myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition for T-Mobile is Official [Video]

T-Mobile have announced the myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition, which is basically a myTouch 3G with a nice-looking guitar sunburst-finish casing, designed in partnership with Fender. This device will run Android 1.6, but T-Mobile promised to update it to the latest version of Android (2.1) by Spring of this year. The T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition will set you back $179.99 with a 2 year service agreement. The Android-powered handset is expected nationwide at select T-Mobile retail stores and online at www.T-MobilemyTouch.com by January 20th while quantities last, so you better hurry if you want to have this slick version of the T-Mobile myTouch 3G. The Fender Limited Edition comes equipped with a 16GB microSD card, a 3.5mm headset jack and an enhanced music player developed by HTC. This new handset will ship with preloaded music from Eric Clapton (Layla, My Father’s Eyes, Rock ‘N’ Roll Heart, and Wonderful Tonight), Avril Lavigne, Brad Paisley and Wyclef Jean. DoubleTwist will be included on the device so you can easily sync your music, images, and videos to and from your PC or Mac. For more info read the press release below, and don't forget to check the video at the end. Press Release:
Rock Out With the New T-Mobile® myTouch™ 3G Fender™ Limited Edition Eric Clapton and Fender Join the myTouch 3G Campaign to Showcase the Limited Edition Device, Which Offers Enhanced Music Features, Pre-Loaded Content and New Accessories BELLEVUE, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the upcoming launch of the T-Mobile® myTouch™ 3G Fender™ Limited Edition, and a partnership with legendary musician and Fender guitarist Eric Clapton to help unveil the exclusive new phone. As part of the myTouch 3G marketing campaign, which has featured a variety of iconic artists including comedians, musicians and sports figures, Clapton’s commercial will debut on national TV on January 20, supporting the availability of the device nationwide in select T-Mobile retail stores and online at http://www.t-mobilemytouch.com. In the ad, Clapton will showcase a personalized myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition. The Fender Limited Edition puts a rock-and-roll spin on the original T-Mobile myTouch 3G with Google™, offering a fresh design and enhanced features to create a unique mobile music experience. The device will ship with preloaded Clapton classics including “Layla,” “My Father’s Eyes,” “Rock ‘N’ Roll Heart,” and “Wonderful Tonight,” and T-Mobile is a proud supporter of Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival. Designed in partnership with Fender, the new limited edition myTouch has a Fender guitar sunburst-finish inspired design. The Fender Limited Edition comes equipped with an array of features for an enhanced music experience — a 16GB microSD card to house thousands of songs/videos, a 3.5mm headset jack for headphones and an enhanced music player. The music player, developed by HTC, offers an intuitive user interface that allows for toggling between different views or for changing a song or album by simply touching the album art. It also allows customers to create ringtones from songs that are playing. “In a modern culture that forms an essential bond between music, mobile devices and one’s individual lifestyle, Fender is very proud to partner with T-Mobile on the exclusive new T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition,” said Mark Van Vleet, senior vice president of Business Affairs, Fender Musical Instruments. “This is an exciting and innovative way to connect people to their passion for great music wherever they go, and we are thrilled to share this news with our customers and fans.” Content preloaded on the phone includes popular Android™ Market applications, Guitar: Solo and Musical Light. To accompany the preloaded Clapton tunes, the device also will ship with songs from Wyclef Jean, Avril Lavigne and Brad Paisley. New accessories allow further customization and usability, including additional Fender-branded shells, a Fender carrying case, screen protector, and Rock Dock, a docking station equipped with speakers. “The myTouch 3G, which runs on Android, gives us an open, highly customizable platform to create truly unique experiences that go beyond what’s possible on proprietary platforms,” said Andrew Sherrard, vice president of product development, T-Mobile USA. “The new limited edition myTouch is a perfect example of this innovation and personalization, and we are excited to bring our customers this special limited edition, feature-rich, music-inspired device.” With the myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition, T-Mobile is introducing a customized multimedia sync solution in partnership with Silicon Valley startup doubleTwist™, allowing customers to easily take advantage of the phone’s advanced media features. doubleTwist is a free software application that enables users to easily manage and sync their music, videos and images from a Windows®-based PC or Mac directly to their mobile device. doubleTwist automatically finds all of the music already on the computer and allows customers to import their iTunes playlists, providing full media management functionality. An exclusive T-Mobile version of the software will be pre-loaded on the new limited edition so customers can simply connect their device to their computer for a seamless installation experience. The software offers a sleek, intuitive interface for syncing and managing music and other media. T-Mobile also will offer the customized version of the software to customers using other T-Mobile Android devices. The new limited edition myTouch also offers the popular features and same great technology as the original T-Mobile myTouch, including a highly personalized experience, with home screen customization and more than 16,000 applications available from Android Market. The device also offers customers one-touch access to the Google™ mobile services that millions use every day including Google Search by voice, Google Maps™ with Street View, YouTube® and Picasa®. The Fender Limited Edition, which runs Android 1.6, is expected to be updated to Android 2.1 this spring. Pricing and Availability The T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition is expected to be available starting January 20 nationwide at select T-Mobile retail stores and online at www.T-MobilemyTouch.com, while quantities last. The device will cost $179.99 (plus taxes and fees) with a new two-year service agreement and qualifying voice and data plan. See www.t-mobile.com for details.
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New Android Handset from Gigabyte and AboCom on the Horizon?

Apparently, Gigabyte Technology and AboCom Systems want to jump into the Android fun. They have seen - like many others - that Google's free OS is becoming a bigger player in the mobile wars. Gigabyte already manufactures a wide range of smartphones. The S1200 smartphone (image above) is made by Gigabyte under its GSmart line, all of the company's handsets run Windows Mobile. That might soon change if they join forces with a wireless technology company named AboCom Systems. Vibo Telecom, a Taiwanese mobile carrier is currently negotiating with Gigabyte Technology and AboCom Systems to produce a new Android-powered smartphone. Yesterday, Vibo Telecom unveiled for the Taiwanese market its first own-brand Android-based handset, the A688. [Via Pocketables]

Official Nexus One Accessories Coming Soon: Car Dock and Desktop Dock

When the Google Nexus One was officially unveiled nobody mentioned any accessories for the new Android handset. We finally have word from SlashGear's commenter Chris Roberts that Google’s online documentation for the device tips the arrival of at least one of those accessories. As you can see on the image above, the Nexus One Help page gives us a clue on the car dock for the Android device. On that site you'll find the instructions on how to use "Car Home" on the Nexus One even if you don't have a car dock, which is coming soon. The Car Home icon will open five large buttons (image above) that you can touch to access Maps, Navigation, Voice Search, Contacts, and Search, as well as a Home button. Meanwhile on Google's Mobile Help Forum site there's a question about official Nexus One accessories by Richard J. Barbalace. Ry Guy, a Google employee answered that “The docking stations for Nexus One are not available at this time. Stay tuned though, they should be available soon.” As you can see, that implies that not only one dock (car dock) is coming but the Nexus One Desktop Dock must be on its way too.

Nexus One Price Tipped for Vodafone Germany

We all know the Google Nexus One will soon arrive to Verizon here in the US, and also to Vodafone in Europe. But we don't know how much will the new Android handset cost when it arrives to European customers. Until now that is, apparently - as you can see on the image above - the Nexus One will have a price of €149.90 ($217) on Vodafone Germany. Obviously that could be a 2 year service agreement price with the carrier. There isn't any information on plan pricing for the Android 2.1 phone at this moment, as we all know, here in the US T-Mobile offers only one plan for the handset. And there's no word from Google or Vodafone about prices for the unlocked version of the device. [Via SlashGear]

Security Flaw Found on Verizon’s DROID

Unfortunately, security flaws are nothing new in software, and apparently Verizon's DROID is not exempt of such calamity. According to the folks over at TechCrunch, Google is already working on a solution to this problem. The problem is a bug found on Android OS version 2.0.1 that allows anyone to bypass the phone’s screen-lock security mechanism with ease. Apparently, all you have to do is hit the dedicated Back button after accepting an incoming call and everything inside your DROID is available to the unauthorized person. Other devices have seen some kind of bug in their software before. Back in August 2008 the iPhone also had a security flaw similar to the one found on the DROID. Let's hope Google fixes this bug soon.

According to Motorola, Android 2.1 is coming to DEXT and MILESTONE Handsets

According to Motorola's Europe Facebook page, the MILESTONE and DEXT Android-based smartphones will get the 2.1 update. As you already know, Motorola US confirmed the firmware update to Android 2.1 for the Backflip, DROID, and CLIQ handsets. Apparently, Milestone users will get the firmware update to version 2.0.1 first: "Attention Android lovers. The 2.01 update is on its way for all Milestone users. The Android 2.1 upgrade for Milestone is also on its way and will be ready in the next 2 months. We can confirm that Dext will get the Android 2.1 upgrade as well." As you can see, Milestone owners should be upgrading their devices to firmware version 2.0.1 anytime now. Motorola Europe recommends to visit its Facebook space for more info. As soon as the update is available the company will let you know on its Facebook fan page. [Via the::unwired]

T-Mobile’s Action Steps for Nexus One 3G Issues Leaked

As most of you already know, there are many Nexus One owners that have some kind of signal issue with their Android devices. The complaints have to do with the handset switching between 3G and EDGE, and sometimes getting stuck on EDGE-only. The folks over at Engadget got their hands on some "internal documentation" that T-Mobile is giving to its reps, so they can help Nexus One owners on the signal issue. As you can see on the image above, T-Mobile's reps will begin with the basics; checking that you actually are within 3G coverage, verify that customers have a data plan and so on. The reps will also ask if you had 3G service on a previous phone (assuming you had T-Mo's service on the other handset) in the same area. It is worth mentioning that one of our readers (NPS_CA) actually took matters into his own hands, and went on to investigate the issue around his neighborhood and found out his Nexus One does have a problem with 3G signals. You can read his findings here.

Will Nexus One for Enterprise be a World Phone and Have a Physical Keyboard?

Andy Rubin Vice President of Engineering Google, had a conversation with Walt Mossberg (All Things Digital), and talked about Google’s plan for an enterprise version of the Nexus One. They also talked about Google's vision on the way phones should be bought and sold. The Google Nexus One just arrived a few days ago and Andy Rubin is already talking about the next version of the Nexus One Superphone. Apparently, it will be an enterprise edition for business users. That's interesting enough for many people already, but it will be more interesting if you put a hardware keyboard on the Nexus One. Rubin told Mossberg that an enterprise version of the Nexus One might support exchange and "might also have a physical keyboard". Not only that, but he also said "it might be a world phone", which is something that many of you want. Nothing specific was revealed on software for the enterprise version of the Nexus One. What do you think, would you rather have a Nexus One with a physical keyboard, even if that means having a thicker device?

Hands-on with the LG GT540 Android phone

There's no doubt that the folks from sister site SalshGear had fun over at CES with all the gadgets they put their hands on. One of those devices was the LG GT540 Android powered handset, which didn't have as much "bang" as the GW640. The LG GT540 is a touchscreen-only device and no physical keyboard, it uses a 320 x 480 resistive touch panel. There is 3G HSDPA connectivity, with WiFi and Bluetooth, it also has a 3.5mm headphones jack, GPS and microSD card slot. There’s a 3-megapixel camera with face detection and tagging on the back of the handset. There are some changes to the dialer, and LG have placed their S-Class UI buttons onto the regular Android homescreen. They’ve also loaded a new media player app with native DivX support, among other codec types. LG's “social media manager” is also there, which gives easier access to networks like Facebook via a widget. Apparently, this new Android-based LG handset will arrive globally by April 2010, LG aren’t talking about specific carriers or pricing. Enjoy the pictures below, and let us know what do you think about this new LG device. [gallery]

Hands-on with T-Mobile’s Vega Android Tablet [Video]

Here we go again with more on the new 15-inch Vega Android powered tablet, this one as you might remember, is heading to the UK via T-Mobile. Another hands-on by the good folks at SlashGear, to bring more on this ICD Vega tablet made for the family on the go. The ICD Vega has a reworked OS, instead of Android 2.0 like the ICD Ultra, since they are targeted at different groups. Something that might be a deal breaker for some of the Android enthusiast, is the absence of the Android Market on this device. The Vega needs to work on the accelerometer, which wasn’t working on the demo device, the manufacturer is also considering to add either one or two speakers to the included docking station. This dock uses magnets to keep the Vega at a usable angle on a table or kitchen counter, it also helps when watching videos. What do you think folks, do you like the Vega or the Ultra? Both ICD and T-Mobile are planning to start selling the Vega later this year, but there's no word on pricing yet. Enjoy the video below, and for more pictures head on to SlashGear.com, don't forget to let us know what you think about these offerings from ICD. [vms e9753913f4d435b53c30]
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