Spent some quality time today with the folks from HP, who gave us some face time with their new Android-based netbook, the Compaq Airlife 100. As you'll hear, it has an advertised 12-hour battery life and basically brings the complete Android experience to an instant-on form factor complete with the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 16GB solid-state drive.
It's full Android, so it's full touch on the 10-inch screen, and it has the usual access to the Android Market. It also has a launch bar at the bottom for frequently used apps, which was handy. Peep the video after the break.
Rejoice Canada. The Motorola Milestone is finally officially available on Telus! It's going to be interesting to see if the Milestone can take off in Canada without having the marketing push that Verizon had with the Droid. We're definitely hopeful because even with new Android devices around, the Milestone is an amazing device. It'll be available for $199 with new 3-year contract or $599 without contract.
Oh and we almost forgot, you can unlock the Telus Motorola Milestone for use with AT&T 3G.
Here's a quick look at Opera Mobile on Android. And it looks, well, like you'd expect Opera Mobile to on Android. It's nice and fast, thanks to the major compression going on, and it'll make a nice addition to Android's browser arsenal. Problem is, you can't get it. We've mentioned before that Opera Mobile's only available to manufacturers and carriers: Basically it has to be cooked into the ROM. And so it remains, which is too bad.
The good news is there's still Opera Mini, which can be found in the Android Market. But we'd love for the big brother to make it onto our phones some day.
The E110 (which we've seen) is a budget minded phone targeted for the lower end. It has a 2.8-inch touchscreen and 3.2-megapixel camera but disappointingly runs Android 1.5. The E110 also comes with a new Acer-built UI. It'll be available in March in black or dark blue options.
The E400 (pictured above) is easily more compelling. It packs a 3.2-inch screen with a 3.2-megapixel camera and is powered by a 600MHz Qualcomm Processor. Most importantly though, it runs Android 2.1. The E400 will be available in April.
Hit the jump for more pictures of the Acer E400 & E110 Android phones!
Skype and Verizon Wireless are embracing one another and taking a step into the future together. Skype and Verizon Wireless just announced that they'll be partnering up to deliver a full Skype experience for Android devices (and Blackberry) on Verizon Wireless. Here's what you'll be able to do with Skype on Verizon Wireless:
make and receive unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls to any Skype user around the globe on America’s most reliable wireless network
call international phone numbers at competitive Skype Out calling rates
send and receive instant messages to other Skype users
remain always connected with the ability to see friends’ online presence
The current plan is to launch in March on the Motorola Droid, Motorola Devour, & Droid Eris (among other Blackberry phones). Skype will come pre-installed on those devices, fully integrated. This is huge because it kind of, sort of enables users to use Skype in lieu of Verizon Wireless for phone calls, potentially saving users a ton of money. If Verizon just offered a data only plan for Android devices, it'd be even more amazing.
We're not sure how this Skype+Verizon Wireless deal works out for the rest of the industry because there are other Android devices on other networks. Will they receive the same application that Verizon Wireless Android devices would? Would the other carriers allow the same functionality? We'll see soon.
Sorry, folks. Looks like that Feb. 22 date we heard about for a supposed Android 2.1 update on the Samsung Moment ain't gonna happen. Sprint just tweeted the above, so we're going to have to wait things out a little longer. Stay tuned. [Twitter]
Ok, it's official: HTC likes to beat on devices. First we see them stress test the Nexus One, now we watch them take a shiny new, not-even-released-yet, HTC Legend and slam it up against a wall. We flinched, no fooling, keep an eye out at 1:25.
The HTC Legend is easily the best looking phone of Mobile World Congress. The thing is carved out of a single piece of aluminium and that adds strength, reduces materials and weight, and just plain makes it feel better in your hand. Some of us (ok, me) are honestly torn between the Desire and the Legend now: I want the Desire for its power, yes, but I don't think I can walk away from the Legend's design and (potential) durability. Something tells me it did better on the "Bend Test" than the Nexus One did.
At HTC's press conference today, CEO Peter Chou committed to bringing the new sense features to their "Hero" line of devices - which we assume for state-siders means the Sprint Hero and Droid Eris. With any luck it'll also come with a shiny new version of Android to boot.
No word on when it'll be, but nice to see HTC is thinking of the little people.
Here's an up-close look at the HTC Legend, the successor to the venerable Hero. An optical trackpad (under the thumb here) replaces the trackball, and it features Android 2.1 and the latest version of HTC's Sense user interface. The shell is carved out of a single piece of aluminum. More pics after the break.
Here we go with an up-close-and personal look at the HTC Desire, the just-announced smartphone featuring Android 2.1 and the newest version of the Sense UI. Remember that it's nearly a carbon-copy of the Google Nexus One, save for the trackball and buttons at the bottom. Same screen, same 1GHz Snapdragon processor.
The HTC Desire received its official blessing today, addressing two things that had been gnawing at us regarding the current king of the hill, the Nexus One: What would it have been like if it had HTC's Sense UI? And is there a more elegant solution than a trackball?
The Desire answers both of those things -- and then some -- with the introduction of an all-new version of Sense running atop Android 2.1.
With HTC's announcement of the Legend and Desire comes a new and improved version of its Sense user interface.
The biggest change is the addition of "Friendstream," HTC's new answer to social networking, aggregating your Flicker, Twitter and Facebook friends in an elegant and easy-to-use widget. The Peep Twitter client is on board, and you can upload video directly to YouTube, par for the course.
And that pinch-to-zoom we've seen on video before? It's there.
Toss on top of that improvements to the e-mail and calendar widgets -- better account management in the inbox and an agenda view as well -- as well as full-screen weather on the clock widget, and Sense is rocking harder than ever.
But wait, there's more. HTC has upped the ante with improvements to the Android browser, bringing the ability to long-press a word or paragraph and look it up straightaway in a dictionary, or send it for translation to another language via Google.
All in all, a worthy update to an elegant user interface, and one we'll look forward to seeing on as many devices as possible.
HTC officially announced the Legend today. While the Nexus one doesn't need to feel completely ashamed, it certainly looks like HTC has taken their shot at putting "best Android Phone this week" back on their mantle.
The Legend is the spiritual successor to the Hero: it has the same angled design with the classic Android 'chin.' Material-wise, however, we have a whole different ball game here. Like Apple's MacBooks, the Legend is carved out of a single piece of aluminium (plus the screen and battery door, natch). HTC also upped the game by dropping the trackball off the Legend and replacing it with an optical trackpad. Unlike the optical trackpad you find on BlackBerrys, HTC's version has the optical sensor in a little hole surrounded by the button. We'll have to see if it works as well as the BlackBerry 'button-as-sensor' implementation, but at the very least it looks more elegant.
Sense-wise, there's a small update. You can pinch-out to get a view of all the Sense screens, social networking has been cleaned up and aggregation improved, and they've added a newsreader widget/app. Spec-wise, there's noth
Size: 112 x 56.3 x 11.5 mm (4.41 x 2.22 x 0.45 inches)
Weight: 126 grams (4.44 ounces) with battery
Display: AMOLED, 3.2 inches Resolution: 320 X 480 HVGA
CPU: 600 MHz
Battery type:: 1300 mAh, Talk time: Up to 440 mins on 3G.
Camera: 5 megapixel color camera
3.5 mm stereo audio jack, Standard micro-USB
AndroidTM 2.1 (Éclair) with HTC Sense
ROM: 512 MB RAM: 384 MB
Supports up to 32 GB microSD
For bands, we have 900/2100 3G and quad-band Edge, which means we're looking at Europe and Asia for this lovely monster of a phone. It hits Vodafone in Europe in April and "other parts of the world including Asia in early Q2." It hits us right in the kisser - come on, HTC, let's see some US 3G here.
The Dell Mini 5, which is a sleek and sexy MID-styled device we've seen before, just got hit with some new news. It's expected to release in the US on both AT&T and T-Mobile and will maybe, hopefully run Android 2.1.
To expand, the exact wording is that it'll be running "something newer" than Android 1.6 which means either Android 2.0 or 2.1 (or maybe something even newer?), and with Android 2.1 being all the rage right now, it'd be almost foolish for them to release the Dell Mini 5 without it. The AT&T and T-Mobile news is interesting (but not unexpected) because we're not really sure who would use this as a phone. Sure, it comes with your typical phone functionality but is it practical to use a device that packs a 5-inch touchscreen as your daily driver? Would people buy it with a contract? We'd imagine more people would buy it unlocked for use as a MID or tablet-styled device. But what do we know.
Overall, the Dell Mini 5 looks amazing and looks to run just as amazing with its 1GHz Snapdragon processor. Dell would definitely have to hit the right price point for this device to succeed and we're definitely hopeful for it. We'll try to get our own hands on soon!
Huawei, which may be an unfamiliar company to most, has actually grown quite familiar with Android. They've released Android devices before and at MWC, they'll be showcasing four more Android phones. The U880 (pictured above) is the cream of the crop, the U8300 comes with a front facing QWERTY, and the U8100 and U8110 are targeted towards the low end. That's a solid Android portfolio if you ask us.
The U8800 is obviously the most appealing because it packs a 3.8-inch touchscreen and runs Android 2.1. It's looking like their flagship Android device and what's interesting is that it'll actually support HSPA+, so maybe we'll see this on T-Mobile one day. The other devices offer compelling features as well, the U8300 may look odd but it comes with the aforementioned front facing QWERTY keyboard. The U8100/U8110 has a 2.8-inch touchscreen and packs 2 cameras, a front-facing Camera along with the typical back facing 3.2-megapixel variety.
The U8800 is expected to release in the third quarter of 2010 while the U8100/U8110 is expected to hit Europen in the second quarter. There was no date listed for the U8300. We expect more details on these devices to come but there's no question that Huawei is positioning themselves to be the next HTC. We wish them nothing but luck.
See the pictures of the new Android phones after the break!
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