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DROID Pro Available From Verizon Tomorrow

The time has come. All of you business users looking for an Android handset, with a Blackberry-like keyboard, will no longer have to wait. The DROID Pro officially launches from Verizon tomorrow for $179.99 after $100 rebate or $479 contract free. The device ships with Android 2.2 and is the first DROID phone to feature a full QWERTY keyboard under the screen, which is proving to be a key feature for business users. You can check out our unboxing and hands-on here, if you missed it, or check out our unboxing video below. [vms 11002af340cbaedd6fc3]

LG Apex Announced by US Cellular, to be Released on November 19

US Cellular tells us today that they plan on releasing the LG Apex on November 19 for $79.99 after $80 mail-in rebate tied to a two-year contract. The LG apex is a lovely 3.2" touchscreen machine with vibration feedback, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and it runs on Android 2.1. Also in the announcement is a note about the LG Optimus U which will be debuting in December, that being the last of US Cellular's Android devices for the year.

LG Vortex Announced by Verizon, Available November 18

It's what they call "An Accessible Smartphone with Simple Solutions." Verizon, that is, announcing today the LG Vortex. It's a phone for first-time smartphone users looking to join and explore the Android world. It connects with 3G, it's sleek, and it comes in black or violet. It'll cost you $79.99 after a $100 rebate and a 2-year agreement. The cash, interestingly, will return to you in the form of a debit card, useable anywhere debit cards are useable. Plans on this phone begin at $39.99 monthly for talk, $15 monthly for 150MB data.

Sharp GALAPAGOS 003SH & 005SH 3D Android smartphones hit Japan

Sharp Japan has outed a pair of 3D-capable Android smartphones that don't require special glasses.  The Sharp GALAPAGOS 003SH and GALAPAGOS 005SH have both launched on Japanese carrier Softbank; each has a 3.8-inch WVGA display and runs Android 2.2 Froyo on Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The 003SH has a 9.6-megapixel camera, while the 005SH has an 8-megapixel camera and a sliding QWERTY keyboard.  No word on when - or even if - they will launch outside of Japan. [via 3D-Display-Info]

Samsung Galaxy I5510 to be released in Europe next month

It was just announced in Europe today, that the Samsung Galaxy I5510 will be available for purchase in November. This QWERTY keyboard slider, featuring Android 2.2 and TouchWiz 3.0, will cost the consumer 389 Euros. But for that price tag, the device offers a 667 MHz processor and 160 MB of internal memory. However, if that isn't impressive enough for consumers, additional features include a 3.2" touch-screen and 3.0 megapixel camera. More tag Other notable features of the Samsung Galaxy I5510 include up-to-date Android software, Wi-Fi with DNL support, FM tuning, and DivX playback, for starters. This phone, by price comparison, has a lot of features that even the most tech-savy people will be sure to enjoy. And even though Sprint appears to have a strong interest in the Windows Phone 7, they have taken a big step towards showing support (and peaked interest) for Android software with this phone. [via IntoMobile]

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.

QWERTY-toting HTC Vision leaks: Desire with a keyboard)

A new HTC smartphone has been spotted in the wild, and answering the prayers of many it's a hardware QWERTY device running Android.  The handset - believed to be the HTC Vision first described back in May - has a 3.7-inch touchscreen, 1GHz processor and a slide-out QWERTY 'board, and was caught by njuskalo.hr. There's also HTC's Sense UI and a large optical trackpad.  We're guessing they keyboard layout isn't finalised, as some of the function keys show generic icons rather than specific links to apps as they normally might.  According to the earlier leaks, the HTC Vision will basically be the HTC Desire with a physical keyboard, not something we'd be disappointed in seeing whatsoever. [via Engadget]

Shadow is now Droid X?

Lately this has been the most leaked upcoming Android phone around the web. Out of all the leaked pictures and information, there hasn’t been any solid evidence of any of these claims until now. Our friend over at Phandroid has just received a few new screenshots of the highly anticipated Motorola Shadow. First off, the new name is Droid X, this is a change from Droid Xtreme that we‘ve heard in recent leaks of the device.

Metro PCS’s First Android Phone

Looks like everyone is catching Android fever, Metro PCS will soon have their first Android based phone. Yesterday there was a rumor that Metro PCS may have an Android phone in the making. What a difference a day makes? Earlier today, Androidguys managed to get some pictures of the device.

Acer Android beTouch E130 – Video

The first thing that jumps out about this phone is its BlackBerry like form factor. This device will surely make traditional BB users feel right at home (with the exception of being an Android device). This phone is made by Acer and is called the beTouch E130.
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