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Live photos of T-Mobile’s myTouch 3G – with Exchange support

by: Michael OrylJuly 8, 2009

T-Mobile myTouch 3G

I took some time to get a few live photos of the new T-Mobile myTouch 3G at T-Mobile USA’s launch event in New York city.  This is the first time I’ve seen the phone in merlot or black in person, and I have to say that I like both colors much better than the white that it will also be available in.  The merlot in particular was quite pretty, and the black made the device look even smaller – which ain’t a bad thing.

While the email client on the phone lacked Exchange support, I did get a chance to see the “Work Email” application on a personal myTouch 3G belonging to a T-Mobile exec.  I [...]

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T-Mobile USA: No plans to offer HTC Hero

by: Michael OrylJuly 8, 2009

At its myTouch 3G press event in New York, T-Mobile USA executives stated that the company had no plans to offer the HTC Hero that its European counterparts will offer.  That was a bit more direct of a statement than is typical, and is also a bit disheartening.

The myTouch 3G is based on HTC’s Magic, which has been available in non-U.S. markets for months.

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Google announces Chrome OS for netbooks. No love for Android?

by: Michael OrylJuly 8, 2009

In an interesting move last night, Google announced the new Chrome OS for netbook computers, something that seems to counter some of what is happening in the Android community.  The new light weight Linux based OS, which is an extension of the Chrome browser Google has been working on,  is set to go open source eventually, and Google is hoping that it will make its way onto netbook computers by the end of next year.

In a statement, Google had this to say about the overlap between Chrome OS and Android:

Google Chrome OS is a new project, separate from Android. Android was designed from the beginning to work across a variety of devices from phones to set-top boxes to [...]

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Motorola courting Android developers

by: Michael OrylJuly 7, 2009

Forbes has posted a rather long article on how Motorola is courting Android developers in preparation for its own Android based smartphones coming out eventually.  The piece is rather wordy and doesn’t contain much in the way of specific information, though.

It does describe the company’s MOTODEV online efforts, including the MOTODEV Blog, which has been posting a lot of Android related information lately.  The story also talks about Motorola’s Android developer meet-ups, which it sponsors by providing space, food, and drinks.

Most importantly, perhaps, is that it quotes Scott from AndroidGuys.com a couple of times, so the story earns a few points just [...]

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Guardian: Nokia bringing Android in September. Nokia: No way

by: Michael OrylJuly 6, 2009

The UK’s Guardian is reporting that Nokia is going to show its first Android powered smartphone at an event in September of this year.  The site quotes anonymous “industry insiders” as being the source for the information.

Considering that Nokia developed S60, the most popular smartphone system on the planet, and also has its own open-source Maemo OS being developed (and don’t forget its recent agreement to co-develop Moblin with Intel), this seems like pure fantasy.

Nokia appears to agree, having put out a statement through Reuters.

[via EngadgetMobile]

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Sony Ericsson “Rachel” Android phone to be an Xperia model?

by: Michael OrylJuly 6, 2009

Sony Ericsson "Rachel"

Mobil.nu claims to have received a few Sony Ericsson internal documents that show the company’s “Rachel” handset, an Android powered slab-shaped smartphone that sports an 8.1 megapixel autofocus camera.  According to Mobile.nu, the phone’s spec sheet includes a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU as well as a touchscreen display that is at least 4-inches in size (diagonally).  They also mention 7.2Mbps HSPA data rates and the ability to show 3D rendered graphics – presumably for games.

The site also mentions a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is nice, and a “mini-USB” port, which [...]

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HTC Hero approved by the FCC with AT&T 3G

by: Michael OrylJuly 3, 2009

HTC Hero

It appears as though EngadgetMobile has spotted a version of the HTC Hero with 850/1900MHz 3G support for AT&T’s network on the U.S. government’s FCC website.  This does not necessarily mean that we will see that version of the device sold in this country, though.  Often devices are approved by the FCC even when they don’t go on sale here.

So while this is certainly cause for hope, we had heard already that an 850/1900MHz UMTS version of the device was going to be available, so it could certainly just be a version headed to Rogers in Canada, for example.  We simply don’t know at this point.  Either way, we do [...]

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Android being ported to Samsung’s Omnia WinMo smartphone

by: Michael OrylJune 29, 2009

Love the Samsung Omnia, but hate Windows Mobile?  My friend, we’ve got just the thing for you, thanks to some hard working lads over at the Modaco forums.  It’s called Andromnia, and Android port for the Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia.

While these guys have Android starting up properly on the Omnia, there are still a large number of problems.  Some of them are pretty big (no phone calls, for example).  But with that said, It’s crazy that they got this project off the ground at all.

Kudos to you guys!

We can hope that once the port-job for the i900 Omnia has been complete that it might make things easier for porting to similar handsets from Samsung and [...]

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Google Adsense beta for Android and iPhone launched

by: Michael OrylJune 29, 2009

Ah yes, you’ve all been waiting for this, I’m sure.  Google has launched a beta test of its new Adsense advertising system for Android and iPhone.  This will allow app developers to place Adsense advertisiements into their applications that will earn them money when users click on them.

I can hardly wait to see ads popping up in my favorite applications! *cough*  Ahem.

It appears that ads will be targeted by keyword, location, and user demographics.  Pretty much like the regular online ads do in web browsers.  Fierce Mobile Content reports that advertisers will even be able to bid for specific ad placements in specific applications.

Developers who [...]

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Amazon UK offering HTC Hero pre-order for £429

by: Michael OrylJune 29, 2009

HTC Hero

It appears that Amazon UK has put the HTC Hero up for pre-order.  The phone is expected to be available on July 15, and the price is set at £429 for the unlocked version.  You can place an order yourself by visiting Amazon.co.uk.

[via Phandroid]

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