Surprise, Flash 10.1 shown to slow down Android 2.2, dramatically

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There’s been a debate whether or not Adobe Flash would be suitable for the mobile environment, its a big issue in our realm. So how else do you determine such a thing with all this industry bias in our way? How about running some good hard tests? Well, here they are, first speed tests of Android 2.2 and Flash 10.1. And unfortunately with Flash, it’s sluggish and choppy according to PocketNow who tested a Nexus One running Android 2.2, against an iPhone 3GS and Opera Mobile 10 on an HTC HD2.

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Google Android 2.2 Froyo is official

Google Android 2.2 Update

We all knew this was coming, but it’s good to see the official wraps come off of Google Android 2.2, the updated operating system affectionately known as Froyo in techie circles. Yup, they’re continuing with the food-based monikers for the mobile platform and this official announcement comes during Google I/O conference. Android 2.2 Froyo doesn’t really bring much in terms of surprises, but it does come with at least one quantum advantage over Android 2.1. There’s a new compiler, which is supposed to bring a 2-5x speed boost to your everyday functionality.

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Rogers intros entry-level Motorola Quench Android phone

Motorola Quench, budget-minded Android smartphone from Rogers

Just because you want to get one of the newest Google Android phones doesn’t mean that you need to take out a second mortgage on your home. Addressing the more affordable end of the market is the newly launched Motorola Quench from Rogers Wireless. While not getting the same kind of attention as the Motorola Backflip or offering the same kind of high-end finish as the Motorola Milestone, the Motorola Quench can easily hold its own in the Android world.

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Going ablaze with Android-powered HTC Wildfire smartphone

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It looks like HTC is continuing with its old bag of tricks. Just as the company released several seemingly similar Windows Mobile smartphones for a number of years, it’s doing the same with the Android platform too. The latest addition is the HTC Wildfire.

At first glance, you could very easily mistake the HTC Wildfire for a number of other touchscreen-focused Android phones from the Taiwanese manufacturer. There really isn’t all that much that separates this phone from the pack, aside from its less than top-tier specifications.

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Google stops selling Nexus One through web store

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Well, that experiment didn’t exactly go as planned. When Google first launched the Nexus One, the phone was really only available through the search engine giant’s web store. This was fine for early adopters, but not so good for everyone else. In fact, it seems that the sales through the web store have been so bad that Google is giving up on it. An official post on the Google Blog says that they are no longer selling the Nexus One through the web store.

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HTC Legend to arrive in Canada before the US

HTC Legend Android Smartphone

Yes, everyone is still clamoring over the pending official announcement of a new iPhone, but that doesn’t mean that other smartphones should be left out in the cold. In fact, you could get a rather legendary phone from Bell, possibly by the end of this month. From what we hear, Bell Mobility is hosting a special launch party in Montreal on May 27 and it is there that they will be hocking the new HTC Legend smartphone. The Canadian carrier has yet to announce an official release date, but a launch party is a pretty good indication.

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Sprint set to launch HTC EVO 4G on June 4

HTC Evo 4G from Sprint

Remember when there was such a big deal about the launch of nationwide 3G networks and how it promised all sorts of crazy wireless data speeds? We’re in the middle of a similar revolution, because America’s first 4G phone will be made available to the masses early next month. The HTC EVO 4G stays true to its name for Sprint, bring super fast 4G connectivity in the form of a touchscreen smartphone. We’ve seen 4G data devices, but this is the first phone for the US with 4G ready to go.

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Android 2.1 upgrade hits the Motorola Milestone in Canada

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Do you want the latest build of Google’s smartphone platform? Look no further than the fine folks at Telus Mobility, because the Motorola Milestone is getting the Android 2.1 update very shortly.

As you may recall, we took a look at the Motorola Milestone a couple of months ago. It’s basically the same phone as the Droid being sold through Verizon. There’s the 3.7-inch touchscreen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard, along with 16GB of memory, Bluetooth, and 5MP camera. What can you expect with Android 2.1 over the existing build? The phone will now be able to accept voice recognition commands over Bluetooth, for starters. Other highlights include better security (like remote wipe), Google Maps updates, Facebook app updates, battery life optimization, and a 3D gallery view.

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HTC Legend on its way to Canada via Bell Mobility?

HTC Legend on its way to Bell Mobility?

Do you like Android phones? Do you like the hardware that comes out of HTC? Do you live in Canada? It seems like all three of these criteria are going to be satisfied with the pending release of the HTC Legend.

According to the most recent rumors, the HTC Legend is on its way to Bell Mobility. We originally thought that Telus was getting it, since it already has the HTC Hero, but it seems that Bell is snatching this one up instead.

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Pic2Shop fixes Android smartphones with no autofocus

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You’ve seen the barcode scanners on other phones, but when you try to scan a barcode on your Motorola Devour, you only get a blurry mess. There has to be an easier way to read those UPCs with the camera on the Devour, right? Yes, there is.

One of the newest apps to show up in the Android Market is Pic2Shop and it plays very nice with the Motorola Devour.

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Adobe to Steve Jobs: We have Android :P

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After the “open letter” Steve Jobs released this morning basically saying Flash will be allowed on the iPad and iPhone just as soon as hell freezes over. Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch responded with his very own “open letter,” a blog post titled Moving Forward, outright saying “We look forward to delivering Flash Player 10.1 for Android smartphones as a public preview at Google I/O in May, and then a general release in June.” Among many other things implying that Apple is not only blocking their code, but many others related to the legal conditions mandated on application developers.

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Verizon to ship Droid Incredible with multitasking on 5/4

Droid Incredible on Verizon Wireless

We knew this phone was coming and now it’s finally here. The Droid Incredible by HTC has officially launched with Verizon Wireless, offering some crazy speeds and functionality. You may have once known it simply as the HTC Incredible, the Droid Incredible could actually be even better than the Google Nexus One in many ways. For instance, you get an impressive 8.0 megapixel camera compared to the 5.0 megapixel shooter on the Nexus One. Other highlights include heavy social media integration, Android Market access, and high-speed 3G connectivity.

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Skyfire 2.0 for Andoid launches with SkyBar toolbar

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It looks like Fennec isn’t the only one to offer a browser alternative on Android-based smartphones. The kind folks at Skyfire have come forward with the first Flash Video enabled mobile browser for Android. And this isn’t a pre-alpha release either.

In addition to support for all sorts of Flash video-watching on your Android device, Skyfire 2.0 for Android also comes with something called the SkyBar.

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Garmin-Asus A10 touchscreen smartphone runs Android

Garmin Asus A10 Android GPS Smartphone

The standalone GPS market isn’t nearly as hot as it has been in years past, so many people are moving toward “convergence” devices that can do GPS and more. Garmin is aggressively expanding its smartphone line with the new Garmin-Asus A10 in response to this new trend. This follows up on the nuvifone from AT&T and the Garminfone with T-Mobile. A good move on Garmin’s part, I’d say, since they can continue to sell hardware to the growing navigation-centric smartphone market.

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Android gets early build of Fennec (Firefox Mobile) today

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As great as your smartphone hardware may be, it’s the software that can make or break your user experience. If you’re looking for an alternative on your Android phone, Mozilla wants you to try Fennec for Android, which is available for download now.

It should be noted that the current build of Fennec (previously known as Firefox Mobile) is nowhere near what a complete project should look like. It’s not even in beta testing mode. They’re saying that this build is “pre-alpha,” so I wouldn’t have the highest expectations for reliability.

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