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HTC Evo 4G Android phone will come to Sprint this summer

Sprint has announced that this summer it will be releasing the HTC Evo, a 4G Android phone. It seems like people have given up on an “iPhone killer” but this is quite a powerful phone.

Android 2.1 isn’t the only cool thing this phone comes with. The HTC EVO 4G will arrive with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, DUAL cameras – 8 megapixels for shooting forward and 1.3 megapixels for shooting backward. The forward facing camera will be able to do stills as well as HD video.

In terms of wireless yes, it’s a 4G phone, it’s got Wi-Fi, AND it has the built in ability to act as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight, read again, EIGHT, devices.

Much to Apple’s dismay it will also come with, gasp, a Flash player and pinch to zoom. The jury is literally still out on whether Apple will let HTC keep the latter.

What’s the deal with 4G? Well, Sprint claims that their 4G at 6 megabytes per second is up to 10 times faster than 3g, if that’s the case it’s blazing fast. Equally as fast as most home services but alas, no 4g in my neighborhood yet.

According to Sprint, “Sprint currently offers 4G service in 27 markets, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Portland, Ore., San Antonio and Seattle. Following is a comprehensive list of markets by state where Sprint 4G is currently offered: Georgia – Atlanta, Milledgeville; Hawaii – Honolulu, Maui; Idaho – Boise; Illinois – Chicago; Maryland – Baltimore; Nevada – Las Vegas; North Carolina – Charlotte, Greensboro, (along with High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (along with Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); Oregon – Portland, Salem; Pennsylvania – Philadelphia; Texas – Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco, Wichita Falls; Washington – Bellingham, Seattle. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G. ”

Hopefully you can find some 4G-ness around you so you can really take advantage of the speed, I can’t.

Lastly here are some of the more interesting specs on the phone:

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HTC is about to make Legend available

HTC seems to be on a roll with an entire slew of new and upcoming smartphones heading our way, and another interesting model would be the HTC Legend which boasts an unibody aluminum casing alongside plastic inserts for the cover to be easily removable, making it a snap to access the SIM card carriage, microSD memory card slot and battery. Word also has it that the Legend will sport a 5.0-megapixel camera, an AMOLED display at a high 480 x 800 resolution count and an optical sensor trackpad similar to the one found on the Bravo. Let us keep our fingers crossed that Android 2.1 will ship with the Legend…

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LG turns to Google Android instead of Windows Mobile

In the absence of a new version of Windows Mobile, LG said it plans to use Google Android on more than half its smartphones, despite a recent pledge to use primarily Microsoft’s mobile operating system.

On Wednesday, LG said that at least 10 of the 20 smartphones it plans to introduce this year will be based on Android. The rest will run Windows Mobile and Linux. In a statement, LG said its hopes are particularly high for Android phones.

LG said just under a year ago that it would make Windows Mobile its primary – although not exclusive – phone software platform over the next four years. It also said it planned to launch 50 Windows Mobile phones during that period, including 25 in 2012.

But Microsoft has been slow to make Windows Mobile more competitive in a new smartphone landscape first defined by the iPhone. Since LG announced its agreement with Microsoft, Android has gained momentum while Windows Mobile has stagnated and lost market share. Microsoft is expected to release Windows Mobile 7 sometime this year.

In the meantime, about 20 Android phones have been released from various hardware makers. The introduction of the Nexus One, made by HTC and sold exclusively by Google online, does not appear to have discouraged LG. Some onlookers wondered if Google’s decision to sell phones itself might dissuade manufacturers from choosing Android.

Microsoft has been working with LG to “lay the foundation for an increase in scale,” it said in a statement. “We’re very pleased with the long term trajectory of our relationship with LG and look forward to bringing a number of new phones to market in 2010.”

According to research from IDC, LG is the third-largest mobile-phone maker by volume, but it does not yet rank among the top five smartphone makers. It has lofty aspirations. On Wednesday LG said it hopes to achieve a double-digit share of the smartphone market in 2012. Currently, fifth-place Samsung has 1.3 percent market share, IDC said.

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Dell confirms Android-powered tablet device

Dell has teased with a new tablet/slate PC at its keynote speech at CES in Las Vegas.

Giving virtually no details, as per usual with Dell’s teasers, the new device will get a 5-inch screen size and be Android powered.

“It is 5-inches, however we are working on different screen sizes and form factors”, said a Dell spokesman.

Refusing to be drawn on a name for the device, the word “slate” (just like in Ballmer’s Microsoft  keynote speech) was bandied around.

The new model, which will go up against the currently available Archos Internet Tablet and recently announced JooJoo (formerly the CrunchPad), will allow users to surf the Web from a handheld device bigger than a touchscreen smartphone, but smaller than a standard netbook, whilst working in a similar way to a mobile phone.

Dell, has confirmed that the device will come with a built-in SIM card option making the HD2 from HTC look tiny in comparison.

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Google to sell Nexus One

Google Inc. began selling its own mobile phone Tuesday, a much-anticipated move aimed at protecting its online advertising empire as people increasingly surf the Web on handsets instead of personal computers.
The Nexus One joins about 20 other mobile devices that already run on Android, the mobile operating system that Google introduced in 2007 to make it easier to connect to its services and other Web sites away from home or the office.

Google designed the touch-screen phone in partnership with Taiwan’s HTC Corp., which made the first Android-powered phone and will manufacture this one, too. Google will handle all sales online and has no plans to let consumers check out the Nexus One in retail stores.

The Nexus One has been in the hands of Google employees for the past three weeks, triggering media speculation and anticipation for the company’s first attempt to peddle a consumer electronics device.
Given the hype, the Nexus One could be a bit of a letdown because it only takes a few incremental steps beyond what’s already possible on handheld devices. And the Nexus One’s standard sales price of $529 may lessen its appeal in a still-shaky economy.

The move does escalate the budding rivalry between Silicon Valley’s two most valuable companies — Google and Apple Inc., which has sold more than 30 million iPhones in the past 2 1/2 years. Apple announced a deal Tuesday to buy mobile advertising service Quattro Wireless to counter Google’s planned $750 million acquisition of Quattro rival AdMob. Both announcements came ahead of this week’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Most of the more than $20 billion in ads that Google sells annually are tied to Internet searches, a market that it dominates. But a proliferation of programs that create more direct routes to mobile applications may lessen the need to conduct searches on wireless phones. In designing and selling its own phone, Google gets yet another way to ensure its services remain within easy reach of people on the go.

Google is billing the Nexus One as the first “super” phone in an effort to position the device as a cut above the iPhone and other smart phones such as Research In Motion Ltd.’s more utilitarian BlackBerry.

It appears to be sleeker than other phones, as thin as a pencil at 11.5 millimeters and as light as a keychain-sized Swiss army knife at just 130 grams. Among other things, the Nexus One will offer more ways to customize the phone’s home page and use voice recognition technology to perform more tasks, including composing e-mails and navigating Google’s mobile mapping products.

“This phone, from a performance perspective, looks a little like your laptop did four or five years ago,” said Andy Rubin, a Google executive who oversees Android.

But most of the features on the Nexus One are already on other Android-powered phones, and it probably will be a long time before it can offer as many different tools as the iPhone, which boasts more than 100,000 applications compared with Android’s 18,000.

The Nexus One’s $529 price tag is more than twice as much as the most powerful iPhone sold in conjunction with a two-year service plan from AT&T Inc. Google is asking consumers to pay more so they can select their own wireless carriers. That’s a departure from the usual sales model in the United States, where mobile phones are typically offered exclusively by specific providers and subsidized by them for customers who agree to service plans that cost $800 to $1,000 annually.

For the first few months at least, the Nexus One will only work on GSM networks — a limitation that means buyers in the U.S. will have to use T-Mobile USA if they want the handset for high-speed Web surfing. Consumers willing to enter into a two-year data plan with T-Mobile will be able to buy the Nexus One for $179, $20 less than the top-of-the-line iPhone with an AT&T subsidy.

The technological barrier also precludes the initial version of Nexus One from working on the U.S. wireless networks of Verizon Wireless and Sprint, though Google plans a version that will work on those carriers’ CDMA technology this spring and Verizon Wireless plans to subsidize that. For AT&T, the phone’s compatible only with its slower wireless network instead of the 3G one used by the iPhone.

The Nexus One should work with many carriers abroad, as GSM is the predominant technology used. Vodafone’s wireless service in Europe also will begin to subsidize the Nexus One in the spring.

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Motorola Devour smart phone on Android 2.1 OS

Motorola’s new upcoming Android based smartphone, christened Devour, has made a sneak peek into the tech crowd with some specs on detail. The latest revelation is that the Android phone will come in a silver casing too, apart from the black hued model that we got to know about a few days ago.

The Devour, which was formerly called the Calgary, is to hop on to Verizon Wireless, making it the carrier’s third phone that runs Google’s Android OS. The Devour is expected to run the Android 2.1 version, which makes it significant owing to the fact that only Google’s Nexus One is tipped now to have this version of the operating system. Motorola’s Devour will also boast of Motoblur, Motorola’s Android user interface that lets the handset connect with social networking, emails and RSS feeds.

It seems like the phone maker has made it only for Verizon, as it sports all that needs to have for a Verizon connection, including Wi-Fi, GPS et al. But then a SIM card slot has been given the miss cementing the fact that it is not a global device. The phone will work on Verizon, having support for Verizon’s own EV-DO mobile broadband network.

The power department will be managed by the 1420mAh battery, while other specs include a slider QWERTY keypad, optical trackpad, a 3.2MP camera, 3.5 mm headset jack, a GPS receiver, and a microSD memory card slot.

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Google’s Android Phone Marks New Assault on IPhone

Google Inc.’s development of a mobile phone that uses its Android operating system marks a new push by the company to take on Apple Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd. in the smart-phone market, analysts said.

Google, the most popular Internet search engine, gave employees an Android handset for testing last week. The device has a touch screen like the iPhone, and users can search the Web on it by speaking query terms.

Google is focusing on the mobile market as growth in its search-advertising business on desktop computers slows. Phone makers such as Motorola Inc. and HTC Corp. already offer handsets that run on Android. Having its own device gives Google more control over how the hardware and software work together and intensifies competition for Apple, said Ben Schachter, an analyst at San Francisco-based Broadpoint AmTech Inc.

“If all of a sudden everyone is getting on the Internet via their mobile device, Google needs to make sure it has an influence on that,” Schachter said yesterday in an interview. “They need to make sure they have influence on how the mobile Web will develop.” He recommends buying Google stock and doesn’t own it himself.

T-Mobile Deal?

Google is in talks to sell the new Android handset through wireless carrier T-Mobile USA Inc. as early as January, a person familiar with the discussions said. The phone’s introduction may slip to later in the first quarter, said the person, who asked to be anonymous because the talks are still in progress.

Creating its own handset reflects Google’s effort to expand advertising sales on mobile devices, a market that may grow to between $2 billion and $3 billion by 2013 in the U.S., up from less than $1 billion now, according to Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. In November, Google announced plans to pay $750 million for AdMob Inc., a mobile-phone advertising startup backed by Google investor Sequoia Capital.

Google, based in Mountain View, California, first disclosed that it was working on a phone in a blog posting on Dec. 12, saying that employees were using the device to provide feedback.

“At Google, we are constantly experimenting with new products and technologies, and often ask employees to test these products for quick feedback and suggestions for improvements,” Google said. “We recently came up with the concept of a mobile lab, which is a device that combines innovative hardware from a partner with software that runs on Android to experiment with new mobile features and capabilities.”

Katie Watson, a spokeswoman for Google, declined to comment beyond the blog posting. HTC Chief Financial Officer Cheng Hui- ming, and public relations official Maggie Cheng didn’t answer calls.

More Google Searches

If the handset sells well, it would push more people to use Google when searching from their phones, said Aaron Kessler, an analyst with Kaufman Brothers LP in San Francisco. The number of mobile searches grew 30 percent in the third quarter from the previous three months, Google Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt said on a call for analysts in October.

Apple’s iPhone models were the second and third most popular consumer smart phones last quarter, according to research firm NPD Group Inc. RIM’s BlackBerry Curve 8300 lineup took first place. The newest iPhone, the 3GS, sold more than 1 million units in its opening weekend in June. Natalie Kerris, a spokeswoman for Cupertino, California-based Apple, declined to comment. Marisa Conway, a spokeswoman for Waterloo, Ontario- based Research In Motion, didn’t return a phone message seeking comment.

Google rose $5.22 to $595.73 at 4 p.m. New York time in Nasdaq Stock Market trading. The shares have gained 94 percent this year. Apple, which has more than doubled in 2009, climbed $2.31 to $196.98.

Users Lure Developers

Google needs to attract more consumers to Android phones to spur developers to create applications, said Jeffrey Lindsay, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein in New York. There are more than 100,000 applications available for the iPhone, while Android has more than 12,000.

“The guy who gets biggest fastest gets the most developers,” Lindsay said. “It’s a fight for scale.”

Google may use the device as a way to show other manufacturers and wireless carriers the possibilities of mobile computing, Schachter said. The company could use its Google.com site to sell the Android phone, just as Amazon.com Inc. used its home page to help increase sales of the Kindle electronic book reader, he said.

‘Seat at the Table’

“Let’s say it’s not a major success — then it shows what’s possible,” Schachter said. “They want to have a very powerful seat at the table.”

Google and T-Mobile introduced the first Android phone in September 2008, a bid to lure consumers away from the iPhone and BlackBerry. Last month, Schaumburg, Illinois-based Motorola introduced the Droid phone, which can run multiple applications at once and features voice-driven Web searches.

Google’s phone may be “unlocked,” meaning that it wouldn’t be tied to a specific phone network. Customers would then have to sign up for wireless service from a carrier.

T-Mobile and AT&T Inc., the wireless partner for the iPhone in the U.S., offer service plans for unlocked devices. Michael Coe, a spokesman for Dallas-based AT&T, and Peter Dobrow, a spokesman for T-Mobile, declined to comment, as did Michelle Leff Mermelstein, a spokeswoman for Sprint Nextel Corp., the third-largest mobile-phone carrier in the U.S.

Verizon’s Plans

Jeffrey Nelson, a spokesman for Verizon Wireless, declined to say if the company would offer the device. Google could apply to have the device certified to run on Verizon’s network without being part of the carrier’s official device lineup, he said.

“We’re always talking with our friends at Google and looking for new ways to bring consumers the kinds of products and services they want,” Nelson said in an e-mail. Verizon began selling Motorola’s Droid, which uses Android, in November. It announced an agreement in October to develop several devices based on the operating system.

Google has the opportunity to kick-start demand for Android phones, even if Apple’s iPhone still dominates, Lindsay said.

“They’ve put all the conditions in place to succeed,” said Lindsay, who rates Google “outperform” and doesn’t own the stock. “Still, Apple’s got the edge.”

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General Mobile will introduce dual-SIM DSTL1 Android phone

AndroidGeneral Mobile plans on showing off the world’s first dual-SIM capable Android powered phone at the 2009 Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona next month.

The phone, called the DSTL1, is shown in a few renderings in the gallery below. Astute readers will note that the button configuration on the phone, as shown, won’t fly for Android. Android phones currently need 5 hardware buttons in order to work (home, back, menu, call send, call end). General Mobile says that the front of the phone will change from what is shown in the renderings in order to accommodate Android. But I’m also a bit worried about the display, which is said to be a 400?240 pixel unit manufactured by Sharp.
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Google to rival iPhone with new ARM smartphone

British chipmaker ARM has unveiled a prototype mobile phone that will use the operating system Android, launched by Google last November.

The unbranded prototype handset demonstrated at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona features an internet browser, map software, multimedia applications, text messaging, calendar functions, email and other cell phone functions.

Tipped to rival Apple’s iPhone, ARM’s prototype uses Google as its web browser home page, Google Mail as its email application, and Google Maps for navigation.

Although the Android project is at a relatively early stage, the first Android-based mobile phones are expected to be launched in the market later this year, reports the Telegraph.

Experts at the research firm Strategy Analytics reckon that Android-which is being backed by an alliance of more than 30 mobile phone operators, handset makers, software firms and component manufacturers-will be installed on two per cent of smartphones by December.

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