So long as we have the HTC Aria, let's do some benchmark tests, shall we? The second Android phone from AT&T has a Qualcomm MSM7227 processor at 600MHz. And before you start screaming about how anything that has less than a 1GHz Snapdragon processor shouldn't even be bothered with, remember that the Aria has a 3.2-inch screen and shouldn't need the same processing power as a high-end (read: larger) phone.
And while we've seen a little stutter in some of the games we like to play, you'll find the Aria is as snappy (or snappier, even) as the likes of the Evo 4G and Neuxs One when it comes to tooling around the user interface. But you're going to ignore all that an just bemoan the lack of gigahertz, aren't you. ... So let's just cut to the benchmark tests? After the break, folks.
Resistive screen? Check. Outdated version of Android? Check. Familiar looking box and logo? Check. Yes, all the makings of a cheap knockoff are in there. Some people call them 'KIRFs' (Keeping It Real, Fake). We call them .... well, we call them lots of things -- most of which aren't fit to print. This one's a bit more interesting though. Not because of the internals (they're still lackluster), but because of the lengths manufacturer Sanxi went to making this a complete clone of that other tablet. Even the box is a pretty close replica. If you're wandering the streets of Beijing be on the lookout. If you're not, just hit the source link for a chuckle or two. [Tech, Travel and Tuna via Engadget]
We thought Google made a pretty good case for Google TV at its Google IO conference last month. But if you're still having trouble explaining it to that special someone in your life -- you know, wife, mom, whomever controls your money because you just can't help yourself -- Google's worked up a great explainer video.
For you non-visual learners, Google TV will come baked into new Sony TVs this fall, and will also be available as an add-on set-top box. Then you'll have access to the entire Internet, including a Webkit-based browser, and even Android apps. Want to watch a show? Search for it. If it's on, you can watch it via cable or satellite, just like normal. Or you can tap into a show's web feeds, and watch it that way, all on your TV. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Check out the video after the break. (Thanks to everyone who sent this in.)
We've pretty much known the HTC Desire (see our hands-on) is coming to the United States ever since we first showed it to you on a Cellular South U.S. Cellular rebate form. But now HTC itself has made things a little more official with the above post on Twitter. It's coming to some regional carriers in August, and Cell South's still a pretty good bet. More as we get it. [@htc]
At the same time as it announced the Xperia X8, Sony Ericsson revised its update schedule for the Xperia X10, X10 Mini Pro and X10 Mini (seen here from left). Previously slated to get Android 2.1 in the fourth quarter of this year, updates should now start "from Q3 onwards," according to a press release and the official SE Product Blog. The blog goes a tad further, saying the upgrades will start "from the latter part of Q3." Still long overdue, but some movement is better than none at all. [Press release, SE Product Blog]
It's not really a big stretch to come up with, but TechCrunch chief Michael Arrington says he has "multiple sources close to Google" who tell him the stock Android user interface will get a pretty big overhaul in the next version, tentatively nicknamed Gingerbread and possibly headed for release by the end of the year.
But you have to wonder how many carriers and/or manufacturers will be willing to forgo their own custom UIs for stock, no matter how good it is. Still, options are good, so we look forward to seeing whatever Google cooks up next. [TechCrunch]
Remember that Altek camera that comes with a phone attached we showed you a week or so ago? It's back, with some nice action shots and even a video. Android 2.1 has been confirmed as the OS (According to vice president JS Liang, Froyo is being worked on) with a slightly customized UI. We also get some info about release in Asia -- Hong Kong, China and Taiwan in Q4 of this year, and the price will translate into about $499.00 USD. No word about this one hitting the west -- sorry guys.
Hardware specs are a little sketchy for now. Altek is a camera manufacturer, so they didn't realize that phone geeks wanna know what's under the hood. But we have all the camera specifications, and guess what? It looks like a true replacement for a point and shoot camera is finally here. 14 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD, 3x optical zoom lens (at up to 36mm), xenon flash, and dedicated camera controls should make for a nice little digicam -- with a phone attached. Hit the break for a couple more pics, and a short video.
Father’s day is nearly upon is, and T-Mobile wants to help you celebrate. On Saturday, go visit your local T-Mo store and pick out any phone they’ve got for free – all you’ve got to do is switch to a family plan, or add a new line. Now's your chance to get your hands on that shiny new myTouch Slide, or maybe your Dad has had his sights on the Garminfone. Either way it’s a great deal, but be sure to check to see if your local store is participating before you ambush them. [via T-Mobile]
We showed off the new Android Market with the "update all" and "allow automatic updating" earlier, and we've been waiting for an app to come along to talk about this part. I finally was close to a computer when it happened and was able to document the process instead of just talking about it. It's another of those nice touches that come along with Android 2.2, but this one has security and the safety of your information in mind. Follow the break to see a step-by-step in action.
Welp, there it is. The Motorola Droid X. Not on a plane, not some blurrycam shot. It's 4.4 inches of Motorola goodness, and Engadget managed to score some time with it ahead of an expected launch event on June 23.
Their takeaway? A 4.4-inch -- bigger than the Evo 4G -- screen with Android 2.1 and a new Motoblur-ish skin. Swype's on board (so much for that T-Mobile exclusive), and the keyboard has honest-to-goodness multitouch. Performance is said to be plenty fast, thanks to its 1GHz processor.
It's going to be a battle of heavyweights this summer, we betcha. Peep some hands-on video after the break, and hit up Engadget for the full run-down. [Engadget]
And another new phone falls to the genius of the Android hacking community. You'll recognize the names -- eugene373, Paul O'Brien, and Koushik Dutta. These guys used the fake OTA method that was devised for the HTC Droid Incredible to crack the MyTouch3G Slide wide open, add the necessary files, and write a custom recovery to the phone. This makes it wide open and ready for ROMs and Metamorphing and all the other goodness that comes with root. Eugene373 has worked up a clear set of instructions, and all the tools and files needed are at the source link.
The Slide is a pretty darn nice phone to start with, and this just made it better. Only thing left is to convince the wife I need another phone. [xda-developers via Twitter] Thanks William!
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