This is still a ways away from official, but it's looking more likely that the Motorola Motoroi (aka the Sholes Tablet) will be headed for T-Mobile USA. Exhibit A: The above whoopsie from Motorola that at one point had the Sholes Tablet coming to T-Mobile USA. And Exhibit B: The below shot out of the FCC that apparently shows the Sholes Tablet using T'Mo's 3G bands. About the only thing missing now? An actual announcement from Motorola or T-Mobile. Stay tuned, folks. [via CellPhoneSignal]
We're drawing lines between dots here but aren't quite coming up with a picture yet. Above is a screen shot obtained by the Boy Genius Report and posted for "informational purposes" (meaning they aren't all that sure about it either) that shows what might be the "HTC Supersonic" running on T-Mobile with Android 3.0. That said, let's consider the following:
The A9292 is listed as a WiMAX device. It seems a bit early for T-Mobile to be prepping a WiMAX phone.
The model number is listed as the "HTC Supersonic." Emphasis ours. Maybe we're reaching here, but the Nexus One model number is merely "Nexus One," not "HTC Nexus One." Same for the Droid. It's just "Droid," not "Motorola Droid." Maybe something, maybe nothing.
Android 3.0? Already?
Those are a whole lot of ifs. So maybe this is real; maybe it's not. It's way too early to tell.
You may now safely use GPS on your Rogers Magic and Dream. HTC has issued a fix for the problem that left 911 calls unreliable due to a bug in the GPS. The fix at the time was to turn off GPS, which is kinda a popular feature these days, if you hadn't heard.
HTC turned around the patch just a week since Rogers went public (though some say the issue has been known much longer). This is a mandatory update. Rogers isn't kidding about it. If you don't update your phone, Rogers will turn off your Internet access on Sunday, Jan. 24, until you do update. Here's the full statement:
“A mandatory software update is now available for Rogers HTC Dream and Magic customers to ensure 911 calls can be completed on these devices. These customers need to go immediately to http://www.rogers.com/dreamsoftwareupdate or http://www.rogers.com/magicsoftwareupdate on a PC to download the update. Users of Windows 7 or Macintosh will need to call 1-888-Rogers1 for update instructions. Customers will need to backup any personal items before the update process.
Oh, and to sweeten the deal, Rogers says “You will be compensated automatically for this inconvenience with a credit of one month of data fees." Also, included in the update for the Magic is a new version of the Sense UI that includes multitouch. [via MobileSyrup]
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Looks like our pals across the pond are getting closer to having the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 (see our hands-on) in their hands. First we have the above Vodafone product material. No word on when it's dropping. Our tipster says sometimes getting the material in store means "very soon," and other times it doesn't.
Then there's O2, which briefly listed the Xperia X10 as a phone for which it would have accessories. O2 later took it back, telling CoolSmartPhone "We currently haven’t announced any involvement with the X10 and so our web team will be removing this listing shortly." Whoopsie. So either that's a true mistake (doubtful), or we'll be seeing the X10 there soon enough.
Throwing a wrench into some of the discussions in our forums and here on the site, Motorola took to Twitter today to say that it hasn't pushed out an update for the Motorola Droid since the December update, which we take to mean the Android 2.0.1 update. So what's the deal? And, more important, when will we see the Android 2.1 update hit? (Thanks, Jeremy!)
Update: Apparently all you pitchfork-wielding Motorola fans have spurred another comment from @MotoMobile:
Sprint ROM cookers are foaming at the mouth this morning as HTC has released the source code for the Sprint Hero. That means better ROMs, built from the same zeros and ones as HTC. It likely won't contain every line of code you'll find in an official Hero ROM, as close-sourced code doesn't have to be released. But it's already been compiled, and ROMs are cooking as we speak. [via geekforme - thanks, Keith]
Welp, there it is. The updated T-Mobile myTouch 3G Version 1.2. Looks just like the current one, save for the 3.5mm headphone jack, which is a welcome addition. Actually, there are rumors that there's more RAM on board (the current myTouch 3G has 512MB ROM/192MB RAM), but we'll have to wait and see on that. Still looking for an early February launch. [via TMoNews]
If you need a refresher, the Lenovo LePhone packs a 3.7 inch 480x800 touchscreen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and a 3MP camera. The picture above shows the potentially maddening optional keyboard but it seems like the LePhone might actually be an attractive device. Worldwide releases will follow the China launch later in the year so we'll see if Lenovo can do some damage in the smartphone space.
We know a lot of you guys got the recent Motorola Droid OTA Update, we personally haven't, but we're hearing that among other fixes, the battery life of the Droid has been much improved. Originally intended to fix Facebook issues, maybe the OTA Update improved the battery life of the Droid as well? Since the battery of the Droid has never been a problem for us, we're wondering which one of you guys are noticing the difference? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to let us know if you got the Droid OTA update!
Battery life improvements withstanding, all we really want is Android 2.1 on our Droids.
Good news for those of you with the Archos 5 Internet Tablet (not to be confused with that other tablet that doesn't yet exist): The Android 1.6 update that was pulled as quickly as it was released last month is ripe for the picking. That pesky browser problem that forced the delay presumably has been squashed. There's also better "optimization of applications on the high-resolution screen," new quick search, bettery power management features and a new version of the ThinkFree Mobile docs viewer. [Archos via Engadget]
Looking to market your Android app in China? Don't want to be bothered with Google's Android Market? Motorola's got you covered with SHOP4APPS. It's offering app testing, merchandising and promotion within China, interesting given Google's recent pullout.
On the one hand, it's yet another app store. Just what the world needs. On the other, and as Engadget notes, it gives the option to make someone other than Google the default search provider on an Android headset, which is no small thing either. [Motorola]
The Q4 numbers are in, folks, and Google's revenue for the final three months of the year was $6.7 billion, up 17 percent from the fourth quarter of 2008. Google-owned sites (YouTube and the like) made up 66 percent of that revenue for a total of $4.42 billion, up 16 percent over Q4 2008. AdSense revenue totaled $2.04 billion, or 31 percent.
We once again bow to our benevolent overlords. [Google]
Update: We listened in on the earnings call. CEO Eric Schmidt and Co. were upbeat about 2010. "We're back in business full-blast," Schmidt said. There was a good amount of talk about mobile (read: Android), but really nothing you haven't heard before.
Schmidt: "The Droid and Nexus One show the power of the Android approach."
"With all the capability these phones coming have, we think there's potential to make the mobile web better than the PC web." - Jonathan Rosenberg, Senior VP of Product Management
And Patrick Pichette, CFO, when asked about Nexus One margins: "We don't track percentage margins. We're looking for opportunities to innovate, ship products that are disruptive, game-changing."
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