An HTC handset with FCC ID NM8PB99100 and the model name “NEXUSONE” has made its way though the revealing process of FCC approval. The documents posted by the FCC divulge the presence of cellular radios supporting quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/HSUPA (2Mbps up and 7.2Mbps down) on 850/1700/1900 frequencies. Savvy readers will immediately recognize that 1700MHz is used for T-Mobile’s 3G network and that 850/1900MHz are the bands used for AT&T’s special flavor of 3G. Excellent news for consumers in the US as an unlocked Nexus One could be used on either T-Mobile’s or AT&T’s high speed data network. Anyone on the fence about the Nexus One, [...]
When it comes to rumors coming out of Asia, Digitimes can be hit or miss with the Taiwanese newspaper being wrong as often as it is correct. Despite its mediocre track record, the latest rumor seems reasonable enough to pass along. According to Digitimes, the flagship HTC Bravo and the rumored HTC Passion are one and the same handset with the former slated for launch on T-Mobile in Europe and the latter for launch in the US. This little snippet of information is not surprising, as the two handsets, with their touchscreen AMOLED displays and 1GHz Snapdragon processors, share similar specifications. The Passion will supposedly launch first in January 2010, a date that is slightly later [...]
T-Mobile was the first US carrier to jump on the Android bandwagon, releasing the G1 when the Android platform was in its infancy. It only seems appropriate that the carrier is the first to be rumored to be getting the mysterious “Google phone“. According to a completely unsubstantiated rumor from a trusted source at TmoNews, the Google phone is supposedly codenamed Passion and will launch sometime during the first two weeks of January 2010. With only a few weeks left before we ring in the New Year, we should know the truth about this esoteric handset soon enough. Until then, speculation on the veracity of this rumor is welcome in the comments.
T-Mobile UK launched a new document sharing application for Android handset owners on Tuesday. Designed for businesses, ShareAnywhere allows customers with an Android phone to access images or presentations stored on the ShareAnywhere servers. The documents on the ShareAnywhere servers can be edited and updated via the ShareAnywhere website by colleagues at home or in the office. Employees on the go simply have to launch the ShareAnywhere application to retrieve the latest updates and revisions. Color us impressed, ShareAnywhere appears to be a simple and useful application that may, in the long run, encourage businesses to adopt the Android platform.
Best Buy put out a release touting its selection of 5 Android smartphones that are available for $99.99 this holiday season.
The HTC Hero and Samsung Moment are down to $99.99 from Sprint’s normal $179.99. T-Mobile’s myTouch 3G and Motorola CLIQ are down to $99.99 from $149.99 and $199.99, respectively. Best Buy is also offering the HTC DROID Eris for $99.99, which is the same as Verizon, but Best Buy notes that with any of its phones, there are no mail-in rebates to deal with to get the good prices.
Oddly, the press release doesn’t mention when the prices go into effect, saying only “this holiday.” I’m guessing that the prices [...]
Mobile advertising firm AdMob has released some statistics about mobile web use, and the numbers coming out of the Android segment are quite interesting.
As of November 18th, only days after its November 6th initial availability, the Motorola DROID for Verizon Wireless made up a whopping 24 percent of all Android smartphone traffic going through AdMob’s servers. For comparison, the Motorola CLIQ for T-Mobile, which was available in stores on November 2nd, made up only 6 percent of the Android traffic and the T-Mobile G1/HTC Dream, which has been out for over a year, came in at 36 percent.
This certainly seems to suggest that the DROID is doing well, at least when [...]
T-Mobile USA is soon going to roll out a re-styled and slightly upgraded myTouch 3G according to a press release. The new T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition will sport a wood grain guitar finish and will be equipped with a real 3.5mm headphone jack, something the original myTouch 3G is missing.
No word yet on pricing or an availability date, but it should be ready for the holiday shopping season.
I’ll post a photo or two when our media relations friends on the west coast wake up and send them to me…
Well, T-Mobile USA announced today that the Motorola CLIQ would be available for pre-order on October 19th, which we kinda knew, and that it would cost $199.99 on contract, which we simply cannot believe.
Motorola NEEDS this phone to be a big success, and letting T-Mobile price it at $199 is not the way to do it when you can get an iPhone 3Gs for the same price and a Palm Pre for half the price. Moto needed tis to be a huge seller, and this price is not going to help the device, or Motorola, at all. Of course, Motorola’s health is not exactly T-Mobile’s primary concern.
The pre-order period runs [...]
T-Mobile USA has placed a teaser page on its website that shows that the Motorola CLIQ, Moto’s first Android handset, will be up for pre-sale starting on October 19th.
I think it’s a bit weak to tease people with a date to when you can almost get a CLIQ instead of actually telling people when it will be available, but I guess we’ll have to take what we can get at this point.
Update: I had the date as the 18th before. Been that kind of week, folks….
HTC is now making a firmware image of the 1.6 version of Android available for owners of the Android Dev 1 developer phone. Since this is the same basic hardware as the T-Mobile G1, it seems suggest that it is possible to run 1.6 on the G1 without a problem, in spite of what we’ve heard earlier. Whether or not the T-Mobile flavor of 1.6, with all of its extra apps, will fit and be available as an update remains to be seen, though.
You can download the firmware here.