Hisense HS-E90 is latest CDMA Android smartphone

Android continues to gather pace as more companies realise the potential of a recognized brand name and a free OS, and latest on-board is Hisense.  The manufacturer has announced that its first device, the Hisense HS-E90, will make its debut in China this month, with the possibility of US, European and Middle Eastern launches following. Specifications are tipped to include a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen, 5-megapixel autofocus camera, WiFi and GPS, along with Bluetooth and EVDO Rev.A connectivity.  There's also a microSD card slot and an FM radio, but we're guessing Hisense will have to do a little CDMA radio tweaking if they want to release the HS-E90 in GSM-friendly Europe. We're a little confused by Hisense's official renders, too.  The UI is non-standard for Android, which suggests that either Hisense have developed their own or used a mockup design that won't exist on the real HS-E90, and the notch in the bottom left-hand corner on the back of the smartphone looks like a stylus.  Considering Android was designed to avoid the need for a stylus, we're hoping Hisense aren't under the impression that would-be owners would love to see the toothpick's return. [via Unwired View]

Motorola MOTOROI is Coming to the US by March 2010?

By now, chances are you already enjoyed those 3 video ads from Korea about the MOTOROI by Motorola. If you like Korea's first Android 2.0 handset, then you might be happy to know that it is coming to America sooner rather then later. According to the Korea Herald, there's a great chance that Motorola's new Android handset will make it to the US. First hint came from Rick Wolochatiuk, president and representative director of Motorola Korea, who said: "The product will be launched in other markets around the world." Also, at a press conference Bae Joon-dong Senior Vice President of SK Telecom said: "The MOTOROI is a different model from the Droid, (Motorola's Android smartphone launched in the United States), and it will be launched in the United States around March". So what do you think, would you wait until March to get this handset?

Sony Ericsson Demos 3D Maps on the Xperia X10 [Video]

As we all know, the Android-powered Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 handset is getting ready to be launch by the second quarter of this year in Canada. But what many of you didn't know is that some of those who get this SE handset in Europe will enjoy 3D satellite maps. The folks over at Ericsson Labs have uploaded a video demonstration of their new 3D Landscape API running on the Android-based Xperia X10 phone. According to them, "The SDK libraries uses unique maps in 3D and fast methods for rendering the maps which makes it possible to show realtime 3D maps in high quality." They also said, "the maps for the SDKs are downloaded from a backend server and buffered in the mobile as needed." For now, only Stockholm - capital and the largest city of Sweden - are able to enjoy a limited set of maps. But the guys from Ericsson Labs promised to add more later. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGrwkyWIDOE&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

Korean ads for the new Motorola MOTOROI (aka Sholes) [Video]

Like many of us, our friend djunio is keeping an eye on the MOTOROI Android-powered handset made by Motorola. So you might enjoy the three video ads we have about this new device at the end of this post, even though they are in Korean. Motorola’s first Android 2.0 device for the Korean market shows some basic phone capabilities on the first video. And if you were wondering on how to pronounce the name (MOTOROI) of this handset, well, just pay attention to the clips and you will find out. On the second clip you will see some of the 8-megapixel camera functions been demonstrated, and the third video shows you how to use the 720p HD video recording capability. As you can see, Motorola’s social networking integration system better known as MOTOBLUR is no where to be found on the new MOTOROI. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0QO5UMWd_I&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBitaNAgtMQ&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFjTsqCC6Cg&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

Google Postpones 2 Android Handsets After Chinese Censorship

As most of you already know, in China anything online the government deems inappropriate gets censored. According to BBC News, after a dispute with the Chinese government over censorship, Google has decided to postponed the launch of 2 Android-powered phones in that country. A Google spokesperson said the formal launch of the 2 handsets running the Android OS was due to take place on Wednesday, but that's been postponed now. The Chinese government said Google and other foreign firms have to obey the laws and traditions of the country. All that's going on started when many foreign journalists working in Beijing complained about several cyber attacks. These attacks are believed to target the e-mail accounts of human rights activists. Google said that it would no longer censor search engine results in China, even if this means they have to shut down operations in that country.

Android popularity increases 200 percent over last 3 months

Android usage has grown by leaps and bounds in the last several months.  According to statistics from a ChangeWave research report, usage and overall consumer outlook towards Google’s mobile operating system has skyrocketed over the last three months.  As of December 2009, the research firm's survey shows that 4% of all users now have smartphones running some version of Google’s Android OS. That's a whopping increase of 200% since the previous survey released in September.

What’s after Eclair? Froyo is next Android flavor

Cupcake, Donut, Eclair.  And now we have Froyo.  Not to disappoint our sweet-toothed readers, but according to the Engadget show, “Froyo”, (also known as frozen yogurt to the masses), is the codename for Google’s next version of the Android mobile OS.  Alphabetically speaking, many were thinking Flan.  Apparently there aren't many flan geeks in Mountain View.

Astri MID Android ebook Reader with 2 Displays [Video]

At CES 2010 Marvell had on display an Android-based ebook reader named Astri MID, but in this case the MID moniker stands for My Interactive Device, ha, go figure. Anyway, the new device is said to have an unspecified Marvell chipset and is supposed to target the education market. The Astri MID ereader sports a dual-display (as you can see on the image above), one 5-inch Wacom touchscreen epaper panel on the left and a 4.8-inch WVGA LCD touchscreen on the right. That way you'll be able to read ebooks and other documents on the E Ink panel. Meanwhile, the other side - 4.8-inch LCD display - can be used for IM, to check emails, or just to access the web with the Android browser. There's no word on pricing or arrival date just yet. Enjoy the video below and don't forget to let us know what you think about this device. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2B7cx0OXBD4&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] [Via SlashGear]
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