Archive for the ‘Rumors’ Category

HTC Desire to get Android 2.2 in late June?

25/05/2010

Android 2.2 might already be rolling out to the Nexus One — but what about it’s nearly-identical European brother, the HTC Desire?

If a random HTC customer service rep is to be believed — which we generally wouldn’t recommend — the Desire should be seeing Android 2.2 in all of its Flash-packin’, performance-boosting glory within the next month.

Our buds over at Phandroid spotted this gem on XDA-Dev. The tale, as its told: a grumpy customer decided to ring up HTC about his Desire’s inability to store applications on the SD card — an issue which is nullified in Android 2.2.

The CS Rep initially refused to budge on any info, but Grumpy McCustomer kept on pushing. After a quick chat with his supervisor, the CS Rep dropped this litle tid-bit:

But you never heard this from me…. A new update is coming the 23rd of June and you will be able to put some apps on to the micro sd card.

So, in other words: according to a forumgoer who purportedly spoke to a CS rep who allegedly had inside info on the HTC Desire’s update plans, Android 2.2 is coming to the Desire on June 23rd. Take it as you will, won’t you?

[VIA MobileCruch]

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Upcoming ads comfirm that the iPhone HD will have video chat

25/05/2010

Like the camera sitting on the face of every single leaked iPhone HD hasn’t been proof enough, or like the references to video chat in the beta SDKs didn’t mean anything, now we have even more proof that there will be video chat capabilities in the upcoming iPhone HD (or whatever it will be called).

Right now, filming is underway for the new iPhone commercials (directed by Sam Mendes, of American Beauty fame), and Engadget have it on good authority that one scene will feature a mother and daughter video-chatting to each other using their next-gen iPhones. Aw, how sweet.

Of course, don’t expect any official confirmation before June 7th, but I think this one’s a pretty safe bet.

[VIA MobileCrunch]

Another iPhone prototype leaked

13/05/2010

I start to wonder whats going on over at Apple, it seems that yet another iPhone prototype is leaked!

Well, well, would you looky here? Seems like that super-exclusive iPhone leak that Gizmodo and Engadget were involved in has repeated itself in Vietnam.

Engadget reported earlier this morning about the leak, and noticed that the phone is slightly different from the one seen during Gizgate, in that the screws on the bottom of the phone are no longer present.

Aside from that, there are few other differences. The model is still pre-production — you can see little XXX placeholders on the body — so it may still change before launch, but the front-facing camera looks to be a pretty sure thing.

Pro tip: the source link has some awesome commentary on the leak, courtesy of Google Translate. It also has more photos.

Via MobileCrunch

Android 2.2 sets Android 2.1 on fire. From the friction. Because it’s so fast.

13/05/2010

Man oh man. While it may just be benchmark scores at this point, this kind of speed increase is nothing to snuff at.

Ian Douglas has run some benchmarks on his Froyo-powered Nexus One, and it’s scoring almost 5 times better.

To be a bit more specific, an Eclair-powered Nexus One usually scores around 6-7 MFLOPS in Linpack benchmarks, but this shiny new Froyo build delivers a blistering 38-40 MFLOPS.

The magic comes from the spankin’ new JIT compiler included in the Froyo build.

Now, as I said before, these are just benchmark results, so real-world performance will differ.

Android And Me point out that Android apps will probably have to be tweaked to take full advantage of the new compiler, so it could be a few months after release before Android users really start seeing a difference.

But, man, I’m excited.

Yesterday, a video showing off Flash 10.1 on a Froyo-powered Nexus One emerged. This bump in speed could explain how it was able to run so smoothly.

So, here’s to hoping that 2.2 makes it to my upgrade-shy HTC Hero.*

*yes, I have a European HTC Hero, and not a Sprint one, but I’m still plagued by the same upgrade-frustration…

Via MobileCrunch

The new iPhone HD will capture video in… HD!

06/05/2010

Well, this one isn’t really surprising now, is it? Mac Rumors have unearthed evidence in the latest iPhone 4.0 beta SDK that points pretty clearly to 720p video recording.

Y’see, the latest iPhone SDK allows full access to video capture data, and there are some preset values in the SDK that explicitly mention a 1280×720 video resolution.

It’s pretty clear cut evidence, so you could almost bet the house that the next iPhone is gonna have HD video recording. Given that the most prevalent of rumoured names for the upcoming iPhone is “iPhone HD” this really comes as little surprise.

Still, it’s good to have some kind of confirmation of a much-wanted feature before we get the official announcement on June 7.

More picutures of the new Blackberry Flip?!?

05/05/2010

There must be a crack surplus at BlackBerry HQ, because they really seem to have lost it with these new designs. The old half-and-half BlackBerrys have something special about them, something fundamentally strong. You know it’s a good phone because it’s refined. This flip phone (the 9670) and that slider we saw a while back, however, present a slightly less promising picture.

It’s probably not final hardware, but the general size and shape are clear… gah! Looks like a kid’s version of a flip phone I had back in 2003. Sure, the new BlackBerry OS is going to be good fun, but if it’s launching on this hardware, they’re going to find it a tough sell among the “people with eyes” market.

Blackberry Slider? New spy pictures

04/05/2010

Ok, we’re all used to the blurry, shaky spy shots that usually accompany phone leaks, but these photos take ugly to a new level. I mean really, what setting on what camera could mangle a photo so thoroughly?

But enough of that, you aren’t here to listen to me rabbit on about photo quality. You want to know about the phone, don’t you?

So, if peer deep enough through the fog of filth, you can see what looks to be a BlackBerry slider. If you peer even deeper, you may notice that it seems to be running BlackBerry OS 6.0.

BBLeaks sourced the photos, and claim that this is the BlackBerry 9800, which will be the first device to launch with BB OS 6.0. They have one other (even lower quality) photo, too, if you’re interested.

It’s early days yet, so no concrete time-frame beyond “Summer” is known. But I’m sure all you Berry-heads out there know that we’ll update you on any more info the very moment it arises.

The saga of Apple’s next iPhone

28/04/2010

We’ve taken a close look at Apple’s next iPhone and it’s been quite a ride. Here’s what happened:

Apple lost the next iPhone which they had cleverly disguised to look like an iPhone 3GS. We got our hands on it and shared all the details with you, including a dissection. In the meantime, our servers melted and our tech team worked overtime.

We discussed how Apple missed chances to get the next iPhone back and cleared up some conspiracy theories by explaining why Apple didn’t leak the iPhone to us. (Heck, it’s not even about the iPhone!)

In the end, Apple asked to get their phone back and we returned it.

Read more at Gizmodo

This is the new iPhone (Video)

19/04/2010

Looks amazing right?

This is the new iPhone!

19/04/2010

Holy f%¤#, some guy over at Apple actually lost his prototype iPhone in a bar!

Read the whole story over at Gizmodo