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T-Mobile Sidekick 4G rumors resurface with HSPA+ twist [Update: Confirmed!]

Talk of a T-Mobile Sidekick running Android pretty much faded midway through 2010, but the rumors have resurfaced with a 4G twist. According to TmoNews' source, who claims to have been briefed this week on the upcoming handset, T-Mobile is preparing the Sidekick 4G with a full QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen. OS is believed to be Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and the Sidekick 4G name - which may only be a development title - certainly suggests it will have HSPA+ support for the US carrier. No word on potential launch dates, however. Update: PCMag reports that T-Mobile USA CEO Philipp Humm confirmed the upcoming Sidekick 4G at a briefing earlier today:
"We will launch as new the Samsung Galaxy S 4G ... and coming soon, will also be a Sidekick 4G. Everybody knows the Sidekick, and we're going to relaunch the Sidekick and bring it as a 4G device, Android based, into the market"

Sprint HTC EVO Shift 4G gets official: $150 from Jan 9

Sprint has officially announced the HTC EVO Shift 4G, which will arrive on the carrier's 4G WiMAX network come January 9 2011. As we've heard before, the EVO Shift 4G has a 3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen, runs Android 2.2, has a 5-megapixel camera and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The Sprint HTC EVO Shift 4G will be priced at $149.99 with a new, two year agreement. More details at Sprint's microsite. [gallery]

HTC’s T-Mobile G2 debuts: QWERTY, 800MHz and HSPA+

T-Mobile USA has officially taken the wraps off of the T-Mobile G2, its follow-up to the original G1.  On sale later this month - albeit in "limited quantities" - the G2 is roughly based on the Desire, with a 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen and 5-megapixel camera.  However it uses an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 chipset with HSPA+ support for high-speed connectivity. There's also a QWERTY keyboard with an unusual hinge design, a number of dedicated Google app shortcuts, and an unskinned copy of Android 2.2 Froyo.  That includes Flash support and Voice Actions.  Internal storage is 4GB, paired with an 8GB microSD card in the box. The T-Mobile G2 will be available later in September, price tba. Press Release: Introducing the T-Mobile G2 with Google — the First Smartphone Delivering 4G Speeds on T-Mobile’s Super-Fast HSPA+ Network T-Mobile, Google and HTC re-team to deliver the groundbreaking successor to the T-Mobile G1; Exclusive preorder for current T-Mobile customers begins later this month BELLEVUE, Wash. — Sept. 9, 2010 — T-Mobile USA, Inc. today unveiled the T-Mobile® G2™ with Google™, delivering downloads at 4G speeds1, a blazing fast web browsing experience and tight integration with Google services. The G2 breaks new ground as the first smartphone specifically designed for T-Mobile’s new HSPA+ network2, which covers 100 million Americans in more than 55 major metropolitan areas across the country. The G2 is an ultra-powerful smartphone designed by HTC and is the highly anticipated successor to the T-Mobile G1, the world’s first Android™-powered mobile phone, pairing a large 3.7-inch screen with a unique hinge design that opens to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. Current T-Mobile customers will get exclusive access to preorder the G2 starting later this month. “T-Mobile ignited the spark that set the Android world ablaze two years ago with the launch of the world’s first Android-powered mobile phone, the T-Mobile G1, which remains an important milestone for both T-Mobile and the Android operating system,” said Cole Brodman, chief technology and innovation officer, T-Mobile USA. “Now, with the launch of the T-Mobile G2, we are re-teaming with our partners at Google and HTC to provide T-Mobile customers with another first — the first Android smartphone designed to deliver 4G speeds on our new network.” “One of the advantages of an open platform is the opportunity for developers to create rich mobile experiences and seamlessly get those experiences into the hands of consumers,” said Andy Rubin, vice president, engineering, Google. “From new services, such as Voice Actions, to mobile applications, developer-led Android innovation is flourishing. On Android Market alone, the number of applications available to consumers has grown from just 50 applications two years ago to more than 80,000 applications today.” “Two years ago, HTC and T-Mobile worked together to deliver the world’s first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1. From that start, Android has grown to be the leading smartphone platform in the U.S., and one of the most popular globally,” said Peter Chou, chief executive officer, HTC Corporation. “With today’s announcement of the G2, HTC and T-Mobile are once again bringing a breakthrough Android product to market.” The first smartphone specifically designed to deliver 4G speeds on T-Mobile’s new HSPA+ network, the G2 is optimized for performance to provide customers with blazing fast access to a world of information through websites, applications, videos, file downloads and more. Built on Android 2.2, the G2 offers seven customizable home screen panels, including a dedicated panel with one-click access to your favorite Google applications such as Android Market™, which currently offers more than 80,000 applications. The T-Mobile G2 delivers a powerful mobile data experience that is tightly integrated with Google Voice™, as well as packed with Google applications such as Voice Actions™ from Google, Google Goggles™ and more. It is one of the first smartphones in the industry to offer the new Voice Actions feature of Google Search™, which allows you to control your phone with your voice for calling contacts and businesses, sending messages, browsing the Web, listening to music and completing common tasks. It is also the first smartphone to offer integrated access to Google Voice™, allowing customers to create a new account using their current mobile number right from the home screen. Google Voice then automatically transcribes voicemails to text so customers can read them like an e-mail or text message from their phone or online. Additional pre-loaded Google services include Google Search, Gmail™, Google Maps™ with Places and Navigation, YouTube™, Google Talk™ and Google Earth™, among others. Adding fuel to the G2’s speed is its Snapdragon™ MSM7230 mobile processor which combines Qualcomm’s new HSPA+ capabilities and second generation applications processor. The Snapdragon MSM7230 offers an 800 MHz CPU and is optimized to deliver exceptional performance, long battery life and leading edge multimedia and web browsing — with download speeds faster than other solutions currently in the market. The G2 delivers advanced smartphone features including an HD video camera for recording crystal-clear, high-definition (720p) videos that can be automatically uploaded to your Photobucket account and a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and autofocus. The G2 also offers smartphone essentials such as easy access to personal and work e-mail, including support for Microsoft® Exchange e-mail, contacts and calendar; social networking; and instant messaging. In addition, the G2 features a pre-installed 8GB microSD memory card with support for up to 32 GB, as well as a music player. Additional features of the G2 include the following: · Dedicated Quick Keys for one-touch access to your favorite Google shortcuts and applications Adobe FlashPlayer enabled Web browsing experience Pinch and zoom functionality for Web browsing and photo gallery · 4GB internal memory with pre-installed 8GB micro SD card, with support for up to 32 GB of external memory · Built-in 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo headset and Bluetooth support · Swype® text input for fast, accurate communication Availability The T-Mobile G2 with Google will be available in the U.S. exclusively from T-Mobile, and current T-Mobile customers will have the opportunity to preorder the G2 in limited quantities later this month. Additional availability details will be shared in the coming weeks. Visit http://g2.t-mobile.com to register for updates. About T-Mobile’s HSPA+ Network T-Mobile continues to expand its super-fast HSPA+ mobile broadband network, which now covers 100 million Americans in more than 55 major metropolitan areas. T-Mobile’s new HSPA+ network — which offers theoretical peak throughput speeds of 21 Mbps — offers today’s available 4G speeds to more people than any other wireless network in the country, with plans to reach more than 200 million people this year. For more information on where T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network service is available, please visit http://t-mobile.com/coverage.

T-Mobile Motorola Charm on sale today

We can't imagine there are queues around the block, but T-Mobile's latest Android handset - the Motorola Charm - has gone on sale today.  The blocky, distinctive candybar slaps a 2.8-inch touchscreen on top of a hardware QWERTY keyboard, with Android 2.1, a 3-megapixel camera on the back and Motorola's MOTOBLUR social networking integration. Two color variants of the Charm are on offer, golden bronze and cabernet, and both are priced at $74.99 presuming a new, two-year agreement.  Alternatively you can get the Charm free if you sign up to a new family plan.

T-Mobile G2 live photos leak [Updated]

The T-Mobile G2 has had its first live sighting, and it seemingly confirms what we suggested earlier in the week regarding the upcoming HSPA+ smartphone.  Engadget's tipster sent them a couple of photos of the handset, complete with T-Mobile branding, showing the G2 is basically the same as the HTC Vision. That means a 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard and an optical trackpad, as well as - we've heard - a 1GHz Snapdragon processor.  No word from T-Mobile on when exactly the G2 will launch, but they have promised more details in "the coming weeks". Update: Thanks to a second-set of images, we can now see the strange hinge mechanism that looks to lift the G2's display up and over the keyboard, rather than sliding it straight up.  No word on tilting, though, like the HTC Touch Pro2.

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]

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]

HTC Paradise and Fiesta prototypes crop up in wild

Two unannounced HTC Android prototypes have shown up in the wild, after reportedly being sold on Craigslist.  Believed by Cellpassion to be the HTC Paradise - a sliding QWERTY version of the HTC Aria - and the HTC Fiesta, the Paradise at least had been spotted in an HTC user profile back in January. Full specs for the two handsets are unknown, but the Paradise is believed to fall in line with the Aria - a 3.2-inch display, UMTS/HSPA, WiFi and a 5-megapixel camera - only with the addition of the sliding 'board.  The Fiesta, meanwhile, has a confirmed 3.2-megapixel camera but otherwise we're entirely in the dark.  Previous rumors had suggested that the handset - believed to be headed to AT&T - had been axed, so it's not clear whether this is a sign those rumors were premature or that this is an abandoned prototype. [Thanks Baz!]

Motorola Sage leaks again: AT&T’s next entry-level Android phone

The last shot of the upcoming Motorola Sage was tiny and blurry, criticisms which can't be levelled against the latest batch of leaked pictures.  Engadget were sent a handful of photos of the Sage, which is expected to take up residence in the entry- to mid-range of AT&T's line-up sometime soon. As you might expect, that means the hardware isn't exactly mouth-watering.  A 3.1-inch capacitive touchscreen presents the latest iteration of MOTOBLUR as found on the DROID X, with Android 2.1 underneath and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for all your fumbled text messages.  There's the usual WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth, plus a camera of unknown megapixels with what looks to be an LED flash.  Inspiring?  No.  A sign of Motorola's continued determination to drench the Android handset segment?  Oh yes.

Motorola CHARM gets official: hits T-Mobile USA this summer

After a number of leaks, Motorola has officially announced its latest Android smartphone, the Motorola CHARM.  Headed to the US exclusively to T-Mobile, the CHARM is a full-QWERTY candybar running Android 2.1 with Motorola's own MOTOBLUR social networking integration. Above the QWERTY thumbboard is a 2.8-inch touchscreen, while on the back is a 3-megapixel camera that's paired with Kodak "Perfect Touch" processing technology.  There's also a trackpad on the rear of the CHARM, used for navigation as on the Motorola BACKFLIP.  All the usual Android apps are in place - together with Android Market access - and there's CrystalTalk noise processing. No word on pricing, but the Motorola CHARM will drop on T-Mobile USA this coming summer. [gallery] Press Release: Motorola Announces its Newest Device with MOTOBLUR™: Motorola CHARM™ Exclusively for T-Mobile USA, Motorola CHARM packs smartphone features and social graces into a pocketable design with Android™ 2.1 and MOTOBLURTM enhancements July 07, 2010 Libertyville, Ill. — July 7, 2010 —Motorola (NYSE: MOT) today announced the upcoming availability of Motorola CHARM™, a touch screen smartphone that packs a social networking punch with Android™ 2.1, MOTOBLURTM enhancements, a compact design and a BACKTRACK™ feature that makes screen navigation even more intuitive. Motorola CHARM is expected to be available this summer exclusively in the U.S. for customers of T-Mobile USA, Inc. “Motorola strives to provide an increased customizable user experience, which is enabled by our latest enhancements to MOTOBLUR and featured on the new Motorola CHARM,” said Jean Pierre Le Cannellier, vice president, Americas Marketing, Motorola Mobile Devices. “Combine that with a compact design, easy handling and all the features you would expect from a smartphone, and we believe that CHARM with MOTOBLUR adds the social ability and workability consumers are looking for.” Motorola CHARM provides consumers all the features of a smartphone with the intuitive navigation of a 2.8 inch touch screen – all in a compact, pocketable design that makes messaging a snap using the combination of a full QWERTY keyboard and touch screen. The BACKTRACK navigation pad, located on the back of the smartphone directly behind the home screen, is similar to a laptop touch panel and enables an unobstructed view of the Web, texts, e-mails and news feeds. Plus, with Android 2.1 and enhanced MOTOBLUR features, CHARM offers new customization and filtering options. “Being social with friends and family comes naturally for T-Mobile customers, and we think mobilizing their social experiences should be effortless,” said Saj Sahay, director of product management, T-Mobile USA. “With the new Motorola CHARM and enhancements to the Android and MOTOBLUR experience, we’re bringing more social skills to our broad portfolio of Android-powered smartphones.” Motorola CHARM will be the first device in the U.S. to feature an enhanced version of MOTOBLUR built on Android 2.1, which syncs contacts, posts, messages, photos and much more in easy to manage streams — from sources such as Facebook®, MySpace, Twitter™, Gmail™, work and personal e-mail. MOTOBLUR now allows for even greater customization, providing users more options to follow who and what really matters. MOTOBLUR filters can be selected from a single social networking account, contacts, group or messaging account so that users can select only the information they want to stream live to the Happenings and Messages widgets. Users can move and resize pre-loaded home screen widgets to personalize up to seven home screen panels for an even more custom experience. Lastly, consumers can manage their phone’s battery consumption by selecting different power modes to conserve battery. Contacts in MOTOBLUR are automatically synced to the phone from personal and work e-mail and social network accounts. MOTOBLUR will continue to provide convenience and peace of mind, as lost devices can be located from a secure personal information portal and even remotely erased if necessary. In addition, one user name and password brings back contacts, messages and connectivity to previously configured networks and e-mail providers. Last, but not least, Moto Phone Portal enables you to access and manage your phone’s data from any browser through a USB or Wi-Fi connection. Edit content and view important phone information while at home or on-the-go. Leave pictures on a friend’s PC, share a video at the local Internet café or share a presentation during an important business meeting. Additional features on Motorola CHARM include: Adobe® Flash® enabled Web browsing experience to view most of today’s content-rich sites Full suite of Google™ services including: Google Search™, Google Maps™, Gmail™ and access to thousands of apps on Android Market™ Pinch to zoom functionality and two-finger swipe to easily surf the Web and sort through photos Capture sharp photos with a 3MP camera and KODAK PERFECT TOUCH technology for better, brighter pictures One-touch social media uploads to Facebook®, MySpace, PicasaTM and PhotoBucket® CrystalTalkTM PLUS for enhanced audio and call quality with a second microphone for increased voice quality while filtering out background noise Corporate email pushed immediately to the device for instant inbox updates Availability Motorola CHARM with MOTOBLUR is expected to be available exclusively to T-Mobile USA customers this summer. For more information on Motorola CHARM with MOTOBLUR, please visit here. To view images please visit here.
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