Following up on their successful launch of the Original Huawei Ascend, Cricket has announced the availability of the Huawei Ascend II, which also is slated to hit US Cellular in the fall. This time around there is no trackball to be found on the device and it comes pre-loaded with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
This value-priced Android comes with a 3.5" HVGA touch-screen with virtual keyboard, Wi-Fi capability and 3G Real Web Browsing. The Ascend II has lots of great smartphone features packed into an affordable package. Cricket's fifth Android smartphone also includes great features like a 5 MP camera/camcorder and a MP3 player/microSD slot. The Ascend II features the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and a 600 MHz processor.
That value-price equates to $179.99 at Cricket retailers but you'll also nee to sign on for Cricket's all-inclusive $55 Android plan, which provides users with unlimited talk, text, 411 information, international text, unlimited and video picture messages with unlimited data included.
Another thing we found while digging through the leaked Sprint playbook was a maintenance release update for the Samsung Replenish, scheduled to hit July 18. With it will come enhancements to the LED, a fix that sounds the roaming alert before roaming is activated, and a fix for the issue of the ##RTN# attribute resetting to all zeros that was introduced with ED23.
While it's not a major OS update to Gingerbread, it's refreshing to see issues and bugs get quickly fixed. If you're using a Replenish, you'll be notified when the update is sent to your phone, and given installation instructions at that time.
Thanks to an anonymous friend, we have our hands on the latest edition of the Sprint Playbook, and this time it's chock full of news about everything from rebates to device launches. Some of it confirms what we already knew, some reinforces some rumors floating around, and some is stuff we've not thought of yet. Hit the break and have a look.
The T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide is the latest in the myTouch line from T-Mo, and should be hitting the shelves on July 27. It has some pretty big shoes to fill, as the myTouch 4G/Glacier/Panache is one hell of a phone, though often overlooked because of it's carrier. The latest iteration of the myTouch brings the hardware specs into the "superphone" range, and gives a decent horizontal sliding qwerty option for those that need or want one. Hit the break and have a look at our hands-on and first impressions of this one.
Google just showed us the new updated Android Market client that brings a UI overhaul, as well as Google Books and Movies for folks in the states. Not long after, we gave you a way to download the new Market for yourselves, and you guys got to work checking it out. It has a lot of different features, including one that a lot of us have been wanting -- the ability to switch to any Google account on your phone for Market use. You can even choose a Google Apps account. This could be a pretty handy feature, but also opens up the possibility of abuse via shared account credentials. We'll have to see how it all unfolds.
PayPal has shown their new peer-to-peer NFC payment system at MobileBeat 2011 today, using two Android powered Samsung Nexus S phones. The premise is simple -- open the app on both phones, enter the payment amount on one, and bump them together. After the buzz, enter account details, and the payment is processed. Afterwards, the normal email receipts are generated and sent out, just like we did it in the old days.
There's no firm date when to expect this, but PayPal says "late this summer". Another compelling reason for manufacturers to put NFC capabilities in their new models, or just a security concern? Either way, we'll find out soon enough. Hit the break to see a demo video.
Just a quick reminder here that we're giving away (with some sweet help from TeleNav and Sprint) a HTC EVO 3Ds to two lucky readers. (Don't worry, each winner will get their own, so they don't have to share.) And check out the video above for a look at what TeleNav brings to navigation on the EVO 3D.
Sony Ericsson is now listing the new keyboard-toting Xperia Pro on its official UK store, with availability slated for "late September". This sees the phone slipping further into late Q3, following earlier delays which saw it miss its Q2 release window.
The phone will launch at SIM-free price point of £349.99 (~$560), which is comparable to what you'll pay for an Xperia Neo right now. It'll also come with a number of premium features that've already impressed us on current SE devices, including an 8.1MP Exmor R camera, Mobile Bravia Engine and HDMI connectivity.
With the HTC Desire Z looking increasingly long in the tooth, there's a shortage of decent mid to high-end Android QWERTY sliders in Europe right now. We'll be watching to see if Sony Ericsson can take advantage of this gap in the market this September.
The HTC Sensation -- one of our favorite Android smartphones of the year so far -- is headed to Australia by way of the Telstra network. Same 4.3-inch qHD screen, Android 2.3, Sense 3.0 and that dual-core processor.
It also sports the TelstraOne app, which brings news, sports and weather feeds direct to the home screen.
Telstra Business customers can purchase the HTC Sensation on $59 Business Mobile Maximiser Plan with an additional handset payment of$13 per month (min cost is $1,728 over 24 months). This plan includes $550 worth of eligible calls, unlimited standard national text and 1.5GB of data to use in Australia each month.
It is also available to purchase for RRP $792 outright.