That little bitty phone you see in that big meaty paw is the new Motorola Charm from T-Mobile. The form factor is a first for Android, and one many of us (myself included) have been looking forward to. While it may not be running the latest and greatest hardware, and many would say that MotoBlur hinders it, I'm going to go forward and be optomistic about what it can, and does bring to the table.
Under the hood the Charm betrays it's tiny outsides. Android 2.1 (with MotoBlur), a 600 MHz OMAP processor, 512 MB of ROM and RAM, and all the connectivity you'd expect -- Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, and a 1700/2100 GSM radio for T-Mobile 3G. The real sore spot is the screen. At 2.8 inches,, and 320x240 resolution, you might have trouble using this as you would a 'standard' Android phone. The rear mounted track pad (TrackBack) and full qwerty help out. A lot. I'll be sure to put it to the test for a bit and we'll see just how it measures up after. For now, enjoy the video after the break.
Fresh from our Droid X forums, Natemz brings us a couple of cool custom boot animations. On the left, a spinning Android logo. On the right another for some little Android site we've heard a little bit about. You're going to need to be rooted, and there are a couple steps involved. But that's a small price to pay for looking good. Video of the Android logo animation is after the break, and check out the forums link for the whole shebang. [Android Central Forums]
The Android market is one of my favorite places to spend time while on my Motorola Droid, but cruising the market is not nearly as fun as messing around with some of the great applications that are available. Trying to decide which of the hundreds of thousands of applications are a solid starting point can be a daunting task, but we love to help you out with that. Let's take a look at some great applications that our writers use on their devices.
T-Mobile USA in in negotiations to carry Huawei's new Ideos handset -- an entry-level Android handset that will ship with Android 2.2, so says the Wall Street Journal. WSJ's unnamed source, however, says that it's unsure if the deal will go through, and to expect the answer in four to six weeks.
Huawei is better know for its telco equipment (that's the stuff your carrier buys for its towers and data centers), and a push to get into the U.S. smartphone market is somewhat new. Any manufacturer who can ship a solidly built messaging phone replacement, that also runs the latest and greatest version of Android is OK in my book. Bring it! We're trying to track one down at IFA, in the meantime hit the jump to see Huawei's promo video for the Ideos. [WSJ online]
A new device means new goodies, and this time we don't have to wait for the Samsung Fascinate to launch before we get a peek at it's innards. We have the full system dump for you hackery types, as well as a bevy of new wallpapers and system sounds for the rest of us to enjoy:
Pictures have now begun to creep up showing off some of the R2-D2-specific accessories. The phone dock, pictured above, is one such item. It's style and color fits in with what the phone will look like and it even has a couple Star Wars references on the device in case you forgot where the phone got its inspiration.
How many of you will be springing for the R2-D2 version coming to Verizon at the end of the month? [Engadget]
Take the Samsung Galaxy S, low-end it a tad, and take out the radios. What you're left with is the Samsung Galaxy Player 50, a 3.2-inch multitouch multimedia player running Android 2.1. The screen itself is LCD and not Super AMOLED like the Galaxy S phones, but this guy has a 2MP camera and 802.11n Wifi. It comes in either 8GB or 16GB versions, plus up to 32GB extra with a microSD card.
As is the case at an event like IFA, we're unlikely to see the particular version in the United States -- the center home button design is a bit of a giveaway, as the Samsung usually keeps the square buttons at home in Korea. But it would be an interesting alternative to the iPod. More pictures and press release after the break.
Wow, what a wait it has been. The Droid Incredible faithful (of which I am a member) have waited what seems like forever for Google's latest version of Android to hit their phones. But finally, Froyo is upon us and it is glorious. If nothing else, you can finally sing along with Strong Bad as Trogdor ravages the countryside thanks to Flash 10.1. For those of you who have yet to receive the OTA notification, you can find links and manual download instructions here. Watch the full video walkthrough along with a Quadrant score comparison past the break.
Remember how a certain fruit company used "There's an app for that" as a marketing slogan for the longest time? Well, Motorola has used a similar slogan in its latest ad in the Wall Street Journal to remind people that the Droid 2 can run full Adobe Flash 10.1. Personally, I would have gone with a certain gloved wrestler to show off Flash (with consumate v's), but to each their own. [@benforta via CrunchGear]
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We took a gander at Toshiba's Folio 100 today and here's the main takeaway: sucker be huge. It has a 10.1" screen and a fairly reasonable bezel around it - though the resolution on that screen is still only 1024x600, same as the 7" Galaxy Tab. The whole thing is hard plastic with a small texture to the back and felt fine despite being what we suspect is still pre-production hardware. It weighs in at 1.7 pounds and is carry-able, sure, but it's such a large, wide screen that this is pretty much a sit-down device only. The battery died on us pretty quickly - at 1020mAh it's probably difficult to get through an entire day of IFA fondling. Toshiba claims 7 hours of battery life.
The HDMI-out and USB-host (yay!) ports are hidden underneath a port cover. There's 16gigs on board and it's expandable via a standard, large SD card slot. Combine that full-sized SD card slot, the USB Host port, and the HDMI-out and we're thinking this is a business-focused device that has aspirations of being a professional photographer's bestest friend ever.
We were looking at at build of Android 2.2 that didn't look quite optimized for the big screen and definitely isn't final build ("TOSHIBA_FOLIO_AND_A 2.2 3.0004 for IFA test-keys" is a pretty good hint there), but we did find it to be responsive and quick - for the most part. There was the occasional lag and jaggy transition, due to that early build moreso than the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, which should be the definition of fast. We would definitely like to see the final build on this - we bet that the included Opera Mobile browser will simply fly.
$540 in "late October" for the WiFi only version is what they quoted us in the booth, with the 3G version coming next year. Catch more photos after the break!
Now there is truly no reason as to why anyone can't enjoy a shiny new Android phone from Verizon. Big Red announced for the first time, consumers can subscribe to a prepaid monthly data plan for their smartphone devices and not have to worry about a contract. This includes a $30 prepaid unlimited data plan -- which is a very familiar $30 we've seen on a contract plans for some time now. Additionally, Verizon customers will also have the option of opting into a cheaper $10 monthly data package which will allow up to 25 MB per month; if you go over that 25 MB, you'll be looking at a $.20/MB overage fees. We're wondering if this has any relation to that rumor that was floating around back in July, stating that Verizon may have been planning to switch to a more AT&T styled data plans. Make the jump to see all the phones that are eligible for the new data packages. [Verizon]
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