Why hello there Motorola Tao. Though we once knew you as the Motorola Sholes, we think this new name fits you better. The clean lines and high-end build certainly make you look exquisite, amazing, and all types of superlative adjectives we're not sure even exist yet.
Though we don't get a full look at the Motorola Tao in the picture, this brief little preview will certainly keep all Android phone makers up at night. Don't forget that the Tao also rocks a QWERTY slider form-factor that's sure to make physical keyboard enthusiasts a tizzy. Seriously, we need official confirmation of this puppy ASAP. Did we mention that the Motorola Tao is supposed to come to Verizon and just cleared the FCC? So, who's interested in the Verizon Motorola Tao?
Take one look at that device right there and ask yourself, what can't Android be? The ODROID gaming platform, powered by Android, is now available for developer pre-order and this nifty little device packs a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen, Android 1.5, 512MB of RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth, and mini-HDMI port (tv connectivty) and a 833MHz Samsung CPU (like the iPhone 3GS). Not bad, right? The developer version will ship November 5th and comes with charger cable, batteries, and serial console debugging board and runs for ~$320.
The obvious question is what games does Android even have that warrants a gaming platform? Hopefully, ODROID developers will answer that question soon enough. The standard ODROID gaming platform is expected to be available in December for $250.
Tmonews reports that T-Mobile is going to be rolling out Android 1.6 'Donut' to the T-Mobile G1 at 12AM Eastern Time. Select G1s will receive the update and after 24 hours, the myTouch 3G will get in on the 'Donut' action with their own update. If everything goes according to plan, 'Donut' will slowly trickle down to all the T-Mobile Android handsets soon enough.
We have yet to receive official word on the 'Donut' rollout from T-Mobile so if you do receive the Android 1.6 'Donut' update be sure to let us know! Hopefully this won't turn to another 'Cupcake'-rollout fiasco.
Who's ready for another round of 'will they, won't they'?
The box art for the Motorola CLIQ has been revealed and *surprise, surprise* it heavily showcases social networks and MOTOBLUR. On the front side of the box we can see icons for Facebook, Twitter, Last.fm, MySpace, Yahoo! (!!!), and Google Talk. Perhaps that list of applications pre-loaded onto the CLIQ was right after all. Everything else as far as features and what's in the box is standard fare.
Motorola is really going on its own with the CLIQ, the inclusion of a Yahoo icon clearly distances the CLIQ from the Google brand name. In fact, as the box art stands now, I can't find a Google logo at all (Google Talk logo is in Google colors not Google name).
And honestly? This is the way it should be. Android is growing up and we'll continue to see it morph into different experiences--the beauty of the CLIQ lies just as much in MOTOBLUR as it does in Android. Though we'd still argue that including a Google logo would do a lot of good for the common consumer, this is likely a thing we're going to see more in the future. Android is Android, not Google.
What do you guys think of the box art? Is Motorola right in not including 'Google' on the box?
Do you have an Android Dev Phone 1 or Google Ion laying around somewhere? Well if you do, you're just in luck--you can go and download Android 1.6 Donut and explore the latest Android OS to your liking. If you need a quick refresher, Android 1.6 offers support for CDMA devices, new screen sizes, a new text-to-speech engine and a lot more goodies for developers to build better apps.
Android 1.6 Donut hasn't been deemed ready for the prime time yet so us regular Android users will have to wait for an official launch to enjoy Donut. Even so, we're sure the Android developer community will figure out a way to port Android 1.6 onto our stock G1s and myTouch's soon enough.
If winning the Super Bowl and the Stanley Cup in the same calendar year isn't enough for you Pittsburgh folks, maybe T-Mobile 3G will be! After not making the cut in our previous T-Mobile 3G rollout update, Pittsburgh is now covered in the all around speediness of T-Mobile's third generation network. Enjoy responsibly.
And Pittsburghians (Pittsburghers?) be sure to let us know how the T-Mobile 3G is working out for you! And for the rest of the cities still without T-Mobile 3G, your city could be next!
The Samsung Behold 2, rumored to rock Android, just cleared the FCC. That would make for exciting news, hmm, 6 months ago? We're kidding. But honestly, with so many amazing Android phones in the pipeline and each one offering fresh UIs and new experiences, will there be room for a device (the Behold 2) that's a successor to a device (the original Behold) we didn't even remember? Especially when it comes with only a 1000mAh battery (for reference that's less than the G1)?
Okay, we're being way too harsh. We don't even know what the styling of the device will be or what new features it'll add. The Behold 2 may be an amazing device for all we know! But simply put, Android is beginning to reach a point where we should probably stop focusing on what may be coming and begin to discuss what's already happening.
And it's official. The Motorola CLIQ will launch on T-Mobile on November 2nd for $199.99. Pre-orders start October 19th and will run until November 1st. T-Mobile has a nice splash page that countdowns the days, hours, minutes and seconds left until you're able to pre-order the device.
The $199.99 price point for the CLIQ is definitely a bit higher than we expected, especially when the HTC Hero will be available for $179.99. We knew those 'free' rumors weren't feasible but we were expecting T-Mobile to competitively price the CLIQ to guarantee a winner. What do you guys think?
What we do like is what CyanogenMod is going to do about this most unfortunate situation. In his words:
I will no longer be distributing these applications as part of CyanogenMod. But it’s OK. None of the go-fast stuff that I do involves any of this stuff anyway. We need these applications though, because we all rely so heavily on their functionality. I’d love for Google to hand over the keys to the kingdom and let us all have it for free, but that’s not going to happen. And who can blame them?
...Since I don’t work with any of these closed source applications directly, what I intend to do is simply ship the next version of CyanogenMod as a “bare bones” ROM. You’ll be able to make calls, MMS, take photos, etc. In order to get our beloved Google sync and applications back, you’ll need to make a backup first. I’m working on an application that will do this for you.
Kudos to CyanogenMod for cooperating with Google and still finding a way to deliver some of the best custom ROMs to Android users. Maybe the regular Android user won't notice the difference but the full Android experience isn't complete without the hard work of guys like CyanogenMod and for that, we at Android Central are indebted. We're glad to have you on our side.
This may simply be coincidence but the other Verizon-bound Android device just cleared the FCC the same time the Motorola Sholes did. In this case, it's the HTC Desire, a device we saw leaked via a Verizon inventory document earlier in the month. Like we said before, a HTC-built, Android-powered, Verizon-networked phone? Yeah, we're interested.
The HTC Desire is also going to be rocking Wi-Fi, no small occurrence for Verizon phones. We're speculating here, but could Big Red be preparing to launch both Android devices at the same time? And since we know the Motorola Sholes is a QWERTY-slider device, maybe the HTC Desire will differentiate by offering a full touchscreen experience. Ah, this is just all food for thought. When pictures of the Desire leak, you know we'll have them!
One of the most anticipated Android phones to date, the Motorola Sholes, just passed through the Notorious FCC. Sadly, the FCC didn't offer us any fresh pictures of the Verizon-bound Android device but knowing that the Sholes is inching closer to launch may placate the wild Big Red subscribers thirsting for Android.
The FCC lets us know that the Sholes will run EVDO Rev A / CDMA and more importantly that it'll be equipped with Wi-Fi. Yeah, we know that Wi-Fi on a mobile device isn't exactly breaking news in 2009 but so many Verizon devices are stripped of Wi-Fi that it's definitely noteworthy in the Sholes' case. Phonearena also suggests that the Motorola Sholes may actually be called the Motorola Tao when it's released (we never really understood the Sholes moniker anyway).
We know you guys are clamoring for this device, so let us know how this bit of news on the Motorola Sholes/Tao makes you feel in the comments!
We've expected the Android-powered Acer A1 for quite some time now and things are beginning to fall in place for the rumored late 2009, early 2010 launch date to come to fruition. eXpansys is offering the Acer A1 for pre-order (in France and Germany) for roughly $570. The price may be a little steep but considering it's not yet subsidized and that it supposedly rocks Android 2.0 and comes with some stellar specs, we think this is definitely an Android phone we need to keep an eye on.
The Acer A1 specs are:
Qualcomm 8250 768 MHz Processor
512 MB ROM / 256 MB RAM
3.5-inch touch-sensitive screen with WVGA resolution
HSPA/WCDMA: 850, 1900, 2100 MHz - Up to 2 Mbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds
GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
3.5 mm headphone jack
5 megapixel camera with autofocus
1350 mAh Battery
115 x 62.5 x 12.5 mm 115 x 62.5 x 12.5 mm
The processor gets a significant speed boost when compared to other Android devices and everything else seems standard Android-fare. What do you guys think?
The T-Mobile 3G Rollout continues and we've got the latest news for you guys. These past few rollouts covered a lot of territory so make sure you check up to see if your city now rocks T-Mobile 3G! And the list goes:
Columbia, Durham, Greensboro, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem, N.C.
Greenville, Columbia S.C.
Corona, Escondido, Oceanside, Fontana, Moreno Valley, Riverside and San Bernardino, CA.
As always, there are still big cities that are glaringly without T-Mobile 3G. Why this is, no one knows but we wish T-Mobile would be done with the rollouts and onto HSPA+ by now!
With so many Android Smartphones in the pipeline, we at Android Central are interested in learning which upcoming device is the one everyone is looking forward to. After a year with just the T-Mobile G1 and myTouch 3G, it's only a matter of time before Android devices flood the market. So which one is your favorite?
Vote away and we'll tally the votes by the end of the week!
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