We're settled in for the first keynote of CTIA. Here's who's on tap this morning: AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets President & CEO Ralph de la Vega; Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd’s President of Mobile Communications Business J.K. Shin; AT&T, Inc’s Chairman of the Board and President & CEO Randall Stephenson; and Telefónica Internacional, USA Inc.’s Chairman Iñaki Urdangarín. Also on board is CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent.
No, none of them will tell you when the Hero or Droid or Moment is getting the 2.1 update. We'll check in after it's all over, however, and look for more throughout the day.
Got a look at a pretty cool (and brand new) backing skin for the Droid last night at the Showstoppers event, part of CTIA here in Las Vegas. It attaches directly to the battery cover and base of the phone and feels pretty darn good.
Sure, you think your network's good. But just how good is it? Root Wireless is looking to answer that and crowdsource the nation's cellular network, at that. Today it released a free beta application that utilizes smartphones as network monitoring devices. (Check out CrackBerry.com's interview with them at CES in January.)
Supported Android devices are the Google Nexus One, Motorola Cliq, HTC Droid Eris and T-Mobile G1.
Here's how it works: You load up Root Wireless' app on your phone, and use it to monitor the network. Then you sign in at MyTrueCoverage.com, and your network strength is plotted on Google Maps. A handy tool if you're looking to determine just how good (or bad) a cell carrier is where you live, work and play. Full presser after the break.
Take a lot of photos? Do you use Picasa to sort and store them? If so, here’s another reason to look towards Mountain View when buying a tablet. Our SPE sister site The iPhone Blog reports the latest from Apple CEO (and part time CSR) Steve Jobs.
…Are there any plans to support Picasa’s faces and albums in iTunes, so I can take full advantage of the [iPad] Photos application, since Photoshop Album is long discontinued. If not, please can you look into supporting the Picasa library format?
And the response from Steve Jobs:
No, but iPhoto on the Mac has much better Faces and Places features.
Sent from my iPhone
Granted, it’s his baby and he can decide who and what to support, but the list of iDont’s seems to get bigger each time we hear from Mr. Jobs about this thing. If you’re not using a Mac with Faces and Places, don’t fret. Android has you covered.
Sent from my old Tablet PC tethered to my Android [via TiPb]
On the eve of CTIA (translated: While we're all on planes headed to Las Vegas), Motorola announced the Motorola i1 (aka the Opus One), bringing you the very first push-to-talk Android-powered smartphone.
The i1 sports a 3.1-inch touchscreen at 320x480 pixels, WiFi and Opera Mini 5 with Flash Lite, a 5-megapixel camera and 2GB microSD card included. The Swype keyboard also is included.
Exact pricing wasn't announced, and availability is listed only as the second quarter. So look for it in the next three months. Full presser after the break, if you're into that sort of thing. [Motorola]
Well, the HTC Desire sure has seen a lot of headlines lately, and they don't appear to be stopping anytime soon. As we all know the release of this heavily anticipated device is coming near, and finally the device has appeared on the T-Mobile UK site. Not only did the device appear on the site, but now its showing a rather sexy black version, to accompany the silver and brown versions we reported on earlier.
While the news of the release is rather exciting, the site does state it can take around seven days for the shipping process, which lands it right around the rumored April 1st date. As though this is not exciting enough, the pricing of this device landed much lower then many expected, and more pricing details can be found here. Take a look after the jump at a video of this black on in action! [via Engadget]
Today on AT&T's Facebook page it was announced that the Dell Aero, formally known as the Dell Mini 3, will be the next Android device to be launched from AT&T. What's very interesting is the skin that is seen on this UI, and what Android series this will be running over. Knowing AT&T and their ever so fun restrictive Android systems they enjoy to run, this will probably run over 1.5 or 1.6 instead of 2.1, but there is no solid proof of this at the current time. We can hope and pray that AT&T will do the right thing this time, and let this device run a little more freely then the Backflip does. [Sprint via Engadget]
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