And as if on cue, here comes the next phone from the major Dell leak currently under way. The Smoke brings a front-facing QWERTY keyboard to Android -- something a number of us have been clamoring for for quite some time now. But that comes along with a 2.8-inch QVGA display. Trade-offs, ya' know. There's also a 5MP camera, Qualcomm MSM7230 processor at 800MHz, Flash 10.1 support and 512MB of ROM/256MB of RAM. That's all packed into a 10.5mm-thick body with 1170mAh battery. This guy wet your whistle any? [Engadget]
Even though we're still waiting on a release date, and Sprint hasn't even held its EVO 4G extravaganza event in New York, Android Central forums member PanzyDog got some hands on time with the HTC EVO 4G today. So what does PanzyDog have to say about it? Well how about things like:
It is simply amazing So fast, so big! I didn't have a [sic] issue with it in my front jeans pocket
Be sure to check out the forums post for his full impressions of the device, and after your appetite is sufficiently whet check out our hands-on with the beast. And the picture shows another another thing that might interest a few of us. Working 4G! I guess it's time to gather up the camping gear for the release of this beauty.
With all these new superphones it looks to be a great summer for Android fans!
Now here's an interesting mix of bringing sexy to the masses, following (or preceding?) the big daddy Dell Thunder. The Dell Flash features an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 chipset -- for those of you who aren't processor nerds, that's Snapdragon for the common man -- with a 3.5-inch TFT LED screen, 5MP camera and 512MB of ROM and ROM. And that's all in a package that's just 11mm thick.
AT&T's 3G bands are on board, as well as a ("targeted" 1300mAh battery and full Flash 10.1 support. It's more sexiness from Dell. What's next? [Engadget]
Seems like only yesterday that we were asking "What else could we see in an Android phone?" We also were asking "Seriously? This is the best Dell can do?" Looks like we're getting our answer, in the Dell Thunder (cousin to the Windows Phone 7 Dell Lightning), snagged in a fairly major leak from Engadget. See if these specs pique your interest any:
There's also a very custom "Stage" UI on top of Android. We'll just have to wait and see about that. And we're a little hesitant about the lack of a dedicated search button on the front of the phone. But we're getting way ahead of ourselves. There will be plenty of time to drool over the Thunder. [Engadget]
Interested business owners can sign up for the service here -- http://maps.google.com/businessphotos. Of course, Google can't visit every store that signs up, so there's already talk of allowing store owners to upload their own photographs to their Place page at Google Places.
I see lots of potential for this project, both good and bad. My wife can do some virtual shopping for purses on 5th Avenue, but so can unsavory types who may be interested in what's inside a store for all the wrong reasons. What do you think? Good? Bad? Ridiculous? Shout out in the comments! [via Google LatLong Blog ]
We asked you to tell us about your favorite racing games for Android. And while the results weren't as numerous as other categories, there were two clear winners. We'll take a look at them after the break.
There's been a little bit of confusion regarding some of the specs of the Verizon Droid Incredible. Let's clear up on of them. On every info sheet we've received, ROM -- aka the place to which you can install applications -- is listed at 512 megabytes. When you dive into the phone settings on the device, however, you'll see listed 748MB of "phone storage."
So what gives? HTC now tells us that you can install apps to all of that space, which is a pleasant treat, indeed! Have more questions about the Droid Incredible? Ask us in this forum thread and we'll get them answered soon.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: We have the coolest readers on the Internet. Better than PreCentral, better than TiPB, better than CrackBerry, even, and them's big words.
Anyhoo, after the break we bring you the third installment of entries in the quest to win my Nexus One, and they keep getting better and better. Can't wait to see what we get over the coming days. And there's still time to enter. Details here. Good luck, everybody!
Sure enough, the Verizon Droid Incredible (you might have seen a story or two about it here), by some strange act of fate, is being shipped early to a few disbelieving customers who pre-ordered on Monday. That said, as great as it is that dude above shot video of his Droid Incredible, we're taking away points 'cause he couldn't go the whole 2 minutes without making an "it's Incredible!" pun. [Android Forums via Engadget]
Good news for our friends in the United Kingdom -- you finally can make your way throughout her majesty's land using Google Maps Navigation. Which comes in handy when airports shut down thanks to Icelandic volcanoes, right? And even better is that it works with Android 1.6, too. (Thanks, Darren, for the pic, and everyone else who sent this in!)
“Multi-touch will not be a feature in future updates for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 because the device does not support multi-touch due to her software and hardware configuration. The operation and user experience of the phone will be further improved and Sony Ericsson will come with her own intuitive way of, for example, zooming in and out.”
So there you have it folks. No multitouch on the Xperia X10. And frankly, it's been so long since anyone has been excited about the X10, we're not sure anyone cares if there's multitouch or not.. [via Twitter and androinica]
The Garminfone has taken a long journey to hit a US carrier and now, finally, it's getting official. T-Mobile just announced that the Garminfone will be available later this Spring, and this "Garminfone" is a dead ringer for the Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 we saw back at MWC. It only rocks Android 1.6 with a 600MHz processor, 3.5-inch display, 3-megapixel camera and your usual slew of connectivity options. So yeah, this Garminfone is happening. The question remains whether anyone would want a mid-level device that prioritizes GPS before everything else. For some reason, we're thinking no. [Garmin via engadget]
HTC actually introduced new copy-and-paste features in the new version of Sense way back at Mobile World Congress, but let's take a look at it here on the Verizon Droid Incredible. You can select one word, several words, or whole paragraphs, and from there paste them into another application, look up a word in Wikipedia, or share it with a friend. (You also can share links.) Note that these features are currently only available in the browser and partially in HTC's e-mail client (not gmail), and we did experience a hiccup or two. Take a look.
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