ctia 2008

Android Firmware 1.0 apparently running on Qualcomm handset: Video Demos

Android Firmware 1.0 apparently running on Qualcomm handset: Video Demos

Qualcomm had a single Android development prototype on the CTIA Wireless 2008 show floor this week, on an edge-of-booth stand with little to no signage.  We stopped by to check out the progress of the Google-backed platform and see how far the reference design had come; in the process, we came across what appears to be confirmation that the device was running Android firmware version 1.0.  Since this version hadn't yet been spotted in the wild, and some of the apps have only been seen in images, we thought we'd shoot video walkthroughs of the settings, browser, IM client, H.264 video player, and Quake which is now playable on the handset.

Seven demo videos of what looks to be Android Firmware 1.0 after the cut

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Virgin Mobile confirm Helio Ocean 2 for 2009; more services on the way

Virgin Mobile confirm Helio Ocean 2 for 2009; more services on the way

We met with Virgin Mobile while at CTIA Wireless this week, and in-between taking a look at their first self-branded 3G handset, the Shuttle, had a chance to ask them about their plans for Helio.  Virgin bought out the carrier, which also uses the Sprint network, earlier this year, and since then subscribers and analysts alike have been waiting for the official word on what exactly will happen to the company, its users and the devices it had planned.  That of course includes the eagerly-anticipated Ocean 2 smartphone, and we're pleased to be able to confirm that yes, it's still coming.

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Nokia N79 & N85 multimedia phones Hands On

Nokia N79 & N85 multimedia phones Hands On

Nokia had the usual array of handsets out at CTIA this week, but of particular interest were two new N-series devices announced last month.  The N79 and N85 are a candybar and slider respectively, and both feature a 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and a dual-LED flash, HSDPA and WiFi.

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Altec Lansing inMotion MAX and GLOW; Expressionist BASS 2.2 desktop speakers

Altec Lansing inMotion MAX and GLOW; Expressionist BASS 2.2 desktop speakers

Altec Lansing have unveiled a number of new audio systems, including a high-quality portable speaker dock for the iPhone 3G, a combination speaker dock, FM radio and clock (with color changing mood light), and a desktop speaker system with integrated dual subwoofers.  The inMotion MAX Portable Digital Music System uses the company's proprietary ESS technology with XdB bass-enhancement and twin stereo speakers.  It's fully WiFi and cellphone shielded, so can be used with the iPhone 3G (or original iPhone) without needing to flip off the phone functionality.  Music is automatically paused if the phone rings.

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HTC Touch Diamond, Touch Pro & S740 Hands-On

HTC Touch Diamond, Touch Pro & S740 Hands-On

We met with HTC at CTIA Wireless this morning for a hands-on with their latest Windows Mobile smartphones. Sprint's Touch Pro and Touch Diamond were on show, while the non-touchscreen S740 made an appearance as well. The Diamond is basically the same device that we reviewed back in June, and we're still not fans of the rear-panel. The texture and the slightly-protruding center strip don't add anything to either the aesthetics or how it feels in your hand, and the dark red color Sprint have chosen is equally uninspiring. Where it succeeds, however, is in the data potential: with Sprint's EvDO Rev.A network browsing on the Diamond really came into its own.

Check out hands-on feedback on the Touch Pro and S740 after the cut

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