Anyhoo, the specs of this monster remain a 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen, Android 2.2, an 8MP camera, 1Ghz processor, 720p video recording, 4GB of storage built in, and aluminum case, e-book reader, and all the other bells and whistles we've come to expect.
This one's expected for Europe sometime in October. [UWants via Android-HK] Thanks, Ricky!
Yes, you read it right -- it's being rumored that Verizon and HTC may be joining forces to give us all the Android world phone we've been asking for sometime early next year. For those wondering, a world phone is a dual-radio CDMA/GSM device (CDMA is what Sprint and Verizon use; GSM is what T-Mobile, AT&T and the rest of the world use.) That means the phone can be used outside the USA with a local SIM card, and it's something that Android is sorely lacking.
We're still dealing with a bunch of unknowns, but the rumored specs are a 4-inch screen, horizontal sliding qwerty keyboard, and a minimum 1.2 GHz processor. Bring it, I say! There's a couple more pictures after the break if one just wasn't enough. [The Droid Guy via @matrix2004 on Twitter]
Decisions, decisions, decisions. Luckily, not all of them in life have to be hard ones to make. We like to make things easy for you, so each week we bring you a sample of our favorite Android applications, so why not hit the jump and take a look at what we got for you this week?
Consumer Reports' latest smartphone ratings are in September's issue of the magazine (you know, those things made out of wood pulp), and eight Android phones made the "Recommended" list. And Android made the top two phone for three of the four major U.S. carriers. The winners are (in order):
The AT&T 3G version of the Nexus One wasn't listed under its respective carrier, though it is noted alongside the T-Mobile version. We definitely would have put it above the Motorola Backflip (ranked No. 3 for the carrier), though, and it's odd that CR decided not to.
Other decisions we'd disagree with? The Motorola Devour is ahead of the Palm Pre Plus? Really? The newest Android phone we see listed is the myTouch 3G Slide, so it'll be interesting to see how much more Android dominates next time around. [Consumer Reports - subscription required]
You might remember last month when we talked about AppBrain's new Fast Web Install, the application that allows you to install applications from the Android Market directly to your phone right from the AppBrain web page.
That just got waaay cooler. AppBrain announced it has enabled extensions that allow a new Fast Web install link to be placed on any web page. When the link is visited from your Android phone, you go directly to the application's Market page, but the real trick happens when you visit from your computer. Rather that talk about it, have a look. Visit the link below from your PC's browser.
I love it when the little guy gets hold of the big guns, and Cinci Bell has a winner on their hands with the Motorola Milestone. It's not the newest or biggest Android phone on the block, but ask anyone who has one -- the Milestone is one hell of a phone. It'll cost you $199.99 after rebate and on a two year contract, which is pretty standard for a carriers top-of-the-line phone. If you're a Cinci Bell subscriber, be sure to head in to a store and have a look at the Milestone, you might just fall in love. [Cincinnati Bell] Thanks for the tip Josh!
It's been a couple days since we last checked in. And in that time, most of you have upgraded your Evo 4Gs to Android 2.2. Also in that time, lead form mod Cory has amassed a stunning number of tips, tricks, bug reports and, well, basically everything you could possibly think of when it comes to the Froyo update on the Evo 4G.
Battery life. Browser performance. Gmail. Camera. Apps. Music. Bluetooth. Rooting. Just about anything you can think of is there. If you've upgraded already, it's a must-read. Heck, read it even if you haven't upgraded. Read it aloud. Read it to the kids at bedtime. It's that good.
One of the disappointing aspects of the Dell Streak is that it initially comes with Android 1.6. (The most disappointing aspect is that those of us outside Europe still can't get one.) Even though Dell has promised that the upgrade to Froyo will come quickly, those who have become familiar with 2.1 have a difficult time going back.
Dell has announced however, that it be upgrading to 2.1 early next month to satisfy customers until they are able to roll out 2.2. The Streak is much improved with 2.1, as Engadget recently demonstrated.
First off, the camera will be capable of capturing 720p video, which is a very welcome improvement. Secondly, the default keyboard on the device is greatly improved. From the time testers were able to try out the Streak, the on-screen keyboard has been one of the biggest annoyances. Dell has removed the numpad and caps lock keys, which has improved the experience dramatically. Multi-touch is still missing, which would be a nice feature, but we can't get everything at once.
One of my favorite apps on the Nexus One has been the Gallery app, which integrates with Picasa. With 2.1, the Dell Streak will now use that as the default app for pictures. I think it's one of the best integrated features of Android and it's too bad when OEMs or carriers replace it with something else. Streak owners will be happy to know that they can enjoy seamless Picasa integration.
Another feature that will come with Eclair is pinch and zoom with Google Maps, which is a nifty improvement.
Android 2.1 will bring other improvements as well; to see those, visit the link at the end. It's a great sign that Dell is committed to their device and seems to be listening to its customer base. Let's hope that continues to be the way they handle their Android handsets in the future. [Engadget]
Bell announced today that it has begun to sell the Samsung Vibrant, bringing the Galaxy S to yet another North American carrier.
If you're looking to buy the Vibrant on Bell, you can either purchase it with a 3 year contract at $149 or without a contract at $499. Bell will also enter you in giveaways if you buy one, including a Samsung 55" LED TV (buy before September 3rd) or Lady Gaga tickets.
The Vibrant marks the first Galaxy S to hit Canada, which will be followed soon by the Captivate on Rogers. Canadians have already received good news this morning as the HTC Desire is now available on Telus. [Bell]
It's Froyogeddon! Phil, Jerry and Keith take on the recent spate of Android 2.2 updates (and retractions), the latest in Android hardware and software news, plus a bunch of your e-mails and voicemails. Listen in!
Few things are more important these days than security. If your phone is lost or stolen, you want to keep your information out of someone else's hands. And one of the easiest ways to do that is with basic password protection on your phone.
Not every new phone is a 1 GHz box of thunder, nor does it have to be. The Motorola i1 is built tough, even if the specs aren't very high: 3.1-inch LCD screen, 600 MHz ARM 11 processor, Android 1.5, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, basically everything you'd expect in an Android phone, all running on the Nextel IDEN network -- which means Push-To-Talk.
We'll have a proper review for this one shortly, as there's no way we can overlook the first IDEN Android, but for now here's a quick glance, after the break.
We still don't have Netflix on Android. And we probably won't tomorrow, either. But that doesn't mean the movie rental company isn't hard at work on an Android app. We've been pretty sure they've been spending their summer on it, and a Netflix employee is on Reddit this morning taking some questions. of interest to us is this answer:
I just know we're actively hiring Android devs. I wish I knew more about a timeframe for you. Good things come to those who wait. Netflix is essentially a tech company and with the way Android is blowing up it would be stupid of us to ignore that.
Cliches aside, we couldn't agree more, what with all these 4-inch and higher phones floating around. [Reddit] Thanks, Kevin!
Back in the middle of July, we got word that the HTC Desire was officially coming to Canada on Telus. We just didn't know when it was going to happen. Well, it just so happens to be coming out, let's say - today! If you live in Canada and want something similar to the Nexus One, even though it kind of died, the HTC Desire is the way to go. [Telus]
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