Synapse-Phones, a German company, is now offering customizable Android devices for pre-order. Customers will be able to customize their device in the same way you would order a custom PC from Dell.
The Synapse Android device template will start with Android 2.2, a 1GHz processor, a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen (480×800), dual microphones, an aluminum frame, and a microSD slot.
You can then choose from features like new radios (i.e. 3G, LTE, WiMAX). You can also choose from different cameras, up to 12 megapixels, and either physical or capacitive buttons.
The more aesthetically inclined will appreciate the many color options, so you don’t have to purchase a cheesy aftermarket skin to express yourself, or pay an arm and a leg for a new housing.
The people have certainly demonstrated their interest in Synapse-Phones, overloading its under-prepared website. Devices starting at around US$410 are available for pre-order now (when the website is back up and running), and will ship by the middle of Q1 in 2011.
source: Synapse-Phones via Androinica
The Meizu M9 is an Android powered smartphone due to hit by the end of the year. One guy was lucky enough to go hands-on with the device that is said to be pitted against the Apple iPhone, and even some other devices running on Android.
According to a developer, the device rivals the speed found on the Samsung Galaxy S phones and their impressive 1 GHz processor that makes navigating the phone a breeze. Compared to the iPhone, the developer claims that the M9 came out on top in regards to web browsing speeds. The cameras were also put to the test, with the iPhone’s coming out on top in that head-to-head battle.
The Meizu M9 features its own custom user interface on top of the Android platform that the developer says is even easier to use than stock Android. Other than this, not much else is known. No word on screen-resolution, internal memory, nothing.
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.
Now that it seems that the AT&T bound Motorola Olympus will be the first Android device to run the Gingerbread OS, we are starting to see the leaks that usually start to appear before a product is introduced. Right now, we have a screen shot from an Android 3.0 device of questionable legitimacy. While this “about screen” is said to have come from the Olympus, we still have no confirmation that Gingerbread will be Android 2.5 or 3.0. You might also note the lack of a notification bar.
But the lack of this bar doesn’t totally rule out the picture as being the real thing. According to a so-called Android insider named Romain Guy, the photo you see of his home screen-also with no notification bar-is a stock and unmodified version of Android that runs on his Nexus One. He refuses to reveal which version of Android he is running, but we would imagine it is Gingerbread.
A convoluted story to be sure, but still plausible. Anyone care to share an opinion in the comments box below?
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.
The world edition of the Motorola DROID 2 is not far from being announced, it seems, since it appeared briefly on the Motorola website, before being pulled down. It will be a Froyo-laden dual-mode phone, with Verizon’s frequencies, plus quad-band GSM, which makes it usable in over 200 countries that have the GSM standard. But that is something, which the HTC Lexikon, also for Verizon, will do as well.
What is interesting about the Motorola DROID 2 Global seems to be the chipset. The specs read 1.2GHz, and that will make it the fastest smartphone currently on the market. Texas Instrument’s OMAP chipsets respond pretty favorably to overclocking, so Motorola enters the whole of fame here without much effort. Still, breaking the 1GHz barrier before the end of 2010 is an impressive feat.
On the specs front, the Motorola DROID 2 Global will sport a 3.7″ display with 480×854 pixels, 5MP camera with dual-LED flash, capable of HD video at 24fps, and 8GB internal memory plus 8GB microSD card in the box. The 1420mAh battery is rated for about 7 hours of talk time. Well, it is not the 9+ hours of the original Motorola DROID 2, but for these 0.2 GHz more one has to make sacrifices.