The specs aren't officially official but from what we've heard, it rocks a 4-inch 800x480 touchscreen, 1GHz processor, 8.1 megapixel camera with flash and video recording, 3.5mm headphone jack, and your usual slew of connectivity options. Not to mention, the custom UI that Sony Ericsson built gets more beautiful every time we watch it. It's expected to release early Q1 2010.
Hit the jump for more pictures of the Sony Ericsson 'Rachael' XPERIA X3!
T-Mobile just officially introduced their 'Project Dark' rate plans, Even More and Even More Plus. The new rate plans look exactly like what we saw leaked last week and though it falls just a bit short of our sky high expectations, is still a great move by Magenta. On Even More plans, you'll be able to get unlimited voice, text, and data for $99/month on a 2 year contract. On Even More Plus plans, you'll get the same unlimited voice, text, and data for $79/month without any contract.
The catch of being on the no-contract Even More Plus plans is that your future phone won't be subsidized by T-Mobile (which means the G1 will cost you $399.99 on Even More Plus as opposed to $129.99 on Even More). But even if there is a premium attached to no-contract living, the ability to get out anytime seems like a great perk and plus, it looks like you'll still be able to purchase phones over a period of time with no interest.
The Even More unlimited plan is similar to what Sprint is offering and according to T-Mobile is half the price of comparable AT&T and Verizon plans. The Even More Plus is what excites us, if T-Mobile can have the entire industry headed to no-contract wireless service, we're in.
What do you guys think of T-Mobile's Even More and Even More Plus plans?
Engadget is reporting that 'Droid' for Verizon is not going to be just one single phone but rather a series of phones. From our own sources, we've heard similar things, so we can independently corroborate their report. So after the first Droid (the phone we're all drooling over made by Motorola) gets announced and released, we'll see the Droid Eris very soon--they're saying as soon as November 6th, but we're unable to confirm.
We think that Verizon creating a brand of 'Droid' devices is a great move by Big Red. They can use their strong Verizon brand to build another strong brand name for their future devices. That brand recognition will speak volumes in the future when we'll associate Droid devices along the likes of new Blackberries and iPhones. If Google isn't going to make a Gphone, Verizon might as well create Droid. It identifies quickly with Android (and Verizon) and judging by its first iteration, will become synonymous with high quality and desirable phones.
Not to mention that the Droid name will certainly differentiate Android powered smartphones from Verizon's typical dumbphone lineup. The "iDon't come in different styles/Droid Does" ad almost writes itself. Having a series of 'Droid' phones shows just how serious Verizon is with their upcoming Android lineup, they're in it for the long haul and they're banking it on being successful. We're going to agree with them.
That there is the Motorola Zeppelin and for some reason, we're only allowed to see the back of the phone. The Motorola Zeppelin is purported to run Android, pack a 5 megapixel camera with flash, 3.1 inch 480x320 screen, HDMI output, Wi-Fi, and compatibility with both GSM and CDMA. Release is planned for Q1 2010 in China with a more global release to follow.
From the back, the Zeppelin combines round curves with a rugged, scale-ish, leather-esque backing which would contrast it with the Verizon Motorola Droid's sleek and hard lines. We'd love to see the front of the device to get a better feel for the device but we're already liking it, the camera seems like it would rock and HDMI out is a neat and unique feature to have. Motorola is doing Android good.
What do you guys think?
More pictures of the Motorola Zeppelin after the break!
Following up their first thoughts on the Verizon Droid, BGR has a full preview on this most anticipated Android phone. In short, they love it--the hardware is top-notch using great materials and execution, the screen is bright, vibrant, humongous and super responsive and Android runs fast on it. Oh yeah, the phone is loud, clear, and sounds great. Their only problem, and it's ever so slight, is that the keyboard can be a little more spaced out. In all, "you're going to love it".
We'll get our own look at the Droid soon enough but in the meantime feel free to head over to BGR to get to know Droid!
The cat, er Droid, is out of the bag. Motorola just went live with the official Droid webpage and it went into beautifully excruciating detail about this most anticipated device. The early publishing of the website is no longer available but Motorola's mistake is our gain, now we don't have to wait til October 28th to get the nitty gritty specs. According to the Droid website:
runs Android 2.0 'Eclair'
3.7-inch WVGA (480x854), 16:9 touchscreen
550 MHz processor
6 oz (169g)
2.4 x 4.6 x.5 inches (60x115.80x13.70mm)
3.5mm headphone jack
Broswer will support Flash 10 in 2010
Wi-Fi, 3G, GPS, Bluetooth, microUSB (comes with 16gb microSDHC card)
1400 mAh battery (rated at nearly 6 and a half hours of usage time)
5 megapixel camera with image stabilization, 4x zoom, dual-led Flash, and auto-focus
the color is listed as: 'Licorice w/ brown sugar accents'
Was the Droid all you imagined it to be?
Hit the jump to see more pictures and specs of the Droid!
Looks like Verizon is ramping up for some major Android releases. Along with the Droid (which we're expecting very soon), this in-the-wild photo is of the HTC Desire which clearly houses Verizon branding and runs the HTC Sense UI. We have absolutely no details to share with you but we've seen this device before in the hands of Google CEO Eric Schmidt. You can see that the button layout and trackball in Schmitty's hand match the phone in the photo above.
What could this phone be? Perhaps another take on the HTC Hero? A completely new HTC Android device? We can't wait to find out.
According to some leaked slides, it looks like Best Buy will receive the Verizon Droid on October 24th. As in this coming weekend. As in 4 days earlier than the planned Verizon Droid event. The price listed on the slides is $599.99 which is obviously off-contract pricing. Having the phone shipped to Best Buy on October 24th doesn't necessarily mean that it'll immediately be available to customers, in fact, it's downright silly to expect a phone as anticipated as the Droid to be made available before an official announcement.
And with Verizon taking the Droid so seriously, we wouldn't expect to be able to mosey down to our nearest Best Buy and snatch one off the shelves. As for enterprising Best Buy workers? Only time will tell. More pictures available at the link.
We've received news that HTC has just made the HTC Hero kernel source code public. For the average Android user, this isn't big news but for those who like to dib and dabble, tinker and mod their phones, this is magnificent news. Having the HTC Hero kernel source code available to the public releases all the inner workings of the software on the phone--every little painstaking detail. Now everyone will be able to see what HTC did to tweak Android and developers can offer the same performance enhancements in their own builds. Basically, with this, developers will be able to do a lot more and offer deeper access into their phones.
Sounds good by us. We're happy that HTC is following in line with Android's open source nature. What do you guys think?
Google is looking to get involved with music services and it's going to use the help of current web services like iLike and LaLa to do so. From what we gathered, Google Audio will allow people to search for artists, songs, etc and it'll display results in either snippets of the song or full-length versions and point users to where they can easily purchase those songs. And though that's an amazing and exciting proposition, being able to simply use the power of Google to get easy-access to purchasing songs, it's not exactly going head to head with the moneymaking heavyweight that is iTunes.
But still, a lot is unknown at this point and certain final UI details and design may change and clearer details may eventually come about. But what is sure is that Google is planning to announce this new service on October 28th (interestingly, the same day as the Droid event!) so we'll find out soon. Could Google eventually use their new service to replace the Amazon MP3 Store on Android?
What do you guys think about Google's new music service?
T-Mobile's 'Project Dark' is especially of interest to us because of T-Mobile's faith in Android. Because of their support (and the great customer service), we have a soft spot for the fourth-place, magenta loving carrier and hope that 'Project Dark' can be all its prepped up to be and catapult T-Mobile into the big boys table. And if it follows the lead of these screenshots, we think 'Project Dark' will become an out and out success.
Tmonews got their hands on these leaked images that show new pricing structures and rate plans for T-Mobile. According to this report, T-Mobile will offer two new options, Even More and Even More Plus. The details are as follows:
Even More Plan:
$100 for unlimited voice/SMS/data
$70 for unlimited voice and SMS
$60 for unlimited voice
Requires two year contract
Even More Plus Plan:
$80 for unlimited voice/SMS/data
$60 for unlimited voice and SMS
$50 for unlimited voice
Pre-paid, no contract
What's really amazing is that the 'Even More Plus' plans are not locked in a 2 year contract and yet are cheaper! There's also word that you'll be able to purchase phones over four different installments. We're hoping that the no-contract plans of 'Even More Plus' can still lead to carrier subsidies for phones and that the 2-year contract plans of 'Even More' can offer ridiculously cheap options. Yeah, we want to eat our cake too. Don't you?
How do you feel about these details of T-Mobile's 'Project Dark'?
We know you guys are excited about the Sprint Samsung Moment, it offers Android in a QWERTY-slider form factor with a 800MHz processor, 3.2-inch AMOLED screen, 3.2 megapixel camera with flash, and an optical joystick. With the added hardware keyboard it offers a completely different experience than the HTC Hero, so Sprint users will have the benefit of choice.
Engadget got their hands on the Samsung Moment and were kind enough to put it through the rite of the unboxing. Feel free to head over there to check out more pics!
According to HTC VP of Asia Pacific, Jack Tong, the HTC Hero is enjoying high demand and great sales in the European and Asian markets. Because of such hot demand, it looks like the Hero is in tight supply for the next month or so. According to Tong:
The tight production will not be eased until November and the sales momentum of HTC Hero is expected to continue in the first quarter of 2010.
We're excited to see an Android device take off and hold such a strong demand. It's clear that the European GSM HTC Hero is a success and that the European and Asian markets love Android. But it definitely leaves us to wonder how the Sprint HTC Hero is performing (we think very well). Either way, we can't wait to see more Android devices made by HTC!
It looks like that countdown clock on the Droid website was ticking down to the official announcement of the Verizon Droid. Verizon just sent out invitations to the media that confirms what we already know--the Droid is made by Motorola headed to Verizon and going to be one of 'must-have devices of the year'. So come October 28th, be ready for the onslaught of Droid.
In a separate promotional mailer from Verizon PR, 11.09 is listed on the backside. And since November 9th comes after October 28th, we're deducing that the later date could be the actual release date of the Droid. We make pretty good detectives, don't we?
And lastly, to show how serious Verizon is about the Droid, check out the video of the package they mailed to MobileCrunch after the break! What can say 'Droid' more than that?
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