It's the end of the first week of the Smartphone Round Robin so it's time to wrap up our thoughts on Windows Phone in a full review. There's a lot to be said about where Windows Phone is headed and we joined the choir for this one but honestly, we like the direction it's showing with 6.5. And before anything, we're going to have to say it, we like Windows Phone 6.5. *gasp*
But let's be honest, there's more similarity with Android and Windows Phone than Android has with any other smartphone platform on the market. Heck, they basically share HTC. The biggest difference between the two platforms? Time. Windows Phone and Android hail from two different smartphone eras, Android being the splashy new attention stealer, Windows Phone a part of the old guard. And though many people are quick to write off Windows Phone, to do so would be foolish. Us Android users have a lot to learn from Windows Phone, both from their success and from their mistakes.
So let's take a look at Windows Phone and see what it has to offer for us Android users!
Looks like we don't have to bother with an actual hands-on of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, now that the FCC has done one of the best photo jobs we've ever seen come out of the Beltway.
But here it is, in all its photographic glory. And along with the pics come the usual FCC fodder -- manual and radio information, which is important because in it we learn of support for T-Mobile's AWS spectrum. So even if no U.S. carrier picks up the X10 (which was the case for the Windows Mobile-powered X1), you can still bring one in and use it to your heart's content.
We've got a bunch more pics after the break. [FCC via Engadget]
Still brushing up on your last minute holiday shopping? Well Best Buy Mobile is offering it's Reward Zone Members a special deal on the HTC Droid Eris with Verizon. From today until Dec. 26, Reward Zone members can take advantage of the following discounts:
Reward Zone Premier Silver members – Free with new two-year activation ($100 savings)
Reward Zone Base members – $49 with new two-year activation ($50 savings)
Of course the regular two year contract and activation fees do apply but regardless it's still a great deal for those of you looking to get yourself a nice Android device just in time for the holidays!
As if a tablet running Android isn't cool enough, Slashgear's gotten word that Notion Ink's unnamed "smartpad" also will have a new NVidia Tegra chip inside. Mouth watering yet? Check out the other rumored specs:
10.1-inch 1024x600 Pixel Qi panel.
Full 1080p video.
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR.
Proximity sensor, light sensor, water sensor (?).
USB and HDMI ports.
3.5mm headphone jack and microphone input.
3MP autofocus camera.
SD card slot.
16GB or 32GB onboard memory.
That almost sounds too good to be true, and it definitely sounds too good for our wallets. We should get a better look next month at CES, so stay tuned.
AdMob, a company that serves up ads for mobile devices, has released its November numbers. And things continue to look up for Android since October, as you can see from the chart above. Some interesting stats:
Worldwide, requests from Android devices jumped five percentage points over October, to 16 percent.
The Motorola Droid attributed to 22 percent of worldwide ad requests in November, followed by the HTC Magic/myTouch 3G (21 percent) and Hero (9 percent).
Six months ago, the HTC G1 generated 92 percent of Android traffic. With the release of a number of new devices, that's down to 37 percent.
The number of Android devices pinging AdMob is up seven percentage points over October, to 27 percent.
The HTC dream leads ad requests in the U.S. and UK at 38 percent and 41 percent, respectively, but the Motorola Droid is up to a quarter of the requests in the United States.
This isn't the be all-end of numbers, but there's no denying that Android continues to grow in leaps and bounds. Read the full report here. (pdf link)
Alls been relatively quiet on the Nexus One front for a couple of days hours, but we're getting more information about what's been floating around in the hands of Google employees. A recent hands-on by tnkgrl Mobile brings us the following:
It looks better than all the blurry pictures.
Had a 4GB microSD card.
Battery is 1400mAh.
Screen looks like it's OLED and the same size and resolution as the Motorola Droid.
No AT&T 3G on board. EDGE works fine.
The phone is unlocked.
No multitouch in browser or Google Maps.
No dedicated camera key, but same UI as in the Droid.
Weak flash, so-so for low-light photos.
Calls are normal calls. Not VOIP.
A five multi-pane home screen like Sense on the Hero.
Some of that well could just be dogfood issues, like the phone being unlocked. We'll still have to see about that. Multitouch is a sticky thing. Some of us can live without it, others can't.
Love the Motorola Droid, but really want MotoBlur? The Devour may just be your cup of tea. Phone Area got a tip that what we've seen as the Calgary could well be released as the Devour, with a 3MP camera and MotoBlur being pushed by Android 2.1. That's it. No idea on release date or pricing.
Best of both worlds? Or just a middle-of-the-road mess?
Coming from an iPhone 3GS, I've been looking to find some quality Android games. And since the Motorola Droid was introduced, it's taken developers some time to make the proper adjustments to that 960x854 screen (and the only new resolution since Android launched). Developer Mobile Stream has done a nice job with its BrickBreaker-style game with Meteor Deluxe.
Meteor Deluxe for the Motorola Droid is currently available in the Market for $3.99 and offers all of the ex-BlackBerry users an excellent alternative to BrickBreaker. Your objective is simple -- destroy moving blocks and static destructible bricks and the occasional enemy ship and hostile robot. Also keep your eyes open for some weapon power-ups such as an rocket enhancer, plasma ball, fire ball along with various types of defensive goodies.
120 stunning space-themed levels
3 difficulty levels: Easy, Medium, Hard
Trackball and touch controls: you can launch a ball or shoot by touching anywhere higher than the rocket or by pressing the trackball key
Supports various Android devices with QVGA, HVGA or WVGA screen resolution, including the popular Motorola DROID
Meteor Deluxe for Motorola Droid is available directly from the market or the links below. (Download links from device browser.)
The myTouch 3G commercials just keep on coming. This time we have a pretty comedic spot with Dwyane Wade showing off his myTouch 3G and Charles Barkley interrupting and doing his all around Charles Barkley thing in the background. We've always loved the chemistry between these two amazing athletes and are happy to see them talk about an Android device. Plus, anytime you can get Charles Barkley on TV, you have to keep doing it.
It must be the holiday spirit (or end of the year desperation), because T-Mobile is joining Verizon in offering BOGO specials. Yep, that's buy-one-get-one-free. T-Mobile is expected to give BOGO to all smartphones, meaning you can mix and match if you so please. Buy a Motorola CLIQ, get a myTouch 3G. Buy a myTouch 3G, get a T-Mobile G1. Or buy a Blackberry, get an Android phone free. Basically buy 1 smartphone, get 1 smartphone free, however you want. Awesome, right?
So. Hm. Well, okay. We absolutely love that cute green robot of Android but we never thought that Android would actually power a real robot. Asus thinks differently, they're working with the Taiwanese government to develop the EeeBot, an Android-powered robot, that'll be an affordable, educational robot for kids.
Obviously the potential in an EeeBot is huge and given the success that Asus has had with their Eee-line, it should definitely be taken seriously, but really? An Android-powered Robot, however fitting in name, is kind of a stretch when actually thought about. Sure, it's cool that they'd think of Android to power their robots but isn't there a better, more suitable OS out there? Certainly something better than a smartphone OS?
In any case, the EeeBot looks like it'll happen and the project will include human robot interaction, voice and visual technologies, as well as positioning and navigation. The EeeBot won't be available until a few years from now, so we'll see how the project goes.
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