Now, it seems that the Asus E600 is on its way to us. It has just passed the FCC barrier and should be launched by Christmas. It will probably be launched on AT&T’s network soon. It is a very capable device which sports a 5 MP camera and 4 inch touchscreen display with a 1300 mAh battery. No pricing details have been revealed yet, but it should be in line with the other Windows Phone 7 models.
At an Intel press event held in Moscow on December 2, for launching MeeGo based netbooks powered by the Intel Atom processor, Intel executives also showcased a MeeGo powered phone and tablet.
Both the tablet, and the phone are powered by Intel Atom. The HI/LO Vibrant phone sports a 5 MP camera and a secondary videocall camera. The tablet looks quite good, but no detailed specifications have been released.
We should probably see the onslaught of MeeGo devices in Q1 2011, but I wonder if it isn’t too late already.
The much awaited Sony Playstation phone has finally been spotted for real. The sighting happened somewhere in Greece, with someone shooting a spy video of the Sony Ericsson Z1 (yes, that’s what it will be officially called).
We don’t see those awesome sliding controls in this video, but the phone appears to be the real deal. It will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will come with a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen display, with presumably a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It will also sport an 8 MP camera with LED flash.
The details of the rumored Sony Ericsson PSP Phone were first leaked about a month back. It is the first phone which sports a landscape slider design with gaming controls.
Today, a French blog received an invite to a press event by Sony Ericsson France which indicates that the PSP phone will be officially unveiled on December 9. The Playstation phone could launch just in time to make your Christmas shopping list.
The PSP phone will sport a 3.7 – 4.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display and will come with a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and the new Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS.
The blogosphere has been hyped today about a possible Facebook phone in works. It all started with the TechCrunch post about Facebook Is Secretly Building a Phone which was quickly picked up by other major media sources including Silicon Alley Insider, CNET and even Gizmodo. Speculations ranged from building an actual phone to building a mobile platform.
Facebook, however, quickly denied the news in an official statement to Mashable:
The story, which originated in Techcrunch, is not accurate. Facebook is not building a phone. Our approach has always been to make phones and apps more social. Current projects include include everything from an HTML5 version of the site to apps on major platforms to full Connect support with SDKs to deeper integrations with some manufacturers. Our view is that almost all experiences would be better if they were social, so integrating deeply into existing platforms and operating systems is a good way to enable this. For an example, check out Connect for iPhone and the integration we have with contact syncing through our iPhone app. Another example is the INQ1 phone with Facebook integration (the first so-called Facebook Phone’). The people mentioned in the story are working on these projects. The bottom line is that whenever we work on a deep integration, people want to call it a Facebook Phone’ because that’s such an attractive soundbite, but building phones is just not what we do.
Many blogs, however, calling this denial a playing-around-with-words still think that Facebook is building something. Silicon Alley Insider claims that Facebook has simply denied the manufacturing of phone hardware but not the highly speculated premise that Facebook is taking Android and making it into a Facebook-flavored platform. Something that will give Facebook much more control over the smart phone industry than it currently has. That means Facebook can have their own unique mobile advertising service and many third-party apps features which currently don’t make it to mobile Facebook due to platform restrictions.
So, even though, we are unlikely to see a Facebook branded phone soon, we may see a highly customized platform that will make Facebook users less dependent on Android or iPhone.
Gaming has never been Android’s strong suit. The quality of games on the iPhone has always been better than those on Android. That, however, is set to change soon.
Sony Ericsson is reportedly working on a gaming smartphone modeled along the likes of the PSP Go and the Samsung Galaxy S. Here’s Engadget’s mockup of the Android PSP phone.
It will have a 3.7 – 4.1 inch touchscreen display with a WVGA resolution and a landscape slider with gaming controls instead of a QWERTY keypad. It will have the standard PSP buttons and a touchpad instead of the joystick.
On the hardware side, it will probably have a 1 GHz+ processor and at least 512 MB RAM. The games on the new platform will be similar to PSP games in terms of graphics and performance. It will run Android 3.0 Gingerbread and will have a custom Android Market application solely for the games.
Sony Ericsson is reportedly working closely with Google to make this happen; this could be the next big thing in mobile gaming. The iPhone has some really good games but gaming enthusiasts have always bemoaned the lack of hardware gaming controls on it.
With smart phones being an essential part of our lives now, it is critical to be able to transfer data between your phone and your computer. If you have an Android phone, there are many apps, paid and free, that let you transfer files between your computer and your phone, but nothing beats the simplicity and functionality of FTP. One of the best apps to use FTP on your Android phone is SwiFTP.
Once installed on your smart phone, SwiFTP allows you to access your Android device from anywhere and any system using the FTP connection. After the installation, you need to provide a username and password which will later be used to access the device via FTP. The app also requires you to specify some basic FTP and phone settings and once completed, your Android phone can be accessed from a computer using any popular FTP client.
The app is open-source so you can completely tweak it or contribute to it by accessing the code. If your particular FTP client doesn’t work, you can send a request for support and it will be fixed. If your Android device is behind a firewall, SwiFTP will still work by routing the traffic through some proxy servers. Overall, SwiFTP provides a really simple solution to transfer music, documents and all sorts of files between your Android device and any other system using a secure FTP connection.
Download SwiFTP by searching the Android Marketplace or here.