Verizon DROID by Motorola launches [Video]

As expected, Verizon have outed their first Android smartphone, the Motorola DROID.  The Verizon DROID by Motorola will be the first device to arrive with Android 2.0, together with a 3.7-inch 854 x 480 capacitive touchscreen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and dual-LED flash, and OTA Amazon MP3 downloads. Connectivity includes EVDO Rev.A, Bluetooth, WiFi and USB 2.0, and there's also GPS along with Google's new Google Maps Navigation Beta for free turn-by-turn directions.  All the usual Google apps are loaded, and there's a 16GB microSD card in the box. The Verizon DROID by Motorola will arrive on November 6th, priced at $199.99 after a mail-in rebate and assuming a new, two-year contract.  We're meeting up with Verizon imminently, so expect hands-on video and photos very soon! [flv]http://medialink.vo.llnwd.net/o21/live/2009-10-28/37115_10Ny09-0004_Cesar_Droid_Final.flv[/flv] [gallery] [via SlashGear] Press Release:
Hello Humans: DROID by Motorola Arrives Next Week Verizon Wireless DROID By Motorola: World’s First Smartphone with Android™ 2.0 October 28, 2009 BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – High-speed Web browsing, voice-activated search, customizable large screen, access to thousands of Android applications and hundreds of widgets and the best 3G mobile network in the country: DROID by Motorola arrives on Nov. 6. Verizon Wireless, the company with the nation’s largest wireless 3G broadband network, and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), a pioneer in the mobile industry, today unveiled DROID by Motorola, the first smartphone powered by Android™ 2.0. DROID by Motorola features the brainpower and breakneck speed of a modern smartphone, designed to outperform where other smartphones fall short. “We’re proud to work with Verizon Wireless and Google™ on the first smartphone to feature Android 2.0,” said Sanjay Jha, co-chief executive officer of Motorola and chief executive officer of Motorola Mobile Devices. “DROID by Motorola delivers a rich consumer experience with warp-speed Web browsing, a mammoth screen, and Motorola’s expertise in design and voice quality. Combined with Android’s open, flexible graphical user interface and the power of Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, DROID is a smartphone that simply doesn’t compromise.” “This is an exciting announcement for Verizon Wireless, as the DROID by Motorola is the first device that we are bringing to market under our ground-breaking strategic partnership with Google,” said John Stratton, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. “DROID by Motorola gives customers a lifestyle device with access to more than 12,000 applications that will help them stay in touch, up to date and entertained, using the best 3G network in the country.” DROID by Motorola has a solid exterior, intelligent interior and is one of the thinnest full-QWERTY slider phones available. It is a no-fuss, high-tech, location-aware, voice-recognizing, over-the-air updating, multi-tasking machine – and it is available just in time for holiday wish lists. With DROID by Motorola, you can: Zip through the Web: Access the Internet at 3G speeds via the nation’s largest and most reliable 3G network or from any Wi-Fi hotspot. The multi-window HTML browser with a massive processor delivers the Web the way you expect. See it all in cinema-style: View the Web, e-mail, Google Maps™, videos and more in widescreen on a brilliant 3.7” high-resolution screen. Boasting a width of 854 pixels to reduce the need for side-to-side panning and more than 400,000 pixels total, DROID has more than twice that of the leading competitor. Run multiple applications at once: Customize your DROID with thousands of applications and hundreds of widgets available on Android Market™. Toggle back and forth between up to six applications at a time to juggle the universe and your apps. Perform Google Search™ at the speed of sound: Simply tell DROID what you’re looking for using voice-activated search, and it will serve up Google search results based on your location. If you want more, simply type what you’re looking for into the search bar on the home screen and DROID will also search content on your phone, such as apps and contacts, and the Web. Capture moments: Snap digital camera-quality photos with a 5 megapixel camera loaded with the works, such as a dual-LED flash, AutoFocus and image stabilization, or capture your friend’s antics in 16 million colors with DVD-quality video capture and playback. Store it all on the included 16 GB memory card, so you always have it on hand. Multi-task like a master: Keep tabs on all your messages with integrated Gmail™ and Exchange e-mail pushed directly to you, but don’t let them get in your way. With the handy Android notification panel, go straight to the message or simply ignore it, and get back to the task at hand. And, a smart dictionary learns as you type and automatically includes your contacts. Get where you need to go with Google Maps Navigation (Beta): DROID is the first device with Google Maps Navigation, providing turn-by-turn voice guidance as a free feature of Google Maps. It’s powered by Google and connected to the Internet. Use voice shortcuts and simply say “Navigate to [your destination],” and you’ll be on your way. See live traffic, use Street View or satellite imagery to view your route, and get access to the most recent maps and business information from Google Maps without ever needing to update your device. Pre-loaded Applications and Enhancements to Google Mobile Services: Google Maps: With layers in Google Maps, view geographic information, such as My Maps, Wikipedia, and transit lines, right on the map. Gmail: Multiple accounts support and undo for common operations. YouTube™: One-touch recording and playback from homescreen widget or app, one-touch sharing with friends, and the ability to view your own uploaded videos and high-resolution videos. Google Talk™: Easily switch between chats, search your chat history, and preview pictures and videos sent by links. Android Market: Browse and download applications created by third-party developers. Calendar: Ability to see who has R.S.V.P.’d to your meeting invitations. Facebook: Syncs Facebook contacts to your address book, and a live widget gives the ability to update status and view latest updates from friends. Amazon MP3 Store: Download the latest tracks over the air. Verizon Wireless Visual Voice Mail: Delete, reply and forward voice mail messages without having to listen to prior messages or voice instructions. Pricing and Availability: DROID by Motorola will be available in the United States exclusively at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online on Friday, Nov. 6, for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement after a $100 mail-in rebate. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. Experience the all-new DROID by Motorola at www.droiddoes.com. To get the most from DROID by Motorola smartphone, customers will need to subscribe to a Nationwide voice plan and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan. Nationwide voice plans begin at $39.99 for monthly access for 450 minutes and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan is $29.99 for monthly access. For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

DIY Virtual Reality Headset with an HTC Magic [Video]

Okay, so this time we bring to you an easy DIY project, all you need is an old - or new, it doesn't matter - pair of lab goggles, cardboard, tape, a ruler, a knife, an HTC Magic, and of course, a lot of time in your hands. This is the creative handiwork of Recombu’s Andrew Lim, and he shows you how to do it on the video at the end of this post. The DIY virtual reality headset, takes advantage of the accelerometer on the HTC Magic, so you can use it to pan around in the compass Street View mode of Google Maps for example. Also, you could use one of the augmented reality apps available for Android to make things more interesting when using the device. Now, Chris over at SlashGear said the following:
We can’t quite decide whether this is genius or insanity, but we’re not going to let that stop us making our own.
So I will definitely stay in contact with him, to find out when will his project be ready. I'll try to get some pictures of his project, as well as video, if there's any. Chris, are you reading this? [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyrjBMAa6xE&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

Sold out: Android Powered ODROID Gaming Handheld Dev Edition

As you all know by now, the Android OS from Google is not only been used on cellphones, nowadays you can find it in many other devices. Back at the end of September, we brought to you some new info on a gaming handheld device called ODROID, which runs Android. This time, we bring more news on the ODROID gaming handheld, which was a big hit with the development community. Our good friends over at SlashGear were uncertain about the future of such device. But the ODROID developer edition units have sold-out, and a second batch will go on sale in Korea next week. As we know, the device has been available for pre-order for a while, and will actually launch in Korea on November 5th. The price will be about $320, and the processor runs at 833MHz, with 512MB of RAM. The 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen is capable of 720p HD video playback, as you can see in the first video below. Since this device is not a phone, there's no 3G, but there’s WiFi b/g, Bluetooth, as well as a mini-HDMI port, together with USB Host. On the second video - below - you can see it in action with an Android game called Baseball Superstars 2009. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEWrV8LuX04&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJ5IVQsCbDg&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

T-Mobile Project Dark Plans Confirmed: “Even More” & “Even More Plus”

You might remember those rumors about T-Mobile's "Project Black" or "Project Dark", from early this month. Now those rumors are, the next big news from T-Mo, according to many followers of the magenta cellphone carrier. Project Dark plans have been confirmed. These new contract and non-contract packages, which are curiously named; T-Mobile Even More and Even More Plus plans, will start at $59 and $49 respectively. So, on the contract plan expect the traditional device subsidy with a two-year agreement. In the non-contract plans you won't have to deal with the two-year agreement, but you'll end up paying full price for your device, therefore the cheaper price of the monthly plan. And for those who want to save money by having a family plan, have no fear, each new plan comes with a family variant as well. T-Mo is also introducing a new "Equipment Installment Plan" for qualified customers. The way this works is simple; you can pay for your phone over time with interest-free payments. Your first payment will be due at the time you purchase your phone, and the remaining payments will be charged to your monthly bill. The Even More option is for $19.99 minimum qualifying equipment purchase, and 4 interest-free monthly installments, this option is available to current customers. On the Even More Plus option you pay for your phone in 20 interest-free installments and the minimum qualifying equipment purchase starts also at $19.99. According to T-Mobile the Even More unlimited plan is half the price of comparable AT&T and Verizon plans, and if you think about it, is similar to what Sprint is offering. Now lets hope T-Mo starts to offer a bigger coverage area for its subscribers. What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments.

Google out Android 2.0 Eclair [Video]

Google has announced Android 2.0 Eclair, and anyone with any doubts about the platform's prowess should take a look at the changelist to see just how serious the search giant is.  OS 2.0 brings with it support for multiple simultaneous Google and Exchange accounts, together with quick contact menus for speedier access to different methods of communication.  There's also a unified email inbox and SMS/MMS search. The camera now has native flash and digital zoom support, together with white balance, color effects and macro focus.  HTML5 support has been added to the browser, together with double-tap-to-zoom, and there are now thumbnails in the bookmarks pane. It's possible to set the SMS/MMS inbox to automatically delete old messages once it reaches a preset size, and there's support for Bluetooth 2.1 and the OPP and PBAP profiles.  We're expecting to see Android 2.0 appear with a flourish on the Verizon Droid by Motorola tomorrow. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opZ69P-0Jbc[/youtube][gallery] [via SlashGear]

Sony Ericsson may launch Android phone next week

The rumor mill is running overtime today. A rumor has popped up that has Sony Ericsson launching a new Android device next week on November 3. The teaser site simply reads, "We're looking forward to November 3rd. We think you should be too."

Official Announcement in Russia, Samsung Galaxy Spica to Arrive on November

The little brother of the Samsung Galaxy I7500 - the Galaxy Spica - has been announced in Russia. It keeps the bright red accent on the navigation button and on the front speaker, as well as the glossy black on the chassis. Although Shane wonders why so many smartphones are just black or white nowadays. According to the press release, the Samsung Spica has a 3.2-inch display, a 128MB of memory, and a processor running at 800MHz, together with quadband GSM and dualband 900/2100 UMTS/HSPA. It'll obviously have all the usual Google applications that Android users have come to love, and it will also have access to the Android Market, so you can get more apps for it. The new Galaxy Spica will also have a 1,500mAh battery and a microSD card slot, for memory cards of up to 32GB. The Price for the Samsung Galaxy Spica when it arrives in Russia on November 2009, will be set at 14,000 roubles ($484). As of now, there's no word on US or European availability. [Via SlashGear]

Android Adoption about to Explode, According to different Sources

We all know Microsoft was the biggest player in the mobile OS arena for a long time, not because WinMo was the best, but because it was a lonely business in the past. With more and more cellphone makers turning to the free Android OS from Google, all that is changing. The New York Times and FT.com, had each an interesting article on that matter. With about a dozen Android phones announced this year along, and maybe dozens more coming next year, Google, it would seem, is about to get so far ahead of Microsoft. We know that Motorola has dropped WinMo from its entire line to switch to Android. And even Palm - a long time WinMo supporter - has dumped the Redmond OS in favor of their new webOS. Add to the mix the poor satisfaction rating among the WinMo customers, and it doesn't look good at all for the Redmond giant. With 32 carriers in 26 countries, Android is becoming a big player in the cellphone arena, and it has been out in the market only for a year, so the future for the relatively young OS looks bright. Lets not forget though, that the Microsoft OS still has many corporate fans, so I would not say WinMo is dead, but with the rest of the players updating their systems faster and more efficiently, Microsoft needs to watch out. What do you think about this situation? Don't forget to let us know in the comments area.

You Are Different From You: HTC TV Commercial Campaign [Video]

Chances are by now, you have seen the new video ads from Verizon pitting the new Droid from Motorola against the iPhone. Or should I say, the iDon't phone from the fruit company. Anyway, the folks at HTC are also airing a nice campaign. Check below, and judge for yourself. We are glad to see HTC doing some pretty good advert for their phones, specially when they are the biggest - and I might add, the longest - supporter of the Android platform from Google. I remember that only a few years ago, nobody knew who HTC was. Now, all that has changed, And many, if not all of us know that, HTC makes quality smartphones. This TV commercial from HTC is, I believe - if I'm wrong, please let me know in the comments area - the first time they go all out into the consumer marketing mainstream. Personally, I really like the sentence "You don't need to get a phone. You need a phone that gets you". But enough of this, go on and watch the video below. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-QhxjJFl7E&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]
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