With HTC's announcement of the Legend and Desire comes a new and improved version of its Sense user interface.
The biggest change is the addition of "Friendstream," HTC's new answer to social networking, aggregating your Flicker, Twitter and Facebook friends in an elegant and easy-to-use widget. The Peep Twitter client is on board, and you can upload video directly to YouTube, par for the course.
And that pinch-to-zoom we've seen on video before? It's there.
Toss on top of that improvements to the e-mail and calendar widgets -- better account management in the inbox and an agenda view as well -- as well as full-screen weather on the clock widget, and Sense is rocking harder than ever.
But wait, there's more. HTC has upped the ante with improvements to the Android browser, bringing the ability to long-press a word or paragraph and look it up straightaway in a dictionary, or send it for translation to another language via Google.
All in all, a worthy update to an elegant user interface, and one we'll look forward to seeing on as many devices as possible.
HTC officially announced the Legend today. While the Nexus one doesn't need to feel completely ashamed, it certainly looks like HTC has taken their shot at putting "best Android Phone this week" back on their mantle.
The Legend is the spiritual successor to the Hero: it has the same angled design with the classic Android 'chin.' Material-wise, however, we have a whole different ball game here. Like Apple's MacBooks, the Legend is carved out of a single piece of aluminium (plus the screen and battery door, natch). HTC also upped the game by dropping the trackball off the Legend and replacing it with an optical trackpad. Unlike the optical trackpad you find on BlackBerrys, HTC's version has the optical sensor in a little hole surrounded by the button. We'll have to see if it works as well as the BlackBerry 'button-as-sensor' implementation, but at the very least it looks more elegant.
Sense-wise, there's a small update. You can pinch-out to get a view of all the Sense screens, social networking has been cleaned up and aggregation improved, and they've added a newsreader widget/app. Spec-wise, there's noth
Size: 112 x 56.3 x 11.5 mm (4.41 x 2.22 x 0.45 inches)
Weight: 126 grams (4.44 ounces) with battery
Display: AMOLED, 3.2 inches Resolution: 320 X 480 HVGA
CPU: 600 MHz
Battery type:: 1300 mAh, Talk time: Up to 440 mins on 3G.
Camera: 5 megapixel color camera
3.5 mm stereo audio jack, Standard micro-USB
AndroidTM 2.1 (Éclair) with HTC Sense
ROM: 512 MB RAM: 384 MB
Supports up to 32 GB microSD
For bands, we have 900/2100 3G and quad-band Edge, which means we're looking at Europe and Asia for this lovely monster of a phone. It hits Vodafone in Europe in April and "other parts of the world including Asia in early Q2." It hits us right in the kisser - come on, HTC, let's see some US 3G here.
The Dell Mini 5, which is a sleek and sexy MID-styled device we've seen before, just got hit with some new news. It's expected to release in the US on both AT&T and T-Mobile and will maybe, hopefully run Android 2.1.
To expand, the exact wording is that it'll be running "something newer" than Android 1.6 which means either Android 2.0 or 2.1 (or maybe something even newer?), and with Android 2.1 being all the rage right now, it'd be almost foolish for them to release the Dell Mini 5 without it. The AT&T and T-Mobile news is interesting (but not unexpected) because we're not really sure who would use this as a phone. Sure, it comes with your typical phone functionality but is it practical to use a device that packs a 5-inch touchscreen as your daily driver? Would people buy it with a contract? We'd imagine more people would buy it unlocked for use as a MID or tablet-styled device. But what do we know.
Overall, the Dell Mini 5 looks amazing and looks to run just as amazing with its 1GHz Snapdragon processor. Dell would definitely have to hit the right price point for this device to succeed and we're definitely hopeful for it. We'll try to get our own hands on soon!
Huawei, which may be an unfamiliar company to most, has actually grown quite familiar with Android. They've released Android devices before and at MWC, they'll be showcasing four more Android phones. The U880 (pictured above) is the cream of the crop, the U8300 comes with a front facing QWERTY, and the U8100 and U8110 are targeted towards the low end. That's a solid Android portfolio if you ask us.
The U8800 is obviously the most appealing because it packs a 3.8-inch touchscreen and runs Android 2.1. It's looking like their flagship Android device and what's interesting is that it'll actually support HSPA+, so maybe we'll see this on T-Mobile one day. The other devices offer compelling features as well, the U8300 may look odd but it comes with the aforementioned front facing QWERTY keyboard. The U8100/U8110 has a 2.8-inch touchscreen and packs 2 cameras, a front-facing Camera along with the typical back facing 3.2-megapixel variety.
The U8800 is expected to release in the third quarter of 2010 while the U8100/U8110 is expected to hit Europen in the second quarter. There was no date listed for the U8300. We expect more details on these devices to come but there's no question that Huawei is positioning themselves to be the next HTC. We wish them nothing but luck.
See the pictures of the new Android phones after the break!
It's not Android 2.1 but it's something, right? According to Moto's twitter account, the Motorola CLIQ is going to receive a software update this week. The update will improve the CLIQ's battery life, touchscreen, and GPS. If this sounds familiar, it's because it's likely the same update that got accidentally pushed out to a few CLIQ users a couple of weeks ago. That was an accident, this one is for real.
And as much needed as these little software updates are, we can't help but feel disappointed--why can't it be an Android 2.1 update instead! One day..
We're not sure howmanytimesa device can 'leak' before getting officially announced but the HTC Legend & HTC Desire (formerly known as the Bravo) both seem to be going for the record here. Both have been spotted numerous times before and both have again leaked with official looking product photos and a full spec list. This leak comes on the eve of HTC's presser tomorrow, so we could very well be spoiling the festivities for you guys.
Everything here falls in line with what we've seen and heard before. The HTC Desire is a top end device along the lines of the Nexus One: 1GHz Snapdragon Processor, 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen, and Android 2.1. It also runs HTC Sense which might be an even bigger plus for some. The HTC Legend still looks to be an updated HTC Hero with a 600 MHz Processor, 3.2-inch touchscreen, and Android 2.1 with HTC Sense. And for those keeping track, both devices have upgraded to an optical trackpad.
Even with Android 2.1 on both devices it looks like HTC will continue to push Sense UI on their Android handsets. We're hoping to learn more soon!
Hit the jump for a picture of the HTC Desire & specs!
The Motorola Motoroi's been intriguing ever since it first leaked out of the depths of wherever such leaks come from. But in getting your hands (and watching the hands of a lovely Motorola representative) on the device, you really get a sense that despite a few obvious cues taken from the Motorola Droid, the Motoroi really isn't a keyboardless Droid.
For one, it lacks the hard lines of the Droid. You're not going to be shaving or cutting cheese or any of the other tricks we lick to pull. It actually, when in portrait landscape (sideways) orientation, has more of the feel of a digital camera. And that's part of the idea, Motorola says. And having an 8-megapixel camera and xenon (read: nuclear) flash only drives that point home. Toss in the multimedia capabilities powered by that TI OMAP processor at 600MHz, and you have the makings of a darn good device. Let's hope it comes to the U.S. soonest.
Enough chatter. Let's check out the video after the break.
Flash has been reported to come and is still expected to come to Android but the bigger news might be Adobe announcing that they're going to bring Adobe AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) to Android. AIR will allow developers to develop one AIR-based application and be able to reach every platform. There'll be no need to tweak an app for each OS because the app would run in the AIR environment--an AIR app would essentially be platform-free.
Basically, the idea is to get Adobe AIR on as many smartphone platforms as possible because the more support it has, the easier it'll be to take off. AIR apps performance seems to be rather snappy and is as close to 'native' as possible. Check out the video after the jump to see for yourself. Adobe AIR will come to Android first, exactly when we don't know.
One thing we ask Adobe, no long and drawn-out process to get AIR on Android like there was/is for Flash. Thanks!
Hit the jump to see a video of Adobe AIR in action on Android!
Here's the thing: the Acer Liquid e seems to be nearly the same phone as the original Acer Liquid. The only difference we could spot is that the Acer Liquid e will run Android 2.1 (yay!) instead of Android 1.6. The Acer Liquid e runs the same underclocked 768MHz Snapdragon processor, uses the same 3.5-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, and has the same 512MB ROM / 256MB RAM.
We understand if Acer wants to build a Liquid brand name but could we at least have had something new thrown to us? For example, the Cliq XT is a completely different phone from the Cliq and the myTouch 3G 1.2 improved upon the original myTouch with some new features. The Liquid e looks like the Liquid with Android 2.1 to us. Any point in differentiating the devices once (if) the original Liquid gets 2.1?
Here it is, folks. The Motorola Motoroi, aka the XT720, aka the first Android 2.0 device released for the Korean market. At first blush you get the feel that it's a kindler, gentler Droid without a keyboard. But get the XT720 in your hand and you find that they don't have the same feeling in the slightest. No sharp angles, and the bump on the side is hardly noticeable.
The XT720 sports an 8-megapixel camera with Xenon flash, the better to blind your friends with. It records video at 720p and can output through an HDMI connector on the top of the phone, next to the 3.5mm headphone jack. The 3.7-inch screen dominates the face and makes you wonder why you'd ever think about settling for a smaller screen. We're still hoping to see this beast on T-Mobile at some point. More pics after the break.
The Motorola Cliq XT (Android 1.5 and MotoBLUR) won't be released for another month, but we've already gotten our hands on it at Mobile World Congress. Here we go.
It's the first incarnation of MotoBLUR to not have a physical keyboard. But that doesn't slow it down any, especially because it is one of the first phones to take advantage of T-Mobile's new deal to pre-install the Swype keyboard.
Its 3.1-inch screen is adequate. It has a nice heft to it and feels good in your hand. The buttons at the bottom are physical, and not capacitive like on other Android phones. There's a 3.5mm headphone jack and a 5MP camera.
Motorola this morning at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona updated its Android line with the Quench with MotoBLUR. When it hits the United States next month on T-Mobile, it will be called the Cliq XT.
It sports a 3.1-inch display, a 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash, and dual microphones for proper noice cancellation. WiFi, aGPS and stereo Bluetooth also are on board, as is Adobe's Flash Lite. [Motorola]
You read that right, folks. If our live coverage of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini and mini pro didn't tip you off, we're on the ground in Barcelona, Spain, at Mobile World Congress. And to officially kick things off, we're bringing you a special podcast with myself, Dieter Bohn from PreCentral.net and CrackBerry's Kevin Michaluk.
OK, everybody. Here it is. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro, the tiniest darn Android phone you've ever seen, let alone one with a horizontal keyboard. For being as small as it is, the keyboard was surprising usable. More so than the Motorola Droid's (though that's certainly not saying much), but not nearly as good as the HTC Touch Pro 2. It is what it is.
The enterprising sleuths at Engadget were perusing the specs on that strange Bada phone and managed to track down the Samsung Halo. If you were hoping for an Android device to land at Mobile World Congress that's unabashedly techy, wait no more:
3.7" Super-AMOLED Display
8 megapixel camera
WiFi B/G/N, GPS, Bluetooth
16gb of internal storage, expandable via microSD
Quad-Band Edge, Triband 900 / 1900 / 2100 3G
and, oh yeah, a built-in pico projector!
The projector bits come by way of DLP, which bodes well, as odes the back that it can record 720p video and play DivX and Xvid. It'll come to Europe and Asia - but not until Q3.
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