Posts Tagged ‘android’

Google Unveils Redesigned Android Market for Smartphones

Two months ago Google revamped the Android Market. Now Google is upgrading it’s Android Market app as well. Google reports that the new Market app is more effective in showcasing top apps and games. It has a new, improved user interface and a more streamlined download and purchase process. It also allows developers more opportunity to merchandise their apps. This update should push out to devices running 2.2 or greater in the next 2 wdeeks.

As listed in the picture above, a new home screen showing featured content. Once a user selects content to download or purchase, the Android client will list other content available from the same developer, increasing the chances for cross-selling of products.

Samsung Galaxy S Phones Land at US Carriers

Samsung has a version of it’s Galaxy S smartphone on all four major US carriers. It is also bringing the device to regional carrier US Cellular.

» Read more

Motorola Announces 2GHz Android Phone

Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha recently made an announcement that is getting lots of attention from Android phone watchers. During a recent presentation in Chicago he indicated that Motorola will be producing a 2GHz Android smartphone. This phone is expected to hit the market before the end of the year.

A 2GHz chip doubles the speed of the fastest phones available now. The HTC EVO and the iPhone 4 each use a 1 GHz processor. Motorola is aiming the new device at the business market, where such horsepower could be used for a host of new mobile business applications. » Read more

The 4G HTC EVO Arrives

Sprint Nextel is celebrating The HTC EVO, the first 4G phone in the US as its next big seller, and hopefully, one of its flagship products. There is much with the device to be admired. It boasts a 4.3-inch touchscreen display, an 8 megapixel camera on the back, a 1.3 megapixel camera on the front, an 8GB microSD memory card, Android 2.1 OS and a Qualcomm 1GHz Snapdragon processor.

The HTC EVO is not without its problems. Some users have encountered a problem with the 8GB memory card not being accessible. Many users are finding that restarting the phone or switching out the card fixes the problem. HTC promises to send out an update to fix this issue. Like some other large screened phones, there have been complaints about battery life.

The phone retails for $ 199 with a two year contract and a $ 100 mail in rebate. Sprint will be pushing it’s Everything Data plan for $ 69.99. There will also be a $ 10.00 add-on fee for accessing Clearwire’s mobile WiMAX network.

Additional info

Switching from iPhone to Android

Jason Cross writes in his article why he switched from iPhone to Android. He is joining a number of techies that are doing just that. He’s getting in line with the likes of Daniel Lyons and scores of nerds and cellular enthusiasts that are leaving their iPhones behind to join the Google Android crowd.

d/#more-101" class="more-link">» Read more

Dell Mini ‘Streak’ Coming to AT&T this Summer

Dell, Inc. is returning to the handheld with the Dell Mini 5. Dell intends for this to be a family of Android devices, aimed at media consumption. There are already content deals with Amazon in place for Kindle ebook content as well as Amazon MP3, video and Amazon store content.

Michael Dell also intends to  put a SIM card into these devices so that they can also be used for voice calls, as well as data. The initial devices to hit the market next month have been slated to be in the AT&T network.

First out of the gate will be the Dell Mini 5, which has a 5 inch touchscreen, 1GHz snapdragon processor,  5MP camera, with a separate front-facing camera for video conferencing, a 3.5mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi and 3G wireless connectivity.

In addition to the Mini 5, there will also eventually be 7 and 10 inch models as well. We can expect the 10 in model sometime in 2011.

Google Nexus One Online Store to Close

photo of Nexus One phone

Google Nexus One

Google announced today that they will be phasing out retail sales of the Nexus One on their phone website. It will continue as a showcase for Google Android phones. While the Android OS has been quite successful, the Google online retail initiative has not.

Having only one wireless carrier as a partner, T-Mobile, and a website that sold mostly to the geekiest of Android fans, sales were not nearly as strong as had been anticipated. While there was the option of shelling out full price ($ 600.00) for an unlocked version, as more Android phones came to market with comparable specs, that became less viable as an option for most.

The phone will still be available online until there are sufficient quantities in retail outlets, at which time online sales will be cut off.