Finally, Verizon makes the official announcement for the DROID ERIS by HTC

Well, guess what, after several pictures leaked and a premature unboxing, Verizon finally announces officially the carrier's second DROID. Yes, you got that right, the HTC Eris, which by the way, we also knew the price for it already; $99.99 with a two year agreement. As we already know, the Eris will be on sale starting tomorrow, but since it doesn't come with Android 2.0, there won't be Google Maps Navigation. But there’s a microSD slot and Verizon is giving you an 8GB card with the phone. The new DROID Eris by HTC will also have both; GPS and a digital compass, so you won't be easily lost out there. Anyway, for more, just read the press release below, and don't forget to read our review on the Motorola DROID so you can make a wise decision on which Android phone you want to buy with Verizon. Or you can always get one of the Androids from Sprint and get Anytime to Any Mobile, is up to you. Press Release:
BRING AN ANDROID HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH DROID ERIS BY HTC, EXCLUSIVELY FROM VERIZON WIRELESS DROID ERIS by HTC Debuts with Verizon Wireless with HTC Sense Experience and an Ultra-Attractive $99.99 Price BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and BELLEVUE, Wash. – Beginning Nov. 6, DROID ERIS™ by HTC will invade Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the United States, bringing the power of the Android™ platform and the Verizon Wireless network together. DROID ERIS by HTC combines the popular Android platform with HTC Sense™, a user experience from HTC that makes it easy for customers to stay close to one another and create an individualized mobile experience tailored specifically to their needs. DROID ERIS by HTC offers customers the opportunity to customize a seven-panel wide home screen with a wide variety of widgets designed to bring the most important information to the surface. DROID ERIS by HTC also includes the innovative “Scenes” feature, which allows customers to create multiple home screens, each with different widgets and shortcuts, to transform DROID ERIS by HTC from a “work” phone to a “play” phone with just a touch of a finger. DROID ERIS by HTC also organizes interactions by person, which makes it possible to access text messages, e-mails, phone calls and even Flickr streams and Facebook updates from a single contact card. The unique HTC Sense experience found on DROID ERIS by HTC is supported by an array of the latest mobile features, including: • 3.2 inch capacitive touch screen and trackball interface • 5.0 megapixel auto focus camera • Expandable memory with pre-installed 8 GB microSD™ card (up to 16 GB supported) • Supports USB mass storage • Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi and 3.5 mm headset connectivity • Integrated GPS and a digital compass with a sensor that enables the phone to know what direction it is facing • Smart dialer for simplified dialing by name, number or initials • Full HTML browser with Flash Lite capabilities • Seamless compatibility with Google services like Google Maps, Gmail, Google Search and more DROID ERIS by HTC will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com on Friday, Nov. 6, for $99.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement on a voice plan with an e-mail feature or e-mail plan. Customers will receive the mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

The Saygus VPhone V1 clears FCC, Will this be Verizon’s next Android device?

A recent FCC filing has revealed what could be the third Android offering from Verizon wireless network. Rumors back in October about a small company bringing another Android phone through the Open Development program to Big Red seem to be in the right track. We all have been so excited with the latest news on the DROID devices from Motorola and HTC, that we forgotten about what could be the next Android on Verizon. Apparently that device could be the Saygus VPhone V1, which also has a sliding form-factor with a 3.5-inch 800 x 480 capacitive touchscreen. The camera, as you can see on the images, will be a 5-megapixel with autofocus. It will sport a 624MHz Marvell PXA310 processor and 512MB of ROM with 256MB of RAM, there will be a microSD slot, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS too. And for those who love to do video calls, there’s also a front-facing camera. There's no arrival date or price just yet, but the way Verizon is going, I'll say early 2010? [Via SlashGear]

DROID Eris by HTC: Prematurely Unboxed

You might remember the upcoming DROID Eris by HTC. Well, if you don't, let me remind you that this new phone will be the second Android on Verizon wireless network. And, it will most likely be the Big Red's version of the Hero. Well, like often happens with technology, there's always somebody who didn't get the memo on the release date of certain device. Apparently, this is the case, or this guy works at one of the stores that will be selling the HTC Eris and decided to share with the world the unboxing of this new DROID. Anyway, if you are waiting on this phone instead of the Motorola DROID because of the price, form factor or any other thing, indulge yourself with the images below, courtesy of BGR. The HTC Eris DROID will be release to the general public tomorrow, so stay tune for more info.

Verizon Droid by Motorola Review

Verizon are going all out to position the Motorola DROID as a significant event, not just for Android devices but for the smartphone market in general, and that demands some serious testing. With sales of the Android 2.0 handset set to begin early on Friday morning, we've been playing with the DROID since its official launch last week to see if it lives up to the hype. Some boxes Motorola have definitely ticked; elsewhere we're left wanting. Read on for the full Android Community review.

Verizon says Tethering it’s Coming to Motorola DROID Early 2010

For those who will soon get their hands on the Verizon DROID by Motorola, the Big Red has a nice surprise waiting to happen. Verizon has confirmed that in early 2010 the DROID will have access to the Verizon Broadband Access Connect plan. As we all know, the Motorola DROID will launch this next Friday, November 6th at $199.99 after a mail-in rebate, and of course, new two-year agreement. And for those who are planning to get tethering with their DROID, well, it will likely be priced at the usual $15 per month on top of your regular data contract. Since a standalone data card from Verizon gets you a 5GB per month limit, we believe that would be the same with the DROID. But, as we mentioned before, you will have to wait until "early 2010" to be able to use your laptop on-the-go paired with your new Android phone by Motorola.

Preview: Acer Liquid A1 Snapdragon To Be Underclocked

Arne Hess over at the::unwired has been playing with the Acer Liquid and has put together a “preview” review of this upcoming new Android phone. And the Acer Liquid will also have the Snapdragon processor as the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10, but apparently - and unfortunately for many - it will be underclocked. Acer's first Android smartphone features a unique WVGA touchscreen at 800x480 pixel, and supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at either 900/1800/2100 MHz (European version) or 850/1900/2100 MHz (North American version). The smartphone will have WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR as well as aGPS, thrown in the mix are a digital compass and a G-sensor as well as a light sensor. So all that sounds real good right? The bad news is, the company have apparently underclocked the CPU to 768MHz. And if that is not enough of bad news, here's another one, it will not ship with the newest and coolest Android 2.0, instead, it will arrive with Android 1.6. Something good out of all this, at least for those who need Exchange support, is that it will bundle the excellent RoadSync Exchange client, which includes RoadSync Calendar and RoadSync Mail.

New sci-fi themed DROID Commercial: “Stealth” [Video]

Last time we watched a video for the new Verizon DROID, it was throwing some good punches to the iDon't phone from the - as of lately - evil fruit company. Well, this time, the DROID comes to you via stealth airplanes, and with some landscape destruction, I might add. This new commercial is not throwing punches to any other phone out there, instead, a squadron of stealth bombers is dropping some bomb-like payload down to earth. Many residents all over the US witness how those non-exploding "bombs" come down with great force and make a small crater where they land, be it a forest or the road. Frightening horses and a couple of cowboys. All in all, this new Sci-Fi themed commercial is pretty cool, I personally like it. I just hope that those new DROID buyers do not get their new phone deliver by UPS or FedEx to their houses in this way. Imagine the destruction of a good part of your home just for ordering a new phone. Anyway, the coolest part of this video is at the end, when those who witness the "delivery", come close to the "bombs", and then each opens to reveal a glowing, HAL-like eye in the center of a briefly-glimpsed Motorola DROID. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9fXYQjwR0w[/youtube] [Via SlashGear]

Barnes and Noble Nook Violates Spring Design Alex IP, Claims Lawsuit

As we all know, nowadays many companies love suing others for any little thing they can find, but sometimes those lawsuits have a real case. Well, Spring Design, maker of the Alex, a Android-based dual-display ebook design, is claiming on a lawsuit, that the ebook reader from Barnes and Noble, the Nook, violates the Alex Intellectual Property. Will this turn out to be a real case, or just jealousy from Spring Design, we'll have to follow this closely and see where it ends. The Alex dual-display ebook design from Spring Design has grabbed a fair share of headlines. Many people even thought the Alex and the Nook from B&N were the same device, but as we all know, that's not the case. But according to Spring Design, both, the Nook and the Alex do in fact share some design DNA. Spring Design said that they had been working together with Barnes and Noble since the start of 2009 to bring the Alex design to market under the B&N brand. According to Spring Design, "Barnes & Noble misappropriated trade secrets and violated the parties’ non-disclosure agreement when it copied Alex’ features into its recently announced Nook e-book." And they apparently they have the patents - they began filing back in 2006 - to prove it. Press Release:
Spring Design Files Lawsuit against Barnes & Noble : Nook Violates Alex Intellectual Property CUPERTINO, CA – November 2, 2009 – Spring Design today filed a lawsuit to protect its Alex™ e-book intellectual property. The lawsuit asserts Barnes & Noble misappropriated trade secrets and violated the parties’ non-disclosure agreement when it copied Alex’ features into its recently announced Nook e-book. “Spring Design unfortunately had to take the appropriate action to protect its intellectual property rights,” said Spring Design Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Eric Kmiec. “We showed the Alex e-book design to Barnes & Noble in good faith with the intention of working together to provide a superior dual screen e-book to the market.” Spring Design first developed and began filing patents on its Alex e-book, an innovative dual screen, Android-based e-book back in 2006. Since the beginning of 2009 Spring and Barnes & Noble worked within a non-disclosure agreement, including many meetings, emails and conference calls with executives ranging up to the president of Barnes and Noble.com, discussing confidential information regarding the features, functionality and capabilities of Alex. Throughout, Barnes & Noble’s marketing and technical executives extolled Alex’s “innovative” features, never mentioning their use of those features until the public disclosure of the Nook. Alex, with its unique Duet Navigator™, provides the capability for interaction and navigation techniques of the two screens and furthermore utilizes the capabilities of Android to enhance the reader’s experience by supporting interactive access to the Internet for references and links. As the first in the market to offer an e-book with full Internet browsing while reading and with easy navigational control via its touch screen, Alex is well-positioned to offer the most dynamic and powerful reading device in the market. Spring Design is focused at working strategically with book store partners to jointly develop the market and revolutionize e-book with interactive multi-media open Internet access. “It is our desire to resolve this matter so that we can move forward together to expand and grow this e-book market with enriched user experience, bringing readers to a new level of reading enjoyment,” said Eric Kmiec. About Spring Design: Spring Design, founded in 2006, delivers innovative e-reader solutions and products to the e-book market, offering overall “Link Notes”, a content authoring and multi-media publishing tool as add on editions to original text. Spring Design is located in Cupertino, California with engineering offices in Taiwan and China. Spring Design pioneered its patent-pending dual screen design with Duet Navigator™ capability in 2006, and has been working with major book stores, newspapers and publishers over the last two years, sharing the vision and the capabilities of the dual screen device. Spring Design’s innovative patented technologies incorporate the seamless interaction of dual display and multi-online access in a single device, benefiting and leveraging the technology and resources of the Web to enhance the reading experience with open Internet access.

Hands-on Video Demo of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10

Finally Sony Ericsson has come out with the truth about the Rachel phone we all have been talking about lately. And yes, it is an Android smartphone, and according to Sony Ericsson; the XPERIA X10 "introduces an open and integrated world of social media, communication and entertainment." Our good pal Chris over at SlashGear was with Sony Ericsson in London yesterday, and took a good look at the new device from SE. The company said to him this is the launch not only of the Android X10 but of a new “user experience platform." The XPERIA X10 will be the flagship phone in a family of phones coming out from SE during the first half of 2010. Now when exactly is that? Well, SE is not saying, so stay tune. According to SE, the new UX - that's how they are calling the "user experience" - platform "lets consumers organize everything and discover more with the most open, human and intuitive user experience yet". The XPERIA X10 has a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen running at WVGA 480 x 854 resolution, and unfortunately there isn't multitouch support. It includes UMTS 3G HSDPA/HSUPA, along with WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 and GPS, and all this will be run with the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset. If you want to find out more about the new XPERIA X10 from Sony Ericsson, than head on over to SlashGear. Also, don't forget to check the video (below) of the hands-on with this new Sony device. [vms 85b952b62c14a3a175a6] [Via SlashGear]

Motorola MILESTONE will not ship with turn-by-turn directions

As the date closes by, more and more people are getting anxious to get their hands on the Motorola DROID. Some of those people, if not all, are disappointed that their new Android device from Big Red will not have multitouch capabilities, as the European version. Well, the Europeans will be jealous of their American counterpart on the fact that the MILESTONE does not have support for the new Google Maps Navigation Beta. Which is a turn-by-turn navigation application that supports voice guidance, search-by-voice and automatic re-routing complete with traffic information. And is supposed to come to (almost) all the Android 2.0 devices near you. A Google spokesperson has told our good friends over at SlashGear that the reason turn-by-turn directions is absent from the Motorola MILESTONE is because currently, the beta is US-only. So there you have it folks, it seems like the European Android 2.0 devices will not be getting this new feature from Google Maps, at least not now. In case you missed it, check this post for more info on Google Maps Navigation Beta. There, you will find a photo gallery and a video of the turn-by-turn directions.
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