A pair of images circulated around the tech blogosphere this morning, showing what are purported to be the first glimpses of Motorola's now legendary Olympus, aka "Terminator", device. The Tegra 2 handset appears to take plenty of design cues from the newly-reviewed Defy, matching the rugged phone's rounded corners and flush capacitive buttons.
This is quite the departure from the unashamedly square design of Motorola's previous Droid iterations, but bears striking resemblance to a certain Nexus S. Both also share an uncanny likeness with the iPhone 4, but the less said about that the better.
The Olympus differs from the Defy with its shortened volume keys and protuberant sides
From the image it can be inferred that the device is probably in the 4" range, has a front-facing camera, and a fairly slim looking waist-line.
According to multiple sources, Acer is planning a special event tomorrow in New York to announce three tablets - one 5-inch (not much is known about it), one 7-inch (is expected to run Android 2.2), and a 10-inch (is expected to run Windows 7). Acer showed off a tablet several months back with a front-facing keyboard with a 7-inch screen; there's a good chance this is the same product but with some revisions.
The 7-inch tablet looks somewhat like a Kindle, mostly because of the front-facing physical keyboard, and could possibly be launching sometime before Christmas. It was also rumored to be running on the Tegra 2 processor with Android 3.0, but its release has been hastened in order to compete with the Galaxy Tab.
We've been hearing about Notion Ink's high-end Android tablet, Adam, for quite a while now, and it's already been announced that we could be seeing this device by Christmas. While that hasn't been confirmed, we now have quite a few more details on the tablet thanks to the fact that Notion Ink's website has been updated with all sorts of information on the tablet, including this massive helping of specs:
Thickness: ~14 mm
Width: 191 mm
Length: 269 mm
Weight: ~1.6 pounds
System on Chip
NVIDIA Tegra 250
Dual Core Cortex A-9
1GB DDR2 RAM
8+ GB Flash
Micro-SD Card support
Power & Battery
3 cell 24.6Whr battery
10.1" WSVGA (1024 x 600)
Optional Pixel Qi display: Transmissive, transflective, and reflective modes
Anti glare coating
Finger print resistant
3.2 MP Auto Focus Swivel Camera
WLAN - 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 A2DP
WWAN - 3G HSDPA
3.5mm headphone jack
Built in microphone
USB 2.0 Host x 2
Micro SD slot
SIM Card slot
Ambient light sensor
Bonus mystery feature ;)
If you're wondering what that "bonus mystery feature" is, look no further than the page's source code, which includes a very interesting message: "For any sneaky fellows looking through the code, here's a tidbit for you, there's a very awesome hidden sensor we’re gonna be revealing soon." I haven't the foggiest clue as to what that means, but it certainly sounds interesting.
The latest carrier to secure a version of LG's newest entry-level phone - the Optimus One - is MetroPCS, the country's fifth-largest carrier. It will be the carrier's first Android phone, and will cost just $229 with no contract and $50 for a monthly plan that grants access to unlimited data, talk, and text. The phone will be available in stores and online on November 24, just in times for the holidays. Check out the press release below for more information.
MetroPCS Launches Its First No Contract Android Smartphone with the LG Optimus M(TM)
More than 100,000 apps at your fingertips with nationwide unlimited talk, text and web for just $50 per month
It's been less than two weeks since the phone launched, but the Continuum's source code has already been thrown up on Samsung's Open Source Release Center. Regular users won't get much use out of it, but developers may be able to, and it should certainly help out with the development of custom ROMs for the device. Perhaps the awesome folks over at XDA could even find some interesting uses for the second "ticker" display? If you want to check it out, search for "SCH-I400" in the source link.
Motorola was kind enough to hook me up with one of their latest handsets, the Motorola Defy. Here's a video primer for the review that all your friends will be talking about tomorrow. If you read the review without it, you'll be in the dark:
The Defy is, put quite simply, a great device - and excluding Motoblur, the bane of many Android users' existence, the thing flies. It admittedly doesn't have much "WOW" factor after you're done throwing it at your wall and into a bathtub, but it doesn't really need it. The Defy is exactly what you would want from a device in this class: stable, efficient, capable, and amphibious.
Verizon has finally announced the Motorola Droid 2 Global on the Verizon Facebook page. It may seem a bit backwards since the pre-order has been going on for a while - but now it's officially official. The D2G will be priced at $199.99 with a new two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate - which means you'll be paying $299.99 upfront.
Unlike the original Droid 2, Global owners will be provided with a SIM card so they can use the phone overseas. It will also come with a 1.2 GHz (vs. the D2's 1.0) processor which should satiate your need for speed.
Bert Nordberg, the CEO of Sony Ericsson, told the Wall Street Journal in a recent interview that “there’s a lot of smoke, and I tell you there must be a fire somewhere” when asked about the PlayStation phone rumors and leaks. Nordberg also said that Sony Ericsson plans to "make a lot of noise" with a new product at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2011. Could this be the famed PlayStation phone? Possibly.
Nordberg also stated in the interview that there are some major challenges in developing a gaming-oriented smartphone. Overall, the toughest part seems to be securing rights from game developers.
While everyone in the U.S. is awaiting the Black Friday, the largest retail event of the year, RadioShack decided to start the party early and is kicking off its own event called Shack Friday.
Mirroring Best Buy's and Office Max's Black Friday deals, The Shack will be offering Sprint's version of the 7" Samsung Galaxy Tab for $50 off retail, which means you can pick up the device on contract for $349.99. Unlike Best Buy and Office Max, however, The Shack's sale starts early: tomorrow, November 21st and lasts through November 24th.
The promotion does not mention whether the discount will apply to the off-contract $599.99 version, which, frankly, makes a lot more sense to me than having to pay $30 a month for a data plan on contract.
Even though it's only the third largest network in the United States, Sprint has a habit of cranking out some pretty nice Android devices. With the legacy of the EVO and Epic to live up to, the rumored HTC Knight is going to have to be something pretty special to be considered a true flagship. But will it really be the flagship we're all hoping for? Boy Genius Report got a tip today which adds further confusion to the matter. While their source suggests a QWERTY keyboard and 4G, as well as the tantalizing notion of a dual-core processor, Boy Genius himself concludes that the Knight is "not looking like a flagship phone at this point in time".