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5 years ago

Archos to Release Android-Powered Tablet Device in Q3 2009?

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Archos has made it no secret that it planned to release an Android-Powered Tablet Device in the past. And though we're not particularly sure the exact target market for this type of device, it sure sounds drool-worthy. Ultra-thin, plays high-def video on its high-resolution 5-inch touchscreen, DivX playback, full screen Adobe Flash, and so much more.

There isn't a firm release date on this puppy but the start of Q3 2009 can be expected. We're excited to see if Android can prove its versatility in porting to non-phone devices. If it is going to be a tablet device, then so be it.

[slashgear]

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5 years ago

Google Wants To Make Android Market Better

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As much as we love Android Market, we know it has some weaknesses. The categories could be a bit more specific, the reviews could still be better, and well, the search feature needs to be more exact. Luckily, the Android Team is hard at work and listening to user complaints.

In an Android Discussion Group, Google's Dan Morrill are looking to improve Android Market by adding some cool features:

  • Separate category for themes
  • Adding more sorting options
  • Creating a desktop/web version of Android Market

Though these features are simply some ideas being tossed around by the Android Team, it is good to know that Google is keeping an ear on the community. Android Market is a great way to deliver applications to users but it definitely needs to get better. Of the listed ideas, we would absolutely LOVE to use a web version of Android Market--browsing apps would be so much easier.

What do you guys think? How would you improve Android Market?

[androinica]

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5 years ago

Best of SPE, 29 March 2009

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Each week we round up the best of the Smartphone Experts Network in a few pithy paragraphs designed for your reading pleasure. Everything from a new leaked Storm ROM to waiting on any number of new smartphones to finally arrive to a comprehensive look at iPhone 3.0 can be found here.

You'll want to stay tuned to the Smartphone Experts family of sites next week - we'll be live at the CTIA Wireless convention, bringing you all the latest from every manufacturer on all of our sites. Will Android finally have its coming out party? Will Palm finally tell us when the Pre is being released? Will the AT&T Nokia E71 ever get official? Whatever happens, we'll give you the scoop.

Read on for the Best of SPE!

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5 years ago

Flash is Coming to Android Courtesy of BSQUARE

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Score one for the Android user, kind of. BSQUARE has announced that they'll be porting Flash over to Android for a "global tier-1 carrier". Their words, not ours. We're going to go out on a limb there and predict that the "global tier-1 carrier" is T-Mobile. Shocking, we know.

The press release leaves a lot to the imagination. We don't know the release date, we don't know how it works, we don't know how this solution works with Google's Flash solution, we don't know much other than Flash is coming to Android! And even that we kind of knew already.

So should we celebrate that Flash is coming to Android! Or should we really wait 'til Flash comes to Android. We're leaning towards the latter. You?

[bsquare]

 

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5 years ago

Shop Savvy Gets an Update to Include Real Time Store Inventory

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One of the more popular apps for Android (and a personal favorite), Shop Savvy, just got a pretty nice update. If you're unfamiliar with Shop Savvy, it's a barcode scanning application that'll find you the best deals on any scannable product online or in-store. We love it because it uses features that are unique to Android and the G1 and plus, it's a great conversation starter.

Now ShopSavvy gets even better. Not only can it find your item, it can actually detail inventory at said locations. So you'll always know if the deal you find through ShopSavvy is actually available. Pretty sweet if you ask us.

Anyone out there a big ShopSavvy fan?

[gizmodo]

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5 years ago

China Unicom Will Carry The HTC Dream aka G1 ?

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It looks like China Unicom may have scored a coup against bigger rival China Mobile. They just might be the carrier in China that will launch the HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1) and the iPhone. Take that China Mobile!

There isn't an official confirmation but China Unicom has posted specs of the G1 and listed it as a supported handset. Getting on a Chinese carrier is almost guaranteeing Android a large slice of the worldwide mobile handset marketshare. What with billions of potential customers at their bidding, millions of new Android users aren't out of the question.

We'll wait for word confirming the G1 to China Unicom but it's looking pretty good.

[engadget]

 

 

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5 years ago

Orange To Launch 6 Android Phones This Year ?

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Orange France is reportedly lining up to deliver 6 Android Phones in 2009. Yeah, we're stunned too. SIX! One of the six is already on Orange: the HTC Dream (aka T-Mobile G1). Another of the devices we already know about: the HTC Hero which was leaked with the rest of HTC's 2009 product line. To us, the Hero looks like the true successor to the Dream with the same form factor and lovely chin.

But what's truly crazy is that the rest of the Android devices will be coming from the other bigwigs: Motorola, Samsung, LG, and Sony Ericsson. So one device from each of these (currently silent) companies may 'easily' bring the Android Device count to 6.

Orange also confirmed that the Cupcake update will arrive in late April with another major update arriving in May.

Though we'd love for this to happen, we just don't see it in the cards. Maybe that's our cynicism speaking since we still only have ONE Android Device but six in one year seems just a bit outrageous. What do you guys think?

[unwiredview]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Releases My Account Application to Android Market

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We love it when an application fills a need that only becomes glaringly obvious when said application is released. T-Mobile announced the 'My Account' application for Android that'll allow you to access all the details of your account, your current usage, remaining minutes and texts, online payment capabilities, support, among other features.

It makes so much sense being able to access your account right on your handheld. The information is cleaner, the options are easier, and it's a win for everybody involved. Instead of digging through the carrier website, you can now gain access directly from your G1. We wouldn't be surprised to see other carriers adopt this type of application.

What do you guys think?

[via gizmodo]

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5 years ago

Android Already Makes Up 5 Percent of US Smartphone Web Traffic Marketshare

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Amazingly (or predictably?), Android has already made its mark on the mobile market. In only a few months time, Android has managed to build up 5% of the US smartphone web traffic.

This could be viewed as surprising to some because the T-Mobile G1 is still relatively new to the game and that it's locked onto the smallest carrier in the United States. On the flip side, it could be an obvious conclusion because the web browsing experience on the Android is better than any other mobile device (only the iPhone could argue).

So does this chart tell us that Android is wildly popular or that the Android browser, though new, is just that good? We're going to lean toward the latter because we still don't think Android has really taken off yet. Let's see this data in a year after more Android devices release and tell us what the pie chart marketshare looks like then. We expect an even bigger, more impressive slice.

What do you guys think?

[via techcrunch]

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5 years ago

Palringo Launches IM Application on Android Market

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If you've been searching for an IM application on Android that fits all your needs, Palringo may have just delivered the goods. Palringo was just announced to Android Market for the low cost of FREE. If you're not familiar with Palringo, (TiPb did a review of the iPhone version a while back) it's a fairly popular mobile IM application that supports AIM, Google Talk, MSN, Yahoo, Facebook, and other messaging platforms.

What makes Palringo even better is its versatility. Not only can you IM with your buddies but you can also send pictures and share your location. From our experience with Palringo with the iPhone we expect a great application. We'll be back soon with our full thoughts on Palringo on Android!

Anybody a Palringo fan?

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5 years ago

Samsung Launching Android Device in Q3 2009, Other Handset Makers to Follow

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We got some good news and some bad news. First the good: that leaked image of the Samsung Android Device? Slated for a Q3 2009 release. Also, the device is supposed to use 3.5G technology from Qualcomm to enhance the user experience. The bad news? That we have to wait til Q3 2009!

And to rub salt on our wounds, DigiTimes is reporting that the other "top-five" handset makers (LG, Motorola, sony ericsson) will wait until after the Samsung Android Device is released. So that basically means no new Android phones until then. Dangit!

Is HTC going to be the Android handset maker by default?

[digitimes]

 

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5 years ago

Samsung Omnia To Become an Entire Line of Smartphones, Android Powered?

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So when you're a relatively successful smartphone with a relatively catchy name, what do you do? Well brand it and expand it, duh! We're getting reports that the Samsung Omnia, currently a Windows Mobile device, is going to get an overhaul and become a line of many devices. The Omnia Brand is headed in the HTC 'Touch' direction we guess.

But it's not just all about the name, signs are pointing to a Samsung Omnia Device powered by Android. In the most ideal situation, Samsung would love to have Omnia's for every type of mobile OS including Symbian, WinMob, and of course, our lovely Android. They're planning on releasing different models and versions so hopefully the Omnia Android can get a capacitive touchscreen and maintain that same sleek form factor!

What do you guys think?

[phandroid]

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5 years ago

Carriers Reject Dell Android Phone - Too Vanilla

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Dell is living proof that cramming Android into any old generic phone design is not enough to woo cellular providers. Consumers have become a fairly tech-savvy crowd and a nifty OS alone, like Android, isn't enough if the hardware is blah.

After finding disinterest from carriers they approached, Dell is going to have to hastily return to the drawing board and find a way to design some inspiring hardware that will keep them in the Android game. Will they be able to deliver the goods?

[androinica]

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5 years ago

Acer A1 Android Phone Slated For September Release?

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There are reports that the Acer Android smartphone will be called the A1 and that it'll arrive in September. Not to be confused with the tangy steak sauce, the A1 has a certain ring to it that works on a number of levels (Acer 1, Android 1, etc). A September release falls in line with Acer's super-secret, mysterious plans for Android in 2009.

We don't know much about the A1 (the picture above is of a C1) but we can assume that it'll launch in a touchscreen form factor. How come no one is making any front facing keyboard + touchscreen designs?

[engadget]

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5 years ago

Best of SPE, 22 March 2009

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Tuesday was a big big day at Smartphone Experts. Not only did we have comprehensive coverage of the new iPhone 3.0 software announcement (and more keeps coming here) at The iPhone Blog, over at CrackBerry.com we had one of the very first hands-on with the BlackBerry "Niagara" 9630. If you add in late developments like some additional Windows Mobile 6.5 features sneaking out at WMExperts and anticipation that the Nokia E71 will finally hit AT&T at Nokia Experts, you make for a fairly exciting week in the smartphone world.

Read on for the Best of SPE!

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