Everyone can now stop saying that AT&T isn’t trying when it comes to Android, as today the carrier announced it will be carrying the Samsung Captivate, which is essentially the Galaxy S. Powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and running Android 2.1, the Captivate features a 4″ WVGA Super AMOLED display, 5 megapixel camera with 720p video recording, 16GB of internal memory and a 7.2Mbps HSDPA radio. Need a release date? Well too bad, because all AT&T will say is that the Captivate is “scheduled for release in the coming months.” Such a shame. More →
There’s not really a whole lot for us to say here, but Verizon’s official Droid website is now showing the Droid X as “coming soon.” The site mentions that the Droid X has a 4.3″ display, “720p display” and HDMI output, and also allows potential customers to enter in their email address to get further details about the phone. Perhaps a press release will be coming along sooner than expected?
UPDATE: Verizon has realized its mistake and “720p display” now reads “captures 720p”. More →
Virgin Mobile is no longer the only Canadian carrier to offer the HTC Legend, as today its parent company, Bell, announced that it too will be carrying the milled aluminum handset. Sporting the same $79.99 price tag for those that opt for a 3-year contract, the only major difference between the two is that the Bell Legend goes for $399.99 off contract while the Virgin model goes for $349.99 with a 30-day commitment. Anyone in Canada thinking of picking this up, or are you going to sit tight and see what happens with the rumor of a Telus Desire? More →
And the lovely deluge of hot summer smartphones continues, as today HTC announced that it will be bringing the 1GHz Snapdragon-powered Desire to the U.S. this August. The Desire will apparently be offered “via select regional operators”, although just who they are will remain a mystery until “we get closer to availability.” Any bets on how long it will be until the info leaks out? More →
Whoops. Looks like Motorola and Verizon’s corporate security team will be busier than normal tonight, as Engadget has posted a thorough hands on with the highly-anticipated smartphone. We don’t want to steal anyone’s thunder, but let’s just say the screen is even larger than previously thought and that the processor is ever faster. Hit the jump for a couple more pics, then head on over to Engadget to check out what is surely to be Verizon’s darling for many months to come. More →
The rumors of a T-Mobile branded Samsung Galaxy S received a healthy dose of credibility today. Spotted on its way out of the FCC was the aforementioned SGH-T959 with 850/1900 GSM/GPRS/EDGE and T-Mobile friendly AWS/1900 WCDMA/HSPA on board. With FCC approval out of the way, the flagship Android handset for both Samsung and T-Mobile is looking ripe and ready for launch this coming July. Though we have to wonder, with the EVO 4G out and about, and rumors of the DROID X coming fast and furious, is anyone still interested?
Sure low-cost carriers in the U.S. might have some of the best rate plans out there, but there’s no denying that when it comes to handset selection, Canada’s low-cost carriers have it locked down. A case in point is the HTC Legend, now available from Virgin Mobile. $349.99 on a 30-day contract or $79.99 on a 3-year deal will net Canadians a 3.2″ HVGA AMOLED display, 5 megapixel camera, 512 MB ROM / 384MB RAM, 600MHz processor, and Android 2.1 with Sense UI all crammed into a milled aluminum body. It’s not yet available in Saskatchewan and Manitoba because the network that Virgin shares with Telus and parent-company Bell hasn’t made its Prairie debut (Winninpeg excluded), but as of today it’s available everywhere else.
Well hello again, sexy. Courtesy of Gadget University, we now have some wonderful new images of the Motorola Droid X (known aliases: Extreme, Xtreme and Shadow) to get us through the weekend. Apart from noting that the device is solidly built, it was noted that the 4.3″ WVGA display (some still contend it’s 4.1″) is not AMOLED, but it’s said to be quite the stunner likely feature IPS technology. It’s also been confirmed that the Droid X will feature a new version of MOTOBLUR, although the lads at Gadget University say it’s “not as bad as what you may think.” Unfortunately we didn’t get treated to a few sample pics from the 8 megapixel camera or even some if its 720p video, but us beggars can’t really be choosers, now can we? Skip over the break to check out some more photos.
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The Nexus One’s inability to record videos in HD has always been a bit of annoyance, but thanks to a member of the xda-developers community, 720p video recording is now a go on the one true Google Phone. To get the mod to work you’ll need to be running Cyanogen’s CM5.0.8test3 and up. This means that for the time being Froyo is not supported, but a remedy for the lack of love for 2.2 is said to be coming soon. Click on through to check out a video shot by a Nexus One running the mod and then hit up the read link to grab the patch.
It’s been long established (albeit unofficially) that T-Mobile will launch the Samsung Galaxy S, but a timeframe for release has always eluded us. That is until one of TmoNews’ tipsters threw their hat into the ring. According to them, the big date for the launch of the most advanced T-Mobile, Android handset will be July 21st; a date that lines up nicely with what we said a while back. Of course that doesn’t change the fact it would be odd for T-Mobile to release the Galaxy S so late into the summer, while everyone is clamoring to get an EVO 4G and iPhone 4, but hey… They’re the nation’s fourth-largest carrier for a reason, right? More →
It looks like MetroPCS is getting ready to hop on the Android bandwagon, as AndroidGuys has scored images of what is purported to be the carriers first Android handset. Featuring a styling similar to but much nicer than T-Mobile’s CLIQ, the unnamed Motorola handset is said to have Android 2.1 with MOTOBLUR, a sliding QWERTY keypad, 3 megapixel camera and a 600MHz processor. The actual size of the capacitive display is unknown, although it’s likely to come in at just a hair over 3″. What’s the consensus on this one? More →
Mobile gaming fans who roll with Android, prepare yourselves — a PSX emulator for Android 2.x devices in the works. A joint collaboration between emulation gods ZodTTD and yongzh, the emulator is currently said to run faster than ZodTTD’s PSX port for the iPhone 3GS while possessing a UI with an Android look and the ability to take advantage of hard keys and trackpads/trackballs. And, no, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. The controller skin is indeed from the GameBroid emulator, but will be swapped out for a PSX specific skin before release. Once that’s done, ZodTDD said he’ll be setting his sights on the N64 and then VLC. No release target has been announced for the Android PSX emulator.
Remember how jubilant we all were the first time the EVO 4G was successfully rooted? Well we’re not smiling anymore. According to Matt Mastracci, one of the men responsible for the first successful root, customizations made to the UI at the request of Sprint have made the phone an easy target to a “whole suite of vulnerabilities” which “are so bad that an Android application could get access to [a user’s personal] data with very little work.” As a temporary workaround, Mastracci suggests that EVO 4G owners root their device and is planning to release on Friday a “painless root” too dubbed unrevoked. Mastracci also said that if “Sprint gave users root access to their phone, he and the two hackers he is working with would “be sending these vulnerabilities straight to Sprint.” But until Sprint abandons its “anti-user approach”, Mastracci said he and his team would “hold the exploits close to our chest.”