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4 years ago

Dell Mini 5 Update: Headed to AT&T & T-Mobile, Maybe Runs Android 2.1

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The Dell Mini 5, which is a sleek and sexy MID-styled device we've seen before, just got hit with some new news. It's expected to release in the US on both AT&T and T-Mobile and will maybe, hopefully run Android 2.1.

To expand, the exact wording is that it'll be running "something newer" than Android 1.6 which means either Android 2.0 or 2.1 (or maybe something even newer?), and with Android 2.1 being all the rage right now, it'd be almost foolish for them to release the Dell Mini 5 without it. The AT&T and T-Mobile news is interesting (but not unexpected) because we're not really sure who would use this as a phone. Sure, it comes with your typical phone functionality but is it practical to use a device that packs a 5-inch touchscreen as your daily driver? Would people buy it with a contract? We'd imagine more people would buy it unlocked for use as a MID or tablet-styled device. But what do we know.

Overall, the Dell Mini 5 looks amazing and looks to run just as amazing with its 1GHz Snapdragon processor. Dell would definitely have to hit the right price point for this device to succeed and we're definitely hopeful for it. We'll try to get our own hands on soon!

[via slashgear, engadget]

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4 years ago

Huawei Introduces 4 New Android Phones, Covers All The Bases

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Huawei, which may be an unfamiliar company to most, has actually grown quite familiar with Android. They've released Android devices before and at MWC, they'll be showcasing four more Android phones. The U880 (pictured above) is the cream of the crop, the U8300 comes with a front facing QWERTY, and the U8100 and U8110 are targeted towards the low end. That's a solid Android portfolio if you ask us.

The U8800 is obviously the most appealing because it packs a 3.8-inch touchscreen and runs Android 2.1. It's looking like their flagship Android device and what's interesting is that it'll actually support HSPA+, so maybe we'll see this on T-Mobile one day. The other devices offer compelling features as well, the U8300 may look odd but it comes with the aforementioned front facing QWERTY keyboard. The U8100/U8110 has a 2.8-inch touchscreen and packs 2 cameras, a front-facing Camera along with the typical back facing 3.2-megapixel variety.

The U8800 is expected to release in the third quarter of 2010 while the U8100/U8110 is expected to hit Europen in the second quarter. There was no date listed for the U8300. We expect more details on these devices to come but there's no question that Huawei is positioning themselves to be the next HTC. We wish them nothing but luck.

See the pictures of the new Android phones after the break!

[huawei]

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4 years ago

Motorola CLIQ Getting Update This Week

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It's not Android 2.1 but it's something, right? According to Moto's twitter account, the Motorola CLIQ is going to receive a software update this week. The update will improve the CLIQ's battery life, touchscreen, and GPS. If this sounds familiar, it's because it's likely the same update that got accidentally pushed out to a few CLIQ users a couple of weeks ago. That was an accident, this one is for real.

And as much needed as these little software updates are, we can't help but feel disappointed--why can't it be an Android 2.1 update instead! One day..

thanks for the tip Gonzoguy24!

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4 years ago

HTC Legend & HTC Desire leak again with specs

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We're not sure how many times a device can 'leak' before getting officially announced but the HTC Legend & HTC Desire (formerly known as the Bravo) both seem to be going for the record here. Both have been spotted numerous times before and both have again leaked with official looking product photos and a full spec list. This leak comes on the eve of HTC's presser tomorrow, so we could very well be spoiling the festivities for you guys.

Everything here falls in line with what we've seen and heard before. The HTC Desire is a top end device along the lines of the Nexus One: 1GHz Snapdragon Processor, 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen, and Android 2.1. It also runs HTC Sense which might be an even bigger plus for some. The HTC Legend still looks to be an updated HTC Hero with a 600 MHz Processor, 3.2-inch touchscreen, and Android 2.1 with HTC Sense. And for those keeping track, both devices have upgraded to an optical trackpad.

Even with Android 2.1 on both devices it looks like HTC will continue to push Sense UI on their Android handsets. We're hoping to learn more soon!

Hit the jump for a picture of the HTC Desire & specs!

[modaco via gizmodo]

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4 years ago

AC @ MWC: Video of the Motorola Motoroi (XT720), Koreas first Android 2.0

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The Motorola Motoroi's been intriguing ever since it first leaked out of the depths of wherever such leaks come from. But in getting your hands (and watching the hands of a lovely Motorola representative) on the device, you really get a sense that despite a few obvious cues taken from the Motorola Droid, the Motoroi really isn't a keyboardless Droid.

For one, it lacks the hard lines of the Droid. You're not going to be shaving or cutting cheese or any of the other tricks we lick to pull. It actually, when in portrait landscape (sideways) orientation, has more of the feel of a digital camera. And that's part of the idea, Motorola says. And having an 8-megapixel camera and xenon (read: nuclear) flash only drives that point home. Toss in the multimedia capabilities powered by that TI OMAP processor at 600MHz, and you have the makings of a darn good device. Let's hope it comes to the U.S. soonest.

Enough chatter. Let's check out the video after the break.

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4 years ago

Adobe AIR Coming to Android

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Flash has been reported to come and is still expected to come to Android but the bigger news might be Adobe announcing that they're going to bring Adobe AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) to Android. AIR will allow developers to develop one AIR-based application and be able to reach every platform. There'll be no need to tweak an app for each OS because the app would run in the AIR environment--an AIR app would essentially be platform-free. 

Basically, the idea is to get Adobe AIR on as many smartphone platforms as possible because the more support it has, the easier it'll be to take off. AIR apps performance seems to be rather snappy and is as close to 'native' as possible. Check out the video after the jump to see for yourself. Adobe AIR will come to Android first, exactly when we don't know.

One thing we ask Adobe, no long and drawn-out process to get AIR on Android like there was/is for Flash. Thanks!

Hit the jump to see a video of Adobe AIR in action on Android!

[adobe]

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4 years ago

Acer Liquid e is like the original Acer Liquid with Android 2.1 added

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Here's the thing: the Acer Liquid e seems to be nearly the same phone as the original Acer Liquid. The only difference we could spot is that the Acer Liquid e will run Android 2.1 (yay!) instead of Android 1.6. The Acer Liquid e runs the same underclocked 768MHz Snapdragon processor, uses the same 3.5-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, and has the same 512MB ROM / 256MB RAM.

We understand if Acer wants to build a Liquid brand name but could we at least have had something new thrown to us? For example, the Cliq XT is a completely different phone from the Cliq and the myTouch 3G 1.2 improved upon the original myTouch with some new features. The Liquid e looks like the Liquid with Android 2.1 to us. Any point in differentiating the devices once (if) the original Liquid gets 2.1?

Full press release and specs after the jump

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4 years ago

AC @ MWC: Hands-on with the Motorola Motoroi (XT720), Korea's first Android 2.0

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Here it is, folks. The Motorola Motoroi, aka the XT720, aka the first Android 2.0 device released for the Korean market. At first blush you get the feel that it's a kindler, gentler Droid without a keyboard. But get the XT720 in your hand and you find that they don't have the same feeling in the slightest. No sharp angles, and the bump on the side is hardly noticeable.

The XT720 sports an 8-megapixel camera with Xenon flash, the better to blind your friends with. It records video at 720p and can output through an HDMI connector on the top of the phone, next to the 3.5mm headphone jack. The 3.7-inch screen dominates the face and makes you wonder why you'd ever think about settling for a smaller screen. We're still hoping to see this beast on T-Mobile at some point. More pics after the break.

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4 years ago

AC @ MWC: Hands-on with the Motorola Cliq XT for T-Mobile's Android line

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The Motorola Cliq XT (Android 1.5 and MotoBLUR) won't be released for another month, but we've already gotten our hands on it at Mobile World Congress. Here we go.

It's the first incarnation of MotoBLUR to not have a physical keyboard. But that doesn't slow it down any, especially because it is one of the first phones to take advantage of T-Mobile's new deal to pre-install the Swype keyboard.

Its 3.1-inch screen is adequate. It has a nice heft to it and feels good in your hand. The buttons at the bottom are physical, and not capacitive like on other Android phones. There's a 3.5mm headphone jack and a 5MP camera.

More shots after the break.

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4 years ago

Motorola announces Android Quench, will hit T-Mobile next month as Cliq XT

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Motorola this morning at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona updated its Android line with the Quench with MotoBLUR. When it hits the United States next month on T-Mobile, it will be called the Cliq XT.

It sports a 3.1-inch display, a 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash, and dual microphones for proper noice cancellation. WiFi, aGPS and stereo Bluetooth also are on board, as is Adobe's Flash Lite. [Motorola]

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