T-Mobile may not have the most impressive Android line-up compared to the other major carriers, but there’s no doubt they’ve invested a lot into the platform – after all, they were the first to bring us Android with the G1. Their investment in Android shows no signs of slowing down, as a leaked T-Mobile roadmap shows us that the carrier is planning on launching a total of seven more Android devices this year.
It seems T-Mobile simply can’t wait to get its new high-end Android offering on the market. Citing “multiple sources”, TmoNews is reporting that the Samsung Vibrant (T-Mobile’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S) is due to launch July 15, one week earlier than was previously reported. It seems pretty clear that T-Mobile is trying to take away the thunder of another Android superphone launching on July 15 – but T-Mobile will need to build up a lot of hype to take down the newest member of Verizon’s Droid army.
Is Samsung’s Epic 4G (otherwise known as the Galaxy S Pro) too hot for you to handle? Not to worry, because the Samsung Intercept is up for pre-order right now from Sprint’s EVP site for discount customers at just $99.99 after rebate on a 2 year contract.
According to the page, the ‘regular’ price of the Intercept is shown at $349.99, although it’s not been confirmed what the actual price will be for customers buying the phone in store.
While Motorola didn’t do a great job keeping CHARM under wraps, they did manage to hide a few features of the candy bar phone until today’s official press release. Given the amount of MOTOBLUR and social-networking talk going on in the CHARM’s somewhat lengthy introduction, we’ve broken it down and provided you the juicy bits for easy digestion:
- 2.8” 320x240QVGA TFT LCD touch-capacitive display with Gorilla Glass
- Android 2.1 with the newest "enhanced" version of MOTOBLUR
- 3 Megapixel camera
- Physical QWERTY keyboard
- 2GB Removable MicroSD card included (expandable to 32GB MicroSDHC)
- WiFi B/G and N (Single-band 2.4GHz)
- Can capture 24FPS video (we assume that is with VGA 640x480)
- Secondary noise-cancellation microphone with CrystalTalk PLUS technology
- Compatible with T-Mobile HSDPA 3.6
- Support for Adobe Flash Lite
- 1170mAh Lithium-ion battery
- 3.5mm headphone jack
Additional MOTOBLUR and social networking features are described in the press release.
In a blog radio interview with a Motorola developer, when asked about how the Droid X’s HDMI-out could be used, the following answer was given by the Moto dev:
"The only time that we are enabling the HDMI driver on the device is when you are in the gallery mode. [...] The HDMI driver is not active any time outside the gallery"
As Android users are aware, gallery is the native photo and recorded video viewing application on Android devices.
Just like with any rumor, you should take this with a grain of salt… however, unlike some other recent rumors, this one seems fairly plausible. Droid Life is reporting that, according to “reliable sources”, the Android 2.2 update rollout for the Motorola Droid will begin on July 13, just two days before the launch of the Droid X.
When the Droid X was announced, they made it clear that the phone would receive the 2.2 update sometime in late August, while the original Droid would receive the update in late July.
[Updated – July 2, 2010 at 6:30PM EST]
Over the past day or so we’ve seen a flood of Droid X reviews published, so we've decided to round up and summarize the best of them. For any readers who may need a reminder of the details:
- Coming to Verizon July 15
- $200 on contract
- 4.3”, 854 x 480 px
- 720p Video Recording
- 8 MP Camera
- 1 GHz Processor
- Android 2.1 (Eclair) at launch, with 2.2 (FroYo) coming later
- 8 GB onboard, 16 GB mSD card (24 GB total)
- 3 mics – front, back, and bottom
- HDMI out
Pretty impressive stuff, at least on paper.
Droid-Life has a source, including pictures and a video, showing that the Droid Incredible will be getting an OTA update… sometime. They don’t have an ETA, but it shouldn’t be far off. The key new features it brings are 720p video recording, 3G mobile hotspot, and (most importantly of all), the usual “DROID” red eye bootup.
Pretty awesome that when Android phones get OTA updates, they tend to bring awesome new features.
If you’re already planning to pick up T-Mobile’s first high-end Android offering, the Samsung Vibrant, then you’ll probably want to think about getting your pre-order at RadioShack instead of from T-Mobile directly.
RadioShack is offering the phone at the same $199.99 price as T-Mobile (when opening a new account or upgrading your line), but without the pesky mail-in rebate.
That isn’t enough to sway you? Well, then you’ll want to get your pre-order in before July 18 – in addition to free shipping, everyone who does gets a no-strings-attached $50 RadioShack gift card.
HTC and Sprint are working together to accommodate EVO 4G owners whose phones were bricked after this week’s initial update. Without adding very much detail, HTC stated that Sprint Corporate stores can be of service. You can find the closest store using this tool.
If you have already updated successfully and your phone boots up fine, you don't have to do anything. If you haven't applied the OTA update yet, you can now safely do so, as the bricking issue has been fixed.