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Is your land-line phone dull and drab? Do you ever find yourself wanting to check your e-mail, but don’t want to get up and turn on the computer, or your smartphone isn’t near you? Well Archos has finally answered your prayers. The new Archos 3-5 Smart Home Phone now gives you all the smartphone goodness on your home land-line. It’s an Android smart-home-phone, running 2.2. We told you about this back in late June. If you forgot or are new to Talk Android (We love newbies!!!), check it out here.
The phone offers web, email, contacts, social networks, multimedia applications, and thousands of applications from AppsLib. Oh and it does all the same things as a regular home phone; hands-free, intercom, caller id, and unlimited phone book. Check out the source for all the specs of this beauty. Let us know what you think of this phone in the comments section. Will you be picking one up?
The V430 is the newest Android smartphone from ViewSonic, the maker’s of the ViewPad 4 and V350 handset devices we told you about earlier this year. These previous offerings gave users a decent phone with a nice appearance and good overall performance for the time, but the new V430 doesn’t seem to offer many upgrades.
It’s powered by a single-core 1GHz Snapdragon processor, will run on the same old Android 2.2, have 512MB of Ram, a 5-megapixel rear camera and VGA front cam. The one true upgrade to speak of is its larger 4.3-inch display, making it the largest available from ViewSonic on their smartphones. The price and other launch details are not yet known, but the V430 may serve as an attractive option if kept in the low to mid range as it is expected to be. That is, if you, unlike me, can overlook purchasing a new device stuck in Froyo.
Want to know how to get an Android smartphone into more people’s hands? You do exactly what AT&T is doing by offering one for $30. Another kicker, by the looks of the screenshot, is it looks to be rocking stock Android 2.2 (huge bonus). We don’t have a full breakdown of specs on the Impulse 4G, but this is what we know so far:
It’s a pretty safe bet that this will not be a dual-core device (I could be wrong here), so existing sales like the dual-core LG Thrill at the same price might leave this one hanging in the wind. With that said, it’s likely this may end up being a free device with a contract, and there is always a place in this world for free stuff. I’m sure anyone on a budget who needs a new phone wouldn’t look away from this device in the store. This is AT&T’s first smartphone from manufacturer Huawei and will be available on September 18th.
I know a lot of you grabbed the HP TouchPad for $99 hoping Android would be ported to it. Even if it doesn’t, for $99 how could you go wrong? Either way we know it is a matter of time as I suspect this tablet will have a huge development community keeping it going. It makes me wish I was able to grab one.
A video surfaced of someone who claims that Android 2.2 (Froyo) was already installed on their TouchPad. We really can’t prove if it is legitimate or not, but it is interesting, so we will let you be the judge. One thing to note is the Quic logo. It stands for Qualcomm Innovation Center. The reason this is interesting is that the TouchPad processor is made by Qualcomm, so it makes sense that they would have a hand in getting Froyo on it.
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It is far from exciting to report that a phone is getting updated to Android 2.2 Froyo, but I am sure it is exciting for Motorola Flipside owners. Motorola has finally made the update available, but unfortunately it is not an automatic download. There is one extra step in that you will have to download the file to your microSD card.
Just hit the source link to get the download link and full instructions from Motorola. I seriously doubt this phone will ever see Gingerbread, so hopefully Froyo will keep you happy until you grab a new phone.
The newest strain of the Nickispy trojan virus (the first two variations we named Nickispy.A and Nickispy.B respectively) is taking advantage of the rise of Google+ to attack phones, Trend Micro discovered Friday.
While the three variants of Nickispy use many of the same services, the new “C” version calls itself Google++ and uses the social network’s icon for virtually all of its services to take advantage of less experienced users. Once it becomes active, it can scrape call logs, text messages, GPS positioning, and even record calls from the infected device and send it to a remote site. Read more
It wasn’t long ago that we learned that the Movies app, or Videos app for Android, would be pushed out to all Honeycomb devices, including the at-the-time new Xoom and Galaxy Tab 10.1. Well, we learned today that the same can now be said for all devices that run Android 2.2.
This comes as excellent news, as with the app, one is able to rent from thousands of movies to stream directly to your phone, at little more than just a dollar or two per movie. We’d guess that this is intended for larger-screen devices and tablets still running 2.x versions of Android, but with features such as offline mode and wifi/3g preferences, anyone looking to kill some time need look no further.