All throughout the Summer and Fall, we have seen videos and pictures of the BlackBerry Bold 9780. It sounds like the handset will finally get launched in a matter of weeks when Canadian carrier Bell Mobility offers the phone starting November 2nd. It will be the first BlackBerry Bold to feature the new BlackBerry 6 OS and the first Bold unit to give users the much improved surfing experience inherent in the WebKit browser.
A leaked internal document meant for Bell reps eyes only, says that not only are the above two facts key selling points, reps should also tell customers that the BlackBerry Bold 9780 is the first Bold to offer a 5MP camera and support 512MB of RAM.
The handset, available in black or white, is equipped with a 2.44 HVGA screen with resolution of 480 x 360 pixels. The document did not mention any subsidized pricing and off contract, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 costs $499.99.
The very next day, November 3rd, Bell will launch the HTC Desire Z. The phone supports the carrier’s HSPA+ pipelines and is Bell’s first model to come preloaded with Android 2.2. This allows the handset to feature a Mobile Wi-Fi Hot Spot, improved Exchange security and faster browsing speed.
The HTC Desire Z will be the first smartphone in North Amerca to feature HTC Sense 2.0 which allows users to wipe their phone remotely from any computer. It also allows for users to read text messages, contacts and missed calls from any browser. Similar to the T-Mobile G2, this model has a second generation 800MHz Snapdragon processor, a 3.7 inch screen and a unique pop-out QWERTY keyboard. Priced at $499.99 off contract, there are no indications yet about subsidized pricing of this phone.
source: BGR (BlackBerry Bold 9780), BGR (HTC Desire Z)
Another day, another country is getting ready to sell the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but as we’ve been witnessing countless times, its price is somewhat a tad too much for people to hold down.
The realization that the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be a premium option is further confirmed with Russia’s pricing for the highly prized Android powered tablet. Samsung Russia confirmed today that it’ll begin to go on sale in the mother land of Russia stating today, for the price of 36,990 rubles ($1,228). We know what you’re all thinking, even though the pricing is for an unlocked version of the tablet. Jaws might instantly drop to the floor knowing that it’s going to require some people to throw in a substantial investment to pick one up, but it’s still anyone’s guess as to how the US carriers will end up pricing their specific models.
The cooler weather isn’t preventing the Samsung Galaxy S I9000 from slowing down with sales, but the onset of fall is surely going to pack an enticing treat for those who’ve been enjoying their handsets for quite some time. As we’ve seen a few devices already receiving the Android 2.2 treatment, like the Motorola DROID X and HTC EVO 4G, the Samsung Galaxy S I9000 will be getting its dose very shortly – specifically, it’ll be ready this month.
Samsung officially announced the good news in a press release, dated October 18th, that the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S I9000 will include a host of features. Some of the expected goodies include Adobe Flash Player 10.1, search within the web browser, faster performance by JIT (Just In Time) compiler, and voice-controlled GPS through Google Maps with Navigation.
In the press release, it states that the update will “be available from the mid of October 2010 in the Nordic region and gradually rolled out to other European markets, Southeast Asia, the Middle East Asia, North America, Africa and rest of the world.”
Naturally, consumers shopping around for their next handset will probably want to keep the smartphone in mind now that it’s going to get the jump with Android 2.2 Froyo. As for the many variants of the Galaxy S out there, no word was given in the press release about their potential update.
However, they did provide a small tasting of what to expect in a video that shows off all of the expected goodies from the upcoming software update. So if you’re holding tightly onto your device dreaming for the day for some Eclair love, you can simply watch the video to see what you’re in for when it finally arrives.
With the update, it’ll offer things like continuous auto-focus with its camera, five homescreens as opposed the the three now, 20 icons per screen versus the current 16, thumbnail shortcuts to the homescreens, the ability to mute the handset while in the lock screen, and the addition of two widgets. In addition, you’ll get to experience all of the wonders that Android 2.1 has to offer – such as live wallpapers, Exchange support, universal inbox, quick contact shortcuts, and HTML5 support with the web browser.
At this point, we’ll all have to come to the realization that the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be one costly tablet no matter how you look at it. Sure there are mobile operators out there that will be offering subsidies for the Android powered tablet, but even at that, they are others who will altogether overlook it in favor of getting it without a contract.
For the consumers in Germany, they now have the opportunity to fetch themselves a unit, but it’ll cost them nearly an arm and a leg at 799 euros ($1,115). On the other hand, Amazon Germany is offering it at the reduced price of 750 euros ($1,047) – which is still up there, but the savings is appreciated.
There’s no arguing that there is business to be made in the tablet market, but in the mean time, consumers will really need to shell out some serious dough to experience the very best Android tablet offering.
via Samsung Hub
Three UK customers sporting an HTC Desire will undoubtedly be smiling very shortly after the mobile operator announced that they are in the process of rolling out the highly anticipated over-the-air update for Android 2.2.
With so many device already on the market flaunting the latest version of the platform, HTC Desire owners on Three UK will now join the ranks and experience all of the sweet goodness the tasty update has to offer. The official Three Twitter news and data accounts tweeted the good news that customers have been waiting for some time – even more when other carriers have been rolling it out for some time now.
As always, the software update will feature support for 720p video recording, HTC’s App Share widget, improved multi-language keyboard, HTC Caller ID, and HTC’s sync software. For those who adore using iTunes, the update will enable Desire owners the capability of syncing their handsets with music from iTunes. So sit back and wait for the good times to start rolling in.
Limited space can some times come into play on how certain words are displayed on a touchscreen, and in this specific scenario, it’s Samsung’s very own Android powered Galaxy Tab.
From a cursory look at the Romanian version of the tablet, you’ll instantly find the obvious “Porn” button found squarely next to one of the commonly used buttons with the platform – the home button within the main menu. It appears as though this “Porn” button is simply a mistake, or rather just cutting corners to get a word to fit in correctly, since the Romanian word for “Home” is “Pornire.” So it looks as though some cross cutting actions were made in getting it to fit perfectly; hence why the rest of the word was shaved off.
It’s hard to say how something like this managed to pass their quality assurance process, but obviously, it’s one eye straining thing that can’t be missed. Nonetheless, we’d imagine that Samsung will correct this issue before the tablet begins to make its way from the factory to stores.
Just yesterday, we reported that Verizon and Motorola had introduced the Motorola DROID Pro. During a speech made at the press event, CEO Sanjay Jha said that 34% of BlackBerry users are ready to jump to Android. Motorola obviously thinks that the BlackBerry-esque form factor of the new device will help businessmen make the decision to switch.
During his speech, Jha noted that there is not one device that can handle all the needs of a business user. As a result, Jha says that people are looking for a phone that “bridges the gap between work and play”. The CEO says that his company is now focused on the commerce segment with the result that “Motorola is ready for business.” Motorola Android devices are the first to offer additional security above and beyond what is capable of most Android flavored handsets, according to the executive.
Check out the video below for some snippets of the speech along with the introduction of the Motorola DROID Pro. Designed with businessmen in mind, Jha says that the unit will replace all of the devices people carry and replace them with just this one unit that combines features for both business and play. Does that sound like the aim of a certain Canadian based smartphone manufacturer?
First spotted during IFA not too long ago, it seems that Samsung is now officially spilling the beans on their upcoming Samsung Galaxy 551 (I5510) Android powered handset.
Previously, it was simply going by the name of Samsung I5510, but it appears as though it’s being graced with the Galaxy moniker and will become included with the other long line of existing models from them. This mid-range handset features a 3.2” display with a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels, 3-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, DLNA, Bluetooth, GPS, FM radio, DivX support, 160MB of internal storage, microSD card slot, 1200mAh battery, and will be running TouchWiz 3.0 on top of Android 2.2.
Obviously, the other main attraction with the handset is its physical landscape sliding keyboard which should complement the handset. As for pricing, it’s still positioned to carry a price of 389 euros ($539) and should become readily available in Europe this November.
source: Samsung Hub
Motorola and Verizon have introduced the Motorola DROID Pro and it probably looks nothing like what you were expecting. Early speculation was that this handset would be a DROID 2 refitted for global use and made for the business set. With the ability to support voice calls in 220 countries and with data coverage in 200, the DROID Pro is still made for the pinstriped wearing executive who spends more time on an airplane than in an office, but the form factor is the surprise.
The candybar shaped device features a portrait oriented QWERTY keyboard underneath the model’s 3.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display. Under the hood is a 1GHz processor, running the show including the 5MP camera with AF and flash. The Motorola DROID Pro will ship with Android 2.2 on board along with Adobe Flash Player 10.1. The version of blur that we have seen on the Motorola DROID 2 and DROID X will also be included.
With the Motorola DROID Pro, users will be able to view and share documents like Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, Word documents and Power Point presentations. Users will be able to put up a live widget that delivers e-mail to their home screen which can be divided into personal and business messages.
While no word on pricing was revealed, the phone is expected to launch the first week of next month. Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha said, “The DROID Pro is an advanced business-ready solution that provides users with the full smartphone experience, redefined by delivering the power of a DROID.”