Motorola Droid preview

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So it begins.. The first Motorola Droid preview was posted a couple of minutes ago on BGR. The Android phone that everybody has been dreaming of is finally real. Awesome specs (just hoped the CPU would be clocked higher..) and updated OS with Android 2.0 on board. The device is also said to feel really solid (its mainly metal). Here’s a short snippet from the preview:

Hardware / Build quality:

When the Motorola Droid is released in the coming couple weeks, it will be the most advanced Android device on the market as far as specifications go. Software too, as it’s the only one said to be running Android 2.0 until months from now, but that’s for another section. There’s a 550MHz Texas Instruments OMAP3430 processor, separate PowerVR GPU, 256MB of RAM, CDMA Rev A., Wi-Fi, GPS, a digital magnetometer, accelerometer, proximity sensors, a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with dual-LED flash, notification LED, four touch-sensitive navigation buttons, a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard, 3.5mm headset jack, microUSB port — jesus. In the last year or two, spec sheets really haven’t meant all that much to people. Rational people, that is. What means a lot more is the OS your phone is running since that’s what going to enable you to take bad ass pictures and immediately share them with a close group of friends, or edit work documents on your phone while conducting an online presentation, and so on. But what’s actually pretty funny is, Android devices have been a little underpowered, so the spec sheets do matter, and the Motorola Droid absolutely topples every single Android device ever release as far as the hardware specifications are concerned.

We love the build quality of this phone. It’s mostly metal, and while it’s heavy, it gives you a reassuring quality feel that you just don’t find much nowadays as handsets get thinner, lighter, smaller, and cheaper. It’s practically the opposite of the Motorola CLIQ as far as the physical attributes of the device goes. Really solid and it seems to be manufactured very well. The slider is not spring-assisted, but when you push the metal bezel around the gorgeous display upwards, you get a satisfying click. It does the same when you slide it closed as well.

As I said earlier, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Droid was originally supposed to run Windows Mobile 7.

Check the whole preview here

Symbian Foundation opens EKA2 Kernel source code

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It’s been announced a while ago but it’s today that the Symbian foundation has opened the EKA2 Kernel source code making it available under the Eclipse Public License:

This is a major breakthrough for the Foundation that shows our commitment to open source and the wider community while enabling the symbian ecosystem to make business as usual. We have tried to lower the adoption barrier to a bare minimum, fostering HW innovation and empowering developers to port the platform to all kind of devices, beyond that of pure personal communication devices… netbooks, perhaps?…

Fair enough, we have only tackled the first hurdle and there’s still a lot to do but now you are fully able to help make collaborative progress on all the other ‘nice-to-have’ elements that we are all eagerly waiting for; we’re almost there with GCC (watch this space on that topic) as well as making full use of ARMv7, Thumb2 and NEON… what’s on your list?.

On a personal note, being part of the team putting all of this together has been a gratifying experience, where we have had a tremendous level of coordination in our ecosystem, across several member companies, and many individuals.

There’s a great team, I mean GREAT, behind making this kit available, ready to help as much as possible in developing it further as well as supporting you taking the first steps. To top it all, SEE09 is just around the corner and we have 2.5 hours of hands-on lab covering QEMU, Zoom2 and Beagleboard as well as a few interesting BoFs.

Some final notes… as part of the work to publish the Kernel source, we’ve also made progress on opening up the Symbian kits: from today onwards, all new Symbian PDKs and PDTs will be available to everyone under an End User License Agreement. The Kernel Taster Kit is a cut-down version of PDK 3.0.b – if you want the other 1.5 Gigabytes of stuff, the whole PDK is available from the Symbian download pages.

The question I’m asking myself is; how does Symbian fit into Nokia’s future smartphone strategy? Nokia‘s most interesting device now is the N900 which runs the Maemo 5 linux OS (all other Nokia smartphone are still using Symbian S60). Will Nokia put Maemo on the smartphone device (E & N series) and replace S40 with Symbian S60 on ther feature phones? Or are they planning to have smartphone line of products using 2 different OSes ?

Source: Symbian Blog via ArsTechnica

HTC HD2 vs Toshiba TG01 & iPhone 3GS size comparison

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 TechBlog.gr posted a couple more pictures of the HTC HD2 against the Toshiba TG01 & iPhone 3GS. As you can see the HD2 isn’t really that big even though it has the biggest screen (and definitely smaller that the TG01).

Source: TechBlog.gr

Nokia N900 unboxing and hands-on videos

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I can’t get enough of this device so I’m sharing with you two videos done the Swedish boys at Dailymobile.se who just posted a an unboxing and a hands-on video of the Nokia N900 running Maemo 5:

First Boot-up hands-on:

They’ve also posted a fairly big picture gallery.

Source: Dailymobile.se

Microsoft beats estimates thanks to Xbox and Windows

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Microsoft just reported their First-Quarter finanacial results and it’s looking pretty. According to the report Windows and Xbox exceed expectations due to strong consumer demand, although sales slipped 14% from a year ago Redmond managed to beat streets estimates and post earnings per share of $3.57 billion, or 40 cents per share, on revenue of $12.92 billion. Stock is currently saoring 11% in pre-market trades. Also note that Microsoft defered revenues from Windows 7 sales this quarter (Win7 licenses sold through the free Vista upgrade program). Revenue would only have declined by 4% if those sales were counted.

These financial results reflect the deferral of $1.47 billion of revenue, an impact of $0.12 of diluted earnings per share, relating to the Windows 7 Upgrade Option program and sales of Windows 7 to OEMs and retailers before general availability. Adding back the deferred revenue, revenue totaled $14.39 billion, a 4% year-over-year decline, and EPS totaled $0.52 per share, an increase of 8% over the same period of the prior year.

“We are very pleased with our performance this quarter and particularly by the strong consumer demand for Windows,” said Chris Liddell, chief financial officer at Microsoft. “We also maintained our cost discipline, which allowed us to drive strong earnings performance despite continued tough overall economic conditions.”

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 launched globally on Oct. 22 as anticipated. Also during October, Microsoft released Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 to manufacturing and in July announced a strategic partnership with Yahoo! Inc. to provide search results for their global properties.

“The worldwide launches of Windows 7, Exchange Server 2010 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are exciting milestones for Microsoft, our partners, and customers,” said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft. “We are pleased by the early positive response we are receiving for these products.”

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A live Webcast will start at 07/30 AM PT here

Source: Microsoft

Samsung Developer Challenge 2009 announced with $100,000 to win

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Well, it looks like Samsung is really serious about their Windows Mobile application store. They’ve just launched a developer chanllenge where the winners can win up to $100,000 (the lowest is $2000). The best thing is that the target device is the Samsung Omnia II so we can hopefully expect some nice application (maybe augmented reality apps?).

Chekc it out here

Source: Samsung via CareAce & WMPoweruser

HTC Touch2 reviewed

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PhoneArena posted their review of HTC‘s entry-level Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone the Touch2. Obvisouly there’s nothing new we haven’t seen before but if you are interested in this device be sure to check out the whole review:

Performance:

We have already mentioned the HTC Touch2 is a snappy performer. Even if you try to overburden it with too many applications (we tried to do that by simultaneously running Facebook, the internet browser, audio player, CoPilot while composing an email message), you won´t notice any lagging. Actually, we are not surprised really, because the phone comes with almost the same hardware resources as the HTC Touch Diamond2, but runs much lighter interface – it´s equipped with 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7225 processor, 256MB RAM and 512MB ROM (the Diamond2 sports 288MB RAM).

Source PhoneArena

HTC HD2 up for pre-oder at Amazon UK

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Woops forgot to posed this yesterday, the mighty HTC HD2 is now up for pre-order over at Amazon UK for £549.99. According to the retailer, the device is due to be released on November 20th.

Source: Amazon via PowerUpMobile

Steve Ballmer talks about Zune, Windows Mobile, Courier & Pink

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Engadget had a chance to sit down with Microsoft‘s CEO, Steve Ballmer and ask him a couple of interesting questions today during the Engadget Show. Regarding Zune integration into Windows Mobile, Steve confirmed that it will be part of the next version of the mobile OS. What’s not known is exactly which version he was referring too, WM6.5.1 or WM7? When asked about the Courier tablet prototype the CEO tried to dodge the question but finally hinted the a similar device may come out of Redmond (you’ll have to check the whole sequence in video to see what I’m talking about). Finally, Steve confirmed that their won’t be any Microsoft phone and that Procject Pink may be be a service associated with highend/premium phones (build by OEMs with input from Microsoft based on hardware chassis).

Source: Engadget

Motorola Droid website up, official specs and info. Was it supposed to run Windows Mobile 7?

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Looks like Motorola is a bit early on this one (the official announced will only take place on October 28th). Good for us though, as we now have the official specs of the Motorola Droid, and let me tell you, they are mighty impressive:

ANDROID OPERATING SYSTEM
Android 2.0 (Eclair)
CDMA
CDMA 1X 800/1900, EVDO rev. A
SLIDER

ACCELEROMETER
Yes
NETWORKS3
CDMA 1X 800/1900, EVDO rev A
PROCESSOR SPEED
550 mHz
REMOVABLE MEMORY7
16 GB microSD pre-installed; supports up to 32 GB microSD expandable
SENSORS
Proximity and ambient light

DISPLAY TYPE
TFT
COLORS
Licorice w/brown sugar accents
DISPLAY SIZE
3.7″; WVGA (480 x 854 pixels); 16:9 widescreen; PPI 267
WEIGHT
6 oz.; 169 g
SIZE (H X W X D)
2.4 x 4.6 x .5 in.; 60.00 x 115.80 x 13.70 mm
ANTENNA TYPE
Internal

CAMERA
with Image stabilization
MEGAPIXELS
5 MP
DIGITAL ZOOM
4x
FLASH
Dual LED
FOCUS
Automatic

MUSIC ENABLED1
MUSIC PLAYER
Yes
VIDEO CAPABLE
VIDEO CAPTURE
PLAYABLE FORMATS
AAC, H.263, H.264, MP3, MPEG-4, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, AMR WB, MIDI, AMR NB, AAC+
STREAMING MEDIA
Audio, Video
VIDEO CAPTURE RATE
DVD quality up 24 fps; D1 (720×480) resolution

BATTERY TYPE
1400 mAh Li Ion
STANDBY TIME2
up to 270 hrs.
USAGE TIME (CONTINUOUS)
up to 385 min.

EMAIL3
IMAP, POP3, Exchange.
MULTIMEDIA MESSAGING (MMS)3
PREDICTIVE TEXT
TEXT MESSAGING (SMS)3
Yes
INSTANT MESSAGING (IM)3
Google Talk™
IMAGE FILE FORMATS
BMP, PNG, GIF, JPEG
VOICE MAIL3
Standard voice mail, Verizon Visual Voice Mail™ (capable)

BLUETOOTH® TECHNOLOGY4
Stereo Bluetooth® technology v2.1 + EDR
SYNCHRONIZATION
Support for MS Exchange, GMail, Corporate Calendar (supports Exchange 2003 and 2007 protocol)” and Google Calendar
WIFI
802.11 b,g
DATA ACCESS5
Yes
CONNECTOR TYPE
Micro USB
DATA TRANSMISSION RATE5
USB 2.0 High Speed
GPS AND LOCATION SERVICES1
aGPS, sGPS

etc….

Check out whole specs here

The screen resolution (854×480) is a good surprise. On the other hand the CPU speed seems low (only 550Mhz? It’s a Cortex8 tough IIRC). But you know what’s even more interesting ? The Droid has the same required specs as the WM7 Chassis 1, also remember that Motorola was deeply involved in the developement of Windows Mobile 7. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the Droid was originaly meant to run WM7 instead of Android (2.0) (like a couple of other Motorola phones that got canceled a few months ago..).

Update: More thoughts about the Droid and Windows Mobile 7

Source: Motorola via BGR

HTC Desire: Verizon’s version of the HTC Hero

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We finally know what the HTC Desire is, thanks to a tipster who sent a picture of the device to BGR. It’s bascally identical to the Sprint HTC Hero (which is just a redesigned HTC Hero). This device should be the third Android phone alongside the Motorola Droid & Calgary coming out on Verizon for the holidays.

Source: BGR