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Toshiba Android smartphone development confirmed?

Toshiba Android smartphone development confirmed?

The surprise is perhaps diminished thanks to their joining the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) back in December 2008, but according to Taiwanese industry sources Toshiba are currently developing an Android-based cellphone.  No details regarding the smartphone have been disclosed, and Toshiba themselves are yet to publicly announce any Android intentions.

One possibility, however, is that Toshiba are considering a Qualcomm Snapdragon based Android device.  The company's TG01 Windows Mobile smartphone already uses the Snapdragon chipset, and Qualcomm themselves demonstrated Android running on a reference prototype back at CES in January.  Such a handset could have significantly improved AV capabilities, with various Snapdragon processors supporting anything from integrated WWAN and GPS to high-definition support, mobile digital TV, HSPA+ and WiFi.

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Toshiba TG01 released in next three weeks

Toshiba TG01 released in next three weeks

Snapdragon's appearance in various netbooks over the past few days may have distracted you from the fact that its first proper showing will likely be in the Toshiba TG01.  O2 Germany had already announced their intention to carry the Windows Mobile smartphone, but they've now confirmed that it'll be arriving on the market within the next three weeks.

The TG01 is interesting inside and out, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD2850 1GHz processor inside and a 4.1-inch WVGA resistive touchscreen on the outside.  The whole thing is just 9.9mm thick, despite packing WiFi, HSPA, GPS, Bluetooth and a microSD slot content with up to 32GB cards.  Check out our live photos and video of the smartphone for more details.

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Toshiba TG01 gets video review

Toshiba TG01 gets video review

The Toshiba TG01 isn't set to reach the market until the summer, but that hasn't stopped PocketPCItalia from getting their hands on the 9.9mm-thick Windows Mobile smartphone and putting it through its paces on video.  The TG01 has a huge 4.1-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen and custom Toshiba GUI; it looks like the company has been doing some work on speeding up the smartphone since we caught it on video back at the London launch.

Video review after the cut

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Toshiba TG5-E01 clears FCC: clamshell TG01 smartphone?

Toshiba TG5-E01 clears FCC: clamshell TG01 smartphone?

A Snapdragon-based Toshiba smartphone has cleared the FCC, but it's not the TG01 we're already familiar with.  In fact, while Toshiba and the FCC have seemingly used the TG01 for their photoset, the user manual for the device - which is called the Toshiba TM5-E01, though that's presumed not to be the final product name - suggests it's considerably thicker and most likely a clamshell handset.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 6 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 6 2009

Toshiba helped us kick off the week with the announcement of their new TG01 Windows Mobile smartphone: on paper it sounds perfect, with a high-res touchscreen, super-skinny body and all the wireless connectivity you could feasibly ask for, as well as being the first device to deliver NVIDIA's 1GHz Snapdragon chipset.  Check out our hands-on photos and video demos, as well as Toshiba's own GUI demo, and then try and explain to me why I still can't get as excited about the TG01 as I think I ought to be.

Toshiba release official TG01 GUI demo video

Toshiba release official TG01 GUI demo video

By now you've probably seen our live video demo of the Toshiba TG01 from yesterday's launch - now available in HD, no less - and now it's the turn of Toshiba themselves to promote what a few more months development will hopefully deliver.  The two minute official video shows the custom 3D GUI in action, complete with spinning vertical panes, gestures and that nifty "shake to dismiss" feature.

Official video demo after the cut

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Toshiba TG01 – why am I not excited?

Toshiba TG01 – why am I not excited?

Yesterday Toshiba took the wraps off their latest smartphone, the TG01, and with it catapulted themselves into the must-see category at Mobile World Congress next week.  We've got details, photos and high-definition video of the TG01 if you need to get fully up to speed, but basically it's a 9.9mm thick WM6.1 smartphone with a 4.1-inch touchscreen, all the usual 3G and GPS connections, and a custom GUI as is so common now among users of Microsoft's mobile platform.  There's no denying it's a slick, attractive handset - so how come I can't get excited?

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