Palm’s second webOS device revealed: Palm Eos

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Apr 302009
 

Palm Eos?

It appears that the mysterious second Palm webOS device mentioned only hours ago has now been outed. Engadget has landed details about a device called Palm Eos (codename Castle during development). It looks set to succeed the Palm Centro.

Assuming this all turns out to be true, the Palm Eos will come with quad-band GSM/HSDPA connectivity (including the 850/1900MHz bands used by AT&T and Rogers), a 2.63-inch HVGA display, a QWERTY thumb keyboard, 4GB of storage, A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 (A2DP and EDR), a 2MP camera with fixed focus, and a 1150mAh battery. The leaked specifications do not mention Wi-Fi or the presence of an SD card slot. It will measure 55 by 111 millimeters, will only be 10.6 millimeters thick, and will weigh 100 grams.

The Palm Eos could sell for US$349 (without subsidies or rebates). According to previous rumours, the Eos could be available by the end of the year.

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October 23 street date for Windows 7?

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Apr 302009
 

Microsoft

This is not quite mobile gadget related but it looks like Windows 7, Vista’s successor, is due to be released by Microsoft on October 23rd. The revelation does not come from Microsoft but from Acer UK marketing director Bobby Watkins. It was made while talking about the upcoming Acer Z5600 all-in-one PC which will come with Windows 7.

There will also be a 30 day upgrade window where customers will get a free upgrade to Windows 7 if they purchase a system preloaded with Vista.

For its part, Microsoft has not provided any specific release date for its next operating system except to suggest that it would be around January 2010, about three years after the release of Vista.

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Palm already working on second webOS phone?

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Apr 302009
 

Palm

TechCrunch is reporting that Palm is already working on a second webOS phone. According to of their better sources, Palm is “very far along” in the development and it could be available by the end of the year.

Few details are available but it appears to be a smaller form factor that will also run Palm’s new webOS. Whether it has a physical keyboard remains to be seen.

This new device is not meant to be a direct Palm Pre successor but will complement it instead. It will allow Palm to target a different market segment and give customers a bit of choice.

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New firmware for Bell Mobility and TELUS BlackBerry Storm

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Apr 292009
 

There is a new firmware now available for BlackBerry Storm users on the Bell Mobility and TELUS networks. The new version is BlackBerry Handheld Software v4.7.0.172 (Multilanguage). There are few details as to what exactly what is included in the update but both the software platform and applications are upgraded.

It looks like the waiting game goes on for Verizon BlackBerry Storm users.

Ironman: Second Motorola Android handset revealed

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Apr 292009
 

Shortly after the revelation about the Motorola Calgary which appears to be Motorola’s first Google Android-powered mobile phone, a second Motorola Android handset has been outed by The Boy Genius Report. Known as “IRONMAN”, it appears to be a higher-end device than the Calgary.

There are no details on specific specifications but it looks like the Ironman will come with a fast processor, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, a high resolution camera and other features associated with higher end devices.

The picture also seems to indicate that the Ironman is another slider but a portrait QWERTY slider in this case.

There is no word on where it would be available but the release date could fall in the third quarter (summer or early fall).

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Motorola Calgary to be first Motorola Android phone?

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Apr 292009
 

Motorola Calgary

Boy Genius Report sources have revealed details on what could be Motorola’s first Android-powered phone. The source also reveals a number of details about the Calgary (presumably its development codename).

The Calgary will apparently come with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a touchscreen display. There will be a focus on social networking, suggesting a set of matching set of applications (e.g., Facebook).

Motorola is also apparently scrapping two upcoming phones. The Flash, a Windows Mobile iPhone-like device, and the Inferno have been dropped to allow the company to focus more on the phones it expects will be profitable. Among those will be the Rolex, another luxury phone similar to the Aura. The Rolex will feature the same rounded display as the Aura but will be made almost entirely of hardened glass.

The Calgary could be out as early as Q2 and one picture suggests it could be headed to Verizon. There is no word on pricing at this point.

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Motorola A4500 world phone headed to Verizon

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Apr 292009
 

A new FCC approval has revealed that a new Motorola mobile phone is headed to Verizon. It has a very similar form factor to the Motorola Q9 family with its QWERTY thumb keyboard. Pictures and documentation of the device show the Verizon branding, confirming the carrier it is headed to.

While all the specifications have not been revealed, the user manual confirms a number of details. The A4500 will be powered by Windows Mobile (6.1 Standard probably) and will come with both CDMA/EV-DO and GSM connectivity. It will also feature Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a fingerprint scanner, and a microSD card slot.

There is no word on availability and pricing yet.

Source: Phonescoop.com

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Design a mobile phone for LG and win $20,000

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Apr 282009
 

LG has launched a contest to define the future of personal mobile communication.

Predict what’s next. What do you think mobile phones should look like in 2, 5, or 10 years? We are asking for your help. We’re NOT looking for a long list of specs or phone ideas that already exist. We’re looking for a cool new concept or “big idea” supported by usage scenario illustrations.

Your contest entry will be judged on how well it addresses general consumer needs and frustrations, its WOW or game-changing characteristics, whether it can be built with current or near-future technology, and its aesthetic appeal.

The first prize is US$20,000, second is US$10,000, and third is US$5,000. There are also 40 awards of US$1,000 and an LG phone. Unfortunately, the contest is only open to U.S. residents (citizen or green card holder) age 18 (or age of majority in state of residence) and older.

The contest runs until June 8th. Good luck to all who enter!

Source: Unwired View

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Verizon set to launch HTC XV6175

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Apr 282009
 

Verizon Wireless

We already know that T-Mobile USA is set to launch the HTC Snap in July. It now appears that Verizon will launch its own version as well. Engadget has landed details that indicate that the device known as the Willow and/or Cedar on that leaked 2009 HTC roadmap will hit Verizon as the XV6175.

There are no details on specifications but it is likely that they will be similar to that of the HTC Snap except for the fact that it will be CDMA-based.

There is no word yet on availability and pricing.

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HTC Magic goes on sale in Spain

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Apr 272009
 

HTC Magic

While we were all expecting the HTC Magic to go on sale in the UK first, it turns out that the first country to get was Spain. Vodafone Spain started selling it there earlier today after a countdown marking the event.

Countdown Complete! You can purchase your HTC Exclusive Magic on the Vodafone Online Store.

The HTC Magic is powered by a 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7201a processor and Google Android. It comes with quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz) GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band (900/2100MHz) HSDPA/WCDMA connectivity, a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen display, 192MB RAM and 512MB ROM, built-in GPS, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, a 3.2MP camera with auto-focus, a microSDHC expansion slot, a digital compass, and a 1340mAh battery. Unlike the T-Mobile G1, it does not come with a QWERTY keyboard but does have a trackball.

Vodafone Spain is offering the HTC Magic for between €19 and €199 depending on the service plan.

Vodafone UK will start offering the HTC Magic on May 5th. It will also go on sale in France on May 6th through SFR according to a teaser page.

Note: The ‘More information’ link is in Spanish. [Google translation]

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 hinted at in interview

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Apr 272009
 

In an interview with GigaOM about location-based services, Ted Morgan, Skyhook founder and CEO, may have inadvertently confirmed something that many were hoping for:

For instance, the X2 edition of Sony Xperia phone (Windows Mobile-based) uses geolocation data from Google.

There have been a few rumours (and even a rumoured sighting) of the X2 but this appears to the first credible reference a successor to the XPERIA X1. Aside from it being a Windows Mobile device with built-in GPS, there are no additional details.

It’s hard to get excited about nothing more than a device name and hopefully we will learn more soon.

Source: WMPoweruser.com

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Samsung working on Omnia with slide-out keyboard?

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Apr 272009
 

An interesting rumour surfaced over the weekend. According to Italian site Samsung.hdblog.it, Samsung is working on a successor to the Omnia.

Rumoured to be called the Omnia Pro, it would benefit from a number of enhancements over the current Omnia. This new model would not only get a slide-out QWERTY keyboard but would also a somewhat larger 3.5-inch WVGA (480 by 800) AMOLED display (up from a 3.2-inch QVGA display). It would ship with Windows Mobile 6.1 but would be upgradeable to 6.5 once the new OS is released. Like the current model, it would come with a 624MHz processor and a 5MP camera.

The Omnia Pro could ship as early as this summer. There is no word on pricing but expect a competitive price.

Note: At the bottom of the Italian article is a version in English.

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Samsung announces Android-powered I7500 mobile phone

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Apr 272009
 

Samsung I7500

Samsung announced today its first Google Android-powered mobile phone.

“Samsung is among the earliest members of the Open Handset Alliance and has been actively moving forward to introduce the most innovative Android mobile phone,” said JK Shin, Executive Vice President and Head of Mobile Communication Division in Samsung Electronics. “With Samsung’s accumulated technology leadership in mobile phone industry and our consistent strategy to support every existing operating system, I believe that Samsung provides the better choices and benefits to our consumers” he added.

The Samsung I7500 will be powered by a 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7200A processor and Google Android (version 1.5). It will come with quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz) GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band (900/1700/2100MHz) HSDPA/HSUPA connectivity, a 3.2-inch AMOLED HVGA (320 by 48) touchscreen display, 8GB of internal memory, Bluetooth 2.0, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, built-in GPS, a 5MP camera with auto-focus and LED flash, a microSD card slot (supporting cards up to 32GB), and a 1500mAh battery. On the software side, it features the full suite of Google services, including Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Calendar, and Google Talk. It will measure 115 by 56 by 11.9 millimeters.

The Samsung I7500 will be available in major European countries starting in June, 2009. O2 Germany has already issued a press release [Google translation] confirming that it will carry it exclusively. Price will be announced closer to the street date.

There is no word yet on North American availability.

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Google Android 1.5 coming to T-Mobile G1 in May?

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Apr 262009
 

T-Mobile G1

G1 owners in Germany are set to receive a software update in May, according to the T-Mobile site. The update is based on Android 1.5 and promises an on-screen keyboard, video recording and playback, new home screen widgets, stereo Bluetooth support, and more. As with other updates, it will be pushed out automatically over the air.

While there is no similar page for U.S. T-Mobile customers, it is likely that they will see the same update around the same time.

Note: The ‘More information’ link is in German. [Google translation]

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First Android netbook to sell for US$250

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Apr 262009
 

Google Android

While others (Hewlett-Packard and MSI for example) are currently evaluating the possibility of netbooks running Google’s Android mobile operating system, Chinese-company Guangzhou Skytone Transmission Technologies Co. Ltd. has announced that its Android-powered netbook will be available within the next three months. Nixon Wu, Skytone’s co-founder, made the announcement in a Computerworld interview. It is expected to sell for as low as US$250.

The Alpha 680 will be powered by a 533MHz ARM11 processor and the aforementioned Android operating system. It will also come with a 7-inch WVGA display, 128MB RAM (expandable to 256MB), a 1GB SSD (expandable to 4GB), Wi-Fi, two USB ports and an SD card slot. It will also come with a 2-cell battery, offering between two and four hours of battery life with Wi-Fi on. A 3G module will be optional. It will measure 21.6 by 15.2 by 3 centimeters and weigh 680 grams, making it smaller and lighter than the original ASUS Eee 701.

Currently in final testing, the final prototype should be ready in June. The Alpha 680 should then hit the street about a month or two later.

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