San Francisco-based Cloud Telecomputers is working on bringing the cloud to business desktop phones using their platform Glass, a combination of Android and specialized hardware. Sporting an 8″ touchscreen, users can access calender information, manage phone calls, and track shipments, just to name a few functions. The phone also comes equipped with an HD speakerphone, Bluetooth connectivity for mobile phones, and Outlook support. Companies like Cloud Telecomputers are poised to transform the hum-drum business phone into a multimedia feature-rich powerhouse, and Android is a key component.
Google Labs has been hard at work and their newest creation is Listen, an app for U.S.-based Android handset users that “…quickly finds podcasts and web audio relevant to your searches, lets you stream over-the-air or download for later, and subscribe to fresh content from your favorite feeds and searches.” In essence, Listen is an app for searching audio files.
Listen is now in the Android Market and is ready to use once downloaded. Since it is a Google Labs app, it will receive numerous updates as Google interacts with users and their suggestions and/or bug reports. Give Listen a try and let us know how it works for you!
Thanks to the folks at tinhte.com, you can view numerous photos and some hands-on video of the HTC Click in action. Although the demonstration is mostly a run-through of current Android features, it is nice to see how the Click compares to other android handsets (like the current G1 and Magic). The video also reveals to us some specs information – the Click appears to have a 3.5mm headphone jack, microSD slot, 1100 mAh battery, GSM support, 2.8″ screen, and Donut. The price-point on this phone (<$100) should appeal to the masses and the Click should do well during the coming holiday season.
The iPhone had it first, bringing onscreen pinching and stretching to the masses. The Palm Pre also has it. Thanks to the former and imitated by the latter, multitouch is now the benchmark in the smartphone touchscreen experience.
We have reported in the past that two more Android updates are coming this year, one minor and one major, and we have learned from Reuters that the minor update is alleged to be Android 1.6 Donut and the major update, Android 2.0 Eclair, is alleged to include multitouch. Google’s multitouch for Android will likely debut on a Motorola release given Motorola’s pledged support to the Android platform and the rumored release is just in time for the holiday season. Buckle up, because things will continue to get interesting.
The rumor mill has been grinding away with more Android news, and the latest is the alleged announcement to come sometime this week that the Texas computer company Dell will release their Android-based handset in China. Dell’s Android phone will have a full touchscreen and should lack a physical keyboard. BGR claims their source has confirmed a device very similar to their rendering (pictured) and it is unknown what kind of special “tweaks” that Dell may bring to the party. We here at Android Arena will certainly report any news as it becomes available – hopefully coverage of the launch and a rundown of specifications. Good luck, Dell!
Can’t wait to see a new image of the Android-powered Motorola Shules (or Sholes) for Verizon? Well, PhoneArena has given you this opportunity. The image below is the first live photo of the device. Should we repeat the specs we know? A 3. 7-inch touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera, 3.5mm jack, 256 MB RAM and lots of little androids. Check it out!
Ah, Facebook – the phenomenon of social sites that has brought family members, old friends, and co-workers together from all over the globe. Finally, Facebook is about to launch their official app for the Android platform, and although more limited than the iPhone version, it is a welcome addition to the Android Market. It will utilize their new Stream API, providing both stream and status updates. Given the intense rivalry between Facebook and Google, it’s great to see that the rivalry did not preclude a little bit of working together to make Facebook on Android a reality. With so many Android handsets about to roll out, it’s a good move by the folks at Facebook to develop for this up-and-coming platform and hopefully more functionality will come in the future. Allegedly the app will be available as soon as the end of this week.
Thanks to Cloned in China, we have what appears to be the first leaked image of Philips’ first Android handset, the V808. Very little is known about the device, but it’s alleged to have a 3.2-inch HVGA display and 3.2 megapixel camera with video recording capability. Unfortunately, that’s about all we have so far as specs go, but at least there are a few pictures to get a better idea about this device. Should this device come to fruition, it has a minimalist design. Hopefully there are some surprises under the hood or some way the V808 will distinguish itself, otherwise it’s likely to be just another “me too” Android offering.
It’s small, it’s cute, and it’s powerful – all of which can describe both the mintpad multimedia device and our favorite little green ‘droid, the Android OS. The next gen mintpad from mintpass may depart from Windows CE and adopt the Android operating system. According to a mintpass account executive interviewed by Pocketables, the next mintpad will see some improved specs (larger screen, metal body, WiBro and GPS) and possibly Android, but at this time it is being considered but has yet to be chosen. Hopefully we shall see more mintpads in the U.S. and at a price point that will give Apple’s iPod Touch some real competition.
Android Donut has just been release to developers, and Google has packed it with some really good stuff. Along with CDMA compatibility for possible future Android handsets on Sprint and Verizon in the U.S., the rest of the update is reported to have the following:
Improved universal search
Changed connectivity bar allowing one-touch home screen control of WiFi, Bluetooth, etc.
WPA Enterprise encryption support
Other performance improvements
Several screenshots are available over at Android Community and as more information becomes available, we’ll post it here.