Baidu, the Chinese counterpart of Google search, has announced of its plans to create its own OS for its consumers. Although it has already replaced Google apps and services on Android phones in China, the company is targeting a new OS that will follow the formatting and style of the Android OS.
Baidu said they will compete against Google Places with their own Maps, provide consumers with an ebook reader app that’s similar with the Apple’s iBooks, and its own music player. The company is also planning to add apps with a Chinese character input tool to cater their target consumers’ needs.
Aside from competing with Google, Baidu is [...]
Those three mystery Android devices that kept appearing over the past few weeks have finally been given a name and a destination. The trio include the MT710, the XT701 and the XT800 and all three are slated for launch in China in early 2010. Each handset will land at a different carrier with the MT710 headed to China Mobile as part of its OPhone platform, the XT701 headed to China Unicom, and the XT800 headed to China Telecom. With their 3.7 inch, 854×480 touchscreen displays and 5MP cameras, these handsets are on the fast track to success. Hit the jump for the full specs and press photos.
[via AndroidandMe and Engadget]
We saw the Motorola MT710 last month when detailed specifications on this Android OPhone-powered handset were revealed. The MT710 is chock full of features, including a 3.7 inch capacitive FWVGA touchscreen, a Marvell PXA310 624MHz processor, 3G connectivity via China’s new TD-SCDMA standard, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi, a 5MP camera with autofocus and dual LED flash, and CMMB mobile TV support. Looking very much like a keyboard-less DROID, the MT710 will run the OPhone OS 1.5 and is slated to launch with China Mobile on December 28th. Any of our Chinese readers out there going to be ringing in the New Year with this handset in their [...]
The folks at Zumo Blog have recently obtained more information about Dell’s Mini 3iX Android device and, shockingly, Dell is planning to omit the Android Market from the phone. Instead, Director of retail for Dell Latin America, Scott Schillington, has confirmed that they are opting to allow for direct downloads from developers and integration of their own version of an application store. The 3iX will be sold in Brazil before it launches in the U.S. so we should get to see the consumer reaction to Dell’s decision before U.S. customers take the plunge.
This phone passed the FCC about a month ago and is slated for an early 2010 release on AT&T’s [...]
Rumored to be launching in Q4 with China Mobile, LG’s second Android offering, the GW880 OPhone, has been officially announced. This full touch mobile phone features a 3.5 inch WVGA display that can fit 24 shortcuts and widgets on a single homescreen, TD-SCDMA for 3G connectivity, a CMMB mobile TV tuner, a 5 megapixel camera, GPS, Bluetooth and access to an app store with titles cherry-picked by China Mobile fill out he specs. With the formal introduction now out of the way, details on the pricing and launch date should be forthcoming soon.
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