The Android Market is finally getting a face-lift with the upcoming Android 1.6 (Donut) update. Along with the new look comes some much requested features. We think the update is long overdue, but we are overjoyed that Google is finally allocating more resources to improve the Market experience.
It has been a long time coming, but it looks like Android 1.6 is nearing its final release. Google announced today that the Android 1.6 SDK is available for download. This means that developers can begin testing their apps with Android 1.6 to ensure compatibility with the new update.
Reuters first confirmed that Android 2.0 (Eclair) will be released this year and my sources keep telling me the Motorola Sholes from Verizon will be the flagship phone to launch the new update. Motorola announced we would get a first look at their new Android phones ... Read More »
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I spent the last week hacking, rooting, flashing, and unrooting my T-Mobile G1 to try and see if I could break my phone. I have been able to freely jump between any version of Android I want and never been at a point I couldn’t revert the changes. With that being said, rooting your phone ... Read More »
This post is in response to yesterday’s article that claimed the G1 would not receive future Android updates like Donut and Eclair. T-Mobile responded they would work with Google to introduce “future software updates”, but that still doesn’t explain how G1 owners will get Donut.
To begin, let’s look at the sizes for ... Read More »
Update (8/14): I emailed T-Mobile PR and they responded with the email below. It is nice to see them respond so quickly as this is an important topic to many customers. They say the G1 will continue to get “updates”, but I stick with my original belief that the full version Eclair may not be ... Read More »
Last week we saw the release of the second Android powered phone and we are going to see many more to come before the year is over. The Donut branch was recently opened up and along with it, a slew of new features. With this in mind I thought it was a good time to take a look at what the Android platform needs to accomplish in order to be a true competitor to the other platforms, primarily the iPhone and Blackberry.
I had fun this week speculating what CPU would be featured in the upcoming Motorola Sholes (Android phone) for Verizon. We were hoping it might be the first Snapdragon based Android phone, but it looks like I was wrong. Several readers kept suggesting it was a Texas Instruments processor instead, but I could ... Read More »
With Verizon, Sprint, and possibly AT&T set to release Android phones this holiday season, we expect to see some exciting new hardware. Arguably the most requested feature is speed. To date, every Android phone has included the same 528 MHz chipset family from Qualcomm and we are ready for an upgrade.
Jean-Baptiste Queru, Android engineer, did a code drop to the Android Open Source Project which updated the Donut tree. Android hacker Cyanogen had some issues with all the new API changes but still compiled it to run on a G1. I downloaded the rom and flashed ... Read More »