Remember that Altek camera that comes with a phone attached we showed you a week or so ago? It's back, with some nice action shots and even a video. Android 2.1 has been confirmed as the OS (According to vice president JS Liang, Froyo is being worked on) with a slightly customized UI. We also get some info about release in Asia -- Hong Kong, China and Taiwan in Q4 of this year, and the price will translate into about $499.00 USD. No word about this one hitting the west -- sorry guys.
Hardware specs are a little sketchy for now. Altek is a camera manufacturer, so they didn't realize that phone geeks wanna know what's under the hood. But we have all the camera specifications, and guess what? It looks like a true replacement for a point and shoot camera is finally here. 14 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD, 3x optical zoom lens (at up to 36mm), xenon flash, and dedicated camera controls should make for a nice little digicam -- with a phone attached. Hit the break for a couple more pics, and a short video.
Father’s day is nearly upon is, and T-Mobile wants to help you celebrate. On Saturday, go visit your local T-Mo store and pick out any phone they’ve got for free – all you’ve got to do is switch to a family plan, or add a new line. Now's your chance to get your hands on that shiny new myTouch Slide, or maybe your Dad has had his sights on the Garminfone. Either way it’s a great deal, but be sure to check to see if your local store is participating before you ambush them. [via T-Mobile]
We showed off the new Android Market with the "update all" and "allow automatic updating" earlier, and we've been waiting for an app to come along to talk about this part. I finally was close to a computer when it happened and was able to document the process instead of just talking about it. It's another of those nice touches that come along with Android 2.2, but this one has security and the safety of your information in mind. Follow the break to see a step-by-step in action.
Welp, there it is. The Motorola Droid X. Not on a plane, not some blurrycam shot. It's 4.4 inches of Motorola goodness, and Engadget managed to score some time with it ahead of an expected launch event on June 23.
Their takeaway? A 4.4-inch -- bigger than the Evo 4G -- screen with Android 2.1 and a new Motoblur-ish skin. Swype's on board (so much for that T-Mobile exclusive), and the keyboard has honest-to-goodness multitouch. Performance is said to be plenty fast, thanks to its 1GHz processor.
It's going to be a battle of heavyweights this summer, we betcha. Peep some hands-on video after the break, and hit up Engadget for the full run-down. [Engadget]
And another new phone falls to the genius of the Android hacking community. You'll recognize the names -- eugene373, Paul O'Brien, and Koushik Dutta. These guys used the fake OTA method that was devised for the HTC Droid Incredible to crack the MyTouch3G Slide wide open, add the necessary files, and write a custom recovery to the phone. This makes it wide open and ready for ROMs and Metamorphing and all the other goodness that comes with root. Eugene373 has worked up a clear set of instructions, and all the tools and files needed are at the source link.
The Slide is a pretty darn nice phone to start with, and this just made it better. Only thing left is to convince the wife I need another phone. [xda-developers via Twitter] Thanks William!
Samsung today announced the i5500 Galaxy 5 will launch in July in Europe and Asia. The Galaxy 5 is a multimedia phone with an integrated social network tool, a touchscreen display and hopes to appeal to a younger clientele due to the phones design with style in mind. The phone will ship with Android 2.1, a 2-megapixel autofocus camera and Bluetooth 2.1. [via Mobile Burn]
What's bigger than the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and larger than the X10 Mini? Meet the Xperia X8 -- a mid-size model previously known as the Shakira. No other real details just yet, though it appears to be keeping the same three-button styling, along with the Timescape and Mediascape user interface atop Android. No word on if or when it'll make an appearance, or if it'll be stuck with the same Donut version of Android as its older siblings. [Unofficial SE Blog]
Here we go again, folks. The HTC Aria -- AT&T's second and arguably best foray into Android -- is limited to only loading applications from the Android Market. As you can see in the screen shot above, the choice to load apps from "non-Market" sources is missing, meaning you won't be sideloading from other websites or -- once Android 2.2 is released -- directly from e-mail, which is very cool.
If modding the Evo 4Gto work with the Palm Touchstone isn't warranty-voiding enough for you, take a look at this. XDA member coolbho3000 has cranked his Evo's Snapdragon processor up to 1.267GHz, up from the stock 998MHz or so. Meltdown risks certainly grow as you get that Snapdragon processor to work harder than was initially intended, and this isn't a DIY project for the noobs, so handle with care. But for everybody else, happy overclocking! Check out video of it in action after the break. [XDA Developers] Thanks, Mike!
We don't suppose the Samsung Galaxy S will be a part of Saturday's "All phones free" promotion at T-Mobile (which is now official, by the way), but it's will on its way to the U.S. carrier, having just made its way through the FCC. Exactly when we'll be able to get our hands on all that Super AMOLED goodness is still anybody's guess, though the Sammy event late this month hopefully will shed a little light on things. [FCC via Unwired View]
There it is, folks. The Sprint Evo 4G rewired to work on the Palm Touchstone inductive charger. No more plugging in the phone to keep it juiced -- which with the Evo you tend to have to do a bunch. All it takes is a Touchstone, Palm Pre back cover, a bit of wire and a few simple tools -- oh, and no fear of voiding your Evo warranty. But it may well be worth the risk just to up your Evo cool factor and nerd cred. Full instructions are now available, and it actually looks fairly painless. [Good and Evo]
U.K. carrier Vodafone today announced the launch of its Vodafone 360 Shop for Android, which is geared toward helping developers design standard widgets, widgets for Opera Mini and direct-to-carrier billing options. It's yet another option outside the Android Market, which has seen explosive growth but continues to experience growing pains, including slowdowns, and, over the past week or so, disappearing apps and mis-reported download numbers. Check out Vodafone's release after the break. [Vodafone]
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