Looks like Acer is about to announce/launch two new smartphones in the coming days/weeks (at MWC ?) which are now certified by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. The first one is the Acer P300 Windows Mobile smartphone (SIG):
Acer P300 was Win-mobile smart phone with multi-function as below, Qualband GSM / GPRS / EDGE , WCDMA / HSDPA / HSUPA in FDD I, Bluetooth technology 2.0 + EDR, WiFi 802.11 b/g, USB 2.0
E110 is a 3G bar type Smart Handheld. This product support GSM Quad band ( 850, 900, 1800, 1900 ), GPRS ( Class 12 ) , EGPRS ( Class 12 ) , UMTS ( Band I & VIII or Band II & V ) , and HSDPA on Android platform. Support both GPS and AGPS.
Voice Recognition: You can now speak in plain English instead of typing, whenever a text-entry box appears on your Android device. Simply swipe your finger across the virtual keyboard and dictate your phrase.
Virtual Keyboard Enhancements: The fully integrated, enlarged virtual keyboard allows for easier and more accurate manual entries as well. Also included are auto-complete/correct.
3D Gallery offers a whole new way to enjoy your phone’s multimedia features. With 3D gallery, all of your photos, videos, album art and images from your Picasa Web albums account online are displayed in three-dimensional stacks that gently move as the phone is tilted. Scrolling through and choosing media has never been easier. With 3D gallery simply use your finger to scroll through thumbnail versions of all your photos, videos and albums – and when you find one you want – simply tap the image to select it for viewing or playback. You can share pics individually or in bulk (by long-pressing a photo) on Facebook, Email, or MMS.
Enjoy pinch-to-zoom functionality for web browsing, plus the Gallery and Maps applications
News and Weather App and Widget
The News and Weather app pulls information from the web and brings it to your fingertips. Weekly and hourly weather forecast for your area based on your location and it pulls news headlines on the topics you care about most.
Google Maps Updates
Sync with desktop: synchronizes starred items between Google Maps on your Android device and maps.google.com.
Personalized suggestions: Google Maps on your Android device suggests (autocompletes) locations based on your personal search history on maps.google.com.
Night mode: automatically changes your screen at night for easier viewing and driving
NOTE: Sync feature requires user to be logged in to myGoogle account while on maps.google.com
Enhanced Music Application
New tabs at the top of your music player for easier access and navigation to your favorite artist, songs, albums and playlists.
Google Goggles App
Google Goggles App allows you to snap a picture to start a Google search. It can also ”read” photos of business cards and add them to your contacts. Even cooler is its built-in augmented reality feature that displays information about things, like stores and restaurants, around you.
This is all just speculation right now, but some information about an upcoming HTC product has popped up last night over at AndroiSpin. They supposedly got their hands on a build file from an “in-development” HTC product code-named HTC Scorpion (or HTC Olympian):
# Time between scans in seconds. Keep it high to minimize battery drain.
# This only affects the case in which there are remembered access points,
# but none are in range.
What’s interesting here is that the Chipset is rated at 1.5Ghz which hints at a Qualcomm QSD8672 Dual-core CPU. This rules out the possibility that the HTC Scoprion is a smartphone (the QSD8672 is aimed at smartbooks/tablets). The other juicy bit is that this mysterious device is also running Android 2.2…
Keep in mind that this is all speculation and that it may all be fake.
On your phone, Google Buzz is much more than just a small screen version of the desktop experience. Mobile devices add an important component to sharing: location. Posts tagged with geographical information have an extra dimension of context — the answer to the question “where were you when you shared this?” can communicate so much. And when viewed in aggregate, the posts about a particular location can paint an extremely rich picture of that place. Check out the Mobile Blog for more info about all of the ways to use Buzz on your phone, from a new mobile web app to a Buzz layer in Google Maps for mobile.
I tried it for a few minutes on the HTC HD2 to see how it actually works. What I don’t really understand is: Why am I seeing other peoples’ Buzz updates (people who are not in my contacts, their actual name is also showing up in there Buzz..privacy? wth?)? All this social sharing stuff is getting out of hand IMO. I don’t give a flying monkey poop about what other people do. Now, if it was only restricted to my contact list then it would be fine (maybe there’s some sort of settings that I missed somewhere?). Anyway, from a technological point of vue this is a pretty cool feature and the full integration with GMail is really awesome (if you are a big Gmail user). Here’s some more info about Google Buzz:
You can grab the Winodws Mobile & Symbian versions here. The Android version is available in the Android Market right now (only for Android 1.6 and up). For more info head over to the Google Mobile blog here
All those HTC Legendpictures are a sign that the handset is on its way to be officially launched next week at MWC. The specs of the device are exactly the same as those that were leaked a while ago (identical to the HTC Hero but with an AMOLED screen and MSM7227 @600Mhz).