Posted on 20 October 2010
All throughout the Summer and Fall, we have seen videos and pictures of the BlackBerry Bold 9780. It sounds like the handset will finally get launched in a matter of weeks when Canadian carrier Bell Mobility offers the phone starting November 2nd. It will be the first BlackBerry Bold to feature the new BlackBerry 6 OS and the first Bold unit to give users the much improved surfing experience inherent in the WebKit browser.
A leaked internal document meant for Bell reps eyes only, says that not only are the above two facts key selling points, reps should also tell customers that the BlackBerry Bold 9780 is the first Bold to offer a 5MP camera and support 512MB of RAM.
The handset, available in black or white, is equipped with a 2.44 HVGA screen with resolution of 480 x 360 pixels. The document did not mention any subsidized pricing and off contract, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 costs $499.99.
The very next day, November 3rd, Bell will launch the HTC Desire Z. The phone supports the carrier’s HSPA+ pipelines and is Bell’s first model to come preloaded with Android 2.2. This allows the handset to feature a Mobile Wi-Fi Hot Spot, improved Exchange security and faster browsing speed.
The HTC Desire Z will be the first smartphone in North Amerca to feature HTC Sense 2.0 which allows users to wipe their phone remotely from any computer. It also allows for users to read text messages, contacts and missed calls from any browser. Similar to the T-Mobile G2, this model has a second generation 800MHz Snapdragon processor, a 3.7 inch screen and a unique pop-out QWERTY keyboard. Priced at $499.99 off contract, there are no indications yet about subsidized pricing of this phone.
source: BGR (BlackBerry Bold 9780), BGR (HTC Desire Z)
|BlackBerry Bold 9780 (L), HTC Desire Z (R)
Posted on 20 October 2010
We recently reported that a Yahoo Messenger app had been released for the Apple iPhone equipped with video chat. Unlike Face Time, Yahoo’s video chat service works just as well over 3G as it does over Wi-Fi. Although Yahoo’s intentions as to when a version for Google’s open source OS would be launched was not revealed, those willing to download a couple of files can warm up the front facing camera on their Android powered phone and start to video chat.
Thanks to MatthewJulian over at Xda-developers, a large file was extracted from a leaked T-Mobile myTouch 4G ROM. That’s not the only gold discovered while panning through the ROM. On Monday, we told you how a 50 second video promo for the handset was discovered-also from the ROM.
Because the file is huge, it has been cut in two easier to digest slices. Take your Android browser and head to Part One. When you’re done with that one, head over to-all together now-Part Two.
After the installation of the program, just remember that you have video chat on your phone. If you have your front facing camera on, telling your significant other that you’re at the library when you are really at the local strip club is no longer going to work.
T-Mobile myTouch 4G Specifications
Posted on 20 October 2010
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.
Posted on 15 October 2010
After Motorola introduced the BlackBerry-esque DROID Pro with its global reach, many were surprised. For a world tripping Android device, most had expected the Schaumburg based manufacturer to offer a refitted version of the DROID 2, with enough internal radios to handle global roaming, to be introduced as the DROID 2 Global. Now it seems that those who had written off such a model following the DROID Pro’s introduction, might have been premature.
Found in the VZLearn employee training system, used by Big Red’s reps to learn all about a handset online, is none other than the Motorola DROID 2 Global. The other day, some specs for the device were posted and quickly taken down on Verizon’s site.
According to the information, the DROID 2 Global is your basic DROID 2 with a quad band antenna, a 1.2 GHz processor and a redesigned QWERTY keyboard. A 5MP camera is on the back with dual flash and AF. The device will ship with Android 2.2 aboard, offers support for Exchange and POP3/IMAP4 email, and accepts microSD cards for 32GB of added memory. Of course, with the phone removed from Motorola’s site, we have no information on pricing or possible launch date.
We can assume though, that if the reps are now getting trained on the Motorola DROID 2 Global, a formal introduction followed by a launch cannot be too far away. And all that will be left to do is to make a big decision. Will you go for the ‘Berry-esque portrait QWERTY keyboard equipped Motorola DROID Pro with its 3.1 inch screen, or will you go for the bigger 3.7 inch display and the landscape oriented QWERTY slider that will be found on the Motorola DROID 2 Global?
source: Engadget via ubergizmo
Posted on 15 October 2010
This is supposedly an un-altered stock Android OS
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?
Posted on 08 October 2010
Last we heard, Garmin-Asus gave themselves a target of 6 months to really turn around things for their phone business – or else, they’ll completely exit of the phone business altogether. However, it looks as though they’ll be cranking out a few devices beforehand to see whether or not they’ll have the capacity to compete in this ever growing market.
It appears that Garmin-Asus will launch either one or two Android powered smartphones before the end of the year – but it’s going to make its presence in the Taiwan market. Apparently the Garmin-Asus A10 is selling well over there, so that’s probably why they’re attacking that market in the near term.
Specifically, the A10 managed to rack up sales of 3,500 units in September and it’s positioned to hit the 3,000 mark in October. Plus, they’ll also promote the handset heavily in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Indonesia, and Eastern Europe. Since the A10 seems to be a popular catch in those markets, the company intends to release a new version of it that’ll integrate an EasyCard by Taipei Smart Card Corporation which will allow owners to use their device to pay for public transportation.
Finally, they’ll also be in the works with some Windows Phone 7 device down the road, but they don’t plan on launching it until some time in the first quarter of 2011 – which is still well within that 6 month time frame of turning things around.
Posted on 05 October 2010
It’s hard to gauge whether or not the latest round of handset manufacturers diving head first into the tablet market are really looking at the existing landscape when it comes down to pricing. It’s almost hard to fathom that some of these upcoming tablets are literally going to situate themselves in pricing levels that might ultimately put them out of commission in truly being a competitive device.
For the longest of time now, everyone is still curious to see what Samsung will do when it comes down to pricing for their upcoming Galaxy Tab. However, it looks as though that some retail insiders over in Europe might provide us all some additional details surrounding this still mysterious aspect.
The DSG Group, which is the company behind popular UK retailers such as Currys, Dixons, and PC World, offered up the notion that the off-contract price for a SIM-free Samsung Galaxy Tab will be £599.99 ($950). Yeah, you heard that right, it’s suspected to launch at a price that some might consider to be death in a way. Still, we’ll have to wait for the official word before any judgment can be bestowed upon it.
Naturally, carrier subsidies will come into play in greatly reducing the price of the Android powered tablet when it’s released. Everything seems to hinge on the actual price for the device, but as we’re already beginning to see, the tablet market is surely heating up with plenty of suitors looking to make their mark.
Posted on 04 October 2010
Lately, it seems that everyone is working on bringing 3D to cell phones. We recently reported about some new technology expected to be available next year that will bring glasses-free 3D to cell phone screens. Now, another company called Spatial View has gone as far as submitting an app to Apple’s App Store called 3DeeCentral.
The app contains a library of movies that can be viewed in 3D on iOS and Android models with the help of a thin screen that is placed over the phone’s display. The cost of the screen is expected to come in for under $20 and be available this fall.
Business Insider tried out the service and said, “We don’t expect this to sweep the nation overnight. For one thing, it looks like the library of content will be fairly sparse to begin with. And the 3D effect isn’t as compelling as it is on a larger screen using glasses. But we just tried it out, and it was real, live 3D right there on the phone. And that was awesome.” Sounds like we have something to look forward to this fall.
source: BusinessInsider via RedmondPie
Posted on 04 October 2010
With it still being fresh in the minds of most European consumers, the HTC Desire HD is looking to be bound with Vodafone UK after the handset was recently spotted in the new Vodafone catalog.
This should bring some delight to customers who are looking to check out the latest offering from HTC’s camp, but there is still no indication on when the carrier plans to officially launch the Android powered smartphone. In fact, Vodafone UK joins T-Mobile UK as the mobile operators in the country that are positioned to sell the device.
When is comes down to pricing, Vodafone is pretty good in the department since a handful of high-end devices are offered for free on select monthly calling plans – so the HTC Desire HD would probably follow suit as well.
Posted on 30 September 2010
Wall Street powerhouse Morgan Stanley is bullish on smartphones. With the momentum behind Android and the iPhone 4 plus next month’s launch of the Windows Phone 7 operating system, the brokerage firm has raised its estimate of smartphone growth by a stunning 11%. While Morgan Stanley was originally expecting year over year sales to increase 42% in 2010, their analysts now predict a 53% gain in smartphone purchases in 2010.
Of the smartphone operating systems available, Android has the most momentum amongst them. According to Morgan Stanley analyst Ehud Gelblum, Android will have 24% of the entire pie, more than double the 10% that Google’s open source OS earned by the end of last year. With the difficulty in analyzing a new operating system and the required hardware, Gelblum has gone out on a limb with his call that Windows Phone 7 will control 7% of the market by year’s end.
The analyst expects a minor decline in the iPhone’s share to 15.3% at the end of the year versus 16% at the end of 2009. The biggest decline, according to Morgan Stanley, will come from Nokia. The Finnish firm’s share of the smartphone market is expected to drop to 32.8% from 38% a year ago. Also in the loser’s column is Research in Motion. The Canadian based manufacturer of BlackBerry devices should see its share fall to 15.7% at year’s end, against a reading of 18.5% as 2009 ended.