And now we get reminded why we had so much faith in the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. The Xperia X10's Camera has facial recognition software that enables the camera to identify faces within pictures. For example, if you take a picture of your friend Phil in one picture, you can easily find more pictures that include Phil--it automatically groups pictures of Phil in one gallery. For a "phone camera" that's a pretty nifty feature, but then again with the X10's camera being 8-megapixels it shouldn't be really qualified as just a "phone camera".
We'd love to test out this facial recognition but sadly, the Xperia X10 still has not been released. Sadface. In any case, hit the jump to see the video of the X10's facial recogniton in action!
The good guys over at Engadget have gotten their hands on the Dell Mini 5 and snapped a boatload of pictures for our viewing pleasure. We've known about the Dell Mini 5 for quite some time now and have been rather intrigued about its usability. It's a rather large device, as can be seen in the photos, but the build quality looks pretty darn amazing and we can feel ourselves drooling already. Feel free to head over to Engadget to get the full gallery going. Psst, there's video too.
File this under "unofficial" for now, but we're getting word on dates for Sprint to update the Samsung Moment, which at current is still running Android 1.5. And even better is that the update reportedly may be Android 2.1, and not merely 2.0 as Sprint told us earlier.
The first wave is said to begin Feb. 22, and you'll have to visit a Sprint store to actually get the upgrade. A pain, yeah. But it also keeps you close to home should anything untoward happen.
The second upgrade wave is said to be on March 8, and that one will be pushed out over-the-air. Thanks, anon.
The Legend still hasn't been officially announced by HTC, but that hasn't stopped it from appearing on Dutch retailer KPN's Web site. And the picture, while small, definitely appears to be of the official variety, lending even further credence to the phone.
But wait, there's more. Specs are listed, too, showing a 3.2-inch display and a 5MP camera, along with 512MB of storage memory (ROM) and 256MB of program memory (RAM). There's also the usual aGPS, WiFi and FM radio. [KPN via Tweakers and Engadget]
We've known that Acer has been planning to release more Android devices this year but nothing has come out until now. Say hello to the Acer E110, Acer's latest Android phone. There's not much we can tell you about the device except that it's expected to run Android 2.0 and come with your typical slew of connectivity options. The design is inoffensive and we're hoping that the giant circle in the middle is an optical trackpad and not just a cool looking d-pad. In any case, we'll be sure to hunt down this device during MWC!
In a bit of an Android browser shake-up, Skyfire -- best known for its Windows Mobile browser -- has purchased kolbysoft, which produces the popular Webkit-based Steel browser. For the time being, Steel will remain in production until Skyfire tools up its own Android product.
The main difference in the current Skyfire browser is that all of the heavy lifting -- as in the actual rendering of a Web page -- is done on Skyfire's servers and then beamed out to your phone. That results in much quicker load times, means you're able to load just about any content you can think of -- including Flash -- and really just not worry about things. Well, except for you tinfoil hat security types out there. [via MocoNews]
The latest version of the myTouch 3G is now on T-Mobile's Web site, though it's listed as "coming soon" and isn't actually available yet. The big difference is the addition of a 3.5mm audio jack. To some this may mean nothing, but for those that know about the 2.5mm audio jack this means you can use pretty much any headphones to listen to as much music as the battery can handle.
The phone is also comes with an 8GB memory card, as well as a pre-loaded Swype keyboard. There has not been a release date yet announced, so we'll keep our eyes peeled. [T-Mobile]
Not as crazy as it sounds. It looks there's now a way to enable USB Host mode on the Motorola Droid. In a nutshell, this is the first step towards using a USB memory stick or printer right from the miniUSB port on your Droid. It's not the first phone to do this, but it's a welcome step on an Android device.
Right now, it’s still in the “hack” phase, and it’s an ugly union of a few different parts (as the picture above illustrates). The software needs some work as well, as up until now there was no reason to add drivers for USB devices to the Android kernel. I can think of a handful of things that I’d like to attach to my phone, and I’m sure many of you guys can as well. USB headset? USB memory stick? USB printing? Or go all the way and use a USB joystick to play those SNES emulators … Why not? The Droid’s hardware tops the old consoles of the 1980s anyway. [Chis Padget's blog via Android Community]
An Android-powered Garmin-ASUS nuvifone has been in the works since 2008 and it's finally ready to be unveiled at MWC next week. Meet the Android-powered nuvifone A50 which has all the location-based technology you can ever want in a smartphone along with a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, 4GB internal storage, and accelerometer. The UI looks to focus on big, touchable icons probably for easy pressing on the go. It runs Android 1.6 and comes with your usual Google offerings along with Garmin turn-by-turn navigation and the whistles and bells that come with Garmin.
We're not sure how successful a Garmin Android phone will be given that Android phones now come with Google Maps Navigation. But then again, Google Maps Navigation is currently only available for the US and the Garmin nuvifone A50 is hitting Europe in the first half of 2010. We'll be sure to get some time with the A50 at MWC!
Boy, we've come a pretty long way from giving you guys basic updates on what cities are getting T-Mobile 3G, haven't we? For 2010, T-Mobile is stepping up and announcing that it will soon be delivering HSPA+ to cities in the East & West Cost. Meaning 21 Mbps this year is going to be last years 7.2 Mbps. GigaOM sat down with T-Mobile and got them to explain the meaning of HSPA+ to T-Mobile and how soon we will see 21Mbps. Here's the juicy parts:
T-Mobile has already upgraded the existing HSPA software in “major cities” along the California Coast and said “major cities from Washington, D.C. to Boston” will have it on the East Coast, including Philadelphia, where it’s already live.
T-Mobile has deployed fiber to 7 percent of its towers with 20 Mbps of capacity on those fiber strands. He also said that within the next few weeks the operator will turn on fiber to about 25 percent of its towers.
So basically, the towers on the coast are HSPA+ ready but the backhaul needs to be improved for devices to eventually take advantage of it. T-Mobile believes that their stance with HSPA+ (which is like 3.5G) is better compared to their competitors' stance on LTE (4G) because T-Mobile will be able to get HSPA+ rolling this year while it may take AT&T & Verizon until 2011 or 2012 to get things ready. Plus 3.5G is plenty fast.
But even though we can't wait for devices to take advantage of the 21Mbps network, we're still sure some of you guys are without even regular T-Mobile 3G. Let us know which cities don't have T-Mobile 3G in the comments!
Most collaborations and special edition devices come off as contrived ideas that aren't much different from the original device. The myTouch 3G was not your typical special edition device. The design was stellar, the execution was awesome, and judging from its sales, it was wildly successful. We noticed that the myTouch 3G Fender wasn't available for upgrade users a week ago and guessed that it sold out. We were right. Tmonews is reporting that all 17,250 units of the myTouch 3G Fender Edition has been sold out. The demand for the myTouch 3G Fender is so high that T-Mobile is ordering a second round of devices for release in April. If you missed out today, don't miss out in April!
For those of you who were wondering (that was one or two of you, right?) here's the situation regarding the details of the Android 2.1 update for the Motorola Droid: First Moto said on its Facebook page that the update is coming "this week." Then we got a look at what exactly the update would entail, but that page has since been taken down.
Now we get word in the Moto support forums explaining why. It's not going to do much to pacify all of you (and us) waiting for the update, but it is something. [Motorola via Gear Log]
It was just a day ago that we started hearing whispers of the Motorola Devour launching on Feb. 25. And now there's some documentation to back that up. The Boy Genius Report scored these slides that show the Devour -- aka the Calgary -- first hitting indirect channels (aka authorized distributors) before month's end, and then everywhere else March 15.
No official word on pricing, though BGR's been told they're looking at $99 after the usual contract and rebates. [BGR]
Sure, everybodyand their mother is getting pinch-to-zoom these days. But here's one you probably haven't seen yet: It's Android 2.1 and HTC's Sense interface on a Hero, and you can pinch-to-zoom within Sense itself. That lets you see all of your home panels at the same time, and it's pretty darn cool, if you ask us. Check out the video after the break, and skip to about 6 minutes in, unless you're really in need of some Poker Face. [HTCSource]
This Flash-or-no-Flash-on-Android is getting rather hard to keep track of. Somedays it looks like Android is getting Flash right around the corner, while other days it looks so far off in the future for Android to ever receive Flash. Today, it's kind of in the middle of that. Adobe told Engadget:
Support for full Flash Player 10.1 requires some enhancements to existing versions of Android. These enhancements are expected to be available as an upgrade to existing devices and for new devices starting in Q2 2010.
What's confusing is that the statement is unclear. Does that mean when all Android devices hit Android 2.1, then everyone can have Flash? Or does it mean that we're going to have to wait past 2.1, to get every device capable of Flash. If it's the former, why not release Flash 10.1 on the Nexus One already? And if it's the latter, can all the manufacturers speed up the Android 2.1 upgrade, please? More clarification should be forthcoming.
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