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According to a press release, media player maker Archos is planning to unveil an Android based smartphone in an “internet tablet” form factor that will offer users a fully function 3G phone experience as well as provide them with the high-quality Archos multimedia experience we have come to expect from the company. According to Pocket-Lint, the device will sport a 5-inch touchscreen display and a built-in storage capacity of up to 500GB (hard disk based, obviously).  The device is said to measure 1cm thick and will offer high-speed HSDPA and HSUPA downloads and uploads on compatible 3G networks. The new…

According to Hayo Lücke at BasicThinking.de, O2 Germany plans to offer 6 to 8 Android OS based smartphones to its customers by the end of the year.  Lücke attributes the information to an unnamed O2 XDA product manager  he claims to have spoken with at O2′s Innovation Days 2009 event in Munich.  Lücke says that the product manager was not willing to say when O2 would start offering Android phones. For others of you out there that can also read German, here’s an excerpt: Offiziell wollte es der Marketing-Chef zwar nicht verraten, aber der für die o2 XDAs zuständige Product-Manager…

Earlier today HTC announced that the HTC Dream, the device known as the T-Mobile G1 in many parts of the world, would soon be available to SingTel and Optus customers in Singapore and Australia, respectively. While HTC did not announce an availability date or pricing for the SingTel launch, it said that the phone will be available to Optus customers starting on February 16th with pricing starting at AU$59.

Well well, it seems that two OHA members have announced that they will be working together on new phones.  Garmin and ASUS will be co-developing and marketing the nuvifone series that Garmin announced this time last year at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. Garmin says that ASUS was its ODM partner from the start, so it makes some sense for the two of them to work together.  As a result, the original nuvifone has been renamed the Garmin-ASUS nuvifone G60, and the two companies have said that they will announce a new model in Barcelona later this month…

File this one with other earth shattering concepts like “the sky is blue”: Neville Ray, T-Mobile USA’s senior vice president of engineering, confirmed to Fierce Wireless that his company is planning, among other things, more G series smartphones. So we haven’t seen the last of Android based smartphones from T-Mobile USA.  Whod’a thunk it? [via MobileBurn]

Just received a note from the people at Kogan. The company has confirmed that the Agora Android phone is being redesigned, which is great, and it is also offering a few bonuses to those of us that had pre-ordered, and never received, the original. For starters, those that had pre-ordered the original will get an AU$30 credit towards the purchase of a redesigned Agora smartphone, when it becomes available.  On top of that, those same would-be purchasers will get what Kogan is calling “preferrential allocation”, which means that they will be sent a phone from the very first batch of…

We just received a note from cell phone manufacturer General Mobile telling us that it plans on showing off the world’s first dual-SIM capable Android powered phone at the 2009 Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona next month. The phone, called the DSTL1, is shown in a few renderings in the gallery below.  Astute readers will note that the button configuration on the phone, as shown, won’t fly for Android.  Android phones currently need 5 hardware buttons in order to work (home, back, menu, call send, call end).  General Mobile says that the front of the phone will change from…

Over at PCWorld.com, news is flowing about Samsung’s love for Android. As a fully fledged member of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), Samsung are undoubtedly due an Android handset sometime this year. Picking an actual date, however, has proved rather tricky. In a quote given on Friday 23rd January 2009, Samsung confirmed their intentions to expand their line-up of touch screen phones and also improve functionality through the inclusion of various different phone operating systems. Samsung already offer some phones with Windows Mobile, Linux and Symbian, so “In the first half of this year” we may expect to see an…

I just received a note from T-Mobile’s PR firm that says that the T-Mobile G1 will be available in all T-Mobile retail locations as well as “eligible” retail partner locations starting on January 24. This means that you don’t have to live in a 3G coverage area in order to check out the G1 in person before you buy one.  Currently people outside of T-Mobile’s 3G coverage area can only purchase a G1 if they order one from T-Mobile’s website.

No, not my own hands-on impressions on the HTC Sapphire, sadly, but those of somebody I trust.  I’ll not go into details, in order to protect her identity, but let’s just say that it makes perfect sense that she would have access to this phone. Bear in mind that these comments are about a pre-production device, and much can happen between now and when the device gets released for real.  But here’s what my source said (paraphrased): The OS looks pretty much like that on the G1 (for now, at least) The phone body itself looks nice, and has a…