Camangi to Release Android MID WebStation by December [Video]

There is no doubt about Android getting more popular everyday on almost any gadget out there. Take for example the world’s first embedded Android-based navigation system on a dashboard from Chinese firm ArcherMind Technology. And now is the turn of the Camangi WebStation to use Google's free OS. Camangi is an international company founded in 2002 that specializes in Internet Communication. Their products and services include Web Talk patent technology, VoIP solutions, value-added application platform, and modules for web services. Now, they are bringing an Android-based MID with a 7-inch WVGA screen with 800×480 resolution, Bluetooth 2.0, GPS, MicroSD, and a glass touchscreen. This WebStation will have a Marvell 624MHz PXA303 processor, running Android 1.5, with onboard WiFi b/g, USB Host port, where you could use a 3G dongle. There are also two cameras, one on the front and one on the back, which are 0.3- and 2-megapixel respectively. There is no exact price on this device just yet. If you are interested in the Camangi WebStation, the company is saying it will be available for purchase online in the middle of December 2009. The company has an “Early Bird Coupon Program” that you can use to register to win a coupon for the Camangi WebStation. But you have to hurry, because it closes in two more days. They also have launched the Camangi Market Beta. Which will be some sort of Android Market for 5 to 9-inch MIDs and other Android devices. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzkODn9WEzM&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

Google Maps Navigation Available for Android 1.6 as an Update, no Rooting Required

Recently, the folks over at xda-developers.com had figured out a way to make Google Maps Navigation Beta to work on a T-Mobile G1 by hacking into it. This time Google has officially announced that those who are using Android 1.6 or higher will be able to use Google Navigation Maps. As you already know, Google Maps Navigation is an internet-connected GPS system with voice guidance and automatic rerouting, that runs off your mobile phone. On this update you'll find the new Layers feature, which lets you overlay geographical information on the map. You can also view My Maps, Transit lines, Wikipedia articles about places, and more. Google wants you to have a happy Thanksgiving, so if you are traveling, you'll be able to enjoy the benefits of Google Maps Navigation in your car. Is still missing some 2.0 features, and it still works only in the US, but many will be happy to have this helpful feature on their Android phones. Enjoy!

Details Confirmed for the Dell Mini 3i, Will Arrive to China Mobile “Later this month”

If you fancy a Dell smartphone with Google's free Operating System, well, China Mobile has announced that they will have it "later this month". The unboxing of the Mini 3i did not give us all the features and specs of this Android-based smartphone. So here we go with the latest. The first thing China Mobile wants you to notice is that they will offer the mini 3i in two colors; Red Passion and Oiled Bronze. And of course that is arriving later this month, although I wonder how late, if we are at the end already by just a few days. Well, I guess that's what they meant; in just a few days. The price for the Dell Mini 3i is still not confirmed, though. But next are a few pointers of this Android phone: * Form Factor: Tablet/PDA * Dimensions: 58.35 x 122 x 11.7 * Display: 3.5” nHD, 640x360 * Bands/Modes: Quadband GSM/EDGE * Weight: <105g (grams) * Bluetooth * GPS * Micro SD (up to 32GB) * Connector: Mini USB And below is the press release:
November 23, 2009 01:01 AM Eastern Time China Mobile Becomes First to Sell Dell Mini 3i Smart Phones * The Mini 3i, in Red Passion and Oiled Bronze colors, will begin arriving across China later this month * China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile operator, serves more than 500 million subscribers BEIJING--(BUSINESS WIRE)--China Mobile will soon become the first mobile operator to sell the Mini 3i, a sleek and slim new multi-touch smart phone from Dell designed to leverage the power, flexibility and applications of China Mobile's new OPhone and Mobile Market platforms. Available in Red Passion and Oiled Bronze colors, the Mini 3i will begin arriving through China Mobile’s nation-wide channels (its authorized stores) by the end of this month and Dell direct to follow. The Mini 3i runs China Mobile’s flexible OPhone open source platform, and includes the latest in popular entertainment including pre-loaded 139Mail e-mail, Fetion chat and digital maps for navigation. A large 3.5-inch widescreen creates a big-screen experience, making photos and videos bigger and more intense. The Mini 3i is also compatible with a range of consumer applications, e-mail platforms, and office productivity software. “People today want to carry their lives with them – they want to discover, capture and share new content as they roam around the world,” said Michael Yang, vice president and general manager for Greater China Consumer of Dell. “We believe Dell’s year-long development collaboration with China Mobile will amplify those experiences better than anyone else in the industry.” “This signals an important milestone in the long term partnership between China Mobile and Dell,” said a China Mobile spokesperson. “We are excited for Dell to be among the first manufacturers to introduce new technology based on the OPhone platform. We look forward to working with Dell as it brings innovative new products and services to add value to our customers’ lives.” The Mini 3i is the result of a year-long collaboration with China Mobile and further illustrates Dell’s ongoing investment in smarter and more mobile products. China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile service provider with more than 500 million subscribers, teamed with Dell earlier this year to develop a new product for the rapidly growing base of mobile broadband users in China, embedding 3G technology in the Dell Mini 10 netbook. With the recent launch of the OPhone platform, industry analysts are estimating that the current base of 180 million mobile broadband users in China will continue to grow at a rapid pace. The Mini 3i is specifically engineered to give those customers a smart phone that delivers fast, easy and fun access to the internet, e-mail, chat, music and video. Popular Mini 3i Features: * Entertainment: Access to China Mobile’s Mobile Market suite of services, games, productivity tools, wallpapers, ringtones and applications. Discover China’s popular Internet sites including 51.com, Kaixin and Renren. * Customization: Personalize MP3 ring tones, icons and shortcuts. Run widgets on the home screen: sports, stocks, news and weather tickers. * Navigation: GPS navigation. * Search: Search contacts, appointments and e-mail from the home screen. * Camera: 3 megapixel camera with zoom, auto-focus, flash, video capture and photo-editing capabilities. A 3.5 inch, widescreen (16:9), 640 x 360 display that’s ideal for viewing photos and videos. * Popular Messaging: Support for the wide range of messaging platforms and services, including e-mail, IM, MMS and SMS. Dell Mini 3i OPhone Specifications: * Form Factor: Tablet/PDA * Dimensions: 58.35 x 122 x 11.7 * Display: 3.5” nHD, 640x360 * Bands/Modes: Quadband GSM/EDGE * Weight: <105g (grams) * Bluetooth * GPS * Micro SD (up to 32GB) * Connector: Mini USB About Dell People worldwide can buy Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) online, by phone and through more than 43,000 stores. About China Mobile Officially established on April 20, 2000, China Mobile Communications Corporation (“China Mobile” for short) has a registered capital of RMB 51.8 billion and assets of over RMB 700 billion. China Mobile has been playing a leading role in the development of the mobile communications industry in China and holds an important position in the international arena as well. Listed among the Top Fortune 500 companies for 8 consecutive years, China Mobile’s latest ranking is No.148; China Mobile was also a partner of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

myTouch 3G Advert from T-Mobile [Video]

As of lately, it appears we have been busy with videos for the Hero from Sprint, or for the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10. And how to forget the TV advert for the Verizon DROID by Motorola, throwing everything they can against the iDont phone. Well, apparently, T-Mobile doesn't want you to forget about them. So they released another TV commercial for the Android phone myTouch 3G. This latest TV ad for the myTouch features Wyclef Jean, Avril Lavigne and Brad Paisley from the music world. The advert is called "Music", and the soundtrack is the same that we have heard on the previous T-Mobile myTouch 3G commercial. Which by the way, is a Wyclef Jean remix to a Cat Stevens soundtrack. I don't know why T-Mo doesn't release one for the Motorola Cliq or the Samsung Behold 2, but that's just me thinking out loud. So what do you think folks? Do you like it? Let us know in the comments what's your take on this one. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHL0NMWjHxI&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

Mobile Wait Times for Android Now Available

For the Android user who wants to go to Walt Disney World and needs to know the wait time for certain attractions in the famous park, TouringPlans.com has a solution. Lines, a mobile website that displays estimates of wait times for every attraction at Walt Disney World. The folks at TouringPlans have launched in the past products such as Touring Plans and the Crowd Calendar to help the visitors at Walt Disney World to efficiently tour the parks and avoid the crowds. And now, Lines is available for Android as well as for the first and second webOS phones; Palm Pre and Pixi, oh, and the fruit phone too. With this service, they will help you to "Find out how long you'll actually wait in line for every attraction." And not only that but you can also "Get crowd estimates, refurb data, single rider lines, & more." Now, when you think you are stuck and don't know how long the line is at Space Mountain, or Frontierland, just get your Android phone out and hit http://m.touringplans.com (Lines) in your browser, to unleash the power of this mobile web app. Lines is free to use for a limited time, and you’ll need to subscribe to use Lines during this preview. Is anyone here planning a trip to Florida and especially to WDW, let us know in the comments if this web app worked out for you. [Via MyPre.com]

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 to Arrive on AT&T?

After we had the video demo of this spectacular smartphone, we notice that the registration page had taken out the February 10th launch. Now in its place is this: "Pre-Register - Expected launch: To be announced". That's not good, but at least we get more insight on SE's plans to bring this phone to the "Americas". According to the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 page, there will be an American version of the XPERIA X10. Apparently, this version will work with bands that fit both, AT&T and T-Mobile, and you can see that on the quote below:
Networks GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS/HSPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100
But then, it shows no love for the necessary 1700 band that T-Mobile needs, in order to get 3G, as you can see on the next quote:
Networks UMTS HSPA 800/850/1900 only available for phones sold in Americas (except Brazil) and Australia. UMTS HSPA 900/1700 not available for phones sold in Americas. UMTS HSPA 1900/2100 available worldwide.
Now don't get too excited if you have AT&T and want to get this Android phone, remember that SE is saying the Americas. So for all we know, this XPERIA X10 might be getting ready to land up north in Canada, or down south in Mexico, and not necessarily in the good old US of A.

Android-based SatNav on a Dashboard by next year in China?

According to Chinese firm ArcherMind Technology, this is the world’s first embedded Android-based navigation system. It comes with a seven inch touchscreen (WVGA 800×480) display and is capable of web browsing over 3G or Wi-Fi. The ArcherMind SatNav was demoed at the Embedded Technology tradeshow in Japan, and quickly caught the attention of many. Who wouldn't like to have an Android on the dash of his/her car, right? Unfortunately, it appears there's no plans to release this gadget in America any time soon. This device runs on a Marvell processor, it also has a hard drive and SD slot, is capable of playing your music, and it can even send SMS messages. The Android SatNav will be able to provide carmakers an advanced system for next generation car infotainment device, according to ArcherMind. And apparently, one unnamed Chinese auto maker is considering this device to be available in Q1 2010 in their cars. [Via SlashGear]

Gameloft thinks Android Market is weak compare to iPhone App Store

This one came down as a bomb to many game lovers out there, Gameloft, the French mobile phone games company, is cutting their investment in Android platform. According to Gameloft, not just them, but other software developers are cutting back because of the weakness of the Android Market. All of us know that compared to the Apple App Store, not just the Android Market, but any other app store from any other platform is smaller. But according to Alexandre de Rochefort, Gameloft's finance director;
We have significantly cut our investment in Android platform, just like ... many others. It (Android Market) is not as neatly done as on the iPhone. Google has not been very good to entice customers to actually buy products. On Android nobody is making significant revenue. We are selling 400 times more games on iPhone than on Android.
With all the attention in the mobile industry that Android has got lately, specially with the release of the Motorola DROID by Verizon, and Sony Ericsson bringing an Android based phone of their own. This, you would think, should not be happening. Anyway, comparing games on iPhone to Android as a base line doesn't look right (or fair). Android is growing, and will get to the point where those who are living will reconsider and come back, at least, that is my personal opinion. And I'm not an Android owner! So, what do you think? Let us know in the comments. [Via Reuters]

Now, When Using Android, GTalk Status Icons Become Exactly that, Androids

Okay, so this one is cool, it could be fun for many, but it could also mean a privacy attack to many others. What am I talking about? Well, about the new way to identify if you are using Android or not. First, lets check the image below to see what this is about. Apparently, the way this works is; the green robot/android icon means you are online with Android. The green dot means that you are using regular Gmail chat. The orange robot means that you are using Android but currently away. And the red robot means you are a mad robot, no, I'm just joking, it means you are currently busy but still using Android. So there you have it folks, Google has name this the Turn on Green Robot, which is a new experiment in Gmail Labs. Cool, right? Well, like I mentioned before, many will find this as an attack to their privacy. Let us know in the comments what you think about it.

Sprint airs a new Now Network Commercial with the HTC Hero in it [Video]

If you have seen one of the new Now Network TV Commercials from Sprint/Nextel, then you have notice how different - and better - those are in comparison to the old black and white with Dan Hesse in them. Well, Sprint is now airing one of those nicer Now Network ads with the HTC Hero in it. This new TV commercial is for the holiday shoppers to see some of the best handsets that Sprint carries. In it you can see the little black pebble; the Palm Pre, the chinless (and better looking, at least in my opinion) HTC Hero and the BlackBerry Tour. Unfortunately, the Samsung Moment is missing on this commercial, why Sprint did not include the Samsung smartphone is a mystery. But at least is finally releasing commercials for Android devices, and calls the Sprint HTC Hero as a customizable phone with access to thousands of applications. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5hy2jMYFTE&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]
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