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Two new HTC handsets

Posted on 2010-09-19 19:09:50

At the London event last week, HTC presented two new Android smartphones. They also announced HTCSense.com which will offer some interesting features, like managing your phone from your PC and discover and share applications. Both phones are running Froyo with Flash 10 support and HTC Sense. And both have the ability to record video in 720p.

Desire HD is pretty much European version of EVO 4G. It's a bit slimmer and has more memory, but the main idea is the same: powerful device with huge 4.3 display.

HTC Desire HD

The second announced device, Desire Z is a bit more interesting. HTC made us wait a long time for a next QWERTY smartphone. But finally it's here. With this, HTC can compete with Motorola, Samsung and LG which all have a few models with QWERTY keyboard.

HTC Desire HD

Engadget has an interesting hands-on video of Desire Z booting in mere 3 seconds. It's really impressive what HTC is doing with Android and Sense.
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The coolest Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 mini pro video you will see

Posted on 2010-09-03 20:42:09

XPERIA X10 mini pro does stand out from the crowd of Android smartphones. It's good to see Sony Ericsson doing something more courageous with design. So far only Motorola had the guts to do something different.

And now we have another proof that guys at Sony Ericsson know well that standing out is good. Check out the video below. Not only is the video cool by itself, the best thing is that you can do that by yourself if you have webcam.

Enjoy:



Lets just hope that their next Android handsets are as interesting as their ad campaigns ;)
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Samsung Galaxy Tab gets official

Posted on 2010-09-03 19:41:53

It's finally official, Samsung Galaxy Tab is real. And it looks very promising.

Samsung Galaxy Tab

The hardware is very similar to what Galaxy S has to offer. The core of this tablet is a 1 GHz Cortex A8 based CPU with PowerVR SGX540 graphics chip. 512 Gb of RAM and 16 or 32 Gb of internal storage should be plenty. The screen is a 7 inch 1024x600 TFT-LCD touchscreen. Look like it's not a SuperAMOLED display. read more

New Motorola offering, DEFY

Posted on 2010-09-01 18:48:35

Motorola has just announced new Android handset. DEFY runs Android 2.2 with Adobe Flash support and sports a nice Gorilla Glass coated 3.7 FWVGA (480x854) screen. And it's gonna ship with MOTOBLUR providing social network integration.

All in all it's a pretty standard Android device from higher end. Nothing special or ground breaking about it, but it looks very solid.

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Website changes

Posted on 2010-07-05 20:05:24

There haven't been any updates recently. That's because I've been busy with other work. I decided to shift the focus of AndroidCheck more towards device database and less news because of that. So there won't be many updates in news department. Instead, I'll work on device database and new design for the website that will fit better with the new direction. This will probably take some time, tho.
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People moan about HTC protecting it's rights

Posted on 2010-06-18 18:00:51

Cease and Desist letters are always a nice topic for a headline. Android community was raving about Google sending one of those to Cyanogen. Now, if you believe the headlines, HTC uses such tactics to stomp on custom ROM community. Shipped ROMS received Cease and Desist letter from HTC ordering a takedown of all it's ROMs from the website.

But don't get fooled by the headlines. This is not the case of HTC bullying modders. The site in question hosts a bunch of ROMs for HTC devices, both released and unreleased (and not only Android based). This has little to do with custom ROMs. Not a single of those ROMs is custom made by the community. HTC has every right to make a request they made, since those files contain copyrighted, proprietary content created and owned by HTC. And some for yet unreleased devices. If this was Apple instead of HTC, there would be a SWAT team barging into conflipper's home, guns blazing, and not some pansy letter.

So modders can relax. So far, HTC did not make any moves against Android modding community. Although porting HTC's proprietary software, such as Sense UI to other devices might get their attention. But until that happens, calm down, relax and enjoy your custom Android ROM.

Acer announces 2 new budget Android phones

Posted on 2010-06-15 20:25:22

Acer just announced two new Android phones from the beTouch series, E120 and E130.

Acer beTouch E120 and E130

Both are most likely budget phones, at least the specs suggests that. E130 has a QWERTY keyboard in a form-factor not often seen in Android smartphones.

Both models are running Android 1.6 and are powered by ST Ericsson PNX6715 processor clocked at 416 MHz. This is an ARM9 based CPU, so expect performance similar to first gen Android hardware (aka G1 and other Qualcomm MSM7201 based devices). Unfortunately, unlike Qualcomm's chip, this one does not integrate 3D accelerator, so 3D gaming is out.
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AT&T keeps doing it - HTC Aria crippled, too

Posted on 2010-06-15 18:43:46

In a totally unsurprising move, AT&T will be blocking the ability to install apps from sources other than Android Market on HTC Aria. They did that with their Motorola Backflip, so this just shows that AT&T is commited to this policy. read more
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Newest Droid Incredible commercial shows the phone in details

Posted on 2010-06-14 22:21:43

First HTC Incredible commercial didn't even show the phone. The second one let the viewers see the glimpse of the device. So the newest flick, released a second ago does not surprise and shows the hardware in detail.

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HTC Aria - AT&T version of Legend

Posted on 2010-06-14 22:03:18

AT&T will launch newest Android smartphone from HTC, called Aria, later this month. This is a mid-range quad-band GSM device. At first glance, it looks similar to HD mini by HTC. However, it's not mini at all.

HTC Aria

Aria looks very much like HTC Legend in terms of specs, except it has less RAM and is slightly larger. read more

Another alternative to Android Market coming soon

Posted on 2010-06-13 22:55:01

You might have heard that Android is 'open'. One of the consequences of that is that Google's Android Market is not the only solution for satisfying your need for applications.

And a new player just entered the ring. AndSpot just opened for private beta and promises to address some of the issues with Android Market. And there are some:

  • publishing paid apps is allowed only for developers in 9 countries
  • paid apps are available to users in only 13 countries
  • lack of any quality standards
  • hard for developers to gain any exposure in the sea of apps (many of which are just trash apps)
  • problems with abuse of comments and rating system
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Android Market problems continue

Posted on 2010-06-13 22:21:50

Lately, Google's Android Market is having some serious problems. First, copy protected apps were no longer visible to users that upgraded to FroYo. That was due to FroYo being marked as unofficial build, and all copy protected apps were automatically filtered out. This fairly minor (because it concerned small user base) issue started a rather nasty series of Android Market problems. read more