Cincinnati Bell is releasing Froyo for their XT720 Motorola Milestone, and what else are they giving customers? Superuser Permissions. Doesn’t look like they have an actual OTA program going, so they’re having users follow some mildly complex PC instructions for them to update their devices to Froyo, then giving them one click root. If Verizon did this, we would all be in paradise.
From what the instructions are saying, they’re giving users root due to the fact they lose all their data in the process of updating, so after installing a different firmware, you root, save your data, then flash the update. The instructions are about 23 pages long, and the step by step video guide only runs about five and a half minutes.
If you’re interested in looking it over (it’s very interesting) head over to the Cincinnati Bell website. Can we now all shout, “Verizon take note!”
Update instructions here.
Do we have any time piece fanatics here? If you are one, then we’ll assume you have heard of TAG Heuer, a high end Swiss watch maker who’s pieces are quite extraordinary and pricey. TAG is now introducing the Link, which is a smartphone running Android 2.2, has a variety of skins such as alligator hide for an exterior, and even Gorilla Glass.
The phone has a listing of $5,000 US Dollars, and TAG mentions they do plan on updating the OS in the future to hopefully Android 2.3. Let us proceed to wipe the sweat from our brows, because the phone itself, has actually been built like a tank. It is waterproof, air sealed tight, and is completely shock resistant (Samsung take notes). (more…)
The DROID3 is looking more and more like the first real next-gen player of 2011 for Verizon, but if it ends up running Froyo at release, there better be a firm paddle to the rear of the person responsible for making that decision. We’re almost positive this phone will run on TI’s new OMAP 4430 dual-core processor, sport a 4″ qHD screen, front-facing camera, 8MP rear camera, 5-row keyboard, and HDMI out. So with all of this new technology tossed in, why go with last year’s OS? The original DROIDX just received GB – let’s do the right thing here and release it with this phone as well. OK, Big Red?
And of course we can also assume that this is just one bad type-o, except for the fact that we just saw the DROIDX2 hit the market running 2.2, so nothing would surprise us at this point. No word yet on a release, but June is starting to get a lot of play behind the scenes.
Any LG Ally owners still in the wild? If so, you should be receiving an update to Android 2.2.2 any day now. You may also be receiving a text like the one above from Verizon which is reminding you that before you can update, you’ll need to download a special app from the market. We’re not exactly sure why LG and Big Red are requiring an app on your phone in order for this update to go through, but that’s what is needed.
The update looks to be an SMS and other random bug fixer. Nothing major. (more…)
Samsung Fascinate owners, check your phones now. The update to Android 2.2 is live.
To check to see if your phone can receive the update:
Menu>Settings>About Phone>System Updates>Check New
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The Fascinate Froyo build EB01 that we outed on Twitter last week and with a full gallery earlier this week, has made its way into XDA and is available to those of you that are rooted and antsy. The package comes with busybox and root, but other than that hasn’t been touched or tweaked. TouchWiz, bloatware and everything else that the official build has are included.
Instructions and download links here.
We received word from one of our Verizon friends late last week suggesting that the official Froyo (Android 2.2) build for the Samsung Fascinate is not version DL30 that was leaked out last week, but will instead be build EB01. As many of you are aware, DL30 was quite the buggy mess, but that’s not what we’re hearing that with this new version which we’re hoping means it’ll be out fairly soon. You’ll see in our gallery that all of the bloatware that you love so much is in tact and Bing is definitely still the default search app. The good news is that you can all finally download the Google Search and Voice Action app to counteract it.
Changelog and a whole bunch of screenshots after the break. (more…)
On Monday, an article came out of TechCrunch comparing the OS update statuses for both i*hone and Android users, making them look worlds apart and actually, a little silly. According to iOS developer stats, almost 90% (89.73% to be exact) of users are on the current version which they describe as 4.X. The article then goes on to claim that Android users would be lucky to ever see the most current OS version (Android 2.3) seeing as only 0.4% are on it at this time. Sounds bad right? Except that there is one major flaw with that argument and it has to do with that “.X”.
If we look at the iOS developer stats, they are taking every single version of iOS 4 and combining them into one percentage, meaning 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, etc. are all wrapped up into the same little package. But for Android, we’re not allowed to do that? Because if we do combine 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3, that puts Android users at 87.4% and only 2% behind iOS users in the “current” category. Silly TechCrunch.
Via: TechCrunch, Fortune, TheDroidGuy