Yeah, we're showing you guys battery covers. Sorry. But can you blame us for our excitement? The Motorola Droid aka Tao aka Sholes will be the first Verizon Android device and we're going to track this device every step of the way until it launches. The leaked picture showcases a Verizon-branded battery cover and an unbranded one. Not to make something out of nothing but could this mean that a non-Verizon Motorola Droid aka Tao aka Sholes exists? Perhaps, it'll be a GSM worldwide unit (for the likes of Europe, Asia etc)?
There's no question that the Sprint HTC Hero is one of the most anticipated Android phones, well, ever. It's Sprint's first Android device, looks relatively pleasing, and runs the beautiful HTC Sense UI. We've spent some quality time with the Sprint HTC Hero and have gathered some of our quick thoughts to hold you over until our full review.
The build quality is wonderful. There's no creakiness like the T-Mobile G1 and it feels much more luxurious than the myTouch 3G.
We're not the biggest fans of the flush hardware buttons, it's too difficult to differentiate and much too easy to accidentally click. We've had the phone unlock multiple times and make calls without even knowing.
On the other hand, the trackball is easily the best of the HTC Android family.
The soft matte finish on the backside of the phone greatly improves the overall feel.
HTC Sense UI is simply a joy to use. We're not having any of the lag or slowness problems that have been reported elsewhere.
Peep, HTC's Twitter client, is very well designed. Actually, all of the HTC apps and widgets are very impressive.
Multitouch in the browser is great--a much more intuitive way to navigate. Flash, not so much--on first impression, it's just too clunky for everyday use.
Battery life is perfectly adequate.
Sprint catches a lot of flack in the media but our experience with its service and data speeds has been entirely positive.
We love the Hero
Stay tuned to Android Central for more coverage on the HTC Hero! This is only the beginning, we're going to give you as much information about the Hero as we can before the October 11th launch date.
We've heard whispers of a second Sprint Android device before and now it's official--meet the Samsung Moment. The Moment is a QWERTY-slider device that packs a 3.2-inch AMOLED screen, 800MHz processor, 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera with video and flash, and an 'optical joystick'. And of course, the usual slew of wireless options--Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and EV-DO.
But what is Google CEO Eric Schmidt holding? From our perspective, it looks like a HTC-built Android device rocking HTC Sense. BGR reports that it may be a re-packaged version of the HTC Hero for Verizon (the typical Android hardware buttons are said to be touch-sensitive). But it could very well be the previously rumored HTC Desire. Either way, it looks like Verizon is going to be delivering on its promise of offering Android devices (and top tier ones to boot!). And soon.
To quote Verizon CEO Lowell McAdams:
“I don’t wanna leave the impression that you will have to wait until next year or our launch of 4G to see the fruits of this partnership. In fact over the next several weeks, we’ll begin to announce the initial devices in this family of devices that you’ll see from us over the next several years. So stay tuned for some game-changing products beginning in a few weeks."
This is absolutely great news for Android. The current smartphone selection on Verizon is weak, to say the least, and to add Android to the mix is going to be huge for the growth of Android. What's great to know is that Verizon is going to be completely on board with Android--Google Voice will even be approved because as Verizon says, you're either open, or you're not. We can't wait to see what other great devices will come out of this partnership and we have no doubt you guys are excited. Remember, this partnership isn't limited to just smartphones.
Verizon + Android? It really is going to be game changing.
Luckily, it looks like the Dellphone, the Mini 3i, might just find its way home--rumors are pointing towards a US release and it's going to be even better than what we already know. As it exists now, the Dell Mini 3i won't cut it in the states--they'll likely add Wi-Fi, bump up the camera to 5 megapixels, and improve the device. It's going to be thinner than the iPhone and have a similar feel to the Palm Pre. Yeah, we're excited again.
Update: Check out the myTouch 3G fender edition in the picture above! We think it turned out quite well!
If you thought T-Mobile would just forget about the myTouch 3G especially since the Motorola CLIQ is coming up, you were wrong. T-Mobile has just announced that they'll be releasing a myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition that'll pack a 3.5mm headphone jack complete with pre-loaded songs (on a 16gb microSD card). Along with the music-heavy features, the Fender myTouch 3G will sport a wood finish made famous by Fender guitars.
We love music as much as you do, so to see a legendary brand name like Fender tied to Android is a wonderful thing. We're hoping that Fender and T-Mobile can pull off the wood design on the myTouch 3G because the cynic inside us thinks it may come off a little too tacky.
Verizon Wireless and Google plan to co-develop several Android-based devices that will be pre-loaded with innovative applications from both parties as well as third-party developers. The family of Android phones on the Verizon Wireless network will come from leading handset manufacturers.
How soon will we see Android devices on Verizon? According to the press release, "The agreement will come to fruition within the next few weeks as Verizon Wireless introduces Android-based handsets". So after a year of existence, it looks like Android is hitting the big time. Motorola Droid aka Tao aka Sholes, we can't wait to see you.
Verizon and Google just announced that they'll be holding a joint press conference this morning (10am Eastern, 7am Pacific) to discuss, well, no one really knows exactly. Obviously, when Google and Verizon get together, our minds get spinning for a Motorola Droid aka Tao aka Sholes announcement. Could this be it?
The MOTODEV Summit is kicking off the same day as this Google/Verizon conference and well, if the stars are aligning like we see it, a new Android device just might be shown off. At the very least, we expect Verizon and Google to detail their Android plans--how can they not? Both Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam are slated to speak so this is as big as it gets.
Okay, we don't honestly expect you guys to get overly excited about the HTC Dragon because for one, we have no pictures of the device and for two, all we can offer you is a purported screenshot of the firmware build. But what we can do, is simply blow your mind away with its rumored numbers: the HTC Dragon is supposed to pack a 1GHz processor (likely the Snapdragon platform) and a 800x480 screen. Yeah, you can pinch yourself right about now.
So though we expect the HTC Dragon to be eventually amazing, our advice would be to keep the thought of the HTC Dragon for future reference(can you imagine a 1GHz processor!?) and stay excited for real Android devices coming this year like the HTC Hero, Motorola Droid, and Motorola CLIQ.
According to Leakdroid, the Sprint HTC Hero will be available off-contract for $329.99. Considering the price of the HTC Hero with 2-year contract is already $179.99 and the various advantages in not signing a new contract, the $329.99 price seems to be a relative steal. So if you're lucky enough to be a Sprint subscriber with a great monthly plan, we suggest you strongly consider the off-contract pricing.
BGR just got a leaked Verizon Release Calendar that points the release date for the Motorola Droid aka Tao aka Sholes as October 30th. As in the end of this month. Whoa. To play it safe, the leaked Calendar suggests that October 30th is really the 'target' release date so we don't know how on track Verizon and Motorola currently are but a Verizon Android phone releasing between the Sprint HTC Hero and T-Mobile Motorola CLIQ is as competitive as it gets.
BGR has also received a slide showing that the Motorola Droid aka Tao aka Sholes is at least on track for release 'before the holidays' at Sam's Club. So even if it's not October 30th, it seems like the Verizon Motorola Android device shouldn't be too far off.
hit the jump to see the picture of the leaked slide!
We've got the HTC Hero at Android Central Headquarters (thanks Sprint!) so you can expect full coverage on all things Hero leading up to the official launch on October 11th. We're talking about hands-on pictures, first look thoughts, Q&A's, and of course, a full fledged, in-depth review. If there's anything about the HTC Hero and HTC Sense you don't know, you'll definitely find out. And if you want any specific coverage, be sure to let us know!
Stay tuned for this Hero-focused week at Android Central!
Hit the jump to see another angle of the HTC Hero!
In all seriousness, the Samsung Behold II is a device that's been relatively overlooked here at Android Central but now since it's official, we think it deserves another look (especially since the targeted release date is this year!). Take a look at the specs:
3.2 inch AMOLED screen
TouchWiz UI (3D cube menu for multimedia access)
5-megapixel camera with autofocus, flash, and video
3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
There's no doubt that T-Mobile is building the best-to-date Android product portfolio--the T-Mobile G1, myTouch 3G, Motorola CLIQ and now Samsung Behold II--are all wonderful options for any Android user. With Sprint (and Cellular South) being the only other Android game around, T-Mobile has started to corner the Android smartphone market. Time will tell if they can maintain their head start.
We're very interested to see how the TouchWiz UI will work with Android and more specifically, excited to see if Android can become the media powerhouse the Behold II aims to be. We're not even putting words in T-Mobile or Samsung's mouth, to quote T-Mobile product marketing director, Travis Warren:
“The premium screen and quality camera coupled with Samsung’s innovative cube menu makes the Behold II a multimedia powerhouse that’s made even stronger by T-Mobile’s high-speed 3G network.”
We're looking forward to the end of 2009 because it's looking to be new Android phone release after new Android phone release. So who's excited for the Behold II? And does anyone else think that the Behold II should just be an entirely new name?
Though Android 1.6 'Donut' isn't a dramatic change from 1.5, it still adds some new features to Android. Namely, the Quick Search Box, Updated Android Market, New Battery Usage Indicator and Improved Performance all over the place. Let us know which new feature you feel is the best in the poll above.
Feel free to make your pick and explain why in the comments!
Mobile-review got their hands on the T-Mobile Motorola CLIQ and put it through the harsh light, snapping every angle of the device imaginable. Though the Motorola CLIQ doesn't release until November 2nd for $199.99, these high-quality snapshots should provide prospective buyers with a better idea of how the device looks.
Sadly, Mobile-review never managed to activate the device so we don't get a real-life look at how MOTOBLUR actually works. We'll definitely have our own in-depth look of the Motorola CLIQ in the future, so stay tuned! In the mean time feel free to hit the read link for the full gallery or the jump to see more pictures of the Motorola CLIQ!
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