Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 to Launch on February 10th 2010 in the UK

Who doesn't remember the beautiful XPERIA X10 with its 4-inch capacitive touchscreen running at WVGA 480 x 854 resolution? If you say you don't, you lie! Last time Chris over at SlashGear was with Sony Ericsson in London and had a good look at this new device from SE. Heck! He even brought some hands-on demo video. This time is Sony Ericsson UK who are telling the world to expect the Xperia X10 by February 10th, 2010. That's just in time so you can give - or get - an early Valentine’s Day gift. Personally, I love to get this upcoming Android phone from SE as a gift, rather then give it. And please do not tell me you don't feel the same way. The only downside to this gift, is that it doesn't have a US release date just yet. At least the folks across the pond will have some fun with this Sony Ericsson device and its fast 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset in a couple of months. If you live on or close to the UK, and want to get this Android phone from SE called the Xperia x10, well, you can pre-register for more info on this new device here. Below is the information from that pre-registration page:
Pre-Register - Expected launch: Feb , 10 Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X10 Sony Ericsson XPERIATM X10 - The most human and intuitive user experience yet. The all new XPERIATM X10 showcase a revolution in mobile entertainment and highlights the world class abilities of Sony Ericsson technology. Powered by the new Android operating system with 1 Gigabyte of internal memory and a superfast 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the touch screen X10 provides quick access to social media services and contacts via a rich graphical user interface. With a remarkable 8 megapixel camera, fitted with Smile detection, Touch focus and Send to web, the XPERIATM X10 breaks boundaries by being the first android phone to feature an 8 mega pixel camera. The X10 also features a variety of social media applications such as Mediascape and TimescapeTM, allowing you to manage all of your communications in one place, browse conversations, check out your tweets on TwitterTM or photos, emails and texts. The Sony Ericsson XperiaTM X10, raising the bar in mobile technology. The XPERIATM X10 will be available in Sensuous Black from Q1.

Samsung Behold II will be Release on November 18th, Might cost $229.99

Many of our members in this community are waiting on the Samsung Behold II. Although not happy with the fact that it will arrive with Android 1.5, they like Samsung products. And who can blame them, Samsung makes nice devices, now we have to find out if the price will be right. The folks over at Engadget got their hands on a Samsung Behold II and did an unboxing. They confirm the Android 1.5, and at first impression, they like the phone so far. But they really don't feel too happy about the 3D cube making its way to the beautiful AMOLED display of this phone. Unfortunately, there isn't an exact price for the phone, just a release date; November 18th, which was confirmed by T-Mobile (check the press release below). As mentioned above, there's no confirmation on the price for this new Android phone. According to many, the price for this Samsung device will be $229.99 with a two year contract. Now that's a lot, especially with new Android phones starting at just $99.99 and the Motorola DROID at $199.99. What do you think? Will you still buy it at that price, having other options out there? Next is the press release from T-Mobile:
T-Mobile USA Launches the Samsung Behold II on November 18 Multimedia Powerhouse Joins Broad Selection of Android-Powered Smartphones for T-Mobile Customers BELLEVUE, Wash., and DALLAS — Nov. 13, 2009 Available exclusively from T-Mobile USA, the Behold II is the first phone from T-Mobile to feature a 3.2-inch AMOLED screen for crisper colors and wider viewing angles, which is paired with a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, zoom, flash, five shooting modes and video capabilities. Samsung’s intuitive cube menu also provides quick access to six top multimedia features: music, photos, videos, the Web, YouTube™ and Amazon MP3 for music downloads. “With its first-rate multimedia capabilities front and center, the Samsung Behold II adds an exclamation point to T-Mobile’s already impressive Android lineup for the holidays,” said Wendy Piñero-DePencier, vice president, brand and calendar marketing, T-Mobile USA. “The combination of 3G speeds, its high-resolution touch-screen, and access to loads of entertainment features is sure to make the Behold II into a holiday hit.” The Android-powered phone is equipped with Samsung’s innovative TouchWiz™ user interface for easy customization through movable widgets and one-touch access to commonly used features and applications. The Behold II offers three different home screens to organize multiple workspaces with favorite widgets and application shortcuts. “The Behold II raises the bar to the next level to create a rich, customizable set of different user experiences,” said Omar Khan, senior vice president of strategy and product management for Samsung Mobile. “Combined with Samsung’s advanced AMOLED display technology, innovative TouchWiz user interface and the Android platform, users can create and enjoy a mobile experience unique to their needs.” The Behold II features built-in Google™ mobile services, including Google Search™, Google Maps™, Gmail™, YouTube and Google Talk™, as well as thousands of applications and games available for download from Android Market™. The Wi-Fi-enabled Behold II also supports personal e-mail and corporate e-mail with Exchange ActiveSync, as well as instant messaging, and text, picture and video messaging. Additional features include assisted GPS, Bluetooth® 2.1, visual voicemail that allows for easier access and response to voice mail, support for up to 16GB of external memory, and includes a 2GB microSD memory card. With support for T-Mobile’s rapidly expanding 3G network, Behold II customers can take advantage of a reliable wireless connection and fast download speeds when browsing the Web or downloading applications from Android Market. T-Mobile’s 3G network is currently available in 240 cities across the country. By the end of 2009, T-Mobile USA expects its 3G network to be available to reach approximately two-thirds of the U.S. population. The Samsung Behold II will be available nationwide at T-Mobile retail stores, select authorized dealers and online at http://www.T-Mobile.com beginning Nov. 18, 2009. — T-Mobile USA, Inc., the wireless leader in offering the broadest selection of Android™-powered smartphones in the United States, today announced that the Samsung Behold® II will be available beginning Nov. 18. The full touch-screen Behold II is a multimedia powerhouse with fast Web and data supported by Wi-Fi® and T-Mobile’s high-speed 3G network.

Sprint HTC Hero to get a Maintenance Release Soon, Best Buy Selling it for $99.99

As we all know, the Sprint Hero by HTC comes with Android 1.6 (oopss) 1.5, and many Hero users are waiting anxiously for the Eclair update. There's word from the Sprint Community blog about an upcoming update for the Hero, unfortunately, it appears to be just a maintenance release. According to SarahKS (Sprint Admin.), a "maintenance release is being developed for the Hero to address key items such as SMS and DST issues." She also said that the target launch will be in the "next few weeks", but she doesn't know the exact date or what is going to be included on this MR. She ends her post making a promise to update as soon as she gets more info on the matter. Now better news, at least for those who want to get a new HTC Hero. If you are amongst those who don't like the HTC Eris, but do like the shape of the Sprint Hero, BestBuy has a deal for you. They are selling the Sprint HTC Hero for $99.99 after instant discount with a new Sprint account. I personally like the Hero from Sprint better, and besides, the plans with that carrier are cheaper and give you more for your hard earn. Although that doesn't matter if you don't have good Sprint coverage where you live.

Dell Mini 3i gets Unboxed after a few Hours of been Officially Announced

So Dell already announced that it will be marketing an Android smartphone in China and Brazil. Well, a few hours later the same Dell smartphone - named Mini 3i - was unboxed by the guys over at PConline. Also, a few surprises were revealed on this unboxing. For some reason, Dell decided that a 3.5mm headphone jack - which any respectable phone has nowadays - is not important to have on this smartphone. Instead, they included a handsfree kit of their own, which connects to the miniUSB port. The good thing for those who want to use their own headphones is that Dell also included a miniUSB to 3.5mm headphones adapter socket. Another surprise is that they put a stylus as part of the goodies inside the box of the Mini 3i. But don't worry, the phone does have a 3.5-inch capacitive display, the stylus is similar to the Pogo stylus for the iDon't phone. And the truth is that many people in China will appreciate this when they get to input Chinese characters. When exactly will this new Android phone make its way to the US is uncertain. But we'll keep you up to date. [Via SlashGear]

Motorola DROID is taken apart

The guys over at www.phonewreck.com have done something that many people will hate to do to a brand new phone. But hey, many others want to know what makes their new toy tick. Well, this time was the DROID's turn to be on the operation table. Of course there are many who will say sacrilege to this, but many others will say thanks, its all on the eyes of the beholder. The truth is that, most of the famous devices always get some type of surgery. The Verizon DROID by Motorola was taken apart so we can all see what makes it tick. By the comments of the folks over at phonewreck, getting the Motorola DROID open was not an easy task. And apparently, Motorola was very sneaky by placing a screw underneath the google label and camera lens cover. So taking this DROID apart was pretty difficult, which speaks high of the quality build of this new Motorola device. And if you were wondering about the sliding mechanism, well, they said that the DROID's sliding keyboard is the simplest they've ever seen. According to them, this "mechanism is essentially just two rails that are imbedded within the screen portion of the device". Well, simple or not, the good news is that it does its job just fine.

DELL to sell Android based Mini 3 Smartphone

Okay, so we knew it was coming, Dell gets their hands on anything they can, so an Android smartphone from Dell was the obvious next step. First, Dell’s official blog confirmed the news, and then, the official press release came out. But first, it'll show up in China and Brazil. Why in those two countries first? Well, according to Dell, size baby, size, China Mobile has over 500 million subscribers, and Claro in Brazil serves more than 42 million people. I personally do not believe all those 500 million in China will buy a Dell phone, but hey, what can I say, Dell wants them to. Dell has already an existing telecom partnership with both, China Mobile and Brazil's Claro. Lets not forget that back in April, Dell was the first to embed China Mobile’s technology into the Mini 10 netbook. Here's what Ron Garriques, President of Dell Global Consumer Group had to say:
Our entry into the smart phone category is a logical extension of Dell’s consumer product evolution over the past two years. We are developing smaller and smarter mobile products that enable our customers to take their internet experience out of the home and do the things they want to do whenever and wherever they want.

Hands On Video Of Saygus Vphone V1

So the Saygus VPhone V1 smartphone is back on the news. The first time, when it cleared the FCC the images we saw of this phone were rough. But on the second round we actually notice a nice looking phone. This time, we have two videos and more info on the Saygus Vphone running on Android. According to Saygus executives, the Saygus VPhone V1 is expected to launch late on this year or early 2010, and there's no official price just yet. The handset will ship with the Android version 1.6, but will be updated OTA (Over The Air) to Android 2.0 at some time in the near future. This device will be available to Verizon Wireless customers, but it wont be supported by the carrier, but by Saygus themselves since this smartphone is an Open Development Initiative device. The main differentiators, according to Saygus Execs for this phone are that, it will work as a wireless access point and the front-facing camera. This front VGA camera is actually the main reason this phone is important to many people. It will allow for video conferencing on the mobile device, so its users can do video calling, either handset to handset or over VoIP clients that support this device. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdzlS1Fl2c8&feature=player_embedded#[/youtube] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAJNmwFk2p0&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] Thanks to forum member djunio for the tip!

samsung bada to compete with other open mobile platforms

Okay, so we just talked about how Samsung is steering away from the Redmond giant and its WinMo OS. And now - a couple of days late I must say - we hear that Samsung will try to enter the open mobile platform arena. And it will do so with "bada", which means Ocean in Korean. Samsung bada is a new open platform that enables a richer user experience in applications on Samsung mobile devices, according to Samsung, of course. Lets be fair, Android is hot on the iPhone heels, and behind Android we see the webOS from Palm. Where does Samsung think is going? Joke aside though, Samsung probably wants to make better feature phones, and not smartphones. I honestly do not see the point of Samsung trying to capitalize on its own platform, but hey, I'm not a part of Samsung, so what do I know. Anyway, why would they want to compete with their own Android phones? Well, it beats me. But below is the Press release from Samsung about bada, let us know in the comments area what do you think about all this.
10th November , 2009 Samsung Launches Open Mobile Platform Samsung Launches Open Mobile Platform: Samsung bada – The Next Wave Of The Mobile Industry Developers get the chance to create mobile applications for millions of new Samsung handsets November 10th, 2009, Seoul, Korea - Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today announced the launch of its own open mobile platform, Samsung bada [bada] in December. This new addition to Samsung’s mobile ecosystem enables developers to create applications for millions of new Samsung mobile phones, and consumers to enjoy a fun and diverse mobile experience. In order to build a rich smartphone experience accessible to a wider range of consumers across the world, Samsung brings bada, a new platform with a variety of mobile applications and content. The name ‘bada’, which means ‘ocean’ in Korean, was chosen to convey the limitless variety of potential applications which can be created using the new platform. It also alludes to Samsung’s commitment to a variety of open platforms in the mobile industry. Samsung bada also represents the fresh challenges and opportunities available to developers, as well as the entertainment which consumers will enjoy once the new platform is open. Based on Samsung’s experience in developing previous proprietary platforms on Samsung mobile phones, Samsung can create the new platform and provide opportunities for developers. Samsung bada is also simple for developers to use, meaning it’s one of the most developer-friendly environments available, particularly in the area of applications using Web services. Lastly, bada’s ground-breaking User Interface (UI) can be transferred into a sophisticated and attractive UI design for developers. Samsung will be able to expand the range of choices for mobile phone users to enjoy the smartphone experiences. By adopting Samsung bada, users will be able to easily enjoy various applications on their mobile. Samsung bada also offers an easy-to-integrate platform for mobile operators so that mobile operators can provide unique and differentiated services to their customers. Samsung established its mobile application ecosystem through the launch of Samsung Mobile Innovator in 2008 and the Samsung Application Seller Site followed by Samsung Application Store as another key element of this offering. Dr Hosoo Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Media Solution Center at Samsung Electronics said, “By opening Samsung’s mobile platforms we will be able to provide rich mobile experiences on an increasing number of accessible smartphones.” He added, “bada will be Samsung’s landmark, iconic new platform that brings an unprecedented opportunity for operators, developers and Samsung mobile phone users around the world.” The official website (www.bada.com) will open on November 10th and will feature a range of information on bada including updates on product launches, features, and event notices. Samsung will also host an official launch event for bada in London, UK in December and will also unveil its bada software development kit (SDK) to developers for the first time on this date. About Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2008 consolidated sales of US$96 billion. Employing approximately 164,600 people in 179 offices across 61 countries, the company consists of two business units: Digital Media & Communications and Device Solutions. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com

Vimeo Coming to an Android near you

As many of you already know, Vimeo is a great service for video lovers who sometimes look for more quality than the regular youtube experience. Unfortunately for Android and iDon't users, not having Flash support on these devices makes it hard to use anything else besides youtube. The good folks over Spanish site Xataka Movil are letting us know that Vimeo works on Android and the other phone. So far the Staff Picks and HD video showcase (high def channels from Vimeo) have been already converted to be Android friendly. Well, not all the videos, but that's a good start. And as you can see on the image above, support for all Plus Members will soon be available too. So Android and iDon't users can start to enjoy some of the fine videos that you can find at Vimeo. And as time goes by, and this gets on the right track, Vimeo might end up with an application for Android pretty soon. How soon? Well, not an exact date, but soon.

Google Maps Navigation Working on T-Mobile G1

As you all know by now, the Verizon DROID by Motorola has Google Maps Navigation Beta, which gives its users turn-by-turn directions, vocal prompts, speech-recognition and more. Well, if you have a T-Mobile G1 and can't help to feel a little jealous, okay, lets face it, maybe more than just a little. Do not fret, you may have a shot at this new Google GPS app. Apparently the folks over at xda-developers.com have figured out a way to make Google Maps Navigation Beta to work on the T-Mobile G1. Although Android 2.0 is only on the Motorola DROID, and still evading all other phones, the xda-developers have worked out this hack for you; G1 users. Google Maps Navigation Beta only works in the US, so have in mind that this hack might not work with those G1 phones outside the States. If you like to know more about it, or even apply this hack to your G1, hit the link on the paragraph above to see how it is done. But remember to be careful and try this and any other hack at your own risk.
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