We definitely need to brush up our Spanish but we're pretty sure the video is saying that the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 is an amazingly wonderful device that is going to compete head on with the Motorola DROID as the best Android device available in the very near future. Okay, maybe not. Though we don't understand what's being said in the hands-on video above, we get a good feel of the 'Rachael' UI in the XPERIA X10. You'll get to see the much ballyhooed Timescape and Mediascape features in action.
The video is definitely worth a look, even if you don't understand Spanish, if only to see where the future of Android is headed. Remember, the XPERIA X10 packs a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 4 inch touchscreen, and 8.1 megapixel camera.
One of the biggest reasons we use Youtube for our videos here at Android Central (other than its ubiquity) is that Youtube videos play on Android phones (and other mobile devices). It's as simple as that. Without Flash support, a lot of videos on other services are simply lost on mobile devices. Luckily, Vimeo (known for its higher quality content and quality) is looking to change that. Vimeo has announced that they are lending support to Android (and the iPhone) and that their videos will soon play on your Android phone.
If you head to vimeo.com on your Android phone, you'll be re-directed to an updated mobile site that allows for easy viewing of videos in Vimeo's Staff Picks and HD channels. Eventually, support for all Plus Members will be available. We're excited to see Vimeo join the mobile fray, maybe we'll even see an Android application down the line?
One of the cooler applications on the iPhone, Bump, has found its way to Android. If you've never heard of Bump before, it's okay for now, but the potential of the application and the all-around cool factor is definitely worth remembering. Bump allows you to share contact information and photos between two phones just by 'bumping' (tapping) them together. It's an uber-quick way to exchange phone numbers and pretty much genius in its execution, you'll definitely wonder how come it doesn't come stock on all phones after you use it.
All you have to do is fire up the app and you'll be 'bumping' in no time. As Bump grows in popularity, it'll become even more useful because people you bump into at coffee shops, meetings, conferences, etc. can just 'bump' you their information just as easily. The best thing is that the Android 'Bump' works with the iPhone 'Bump'--Bump is cross-platform. Go download it in Android Market and get to bumping!
It seems like the same cycle happens for every notable gadget release: blurry photos emerge, less blurry photos emerge, pre-release reviews come out, unboxing videos pop up, post-release images and videos are widely available, and then finally, said notable gadget gets disassembled. The Motorola DROID is in that last stage of the cycle yet even disassembled and torn apart, still manages to look good.
The guys at phonewreck commented that the DROID was pretty difficult to take apart which we like to think speaks to the DROID's high craftsmanship and quality build. They also mentioned that the DROID's sliding keyboard has the simplest sliding mechanism they've ever seen. Just wanted to point that out. In any case, feel free to hit the link to see how they disassembled the Motorola DROID!
The mysterious V1 Vphone made by the even more mysterious Saygus just got a little less mysterious (which is a good thing, kind of). Saygus execs say that the V1 Vphone will be available to Verizon customers but won't actually be supported by Verizon--so basically you'll have to trust Saygus enough to come through with quality, support, warranty, etc in the V1 Vphone.
So why should you still be interested in the V1 Vphone? Well for starters, they're going to offer video calling on the device. The front-facing camera will allow for video conferencing on the mobile device which will surely entice enough users to take the plunge. Saygus says that you can do video calling either handset to handset or over VoIP clients that support it. Since video conferencing isn't widespread here in the States, our biggest concern is quality, but again Saygus execs say that their video compression technology is great and that it'll even work over EDGE.
From phonescoop's hands on with the Saygus V1 Vphone, the device is said to be huge. Luckily, the keyboard is great because of its expansive size and the screen is as brilliant as the DROID's screen. The V1 Vphone can even be used as a wireless access point meaning you can use Verizon's 3G network to wirelessly tether your laptop. Sweet. The V1 Vphone will launch with Android 1.6 but eventually update to 2.0 in the future. It all sounds really great now but we have to see the V1 Vphone in real-life testing to see how everything works together.
Hit the jump to see the Saygus V1 Vphone in action!
If you're interested in the Samsung Behold II, and you should be as it's looking like a wonderful Android device, it's going to cost you either $199.99 with new 2-year contract or $449.99 off contract on Even More Plus plans. The $449.99 off-contract price can actually be split into a payment plan of $22.50 for 20 months which is essentially the $450 price spread over 20 months with no interest.
We love the idea of an interest-free payment plan but the cost of the Behold 2 seems a little too high. Since the DROID is offered for the same price on-contract, we were hoping to see the Behold 2 priced in the low $100's.
The Samsung Behold II will be available on November 18th and packs a AMOLED touchscreen, 5 megapixel camera and runs Samsung's own Touchwiz UI on top of Android.
Who's getting a Behold 2? And which option are you picking?
It looks like the lovely folks over at xda-developers have already figured out how to port Googles Maps Navigation onto the forever-in-our-hearts T-Mobile G1. The explanation and specific hack is much too smart for us to process but it sounds like its running fine and working well. So even if Android 2.0 is ignoring all the other Android devices other than the DROID, know that the xda-developers still loves you. Will we eventually see a Custom ROM with Google Maps Navigation included? We thinks yes.
If you didn't already know, the DROID is capable of recording video at 720x480 resolution where most other Android phones record at 320x240 resolution. This means that your DROID can record video at the same resolution as DVDs. Whoa.
Apps will surely take advantage of the superior hardware and the first app to do so is Qik, the live video broadcasting application. The new Qik app for Android is currently in the invite-only, beta stage but judging from the video quality taken with Qik it looks amazing. Qik also gets a fresh new UI update and an improved version of the 'Speed Sharing Ribbon' which allows you to instantly share your videos with specific contacts. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get details on how to be a part of the DROID-only beta release.
How happy are you with the video recording in the DROID? Will you Qik more?
Hit the jump to see the test video of Qik on the DROID!
The Motorola DROID has all the makings of a success story. Analysts are estimating the total units moved in the first weekend to be over 100,000 since Verizon had 200,000 units in stock and most stores sold more than half of their allotment. Though these definitely aren't iPhone numbers, they're more Pre-like than anything but more importantly, it's a step in the right direction for Motorola, Verizon, and Android. Motorola is expected to sell 1 million Android handsets in Q4 of this year with 10 million devices expected for 2010. Lofty goals but definitely manageable if Moto continues to pump out stellar devices like the DROID.
BGR has just independently confirmedwhat we already knew, that the GSM version of the Motorola DROID, the Motorola Milestone, will be available on Telus in Canada. BGR points to the vague timeframe of "early 2010" but that day can't come soon enough. The Motorola Milestone packs multitouch out of the bag but may not have Google Maps Navigation. A tough tradeoff.
But why is this big news? Well, since AT&T is currently ignoring Android, AT&T users have to take the issue into their own hands--either switch networks or buy unlocked Android phones to use on AT&T. Unlocked T-Mobile Android phones don't make sense for AT&T users since AT&T and T-Mobile use different 3G bands which means T-Mobile Android devices won't have AT&T 3G. Unlocked Telus/Rogers Android phones do make sense considering Telus and Rogers use the same 3G bands as AT&T, which means, yes, everything works as advertised.
Though the Milestone will surely cost you a boatload (probably more than simply paying AT&T the ETF and switching to Verizon for the DROID) some users in unique situations may be able to justify the cost: benefits of a GSM network, better service with AT&T, good rate plan, etc.
Are any AT&T users thinking about doing this? We have AT&T on one of our lines here at Android Central and we're most definitely considering this option. Hurry up and get the Milestone out Telus!
If your Verizon DROID or DROID Eris has been acting up lately, fear not, it looks like Verizon is well aware of all the DROID and DROID Eris' bugs and problems and will address them in an OTA (over-the-air) update on December 11th. Internal documents suggest that a slew of fixes are coming, both hardware and software related. Our eyes have narrowed in on the DROID's "camera auto-focus sometimes never autofocusing issue" and we're hoping the firmware fix will help improve the DROID's middling camera.
We'd like to know if any users are experiencing problems with their DROID or DROID Eris. Let us know in the comments For what it's worth, our DROID hasn't really had that many problems.
For the full list of fixes, feel free to hit the link!
Continuing the ad onslaught of Verizon and the Motorola DROID, we have three new commercials that actually show the DROID in action, well, sort of. It still maintains the 'droid' theme so it's really a robot arm using the DROID but hey, the original iDon't spot and the 'Stealth' ad were mere teasers for the DROID, these new spots actually showcase some functionality!
To no one's surprise, the ads focus on the strengths of the DROID: Android, the browser, Google Maps Navigation, and of course 'Does'. Mix in some bravado and robots and that's the overall feel of the commercials. Verizon isn't holding back any punches, even going as far as claiming they made a 'robot-phone' instead of a smartphone. Hit the jump to see the other DROID commercials!
Google has just announced the Top 200 Android Applications in ADC2 and it's looking like a competitive list. There's a ton of great applications in the Top 200 and it'll surely overwhelming to any first time Android user but fear not, eventually winners will be crowned and everything will be filtered.
If you're a courageous Android user, feel free to download the ADC2 Judging application from Android Market to let your voice be heard. According to Google:
For the final round, both users and a Google-selected panel of industry judges will provide votes to determine the final winners. Prizes will be distributed to the top 3 entrants in each of the 10 categories, and the top 3 overall entrants will receive additional prizes
Adobe Launches Photoshop Application for Android
If you want to edit the mediocre shots you've taken on your Android camera, what better way to do it than through Photoshop on your Android phone? Photoshop for Android obviously won't be as full-featured as Photoshop on your desktop, but hey it's free!
Photoshop for Android allows users to edit photos by offering very basic editing tools like crop, rotate, flip and the ability to adjust exposure and tweak color tint and saturation. You can even straighten those crooked shots against a grid! Photoshop for Android is available in Android Market and we suggest you try it out for yourself. If Google won't let us take naturally good photos, we'll have to photoshop it ourselves! [cnet]
Zagat to Go Comes to Android
Zagat to Go has come to Android and you'll find your usual slew of Restaurant ratings and reviews. Zagat to Go also uses location based services to recommend popular restaurants around your location. You'll even be able to make online reservations, browse photos, and be directed to online menus.
Though we'd much rather see community powered applications like an official Yelp app for Android, Zagat is a well-respected name in the Restaurant review business and typically offers great advice. Zagat to Go is available for $9.99 on Android Market and currently supports 45 cities. [androinica]
Speedtest.net Comes to Android
Want to see how fast your Android device can go? If you're rocking Android 1.6 or higher, you'll be able to download the Speedtest.net app for Android that'll allow you to brag to your friends of your blazing 3G speeds. Let's see those tests in the commnets! [androidandme]
The Saygus Vphone V1 is slated for release as the third Android phone on Verizon. We know--who, what, and where is Saygus? Honestly, we wish we could tell you, we've never heard of the company until now. Saygus will be the third Android phone on Big Red (which is quickly becoming the home for Android devices) and was created through Verizon's own Open Development Program designed to make it easy to deliver Android handsets to Big Red's CDMA Network.
The specs are actually halfway decent and if it does really launch on Verizon, it'll certainly warrant a closer look.
800x480 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen
624 MHz Marvell processor (PXA 310)
512 ROM / 256 RAM
5 Megapixel autofocus camera with flash, front facing camera for video calling
GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, accelerometer, compass, FM Radio
1500 mAh battery
What do you guys think of the purported third Verizon Android Phone?
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