Posted on 30 September 2010
When it comes down to iDEN based Android handsets, there are very few available to choose from, but the Motorola i1 seems to be the sole offering for now – but as always, it would only be a matter of time before we begin to see more.
The case is looking pretty good as the FCC recently approved the iDEN based Motorola i886 which is one interesting Android powered device from a quick visual inspection. Not only does it stand out for being just an iDEN Android phone, but its choice of employing a traditional keypad and landscape sliding QWERTY are also eye catching. It’s definitely a form factor that we haven’t seen with any iDEN device running Android, but the Motorola i886 is packing some entry-level specs under its hood. It features a 2-megapixel camera, GPS, accelerometer, PTT, Bluetooth, and a microSD card slot.
Although it has been approved by the FCC, it’s not yet clear as to who will be offering this handset – but there’s a good possibility it’ll make its way to either Sprint or Boost Mobile.
source: FCC via Unwired View
Posted on 19 May 2010
Since staying tight on the feature phone path, Samsung’s line of Corby phones have been attracting the mid-end market with the plethora of devices Samsung has offered. Trends point to the all knowing fact that the market is moving towards smartphones – and that’s exactly where Samsung is expecting to go with their next Corby incarnation. Approved by the Wi-Fi Alliance recently, the Samsung GT-i5500 is reported to become the first Android powered Corby smartphone that’ll feature Android 2.1, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, unspecified sized touchscreen, and a camera that’s at least a 3-megapixel shooter. Expected to be named the Samsung Corby i5500, it was actually seen recently over at the FCC where it was missing North American 3G support, but there was an image that faintly outlines the future device. There is no official release date yet for the handset, but the Samsung Corby i5500 looks to make a splash alongside the Samsung Galaxy 3 i5800/i5801 some time “in the next coming weeks” and will possibly sport a €200 price tag.
source: Wi-Fi Alliance & FCC via Unwired View
Posted on 05 May 2010
From all appearances, it was just another phone getting a perusal by the FCC prior to being sold. But the FCC label apparently matches the one on the inside of the HTC Legend. What else can we discern from the filing? How about the radio frequencies? The FCC filing says the phone might end up with a carrier that supports the 850 and 1900 MHz WCDMA bands. This limits the potential carriers receiving the HTC Legend in North America to AT&T in the U.S. and Telus, Bell and Rogers up north. Adding to the circumstantial evidence is the similarities in the FCC’s ID numbers. The first time through the FCC, the number was PB76100 and the new filing number is PB76110. Put this all together and it looks like a living legend is AT&T bound.
source: FCC via EngadgetMobile
Posted on 04 May 2010
Rendering of the Samsung M910 that has appeared at FCC
Do you remember that exhaustive list of cell phones for Sprint that was leaked on the Internet? Yes? Cool. And what about that piece of news that had it the Samsung Moment2 resembled the original? You do? Hm… well, done!
You must be wondering what these two have in common, right? Well, the yet to be announced Samsung SPH-M910 has surfaced at FCC and we already suspected (that’s one of the things that got mentioned in said list of handsets for Sprint) the cell phone is none other but the Moment2. The rendering found in one of the documents resembles the shape and overall design of the device we saw in the leaked picture. Unfortunately, there is still no information on the hardware specifications of the M910. Supposedly, it will be based on Android 2.1 and TouchWiz 3.0. Now that it has received FCC’s blessing, we can expect to see the Samsung SPH-M910 hit the shelves soon, although not until the manufacturer has announced it officially, of course.
Posted on 29 April 2010
Remember that HTC Facebook poll regarding what name they should side with for their next Android phone that’s being regarded as “playful and full of youth?” It turns out that the winner was none other than the HTC Wildfire and it might actually be the new handset that was recently approved by the FCC. Going by the model name HTC PC70110, the device looks somewhat youthful with its daringly sharp blue accented slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Looking closer into it, we rarely get to see photos of approved HTC phones from the the FCC – so it makes you really wonder what is the exact reasoning behind it. As for the handset, it looks to support AT&T’s 3G bands (850/1900 MHz), but it could also be bound to some our Canadian friends to the north as well. Below the touchscreen, you can almost make out the same touch sensitive buttons found on the HTC Droid Incredible – leaving little doubt that it will indeed be an Android powered phone. And for the first time ever, we are seeing a trackpad being utilized on an HTC slider phone. The few buttons on the QWERTY that can be clearly seen from the images looks more like the ones found on the HTC Touch Pro2. Whether this is indeed going to end up becoming the HTC Wildfire, one thing is definite about it all – HTC is clearly on a roll and it doesn’t look like they’re slowing down any time soon.
source: FCC via Unwired View
Posted on 01 March 2010
Big Red’s lineup is about to get even more red and green seeing that a CDMA HTC-made smartphone with the model name PB99300 was passed by the FCC. This undoubtedly is the CDMA version of the Nexus One that Google officially announced during the handset’s unveiling back in January because the GSM/HSPA version is the PB99100. Now this may throw some customers in a deep pickle seeing that they’ll have to really sit down and think about their potential future purchase when they take into consideration the vast mix of top Android handsets that the carrier supports. The Nexus One for Verizon will follow suit with the others before it as the smartphone will probably sold directly through Google’s online store and offered at the same price; hopefully. Additionally, there are other rumored HTC Android powered handsets that’s expected to launch soon like the other Android 2.1 smartphone; the HTC Incredible. Considering that the Motorola DROID is still in the competition, customers again will need to weigh down all their options before making a finalized decision – from the looks of it, HTC definitely has a niche on Verizon’s lineup.
source: FCC via Unwired View
Posted on 25 February 2010
Although our Canadian friends up to the north will soon be getting one nice piece of Android powered hardware in the form of the Acer Liquid e smartphone, US consumers may soon get a portion of that love from Acer as well. Despite lacking any serious power under the hood when compared to the Acer Liquid e, it’s still pleasant to see that the Acer beTouch E110 is attempting to get its name out there in the US market. There’s no denying that Acer has a strong presence in the PC market already, but they’ll need to do some extra work before winning over the hearts and minds of US consumers. The FCC just approved today the Acer beTouch E110 which surprisingly has support for AT&T’s 3G network and is considered one of the company’s latest Android smartphones. It’s an entry-level smartphone featuring a 2.8” QVGA touchscreen, GPS, 3.5mm headset jack, 3.2-megapixel camera, 256MB ROM, 256MB RAM, ST Ericsson PNX6715 416MHz processor, and Android 1.5. Our European friends will be getting a taste of this handset first when it’s expected to be available some time in March with an attractive low price. Still, there’s no confirmation when this handset will actually make an appearance in stores for consumers to purchase over here.
source: FCC via Unwired View
Posted on 15 February 2010
Remember that AT&T commercial where diners had their AT&T smartphones replaced by Verizon branded models? There’s the shot of that lady waving the Motorola DROID back and forth, asking, “Where is my cool phone?” If web site ‘wireless goodness’ is right, that cool phone with the AT&T branding could very well be a GSM version of the Motorola DROID. The site just pointed out that comparing an FCC lab test of the DROID with a new Motorola device shows some positive connections between the two. First, both models use the same exact battery, SNN6843A. The DROID carries FCC ID# IHDP56KC1 and the mystery device is known as IHDP56KZ2. The latter unit is loaded with AT&T’s WCDMA frequencies and taking that into consideration along with the similarities of the two devices-including the battery-suggests a version of the DROID could be AT&T bound. Now this is obviously quite a long shot and it should be pointed out that the DROID shares the same battery as its stablemate Motorola CLIQ. The only thing is that the CLIQ is already quadband GSM and as the site points out, it is unlikely that Motorola would make a new CLIQ just to add AT&T’s bands. So for now, Matlock fans, we have us a mystery. The lady in the ad might be happy to know that her cool device might already be in her hands.
source: FCC via wirelessgoodness
Posted on 09 February 2010
The Nexus One’s wrath upon would be T-Mobile deserters will now be less imposing as it was initially – it won’t break the bank if you plan on jumping ship off your contract. Previously owners would have to dish out a hefty price of $350 if customers cancel or downgrade their T-Mobile contract within the first 120 days of owning the handset; this does not include any changes to the carrier’s own ETF policy – which is $200. Starting today, Google lowered the Nexus One’s ETF from $350 to $150; so basically you end up paying for a full priced Nexus One – so why not just buy it outright from the start? This new change comes after an FCC inquiry into the out-of-control termination fees associated with the smartphone. Although Google may not enjoy knowing that people can sell phones purchased under a contract and make a profit, they claim to not make any money off of equipment recovery. Some may consider the difference in dropping their service a small victory; they still end up paying $150 for having second thoughts about the contract or phone.
source: Wall Street Journal via Gizmodo
Posted on 01 February 2010
If you remember, the idea behind the Nexus One was to change the way phones are distributed in the U.S. with the retailers and the carriers bypassed. Unfortunately, thus far the N-One hasn’t been able to totally accomplish this change because of the current radio set-up in the device, which limits 3G coverage to T-Mobile’s frequencies. Today, an FCC label was discovered on a new FCC filing for a phone with FCC ID NM899110 while the N-One has an FCC ID of NM899100. That is only one digit off of the phone in the new filing which could lead a suspicious mind to think that the new filing is a variant of the Nexus One. And the suspicions could be fed by noting that the new filing covers a device that includes 3G coverage on WCDMA bands I, II and V. Those bands cover AT&T in the U.S. and Bell, Rogers and Telus in Canada. Now what would a suspicious mind think?
source: FCC (old label), FCC (new label)