You would think that after a while we’d get tired or reporting on HTC’s quarterly financials.  If the numbers were flat, we’d most likely soon forget all about it, but HTC’s latest numbers for Q3 show that their new profits nearly doubled from last year during the same period.  HTC is reporting $360 million in profits on $2.459 billion.  It’s no secret that HTC’s Android phones have been wildly successful lately, but HTC even outperformed analyst’s expectations by nearly 50%.  HTC is already gearing up for a great holiday season with the launch of the T-Mobile G2, new myTouch, Desire HD, and Desire Z.

Let’s also keep in mind that those handsets listed are only half of what HTC has planned for Q4.  HTC is expected to unveil their complete Windows Phone 7 lineup within the next few weeks.  So far, it looks like HTC is planning on launching between 3-4 WP7 phones before the end of the year, but we’ll have to see how it all plays out. 

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Motorola Charm review

6 October 2010

Motorola Charm

The Motorola Charm is the embodiment of the "smart-messaging phone."  It runs Android, but make no mistake — it’s not what you would expect from your typical Android phone.  It has an excellent qwerty keyboard, a small screen well designed for messaging applications (but little else), and a price point that makes sense.  Hit the break to see my impressions of Android’s version of the Kin.

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Motorola Spice

Motorola has announced the release of the Spice, a vertical slider with a 3-inch screen, running Android 2.1.  No news about any U.S. carriers, but we hear it’s destined for Brazil, and has the radio technology to match.  While it may not be the Droid pro, the Pre Spice does bring the vertical slider form factor many of us want, and while not a screamer, it looks like it would be adequate if you really needed that sliding qwerty love. 

Full press release with specs after the break.

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Droid Pro 

Verizon has surprised everyone by making press materials available for the Droid Pro — looking very different than anyone thought with its candy-bar styling and non-sliding qwerty action.  Big Red doesn’t have much to say about the Droid Pro so far:

DROID PRO is a new, powerful, stronger and faster solution designed to meet both business and personal needs. The first Android™-based smartphone optimized for business use, DROID PRO is also a global-ready Android smartphone, allowing customers to enjoy wireless voice service in more than 220 countries and data coverage in more than 200 countries.

What do we say? Hello, front-facing QWERTY goodness! We’re still waiting on an official announcement and hopefully we’ll get to see some more of this guy at CTIA this week in San Francisco. Stay tuned, folks, and in the meantime let’s all play the waiting game in the Droid Pro forums

Update: The official announcement’s after the break, folks. Android 2.2, 3.1-inch touchscreen, 3G mobile hot spot, 1GHz processor, 2GB ROM (boo), 2GB microSD card, 5MP camera. Available in the fourth quarter

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LG announced that it has decided to postpone the launch of an Android-based tablet device, which it had hoped to release next quarter, to a later date. In a discussion LG had with Google about this decision, a representative from LG stated that the reasoning behind this decision was that they wanted to release a tablet that, “runs on the most reliable Android version” and that they, “are in talks with Google to decide on the most suitable version for our tablet and that is not Froyo 2.2.”

Another explanation as to why LG has done this could be that it is concentrating its resources and efforts on its mobile phone line. We’ll see. [via Reuters]

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Apple is a world class mobile phone brand and its handset are recognized for their excellent performance all over the world. The handset was released in June 2010 and as expected there was a huge demand in the market. Majority of the stores were running out of the stocks.


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 Motorola Bravo, Flipside and Flipout

We knew AT&T had some more Android up its sleeve — we just didn’t think it’d be dropping three new phones on us at once. But a trio we have. Seen above from left are the Motorola Bravo, Flipside and Flipout. The deets:

Motorola Bravo

A 3.7-inch WVGA (480×854) touchscreen with 3-megapixel camera, powered by an 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 2GB ROM and a 2GB microSD card. Features DLNA access for streaming media. Motoblur UI atop Android 2.1. Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. 1540mAh battery, weighs 4.59 ounces. Has Adobe Flash Lite.

Available by the holidays for $129.99 after contract. No rebate required.

Motorola Flipside

A 3.1-inch touchscreen (320×480) horizontal slider with four-row keyboard. Runs Motoblur atop Android 2.1. Has a 3MP camera. Is powered by a TI OMAP 3410 processor running at 720MHz. Has 512MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM and a 2GB microSD card. Has Adobe Flash Lite, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. Wifi b/g and an FM radio. 1540 mAh battery, weighs 5.11 ounces.

Available by the holidays for $99.99 after contract. No rebate required.

Motorola Flipout

We’ve seen this one before, but now it’s official. A 2.8-inch touchscreen (320×240) atop a full QWERTY keyboard. Runs Android 2.1 and Motoblur. Powered by a TI OMAP 3410 processor at 720 MHz. 512MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM and a 2GB microSD card. Wifi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. 3MP camera, fixed focus. 1170mAh battery, weighs 4.3 ounces.

Available Oct. 17 for $79.99 after contract. No rebate required.

All in all, nothing terribly high end, but respectable mid-level phones. Presumably they’ll be locked into the Android Market like AT&T’s other fare, but that’s why we have the Android Sideload Wonder Machine. [AT&T, Bravo, Flipside, Flipout]

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And just like that, T-Mobile went and stole our thunder by officially announcing the new T-Mobile myTouch. For a second, we were convinced that T-Mobile would be naming the rumored myTouch HD as the myTouch 2, but they have chosen to keep in simple. The new T-Mobile myTouch will be the second handset to fully support T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network and will also be the first device from T-Mobile to sport a front-facing camera for video calling. The phone will also feature a 3.8 inch capacitive WVGA display, Qualcomm’s second generation MSM 8255 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5MP camera with the ability to record video in 720p, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.

Similar to HTC’s Desire Z and HD, the T-Mobile myTouch will be able to share pictures, music and video over DLNA with the included Screen share application. T-Mobile’s press release makes no mention of HTC Sense, but we’re pretty confident that it will feature the same Espresso build of the UI that’s found on the myTouch Slide. T-Mobile’s still be shy about how much they plan on charging for the new myTouch, but they did mention that we should expect the handset in time for the holidays.

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Press Release

New T-Mobile myTouch Delivers High-Definition Video Connections and Lightning Fast 4G Speeds

New myTouch to Take Advantage of T-Mobile’s New Super-Fast HSPA+ Network Now Reaching More Than 65 Markets

BELLEVUE, Wash. – October 4, 2010 – T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced a new addition to its exclusive line of Android™-powered T-Mobile® myTouch® smartphones and the continued expansion of its new super-fast HSPA+ mobile broadband network. Built with families in mind, the newest T-Mobile myTouch helps solve the challenges of staying physically and emotionally connected by sharing photos and video with the HD Camcorder, spontaneous face-to-face conversations through Video Chat and the ability to reach 4G speeds on T-Mobile’s new network, which is now available in more cities across the country.1

Unlike other video-calling solutions on the market that only work through Wi-Fi, Video Chat on the new myTouch enables customers to connect with loved ones spontaneously from practically anywhere through T-Mobile’s network or Wi-Fi. With the myTouch’s front-facing camera paired with Video Chat, customers can hold video conversations with friends and family who have a new T-Mobile myTouch, other compatible mobile device or capable PC. Customers can even see who is available to chat through presence information integrated into the myTouch’s address book.

“Taking advantage of the 4G speeds on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, the new myTouch delivers a faster and more compelling experience than most competing smartphones on the market,” said Andrew Sherrard, vice president, product development, T-Mobile USA. “Our continued focus to build innovative new features and personalized services truly makes myTouch unique.”

Designed specifically to deliver 4G speeds on T-Mobile’s rapidly expanding HSPA+ network, the new myTouch will offer customers blazing fast access to websites, applications, videos, downloads and more. T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network is the most pervasive mobile broadband network in the country, offering 4G speeds in more than 65 major metropolitan areas.

With its latest expansion, T-Mobile’s HSPA+ footprint now includes Biloxi and Gulfport, Miss.; Denver, Colo.; Huntsville, Ala.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Norfolk, Va.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Sacramento, Calif.; and West Palm Beach, Fla. T-Mobile expects to reach 100 major metropolitan areas and 200 million people in 2010.

Families also can share moments in high-definition (HD) with the myTouch’s high-quality HD Camcorder with Screen Share, which allows customers to share or broadcast HD video and pictures they’ve captured. With a few touches of the screen, customers can share their photo albums, videos and movies wirelessly with a compatible HDTV or other DLNA device. The new phone also includes three exclusive myTouch features: Genius Button™, powered by Dragon Dictation from Nuance, which lets customers call, text, e-mail or access the internet with a simple voice command; Faves Gallery™ , which offers shortcuts to one’s most-contacted family and friends; and myModes, which creates customized home screens for work and home.

Designed by HTC exclusively for T-Mobile, the new myTouch features a brilliant 3.8-inch WVGA touch-screen display with virtual keyboard and Swype® for easy text input. The thin and sleek device also comes with a blazing fast second-generation Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 1GHz MSM8255 processor optimized for speed and graphic performance, a 5-megapixel camera, a preinstalled 8 GB microSD memory card, and an integrated media player that brings together favorite music, video and internet radio under one set of controls.

Powered by Android 2.2, the myTouch offers a rich mobile Web experience and access to more than 80,000 applications on Android Market™ from games to location-based social networks to on-the-go shopping and more. The new device also features preloaded HD games, including “Rock Band,” “Asphalt 5? and “Monopoly.”

The new T-Mobile myTouch is expected to be available in time for the holidays, exclusively from

T-Mobile USA in four colors – white, black, plum or red. Customers can visit http://mytouch.t-mobile.com for more information.

T-Mobile now offers 4G speeds on the new myTouch and the T-Mobile G2™, as well as the webConnect Rocket™ 2.0 and Rocket laptop sticks. In addition, customers located in new HSPA+ locations can benefit from faster speeds on their existing 3G smartphones – including popular devices, such as the myTouch 3G Slide.2

# # #

1 Based on 4G speeds currently available to mobile device users in the U.S. Device has theoretical capability of 14.4 Mbps. HSPA+ coverage is rapidly expanding, but it is not currently available everywhere. For more details on where T-Mobile network coverage is available, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com/coverage.

2 Improved speeds vary, due in part to device capabilities.

T-Mobile and the magenta color are registered trademarks of Deutsche Telekom AG. stick together and myTouch are registered trademarks, and Genius Button, Faves Gallery, G2 and webConnect Rocket are trademarks of T-Mobile USA. Google, Android, and Android Market are trademarks of Google Inc. Qualcomm is a registered trademark of Qualcomm Inc. Snapdragon is a trademark of Qualcomm Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the companies with which they are associated.

About T-Mobile USA, Inc.

Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. wireless operation of Deutsche Telekom AG. By the end of the second quarter of 2010, approximately 130 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group – 33.6 million by T-Mobile USA – all via a common technology platform based on GSM and UMTS, the world’s most widely used digital wireless standards. T-Mobile USA’s innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit http://www.T-Mobile.com. T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect the current views of Deutsche Telekom management with respect to future events. The words “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “project” and “should” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on current plans, estimates and projections, and therefore you should not place too much reliance on them. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and are generally beyond Deutsche Telekom’s control, including, without limitation, those factors set forth in “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” contained in Deutsche Telekom’s annual report. If these or other risks and uncertainties materialize, or if the assumptions underlying any of these statements prove incorrect, Deutsche Telekom’s actual results may be materially different from those expressed or implied by such statements. Deutsche Telekom does not intend or assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.





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 Motorola Cliq XT

T-Mobile’s Motorola Cliq XT is getting an update, but it’s not yet the Android 2.1 update we’re all waiting for. Instead, it’s your basic maintenance update. Here’s what’s being fixed:

  • Overall phone performance: Users will notice a significantly improved overall performance and responsiveness to input requests, including: opening applications, answering calls, opening the Happenings widget, and downloading attachments and pictures within email.
  • Additional stability: Improved stability, resulting in fewer occurrences of unresponsiveness and/or programs quitting unexpectedly.
  • Bluetooth performance: Improved performance and connectivity with other Bluetooth devices.
  • Messaging: Prevents erroneous notifications that a message has not been sent. Also resolves MMS sending / receiving functionality issues in certain scenarios.
  • Touchscreen: Improved touch screen sensitivity and touch response.
  • Swype: Includes updates to the latest version of the SWYPE software, resulting in improved overall performance of the application.

Motorola still has the Android 2.1 update slated for late Q3/early Q4, so we’ll have to hold out a little longer on that one. [Motorola] Thanks, @sandtiger!

 

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 Evo 4G

We love the Evo 4G, you love the Evo 4G, and now Popular Mechanics loves the Evo 4G too. The magazine has posted the results of its "Top Products of 2010" awards, and the Evo has come out on top of the smartphone pile. PM specifically called out the fast 4G speeds, large 4.3-inch screen, and ability to WiFi tether up to eight devices as prime reasons for the award. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor, which powers phones like the Nexus One, Droid Incredible, and Evo 4G, was also awarded for offering a great balance of power and "almost-all-day battery life." We imagine HTC is particularly happy with these announcements as they have been the largest supporter of the Snapdragon processor line. [Popular Mechanics : Evo 4G, Snapdragon] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

 

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