With that said, the Samsung Galaxy recently showed up in a new color option: White. All previous images of the Galaxy detailed a sharp looking black but we think this White Galaxy offers a pristine, clean color that suits the device well. Though we usually tend to lean toward black for our gadgets, we think Android Devices look incredible in white.
What about you guys? What's your favorite color for your phones?
Opera CEO, Jon Von Tetzchner, recently stated that their full-fledged browser Opera Mobile will be coming to Android. To quote:
"Yes, we are working on an Android version," von Tetzchner said.
He doesn't give a specific timeline but hopefully it comes out sooner than later. Opera Mini is currently available on Android but Opera Mini doesn't contain the full capabilities of Opera Mobile. Opera Mobile is more powerful and full featured, rendering HTML on the device to access interactive services like those using AJAX and the ability for tabbed browsing. Opera Mobile also includes a download manager, flexible bookmark management, and is reported to be fairly speedy. Opera Mini can only reformat web pages through Opera's servers to deliver in a mobile friendly format.
We're pretty sure Opera Mobile is the best way to go in the Mobile vs Mini argument but we're more excited to see if Opera Mobile can hang with the already great Android Browser. What do you guys think?
The T-Mobile myTouch 3G just launched yesterday and when a flagship product like that gets released with '3G' in its name, you better have your 3G coverage right. So it's onward with the T-Mobile 3G rollout and this latest update is pretty impressive. Buffalo, Syracuse, and Rochester, New York are all enjoying the benefits of T-Mobile 3G along with Bakersfield, Santa Clarita, and Simi Valley, California.
There's still plenty of cities left, so hopefully T-Mobile will get to you guys in a timely fashion!
It's been rumored before but it looks to be all confirmed now--the HTC Hero will be heading to Sprint. Engadget has seen the official HTC Support Site for the HTC Hero and it detailed the Hero as a Sprint device and that's pretty much that. Sprint is certainly strengthening their product portfolio with the Palm Pre already in tow and the HTC Hero on the way.
What is left up in the air is how long the exclusivity will be (if there will be any exclusivity at all) and what a Sprint CDMA HTC Hero spells for an US GSM version of the Hero. Will there be an unlocked option? Is that no longer a possibility? We'll soon find out.
In the mean time, are you happy with Sprint being the carrier for the HTC Hero? Or would you have preferred T-Mobile or maybe even AT&T or Verizon?
To give a quick overview of the app, the Amazon App for Android allows you to find items by either manually searching, taking a picture of it, or scanning its barcode. It'll definitely improve the Amazon experience on your Android handset. You'll have full access to your account settings, order history, wish list and Amazon 1-Click.
We would ponder why it took so long for Amazon to deliver an official Android app considering that the Amazon MP3 Store was available on launch but we won't rain on the parade. Android is ready for the prime time now, big companies and carriers all want their piece.
The picture obviously doesn't come with the polish of the product shots but this Motorola Sholes doesn't look as 'high end' as we previously thought. It looks like the Sholes might suffer from high plastickicity and poor constructionism but we'll hold off on our final thoughts until we get one of these puppies in our hands.
But hey, would you look at that. It has an HTC 'Android Chin'!
The world's biggest market, China, has largely been ignored by Android. Partly due to China's unique (read: difficult) phone standards, there has been little movement in preparing an Android phone for launch. This is all about to change. The HTC Hero, HTC Click, & HTC Magic are all headed to the shores of the Orient--this year.
The HTC Hero and HTC Click will both be re-branded under the Dopod brand (apparently a common occurrence for HTC phones in China), with the Hero being available starting in August for ~$820 (5,600 Yuan) and the supposedly low-end Click being available in Q4 2009 for ~$500 (3,400 Yuan). The HTC Magic will be available via China Mobile.
The price is obviously ridiculous, but hey, China has always done things differently. We're excited to see if Android will pick up in China. What do you guys think?
Google CEO, Eric Schmidt or Schmitty around these parts, has resigned his position from Apple's Board of Directors. In Apple's words:
“Eric has been an excellent Board member for Apple, investing his valuable time, talent, passion and wisdom to help make Apple successful,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Unfortunately, as Google enters more of Apple’s core businesses, with Android and now Chrome OS, Eric’s effectiveness as an Apple Board member will be significantly diminished, since he will have to recuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to potential conflicts of interest. Therefore, we have mutually decided that now is the right time for Eric to resign his position on Apple’s Board.”
Though Schmitty had been on Apple's Board since 2006, this move should really come as no surprise. Google has been expanding their business, first with the release of Android and now with the announcement of Chrome OS, those two products obviously compete with two of Apple's pillars: iPhone and OS X.
Combine those facts with Apple's controversial rejection of both Google Voice and Google Latitude applications on the iPhone, it looks like the once rosy relationship that Google and Apple shared is beginning to sour.
What we're wondering here at Android Central is what part played the most significance in this decision. Was it Android? Was it Chrome OS? Was it the rejection of the two Google applications? Or the combined cocktail of it all?
A forum member on xda-developers just posted this picture detailing an expected launch of the HTC Hero on October 11th on Sprint. Though this particular picture confirms nothing really, it does corroborate with what the same forum member has been saying about the Hero and Sprint since April.
Another tidbit to note is the date itself--October 11th is a Sunday. Would a Sunday launch work? Also, we're not sure if Sprint has a history of launching devices on particular days but the Palm Pre was launched on June 6th, a Saturday. Just food for thought.
There was a big fuss over the weekend over a huge Android SMS flaw that could leave our phones running our favorite operating system inoperable. To quote the security experts who found it:
"The bug is similar to the second iPhone bug in the way that it kills the telephony process (com.android.phone) and thus kicks the Android device from the mobile phone network," the pair state in their paper. "On Android the bug is a little more interesting since it will permanently kick the target device off the network if the SIM card residing in the phone has a PIN set."
Yikes, that doesn't sound good at all. Luckily, that boring 'ol Android Update we got a few weeks back likely fixed the issue because Google confirmed that this particular SMS issue for Android had already been resolved. Kudos to Google for fixing this quick and early.
Though HTC has grown considerably over the years, even managing to become a name player in a crowded market, it looks like the fun has to end for even the more successful companies. HTC is expecting 2009 revenue to fall by a low-to-mid-single-digit percentage because of "delays in product launches, a bigger than expected fall in contract orders, and lower than expected sales in China".
Analysts are pointing towards increased competition in the Android field, with Motorola and Sony Ericsson expected to release Android phones, as a reason for the expected fall in revenue. Considering HTC was the only Android game in the market for so long, new competition would surely chip away at its market share.
But honestly, we have no worries about HTC. They've proven to us that they can make highly desirable phones that can be both sexy and usable. Hopefully, the market will reflect that and not overreact over a slight dip in revenue.
So let’s paint a picture of a fantasy world. There’s this hot product that have a lot of folks abuzz and excited about. The product can be had by any company with no licensing costs and will certainly garner your company loads of media attention and likely success. Your company is also losing money and in dire need for a breath of fresh air—in short, you need this product. You definitely launch the product, right?
Well, if your company is Sony, Motorola, or Sprint and the product is Android, then the answer is no. Even though their companies aren’t doing so hot (and in some cases bleeding money) they’ve yet to launch an Android phone to the market or even bothered with a product announcement. It really breaks common logic.
Sprint might be the biggest offender of them all. Even though they launched the hotly anticipated Palm Pre this past quarter, they still managed to post $384 million dollars in losses and lost 257,000 subscribers. Could one HTC Hero come to the rescue for Sprint?
Motorola, though they beat analyst estimates, still only managed to sell around half the handsets they sold the same period last year. Motorola Calgary, Ironman, Sholes, or Morrison to the rescue?
Sony’s bad financial quarter ($400 million loss) can be summed up in other markets—they’re so large a company it’s borderline ridiculous—but Sony Ericsson could definitely use a jolt in the excitement department. The ‘Rachael’ would definitely do the trick.
Though we don’t claim to be financial experts (does it even matter these days?) we think that launching an Android phone would certainly do more help to their portfolio than harm. The phones rumored to show up by these companies are the most exciting phones that Android has in the pipeline, why not make it priority number one?
If you were disappointed with the Motorola Morrison, you weren’t alone. We thought that Motorola’s purported first Android effort was targeted more for the messaging heavy customer base (read: teenage girls) than the traditional smartphone user (read: us). And coming from a company like Motorola, whose hardware design is typically top-notch, we couldn’t help but feel underwhelmed. Luckily, that’s not Motorola’s only Android device. Meet the Motorola Sholes.
According to multiple reports, the Motorola Sholes has a 3.7” (480 x 854) touchscreen, 512 MB storage, 256 MB RAM, microSD/SDHC support up to 16 gig (with 8gb sd card shipping with the phone), 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, GPS, WiFi, and support for CDMA and EVDO Rev A. Oh yeah, it runs Android and is supposed to launch in October of this year.
The product photos point towards the Motorola Sholes being a Verizon phone but it’s still fairly early in the game to confirm. The design can definitely be likened to the Morrison but it looks loads more polished and light years more ‘grown up’. Though we’re good with the design, we’re a little confused about the Bottom Edge of the phone which feels incomplete, the slider front doesn’t cover the end—weird.
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