Remember that London Press Event we told you guys about? The one happening on June 24th where no one has a clue what's going to be released. Well, we're getting reports from the Economic Daily News that it may be an announcement for BOTH the HTC Hero and HTC Lancaster. Yeah, two Android devices launching on the same day!? Crazy!
But if you remember correctly, the HTC Lancaster was leaked as AT&T's first Android phone. That note is important considering that AT&T is supposed to have timed exclusivity with the HTC Lancaster, which brings into question the location of the press event: London. Why in the world would the press event be in London if it was for AT&T's big Android launch?
It doesn't really make sense to us. Combine the fact that the EDN didn't cite any sources, this is beginning to sound like a stab in the dark. Hey, they could very well be right and we wish for them to be, but this sounds too good to be true, for now.
What do you guys think? Could two Android Phones be announced the same day?
We've all been in that situation before: You're in a new city, you have no idea where anything is, you need help. Thankfully, we can now all fire up Google's 'Places Directory' application on our Android phones to solve the problem. Places Directory conveniently uses GPS and Google Maps to help locate the 'places' around you that you may need to find. The 12 categories include: Attractions, Banks, Bars, Coffee, Gas Stations, Hotels, Medical, Movie Theaters, Parking, Restaurants, Shopping and Taxis.
We can definitely envision ourselves using Places Directory in the near feature!
Our good friends at PreCentral.net just published their full review of the Palm Pre and have come away impressed. For those who've been living under a rock: the Palm Pre is most definitely the most exciting smartphone release since well, Android. Our main man Dieter really stepped up and delivered a magnificent review of this much ballyhooed device and we're excited to welcome a new competitor to the fold.
If you ever wanted to know anything about the Palm Pre, PreCentral.net's Review should serve you fine. Over 200 images. 12 videos. Yeah, they do it right.
It looks like the uber-popular ShopSavvy application is missing for some users. The creators of ShopSavvy have received multiple reports of ShopSavvy not displaying in Android Market and are wondering how widespread the issue is. ShopSavvy displays just fine for us (open up Android Market, go to all applications, sort by popularity, it should be 4th).
Starting June 5th, T-Mobile is going to drop the price of the T-Mobile G1 to $149.99 with new activation. This is a $30 price drop from the $179.99 price point the G1 launched with. Could this be a sign of clearing out inventory for the next onslaught of Android devices?
We'd love to sit down and play with a Garmin-ASUS Android phone, if only to see if this relative newcomer in the smartphone game can create a compelling device. It'd be great to see what Garmin can cook up.
Fresh off the news that Acer is joining the Open Handset Alliance and releasing an Android phone in Q4 2009, we have reports that an Acer Android-powered Netbook will be coming earlier than that: in Q3 2009. Details are predictably sparse but a real live Android netbook should garner some interest, especially if it releases as early as July.
Though we're still unsure about how Android will translate to the netbook scene, we're more than excited to find out. Hopefully we'll get more details soon!
No one really has any clue what the London HTC Press Event on June 24th will be about. Our friends over at WMExperts are pulling for a Windows Mobile device but here at Android Central, we would love to see the HTC Hero pop up live and in living color. Our Windows Mobile brothers and sisters do have history on their side, the Touch Diamond was released at a similar event a year ago. But don't give up hope yet! Nothing has been confirmed.
Obviously, if you don't know what you're doing...stop right there and just enjoy your Cupcake. This process is a bit more difficult than just load and pop. For full instructions, check out the thread here.
Maybe if we can find some free time over the weekend, we'll give it a go...
The Canadian Countdown for Android just hit zero and that means the HTC Dream and HTC Magic is now available for purchase to our friendly neighbors to the north. Oddly, when we hit the Rogers website, the 'Revolution' page isn't clickable--we couldn't find any more information on pricing, length-of-contract, etc.
But we do have some leaked information on Canadian HTC Dream and Magic pricing courtesy of Best Buy: $149.99 with a new 3-year contract, $45/month voice and data plan. The full retail price of the phones is rumored to be $599.99 without a contract. A picture detailing the purported prices of the HTC Magic and HTC Dream is after the jump.
We don't know if Best Buy and Rogers will have the same pricing, but we'll update the post if they do end up differing.
All signs have been pointing to Acer joining the Android Phone brigade and it's finally official: Acer has announced that they're joining the Open Handset Alliance and bringing an Android Phone to the market by late 2009.
The Open Handset Alliance and its members work towards the develop Android and stay committed to openness. Currently there are over 40 members in the Open Handset Alliance and the number hopes to grow even larger in the future.
If you're interested in Android Netbooks, we may have the first one to get you excited. What you'll see in the embedded video after the jump is an Asus Eee PC 'smartbook' prototype that runs Android on a 1GHz Snapdragon chipset by Qualcomm (as opposed to the typical Intel Atom chip).
What's so cool about this is not just the Android part, it's that this prototype is fanless. The Snapdragon chipset consumes so little power that there's no need for a fan to cool down the computer! Can you imagine the battery life? The thinness?
Check out the video below if you're interested in this cool Asus Eee PC prototype!
We can't tell you how haykuro does it but the man is amazing. He continues to feed us video after video detailing the future of Android. In this particular video we get to see more of the sleekness that is the HTC Hero's ROM. It's really a joy to watch. We don't know if we'll ever see this on a consumer Android handset but if there's a way to easily get this onto our devices, we'll definitely sign up.
The video is definitely worth a watch, if only to brighten up your Monday morning.
We've been suggesting that there's a difference between Google and Android for quite some time now. And it actually turns out that we were right (kind of)! Specifically, there are three different types of Android phones that can offer three entirely different experiences. So though some Android phones may look exactly alike, they could very well be the same device running three different versions of Android.
The Obligation Free Option: device manufacturers can download a free version of Android, load it onto their devices and provide access to as many or as few apps as they want. But the manufacturers cannot preload popular Google applications, like Gmail or Google calendar.
The Small Strings Option: Same as Option 1, except that manufacturers sign a distribution agreement to include Google applications on the phone. Of the 18 to 20 phones coming out this year, Mr. Rubin said, 12 to 14 subscribe to this option.
The Bigger Strips Option (or the No Censorship Version): This option is the "Google Experience" Option. You can determine the phones in these categories by the Google logo (like the T-Mobile G1). Google Applications are included, Android Market access cannot be blocked. Of the phones coming out this year, five or six belong to this category, Mr. Rubin said.
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