The interwebs were ablaze when The Guardian cited 'industry insiders' saying that Nokia, the world's largest phone manufacturer, was making an Android device to be introduced in September. The logic was understandable: though Nokia was the #1 phone manufacturer, they've been losing market share since smartphones have become more popular. Competitors like the iPhone, Blackberry, and Android have been slowly chipping away at their lead and it may be only a matter of time before Nokia is overtaken. A Nokia built, Android powered device could potentially prevent that.
A Nokia Android device could have some very compelling specs and given the reputation of Nokia phones in regards to phone calls, media capture, and battery life I would be first in line to buy a Nokia Android unit
And though the prospect of a Nokia and Android union is exciting and makes some sense, it doesn't seem to add up or fit Nokia's current plans. Nokia phones run Symbian, another smartphone OS that Nokia has pledged their allegiance (and cash) to--to jump ship would be a complete shift in strategy that could prove unnecessary and too risky. But all this speculation is much ado about nothing as Nokia (predictably) squashes these rumors before they get out of hand, stating:
"There is no truth to this story whatsoever," a statement from the company read. "It is a well known fact that Symbian is our platform of choice for smartphones."
So though it looks like Nokia has nothing Android-related in the works, it certainly won't stop Nokia and Android fans from continuing to hope. We'd love to see if Nokia can deliver a great experience on our lovely Android. What do you guys think?
We've always been semi-interested in the Media Tablet space and our interest was obviously piqued when Archos was rumored to make an Android-powered tablet device. And though we haven't exactly heard about the tablet for some time, it's good to know that a September 15th launch for the Archos Android Media Tablet is looking more and more likely. The Tablet will run Android but will also include some custom-built Archos software on top.
The rumored specs:
800MHz TI OMAP 3440 processor
7.2 megabytes HSDPA
7 hours of Video Playback
The specs certainly make the Archos Android-powered tablet more compelling but will it be enough to convince consumers to take the plunge? Or is your regular ol' Android phone good enough?
The Revolution came to Rogers only a month ago, with the Canadian launch of both the HTC Dream and HTC Magic, and joining the Revolution now has already become more affordable--Rogers just announced that they'll be dropping the price of both the HTC Magic and HTC Dream to a mere $99.99 (new 3-year contract applies).
This is a wonderful price to jump to Android with but one can't help but wonder if it's related to the recent hype of the HTC Hero or even a direct response to the iPhone 3G's $99 pricing. Rogers would certainly love to push a wider portfolio of smartphones out rather than becoming dependent on just Blackberrys and iPhones. Whatever the reason, it's a great price point to "join the revolution"!
The specs, if true, are stunning: it's supposedly using the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 1 GHz, has an 8 megapixel camera with auto-focus, 3.5 mm headphone jack, and 7.2 megabytes HSDPA. We're hoping that this is all true because it'll certainly make for one heck of an Android device. It's supposed to be announced later in the year, so we just might hold off on that myTouch 3G purchase...
We already knew that LG was planning to bring multiple Android Phones to the market but it's always nice to hear a reminder. LG's President of Mobile Business Ahn Seung-kwon recently stated that they plan to overtake Samsung and become the #2 cellphone manufacturer in the world by 2012 (we're assuming Nokia is #1). In order to do this they'll release phones for both Android and Windows Mobile, a new 'Black label' series of phones which will directly compete with the iPhone, another Prada phone, and create an extreme premium brand.
We don't know about you guys, but in order to become the #2 cellphone manufacturer in the world, LG will certainly need more 'everyday' phones targeted for the mass market. A lot of those devices seem to be focused for the high-end. And that's where we guess Android fits in, to provide LG with affordable smartphones running a great (and free) desktop-class mobile OS. We fully expect more LG Android phones in the near future.
We've been (im)patiently waiting for a Motorola Android Phone since Android was announced. And though we've had leaks and revelations, the (personally) much anticipated Motorola Android Phone has yet to be found. So what are they doing?
Business analysts are saying that Motorola is re-targeting their Android efforts for the low to middle-end of the smartphone market. This is saddening but incredibly sensible news, Motorola has to turn a profit in order to survive. The best way to do it may be to offer a highly affordable mass market smartphone.
Competing with the likes of the iPhone, Blackberry, and Pre could prove much too difficult especially for a company in rocky waters like Motorola. One huge failure could sink an entire company--not everyone can turn around their company with one device. Palm and the Pre are the exception not the rule.
And if you could get a free Motorola Android smartphone or at most, a $99 Android smartphone, wouldn't that be more compelling than all those dumbphones on the market? If you're competing against phones inferior to yours, isn't that 'guaranteed' victory? Makes sense to us. Granted, this is just business analyst-speak, it's sound advice. As sad as it is to see a company known to push the envelope, play it safe, it's the product of the times. Hopefully Motorola will address the speculation soon.
And if we're lucky, let's hope that the still hotly anticipated Motorola Calgary or Ironman is still on track for release. Don't take that away from us Moto! What do you guys think?
We love the FCC around these parts, they always manage to leak a nugget or two when devices pass through their hands and if we're really lucky, a horribly composed picture. So though we don't have any photos of the HTC Hero that went through the FCC we do have an interesting nugget to pass on: the North American HTC Hero has WCDMA 850 MHz and 1900 MHz bands. Why is this notable? Well, those would be the 3G bands for AT&T and Rogers!
Could this hint at an AT&T HTC Hero? That would be best case scenario considering, as much as we love T-Mobile (for its pricing and customer service), AT&T's 3G network is far superior than T-Mobile's paltry 3G offering. Or worst case scenario is that its headed for Rogers and we'll have to import the device from our friends to the north. Either way, it looks like a good bet that the HTC Hero is going to come to one of these carriers...eventually.
It's really only a matter of time after a big smartphone announcement that the unboxing photos and videos start trickling in. In this case, CoolSmartPhone got their hands on the HTC Hero and blessed the rest of us with high quality pictures of every angle and a beautiful video to boot.
To us, the HTC Hero looks like a slimmed down, sharper-lined T-Mobile G1. The chin is all there of course and though it looks jutting in some angles, we're optimistic for its real-world use. The video showcases the HTC Sense UI, which we're just bananas for, and everything seems to run pretty smooth. We absolutely can't wait to get our own hands on one of these but in the meantime feel free to hit the jump to check out the video!
However, if you want to get your hands on the myTouch 3G before the rest of the US (but behind the rest of the world, it seems) you can pre-order the myTouch 3G and receive it by August 3rd (via tmonews). Sure, it's only a few days before the expected launch date but hey, to be the coolest kid on the block for 48 hours might be worth the pre-order!
It seems like everyday we're updating you guys on the latest T-Mobile 3G cities and that's because, well, everyday a new city gets T-Mobile 3G! The latest cities to receive the 3G love are Springfield, Cape Cod, and Newbedford, Massachusetts. As you can see, T-Mobile is really taking its time with this 3G rollout and hopefully it'll all trickle out in the end. We know it's worth it.
T-Mobile just announced a myTouch 3G media event scheduled for July 8th in New York City. The date is notable because that's when T-Mobile will start taking pre-orders for the myTouch 3G. So when July 8th rolls around, don't be surprised when a ton of hands-on pictures pop up!
We don't know if it's just us but this whole T-Mobile myTouch 3G launch feels a little off. We've known about the HTC Magic for so long and have expected it to release in the US so much earlier that the myTouch 3G feels delayed without ever really been 'delayed'. Combine the fact that the HTC Hero completely stole the show for all future Android phones, we're not sure if we're even excited for the myTouch 3G anymore. But that could just be us, what do you guys think?
Who's getting a myTouch 3G and who's waiting for an HTC Hero?
Yep, you read that right. Fresh off the reports that the HTC Sense UI will not be available to Android phones with Google branding, the great Android user base has managed a way to flash the SuperHERO rom g3 onto their HTC Dream aka T-Mobile G1. Which means, yep, you'll get HTC Sense on your G1. What makes having HTC Sense running on your G1/Dream even cooler is that you'll be able to take advantage of multi-touch (!), a feature that's conspicuously missing in the G1.
Obviously, HTC Sense is not quite optimized to run on the HTC Dream so you can expect bugs like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi not working properly, slight hiccups in the OS, and other problems. But if you really want to give HTC Sense a whirl, you should follow the directions over at HD Blog.
If you don't think you want HTC Sense, feel free to watch the video above. Just watch the drooling.
Engadget reports that pricing details will be finalized today and that we should hear official word soon. We'd expect T-Mobile to put up their version of the HTC Hero, the G1 Touch, on their website soon. We can't help but feel jealous about all the Android offerings across the pond.
The SciPhone Dream G2 is all kinds of wrong: it's a cheap knockoff phone trying to capitalize on Android's popularity by naming itself both the Dream and G2, the box font is a blatant rip job of the G1 logo, and worst of all, though the OS looks like Android, it's not--it's actually some proprietary OS rigged to look like Android. So the Sciphone G2 pretty much fails at being an even half-way decent Android device.
But we can commend them for one thing: that cute green Android robot charger. It's adorable, hilarious, and just plain fun. We'd definitely buy the Android Robot charger if it came without the phone!
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