Straight out of Twitter comes the rumor that the Google phone is real and has been handed out en masse to Google employees. TechCrunch broke the story Friday night and the #googlephone messages continue to flow. Lots of information and misinformation floating around but what we can glean with some certainty is that Google employees, perhaps many or perhaps just the engineers, were given a not-yet-seen HTC Android handset. The handset is reportedly smaller than the Hero with a brushed metal back and the smooth lines of the iPhone. It is a full touchscreen phone and is running Android 2.1, which features some new animated wallpapers. Whether this is truly the rumored Google-branded [...]
In an informal and non-committal manner, Sprint announced today via Twitter that the HTC Hero and the Samsung Moment will be updated to Android 2.0 in the first half of 2010. Both handsets are still running stock Android 1.5 and are lagging a bit behind the current crop of handsets which are rocking Android 2.0. Let’s hope all parties involved stay on top of things and get these updates into the hands of consumers sooner rather than later.
Qik has updated the Android version of its popular live streaming application for mobile phones. Included in the update is a special treat for Motorola DROID owners – the ability to capture a DVD quality (720×480) stream. Sweet! Updates for Non-DROID owners are more practical than flashy and include bug fixes to improve performance and lower battery consumption. All present and future Qikkers out there can download either the updated application from the Android Market or the APK file directly from Qik’s website. Happy high-res Qikking!
If FCC approval is any indication, then AT&T may finally be launching some Android devices in 2010. Two hot new handsets, the Dell Mini 3ix and the Acer Liquid A1, have recently received the FCC rubber stamp of approval, with both handsets including support for AT&T’s special flavor of 3G. We knew Dell had plans to launch their Android-powered smartphone in the US, but the recent discovery of a NAM variant of the Acer is exciting. Remember that approval is just one step of many that a manufacturer must take prior to releasing a device, it is not a guarantee that a device will actually launch. Nonetheless, we are keeping our [...]
Sales of the Motorola Milestone, the European version of the Verizon Wireless Motorola DROID, began on December 10th and the popular Android handset flew off the virtual shelves of online retailer eXpansys. The UK retailer confirmed that its entire inventory of the Motorola Milestone sold out within 2.5 hours, making the Milestone the fastest selling product ever in the retailer’s eleven year history. eXpansys also received one thousand pre-orders for the Milestone and has increased its order to Motorola twice. Good news if you missed this first round of sales, eXpansys expects to have another shipment in hand and ready to sell [...]
When Aymar de Lencquesaing, head of Acer’s mobile phone division, said last month that Acer will be offering a “much more balanced” portfolio in 2010, most people understood that statement to mean that Acer would be releasing a few additional Android handsets, perhaps as many as 4 to 5 in 2010. We are happy to report that this original estimate was a gross miscalculation. Acer confirmed on Thursday that it has up to six Android handsets on the table for release in the first half of 2010. The handsets will be broken down into three price levels (high-, mid-, and entry level) and will include both consumer oriented and business focused [...]
Right on time, Bell officially launched its first Android handset, the Samsung Galaxy. The Bell-branded Galaxy offers a 3.2 inch AMOLED screen, a 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, microSD slot (up to 32GB), a 3.5mm headphone jack, and Android 1.5. All this and more can be had for $99 with a three year contract. Any Canadian readers out there who are going to take the plunge?
Dell’s Android tablet, previously revealed as the Streak, may be formally introduced in January at CES 2010. The Streak features a 5 inch, 800×480 touchscreen, a 5MP camera with dual LED flash, Android 2.0, and a bunch of other goodies including WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity. The Streak is rumored to be launching in the UK sometime in early 2010. Considering that the source of the rumor is based in the UK, only UK information is revealed. Hopefully, Dell has similar launch plans for the US. Any US-based insider care to confirm or deny the Streak’s imminent launch here in the States?
A Mr. Blurrycam image and the initial specifications for the Motorola Motus were leaked last month. The Motus was revealed to be an Android 1.6 smartphone with an unusual reverse flip keyboard and a rear directional touchpad. A tipster over at Engadget apparently had some hands-on time with the Motus and has shed some light on some of the unusual features of this phone. Hit the jump for all the new details that he or she revealed.