Android 2.0 reviewed & loved

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Gizmodo just posted a full blown review of Android 2.0 today. It was obviously don on the Motorola Droid which is currently the only Android 2.0 phone. The overall impression is that Google‘s updated mobile OS is a step in the right directions. Nothing really stands out besides the nicely integrated Voice Command function and Google Navigation applications. Every other features was already available before on devices like the HTC Hero and Motorola CLIQ (Social media integration, Exchange support etc..) everything else is just UI tweaking. It’s definitely the best overall mobile OS right now (without OEM customization).

Software is inextricably tied to hardware in many respects, and nowhere is that more true than performance. Droid, the first Android 2.0 phone—and the only one we’ve used—is ridiculously capable, with an ARM Cortex A8 TI OMAP3430 processor that’s basically the same as the chips inside of the Palm Pre and iPhone 3GS. Point being, it’s got heavy duty processor firepower.

So it’s absolutely inexplicable that while it’s overall the fastest version of Android yet—most apps fly open instantly, run zippily and practically zoom from one to another, even with a couple running in the background—very basic user interface elements, like the main pop-up menu on the home screen and sliding over from one desktop to another, often stutter or lag (with no apps running up front, and just a couple of widgets on the desktop). At this point, it’s clear that these performance hiccups are an Android problem, not a hardware deficiency. It’s maddening to hold a badass phone like the Droid and watch it handle menus like a pussy.

The iPhone 3GS doesn’t have a TI OMAP 3430…

In time, Android very well could be the internet phone, hands down, in terms of raw capabilities. And while it’s not as easy to use or polished or seamless as the iPhone—or to some extent, Palm’s WebOS—it’s way more usable than most other smartphones, and keeps evolving, way faster than anyone else, continually closing that gap. Android 2.0′s potential finally feels as enormous as the iPhone’s, and I get kinda tingly thinking about it. I can’t say Android 2.0 is ready for your mom yet, but it’s definitely ready for anybody reading this.

Not a single mention of Windows Mobile in the whole review…geez

Source: Gizmodo

A few more HTC HD2 videos

Frist is a short look at the HTC HD2 done by Tracy & Matt in the UK:

Srouce: YouTube

The second one is a video of the full boot-up sequence of the device followed by the setup:

Source: YouTube

Video of Opera Mobile 10 on the Samsung OmniaHD

Here’s a video of the newly released Opera Mobile 10 beta running on Samsung‘s highend Symbian smartphone the OmniaHD. Everything seems to be working perfectly fine, panning and scrolling is smooth:

Source: YouTube via

Another Xperia X10 hands-on with full specs

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 s
SlashGear posted their hands-on impressions and video of Sony Ericisson’s Xperia X10 Android smartphone. The phone in the video is probably the same one we’ve seen earlier, so don’t expect anything really different (yes it’s still slow as hell, beta-software I guess).

Beyond the X10 – which SE describe as their flagship for 2010 – there’ll be a range of mid-tier smartphones based on both Symbian and Android, each sharing the (as yet unnamed) same user interface. According to the company, the UI is platform-agnostic – they’re even considering using it on future Windows Phones – and will eventually be positioned as distinct from the hardware, similar to how HTC Sense has been branded. Unfortunately there’ll be no retroactive deployment, so Satio buyers will have to make do with that smartphone’s existing UI. It’ll come as little consolation for those owners, but Sony Ericsson do expect to offer more consistent, long-term updates to their “smart” devices from now on; the X10, for instance, will eventually get an update to Android 2.0.

It’s too early to give a conclusive opinion on the XPERIA X10; while Sony Ericsson’s demo model proved reasonably capable in the core Android apps, the real test will be whether Timescape and Mediascape have the speed to back up their functionality. It’s worth remembering when you watch the demo video below that the X10 being shown is non-optimized; SE assure us that the final result will be far snappier. As we’ve seen with Motorola’s MOTOBLUR and HTC’s Sense, adding value to Android can definitely help define your smartphone from the rest of the crowd; while we have little doubt that Sony Ericsson will be able to get the hardware/software mix fettled in time, our prime concern is that the XPERIA X10 may not – like the X1 before it – make it to shelves before the pre-release hype has expired.

Also remember that the current rumor is that SE is no longer going to make Windows Mobile devices and only focus on Android & Symbian.

Full Specifications:

Size: 119 x 63 x 13 mm
Weight: 135 grams
Phone memory: Up to 1 GB
Memory card support: microSD™
Memory card included: 8 GB
Operating system: Google™ Android Donut, version 1.6
Processor: 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ QSD8250


262,144 colour TFT touchscreen
4.0 inches
480 x 854 pixels (WVGA)


8.1 megapixel camera
Up to 16x digital zoom
Auto focus
Intelligent face recognition features
Geo tagging
Image and video stabilizer
Photo and video light
Send to web (photo and video upload)
Smile detection
Touch focus
Video recording
Recent shot tray


Album art
Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
Media player
Music tones (MP3/AAC)


Google™ search (from standby)
Web feeds
WebKit web browser


Sony Ericsson Timescape™
Vibrating alert


Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®
Picture messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Text messaging (SMS)


Auto rotate
Gesture control
Picture wallpaper


3D games
Media browser
Infinite button
Video streaming
Video viewing


Alarm clock
Flight mode
Infinite button
Office suite
Phone book with dialer
World clock

Location-based services

Google Maps™
Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation* (free trial version)
*The service may not be available in every market. For more information, go to


3.5 mm audio jack
Bluetooth™ technology
Micro USB connector
USB support

Preloaded applications

Sony Ericsson Timescape™
Sony Ericsson Mediascape
Sony Ericsson Home with clock widget
Sony Ericsson Sync
Android Market™ Client
Google Calendar™
Google Maps™ with Street View
Google Media Uploader
Google phone-top search
Google search widget
Google Talk™
Google Voice Search™
Network Location Provider
Set-up Wizard


Hi-Fi Wireless Headset with FM Radio MW600
Car Charger AN300
Screen Protector ET902

Availability and versions

UMTS HSPA 900/1700/2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
UMTS HSPA 800/1900/2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
Available in selected markets in Q1 2010

Sensuous Black
Luster White


Stereo portable handsfree
8 GB microSD™ card
Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer
User documentation

Source: SlashGear

Opera Mobile 10 Beta launched on Nokia phones (Symbian)

Opera Mobile 10
Opera just launched the latest version of their critically acclaimed mobile browser exclusively on Symbian / Nokia smartphones. Opera Mobile 10 beta packs a lot of new features and is also faster than its predecessor.

New in Opera Mobile 10

Intuitive interface

Opera Mobile 10 beta boasts a powerful new user interface. Merging the best from our desktop browser with new innovations for mobile phones, Opera Mobile is advanced and highly intuitive to use.

Faster browsing

Opera Mobile 10 beta is faster at rendering pages, zooming, panning and almost everything else you do with a browser. Page downloading is now 50% faster than the previous version of Opera for Symbian/S60 phones.

Speed Dial

Get to your favorite Web page with just one click, with a set of visual bookmarks that appear when you open a new tab. To add a new page, simply click on an empty Speed Dial slot.


With tabbed browsing, you no longer need to interrupt one session to start another. Check your Web mail in one window, Facebook in another, Twitter in a third and all that while checking the latest sports results.

Head over here to download it.

Windows Mobile probably won’t get this new version given that Opera Mobile 9.7 is only officially starting to ship now on the HTC HD2 (Opera frequently skips versions on different mobile platforms). Still no news on the Android version though.. Check out Opera Mobile 10 running on the OmniaHD here.

Source: Opera & PR

Sony Ericsson announces the Xperia X10

The day has finally come and Sony Ericsson just announced their first Android handset, the Xperia X10. As it has been rumored the devices sports a Qualcomm SnapDragon chipset clocked at 1ghz (Qualcomm 8250), a 4″ capacitive 854×480 touchscreeen, 8.1Mpx camera and a new Android UI (running on top of Android 1.6). Unfortunately as of today the device is totally unusable according to the videos posted below. This is obviously pre-production software and hardware but I find it sad that SE thought it was right to show the world such an un-finished product. One has to wonder if it will be ready for the Q1 2010 release (knowing SE the device will probably be delayed a couple of times).

Promo video:

The real thing:

Red the full PR here

Source: Sony Ericsson via Engadget

TouchFLO 3D ported to the Samsung Omnia II

Looks like Samsung is getting some love this time (you know it’s always about HTC when it comes to WinMo tweaking). HTC’s TouchFLO 3D UI has been ported to the Samsung Omnia II (and Omnia Pro), unfortunately it’s the old 1.3 version which came out a year agon on the Touch HD.

All the info can be found here

While we are on the TouchFLO 3D subject, the latest 2.5 version has been ported to VGA resolution device like the HTC Diamond and Touch Pro. Head over here to get all the juicy bits.


Via: WMPoweruser

The Motorola CLIQ is now available in T-Mobile stores

Starting today you will be able to grab a Motorola CLIQ in T-Mobile’s stores (if you didn’t already get it online). I know that’s it’s all about the Motorola Droid lately, but let’s not foget that the the CLIQ has Moto’s nice BLUR UI which hopefully will be upgradeable to Android 2.0 in the near futur.

Source T-Mobile

Samsung Omnia Pro (B7610) delayed one more time?

According to Pocketnow who talked to two mobile phone retailers the Samsung Omnia Pro B7610 may be finally released this month. Ironically the device was supposed to come out before the Omnia II which is now available all over the world (well not in the US yet). The Giorgio Armani version isn’t out yet AFAIK. Hopefully it will ship with Windows Mobile 6.5 on board.

Source: Pocketnow

The HTC HD2 gets unboxed and booted on video

SlashGear just posted their HTC HD2 unboxing video and a first boot-up video too giving us a glimpse of the initial device setup which similar to the HTC Hero. Here’s some of their impressions after playing with the device:

Switching on, and there are setup wizards for ActiveSync Exchange, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube integration. Like the HTC Hero, the HD2 integrates Facebook friends with entries in your contacts and comes with the company’s own Twitter client, Peep, which gets its own tab on the shortcut bar along the bottom of the homescreen. It’s hard to describe how easy typing on the huge 4.3-inch touchscreen is; in portrait orientation, when on-screen QWERTY keyboards can be cramped in width, the combination of large buttons and decent auto-correction makes for error-free typing. As for flipping the HD2 into landscape mode – screen rotations are practically instantaneous – the keyboard is ideal for two-thumb typing. Even in the short time we’ve had the HD2, we’re already faster at typing on it in this way than we are with most hardware keyboards on smartphones.

The touchscreen is equally good in the browser, which is Opera Mobile 9.7 as standard. HTC have added multitouch support, which works as you’d expect; alternatively you can double-tap on blocks of text or images and the screen automatically zooms and reflows to fit. Thanks to the Snapdragon processor this happens incredibly quickly, and we’re wondering just how much of a MID-crossover the HD2 might be.

Check it out here