Motorola Photon 4G Releasing For $199.99 On July 31st


The first WiMAX 4G Motorola smartphone with worldwide capabilites is coming out on July 31st for $199.99 on a 2-year agreement. Some specs of the Photon 4G include a 4.3-inch qHD display, dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (support for up to 32GB microSD card), an 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and a VGA front facing camera for video chats. Oh, and it runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread from the start with Motorola’s unnamed (sort of) UI topping. Press release after the break.

A Quick Hands-On With The HTC Status

At AT&T’s Unwrapped mobile holiday preview event in New York City, I had the time to take a look at a ton of upcoming and just-released devices, including the gift given out to all press attendees: an HTC Status. Every HTC Status has Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, a version of the Sense UI seen on their better dual-core devices, a 2.6-inch LCD screen, 5 megapixel back facing camera with a front-facing camera, 800MHz processor and a full QWERTY layout with a dedicated Facebook key.

First of all, it uses AT&T 3G, and is rather fun to use. Think of it as a BlackBerry with Android on it. The superior build quality for a $50 phone on contract is pretty nice, and considering it’s running Gingerbread with Sense UI on an 800Mhz processor, there is no noticeable lag that I’ve come across within the last 24 hours of owning it. Seems like AT&T and HTC have a winner here. The full review should be coming in the next few weeks.

T-Mobile Has Upped Their “4G” Network To 42MBps In 56 New Areas, But Has No Compatible Devices

It’s a strange world we live in. 4G really isn’t 4G all the time. It can be LTE, it can be WiMAX, HSPA+, or something else. However, it turns out that T-Mobile has what may be the most awkward of the 4G networks out there: it now supports up to 42MBps download speeds in an additional 56 areas (making for a total of 152 areas with 42MBps “4G”), seen after the break. However they do not have a single smartphone or tablet that supports those speeds for more than a month now. All T-Mobile offers is a data stick that can access the 42MBps range. And who cares about that?

AT&T Confirms Sony S2 Honeycomb Tablet To Launch With 4G HSPA+

AT&T has just sent the presser visible below pertaining to the Sony S2 (codename) Android Honeycomb 3.0 tablet, which has two 5.5-inch screens and folds much like a book. According to At&T, Sony plans to launch the tablet later this year and will be providing HSPA+ 4G speeds with “enhanced backhaul” to the tablet.

AT&T* today announced that AT&T will be the exclusive U.S. mobile broadband provider for the “Sony Tablet” S2 (codename), a dual screen, multi-functional tablet ideal for mobile communication and entertainment, that Sony Corporation plans to launch later this year.
“We’re pleased to be working with AT&T on yet another unique mobile device,” said Mike Lucas, senior vice president of Networked Technology and Services Division at Sony Electronics. “AT&T provides the speed and coverage that are integral to the different features and functions of our tablet. We value our relationship as they share our commitment to growing the ‘Sony Tablet’ and the tablet market overall.”
The “Sony Tablet” S2 will be 4G** capable and Wi-Fi compatible. With a qualifying data plan, users of the “Sony Tablet” S2 will have access to AT&T’s mobile broadband network and unlimited access to AT&T’s more than 20,000 hot spots nationwide. With both 4G and Wi-Fi, users can browse the Internet, access digital content including videos, games, and check e-mail, while on the go, nearly anytime.
“With its unprecedented, completely portable form factor, the “Sony Tablet” S2 offers tablet enthusiasts a convenient and unique entertainment experience,” said David Haight, vice president of business development, AT&T emerging devices. “Users will be treated to exceptional graphics and the touch-screen capabilities will enable a fast and efficient website experience.”
AT&T will offer monthly data plans for the “Sony Tablet” S2. Distribution and pricing will be announced at launch.
For more information on AT&T, please visit www.att.com
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
**4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. Available in limited areas. Availability increasing with ongoing backhaul deployment. Requires 4G compatible device. Learn more at att.com/network.

AT&T Announces The Xperia Play In Blue And With 4G HSPA+

The Xperia Play is headed to AT&T with HSPA+ radios and the same 4-inch LCD screen with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. After handling it at AT&T’s holiday preview event here in New York City, there are two noticeable things about the AT&T Xperia Play. One, it comes in “Stealth Blue”, and two, uses the Timescape UI on top of Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, and not Vanilla like the Verizon variant. 

And here’s a bit of welcome news: whereas the games for the Xperia Play were sold on Verizon’s V Cast apps store (essentially a crapware kingdom), according to the AT&T rep I spoke to, will instead be sold in the AT&T tab of the Android Market. This is a much better idea. 

Android 3.2 Honeycomb Will See “Zoom Mode” For Smartphone Apps

A feature long overdue, Android 3.2 Honeycomb will be the dawn of a new feature in the mainstream Android tablets’ arsenal: a zoom function for smartphone apps not yet optimized for larger, tablet-sized screens. The zoom function works exactly like it does on the iPad — the app becomes very pixelated, but still usable. 

The stretch to screen function has already been in use for Honeycomb for quite some time now, but with Android 3.2 devs will have the urge (hopefully) to better optimize their smaller apps for bigger screens due to the zoom function looking like an absolute shame. This definitely helps Android tablets in the quantity issue of apps (only 200-350 Honeycomb apps actually exist), however quality of apps still remain a problem on the Android Market. At least this is a step in the right direction. 

Via: Android Developers Blog