Google Navigation officially released on Android 1.6

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This was really unexpected, Android 2.0‘s most talking about features, Google Navigation, is now officially available to all Android 1.6 (Donut)devices.

A few weeks ago we launched Google Maps Navigation (Beta) as a free feature of Google Maps on Android 2.0 devices. Today we’re expanding availability of Google Maps Navigation to devices running Android 1.6 (Donut) and higher, such as the T-Mobile myTouch 3G and the G1.

Unfortunately HTC Hero‘s (Android 1.5) aren’t compatible yet (but are rumored to get an Android 2.0 update in the future). You can download Google Navigation now in the Android Market.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

Android vs Windows Mobile: The winner is….

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Windows Mobile, according to James Kendrick over at JKonTherun (so please don’t flame me ;-) ) James came to this conclusion after comparing four bullet points: Multi-Tasking, Available apps, User Interface & Computer desktop integration.

The hot platform of the two is definitely Android, but Windows Mobile still has a lot to offer. While criticized for being an aging platform that has been around seemingly forever, the evolution of the WinMo ecosystem is, in fact, an advantage. If only Microsoft would make that clear.

Do you agree with his conclusion ?

You can read it all here

Source: JKOnTheRun

HTC HD2 now available on O2 UK and T-Mobile UK

It looks like UK WinMo fans can get their HD2‘s on 3 different carriers now that O2 has officially launched HTC‘s latest Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone:

O2 is pleased to announce that the HTC HD2 will be on sale in-store today, bringing the eagerly awaited handset to the home of smartphones. Available from free on O2 Pay Monthly, the HD2 packs in a massive 4.3-inch touch screen, fast processor and camera with LED flash into a package just 11mm thick and weighing in at 157 grams.

“The HTC HD2 is the first HTC branded phone to be sold on O2. We love the large screen and combination of Windows Mobile 6.5 with HTC Sense,” said Steve Alder, General Manager Devices for O2 in the UK. “We are proud to be the home of smartphones and the HTC HD2 adds a new dimension to the range of devices we offer to our customers.”

Jon French, Executive Director UK & IE, HTC, said, “The close partnership between HTC and Microsoft means we are able to bring HTC Sense, a customer experience which makes the phone work in a more simple, natural and personal way, to a Windows phone for the first time with the HD2. With one of the largest screens in the market, the powerful and ultra-thin HD2 offers users an amazing mobile experience.”

The HTC HD2 is powered by a 1Ghz processor and has built in Wi-Fi, GPS, and FM radio. It has YouTube, Facebook and Twitter integration and a MicroSD card slot for expandable memory, as well as a standard 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth and microUSB charging port.

The HTC HD2 will be available in-store and over the phone. To find your nearest O2 retail store, visit http://www.o2.co.uk/shop/retailstores.

It’s also reported that T-Mobile has started selling the HD2 in its retail stores (nothing on the webiste yet though)

Source: CoolSmartPhone

Verizon officially announces the Samsung Omnia II for $200 on December 2

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We already knew it was coming and it’s now offically announced by Verizon. The Samsung Omnia II is set to be avaialbe on December 2 for $200 with contract after a $100 mail-in rebate. As I said earlier, now that the higher speced Motorola Droid is out and at the same price, who would want to get an Omnia II ?

Source: Verizon via Engadget

Update on HTC HD2 Camera Issue: Software related

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Well it now looks like HTC‘s support is making a u-turn and is claiming that the HD2 camera issue is software related and that a HOTFIX is currently in the works. We will have to wait a see. Hopefully this time it is true and all HD2 will be fixed soon.

Hi Mike,

We can confirm that this issue has been determined as a software issue.
The developers are working on a hotfix to resolve, and it will be released as soon as possible.
There is not a specific date for the release as yet, please continue to monitor the support pages for the release.

Best Regards

Mike

Source: XDA-devs

Spotify now available on Symbian devices

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As it was announced back in Septembre,Spotify is now finally avaible on Symbian devices, offering up the music streaming service to Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung handsets. Here’s the entire list of compatible devices:

-Nokia 5230
-Nokia 5320 XpressMusic
-Nokia 5530 XpressMusic
-Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
-Nokia 6220 classic
-Nokia 6710 Navigator
-Nokia 6720 classic
-Nokia 6730 classic
-Nokia E51
-Nokia E52
-Nokia E63
-Nokia E66
-Nokia E71
-Nokia E75
-Nokia N78
-Nokia N82
-Nokia N85
-Nokia N86 8MP
-Nokia N95
-Nokia N95 8GB
-Nokia N96
-Nokia N97
-Samsung GT-I7110
-Samsung i8910 Omnia HD
-Sony Ericsson Satio

Strangly the N97 isn’t listed.

Windows Mobile and BlackBerry user are still waiting though (there are work-arounds as seen here on WinMo and here on the Nokia N900 running Maemo 5).

Source: Spotify

Gameloft cutting back Android investment

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French mobile developer Gameloft known for its ports of big franchise games to mobile devices has announced that it’s significantly cutting back investment in the Android platform:

“We have significantly cut our investment in Android platform, just like … many others,” Gameloft finance director Alexandre de Rochefort said at an investor conference.

Rochefort said the company has cut back on investment mostly due to weaknesses of Android’s application store.

“It is not as neatly done as on the iPhone. Google has not been very good to entice customers to actually buy products. On Android nobody is making significant revenue,” Rochefort said.

They also said that they are selling 400 times more apps on the iPhone compared to Android. Well, if it took them this long to realise that they are not going to sell as many apps on Android than on the iPhone then these guys should probably stick to Apple‘s smartphone. You don’t have to be a genius realise this given Android’s current marketshare and the fact that paid apps are only available in less than 10 countries. You also have to take into account that the targeted users aren’t the same, people who buy Android devices are not the same as those who buy iPhones/iPod Touchs. I wonder what they expected ?

Source: Reuters

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 to hit AT&T next year ?

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According to SE’s Xperia X10‘s product page, the device supports the following radio bands:

Networks
GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
UMTS/HSPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100

Interestingly those are the bands supported by AT&T in the US. THat’s just a supposition though so we will have to wait and see when the final US version of the product is announced in Q1 2010.

Sony Ericsson ‘s official blog has also uploaded two videos of the device in action:

The Phone Dialer:

Barecode scanning:

Source: SE Xperia X10 via Pdroid