No idea why it has taken Sony Ericsson so long to bring their Xperia X10 to the American market. Nevertheless, from what we hear, AT&T should be bringing the Sony Ericsson X10 to the United States sometime between the mid of August and mid of September. Spec-wise, it looks kind of old at the moment. The device features an Android 1.6 device and at $345 is no bargain for consumers to pick this one over other devices with much more modern specs. We had earlier reported that the device could launch in Q2 of 2010.
Now, there is no word on how much subsidy AT&T is planning to offer on this phone. Considering that this is phone has pretty mundane specifications and the fact that it has existed in other parts of the world for some time now, expect some heavy subsidy as Ma Bell gears to sell the stocks out as quick as possible.
Nevertheless, hold on for some official communication from AT&T before throwing in your money at an alternative.
Ok, this is one rumor that you have to take with a pinch of salt. Slashgear has quoted an AT&T insider as having revealed that the carrier has ordered close to 8 million Windows Phone 7 devices ahead of the holiday shopping season this year.
Now this is why it sounds so unbelievable. One, the platform is untested. We do not have any Windows Phone 7 handsets out in the wild today to really gauge if this one is going to be a success or not. Secondly, Microsoft has always sold lesser volumes of smartphones and so AT&T would have wanted to be more conservative in their sale estimates.
However, one wonders if AT&T could be banking on Windows Phone 7 for their next phase of growth. As you know, there are already speculations surrounding the entry of T-Mobile and Verizon into the iPhone game. Also, Verizon has established itself as the leading carrier for Android handsets in USA. Ma Bell could hence be looking at consolidating its position in the new entrant.
What do you think?
Every wondered what percentage of calls does AT&T drop? Well, the carrier has just revealed the actual number in response to a poll conducted by website Tech-Ex. In the online poll conducted by the website, participants responded to the dropped call rate that they have been experiencing on their wireless carriers.
The final results showed some abysmal numbers for AT&T. Tech-Ex poll participants who were on AT&T revealed that the carrier drops close to 4.5% of all calls. In contrast, the largest carrier, Verizon, appeared to drop only as much as 1.5% of calls.
In response to this poll, AT&T has put down its official drop call rates for the month of May. According to the carrier, the network has dropped 1.44% of calls during the entire month. In a statement, the AT&T spokesperson said,
“Statistically valid drive test shows the AT&T network continues to deliver the nation’s fastest 3G network and near best-in-class call retainability nationwide. AT&T’s network dropped only 1.44 percent of calls nationwide, within two-tenths of 1 percent of the industry leader and a difference of less than two calls out of 1,000.
Those results, from GWS, show that, on a national basis, AT&T is within just two-tenths of a percent of the industry leader in wireless call retainability. That’s a difference of just two calls in a thousand, a virtual dead-heat.”
Oh well. Dell Streak was rumored to be launching on July 19th. Now that we are past that date, we can safely strike off that rumor as false. But Dell has just updated their product page that notes that the highly anticipated 5-inches smartphone could be launching by the end of this month.
The Dell website notes that the Dell Streak shall be available on the AT&T network from “Late July“. The website also points out that customers may sign up for pre-orders from the webpage. Customers signing up for pre-sale will be offered a 24-hour pre-sale purchase window apart from a chance to get a free upgrade to second business day shipping. These customers may also optionally purchase a Plantronics Bluetooth headset for $0.99.
With a 5-inches big screen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor and a 5-Megapixel camera, this phone is definitely going to be worth every penny. Question is, are you willing to shell it out?
Sharp is launching its new FX mobile phone on the AT&T network. Features-wise there is nothing extraordinary to speak about. But, it is surely a device that heavy-texters among you would love. The device comes with a slider physical QWERTY keyboard, 3.5G network, HTML browser, a 2-Megapixel camera and connectivity through GPS. Another feature that Sharp FX tries to sell you is Mobile TV – but wonder how big is that going to be considering that the feature has failed to gain traction through all these years.
Nevertheless, this is a T-Mobile Sidekick-like device and is launching on AT&T on July 25. The AT&T Sharp FX shall be priced at $99 along with a two year contract with data and voice worth $60. It’s not too different from what you may be paying for iPhone 3GS. But the features are something you have to make sure that you like them.
AT&T, it seems, is gearing up to enhance its Android portfolio ahead of the speculated end of iPhone exclusivity. According to reports on the IntoMobile blog, Ma Bell may be launching two Android handsets in quick succession this month.
As you know, AT&T Samsung Captivate is all set to hit the stores on July 18th. If the rumors are anything to go by, the other high profile Android device this season, the Dell Streak may launch just a day later on AT&T stores.
Picking one of these two devices is going to be tough. Of course, if you are the kind who is enamored by larger screens, then Dell Streak is definitely the one for you. Michael Dell has even referred to his new product as a mini-Tablet of sorts. But expect both devices to be hot on the stands when they arrive next week.
Samsung Captivate Tech Specs & Price
Dell Streak Tech Specs
If you are an HTC Aria owner, here is some good news. You no longer have to root your Android device in order to get custom apps that are not available on the Android marketplace. Phandroid reports that the latest update to the HTC Sync application allows HTC Aria users to install .APK files from outside the Android marketplace.
However it is not clear if this is going to be available for long. After the release, HTC clarified that the announcement regarding the ability to install non-Market apps was made in error. However, Aria users have delightfully reported that the new Sync update indeed allows you to install .APK files from outside the market. Considering that AT&T has not been a fan of non-market apps, it is not clear if this is an update made available in error and hence could be pulled back soon, or if Ma Bell has indeed had a change of heart.
Who knows..Enjoy while it lasts.
Looking to purchase the highly popular Samsung Galaxy S on AT&T? If you didn’t know, it is called Samsung Captivate. Ma Bell has now announced that the Android handset will be hitting its stores come July 18. The price of the handset will be $199.99 and a two year contract that includes a voice plan and a $15 add-on data package.
The new Samsung Captivate will come with a 4-inches large display that is made of Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen. The phone will run on Android 2.1 and will contain a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor. Other features include a 5-Megapixel camera with autofocus, 720p HD video capture, 16GB onboard storage and 3.5mm headphone jack.
Just the right Android device if you are coming off the iPhone and do not want to migrate to another carrier.
How many issues can the newly launched iPhone 4 potentially have? Don’t try to answer that question.
Users have been complaining of late that their new iPhone 4 did not allow them to upload content at a speed above 100kbps. While all the issues so far have rested with Apple, this is possibly the first iPhone 4 issue where the culprit appears to be AT&T.
Ma Bell has now responded to the complaints. In a statement released to the media yesterday, AT&T has acknowledged the issue and has noted that this was as a result of a software bug in the Alcatel-Lucent equipment that affected users in certain markets under certain conditions. Ok, so the problem is not actually with AT&T but their equipment partners.
AT&T and Alcatel-Lucent jointly identified a software defect – triggered under certain conditions – that impacted uplink performance for Laptop Connect and smartphone customers using 3G HSUPA-capable wireless devices in markets with Alcatel-Lucent equipment. This impacts less than two percent of our wireless customer base. While Alcatel-Lucent develops the appropriate software fix, we are providing normal 3G uplink speeds and consistent performance for affected customers with HSUPA-capable devices.
Have you been facing this issue? Do you see any improvement in speed now? Please tell in the comments.
Late last month, we wrote about a new HTC phone called Aria. The Android 2.1 handset was rumored to be launching on AT&T on June 7. Well, while the June 7 launch never happened, we are now beginning to hear that the phone may actually be called HTC Liberty.
This is courtesy a few leaked shots of the latter which seem to be extremely similar to the specs and features of HTC Aria. AndroidCentral writes,
“Courtesy of ROM-chef extraordinaire Conflipper, we find this render of the HTC Liberty, which looks to be very similar to some leaked shots we saw of the Aria. User-agent profiles for both devices (Liberty | Aria) show a 320×480 touchscreen (we can hear developers grumbling already at that resolution).
Otherwise, not too much to go on just yet, and who’s to say what name — assuming any of this pans out — AT&T gives the phone, and when it might ever see the light of day.”
[via Android Central]