Thursday, 10 June 2010

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Motorola i1 releasing June 20th

Posted: 10 Jun 2010 10:55 AM PDT

Boost Mobile has officially announced the Motorola i1. This Android powered handset will be available on June 2oth. Boost Mobile is a contract less prepaid wireless company, this will be the first Android handset on such a company.

Motorola i1 Features

* Touchscreen smartphone powered by Android™
* 5MP camera with autofocus, flash and video
* Wi-Fi capable
* Access to Email Exchange, Gmail®, MSN®, Yahoo!® and more
* Instant Messaging (Google Talk™ preloaded, supports additional messaging clients via download such as Yahoo!®, AIM® and more)
* Nationwide walkie-talkie
* Opera Mini 5 & Android browsers
* Stereo Bluetooth® capable
* 2GB microSD card (supports up to 32GB)
* GPS enabled
* Optional SWYPE™ virtual keypad

It runs Android 1.5 and has a 3.1 inch touch display. Boost Mobile offers unlimited voice, text, and data plans for only $50 a month. There is no subsided version available, you can buy the i1 for around $349.99. You won't be tied down to a 2 year contract so if something better comes out there is no early termination fee to pay.

[via businesswire ]


Samsung responds to Apple, Retina VS AMOLED

Posted: 10 Jun 2010 08:02 AM PDT

At the keynote presentation for the iPhone 4, Steve Jobs took a few shots at other displays for not being as good as the Retina display that is on the new iPhone. Many people took exception to these claims and finally someone has responded to these allegations. Samsung especially says, "The Retina display isn't that great, AMOLED is better". Well, this isn't an exact quote but they are saying something along those lines.

By Mr. Jobs own admission, the 326ppi is out of the range of the human eye. Samsung quickly points out that the human eye cannot differentiate between300ppi and 400ppi. This fact renders its ability to produce 326ppi completely useless in the real world. While the iPhone 4 display does offer a 3 to 5 percent advantage in sharpness over the Galaxy S. it does so9 while sucking 30 percent more power which means lower battery life. Furthermore, a screen size of 3.5 isn't big enough for you to fully enjoy the benefits of such a high resolution display.

“Structurally, [Apple's] IPS LCD technology cannot catch up with AMOLED display technology,” the representative told the Korean Herald.

Samsung believes its screens offer better viewing angles and contrast. The iPhone's display while impressive isn't better than AMOLED technology. And to add more fuel to the flame, the iPhone 4 seems to be geared more towards gaming. The Samsung Galaxy S has a GPU that is capable of XBOX 360 like graphics. I would say the Samsung has nothing to worry about when it comes to the new iPhone, the only advantage it has over it is a camera flash.

[via koreaherald]


Droid Incredible Has Been Rooted

Posted: 10 Jun 2010 07:35 AM PDT

One of the best things about owning an Android device is the ability to gain root access. Sometimes this is an easy process and other times it's very hard. The Droid Incredible has been a tough nut to crack despite the fact that it is an HTC device and there are many great hackers in the developer community that primary work on modding HTC devices. Finally, the Droid Incredible has been rooted.

Rooting opens up a whole new world of customization options and features. The current process doesn't look all that hard to accomplish but it's not a feat a noob should tackle just yet. They are trying to figure out a way to root that is a little less complicated. But if your adventurous and can follow simple directions, click here and get started.

[via unrevoked]


10-inch Android Tablet by Malata SMB-A1011 – Video

Posted: 10 Jun 2010 07:22 AM PDT

Yes, it's that time of day again. It's time for another Android tablet that we will not see in stores for quite some time. This is a pretty impressive piece of work though. When it does hit, I see a few people snagging this one up.  Malata has introduced a 10-inch tablet, it's called the SMB-A1011.

This tablet features the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset, and a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor. You will have the choice of either 512MB-1GB of ROM, 512MB-1GB of RAM and 2GB-32GB if internal storage. If you haven't figured out by the options, there will be a few different versions for you to choose from.

There's also a 3500mAh lithium polymer battery, Mini HDMI-out, 3.5mm headphone jack and a micro USB. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth also makes an appearance, it will run Android 2.1 as well (maybe). As usual, there's no information on pricing or availability but at least this time we have a video to watch.

Click here to view the embedded video.

[via engadget]


Roger’s Liquid E, Reviewed by Slashgear

Posted: 10 Jun 2010 07:09 AM PDT

While we wait for our first Acer Android Device our friends in Canada now have the Liquid E. this is second handset in Acer's Liquid series and it looks almost identical its predecessor. There has been a few welcome additions, first of which is the Snapdragon processor. Like the original Liquid, the Liquid E CPU is also under clocked to 768, so you dont get to enjoy the full befits of the 1GHZ clock speed.

Another big change is the addition of Android 2.1 in favor of back to the similarities, it has a 3.5-inch WVGA capacitive touch screen, 5-megapixel autofocus camera, Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0. There is also a microSD slot and an FM Radio that can be used when you plug in your headphones in the 3.5mm jack.

As stated in the Slashgear review, the phone is built pretty solid despite the fact that it is has a plastic case that tends to creak from time to time. Although we would've loved to see a few hard key on the face of the device, the touch sensitive keys are very responsive. Despite that it's under clocked, it's still pretty quick and you wouldn't even know that it's not running at the full 1GHZ unless someone told you.

The Liquid E doesn't come with a custom UI, if you like regular Android you're going to love this phone. Updates shouldn't take long as it does with a custom UI but it's still up to Acer and Rogers to push it out to you. Overall, this is a very capable device and faired pretty well in the review. If you're in the market for a mid-range handset this may be the phone for you. Head over to Slashgear for the full review as well as a few videos of this handset in action.

[via slashgear]


2GHz Motorola Android smartphone tipped for 2010

Posted: 10 Jun 2010 06:48 AM PDT

Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha has revealed his ambitions to produce a 2GHz Android smartphone, with the outspoken exec claiming such a handset would be on the market by the end of 2010.  Jha didn’t specify which processor he had in mind; as far as we’ve heard, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon line – which has become popular among Android devices – will only reach 1.5GHz this year.

However, there’s some talk of a 2GHz NVIDIA Tegra chipset being used, though more likely perhaps is some form of ARM’s dual-core Cortex A9, announced late last year.  Other sources suggest that Motorola is looking to “incorporate everything that is technologically possible in a smartphone today,” which has a pretty broad scope.  We’re guessing a hefty camera, HD video and more.


Motorola Milestone XT hits Singapore’s StarHub

Posted: 10 Jun 2010 06:35 AM PDT

Motorola and Singaporean carrier StarHub have launched the new Motorola Milestone XT, an 8-megapixel Android 2.1 smartphone that looks to be the localised version of the XT720 we played with earlier this week.  The Milestone XT has a 3.7-inch 854 x 480 capacitive touchscreen, 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth, along with handwriting recognition and a Xenon flash.

Meanwhile Android Community reader Jude was kind enough to send us some snaps of an advert for the Milestone XT, which you can see in the gallery below.  The handset is priced from free, depending on agreement.


Android bug sends messages to wrong contacts?

Posted: 10 Jun 2010 01:29 AM PDT

Multiple Android users are reporting issues with the native messaging app on their smartphones, particularly on the Google Nexus One, whereby text and MMS messages are sent to a person other than was initially intended.  The problem – which has apparently affected both modified and stock handsets – occurs when the messaging app switches the contact in the To: field of its own accord; sometimes it can be seen to change it, while at other times it happens without any visible change.

Owners of the HTC Incredible have also reported the problem occurring on their phone, so it’s not something limited to the Nexus One.  Some users have been able to reproduce the fault by maintaining two separate SMS conversations and switching between them mid-typing.  Google are apparently looking into it, but there’s no official workaround beyond deleting old conversation threads when you’re finished with them.

[Thanks Jeff!]


Motorola Milestone XT720 Coming to T-Mobile?

Posted: 09 Jun 2010 04:10 PM PDT

Awhile back there was a rumor that T-Mobile will be getting a device similar to the Droid but without the keyboard and a better camera. Well, that rumor may come true soon, the Motorola Milestone XT720 could make its way into their stores. It has T-mobile compatible 3G bands.

Whether it comes to t-Mobile officially or not remains to be seen. But if you want this device and you are a T-Mobile customer, you can order it and enjoy it to the fullest because you will have full 3G (if it's in your area).

This could turn out to be a big summer for T-Mobile if this does make it into their stores with the Samsung Galaxy S. with the closing of Google's Phone Store, the Nexus One could make its way over to Magenta as well. These 3 together could make for an impressive android lineup for T-Mobile. Don't forget there's still the HTC manufactured Sidekick that could be unveiled at any moment.

[via engadget]


Acer Aspire One D260 Android Compatible Netbook

Posted: 09 Jun 2010 03:47 PM PDT

Acer recently announced the D260 netbook. This netbook will have the ability to dual boot Windows 7 and Android. It will be released on July 1st, finally an Android netbook/tablet type device that we can actually go out and purchase.

Acer claims that you could dual boot this netbook from Windows to Android in 15 seconds. It has 8 hours of battery life and the option to have an Intel Atom N455 or Atom N450 processor at 1.66 GHz. It also has a 10.1 inch screen with an integrated webcam.

As expected there's Wi-Fi b/g/n with Bluetooth 3.0+HS and 10/100 Ethernet. There are also three USB 2.0 ports, VGA, multi-format memory reader and audio in/out. If we're lucky it could land on one of carriers because it also has quad band 3G/UMTS. The price has yet to be announced, it should be fairly reasonable.

[via slashgear]


Acclaim slider revealed by Samsung

Posted: 09 Jun 2010 03:24 PM PDT

For those of you that are curious how this device looks, we now have a clear picture. When we first heard of this device we thought it was just a rebranded Moment. They do share a lot in common but this is a totally different device.

The Acclaim is an exclusive Android device for U.S. Cellular. It has a 3.2 inch display, full QWERTY keyboard and Android 2.1. Judging from the placement of the highlighted keys, this phone could be designed for gaming. We suspect that it has the same 800 MHZ processor that is in the Moment and it could also have a variant of the "humming bird" GPU that is in the Galaxy S (the latter is a long shot but it could happen). This handset could launch in July along with the Desire, no pricing or release date has been confirmed.

[via engadget]


Norton Security app arrives for Android

Posted: 09 Jun 2010 03:12 PM PDT

Norton has just released an security app for Android. I know what you think, what's the point? This app is surely not needed but it will definitely make a few people feel more secure when browsing the web on their Android device. It does have a few good features that most of us might find useful.

This app can remotely wipe your phone if it has been stolen or lost. And it can block unwanted calls and text messages, if your SIM card is removed it will automatically lock your phone. It can also download the latest software automatically. There are also a few security features that most of us are familiar with on our home computers.

There's a built in virus scanner and anti-malware functions. Also, it scans all the files and app updates you download to your mobile device for threats. And detects and removes threats and forbidden files without affecting your mobile device's performance. Given the fact that there are no current virus threats for Android these last features may be useless. But apps like this will make a few people feel more secure. Try it out and see how you like it.

[via droid-life]


All Phones At T-Mobile Will Be Free on June 19th?

Posted: 09 Jun 2010 02:16 PM PDT

We've been waiting and digging for more information on what will happen on the 19th. Most of us thought it would be the introduction of the Nexus One into stores or Android 2.2 for the Slide. Well, the promotion is indirectly Android related. The latest rumor has T-Mobile conducting a one day promotion where every phone in their inventory will be free.

Tmonews has received a leaked script of an upcoming T-Mobile commercial. This script explicitly says that all phones will be free if you switch your plan to a family plan. I would assume that if you already have a family plan, you can get this offer by adding an additional line. This has not been confirmed but it looks like pretty solid information.

So if you're an Android fan you will be able to pick up a Garminfone, myTouch 3G Slide, Cliq or any other Android based phone for free. This will save families 100's of dollars, hopefully another great Android device is released on that day as well.


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