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Why We Haven't Seen Much of Android 2.0

The last Android releases were pretty out there for months before actually getting "released." Here we are, weeks from the Droid running Android 2.0, and besides BGR's preview, nothing. Well, it looks like Google's playing it close to the chest.

Privileged developers, apparently, are getting early access to the 2.0 SDK, and test hardware, under a non-disclosure agreeements. Google did this before, with Android 1.0.

Since we're talking about 2.0, a huge release, it's possible this is a glimpse of what the development cycle for Android will look like: Big, full version releases developed like a traditional OS, in-house and privately, with update branches like 1.5 more out in the open in between, with public code drops and the like. Maybe—it's hard to tell with just two releases, you know, it is what it is.
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Android 2.0 Official: It's the Android We've Been Waiting For

This is it: The official video laying out Android 2.0's new features, to go along with 2.0 support hitting the SDK today. Man, Android 2.0 is nice.( http://developer.android.com/sdk/and...ighlights.html )

Highlights of Android 2.0 revealed in the video are a new contacts setup that's reminiscent of the Hero's integrated contacts—it pulls them in from multiple sources, supports two-way syncing to any backend and has an awesome new feature called Quick Contact that pulls up every possible way to ping somebody when you touch their icon. Quick Contact can be built into any app too.

Seriously, there's all kinds of improvements: Searchable SMS, Exchange support, more in-depth camera controls, a better keyboard with full multitouch, a revamped browser with a better UI and HTML5 support, and it goes on.

On the hard spec side, there's more capable Bluetooth with full 2.1 and new profiles and better support for multiple screen sizes, like WVGA (800x480) & FWVGA (854x480). Oh yeah, and interestingly, it's Verizon Wireless that shows up in the video adding mild credence to some rumors that they might have a temporary window of exclusivity with the new OS. We'll see, but it's seems clear now they're getting it first, at least. Either way, it's hard not to be excited about it Android 2.0. [Android Developers, Thanks everybody!]


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Verizon and Motorola unveil the Droid

NEW YORK--Verizon Wireless customers will soon be able to get their hands on the much anticipated Google Android phone called the Droid.

The companies officially unveiled the device at an event here. Like most smartphones of its class, the phone will cost $199 with a two-year contract. And it will be available to consumers starting November 6. Customers can pre-order the device now.

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The device offers voice-activated search that allows users to speak a query and the Google-powered search engine will deliver Web results or results from the device such as contacts, music, and photos. The voice search also works with the new turn-by-turn directions for Google Maps. It allows users to view geographic information, such as My Maps, Wikipedia entries, and transit lines on the map.

John Stratton, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless, said he had used the navigation service just yesterday on a trip to Arkansas. He said he simply spoke "gas station" into the phone and it quickly found nearby gas stations. When he clicked on one of them, it activated the turn-by-turn directions and he was given spoken directions right from the phone.

While the new Droid is loaded with lots of cool Android apps and has access to the more than 10,000 applications available in the Android Market, it does not have many of Verizon's branded services. For example, Verizon's VCast music service is missing in this version. But Stratton said that will be added eventually. And the phone does not have Verizon's VZ Navigator, since it comes bundled with the Google Android navigation.

The good news is that some of the services, such as navigation that Verizon charges for on devices running VZNavigator, will be free to users of the Droid.

In terms of the specifications, they are exactly what had been expected thanks to multiple leaks about the product. It has a Android 2.0, 5-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. It has a Webkit HTML 5 browser, and it's powered by a 550MHz processor and a 1,400mAh lithium ion battery offering 6.4 hours of continuous talk time and up to 11 days of standby time.

And as expected, the device is 6.6 inches tall by 2.4 inches wide by 0.5 inch thick and weighs 6 ounces. And it has a 3.7-inch, 16:9 touch screen with 480x854-pixel resolution. It also has a 5.5mm headphone jack, a micro-USB port, and comes with a 16GB micro-SD card.

It's clear that the Droid is targeted at people looking for an alternative to the iPhone. And Verizon is planning the biggest media campaign it has ever launched for the device. But Stratton said the company is not going to specifically target the iPhone in its marketing. As a sort of pre-Droid ad campaign, Verizon spoofed iPhone advertising.

"We had some fun here with the iPhone stuff," he said. "The teaser was to wake up the market. And I've got to give Apple credit. They revolutionized the industry as a new player and that's extraordinary. But we have to show that iPhone is not untouchable."

Instead, Stratton said that Verizon will focus its advertising more on what the Droid can do rather than what other devices can't do.

Current Analysis analyst Avi Greengart said he is impressed with the new device, and he expects it to shake up the market.

Specifically, he said it's important that the device matches the iPhone in terms of onboard storage. And even though it doesn't come with Verizon's VCast music service, it does work with Amazon's music and media service. And users can also manually sync their unprotected iTunes music or other MP3 music to the device. But at least for now, there is no media synchronization. Stratton said that is coming, but right now the iPhone trumps the Droid in terms of ease of use in getting music and media on the device.

But the other key aspect of the device and services offered is the fact that the navigation service is bundled into the device and data service for free. Sprint Nextel has bundled its navigation service into its data services for a while, but so far it hasn't become a competitive advantage. And phone maker Nokia has spent billions acquiring companies and developing its mapping services, and it doesn't offer its navigation service for free. But the Android 2.0 operating system could change that.

Motorola and Verizon are also offering an accessory that mounts the phone in the car. When the phone is in this mount, it recognizes it is in the car and it provides an car friendly user interface.

"This is going to be disruptive to other smartphones and personal navigation devices," Greengart said.

But the big question is whether or not consumers will flock to the Droid. Several new smartphones are launching right before the holiday season, including additional new Android devices and Research In Motion's new Blackberry Storm 2, which is also exclusively on Verizon's network.
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Can't wait! Sprint better not drop the ball on getting 2.0 ASAP!

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This new feature comes with everything you'd expect to find in a GPS navigation system, like 3D views, turn-by-turn voice guidance and automatic rerouting. But unlike most navigation systems, Google Maps Navigation was built from the ground up to take advantage of your phone's Internet connection.

Among the features included in the application:

- Up-to-date map data: Automatically includes latest map data from Google, which is constantly being refined by Google and by users submitting corrections
- Plain English search: Locate destinations by entering business business name or landmark; no address needed
- Voice search: Speak destinations and Google Maps Navigation will automatically interpret and plot routes
- Live traffic data: Indicator warns of upcoming traffic issues
- Search along route: Find businesses along path of travel
- Satellite view: 3D view of route to aid in understanding directions
- Street View: first-person perspective of route and destination images

A video preview of Google Maps Navigation has also been posted.

The first device to carry Google Maps Navigation for Android 2.0 will be the Motorola Droid. The first in a series of "Droid" phones, the initial device will launch on November 6th and be priced at $199.99 with a two-year Verizon agreement after a $100 mail-in rebate.

CNET notes that Google and Apple are in fact working to bring the application to the iPhone, although no details of a launch timeframe have been released.
However, Google is working with Apple on bringing it to the iPhone, and it's not ruling out licensing the software to makers of portable navigation devices used in cars throughout the world, said Gundotra, vice president of engineering at Google for mobile and developers. The process involving Apple is slightly different from the usual App Store submission process, because Maps is a built-in iPhone application, he said.
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Ya thats sick!!!! The iphone needs this shit! God i want a android phone now
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I would so get a cool phone like this but christ the plans to have one are astronomical!
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But you can purchase the TomTom app for $99? The Nuvifone is fucked too btw. It's only selling feature is now available to all 2.0 Android phones for FREE!
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Not really. With Sprint, there are three phones on our family plan (1500 minutes, everything else included) and the bill is ~$130/month. That is with a discount, but Sprint offers discounts to most companies so check into it to save money.

edit: That comes out to ~$43/month per phone which includes unlimited data, text, free mobile to mobile, etc. Not bad at all. Dad has a Pre and I have a Hero so it's not like we don't take advantage of our plan.
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God the nuvi phone was fucked even when it was a concept. I cant believe the "brains" behind garmin really thought releasing that phone to the market was a good idea.

I dunno it may be in the future if garmin switches to mobile phones but man. Cmon.
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I dunno it may be in the future if garmin switches to mobile phones but man. Cmon.
They are definitely a few years late to the party. Kinda sad too since we obviously want to see the local team succeed, but damn.
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Please release 2.0 for the hero asap.

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So yeah, .avi player? Anyone? I have had 0 luck finding a decent player.
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http://www.google.com/search?q=.avi+...ient=firefox-a

just a quick search I didn't go digging
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If you install 2.0 will it affect the sense ui at all?
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I believe it is on the dev website
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G1 owners could miss out on Android 2.0




Remember those rumors that the G1 might not be able to receive future updates? Iím the guy who caused all that mess.

Thankfully, I was wrong and T-Mobile rolled out Android 1.6 to the G1. Google was able to optimize their code and squeeze the update into the limited space of the G1.

Unfortunately, the problematic storage issues of the G1 remain (and they are not going away). I know Iím going to take some more heat for this, but I want to make sure our readers are informed and fully understand the matter at hand.
The numbers donít lie

I will try and keep this short and simple. If you are interested in the back story you can find my original posts here and here.

* G1 system partition: 69120K
* T-Mobile Android 1.5: 68780k
* T-Mobile Android 1.6: 68800k

The G1 has about 70 MB available for the operating system to be installed. Android 1.5 used 99.5% of that space and Android 1.6 was no different.

* Emulator Android 1.6: 61216k
* T-Mobile Android 1.6: 68800k
* Emulator Android 2.0: 70964k
* T-Mobile Android 2.0: ???

Above you can see the difference between the vanilla Android size and the T-Mobile Android size. The vanilla Android that you can get from the SDK and run with the emulator does not include the Google apps, T-Mobile apps, or all the ringtones and notification sizes.

Android 2.0 running in the emulator already goes over the G1 system partition limit. The T-Mobile version will likely be 7-8 MB larger. For those of you who are curious, the myTouch 3G (and most other Android phones) feature a 90 MB system partition and will have no problem with Android 2.0.
What happens next

T-Mobile is committed to supporting the G1 with future software updates. They told us so when we posted our last story on this issue.

We plan to continue working with Google to introduce future software updates to the T-Mobile G1. Reports to the contrary are inaccurate. -T-Mobile USA

With that being said, there are still huge obstacles ahead for T-Mobile. Check out this old quote from an Android engineer.

ďWhere the situation is really tricky is that the system partition on the US G1 was already filled to the brim with cupcake, and we were routinely flirting with build sizes that were a few dozen kB under the limit (or several MB overÖ), which means that even small changes to the core platform could very easily push the system size over the limit and staying under the limit took some effortĒ. -Jean-Baptiste Queru

As the Android operating system continues to evolve, the code base will continue to grow. The G1ís days are limited because its storage space is already maxed out.

Will Google find a way to make Android 2.0 fit on the G1? I honestly donít know. I hope Iím wrong again, but there is no denying that Google and T-Mobile have some major hurdles in front of them to make this work.
A special note to the hackers

Yes, I know you can hack the G1 and load whatever the heck you want on it. Chances are you will be running Android 2.0 sometime next week. I know it is possible to change the partition sizes by loading a new SPL, but there is no way in hell it is extremely unlikely that T-Mobile will attempt this over the air. Flashing a new SPL also presents new problems because it erases all data on the device (which is a big no-no when it comes to everyday customers).
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I know how to google. I was asking about a decent .avi player that others have used.
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Sprint rolls out flawed Android strategy at developer conference

I’m not the only one who is worried about the Sprint OTA problem. Check out this blog post from developer Rick Scherle who attended the Sprint developers conference.

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Worse is the fact that Sprint’s network doesn’t support OTA (over the air) upgrades for the Android. This means that, while other carrier’s customers get their phones upgraded automatically, Sprint users will have to visit the Sprint store or go through some complicated software installation procedure using their PC and a USB cable, a gymnastics exercise which is beyond most users.

So, bottom line, is it time to move back to Sprint? They have snappy data speeds and really broad coverage in most of the country, plus a lot fewer dropped calls than T-Mobile, and I’ve been really happy with their customer support. A lot of people should be really happy with Sprint’s new Android offerings.

But I can’t do business with them if they don’t have the products I want, and what I want is the current version of the Android operating system and all the latest software. After all, what would my friends say?
A tipster from our last post suggested that Sprint might skip Android 1.6 and jump right into Android 2.0. However, that might not occur till 2010.

According to a report from AndroidGuys, HTC will indeed be skipping Android 1.6 for the European Hero. If HTC skips Android 1.6 for their phones with Sense UI, then I guess it makes sense the the Sprint Hero could also skip this update.

When I was at CTIA, a representative from Samsung said their Moment phone might not receive Android 2.0 till Q2 2010.

Am I making too big a deal about this? The hardcore user could probably care less about OTA updates, but we only make up about 5-10% of Android phones sold. Do you really think your little sister or Mom is going to hook their phone up to a PC and perform these updates as they are released?

Some might argue that the average Android user can do without updates, but that is naive. Since Android is built off a Linux kernel, it is vulnerable to the same security exploits and it is important to receive regular updates and patches.

If you own a Sprint Android phone, please sound off.
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Droid Eris Doesn't Look Too Shabby for a Cheapo Android Phone



A better look at the purportedly $99 Droid Eris. Not bad, but why is everybody going to stupid touch-sensitive buttons?
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USB tethering coming to hacked Android phones

The number one reason I hacked my Android phone is to tether it to my netbook. Tethering allows you to share a 3G data connection from your phone with another device. Normally, this tethering process is achieved over a WiFi connection.

My friends are amazed every time I show off this feature, but the major downfall is that it just absolutely shreds your battery. Most of the time when I tether, I end up plugging my phone into its charger.

Fans of the popular CyanogenMod will be happy to hear that the next release will include USB tethering. Now tethering can be done without always having to worry that you might kill your battery.

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USB tethering will be built into the next CM release. Zinx ported the code from the Hero kernel, I did the rest. Itís as simple as hitting a checkbox and plugging in a cable. -Cyanogen




Another benefit of tethering in general is the huge speed boost I get from T-Mobileís 3G network. Normally on my Android phone, I top off around 1 Mbps. However, when I am tethered the speeds increase to 1.8 Mbps (which is the current cap on T-Mobileís 3G). I can hardly wait till T-Mobile upgrades to HSPA 7.2 later this year.

It is hard to believe that my phone could reach 7+ Mbps, but we will just have to wait and see. Heck, if I could just manage 5+ that would match a lot of cable internet connections (which is pretty mind blowing).
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Sprint Hero isn't rootable as of yet, from what I've read.
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