Out in China, Android is getting ripped apart and resealed with special Asian ingredients that when combined create the OPhone OMS platform; an Android based customized mobile OS with a UI similar to the iPhone. Who would have thought that Dell and now Motorola are hopping on the bang-wagon?
Say hello to the Motorola MT710 OPhone, as advertised on China Mobile. Although second in line to Lenovo to use the OS, this device certainly looks nice. Sporting a 3.7-inch WVGA (845x480px) touchscreen that may be capable of offering multi-touch support, we think it will grab quite a lot of attention. There are the usual connectivity options [...]
The LG GW880 smartphone is due for release on China Mobile very soon, and is packing the OPhone OS. China Mobile’s OPhone OS offers the company’s mobile software store, called Mobile Market, and is based on Android, but looks fairly similar to the iPhone’s operating system.
The good news for developers is that the software development kit for the OPhone is also compatible with the Android SDK and furthermore, applications developed for Android will work just fine on the OPhone platform with the same API.
Looking at the technical side of things, the LG GW880 will support China’s 3G network, along with EDGE. It also packs in 3.5-inch touchscreen with a WVGA resolution. [...]
It seems that the guys at Chinese site 163.com (translation) still have more to show us from China Mobile’s upcoming stable of Android powered smartphones. This time it is the Philips V900 in view.
This smartphone runs the OMS version of Android, like the Dell mini 3i, yet supports the Chinese WAPI WiFi/WLAN variant preferred by the Chinese government. It appears to support plain vanilla WiFi as well. The Dell has no WLAN support built-in.
163.com claims that the V900 sports a 1450mAh battery, a 3.5mm headphone port, and a 3.2 megapixel camera. Pricing and full specs are not available yet, the site [...]
China Mobile unveiled the Dell Mini 3i at an event showing off its new application platform. The Dell Mini 3i sports a 360 x 640 pixel capacitive touchscreen display and a 3 megapixel camera, but features only GSM/EDGE connectivity and has no WiFi at all.
Chinese site 163.com was on hand to snap a few photos of the device in the flesh. Gallery after the jump.
It appears that some poor quality photos of the new Dell mini3i for China have surfaced. The photo at the right comes from CNBeta.com (via Cloned in China), which also has a photo of the back of the device that shows the Dell logo. The quality of that pic, however, is even worse… The story appears to claim that the phone will go on sale on August 31.
BoyGeniusReport has also posted what it claims are a few live (and extremely blurry) photos of the mini3i. On top of the photos, however, the site has also posted a spec list (available after the jump).
The Lenovo OPhone has been announced to be released sometime next month through China Mobile. The device runs a customized skin over top of Android that appears to take some of its look and feel from the iPhone.
The device will sport the Chinese TD-SCDMA 3G standard that has grown slowly as a result of slow adoption.
According to IDG News, HTC has announced that they have plans to release two new Android phones in China this year marketed under their Chinese subsidiary brand, Dopod. They hope to be the first to release Android devices in China.
The two devices to be released are named the Hero (at 5,600 Yuan or $820) and the Click (at 3,400 Yuan or $500). The Dopod Hero is nearly identical to the HTC Hero released in the west, whereas the Click will be a low-end Android device with a removable front cover that has never been announced outside of China.
The devices should be released some time in late August, and will not come with Google Maps pre-installed, as all applications [...]
According to Peter Chou, Chief Executive of HTC, China is soon to experience Android; big news for Google’s operating system. Allegedly, China Mobile will offer a customised version of the HTC Magic, called the OPhone. Stepping all over Lenovo, HTC’s OPhone is aptly named due to its association with the Open Handset Alliance.
This device will give Android access to nearly 500 million subscribers. It goes without saying that China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile operator, but when you have a population of 1.3 billion people, you might think that’s not saying so much. But think again, as China Mobile has approximately 38% of the population of their resident country [...]
Chinese site IT168.com has posted a series of live photos of the new HTC Sapphire based smartphone that is heading to China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile network.
The interesting part of the device is how the user interface has been tweaked. It has a very different look to it, and you can even see a few icons that appear to have been ripped off from the Apple iPhone.
This TD-SCDMA based 3G version of the Sapphire could end up being called the Dopod G2. Dopod is the brand that HTC markets under in Asia.
You’ll find more photos after the jump.
China Mobile were once in negotiations with Apple over the possibility of an iPhone launch using their mobile network. However, China Mobile were unwilling to share any of the profit and negotiations fell apart because, let’s face it, both companies are pretty stubborn regarding profit sharing issues.
However, there appears to be a slither of light at the end of the tunnel for China Mobile in the form of Android. Whispers on the wind from the Far East tell tales of how Lenovo will be producing the ‘OPhone’, a sleek Android based touch screen affair with some dedicated touch sensitive buttons at the base of the device’s front screen. Little more is known about the [...]