This is a very interesting thread indeed – get in here to see what our members are saying!
I don’t know about you but when I came across this article, it completely verified many of the complaints I have heard for quite some time. As you know, some people are still running Froyo (many, actually) and have not been provided the opportunity to upgrade to Gingerbread. With the new Ice Cream Sandwich coming up, very few phones will be able to upgrade and we don’t even know which yet!
Aside from speculations and rumors, Google has been dismal in communicating with their users about updates and the like. A large reason for this is that while Google may have updates ready, those updates must be sent to the phone manufacturers which in turn have to make the updates available to the phone users.
Anyway, here’s a link to article I am referring to. Let me know what you think. Are you satisfied with the way Android has handled updates?
From PC Magazine:
Sprint on Tuesday started rolling out an update for Android-based HTC devices that fixes a privacy-related bug.
Users with the EVO 4G, EVO 3D, EVO Shift 4G, EVO Design 4G, EVO View 4G, and HTC Wildfire S will receive an over-the-air update starting today; users can manually install the update right away.
“Sprint worked closely with HTC after reports emerged of a potential issue that could allow malicious third-party apps to compromise data on Android devices made by HTC,” the carrier said in a statement. “We urge all users to install the update promptly.”
At issue is a recent update to several Android-based HTC devices, which resulted in the installation of tools that could collect a vast amount of personal data without permission. Researcher Trevor Eckhart found that any app that requests android.permission.INTERNET, which is standard for apps that access the Web or show ads, can also access things like location history, phone numbers, SMS data, and a list of user accounts.
Vlingo 3.0, Virtual Assistant(Free, $2 to remove ads): The Vlingo voice recognition software gives you the power to send texts and emails, dial, hunt for restaurants and businesses, buy movie tickets, open apps, and even update your Twitter or Facebook. The InCar module includes a hands-free access option whereby you can activate the software simply by speaking the words, “Hi Vlingo.” For users with an aversion to manuals, there are built-in easy-to-use instructions that let you learn as you go. The main downfall, as with all of Siris’ suitors, is that the software is essentially a glove that slides over your phone’s existing software. You may still be able to play the piano, but you’re better off with the honky-tonk ragtime blues than the Moonlight Sonata.
Sonalight Text by Voice (Freemium): This so-called “intelligent assistant” is really just a court reporter with a phone. It’ll draft, send, and read SMSes but that’s about it. They brand themselves as a hands-free way of communicating while driving, and that just about exactly what it’s good for. Oh yeah, and the “freemium” angle of the app? Well, that’s referring to your whopping twenty free texts a month, and your forced roll as Sonalight advertiser to anyone who you message. If you’re looking to upgrade to unlimited texts and the add-free version you better get ready to fork over
Built with the Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread platform, Motorola ADMIRAL™ is the first 3G-powered Sprint Direct Connect®smartphone, designed to withstand the most rugged environments. It features a 1.2GHz processor, 3.1-inch VGA touchscreen display and QWERTY keyboard and uses the Sprint 3G (EVDO Rev. A) Network to combine the gold-standard push-to-talk capabilities of Sprint Direct Connect with higher bandwidth capacity to keep up with customers’ demand for data. Ready for the toughest conditions, Motorola ADMIRAL is designed to meet Military Standard 810G for dust, shock, vibration, solar radiation, low pressure and high and low temperatures. Motorola ADMIRAL supports Microsoft Exchange and other email systems, and it is easy to push delivery of Microsoft Exchange email tailored to the needs of specific users, and with robust calendar capabilities, employees can access the corporate Global Address List to create, edit and share meetings. Motorola ADMIRAL also features the security IT departments demand and protects sensitive company data with enhanced on-device security features that can be managed via the existing Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync Server, including password support, remote wipe and data encryption, as well as more than 30 other security policies.
“Sprint announced Thursday that it will ditch its unlimited 4G mobile broadband offering.
Starting with the next billing cycle, customers’ “on-network monthly data allowance will no longer include unlimited 4G,” Sprint said in a notice on its Web site.
Until now, Sprint has offered three separate plans: 3GB of 3G data with unlimited 4G data; 5GB of 3G data and unlimited 4G; and 10GB of 3G and unlimited 4G.”
The dream has come to an end. Click More to see a chart of the new breakdown.
Sprint just announced the new HTC EVO Desing 4G. This a new model after the original HTC EVO 4G. The new Design will feature WiMax 4G speeds, a 4″ qHD device with Android 2.3, HTC Sense, a 1.2GHz processor, a 5 megapixel camera, HD video, a front-facing camera. The box includes a 8GB microSD card.
The new HTC EVO Design 4G will come this October 23rd for $100.00
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It seems that demand has also diminished the supply of the iPhone 4S 32GB model. This is a screenshot of what was to be found on many users’ screens.
Can Android get a slice of goodness from a pie hogged up by other music providers (iTunes, Amazon, etc)? The answer may be an astounding “probably.” With their internet empire on the rise, Google sure has the money to back a project like this. Yesterday ,we showed a graph that predicted Android’s rise over Apple within the next few years. If this proves true, why not add a music store as well?
You can read more about this topic here: Pop Herald
For those of you who have ever wondered how Android Market app downloads compare to Apple’s Appstore, here is a graph showing that Apple was ahead of Android for a few years, but Android will prevail in the long run. There is serious speculation that Android will become the #1 operating system for cellphones in many countries within a few years.
Do you think this was to be expected? How will Apple compete in the future?