GyPSii goes live on Android

The Android platform has a new app today that has been available on other platforms already called GyPSii. The app allows Android users to access and create geo-tagged content in real-time with friends and the community.

Motorola roadmap shows Cliq in October

Last week the wraps came of the first Motorola Android-powered handset called the Cliq. We already know most of what there is to know about the device, save the key detail of launch date.

Android browser is great for search tasks

According to PC World, the Android browser competes very well with the iPhone and Palm Pre thanks to its tight integration with Google. The browser also excels at search related tasks reports the publication. The address bar acts as a Google search field, as do the browser bars on other platforms.

LG GW620 Android smartphone gets official

LG's first Android handset has made its official debut, in the shape of the LG GW620.  A slider device with a pull-out QWERTY keyboard and 3-inch touchscreen, LG's press information for the GW620 doesn't confirm many of the exact specifications; however, they do make clear that they will be supporting Android as well as - rather than instead of - Windows Mobile. The smartphone was previewed last week, as the LG Etna, on a Vodafone stand.  There it was confirmed to have a 5-megapixel camera, Bluetooth and USB connectivity.  LG have also seemingly done some work on the UI, though not to the extent of Motorola MOTOBLUR or HTC Sense; instead it looks as though LG's S-Class UI has been ported over to Android. No pricing details, but the LG GW620 will arrive in Q4 2009, though so far the company have only confirmed that it will ship to "select European markets".  US availability is unknown. Press Release:
First Android Device Signals LG's Two-tier Smartphone Strategy Seoul, September 14, 2009 - LG Electronics (LG), a global leader and technology innovator in mobile communications, reinforced its aggressive strategy in smartphones by announcing the first Android mobile device which will give LG a broader and more dominant position in this expanding market. The announcement of LG’s first Android-powered smartphones comes only a week after the world’s third largest mobile phone company announced that it would be introducing three new Windows Mobile smartphones in the next few weeks. These developments underscore LG’s commitment to offering greater consumer choice in the expanding smartphone category. The new LG-GW620 features a 3-inch full touchscreen and slide out QWERTY keypad to meet the growing needs of consumers who rely on their mobile phones for more than just making calls. The LG-GW620 benefits from an operating system that was created from the ground up to take advantage of the many mobile applications and services developed by search leader Google. In anticipation of strong demand for smartphones that support social networking functions right out-of-the-box, the LG-GW620 also lives up to LG’s consumer-friendly design philosophy by making the smartphone experience more accessible for typical users. At the same time, LG’s messaging phones have traditionally been very popular with young professionals who demand a full QWERTY keypad for a fast mobile computing experience. The LG-GW620 manages to meet the needs of both types of users simultaneously. “The LG-GW620 will appeal to first-time smartphone customers by offering a new and different kind of user experience,” said Dr. Skott Ahn, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Our objective is to provide a wide selection of smartphones to satisfy the diverse preferences of today’s consumers. This Android phone is just one of many smartphone models we plan to introduce worldwide in the years ahead.” In addition to the Android model, LG announced in early September that it will be introducing a minimum of 13 new smartphones over the next 16 months that utilize Microsoft’s Windows Mobile. The newest release, version 6.5, was announced just last week. The LG-GW620 will be available in the fourth quarter of this year in select European markets.

HTC Hero ROM 2.73.405.5 rolling out [Update 2]

The much anticipated HTC firmware update for the Hero seems to be on its way, with ROM version 2.73.405.5 showing up on the company's Nordic support site.  Tipped to address issues of slow screen transitions, sluggishness of apps - including HTC Sense, the company's UI makeover - and generally speed up the system as a whole, it seems reasonable to assume that HTC will be pushing out other regional variants imminently. The new firmware doesn't just make the Hero more speedy; it also brings with it a tweak to the 5-megapixel camera.  That tweak adds touch-to-focus, a feature seen on some of HTC's Windows Mobile smartphones. A PC is required to install the ROM, which is a free download.  It's unclear whether this is a regionally-specific update - e.g. solely for those HTC Hero handsets in Denmark - or one suitable for across the board; we'll be keeping an eye on other HTC regional sites to see what turns up there, too. Update: There's talk from a Swedish forum that HTC support in that country are advising not to use this update, warning that it "misses an important piece in the ROM". The "real" one is said to be coming tomorrow, though other users are claiming to have installed it with no problems; might be worth waiting to see what arrives over the weekend. [Thanks John!] Update 2: We've spoken to HTC and they say there's no problem with the ROM available on the Swedish site. [via SlashGear]

Motorola DEXT hits Orange UK from early October

Motorola UK have confirmed that their new Motorola DEXT - the name for the Motorola CLIQ outside of the US - will go on sale through carrier Orange from early October.  Pre-orders for the handset will begin on September 22nd, though pricing is yet to be announced. At the launch event yesterday, Motorola themselves only said that the CLIQ would arrive in the US on T-Mobile sometime in the fall during Q4 2009.  They also confirmed that the device - as the DEXT - would see a release in Latin America and mainland Europe, though failed to give release dates. The DEXT has a 3.1-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5-megapixel autofocus camera and 3G.  It also uses Motorola's new MOTOBLUR sync system, which you can see demonstrated in the video below. [vms 8137a16a1acd04ed9112]

Spotify goes back to invite only status

In the immortal words of a great (if animated) American, Home Simpson, D'oh. The Spotify application has reportedly gone back to invite only status. The app only recently hit the Android market, and if you didn't grab it whiel you could you may be too late. The app has reportedly gone back to invite only status because the company couldn't handle the glut of new registrations.

Locle Friend finder for Android

An Irish company called Locle has announced its new social networking service for the Android platform. The service is also reportedly available for the iPhone as well. The Locle platform allows a new Friend Finder app to operate.

Motorola CLIQ (aka DEXT) hands-on video demo

After being, frankly, very impressed at the announcement of Motorola's first Android smartphone yesterday, we caught up with the CLIQ (aka Motorola DEXT) afterwards for a hands-on demo.  Motorola were being coy with the handset, preferring to run through its capabilities themselves rather than allow a free-for-all in our own hands, but we did get enough of a play to ascertain that the QWERTY keyboard is tactile and well built, while the 3.1-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen is bright, responsive and - thanks to the hard glass cover - feels great. It also seems to be quick, too, though there's no telling how close to production-status the firmware is on these demo models.  Given the CLIQ won't land on T-Mobile USA until Q4 this year, there's probably still some work to be done, but despite the fact that Motorola have used the same sort of 528MHz Qualcomm processor as can be found on HTC's recent Android handsets, we had no problems with speed or responsiveness. We're waiting for the full hands-on image gallery of the Motorola CLIQ to finish processing, and will update with that when it's ready.  For now, enjoy the video demos and check out this post for more detail on the CLIQ itself. Motorola CLIQ (aka DEXT) hands-on demo: [vms 8137a16a1acd04ed9112] Motorola CLIQ with MOTOBLUR demo: [vms 79d135ba18e051673d90]
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