Motorola is among the top Android phone manufacturers right now, and it looks like it's going to increase its standing in 2010. CNet Asia spoke with Spiros Nikolakopoulos, VP and GM of Asia Pacific and International Distribution for Moto's Mobile Devices end, who says:
Look for 20 to 30 smartphones worldwide in 2010 "and, at this moment, all of them will run Android." (Sorry, Windows Mobile)
One-third of Moto's Android engineering team is in the U.S., another third in Korea and another third in China. Now word on how many people that entails.
The "Motoroi" brand is specifically for Korea. the Chinese version of the phone will go by a different name. (And we assume the U.S. version, too, if and when it comes here.)
Opening up MotoBlur is "on the cards" (sic), but no time frame was given.
Between the Droid, Cliq, Backflip and now the Motoroi (or whatever it ends up being called), we're certainly seeing loads of good Motorola fare on our end. And it looks like 2010 may have more in store. [CNet Asia via wmpoweruser]
Remember how we talked about occasional problems with the Nexus One's on-screen keyboard occasionally going haywire? Managed to catch it on video this time. I'm perfectly willing to blame my own fat fingers for the majority of my typing problems, but there's clearly an issue here, even if it's only intermittent.
And as for the support thread in Google's forums: It's continuing to grow, though it's been three days since we've seen an official announcement on the issue. Stay tuned, folks, and check out my experience after the break.
Need more proof that the long-rumored HTC myTouch Slide (aka the myTouch 2 and Espresso) is on the way? This may be it. The user-agent string (which is what identifies browsers to the Web sites on which they're calling) is live at HTC. It clearly shows a 320x480 screen (same size as the myTouch 3G) along with a QWERTY keyboard. Still looking at a possible launch in May. It's also being called a possible follow to the HTC Magic, which is still in the same ballpark. We'll have to see, of course, as nothing's been announced.
Nokia. The invisible giant. The king of kings. It's the elephant, if you will. And yes, it's the world's most popular smartphone platform. It's true, even with little to no footprint in the US, Nokia has managed to become wildly successful, landing atop the world smartphone marketshare with a ton of room to spare. Any way you spin it, the world we live in is simply dominated by Nokia smartphones.
How? Well, making awesome phones for one. But they've also been invested in the smartphone market for quite some time and have done an incredible job around the world. Here in the US? We hardly think of smartphone when we hear Nokia--in fact, I think of my first cell phone. I think of playing snake with those gelly buttons. I don't think Linux. I don't think open source. I don't think of awesome phones. Nokia is all about that. And that's what we're taking a look at.
It's going to be an interesting ride because this is our very first time using a Nokia smartphone, in fact, it's the first time we ever included Nokia in the Smartphone Round Robin.
Read on for the full review of Nokia from an Android perspective!
Remember that little problem HTC Dream owners were having with 911 on the Rogers network? It's spreading, and it looks like the HTC Magic (that's the one on the left) has caught the bug, too. And the fix is the same, too: Turn off GPS. Here's the official statement from Rogers.
“We are in the process of contacting all of our Magic customers by text message asking them to disable GPS location on their Rogers HTC Magic device to ensure all 911 calls complete.
To turn off your GPS, go to Menu>Settings>Location>Uncheck Enable GPS Satellite. Again, let's hope we see a fix for this real quick. [via MobileSyrup]
So here's some video of the Motorola Motoroi (aka the Sholes Tablet) in its Korean form. It should give you a decent idea of what we believe is coming to the United States at some point. Oh, and see that pinch-and-zoom action going on there? Don't get too used to that. Video after the break. (Thanks to everyone who sent this in.)
Twitter clients seemingly are a dime a dozen these days, but that doesn't mean there's no room for new contenders. Enter Handmark's TweetCaster, which has been in a closed beta for a little while now and isn't yet available to the general public (but it should be soon). We've put it through its paces on the Motorola Droid. Will it be able to stand up to heavyweights like Seesmic and Twidroid Pro? Find out after the break.
Update: Our pal Matt Miller at ZDNet gives TweetCaster the what-for in a video review. Check it out.
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If you are looking to get an Android device, get ready to make some tough decision -- Moto Droid or Nexus One? First and foremost always remember to first take into consideration which carrier gives you better service.
With the launch of the Nexus One on T-Mobile, the spotlight has been cast on "unlocked" GSM phones of late, or how to unlock a phone. (The short version is you need a code.) It's not a huge deal in the United States, especially because T-Mobile and AT&T don't use the same 3G radio frequencies, so swapping isn't too terribly common, but it does happen. But if you're going overseas and want to use another operator's SIM card, it's something you're going to need to do.
And that brings us back to T-Mobile, which starting Thursday will make FlexPay and PostPaid accounts eligible for SIM unlocks after 40 days, instead of the usual 90 days, with a couple small caveats. Also, if you've canceled your account and it was in good standing when you did so (i.e. you don't owe a boatload of money or anything), you can get the SIM unlock code. Nicely done, T-Mobile. [via TMoNews]
Here's something on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 that wasn't part of the hands-on demo we got at CES: 3D satellite maps. SE has an Android 3D Landscape SDK that "uses unique maps in 3D and fast methods for rendering the maps which makes it possible to show realtime 3D maps in high quality. The maps for the SDKs are downloaded from a backend server and buffered in the mobile as needed."
Right now they only have Stokholm, Sweden, worked up, but SE says more should be added later. Check out the video after the break. [SE Labs via Android and Me]
Looks like we might be seeing the first fallout in Google's tiff with China over reported cyber attacks and having to censor search results because of Chinese law. The launch of pair of Android-powered smartphones -- one from Motorola and another from Samsung -- scheduled for this week has been delayed. According to Reuters:
A source familiar with the situation said Google Inc wanted customers to have a "positive experience" with the product, but felt that would be difficult considering the publicity surrounding the company in China at present.
That's likely just another early move in what's going to be a lengthy chess match. Good thing we all have good seats. [via Phone Scoop]
"The Motoroi is a different model from the Droid, and it will be launched in the United States around March," Bae Joon-dong, senior vice president of SK Telecom, said at a press conference.
And a Motorola Exec:
"The product will be launched in other markets around the world," Rick Wolochatiuk, president and representative director of Motorola Korea, said.
On one hand, the Motoroi packs some really impressive specs (8mp camera, 720p video recording, HDMI out). But on the other, it's kind of ugly and certainly not the most ideal Droid successor (in terms of style). We have some faith though, the China-only Motorola Android devices we saw at CES we're of really high build quality and we walked away really impressed. Maybe we'll fall in love with the bump like we did the chin?
Though it may seem like Android phones are getting rooted faster and faster, rooting the Motorola Milestone actually took a bit of time. But wait no more because the Milestone (GSM version of the Droid that packs multitouch) has been rooted for full access to all the joy, goodies, and fun times that come along with custom ROMs and the like. Run 2.1? Go for it. Run Sense? Even better. Obviously, you have to be careful because bricked Android phones do make for some amazingly expensive paperweights, so tread carefully.
But if you're daring enough, the instructions are over at redmondpie.
We've known that Dell was making an Android Tablet for quite some time but official details have been rather slim. Luckily, some enterprising user hasn't just gotten their hands on a Dell Mini 5 Tablet but gave it the old fashioned video teardown to boot. We now know that the Dell Mini 5 Tablet will pack a 1GHz Snapdragon Processor, 1530mAh battery, 3G SIM Card slot, 2 MicroSD slots, and Wi-Fi. Basically, this thing has a chance at being very awesome.
Other details have yet to become official. Is it headed to AT&T? Will it be affordable? Hopefully we'll know soon. In the meantime, hit the jump to watch the tear down video. The soundtrack is just awesome.
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