Garmin-Asus is following up the just announced nuvifone A50 with another device, the Android-powered A10. The A10 is a joint venture between Garmin and Asustek (that we've heard about for a long time now) and differs from the A50 in that it is also optimized for pedestrian navigation. What that means exactly, we don't know. But obviously, navigation is going to be key for any 'garminfone' and for the A10, maps will be preloaded onto the device so you won't get lost if you suddenly lose your network connection.
The Garmin-Asus A10 comes with a 3.2-inch HVGA screen and will feature the usual slew of Android apps under an assumedly heavily skinned UI. It's expected to hit European and Asian markets in mid-2010. Which probably means, the T-Mobile nuvifone A50 will be the only 'garminfone' we'll get in the states. We're not sure if that's a bad thing. [garmin]
Motorola this morning announced its Q1 2010 earnings, with the manufacturer seeing total sales of $5 billion. Its mobile device arm brought in $1.6 billion and shipped 8.5 million phones, including 2.3 million smartphones, while seeing an operating loss of $192 million. That's down 9 percent compared to the first quarter of 2009, though this quarter's operating loss was drastically lower, compared to $545 million a year ago.
Motorola introduced six new Android smartphones in the first quarter, including three in the United States -- the Backflip, Cliq XT and Devour. [Motorola]
Today's the day, folks. After a couple of long weeks, the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible finally is available. Your pre-orders (if they didn't arrive early) should come today. You can buy one in Verizon stores for $199 after the standard contract deals. And cheaper prices are (ahem) out there on the Internet. But let's get to the important stuff. Today's your day.
Development for Android continues, even if unofficially, and it seems as though just about every day we see something new surface. HTC G1 owners sometimes feel as though they are on the back burner, as their device was the original, and at this point it is slightly behind the times in some categories. But that doesn't stop Cyanogen from developing great custom ROMs. And 5.0.7 is the latest and greatest of all the Cyanogen builds for older phones, and it's now available for download. (And above, Cyanogen crony Kmobs shows off some of the finer points.) We're still waiting on the build to actually be released, but it should be any time now. Keep your eyes peeled here. Update:It's now live!
Sony Ericsson (via the Sony Ericsson Product Blog) announced today that the Spotify service will now be integrated deep into the Timescape and Mediascape shell on the SE Xperia X10. The integration allows Spotify to show as an online media service in Mediascape, and your recently played songs will appear in the Timescape timeline. Check out the video -- it's pretty sweet.
The drawback for some of us (OK, a lot of us) is that Spotify isn't available in the U.S., but then again, neither is the X10. This is an idea I would like to see catch on, and other manufacturers with custom Android UI's weaving Slacker or Pandora into the OS would be welcomed here. [via Unwired view]
HP's buying Palm, in case you haven't heard, for $1.2 billion. While we doubt many of you were waiting up nights for the Compaq Airlife 100, HP's Android-powered netbook that we took a look at back at Mobile World Congress, it remains to be seen if HP will be willing (or able, for that matter) to continue any Android development, especially given that a webOS tablet is now a strong possibility. HP did give us the following statement, however:
"We offer choices of OS today, and expect to continue doing so. We’re focused on serving our customers, from individual consumers to small businesses to large enterprise customers by delivering the most appropriate solutions."
Google just made a fairly major tweak to its mobile image search. As you can see above, a web-based image search now looks and feels almost like it's being done natively, on your Android phone. Thumbnails have been optimized for speed, you can flick your way through photos and the black background makes you forget you're in a web browser. OK, so you You don't get the zooming effects like you will in an on-device gallery, but it greatly cleans up the mobile interface. And it's pretty darn cool, if you ask us. Go ahead and give it a shot. [Google]
Everyone seems to be getting into the Android spirit. We learned today that the Commtiva Blaze passed through the FCC, and is headed for Cincinnati Bell. No word on processor or memory specs quite yet, but what we do know points to the Blaze being another solid entry level phone. Quadband GSM and dual band 1700/2100 HSDPA (which means it would also make a great pre-paid T-Mobile handset), Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, WiFi 802.11 b/g, 5 MP camera with LED flash and autofocus, GPS and aGPS, and a 1230mAh battery all wrapped up in what looks to be a slightly customized version of Android 1.6.
While it may not be a screamer, it's always nice to see new handsets -- especially when the smaller carriers are beginning to get into the game. [via CellPhone Signal]
I keep thinking entries will wind down as we reach the end of this contest, but you guys keep sending in more and more epic videos. The latest batch (and it's not the last batch) comprises robots, electrocution, the Black Crowes, free credit reports and an old myTouch 3G that's no longer loved. Check 'em out after the break. And remember that you have until 12:01 a.m. Saturday to get me your entry. Good luck!
(And for those who keep asking, we're going to compile all of the videos onto a single page and rig up some voting, early next week sometime. Stay tuned.)
If you're in Canada and have a hankering for some twisted, flippy Android keyboard action, know that the Motorola Backflip is now available on Telus. It runs a very respectable $399 off-contract and goes as low as $249 with the Canadian-standard three-year deal. [Telus] Thanks, Jon!
Android Central Forum member alear got himself a look at Verizon's silicone case for the HTC Droid Incredible. Looks like all the essential parts are there. But what do you guys think about the texture and design? And what accessories are you most looking forward to for the Incredible? Let's hear it in the comments, and check out a couple more pics in alear's forum thread.
Paul from MoDaCo promised root for the HTC Desire, and today, he delivered. Root for the HTC Legend is close, too, he says, and it likely won't take too terribly long to get inside the Verizon Droid Incredible (we hope). Well played, Paul. [MoDaCo]
Google is making its mobile search even better by introducing Place Pages for Mobile. Place Pages for Mobile allows Android (and iPhone) users to find details of restaurants, businesses, etc. in one simple page. You can get basic info like store hours, pictures, and phone numbers along with the more in-depth details like user reviews, ratings, and tips from different online sources (citysearch, zagat, etc). We tried it out and it's pretty darn nifty. Since it's optimized for mobile phones, all information is displayed in an easy-to-read format.
You can try out Place Pages by going to google.com on your Android browser and searching for a restaurant or business. If you click on the local listing results, it'll take you to its Place Page. How do you guys like it? Think you'll use it?
Hit the jump to see a video of Place Pages in action!
LG is slated to release three new Android phones in the near future but sadly, none of them are currently coming to the US. The first two, the LU2300 and the SU950/KU9500, are very interesting. The LU2300 (pictured above) is the device we once guessed was the awesome Aloha in the US. It packs the increasingly common 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a physical QWERTY-keyboard, 3.5-inch AMOLED 800x480 screen, and a 5-megapixel camera. The SU2300 is said to share the same internals sans the physical keyboard. Those are top notch specs and we can't help but be jealous of South Korean Android users who will receive both devices in June (we're also jealous of their commercials!).
The UK is also getting some love in the form of the LG Optimus, formerly known as the LG GT540. We saw this device back in CES and felt it was a good mid-range device. Specs are unclear but don't expect much, the LG Optimus is available starting May 1st in the UK.
See more pictures of the LG Android devices after the jump! [via unwired view]
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