HTC releases Android 2.2 Froyo for the HTC Wildfire, HTC Legend and Daylight Saving Time patches

This probably came as a surprise to many given the relatively low hardware specification of the device but HTC just did a nice move and release Froyo aka Android 2.2 for the HTC Wildfire which is their super low-end entry level Android handset.

Update – HTC Wildfire (Android 2.2) Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) update
Your phone will receive a notification of FOTA update when it is made available. Simply press OK to accept the update via a data connection such as Wi-Fi or GPRS/3G. After installing the update, you can confirm a successful update by confirming the Build number (From the Home Screen go to MENU> Settings> About Phone> Software Information> Build number). The new Build number after the update will be 2.22.405.1. Update: Android 2.2 update. Note?Please back up your data first before upgrading your phone. We recommend using a free Wi-Fi hotspot or an unlimited data plan to apply this update. If not, standard data connection charges may apply.

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Samsung Fascinate launching tomorrow on September 8th

Verizon is finally going to release its variant of the Samsung Galaxy S tomorrow after all the other major carriers. The Samsung Fascinate  is slightly diffferent from the other regular (and EU version) of the Galaxys by featuring a dedicated camera button and a LED flash alongside the camera. The phone will go for the usual $199 with a 2 year-contract and should really be considered by any Verizon owner looking to get a new handset given that thebig Red company probably won’t have any Windows Phone 7handset this fall and the fact that the Galaxy S is curretly the most powerfull mobile device on the market. The Fascinate will also have Bing as the default search engine instead of Google. Full Press Release after the break:
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Samsung Epic 4G user manual available for download

The hotly anticipated Samsung Epic 4G is about to hit retail in a few days (August 31th) and as it’s frequently the case the device’s user manual is already up on Samsung’s servers. You can grab it right now if you are planning to get the device next week and be familiar with the product. I just took a quick glance at the pdf and can already tell you that it doesn’t deffer much from the other Galaxy S user manuals.

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Dell Thunder Hands-on preview

The Engadget boys just got their hands on the two Dell Thunder prototypes we have seen last week and posted a quick hands-on. The most interesting part is that one of the devices apparently features a relatively high-res LCD display (the other one has a regular WVGA LCD). They think that it’s 1280×768 but this is impossible primalary because the maximum display resolution supported by then Qualcomm QSD8x50 Snapdragon is 1280×720. My guess would be WSVGA 1024×600 but I could be wrong. The glass is also slightly curved which seems to be a odd thing especially when is comes to viewing angle performance. The on both device is Android 2.1 and the performances is comparable to any other Snapdragon powered Android handset. Check out the video after the break:

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The Xperia X10 is still getting Android 2.1 in September. But where’s Froyo?

It’s been a while since I posted about the Sony Ericsson X10 mainly because it’s kind of “old news” here in Europe (the device came out a while ago here). So what’s the deal? Well, back in May Sony Ericsson officially announced that the Xperia X10will get its Android 2.1 update in September but since then nothing new has been heard and with the launch of the US version still sporting Android 1.6 many have been wondering if the X10 will ever receive 2.1 as originaly planned. Today Sony Ericsson UK has confirmed  on Twitter that 2.1 was still scheduled to hit the streets in September with HD video recoding and a couple of other features:

The update is due for release before the end of September. This will still include HD video recording. We hope this helps.

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HTC Wildfire Review

With the overabundance of Android handsets on the market today one particular device seems to be gathering polarizing opinions ever since its retail debut a couple of weeks ago. Some people hate it while others think that it is really good product. I’m going to finally weight in a share with you my thoughts about the HTC Wildfire , the company’s new low-end / entry level Android smartphone.

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Samsung Epic 4G Review round-up

The usual suspects have posted the first round of Sprint’s Samsung Epic 4G reviews today. All three of them (Engdaget, Gizmodo, and Slashgear) have found the Epic 4G to be the best Android handset currently on the market and definitely a step up from the HTC EVO 4G available on the same carrier. One has to keep in the mind that the Epic is basically just a Samsung Galaxy S with a sliding keyboard and WiMax radio so one can concluded that Samsung keyboard-less offering (the Glaxy S,  Vibrant, Captivate, Fascinate) are also really top notch products. I’m currently using a Galaxy S and can confirm that Samsung has done an awesome job this time around and the 720P capturing mode is really good IMO (I’ll talk about it once I post my HTC Wildfire review really soon).

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More Dell Thunder live pictures

Looks like the owner of the Dell Thunder Android device we have seen earlier has been busy handing out blurry pictures of the handsets (looks likehe has 2 of them) to a couple of sites today. Nothing really new here other than the fact that these pictures are not as crappy as the previous ones..I frankly don’t find the device to be really attractive when compared to the current smartphone on the market.

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HTC EVO 4G VS Samsung Epic 4G video

In an attempt to educate potential Samsung Epic 4G buyers, Sprint has shot a short video comparing the Epic 4G vs the HTC EVO 4G which is its most direct and natural competitor. The video basically enumerates all the features that Samsung’s phone has over the EVO 4G. You know…stuff like: a Super-AMOLED screen, better CPU and GPU, sliding Qwerty keyboard, DNLA, etc. I’m sure that HTC is delighted.. Check it out after the break:

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Samsung Epic 4G hitting Sprint on August 31 for $249.99

It was previously thought that the Samsung Epic 4G was going to launch on August 20th but today Sprint has finally announced that their HTC EVO 4G competitor is going to launch on august 31 for $249.99 with a 2-year contract. No pre-orders date has been announced yet so you’ll have to mark your calendar at 31and wait patiently. Full press release after the break:

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Dell Thunder Android handset in the wild

The Dell Thunder Android handset that was part of the gigantic leak a few months ago is apparently being tested in the wild. The Thunder is currently running Android 2.1 without any Dell customization on top and features a 4.1″ AMOLED screen according to the leak. The device is also capable of recording 720P videos with its 8Mpix camera (and LED). I’m also guessing that it packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon clocked at 1GHz. Check out the blurry video after the break:

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HTC Wildfire Software Tour

Here’s a quick software tour I did of the HTC Wildfire handset. As you will see in the video the Wildfire’s software is totally identical to what you can find on the HTC Desire so there isn’t much to say about it. The Sense UI sitting on top of Android 2.1 is smooth and really pleasant to use but things get a bit once you start using more CPU intensive applications like the browser and many other applications. The MSM7225 chipset clocked at 528Mhz starts to show its limits and makes the Wildfire really frustrating to use especially when in the browser. Forget about gaming mainly because of the slow chipset and because the screen’s QVGA resolution renders the device incompatible with many of the applications/games available on the Android Market. Watch the full video after the break:

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Download the Motorola Droid 2 User Manual

Can’t wait until August 23? Well here’s your chance to grab the Motorola Droid 2 User Manual / guide nearly one month in advance. Nothing to fancy in there given that the Droid 2 will be running similar software to the Droid X (but apparently with Android 2.2). So if you have time to waste just hit the link below and grab the pdf.

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Samsung Epic 4G hitting Sprint on August 20th

The Samsung Epic 4G (also known as the Galaxy S Pro) is scheduled to be shown on Samsung’s Product Support TV webcast on August 20th. The previous webcasts about the Captivate and Vibrant were posted online exactlyon the launch day of the devices so there’s a reasonable chance that the Epic 4G will actually hit Sprint‘s retail store on the 20th of August if all goes well. Samsung is really pushing hard behind the Galaxy S line of smartphones as proven by the fact that nearly every mobile operator worldwide is selling it (sometimes under different names like in the US).

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Special Edition Motorola Droid 2 with R2-D2 to be unveiled on August 12th

Nothing confirmed yet but according to Engadget a Star Wars edition of the upcoming Motorola Droid 2 with a white R2-D2 on the back will be unveiled on August 12th exactly 11 days before the official retail launch. People outside of the US may not no this but the word “Droid” is a trademark of LucasFilm and Motorola had to license the name last year (that’s why it’s called the Motorola Milestone outside of North America).

Source: Engadget

Motorola Droid 2 shots show up on teaser site

The Motorola Droid 2 shots above are apparently locled in the source code of the Droid Does teaer site. Nothing to really get excited about given that we have already seen the Motorola Droid 2 live several times in the past few weeks but this is a sign that the handset is proably on the verge of being launched. The latest rumors are pointing at an August 23rd retail launch with Android 2.2 on board.

Source: Droid Does via Engadget

The AT&T Samsung Captivate is available and shipping now

Following T-Mobile’s Samsung Vibrant launch on thursday comes the launch of the second carrier branded Samsung Galaxy S. Satrting today; AT&T  is officialy taking orders and shipping the Samsung Captivate. There’s isn’t much to say here, the prices are simila ot the Vibrant ($199 with a 2 year contractetc..) so if you are on AT&T and want the most powerfull smartphone on the market today’s you lucky day I guess.

Source: AT&T

Motorola Droid X update coming, handsets out-of-stock

Motorola tried to anticipate the success of its newly released flagship device but this didn’t seem to work quite well. The DroidX is currently out-of-stock in many retail store and on Verizon’s online store. Current orders have a ten days delay and things aren’t looking like it’s going to change any time soon. On the other hand those who are lucky to have one should be happy to know that a software update is about to be pushed OTA starting tomorrow. Check out the details of the 1.13.604.MB810.Verizon.en.US/Baseband: BP_C01.09.04P firmware below:

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Samsung Vibrant on sale now

The Motorola Droid X isn’t the only flagship Android handset hit the retail stores today. If you are on T-Mobile and wish to get you hands-on of the most powerful Android handset on the market, to days is your lucky day. T-Mobile is now selling the Samsung Vibrant aka Samsung Galaxy S for $199.99 with 2 year contract. The Vibrant is basically a re-branded Galaxy S so if you want to know more about it just hit up the Galaxy S posts below.

Source: T-Mobile