car running Android? Before you get any ideas about something you can remotely control from your Nexus One, James Bond style, the new Roewe 350 doesn't use Android for anything so dramatic as engine management. Instead, the Chinese car relegates the OS to its integrated DVD/GPS system. That's still notable as perhaps the first time we've seen Android used in a factory-fit ICE system. In the Roewe 350's case, Android 2.1 is used for navigation, media playback, internet access and even real-time IM conversations, which seem like a recipe for crash-disaster. The 350 was based on a concept Roewe showed last year, and has now gone into production for the Chinese market. It's expected to be priced from 70,000rmb to 130,000rmb ($10,000 to $20,000). [Thanks Ash!]
Backflip Android smartphone may be headed to AT&T this year, but Chinese buyers will be able to get their hands on it first. The distinctive folder has gone on sale there for 4,298 yuan ($629) as the Motorola ME600. The specifications are pretty much as we heard from the Backflip launch back at CES 2010, though with some tweaks to Android in order to suit the Chinese market. The ME600 has a HVGA touchscreen, HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and a 5-megapixel camera embedded into the full QWERTY keyboard. AT&T are expected to get the Motorola Backflip in March 2010; no word on pricing as yet. Check out our hands-on with the US-spec unit here. [gallery] [via Unwired View]
claimed today that they will not obstruct Google’s Android mobile operating system and will not impose limits on its usage by Chinese phone companies as long as it complies with Chinese regulatory laws. This is a response to a question posed whether the Android platform would be affected by the dispute between China and Google.
have confirmed that, despite some rival Android handsets seeing their Chinese launch delayed, they plan to push ahead with the Lenovo Lephone launch there nonetheless. Of interest to the rest of us, however, is confirmation that the Lephone will also see an overseas launch later in 2010. The Lephone was announced at CES 2010 earlier this month, and is a touchscreen smartphone running Android on a Qualcomm 1GHz Snapdragon processor. While normally it's a candybar format device, Lenovo have also been showing the Lephone off with a snap-on clamshell keyboard/case which should aid text-entry. No word on exact pricing, Chinese availability or which countries Lenovo plan to ship the Lephone to next. [gallery id="4801"]
announced their first Android 2.0 smartphone, the MOTOROI in South Korea just a few days ago. But they also want to introduce more Android-powered handsets in 2010 to the Korean market, 13 of them to be exact. SK Telecom is already the largest mobile carrier in South Korea, but rival KT launched the iPhone since November 28th with over 240,000 units sold since then. So now, according to Ha Sung-min president of SK Telecom's mobile network operator unit, they will go all out with Google's free mobile OS.
SK Telecom will sell over 2 million smartphones in the local market by the end of this year by focusing on models based on Google's Android operating system. We will have 25 smartphone line-ups in 2013, or 40 percent of our total handset offerings, mostly equipped with the Google OS. It's clear that SK Telecom will drive Android phones as consumers have greater preferences for phones providing a high accessibility toward Web-surfing and other multimedia contents. In that perception, Google's mobile services are qualified.So as you can see, Korean people also demand more Android-based smartphones, and SK Telecom plans to oblige. If only the Chinese government listen to their people's demands too, and didn't push Google out of their country.