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4 years ago

Acer announces beTouch E110 & beTouch E400 Android Phones

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We knew Acer had to have more than just the Liquid e, which was merely a Liquid with Android 2.1, in their Android arsenal. Acer has been wanting to focus on Android for quite some time and there's really no better way to do it than to announce more Android devices. As so, Acer announced two more Android phones, the beTouch E110 & the beTouch E400. There's nothing especially groundbreaking with these devices (we prefer the Liquid over both) but it's never a bad thing to build that Android portfolio.

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!

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4 years ago

Skype and Verizon become friends, Skype over 3G coming to Android

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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.

[skype, verizon]

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4 years ago

Sprint now says Samsung Moment's 2.1 upgrade coming in early Q2

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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]

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4 years ago

HTC Legend Unibody Design Video

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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.

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4 years ago

New and Improved Sense Coming to all HTC "Hero" Devices

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Impressed with the new HTC Sense Features like Leap, Friendstream, and the ability to look up or translate words (see video here)? Not impressed with the idea of paying for a shiny new Legend or Desire? You're in luck!

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.

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4 years ago

AC @ MWC: Hands-on with the HTC Legend

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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.

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4 years ago

AC @ MWC: Hands-on with the HTC Desire (Update with Video!)

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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.

Enough small talk. Pics after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC Desire Brings Sense to a Nexus One Body

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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.

That sound good? Click through for the details.

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4 years ago

HTC improves Sense with latest offerings

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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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4 years ago

HTC Legend Announced: The Unibody Hero of your Dreams

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HTC officially announced the Legend today. While the Nexus one doesn't need to feel completely ashamed, it certainly looks like HTC has taken their shot at putting "best Android Phone this week" back on their mantle.

The Legend is the spiritual successor to the Hero: it has the same angled design with the classic Android 'chin.' Material-wise, however, we have a whole different ball game here. Like Apple's MacBooks, the Legend is carved out of a single piece of aluminium (plus the screen and battery door, natch). HTC also upped the game by dropping the trackball off the Legend and replacing it with an optical trackpad. Unlike the optical trackpad you find on BlackBerrys, HTC's version has the optical sensor in a little hole surrounded by the button. We'll have to see if it works as well as the BlackBerry 'button-as-sensor' implementation, but at the very least it looks more elegant.

Sense-wise, there's a small update. You can pinch-out to get a view of all the Sense screens, social networking has been cleaned up and aggregation improved, and they've added a newsreader widget/app. Spec-wise, there's noth

  • Size: 112 x 56.3 x 11.5 mm (4.41 x 2.22 x 0.45 inches)
  • Weight: 126 grams (4.44 ounces) with battery
  • Display: AMOLED, 3.2 inches Resolution: 320 X 480 HVGA
  • CPU: 600 MHz
  • Battery type:: 1300 mAh,  Talk time: Up to 440 mins on 3G.
  • Camera: 5 megapixel color camera
  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, Standard micro-USB
  • AndroidTM 2.1 (Éclair) with HTC Sense
  • ROM: 512 MB RAM: 384 MB
  • WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Supports up to 32 GB microSD

For bands, we have 900/2100 3G and quad-band Edge, which means we're looking at Europe and Asia for this lovely monster of a phone. It hits Vodafone in Europe in April and "other parts of the world including Asia in early Q2." It hits us right in the kisser - come on, HTC, let's see some US 3G here.

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