So the lads and lassies at Laptop Mag are doing their Battle of Champions as a follow-up to the Smartphone March Madness tournament. And in the finals just happen to the Palm Pre Plus and the Droid Incredible. It's Verizon vs. Verizon, smartphone vs. (erm) smartphone, slider vs. slab. Vote early, vote often, and vote below.
We had a post all about finding the Intercept available for pre-order at the Sprint evp site ready to go, and then the press release rolled in. Sprint has announced that the Samsung Intercept, the successor to the venerable Samsung Moment will be available Sunday, July 11, for $99 after rebate two-year agreement. It's not the beast of a phone that the Epic 4G will be, but it certainly looks like a solid mid-level handset and at just under a hundred bucks comes at a decent price point. Hit the break for the full press release from Sprint.
Qik has announced that more than 25,000 video chats are taking place each and every day through its servers. That's a lot of video chatting. In the same breath, they also announce the new version of their Android app with some improvements concerning connectivity and account activation. They have also disabled the automatic archiving of the video chats.
Personally, I haven't used Qik yet for any video chatting, preferring Fring (because I know people that use Skype and I don't know people who use Qik). How about the rest of you? Let us know in the comments how you feel about Qik, the new update, and if you're one of the over 25,000 daily chats. [via the Qik blog]
OK, we admit it. Despite our public loathing of Motoblur, the Motorola Charm (just announced for T-Mobile) has piqued our interest a bit, given that it'll be the first front-facing QWERTY Android phone. Motorola's done up a cute little video showing off its latest. And while we're not exactly convinced it's going to be the Android messenger we've been dreaming of, we're definitely looking forward to giving it a shot. Check it out after the break. Thanks, Miguel!
This tall piece of blurriness you see here reportedly is a leaked T-Mobile roadmap, and we see at least a few known Android smartphones listed, as well as some likely comers. There's no real telling what the dates mean, or just how legit this is. But let's break it down anyway:
The myTouch 3G, Cliq and Cliq XT look to possibly be getting their Eclair updates in August.
The HTC Vanguard (there's a new name) is listed at Sept. 9, and the Charm looks to be slated for an update right around then.
The HTC Emerald (there's a name that goes back to the Project Emerald moniker) is marked at Nov. 5 or so, along with the Motorola Jordan and what could be the Begonia (tell us that code name's wrong, please).
Another HTC phone -- the Schubert?) is under Nov. 17.
Remember that a good bunch of what you see here is completely unofficial and unconfirmed, so we'll have to see how this pans out. And as far as those future phones go, there's no telling whether they're Android, or may the eventual launch of Windows Phone 7. But that said, there's a good possibility that T-Mobile's got one hell of a fall lineup coming our way. [via AndroidSpin]
And now for something truly awesome. Some fellas from Georgia Tech (Go Jackets!), in partnership with Qualcomm in their Augmented Reality Game Studio, have created a Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots game using Qualcomm's new Augmented Reality platform and recently-introduced SDK. You just point the app at a special arena map and the robots spring to life in your world. As a bonus, Qualcomm has included location and compass support, so moving around in space gives you a different perspective on your game. Check the video after the break [via Android and Me]
This saga of the hilarious Evo vs. iPhone videos produced by a Best Buy employee just got even better. When last we heard, Brian Maupin, 25, had been suspended by the retailer while it conducted some sort of investigation. His job hung in the balance. The investigation -- which we have a hard time typing while keeping a straight face -- concluded, and Best Buy chose not to fire Maupin, who then said thanks, but no thanks, and is looking for work elsewhere.
Takes some stones to do that, for sure. Good luck, Brian, and thanks for the laughs. Check out Best Buy's statement and Maupin's reaction -- as well as the videos in question -- after the break. (Warning: Foul language ahead) [via TechCrunch]
Google made a pretty big splash at its Google IO conference when it said the browser on Android 2.2 is the world's fastest. And Ars Technica has done some legwork that backs up that claim. In the chart above, you can clearly see Froyo on the Nexus One beats the radio signal out of iOS on the iPhone 4 in SunSpider and V8 benchmarks. So while you're taunting your iPhone-using friends by, oh, actually using your phone in front of them, show 'em this chart while you're at it. [Ars Technica]