You might have heard of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). If not, it’s the organization responsible for the licensing of Bluetooth technologies. Well, it seems that it has just given a license to an HTC Android phone, named the Fiesta. After the news leaked to the media, the Android part was quickly replaced with the more generic “Handheld, Phone”, but we are not that easily deceived. The licensing documents were not very detailed to start with, so the only other information about the device is that it will be available in Asia, Europe and North America.
Now, with this information in mind, we see a couple of possibilities. First, the Fiesta is another name for the HTC Magic. It’s already known under several operator-specific names, so one more wouldn’t surprise us. Second, the Fiesta is a device that wasn’t in the leaked roadmap, or maybe it was there, but under a different name… If that’s the case then we have no idea if it’s even supposed to come to the market during this year, since it might very well be scheduled for a 2010 launch for all we know.
Rejoice Android users, Google loves you! Two of the features offered by the Internet giant are updated and will offer new functions and easier usage.
The Gmail for mobile now has a new rendering engine, which makes it faster and more feature rich. It can even be used if there is no internet connection. You’ll still be able to read recently opened messages, and even compose new ones. In order to manage messages easier, there is now a new the floating bar, that appears when you mark a message, follows you when you scroll up and down in your inbox and gives you access to functions such as archive, delete, and different types of marking (read, unread, add star). Additional improvements include the rearrangement of the search box and redesign of the Labels. Check the video below to see a demo of these updates.
And what about the Calendar functionality? If you have one of the two operating systems, you can now edit the events. You can change your attendance status, details, and add or remove guests. Just like the Gmail, this can be done even if you got flaky network – the Calendar will start up and show your last viewed events.
These new goods are supported by all Android-powered phones (well, they aren’t too many). They are available only in English for now, but more languages will be supported soon. Try them and share your experience with us. Is that the right direction for the mobile services?
A rumor has it that a new Sony Ericsson camera phone is on its way. Information is pretty scarce but it is currently known as the CS8, with CS most probably standing for Cyber-shot, and 8 for 8.1 megapixels. Sadly, nothing else is known about the mysterious device, except for that it may actually run on Android, which would be a quite interesting move by the manufacturer. As we have already informed you, the CS8 is said to hit the stores in June 24 with T-Mobile USA.
When the HTC Magic made its first trip through the halls of the FCC, there was no indication which U.S. carrier was going to pull the handset out of its’ hat. Over a month passes, and now we find the device back at the FCC but this time it is wearing the branding of T-Mobile USA. The phone becomes the first T-Mobile model to pass through the Feds with both the carrier’s 3G and UMA. Other specs include a 5MP camera, although the European version has 3.2MP one, and Wi-Fi. While availability date and pricing have not been mentioned, it looks like this unit has three choices for a name. There is the chronologically correct but sparse G2, the quaint Sapphire, or the mystical name being used in Europe – the HTC Magic. Does any of the names do it for you, or you have a better idea for this smartphone’s title?
After Acer has recently announced its debut in the world of smartphones, which took place at the MWC this year, the popular computer manufacturer is now rumored to introduce a phone, running on the Android operating system, in September. According to the Philippine Business Mirror newspaper, the handset is called A1 and will be one of four phones Acer is to debut this September. While this information is still unconfirmed officially, one thing is clear – Acer is a smart player. Entering the smartphone industry in first place was a wise move by the Taiwanese-based company, since this is still a progressing market. Announcing an Android-based product comes truly natural, since it is expected that Android would become more and more popular in the future.
It has long been thought that PC maker Dell would start producing a line of smartphones. According to stock market analyst Shaw Wu, who practices his craft at Kaufman Brothers, it is back to the drawing board for Dell after prototypes of the company’s smartphones were rejected by the cellular carriers. According to a story on Barron’s web site, Dell had produced prototypes of handsets running Windows Mobile and others running the Android OS. The carriers were not impressed, according to Wu, and they felt that there was not enough “differentiation” between Dell’s mock-ups and smartphones scheduled to be released by manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Nokia and Motorola among others. Wu’s sources tell him that the PC maker is not giving up and that the company is aware of the numbers that show that the smartphone niche of the cellphone business is expected to grow in the next two years despite the weak world-wide economy. With the increasing data gathering and crunching these phones can do, this sector of the industry is also taking business away from Dell’s computer sales. Now that other PC makers like Acer are pushing a strong line of smartphones, Wu says that Dell is working on designing a phone with enough differences to catch the attention of the cellular networkers. Another option for the company would be an acquisition of a cellphone manufacturer. Considering how low stock market prices are, there could be plenty of opportunities for Dell to buy their way into the industry.
With the G1 already on the market for months, the HTC Magic due out in Europe as soon as next month, and rumors of a new G2 model to be officially revealed soon, HTC is the leader in producing Android powered handsets. But the manufacturer soon could have competition from Samsung as the latter manufacturer wants to start competing with the Korean firm as soon as the third quarter of this year, and at the same time, become a top 5 producer of handsets using Google’s open source OS. To get the ball rolling, DigiTimes is reporting that leaked information from Samsung shows that their first Android based model (is it this one?) will resemble the Magic and both will use Qualcomm’s 3.5G chipset. A launch date, carrier availability, and pricing all were not mentioned. As we reported, HTC won’t be sitting on their laurels as they plan on producing two additional Android models in 2009 besides the Magic, according to company president and CEO Peter Chou who revealed this at a Merrill Lynch technology conference in Taipei. With all of this talk about producing more Android handsets, the winner is certainly going to be cellphone users everywhere.
Hola to all Android buddies out there! The first unofficial image of Samsung’s upcoming Android device has hit the streets. The picture has been taken at a presentation made at a dealer event in Amsterdam. The phone seems to sport the candybar form-factor, but there is always a chance that a super-handy side-sliding QWERTY keyboard may be hiding behind what we see on this “incredibly crisp and clear” image. The touch screen of the future device is said to incorporate the capacitive technology, which will allow for multi-touch functionality. According to the source, the handset will be powered by a 528MHz processor and will probably utilize a 3.2 or a 5-megapixel camera, microSD card slot and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP support. Google Maps with Street View and Latitude will also be on board. It is expected that there will be two versions of the phone: one designed to work with U.S. 3G networks and another with Europen/Asian 3G but… when? For how much? These are questions that do not lead anywhere for now
As you probably know, the Taiwanese manufacturer, HTC Corp, is the largest Windows Mobile smartphone manufacturer. Strange as it may seem, due to fact that other companies have not yet rolled out their Android projects (and still others have cancelled theirs), HTC is also the largest Android phone manufacturer, leading the chart with just one device, namely the G1. However, it seems that if things are going on this way, the situation in the end of the year may not be very different. It is said that at a Merrill Lynch technology conference, held in Taipei, the executive has been asked whether the rumors that HTC is to release five new handsets, running Google’s OS, were true. To this, Peter Chou, HTC CEO, has said that his company plans to release “at least” three Android-powered devices in the course of this year. Indeed, three sounds a lot more real to us, that’s for sure. The first one, the HTC Magic, which is more like a QWERTY-less variant of the G1, will soon be available with Vodafone in Europe, let’s just hope that the company will manage to deliver the other phones on time and that they would be more interesting.
Although not yet officially announced, the Evoke QA4 became Motorola’s hottest device. Initially, screenshots, design photos and a few specs have leaked and now the FCC says OK to it and publishes a few of its documents. Oh, we wish the manual showed more details!
However, a couple of its pages give us some really dirty thoughts – does the Evoke run on Android OS? Its main menu is opened by swiping from bottom to top (see image) and tapping on the top line gives “access to active status”, reminding us of the Android notifications screen. In addition, the manual mentions synchronization with Google Contacts, YouTube and Picasa.
We know Motorola plans Android phones, but is the Evoke the first one of them? Did the manufacturer completely redesign the OS, so that it looks funkier? Is the rumored 240×400 pixels screen resolution enough for Android? Can it work without hardware navigation keys? We are looking forward to seeing your comments!