NYTimes that the Identity Tab will drop in the US at the end of the summer, with an unsubsidized retail price of under $350. The existing version, available on South Korea's KT network, has a 1GHz processor, 3-megapixel camera, 8GB of storage and a digital TV tuner. Final specs for the US version haven't been announced, though a teaser site suggests it will be the updated E301 Identity Tab.
Looking Glass tablet has been caught crossing the FCC, complete with UMTS/WCDMA support for both AT&T and T-Mobile USA. The filing for the M02M - which is believed to have a 7-inch display and run NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset - also lists WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. There's also a SIM card slot and an SD card slot, both accessed via a door on the side of the Looking Glass; it's unclear at this stage whether the tablet will be able to make voice calls, like the Dell Streak or not. It also seems that the back panel is non-removable, suggesting a non-user-replaceable battery. We're expecting to see the Looking Glass launch at CES 2011 next month as the Dell Streak 7. [via Engadget]
the news that European HTC Wildfire users should expect to see the Froyo update for their Android smartphone roll out sometime this week, Vodafone UK has announced that the Android 2.2 upgrade for their version of the handset is going out this morning. However, it's worth noting that the updated Wildfire still won't support Flash in the browser or Live Wallpapers on the homescreen, because of "hardware limitations". We're guessing this is a shortcoming of the Wildfire's processor. Update: HTC PR tells us that the Wildfire update should be going out to all UK carriers this morning, in fact.
Today sees the launch of the Android 2.2 Froyo update for Vodafone HTC Wildfire customers. Below are the details of what benefits updating to 126.96.36.199 (Froyo) will give along with how to perform the update. About the Update What benefit will this software update deliver? This update from Android 2.1 to Android 2.2 introduces all the supported functionalities that are included in this OS update. For a full list, take a look here. The most notable are: - Support for USB tethering - Possibility of installing applications to SD card (if supported by the application) - Native support for Activesync Exchange (email, contacts and calendar sync) and security policies - Enhanced Camera application - Enhanced Bluetooth support - Speed and stability improvements - Multiple keyboard languages - WiFi Hotspot tethering NOTE: "Live wallpapers" and "Flash" support in the browser (Froyo features) are not supported due to hardware limitations. When the update is available a message will appear on the handset, follow the instructions to install system software. You can manually check if a software upgrade is available by selecting Menu from the Home screen, tapping Settings, scrolling down the screen, tapping About Phone and then System software updates. On this screen tap Check now. How do I check what software version I have? Menu > Settings > about phone > Software Information > Software Number
has confirmed that the AT&T-locked Dell Streak won't get an Android 2.2 Froyo update until January 2011, lending legitimacy to the leaked emails tipping a January 12 release. According to the official Dell blog, "customers in the United States who own AT&T SIM-locked versions of the phone will hopefully begin seeing the Froyo update sometime next month." The delay in pushing out the release - which upgrades the Streak from its original Android 1.6 OS - is not fully explained, but Dell certainly implies it is to do with AT&T's involvement in the carrier-locked handset. The update for unlocked Streaks began rolling out last month.
Dell Streak, bringing the 5-inch tablet to Android 2.2 Froyo, has reportedly been delayed until January 12 2010. That's according to some leaked emails handed to Streak Smart, supposedly from inside either Dell or AT&T, claiming the update for carrier-locked Streaks "should happen the week of January 12th." Meanwhile, unlocked Dell Streak units ordered from Dell.com and delivered with Froyo pre-installed aren't expected to ship now until December 26. In fact, according to some buyers who grabbed one when they were first put on sale, despite the Dell product page suggesting the Streak now comes with Android 2.2, their units have been delivered with 1.6 instead.
IS03 has reportedly set new pre-order records for Android devices in Japan, with over 250,000 bought online ahead of the smartphone's launch on KDDI. Meanwhile, in-store pre-orders are believed to be in the region of 200,000. The online pre-orders alone make the IS03 five times more popular than the Samsung Galaxy S or Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 in Japan. The figures come courtesy of market research analyst Kei Shimada. The IS03 is notable for its Retina Display-matching 960 x 640 resolution display and a 9.6-megapixel camera. [via Twitter]
LG has confirmed that the Verizon version of their Optimus One Android smartphone - the Verizon Vortex - will land on November 18; meanwhile, in just over a month, the company has shifted one million of the devices. That includes Optimus One sales, together with Sprint and T-Mobile USA's own versions, the Optimus S and Optimus T. In fact, LG reckons that by the time it has finished rolling the Optimus One out across the 120 carriers and partners it has planned, it will be the company's first 10m-sales smartphone. More details on the LG Optimus One here. LG Optimus One demo: [vms dd0a06020c35d50e1e89] Press Release:
LG OPTIMUS ONE HITS 1 MILLION SALES WORLDWIDE Popular Android 2.2 Smartphone Sets Company Sales Record in Just Over One Month SEOUL, Nov. 16, 2010 – LG Electronics (LG) today announced that worldwide sales of its Optimus One smartphone have hit one million units just 40 days after the phone’s initial launch. Now available in most of Europe, Asia-Pacific countries and the USA* , the Optimus One is the fastest selling mobile handset in the company’s history. Powered by the Android 2.2 “Froyo” OS and optimized for Google Mobile Services, the LG Optimus One has been a big hit with first-time smartphone buyers looking for high performance and useful applications in a handset priced very competitively to feature phones. “The versatile, powerful LG Optimus One was designed to provide an easy transition into the world of smartphones and as these numbers demonstrate, there is obviously a strong demand for this type of device,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Optimus One seems to be what many customers were waiting for, proving that smartphones aren’t just for early adopters anymore.” One of the first smartphones to launch with Google’s latest operating system, the Optimus One allows for up to three times faster internet browsing, web-page loading, and multi-tasking. The Optimus One also incorporates a unique LG-designed user-interface (UI) along with a camera that features face tracking and smile shot, a 3.2” wide HVGA screen and a long-lasting 1500mAh capacity battery. With a nod to style-conscious users, LG’s new smartphone comes in a wide range of color schemes including black, wine, titan, blue, silver and purple. Exact color availability will vary from market to market. With the global roll-out still under way, the Optimus One will soon be available via 120 carriers and partners. LG expects Optimus One to be its first 10 million-seller smartphone. * In the United States also known as Optimus S (Sprint) and Optimus T (T-mobile) with Vortex™ (Verizon) to be launched on November 18.
Galaxy Tab pricing, but it seems that might be because the carrier is expecting to charge a ridiculous amount for the Froyo slate. Engadget has been sent screenshots of what looks to be an internal training guide for AT&T sales staff, tipping a huge $649.99 contract-free price. It also suggests a November 21 sales date and the usual data packages: 250MB for $14.99 per month or 2GB for $25 per month. AT&T will load their account manager app onto the slate, for easy account management, but it's still expensive compared to what other US carriers are offering.
has announced that the Motorola Citrus will go on sale from November 11, the company's latest Android smartphone and another Motorola languishing on Android 2.1. Still, the Citrus promises to hit the budget mark: it's just $49.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and assuming a new, two-year agreement. Your money gets you a 3-inch touchscreen, rear-mounted trackpad, Swype on-screen keyboard and EVDO Rev.A, along with the MOTOBLUR interface and a 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7225 processor. [gallery id="14765"] Press Release:
Motorola Citrus Available Tomorrow On The Verizon Wireless Network Full-Touch, Customizable, Android-Powered Smartphone Now Available for Verizon Wireless Customers 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) today announced that Motorola CITRUS™ will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com tomorrow for $49.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Powered by Android™ 2.1, Motorola CITRUS delivers an affordable, entry-level, customizable smartphone experience in a compact design that is easy on both the eyes and the earth. The full HTML Web browser comes preloaded with Bing Search and Bing Maps and delivers a PC-like Web browsing experience, while the easy-to-use on-screen QWERTY keyboard or Swype® keyboard allow for quick messaging. Get fast access to Web apps and services such as Facebook®; Google services such as Gmail™, Google Talk™ and YouTube™; and customize your phone with free and paid apps available from Android Market™. Plus, the CITRUS phone housing is made from 25 percent post-consumer recycled plastic, is CarbonFree® Certified through an alliance with Carbonfund.org, and is PVC and BFR free. The packaging is made from 80 percent post-consumer recycled paper, and the user manual is made using 100 percent recycled paper and soy-based ink. Additional features and specifications on the Motorola CITRUS are available at http://news.vzw.com/news/2010/10/pr2010-10-05a.html. Verizon Wireless customers who purchase Motorola CITRUS 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. Motorola CITRUS customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide plan (beginning at $39.99 monthly access) and a Data Package (beginning at $15 monthly access for 150 MB). Customers can track their data usage by downloading the My Verizon app available in Android Market or by logging on to their My Verizon account online at www.verizonwireless.com/myverizon. For additional information on 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 Global and the Motorola DROID PRO have both gone on sale at Verizon, with the DROID 2 Global shipping immediately for $199.99 (with a new, two year agreement) and the DROID PRO shipping by November 18 for $179.99. Each phone has both EVDO Rev.A and UMTS/WCDMA connectivity for global use; the DROID 2 Global also gets a 1.2GHz processor. [via SlashGear]