Android 2.0 Donut has been made available to developers and it’s an oh so lovely update—we can expect full multitouch, universal search, automatic backups, text-to-speech, a new camera application and even better performance. All these new features make Android all the more appetizing and certainly puts it on par with the newer features of iPhone 3.0 and the Palm webOS.
What’s perhaps most interesting is that Android 2.0 has added CDMA support, which means carriers such as Sprint and Verizon will be able to get in on the Android action. May we see a Sprint HTC Hero like earlier reports suggested? We know T-Mobile isn’t getting it.
Hopefully we can get a working build of Donut onto a T-Mobile G1, we might be even more excited for Donut than we were for Cupcake. What about you guys?
If you've been keeping track of our 'Rachael' coverage, you should know that we're deeply, deeply in love with Sony Ericsson's rumored Android XPERIA Phone. We're in love with the design, we're in love with the wonderful UI, and now we get to fall in love with the specs. Expansys, the UK online electronics retailer, recently leaked the specifications on the much anticipated Sony Ericsson 'Rachael'. And it's oh so lovely.
A 4 inch 800 x 400 touchscreen, 3.5mm headphone jack, 8.1 megapixel camera with LED flash, image stabilization, smile shutter and face detection, and 10 Mbps HSDPA & 2 Mbps HSUPA. And though it's only currently listed on Expansys with European 3G bands, Sony Ericsson needs to deliver this to the US. It'll make a killing.
We love keeping track of T-Mobile's 3G Rollout for you guys because we sincerely believe that having 3G immensely enhances the user experience. And though we would much rather have T-Mobile roll it out in every big city already, that's just not feasible. So we'll tough it out together. T-Mobile 3G is going to come to everyone (eventually!).
According to the latest leaked report, citizens of New Orleans, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Nashville, Salt Lake City, and St Louis, MO will be receiving T-Mobile 3G this quarter. Wow, we weren't aware that such big cities were still without T-Mobile 3G! Hopefully, it'll roll out soon enough because you all definitely deserve it.
We're not really sure how we feel about Google Wave yet, but if it really shapes up to be how e-mail would be if it was invented today, count us in. Plus, we pretty much love anything Google puts out so Google Wave should really be no exception.
And after a big announcement for Google Wave at Google I/O, it's been relatively quiet on that front (with Chrome OS taking over the news). But fear no more, Google will (soft) launch Google Wave in September, offering 100,000 invites to whoever signs up here. It's already been rolled out to developers so when it launches in September, we'll actually have some semblance of what Wave is capable of.
What makes the T-Mobile myTouch 3G marginally unique, when compared to all the other Magics across the world at least, is T-Mobile's involvement in promoting applications that'll make your Android experience that much better (oh, and the personalization). Luckily, we now know which apps T-Mobile believes as must-downloads since their myTouch "AppPack" has been leaked and is even available for download (for the time being, at least).
The apps are:
World Tour (Previously Le’ Tour Eiffel)
Movies by Flixster
Enhance Phone Book
It comes to no surprise that most of the applications recommended by T-Mobile in the "AppPack" are actual T-Mobile applications. We're expecting this to be made available when the myTouch 3G officially releases and crossing our fingers that it'll be offered to T-Mobile G1 users as well.
HTC has long been Android's biggest supporter and with Windows Mobile stagnating, it makes a lot of sense for HTC to expand their Android portfolio and push out more HTC Android devices. So it comes to no one surprise when reports say that HTC will focus on more Android devices in 2010. What is surprising though, is the extent of that focus. Digitimes is reporting that 50% of HTC's 2010 product portfolio will be Android handsets. That's a definite leap from the three current Android devices (Dream, Magic, Hero).
If this report proves to be true, and we don't see a reason for it not to be, HTC will have a considerable lead over other Android phone makers. Whereas everyone else's Android plans are under wraps, HTC will have a whole portfolio to offer. And judging by how in less than a year's time, HTC has already custom built the beautiful new Sense UI on top of Android, that experience will surely pay off. The best, most unique, and powerful Android devices will likely be made by HTC. They'll have earned it.
We've already seen the Motorola Morrison Android Phone before so this picture isn't exactly groundbreaking, but any news regarding Moto and Android basically excites us to no end so we had to pass on the news. Unlike the previous snapshot of the Morrison, this picture actually showcases Android being run on the phone. There's little doubt that this oddly color coordinated phone will run Android.
Taking a closer look at the picture reveals more: there's a T-Mobile logo on the bottom right edge of the screen which along with the T-Mobile Android roadmap, all but confirms the Motorola Morrison as headed to T-Mobile. The black face of the screen looks 'higher end' than the original 'white face' which just looked silly to be honest. We could do without the blue but hey, you can't win 'em all.
In the end, as much as we love the idea of Moto and Android together, we're definitely more excited for both the Motorola Calgary and Ironman, two other Motorola devices expected to run Android. This Motorola Morrison, though a solid effort, seems to be targeted towards text-heavy teenagers, not exactly our demographic. We want the real Motorola. What do you guys think?
The HTC Click, HTC's purported low end Android phone, has been reportedly caught in pictures and it looks rather swell. Obviously, a low end, entry level type device won't win any design awards but if the pictures are real, we think that HTC did everything that's expected in such a device. The hardware buttons seem to be standard fare but the circular d-pad is an interesting new look, perhaps that's where the 'click' moniker comes from? We would love pressing down on that glorious target.
The real news is what will determine how "low end" this Android phone will be. We would imagine just pricing the T-Mobile G1 down to $99 or even $79 could solve the vacuum for a low end Android phone but reports show that the HTC Click may even go as low as to include a resistive touchscreen. Ew.
Perhaps HTC's plan is to offer a terrible Android experience in order to spur upgrades to the G1, myTouch 3G, and Hero? Just joking. Kind of.
The rumors regarding the HTC Hero's delay have been grossly exaggerated. Though T-Mobile UK and Germany still won't release the HTC Hero until August, Orange UK has officially launched the HTC Hero and it's available today. The HTC Hero is available in graphite for the low, low price of free (with qualifying monthly plan).
Prepare for an influx of pictures and videos detailing the Hero very, very soon. Which one of our UK friends are buying an HTC Hero?
Google Checkout has been the only payment option available in Android Market for quite some time and though it's been a wonderful conduit to make payments for applications, it's always better for developers, users, and Google to offer more options. Therefore, Google is going to be offering more payment options to purchase applications in Android Market. One option detailed will be to add purchases directly to your monthly carrier bill (which could actually be a bad thing).
The new payment options are said to be a part of an effort to make Android less 'Google-centric'. Which makes sense, having non-Google options definitely lessen Google's grips over Android and will hopefully get more users to download applications in Android Market, which means more developers will develop for Android, which means Android becomes even more successful. All great things in our book.
And though we'll probably stick with our Google Checkout method for purchasing applications in Android Market, it'll definitely be worthwhile to see what the other options are, if only for the sake of seeing them. Hey, Android is all about the options, right?
Gizmodo is speculating that Google will eventually bring their new desktop OS, Chrome OS, to their current OS, Android's, space--smartphones. We can't argue with them either, Android and Chrome OS seem to be on a collision course that we'll definitely be hearing about more in the future.
Gizmodo bases their theory off the quotes from Google VP of Engineering Vic Gundotra's quotes at Mobilebeat 2009. He stated that web development will be the future for successful mobile platforms, and what do you know, the web is Chrome OS's moneymaker.
With Google's belief that the web/browser holds the key to mobile success, whatever OS that offers the best web/browser experience would likely be considered the leader of the pack. Whether that is Android or Chrome OS is too early to tell but it seems Google will be happy either way--more people on the web simply means more Google users which simply means more money in big Google's pockets.
We're hopeful that Chrome OS will stay away from smartphones but its good influence and innovation will find its way to Android. Yeah, we want to have our cake and eat it too. What do you guys think?
HTC has long been Android's biggest supporter--they're the only phone maker that offer two (soon to be three) dynamically different Android phones. With the T-Mobile G1 being the Android device best fit for keyboard enthusiasts, the T-Mobile myTouch 3G being the touchscreen experience device, and the upcoming HTC Hero being the most advanced in the bunch, the logical space left would be for a low-end, entry-level device.
There are some rumors floating around that point the HTC Click as the entry-level Android phone. We're simply postulating, but could the HTC Click be a non-touchscreen Android option? Is that even possible? Better yet, is it even desirable?
Either way, the reports show that HTC is preparing a slew of devices for release, details and specifications are predictably hard to come by--the only thing we hope for is that the launch date will be sooner rather than later!
Obviously, these are just product shots designed to show the best angles of the device but we can't help but drool. We're itching for this Android XPERIA phone and we're hoping for Sony Ericsson to hit it out the ballpark with this. It's been too much good news to mess up.
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