The Samsung Behold II just showed its pretty face and we got the pictures to prove it. Though we'll never like the name of the device (why name a brand new Android phone after a dumbphone?), we're beginning to come around on the Behold II. We're big fans of Samsung devices and it looks like the Behold II will pack enough niceties (3.2 inch AMOLED screen, 5 megapixel camera) and uniqueness (TouchWiz UI) to hang with the big boys. It has an obvious 'Galaxy' design to it but differs in that it will run Samsung's TouchWiz UI that allows for sleek multitasking.
It's an interesting ad spot--Neil Patrick Harris and 49ers Head Coach Mike Singletary even pop up for cameos--but we're going to bet that many folks might be left confused with Motorola's choice in branding. We all know that MOTOBLUR is the UI that powers the phone, the Motorola CLIQ, but we're almost certain many folks will watch the spot and think that BLUR is the phone they want and have no idea that the CLIQ exists.
How do you guys like the ad? Could it be confusing for users not familiar with Android?
One of the biggest selling points of the Acer Liquid, Acer's first Android phone, was the 1GHz Snapdragon Processor that would've powered the puppy. It would've been a first for Android phones and easily would have outpaced all other Android devices. Unfortunately, from this leaked slide detailing the Liquid, it looks like the Acer will underclock its Snapdragon processor and have it run at 768 MHz instead of the previously promised 1GHz. Does this mean the Liquid's performance will be dramatically different? We'll have no idea until we test it out.
But honestly, if Acer decided that underclocking the Snapdragon Processor to 768MHz was a good move, we have to trust that there were reasons to do so. From what we understand, the Snapdragon processor is a serious battery drain so perhaps the slight drop off in pure performance was worth a significant gain in battery life? Or maybe Acer felt that Android doesn't quite need a 1GHz processor yet?
The T-Mobile Motorola CLIQ is available today! We know those of you who have pre-ordered the CLIQ have already received your units, but for the rest of the general public, this will be their first experience with Motorola's first Android device and MOTOBLUR. The CLIQ is a QWERTY-slider device that has a heavy emphasis on social networking and also packs a 5 megapixel camera. It'll run you either $199 with new 2-year contract through T-Mobile or $449.99 off-contract on Amazon. Your choice!
The Samsung Moment, Samsung's first Android device in the states, is now available on Sprint for $179 with new 2-year contract. What makes the Moment special is that it packs a 3.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen, a hardware keyboard, and an 800 MHz processor. For Sprint Users who are looking to jump onto Android but can't leave a hardware keyboard, the Moment looks like a great option. And like the HTC Hero, the Samsung Moment ships with Android 1.5.
Who's buying the Samsung Moment? Who's waiting for DROID?
As the world watched the DROID get its official treatment from Verizon, it cringed a little bit. Why? Because Verizon is a CDMA network while most of the rest of the world run GSM networks (like T-Mobile & AT&T). Meaning the Verizon DROID as we knew it, wouldn't be too useful outside of the US. Luckily, there is a GSM Version of the Motorola DROID ready to be released: It's called the Motorola Milestone and it's heading to Germany on O2 and Vodafone on November 9th.
And though we'll get the DROID first in the states, the GSM/European version one ups us by adding multitouch to its slew of features. Yep, pinch to zoom will be available on the Milestone. Start getting jealous.
Hit the jump for the video of multitouch on the Motorola Milestone aka DROID!
The Verizon Droid Eris, Big Red's version of the HTC Hero, has been captured again in live photos and though it's priced at the 'low-end' at $99, it has all the charm and appeal of a 'high-end' device. As you can see in the photo above, the Droid Eris will definitely run HTC Sense and pack all the niceties that comes along with Sense. We also have the first picture of the Droid Eris box (after the jump) which confirms the Droid Eris name and the 'Droid' brand that Verizon is pushing.
Also, the final details have leaked in regards to the Droid Eris and it's everything we expected, meaning it packs the exact same specs as the Sprint HTC Hero. Here's the rundown: 528 MHz processor, 3.2 inch, 320x480 screen, 5 megapixel camera, and Android 1.5 with HTC Sense. The only difference, other than the casing, is that the Droid Eris will be offered at $99 while the Sprint HTC Hero is being sold for $179. Does anyone hear a price drop?
As much as we all love Android, we can all agree that Android could use a better media player. Android's current media player has always been a little more utilitarian than anything and quickly showing its age. Thankfully, Sony Ericsson is looking to improve upon that in their upcoming Android phone, the 'Rachael' XPERIA X3. From the concept video above, they've made the media player look completely fresh and insanely drool-worthy, can we have it now?
The media player in the 'Rachael' UI looks a little bit like the Zune HD's (learn more at WMExperts) but still manages to come off as entirely its own. The 'Rachael's media player takes advantage of the large screen (480x854, same as the DROID) to offer an experience much more fluid than your regular boring lists of artists and albums. The page for artist's is an eye-catcher as well, with photos and cover art adding so much color to the page. Overall, it's seriously a huge upgrade to the stock Android media player and one that just might catapult it into a media powerhouse (better syncing software still needs to be included).
The above video serves as a teaser for the event and you can see the beautiful lines and lovely design of the 'Rachael'. We know you're excited about the Motorola DROID (we are too!), but we think that Sony Ericsson might sway you differently. We haven't heard of an official carrier attached yet but our eyes are wide open for November 3rd.
What do you guys think? Do you think it'll be able to compete with the DROID?
Hey, hey! Look at the video above, it's your friendly T-Mobile G1 running the brand spanking new Android 2.0 'Eclair'. It's not a final Android 2.0 build nor is it anywhere close to being an official release, but it's definitely still a sight to see. The amazing minds we have in the Android community decided to port over what they had in the Android 2.0 SDK (just released) to the Android device nearest and dearest to our heart, the T-Mobile G1. Good call.
As you'll see in the video, the 2.0 port on the G1 is very, very rough. It's sluggish and not really usable but hey, it's the proof-of-concept and effort that counts! The video goes through some new Android 2.0 features and while some stuff obviously doesn't work, you still get the overall feel. The T-Mobile G1 (and myTouch 3G) hasn't yet been confirmed to officially receive Android 2.0 but we're crossing our fingers it'll come soon. There's no doubt that running Android 2.0 will make them feel brand new all over again. Let's make it happen!
There's a good look of a real, breathing, 3-dimensional DROID Eris. BGR's tipster says it runs pretty much exactly like the HTC Hero except it feels a little faster. Maybe that's the new shine of the device speaking? Also, it's a little taller and thinner. For a reported $99, this looks like a steal on Verizon. As cool and hyped as the DROID is, we're sure the DROID Eris will find its own success. Now if only Verizon will announce the device!
The app will cost $39.99, a significant cost to pay, but well worth it if you're an avid NBA fan always on the go. It's a whole season's worth of games! What's cool about NBA League Pass Mobile is that some games will still be available to watch after they've aired and there's DVR functionality to rewind that last Lebron James dunk or Kevin Durant swish.
The NBA also introduced NBA Game Time and Game Time Lite. The Lite version is free and comes with Live scores, player stats, standings, and team schedules. The $9.99 Game Time includes streaming game audio of Home and Away radio broadcasts, game alerts, game highlights and video recaps, and everything in Game Time Lite.
Note that NBA Game Time and Game Time Lite are available for the T-Mobile G1 and myTouch 3G with Android 1.5 or higher. NBA League Pass Mobile is available for the same devices with Android 1.6 or higher. No word on the HTC Hero or any upcoming Android device. There also doesn't seem to be any discount for NBA League Pass subscribers.
Time for the check up on some Android-related companies who've been struggling in our economic downturn. Will actually having Android devices in their stable eventually help their bottom line? Let's take a look!
First up, Sprint. The good bad news: Sprint lost 801,000 postpaid subscribers which was actually under the analysts estimate of 870,000 losses. This is still bad news but certainly much better news than the 991,000 and 1.25 million subscribers lost in previous quarters. In fact, CEO Dan Hesse says that "the sequential improvement the best in more than five years, and he expects a smaller postpaid subscriber loss again in the fourth quarter."
So how did Motorola do considering those devices weren't available in Q3? Their Mobile Division still lost $183 million but it was offset by gains in Motorola's other divisions resulting in a $12 million profit! Score, they made money. We're expecting a lot more from Motorola in Q4 and beyond because simply put, they have their eye on Android and are banking on Android to take them back to the glory days. We think they made the right choice. [engadget]
"Technically, we could make the HD2 an Android phone, but I have to take care of Windows Mobile...We're working hard on these kinds of products to get excitement about Windows Mobile back"
So it looks like while Windows Mobile is struggling and losing followers to much more exciting platforms (read: Android), HTC is remaining ever faithful and acting on its own to drum up excitement. We guess HTC cares about Windows Mobile more than Microsoft does?
Obviously not putting a top-end device like the HD2 on Android raises questions on the relationship HTC has with Android, is it not all rainbows and unicorns? Though he believes that because Google wants to do things differently and some of Google's moves may be 'destructive, Chou believes that HTC "can work with Google for a long time".
So end of story is that HTC can make an Android HD2 but won't because of loyalty (or is it sympathy) towards Windows Mobile. Regardless of this news, we still believe that HTC will continue to deliver top-end handsets to Android. They've got to come to their senses sooner or later.
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