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Sharp IS03 puts Android on a Retina Display

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Ever wondered how Android will look like on the iPhone 4’s Retina Display? Fret not, Sharp has got you covered. More and more Japanese cell phones are getting smartphone operating systems, and the Sharp IS03, slated for the Japanese carrier KDDI, is the next in this trend. The Fujitsu F-06B from the summer’s lineup of DoCoMo, for example, runs Symbian, has a 13MP camera that does 1080p full HD video, and is waterproof.

Running Android 2.1 (with Froyo later on) is one thing, but combining it with 3.5″ 640×960 pixels screen, which Apple popularized as Retina Display, due to the insane resolution, adds more fuel to the fire. Sharp is one of the top screen companies, so it probably didn’t cost the guys much to come up with such resolution on its own technology for wider viewing angles. It also sports a second display for the capacitive Android buttons, which can actually show time and notifications, without the main one being active.

To top it all off, Sharp wants you to have fun with a 9MP camera, which, from the looks of it (Full HD option  in the camera interface), records 1080p full HD video. The IS03 also sports the usual goodies Japan places in its cell phones – 1seg TV tuner, pedometer, and FeliCa chips for contactless mobile payments. The Sharp IS03 goes on sale in November, and supports CDMA 1x EV-DO Rev.A (KDDI calls it CDMA 1X WIN). The handset is offered in black, orange and white, and there is a nice video presentation of it below.

source: MobileWatch

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T-Mobile announces myTouch as the next Froyo phone on its expanding HSPA+ network

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T-Mobile officially put a page up for its upcoming second HSPA+ handset. The T-Mobile myTouch will be an HTC-designed Android 2.2 phone with a 3.8″ WVGA screen, powered by the next generation 1GHz Snapdragon chipset – MSM8225. Since the chipset is the most powerful Snapdragon on a phone currently, it is worth noting that the manufacturing process is 45nm, which makes for blazing speeds on comparable battery life.

T-Mobile announces myTouch as the next Froyo phone on its expanding HSPA+ networkThe benchmark Quadrant scores of this same chip in the HTC Desire HD is 1974, which is very quick, partly due to the capable Adreno 205 GPU. Not Galaxy S-after-the-XDA-fix fast, but faster than stock Galaxy S with Android 2.1, and impressive nonetheless. Given the fact it is running Froyo, and we’ve reviewed Android 2.2 running perfectly smooth on the 600MHz chipset of the Samsung i5510, we don’t expect any hiccups in the interface. T-Mobile myTouch is quoted for 6hrs of talk time.

The handset comes with a 5MP camera with LED flash, and features Video Chat through the front-facing camera, working both via Wi-Fi, or via T-Mobile’s 3G/HSPA+ network. Real-time HD video share or broadcast is also made easy with the touch of a virtual button. The phone features probably the best voice recognition software currently – Dragon Dictation from Nuance – for dictating text messages, calling or accessing the web with the touch of an exclusive physical Genius button. Of course, you can always use Swype for typing, as it comes standard on the phone as well. The phone will ship with a few HD games out of the box – Rock Band, Asphalt 5, and Monopoly, which makes it an even more compelling package.

The T-Mobile myTouch will be available for the holidays – rumors are for beginning of next month, and will be offered in four colors – white, black, plum and red – with an 8GB microSD card included in the retail package.

In the same press release, T-Mobile announced the expansion of its HSPA+ network to more cities, so now you can grab your T-Mobile G2 or myTouch, and enjoy up to 14.4 Mbps speeds also in:

Biloxi and Gulfport, Miss.; Denver, Colo.; Huntsville, Ala.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Norfolk, Va.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Sacramento, Calif.; and West Palm Beach, Fla.

Very exciting handset, and we can’t wait to get our hands on a review unit for testing those HD video share and Video Chat features, as well as the voice recognition software behavior on the new Snapdragon. Which one would you get if you are on T-Mobile – the QWERTY G2, or the myTouch?

T-Mobile myTouch Specifications
T-Mobile G2 Specifications

source: T-Mobile

T-Mobile announces myTouch as the next Froyo phone on its expanding HSPA+ network T-Mobile announces myTouch as the next Froyo phone on its expanding HSPA+ network T-Mobile announces myTouch as the next Froyo phone on its expanding HSPA+ network

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Altek moving along with its Leo 14MP Android cameraphone

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The joy of open source is that you can tweak and tailor it to your own needs and desires. That is exactly what one of the largest DSC ODM companies in digital photography, Altek, has done with the Leo – a 14MP cameraphone running Android 2.1.

We haven’t heard from Altek Corporation since the summer, but now it seems that the product is been readied for launch in Europe in Q1 of 2011. We needn’t tell you that one of the biggest drawbacks of the smartphone as a convergence device is the crappy, smallish camera sensors with digital zoom, that ruin the photographic experience, and are usually only good for casual snaps.

Altek went the other way around. It leveraged all its R&D potential to build a camera with all bells and whistles of the modern digital photography, but slapped Android onto it, and included 7.2mbps HSDPA connectivity. That’s the beauty of Android – it can go into any device, and turn it into a phone.

According to the press release, the Altek Leo will feature a 14MP camera sensor with 3x optical zoom lens, xenon flash and built-in autofocus assist light. Besides still pictures, the camera also shoots 720p HD video at 30fps, and both are going through the latest Sunny 9 digital image processor. Having full-blown optical zoom on a phone is groundbreaking, but how will the the Leo function as a smartphone?

The gadget comes with a 3.2″ capacitive touchscreen with 480×800 pixels of resolution, accelerometer, digital compass and… handwriting recognition. Android 2.1 has been enhanced with applications for pictures and video editing on-the-fly, making it easier to edit photos before uploading them somewhere over USB, 3G, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

The Altek Leo is surely a looker with its aluminum-clad body, but we are wondering about the thickness, weight, and price, when it hits the stores through Altek’s channel partners in Europe. From the video preview of it below, the handset looks pretty thick, like a point-and-shoot camera running Android. Well, one has to make sacrifices for optical zoom, so we’d bet that Nokia is not too worried how the N8 will fare when the Altek Leo gets introduced. The Leo’s camera has a 1/2.3″ CCD image sensor, while the Nokia N8 has 1/1.83″, which is smaller, but still the largest in a slim smartphone. It will be interesting to make a shootout between the Leo and the N8, when they hit the markets.
source: Altek via AndroidAuthority


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Motorola XT720 firmware update pushes the handset to a 720MHz clock speed

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08Motorola MILESTONE XT720 owners in Germany and the UK surely have something forward to look to that’ll increase the processing performance of their handset and more.

On its Facebook page, Motorola announced that they are planning to update the firmware of the XT720 which will essentially boost its CPU to a clock speed of 720MHz – which is up from its usual 550MHz position right now. Additionally, owners are going to see DLNA functionality grace the handset as well which will enable them to share various content with other DLNA supported devices.

Even though it’s receiving a nice improvement with its processing prowess, it’ll be interesting to see how battery life performs now that the CPU is running a little bit faster. Still, owners will be more than thrilled to see Motorola quickly throw some love their way.
source: Motorola


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Acer Liquid Metal to bring brushed aluminum looks to Android lovers

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Acer is no stranger recently to high-end multimedia optimized Android phones with sophisticated looks, as it proved with the Liquid A1 and the Stream. The company seems to continue exploring that niche, if one leak on a Russian blog that reveals an upcoming Acer Liquid Metal device, is to be believed. Didn’t Apple just buy a company with that name recently, and can it sue? Kidding aside, the original Acer Liquid was the company’s first Android device, and now it is making the move to Android 2.2 with quite a distinctive industrial design.

The handset is certainly a looker with its mostly aluminum casing, and should feature a 3.6″ LCD display with 480×800 pixels of resolution. The system memory is decent at 512MB RAM/ROM, but Acer also throws in Bluetooth 3.0, and Dolby Mobile speakers. A camera of undisclosed resolution can be seen on the back, along with an LED flash. It is supposed to be powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7230 that is present on the T-Mobile G2, which means graphics capabilities will be up there with today’s best. The CPU is again clocked at 800MHz, instead of 1GHz, like on the G2, to enhance the battery endurance. Not a dealbreaker, as the performance of the updated Scorpion core is on par with the current 1GHz Snapdragon.

The Russian source says that only the back and edges will be metal, while the front will stay plastic, most probably to allow better reception. The Acer Liquid Metal will be offered in two color combos, but where, and at what price, remains to be announced.

source: Habrahabr via AndroidAndMe

Acer Liquid Metal to bring brushed aluminum looks to Android lovers Acer Liquid Metal to bring brushed aluminum looks to Android lovers
Acer Liquid Metal to bring brushed aluminum looks to Android lovers Acer Liquid Metal to bring brushed aluminum looks to Android lovers

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T-Mobile G2 officially announced with a 45nm Snapdragon inside, and new Google Services

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01After all the pictures and specs leaks, T-Mobile finally unwrapped the G2 – its highly anticipated successor to the G1, the first ever Android phone. The G2 is worthy of the G1 heir title, as it brings along two “firsts” – it is the first handset to take full advantage of T-Mobile’s 4G-like HSPA + network, and the first with the new power-sipping Snapdragon. The MSM7230 chipset has the Adreno 205 GPU, which elevates 2D/3D graphics to a whole new level, compared to the previous Snapdragon generation – the theoretical limit is four times the performance. That brings it almost on par with the Hummingbird found in the Galaxy S, so we can’t wait to test those claims. Qualcomm’s MSM7230 has the HSPA+ baseband modem integrated in the chipset, and it is of the 14.4Mbps variety in the G2 – again, these are theoretical speeds.

T-Mobile’s G2 will have all the rest of the prerequisites to be called a flagship handset. The 5MP camera is graced with an LED flash, and can capture HD video at 720p. It comes with 4GB of internal memory and 8GB microSD card, for a total of 12GB out of the box, which will come in handy for storing those HD video files.

The type of the 3.7″ screen is not specified, but it is most probably AMOLED with 480×800 pixels of resolution, as most displays of this size on the HTC handsets are. We know HTC had issues with the AMOLED supplies from Samsung, so we wouldn’t speculate what will end up in the T-Mobile G2. T-Mobile is listing only the size at this point. For navigating the screen HTC has included an optical trackpad underneath it as well.

The four-row keyboard has an interesting hinge mechanism, which looks quite comfy to use, and the three shortcut buttons we saw in the leaked close-ups yesterday, turned out to be exactly that – Quick Key buttons for easy access to Google shortcuts and applications. Speaking of which, the T-Mobile G2 is head-to-toes a Google phone, as can be expected from a worthy G1 successor. It runs stock Android 2.2 with no Sense UI overlays and seven homescreens. One of the panels is even strictly dedicated to one-click access to the Google applications. On the T-Mobile G2 this includes Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps with Places and Navigation, YouTube, Google Talk and also Google Earth, Google Goggles and some others.

The T-Mobile G2 is the first handset to offer a handy integrated Google Voice experience, allowing an account setup with your number from the home screen. Google Voice then automatically transcribes your voice messages into Visual Voicemail, present as text messages or email you can also read online. The Voice Actions feature of Google Search that we saw in a leaked ROM dump is also here, of course. It lets you control your phone with your voice for calling contacts and businesses, sending texts or email, browsing, listening to music, and other common tasks.

All these features should be executed in a snappy manner, considering the quick next generation Snapdragon inside, made with the 45nm technology. It is clocked at the recommended minimum for the chipset at 800MHz to make the most out of the battery. The juice pack is 1300mAh, unlike most other flagship devices, which have 1500mAh, but it still manages to rate at the decent 6.5hrs of talk time and 17.5 days of standby. And, to top it all off, the T-Mobile G2 comes in a pretty compact package at 4.7 x 2.4 x 0.6 inches (119 x 60 x 15 mm), but, of course, it weighs the hefty 6.5 ounces (184 grams), due to the slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

The G2 has it all to become the new favorite on T-Mobile, and we can’t wait to test those HSPA+ speeds and compare them to Sprint’s 4G handsets. The price is rumored to be $199 on a two-year contract, and availability is slated for the end of September. Unfortunately, the T-Mobile G2 is still not available for preorder, but the carrier is promising that it will be, in the coming weeks.
source: T-Mobile

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Samsung Galaxy Tab officially unveiled, we have a preview!

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Samsung Galaxy Tab officially unveiled, we have a preview!Samsung announced its worst-kept secret that has been floating around since June – a 7″ tablet running Froyo, called the Galaxy Tab. All the Google services are onboard, with a few of Samsung’s own improvements, taking advantage of the big screen. The same snappy Hummingbird chipset that powers the Galaxy S and its US carrier versions, is planted inside the Galaxy Tab, and TouchWiz 3.0 with Samsung’s Social Hub is layered on top of Android 2.2’s UI.

The tablet is destined to be compared with the iPad, but it is a different animal altogether, due to its smaller 7″ capacitive LCD display with 1024×600 pixels WSVGA resolution, and the fact that it is running Android 2.2. It feels more like the missing link between a smartphone and large tablets, like the 9.7″ iPad. When we add the cell phone capabilities, complete with front camera for video calling, the built-in memory, expandable up to 64GB (for the 32GB version), and the fact that it is both Adobe Flash and HTML5 capable, it becomes a very enticing offering, ready to give the iPad a run for its money. It is a much lighter and thinner device at 0.47″ (11.98mm) thickness and 13.4 ounces (380 grams) weight. Not to forget it also has a 3MP camera with LED flash on the back.

Samsung Galaxy Tab officially unveiled, we have a preview!Samsung has tailored the Galaxy Tab experience to take advantage of the large screen. The default Froyo calendar, for example, has undergone optimization for the fact that more things at once can be shown on a 7″ screen, than on a typical smartphone display. Numerous such improvements have taken place, and Samsung has thrown onto the tablet a few multimedia Hubs to make sure your time with the tablet is well spent. The Readers Hub gives you access to millions of books and thousands of magazines for reading on the go, and the upcoming Media Hub and Music Hub will be giving you the option to buy or rent tunes, movies and TV shows. Of course, video can also be sideloaded, given Samsung’s devices traditionally rich codec support, and the full HD video playback capabilities of the Hummingbird chipset. The 4000mAh battery is rated for 7 hours of movie playback.

To cap it off, the full Google services suite is present on the Galaxy Tab, unlike some half-baked solutions on other Android tablets or smartphones we’ve encountered. Google Maps Navigation beta makes it a 7″ voice-guided navigational device (in countries where turn-by-turn is supported), and the tablet has full access to Android Market and Samsung Apps, where we are positive applications will soon be proliferating for that exact same resolution.

Recently we had the chance to play with a Galaxy Tab prototype, so head over to our preview at phoneArena.com, complete with pictures and video samples from the 3MP camera. The Samsung GALAXY Tab will be available in Europe in mid September, and in other markets, including Korea, the US, and Asia, in the coming months. In a Q&A session Samsung officials have confirmed that there will be a variety of tablets coming from the company next year, including one running Android 3.x (Honeycomb). A full list of the Galaxy Tab specs can be found below, there is no official confirmation on the price range yet.
source: Samsung

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Rugged touchscreen Motorola Defy announced for Europe, will run Android 2.1 as the mere mortals

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03Now here is an interesting handset, Motorola. In the US, you dipped your toes in the insidious waters of toughened smartphones with the i1. Now, across the pond, you get yet another handset announced that is IP67 certified to come out unscathed from the battle with elements. A commendable achievement on a 3.7″ touchscreen handset running Android, we admit.

The Motorola Defy, as the name suggests, is not afraid to be dropped, scratched (Gorilla Glass), used in a sand storm, or submersed in water up to 3 feet (1 meter). Really not bad, considering it stays light at 4.16 ounces (118gr), and keeps a fairly slender 0.54 inches (13.8mm) profile with a capacitive touchscreen that carries 480×854 pixels of resolution.

The chipset is TI’s OMAP 3610 running at 800MHz, which should be enough for most purposes. Motorola still managed to slip in a 5MP camera with LED flash, so you won’t be missing moments out of those harsh environments you take the Defy to. It is not specified if the video capture is HD, but the frame rate is listed as 26-30fps, which should deliver smooth video, even if not 720p. The tough handset sports dual microphones for noise cancellation, which should make recorded videos clear sounding as well.

Every opening around the phone is cap protected, and there are screws tightening the case together to prevent those liquids from entering the innards. The folks at Motorola say that the possibility of upgrade to Froyo is being looked at, but there is no certainty so far what will follow. The Defy has the Swype text entry method preloaded as default.

It should be available in Europe at some point in the fourth quarter and, who knows, might make its way stateside as the rumored Jordan on T-Mobile.
source: Motorola


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Dell Thunder Android-running prototypes get the hands-on, casing looks great and the specs are Snapdragon

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02We saw a few pictures and video of the upcoming Android-based Dell Thunder the other day, and now it has received a hands-on preview of two early prototypes dated from April this year. The main design take from the physical exam is that the handset stays with the same classy chromed sides, soft-touch plastic and curved front glass we saw before, and liked.

The prototypes were having the 4.1” screen space occupied by regular LCD screens, one with 480×800 resolution and the other with something in the realms of 768×1280 pixels, which, if materialized in a production phone, will be more than the iPhone 4’s Retina Display in pixel density. Our napkin calculations came up with 364ppi density, while the iPhone 4 has 326ppi. Take those densities with a grain of salt, though, we don’t know what the production units will ship with. The screen was rumored to be OLED all along, and these on the prototypes look vanilla LCDs, but who knows, it might be exactly DELL stunning the world in that regard. Hope is what keeps us ticking.

Other than the screen, the rest of the rumored specs are confirmed from the prototypes – 1GHz Snapdragon chipset and 8MP camera with LED flash, no front-facing cam for now. The previewers found one of the prototypes to be of AWS frequency, which means T-Mobile might be getting the Thunder besides the originally cited AT&T. They also shot a wild guess that it might appear on Verizon or Sprint due to a software they found on one of the devices, called Qualcomm CDMA Programming. We wouldn’t be so sure about it based on that nugget, as the name of the company branch is Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, and Snapdragon is Qualcomm’s creation, so it might be just its general utility software for tweaking both GSM and CDMA basebands in its Snapdragon phones.

Nevertheless, on the software front things are not getting clearer based on the two units – one had Android 2.1, the other 1.6, but considering the rumors that the Thunder will ship with a Hulu app and Flash 10.1, the handset will probably be outed with Froyo onboard. There was no DELL overlay on top of the stock Android, so we will have to wait for the real deal to have a glimpse of the promised custom “Stage” UI.
source: Engadget

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Dell Thunder roaring for attention from pics and video

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That Android-based Dell Thunder from the leaked in April lineup has resurfaced in flesh and blood in somebody’s bedroom. The snapshots and the short video of the Thunder seem to confirm the 4.1” WVGA OLED screen, and the 8MP camera with LED flash.

The Dell Thunder is looking very chic on these pictures, and it seems like it will not only be turning heads, but could also offer a good Android experience, with its Snapdragon chipset, the custom Dell “Stage” UI, and a purported Hulu app.

The prototype in the leak is running barebones Android 2.1, but rumor has it that it will support Flash 10.1 content, which might mean one thing, considering also that Hulu runs on Flash – it should be shipping with Froyo when that time comes.

source: Engadget

Dell Thunder roaring for attention from pics and video Dell Thunder roaring for attention from pics and video Dell Thunder roaring for attention from pics and video
Dell Thunder roaring for attention from pics and video Dell Thunder roaring for attention from pics and video Dell Thunder roaring for attention from pics and video

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