HTC's confirmation yesterday that going forward they would be using both AMOLED and Super LCD (SLCD) displays for their smartphones so as to ease supply pressures has led to no small amount of confusion. Over at HowardForums they've managed to get a hold of an upcoming TELUS HTC Desire using the SLCD panel, and compare it to an AMOLED Nexus One, a Motorola Milestone with a regular LCD, and a Samsung Wave with a Super AMOLED display.
Video comparison after the cut
HTC has announced that it will be using Super LCD (SLCD) displays in its smartphones later in the summer, in response to the shortage of AMOLED panels that has been limiting supply of some of the company's most popular devices. As we heard last month, that's led HTC to look to alternative screen technologies, and now they've officially confirmed that handsets like the Nexus One and Desire will switch to the Sony-made SLCD panels.
Lashings of Froyo rumor over the past twenty-four hours, with talk of Android 2.2 headed to various high-end handsets. First off, spyshots have tipped the Motorola DROID 2 as launching on Verizon with Froyo preloaded according to Droid-Life, rather than the Android 2.1 OS we've seen on the DROID X, while elsewhere there's talk of Android 2.2 updates for existing devices.
That includes a Froyo update for the Vodafone Google Nexus One as early as next week, with the carrier-branded device finally getting what unlocked users have been enjoying for a few weeks now. Handy, since Google has announced that they'll soon not be offering the unlocked version themselves, leaving it up to carrier partners to supply the phone.
Depressing news if you've been saving up for an unlocked Google Nexus One, with the search giant announcing that, as of this weekend, they've received their last shipment of the Android smartphone. Google will be prioritising availability of remaining Nexus One stocks for app developers, who will be able to buy the smartphone via their account on the Android Market Publisher site.
Servers are getting smaller, but they're still not quite as compact as your cellphone; now, thanks to a new tutorial, your Google Nexus One can double up as your test web server. NexusOneHacks has persuaded Ubuntu to live in harmony with Android 2.2 on the Google smartphone, producing a dual-boot device that allows you to run regular Ubuntu/Linux code.
Video demo after the cut
Qualcomm's Uplinq developer conference has been taking place this week, and SlashGear has been here keeping track of the news. The silicon company has been demonstrating new Augmented Reality apps based running on their Snapdragon processors, kicking off a new AR Developer Challenge - with a $200,000 prize fund - and showing how its system-agnostic peer-to-peer gaming technology can be used with the Unity 3D game development tool for true cross-platform local gameplay.
Video demo of Peer-to-Peer gaming and more after the cut
Android 2.2 Froyo FRF91 has begun OTA distribution for the Google Nexus One. Landing on one of our Nexus One handsets this morning, the update appears to be a relatively minor one - it's only 2.2MB in size - and its been speculated that it merely addresses some security fixes from FRF85.
A new beta of Android 2.2 Froyo for the Google Nexus One has leaked, courtesy of a source at xda-developers. The new ROM, FRF72, is believed to be the same build as was distributed to Google employees last week, and requires FRF50 be installed first. The FRF72 beta has only been in the wild for a short time, though those who have installed it are reporting that there are no noticeable feature changes in comparison to FRF50.
The leaked Verizon teaser may have people wondering what six imminent devices the carrier may have up their sleeve, but one of BGR's sources reckons they know the truth. According to them, the line-up includes the HTC Incredible, LG VS750, the Microsoft "Pure" and "Turtle" Project Pink devices and the Samsung U820 Reality. As for the sixth device, that's unclear, but both the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and the Google Nexus One are possibilities.
The Telegraph has reported that the Nexus One will be launching in the UK with Vodafone, on sale through Google.com/phone only, as the company had announced earlier. The British news site hasn't named actual sources but says that those close to both companies have confirmed an April launch.
Google didn't hide the fact that they were planning a Verizon CDMA version of the Nexus One, it just wasn't ready for launch at the same time as the triband HSPA model currently on sale. Set to go on sale in Spring 2010, at least according to the original announcement, the CDMA Nexus One has been spotted clearing the FCC.