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.
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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.
Earlier today, we reported that the dual-core Tegra 2 powered Android device that was called the Motorola Terminator, or the DROID T2, is actually the Motorola Olympus MB860 and is heading for a potential launch on AT&T. And as if to back up this story, the handset has scored a certification hat trick by getting green lights from the Bluetooth SIG and the Wi-Fi Alliance and had previously been cleared by the UPnP forum.
Of course, with a bombshell device like the Olympus is expected to be, nothing is ever certain until it is introduced. While the sites all list the model as being a smartphone and not a tablet, the Bluetooth SIG changed the name of the unit to BT0001, suggesting that Motorola would like to keep a high layer of secrecy surrounding this phone, which is said to be the personal pet project of Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha.
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.
Well, well, what do we have here? It was only going to be a matter of time before someone, specifically China, would give birth to some kind of iPhone 4 knockoff for cheap, but this iPhone 4 look a like takes it a few steps further.
Selling for the price of $275, and that’s with no contract requirements, you’ll get an iPhone 4 knock off which eerily looks similar to the venerable smartphone. Although it doesn’t necessarily replicate the iPhone 4 in its entirety, since it’s apparently just a bit longer than the real deal, it does provide you a choice of which platform to run on it.
Sure it has a knock off iOS interface, which in fact is powered by the MTK6516 platform, but you can seemingly ditch it in favor of either running Windows Mobile 6.5 or Android 2.1. In addition, the handset even packs a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera, but we’d imagine that it won’t replicate the iPhone 4’s low lighting prowess.
In any event, this iPhone 4 knock off might impress some people with its ability to switch platforms, but it does make you wonder.
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.
Rugged phones so far never cease to amaze us with their ungodly looks, and old school operating systems. It was a race to the bottom, until Motorola started outing a rugged Android line. After the ho-hum i1 (in terms of specs, not endurance), Motorola decided to up the ante with the Motorola Defy, which is not only IP67-certified, but also a looker.
IP67 means it can withstand submerging in water up to three feet for 30 minutes, and come out unscathed. But don’t take our word for it, this has already been tested at the CTIA show, where Motorola provided the phone for dunking at will. Whew, rubber duckies are becoming increasingly complex.
Just yesterday, we reported that Verizon and Motorola had introduced the Motorola DROID Pro. During a speech made at the press event, CEO Sanjay Jha said that 34% of BlackBerry users are ready to jump to Android. Motorola obviously thinks that the BlackBerry-esque form factor of the new device will help businessmen make the decision to switch.
During his speech, Jha noted that there is not one device that can handle all the needs of a business user. As a result, Jha says that people are looking for a phone that “bridges the gap between work and play”. The CEO says that his company is now focused on the commerce segment with the result that “Motorola is ready for business.” Motorola Android devices are the first to offer additional security above and beyond what is capable of most Android flavored handsets, according to the executive.
Check out the video below for some snippets of the speech along with the introduction of the Motorola DROID Pro. Designed with businessmen in mind, Jha says that the unit will replace all of the devices people carry and replace them with just this one unit that combines features for both business and play. Does that sound like the aim of a certain Canadian based smartphone manufacturer?