In a recent Best Buy flyer ad campaign for the newly released HP TouchPad in Canada, there’s some ‘wishful thinking’ on what OS the tablet actually runs. As seen above, the ad reads that the TouchPad runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb, instead of its WebOS. Big WHOOPS! Shortly after this leaked, and also after it hit every household with a Canadian address and a mailbox, they’ve retracted and made a correction notice as seen below on the website.
Conspiracy Theory #1 says = ‘Was this an attempt to boost tablet sales?’
MetroPCS just announced that they will be carrying the Huawei M835, which is an entry-level device that sports Android 2.2. It features a 2.8-inch (320 x 240) display, a 3.2MP camera, 1200 mAh battery, GPS, 3G data, and delivers “crisp and clear audio” thanks to DTS Envelo Virtual Sound Technology. It will run you $79 and the $50 smartphone service plan is required.
In addition to launching the M835, MetroPCS also announced special back to school pricing on the Kyocera Torino (retailing for $29), Samsung Messenger III (retailing for $69), Samsung Galaxy Indulge (retailing for $299), and LG Optimus M (retailing for $99).
It looks like things are heating up in the prepaid category. Earlier we told you about Cricket and Virgin Mobile’s offers of the Huawei Acsend II and the Motorola Trimph.
Are you in the market to get yourself a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1? Well, if you’re quick, frugal, and a loyal reader, you can snag yours for a whopping $50 off… as long as you pick yours up at Staples. The coupon also works on any desktop or laptop computer, but hey – we’re an Android site! Be sure to hit the source link to get to the printable coupon.
Back in June we reported that Amazon will likely launch up to two Android tablets by the end of the Quarter 3. Now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that they will release at least one tablet by October, according to people familiar with the matter.
Many people feel that an Amazon tablet would be Android’s best chance to succeed against Apple’s iPad. WSJ is reporting that this tablet will have approximately a 9-inch screen, but no cameras. Other people are suggesting that they have a second tablet in the works that would be released next year.
What will be interesting is how they market it along with the Kindle. Amazon has been saying that the Kindle is its best-selling device which they don’t want to hurt. The Kindle is a dedicated reading device, but would consumers want to buy both? They also plan on offering two updated versions of the Kindle in the 3rd Quarter, and one of them could have a touch screen.
The Lenovo IdeaPad K1 has been teased for a while now as it popped up on retail sites in May and availability was supposed to be in June. Pre-orders started on Amazon earlier this month, but when would anyone get their hands on one?
It looks the wait is over as Office Depot has begun shipments, and many customers are receiving them today. No word on those Amazon shipments, but it should be any day now.
The LG Optimus Chat is a new entry-level portrait QWERTY slider that is heading to Telus. It is a lot like an Optimus One, but with a keyboard. It features a 2.8-inch 320 x 240 screen, 3MP camera, and a 600MHz processor.
Telus also announced they will be carrying the Optimus Black soon, and it will be branded as their Skype phone. It will include some credit and direct billing if you need more credit. The Optimus Black has a 1GHz OMAP 3630 processor, a 5MP camera, and a 4-inch (800 x 580) screen. That bad news is that it is still at Android 2.2 Froyo, but hopefully it will be upgraded soon.
Last month, T-Mobile officially announced the myTouch 4G Slide without availability and pricing. They have finally given us an update via their Facebook page:
“Mark your calendar: The T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide will be available July 27 at T-Mobile retail stores. A Web-only pre-sale at http://mytouch.t-mobile.com/4g-slidewill kick off on July 19. Offered in two colors – black and khaki – the myTouch 4G Slide will cost $199.99 with a two-year service agreement and qualifying unlimited data plan after a $50 mail-in rebate.”
T-Mobile promises that the myTouch 4G Slide will have the most advanced camera of any smartphone. The full specs include:
Pie charts: admit it, you love them. Especially when they pertain to Android statistics. What’s that? You don’t? Well then… why don’t you have a seat right over there…
But, enough shenanigans. According to the latest poll of Android devices from the Android Developers Site, Froyo is holding strong as king of the Android hill, showing up on a whopping 59.4% of all Google-loving devices; However, that number is actually down from the previous 64.6 percent for the last couple weeks in June. The version picking up slack? Gingerbread, of course! Our tasty baked treat comes in at 18.6%, double what it was in the previously mentioned time frame. Honeycomb comes in at 0.9%.
What do you think of these numbers? Be sure to let us know what you would like to see on the latest devices in the comments below.
Just a few days ago, we heard about a new mid-range smartphone from Samsung that will be a 4G device called the Samsung Conquer. That device seems to be making its way over to Sam’s Club on July 24th as seen in the leaked shot above of the Sprint device launches to take place there.
This mid-range device actually has decent specs;
3.2MP rear camera and 1.3MP front camera
Android 2.3 Gingerbread (with Sprint ID)
1 GHz CPU
3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen
This one will most likely go for a small $99 on a new 2 year with 4G data plan, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Who doesn’t want the latest and greatest with their new Android devices? Well, at $80, sometimes those accessories just have to hang out at the bus stop while we, the consumers, move on. But, thanks to Best Buy, you can now snag the optional (previously) $80 Scribe digital pen that accompanies the HTC Flyer for free when you purchase one. The total price on the bundle of tech joy comes in at $499, and may change some minds on their next purchase. Be sure to hit the link here to check it out at Best Buy’s website. How about you? Does this change your mind? Let us know in the comments.
The HTC Sensation 4G is now available on Bell for $149.95 for a 3-year contract or $549.95 off contract. You can also opt in for a 1 or 2-year contract for $524.95 or $499.95 respectively. Of course, if you don’t feel the need for HTC’s Sense, you can hold tight for the Samsung Galaxy S II. Check out the comparison battle.
We already know that the Droid Bionic passed the FCC last week, so we projected the launch date to be somewhere between July 28th – August 18. It looks like we are right on target because the above leaked image shows August 4th, but we are hoping there still might be a chance that direct fill orders will start July 28th. The long drawn out saga of the Droid Bionic will finally be over soon folks. The question is will this phone live up to the hype?
You will also notice that the Droid 3 is confirmed again for the July 14th launch. Expect an official announcement on that any day now since direct fill starts in two days.
Well it looks like this is going to hold. It will first become available via direct fill starting next Thursday, July 7th, and the full retail launch will be July 14th. There is still not been an official announcement from Verizon or Motorola, but expect that soon. Pricing will be made available then. I will be shocked if it isn’t $199 with a 2-year contract.
Droid 3 specs include a QWERTY 5-row keyboard, dual-core processor, 1080P recording, front and back cameras, and 16GB internal storage.
HTC’s new Facebook phones, the ChaCha and Salsa are now available on British network O2. The ChaCha is £209.99 on Pay & Go or free on contract. If you choose 18 months, it will be £26.50 per month or you can take 24 months it is £21.50 per month.
The Salsa is £299.99 with Pay & Go. Of course you can have it for free if you choose the 18 or 24 month plan. Pricing will be £37 and £27 per month respectively.
HTC just announced that the ChaCha will be coming to the U.S. as the AT&T Status. No schedule yet, but hopefully this summer.