Free Desire For Orange Customers?

Earlier today I discussed the possibility of this phone being on multiple carriers around the world. T-Mobile UK is slated for a March 26th release. Not to be out done Orange has announced their plans for the Desire that includes a free offering for certain plans. I'll let the announcement speak for itself:

HP’s New Snapdragon Laptop

The Compaq Airlife 100 is HP’s latest Android offering. This laptop will be released to select countries starting this spring. This laptop will be packed full of options.

Garmin-ASUS nuvifone A50 coming 1H 2010

Garmin-ASUS have outed their latest smartphone, and the nuvifone A50 is the first to be based on Android.  The A50 has a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, custom Garmin-ASUS UI and preloaded turn-by-turn navigation with voice prompts.  The company also provides real-time weather, traffic, fuel prices, safety cameras and flight status information. Meanwhile there's also a multitouch-capable browser, 3-megapixel autofocus camera with geotagging, 4GB internal memory and a microSD card slot.  An accelerometer handles page orientation flips, and there's Exchange support and the usual Google apps including access to the Android Market. No pricing details as yet, but the Garmin-ASUS nuvifone A50 will drop in Europe sometime in the first half of this year.  Based on the partnership's past success in meeting launch estimates, however, we wouldn't hold our breath. Press Release: Garmin-Asus nüvifone™ A50: An Android™ Smartphone with More Location Technology Than Any Other Smartphone Mobile World Congress 2010 BARCELONA, Spain--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Garmin-Asus, a co-branded alliance between Garmin® Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), and ASUSTeK® Computer Inc. (TAIEX: 2357), today announced the Garmin-Asus nüvifone A50, a touchscreen Android-powered smartphone with multiple location technologies and apps. The A50 benefits from the personalization and enhanced features offered by the Android platform, and also includes Garmin navigation with turn-by-turn, voice prompted directions for use in a car or while walking. Location features are designed into virtually every function including email, text messaging, and photos. The A50 will be on display at the Garmin-Asus booth (Hall 8, #8B127) at Mobile World Congress, February 15-18, 2010. “The A50 brings premium navigation features to the Android operating system, offering users a seamless location based experience along with access to the wealth of applications that the platform affords” “The A50 brings premium navigation features to the Android operating system, offering users a seamless location based experience along with access to the wealth of applications that the platform affords,” said Benson Lin, vice president and general manager of ASUS’ personal mobile devices business unit, handheld business group. “Location is relevant to everything you do,” said Cliff Pemble, Garmin’s president and COO. “The A50 integrates navigation and GPS functionality throughout the device, which gives customers the versatility and reliability they need as they navigate their day.” The elegant and thin A50 has a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen display that incorporates a finger-friendly user interface. The QWERTY touchscreen keyboard makes it easy to send and receive messages, and predictive text helps customers type faster. It also comes with hardware features like 4GB internal storage, an expandable microSD card slot, and accelerometer so every screen can be viewed in portrait or landscape mode. Access to thousands of applications The A50 integrates Google™ mobile services with one-click access to Google Search™ by voice, Google Maps™, Gmail™, YouTube™, calendar, contacts and Android Market™, where users can find more than 20,000 applications to expand and personalize their phone to fit their lifestyle. Powerful enterprise email capability The A50 includes on-device sync with Microsoft Exchange server, with the ability to wirelessly synchronize contacts, calendar and enterprise email. Account setup is quick and easy, and in a few simple steps users will have their contacts, calendar and email ready to go. High-sensitivity GPS receivers with Garmin navigation The A50 receives its location (latitude and longitude) information from multiple sources including satellite, network-based and terrestrial sources. These overlapping technologies ensure that A50 customers have the best location and navigation experience a smartphone can offer. Garmin navigation is included and preloaded on the A50. Because maps are installed on the device, customers will not have to wait for third party maps to download from a server, nor will they lose their turn-by-turn, voice-prompted navigation if they are out of cell phone coverage. The A50 also has many of the same features as a high-end Garmin nüvi® navigation device such as lane assist with junction view that guides drivers to the correct lane for an approaching turn or exit and realistically displays road signs. Ready for pedestrian or automotive navigation out-of-the-box, the A50 includes a custom Garmin car mount and vehicle power cable. The A50 also supports cityXplorer™ maps so that customers can plan and use routes that include public transit options such as bus, tramway, metro and suburban rail systems. cityXplorer content is available as an optional download for select cities. Thanks to the A50’s e-compass, customers will know their heading even when standing still. In addition to Android Market, the A50 has preloaded, apps through Garmin-Asus’ connected services, which includes real-time, location-relevant information like weather, traffic, fuel prices, safety cameras, flight status. Connected services information varies by country. Customers also have access to Street View in Google Maps and 3D landmark images. Surf the web With a powerful, multi-touch capable WebKit browser, the A50 allows users to browse the web at quick speeds and view streaming content. In addition, it automatically identifies location information embedded within web pages allowing the user to quickly navigate to the locations published on the world-wide web. Take quality photos The A50 includes a three mega-pixel camera with auto-focus that automatically geotags images with an exact latitude and longitude reference of where the photo was taken. Customers may then save the image so they can navigate back to the location, or email the geo-tagged image to friends. Availability The Garmin-Asus nüvifone A50 is expected to be available in Europe in the first half of 2010. Specific availability and pricing details will be given in the future. Additional information about Garmin-Asus products is available at About Garmin-Asus Garmin-Asus is a co-branded strategic alliance that enables Garmin Ltd. and ASUSTeK Computer Inc. to combine their complementary resources to develop world class LBS-centric mobile phones.

CoPilot Live v8 gets free local search & new premium traffic upgrade

While Google's own Google Maps Navigation app may be one way to get turn-by-turn directions on an Android smartphone, if you're outside of the US and not willing to hack your handset it's not much use.  ALK Technologies have just announced that their own PND app, CoPilot Live v8, has now been given the added boost of live traffic information and local search. Local search is actually a free addition to the app - the latest version is in the Android Market now - and allows you to search for nearby businesses and other things nearby, and get instant directions to their location.  You'll have to pay for live traffic updates, however; £19.99 gets you ALK's Premium Services package, which not only pulls in route conditions (and feeds that into auto re-routing) but live fuel prices as well. Press Release: CoPilot Live v8 adds Premium Traffic and Free Local Search to Windows Mobile and Android App Premium live services and free local internet search are now available across all supported platforms of award-winning mobile navigation software London, 8th Feb 2010 – ALK Technologies Ltd, a global leader in mobile navigation software, today announced the availability of Premium Live Services for CoPilot® Live™ v8 customers using Windows Mobile and Android smartphones. In addition, all CoPilot Live v8 customers across all platforms will be able to access Local Internet search from directly within the app for free. Packed with new cutting-edge features, CoPilot Live 8 makes turn-by-turn voice-guided satellite navigation technology more accessible, portable and affordable for owners of iPhone, Windows and Android smartphones. As with previous versions of CoPilot Live, v8 provides useful Live services designed to make journeys easier, and more predictable. Furthermore, Live Local Search is now included as standard with CoPilot Live 8. CoPilot Live v8 is bringing the power of Local Internet Search into your navigation system. Simply key-in whatever you are looking for, choose from a list of matching businesses, brands and other results nearby, and be guided straight there! An additional range of Premium Live Services is now available for all platforms, including: • Live Traffic information* - High quality, constantly updated traffic information about your route with automatic warnings and re-routing. Avoid stressful delays and always be informed on route conditions with CoPilot Live’s real-time traffic service. • Live Fuel Prices* - CoPilot Live v8 can instantly guide you to the closest - or the cheapest - petrol station near your current location. Spend less. The new Fuel Price service in v8 can help you find the cheapest petrol station nearby or on-route. So whether you are running on empty or want to fill up without emptying your pocket, let CoPilot Live lead the way. Real-Time Traffic and Live Fuel are available as Premium Service package for £19.99 to purchase as upgrades through CoPilot Live Central 2.0 desktop software or CoPilot e-store. For iPhone users, it’s available as in-app purchase. Existing Windows Mobile and Android users can find out how to upgrade to free Local Search by visiting the CoPilot site: CoPilot Live iPhone customers will receive access to Free Live Local Search in a forthcoming update via iTunes. *Live Local Search is available for CoPilot Live v8 in the following regions: UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, USA and Canada. It is not available in Republic of Ireland.

Android With A Palm Pre Like Form Factor?

If you love Android but also like the styling of the Palm Pre you can soon have the best of both worlds. Introducing, the upcoming Alcatel OT-980 Android slider phone from a French OHA member and new comer to the Android game. 

Picture Of The New Samsung Galaxy 2

Here we go, another day another leaked picture of an upcoming Android phone. This is almost becoming a daily occurrence around these parts. This time it comes in the form of the follow up to the Samsung Galaxy, the Galaxy 2 enters the area.

Android 2.0 gets Google Maps Navigation Beta [Video]

While we may have caught up with the main features of Android 2.0 earlier this week, Google have been keeping one surprise.  Google Maps Navigation Beta is an update to the company's free GPS app, initially exclusive to Android 2.0 devices such as the Verizon DROID by Motorola, adding in turn-by-turn directions, vocal prompts, speech-recognition and more. The software - which is likely to strike fear into the hearts of standalone PND manufacturers and GPS software providers - has Google search is built in; you can tap in - or, by holding down the search button, search by voice - an address, landmark or business and get a list of results.  Points of interest (such as gas stations) along the route are also given priority in searches, while both satellite mapping and Street View imagery is shown. You can place shortcuts to commonly-accessed destinations on the Android 2.0 homescreen, and of course there'll be integration from the Contacts.  There's also a new UI more suited for in-car use, which has larger icons and a predominantly voice-controlled menu system. [youtube][/youtube] [gallery] [via SlashGear]
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