We were perched in the balcony this afternoon for Google CEO Eric Schmidt's keynote address at Mobile World Congress. For those of you following us on Twitter (good boys and girls), you already know what went down. For those who don't, hit us up after the break.
If you want the latest Android phone on the market, head to your nearest Best Buy to pre-order the Motorola Devour. Best Buy just kicked off pre-sales for the Devour today and the Devour will fully launch on February 25th (like expected). You're required to purchase a $50 Best Buy Gift Card (which can be used towards the Devour) to reserve your spot but since there hasn't been a firm price set yet, we're not sure exactly how much it'll end up costing you.
With Best Buy you don't have to deal with any mail-in-rebates, all discounts come in the form of an instant rebate. But even with Best Buy, the Devour sadly doesn't come with Megan Fox, so we guess Motoblur will have to do.
Verizon is doing their BOGO thing (buy one get one free) for the Droid & Droid Eris again. But unlike the previoustimes, you can actually score a Droid for free (and not just the Droid Eris). Pretty good deal if you ask us but with so manynew Android phones on the horizon, is it smart to buy now?
Spent some quality time today with the folks from HP, who gave us some face time with their new Android-based netbook, the Compaq Airlife 100. As you'll hear, it has an advertised 12-hour battery life and basically brings the complete Android experience to an instant-on form factor complete with the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 16GB solid-state drive.
It's full Android, so it's full touch on the 10-inch screen, and it has the usual access to the Android Market. It also has a launch bar at the bottom for frequently used apps, which was handy. Peep the video after the break.
Rejoice Canada. The Motorola Milestone is finally officially available on Telus! It's going to be interesting to see if the Milestone can take off in Canada without having the marketing push that Verizon had with the Droid. We're definitely hopeful because even with new Android devices around, the Milestone is an amazing device. It'll be available for $199 with new 3-year contract or $599 without contract.
Oh and we almost forgot, you can unlock the Telus Motorola Milestone for use with AT&T 3G.
Here's a quick look at Opera Mobile on Android. And it looks, well, like you'd expect Opera Mobile to on Android. It's nice and fast, thanks to the major compression going on, and it'll make a nice addition to Android's browser arsenal. Problem is, you can't get it. We've mentioned before that Opera Mobile's only available to manufacturers and carriers: Basically it has to be cooked into the ROM. And so it remains, which is too bad.
The good news is there's still Opera Mini, which can be found in the Android Market. But we'd love for the big brother to make it onto our phones some day.
The E110 (which we've seen) is a budget minded phone targeted for the lower end. It has a 2.8-inch touchscreen and 3.2-megapixel camera but disappointingly runs Android 1.5. The E110 also comes with a new Acer-built UI. It'll be available in March in black or dark blue options.
The E400 (pictured above) is easily more compelling. It packs a 3.2-inch screen with a 3.2-megapixel camera and is powered by a 600MHz Qualcomm Processor. Most importantly though, it runs Android 2.1. The E400 will be available in April.
Hit the jump for more pictures of the Acer E400 & E110 Android phones!
Skype and Verizon Wireless are embracing one another and taking a step into the future together. Skype and Verizon Wireless just announced that they'll be partnering up to deliver a full Skype experience for Android devices (and Blackberry) on Verizon Wireless. Here's what you'll be able to do with Skype on Verizon Wireless:
make and receive unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls to any Skype user around the globe on America’s most reliable wireless network
call international phone numbers at competitive Skype Out calling rates
send and receive instant messages to other Skype users
remain always connected with the ability to see friends’ online presence
The current plan is to launch in March on the Motorola Droid, Motorola Devour, & Droid Eris (among other Blackberry phones). Skype will come pre-installed on those devices, fully integrated. This is huge because it kind of, sort of enables users to use Skype in lieu of Verizon Wireless for phone calls, potentially saving users a ton of money. If Verizon just offered a data only plan for Android devices, it'd be even more amazing.
We're not sure how this Skype+Verizon Wireless deal works out for the rest of the industry because there are other Android devices on other networks. Will they receive the same application that Verizon Wireless Android devices would? Would the other carriers allow the same functionality? We'll see soon.
Sorry, folks. Looks like that Feb. 22 date we heard about for a supposed Android 2.1 update on the Samsung Moment ain't gonna happen. Sprint just tweeted the above, so we're going to have to wait things out a little longer. Stay tuned. [Twitter]
Ok, it's official: HTC likes to beat on devices. First we see them stress test the Nexus One, now we watch them take a shiny new, not-even-released-yet, HTC Legend and slam it up against a wall. We flinched, no fooling, keep an eye out at 1:25.
The HTC Legend is easily the best looking phone of Mobile World Congress. The thing is carved out of a single piece of aluminium and that adds strength, reduces materials and weight, and just plain makes it feel better in your hand. Some of us (ok, me) are honestly torn between the Desire and the Legend now: I want the Desire for its power, yes, but I don't think I can walk away from the Legend's design and (potential) durability. Something tells me it did better on the "Bend Test" than the Nexus One did.
At HTC's press conference today, CEO Peter Chou committed to bringing the new sense features to their "Hero" line of devices - which we assume for state-siders means the Sprint Hero and Droid Eris. With any luck it'll also come with a shiny new version of Android to boot.
No word on when it'll be, but nice to see HTC is thinking of the little people.
Here's an up-close look at the HTC Legend, the successor to the venerable Hero. An optical trackpad (under the thumb here) replaces the trackball, and it features Android 2.1 and the latest version of HTC's Sense user interface. The shell is carved out of a single piece of aluminum. More pics after the break.
Here we go with an up-close-and personal look at the HTC Desire, the just-announced smartphone featuring Android 2.1 and the newest version of the Sense UI. Remember that it's nearly a carbon-copy of the Google Nexus One, save for the trackball and buttons at the bottom. Same screen, same 1GHz Snapdragon processor.
The HTC Desire received its official blessing today, addressing two things that had been gnawing at us regarding the current king of the hill, the Nexus One: What would it have been like if it had HTC's Sense UI? And is there a more elegant solution than a trackball?
The Desire answers both of those things -- and then some -- with the introduction of an all-new version of Sense running atop Android 2.1.
With HTC's announcement of the Legend and Desire comes a new and improved version of its Sense user interface.
The biggest change is the addition of "Friendstream," HTC's new answer to social networking, aggregating your Flicker, Twitter and Facebook friends in an elegant and easy-to-use widget. The Peep Twitter client is on board, and you can upload video directly to YouTube, par for the course.
And that pinch-to-zoom we've seen on video before? It's there.
Toss on top of that improvements to the e-mail and calendar widgets -- better account management in the inbox and an agenda view as well -- as well as full-screen weather on the clock widget, and Sense is rocking harder than ever.
But wait, there's more. HTC has upped the ante with improvements to the Android browser, bringing the ability to long-press a word or paragraph and look it up straightaway in a dictionary, or send it for translation to another language via Google.
All in all, a worthy update to an elegant user interface, and one we'll look forward to seeing on as many devices as possible.
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