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Road picking Android for S101 HandyPC? [Video]

Tucked away at CeBIT, Road have been showing the latest evolution of their S101 HandyPC, a clamshell smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard and 640 x 240 internal touchscreen.  Originally intended to run a Linux OS with Trolltech Qtopia, according to the latest talk from the show the S101 HandyPC is now looking likely to launch running Android. The Road S101 HandyPC was first announced all the way back in August 2006, though thankfully the specifications have had a (mild) boost since then.  It's still not perfect, though, and hopefully Road will be making some more tweaks before its release: the wireless connectivity in particular needs some attention, with the current design maxing out at EDGE cellular data and lacking even band-g WiFi, never mind draft-n support. As for the Android implementation, while the demo unit didn't have any for of wireless connectivity active, the OS runs well and seems smooth on the letterbox-aspect touchscreen.  Depending on whether Road do tweak the final specs, and the eventual price, this could be an interesting device to watch come its eventual launch. Android on Road S101 HandyPC: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UgoV-wpd1M[/youtube] [via SlashGear]

Yuhua Xphone-SDK concept: pretty face but slow

The company behind the General Mobile DSTL1 Android smartphone design, Yuhua, have followed up with a new reference design.  Yet to find a distributor, the Yuhua Xphone-SDK is a sleek full-touchscreen handset that is vaguely reminiscent of some of LG's recent devices. Unfortunately the good looks are, where it really matters, only skin-deep.  The Xphone-SDK is limited to EDGE data, which when you're living in the cloud as Google envisage could lead to some significant slow-downs, and has a mere 128MB of RAM and 256MB of ROM.  Yuhua do promise a 3G version at some point in the future, and the 3-megapixel camera, WiFi and Bluetooth is certainly welcome, but we wouldn't suggest you hold out much hope to see the Xphone-SDK on shelves any time in the near future. 
  • Processor -- Marvell PXA-310 624Mhz
  • Memory -- 128MB SDRAM; 256MB internal ROM
  • Flash -- MicroSD card slot for up to 16GB external
  • Cellular -- 900/1800/1900MHz GPRS/EDGE
  • Display -- 3-inch TFT WQVGA (240 x 400)
  • WiFi -- 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth -- Bluetooth 2.0
  • Camera -- 3Mpix camera (no flash)
  • Video playback -- H.264, streaming, 3GPP, MPEG4, Codec 3GP
  • Audio playback -- G-streamer based engine supports major codec media files, including MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, MPEG4, WAV, MIDI
  • Image support -- JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF
  • Web and messaging -- HTTP, WAP Push, xHTML, SMS, MMS
  • Other features -- Data kits for USB/JTAG connectivity
  • Battery -- 1000mAh
  • Operating system -- Android (Linux/Java) 
[via EngadgetMobile]

Huawei making Android smartphones for Q3 T-Mobile launch?

Having promised a Q3 2009 launch for their Android-based smartphone, Chinese manufacturer Huawei have apparently announced a deal with T-Mobile to supply the carrier with a number of devices using Google's open-source platform.  The first Huawei Android handsets will begin shipping in Q3, and we're assuming that the prototype they exhibited at Mobile World Congress last week will be among the first to arrive. According to the news, Huawei are making devices - not only Android based - using HSDPA, EV-DO and TD-SCDMA technologies.  All the Android handsets are believed to have touchscreens, though it's unclear whether they'll be T-Mobile branded or carry the Huawei name. What we still don't know is where the handsets might launch and what specifications each will have.  We're waiting to hear back from T-Mobile with an official comment on the Huawei announcement. [via SlashGear]

T-Mobile G1 eats some Cupcake: Video demo

With the furore over the HTC Magic, T-Mobile G1 owners might be wondering whether the halo has shifted from their original QWERTY handset to this new HTC usurper.  While the external hardware is obviously significantly altered, under the hood it's a case of different software, not different components, the most obvious being the new on-screen QWERTY keyboard.  Over at Geek.com they've been playing around with the latest Cupcake build of the Android OS on the G1, and have shot video of not only the keyboard but the Linux shell and the game Snake. Somewhat worryingly, tester Brian Jepson reports that the on-screen 'board proved trickier than expected, describing it as difficult to use one-handed and "definitely a bit buggy" .  The former is hopefully a symptom of the G1 form-factor - as you can see from our gallery, the Magic is considerably thinner and more hand-friendly than the G1 - whereas we can only assume that tweaking in some extra stability is top of HTC's priorities before the Magic's Q2 2009 launch. Still, it only crashed when trying to use the video app - which, when we saw it demonstrated on the HTC Magic, didn't encounter any problems - and generally felt stable.  Check out the video for all the details. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfXHEMPfm0Q[/youtube] [gallery]

Google axed Android multitouch at Apple’s request

Multitouch support was dropped from the Android platform, and therefore the T-Mobile G1, after Apple requested it not be included.  That's the latest rumor, apparently confirmed by an unnamed Android team member, who described the arrangement as an attempt by Google to avoid the IP aggression we've recently seen between Apple and Palm. While the G1's capacitive touchscreen certainly recognizes multitouch input - as recent hacks have demonstrated - and earlier builds of Android code included what's believed to be Google-written, but subsequently disabled, multitouch support, the functionality did not ship in the released device.  At the time, this was generally put down to Google's ambitious launch schedule, promising an Android device by the end of 2008, and that lack of timing meaning that multitouch fell by the wayside.  However it now looks as though its omission was purposeful, with Google prioritizing their good working relationship with Apple - and, some might say, common foe in Microsoft - over the handset's eventual capabilities. The unnamed source also confirmed the rumors that Intel is expending great efforts in supporting Android netbook development, suggesting that the chipset company is keen to be further involved in open-source budget ultraportable hardware.  While Intel's specific plans are unknown, the Android team member revealed that there are many different Android-based netbooks - as well as other, non-phone and non-netbook hardware - in development at present.

Archos Android-based Internet Media Tablet MID coming

Archos have announced plans to develop an Internet Media Tablet that will use the Android platform for wireless connectivity, voice and applications.  Based on Texas Instruments' OMAP 3 platform, the device - which has been described as ultra-thin at just 10mm- will support high-definition video playback as well as run the standard applications available for download through the Android Market. In effect, Archos are creating the first Android MID.  That means a high-resolution 5-inch touchscreen, DivX playback, TiVo-style video recording with possibly DVB-SH digital TV, full-screen Adobe Flash and Flash video support, and large-capacity storage.  Archos appear to be using a traditional hard-drive, as in their current Internet Media Tablet range, with up to 500GB mentioned.  Battery life should be good for 7hrs video playback, and the device will have 3.5G/7.2Mbps HSUPA. TI are providing the OMAP3440 applications processor (for "laptop-like" performance), connectivity and analog products, and that Archos is aiming to get the device to the market fast.  The Archos Android Internet Media Tablet - which is yet to have a definite name - is expected to launch in Q3 2009.  [Thanks Charbax!] Press Release:
ARCHOS combines its multimedia framework and Android telephony stack to deliver a new type of breakthrough Internet Media Tablet The new IMT will integrate voice capabilities to deliver robust, powerful mobile phone tablets addressing both entertainment and communications needs DALLAS and IGNY, France, Feb. 9  -- Providing new ways for consumers to access feature-rich content and connect with others, ARCHOS, an award-winning technology innovator and leader in the portable media player market, announced plans to extend its product line with a new ultra-thin Internet Media Tablet (IMT) combined with a mobile phone, by merging Google's Android telephony stack and the ARCHOS' multimedia framework. This new IMT will also incorporate the OMAP(TM) 3 platform from Texas Instruments, Incorporated (TI) . Android provides the IMT with all the functionalities of a premium smartphone and access to its fast-developing applications environment with ARCHOS' rich and proven multimedia framework will deliver the best entertainment and web-browsing experience. With the integration of voice, ARCHOS is looking to expand beyond portable media players to provide solutions for the converged space, where a foundation in high-quality video content delivery is a benefit. In addition to Android functionality and voice support, the new ARCHOS' IMT will offer: ARCHOS selected TI's OMAP 3 applications processor, connectivity and analog products not only for offering low-power, high performance solutions, but to leverage the company's experience in developing compelling, highly-competitive products based on the Android telephony platform. The level of software investment made by TI on the Android platform allows ARCHOS to quickly and cost effectively deliver an Android-based device that supports advanced features such as the newly integrated voice capabilities. "ARCHOS was proud to announce the introduction of its ARCHOS 5 HSDPA IMT last year with SFR. We are continuing to advance our efforts in the IMT space with the introduction of this new product," said Henri Crohas, CEO and ARCHOS founder. "Support for an Android-based device represents a historical opportunity for ARCHOS to combine all the best of our IMTs with a phone in a single device delivering high quality video and a full web experience in true mobility." "TI remains committed to helping ARCHOS advance its product line and deliver a new class of devices that builds on a history of delivering rich multimedia experiences," said Remi El-Ouazzane, vice president and general manager for TI's OMAP platform business unit. "The OMAP 3 platform, with its support for the Android OS, is a powerful tool to support HD video, high quality multimedia and connectivity anytime and anywhere. ARCHOS' use of TI technologies, including connectivity and analog solutions, helps to push the boundaries with new products and as we see today, new business models, to be a leading innovator with its new IMTs." ARCHOS is marrying its rich digital media history with voice functionality to tackle new markets. ARCHOS' new Android-based IMT with voice functionality will be released in 3Q 2009. ARCHOS released the first pocket-sized HD-based MP3 player with the Jukebox 6000 in 2000 and since that time has revolutionised consumer electronics devices. The company invented the portable media player in 2003 and was the first to bring television recording, wireless and touch screens to Portable Media Players. ARCHOS have also introduced the Internet Media Tablet range - the 5, 5g and 7 - offering users instant, uncompromising access to the internet, media content and TV. Established in 1988, ARCHOS has offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. ARCHOS is listed on Euronext Paris, Compartment B, ISIN Code FR0000182479. .www.archos.com Texas Instruments helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through manufacturing, design and sales operations in more than 25 countries. For more information, go to .www.ti.com OMAP is a trademark of Texas Instruments Inc. All other registered trademarks and trademarks belong to their respective owners.

Samsung Android device expected at MWC

Dutch cellphone site GSM Helpdesk have suggested that Samsung will be launching their first Android handset within the next two weeks, a timescale that puts it right on track for Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  They have little in the way of specific details, but suggest that from their knowledge of it the device will deliver new convenience elements. Rumors regarding Samsung's plans for Android are nothing new; the company was tipped to be considering the platform as early as September last year.  More information followed on in December 2008, suggesting a Q2 2009 launch on both T-Mobile and Sprint.  GSM Helpdesk have proved accurate on prior Samsung leaks, however, lending weight to their timescale. The Samsung Android device itself is believed to be a full-touchscreen device in the mould of the Instinct or Omnia.  In December, an unnamed Samsung spokesperson was credited with claiming the company had "accelerated the development process" in order to satisfy carrier demands. [via SlashGear]

General Mobile DLST1 dual-SIM Android phone coming to MWC

General Mobile have been flaunting renders of their DLST1, the handset they intend to be their first Android smartphone.  With a 3-inch touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and flash (made by Sharp) and WiFi b/g, the specs certainly look promising.  Still, there's plenty of work to be done before General Mobile's intended Q3 2009 launch. For a start, the buttons are getting a rework - there aren't enough for Android's required home, back, menu, send and end - and the display may be overhauled as well.  General Mobile still aren't sure whether its 400 x 240 WQVGA resolution will be high enough for Android applications, and if not the panel will be changed.  We're hoping they also rethink the connectivity, too, as the preliminary specs list cellular data as topping out at GSM/EDGE. The DSTL1 also has dual-SIM slots, with the facility to have both lines active simultaneously, together with Bluetooth.  Under the hood a 624MHz Marvell PXA 310 processor keeps things chugging.  It measures 112 x 54 x 16mm, weighs 135g, and should be making an appearance at Mobile World Congress next month. [gallery] [via AndroidAuthority]
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