Wednesday, 2 June 2010

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HTC myTouch 3G Slide for T-Mobile Available Now

Posted: 02 Jun 2010 08:34 AM PDT

Seemingly out of nowhere, T-Mobile has gone ahead and made the myTouch 3G Slide available for purchase. And in classic myTouch fashion, you have a choice between some color options. As we showed you in our official review of the new Android-based handset, you can have a black one if you like. Or, you can choose a red or white version. All of them have that same attractive, plastic shiny approach, so you’ll just have to go by your favorite color.

The myTouch 3G Slide features a 3.4-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, Android 2.1, GPS, access to T-Mobile’s fast 3G network, as well as WiFi b/g. You also get access to a MicroSD card slot. You get headphones, the A/C wall charger, a USB cable, and the phone itself in the box, as well as the traditional paperwork. We enjoyed the device, especially the hardware keyboard (even if it had its own problems), but we’ll go ahead and say that $179.99 with a new, two-year contract is too pricey for the device. However, if you can spend the money and you’re in the market for a new Android-based handset with a hardware keyboard, the Slide is definitely one to look at.

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Samsung Galaxy S launches: Europe now, US later in 2010

Posted: 02 Jun 2010 07:21 AM PDT

Having heard talk earlier today about the Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000 and a huge simultaneous roll-out, Samsung themselves have confirmed that the Android 2.1 smartphone has launched in Europe, and will follow on to the rest of the world – US included – later in 2010.  The company also confirms the sizeable carrier pick-up, too; apparently over 100 operators are going to be offering the smartphone.

As for the Galaxy S itself, that has a 4.0-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, TouchWiz 3.0 user-interface, Swype text input and a 5-megapixel autofocus camera.  There’s also a front-facing camera for video calls, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0.  No word on pricing at this stage.

Press Release:

Samsung Galaxy S Launches with Industry-leading Technological Innovations

More than 100 operators across the globe choose the Samsung Galaxy S as their key smartphone market driver

ZURICH, Switzerland – June 2, 2010 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today announced the launch of Samsung Galaxy S (Model: GT-I9000), a new class of smartphone that will deliver a wealth of intelligent, immersive and integrated experiences for users. The Samsung Galaxy S will change the way people think about smartphones.

The Samsung Galaxy S has been extremely well received by retailers and operators around the world; in fact over 100 mobile operators across the globe have selected the Galaxy S as their key smartphone market driver. Available across Europe at launch, the Galaxy S will roll out to the rest of the world including the US later this year.

"The Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S will set a new standard for smartphones, and the excitement we've seen from operators and retailers for this device is testament to that," said JK Shin, president and head of the Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. "The Samsung Galaxy S is the perfect device for people in all corners of the world who want that extra edge; to be more effective, productive, better connected, and in tune with their smart life – both personal and professional – all in a very easy and simple way. We're extremely confident that this device is going to be very successful in every market."

As part of Samsung's drive to democratize the smartphone market, the Galaxy S will be the flagship model of the smartphone range Samsung will introduce this year. It will also offer enhanced opportunities for developers and new revenue streams for operators. JK Shin continued, "Everyone is going to benefit from this revolutionary new device: from the consumer with the phone in their hand, to application developers and the many global operators who have signed up to support the Galaxy S. This truly is a phone for the whole ecosystem."

Featuring Samsung's dazzlingly bright 4-inch Super AMOLED screen and a 1 GHz application processor, the Android™-powered Samsung Galaxy S is designed to provide immersive, intelligent and integrated experiences, with the power to enrich people's lives through best-in-class services and technologies. It will introduce people to the concept of the "Smart Life" – a smartphone experience that is simple, organize and integrated; one that enriches the lives of users.

The Galaxy S features Samsung's super-fast TouchWiz 3.0 user-interface (UI), giving users instant access to their mobile lives. Smart Life is further enabled through intuitive, integrative features, including the Swype text input service, the rich augmented reality browser, Layar, and advanced Location Based Service (LBS) capabilities.

More than 50,000 applications from Android MarketÔ and Samsung Apps will allow users to extend the benefits and excitement of the smartphone experience even more. Users have access to GoogleÔ mobile services, such as Google SearchÔ, GmailÔ, and Google MapsÔ.

Galaxy S Key Features

eBook: Provides best-in-class reading experience on the phone. Customizable fonts, easy text search, and intuitive book list management offers convenient and customized reading experience.
HD Video: Super fast 1 GHz processor enhances HD video playing and recording features on dazzling Super AMOLD screen.
Daily Briefing: Offers instant access to weather, news, stocks, and the scheduler.
All Share: Enables inter-device connectivity via DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) technology.
Augmented Reality: Shows users' surroundings and displays information on camera-view. Tele-Atlas POI provides richer information than ever.
Swype: Provides fast and easy way to input text on screen while on-the-move.
Write and go: Jot down an idea first and later decide on a format such as SMS/ MMS, email, calendar or memo.
ThinkFree: Apps to view and edit Microsoft Office 2007 documents.
Smart Alarm: Wakes up with a natural alarm sound and automatically turned-on display light.

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HTC Legend AMOLED struggling with grayscale

Posted: 02 Jun 2010 06:07 AM PDT

The AMOLED display used by HTC for their Legend smartphone has ended up under the microscope this week, with Tweakers enlisting the help of color-testing equipment after the handset was criticised for not displaying grayscale colors properly.  According to their results, the Legend’s screen shows various degrees of pink, grey, brown and green rather than true grayscale.

At this stage, Tweakers aren’t conclusive on whether the issue lies with the AMOLED display itself, or its white balance settings.  However, the effect – in varying degrees – was observed in two Legend handsets they tested.  Meanwhile brightness was also down, with the Legend mustering 253 cd/m2 while its Hero predecessor – which uses an LCD display – managed 310 cd/m2.  Unfortunately an HTC Desire wasn’t available for Tweakers to similarly examine.

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Motorola FLIPOUT gets official [Video]

Posted: 02 Jun 2010 02:42 AM PDT

After weeks of rumor and leaks, Motorola have officially announced the Motorola FLIPOUT with MOTOBLUR, their latest Android handset to bear a full QWERTY keyboard.  The rotating smartphone runs Android 2.1 and has a 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen, 3-megapixel fixed-focus camera and 3G UMTS.

MOTOBLUR has seen a few tweaks, with a new Battery Manager and Data Manager, along with the same Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and other social networking integration as before.  There are also new, customizable filters on the various social network widgets.

There’s also 512MB of internal memory and a microSD card slot, a 3.5-inch headphone socket and a 1170mAh battery.  The whole thing measures a compact 67 x 67 x 17 mm and will go on sale “in certain regions around the world” later this quarter.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Press Release:

Motorola FLIPOUT with MOTOBLUR Fact Sheet
Pivot in Style

Accessorize your life with a smartphone that's destined to turn heads. Introducing Motorola FLIPOUTTM with MOTOBLUR™– an innovative phone that's as unique as you are. The touch screen's pivot design exposes a five-row QWERTY keypad with a separate number row, transforming the phone from compact and pocketable to a charming social package. Stay in control with enhanced features on MOTOBLUR, including customizable filters for your Happenings and Messages widgets.

Stylish, Compact, Vibrantly Colored
The incredibly compact, square build makes FLIPOUT a fun smartphone that travels comfortably in purse, pocket or palm. With multiple colored battery door options included, customize your color to match your mood – or your outfit. And with the latest version of MOTOBLUR, Motorola FLIPOUT works harder to keep you connected to the people that matter most.

Enhance Your Social Status
MOTOBLUR, the only service that syncs all your friends, emails, messages, Facebook®, MySpace, TwitterTM feeds and happenings with continuous updates and back-ups, just got better. The enhanced version of MOTOBLUR allows you to take control of your Happenings and Messages widgets with the option to filter out updates and messages you don't want, making it easier to follow who and what really matters. With seven home screens and the option to move and resize pre-loaded widgets, you can customize FLIPOUT however you'd like.

The new, enhanced MOTOBLUR also brings you device management done right. Take charge of your charge with Battery Manager, a new feature that helps you manage your phone's power consumption. Spend less time worrying about running out of juice and more time using it. FLIPOUT's new Data Manager helps you manage your data usage. As always, MOTOBLUR comes fully integrated with GPS tracking and remote data wipe. So, while you may lose your phone, you won't lose the contacts and data that keep you connected.

Best of the Rest
Motorola FLIPOUT allows you to experience the best of Google and the Web with multi-touch support including pinch to zoom, as well as full suite of Google services including: Google Search, Google MapsTM for Mobile and access to thousands of apps on Android Market™, GmailTM and more. With the latest version of MOTOBLUR, get your personal and corporate email pushed to you and have easy access to your work directory.

Socialize With Ease
Packed full of features, Motorola FLIPOUT lets you hear and be heard. Don't miss another call or conversation on Motorola FLIPOUT with CrystalTalkTM PLUS. Using a proprietary Motorola process of microphone and speaker configuration, CrystalTalkTM PLUS adds a second microphone improving voice quality even further while filtering out background noise. Additional features include a 3 MP camera, KODAK PERFECT TOUCH technology for better, brighter pictures, gallery mode for tagging and labeling photos and instant upload access to Facebook, MySpace, Picasa & Photobucket.

Motorola FLIPOUT with MOTOBLUR will be available in certain regions around the world beginning in Q2 2010. For more information regarding pricing and product availability in your region, please contact your local Motorola representative.

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Simultaneous Samsung Galaxy S launch in 110 countries?

Posted: 02 Jun 2010 01:19 AM PDT

Samsung’s plans for the incoming Galaxy S Android smartphone certainly can’t be described as shy, with the company apparently readying a simultaneous launch in 110 countries.  According to the Korea IT Times, carrier partners will include Orange in France, SingTel in Singapore and Deutsche Telecom in Germany; we’re yet to see a full list of the release locations.

As for what those 110 countries will get, the Galaxy S runs Android 2.1 with a 5-megapixel camera, 1GHz Hummingbird CPU and a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display.  There’s also A-GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and a microSD card slot, together with a front-facing camera for video calls.  No word on an exact release date, but it looks to be imminent.

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Movistar unveils the Ivy, a low-cost Android 2.1 phone with Huawei

Posted: 01 Jun 2010 12:16 PM PDT

While most of us wait in anticipation for the 2.1 OTA, a low-end device emerges with it preinstalled. Movistar, in partnership with Huawei, has launched a low-cost Android-powered handset called the Ivy. The Movistar IVY comes with the usual Google apps and is expected to launch shortly in Europe.
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It has a 2.8 inch resistive touch screen, Android 2.1, 3.2 MP camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. It will be powered by the same Qualcomm MSM7225 processor that is in the HTC Tattoo. The handset comes preloaded with Facebook and MovistarAeA’s multiplatform social network, called Keteke. And not only will you have the option of using Google Maps for navigation, it comes preloaded with another one of Movistar's apps, Ruta Movistar Navigation service.

It also comes with a 2GB microSD card and can be sync your exchange emails and update calendars and tasks via USB port. You can share files and connect to a wireless network through the phones Bluetooth. Depending on your plan, it will cost between EUR 0 and EUR 95. This handset should be available right now.

[via cn-c114]

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Meizu CEO Jack Wong, pulls M9 leaked pics

Posted: 01 Jun 2010 11:54 AM PDT

Jack Wong, CEO of Meizu, apparently got overly excited and leaked pictures of his own device, the M9. Good thing the guys at Engadget managed to copy the pictures before he decided to take them down. Ever since we first heard of the M9, all of us wanted see how it looks.

These two extra blurry images were leaked on the M8 forums. They were then taken down shortly after and replaced with a statement that read "sorry, my fault. I am just too excited and want to share with your guys". If this is an attempt to bring this device back into the forefront, it worked. The M9 is rumored to be an awesome device and we can't till there's more specs and pictures to share with you. We do get a good sense of how this device looks and it is good to see that it does indeed exist. It appears to almost be ready for release, we'll keep an eye on this device for you.

[via engadget]

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