Early rumours indicated that the Samsung Stratosphere would be released in September, and there were even leaked press shots of the device. However, here we are in October, and Verizon has just now taken the wraps off of the Stratosphere.
Billed as the "first 4G LTE smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard," the Samsung Stratosphere packs a hefty package, including:
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor
4-inch (800x480) WVGA Super AMOLED display
5-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard
4GB on-board memory
4GB pre-installed microSD card (up to 32GB supported)
5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera (720p HD playback and 480p recording)
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
The Stratosphere is clearly targeted towards the business user as alongside the QWERTY keyboard, the device will also have "enhanced B2B-enabled connectivity services from Cisco, the most comprehensive mobile implementation of Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) and support for secure remote device management from Sybase Afaria." Additionally, the device will support "Samsung’s Enterprise Platform enhancements such as VPN, encryption and Mobile Device Management (MDM)." This is a powerful phone that looks to attack RIM's enterprise stronghold and take-away market share from the BlackBerry by offering support for features corporate users find essential.
It looks like Motorola has a Facebook feature phone up its sleeve - the Motorola EX225 is set to join ranks with the HTC Status as a socially-focused phone with a dedicated Facebook key. A device almost exactly like the EX225 - sans the Facebook integration - also made an appearance at the FCC, affectionately named EX226.
Tests confirm that both devices are headed for AT&T with 3G capability, though the EX226 only supports AT&T's 850MHz spectrum and lacks compatibility with 802.11n.
Following the lead of the New York Times, the Economist, Guardian, and other mainstream publications, the venerable Washington Post has finally decided to launch its own Android app. The app is fairly polished and its content covers a variety of subjects including, politics, opinions, sports, lifestyle, business, technology, travel, and entertainment.
In addition to the articles, the app also includes the following features:
Comprehensive weather information, with hourly updates and 7-day forecasts for cities around the world.
Football. The "beautiful game" full of highs and lows, drama and controversy, near misses and outright blunders. Americans call it soccer, but in England, where we have the best leagues in the world and the best fans to match, we know better than that.
It's only right, then, that we have a great Android application to match all of the football that goes on week-in-week-out, and thanks to the Football League Clubs' App, we may have just that!
Hexage has decided to update their popular retro-style Pacman-esque game EVAC (and EVAC HD) with some new levels and more importantly release it for free! Our esteemed editorreviewed the game some time back and he was particularly impressed by its "magical" soundtrack.
According to Droid Gamers, both versions of EVAC are completely free and contain no ads whatsoever. It seems as though Hexage has decided to adopt a freemium model whereby they will offer in-game purchases that can be used to pass difficult levels, extend the number of lives, and obtain longer lasting power-ups.
The Motorola Xoom has its flaws and it may not be all that new, but it is still one of the best Android tablets available. Normally, this fine 10.1" Honeycomb device retails for about $499.99, but from today Amazon.com has it on sale for the low price of $353.50 with free shipping. This is a reduction of almost 30% of the original price and $50 less then the next lowest deal that we have come across.
Remember a couple of days ago when we reported that Toshiba may be unveiling a slim new tablet at IFA to compete with the Galaxy Tab 10.1? It turns out the rumor was true, and Notebook Italia has released the first live photos of what we suspect will be called the Toshiba Excite.
Despite the iffy appearance of the various ports shown in the initial renders, Notebook Italia confirms that the tablet has microSD, microUSB, and mini HDMI ports.
The "Walkman" brand name, originally created by Sony over 30 years ago, lives on in Sony Ericsson's newest Android device, the "Live with Walkman". This diminutive smartphone, announced in a press release earlier today, will be a music playing device first and foremost with a dedicated music discovery button and "deep Facebook integration," which means it will most likely carry something similar to (or exactly like) Sony's "Facebook inside Xperia" interface.
Users anticipating the US arrival of Samsung's Galaxy S II superphone can now sign up to be notified of this beast-of-a-device's stateside availability via Samsung's Galaxy S II US landing page.
You have to drop in some basic information like name, email, phone number, and carrier preference, and you're in. I received a text message immediately after signing up asking if I want to be notified via SMS as well, so expect nearly-immediate info regarding this device.