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HTC has unveiled new handsets at MWC 2010 and has announced that the long desired Android 2.1 update will be coming to the Hero soon. The Android 2.1 update for the Hero is said to be coming in the February or March period and will include Sense UI update as well.
HTC also unveiled the HD mini, which is a smaller version of the HD2 with a 3.2-inch screen and a 600MHz Snapdragon processor. The device gets the Sense UI and no chance of Windows Phone 7 upgrade. HTC also dropped the Legend with Android 2.1 and a 3.2-inch AMOLED screen.
The Legend looks cool and sports an optical joystick. The HTC Desire also got official, which is the Nexus One in new clothes. The device has Android 2.1, a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen and a 5MP camera. I hope that buyers won't get the same 3G issues that the Nexus One has.
A fast replacing successor to Acer's first Liquid smartphone (the A1) is on the way which primarily differs at the software level with the use of Android 2.1 (as opposed to 1.6 on the A1).
Hardware wise, there don't appear to be any major modifications here. It uses a 3.5-inch touchscreen, has a 5MP camera, GPS, an accelerometer, microSD slot for storage expansion, WiFi and BlueTooth 2.1 support and a 3.5mm audio jack. The brain of the system is a 768MHz Snapdragon chipset setup with 256MB of RAM and 512MB ROM.
While there's no official word on a release date yet, the new model's development looks to be on the home straight and should start shipping very shortly.
Android has proven to be huge in the smartphone market and has helped more than one phone maker grab a new share of the smartphone market. Motorola was hurting prior to Android with no significantly popular handsets to speak of, but Android has changed that.
Motorola announced a new Android device today that will ship around the world and be known as the Quench overseas and the Cliq XT here in America. The handset has a 3.1-inch touchscreen that supports pinch and zoom gestures. The device also uses the Motoblur UI.
An onscreen QWERTY keyboard is integrated and it has a touch pad on the front of the phone for navigation. A 5MP camera is built-in with autofocus and LED flash. Other features include 3G connectivity, WiFi, Bluetooth, and aGPS. The device will ship in Q1 2010.
Mobile World Congress is underway in Spain today and each year at the show, we see tons of new handsets and other tech for mobile phones unveiled. This year is no different with lots of cool new phones already breaking cover along with some very important announcements.
One of the most important things unveiled so far at the show is the Windows Phone 7 series. Engadget has spent some hands-on time with the device and the good news is that the new OS used on the Windows Phone 7 series is a new beginning. Hopefully that will mean it breaks away from all that many dislike about WinMo.
The interface is said to be similar to the Zune interface, which was rumored a while back. However, Engadget says the new smartphone OS is much deeper than what the Zune offers. Engadget reports the OS is not without flaws and some points need polishing, still the Os may change the smartphone market if the flaws are worked out.
It looks like Apple will be sticking with AT&T for at least the near future. Why? you ask. Well there are more than a few issues with moving to another carrier but the biggest reason is the negotiated contract rates that Apple gets from AT&T. As it stands right now Apple gets a rather large chunk of the money that people spend on their monthly AT&T plans for the iPhone. This will continue with the iPad as well.
If Apple moved to someone like T-Mobile (who also uses GSM) their much lower rates would not give the same revenue stream. This is something that the accountants at Apple would not like to have happen to their favorite cash cow.
But aside from the monthly money, Apple would have to put some real R&D money into phones to work on other networks. Both Verizon and Sprint (which will have a faster network once they finally get LTE out) are CDMA in the US and GSM in most of the rest of the world with the exception of India and some countries in Africa. This would mean that to Apple would have to make either a global device with both GSM and CDMA capabilities or one for each geographical region. Both of these choices cost money and would impact the margins that Apple so covetously guards on the iPhone.
So in the end I have to agree with many analysts, Apple will not be moving from AT&T in the US any time soon. There is too much (Money) to loose. Of course there is the very slim chance that the FTC will force them to move, but that is a one in a million shot. No, sadly enough iPhone users that are not unlocking their phones in the US are stuck with the shoddy and rather slow AT&T network and overpriced service for some time to come.
Windows Mobile smartphones are rapidly falling in popularity, but there are still lots of makers supporting the operating system. Garmin-Asus has a new Android phone I mentioned earlier and will be rolling the M10 running Windows Mobile out this year as well.
The M10 will launch sometime in the first half of 2010 in Asia and Europe. The device runs WinMo 6.5.3 and features a 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen. The handset has 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM, and 512MB of ROM. Data entry is done with an onscreen QWERTY keyboard.
Power comes from a 1500 mAh battery and the device supports WiFi and HSDPA connectivity. The M10 has full GPS navigation features and capability and can synchronize with Microsoft Exchange. Pricing is unknown at this time.
Garmin is huge in the PND and GPS navigation market and Asus is a big name in computers and hardware. The two have teamed up to bring navigation enabled smartphones to market under the Garmin-Asus brand.
Garmin-Asus has announced the launch window for the Android-powered nuvifone A50 today. The handset is set to launch in Europe sometime during the first half of 2010. Pricing and availability elsewhere are unknown.
The device has a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen with a onscreen QWERTY keyboard. Storage is 4GB and can be expanded via a microSD card slot. The handset features an accelerometer, full turn-by-turn GPS navigation, 3G capability, and a 3MP camera with geotagging.
In our most recent poll, we asked our readers if they would be buying an Apple iPad tablet in 60 days when it is released.
We have had almost 3,000 people vote on the poll and the numbers are in.
Among TweakTown readers, only 6% say that they will be buying an iPad. Maybe if you asked this question on an Apple focused website with more Apple fan boys and fan girls, the number would be higher. TweakTown has a rather diverse audience, though.
A massive 89% said no to the iPad and 5% are not sure yet.
For the actual numbers, go here.
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There are few things worse for the gadget hound and tech fan than dropping one of your beloved gadgets and breaking it. You can protect your gear by putting it in a case or being extra careful, but accidents do happen.
If you are looking to get yourself an iPad when they start shipping soon, you will want to protect the tablet. A new protective system called iBallz has been spied that promises to protect the iPad by giving it balls. The foam balls have a slot that slips onto the corner of your iPad.
A cord then wraps around the balls and keeps them in place if dropped. The cord can also be held when gaming or carrying the iPad as well. Multiple color options are available and a full set of iBallz will sell for $14.99.
One of the big issues that many have with Apple is that the company keeps its products so locked down. While most smartphones have microSD card slots for expanding storage capacity, the iPhone lacks the feature. Once you run out of storage on the device the only option you have is to delete something.
A new device called zoomIt has turned up that connects to the iPhone via its 30-pin connector. The device has a built-in SD card slot for extra storage space. Accessing items stored on the zoomIt device has to be done through the zoomIt app though.
The idea is that you can also use the zoomIt to upload pictures to the iPhone directly from your camera. The device will work with the iPhone and iPod touch and will ship in April for $59.95. Too bad the thing is so big and ugly, it's an interesting bit of tech.