MWC 2011: HTC unveils two social phones with dedicated Facebook buttons

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Feb 152011
 

One tablet and three smartphones later, HTC was still not quite done. It also announced two new phones featuring dedicated Facebook buttons. Aside from the new button, the new HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa also feature an HTC Sense interface that is integrated with the Facebook service.

The Facebook button on HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa is context-aware, gently pulsing with light whenever there is an opportunity to share content or updates through Facebook. With a single press of the button, you can update your status, upload a photo, share a Website, post what song you are listening to, ‘check in’ to a location and more. For example, you can take a photograph of friends on your phone and upload it instantly to Facebook by simply pressing the button. Or let your friends know what song you’re listening to by pressing the button while listening to music on the phone. The track is automatically identified and shared on Facebook.

HTC ChaChaHTC ChaCha specifications:

  • Processor: 600MHz
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) with HTC Sense
  • Connectivity: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band HSPA
  • Other connectivity: GPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Display: 2.6-inch touchscreen
  • Input: QWERTY keyboard
  • Memory: 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM
  • Storage: microSD cards
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP with auto-focus and LED flash
  • Front-facing camera: VGA
  • Connectors: 3.5mm headphone jack, micro-USB 2.0
  • Sensors: Ambient light, G-sensor, digital compass, proximity
  • Battery: 1250mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 114.4 by 64.6 by 10.7 millimeters / 120 grams

HTC SalsaHTC Salsa specifications:

  • Processor: 600MHz
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) with HTC Sense
  • Connectivity: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band HSPA
  • Other connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Display: 3.4-inch HVGA touchscreen
  • Memory: 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM
  • Storage: microSD cards
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP with auto-focus and LED flash
  • Front-facing camera: VGA
  • Connectors: 3.5mm headphone jack, micro-USB 2.0
  • Sensors: Ambient light, G-sensor, digital compass, proximity
  • Battery: 1520mAh
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  • Dimensions / weight: 109.1 by 58.9 by 12.3 millimeters / 120 grams

The HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa will launch in major European and Asian markets in Q2 2011. They will be available in the US exclusively through AT&T later this year.

TELUS Mobility launches HTC Desire HD

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Feb 102011
 

HTC Desire HD

TELUS Mobility has launched the HTC Desire HD.

With a huge HD touchscreen, amazing speeds for gaming, apps, browsing and multiple device mobile Wi-Fi hotspot capability, the Android 2.2 powered HTC Desire HD will impress you.

HTC Desire HD specifications

  • Processor: 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.2 with HTC Sense
  • Connectivity: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band (850/1900MHz) HSPA/WCDMA
  • Other connectivity: GPS/A-GPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, DLNA
  • Display: 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 768MB RAM
  • Storage: 1.5GB onboard / microSD cards up to 32GB (8GB card included)
  • Camera: 8MP with dual flash and 720p video capture
  • Connectors: 3.5mm headphone jack, micro-USB
  • Battery: 1230mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 123 by 68 by 11.8 millimeters / 164 grams
  • Other: FM radio

TELUS Mobility is offering the HTC Desire for CA$149.99 with a three-year contract (a promotional price), CA$399.99 with a two-year contract, CA$449.99 with a one-year contract, and CA$499.99 with no contract.

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CES 2011: T-Mobile USA announces Dell Streak 7 tablet

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Jan 092011
 

Dell Streak 7

T-Mobile USA earlier this week announced the Dell Streak 7, its first 4G tablet (the T-Mobile G-Slate will come out after it). As the name implies, it is a larger device than the original Dell Streak which comes with a 5-inch display.

Dell Streak 7 specifications:

  • Processor: Dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.2 with Dell Stage UI
  • Connectivity: HSPA+
  • Other connectivity: GPS, 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Display: 7-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Storage: 16GB or 32GB onboard and SD cards up to 32GB
  • Camera: Rear-facing 5MP and front-facing 1.3MP
  • Battery: 2780mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 199.9 by 119.8 by 12.4 millimeters / 450 grams

The Dell Streak 7 will land at T-Mobile USA “in the coming weeks.” Pricing information was not disclosed.

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Dell launches Android-powered Dell Venue

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Dec 262010
 

Dell Venue

Just before Christmas, Dell launched a second smartphone in its new Venue family. The Dell Venue (codename Thunder) is an Android-powered version of the Dell Venue Pro without the portrait-sliding QWERTY keyboard.

Dell Venue specifications:

  • Processor: 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.2 with Dell Stage UI
  • Connectivity: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA
  • Other connectivity: A-GPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.3+EDR
  • Display: 4.1-inch WVGA AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 512MB RAM, 1GB ROM
  • Storage: microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Camera: 8MP with auto-focus and LED flash
  • Battery: 1400mAh
  • Connectors: Micro-USB, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Dimensions / weight: 121 x 64 x 12.9 millimeters / 164 grams
  • Other: FM radio

It is currently only available in Hong Kong selling for HK$3,999 (about US$515). There is no word yet on whether Dell will offer the Dell Venue elsewhere in the world.

LG unveils dual-core LG Optimus 2X smartphone

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Dec 152010
 

LG Optimus 2X

LG today announced the world’s first dual-core smartphone. The announcement was made in Korea where the device was introduced as the LG Optimus 2X.

“Dual-core technology is the next leap forward in mobile technology so this is no small achievement to be the first to offer a smartphone utilizing this technology,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, CEO and President of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With unique features such as HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) mirroring and exceptional graphics performance, the LG Optimus 2X is proof of LG’s commitment to high-end smartphones in 2011.”

LG Optimus 2X specifications:

  • Processor: 1GHz NVIDIA dual-core Tegra 2
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.2 (upgradeable to 2.3)
  • Other connectivity: DLNA
  • Display: 4-inch WVGA
  • Storage: 8GB onboard / microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Camera: 8MP camera (1080p HD video playback and recording) / 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • Connectors: micro-USB port
  • Battery: 1,500mAh
  • Other: HDMI mirroring, accelerometer, gyroscope

LG will launch the LG Optimus 2X in Korea in January. Releases in Europe and the rest of Asia will follow later. There is no word at this point on a North American release unfortunately.

Google previews upcoming Honeycomb-powered Motorola Tablet

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Dec 072010
 

As expected, Andy Rubin, VP of Mobile Platforms at Google, took to the stage last night at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference. While Google had announced the Google Nexus S earlier in the day, Rubin had a surprise of his own: A preview of Motorola’s Honeycomb-powered tablet.

Rubin did not share a lot of details but did indicate that it will be powered by a dual-core NVIDIA processor and Honeycomb. Rubin also confirmed that Honeycomb will introduce new functionality specifically for tablets. For example, the tablet version of GMail will have two columns (a list of your emails and the currently selected one) whereas the phone version will continue to use the single column layout.

Part of his demo was done with a new version of Google Maps (featuring vector-based graphics) that should be out within days.

Rubin provided no details as to when Honeycomb and the Motorola tablet will hit the street.

Microsoft sues Motorola over Android smartphones

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Oct 012010
 

Microsoft

Microsoft today sued Motorola, citing patent infringements in Motorola’s Android smartphones. The nine patents in question focus on the user experience. According to Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing:

“Microsoft filed an action today in the International Trade Commission and in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against Motorola, Inc. for infringement of nine Microsoft patents by Motorola’s Android-based smartphones. The patents at issue relate to a range of functionality embodied in Motorola’s Android smartphone devices that are essential to the smartphone user experience, including synchronizing email, calendars and contacts, scheduling meetings, and notifying applications of changes in signal strength and battery power.

We have a responsibility to our customers, partners, and shareholders to safeguard the billions of dollars we invest each year in bringing innovative software products and services to market. Motorola needs to stop its infringement of our patented inventions in its Android smartphones.”

Motorola had apparently licensed some of these patents from Microsoft between 2003 and 2007. Despite not extending the agreements, it continued to use the technologies in its devices.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab headed to multiple carriers in Canada and US

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Sep 162010
 

Samsung GALAXY Tab

Samsung today announced at an event in New York that its Galaxy Tab is headed to a number of US carriers. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless will all offer the tablet in the next couple of months. Samsung Canada also confirmed that it was headed to both Bell Mobility and Rogers Wireless later this year.

“The addition of Galaxy Tab to the Galaxy product portfolio is a powerful proof point of Samsung’s commitment to bring new and innovative mobile experiences to Canadian consumers,” said Paul Brannen, vice president, Samsung Mobile Canada. “The 7-inch display and thin, lightweight design, combined with premium content and productivity tools makes the Galaxy Tab a true mobile tablet that is as comfortable to use standing on a crowded train as it is relaxing on the couch at home.”

Samsung GALAXY Tab specifications:

  • Processor: 1GHz Cortex A8 with PowerVR SGX540 GPU
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.2
  • Connectivity: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band HSUPA/HSDPA
  • Other connectivity: GPS, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA
  • Input: Software keyboard
  • Display: 7-inch LCD touchscreen WSVGA display
  • Memory: 512MB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB or 32GB options / microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Camera: Front-facing 1.3MP webcam / rear-facing 3MP with auto-focus and flash
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Dimensions / Weight: 190.1 by 120.5 by 12 millimeters / 380 grams

Samsung also revealed that many Android applications will scale to the Tab’s 1024×600 display. Non-scalable applications will be framed and centered on the screen at an 800×400 resolution.

Individual carriers will reveal specific pricing and availability details.

Google responds to Oracle lawsuit

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Aug 142010
 

Google Android

Google has responded to Oracle’s lawsuit over Google Android. Its statement is short but suggests that this could be in the courts for a while:

We are disappointed Oracle has chosen to attack both Google and the open-source Java community with this baseless lawsuit. The open-source Java community goes beyond any one corporation and works every day to make the web a better place. We will strongly defend open-source standards and will continue to work with the industry to develop the Android platform.

Oracle claims that Google has infringed on seven patents and copyrights that deal with Java. It is looking for an injunction and unspecified damages.

Oracle sues Google over Android

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Aug 122010
 

Google Android

Oracle today announced that it was suing Google over patent and copyright infringement in Google’s Android mobile operating system.

“In developing Android, Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle’s Java-related intellectual property. This lawsuit seeks appropriate remedies for their infringement,” said Oracle spokesperson Karen Tillman.

Oracle claims that a total of seven patents it inherited when it purchased Sun are being infringed.

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Today: Samsung launches Galaxy S with free Metric concert

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Aug 042010
 

Samsung Canada has been teasing us over the past few days with its Twitter #SamsungSecret campaign. The details are now out and the company will launch its Galaxy S smartphone with a free concert tonight here in Toronto. Here are the details:

    What:  Samsung Mobile presents a free impromptu street concert featuring
           Metric, one of Canada's most critically acclaimed independent
           bands. Metric will give Toronto music fans an unrivalled 45-minute
           set of chart-topping hits that will rock the city core.

    Who:   Multi-Juno award-winning rock group Metric
           Samsung Mobile

    When:  August 4, 2010
           7:00 p.m.

    Where: Union Station - Union Square Plaza
           65 Front Street West

I’m hoping to be able to make it down tonight – I love Metric and I have a feeling I’ll love the Samsung Galaxy S as well!

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Samsung Galaxy S to launch with several carriers under different names

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Jun 282010
 

Samsung Galaxy S

The Samsung Galaxy S will launch with several US and at least one Canadian carrier. To confuse everyone, it looks like almost every carrier has chosen to rename it: AT&T as the Captivate, T-Mobile and Canada’s Bell Mobility as the Vibrant, and Verizon as the Fascinate. So far, only US Cellular seems inclined to carry it as the Galaxy S (although that could still change).

Samsung Galaxy S specifications:

  • Processor: 1GHz Samsung Cortex A8 Hummingbird
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.1 with Samsung’s Social Hub
  • Connectivity: GSM/HSPA or CDMA/EV-DO depending on carrier
  • Other connectivity: A-GPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Display: 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED touchscreen
  • Input: Virtual QWERTY keyboard with Swype technology
  • Storage: 16GB onboard / microSD cards (up to 16GB)
  • Camera: 5MP with auto-focus, LED flash, and HD video recording/playback
  • Battery: 1500mAh
  • Connectors: 3.5-mm headphone jack
  • Dimensions / Weight: 64.2 by 122.4 by 9.9mm / 118g

To date, only T-Mobile has confirmed pricing and availability details. It will launch the Vibrant on July 21st for US$199.99 with a two-year contract. It will also preload it with The Sims 3 Collector’s Edition game, James Cameron’s Avatar movie and Kindle for Android.

AT&T to carry Dell Aero smartphone (Updated)

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Mar 222010
 

AT&T

On the heels of the announcement that the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus are coming to AT&T comes word that the carrier will also soon offer the Android-based Dell Aero smartphone.

The Dell Aero will be Dell’s first smartphone to be available in the United States. It will come with a custom user interface developed by Dell and AT&T. It promises a “variety of social networking apps including Facebook” and Flash Lite support for streaming audio and video content. In terms of hardware, it will have a 3.5-inch nHD display, GPS, Wi-Fi, and a 5MP camera.

You can now sign up to receive an email alert from AT&T as soon as the Dell Aero is available.

Update: The AT&T page for the Dell Aero is now up. I’ve updated the post with additional details.

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JooJoo tablet hits FCC and gets new UI

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Mar 122010
 

We’re still waiting for the JooJoo tablet to begin shipping but it appears to have another step forward by getting its FCC clearance. As often happens, the posted documents have shed some additional light on the upcoming device.

One of the new details revealed is that the JooJoo will use an Intel Atom N270 paired with an NVIDIA Ion GPU. It also sports a 3G card and SIM card slot. Could JooJoo be in talk with carriers to offer a 3G version?

Previously revealed specifications indicate that the JooJoo will come with a 12.1-inch capacitive touchscreen (offering 720p resolution), a 4GB SSD for local storage, Wi-Fi connectivity, a webcam, a USB port and a card slot. It will be powered by a UNIX web-based operating system which will boot directly into a browser. It will support full HD video playback and the battery should last about 5 hours with Wi-Fi on. It will weigh about 1.1 kilogram.

Engadget has also learned that JooJoo has revamped the user interface and improved the device controls. For example, a vertical swipe now brings down a status bar containing the home button, status indicators, browser navigation controls, and a combination address bar and search field.

JooJoo user interface

If it would only ship now…

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Google announces Nexus One smartphone

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Jan 052010
 

Google Nexus One

As expected, Google formally announced the Nexus One smartphone powered by Google Android. Google is looking to offer a new way for consumers to purchase a mobile phone:

The goal of this new consumer channel is to provide an efficient way to connect Google’s online users with selected Android devices. We also want to make the overall user experience simple: a simple purchasing process, simple service plans from operators, simple and worry-free delivery and start-up.

The Google Nexus One is only the first of a series of phones that Google expects to sell in this fashion. But Google is not getting into the hardware game. The Nexus was designed and manufactured by HTC with Google working closely with them.

And now a closer look at the Nexus One:

  • Processor: 1GHz Qualcomm QSD 8250 (Snapdragon)
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.1
  • Connectivity: Quad-band GSM/EDGE and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA
  • Other connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and A2DP
  • Location: A-GPS
  • Display: 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen
  • Memory: 512MB RAM and 512MB ROM
  • Storage: MicroSD with support for cards up to 32GB (4GB card included)
  • Camera: 5MP auto-focus camera with LED flash
  • Battery: 1400mAH battery

It also comes with a multi-colour LED under the trackball for different notifications, Bluetooth with A2DP, a 5MP camera with LED flash, a 3.5mm headphone jack, two microphones for noise cancellation.

Google 2.1 will come a number of improvements. It adds features up to five homescreen panels, a new application launcher, live wallpapers, an improved image gallery application (including syncing with Picasa), voice recognition across a number of applications including email.

The Google Nexus One is now available unlocked for US$529 or with a two-year Even More individual 500 plan for US$179. It is also headed to Verizon and to Vodafone Europe a bit later.

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