Sprint rolls out Android-based Push-to-talk Motorola i1

Sprint Motorola i1 PTT Android Smartphone - Photo: Sprint

It looks like the Google Android OS is really starting to pick up steam, especially in the smartphone market. We’ve got the Motorola Milestone for the classy types, the Motorola Backflip for social crowd, and now we have a slightly more rugged option – the Motorola i1.

The newest Google Android phone to come out from Motorola may look like any number of other touchscreen devices, but it comes with a feature that is important to many Sprint customers: push-to-talk. I’m not big on the whole PTT thing, but there are many industry professionals and other niche customers who need that kind of functionality.

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AT&T announces Dell Aero, reincarnation of the Dell Mini 3?

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It looks like AT&T is expanding their lineup again. Already with the prized and coveted iPhone, the new Palm phones from earlier today, and joining the family is a new Android phone called the Dell Aero. Looks familiar doesn’t it? That’s because it’s basically the same handset as the Dell Mini 3 that has been on sale in China for a little while now and we suspected back in January headed this way. The critical difference – aside from the clear language alterations – is that the phone is branded as the Dell Aero, and no, you won’t be seeing this on 7-11 shelves.

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Paid Android Market opens to Canada

Google Android Market on a Motorola Devour Smartphone - Photo: Mobile Magazine

I don’t see why this has taken so long, iPhone users have been able to purchase paid apps from the Apple App Store since it was first made available in Canada, so why would Android users have to wait this long? For whatever the reason, the powers that be have now lifted the restriction which once blocked the Android Market from the great white north. This could have something to do with regulatory restrictions, as the Nexus One phone just became available to Canadian’s today. Or some marketing tactic by Google.

Up until now, Google Android smartphones owners in Canada have only been able to download free applications from Android Market.

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Bell announces Motorola DEXT Android phone with MOTOBLUR

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Motorola really is falling in love with this whole Google Android thing, eh? The folks at Telus already have the Motorola Milestone and they will be doing the MOTOBLUR thing with the Motorola BackFlip soon. Not to be outdone, Bell Mobility is hopping on the MOTOBLUR train too.

It has been officially revealed that Bell Mobility will be picking up the Motorola DEXT smartphone. In case you didn’t know, that phone comes with Google Android and the social network-focused MOTOBLUR user interface.

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Android developers get Adobe Photoshop Mobile Editor

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The PSD file format is so popular that even rival image manipulation programs support the PSD file format. With Adobe re-branding its flagship software as CS “Creative Suite” and creating an application for the iPhone, it was only a matter of time before we saw Photoshop for the Google Android line of phones. Called the “Photoshop.com Mobile for the Android 1.1” – it allows the user to do easy photo editing and image effects on the fly.

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Video Review: Motorola Milestone Android phone from Telus Mobility

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It may have taken a little time to find its legs, but the Google Android platform is really starting to take off. One of the hottest handsets to feature this operating system is the Motorola Milestone, available now through Telus Mobility.

In many ways, you could say that it’s the same as the Motorola Droid through Verizon, but you don’t get the MOTOBLUR user interface, you would have to wait for the Motorola Backflip in that case. The Milestone is configured to use the Telus 3G+ network so its very fast.

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MOTOBLUR comes to Telus with Motorola BackFlip

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The Android evolution continues north of the border. You can already get your hands on such handsets as the HTC Hero, but you will soon have access to the winner of the 2010 CNET Best of Consumer Electronics Show award. The Motorola BackFlip is indeed enroute to Telus Mobility.

This isn’t the first Google Android phone to be sold through Telus, of course, nor is it the first Motorola-sourced Android phone. In addition to the Motorola Milestone, you will be able to flip out with the Motorola BackFlip.

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HootSuite Twitter app released for Google Android smartphones

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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.

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Google’s Nexus One taking smartphones to another level

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Google’s smart phone has arrived with a mixed bag of buzz and feedback. Now whether that’s a bad omen or a good one for the Search Engine giant remains to be seen.

This phone, with its snapdragon processor was designed to go head to head with the iPhone, Symbian and Pres in the market. Google like any proud mother won’t stop praising its phones merits and believes it’s more than a legitimate alternative to other smart phones. As Google’s Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette puts it, the Nexus one is a “Benchmark Setter.”

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Samsung Galaxy Spica powered by Android, heading to Rogers

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It may have started out with just the T-Mobile G1 and the HTC Dream G1 (the same hardware), but the Google Android phenomenon is really starting to pick up steam all around the world. If you’re looking for a new Android phone from Rogers, look no further than the Samsung Galaxy Spica. It has been confirmed for Canada’s big red carrier.

This started out as just a rumor, but it has been confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Spica will indeed be offered by Rogers Wireless. As expected, it’s got a big touchscreen again.

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enTourage eDGe dual screen tablet reads Android style

The enTourage eDGe is the world’s first dualbook, combining the functions of an e-reader, netbook, notepad, and audio/video recorder and player in one. It’s a comprehensive device that lets you read e-books, surf the Internet, take digital notes, send emails and instant messages, watch movies and listen to music anywhere, at any time. This is nothing you've ever seen before! Source: entourageedge.com

The enTourage eDGe is the world’s first e-reader and netbook hybrid device to hit the market, and it begins shipping next week. With dual displays, the eDGe has a 9.7-inch E-Ink screen on the left, and a 10.1-inch touchscreen LCD with 1024 x 600 resolution on the right.

The specifications are quite abundant, much to offer in an eReader, but the real eye catcher is that it runs on the Google Android OS.

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Google Android app downloads catching up to iPhone

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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.

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Google Nexus One phone headed to Verizon March 23rd?

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It may not be long before we see Google’s Android phone, dubbed the Nexus One, available on the Verizon Wireless network. If Google adds Verizon to the mix, you and I may get a competitive price – since T-Mobile will have to share their slice of the pie.

The rumor is that on March 23 the Nexus One will be availble to Verizon customers, making them the second U.S. wireless carrier to offer Google’s device. March 23 is coincidentally the first day of CTIA tradeshow in Las Vegas, coincidence, or not?

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HTC Magic upgraded to HTC Magic+ by Rogers Wireless

HTC Magic + shown on the Rogers Canada website.

Following up on the HTC Dream, the HTC Magic was the second Google Android phone to grace the shelves at Rogers Wireless. It offered a full touchscreen-based interface and worked well to introduce Canadians to the Android way. Well, it’s received a sizable upgrade; so sizable, in fact, that Rogers is calling it the Magic+.

As you may recall, both the HTC Magic and the HTC Dream were pulled off the shelves at Rogers so that they could deal with a pesky 911 software issue.

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Google Earth Mobile app now out for the Nexus One ‘Android 2.1′

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There is a new app to add in the already intensive library of Google code for your Android phone. You can use it for everything from Gmail to Google Maps, and now you get to have a global view too thanks to the new Google Earth Mobile app for Android.

Developed to work with Android 2.1, the “fastest mobile version of Google Earth” is now available for download through the Google Marketplace. The Android edition of Google Earth will support a screen resolution of up to 800×480 pixels and a “smooth” frame rate.

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