Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Motorola CHARM

GSMArena has the scoop on another upcoming Moto, the Motorola CHARM.

Looks familiar.. well, yeah.. because it's basically the Motorola FLIPOUT without the flip, making it a BlackBerry-style messaging device.

Now, although we're very happy to see Moto pushing Android so hard with some excellent devices, the CHARM is really just another version of the "Morrison" platform used of the CLIQ, BACKFLIP and other Motorola devices. Perhaps it's time for something different.. like a clamshell?


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Motorola DROID X

The Motorola DROID X was pretty widely leaked before yesterday's official announcement from Verizon and Motorola,  so all we were waiting for really were some details.

The monster 4.3" display is the most obvious thing, but this Android 2.1 phone also has a 1GHz processor, an 8 megapixel camera, HD video capture  and an HDMI output for playback.

There's no keyboard though, and an annoying-looking bump on the back where the camera is housed means that it won't sit flat on a table. Hopefully Moto will have a docking station solution in the works, although obviously that's going to cost more.

If you want one of these then you have to live in the US and be on Verizon to use it. There's no word on a GSM version though, and in some ways it competes with the Milestone XT720, so the situation is unclear.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Arrives for Android

Good news and bad news: Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Arrives for Android.. but whether or you see it as good or bad news depends largely on your point of view.

Available only for Android 2.2 devices (and there aren't exactly many of those about), Flash 10.1 will be available through the Android Market for download. Now, Android users can experience full Flash multimedia while opening up their Android handset to a terrifying number of security flaws that Adobe products come with.

Still, it might annoy those people who have shelled out for a new iPhone 4, which isn't a bad thing..


Monday, June 21, 2010

DroidX teaser trailer

How cool is this? Well, very cool we think.. but you have to be in the US to get one.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Video: Samsung Galaxy 3 & Galaxy Apollo

Video: Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

A more compact version of the X10 with a lower spec and lower price tag, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is pitched to sell at less than €200, but it still comes with all the Android essentials.

We have mixed feelings about the X10.. it's a nice enough device but it is hard to beat the HTC Desire which we think beats it in every category. The X8 has less serious competition though.. it looks pretty too :)


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Complex.com - The Top 15 Android Phones Available Now

Complex has a useful guide as to what it sees as the Top 15 Android Phones available now.. in the US that is.

In fact, they might we be all the Android phones available in the US, but at least it goes to show that you get a real choice of different gadget to play with.


Samsung Galaxy 3 I5800 and Galaxy 5 I5500

A pair of fairly low cost Android phones from Samsung, the Galaxy 3 I5800 and Galaxy 5 I5500 are likely to cost less than €250 or thereabouts in our estimate.

The Galaxy 3 is actually the higher spec device with a WQVGA screen, the 5 is a but smaller with a plain QVGA display. The camera is nothing to get excited about, but there's the usual collection of 3.5G, WiFi and GPS that will make the pair of them useful.


Monday, June 14, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Apollo

Thanks to GSMArena for the heads up on the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Apollo GT-I5801, an Android phone with a 3.2" touchscreen, FM radio and 3 megapixel camera on the back. Other rumoured specs include 802.11n WiFi and a 3.5mm audio socket.

Not much is known for sure, other than the Galaxy Apollo I5801 is coming, and probably coming quite soon, and presumably it will sit in the range very closely to the I5700 Galaxy Portal (or Galaxy Spica)


Monday, June 7, 2010

Video: Motorola Milestone XT720

A brief video overview of the new XT720, announced on the same day as the iPhone 4!

Motorola Milestone XT720 coming soon

Cheekily announced on the same day that we're expecting to hear about the 4th-gen iPhone, the Motorola Milestone XT720 is the European version of the Korean MOTOROI.

Building on the familiar "Sholes" platform, the XT720 is a keyboardless tablet with a 3.7" display 854 x 480 pixel, 8 megapixel camera with Xenon flash, an HDMI interface to enable it to be connected to an HD TV and Android 2.1. There's also an FM radio (which rumour has it is also installed but not enabled in the original Milestone), plus of course all the multimedia goodies that you'd expect.

Moto haven't said what kind of processor it has, but the MOTOROI has a similar 600MHz CPU to the Milestone which is fast enough for most apps, but you can tell the difference when put up against the HTC Desire.

Motorola have more information and a spec sheet here. They also have a video of their upcoming TV campaign:


Sunday, June 6, 2010

7 Ways to Find Amazing New Android Apps

If you get as frustrated as we do with the Android Market, then help is at hand according to this excellent article from Mashable entitled 7 Ways to Find Amazing New Android Apps.

Indeed, the biggest problem with the Android application library is not that there are too few apps, but there are just a mass of them and the official Market is not very well organised! So, we think that this guide will certainly help.


Thursday, June 3, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung leaked information about a forthcoming Android tablet today, the Samsung Galaxy Tab which is much more of an iPad-style device than the Dell Streak.

Sources say that the Galaxy Tab has an 8" display or similar, but there's not really too much that can be determined from the limited pictures available.


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Video: Motorola FLIPOUT

Another variant of the Motorola "Morrison" platform, the Motorola FLIPOUT has a rotating keyboard and an almost square design. Will it sell? Not sure, but Moto probably think that it is worth a shot.