Google Nexus One hitting Vodafone UK in a few weeks, France & Germany later

Vodafone UK just announced that they will have the Google Nexus One on sale in a “a few short weeks”. This is closer than previously expected and can be the reason wy they dropped the HTC HD2 a not long ago. Other European countries like France and Germany will get it later in the year (as previously reported):

“I can confirm that Vodafone is the first operator to partner with Google to offer the Nexus One in Europe, starting soon in the UK, in a few short weeks,” a Vodafone spokeswoman told AFP.

“No detail on pricing and precise timing has yet been made, but that will come in a few weeks.”
“We’re in early discussions with Google to introduce the offer in France (through SFR) and in Germany and Spain, and more European countries are expected during 2010,” the spokeswoman said.

Source: Yahoo

First picture of AT&T’s Dell Mni 3 Android phone

Here’s the first render/picture of the Dell Mini 3 Android smartphone headed to AT&T in the coming months. As you can see it looks exactly like the Chinese version launched a few months ago. I wonder if it will ship with the Pogo stylus…

Source: Direct2Dell

Android devices officially coming to AT&T

That’s right folks, AT&T just announced ist plans to launch five Android based devices in the first half of 2010. One device will probably be the Motorola BackFlip, the Dell Mini 3 and three other Android phones from HTC. Here’s the full Press release:

AT&T Launches Major Initiative to Bring ‘Apps to All’

Company Also Plans to Launch Five Android-Based Devices in First Half of 2010

Las Vegas, Nevada, January 6, 2010

AT&T today announced plans to launch five new devices from Dell, HTC and Motorola based on the Android platform. The company also announced a major initiative to expand the universe of mobile applications beyond smartphones to more mobile phones – and spur future app development for emerging consumer electronics devices, its U-verse TV platform, and enterprise and small business workplaces.

At the 4th annual AT&T Developer Summit in Las Vegas, executives outlined details including:

* New devices that will give customers the most robust choices of major operating systems (OS), including Android™, in the U.S.
* A goal to offer all major smartphone OS app stores
* An agreement with Qualcomm to standardize apps development for mid-range Quick Messaging Devices using BREW Mobile Platform. These devices are used by millions of customers who historically have not had the same convenient access as smartphone customers to the market’s hottest apps
* A new AT&T SDK (software developer kit) to help developers immediately begin to develop apps for these devices
* A significantly enhanced developer program and new relationships with global carriers that are intended to make it easier for developers to distribute apps in markets outside the U.S.
* Future initiatives to enable developers to create more apps for AT&T’s U-verse TV, emerging consumer electronics devices, and businesses
* A new AT&T Virtual Innovation Lab and two new Innovation Centers, which will help developers and spur apps development

“Applications help consumers realize the full value and benefits of mobile broadband networks, services and devices,” said Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “Today some AT&T customers can take advantage of more than 100,000 apps – but only if they have the right handset. Our goal is to bring more apps to millions more of our customers who want convenient access to the market’s hottest apps. At the same time, in the future, we plan to go well beyond mobile devices to spur apps development.”

In addition to ultimately giving more customers more choices of applications, the long-term strategic initiatives announced today will make it easier for developers to cost effectively create applications and reach broader audiences, and help AT&T drive data revenues.

Extend Smartphone Leadership
AT&T will further its leadership in smartphones with the planned launch of five new devices from Dell, HTC and Motorola based on the Android platform. Those devices, which are scheduled to be available during the first half of 2010, include:

* A Motorola smartphone, powered by MOTOBLUR, with a unique form factor and an AT&T exclusive
* Dell’s first smartphone, based on the Android platform and an AT&T exclusive
* A HTC smartphone, based on the Android platform, and an AT&T exclusive
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LG states the obvious: Windows Mobile 7 coming this year

LG just “announced” during their CES event that they are going to ship new Windows Mobile 6.5 samrtphones and Windows Mobile 7 smartphone this year. Yeah nothing really exciting really, but it’s nice to know that work is being done. Remember that LG & Microsoft have a special Windows Mobile team working on bring WM7 devices to the market (see here also).

Source: Engadget

HTC posts $440Million net profit in 2009

Everybody’s favorite Android / Windows Mobile handset maker just posted a nice $440 Million net profit this past year. But on a yea-to-year basis it fell 5.03%:

HTC (High Tech Computer) has posted revenues of NT$14.07 billion (US$440.8 million) for December 2009, down 1.67% sequentially but up 3.61% on year, according to the company. Revenues for all of 2009 reached NT$144.88 billion, declining 5.03% from a year earlier.

For 2009, unaudited operating income reached NT$24.23 billion, total incomes before tax were NT$25.26 billion, and net incomes after tax stood at NT$22.65 billion, with an EPS of NT$28.77, the company said.

For the fourth quarter of 2009, total revenues reached NT$41.08 billion, down 13.29% on year. After-tax profits for the fourth quarter stood at NT$5.58 billion, translating into an EPS of NT$7.07, the company added.

Source: TSE, compiled by Digitimes, January 2010

Source: Digitimes

HP TouchSmart tm2 TabletPC announced

The TabletPC that the NYTimes wants to make you believe is a direct competitor to Apple’s unannounced Tablet and that Steve Ballmer is going to showoff tonight during his CES keynote has been officially announced by HP just a few hours ago. Here’s the full press release:

HP TouchSmart tm2

Building on HP TouchSmart software innovation, the thin, powerful HP TouchSmart tm2 updates the tx2 – the industry’s first convertible notebook PC with multitouch technology designed specifically for consumers.

With the convertible tm2, customers can choose the product configuration and input method that is most comfortable and natural, whether on a couch, in an airplane or while surfing the web. (3) As a traditional notebook, the tm2 offers a keyboard and touch-enabled display for input. Converted to a slate, the tm2 morphs into a sketchpad with digital pen, allowing artists to sketch on the go and students to take notes in class.

Feather-light capacitive multitouch display technology responds to the softest touch of a finger. The display also supports multitouch gestures such as zoom, scroll and rotate by allowing more than one finger to be accepted as input simultaneously. With the digital pen, handwriting appears on the display as digital ink, similar to writing on paper.

Featuring a sophisticated aluminum design with “Riptide” engraved illustration, the tm2 provides a full notebook experience with the latest low-voltage Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processors and optional high multimedia performance ATI Mobility Radeon™ discrete graphics upgrades.(4) The tm2 also provides up to nine hours of battery life via the standard six-cell battery and includes a fingerprint reader as well as an advanced thermal design that helps keep the PC cool.(5)

New touch applications enhancing the tm2 experience include:

• BumpTop, a touch-enhanced 3-D interface for photos and documents that allows users to spatially organize and “toss” or share files and photos to social media sites or email.
• DigiFish Dolphin, an interactive 3-D screensaver that recreates an ocean environment to be experienced via touch or a mouse.
• Corel® Paint it! Touch, whichTM allows users to draw and paint or turn photos into paintings using fingertips.

The tm2 also features many of the same exclusive built-for-touch applications found on the recently introduced tx2 and HP TouchSmart PC, including exclusive touch-enabled games and Corel Painter Sketch Pad application for creating digital art.

The tm2 now offers a touch-enabled Netflix application, which delivers thousands of full-screen movies and TV episodes that are instantly streamed from Netflix over the Internet and can be watched any time at no additional cost by Netflix members with an unlimited subscription. Other recently introduced applications within the TouchSmart software include Hulu Desktop or Internet TV, Twitter and HP Music Store.(6)

As part of HP’s commitment to the environment and to eliminating all uses of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in its computing products by 2011,(7) the TouchSmart tm2 is BFR/PVC-free.

Here are two hands-on videos shot by Engadget:

The digitzer used on the HP TouchSmart tm2 is probably Wacom’s recently announced “Feel It” sensor tecnology:

Tokyo, Japan and Vancouver, WA – Jan. 4, 2010 – Wacom® announced today that it has begun production and shipment of a multi-touch sensor system for integration with Windows® 7 PCs featuring an improved controller circuit that realizes greater precision and space reduction. The new sensor system will be on display and available for demonstration at the Wacom booth during the CES trade show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 7 to 10. Visitors to Wacom booth #31435, located on the upper level of the Center’s South Hall, will be able to put the multi-touch sensor capabilities to the test on one of the latest consumer notebook computers from HP, the first to incorporate the new sensor system into a mobile device.

See Wacom’s PR here.

Update: Here’s the HP product shown during the CES keynote

Source: Engadget

Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 dropped by Vodafone UK ?

You may remember that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 was initially supposed to launch on Vodafone UK in November and then got pushed back to January 2010. Well, according to WMPoweruser :

In an e-mail circulated internally yesterday, staff were told the handset will no longer be sold by the carrier.

Nice job Sony Ericsson ! Oh well, I guess that the X2 was too little too late, especially compared to the Xperia X10.

source: WMPoweruser

Outlook Mobile offers Threaded Email Messages in Windows Mobile 6.5.3

The latest version of Outlook Mobile introduced in Windows Mobile 6.5.3 (build 23517) features Threaded Email Messages as seen in the video below:

See, this how depressing Windows Mobile is right now. The mobile OS has a truckload of awesome features wrapped in an ugly and non-user friendly UI. If only Microsoft didn’t abandon WinMo all those years..

Source: WMExperts

Tomorrow’s HP / Microsoft tablet will probably be the HP tm2-1070us


The New York Times is claiming that Microsoft‘s CEO Steve Ballmer will introduce a new “Slate PC Ahead of Apple” during his opening CES keynote:

This product better be good because Apple is expected to unveil its take on the slate/tablet form-factor later this month. If history holds, Apple will issue a product that surprises people in a few ways and that stands out from the crowd.

So, the last thing Mr. Ballmer wants to hold up is a me-too type device.

Spokespeople from Microsoft and H.P. declined to comment on the product or the content of Mr. Ballmer’s speech.

My sources, however, say that Mr. Ballmer will show the as yet unnamed H.P. device. The product will be touted as a multi-media whiz with e-reader and multi-touch functions.

Don’t get your hopes up folks, because the Tablet PC will probably be the-soon-to-be released HP TouchSmart tm2-1070us:

1.30GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 Processor, 4GB DDR3, 320GB Hard Drive, Wireless 802.11 b/g/n, Intel 4500MHD GPU, 12.1″ MultiTouch Display, Webcam Mic, Fingerprint sensor, Windows 7 Premium 64bit

This how things work lately: Post bullsh@t story about Microsoft trying to one-up Apple/Google, then bash them afterwards because the mythical product didn’t materialize.

We will see tomorrow…

Update: Heres the actual product shown

Source: NYTimes

Acer Liquid to get Android 2.0 upgrade shortly

According to several sources (Acer France being one of them), the recently released Acer Liquid Android smartphone will receive an Android 2.0 update in the not too distant future. Tracy & Matt also heard does whispers today:

We’ve just had confirmation, from a very reliable source, that the Acer Liquid that we reviewed recently will be eligible for an upgrade to Android 2.0!

Liquid users rejoice!

Adobe Flash 10.1 demoed on the Google Nexus One

Adobe just uploaded a vdeio showing the upoming Flash 10.1 plugin running on the HTC / Google Nexus One. Scrolling / Panning doesn’t look smooth at all, hopefully this will be improved when the pluging is released later this year (H1 2010):

The Nexus One features Google’s Android software, HTC’s hardware design, and QUALCOMM’s Snapdragon chipset. All of these companies participate in the Open Screen Project and we’ve been working with our partners to bring a high performing Flash Player 10.1 to Android and other devices.

The Flash 10.1 plugin will also be released on Palm’s WebOS and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile at the same time (the beta version was never released).

Source: Adobe