Leaked Sprint roadmap shows HTC Android WiMax smartphone and Motorola Windows Mobile device


If the info provided by PhoneArena is to be believed, Sprint is planning to launch an Android base HTC WiMax phone this year ( A9292 ) and other interesting bit is a Windows Mobile based Motorola device (ES400 / MS400). Knowing that Motorola decided to skip Windows Mobile 6.5 I would guess that it’s WM7 based. Maybe the Motorola Shadow / Mirage ?

Source: PhoneArena

Steve Ballmer talks Bing and Windows Phones

In a short interview with CNN’s Jon Fort, Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer confirmed that the company is on the verge of announcing some new things in regards to Windows Mobile pretty soon. When asked if it’s a new direction, Steve answered that it’s going to be “new innovation”. MWC can’t come soon enough…

Source: CNN.Fortune via Liveside.net

Half of LG’s smartphones to be Android powered


Here’s another confusing/conflicting statement from LG. According to the Korean Herald, LG’s CEO Nam Yong said:

Nam said Android would be a mainstream operating system for the No. 3 handset maker, although the company will still offer Windows Mobile models.

About half of its new smartphones will be powered by Android, he added.

Seems like the boys at LG can’t make up their minds. Last time I checked, LG and Microsoft signed the following deal last year:

As part of the agreement, LG will make Windows its primary operating system for its smartphones and will increase both the number of Windows® phones in its portfolio and the total volume of Windows® phones it distributes. This will create a tenfold increase in the volume of Windows® phones available from LG in 2009 and bring up to 26 new Windows® phones to market in 2012 alone. Overall, the agreement can result in more than 50 new LG Windows® phones.

Then LG went on to announce the LG GW620 Android phone and an upcoming SnapDragon based Android smartphone.
We also know that several LG – Microsoft Teams are working on WM7 devices (see here & here) and that LG didn’t mention Android during their CES Press event and only said that Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Mobile 7 smartphones are going to be launched in 2010 and that the company is shifting its focus from featurephones to smartphones…

Confused?

Source: Korean Herald & here

nVidia Tegra 2 chipset announced

 

As it was expected nVidia just announced their Tegra 2 chipset based on a Dual Cortex9 ARM core (Android, Windows CE, Windows Mobile and Chrome OS compatible). This is a giant leap from ARM11 Tegra 1.

Highlights / Key Facts:

  • Tegra is the power behind the new generation of tablets, offering:
    • 3D touchscreen user interfaces
    • Amazing battery life— always-on and always-connected
    • Adobe Flash Player 10.1 acceleration for streaming video and 3D mobile games
    • Resolution ranging from four-to-eight times that of smartphones
    • Form factors and screen sizes ranging from 5-15 inches
    • Immersive gaming, vivid photos and video, and crystal-clear audio
  • Next Generation Tegra is a leap in mobile computing performance with:
    • The world’s first dual-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU running up to 1GHz
    • Eight independent processors to handle web browsing, HD video encode and decode and mobile 3D gaming
    • 10x faster than the processors used in smartphones today, and up to 4x the performance of the previous generation Tegra processor
    • Advanced TSMC 40nm process with active power management

As it is usually the case with nVidia, the product looks awesome but unfortunately don’t expect any Tegra 2 smartphones in the near future. nVidia sure knows how to hype their products though. The original Tegra chipset was announced 2 years ago and we still haven’t seen it in a commercially available smartphone. The only shipping devices sporting a Tegra 1 are the Zune HD and Samsung M1. nVidia’s problem has always been arrogance (and shady PR/Marketing stunts) and I’m not the least surprised to see that not a single smartphone has shipped with a Tegra chipset inside (yet). The biggest disadvantage compared to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon is, IMO, the lack of cellular modem & aGPS receiver in the SOC. Anyway, head over here for an in-depth analysis of Tegra 2, but beware, Anand’s article sounds a lot like an nVidia ad…

The first product packing a Tegra 2 is the Boxee Box from D-link

Source: nVidia

Disassembled Google Nexus One

iFix it did it again and disassembled the latest and greatest Android smartphone. Nothing terribly exciting especially since the internals of the Nexus Oneare practically identical to the HTC HD2. Enjoy the photos:

Check out the rest here

Google Nexus One Unboxing and Hardware Tour videos

Brandon at Pocketnow got his hands-on a a Google Nexus One yesterday and didn’t waste no time since then. He already posted an Unboxing video followed by a Hardware Tour:

Unboxing:

Hardware Tour:

Source: Pocketnow

Verizon Touch Pro2 receives official Windows Mobile 6.5 update


Better late than never I guess. Verizon seems to have rolled out their Windows Mobile 6.5 update for the HTC Touch Pro2. Just head over here to download it and don’t forget to back up your device before flashing it.

Via: Pocketnow

Will Windows Mobile 7 set the bar forward ?

 

That’s what Microsoft‘s Robbie Bach seems to think. As I’ve reported yesterday it now looks like MWC will be the place where Microsoft is expected to talk about the future of Windows Mobile (6.5.3 or 7?). Bach was asked several Windows Mobile 7 related questions during last night’s Financial Analyst Briefing and this is what he had to say about the future version:

Here’s what he said (I’m typing this transcript for you guys):

I think the number one thing we have to do on Windows Mobile going forward is about the experience people have with phones. I don’t think we have a business model problem per-say, I don’t think we have to outstanding challenge outside of the fact that our experience is very skewed towards business users as is not as modern as it needs to be and doesn’t feel straightforward. So the challenge for us as we come in to 2010, we are going to have new things that we will talk about at Mobile World Congress [...] The first bar people should look at will “Wow the are doing a great job with the product!” and when you look at the product; and I’m quite confident. I have the luxury of having seen it and play with it a little bit. People are going to see something that’s differentiated and something that sets the bar forward. Not in an evolutionary way compared to where we are today but something that feels, look, act and performs completely different.

He then went on to talk about better integration with OEM and Operators etc…

Hopefully we will get to see some of this during MWC next month.

You can listen to the 50mins long webcast here

Update 9/01: Here’s the full transcript

Source: Microsoft thanks to M.J Foley for the webcast heads up

Sony Ericsson Robyn vs iPhone size comparison

Remember the the Sony Ericsson Robyn aka Xperia X10 mini with have seen yesterday? Well it’s back for an other photo-shoot, this time for a little size comparison against the iPhone. As you can see the the Robyn looks really small against Apple’s product, so far we don’t really have any other info.

Source: PointGPhone via SlashGear