Samsung just sent me a video file of a teaser spot for the new Galaxy Tab Android 2.2 tablet that the company is going to officially launch on September 2 at the IFA event in Berlin. The tablet features a 7-inch touchscreen display and supports video calling. MobileBurn’s Todd Haselton will be at the event and should be able to provide us with some good live coverage. Stay tuned.
In slightly better firmware update news from Motorola than what we’ve been getting, the company has stated on its Support Forums that the European version of the Motorola Milestone (the DROID in the U.S.) will get an Android 2.2 Froyo update sometime in Q4 of 2010.
[via Arne Hess]
According to a recent post by a Motorola employee on the Motorola Support Forums, Moto has been having a bit more trouble getting OpenGL working on the CLIQ, CLIQ XT, and BackFlip than expected, which is delaying the already long delayed update to Android 2.1 for these devices, which was originally promised for Q2 of 2010. The statement reads as follows:
The quality of experience for consumers is a top priority in providing upgrades to our current product portfolio. In working through Android 2.1 upgrades for CLIQ, CLIQ XT, and Backflip, certain hardware configurations have been limiting upgrade capabilities. We are currently integrating and testing HW drivers essential for [...]
I posted my review of the Motorola DROID 2 for Verizon Wireless on MobileBurn yesterday afternoon. Here’s the intro from the full Motorola DROID 2 review:
When Verizon first launched the original DROID by Motorola, it marked the carrier’s first step into the world of Android smartphones – and it was a good one. The DROID, like the DROID 2 we review today, features a large 3.7-inch WVGA resolution touchscreen display and a slide-out 4-row QWERTY keyboard in a design with subdued styling.
Just as the original DROID was a good device, so is the new DROID 2. It still has all of the basic features [...]
Not much to say here, since I say it all in the video. Here’s part 1 of our Samsung Epic 4G smartphone video review. Part 2 will be coming along in the next day or so.
T-Mobile USA just announced, via its Twitter account, that the Motorola Charm Android smartphone will be available starting on August 25. The device has been delayed for a while, but we figured it would be coming soon since it was just made available for Telus in Canada.
It’s almost time! Get the affordable @Motorola CHARM, our latest Android smartphone w/ touch screen + QWERTY, August 25!
You can read more about the device on T-Mobile’s website.
Today T-Mobile USA revealed that its first HSPA+ powered 3.5G smartphone will be called the G2. It launched a teaser page saying as much. No real details are there, not even a photo, but the company said that more info will be coming in the next few weeks or so.
As luck would have it, that coincides with an HTC event in London on September 15th, that we expect to be the launch of the HTC Desire HD, which would make a fine G2 for T-Mo.
CNET is reporting that the CEO of ASUS, Jerry Shen, said that his company was planning to offer an Android based Eee Pad tablet in March of 2011. The comment was made during the company’s recent earnings call. Shen said that the device is planned to retail for US$399.
No specs for the upcoming device where mentioned.
ASUS already has two Windows based Eee Pad tablets scheduled for launch in January of next year.
Google just announced some cool new functionality for smartphones running Android 2.2 Froyo, like the new Motorola DROID 2 that I received this morning. Voice Search lets you use your voice to dictate messages, look up maps, play music, and even send yourself a note – all from one voice command.
Chrome to Phone is an extension for Google’s Chrome Browser that sends phone numbers, page URLs, YouTube videos, and Google Maps to your smartphone with the push of a button on the browser. It is very cool.
Both Voice Search and Chrome to Phone are available for free for Froyo devices in the Android Market. The Chrome extension can be found here.
Well now, this is a pleasant surprise. Today Cellular South announced that it is now offering the Motorola Milestone to its customers for $149.99 (after mail-in rebate). The Milestone name had been used only by the GSM/UMTS version of the CDMA Motorola DROID that Verizon Wireless offers. This Milestone, however, runs on CDMA networks, which means it has basically a DROID with a different name.
The Cellular South Milestone ships with Android 2.1 loaded, and offers the same 3.7-inch touchscreen display as the Verizon model. Other highlights include a 5mp camera with dual-LED flash, support for 32GB microSD [...]