Verizon has surprised everyone by making press materials available for the Droid Pro -- looking very different than anyone thought with its candy-bar styling and non-sliding qwerty action. Big Red doesn't have much to say about the Droid Pro so far:
DROID PRO is a new, powerful, stronger and faster solution designed to meet both business and personal needs. The first Android™-based smartphone optimized for business use, DROID PRO is also a global-ready Android smartphone, allowing customers to enjoy wireless voice service in more than 220 countries and data coverage in more than 200 countries.
What do we say? Hello, front-facing QWERTY goodness! We're still waiting on an official announcement and hopefully we'll get to see some more of this guy at CTIA this week in San Francisco. Stay tuned, folks, and in the meantime let's all play the waiting game in the Droid Pro forums.
Update: The official announcement's after the break, folks. Android 2.2, 3.1-inch touchscreen, 3G mobile hot spot, 1GHz processor, 2GB ROM (boo), 2GB microSD card, 5MP camera. Available in the fourth quarter
Top-end world phone Droids weren't the only thing Verizon told us about today, also unveiling the Motorola Citrus, an entry-level, non-Droid-branded Android handset. By the looks of it, Bing is along for the ride, as well as full-tilt Motoblur. Once again, Verizon isn't saying much yet:
Motorola CITRUS™ is powered by Android™ 2.1 and delivers an affordable, entry-level, customizable smartphone experience in a compact design that is easy on both the eyes and the earth.
This one should attract the tweens and feature phone users to Android, and looks like what we've come to expect from the bottom end of Android devices. Which isn;t completely a bad thing. While we all wait for more info, fell free to hang in the Citrus forums and discuss.
Update: The official press announcement is after the break. The short version -- no full specs, but "key features and specifications" are listed, and availability is Q4.
Corning, the manufacturers of Gorilla Glass (as well as dishes that even I can't break), has announced that they will be supplying Samsung with Gorilla Glass for the Galaxy Tab. This is great news, as seven inches of glass is bound to get bumped, scraped, and otherwise abused in everyday use, and having the ultra-tough Gorilla Glass screen will certainly help keep things looking nice and staying scratch free. Samsung already uses Gorilla Glass for their Galaxy S series of phones, and we've seen that it sure can take a beating. Read Corning's press release after the break.
Hey, lookie. Verizon's going to talk LTE tomorrow on the opening day of CTIA's fall event. That's cool. But it's still fairly unlikely we'll get any handset news just yet, though there's still that rumor of the Verizon CFO running around with an LTE Android phone, so you never know. (We'd be plenty happy to be wrong here.) Regardless, our intrepid EiC Dieter Bohn will be at CTIA, and we'll bring you the news as it happens. Or shortly after lunch. [Verizon]
T-Mobile has announced that the G2 is no longer available for pre-order for existing subscribers on their website. According to T-Mobile, this is due to "overwhelming demand." (Or, as Dallin points out, because Oct. 6 is when it was official to go on sale anyway.) This is a perfect way to wrap up one of the oddest phone launches in recent history -- first there was the pre-order debacle many went through before T-Mobile got the website straightened out, then the news that Radio Shack would be selling early, followed by T-Mobile themselves selling the phone a few days early.
If you get one of these in your hands already, or got in on the pre-order and are pacing up and down the driveway waiting for delivery, looks like your timing was great. If there really will be stock issues, who knows how long the wait will be. [T-Mobile] Thanks everyone who sent this in!
I've just wrapped up a week with the HTC Skin Case for the Droid Incredible. The case is made of a flexible black rubber which wraps around the sides and back of the phone, but leaves the front uncovered save for a slight bump around the edges. The back features the love-it-or-hate-it "stepped" ridges that you would find on the back of the phone itself. Join me past the break for a closer look?
When OpenFeint announced it was going cross platform last month, everyone figured it would have an effect on the state of gaming in the Android Market. But I don't think anyone could have guess just how much. Within 72 hours of launch, both the number one and number two spot for the most downloaded paid games were using OpenFeint. Of course we're talking about Fruit Ninja and Mini Squadron, both of which are made better (and more engaging) with the addition of multiplayer through OpenFeint.
It doesn't stop there. Out of the eight games incorporating OpenFeint, four of them are top 15 sellers, and the addition of Android games to the OpenFeint system brings the number of total users to over 40 million, making it the largest mobile social gaming network in the world. I've bought (and wasted countless hours playing) a few Open Feint enabled games, and can understand the attraction. And to follow up all this success, OpenFeint has announced a new batch of 12 titles they're bringing to Android, including titles from Glu, PikPok and ChickenBrick Studios. While my credit card and battery may not be very happy, I can't wait. Read the full press release after the break.
Most – if not all – of us have purchased an application (Beautiful Widgets anyone?) at some point that wasn't priced in U.S. dollars. Well, Google heard our pleas (as well as every other nation's, too), and the market now automatically approximates the price of a foreign app in in your native currency before you press the "purchase" button. As you scroll through the endless list of apps, free or paid, you'll now be able to see the converted price . Look for the telltale sign of an app that has had its price converted, a little tilde "~" denotes if the price displayed is an approximate. Worry no more about foreign prices and be free all you market shoppers! Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
The Samsung Transform may not be available from Sprint just yet (or even announced for that matter), but the user guide (.pdf) can now be found at Sprint's website, nestled away with the other phone documents. I had a quick look through it, appears that the Transform will be sporting a horizontal qwerty and a 3MP camera, running Android 2.1, and there's no mention of 4G that I can see.
Also -- if the device images in the guide are accurate, this one isn't Galaxy S branded either. Here's hoping it gets the same level of support from Samsung and Sprint that the Epic 4G has, because it looks like one of Sprint's best mid level phones ever. Hit the source link to read all about it. [Sprint (.pdf file)] Thanks, Jaggery, for the tip!
Late last month Fring announced fringOut calling -- cheap calls to regular telephone numbers from the Android client. And it's now available (coincidentally on the same day Skype opened up to the rest of Android) in an updated Android app. FringOut allows you to call phones worldwide for as low as 1 cent a minute. Not only does that make their pricing extremely competitive, it also makes it so reasonable that it's hard to justify passing up a deal like that up. Of course, if only Fring and Skype would kiss and make up, it'd make this a much more interesting story.
LG announced that it has decided to postpone the launch of an Android-based tablet device, which it had hoped to release next quarter, to a later date. In a discussion LG had with Google about this decision, a representative from LG stated that the reasoning behind this decision was that they wanted to release a tablet that, “runs on the most reliable Android version” and that they, “are in talks with Google to decide on the most suitable version for our tablet and that is not Froyo 2.2.”
Another explanation as to why LG has done this could be that it is concentrating its resources and efforts on its mobile phone line. We'll see. [via Reuters]
We knew AT&T had some more Android up its sleeve -- we just didn't think it'd be dropping three new phones on us at once. But a trio we have. Seen above from left are the Motorola Bravo, Flipside and Flipout. The deets:
A 3.7-inch WVGA (480x854) touchscreen with 3-megapixel camera, powered by an 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 2GB ROM and a 2GB microSD card. Features DLNA access for streaming media. Motoblur UI atop Android 2.1. Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. 1540mAh battery, weighs 4.59 ounces. Has Adobe Flash Lite.
Available by the holidays for $129.99 after contract. No rebate required.
A 3.1-inch touchscreen (320x480) horizontal slider with four-row keyboard. Runs Motoblur atop Android 2.1. Has a 3MP camera. Is powered by a TI OMAP 3410 processor running at 720MHz. Has 512MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM and a 2GB microSD card. Has Adobe Flash Lite, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. Wifi b/g and an FM radio. 1540 mAh battery, weighs 5.11 ounces.
Available by the holidays for $99.99 after contract. No rebate required.
We've seen this one before, but now it's official. A 2.8-inch touchscreen (320x240) atop a full QWERTY keyboard. Runs Android 2.1 and Motoblur. Powered by a TI OMAP 3410 processor at 720 MHz. 512MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM and a 2GB microSD card. Wifi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. 3MP camera, fixed focus. 1170mAh battery, weighs 4.3 ounces.
Available Oct. 17 for $79.99 after contract. No rebate required.
All in all, nothing terribly high end, but respectable mid-level phones. Presumably they'll be locked into the Android Market like AT&T's other fare, but that's why we have the Android Sideload Wonder Machine. [AT&T, Bravo, Flipside, Flipout]
Samsung's Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab will soon be available to Japanese customers through the carrier NTT Docomo.
One of the interesting parts of the the press release is that it labels the Galaxy S with Android 2.2, which isn't yet on any of the other versions. The announcement says the phone is due to come out in late October, so maybe around the time we can expect Froyo to be pushed to the rest of the world?
Another interesting note for Japanese consumers is that the Tab will support Docomo's new e-book service, which is expected to launch in mid-October. The Galaxy Tab is supposed to release in late November in Japan.
The two devices will be exhibited at CEATEC Japan, which runs from October 5th through October 9. Great news as Samsung is getting two of its high-end devices to more corners of the world. [NTTDocomo]
Once upon a time there as a little rumor that Skype was going to shed its exclusivity with Verizon and once again be available to everyone else. Friends, that day has come. Chat and call all you want. It's cool. Free Skype to Skype calls. Call internationally for cheap. IM your friends. One caveat here is that calls have to be made over Wifi in the United States, but that's not the worst thing in the world.
So let's raise a glass to the death of another exclusive agreement that shut out more users than it included, and get your download on after the break. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
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