LetsTalk.com; a Wal-Mart partner has published complete specifications and features of the HTC EVO Shift 4G phone – whose details have remained only rumors until now. Interestingly, while this looks like the company published these details inadvertently, the EVO Shift page is yet to be pulled. HTC or Sprint is expected to unveil this new HTC EVO model with a physical keyboard on the sidelines of Consumer Electronics Show this week.
The EVO Shift 4G will be carried by Sprint and will come with a 3.7″ capacitive touchscreen display, Android 2.2 OS and up to 32GB of microSD expansion. Other details include an 8-megapixel camera and up to 312 minutes of talktime and support for 4G WiMax.
You can check out the complete details here (mirror). As always, do let us know your views on this upcoming HTC handset in the comments below.
Today is the Droid Incredible relaunch party at Seattle when HTC and Verizon will get together for a “Cabaret party” that is mostly about, as you would guess, a new version of HTC Droid Incredible. But rumors are also doing the rounds that the two companies could use the occasion to officially launch the new HTC Merge.
HTC Merge is an Android phone with global network capabilities. That is, though it shall run on Verizon’s CDMA network, the phone will also come with a SIM card slot for GSM connectivity. Apart from this, the phone is expected to carry an 800MHz processor, a 1.3GB internal memory and 363MB RAM. But these are not official specifications and are from a test unit. So, the final specifications – that could probably be announced today – could be that of a much more powerful device.
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Motorola Droid 2 Global – the new iteration of Verizon’s Droid 2 phone that was itself launched not more than a couple of months back is already available for purchase from the Verizon stores. This is despite persistent rumors that the device will go on sale starting the 11th of this month. The price point of the Android handset is however consistent with earlier speculation. The Droid 2 Global handset will be available at a price of $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and signing a two year Verizon contract.
The Motorola Droid 2 Global comes with dual GSM/CDMA compatibility and includes a 1.2GHz processor, a 3.7″ WVGA touchscreen, 5-Megapixel camera and will run on Android 2.2 operating system. There is also a white colored variant to pick from and so if you are a fan of such models, this is a phone you should check out. Click here to look out for more details at Verizon’s website.
Samsung unveiled its new Android 2.1 smartphone – the Continuum at a media event yesterday. The specifications are not entirely new to us – check our features comparison article – though the official announcement has added credibility to all the rumors and speculations that have been doing the rounds so far. In case you missed it, the Samsung Continuum will feature a 3.4″ capacitive touchscreen WVGA display and will run on a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and a 512MB ROM. This is a dual display device with a 1.8″ ticker display beneath the actual display that will display notifications for messages besides updating the user on RSS feed updates, weather information, sports scores, caller info,etc.
The device will be launching on Verizon and you can buy one starting November 11. The price of the Continuum is expected to be around $199 – that is with a $100 mail-in rebate and after you sign a two year contract.
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A couple of weeks back, we had reports that suggested that the Motorola Droid Pro, the upcoming Android offering from Verizon, could be launching on November 11. Now while this date remains unconfirmed unofficially till date, some leaked documents seem to suggest that the first batch of Droid Pro handsets could be out by this date.
According to information published on the documents, the Motorola Droid Pro could start being offered on pre-orders starting November 9 – that’s Tuesday next week. What more, though the official launch date seems to be November 18 (and not Nov 11 as earlier thought), there is also word that the pre-ordered phones could reach customers much earlier than the official launch date. That means the first shipment of Droid Pro devices are likely to be available around the 11th of this month.
Again, this is not gospel truth and just an interpretation of those leaked docs. Anyway, the dates are not far off and so wait for an official word from Verizon about this.
SoundHound, the Shazam-like music identification service may now come pre-loaded on all HTC manufactured Android handsets. The company has signed into a partnership with HTC that will make all upcoming handsets loaded with this service. This could take the competition between SoundHound and Shazam into the next level. As MobileCrunch rightly points out, these services have pretty indistinguishable services and the only way forward for growth is through partnerships with manufacturers and vendors
However the terms of the deal is not clear. We are hearing that SoundHound could make a few cents for every handset sold. But it is also likely that SoundHound pushed for the deal and agreed to share revenues from purchase of songs over the pre-loaded application with HTC. Eitherway, it is just a speculation from my side. Continue reading “SoundHound Music Identification Service For Android To Be Pre-Loaded On HTC Phones”
What are your requirements for an Android smartphone? Does it need to have an 8-Megapixel camera or will a 5-MP model do? How about other aspects like storage capacity, front camera, working memory, physical buttons, etc.? If you are quite choosy about the features you need, it is quite likely that you don’t find any of the Android phones in the market filling all your needs.
A Germany based developer of smartphones has now launched a portal that will let users select the features they need and will be able to order one custom phone online. The Synapse Phones portal is quite intuitive and users need to enter all the features that they are looking for and the price of the phone – VAT included – is displayed alongside. The pre-ordering is set to begin soon and the phones are expected to arrive in the mid of Q1 2011. Phones are expected to come with Android 2.2.
Meanwhile, check out the likely price that you will need to pay for your specifications here.
Continue reading “Build Your Own Android Phone With Synapse Phones”
Word is that Verizon is getting ready to announce a successor to the popular Droid Incredible. According to reports, the new phone, dubbed the Droid Incredible HD, shall be launched in less than a month from now; on November 23.
The Droid Incredible HD was first pictured back in August of this year, though there was no word on what it will be called or whether it was genuine at all. This new Android phone is expected to come with a 4.3″ capacitive touch screen, an 8-Megapixel camera with dual LED flash, a front facing camera, 768MB RAM, Dolby Mobile and SRS virtual sound, a kickstand and shall run on Android 2.2 with the new version of HTC Sense UI. It goes without saying then that the device will also be integrated with the new HTCSense portal.
It will be interesting to see if this new phone manages to make its mark during the competitive holiday shopping season.
There is a fresh rumor doing the rounds that Google may be building a successor to their not-so-popular Google Nexus One that was launched in January of this year. According to this report which was first published in a London newspaper, the new phone will run the upcoming version of Android that is popularly known as Gingerbread. The report further states that the device will be available exclusively with CarPhone Warehouse which is an independent mobile phone retailer.
Now frankly, this rumor could be true for so many reasons. Firstly, Google Nexus One failed to impress not because of the specs, but because of the distribution strategy. Now with Google having revamped their Phone portal to talk about Android phones in general, it is likely that the company may have also worked out an alternate, more conventional distribution strategy that could be put to use. But the problem is, Google has quite categorically stated earlier this year that there will not be a Nexus One successor.
Google relaunched their Google.com/Phone website few weeks back to showcase the various Android phones in the market today. What we didn’t notice back then was that the portal conveniently ignores Android handsets like Samsung Fascinate that do not come with Google Search (Fascinate, you know, does Bing). Not really a surprise considering that the massive tech giant is still regarded a one-trick pony.
The Google Phone Gallery thus is not really a great place to go if you are looking for a serious comparison website. Compare-Cellphones is an alternative that you should probably check out – even if you are looking outside Androids. This is a recently launched website that showcases the specs and pricing of several popular (and not so popular) websites in the market today which is really a good place to check out.
According to its founder, the website offers several benefits over the Google Phone Gallery
- Covers a huge array of phones over 2000 with more updates being done on an ongoing basis
- Cover all the OS platforms
- Provides intelligent feedback – focus on helping geeks to grandmas understand the SIGNIFICANT differences and not just providing a spec dump
- Helps users understand how phones compare to their peers (vs just the comparison you’re looking at)
- Looking to provide complete pricing/cost of ownership (still early in on this feature)
- Lets users comment and discuss
What do you think of this service? Check out and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.