Verizon Wireless and Google plan to co-develop several Android-based devices that will be pre-loaded with innovative applications from both parties as well as third-party developers. The family of Android phones on the Verizon Wireless network will come from leading handset manufacturers.
How soon will we see Android devices on Verizon? According to the press release, "The agreement will come to fruition within the next few weeks as Verizon Wireless introduces Android-based handsets". So after a year of existence, it looks like Android is hitting the big time. Motorola Droid aka Tao aka Sholes, we can't wait to see you.
Verizon and Google just announced that they'll be holding a joint press conference this morning (10am Eastern, 7am Pacific) to discuss, well, no one really knows exactly. Obviously, when Google and Verizon get together, our minds get spinning for a Motorola Droid aka Tao aka Sholes announcement. Could this be it?
The MOTODEV Summit is kicking off the same day as this Google/Verizon conference and well, if the stars are aligning like we see it, a new Android device just might be shown off. At the very least, we expect Verizon and Google to detail their Android plans--how can they not? Both Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam are slated to speak so this is as big as it gets.
Okay, we don't honestly expect you guys to get overly excited about the HTC Dragon because for one, we have no pictures of the device and for two, all we can offer you is a purported screenshot of the firmware build. But what we can do, is simply blow your mind away with its rumored numbers: the HTC Dragon is supposed to pack a 1GHz processor (likely the Snapdragon platform) and a 800x480 screen. Yeah, you can pinch yourself right about now.
So though we expect the HTC Dragon to be eventually amazing, our advice would be to keep the thought of the HTC Dragon for future reference(can you imagine a 1GHz processor!?) and stay excited for real Android devices coming this year like the HTC Hero, Motorola Droid, and Motorola CLIQ.
According to Leakdroid, the Sprint HTC Hero will be available off-contract for $329.99. Considering the price of the HTC Hero with 2-year contract is already $179.99 and the various advantages in not signing a new contract, the $329.99 price seems to be a relative steal. So if you're lucky enough to be a Sprint subscriber with a great monthly plan, we suggest you strongly consider the off-contract pricing.
BGR just got a leaked Verizon Release Calendar that points the release date for the Motorola Droid aka Tao aka Sholes as October 30th. As in the end of this month. Whoa. To play it safe, the leaked Calendar suggests that October 30th is really the 'target' release date so we don't know how on track Verizon and Motorola currently are but a Verizon Android phone releasing between the Sprint HTC Hero and T-Mobile Motorola CLIQ is as competitive as it gets.
BGR has also received a slide showing that the Motorola Droid aka Tao aka Sholes is at least on track for release 'before the holidays' at Sam's Club. So even if it's not October 30th, it seems like the Verizon Motorola Android device shouldn't be too far off.
hit the jump to see the picture of the leaked slide!
We've got the HTC Hero at Android Central Headquarters (thanks Sprint!) so you can expect full coverage on all things Hero leading up to the official launch on October 11th. We're talking about hands-on pictures, first look thoughts, Q&A's, and of course, a full fledged, in-depth review. If there's anything about the HTC Hero and HTC Sense you don't know, you'll definitely find out. And if you want any specific coverage, be sure to let us know!
Stay tuned for this Hero-focused week at Android Central!
Hit the jump to see another angle of the HTC Hero!
In all seriousness, the Samsung Behold II is a device that's been relatively overlooked here at Android Central but now since it's official, we think it deserves another look (especially since the targeted release date is this year!). Take a look at the specs:
3.2 inch AMOLED screen
TouchWiz UI (3D cube menu for multimedia access)
5-megapixel camera with autofocus, flash, and video
3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
There's no doubt that T-Mobile is building the best-to-date Android product portfolio--the T-Mobile G1, myTouch 3G, Motorola CLIQ and now Samsung Behold II--are all wonderful options for any Android user. With Sprint (and Cellular South) being the only other Android game around, T-Mobile has started to corner the Android smartphone market. Time will tell if they can maintain their head start.
We're very interested to see how the TouchWiz UI will work with Android and more specifically, excited to see if Android can become the media powerhouse the Behold II aims to be. We're not even putting words in T-Mobile or Samsung's mouth, to quote T-Mobile product marketing director, Travis Warren:
“The premium screen and quality camera coupled with Samsung’s innovative cube menu makes the Behold II a multimedia powerhouse that’s made even stronger by T-Mobile’s high-speed 3G network.”
We're looking forward to the end of 2009 because it's looking to be new Android phone release after new Android phone release. So who's excited for the Behold II? And does anyone else think that the Behold II should just be an entirely new name?
Though Android 1.6 'Donut' isn't a dramatic change from 1.5, it still adds some new features to Android. Namely, the Quick Search Box, Updated Android Market, New Battery Usage Indicator and Improved Performance all over the place. Let us know which new feature you feel is the best in the poll above.
Feel free to make your pick and explain why in the comments!
Mobile-review got their hands on the T-Mobile Motorola CLIQ and put it through the harsh light, snapping every angle of the device imaginable. Though the Motorola CLIQ doesn't release until November 2nd for $199.99, these high-quality snapshots should provide prospective buyers with a better idea of how the device looks.
Sadly, Mobile-review never managed to activate the device so we don't get a real-life look at how MOTOBLUR actually works. We'll definitely have our own in-depth look of the Motorola CLIQ in the future, so stay tuned! In the mean time feel free to hit the read link for the full gallery or the jump to see more pictures of the Motorola CLIQ!
We've already reported that Cellular South would be offering the Sprint-styled HTC Hero to their 5 million customers around the gulf coast. That was already surprising news to us, considering we've never heard of the carrier before. But the news gets even better, Cellular South has just announced that they will price the HTC Hero at $99.99 (after $50 mail-in-rebate) with their new Smartphone Unlimited Plan ($79.99 with unlimited talk, text, and data). That sounds like a pretty good deal to us.
Our commenters have lauded Cellular South for their great network and affordability, so we wouldn't be too afraid to jump in (if you can). You can pre-order the device on their website but there's no firm release date yet, so we'll keep a watch for you guys!
If you were interested in the price of the Motorola CLIQ off-contract, you'll be happy (or is it sad?) to know that it's $449.99. For that gigantic lump sum, you'll be able to avoid a 2-year contract and still enjoy MOTOBLUR to its fullest (but you'll still probably need a data plan).
Luckily, if you don't qualify for the $199 pricing (which we personally feel is too high), there'll be a varied pricing structure depending on the status of your T-Mobile contract--so hopefully not too many of us will have to pay the $449 price.
How do you guys feel about the T-Mobile Motorola CLIQ's price of $199 with 2 year contract and $449 off contract? Will you be buying one?
Okay, let's play a little bit of catch up. The device pictured above was first known as the Motorola Sholes, which for a little while turned into the Motorola Tao, and now looks to be named the Motorola Droid. Hmm. Tao is our personal favorite since we're not even sure what a 'Sholes' is and 'Droid' being too repetitive of Android. Regardless of name, it looks like the Motorola Droid/Tao/Sholes won't run MOTOBLUR, instead rocking a 'with Google' build of Android (which actually lends more credence to the 'Droid' name) that will include native Adobe Flash support.
The reported specs of the Motorola Droid/Tao/Sholes (via phonedog):
3.7″ screen with 854×480 (16:9 widescreen) capacitive touchscreen
600 MHz ARM Cortex A8 Processor
5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash and video recording
However, most rumors and reports suggest a later reveal date for the device but with CTIA being held next week, the stars might just be aligning for us. Who's excited for this device and be sure to tell us what's your favorite name--Droid, Tao, or Sholes--in the comments!
We tallied up your votes, read through your answers, and came up with a clear cut winner on which Android device you guys are most looking forward to. Unsurprisingly, it's the device that's been on our minds from the very beginning, runs the best custom UI in HTC Sense, and is the device closest to launch: the Sprint HTC Hero. The voting breakdown is as follows:
Sprint HTC Hero - 40% (739 votes)
Sony XPERIA X3 'Rachael' - 25% (474 votes)
Motorola Sholes (Verizon) - 18% (332 votes)
T-Mobile Motorola CLIQ - 12% (216 votes)
Taking a closer look at the results reveal that the Verizon Motorola Sholes/Tao/Droid made a late push, likely due to the leaked pictures that showed off the stellar hardware. And though it was our own personal favorite, we're surprised that the Sony XPERIA X3 'Rachael' racked up so many votes considering it's not yet firmly linked to a carrier. The T-Mobile Motorola CLIQ finished a disappointing fourth but it's a bit unfair when being compared to these flagship devices (fix that price T-Mobile!).
And to give you guys an idea of which devices were written as 'Other': the Samsung Galaxy and InstinctQ receive a lot of votes, as did the same phones originally listed but on different carriers (Hero on AT&T, etc).
Stay tuned for the next poll! We hope you guys continue to vote and thanks for participating!
It's official folks. The Android 1.6 'Donut' update is rolling out to T-Mobile G1 and myTouch 3G devices as we speak. The update will be pushed out to users over-the-air by T-Mobile. We're glad the 'Donut' rollout went a lot smoother than the 'Cupcake' update, maybe Android and T-Mobile are getting the hang of this. Either way, be sure to let us know when you receive the 'Donut' update!
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