Sprint has finally announced the Android-based Motorola Admiral, one of its new Direct Connect phones. It'll be available in stores Oct. 23 for $99 on contract and after $50 rebate, and in all Sprint channels on Nov. 13.
The mil-spec phone (meaning you'll have to work hard to break the thing) features a 3.1-inch VGA touchscreen, 1.2GHz processor and Android 2.3, with a front-facing QWERTY keyboard. Other specs include:
5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video capture, flash and 4x zoom
3G Mobile Hotspot capability supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
We've already heard HTC's thoughts on Ice Cream Sandwich, and now Sony Ericsson has revealed its plans for the next version of Android. According to a statement on the manufacturer's Dutch Facebook page, SE plans to bring Android 4.0 to its 2011 Xperia line, which includes phones like the Xperia Arc and Xperia Play.
Here's a translation of the statement from Sony Ericsson Nederland --
We are planning to upgrade our 2011 Xperia smartphone portfolio to the next Android platform, following Gingerbread 2.3.4. The official Sony Ericsson communication about software upgrades will always be what my international colleagues publish on our Blog: http://blogs.sonyericsson.com/
So great news for owners of those devices, and proof that SE wasn't kidding when it promised to step up its game back in January. Looks like we'll be avoiding a repeat of last year's unpleasantness.
See what we did there? Look, we're not saying anything new here, but we have a feeling we're going to have to keep saying it over and over. Megapixels -- i.e. resolution -- aren't everything when it comes to camera quality. Image size, yes. Image quality, no. There are other factors at play.
Hopefully you saw the demo during the Galaxy Nexus launch. Shot by Google's Romain Guy -- whos's certainly no slouch with a full SLR, if you've ever seen his other work -- it's an incredible example shot a new smartphone. You can see an extended version at the source link below.
No, megapixels aren't everything. When you see that one phone (whether it's the Galaxy Nexus or something else) has fewer megapixels than another, it doesn't necessarily mean that the camera will be "worse." It just means that it doesn't shoot in as high a resolution, and you might not be able to make a 4-foot poster out of the thing. Get a real camera for that.
We've long cast a wary eye toward AT&T when it comes to Android (and rightfull so, between an initially tepid adoption rate, suspect devices (and devices), an odd apps policy and the whole faux-G thing. But there's no denying this: Sales of Android smartphones more than doubled on the U.S. carrier in the third quarter of 2012 2011 when compared to Q3 a year ago.
AT&T didn't give specific numbers, but it did say that non-iPhone devices (Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry) made up almost half of its 4.8 million smartphone sales for the quarter. By comparison, AT&T activated 2.7 million iPhones in Q3. Some 52.6 percent of AT&T's 68.6 million postpad subscribers have smartphones.
AT&T also saw an increase of 2.1 million subscribers, to surpass 100 million total. Its stable currently includes the Samsung Galaxy S II, Motorola Atrix, Samsung Infuse, HTC Inspire 4G, Samsung Captivate and Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, among others.
All kidding and interweb trolling aside, nobody really thinks the Galaxy Nexus will be a Verizon exclusive. But the site to register for more information does have something there few were expecting -- the Galaxy Nexus looks to be launching on more than just the big four in the US. Besides Verizon, we see listings you would have imagined, like Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T, as well as a few others -- Cellular South, Metro PCS, and US Cellular.
A Nexus phone on every major US carrier? Who would have imagined that two years ago. Nice work Google and Samsung, let's hope it's not a misprint or typo. We'll be on the lookout for individual carrier announcements in the coming days and weeks.
HTC has (finally) released the GPL kernel source for the myTouch 4G Slide, and they have tossed in the Gingerbread update kernel source for the Desire, and the code for the Raider 4G (Korea) kernel. It's a case of better late than never, and I know more than a few developers have been waiting for that Doubleshot kernel source code. Let the CM7 games begin.
Most of us won't be in any rush to grab these, but developers have been waiting so they can work their magic with it. Give them a few days then be ready to have a flash-fest. If you're interested or a developer, grab them at the source link.
Can't wait until November for your Ice Cream Sandwich fix? You can now find eleven new high-resolution wallpapers from the recently-released Android 4.0 SDK build over on the Android Central forums! The images are same abstract backgrounds that've been spotted in a number of Galaxy Nexus photos, and we've got the high-resolution (1440x1280) originals pulled from the SDK, ready to spruce up your phone's homescreens while we wait for ICS to officially arrive.
So what are you waiting for? Head over to the AC forums to get started!
In a post on the Android-building Google group, Dan Morrill announced that the AOSP tree (the "Master" and "Gingerbread" branches) are once again available online. Because of problems with the kernel.org servers, the source has been MIA for a while, and in the downtime Google ramped up work for their own git hosting on Google's servers.
For now, only the code is available. Google is working hard to get the Gerrit code review site back in operation, then gitweb afterwards. Dan also reiterates that the Ice Cream Sandwich source code will be available as soon as devices running it are delivered.
With new servers comes new download and building instructions, which Dan outlines in his message at Google groups. Be sure to have a look and get your new repository set-up -- you can find all the information at the source link.
On Bluegrass Cellular? Want the Samsung Admire? It can now be yours for the low, low price of $49.99, if you're willing to go in for a two-year contract. But for our money, we'd do the $213, no-contract deal. And for that you get mid-level 3.5-inch device. Could certainly do worse.
Update: And the same person who initially said what we already all knew has now retracted that statement, saying what we all know is not officially known yet.
Original: We've suspected it for a while, we've even got a poll up asking what you think about the possibility. Now it seems we finally have confirmation that the shiny new Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Galaxy Nexus will, initially at least, only be offered on Verizon Wireless in the US.
On its official Facebook page, Samsung Mobile USA confirmed that Verizon "will be offering the Galaxy Nexus with the initial release." As for other carriers, Samsung says they "may support this device in the near future", meaning the door isn't being closed on other networks offering the new Nexus further down the line.
So while Verizon customers get bragging rights for now, there's still at least the possibility of the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus gracing AT&T or T-Mobile at a later date. In any case, be sure to hit our Verizon Galaxy Nexus poll, before sounding off in the comments.
So the Galaxy Nexus is coming to Verizon. Not like we didn't know that. And it might only be on Verizon in the U.S. for a little while. Not like we never said that wasn't a possibility. So the big question is this: Will a Verizon exclusive sway you to switch?
If you've watched last night's Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich unveiling, you'll recall the sequence where the phone was hooked up to a camera rig and used to capture some impressive-looking time-lapse videos. Now, some behind-the-scenes photos of the rig, uploaded by Google's Romain Guy, have given us our best indication yet that Big Red will indeed be getting an LTE version of the upcoming Nexus. Yep, that's Verizon's 4G LTE logo on the battery door.
Boost Mobile is starting to flesh out their Android line up and come Nov. 2, they'll be adding the ZTE Warp to help achieve that goal. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread powered device will bring Boost customers a 1GHz processor along with a 5MP camera.
Boost Mobile is very excited to partner with one of the fastest growing and largest handset makers in the world, to introduce the ZTE Warp,” said Andre Smith, vice president-Boost Mobile. “ZTE Warp delivers a powerful Android device for Boost Mobile customers searching for a big screen experience to capture and view higher quality photos and video.
Boost will have the device with no contract required for $250 and the ZTE Warp will be the first Android device loaded with the "Boost Zone," -- a centralized place on the device where Boost Mobile customers can access their account, pay their bill, get assistance with their phone, and stay up-to-date on Boost Mobile’s products and services. Full PR is past the break.
US Cellular has added a new entry-level device to their lineup. The HTC Wildfire S is available today their website and will be in US Cellular stores this Friday, October 21. You can pick one up free after a $100 mail-in rebate, and there’s no activation fee as part of US Cellular’s Switch for Free promotion that runs through Nov. 20 and anyone on a Belief Plan can get the upgrade without signing a new contract. You can check out our mini-review here or head on over to the US Cellular site for more details.
British online retailer Clove is the first to offer up SIM-free UK pricing for the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which was unveiled yesterday in Hong Kong. On its official blog, Clove says that it's "confirmed" the price at £514.80 inc. VAT (~$825), with a initial stock of the Ice Cream Sandwich-powered treats apparently arriving "at the beginning of November."
That's a lot of money, but typical of the cost of high-end handsets in the UK -- right now the iPhone 4S and HTC Sensation XE hover around the same £500-530 price point. Interestingly, Clove says it's also confirmed that the 32GB Galaxy Nexus won't be making it to British shores, instead limiting consumers to the 16GB model.
If £515 up-front is a bit much to swallow, then Three, O2 and Vodafone have also announced that they'll be carrying subsidized Galaxy Nexuses starting next month. However, details of pricing and availability for the carrier-subsidized versions have yet to been offered.
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