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!
To keep you guys updated on the T-Mobile 3G Rollout, it looks like citizens of Corpus Christi, Texas and Portland, Maine will now both be able to enjoy the speed of 3G. We can tell you that once you go 3G, you'll never look back. Hopefully, T-Mobile continues rolling out and expanding their burgeoning 3G network because the G1 and myTouch 3G are both more enjoyable with a fast data connection.
Those Dell Android Device rumors just don't die, do they? The WSJ reports that Dell has been developing a "pocket-sized device for tapping into the Internet" and that said gadget will run Android. People familiar with Dell's plans say that it's like a slightly bigger version of an iPod Touch and could be released by year's end.
To tell you the truth, this rumor is only mildly exciting for us. We're not sure if we would be satisfied with just a Dell Android MID-type device, our insatiable needs definitely prefer the rumored Android Dellphones. But hey, that's just us.
Would anyone be interested in a Dell-built, Android-powered MID-type device?
To clarify on our previous report that the amazing HTC Sense UI was going to be "available to on some other existing devices", those 'other existing devices' won't include the T-Mobile G1 or myTouch 3G. Sadly, HTC Sense will not be available for Google-branded phones and both the G1 and myTouch 3G are Google experience phones. The reasoning is due to licensing restrictions which just sucks for all parties.
Because the tech world is filled with so many black and white gadgets, we've been getting a lot of interest regarding the 'Merlot' color of the myTouch 3G and how it'll end up looking. Luckily for us, some in the wild shots of the Merlot myTouch 3G have popped up and it looks like a winner.
The lighting and angles of the pictures aren't the best but the 'Merlot' definitely adds character and is undoubtedly unique. We expect T-Mobile to be moving a good amount of these 'Merlot' versions of the myTouch 3G!
There are some rumors floating around that Sprint is currently internally testing the HTC Hero. Sprint has so far avoided Android, even going as far as saying Android simply wasn't good enough yet, is the HTC Hero the first Android device that's 'good enough' in Sprint's eyes? It seems so.
The even juicier rumor is that Sprint is also testing a Samsung Android CDMA/WiMax device. Details are scarce but by just mentioning Android and 4G/WiMax in the same sentence sends me to a tizzy.
Obviously this needs to be filed in rumor and speculations but we've always championed Sprint and Android together. The logic of a Sprint Android Phone makes too much sense to pass up and we're hoping all these internal testings of Android Devices from Sprint mean that they mean business.
Who's interested in a Sprint Android Phone anyway? We always hear about Android with Verizon and AT&T yet Sprint remains a mystery. Mysterious or not, we're still thinking this can be good.
The latest T-Mobile 3G city is Shreveport, Lousiana! We've received reports (via tmonews) that you folks will be (or maybe already have) enjoying the pure speed of T-Mobile 3G. The T-Mobile 3G rollout continues...
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