Looks like Samsung didn’t put too much thought into the newly announced Samsung Moment (or was pressured into releasing a “Google Experience” device). Engadget & Gizmodo got some hands-on action with the device and are reporting that unlike the HTC Hero and Motorola CLIQ, the Moment runs the basic Android UI with no customization in sight. This means that contrary to the Samsung Behold II announced a few days ago on T-Mobile the Moment won’t have the TouchWIZ UI. This is a disapointement given the fairly good CPU/GPU present in the phone.
Compared to the Cliq, which is really the Moment’s main competitor, I’d have to say I prefer the Cliq. The Moment’s stock Android OS seems so last year, and even though the Cliq is sort of frenetic and sometimes cluttered, at least it has a philosophy. The Moment seems totally serviceable, but Android can be exciting—hell, Sprint even has one of the most exciting Android handsets already in its lineup, the HTC Hero. All in all, the Moment is a solid, if unremarkable, addition to the Android lineup.
Source: Engadget & Gizmodo
Looks like Samsung is in a hurry and released the press release announcement of the Samsung Moment (formely known as the InstinctQ) Android samrtphone ahead of the press event scheduled for 2PM today at CTIA. Specs are basically the same as the latest phones released by the company (like the Omnia II and Jet). It’s got a S3C6410 AMR CPU @ 800Mhz, 3.2″ AMOLED touchscreen, full sliding qwerty keyboard, 3.2Mpx camera, it should be available on Sprint‘s network for $179 on a two-year contract. Here’s the full press release:
Samsung Telecommunications America Showcases Portfolio of Mobile Phones Featuring Ultra-Brilliant AMOLED Screen Technology
CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment 2009 Booth #635 SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile)1, the No. 1 phone provider in the U.S. 2, and a global leader in mobile phone display technology, has expanded its mobile phone portfolio of touchscreen phones that feature the ultra-brilliant Samsung AMOLED screen. With the addition of the Samsung Behold® II and Samsung Moment™ to its portfolio which includes the Samsung Impression™ and Samsung Rogue™ announced earlier this year, Samsung Mobile is a leader in providing clearer and brighter screen technology. Samsung’s revolutionary AMOLED technology provides screens with higher resolution that result in best-in-class screen clarity both indoors and in daylight. The AMOLED screens give users an enhanced mobile experience by providing true color and higher contrast ratio for a bright and vivid screen at any angle, perfect for viewing high resolution video and photos and browsing the Internet. In addition to providing crystal-clear resolution, the AMOLED screen creates a thinner mobile phone form factor and consumes less battery power.
“Samsung Mobile’s AMOLED screens are a differentiator in our mobile phones that we’re proud to continue featuring in our U.S. portfolio,” said Omar Khan, Senior Vice President of Product Management and Strategy for Samsung Mobile. “The bright, vivid colors and thinner form factor take the user’s mobile experience to the next level.”
The Samsung Moment integrates the open and innovative Android platform with Google complete with built-in Google mobile services, including Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail and YouTube as well as the thousands of applications built on the Android platform. The Moment is the first Sprint device to include a brilliant 3.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen display and is designed with a tactile QWERTY keyboard that slides out horizontally and a virtual QWERTY keypad for versatile text messaging and email access. Device navigation is simple thanks to an optical joystick located just below the expansive display.
Powered by an 800 Mhz processor, the Samsung Moment is one of the fastest available in the market and features WiFi capability, integrated GPS navigation, 3.2 megapixel camera and camcorder and stereo Bluetooth® technology.
Samsung Behold II is a full touchscreen phone integrating the open and innovative Android platform from Open Handset Alliance with Samsung’s next generation TouchWiz™ user interface that provides one-touch access to a user’s favorite and most commonly used features and applications.
Available exclusively from T-Mobile USA later this year, the WiFi-enabled Behold II also allows access to corporate email through Exchange ActiveSync and personal email, as well as instant messaging, and text, picture and video messaging. Additional features include a 5-megapixel camera, visual voicemail, MP3 player, up to 16GB of external memory, assisted GPS and Bluetooth® 2.1 wireless technology. The Samsung Rogue is a sleek messaging phone with a full touch display that provides an optimized messaging experience with a horizontal slide-out, four-row QWERTY keyboard, threaded messaging and one-touch access to popular social networking widgets, including Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube and Photobucket.
The Samsung Impression, available exclusively through AT&T, was the first commercially available mobile phone in the U.S. to feature an AMOLED screen. The Impression’s advanced touchscreen is paired with a full QWERTY keyboard in a slim, metallic blue slider form factor for quick and easy messaging. The Impression includes a 3.0 megapixel camcorder-capable camera, 3.2-inch screen and full Web browser.
See all of Samsung’s mobile phones featuring AMOLED technology on display at CTIA IT & Entertainment 2009 at the Samsung booth, #635 in the San Diego Convention Center. For additional information, product photos and videos, please visit www.samsung.com/newsroom.
Here’s Sprint’s PR : Here
Source: Bunsinesswire via Engadget
This shouldn’t come as a surprise, when asked about their “two strategic platforms” statement Motorola‘s Christy Wyatt, said that the company is waiting for Microsoft’s next generation mobile OS, Windows Mobile 7, and is not going to buid any WM6.5 device. The second platform being Android obviously.
Good to see Motorloa not dropping WinMo given how involed they were/are in the developement of WM7 (see the info here)
Microsoft is on a roll lately, they’ve just released an updated version of the Windows Live application for Windows Mobile. Lot’s of new features are in there and some UI enhancement for finger friendly use. Unfortunately there’s still no Calendar synchronization:
- Windows Live Home - an entirely new feature!
View you and your friends “What’s new” feed from Windows Live and other major 3rd party social networking sites.
View Windows Live photos and comment
Upload photos to Windows Live and other 3rd party sites through integration with the new My Phone client
View your Windows Live people
Update your status and accept network invitations from others
- Improvements and Updates like
Entirely new launcher screen
Significant touch investments that shine with new Windows Mobile 6.5 devices
Bing search integration
Automatic uninstall of previous versions
Virtual memory improvement and reduced installation file size through client refactoring
You can download (with you mobile device) it here: http://wl.windowsmobile.com
Source: Windows Live mobile blog via PDA.pl & WMPoweruser
According to Microsoft the Bing Windows Mobile application is about to get a fairly big update this fall:
Congratulations to our friends over in Windows Mobile for the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5 today! It’s an exciting time for mobile and for Bing. With today’s announcement we are kicking off what we like to call the Autumn of Mobile!
This week in New York we were able to share a sneak peek of the Bing for mobile application due out later this Fall. In case you missed it, here’s a screenshot of what’s to come. The Bing app continues to be a great tool for local searches, maps, and directions, and now it has a whole new look.
Nice to see the Bing “changing wallpaper” background being ported to the mobile application. Hopefully the maps will support multi-touch support (I guess that this is HTC‘s job though)
Source: Bing Team blog via PocketNow
GPS&Co just posted a 16 minutes long video walk-through of the HTC HD2 that they saw yesterday during the launch event. Lot’s of neat things are shown, especially the multi-touch zooming in the videos which is smooth as silk thanks to the Qualcomm 8250B SnapDragon chipset (you can check the some early benchmarks here):
(Video is in French)
They’ve also posted a couple of size comparison pictures of the HTC HD2 vs the Original Touch HD and the iPhone:
Gizmodo slapped up a quick review of Verizon’s HTC Imagio (Whitestone aka XV6975) which is shipping today. Once again HTC‘s work on hiding Windows Mobile 6.5 is praised:
I was pretty hard on Windows Mobile 6.5 in my review, but guess what? HTC likes it even less. TouchFLO 3D reaches deeper into the operating system than ever before, to the point that during casual use you can’t even tell you’re using a Windows Mobile phone.
And slams the Verizon‘s V Cast mobile TV feature for no apparent reason:
As interesting as the underlying technology is, there are a few serious problems. Watching TV is neat and all, but on a mobile device, video on demand would be infinitely more useful. And at $12 or $15 a month, I don’t think people will be satisfied with the somewhat anemic channel selection (full listings here).
Moreover, I don’t really understand how Verizon expects people to use this. You can’t use it on a plane or a subway, so what, trains? During your lunch break at work? There center part in the Venn diagram of times where you might want to watch video content but don’t have a computer or TV and times when you can realistically use V CAST is small, as far as I can tell. But if live, basic-cable-esque TV on your phone is something you can see yourself using, this implementation is actually pretty good.
You can read the rest here
Next is Engadget who just posted a quick hands-on with the device and a short video:
VCAST TV works well with plenty of volume for enjoying from a few feet away, but the Imagio’s big, high-res display is pretty adept at picking out FLO’s flaws; the tech was always designed for small screens, after all, and you start to realize just how low-bandwidth the broadcast really is when you see it here. For a few minutes of news, weather, or sports here and there, it’s not an issue, but we can’t imagine trying to watch a movie this way — for that, we’d rather just copy down a video from our PC.
Check the full artcile here
According to CrunchGear Dell is planing to bring Android (oPhone) based Mini3i to the US:
The phone, presumably still in its Chinese trade dress, felt “cheap and plasticky, like the Pre,” according our tipster. He believes it will be upgraded for the American market.
The phone has better hardware than the Chinese version and a slightly better camera – probably 5-megapixel over the Chinese 3-megapixel. It is slimmer than the iPhone and the interface mimics, as seen from this photo, the iPhone’s icon-based launcher UI.
Interestingly, Dell is splintering the Android stack and shipping the phone with modified or missing Android libraries, making it a bit harder to program. The tipster reported that some apps won’t work on this version.
Don’t know about you, but to me this has “FAIL” written all over it. Unless the phone is spectacular I don’t see Dell gaining anything from this (bringing it to the US).
Mike Gartenberg has posted his thoughts on the HTC HD2 and the future of Windows Mobile after a short hands on with the device and Q&A session with Microsoft’s Robie Bach:
What does this all mean? Well, despite apologies from Microsoft’s executives, there’s a lot of viability in this platform. Features ranging from Exchange integration to media support and services can appeal to both business users and consumers. That’s important in an age where users have needs in both of those worlds and want to move seamlessly between them, especially when they’re mobile. Second. It’s not about Windows Mobile 7 or whatever Microsoft decides to call the next version of their mobile OS platform. It’s about what vendors are capable of doing with the current OS to create powerful and relevant phones for today’s market. Bottom line? If you’re dismissive of Windows Phones and Windows Mobile 6.5, you’re not looking at the whole picture, and you’re certainly not looking at the HD2.
I kind of disagree a little bit here, IMO Windows Mobile 6.5 is DOA. The only thing that’s been keeping WinMo relevant these past years is HTC’s hard work with TouchFLO and now Sense (and Samsung’s TouchWIZ). The one and only reason that Windows Mobile 6.5 exist is because Windows Mobile 7′s development has been a total mess. So thanks to HTC and Samsung this time around cause it’s not going to last long. Every single OEM/ODM is making Android phones now and it’s not going to stop anytime soon. Microsoft only hope in the samrtphone market is WM7.