Seriously. HTC Mondrian. LG Optimus — whatever. All these Windows Phone 7 handsets leak, and not one of them are released. All of that is due to change in NYC this month, but I still wonder when HTC, LG, or Samsung, will move a leg and start getting these devices out. And send me a review unit of each of course.
Anyways, above is a 13-minute saga of the next leaked Windows Phone 7 phone (sorry for that pun), the Samsung GT-i8700, aka Omnia 7, successor to the dreadful Omnia II I reviewed (you can find it in the reviews section). Enjoy.
The Motorola DROID Pro is well — unexpected and surprising? A Blackberry-esque keyboard, Android 2.2, is a global-phone, and can utilize Verizon’s CDMA bands at the same time. Whether or not it has a touchscreen, none of us know, but more on this as it develops.
Update: Motorola CEO Sanjay Jah has gone up on stage (possibly at CTIA 2010) and remarked that the DROID Pro is real, will be coming in the first week of November, and has a 5 megapixel auto-focus camera, 3.1-inch display, and 1GHz processor
Google Goggles — an image searching app — after a year of release on Android, is now part of the iOS4 App store, and is compatible with iPhone 4s and the old 3GS. A quick recap of what the heck Goggles is: You can search products, places of interests, logos, and just about anything else, and find the exact match on Google. Essentially if you don’t know what something is, instead of Google, you Goggle.
So, Skype. YOu’ve finally given us the Skype app, which allows for all good Skype things you do in the desktop (sans video calling) on an Android 2.1 and up phone, but without any 3G access (for now)?
What do you have to say for yourselves?
Anywho, the app works properly over Wi-Fi, and can be download form Skype.com/m or the Android Market. The app does have some issues with Samsung Galaxy S phones, which appropriately, Skype is bug squashing.
I have to give props to EA on this one. They’ve taken actual U.S servicemen, spent what could only be described as millions on Medal Of Honor, a reboot of the entire franchise, and what have they come up with? Well, let’s go over the recipe for instant gaming success:
Produce a game that sparks controversy (i.e saying “Taliban” in the multiplayer, then changed to Opposing Forces)
Make the game as realistic (yet fun) as possible.
Make it fun. And add a tint of adrenaline.
Release an open beta more than a week before release to get your scores and buying decisions made up.
Invent an awesome cast of characters; especially one with a super beard and Oakley sunglasses.
According to DICE, if this doesn’t work, they might not be able to make another Medal Of Honor. I think it will work; as of now it is the most pre-ordered title in the entire franchise.
The T-Mobile MyTouch — yes only MyTouch — is now official thanks to T-Mobile. This smartphone, using Android 2.2 on a T-Mobile inspired UI, has a 3.8-inch WVGA display, 5 megapixel primary camera with 720p capture, 802.11n Wi-Fi and a next-gen-out-of-this-world MSM8255 Snapdragon processor running at 1GHz. The MyTouch also has a snazzy front-facing cam for use over Qik or Yahoo! Messenger, either on the T-Mobile HSPA+ data connections or Wi-Fi. While I don’t have a release date for this slippery sucker yet or pricing (according to the documents that were left in my Gmail), but according to T-Mobile, it’ll be out “in time for the holidays” in any one of four colors: white, black, plum, and red.
A press release is after the “more” link, but what the heck, who cares about press releases? Video calling over 3G!? Heck yes!
So what’s that we hear? Windows Phone 7 won’t only debut in a fancy tea party in London, but also in the bustling New York City on October 11th? Good news! T-Mobile will be showing off an oogle of devices at 3:30PM Eastern Standard, and you can bet every moment that I wished I booked my schedule to fit that event, as I will be in NYC for CES 2011 Preview. But that won’t stop us from covering it, will it now guys?
Perhaps T-Mobile has goals on being the first carrier to debut the Samsung Galaxy Tab here in the United States, as their teaser/email registration page is now live. There you can register via email for updates, but reading and subscribing to LaptopMemo will ensure that you know, before even T-Mobile sends you the silly promo email.
For those who might want a recap of the Galaxy Tab, it’s an Android 2.2 “Froyo” tablet with a 7-inch screen, 1GHz processor, front-facing and rear-facing cameras, full multitouch and Flash 10.1 support, and with a Wi-Fi-only version possibly in the works.
First, there’s word going around that the handset that I should’ve been reviewing by now isn’t in my office (thanks, T-Mobile, no hard feelings though), and secondly, the T-Mobile G2 is on sale starting now, instead of the 3 days later it was supposed to. There’s not much to report on that note, but to simply contact your local T-Mobile store and ask if they’re stocking the G2 (apparently my local store isn’t answering at the moment, probably closed).
My birthday, yes. How old am I now? 14-years-old. Am I born on the same day as my Dad? Yes. Is my Dad much older than I am? Very much so (mid-forties). And am I happy? Heck, yes. Did Darth Vader from Engadget give me Force Lighting cookies? By the means of the Force, yes!
During the course of today I will be checking in on Foursquare, going to have lunch with Mom, and just goofing off on my Twitter handle, @stefanetienne. I’m also currently writing another review, this time on a laptop. Which brings in something I’d like to share: NVIDIA has been having Optimus graphics card issues with Punkbuster, a program designed to rule out hackers in online games, like Modern Warfare 2, Bad Company 2, and possibly the upcoming Medal Of Honor (I’ll be playing the beta starting October 4th as gamertag Stef_LAPTOPMEMO).
Essentially, if you have an Optimus graphics card, Punkbuster thinks you’re hacking, and kicks you out of the game. I’ve re-created the issue, complained to Nvidia’s higher-up reps, and got to make sure their engineers work with Punkbuster. A fix will be outed in about a month of two. I also have a certain Alienware headed to my desk; that should be fun to use too.
I’ll also be starting a video series where my face appears (not frequently) and I’ll see how it goes. Oh, and I’m attending CES Preview 2011 in New York City in the business casual attire as much as CrunchGear’s John Biggs thinks I’ll get fried into a thousand bits, and possibly even CES 2011 Las Vegas itself. Anyways, just subscribe, follow me on Twitter (or the site), and leave a comment, as it really helps me out.