Android 2.2 (Froyo) Reins as Lead Android OS Across the Board

You can’t help but wonder if a good portion of the Android community is still using Android 2.1, 2.2, or heck… possible even an ancient version such as 1.6. Thanks to a new poll that was conducted, it’s prominently evident that Android 2.2 (Froyo) is the leading Android OS being utilized in most Android devices on the market as we speak.

This poll shows us that exactly 61.3% of Android’s (tablets and smartphones) are running Froyo, while 29.0% are still on 2.1 (Eclair). What about the latest and greatest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)? You may be surprised to know that only 0.7% of current Android’s are running this new OS. And if you think that’s bad, then try only 0.3% of Android tablets running with Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb.

Even though it may seem like we should be seeing a much faster progression of Android versions throughout the smartphone and tablet scene, we have to take into consideration the factors that come into play such as hardware costs, and what it takes to manage these devices software-wise to always be up to par with the latest OS. Majority of these mid-range Android’s that we see from service providers simply cannot handle what it takes to run the latest versions of Android.

As with all technology, Android 2.2 will be a thing of the past before we know it, and we’ll all be laughing that we even used such prehistoric software on our handsets.

[VIA] Engadget

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Motorola Nixes Android 2.1 Update for CLIQ XT Owners

It’s a sad day for anyone out there that’s still sporting the Motorola Cliq XT, as Motorola has officially announced that they would be stopping development of Android 2.1 for the device. If you recall, we heard rumors a couple months back that a 2.1 update was very-much in the works for the Cliq XT and that it would be available Q1 of this year. Seems like Motorola just figured it wasn’t worth the trouble anymore. The company stated:

“After comprehensive testing of the Android 2.1 upgrade for the CLIQ XT, we have concluded that this device will remain on Android 1.5. We realize many of you were anxiously awaiting this upgrade, but we aim to deliver software upgrades only when it will provide a better customer experience.”

“Our product team members worked for months to attempt to create a version of Android 2.1 that would perform well on the CLIQ XT. When the software could not meet the basic performance standards required, they went back to the drawing board multiple times. They gave it everything they had. We even took the unprecedented step of investigating the benefits of code provided by the independent developer community to try to improve XT performance. In the end, we were not able to develop a version of Android 2.1 for CLIQ XT that would deliver an optimal customer experience.”

So although it sounds like they “gave it everything they had”, I’ve got a couple friends that still use this phone, and something tells me they aren’t going to be too happy to hear this news. Another one bites the dust!


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Google Docs and Gmail Now Featuring Google Cloud Print

The Google Cloud Print feature is now hitting Android devices utilizing Google Docs and/or the mobile browser version of Gmail, allowing users to wirelessly print as long as your printer is connected to Cloud Print. Most of you should see the option on your devices already, but if you’d like to check then just go to Google Docs and see if the “Print” selection has been added to the menu, or tap the drop-down menu in Gmail while in the mobile browser.

[VIA] DroidLife

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Germany Receives White Samsung Galaxy S Minus Android 2.2

The white Galaxy S has already made its way to the UK, and is now being launched in Germany. Oddly, this model doesn’t come with Android 2.2 stock, but Android 2.1. Rumors are being tossed around that it may see it’s Froyo or even Gingerbread update by early 2011. We should also note that the back may be white, but the front will still sport the original black color. You can grab the whitecoat from Amazon Germany for only €463.99 Unlocked.

[VIA] UnwiredView

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Details on Sony Ericsson's Anzu (Xperia X12) Emerge

It’s a short while since we’ve heard anything new regarding the Sony Ericsson Anzu (Xperia X12), however some new details have emerged that give us a better idea of what to expect for the devices launch. With the Anzu’s launch due for early 2011, we somewhat expected it to come stock with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), unfortunately it’s likely that will not be the case this time around. Currently the Anzu is kicking Android 2.1, and is expected to have an update to Android 2.2 (Froyo) at launch. It sports a 4.3-inch LCD display (854 x 480), an HD camera capable of recording 720p video, and packs an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 processor. Although right now it’s said to be running a stock Android interface, it’s expected to have some form of SE skin prior to it’s official launch. Rest assured that the Anzu will get a bump from 2.2 to 2.3 after it’s debut, according to Sony. In the meantime, check out an additional picture below.

[LEFT][VIA] Engadget


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Motorola Citrus hits Verizon Stores Tomorrow for $50

Tomorrow Verizon will be launching the Motorola Citrus, the lower-end Android 2.1 device with some unimpressive specs such as a 3-inch 240 x 320 pixels (QVGA) display, 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7225 processor, 3-megapixel camera, and a measley 100MB of memory. For only $50 you can take ‘er home after signing to a two-year plan and mailing in a $100 rebate. Of course, we don’t expect the Citrus to meet the needs of majority of the DroidNerds out there.

[VIA] Engadget

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AT and amp;T Samsung Captivate Software Update Server Error Fix

Since the latest Android 2.1 (Update 1), specifically Build #: ECLAIR.UCJH7, many users are experiencing an error when they check for a software update. A message similar to “Cannot connect to AT&T Server, please try again later” is displayed upon attempting to do so.

This is extremely annoying, even though Android 2.2 (Froyo) hasn’t been officially released yet for us Captivate users. It would still be nice to know that you’ll be ready to grab the OTA when it is announced. So thankfully, there is a simple fix that should clear this issue right up. Now please be aware that this fix hasn’t worked for everyone, so in the case that you still encounter the error, don’t throw your phone against the wall just yet. AT&T is well aware of the issue and has stated that they are in the process of working on it and will provide Captivate owners with an update link that will resolve the issue.

So, onto the fix. Follow these steps exactly in order.

  1. Tap “Settings”
  2. Tap “Applications”
  3. Tap “Manage Applications”
  4. Then Tap your Menu Key (Bottom Left Button)
  5. Tap “Filter”
  6. While in Filter Options, Select “ALL”
  7. When the list populates, find and tap “Device Management”
  8. While in Device Management, tap “Clear Data”
  9. Tap “OK” when the Delete Button Appears
  10. When done, Reboot your Captivate
  11. Once rebooted, go back to Settings and Check for Software Update

You should now be able to check for an update without getting the pesky AT&T error message. Although there isn’t any updates beyond Build #: ECLAIR.UCJH7, if you’re like me- you’ll rest easy knowing the Froyo OTA update will not be hindered by the issue any longer.

Thanks to folks over at SamsungCaptivateForum for this fix!

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Android 2.1 Update goes Live for Motorola CLIQ

A few weeks ago, a leaked version of Android 2.1 for the Motorola CLIQ was released for those specific users that just couldn’t wait to get there hands on a fresh new OS. However, today the official Android 2.1 (Eclair) update has been made live. If you were hoping this update would be as simple as an OTA upgrade would be, then you’re going to be quite disappointed. In order to update, you must download the ZIP file and hook up to your PC to do the install. Still easy, just not as easy. If you want to go ahead and get started, click this link to shoot over to Motorola’s Update Page.

[VIA] Ubergizmo

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Google Android OS Figures indicate a Rise in Froyo

Google released their latest Android OS figures today, and from the looks of things, it’s out with the old and in with the new. At the top with 40.8%, Android 2.1 (Eclair) is still holding strong despite the flux of new Android devices sporting Froyo. Second place goes to Android 2.2 (Froyo) at 36.2%. We assume naturally that Froyo figures will rise after the 1st of 2011. At the bottom of the list is Android 1.6 with 15% and Android 1.5 at about 8%. Clearly these ancient platforms will become obsolete before we know it, and rightly so.

[VIA] Phandroid

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Creative Introduces 7-inch and amp; 10-inch Android 2.1 Tablets

Can’t say we expected Creative to jump in the tablet game, but these last few months have been full of surprises. We’re looking at 7-inch (480 x 800) and 10-inch (1024 x 768) tablets, packing Android 2.1, ZiiLabs ZMS-08 processors, WiFi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR, and microSD expansion. Both units are scheduled to ship in December this year, but if you think we’ll be seeing these in the States as soon as the UK – think again. The 7-incher will run you around €229 for the 8 giger and €259 for the 16GB. The mac-daddy 10-incher on the other hand will cost €289 (8GB), and €319 (16GB). Not too shabby, assuming they’ll be upgradable to Gingerbread.

[VIA] Engadget

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