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Motorola Announces The Android Powered Motorola Pro+ Smartphone

Motorola recently announced the new Motorola Pro+ smartphone. Verizon and Sprint already has a similar device named as Motorola Droid Pro and Motorola XPRT respectively. This handset is said to be the successor of the original Droid Pro smartphone. It runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. This handset is expected to be available for the AT&T and T-Mobile customers in the US.

The Motorola PRO+ is built for people who want to take the pressure off and consolidate their work and personal lives with an efficient smartphone that acts like your personal assistant,said Alain Mutricy, senior vice president, portfolio and device product management, Motorola Mobility. Today, with our demanding 24/7 lifestyles your smartphone should make your complex life easier and give you an edge at work and at play.

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Motorola Pro+ Specifications

  • 3.1 inch touchscreen display
  • 640 x 480 pixels resolution
  • 1 GHz Processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • Full QWERTY keypad
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • 3G Connectivity
  • 5 megapixel auto focus camera
  • LED flash
  • FM Radio
  • 4 GB internal memory
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 512 RAM
  • GPS with aGPS
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • USB 2.0
  • 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities
  • Accelerometer
  • Light and Proximity Sensor
  • Up to 8 hours of talktime
  • Up to 13 days of standby
  • 1600mAh battery

The 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities of this handset allows you to connect up to five other Wi-Fi enabled devices and laptops, for quick access to the web. It also features the popular Corning Gorilla Glass display, which is scratch resistant as well as durable. The Motorola Pro+ will be available in Asia and Europe, starting from October. The price of the handset is still a mystery. Check out the video of Motorola PRO+ below.

Sony Ericsson Unveils LiveView™ for Android Phones

So which one of you saw the strikingly built-for-a-watch-strap iPod nano and exclaimed I WANT!before realizing that it’s not all that great an accessory in real life? How about something similar that is actually a great accessory and works with your Android phone?

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Enter Sony Ericsson LiveViewâ„¢ a Bluetooth enabled 128×128 OLED mini-display that does a host of things such as announcing the number of unread messages, RSS items and other such notification while managing to look sleek and tidy. It also has four touch-enabled areas:-

The Sony Ericsson LiveViewâ„¢ uses Bluetoothâ„¢ connectivity to wirelessly pair up to a compatible handset. The LiveViewâ„¢ features a 128×128 pixel, 1.3 inch organic LED (OLED) display with four touch areas. LiveViewâ„¢ also has two additional keys for on/off and select. By default, it can function as a remote control for the music player, display messages and feeds from the phone and social networking services, and also display call information and calendar reminders

The size of the Sony Ericsson LiveViewâ„¢ is 3.5 cm x 3.5cm x 1.1 cm, and the battery will last up to four days during normal usage. The LiveViewâ„¢ will work with most phones running Androidâ„¢ 2.0 and above. A list of compatible phones will later be available on www.sonyericsson.com/liveview.   LiveViewâ„¢ is compatible with Bluetoothâ„¢ 2.1 technology. The Sony Ericsson LiveViewâ„¢ will be available in selected markets from Q4, 2010.

Made specifically for Android phones, Sony Ericsson will also release the SDK to make the device work with many applications that can be accessed by any phone running Android 2.0 or up.

Considering that the XPERIA Android line of SE phones are to update to 2.1 in October, it is safe to assume that the device will be released after October, perhaps in the Christmas season. Keep a look out!

Motorola XT800 Leaked Specs

Motorola XT800 is a new smartphone from Motorola Corporation that comes with a  3.7 inch touchscreen display and 5 mega-pixel camera. This device runs on Google Android 2.0 OS with full suite of Google applications. Check out the leaked specs of this handset below.

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Motorola XT800 Leaked Specs

  • Android 2.0 with full suite of Google applications
  • CDMA EVDO / GSM dual-network
  • 3G network support, WIFI / WAPI free switching
  • 3.7-inch high-definition resolution of 854×480
  • HDMI high-definition (720p) output
  • 5 mega-pixel digital camera, auto focus, dual LED flash
  • Cortex TM A8 multi-core processor
  • MOTO-specific Nicam -professional intelligent noise reduction
  • GPS
  • 32GB Micro-SD
  • Electronic Compass & Support for gravity sensing
  • Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
  • FM Stereo FM radio
  • Standard 3.5 mm headphone jack

This handset is expected to be announced early next year. The price of this handset is not yet available.

Moto Droid Gets an Android Update

Motorola Droid which is available on the Verizon network, the Android based Smartphone, has recently received an Android 2.0.1 update. You can update via OTA (Over The Air).

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Just a recap of the Moto Droid features:

Motorola Droid is the first Smartphone that runs on Google Android 2.0 (Eclair) Operating System. It sports a 3.7touch screen display, a 5 mega-pixel camera with auto focus and LED flash. Other features includes a sliding QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, built-in GPS receiver, 3.5 mm headset jack, accelerometer, 32GB expandable memory.

The Change log of Android 2.0.1 on Motorola Droid includes:

  • The OS stability is improved.
  • Battery life has improved.
  • Enhancements for three-way calling.
  • Audio for incoming calls has improved.
  • When receiving a call on call waiting, the speakerphone now remains on.
  • The Bluetooth functionality has improved and the background echo has now been eliminated. Bluetooth phone book transfer of contacts to in-vehicle Bluetooth solutions has been improved.
  • After closing a GPS application, the GPS icon will now automatically be removed from the notification panel.
  • Users can now receive SMS and MMS messages after an EMS message is received.
  • SMS and MMS may now be sent to any seven digit addresses.
  • Google contact merging has been updated to accommodate seven-digit numbers.
  • Visual Voice Mail notices now arrive instantaneously.
  • The corporate calendar widget user interface is updated.

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Google Maps Navigation Now Available For Android 1.6

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Google, earlier launched Google Navigation app for Android 2.0 which disappointed users having devices running on Android 1.6 (Donut) and higher, such as the T-Mobile myTouch 3G and the G1.

While Navigation app on Android 1.6 won’t benefit from all the functionalities that are available on Google Navigation app on Android 2.0, it offers cush functions like voice-guided direction, auto-rerouting and the Layers feature, which allows users to overlay info likes transit lines and Wiki onto a map.

You can download Google Navigation app for Android 1.6 from the Android market for free. Check out the official video by Google which demos the navigation app on the Moto Droid phone:

Android based Vega Tablet

Innovative Converged Devices (ICD), a seattle-based electronic device company, has unveiled it’s first high-definition mobile internet device on the 11th November. ICD has previously made a digital photo-frame and a Mobile player running Windows.

However, the Tablet PC Vega, is a full streaming media, touch screen device that runs the Android. The interesting thing is that it run’s the same latest version of Android, Android 2.0 “Eclair”, as the Motorola Droid.

However, the Vega runs the NVIDIA Tegra, Nvidia’s graphics-cum-applications processor for Mobile devices which supports 1080p Full HD, found in other high-definition devices like Microsoft’s ZuneHD.

The Vega will be available in three screen sizes :   7   inches, 11 inches and the 15th inch. Currently, ICD has released the 15 inch version. It contains an accelerometer and the 3G wireless as well as 802.11b/g WLAN modules. It has USB 2.0 ports and support for MicroSD and Bluetooth. With four hours of battery life, a 3.1 MP Camera and 512 MB RAM, this is full fledged Tabled PC.

With a device like the Vega, application like On-demand TV, Gaming, Voice and SMS as well as Social Media applications, Video chatting, Music, etc. will be an enhanced experience.

Frameworks like Android, Moblin and Maemo are lowering the barrier-to-entry for company’s like ICD. The only factor that may or may not determine the success of these devices is the price-point, which, for the Vega is still unknown.

Any guesses ?

Google Officially Announces Android 2.0 (Eclair)

Google-Android-2.0It’s official now. Earlier today, Android SDK Tech lead Xavier Ducrohet announced Android 2.0 support in the SDK. Android 2.0 (codenamed Éclair) introduces a host of new features. You can view the full list of changes here. The ones which caught our attention are:

  • Contacts – Android now supports synching and aggregating contacts data from multiple accounts. A new Quick Contacts API will allow access to contact info from within any application.
  • Email – Email box has been combined to enable browsing of email from multiple accounts. Support for Exchange has also been added.
  • Camera – A lot of ground has been covered in this section and most of the basic stuff that was missing has been added. Android now has built-in flash support as well as macro-focus, white balance and digital zoom options.
  • Keyboard – An improved virtual keyboard should enhance your typing speed by reducing errors.
  • Browser – The browser will feature a refreshed UI with support for double-tap zoom. Other changes include support for HTML 5 and bookmarks with web page thumbnails.
  • Bluetooth – Éclair will also have Bluetooth 2.1 support with two new Bluetooth profiles – Object Push Profile (OPP) and Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP).

What do you think about the new features? Are you happy or are you disappointed? Don’t forget to let us know.

Sony Ericsson to launch Android 2.0 based phones

Sony Ericsson’s Asia marketing VP Peter Ang mentioned that Sony Ericsson will soon be launching Google phones running on Android 2.0 operating system (OS). Earlier this year, Sony Ericsson CEO Hideki Komiyama had said that launching the Android based Sony Ericsson phones "will take some time"

Though, Ang did not provide much information on the phone, its speculated that it will have more of multimedia and social networking support, including twitter. Also, the leakedversion of android suggests the same.

Again, Ang declined the rumors that Sony Ericsson will be limiting itself to a single operating system and will continue to deliver more phones in various OS such as winMO, symbian and more. Sony Ericsson already entered the Symbian market with its IDOU phone which flaunts 12.1 megapixel camera and is listed under Entertainment unlimited.

Its rumored that Sony Ericsson is to make a big announcement on 28th of this month under Entertainment Unlimited. Its to be seen if they announce their Android based phone considering Androids’ much leap in 2.0.

Stay tuned, we will keep you updated on this.