Here's another gem that's not coming anywhere near the United States. The Motorola XT800+ features a custom UI atop Android 2.2.1 -- and dual SIM cards. So you can use one for voice and one for data. It's got a stylish leather backing, and gold-plated accents, a 1GHz processor and 5MP camera.
A tipster just sent this one in, it's a list of devices reaching end-of-life soon on AT&T, and the Motorola Backflip and Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 are on it. Looks like the Backflip's last day is Feb 2, and the X10 says goodbye on March 6. This doesn't mean that your phone will stop working, or that someone at AT&T won't be able to help you if you hit any technical snags, it just means that they won't be pushing to sell them, and no more new stock will arrive.
On the bright side, AT&T recommends the Flipout and the Captivate as suitable replacements, so they are with us for a while longer. Personally, I say hold off and wait for one of the new AT&T Androids that we've seen this week at CES, or roll with the Xperia Arc as the perfect replacement for the X10 (or any phone for that matter!) -- go big! [sent in via the Android Central app] Thanks tipster!
A 3D touchscreen on a smartphone? Oh, why not. They're putting it on everything else these days. So that's what's been done with the Sharp Galapogos. It's an Android 2.2 device with a 3.8-inch touchscreen and what's being called "Naked Eye 3D."
With the press of a button, the home screen changes to a 3D-like feel, without the need of those glasses. It's an interesting parlor trick, but not something we'd want to really use, most likely.
One of the cool things about CES is getting to play with phones that will otherwise never see the light of day in the U.S. And one of those phones is the Motorola XT806LX. It's a Chinese device, rocking a custom version of Android.
But what's really cool is that it sports two touchscreens, one atop the other. The top screen is capacitive, and lets you use the phone just like any other Android smartphone. The screen on the bottom is resistive, and you use a stylus with it. That's to help with the Chinese characters. Toss in a TV antenna and a bunch of Swarovski crystals (20 or so), and you've got a stylish and functional device.
A few of you have asked to see the boot animation on the HTC Thunderbolt, so here it is. But it's what's inside the phone when you open the battery cover that was a cool little surprise.
The motor that makes the phone vibrate is exposed. You can actually touch it if you want. Of course that's done on purpose, but it's part of a larger design trend, HTC told us. In every HTC phone, you're going to have see some of the hardware exposed. It's a pretty cool feature, and it's not going away anytime soon.
Picked up a 9.7-inch Android 2.2 tablet from Polaroid (yes, that Polaroid). Spec-wise, it doesn't seem that bad. Cortex A8 processor at 1GHz, 4GB of ROM, 2MP camera, 6800mAh battery. And all the usual bells and whistles. What's it like in actuality? Check out the video after the break.
This week has been all about new phones, new services, and new rumors. CES 2011 has definitely put us in a whirlwind, there's no doubt about it. So, we thought we'd cool things down a bit and show you this kick-ass video of a four foot Android cooler being made. No seriously! It's a cooler to put your drinks in. And we gotta say, the end result is pretty awesome. Click on after the break to see how the cooler was made. Thanks Tony for sharing your project. [YouTube]
The past year has been pretty crazy for HTC. It saw the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer go from a virtual unknown to dominance of the Android world with phones like the Droid Incredible and EVO 4G in America, and the HTC Desire series in Europe and Asia. With a year of big releases ahead, including a bevy of new 4G phones and a rumored tablet, HTC has appointed Matthew Costello as its new Chief Operating Officer. Costello previously served as Sony Ericsson's VP of Global Operations.
Costello will be based in Taiwan and be responsible for all operations at HTC including manufacturing, supply chain, sourcing, customer service and technology infrastructure. He will work closely with HTC’s customers and suppliers to ensure the continuous evolution of HTC’s integrated supply chain. Costello will report to Fred Liu, who has been promoted to President of Engineering, Operations and Sales.
Say what you will about Sony Ericsson -- and we've said plenty -- but damned if they don't know how to make phones. All problems aside with the previous Xperia phones running outdated versions of Android, the new Xperia Arc combines just the thinnest smartphone we've seen -- 8.7 millimeters -- with a 4.2-inch touchscreen and Android 2.3. Spec-wise, this is no slouch.
But this is SE we're talking about. And when we hear that it's running the Timescape user interface, we flinch. But we were very pleasantly surprised to find zero lag on the Arc, in stark contrast to the Xperia X10 we demoed here at CES a year ago.
We need to put this thing through its proper paces. But the camera is supposed to be great, and the hardware feels to be top-notch. We'll see, folks, we'll see.
For now, we've got more pictures and video after the break.
We got a tip that the RUU for the HTC Thunderbolt (check out our hands-on) has leaked out, and while we were breaking things down to be sure all was what it was supposed to be, the pulled system dump got dropped in the Android Central forums. It's a hell of a ROM, weighing in at almost 500 MB's worth of software, and we're 100 percent sure it's Bing free.
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