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5 years ago

Rogers Drop Price of HTC Magic & HTC Dream to $79.99

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Now this is what we like to see Canada!. After Rogers had dropped the price of the HTC Magic and HTC Dream down to $99.99, they're at it again! Rogers just recently dropped the price AGAIN to an even more affordable $79.99 (with 3 year contract). We're hoping the price drop is a sign that newer Android devices are coming (HTC Hero anyone?) and not indicative of poor sales. At $79.99 the HTC Magic and HTC Dream are wonderful deals--hopefully T-Mobile will toss us Americans a bone by offering a similar deal!

[via engadget]

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5 years ago

Motorola Morrison Specs Leak

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The Motorola Morrison isn't the most popular device around Android Central, we were very disappointed in its look and felt it was targeted more towards texting teenagers than any other market. So though the Morrison will run Android (no word if it'll run Blur), Android may be simply an afterthought for most customers--they'll surely be more interested in its electric blue color rather than using an open source OS.

But maybe the leaked Morrison specs can change our mind:

  • Qualcomm 528 MHz CPU
  • 320x480 HVGA display
  • 256 MB of RAM, 512 MB flash memory
  • microSDHC support (32GB)
  • accelerometer, magnetometer, proximity sensor & ambient light sensor
  • 5 MP camera with autofocus
  • GPS, 3G, and Wi-Fi

It definitely won't be pushing the envelope in terms of power but it looks to be a perfectly suitable smartphone. A rumored release date sets the Morrison launch on October 21st. We're hoping for it a little sooner.

What do you guys think about these reported specs of the Motorola Morrison? Better yet, what do you guys think about the Morrison?

[gizmodo]

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5 years ago

HTC Fiesta is an Android Phone Headed for AT&T?

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There's not much to see here but some some internal information on the HTC Fiesta, a device reported to run Android, have leaked. The specs for this HTC 'Fiesta' are hardly worthy of a party:

  • QVGA 240x320 display
  • Numeric keyboard (presumably no physical QWERTY)

We don't expect as big a push for the HTC Fiesta as opposed to the HTC Hero or HTC Magic, those devices were obviously the higher end while the Fiesta seems to be the mid-to-low range. But still, it's much too early in the game to write any product--we're still excited to see what the HTC Fiesta manifests itself into.

[bgr]

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5 years ago

Motorola Building Custom UI For Android Called Blur

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The new trend for Android phones: custom built UI's. The HTC Hero has the Sense UI built on top of Android, the Sony XPERIA 'Rachael' has a drool-worthy interface, and now Motorola will have 'Blur'. According to BGR:

It will combine all personal contacts and social networking sites into a clean and easy to use interface...The skin/OS is named “Blur” by Motorola and will be heavily web-connected. All Android devices will be able to upgrade different sections of the OS and interface all over the air.

That blurb on 'Blur' doesn't do much in the specifics department but we can obviously expect heavy emphasis on social networking sites (facebook, twitter) and maybe even some webOS-like features. Either way, we're very, very excited to see what Motorola can cook up with Android--HTC Sense and the 'Rachael' UI are absolutely wonderful, hopefully Motorola's Blur can be the same.

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5 years ago

Sub $100 Samsung Android Phone in the Works

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We know that Samsung is dabbling with Android, what with the Samsung Galaxy already launched, but did you know that Samsung is planning to release a sub-$100 Android Phone? According to Casey Ryan, Samsung's Product Manager of another device, the Reclaim, "by next year, touch-screen phones, with full Web browsers running the Android operating system will be available for well under $100."

Having a sub-$100 Android Phone in any economy would be a game changer, let alone our current economic state. Details are predictably sparse but we're hoping that Samsung can deliver a compelling option at that price point. That'll certainly get a lot more people into the Android ecosystem!

[nyt]

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5 years ago

Images of Official Android Facebook App Leak

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Android and Facebook haven't always gotten along but we've heard reports that they've set aside their differences and that an official Facebook App for Android was on the way. Though the Android Facebook App was going to be considerably different than the very popular iPhone Facebook App, we were absolutely positive that the Android Facebook App was going to take advantage of Android's unique features and deliver a worthwhile experience.

And though we previously knew very little of the Facebook App, some screenshots has come to light.  The screenshots don't depict everything that the App will be capable of but we're sure Facebook fans will be satisfied, the App even seems to come with a widget! We're fairly certain that an official Facebook offering will be a more compelling option than the current 3rd party applications but honestly we'll have to wait and see. Let's hope that Facebook will deliver a great experience for the Android platform!

[mobilecrunch]

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5 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Shows Up in White

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Forgive us, but the Samsung Galaxy might be the most forgotten Android Phone around these parts. With quiet launches in a few European countries, the Samsung Galaxy has not received the same adoration as the HTC Hero, Sony XPERIA 'Rachael', or even any of Motorola's upcoming Android phones. It's not like we're purposely doing this, we love the hardware, but there's been absolutely no word on a US launch and we're not sure when there'll be one.

With that said, the Samsung Galaxy recently showed up in a new color option: White. All previous images of the Galaxy detailed a sharp looking black but we think this White Galaxy offers a pristine, clean color that suits the device well. Though we usually tend to lean toward black for our gadgets, we think Android Devices look incredible in white.

What about you guys? What's your favorite color for your phones?

[engadget]

Picture of the back of the White Samsung Galaxy after the jump!

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5 years ago

Opera CEO Says Opera Mobile Coming to Android

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Opera CEO, Jon Von Tetzchner, recently stated that their full-fledged browser Opera Mobile will be coming to Android. To quote:

"Yes, we are working on an Android version," von Tetzchner said.

He doesn't give a specific timeline but hopefully it comes out sooner than later. Opera Mini is currently available on Android but Opera Mini doesn't contain the full capabilities of Opera Mobile. Opera Mobile is more powerful and full featured, rendering HTML on the device to access interactive services like those using AJAX and the ability for tabbed browsing. Opera Mobile also includes a download manager, flexible bookmark management, and is reported to be fairly speedy. Opera Mini can only reformat web pages through Opera's servers to deliver in a mobile friendly format.

We're pretty sure Opera Mobile is the best way to go in the Mobile vs Mini argument but we're more excited to see if Opera Mobile can hang with the already great Android Browser. What do you guys think?

[pcmag]

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5 years ago

And Even More T-Mobile 3G Cities!

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The T-Mobile myTouch 3G just launched yesterday and when a flagship product like that gets released with '3G' in its name, you better have your 3G coverage right. So it's onward with the T-Mobile 3G rollout and this latest update is pretty impressive. Buffalo, Syracuse, and Rochester, New York are all enjoying the benefits of T-Mobile 3G along with Bakersfield, Santa Clarita, and Simi Valley, California.

There's still plenty of cities left, so hopefully T-Mobile will get to you guys in a timely fashion!

[tmonews

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5 years ago

HTC Support Site Reveals HTC Hero Heading to Sprint

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It's been rumored before but it looks to be all confirmed now--the HTC Hero will be heading to Sprint. Engadget has seen the official HTC Support Site for the HTC Hero and it detailed the Hero as a Sprint device and that's pretty much that. Sprint is certainly strengthening their product portfolio with the Palm Pre already in tow and the HTC Hero on the way.

What is left up in the air is how long the exclusivity will be (if there will be any exclusivity at all) and what a Sprint CDMA HTC Hero spells for an US GSM version of the Hero. Will there be an unlocked option? Is that no longer a possibility? We'll soon find out.

In the mean time, are you happy with Sprint being the carrier for the HTC Hero? Or would you have preferred T-Mobile or maybe even AT&T or Verizon?

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5 years ago

Amazon Releases Official App For Android

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Amazon.com has just released a free Android application to Android Market that'll offer a fast and easy way to shop on Amazon. After Google, Amazon is one of our favorite companies in the world so we're definitely excited to see an official application that'll take advantage of Android's unique features to deliver a great buyer experience.

To give a quick overview of the app, the Amazon App for Android allows you to find items by either manually searching, taking a picture of it, or scanning its barcode. It'll definitely improve the Amazon experience on your Android handset. You'll have full access to your account settings, order history, wish list and Amazon 1-Click.

We would ponder why it took so long for Amazon to deliver an official Android app considering that the Amazon MP3 Store was available on launch but we won't rain on the parade. Android is ready for the prime time now, big companies and carriers all want their piece.

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5 years ago

Don't Forget: T-Mobile myTouch 3G Available Today

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We first heard about the HTC Magic aka the T-Mobile myTouch 3G way back in February at Mobile World Congress. And now finally after waiting half a year and seeing the Magic launch all over the world, the myTouch 3G is available stateside. Go out to your local brick and mortar T-Mobile store to get your hands on the Second Android Device for the US and don't forget to bring $199.99 (with new 2 year contract)!

Who's getting one? Who already has one? And who's waiting for the HTC Hero?

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5 years ago

Motorola Sholes Pictured in Real Life

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We were decently impressed with the leaked product shots of the Verizon Motorola Sholes, one of Motorola's upcoming Android devices, especially considering it was such a large step up from the Motorola Morrison. But now with a supposed live shot of the Sholes, we've become a wee bit more guarded.

The picture obviously doesn't come with the polish of the product shots but this Motorola Sholes doesn't look as 'high end' as we previously thought. It looks like the Sholes might suffer from high plastickicity and poor constructionism but we'll hold off on our final thoughts until we get one of these puppies in our hands.

But hey, would you look at that. It has an HTC 'Android Chin'!

What do you guys think?

[phonearena]

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5 years ago

Three HTC Android Phones Heading to Android this Year

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The world's biggest market, China, has largely been ignored by Android. Partly due to China's unique (read: difficult) phone standards, there has been little movement in preparing an Android phone for launch. This is all about to change. The HTC Hero, HTC Click, & HTC Magic are all headed to the shores of the Orient--this year.

The HTC Hero and HTC Click will both be re-branded under the Dopod brand (apparently a common occurrence for HTC phones in China), with the Hero being available starting in August for ~$820 (5,600 Yuan) and the supposedly low-end Click being available in Q4 2009 for ~$500 (3,400 Yuan). The HTC Magic will be available via China Mobile.

The price is obviously ridiculous, but hey, China has always done things differently. We're excited to see if Android will pick up in China. What do you guys think?

[via engadget]

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