Motorola promises cheaper Android phones are coming

One thing is common with high-end smartphones like those running Android on the market now -- they are expensive. None of the devices are cheap with most selling for about $200. With the poor economy, some consumers who are interested in Android may be priced out of the market. Motorola says that will change and promises that cheaper Android devices are coming. Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha said that it would offer more smartphones running Android and that the devices will be spread across more price points.

Mentor Graphics enables Android on Freescale Power Architecture technology

Android has proven to be a very popular operating system for Google. The first mobile phone running Android, the T-Mobile G1, had its share of teething problems but by most accounts, Android has now hit its stride. Mentor Graphics has announced that it is extending the Android mobile applications platform to support Freescale QorlQ and PowerQUICC III processors. These processors are built on Freescale Power Architecture technology.

iriver developing Android rival to iPod touch?

iriver are reportedly considering using Android as the basis for an iPod touch rival, the iriver K2, which would use a 3.5-inch touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth and integrated digital TV tuner.  The news comes from an Australian distributor, C.R. Kennedy, whose iriver product manager Danny Bejanoff has been discussing the Korean company's upcoming product range. While the device has not been signed off by iriver, leaving open the possibility that it could be shelved before making it to retail, the expectation is that the K2 would include an accelerometer and a web-browser.  Although it would lack the iPod touch's Apple App Store, it would presumably have access to the Android Market for third-party software. The talkative product manager also revealed that iriver is developing an ebook reader and internet tablet.  However there's no word on whether either device runs Android, nor when they might launch. [via Engadget]

China Mobile releases OPhone Android-based SDK

China Mobile has officially opened its own community for the OPhone OS developers. Those who register will get access to the OPhone SDK and API documents. The development of the open source OS is being led by China Mobile in cooperation with developers. The OS is based on Google Android and includes an open-source core. The core is based on middleware, app software, hardware reference designs, and a Java virtual machine. China Mobile says that more than 10 phone makers are participating.

Android on track for Q3 Android netbook after all?

There are often conflicting reports about devices that circulate in the technology world. Reports typically conflict the most on unannounced and unreleased products. The only thing you can really do is wait for the manufacturer to officially announce the particulars to get the truth. Yesterday I mentioned a report that claimed Acer would not be launching its Android and Windows dual-boot notebook this year. According to the report yesterday Acer was pushing the machine due to lack of interest.

Facebook set for official Android app this week

Rumors are swirling that Facebook may be announcing an official app for the Android platform. This is a rumor still as neither Google nor Facebook have made an official announcement. With the intense rivalry between Facebook and Google an official app is something that some thought would never come. The booming popularity of Facebook considered, it's easy enough to see Google being willing to allow an Android app to be offered.

Acer Android netbook not coming this year after all

Over the last few months there have been several computer makers talking about possibly adding Android to the OS options for netbooks. Among the companies said to be doing Android netbooks were Acer and Asus. According to reports, Acer is now saying that its Android netbook won’t be offered this year. ZDNet reports that Acer told it that there would be no discussion on the plans of timing for the dual-boot OS netbook launch.

Creative Zii Egg Plaszma PMP can run Android

We already know Android will be showing up on other devices like PMPs and netbooks. We are still waiting for these other products to really hit the market though. Creative has announced a new PMP called the Zii Egg Plaszma that is actually very cool -- other than its name. The device is a near dead ringer for the iPod touch, which is its rival and can run Android. The similarities are only skin deep though with Creative cramming a laundry list of features we can only wish Apple offered.

Philips’ first Android handset spied

When Android first hit the market on the G1 for T-Mobile most providers and manufacturers were playing a wait and see game. Now that the OS has hit its stride new devices running Android are popping up like weeds. Philips has an Android device that has leaked onto the Web from China. The details are scant, but the device is called the V808 and will run Android.

Next mintpad may use Android

Android has lots of potential for many different types of devices in the consumer electronics market. The OS is big on smartphones and is being eyed for use in netbooks as well as home automation devices and music players. Reports are coming in today that the next mintpad from mintpass, a multimedia tablet device, may use Android rather than Windows CE. The original device had a smallish 2.9-inch screen and a plastic body. The new device is said to have a metal body and a larger screen.
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