T-Mobile talked about more than Android phones and tablets today, also letting us know that they will be doubling their 4G HSPA+ network speeds. T-Mobile plans to get their network up to 42 Mbps (zooooom) and launch at least 25 new 4G devices to take advantage of the new speeds. Whether you want to call it 4G, 3.5G or 3G, 42 Mbps is fast, and we're all for it. Press release after the break.
Update: T-Mobile also makes the bold promise that there will be no surcharges of any kind for their 4G service. That's the kind of news we like to report.
We already knew it was going to happen, but T-Mobile announced the Dell Streak 7 at their CES press conference today. From their press release:
"T-Mobile’s first 4G tablet, the Dell Streak 7, is capable of peak speeds up to 21 Mbps to provide a super-fast 4G mobile broadband experience for watching movies and entertainment through preloaded content and thousands of widgets, games and applications available on Android Market™. Running the Android 2.2 operating system, the Dell Streak 7 features a brilliant 7-inch WVGA touch screen with Gorilla® Glass, dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and full Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 support."
Sounds like a great new device for those who aren't interested in bigger (and heavier) gear, as long as Dell can get the updates to it in a timely manner. We'll share more as we hear it!
Qik, the company behind video conferencing on the HTC Evo 4G, and many other mobile devices, has been acquired by video and voice over IP giant, Skype. Tony Bates, the CEO of Skype, has posted the announcement on the company's blog.
"Skype and Qik share a common purpose of enriching communications with video, and the acquisition of Qik will help to accelerate our leadership in video by adding recording, sharing and storing capabilities to our product portfolio" said the CEO.
No word on how much the acquisition cost and when the two will officially join forces. We'll keep you posted as this week's CES plays out. [Skype]
Update: Mashable has confirmed that Qik has been purchased for $100 million bucks.
Think back to November 2009 for a moment: the HTC Hero was the best you could buy on Sprint, the Motorola DROID was shouting "Droid Does" from every direction, and the Nexus One was not even a rumor. Flash forward back to November 2010 and analytics company comScore is reporting that Android has surpassed the iPhone in total active mobile users in the United States. Their numbers show Android at 26 percent marketshare, just edging out the iPhone at 25 percent. RIM's Blackberry is still the market leader at 33.5 percent, but they have lost 4 percentage points since the August numbers were released. Since then, Android gained 6 percentage points and iOS gained just under 1 point.
Considering the ever-increasing sales numbers for Android phones-- 300,000 per day at last check in early December -- it is almost certain that Google's OS will become the sole market leader in the U.S. at some point this year. Just try to not rub it in your iPhone-using friends' faces too much, OK? Just throw a couple more widgets on your homescreen and get back to following our CES coverage. [comScore via TechCrunch]
Good morning from beautiful Las Vegas. We've fought our way through the Adult Entertainment Expo here at the Sands Expo and Convention Center (it's a rough job, we know) and are at the T-Mobile press event.
Will we see new phones? A Dell tablet? Only one way to find out. Hit the break for the liveblog action!
What's a new smartphone without some benchmark tests, eh? Here we have the new HTC Evo Shift 4G. And with it's 3.6-inch touchscreen, 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7630 processor and 512MB of RAM, the thing is downright speedy. And it should be, it's basically the G2 with HTC's Sense slathered on top, and Sprints radios installed.
When we get back from CES we'll have more time to sit down with this one, but like mentioned in the video, it's a joy to use. Sprint has another winner on their hands, and I'm loving the 4G here in Vegas.
Sad pandas all-round for Xperia X10 series owners today. Sony Ericsson UK has revealed in a tweet that the X10 series won't be getting any further Android updates beyond the current 2.1 Eclair release.
Sony Ericsson has incurred the wrath of customers in the past over the slow pace of OS upgrades for their Android devices. Xperia X10 devices have only just been updated to Eclair, having previously languished on the positively Jurassic Android 1.6.
It's starting to seem like every phone coming out of CES is running Android. But hey, we're not complaining here. Acer has announced the beTouch E140. The E140's screen size is a lot smaller than what we've been seeing coming out of CES. Compared to the Samsung Infuse 4G, this guy's screen is tiny. Here's what we know about the device so far:
We hit up NVIDIA's table last night to see what sort of Tegra 2 awesomeness they had in store and lo-and-behold they were showing off the gaming chops of the Acer ICONIA Tab A500. If you didn't hear, the 10" tablet is coming to Verizon's LTE network and will sport Honeycomb, though this unit was rocking a fairly stock Android 2.2. So stock, in fact, that rather than poke around Android by pulling up the default buttons (they're brought on-screen with a swipe rather than existing as real button), we just took in the stellar performance of Dungeon Defenders.
Back to the Acer: hardware feels solid by dint of copious amounts of brushed metal, there's HDMI out, a proper USB port, and microUSB. Get your photos and a the video gaming demo after the break!
In what is most likely preparations for their press event today, T-Mobile has posted a link to the Dell Streak 7 on their homepage. While the link at this time just leads to a 404 error page, we're pretty sure it'll go live sometime soon. The Dell Streak 7 is no stranger to the spotlight though as pictures and even television ad walkthroughs have all been spotted previously. Stay tuned for more details on this one. [T-MoNews]
Its been quite some time since we posted some news about the Samsung Behold II. So long in fact, we had to double-check this little piece of information to make sure it wasn't a mistake. If you've been wondering where the Samsung Behold II Android 1.6 source code was, you're in luck. Samsung has now posted it to their Open Source download site for the taking. If you're going to be grabbing the file to dig through the code, be on the lookout for file name SGH-T939_OpenSource_Update2.zip. Thanks Conan! [Samsung]
Huawei Device has announced their new IDEOS X5 at this week's CES 2011. The new Android 2.2 phone is a mid-ranged device that rocks a 800MHz Qualcomm processor, 3.8-inch touchscreen, a 11.4mm width, a 5 mega pixel camera with 720p high-def recording, and a FM radio with SRS professional audio effects. The X5 will also connect to Wi-Fi with an 802.11n connection.
No word as to when this guy is gonna hit the US, but it will be available in Singapore, Hong Kong, and New Zeland in the next few weeks. With all of these dual-core processors being shipped with upcoming devices, will the 800MHz Qualcomm processor hold-up? What do you guys think? Video after the break! [Business Wire]
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