Ericsson via SeBlog & Engadget

HTC HD2 unboxing video

The lucky Italian boys at SoloPalmari just posted the first ever unboxing video of an HTC HD2. The the size the box and the way the HD2 is packed in it looks at lot like the iPhone packaging..

Source: Solpalmari