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

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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Sprint Samsung Highnote dual-sliding music phone Hands On

Sprint Samsung Highnote dual-sliding music phone Hands On

Sprint have announced another dual-sliding handset, the Samsung Highnote, aimed primarily at music fans.  The Highnote slides up to access the standard numeric keypad, or down to reveal a pair of stereo speakers; it also features the same One Click customizable GUI as on the LG Lotus.

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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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BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 Hands-On Photos & Video

BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 Hands-On Photos & Video

We stopped by RIM at CTIA 2008, spending some hands-on time with the new BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220.  The good news is that the pictures don't do the Flip justice; press shots we've seen so far have emphasized some of the broad bare plastic and empty surfaces, in the hand the design is far more harmonious.

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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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SlashGear Week In Review – 03/30/08 – 04/05/08

Well, a lot has happened this past week and this is just a little recap for those of you that aren’t big fans of back reading through pages of articles. I highly recommend you at least skim through and make sure there isn’t something really interesting that you missed, but here’s a brief overview.

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Internet Explorer Mobile 6.1 – hands on from CTIA

Yesterday we gave a slight mention of the new browser for their mobile OS, but we feel we need to make separate mention of it since it’s being released as a separate product almost and received almost as many updates as the whole rest of the OS. So, it netted H.264, Flash, and Silverlight support.

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Microsoft Surface finally hitting the public – coming to an ATT store near you

Microsoft’s Surface is a 30” multi-touch display that is crafted into a table and has tons of other features as well. One such feature, the ability to recognize and connect to mobile phone, is one that ATT plans on capitalizing on.

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Everex CloudBook Max with integrated WiMAX capabilities

This particular CloudBook model packs in an 8.9” WVGA display, a VIA C7-M ULV processor, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth, GPS, and 2x 2MP webcams. But the most important feature is the addition of support for Sprint’s upcoming Xohm WiMAX network.

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Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium UMPC – now with crunchy XOHM WiMAX Goodness!

This UMPC is fairly amazing on its own, what with the touchscreen, Windows Vista or XP Tablet Edition, Intel Core Solo ULV processor, WiFi, b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, and small compact size. Now you can add support for Sprint’s upcoming Xohm WiMAX network to that list of connectivity options/features.

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