A test website has revealed some new information about the Motorola DROID Pro. The BlackBerry-esque Android device appears to have a 2 year contract price of $299.99. If this unit turns out being priced at that figure without a rebate, it would hold the dubious honor of being the highest subsidized price for an Android model, coming in about $50 over the price Sprint is charging for the Epic 4G after rebate and a signed contract.
The first thing that might come to your mind is how a 3.1 inch, 320 x 480 resolution screen that is not 4G enabled can cost more than a 4G device sporting a 4 inch Super AMOLED display with resolution of 480 x 800. It could have to do with the Motorola DROID Pro’s CDMA/GSM chip set required for its global roaming function. Or perhaps it is just easier to pull $300 out of a company than it is to get that amount from a lone individual.
And just for those inquiring minds, it appears that Verizon has taken down the website, so we will have to see whether or not the price holds when the model is officially launched.
Some pictures have been leaked of what appears to be an Android flavored high-end handset made by LG for Verizon. The speculation is that this phone will be powered by a dual-core Tegra 2 processor and a look at the back of the device shows that the camera is HD which could mean video capture as high as 1080p.
Even more exciting is the possibility that the pictured LG model is one of the half-dozen 4G LTE handsets that Big Red said it would have by the first half of 2011. There is some talk that the Korean-based manufacturer will introduce this model during the CES show January 5th. We had earlier reported that an LG model using the Tegra 2 chipset would be ready for Q4 of this year, but obviously that has been pushed back.
Those who have seen the unit close up say that the design is awesome and blows away the Motorola Olympus. Remember, LG was the first to announce a phone using a dual core Tegra processor and has said that web browsing is twice as fast and gaming is 5 times quicker using NVIDIA’s chips. It certainly sounds like everyone is going to be raising the bar in 2011.
source: Engadget via AndroidandMe
Lights, Camera, Smartphone, Action. Those cut-ups over at College Humor have put toghether clips of some classic movies with just one little change-imagine if the smartphone was around during the filming of the picture and played a major role in the plot.
Starring as the smartphone in the motion pictures is the T-Mobile G2. Either the phone has a great agent or else HTC has struck a nice product placement pact. The handset does a great acting job in some of the classic films like Citizen Kane, Casablanca and Back to the Future to name a few
Would these movies still have received two thumbs up from the reviewers had the Android powered handset stepped in front of the camera to do its thing?
A pair of today’s top-of-the-line smartphones are now being launched overseas by Vodafone U.K. in a manner that almost makes those in the U.S. wish that the States were still British colonies. The carrier’s web site and retail outlets are both now offering the HTC Desire HD and the Nokia N8. The former is a Froyo flavored Android device that is equivalent to a 4G-less version of Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G available in the States. The unit is equipped with a 4.3 inch WVGA display and a 1GHz Snapdragon processor along with an 8MP camera with dual flash and AF.
The Nokia N8 is the Finnish based firm’s strongest challenger to the Apple iPhone, matching the 3.5 inch screen size of Apple’s touchscreen device and offering users the new Symbian ^3 OS. With a 12MP camera on the back of the phone, the N8 is superior to the majority of handsets when it comes to taking snapshots. Video capture at 720p allows for HD videos.
Vodafone is offering the HTC Desire HD for free with a 24 month plan costing 35BP a month. Buy the phone online and get 900 minutes of uncharged texts and 750MB of mobile data per month compared with the 600 minutes of texts and 500MB of monthly data you receive when buying the unit at a store. Buying the phone online will also entitle you to 5MB of European roaming data.
The Nokia N8 can also be obtained for free with a 2 year, 30BP a month service. A special lime green variant of the model is available for Vodafone buyers only.
With a giant Gingerbread man being led into the Googleplex on Friday, it is becoming apparent that the launch of the next Android OS build is imminent. Earlier Friday, we reported that according to a Google engineer, the Gingerbread version of Google’s open source OS will be Android 2.3 and will be considered a major release.
The Gingerbread man finds himself among the company of a cupcake, donut, eclair and some frozen yogurt, each one representing a specific Android OS build. With Gingerbread most likely turning out to be Android 2.3, Honeycomb should be Android 3.0 and get released early in 2011 for use in Android powered tablets. Considering that the Froyo statue was put up one week before Android 2.2 was launched, if history repeats, Android 2.3 should see its release next week, coming just a couple of weeks before Microsoft launches Windows Phone 7 in the U.S.
As we have told you, Samsung and Google are working on a device that is expected to be the first handset loaded with Gingerbread. As far as upgrades to current Android models, those currently running Android 2.2 (perhaps even the first-gen Motorola DROID) could be in line to move up to the next build.
source: YouTube via AndroidandMe
Going from Android 1.5 to 2.1 is quite a shock, so if you are thinking about upgrading your Motorola CLIQ today, just make sure that you are prepared. Actually, the Schaumburg based manufacturer surprised everyone by making the upgrade available now after saying that they were looking for testers yesterday. The official release is Blur_Version.2.1.5.MB200.T-Mobile.en.US for those who like to memorize useless trivia.
When the time comes for you to install the new OS, you need to make sure that there is at least 100MB of free space on your memory card and that your device is fully charged. Unfortunately, because Android 2.1 is a bit more complex than 1.5, the internal memory on your phone will shrink permanently.
Motorola has put up 5 pages of instructions on how to install the upgrade. After you complete the task, let us know what you think about Eclair. You can get to Motorola’s instructions by clicking on this link.
Motorola has taken down the instructions for installing Android 2.1 on the Motorola CLIQ. The site now reads “This site is currently inactive as prelaunch testing of the software is underway. The page will be reactivated when the testing period is complete”. Anyone able to get the upgrade installed before the directions were taken down?
A Google engineer, anonymously responding on the Google codes forum to an issue that Android is having with Wi-Fi, might have accidentally given away major State secrets. The engineer said that the problem would be corrected in the next major release of Google’s open source OS which he pegged as Android 2.3.
We recently reported speculation was building that Gingerbread was going to be Android 2.5 and that the 3.0 version of the software was going to be Honeycomb and would be designed for Android powered tablets. This leak, if correct, certainly supports that theory with the only difference being that Gingerbread would be Android 2.3, not 2.5.
On the other hand, considering that Eclair was both 2.0 and 2.1, it is still possible that the 2.3 build of Android is nothing more than another flavor of Froyo. But that would not explain the new software being labled a “major release”.
According to BriefMobile, the anonymous Google engineer is Nick Kralevich who is a Google Android Security Team engineer, and could be privy to information about Android 2.3. The thread on the forum dealt with a complaint with an Android phone that was unable to connect to a network due to a Wi-Fi security bug.
The Gingerbread build of the Androids OS is expected to bring an improved look to icons with a green color theme. The Notification bar will be colored “slate grey”, menus will scroll down with a little bounce at the end, buttons and checkboxes will be improved, Google Calls will be received over Wi-Fi and some pre-installed apps will get a new look. Also, there will be a new “screen-off” animation which is supposedly on the video below.
source: Google code via BriefMobile, Phandroid (Gingerbread sign-off screen)
If you are a current Verizon Wireless customer, you could find yourself at Super Bowl XLV in Cowboys Stadium with your airfare, hotel, transportation, breakfast and your game ticket all paid for by the carrier. Verizon will also give you $250 in spending money to use at your discretion. 45 lucky winners will win the Super Bowl trip while 20 will get the 2nd Tier prize which is a trip to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii.
There are two ways for Verizon customers to enter the sweepstakes. One is to head over to www.verizonwireless.com/NFL and click on the drop down box where you see the phrase “The action is here”. Click on the sweepstakes to enter.
The second way to enter the sweepstakes applies only to those Verizon customers using the Motorola DROID X or Motorola DROID 2. From either of these units, text DROID to 3404 and you will be entered. All entries must be submitted by 11:59pm ET on November 30th, 2010 with a limit of one entry per person, per Droid X or Droid 2 telephone number and per e-mail address.
Just so you can start getting your calendar ready, the Super Bowl will be played on February 6th 2011 and in the strange scheduling set-up that the NFL has been using in the last few years, the Pro Bowl will be played January 30th 2011, before the Championship game. Imagine the uproar that would result if a key player from one of the two Super Bowl teams was hurt playing in the Pro Bowl.
Verizon and the NFL are offering the contest to promote the carrier’s NFL Mobile app which is free this year for those who downloaded the software before July 22nd. For those users, the service is free until after the upcoming Super Bowl is played. The app offers free viewing of the NFL Network’s Red Zone which shows you real time action whenever a team gets into the red zone (at or inside the opponent’s 20 yard line) and is poised to score.
Back in the day when Windows Media Player and RealPlayer were in their infancy, there was Winamp that dominated PCs for playing back MP3 music files. Now Nullsoft, the company behind Winamp, is bringing their decade of experience to an Android phone near you. Even though its still in beta (version 0.9.1) it works rather well on our Motorola DROID X (Froyo) unit. Music played through Winamp sounds good, but we noticed it can’t access Android’s Audio Effects (EQ) directly in the program, but instead you have to go into the phone’s settings to access it. We also like that Winamp’s desktop widget shows the album art and has more controls than the stock Android music player. It also offers a complete media management solution by seamlessly syncing with your Winamp desktop library via Wi-Fi, though standard USB sync is also avaliable. You can download the Winamp player directly from the Android Market or by scanning the QR code below. Let us know if you give it a try!
source: Winamp Blog
For less the price of an item on the McDonalds Dollar Menu, you can purchase the DX/D2 Overclocker and push the CPU on your Motorola DROID X or DROID 2 to 1.2GHz or 1.3 GHz. Before you start reaching for your wallet, you should know that the app is being offered by a company called Unstable Apps.
Still, the pair of Android heavyweights has safely had the heat turned up before, with the DROID X found to be stable at 1.1GHz while the DROID 2 was stable at 1.2GHz. The 99 cents cost of the application seems reasonable enough, but who knows if your handset will end up paying the ultimate price for living life in the fast lane.
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