Right when we thought the T-Mobile Comet was the cheapest Android phone, at only $10 under contract, we learned today that you can get the black version of the LG Optimus T for the unbeatable price of free with a new two-year agreement from T-Mobile. Both the burgundy and titanium versions are still $29.99 each, but if you don't care that much about color, we definitely recommend getting the black one as it offers all the same features.
NEW YORK--Though not much of a surprise, Samsung and Verizon officially unveiled the Samsung Continuum at a press event in Manhattan today.
The latest in Samsung's Galaxy S series of Android phones, the Continuum is special in that it has two separate displays: a larger 3.4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen on top and a smaller 1.8-inch ticker display on the bottom. The ticker display is customizable and streams real-time information from your social networks and your news, sports, entertainment, and weather feeds.
The idea is that you can simply look at the ticker display for quick updates … Read more
MetroPCS has plucked the simple Samsung Contour (SCH-r250) for its lineup.
The candy-apple-red flip phone has a VGA camera, and both internal and external displays. The Contour is a very simple phone for making calls. Features-wise, it supports Bluetooth, multimedia messaging, and voice commands.
There's also a slew of MetroPCS apps, including MetroWeb for the Internet, e-mail with mail@metro, Metro 411 Directory Assistance, and MetroBackup.
The Contour is available now with MetroPCS for $49 without a contract.
The Motorola Droid Pro will be available for preorder starting tomorrow, Verizon Wireless announced today.
According to the carrier, customers will be able to preorder the smartphone at Verizon Wireless stores or on the company's Web site. Those who want to wait can buy the Droid Pro on November 18 when it officially goes on sale. It will retail for $179.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a two-year contract, Verizon said.
The Android 2.2-based Droid Pro, which sports a 1GHz processor and 5-megapixel camera, is a world phone. Customers should be able to access voice service … Read more
In February 2010, Microsoft introduced Windows Phone 7 to the world. With the complete overhaul of its mobile operating system, Microsoft got the tech world excited about the OS again with its fresh user interface, added features, and promises of improved performance. We've had to wait a long time since then to see if Windows Phone 7 actually delivers everything it promises, but we finally got a chance to find out, and for the most part it does. There are certainly aspects that need to be fine-tuned and features that need to be added, but overall, Microsoft has created … Read more
In the early days of the smartphone, physical keyboards were the way to go if you wanted the phone for messaging or email. That's why the Palm Treo and the early BlackBerrys proved popular back then because of their full QWERTY keyboards. The trend has carried onward to today's smartphones, with devices like the Samsung Epic 4G, the T-Mobile G2, and of course the recent crop of BlackBerry phones (the BlackBerry Style, for example) still carrying on that QWERTY keyboard tradition.
But ever since the rise of the iPhone, touch-screen smartphones have caught on in popularity, with many … Read more
IntoMobile is reporting today that the next release of Android--Gingerbread--is expected to debut November 11.
Likely to be marked as v2.3, Gingerbread is said to focus more on aesthetics as opposed to additional features. Other details include WebM support, better copy and paste functionality, and improved social-networking features.
Reading the tea leaves, it certainly appears that an SDK announcement is around the corner. A giant gingerbread man statue was dropped off at Google headquarters two weeks ago, where he now stands next to previous delicious builds of Android, including Froyo (2.1) and Eclair (2.0).
Typically, Google announces … Read more
Google Instant has made its way to the mobile phone--at least two of them.
Google searchers in the U.S. using the iPhone and Android phones will start seeing Google Instant show up on their devices over the course of today, Google said in a blog post. It's a beta release, meaning Google doesn't want you to get mad at them if it doesn't work exactly right, and unlike the desktop version, you have to turn it on in order to see results as you type. It only works at Google.com in your mobile browser, but … Read more
If you were waiting at your local Sprint store this past weekend to grab the LG Optimus S, you might have been disappointed to learn it wasn't there despite the promised launch date of October 31. It turns out Sprint has delayed the Optimus S by another week to November 7. If you want the purple version, you'll have to wait until November 21.
A handful of leaked Verizon documents are providing clues as to when customers can expect to see the carrier's first two Android-based world phones.
First up, we have the Motorola Droid Pro, which looks to be carrying an attractive $179.99 (after $100 mail-in rebate) price tag. Although Verizon hasn't committed to a specific launch date, Android Central is reporting that the phone will be available for preorder starting November 9. According to their source, the handset will be widely available on November 18.
As a refresher, the Blackberry-esque Droid Pro runs Android 2.2 and features a … Read more