It seems like the devices that didn’t materialize last holiday season will be here for this one. Offerings from Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Dell are on the way.
Most sport physical keyboards and the Android 2.0 operating system. PC World has a comprehensive overview of the wave of phones, with highlights and pictures.
Google on the Go: Using an Android-powered Mobile Phone
I found it interesting that such a comprehensive, easy to read guide was out on the market, and prevalently advertised on the web. Definitely worth checking out for those of you interested in learning more about the benefits and usability of the Google Android.
Anyways, check it out if it tickles your fancy. More exciting updates to come.
It looks like a company called Cellstar MobileNet is starting to sell the Qigi i6, the smartphone we learned about late last year that’s shipping in both Windows Mobile and Android variants. The Windows Mobile version is called the “win” and the Android version is called the “goal.” The price listed is 2380 yuan, or roughly USD $348. No word yet on European or US distributors. I’m keeping an eye out, but if you spot this for sale somewhere, please let me know.
The original version of the article is kind of hard to me to fully understand, so Chinese readers, if you can clarify, that would be great!
From The Age:
The Melbourne consumer electronics maker who promised to release the first Google phone in Australia by the end of this month has delayed the launch indefinitely, citing “potential future interoperability issues”.
“The Agora reached a very late stage of development, manufacturing had commenced and we were within days of shipping the product to customers. But it now seems certain the current Agora specifications will limit its compatibility or interoperability in the near future,” Kogan, 25, said.
This is incredibly unfortunate - the Agora looked like a winner.
There are pictures on the Chinese engadget site of a new phone called the HKC Pearl. There’s also a pretty negative blog post about it, and a YouTube video of the phone in action.
Like the Qigi i6, the manufacturer claims the phone is capable of running both Android and Windows Mobile.
Preliminary specifications look like this:
- 2.8″ QVGA touchscreen display
- trackball for navigation
- 624MHz CPU
- 256MB of ROM
- 128MB of RAM.
- quad-band GSM/EDGE
- 1250mAh battery
- weighs 128g
- 109.1mm x 59mm x 15.5mm
Thanks for the tip Aditya!
The Lenovo oPhone has made an appearance over at the modmygphone.com forums.
I’m not sure of the source, but this was quoted in the forum post also:
“With its own operating system, China Mobile will be able to commission customized phones from handset makers and keep its hand strong in negotiations over profit sharing. There is even the possibility that China Mobile may move into manufacturing handsets itself.””
It looks pretty sexy.