If Google Maps doesn’t cut it, Navigon today said they will point you in the right direction with their MobileNavigator for Android OS devices. The company says it’s the first on-board navigation app from a major navigation company for Android. And they may be right.
Basically, the Sony Ericsson LiveView is a Bluetooth external cell phone screen that pushes most of the functionality from your phone onto its 1.3-inch OLED display. You can read RSS, check Facebook, and do whatever else without ever taking your phone out of your pocket.
The tablet market is about to get even more crowded. Dell has already made an appearance with its Dell Streak handheld, but that only has a five-inch screen. Now, we’re getting a good glimpse at an upcoming 7-inch slate, which bears a striking resemblance to the Looking Glass tablet PC we saw some time back.
Unlike FaceTime, which only (officially) works over a Wi-Fi connection, Qik says that you’ll be able to use its video call service over 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi. The interface will be similar to FaceTime with a full screen of the person you’re talking to, shoving you into a smaller window in the corner.
Don’t confuse Viewsonic’s recently revealed G Tablet with the ViewPad we saw at IFA. This is an entirely different unit running Nvidia’s Tegra 2 chipset with Android 2.2 Froyo on board. Froyo you say? Yes, even after Google specifically announced that Froyo is not optimized for tablets.
Though Motorola doesn’t claim their DEFY is “rugged” they do say it is scratch and water resistant and dust proof; thanks in part to its out-of-the-box bumper solution. Running Android 2.1, Defy has a 5-megapixel camera with flash, digital zoom and auto focus.
Getting ready for IFA, Camangi has posted the specifications of their next Anrdoid tablet, the Camangi WebStation II. This will come with Android 2.2 Froyo, already much better. A 1GHz, Samsung S5PV210 processor, 512MB DDR2 RAM, 2GB of iNAND, an 8GB SD card, all the while bumping the display up to 1024 x 600 (WSVGA) with Capacitive multi-touch.
On Thursday August 13th the Dell Streak will be available for pre-order from AT&T, the price is $300 and it will run on an undisclosed version of Google Android. Since it’s being sold through AT&T, there are strings attached to that price, a 2-year contract. Without contract expect to pay $550.
The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 has been available in Canada for a few months already, so what’s all the hold up with a U.S. release? AT&T has officially announced that customers will be able to get their hands on the Android phone starting August 15th. That’s under a week away.
The iPad is selling like hot cakes, but the only one profiting from the impressive sales of the device are Apple. Well, Best Buy has its own in-house “Rocketfish” brand. And these two factoids are on the verge of combining. Last Friday, Best Buy CTO Robert Stephens effectively confirmed the existence of an iPad-esque Rocketfish tablet on the horizon by sending out a tweet with the image of the device.
The newly revealed Sony Ericsson Cedar cell phone doesn’t look like much, but this affordable handset is actually quite elegant in its presentation. It’s not a smartphone, but appears to offer integrated Facebook and Twitter access. That’s a good start. You may also notice beyond the elegant design, that the Cedar makes uses of recycled plastics, offers a lower power charger, comes with an e-manual, and is wrapped up in compact packaging.
Some shots of the upcoming Motorola Droid Xtreme were released this week. The handset destined for Verizon Wireless has a massive 8 megapixel camera with HD video support and an HDMI video output port. Digital imaging tech in smartphones are really getting out of control as of late, we are expecting the next iPhone 4G to get some HD mc’lovin from Apple. If they don’t serve up some high-def goodness than they may be playing catch up to Android yet again.
Acer has teamed up with Ferrari to manufacture the Liquid E Ferrari special edition smartphone. The device comes loaded with Ferrari-themed content, like videos, photos and ringtones of Ferrari engines, in addition to the obvious external themed Ferrari red color and emblem.
The big bang of computing devices into the mobile space clearly looked like Apple’s iPhone. But as this new universe cools and expands at an unthinkable rate, the early constellations are coalescing around (Google’s) Android’s impressive gravitational field. At the annual Computex show in Taipei, Apple’s iPad has once again set the bar; the hip device this year is the tablet. But where Microsoft’s Windows and Android are both represented, a clear preference for the Android is emerging (sorry again, Steve Ballmer).
“Windows is too big and it’s too full featured for smartbooks and tablets,” Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO at Nvidia said, speaking with reporters in Taipei on Monday. Smartbook is a term used to describe low-cost laptops containing processors designed by Arm instead of x86 chips from Intel or Advanced Micro Devices. “The good news is that we finally have an operating system to unite behind. Android is an operating system that has gained a tremendous amount of momentum all over the world,” Huang said. Strong words in an industry still ruled by Microsoft’s founding principles of fear, uncertainty, and doubt.
The standalone GPS market isn’t nearly as hot as it has been in years past, so many people are moving toward “convergence” devices that can do GPS and more. Garmin is aggressively expanding its smartphone line with the new Garmin-Asus A10 in response to this new trend. This follows up on the nuvifone from AT&T and the Garminfone with T-Mobile. A good move on Garmin’s part, I’d say, since they can continue to sell hardware to the growing navigation-centric smartphone market.
We had already heard that Rogers Wireless would have the Canadian exclusive on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, but we were left with little more than a “coming soon” when it came to a release date. That has now changed and you may be TimeScaping with the best of them very soon.
Continuing with the Google Android revolution, Rogers has started to take preorders for the Xperia X10. This comes a short while after Best Buy jumped the gun by offering pre-orders on the phone as well.
A leaked legal document distributed by the digital freedom crusaders EFF, discovered the legal red tape Apple binds its iPhone developers by. Truly draconian in nature the contractual documentation that Apple uses with developers for its systems allows it to reject any application developed even if the application meets the iPhone’s requirements.
Absolutely no reverse engineering for the iPhone’s operating system, nor any reverse engineering for the iPhone software development kit is permitted.
Twitter really has become the hottest thing since sliced bread and it shows. For just about every smartphone platform, you’ll find a wide range of Twitter clients that go above and beyond the mobile site. Owners of Android phones now have another option with the porting of HootSuite.
What started out as a web-based Twitter client to be used on your computer, HootSuite has since gone on to infiltrate the Apple iPhone and now Google Android as well. Feel free to communicate with your friends on the go, TwitPic’ing everything along the way.
Apps are an integral part of smartphones and their appeal to us. They are essentially enhancements for a device that lets us do useful, silly, fun, and important things. A recent study has broken down the number of app downloads per device, and the results are somewhat surprising.
In a recent report from AdMob, app downloads of over 900 people were tallied and averaged to determine how many apps were downloaded per month.
Google’s Android has seen phone shipments rise so fast that they may overtake iPhone sales and theres not much Apple can do about it. Google keeps up at the rate of 60,000 Android handsets shipped per day, according to Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt. They stand a very good chance of dominating the market, and that includes overtaking Apple. Unless they make some serious advancements in the next-generation iPhone 4G, and open up the OS, we can say goodbye to the iPhone being the #1 selling phone in the world.
The first Sony Ericsson XPERIA (X1) featured Windows Mobile under the hood, but the smartphone-makers opted for a whole new skin and a Google Android platform for the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10. As you may recall, the X10 started its life out under the codename Rachael. It has now been picked up by Rogers Wireless, […]
The Google Android thing already has quite the strong foothold in the T-Mobile lineup thanks to a number of handsets from HTC, but it seems that the collection is going to grow with an addition from Sony Ericsson. You might remember this phone as the Rachael at one point, but it seems that Sony Ericsson […]
There are a lot of other people who are more interested in games for the Apple iPhone, but Google Android is a perfectly viable platform for mobile gaming as well. That’s why Gameloft and Capcom Mobile have come to an agreement where in the former will be distributing a range of the latter’s mobile offerings […]
The world of Google Android is already getting more interesting with the Motorola Droid and the HTC Hero, but Sony Ericsson’s entry could make things even more fascinating. Earlier this month, we learned that the Rachael would be officially called the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 and now we’re learning about the official launch date. Initially, […]
I think most people use their cell phones for so much more than just voice calls and text messages. Mobile gaming is bigger than ever and it seems that the Google Android platform has a fun little addition to consider in the form of Light Racer 3D. There is a very definite Tron-like feel to […]
How does that saying go? Something about a rose by any other name? This highly anticipated handset has gone through several different names in its storied past, being known as the Sony Ericsson Rachael at one point and the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X3 at another point. Well, it’s got an official name now and it’s […]
Maybe the HTC Hero isn’t your cup of tea, but you still want to get in on some Google Android action with Sprint. Maybe you’d prefer to have a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for busting out those emails and text messages. If that’s the case, you may want to take a minute to consider the newly […]
It all started with a single handset from T-Mobile and HTC, but this Android movement is certainly picking up steam. Earlier this month, we saw the Motorola Cliq Android smartphone and we know a couple other companies are working on ‘droid phones of their own. The latest to join the pack is the LG GW620. […]
So, Sony Ericsson wanted to give smartphones a try and so they turned to the world of Windows Mobile to produce the first XPERIA X1. For the upcoming Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2, this dedication to Microsoft’s mobile platform is continuing, but it seems that is where the relationship is going to end. Nope, Sony Ericsson […]
I didn’t think that Twitter was all that big of a deal when I signed up early last year, but now my online experience just isn’t complete without the microblogging interaction. For the time being, I’m using TinyTwitter on my Nokia E71, but it seems that owners of BlackBerry and Android devices will soon have […]
For people who dabble in unlocked and overseas phones, the Sony XPERIA X1 isn’t a terribly new phone anymore. The Windows Mobile 6.1-powered smartphone is the first WinMo phone from Sony Ericsson and it is produced by HTC of Taiwan. Well, if you’re Canadian and looking for a subsidy, you’ve found it. It took them […]
Many of us know that the T-Mobile G1 is also known as the HTC Dream G1. It’s also known simply as the Google Phone in some circles, because it was the first handset to be powered by the Google Android platform. Well, it seems that HTC’s other phones can do Android too. The HTC Touch […]
The world of Google Android sounds like it’s going to get a lot more crowded this year. We’re hearing about no fewer than four additional Android phones that are coming down the chute, including the so-called HTC Hero smartphone shown here. CodeAndroid was able to grab some live pictures of the upcoming Android-powered smartphone from […]
People who have fallen in love with devices like the Apple iPhone 3G and the HTC Touch Diamond aren’t so excited about the keyboard-equipped T-Mobile G1, so it seems that the T-Mobile G2 will cater a little more to their preferences. What you see here is a sneak peek at the HTC Sapphire, a smartphone […]
This almost feels a little backward, but it could open up the doors for some interesting possibilities. A modder has managed to take the Google Android platform over to an Eee PC. When Google and the rest of the Open Handset Alliance got together to produce the Android platform, they had mentioned that it may […]
The Google Android platform has only been out for a short time, but the Android Market has already produced some pretty cool applications for our new favorite smartphone. The variety isn’t quite as incredible as the iPhone just yet, but it’s getting there, slowly but surely. John Mahoney of Gizmodo has compiled what he believes […]
The T-Mobile G1 is the only commercially available Google Android phone at this time, but 2009 is going to bring a lot more competition. That’s good for the consumer. That’s good for innovation. And that’s good for rumor-mongers. Let’s have a look at what the world has to say about upcoming Google Android smartphones. First, […]
While some people may worship at the altar of Steve, it seems that fans in the Android community prefer to be a little more urban with their admiration of the T-Mobile G1. An enthusiast from the Android Forums has put together a rather elaborate rap song about the newly released T-Mobile G1. In case you […]
The actual phone may not be ready for consumer consumption just yet, but that hasn’t stopped some secret ninjas from snapping a series of unboxing pictures of the T-Mobile G1. The first commercially available Google Android smartphone is pretty darn exciting and while we were able to see some hands-on pics, we still want to […]
After what seems like an eternity, the monumental day is finally upon us. We’ve listened to the random conjecture of industry experts. We’ve caught wind of spy pictures and photos in the wild. We’ve even seen an official demonstration held by Google itself. And tomorrow, we will officially be introduced to the HTC Dream G1 […]
Even though the first Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 smartphone is not officially available to the public just yet, it seems that Sony Ericsson already has its sights set on future Xperia handsets. More specifically, word on the street is that Sony Ericsson is considering other operating systems for the next generation of Xperia, casting Windows […]
Did anyone even buy the first Gizmondo? It was such an obscure portable gaming device, but its successor may be able to attract a little more attention, because it will be powered by the Google Android operating system. Rumors pointing in this direction have been floating around for a little while now, but the Android […]
We’ve been sitting on pins and needles for what seems like an eternity, anxiously awaiting the arrival of the first smartphone powered by Google’s Android OS. There have been tons of conceptual sketches, spy pics, and ever UI walkthough videos, but when are we going to get the real thing? Initial rumors said that the […]
Ever since I took that quantum leap into the world of smartphones, I haven’t looked back. I just can’t imagine owning a regular mobile phone anymore, because it simply cannot offer the same level of functionality. Yes, most cell phones have calendar functions and task managers, but they’re just not as robust as what you […]
Aside from the Android-powered HTC Dream that I wrote about a few minutes ago, the only highly anticipated HTC device coming out this year has to be the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1. In fact, the Xperia X1 looks even more impressive than the HTC Touch Diamond or Touch Pro. Chalk another one up in the […]
Even though there are no commercially available handsets that run on the Google Android platform just yet, that hasn’t stopped people from developing applications for it. The TuneWiki app was initially made famous on the iPhone and iPod Touch, and it has already been ported over to Android. With TuneWiki, you play a song and […]
I can’t believe I missed this during my whirlwind tour of CES 2008 last week. Turns out that the world’s first smartphone powered by the Google Android platform was on display at the CES and the form factor is eerily reminiscent of the Palm Centro and other similar devices. The kicker is that the device […]
Lenovo has now announced that AT&T will carry the Lenovo IdeaTab A2107. The 7-inch tablet will cost just $200 without contract, or $100 for a two-year agreement. Most will agree, paying $100 more for no contract is the wiser option though.