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Archive for August, 2010

Samsung’s Wave 723 Bada Smartphone Headed to Germany

Samsung announces its latest Wave phone based on the Bada mobile operating system and will first release the unit to the German market in September.

Samsung has taken the wraps off its Wave 723 smartphone featuring its Bada SDK 1.1 open-source smartphone application development platform.
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Motorola Reveals Three New Android Smartphones in China

Motorola released two new Android smartphones for China on Monday, and announced details of another, as the company broadens its product offerings for the Chinese market.

Part of Motorola’s MING series, the new phones have touchscreen displays and can recognize Chinese characters traced on them.

The MT810 and A1680 are now available in some areas in China, priced at 5,980 renminbi (US$877) and 3,080 renminbi respectively, a company spokeswoman said.

The MT810 will be serviced by China Mobile, has a 3.2-inch screen and can display mobile TV broadcasts in China’s CMMB format. The phone also uses China Mobile’s OPhone 2.0 operating system, which is based on the Android 2.1 version.

The A1680 phone, built for China Unicom, runs Android version 1.6 and has a 3.1-inch display.

The third phone, the XT806, will be go on sale in September through China Telecom, priced at 6,180 renminbi. The phone will also run Android version 2.1. Motorola describes the phone as a multimedia notebook with voice recording, a camera, and business applications.

The trio of phones will take the number of Motorola Android phones in China to 11, all of which came out in less than a year. Motorola currently holds 13.6 percent of the Chinese smartphone market according to Beijing-based research firm Analysys International. This puts the company right behind Nokia and Samsung which hold 26.7 percent and 17.9 percent of the market respectively.
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LG Electronics’ 2 new smartphones for Europe and U.S. unveiled

South Korean mobile handset maker LG Electronics Inc.’s two new smartphone models equipped with Microsoft Corp.’s soon-to-be launched operating system were unveiled before their official launches.
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HTC Desire Now Available via US Cellular

HTC Desire is one of the top rated smart phones today and is sometimes billed as an iPhone Killer. Today, this powerful creation from the Taiwanese developer HTC finally arrives in the US with the help of US Cellular. This is the second out of the five Android phones that US Cellular promised to launch this year. US Cellular plans to release Samsung Galaxy S sometime in October followed by two unnamed LG smart phones shortly after. US Cellular currently sells the HTC Desire with a price tag of $199.95 with a two-year contract and a $70 mail-in rebate.

The HTC Desire features a strong 1 GHz Snapdragon processor with a 5 megapixel camera and a 3.7 inch AMOLED touch screen that renders images in vivid detail. The units are currently powered by Android 2.1 Eclair with HTC Sense. Its specs also boasts a variety of connectivity options such as the 802.11 b/g WiFi, Bluetooth, GPRS , EDGE, and 3G support.

Edward Perez, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Operations of US Cellular said: “With 160,000 Android-powered phones activated each day, there’s no question that they are among the hottest phones on the market right now.” HTC Desires from US Cellular are preloaded with apps such as My Contacts Backup, City ID, Tone Room Deluxe and Your Navigator Deluxe. To sweeten up the deal, US cellular also added an Overage Protection a Battery Swap along with the phone’s warranty.

HTC Desire got rave reviews from various websites. Techradar UK gave this phone 5 out of 5 stars and was chosen as a choice smart phone over the iPhone 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S. For a more detailed review check out this video from Mobile Burn:

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New Motorola Flipout from AT&T

We heard a rumor all the way back in June that Motorola’s Flipout would be making its way to AT&T, and a little over a week ago we saw a leak of what is likely that very device. Today, we’ve got more info on the handset for you interested buyers. The folks at Android Central have posted some specs and first impressions, and while there still isn’t any release or pricing info, I’m glad to learn anything I can when it comes to a new Android device. Here’s the skinny on the Flipout from AC:
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HTC Desire now available through U.S. Cellular

The HTC Desire finally makes its long-awaited American debut today through U.S. Cellular. The carrier has been promising to bring the smartphone to its network for a few months as it plans to bolster its Android offerings. The Desire runs Android 2.1 and has a 3.7-inch Super LCD, a 5-megapixel camera, and the ever-popular 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The phone costs $199.95 with a two-year service agreement and a $70 mail-in-rebate.
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New LG E900 Windows-powered phone is spotted

An image of the LG E900, a slate-style handset with Windows Phone 7, was leaked yesterday courtesy of a Dutch Microsoft employee who tweeted the photo. Unlike the previous video which was shot with the blurry filter set to the on position, this picture is up close and crystal clear. While most of us were enthralled with the design of the handset and its sleek black form, the folks at Electric Pig noticed the 360 My Web, an icon from Vodafone’s 360 service.
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First Cricket’s Android phone Kyocera Zio

Cricket has set an ambitious path for itself in recent months, first by inking a roaming deal with national carrier Sprint to expand its service footprint, and now by introducing its first Android handset.
The Zio, which is made by Kyocera, would be a low-end Android handset on any other carrier, but it is one of the only smartphones available from the pre-paid, no-contract carrier (Cricket also offers the BlackBerry Curve 8530).

The Zio has a 3.5-inch touch display, EVDO Rev. A 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, and a 3.2 megapixel camera. It has the typical Android 1.6 set of tools, including Google Maps, and pre-loaded Facebook and Twitter software.
The Zio is an important device for Kyocera, which has struggled to land distribution deals with major U.S. carriers. It offers a few handsets through Sprint and other pre-paid carriers, but the Zio is a landmark in that it is the company’s first smartphone since the Palm OS-based 7135 from years ago.

“This is an important milestone for Kyocera, as we launch the highly anticipated Zio and bring the power of Android to Cricket consumers,” said Eric Anderson, vice president of sales at Kyocera Communications Inc in a prepared statement. “Zio is the first in a series of Android devices Kyocera will bring to market and we’re excited to partner with Cricket to set the standard by offering a Smartphone device that encourages individuality for the customer who desires unlimited expression.”
Perhaps what’s more interesting than the device itself is the special Android rate plan that Cricket has cooked up to go with the device. For the low monthly price of just $55, Zio customers will get unlimited talk, text, picture mail, web browsing, email, and international texting. Oh, and that $55 includes all taxes and surcharges. That means the bill will always be $55.
That price is significantly less than what competitors charge for the same bundle of services. The trade off, of course, is Cricket’s significantly smaller coverage footprint.
Still, all things considered, $250 isn’t a bad price for a phone you’ll own outright, with a no-contract cost of $55 per month. That’s about as budget-friendly as a smartphone can get.

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Samsung Gravity T t669 Phone From T-Mobile

The Samsung Gravity phone is available at Amazon for $0.01.
For a limited time T-Mobile is offering free activation when you buy any T-Mobile phone. This is a great deal for someone who wants a great new phone but does not want to spend a lot of money. You get the phone for $0.01 and free activation so you are basically getting phone for free if you sign up for two-year agreement.
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Alcatel OT-980 Android 2.1 phone is available

Alcatel, famous among skinflints across the land for its serviceable budget mobiles, is threatening to go all lah-de-dah by bringing out an Android smart phone. Worry not, cheapsters, because it’s set to cost just £99.95.
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