Obviously this is bad news for any AT&T customer looking forward to Android devices but simply put, the HTC Lancaster wasn't going to be a game changer, hardware-wise at least. QVGA screen? Psssh. Yeah, it would have been nice to see how Android would take off on a bigger carrier but good things come to those who wait (so we've heard, at least).
So AT&T, the ball in your court. If you really did drop the HTC Lancaster from your product portfolio, we better see a better Android device lined up to take its place. Maybe something from Motorola? Or maybe the "pretty believable" information turns out false and the Lancaster will launch on AT&T as originally planned. Yikes, counting on AT&T to deliver typically never pans out.
Radio Shack (or is just The Shack now?) just announced that they'll be selling the T-Mobile myTouch 3G in store which would certainly spell a good thing for T-Mobile considering 'The Shack' has more than 4,000 locations nationwide. Radio Shack and T-Mobile had just minted a new deal to sell T-Mobile handsets so hopefully we can expect future T-Mobile Android devices available there as well.
We're not frequent customers of Radio Shack, so this deal doesn't exactly affect us but what about the rest of you guys? Radio Shack + Android = Good?
Though we're firmly entrenched in the white HTC Hero camp, we can't help but applaud HTC for delivering such a nice color option. It definitely feels like a breath of fresh air. We think we'll be seeing a lot more pink Hero's in the future.
The T-Mobile 3G Rollout has been slowly inching its way across the United States, slowly making its way toward respectability. We're happy to report that many cities have received T-Mobile 3G since our last Rollout Report and they're as follows:
El Paso, TX
New Haven, CT
We're positive that a lot of big cities are still without T-Mobile 3G and we definitely empathize with you guys--3G is such a difference maker, it'll make your T-Mobile G1 feel like a brand new phone. So, let's work together and compile a list of the biggest cities still without T-Mobile 3G and put some pressure on T-Mobile to accelerate their 3G rollout!
Let's hear which cities don't have T-Mobile 3G in the comments!
thanks to all our wonderful readers who contributed to this report!
Though a T-Mobile US isn't confirmed yet, the Pulse is expected to launch on T-Mobile in Europe so it's very likely that Magenta users in the states will eventually be able to rock the Pulse. And since it's already cleared the FCC, we should (hopefully, at least) expect the Pulse to launch before the end of 2009.
Hopefully we'll find out more about the T-Mobile Pulse in the near future. We can't wait to see what Huawei's first Android effort has to offer!
If reports indicating that the T-Mobile G1 is permanently stuck at Android 1.5 and won't receive further software updates like Donut and Eclair are true, it'll break the hearts of many Android users across the world. According to Android software engineer Dave Sparks, there'll be a time when developers "wont be able to fit the latest [Android] release on the G1's internal flash."
You've got to be kidding me. The T-Mobile G1 isn't even a year old and it could potentially be out-of-date already? All over some memory issue? That's just a terrible excuse.
Luckily T-Mobile jumped into the fray to squash the reports because they've said, "We plan to continue working with Google to introduce future software updates to the T-Mobile G1. Reports to the contrary are inaccurate."
But the seed of doubt has been planted. We're not sure if T-Mobile is defining 'future software updates' as the Donut and Eclair updates to Android or as mere security updates. We're not sure if all the features of Donut/Eclair will make it to the T-Mobile G1. We're not sure of anything anymore because we used to think that the T-Mobile G1 was still a great device that would only get better as Android got better.
Hopefully, Google and T-Mobile still think the same.
Layar, the world's first mobile augmented reality application, is now available for Android in Android Market. We urge you to go download it. Like right now. Okay. To give you a brief introduction on what Layar is, you can either watch this video or read our own description:
Layar uses Android's GPS, camera, and compass features to display real-time information on the world before you. Think of it as an informative looking glass for the world, you point your Android phone in a particular direction and you'll receive details galore--points-of-interests, houses for sale, ATMs, jobs, and so much more. It'll give you the information about what you want to know--distance, store hours, etc--by just pointing in the right direction. It's pretty much Google Maps on ridiculously powerful steroids
The real beauty of Layar is that they've opened up this 'reality browser' to third-party developers, over 100 developers have already developed layers for the application and 500 more developers will be jumping in. You can already see nearby Yelp reviews, tweets from Twitter friends around you, and so much more. The potential is simply off the charts.
We've installed Layar on our T-Mobile G1 and were very impressed on how well it runs for such a (presumably) demanding application. We're excited and hopeful for Layar to take off and bring augmented reality browsers to the forefront of the discussion. It's the future.
The HTC Click is targeted for a September release and HTC is forecasting a 19% growth in shipments during the fourth quarter, largely because of this budget-minded phone. The HTC Click is expected to be priced at around $300 before carrier subsidies, so expecting a price tag of free isn't out of the question.
We know next to nothing about this Android-powered MID (pictured above) other than the fact that we wouldn't mind using one and that it looks exactly like an iPhone, right down to the black border and chrome trim. The MID also looks to include SD card expansion, a couple of buttons, and maybe even phone capabilities. Yeah, vague, we know.
Overall, we're going to keep an eye on this completely unknown device because as much as an Android tablet is noteworthy, an iPhone-look-a-like Android tablet is even better.
What do you guys think? Straight rip off? Interesting?
One bad thing though, this bit of news doesn't apply to T-Mobile myTouch 3G users. Due to licensing issues, the T-Mobile myTouch 3G and other Magics with the "with Google" branding won't be able to officially upgrade to HTC Sense. We're not exactly sure how the legalities work but it probably has to do with Google and T-Mobile not wanting non-Google/T-Mobile approved software floating around on their handets. Lame. There's always the good folks at xda for you though...
But if you've got yourself a HTC Magic without Google branding, count yourself as one of the lucky ones. You'll be able to rock your device like the forthcoming HTC Hero. Kudos to you all.
There you have it. A picture of the Dell Mini 3i aka dellphone in real, breathing life. Look at that polish! Look at that glare! Getting excited? Don't. Your hopes for a high-end device will be crushed when you realize that the first ever dellphone, though beautiful and runs Android, lacks WiFi and 3G. Why? Well, because China seems to have a rule that all cellphones must suck in order to gain approval.
So though these pictures show off Dell's first smartphone, our excitement has been definitely dampened by the fact that it's handcuffed by China's strict standards and that we're not even getting a sniff of it. Sigh. What can you do. At least the device is real.
So if we take a tiny leap of faith, this Huawei 8220 may be code-numbered for a specific region, with the other 8230 designated for another region. We were very excited about the Huawei 8230 because it just oozed polish and quality. And so far, the specs of the 8220 seem like a good enough start to maintain our excitement--3.5 inch touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3MP camera, etc. Sounds good on T-Mobile, right?
If you haven't heard of Huawei before, don't worry, it's not because they're some two-bit company. Huawei is like HTC before you knew who HTC was. We'll continue to keep an eye out for the T-Mobile Pulse/Huawei 8220/8230 because more Android phones is always a good thing.
The Samsung Galaxy is reportedly slated for release in the UK this week, kind of. Reports have shown that O2's retail staff have found the Samsung Galaxy, Samsung's first Android phone, in their inventory system and that shipments will arrive this week. Though this doesn't necessarily mean that the Galaxy will be immediately available to customers, it shouldn't be too far off in the future.
O2 representatives have stated that the handset will launch in the next few weeks and our own report has expected an August release date for months now so we believe that this rumor of a Samsung Galaxy launch on O2 carries some weight. Though the Samsung Galaxy has taken a back seat to the HTC Hero, Sony 'Rachael' and others in our eyes, we're definitely excited to see it back in the spotlight and hopeful for its success.
We've already reported on Dell's upcoming Android smartphone launch in China and expressed our disappointment in it not being available to the US market on launch. At that point, we didn't know what the dellphone was going to look like nor did we know any specifics on it. That's changed now, Dell's Android Ophone mini 3i has finally got a face, and its face looks pretty good.
The purported specs are as follows:
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE class 12
103g grams weight
58 x 122 x 11.7mm
3.5″ nHD 640×360 LCD, 18-bit, 262K colors
Microsoft Exchange support
Google, AIM, Yahoo and MSN IM support
3 megapixel auto-focus, flash, 8x digital zoom camera with 30fps video shooting mode, built in photo editor
USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, A-GPS
On-screen QWERTY keyboard, hardwriting recognition, multi touch UI
The Dell mini 3i is supposedly 'launch ready' which corroborates with our previous report. If you live in China, you should expect this device sooner rather than later. Yeah, so why couldn't this have launched in America with US 3G?
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