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Moto Droid Pro gives us a glimpse of what'd happen if BlackBerry ran on Android

8 Oct

Ever wondered what would a BlackBerry smartphone look like if it ran Android? The folks at Motorola seem to have been wondering just that and have come up with the Droid Pro. In press shots that the company has sent out, the Droid Pro bears a close resemblance to the Palm Pixi with its 3.1-inch HVGA touchscreen and a QWERTY keypad in a candy bar form-factor. But what’s amusing us is how Moto is trying to pitch an Android smartphone to corporate customers. An excerpt from the press release:


Rest easy knowing DROID PRO is extra secure. With corporate-level security, it’s the first Android device with data encryption (available early 2011) and the ability to completely have your phone and SD card wiped if it’s ever lost or stolen. Remote password management allows you to change and check passwords on the road, so you can be confident in your security. With this elevated corporate-level security, you won’t have to worry about your information getting into the wrong hands.

Will someone at Moto please tell us what they mean by ‘corporate-level’ security. Probably they are being vague after what RIM is going through in several countries including India, which do not like its ‘super-secure’ data services.



Nevertheless, it would be interesting to see whether Android can take on BlackBerry. Verizon Wireless will launch the Droid Pro in this quarter in the US.



Specifications



Talk and Standby Time
CDMA TT/SB Time (up to): 430 mins / 320 hrs
WCDMA TT/SB Time (up to): 420 mins / 320 hrs
GSM TT/SB Time (up to): 470 mins / 300 hrs
WLAN TT/SB Time (up to): 580 mins / 135 hrs



Bands/Modes
CDMA 800/1900 EVDO-Rev.A, Dual-band Rx Diversity, GSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 850/1900/2100, HSDPA 10.2 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps (Category 9), EDGE Class 12, GPRS Class 12



Weight
134 grams



Dimensions
60(x) 119(y) 11.70(z)



Bluetooth
Bluetooth Class 1, Version 2.1+EDR



OS
Android 2.2



Battery
1420 mAH Standard & 1860 mAH Extended



Connectivity
3.5mm, USB 2.0 HS, Corporate Sync, DLNA, GOTA, NGP, PC Sync



Display
3.1” 320×480 HVGA



Messaging/Web/Apps
EMS, MMS, SMS, Email (EAS, Google Mail, POP3/IMAP embedded, Push Email, Yahoo Mail) IM (Java, Embedded), WebKit browser w/ Flash



Audio
AAC, AAC+, AMR NB, AMR WB, MIDI, MP3, WMA v10, WMA v9



Video
Capture/Playback/Streaming, H.263, H.264, MPEG4, D1(480p)



Camera
5 MP, Auto Focus, Digital zoom, Dual-LED flash



Memory
2GB internal memory, 2GB pre loaded – expandable to 32GB with SD
512MB RAM x 2GB ROM, 1.5GB user available memory



Form Factor
Touch QWERTY bar



Antenna
Internal, dual diversity antennae



Location Services
aGPS (assisted), Standalone GPS, Google Maps™, Google Maps™ Navigation, Google Maps™ with Google Latitude, Street View, and eCompass

XPERIA X10 line-up to get software update only by the end of this October

27 Sep

Sony Ericsson is still struggling to provide a software update to its XPERIA X10 line-up users. While the Android freaks around the world have almost gotten over with the last version of Android – Android 2.1 aka Eclair, the folks at Sony Ericsson have declared that they still need some more time for the roll-out of the Eclair update on the XPERIA X10 lineage (XPERIA X10, XPERIA X10 mini and the XPERIA X10 mini pro).



Sony Ericsson will only be ready with the update by the end of this October and here’s what you can expect from the update



XPERIA X10

  • HD video recording.
  • 5 homescreens for apps, widgets, folders and shortcuts
  • Automatic syncing of Facebook pictures of all your contacts in the phonebook. 

XPERIA X10 mini and XPERIA X10 mini pro will get

  • improved Bluetooth functionality (sharing of audio and video files would be relatively faster).
  • Automatic syncing of Facebook pictures of all your contacts in the phonebook. 
  • New back-up and restore app for with extended content back-up.

Point to be noted- It has also been specifically mentioned by handset vendor that the update will be made available in a phased roll-out and it will take some more additional weeks, which theoretically means that the XPERIA x10 users will only enjoy Eclair by the end of November. Truly, nothing can be more depressing!

LG's Optimus One and Optimus Chic to hit India by the year end, specs revealed!

15 Sep

LG has launched its much talked about duo of Android based smartphones – LG Optimus One and LG Optimus Chic in London which first showed up in Korea about two months ago. The smartphones are based on Android 2.2 aka Froyo and are expected to hit the India shores by the year end. ‘Optimus’ in Latin means ‘best’, so we guess, these are the best smartphones in LG’s bag, atleast for now.



The LG Optimus One  comes with a 3.2 inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen display, 3.0 MP camera, 600Mhz processor, 170 MB of internal memory. A 2GB microSD card comes bundled along with its purchase, and fret not, the memory can be further upgraded to 32 GB. It has Wi-Fi connectivity, FM radio, GPS and Bluetooth.



The LG Optimus Chic, as the name suggests, flaunts its curvy shape, with a 3.2 inch touchscreen display, 600Mhz processor, 150 MB of onboard memory. It sports a 5.0MP snapper and features LG’s Air Sync to wirelessly transfer photos, contacts and other information with computer and cloud database.



Now that LG has satiated us with the much-needed specs of these smartphones, we’d say our wait will only end when LG officially spills the beans on pricing of this duo!

Acer launches the Liquid E Ferrari special edition smartphone in India

15 Sep

Acer has launched the liquidE Ferrari limited edition smartphone in India based on the Android 2.1 aka Eclair. The device looks exactly like its former version – the Acer Liquid, but this time, the phone does not have that old plasticky feel to it. They have used the carbon fibre material in this limited edition phone (yeah, the same material used in cars) to give you that same feeling when you touch a car.



While it sports Ferrari’s prancing horse on its hood, the phone has an underclocked Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 768 MHz. The phone sports a 3.5 inch display, 5.0 MP camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS and comes preloaded with Facebook and Twitter apps. It comes with an inbuilt memory of 512 MB which is expandable up to 8 GB with a microSD card.



Being a special edition device, the phone offers Formula1 theme content like wallpapers, screensavers, ringtones and widgets. Acer is also promising an Android 2.2 upgrade in a couple of months. The smartphone will be available at Chroma outlets for Rs 29,999.

Rumoured specs for Samsung Galaxy Q reeks of Froyo, QWERTY keypad

26 Jul

Less than a month after Samsung rode smartphone waves with the Galaxy S, rumours of a Galaxy Q are already stirring blogosphere waters. Samsung Hub has received specifications for the alleged Galaxy Q, which will be run Android 2.2 on Samsung’s 1 GHz Hummingbird processor. Interestingly, the 4.8-inch tall device has a paltry 3-inch display with an awkward 720×480 pixel resolution. This might suggest that the Galaxy Q might be the BlackBerry competitor from Samsung – a candy bar device with a QWERTY keypad below the display.



Other specs include an 8.0 MP with flash rear camera that can shoot videos in HD resolution, a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, 16 GB internal memory and a mini HDMI slot. We will keep our eyes peeled for more info on the Galaxy Q.

Android 3.0 aka Gingerbread gets detailed, gels well with our theory

30 Jun

Eldar Murtazin strikes again! The editor of Russian site Mobile Review and the guy who gets the dope before even many product managers inside companies has just detailed Google’s plans for Android 3.0 aka Gingerbread in a podcast. While we are no native Russian speakers but thankfully our good friends at Unwired View are and they have translated his podcast.



If Murtazin is to be believed (we believe him), Google will for the first time release a minimum spec requirement for Android 3.0. Of course, modders will hack and port it into devices with lower specs but essentially any phone to run Gingerbread needs to have at least a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and at least a 3.5 inch display. If the requirements sound familiar, well these are almost the same that Microsoft wants in phones running Windows Phone 7 OS.



Google will be announcing Gingerbread sometime in October (Murtazin claims October 15 or 16), with first devices ready to hit shelves in time for holiday shopping. Gingerbread will also come with a new UI throughout menus that would leave handset vendor skins like HTC’s Sense UI and Motorola’s Blur useless, but we doubt if Google would bar vendors from adding their own skins, like Microsoft has done with Windows Phone 7.



Google is also working on making the OS work with devices having displays bigger than 4.0 inches and resolutions as high as 1280×760 pixels, which means that Android might finally do more, much more, on an Internet Tablet device.



So essentially, what we have over here is that Gingerbread would be the OS for high-end Android phones, while lesser mortals would go as far as Android 2.2 aka Froyo. This is exactly what I had written in a post almost a month back:

Considering that there are all sorts of phones at all possible price points and hardware configuration, it would help Google (and Android) if it classified which categories of phones run on which version of Android. This could be based on the processor/memory configuration of the phone. What this would do is ensure that the highest-end segment of phones run on the most advanced OS version while the phones in the lower-end of the spectrum run on a more basic/lite version that gives most features but skips the processor-intensive stuff. By doing this, users will get a more refined user experience suited to their choice of hardware, which has been one of the main reason for the iPhone’s success. It would also mean that developers will be able to target high-end devices with better quality apps.

Well, it seems like Android might finally come of age this holiday season!

Google uses remote kill switch to wipe off an app from Android phones

25 Jun

Man that’s a hell lot of stuff Google is doing. First, Google’s Andy Rubin aka the Droid-Man, announced that they are activating about 160,000 Android devices a day or roughly two devices every second. Then they made the code for Android 2.2 (Froyo) open source, which means that we will finally see the latest Android OS being delivered to Android devices. Yup, the Nexus One over-the-air update has already begun.



However, the biggest use from Googleplex has been their use of a remote kill switch to wipe off an application from Android phones.

“Recently, we became aware of two free applications built by a security researcher for research purposes. These applications intentionally misrepresented their purpose in order to encourage user downloads, but they were not designed to be used maliciously, and did not have permission to access private data — or system resources beyond permission.INTERNET. As the applications were practically useless, most users uninstalled the applications shortly after downloading them. After the researcher voluntarily removed these applications from Android Market, we decided, per the Android Market Terms of Service, to exercise our remote application removal feature on the remaining installed copies to complete the cleanup.”

Now why would Google make such a big fuss about an app that did nothing and probably was not installed in more than a few dozen phones? I think it has more to do with Google telling users that Android is a safe platform and Google has control over the Android Market since critics have been raising questions about how secure Android is considering that virtually anyone can easily get their app on the Market and hence, into the phones of millions of unsuspecting Android users.

“The remote application removal feature is one of many security controls Android possesses to help protect users from malicious applications. In case of an emergency, a dangerous application could be removed from active circulation in a rapid and scalable manner to prevent further exposure to users. While we hope to not have to use it, we know that we have the capability to take swift action on behalf of users’ safety when needed.”

Instead of demonstrating how Google can remotely wipe some nondescript app (notice that Google has not revealed any details of the ‘researcher’ in question or even the name of the app), it would serve both Google and users of Android phones if Google spent more time ensuring that only genuine apps pass through into the market and cr-apps or malware stays out. Yes, Android is supposed to be an open world, but I don’t things users will mind if the streets are kept clean.