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Fully working Quake 2 and 3 ported to Droid

AndroidandMe, conducted Android bounty competition which they set some parameters for developers to go away and make some applications for Android. In return they would offer a developer $90 if they fulfilled the parameters and were the first to do so. The second set of parameters included porting Quake II to Android.

Aava Mobile Intel Moorestown MID hands-on

More hands on video's from SlashGear. This one comes in the form of Intel's second Android based MID, based on the upcoming Atom-series Moorestown processors. This MID features a touchscreen, WiFi and 3G, along with the usual sensors – GPS, accelerometer, digital compass – and both front and rear facing cameras.

HTC Desire puts Sense UI into the Nexus One

The smartphone we knew unofficially as the Bravo has been made official, and the HTC Desire is enough to put any Nexus One envy out of your mind.  The Desire has the same 3.7-inch AMOLED multitouch display as the Nexus One, but throws in HTC's coveted Sense user interface complete with Exposé-style "helicopter view" for homescreen thumbnails. There's also European UMTS/HSPA 900/2100, an optical joystick, 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, WiFi, Bluetooth and a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU.  In fact the only real feature that the Desire lacks and the Nexus One has, is active noise cancellation; that's apparently a cost-saving measure, to keep the Desire relatively affordable.  Unfortunately HTC have told us in a pre-brief that there are currently no plans to make a US-version, so Nexus One owners will have to wait for the inevitable hacked ROM. More details over at SlashGear, and we’ll have hands-on video and photos with the new smartphones after the press conference ends.

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 www.GarminAsus.com. 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.

Philips V900 official for China Mobile

It's been a long time since we heard talk of a Philips Android handset, but over in China the company have just announced the Philips V900.  Headed initially to China Mobile, the V900 has a 3.5-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, triband GSM/EDGE, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS, and runs the OPhone Chinese Android build. There's also a 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera, mini-USB port and 3.5mm headphone jack, and the whole thing measures 115 x 62.4 x 13.2 mm.  What remains to be seen is whether Philips have plans to bring the V900 - or a version of it - to US or European shores.  If they do, it'll need to throw in 3G. [via Mobiset - Thanks Timon!]

Motorola MOTOSPLIT: touchscreen keyboard keys?

Remember the Motorola MOTOSPLIT render that leaked back in late January?  According to an Android Community source, you're looking at another design image of the upcoming Android smartphone, complete with its QWERTY keyboard. While our source requested to remain anonymous, they did give us some information regarding the MOTOSPLIT's unusual design. Apparently it will have a two-way sliding, split keyboard, and keys that can change their legends:
The keyboard keys are inset and probably have no tactile feedback, however, they should be quite easy to use. It looks like the cutouts are pretty finger-friendly, as they contour to the shape of a standard finger. Under those cutouts is a low-resolution monochrome touch screen, one for each side of the keyboard. This is where the finger presses. The contact area is small, but the plastic grid that surrounds it contours to the fingers. The label and function of each key can be changed to suit certain layouts and applications. The keyboard has multiple orientations. The keyboard can be pulled from side to side for typing on a surface. A small kickstand angles the phone when typing in this manner. The keyboard can also be pulled to the left for a standard landscape layout. There is also a dial-pad layout. The specifications are slightly different than previously posted. The MOTOSPLIT uses the same processor as the BACKFLIP. Every other spec is almost the same as the BACKFLIP.
According to our source, the Motorola MOTOSPLIT is still on course for a release in Q3 2010 on AT&T. We've not been able to corroborate this information as yet, but if true it certainly looks like Motorola are on a roll with their Android design.

T-Mobile myTouch Slide leaks: dubious design

We'll be honest, if these really are the first shots of the T-Mobile myTouch Slide in the wild, we're seriously not impressed by HTC's design skills on this occasion.  Taken by a Droiddeveloper tipster, the shots show the rumored QWERTY handset (aka the Espresso or the myTouch2) complete with an optical trackpad. Other specifications apparently include a camera with LED flash, a 1,300mAh battery and a microSD card slot that's apparently accessible without requiring the battery be removed.  The display is an HVGA 320 x 480 panel and under the hood there's an ARM11 processor rather than something more recent (and swift) like a Snapdragon. Considering the myTouch Slide was tipped to be replacing the Sidekick range, we can't imagine fashionistas being particularly keen either.  Rumors suggest the handset will arrive on May 17th. [via TmoNews]

Samsung Galaxy Portal i5700 hits UK

Samsung's i5700 Android smartphone has been known by a few different names since we first spotted it last year: the Samsung Galaxy Mini, for instance, and the Samsung Spica when it got its Korean launch.  Now, headed to T-Mobile UK, there's a new name: the Samsung Galaxy Portal i5700. The name may be different, but everything else looks the same.  That means a 3.2-inch touchscreen, HSDPA, WiFi and GPS, along with a 3.2-megapixel camera and 3.5mm headphone jack.  Samsung will apparently be preloading a Layar-based augmented reality app onto the phone. Unfortunately it also gets Android 1.5 rather than anything newer, which we're less than impressed by.  Still, it'll be something of a bargain when it arrives - first on T-Mobile UK and then on other UK networks - free with a £20 ($32) per month contract. [via Recombu]
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