Evidence is mounting that HTC will soon release a new Android-based phone with a large touchscreen and a fast processor. According to unconfirmed reports, this model is headed for Verizon and will sport a wide array of high-end features.
Many users of the Motorola Droid are reporting that their smartphone's camera is working better today. Neither Verizon nor Motorola has said anything, but the software for this model has apparently been updated.
Mark/Space has introduced a beta version of its desktop synchronization software for most smartphones running Google's operating system. This can sync contacts and transfer music and video between Android 1.x phones and a computer running Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X.
The Android-based Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is scheduled to launch in February, meaning a relatively long wait for those interested in this device's very large, high-resolution display and 1 GHz processor.
Adobe Systems has promised users of phones running Google's Android and Palm's webOS that they will get a browser plug-in with Flash support in the first half of next year. This software is also coming to many other mobile devices, with one notable exception.
The Motorola Droid launched a few days ago, and owners haven't wasted time making use of the web browser. According to a web analysis company, over a third of web traffic from Android-based models is being done on the Droid.
A small company might make a big noise in the Android market: the Saygus Vphone will be a high-end smartphone with a large touchscreen, sliding keyboard, and a video-conferencing camera. This device will be available to Verizon customers early next year.
The Motorola Droid debuted last Friday, and one market analysts estimates that around 100,000 units of this Android-based smartphone were sold in the first few days it was available.
Verizon Wireless and Motorola are reportedly working on an update for the system software on the Motorola Droid that will fix a number of small bugs. A similar software update for the HTC Droid Eris is also coming soon.
Google's Android is the latest mobile OS to get a version of the Slacker Radio app. This gives users of smartphones like the Motorola Droid and HTC Hero free access to one of the most popular streaming radio services.
Adobe Systems has released a version of Photoshop.com Mobile for Android, giving users of smartphones running Google's OS some basic image-editing tools and photo-sharing capabilities.
Although T-Mobile USA has committed to releasing the Samsung Behold II in the near future, is hasn't said exactly when. That date is clearly getting close, as this carrier has invited journalists to an event next week for an official unveiling.
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