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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer arrives with pre-production software

Imagine if you were one of the lucky few able to score the Asus Eee Pad Transformer this week and you turned it on expecting to see Honeycomb, but instead saw Android 2.2. Well this is what happened to xda forum user, mogao.

Magao posted the following message:

I was one of the lucky bunch who got in on the Amazon deal at launch. I paid for overnight shipping, so I was excited to home to play with it.

I plugged in the AC plug to charge it, but it turned on with some Android message. I left it and it eventually turned on. I heard about the firmware update so I checked Status and the Android version was 2.2! Also it mentions “phone” in a lot of popups (e.g. when I am shutting down it asks “Are you sure you want to turn off your phone?”).

It also does not charge while plugged in. How do I get to recovery mode to reinstall Honeycomb?

It is assumed that his transformer has pre-production software on it. He wants to return it, but he might be able to make a nice profit if he sells it to a hacker.

Verizon outs rugged Casio G’zOne Commando Android smartphone

Verizon Wireless just took the wraps off of the Casio G’zOne Commando, its first rugged Android 2.2 (Froyo) smartphone. The G’zOne Commando meets mil-spec 810g standards for resistance against rain, immersion, shock, dust, vibration, humidity, salt fog, solar radiation, altitude, and low and high temperatures. It packs a 5-megapixel camera, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Verizon Wireless’ mobile hotspot feature for sharing your 3G connection with other devices. Like earlier G’zOne devices, the Commando offers some of Casio’s G’zGear software as well, including a compass, pedometer, tide charts, a thermometer, sun/moon schedules, and a star gazer application. The Commando will hit Verizon Wireless stores on April 28th for 199.99 with a new two-year contract. Hit the jump for the full release.


First Ruggedized Android Smartphone for Verizon Wireless

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless and Casio today announced a new addition to the rugged wireless category and a new Android-powered smartphone in the marketplace, the CASIO G’zOne Commando™.  Deployment ready, the Commando is a mobile office with high security features for secure corporate email; Wi-Fi for high-speed Web access; XT9 and T9 trace input for efficient typing; and snap-out menu for customized access to high-use applications.

Designed to withstand the most extreme conditions, the CASIO G’zOne Commando easily transitions from work to play with advanced G’zGEAR software.  As the ultimate outdoor tool in a mobile device, G’zGEAR operates in eight modes to enhance the active, adventure-driven lifestyle.  With the help of its Triple Sensor technology utilizing direction, acceleration and temperature, G’zGEAR enables adventurers to perform at their peak.

The Casio Commando is ideal for the business environment, especially for fields such as construction, transportation, manufacturing, utilities and healthcare.  Workers in hazardous environments, such as construction sites, warehouses and factory floors, need a smartphone that has the capability to download blueprints, files and pictures; update project plans; access field force management, inventory access and corporate applications; and capture signatures.

Key features:
·         Android™ 2.2
·         Meets Military Standards 810G for  Immersion, Rain, Shock and Dust Resistant, Vibration, Salt Fog, Humidity, Solar Radiation, Altitude, Low and High Temperature Storage
·         5-megapixel camera with auto-focus, still photo, video capture, LED light
·         High-security encryption for corporate email
·         Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity
·         Stereo Bluetooth™
·         VZ Navigator® for GPS and audible turn-by-turn directions
·         Mobile Hotspot capable-share 3G connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices

Lifestyle features:
·         G’zGear operates in eight modes
o    Earth Compass – Functions as a standard compass, the GPS shows the distance and direction to several domestic and international landmarks, including Yosemite National Park and Mt. Everest.
o    Walking Counter – Measures steps, distance and energy consumption, and total steps for the day, week or month. It also provides virtual treks for famous North American trails and roads including Mt. Kilimanjaro, Annapurna Circuit, Torres Del Paine Circuit, John Muir Trail and Transcontinental
o    Adventure Training – Takes training to a new level by allowing users to run with virtual opponents, like world-record holders, wild animals, or their own best personal performance stored in the training history.
o    Trip Memory – Plots and records outdoor activities along with location information to share with friends and family on Twitter™ and Facebook®.
o    Tides – Showcases the tidal graph for the day; time of tide ebb and flow; and current, past and future sea tide levels. GPS displays the nearest location map.
o    Thermometer – Displays current temperature in both Celsius and Fahrenheit with numeric and graphic thermometer readings and compares the current temperature across multiple locations.
o    Sun / Moon – Checks the time of the next sunrise, sunset, moonrise and moonset, and tracks the moon phases for your current location.
o    Star Gazer – Utilizes GPS to display the stars and constellation names based on the current season and time.

Pricing and availability:
·         The CASIO G’zOne Commando will be available online at on April 28 for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.  CASIO G’zOne Commando customers will need to subscribe to a data plan.  Unlimited data plans are available to customers starting at $29.99 monthly access.
·         Business customers who want to purchase the device can contact their Business Sales Representatives at 1-800-VZW-4BIZ.

For more information on the CASIO G’zOne Commando or for other Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to  Customers can visit to experience the CASIO G’zOne Commando.

LG outs Optimus Big smartphone with 4.3-inch NOVA Display

LG officially announced the long rumored LG Optimus Big on Friday, making it the Korean firm’s largest Android smartphone to date. The Optimus Big runs Android 2.2, sports a 4.3-inch Nova Display, and is equipped with an HDMI-out port, a 1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and a 1,500 mAh battery. The NOVA Display is the star of that spec sheet though, and we loved the rich colors and deep blacks when we first saw it on the Optimus Black. The Optimus Big will make its debut on Korea’s LG U+ on April 28th and there’s no word if this beast will swim itself to the United States — but we’d welcome it with open arms if it did.


HTC Merge arriving on U.S Cellular April 29

Looks like HTC’s comments about the HTC Merge arriving on “multiple carriers” really is starting to ring true. With Alltel and Cellular South already on the list we can also now check of U.S. Cellular as the above image shows us all a release date of April 29. We will of course, wait to see if that date pans out given that we’re not exactly sure of how old the information may be but — we’re pretty confident it will arrive sooner then later. Until then, check out our previous coverage of the HTC Merge

For our complete exclusive preview of the HTC Merge, please see the following stories:

And you can jump on past the break for one more shot showing the device in the U.S. Cellular systems. Thanks, Anon!

Sprint To Restart Android 2.2 Froyo Update For Samsung Epic 4G

Samsung Epic 4G owners have been stuck without the Android 2.2 Froyo update that was promised but halted almost a month ago. But now it appears that Sprint and Samsung have worked things out and the OTA updates will resume starting Monday.


Sprint’s first attempt to update the Epic 4G to Android 2.2 Froyo was plagued with various problems including messing up data connectivity and impairing access to media stored on the SD card. The only solution for many Epic 4G owners was to do a hard reset, which wiped out all their data.

The new update coming this Monday, March 21, will bring Epic 4G devices up to Android Froyo 2.2.1 EC05 and the entire process may take the whole week to finish as updates are rolled out in batches over-the-air. If you are an Epic 4G owner needing the update, be sure to backup everything first!

[via Android Community]


HTC Incredible S Coming Soon In Red?

Why should handsets only come in black or white? Its true that your protective case will ultimately usurp whatever color your handset is, but that’s not stopping HTC from possibly pushing out a lovely red version of their HTC Incredible S. A Danish electronics retailer showed off a new SKU with the red hot image below.


The Danish site lists the item as not yet available but with no further information on date of availability and price. Titled “HTC INCREDIBLE S – RED”, there’s definitely no mistaking it for any other device. It looks pretty much identical to the black Incredible S, but with the entire back and trim in a deep red.

The Incredible S features a four-inch 480×800 Super LCD display, 8MP camera, HD video, 1GHz Qualcomm processor, 768MB RAM, HTC Sense on top of Android 2.2, 3G, WiFi, and GPS. The device will likely hit the US as the Droid Incredible 2 but we’ll probably not see it in red anytime soon state side.

[via Android Community]


Motorola DroidX & Droid 2 get a fancy Gingerbread Port

Just as I’m sure many of you like to do. We here at AC love to see all the great work the dev’s over at XDA Developers do. Today I have some news about a very nice Port for the Motorola DroidX and the Droid 2. Over in the forums they’ve built a nice Gingerbread Themed ROM using the SDK. So all you Big Red Moto users don’t have to wait for an Official Gingerbread OTA. Get your Gingerbread now.


Whats Even more exciting is you can add as much, or as little of the “MotoBlur” UI as you’d like. This is basically a stock Android 2.2.1 build that has been themed very well to look, act, & feel like Gingerbread. It looks great. If you’d like to know more or see how this port has came along you can read here where we told you about this Rom back in December when it was first getting off the ground. As always with flashing a Rom or any zip, be careful and do a nandroid backup first. They are lifesavers. I will mention the DX & Droid 2 are some of the easiest phones to brick so as always, Use caution.

Installation Instructions:

Note: Users coming from 1.3.1 may be safe to keep data and cache. If there are problems, then factory reset.

-Uninstall updates to Market, Gmail, ADW Launcher, & Search if they’re there under Settings->Applications->Manage Applications first.
-Place file on your sdcard. Bootstrap recovery and reboot recovery
-Select Factory Reset (delete data/cache)
-Return to previous menu and install .zip from sd card
-Choose ApeX and install!

Download Links:
Droid X v1.4.0
Droid 2 v1.4.0

[via XDA Forums] — Thanks Dino!

Samsung Epic 4G and Sanyo Zio To Get Android 2.2 Froyo Update on February 21st

If you own a Samsung Epic 4G or a Sanyo Zio, then you’ll be glad to know that both devices will be getting an OS update very soon. Sprint announced today that the Samsung Epic 4G will be receiving Android 2.2 Froyo updates starting on February 21st. The update will be sent in batches as wireless downloads and should be fully accessible by the end of the week–February 25th.


Updating to Android 2.2 Froyo for the Samsung Epic 4G will mean increased speed, improved Bluetooth device support, Bluetooth voice dialing, Flash Player 10.1, GPS enhancements, and the ability to install applications to external storage. Once your device has been queued by Sprint, you will receive a message on your device letting you know the update is available. If you attempt to check manually before your device is queued, you will receive a “no upgrade available” message.

The Sanyo Zio will also receive the Android 2.2 Froyo update on February 21st. Improvements here will include the addition of Swype, Sprint Zone 2.5.5, Sprint ID activation improvements, and better battery life. However, Flash 10.1 may not be supported and the update will come as three separate downloads best received via a Wi-Fi connection.

[via IntoMobile]

U.S. Cellular releases Froyo update for the HTC Desire

Another long-awaited device update has just rolled out for those of you on U.S. Cellular. The HTC Desire HD Froyo update has been posted and is now ready and waiting for you to download it. So what are ya waiting for? Go get your Froyo on, folks, and most important, enjoy! Let us know in the comments or in the forums how to upgrade went for you all. [U.S. CellularThanks, Brandon!

Android 2.2 for Samsung Captivate? Maybe.

When Samsung released the Galaxy S seven months ago, they promised users a quick upgrade path to Android 2.2 (Froyo). But that was seven months ago, and so far, nothing, even though Android 2.3 is already on the market and Android 2.4 is coming soon. But there just may be some hope, though it may be faint. A screen shot from AT&T’s support page for the Samsung Captivate shows the device running Android 2.2.

This is the support page that explains how to find your operating system and firmware versions. Does this mean an upgrade is on the way? Or is this just a tease for long-suffering Samsung customers?

We can only hope to find out soon. It’s probably not wise to read too much into it.

[via BGR]

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