Nokia N9 announced as first Meego phone

Meego, an open mobile platform jointly developed by Nokia and Intel, is getting its first mobile phone in the form of the Nokia N9. With the unique “no front buttons” design of the Nokia N9, swipe gestures is the focus of the Meego design. From navigating the three home screens (notifications, main screen, running apps) to switching and accessing mobile apps, the Meego design lets users do things with a simple swipe.

The Nokia N9 is made of a single piece of polycarbonate that has been machine precisioned and seamlessly integrated with a curved glass. The 3.9-inch AMOLED screen is made from scratch-resistant curved glass. The N9 is equipped with an 8-megapixel Carl Zeiss autofocus camera with a wide-angle lens. It is capable of capturing HD-quality video capture and the large lens aperture provides great pictures even in lowlighting conditions. The Nokia N9 is also the world’s first smartphone with Dolby® Digital Plus decoding and Dolby Headphone post-processing technology.

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Apple store in the US selling unlocked iPhone 4

The Apple Store in the US has started selling unlocked versions of its iPhone 4 on their web site. Both black and white versions of the iPhone 4 is currently available. The iPhone 4 is available in either 16-GB and 32-GB models. The unlocked 16-GB iPhone 4 is currently selling at US$649 while the 32-GB version is available for US$749. The unlocked iPhone 4 can only be delivered to a US address if you order it from the US Apple Store. You can check out the details here.

Sprint: HTC EVO 3D and HTC EVO View 4G on June 24

Sprint has announced two new mobile devices from HTC coming on June 24. The new devices are the HTC EVO 3D mobile phone and the HTC EVO View 4G tablet. Both devices are powered by Android version 2.3 aka Gingerbread. Both HTC EVO mobile devices are capable of 4G data transfer speeds. The HTC EVO View 4G has WiMAX connectivity.

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Samsung Indulge now a Cricket connected phone

The Samsung Indulge is the latest Cricket connected phone that is powered by the Android open mobile platform. It has a 3.5-inch HVGA TFT touch screen display and a QWERTY keyboard. The Samsung Indulge is loaded with Android version 2.2 aka Froyo plus all the other goodies made by Google like Google Maps, Youtube, Gmail and Google Talk to name a few. Of course you can always install additional apps on the Samsung Indulge.

HTC Evo 4G from Sprint to get Android Gingerbread

Here’s some good news for HTC EVO™ 4G from Sprint customers. Sprint has announced that this coming Monday, June 6, they will receive the Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread, update through an over-the-air maintenance release. The update will be in batches so wait for your notification from Sprint. The notification will let users know the update is available and provide the simple two-step, over-the-air download instructions.

Can’t wait to get Android 2.3, there will be an easy user initiated option to download the upgrade starting on Friday, June 3. Just read this announcement.

T-Mobile Samsung Exhibit™ 4G & Samsung Gravity™ SMART QWERTY

T-Mobile is adding the Samsung Exhibit 4G and Samsung Gravity SMART QWERTY to its list of Android powered connected phones. The Samsung Exhibit 4G will be running on Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread while the Samsung Gravity will have Android 2.2 aka Froyo. The Samsung Exhibit has a 3.5-inch touch screen display. The Samsung Gravity has a 3.2-inch  touch screen display plus a QWERTY keyboard.

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T-Mobile Sidekick is being discontinued

One of the mobile phone hardware design that I love is the Sidekick LX 2009. I’m a fan of it’s sleek design. I was sad when Danger got acquired by Microsoft and the platform just sort of slowly started it’s demise. Today T-Mobile announced that it is pulling the Sidekick from it’s list of mobile phone offerings starting July 2 according to the Phonescoop site.


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Nokia N900 connected phone – Unboxing

The loooong wait is over. Today, I received a trial unit of the Nokia N900 from WomWorld/Nokia. I am going to have the chance to use and try out the Maemo based Nokia N900 for 4 short weeks. After receiving the package, I quickly took the N900 out of the DHL packaging. I took some pics of it just to remind me that today I am actually going to have some hands-on with the N900.

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Nexus One Android based phone by Google launched

Today the speculation stops. Google has finally unveiled its own Android based mobile phone called Nexus One. The mobile phone looks pretty sleek and the specs are awesome. Display is OLED at 800×480, 1Ghz CPU, HSPA, bluetooth+EDR … These specs are fast becoming the standard these days.

With the Nexus One launch, Google is bringing Google Earth on the mobile phone — this just shows how much 3D power the 1Ghz Snapdragon has. The Android 2.1 Eclair update available on the Nexus One will also bring Google’s turn-by-turn Navigation plus other voice features like being able to say your tweets. One sorely missed feature though is multi-touch capabilities like pinch and zoom — which has been available on the Motorola Milestone’s launch in Europe.

Some see a Google phone as putting the other Android players at a disadvantage. I believe otherwise. I think that Google is simply accelerating the Android mobile field to raise the bar seeing that the Apple iPhone is on nitro and seems unstoppable. Think of the Android players as a flock of long distance flying birds in triangular formation — birds taking turns to take the front so that others can take a breather. This is going the distance and what is definitely needed if Android wants to overtake the iPhone in the near future.

Acer Liquid A1 starts shipping this November

Another highly anticipated Android phone, this time from Acer, is the Acer Liquid A1. The Acer Liquid A1 joins the ranks of the new breed of Android smartphones that sports a high resolution 800×480 3.5inch screen and the fast Snapdragon processor. Unlike the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 which seem to be expected next year, the Acer Liquid A1 will start shipping this November.

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