While we’re busy sitting here trying to figure out how this new phone is supposed to be pronounced, South Koreans are rejoicing that this Android device has become official there. We’ve all seen this handset before as the Motorola XT701 for China, but now we know that Korea will have it through SK Telekom. The device is running Android 2.0 and supports Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps and Google Talk. Basically, anything and everything Google will be delivered on this handset for the full Android experience. Shutterbugs and weekend videographers will be happy to know the MOTOROI packs an 8 megapixel sensor camera with Xenon flash, and has a 720p HD camcorder. Add to that support for up to 32GB of storage, a 3.7″ WVGA screen, HDMI capabilities, TV out and built in radio and it looks like Korea’s first Android device is a formidable one. More →
Helio fans have had enough torment for the last year. First, there were rumors that the company was going to go completely bankrupt. Then there were mixed feelings about the MVNO being acquired by another MVNO – Virgin Mobile. To top it all off, die-hard Ocean lovers kept getting their hopes and dreams shot down every couple of months with news of the Ocean 2, only to have it never arrive. Well, we hate to put you on that rollercoaster of emotions but a pretty solid source put word out that Helio is planning to put out the Ocean 2 as early as next month. But with the iPhone, Bold, Curve 8900, Storm, Palm Pre, G1, and HTC Fuze, how well will the Ocean 2 keep up? Not many even know about the original Ocean let alone rumors of a second iteration coming out. As much as we loved the first Ocean, we’re afraid this might be too little too late – even for some of the biggest Helio fans. No word on pricing as of yet, but with the original Ocean’s $299, don’t expect anything too tempting.
Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer recently took a little trip to the land of cell phones and kimchi to ink a deal that will ensure future collaboration between LG Electronics and MS. Right now it’s just a preliminary agreement so it will likely be a while (well, funnier and faster things have happened) before LG starts putting out some sexy Windows Mobile-powered handsets. Hopefully LG will be ready to rock by the time Windows Mobile 7, or even the rumored 6.5 update drops so we can see some fresh new handsets showcase what we all hope will be a fresh new OS. Meanwhile, just down the street Samsung announced a rejuvenated Omnia, the latest in a long line of popular Windows Mobile phones from Sammy, which is scheduled for a mid-November release on SK Telekom. LG will most certainly have its work cut out for it but all this competition just means Microsoft still has plenty of manufacturer support, which is especially important considering how hard it’s working on Windows Mobile 7. MS needs WM7 to be a solid win if it hopes to remain competitive with Symbian, BlackBerry OS, Apple iPhone and the emerging Android OS. Some of us have been happy with Windows Mobile 6.1 so far, but it seems plenty more have been disappointed – don’t let us down MS!
After months of speculation and rumors of bankruptcy, Helio finally completed that deal with Virgin Mobile. For the better part of the year, forums, blogs, and news sites were aflame with SK Telekom’s restructuring at Helio, Earthlink’s decreasing role in its mobile venture, and Helio’s shrinking profits and customer base. VM then came along in an attempt to salvage what was left of the dying baby conceived by SKT and Earthlink.
Helio customers weren’t too thrilled, but VM users were excited at the possibility of bringing Helio’s plans over and getting a new post-paid option. Regardless of how they felt, the deal is done and final… Helio always asked, “Don’t call us a phone company,” now we can see why. We’ll miss you Helio. The Ocean 2 looked to be awesome, too…