Well at least you're honest about it, Motorola. The company just updated its Software Upgrades page, and the news isn't good for owners of the CLIQ XT, i1, Flipout, or Charm. We already knew that the first of those four phones will eternally be stuck on Android 1.5, but what may come as a bit of a surprise is that the i1 is now in a similar situation (i.e. forever doomed to Cupcake), while neither the Flipout nor the Charm will ever see an OS version more recent than Eclair.
Amazon Wireless, Amazon's mobile arm, launched a big sale on all AT&T Android phones today in a weekend promotion that could easily rival even the upcoming Black Friday deals (BF is happening on Nov 25th). All of the AT&T Android phones Amazon Wireless carries are temporarily exactly 1 penny:
- Motorola Backflip
- Motorola Bravo
- Motorola Flipout
- Motorola Flipside
- Sony Xperia X10
- Samsung Captivate
In addition to the above, a few other Android and some Win Phone 7 (if you're into that sort of thing) phones are also bearing the sweet sticker price of a mere cent:
- HTC Droid Incredible
- Motorola Droid 2
- Motorola Citrus
- HTC Surround (Win Phone 7)
- LG Quantum (Win Phone 7)
Get them while they're hot out of the oven - the promotion ends November 15th.
The Flipout, Motorola's latest AT&T-bound Android phone, isn't exactly the most exciting device on the planet - this isn't even the first time we're seeing the square little bugger - and considering the fact that the Droid 2 can now be had for the low-low price of just $0.01, I suspect that charging $79.99 (or $349 off contract) won't win over many new customers for AT&T.
Nevertheless, for those of you who don't mind a 2.8-inch QVGA display, Amazon's touting the Flipout for the same price as the Droid 2 - $0.01 - on a new two-year contract.
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Even though they were the last major carrier in the US to release an Android phone, you can't question AT&T's commitment to Android now! Their latest offerings are all from Motorola and all feature the MOTOBLUR UI, but are still a huge step up from phones like the Cliq and the Backflip.
Each runs Android 2.1 with MOTOBLUR on top and feature a lackluster 3.2 megapixel camera. However, that is where the similarities between the phones end.
A version of the Motorola Flipout designed just for AT&T? Not possible, they say.
Ah, but what's this? According to a recent auction on eBay hosted by seller hotjdragon, who, mind you, has a satisfaction rating of 99.9%, this square little device is indeed real and is indeed selling for the off contract price of $388.88. Of course, it's always possible that AT&T will jack up this price in order to lock customers into a two-year service agreement, but, at least for now, here is what $388.88 gets you:
- a "brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item [Motorola Flipout] in its original packaging" along with a GSM radio designed for AT&T, although, of course, it is sold off contract
- specs like :
- a 700MHz OMAP3410 processor
- a 2.8-inch QVGA (320x240) display, similar to that of the Charm
- a 3MP camera
- 256MB RAM, 512MB ROM
- WiFi 802.11 b/g
- Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR
- a 1170 mAh battery
- a 2MB MicroSD card out of the box that can be swapped up to any other capacity microSD up to 32GB
- a swiveling form factor
- assisted GPS and eCompass for location services
- a 3.5mm headset jack
- MotoBlur on top of Android 2.1 Eclair
- packaging that looks something like this:
- and a device that looks something like this:
If you want one, you better hurry, though, as there appears to be only a few left!
The official German O2 Twitter account posted a tweet this weekend that the Motorola Milestone (better known as the Verizon Droid to us Yanks) will be getting Android 2.2 in mid-late September of this year. Also contained in the announcement was news that the HTC Desire will be receiving FroYo in mid-to-late August, and the Galaxy S in mid-September while the Flipout and X10 are still TBD. It’s great to see these phones receiving prompt updates to the latest OS version after the slower rollouts of some of the previous updates (We’re looking at you Eclair).
I wasn’t too kind to the Flipout when we first covered it here, and I can’t say that the official announcement has done much to change my mind.
If it weren’t for the strange form factor (why can’t Motorola just stick to what we know works?), the phone would be another mid to low-range Android handset. For those of you in the States that think it’s hip to be square (see what I did there?), you’re going to have to wait a bit before you can get your hands on this perplexing device as it’s slated to hit Europe first – apparently by the end of Q2 2010 (seeing as how it’s June already, the launch should be imminent).
The Flipout is supposedly running Android 2.1 with Motorola’s custom MOTOBLUR interface and will be available in a choice of black, green, or pink.
The specs given by HDBlog are the same as the ones that were leaked last month, so nothing’s changed there.
- CPU: OMAP3410, 700MHZ
- Networks: WCDMA/HSPA: 850/1900 GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
- Display: 2.8” QVGA, 320 x 240
- Web: HTML, Flash with multi-touch
- Camera: 3MP
- Video: Capture/Playback/Streaming, H.263, MPG-4, WMV v9
- Internal Memory: 512MB of flash, 256MB RAM
- Memory Card: MicroSDHC up to 32GB
- WLAN: 802.11 b/g
- Bluetooth: 2.1 with EDR
- Battery: 940 mAH
- Special Features: MOTOBLUR 1.5, 3.5mm audio jack, removable/customized rear covers
The Flipout is rumored to be headed to AT&T, although a confirmation is still needed.
Another Ridiculous AT&T Phone?
We held off on reporting on the picture itself, because the story of its existence and lack of any additional information made the entire thing seem suspect. Now, though, we have some more details as Android France has released the specs for the handset, purportedly named Motorola Twist, and if you look carefully, you can see that it supports the 850/1900 WCDMA radio bands, AKA: AT&T 3G.