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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]

GeeksPhone One Android smartphone with TV Tuner

Spanish firm GeeksPhone have unveiled their first Android smartphone, and if you weren't looking closely you could easily think they'd been taking part in the Andromnia project.  The GeeksPhone One is a Samsung-lookalike with a 3.2-inch touchscreen, HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth and A-GPS. There's also a 3.2-megapixel camera and - something HTC inexplicably left off of the Hero - a front-facing camera for video calls.  A microSD card slot and integrated DVB-T TV tuner are useful additions too.  Bizarrely, they've decided to use a resistive rather than capacitive touchscreen; we can only assume it's a cost-saving exercise. The results of that exercise, in fact, is an estimated price tag of between €250 and €300 ($352-$422); that's reasonable for an unlocked GSM device.  We'll have to wait and see how well Android 1.5 Cupcake runs on its 625MHz PXA310 processor, and whether the resistive display slows things down; the GeeksPhone One is set to arrive in Europe this fall. [gallery] [via Engadget Spanish]

MyScript handwriting recognition for Android [Video]

It's not the first handwriting-recognition solution we've seen for the Android platform, but Vision Objects' MyScript system still finds itself with little company.  MyScript recognizes all manner of individual characters, hand-printed and cursive handwriting in around sixteen different languages, and is happy with you using a finger rather than a stylus to trace out letters on your Android handset's screen. As the video demo, below, shows, you don't have to wait for individual letters or even words to be recognized before moving on.  Instead, the text-entry box effectively scrolls across, creating more space to write; you can squeeze a couple of words on-screen at a time. Vision Objects provide handwriting-recognition engines to a number of partner software companies, so it's possible we could see an Android version of MyScript using the technology from another developer.  No word on when that might happen, though. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCpwfUD024E[/youtube] [via UMPC Tips]

General Mobile DSTL1 spotted at Computex

It's not all announcements regarding long-off devices at Computex 2009: General Mobile have brought along a working prototype of their DSTL1 Android smartphone.  Snapped by Zol.com.cn, the DSTL1 has a 5-megapixel camera, 3-inch touchscreen and 4GB of onboard storage. Under the particularly glossy hood there's a 624MHz processor that, last we heard, was a Marvell PXA 310 chip.  No word on whether General Mobile have left the rather disappointing GSM/EDGE only connectivity (there's WiFi b/g but no 3G) but the dual SIM slots are still there. General Mobile are yet to give a solid release date, and there's no telling whether the DSTL1 will even make it to Europe and the US.  Their original estimate suggested a Q3 2009 launch, with no indication of pricing. [gallery] [via Mobilehub.fr]

Samsung Galaxy gets hands-on

Samsung's first Android device (and the first non-HTC Android device) got previewed by PhoneArena.com. Their impressions are definitely positive, especially of the beautiful 3.2-inch capacitive AMOLED touchscreen with an ambient light sensor to control the screen brightness. Samsung has been pushing to expand their AMOLED portfolio, and I'm thrilled to see them releasing an Android device with the high quality display. The shape of the phone reminds them of the soon to be released HTC Magic, with a large display, and the controls below the screen, though the Galaxy is a bit thinner than the HTC phones. The Galaxy uses a D-Pad and an "OK" button instead of a trackball. There is another button on the left part of the D-Pad with an arrow on it, which is the like MENU button found on HTC Android phones. There is a small button on the right side that has no markings, and simply acts as the Home button for the phone. ] I would check out the review and hit up the link for more pictures. [Via Phone Arena

Mechanics Touch game released for Android [video]

Game developers orangepixel have released their latest title for Android handsets, Mechanics Touch.  Seemingly a blend of Lemmings and classic 2D platform games, Mechanics Touch requires you to guide the roaming mechanic sprites through the levels using different tools to bridge crevices and avoid traps. Of course, it's never so simple as just to create a straight route from A to B, and there's lots of timing and careful planning required if you don't want to see your mechanics killed off en-route.  The game has, until now, been available as a Java title on Sony Ericsson phones, and an iPhone version is scheduled for launch later in the year. Mechanics Touch is available now in the Android Market.  It comes with three worlds and 45 levels in total, as well as music and sound-effects.  Online highscore rankings and unlockable achievements are also possible. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whZOIwOSTbY[/youtube]

Archos Android 3G PMP/MID announcement June 11th?

Could Archos be planning to announce their Android-based Internet Media Tablet phone on June 11th?  That's the leading interpretation of the company's new press conference invite, which confirms an event in Paris, France in less than a month's time.  While there's no written hint of what Archos may be announcing, the shadowy large-format MID/PMP device pictured on the invite, and the Android-esque vivid green color scheme are suggesting that it's their Android IMT that's on the agenda.  First tipped as in the pipeline back in February, the device is expected to include WiFi, 3G HSDPA/HSUPA, a 5-inch touchscreen and HD support in a chassis just 10mm thick. Archos then went on to tip a July release for the Android-PMP in their financial report, naming the device as one of three core strands of the company's 2H09 sales drive.  TI's OMAP3440 applications processor is expected to run the show, with "laptop-like" performance for HD playback. [via SlashGear & via Pocketables]

Vodafone HTC Magic video unboxing!

Move over G1 - the HTC Magic has landed, and it's every bit the slick, sleek Android smartphone we've been secretly wishing for.  HTC and Vodafone delivered the Magic over to us this morning, and we've promptly unboxed the whole thing on video for your viewing-pleasure. Of course, since the HTC Magic comes preloaded with Android OS 1.5 "Cupcake", which we know only a limited number of you have had access to, we couldn't resist the opportunity to boot up the Magic and take a quick look at its video capture and on-screen keyboard.  These are just snapshot looks, remember; we'll have plenty more video demos with the HTC Magic over the next few days. First impressions are very positive; the Magic feels much better in the hand than the G1, slim and light, and the 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen is bright and responsive.  As ever, we're open to suggestions about what you'd like to know, so leave your requests in the comments and we'll try to answer them in our full review.  Until then, enjoy the unboxing video! [vms cef6730f9fd03c8125ca] [gallery]

Rogers Wireless bringing HTC Dream & Magic to Canada

Rogers Wireless have announced that they will be offering the HTC Dream (aka T-Mobile G1) and the HTC Magic in the Canadian market as of June 2nd.  The two Android smartphones will be the first to run the Google open-source OS to be official on-sale through a carrier in Canada. Rogers have been economical with their press release, basically confirming that each of the handsets are coming, but there's not much we don't already know about the Dream and Magic.  The former has been on sale as the T-Mobile G1 for some time now, and has a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen that slides away to reveal a hardware QWERTY keyboard.  Meanwhile the Magic has roughly the same specifications as the Dream, only lacking the hardware keyboard; it has recently gone on sale in Europe with carrier Vodafone. For now prices and tariffs are unknown, but it's likely that the carrier will offer an unlimited data package for the 3G smartphones.  It's possible to sign up for more information as it's released here. Press Release:
Canadians to Get Android-Powered Smartphones: Rogers Wireless prepares for the Mobile Revolution with the exclusive Canadian launch of the HTC Dream and HTC Magic TORONTO, May 7 /CNW/ - Rogers Wireless today announced the exclusive Canadian launch in June 2009 of the HTC Dream(TM) and HTC Magic(TM) smartphones, the first cellphones in Canada powered by the Android platform, allowing for fast and easy access to a wide range of Google(TM) mobile services, including Google Search(TM), Google Maps(TM), Gmail(TM) and more. “Who else but Rogers would be the first carrier to offer Canadians the first chance to join the mobile revolution with a choice of not one, but two, handsets powered by the Android platform?”, said John Boynton, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Rogers Wireless. “The HTC Magic offers a responsive touch screen and the HTC Dream delivers both a touch screen and a slide out QWERTY keyboard. Both devices offer outstanding wireless internet search capabilities and a full suite of applications that run two times faster on Canada’s fastest mobile network.” Rogers will release details of the launch soon. In the meantime, customers can sign up for more information at rogers.com/revolution.
[via BGR]

Samsung I7500 poses for photo shoot

Hot on the heels of yesterday's live video, the Samsung I7500 shows up again for a quick photo shoot.  Higher quality than the first set of smudgy pictures we saw, this new set leaves no inch of Samsung's first Android smartphone unseen, including all the ports, hardware buttons and a shot of the battery compartment. One potential frustration, looking at the I7500 with its rear cover removed, is that the microSD card slot seems to only be accessible if you remove the battery.  While many people are content to slot in as big a memory card as they can afford and forget about it (the I7500 supports up to 32GB cards, which are added to its 8GB of internal storage), others like the freedom to switch between or use external card readers, and this arrangement will come as an annoyance. Nonetheless, it's a handsome handset and we're excited to get our hands on it when Samsung release it in Europe come June.  The Samsung I7500 has a 3.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera and GPS/WiFi/HSPA; more details on specification here. [vms f5bb252d13f5f431e4bb] [gallery]
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