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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]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGXK4jKN_jY[/youtube] [gallery] [via SlashGear]

HIGHSCREEN PP5420 dual-touchscreen Android phone for Russia

Russian Android enthusiasts will apparently get a new smartphone option from next week, as Vobis Computer pledges to launch their dual-display HIGHSCREEN PP5420.  The 900/2100MHz HSPA handset has a 3-inch WQVGA LCD touchscreen together with a secondary OLED navigation pad beneath it. The HIGHSCREEN PP5420 itself is seemingly an Android 1.5 version of the Mobinnova Ice, which usually runs Windows Mobile.  Most of the specifications of the two devices are the same, including the 3-megapixel autofocus camera, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and GPS.  Each also has a TV output, mini USB connector, microSD card slot and uses Qualcomm's 528MHz MSM7201ATM chipset. According to Vobis Computer, the HIGHSCREEN PP5420 will cost around €360 ($507), presumable unlocked and SIM-free.  No word on availability outside of Russia. [via Unwired View]

Garmin-ASUS Android phone arriving by March 2010

Garmin-ASUS have announced that they will be releasing an Android-based smartphone "no later than" Q1 2010.  Executives declined to comment on possible pricing for the handset, but suggested that it would include GPS for geotagging photos and offering other location-based services. Garmin were first tipped to release an Android handset last year, with the expectation being that the phone would arrive on the market sometime in 2009.  While that is still possible in this new, official timescale, it seems more likely that the device will launch early in 2010. While we're all for more Android devices and more manufacturers publicly pledging their intentions, color us a little skeptical about Garmin-ASUS.  The duo's original nuvifone is shaping up for a full year's delay, and we'd really rather they concentrated on getting something out of the door rather than announcing new products.

Glympse time-controlled GPS tracking hits Android [Video]

Fresh to the Android Market and set to take on Google's Latitude is Glympse, another way of sharing your location with friends, colleagues and family.  Glympse attempts to tackle the problem of ongoing privacy present in many location-based apps; that is, you may want to let someone know where you are for a certain period, but not forever. Generally, location-sharing software works in one of two ways: either a one-off alert, which usually sends out a set of GPS coordinates either by SMS or email, or an ongoing connection as in Google Latitude.  While Latitude does allow for privacy settings, such as turning on and off tracking on a per-contact basis, it's something the user needs to remember to switch. What Glympse offers, instead, is a range of time-controlled tracking invitations.  These can run from a single instant, through minutes and several hours.  No special software is required by the recipient; instead they merely receive a link which takes them to a web-based map; the sender can also prematurely end or extend the invite.  The Glympse app is currently available through the Android Market as a free download, but the company is planning Windows Mobile, iPhone and BlackBerry versions.  More details at their FAQ here. [Thanks notxel21!] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wg-MsCQJ6n4[/youtube]

Samsung I7500 official

O2 Germany have officially announced the Samsung I7500 Android cellphone, the first device for both Samsung and the carrier.  Tipped over the weekend, the I7500 has a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, together with a 3.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen running at 320 x 480.

Other specs include GPS, WiFi b/g and HSPA, together with 40GB of storage (8GB internal; up to 32GB via a microSD card).  There's also Bluetooth 2.0, a 1,500mAh battery and the usual bevy of Google applications and access to the Android Market.  The whole thing measures 115 x 56 x 11.9 mm, and still finds room for a 3.5mm headphone socket and microUSB port. The Samsung I7500 will be available exclusively from O2 in Germany from June 2009.  Pricing for the handset itself has not been announced, but the carrier has confirmed that no specific tariffs or service plans will be required; buyers will be able to choose any from O2's range. Live hands on video demo of Samsung i7500 Android phone: [vms f5bb252d13f5f431e4bb] [gallery] Press Release:
O2 exclusively launches: the first Android mobile phone with Google Services from Samsung  Samsung I7500 with 5 megapixel camera and brilliant touch display  Simple and intuitive use  Access to Google Mail, Google Maps and the Android market by one click MUNICH. Telefónica O2 Germany strongly expands its mobile phone product range for the mobile internet. The first Android lifestyle mobile phone with Google Services from Samsung kicks off the new offer. The Samsung I7500 is the first Android mobile phone provided by a leading brand manufacturer and will be exclusively available from O2 as of June 2009. In addition to the form factor and design with mere 11.9 mm thickness, it primarily stands out by its simple and intuitive use. The mobile internet offers a great experience for beginners and professional users alike. The Samsung I7500 combines an expandable Android platform with first-class equipment: a brilliant touch screen display, and a 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash and GPS. “The Samsung I7500 offers our customers the best internet experience based on the Android platform provided by Google“, says Lutz Schüler, Managing Director Marketing and Sales for Telefónica O2 Germany. “The Samsung I7500 kicks off a series of exciting devices for the mobile web which we will launch in the next couple of months. There is something for everyone: from beginners to heavy users. And, we put our focus on strong brands, simple use and design.” Classic applications from the PC world can be comfortably accessed by one click on the big touch screen when users are on the move. Thanks to the open platform of the Google operating system, users are able to optimally customize the device to their own requirements. A variety of applications and services is available in the Android market. The contact to friends is guaranteed by integrated and freely available Web 2.0 applications like Facebook, Flickr and Instant Messaging. Customers are always up to date anywhere they go due to the automatic synchronization of emails, contacts and appointments of Google accounts. All other popular email accounts can also be accessed. The integrated GPS receiver enables the comprehensive use of Google Maps: local positioning, detailed route description and simple navigation. The application Wikitude available in the Android market allows customers to access details of unknown sights via photos on the web. The combination of a camera, GPS and an internet browser turns into a personal and interactive guide. As the first Android mobile phone, the Samsung I7500 offers a 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash. The big 3.2“ AMOLED display ensures the brilliant representation of photos and videos and reduces the battery power due to the energy-saving technology. The battery has generous dimensions (1500 mAh) and ensures that users enjoy long calls and access to the web. The device also includes WLAN (802.11 b/g) and Bluetooth 2.0. Supporting various multimedia codec formats the I7500 is a multimedia all-rounder. With ist memory capacity of up to 40 GB it offers enough space for pictures, music and videos. The Samsung I7500 will be exclusively available in all O2 Shops, the specialized trade or on the internet from June 2009. The device can be combined with all tariffs and data packages.

Routon P760 & P730 Android MIDs announced

Chinese firm Routon could be the first to bring an Android MID (mobile internet device) to the market, in the shape of the Routon P760 and P730.  Each MID has a 4.8-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen, 4GB or 8GB of flash storage and integrated CDMA EVDO connectivity (GSM is currently optional), and Routon offer either their own generic Linux build or Google's open-source mobile OS. The key difference between the P760 and the P730 is the numeric keypad, which the latter lacks.  Otherwise the specifications are the same: a 677MHz Samsung CPU, 256MB of RAM, WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.  Routon also include a GPS receiver, and a TV tuner is optional. There's also a 2.0-megapixel camera and 2,000mA battery.  The Routon P760 and P730 should officially launch in May, though specifications might change and of course the company still needs to find distributors to actually bring their MIDs to market. [gallery]

ShopSavvy gets real-time local stock checking

ShopSavvy is one of those apps that, once you'd lived with it on the G1, makes you miss the Android platform if you switch to rival devices.  The shopping comparison software is about to get even better, however, with the inclusion of real-time inventory checking for a number of major retailers. In a nutshell, ShopSavvy allows you to "scan" a barcode on a book, DVD or other item in a store, and search for that product both at online retailers and in nearby bricks & mortar shops.  To do that it uses the G1's integrated GPS, figuring out where you are and which retailers are physically nearby.
"Directing shoppers to local stores is a core feature of ShopSavvy, and being able to present our users with up-to-the-minute, local inventory across hundreds of product categories and merchants adds huge value for our users.  Our recent enhancements to ShopSavvy’s location awareness make our new relationship with Krillion even more compelling for ShopSavvy users" Alexander Muse, co-founder, Big in Japan
Now, thanks to a deal with Krillion, ShopSavvy can not only check whether a store usually carries that item but whether it has inventory in stock.  We're not sure exactly how many stores are covered by the new system, but Krillion claim over 40,000 US locations; we're presuming that means the European version of ShopSavvy won't have this new functionality. [via jkOnTheRun]

Exclusive review: TeleNav GPS Navigation Service for T-Mobile G1 Android phone

T-Mobile G1 owners will soon be able to use the feature-rich TeleNav GPS Navigator.  TeleNav made the official announcement this morning that their award winning software will be released on February 24th via their website, and will be available in the Android Marketplace later this year.  Android Community was given the opportunity to test out the program in advance of its release.
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