It was reported some time ago that the Samsung Galaxy S would hit every major carrier in the US – and it seems like the prediction was dead on. First announced for AT&T as the Samsung Captivate, the Galaxy S has already been confirmed for T-Mobile as the Samsung Vibrant, and was just announced as the Samsung Epic 4G for Sprint, the Samsung Fascinate for Verizon, and an unnamed version of the device for US Cellular.
It seems a new Android phone is on its way to T-Mobile stores, but it might not be the superphone you’re looking for. The Motorola Charm, revealed in leaked training materials sent to Engadget, is running an enhanced version of Motoblur on top of Android 2.1.
However, what makes this phone unique is its form factor, a candybar style with a front-facing keyboard, similar to many Blackberry devices. The materials also note a variety of changes and additions to Motoblur in 2.1:
- Seven home screens
- Motoblur widgets can now be resized
- Widgets include enhanced functionality including “Like” for Facebook and “Retweet” for Twitter
- Usual Android 2.1 enhancements, such as multitouch and 3D Gallery
No technical specs were included, but given the nature of the device, you shouldn’t get your hopes up.
Can’t wait to get your hands on the next Android superphone - Motorola Droid X? Then you’ll be probably be interested to learn that Best Buy has already begun their pre-orders for the newest addition to the Droid family, which will be arriving in stores on July 15th.
The biggest difference between buying the phone from Best Buy instead of directly from Verizon is simply the bonus of avoiding the mail-in rebate, as Best Buy is selling the phone for $199.99 flat instead of Verizon’s $299.99 with a $100.00 mail-in rebate.
** Thanks to AndroidGuys podcast host Scott Brown for this leak. **
T-Mobile’s been taking a lot of hits from the Android community recently, as they haven’t really caught up to the other carriers (well, Verizon and Sprint) in terms of great phones. Though they introduced us to Android with the G1, the rest of their Android offerings have been lackluster in terms of specs, with the recent myTouch Slide having only a 600 MHz processor and 3.4” screen being unable to compete with the likes of the Evo and upcoming Droid X.
There have been plenty of leaks and rumors about the Droid X for the past few weeks, but now that it has been officially revealed, it looks even better. Here are all the official specs:
- 4.3” Screen (854 x 480)
- 720p recording
- 8 megapixel camera with Dual LED flash
- 1 GHz processor
- HDMI out
- Android Eclair 2.1 at launch, to be upgraded to Froyo 2.2 in “late summer”
- A radically changed version of Motoblur on top
- 8 GB onboard memory, and ships with 16 GB micro SD card
- 3 microphones, one used for noise cancellation
- Shipping with Swype
Price and Plans
The phone is going to run you the usual $199 after a $100 mail-in rebate, and the unlimited data plan will cost $29.99 a month, with the optional tethering plan to cost $19.99 a month for the ability to have up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices connect to the phone.
It seems the battle between HTC and Apple isn’t going to end anytime soon. Apple has filed a new lawsuit against HTC which includes four patents – however, only two of them are new. The other two were also included in the previous lawsuit, but needed minor corrections and were instead included in the new suit. The two new patents are actually very closely related, with the newer one being a continuation of the other.
Owners of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 have a pretty good reason to be upset. While recent phones like the myTouch Slide and EVO were rooted within days of their release, the Xperia X10 has been available for months without root, and is stuck on Android 1.6 running a custom skin.
Android may be used almost entirely on smartphones, but that hasn’t stopped companies from trying to use it on other devices. While Android hasn’t made a big impression on netbooks yet, the term “smartbook” has been used to describe devices with an emphasis on a strong battery life and being constantly connected, usually through 3G. And while smartbooks in the past have failed to materialize, Toshiba’s latest Android offering looks like the sweet spot between smartphones and laptops (and it is sweet indeed).
Ever since they promised to help developers and slow the growing problem of Android fragmentation, Google has been quite consistent in updating their platform version chart, which shows how many phones are running each version of Android. Just over a month ago, the chart was used in the argument that fragmentation is a major problem for Android, as Android 2.1 was running on a much smaller percentage of phones than previous versions Android 1.6 and 1.5.
Just like most Verizon Android phones, the LG Ally garnered plenty of hype with its advertising campaign – in this case, it was used as a promotional tie-in with Iron Man 2. With only a 600 MHz CPU and 3.2MP camera, it’s a pretty mid-range phone, but you’re also getting Android 2.1 and hardware keyboard, so at $99 it’s not an awful phone.
The phone was set for release on May 20, but now it seems that release has been pushed back.