Wow. After months of little to no Android hardware news, this week has been AMAZING. Motorola is supposedly lining up to release another Android Device dubbed the 'Ironman' in Q3. This report coming off the news of the Motorola Calgary releasing to Verizon is just beautiful.
At the moment, details are vague but the Ironman is supposed to pack a hefty punch of power with everything you'd want in a smartphone: 3G, WiFi, high-resolution camera, etc. The picture above seems to showcase a Palm Pre-esque sliding form-factor with a relatively large keyboard. The screen looks a tad small to run Android but the mockup looks a little 'off' to begin with. We'll definitely know more about this device in the future.
How excited are you guys about Android after this week!
Vodafone recently hinted in an interview that though they'll be developing more Android devices, those upcoming Android devices may be less Google-centric than the current Android phones available (namely, the Magic and the G1). According to Vodafone's Rachel Williams:
While the HTC Magic contains all the Google features we've come to expect tightly integrated, like Google Mail, future offerings might be more of a 'basic' package, where networks will want to put their own clients on there instead.
We examined the Android vs Google phenomenon in a previous article and it's beginning to look like this Android-centric or Google-centric tug-of-war will become an issue as the Android platform grows. And though Google's integration with Android is best-in-class, the fact of the matter is, not everyone needs to be tied down to Google clients--carrier's may be more interested in developing Android sans Google.
We've been interested in a Motorola Android Device here at Android Central since Android was announced--the combination of high-end Motorola hardware plus capable Android software seemed to be a match made in heaven. That dream is finally looking to come true because according to some reports, Motorola is planning to release the Android-powered Calgary which is an uber-sexy, QWERTY slider-type device.
If the reports are to be believed, the Calgary will launch on Verizon, who wouldn't mind a good phone or three of their own. Can you imagine that? Android, Motorola, and Verizon sitting in a tree. Hopefully the picture above captures what Motorola wants to do design-wise with the Calgary--we truly believe that Moto can re-define the smartphone landscape with a game-changing Android device.
We know you guys are interested in the Samsung I7500, just look at that beautiful device, how could you possibly resist? And after months and months of no news regarding Android devices, this Samsung device is truly a breath of fresh air. The Android platform is reinvigorated and rightfully so.
Seriously, this week has simply been amazing for Android. We finally got an official announcement from Samsung regarding their Android plans and now we already get to see the Samsung I7500 in a hands-on video!
The Samsung I7500 looks incredibly sleek, sharp, and sexy. Though the I7500 and the HTC Magic are both touchscreen-only devices, their build seems to be a bit different. The I7500 possesses sharper lines, may even be thinner and has a 3.5mm headphone jack!. Quite simply, the I7500 is a great looking device that packs a punch. Here are the specs once again:
5 megapixel camera with LED flash
Tri-Band 7.2Mbps HSDPA (900/1700/2100MHZ)
320x480 pixel 3.2″ AMOLED Screen
WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth
8GB Internal Storage (expandable to 32GB via microSD)
3.5mm Headset Jack (YES!!!)
So, anyone beginning to lean I7500 over HTC Magic? We just might have to..
If you want to see an unboxing video of the HTC Magic (and who doesn't?) we've got a video clip for you up above (courtesy of netbooknews.de). The Magic shown is actually the mysterious black version which, to us, looks very attractive. One cause for concern is that the Magic is uber-glossy and fingerprints will certainly be an issue.
In our opinion, the HTC Magic looks great. The size seems to be close to perfect, the curves are beautiful, and the build quality is deemed to be "pretty good". We can't wait to get our hands on a Magic in the near future!
You Spaniards can't have all the fun with an earlier-than-expected release of the HTC Magic! Vodafone Germany has made the HTC available for their customers and you can get it for the low, low price of €1 (if your plan qualifies of course).
With so much news in the past few days regarding the HTC Magic and the countless countries it's launching on, one has to begin to wonder when the heck T-Mobile is going to jump into the fray..
We knew that Android Dev Phone would be good for something! Android 1.5 aka Cupcake is now available for your download pleasure if you happen to own one of those quirky little Dev Phones. The instructions to update to Android 1.5 are listed on HTC's website which can be accessed: HERE.
It will be responsible for end to end delivery of innovative java based mobile applications on existing or pre-commercial handsets with an initial focus on voicemail applications. It is also expected to drive application development; conduct required testing and provides production support.
Are they looking to make Verizon-branded apps for Android to run on Verizon-branded devices? Does Verizon already have a team of Android specialists hammering away at the kinks? Is this amazing news or what!
We know a lot of people have and love Verizon but so far Verizon devices have been underwhelming at best. To see an Android-based Verizon device would be HUGE. Let's see if Android can beat the iPhone to America's largest network.
What do you guys think about a Verizon Android Device?
Yeah, the HTC Magic launch tour has officially begun! Even Austria's A1 has joined the party and announced that they'll be releasing the HTC Magic and all its magicness sometime soon. There is no confirmed date but hey, an announcement is better than nothing right?
Wahoo! The Second Android Device is officially official: Vodafone Spain has made the HTC Magic available through their online store. This is a full week (and change) before the purported May 1st release on Vodafone UK.
Excited to be one of the firsts to grab the HTC Magic? Well, it's going to cost you a pretty penny. We're not sure of the exact details since European Carriers tend to have a varying, flexible tier-based system but some reports have it as high as €399 ($519). If anyone can clarify on the pricing, we'd love to hear from you!
Expensive or not, it's great to see some new life in Android after months and months of waiting!
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