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 notorious Windows and Android developers over at XDA-Developers have taken the newest Cyanogen Mod and ported it to an old but still very capable phone from HTC. The Touch Pro 1.
For those who don’t know, Cyanogen is the source of the most complete and formidable builds of the Android OS not coming straight from Google. Previous builds have also been ported to newer devices such as the powerful Windows Mobile 6.5-based HTC HD2.
The Cyanogen builds usually come fully loaded, just as a fresh Android built phone would. This particular one carries with it Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, standard phone and messaging functionality, data capabilities, etc.
The feat of porting CyanogenMod-6 to the HTC Touch Pro 1 was accomplished by an XDA member who goes by the name vatoloco. We suggest all of you Touch Pro 1 users send him a nice thank you for freeing your phones from their Windows constraints. Of course, you could also join him as the word is he is still looking for new team members (if you’ve got the skills, that is, we doubt he needs someone to make him a coffee).
More info is available at the XDA site, where you’ll also find step-by-step directions on how to pull off the installation. If followed correctly, your HTC Touch Pro 1 will run Android quite beautifully and give you an idea of what a little green Droid can do for you.
source: XDA-Devs via WMPoweruser
You’ve got to applaud the developer community for their hard work in aiding HTC HD2 owners with a stable build of Android, but now things are only going to get better. Now that it’s pretty much guaranteed that the long time Windows Mobile powered smartphone would be excluded from any Windows Phone 7 updates, the developer community took yet another daunting task in building a near perfect port of Android 2.2 Froyo. The new ROM that’s available is promised to be nearly flawless in execution seeing that it includes support for 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, camera with flash, and other essential basics to make it functional to use on a daily basis. The video put together by HDBlog.it demos most of the notable functions of the handset, like a working Google Maps Navigation, with the new custom UI running on the handset. So if you tired of the usual Windows Mobile experience, you can jump ahead of the pack with Android 2.2 Froyo on your refreshed HTC HD2.
source: HDBlog.it (translated) via SlashGear
Windows Mobile may not cut it for some owners of the HTC HD2, that’s why there are hackers working away diligently to try and get Android onto the handset. When you look at it closely, the HTC HD2 clearly has a visibly close relationship with its full blown Android brother found in the upcoming HTC EVO 4G. The development process is surely tedious, but fortunately it’s gaining momentum with an eventual reality of seeing the open platform gracing the device. The team over at xda-developers just overcame another hurdle in the process as they finally moved past the video player stage. Eventually there are owners out there just oozing with anticipation to finally see something like Android 2.2 fully ported over to give other Android sets a run for their money. No doubt that there is a lot of work involved in making this become a reality – and that’s why they’re collecting pledges for the effort. Sure it may not have 4G connectivity or a front-facing camera, but it would still be pretty neat to showboat Android running on an HTC HD2.
source: xda-developers via WMPoweruser
Taking the smartphone market by storm since the beginning of the year, the money train is looking to keep on moving forward for HTC as they expect some records to be broken in Q2 2010. The room for growth continually looks to be sunny as HTC hopes to see record revenues in Q2 with a 50 percent increase on shipments which would tally in at 4.5 million for the quarter. In this quarter alone, the Taiwan based company released 6 devices – one of them being a Windows Mobile powered handset; the HTC HD mini. Joey Cheng Cheng, HTC’s director of investor relations, said that Europeans and Asians are still more familiar with their Windows Mobile phones despite US consumers adopting Google’s Android platform with open arms. The Windows Mobile scene for HTC isn’t looking to back down any time soon as they expect to launch two additional devices – the HTC Tera and the HTC Trophy before the end of June 2010. Looking past the horizon, they’ve reconfirmed the notion that they’ll have a Windows Phone 7 smartphone by the end of the year. Even though HP may have gotten a hold of Palm, they’re still looking to lead the market with their premier offerings.
There is no denying that HTC is the hottest handset manufacturer on the globe at this moment. The Taiwanese based company has recently launched its Windows Mobile superstar HD2 in the U.S. and the Android powered Nexus One is about to launch a CDMA variant in the States for Verizon. Speaking of Big Red, the HTC Incredible is coming shortly. Overseas, the Desire is now out and we all have drooled over the HTC EVO 4G. Even without the full impact of all the recently launched and soon to be released models, the company reported earnings for the first quarter that exceeded estimates. While revenue increased 19% year over year for the three months, profits came in at NT$6.42 per share. That figure far surpassed the NT$5 to NT$5.50 per share that brokers had been expecting. As a result, Goldman Sachs reiterated its “buy” rating on the stock, while Morgan Stanley increased its target price. BNP Paribas Securities raised the number of units it expects HTC to sell this year from 14.5 million to 15.8 million phones. For 2011, the brokerage firm looks for HTC to ship 21.9 million handsets, up sharply from the previous estimate of 17.9 million.
Sometimes the novice smartphone user can easily get confused with the in-depth features found on some popular GPS turn-by-turn navigation apps out there. That’s where Destinator 9 comes in to save the day by offering a rich experience to mobile users running either the iPhone, Android, or Windows Mobile platforms. Some of its features include Google Local Search, real-time traffic updates, sticky POIs, NavStrip, and on board NAVTEQ maps. Simplicity is the name of the game for Destinator 9 as it allows for easier ways to find what is required to get to your destination with the least amount of effort involved in executing it. Not ending right there, it’ll even integrate some of the popular social mapping aspects like being able to send a friend your exact location or favorite POI. Right now, Destinator 9 is being made available with a free 30-day trial service of the app so you can gauge its level of performance over current ones that are out there.
We recently reported that an official for Mozilla had mentioned that the Android version of the browser would be ready by the end of the year. At the same time, he mentioned that the company was unsure on how to proceed with a Windows based browser. The company didn’t know whether or not to continue further with an Alpha version for Windows Mobile, or to start over with a Windows Phone 7 browser. Now, Mozilla has reached a decision and it is not good news for Windows Mobile users. The reasoning is simple. Microsoft is putting all of its mobile chips on the new OS which uses Windows CE6 as its platform. Mozilla has been doing some work toward that platform and says it could produce an awesome browser for Windows Phone 7. The only problem is that Microsoft has decided to close off development for native applications for the upcoming software, which won’t allow Mozilla to deliver a product for it. And with the guys in Redmond focusing on Windows Phone 7, Mozilla has decided to stop work on a Windows Mobile version of Firefox. Mozilla says that hopefully there will come a time when they can deliver Firefox for Windows Phone 7, but until Microsoft allows it, Mozilla will develop the platforms they can work on which means Firefox for Android and Firefox for Maemo will be the focus for now.
Opera Software is a global leader in mobile browsing technologies and its products have been adopted by more than 50mln. users worldwide. One of the major reasons behind the growing popularity of the software is it´s easily available for virtually all platforms. Moreover, all Opera browser editions are extremely snappy and utilize algorithms that significantly decrease the amount of generated internet traffic.
Both applications spent quite a lot of time in beta stage, but the company has now announced that the development of Opera Mobile 10 and Opera Mini 5 has been completed and they are ready for the wide audience. Great news, right? Cool! Sadly, however… the final editions do not support all mobile platforms. Opera Mobile 10 is available for Windows Mobile and Symbian S60, while Opera Mini 5 will bring joy to owners of Java-based and BlackBerry cell phones. We remind you that Opera Mini 5 beta for Android rolled out last week (take a look at our hands-on with the application here), while a Java-free version of Opera for Windows Mobile had appeared earlier. The latter editions are not finalized yet, but we expect to see this happen soon.
The official versions of Opera Mobile 10 and Opera Mini 5 can be downloaded via this link.
As soon as MWC was over, Expansys already was making pre-orders available for HTC’s latest handsets that were featured during the event – the HTC Desire, HD Mini, and Legend. Following closely, Amazon UK is now offering the same trio of handsets with some larger than life price tags associated with them – fortunately though, it’s looking like some of them will make their way to UK consumers by April 1 at the earliest. The powerhouse HTC Desire can be fetched for £528 ($795) while the uni-bodied HTC Legend can be taken for £400 ($602) – both having an estimated arrival date for April 1. If you’re a Windows Mobile fan, the HTC HD Mini will cost the least amount out of the three at £369 ($556) with an availability date of April 14. Of course you can dish out some serious cash now to guarantee yourself one of these bad boys before anyone on your block can find one in stores – plus you won’t be required to sign those lengthy contracts; but still expect to wait some time before the actual handset arrives at your front door.
source: Amazon UK (Desire, HD Mini, Legend) via Engadget