Today, AT&T announced three additions to its Android handset lineup, the Motorola BRAVO, FLIPSIDE, and FLIPOUT; all of which will run the Android 2.1 operating system and the MOTOBLUR interface. The BRAVO is a 3.7-inch, WVGA, full-touchscreen device with an 800 MHz processor, 3 megapixel camera, and DLNA support. The FLIPSIDE has a 3.1-inch HVGA display, full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, GPS, and a fairly large trackpad. The FLIPOUT is described as having a “stylishly square, affordable and innovative pivot design. FLIPOUT whips open to reveal a full keyboard below its touch screen with a dedicated fifth row for numbers. Users can customize the color to match their mood with Dark Sapphire and Saffron battery covers included in the box for personalization.” The site AT&T’s press release directs us to to learn more about the FLIPOUT is currently down (Bravo!). The BRAVO and FLIPSIDE will be available by the holidays for $129.99 and $99.99 respectively with two-year agreements; the FLIPOUT will be available on October 17 for $79.99 with a 2-year agreement.
Sad news from custom internet radio land as Last.fm announces some big changes that are sure to upset plenty of listeners. While the company has never provided an official API in the past, it has turned a blind eye to third-party developers with apps that stream Last.fm content to computers and/or mobile devices. No more — according to an official statement, the CBS-owned company will be releasing a formal streaming API and it will only be available to developers with an API account. Fair enough. The problem comes in with the following bullet point however:
You won’t be allowed to use our API to stream to mobile phones. This is unfortunately a limitation of some of our licensing agreements. Again, we may be able to make an exception to this if you talk to us directly.
Last.fm traffic is up over 50 percent YoY and this is due in no small part to the release of its official iPhone application. As such, we imagine the company is well aware of the potential mobile streaming has. At the same time, Last.fm has plenty of bosses to answer to and we imagine this new policy was handed down from above. It is our understanding that apps such as Flipside for BlackBerry and other apps that only scrobble locally-played music will continue to operate just fine. The problem lies in apps like Mobbler for S60 and Pocket Scrobbler for Windows Mobile as they can kiss streaming functionality goodbye… Unless the devs can convince Last.fm to “make an exception”, ie fork over some cash to appease CBS. The iPhone and Android apps, for those concerned, will continue to work fine as they were developed in-house.