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HSPA+ T-Mobile G2 teaser site launches

T-Mobile has launched a new teaser site for their latest Android smartphone, the T-Mobile G2 with Google.  The first HSPA+ capable smartphone to their network, details on the G2 are in short supply right now; only a vague outline of the handset has been shown, though we have heard various rumors about different T-Mobile devices in the past. That includes the T-Mobile G1 Blaze (aka the HTC Vision), a slider-QWERTY handset made by HTC and that would certainly fit in with the carrier's comments that the G2 is the "successor" of the original G1.  However, we've also heard talk of the T-Mobile myTouch HD, a large-screen version of the keyboard-free myTouch 3G. Both are believed to be part of T-Mobile's Project Emerald.  The carrier says it will release more information on the T-Mobiel G2 in the coming weeks, with existing subscribers getting early access to the Android handset. [via SlashGear]

HTC Lexikon and HTC Bee specs outed from ROMS

Details of two new HTC Android smartphones have emerged, seemingly dug out of the company's own ROMs by 911HTC.  According to the site, the HTC Bee and HTC Lexikon each run Android 2.2 Froyo, with the Bee packing a lowly 528MHz MSM7625 chipset while the Lexikon gets a somewhat more satisfying 800MHz MSM7630. Both have a 5-megapixel autofocus camera, but the Bee has a 3.2-inch QVGA display while the Lexikon gets a larger 3.8-inch WVGA panel; both run HTC Sense.  The Lexikon also packs a QWERTY keyboard, which suggests it might be another version of the HTC Vision (though the vision has a 3.7-inch display). According to 911HTC, the HTC Bee is a CDMA device for Verizon (as well as Cellular/UTSTARCOM/Alltel/CellSouth); no word on who might be offering the Lexikon. [via Coolsmartphone]

DROID 2 R2-D2 special edition spotted in wild

Verizon's R2-D2 special edition of the Motorola DROID 2 has been spotted in the wild, snapped by a convention attendee at Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando ahead of the carrier's planned preview.  Basically the same DROID 2 as is on sale now but with an R2-D2 skin, the handset is certainly distinctive and more than a little geeky. Verizon has also kicked off a pre-registration page for those looking for further DROID 2 R2-D2 information.  The limited edition Android 2.2 smartphone is set to go on sale from September 30th, but so far we don't know quite how limited or how much the handset will cost. [via Android and Me]

Verizon DROID 2 sales begin

$200 burning a hole in your pocket and desperate for a new DROID to call your own?  As promised, Verizon has kicked off sales of the Motorola DROID 2, ahead of the QWERTY Android 2.2 smartphone's in-store debut tomorrow. Your money - and commitment to a two-year agreement - gets you a 3.7-inch display, 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and an LED flash, WiFi, EVDO Rev.A and GPS.  There’s also Flash 10.1 support, speech-to-text and 8GB of internal storage, with Motorola adding an 8GB microSD to the box.  Verizon will also offer a limited edition Star Wars R2D2-themed version of the DROID 2, available in September.

HTC EVO 4G Froyo 2.2 update fixes dodgy predecessor

It's obviously the week that Froyo is on the menu, with Sprint pushing out a new incremental update for the HTC EVO 4G that takes it from the "unofficial" 3.26.651.3 version of Android 2.2 released last week to a supposedly more stable 3.26.651.6 release.  According to a Sprint admin, the upgrade itself is "very small", suggesting that the Android 2.2 package that went out recently was all but polished for the EVO 4G. Still, some users have been reporting poor battery life, loss of calendar or contacts entries, and generally sluggish performance with the previous update, and so hopefully this will address those problems.  If you're too impatient to wait for the OTA update to be offered, you can trigger it by choosing "HTC software update" from the Updates section of the settings menu. [via AC Forums]

Android 2.2 update for Motorola DROID goes live

We're hearing from Android Community readers that the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Motorola DROID has gone live, with OTA upgrades for the Verizon Wireless smartphone being offered across the US. The update brings with it speed and stability improvements, though we're yet to confirm whether Verizon have stripped out Froyo's wireless hotspot feature as is so useful on the Nexus One.  Anybody with the update care to fill us in? [Thanks everybody!]

DROID 2 presales August 11th confirms Verizon

The Verizon DROID 2 has made its official debut, with the carrier announcing that the Motorola smartphone will go up for pre-sale from August 11th 2010.  Priced at $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and with a new, two-year agreement, the DROID 2 has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard like its predecessor but, Verizon claim, the 'board has been reworked for more comfortable typing. There's also a 3.7-inch touchscreen, 3G, Android 2.2 and a 5-megapixel camera, together with a preloaded 3G mobile hotspot app and the Swype keyboard.  There's also Flash 10.1 support, speech-to-text and 8GB of internal storage, with Motorola throwing an 8GB microSD in the box too.  Verizon will also offer a limited edition Star Wars themed version of the DROID 2, available in September. [via SlashGear] Press Release: See What DROID™ Does Next: DROID 2 By Motorola Pre-Sale Starts August 11 At VerizonWireless.com Built on Android 2.2 with Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1, DROID 2 Comes Equipped with More Power, More Speed and an Improved QWERTY Keyboard BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and LIBERTYVILLE, IL — Verizon Wireless, the company with the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless 3G network, and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), a pioneer in the mobile industry, today announced that DROID™ 2 by Motorola will be available for pre-sale on August 11. Hitting all the right keys, DROID 2 is a feature-packed device that helps manage work and social life with an enhanced QWERTY keyboard, ultra high-speed Web browsing, 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities, full push corporate e-mail, intuitive social messaging and Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 for access to the full web – all built on Android 2.2. “When we announced DROID X last month, we reaffirmed our commitment to continue to bring unique Android experiences to the Verizon Wireless network,” said Jeffrey Dietel, vice president – wireless device, marketing and development for Verizon Wireless. “The DROID by Motorola was our first Android device, so it is important for us to include the successor to that phone in our portfolio. DROID 2 is not only a continuation of our commitment to Android but offers customers the features and form-factor they crave on the Verizon Wireless network.” “With the new DROID 2, we’ve taken a big leap forward from the original DROID,” said Bill Ogle, chief marketing officer of Motorola Mobile Devices and Home Business. “We listened to consumers and are providing an even more robust experience built on Android 2.2 that includes a new keyboard, increased processing power, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities to send, access and share information even quicker than before.” DROID 2’s super-slim design helps customers e-mail, text and tweet with ease. DROID 2 offers a redesigned symmetrical keyboard with raised keys for more responsive typing to push out notes and status updates. Speech-to-text input and the virtual multi-touch keyboard allow for quick messaging; or customers can also use Swype for even easier text input. In addition, full push corporate e-mail delivers enhanced features such as remote wipe and password enforcement so that information remains secure. DROID 2 packs power and speed. Customers can enjoy the freedom of wireless with the 3G Mobile HotSpot and the ability to connect up to five compatible Wi-Fi® devices, and watch content on the full multi-touch 3.7-inch brilliant display, or share content captured on the 5-megapixel camera with enhanced functionality and DVD-quality video capture with DLNA connectivity to share on compatible devices. Customers can also download favorite apps from Android Market™, which has more than 70,000 applications, and store them on 8 GB of preloaded on-board memory and the 8 GB microSD™ card, which can be upgraded to a 32 GB SD card for a total cargo capacity of 40 GB. Popular apps available on DROID 2 include NFL Mobile (downloadable), Skype mobile(™) and BLOCKBUSTER On Demand® presented by V CAST Video. Customers can even manage their wireless accounts or their contacts from their phones with My Verizon and with Backup Assistant(SM). “It’s great to see amazing new smartphones like the DROID 2 come pre-installed with Flash Player 10.1,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager, Creative and Interactive Solution Business Unit at Adobe. “With the completely redesigned and hardware accelerated Flash Player 10.1, DROID 2 users will be able to experience the full Web on the go.” Adobe Flash Player 10.1 lets mobile users experience millions of websites the way they were meant to be seen – with rich Internet applications (RIAs), content inside the browser, including games, animations, data presentations and visualizations, e-commerce, music, video, audio and more. R2-D2 DROID 2 In honor of the iconic Astromech Droid from the Star Wars™ Saga, Verizon Wireless will offer a limited-edition R2-D2 version of the DROID 2, available only online in September. The special version of the phone will feature exclusive Star Wars content and external hardware designed to look like the trusty Droid from the film saga. Visitors to the upcoming Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando, Fla., can see a preview of the limited edition phone and sign up to receive alerts when the phone is ready for sale. Pricing and Availability DROID 2 by Motorola will be available at www.verizonwireless.com on August 11, and it will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores beginning August 12 for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. In addition to subscribing to a Nationwide Talk plan or a Nationwide Talk & Text plan, customers will also need to subscribe to an Email and Web for Smartphone plan. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access. Email and Web for Smartphone plans start at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access. Customers can add the optional 3G Mobile HotSpot service to their DROID 2 smartphones for $20 per month. The 3G Mobile HotSpot allows customers to turn their phones into a wireless modem for up to five compatible Wi-Fi® devices. In addition, current Verizon Wireless customers who have contracts ending by December 31, 2010, can upgrade to any smartphone, including DROID 2, without penalty. For more information on DROID 2 by Motorola, go to www.droiddoes.com. For 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.

Motorola DROID 2 does Verizon 360-degree turn

Verizon's Motorola DROID 2 looks to be imminent, with the new QWERTY smartphone showing up in the carrier's 360-degree viewer.  The viewer update follows on from the handset being spotted in a Verizon InfoManager page, complete with full specifications, and devices already showing up in Best Buy stores. Best Buy have tipped the pricing, too, with the DROID 2 expected to come in at $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement.  Verizon are expected to officially announce the DROID 2 on August 12th. [via BGR]

HTC Desire HD caught on video

The HTC Desire HD looks to be ready for its close-up now, with both images and video of the new Android smartphone leaking out ahead of an official launch.  Uwants caught an in-the-wild shot of the Desire HD running Android 2.2 with HTC Sense, while 247Android went one better and shot a video of the handset. The Desire HD has a 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen, 8-megapixel camera, dual LED flash and can record 720p HD video, and also shows a somewhat new, angular design language for HTC. [youtube MEJoPXmwVAE] [gallery] [via Engadget and via SlashGear]

Verizon HTC Android QWERTY world-phone tipped for 2011 launch

Verizon's next HTC Android smartphone has turned up in the wild, with AndroidGuys scoring images of the QWERTY slider.  Currently unnamed, the handset is said to have a 4-inch touchscreen and a 1.2GHz processor; of course there's also a four-row keyboard for easier text entry. Interestingly, the handset is also a so-called world phone, including both CDMA and GSM radios for use on Verizon's network in the US and - going by the SIM installed in the prototype - Vodafone's network while abroad.  It's expected to launch in early 2011 and is running Android 2.2 at present, though that could change between now and commercial availability. [gallery]
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