While it may have not been secret (read: at all), the Motorola DROID 2 is officially announced, and is ready to go. Perhaps it may be the DROID you’re looking for, literally, because the R2-D2 special edition Droid 2 will come out in September, with tons of Star Wars extras.
As for the basic DROID 2, it contains a 3.7″ display, 5MP camera, 8GB of internal storage, which is supplemented by an 8GB SD card that comes in the handset. Swype keyboard, Android 2.2, Flash 10.1, and Verizon 3G are also part of the DROID 2′s arsenal, coupled with an improved slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Tomorrow Verizon Wireless will begin pre-sales online, while retail stores will begin on Thursday. The DROID 2 retails for $199 on a 2-year agreement
The HTC Desire HD is one of the cooler looking, unreleased devices that run Android out there right now, with a half matte, half glossy back, 4.3-inch screen, 3.5mm headset jack, and dual-LED flash. Check it out in the HD YouTube video above from the newly (and cleverly named) 247android.com blog.
So that up there is the HTC Desire HD, in some inventory systems known as the Ace. It’ll be exactly that: an HTC Desire, but with a bigger screen and more beefed-up specs. Also don’t forget the mashup-like stying taken from an EVO 4G and a Desire.
The specs of the behemoth are: a 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen, Android 2.2 (with Sense UI?), an 8MP camera, 1Ghz processor, 720p video recording, 4GB of storage built-in, an aluminum body casing, and all of the nook and cannies we’ve come to expect of high-end Androids. It’s expected to launch in Europe sometimes this October.
Not too long ago, there was some dude with too much time on his hands that decided to do one of the better DIYs out there: creating an extremely tiny iron cannon. I’ll have to remind you that his mini cannon was completely functional, used gunpowder, and proceeded to blow up test objects, in epic ways. But now — his tiny cannon can use gasoline. And destroy bigger targets. One of which includes a computer monitor. Proceed to wanting your own personal defense mini cannon, by watching the video first, then figuring out how to do it yourself
What’s one of the worst possible days to start a weekend as a CEO of one of the world’s most recongized PC manufacturers? Being Mark Hurd, and resign as CEO OF HP, that’s what. Amid sexual harassment charges and investigation, Mark was replaced by CFO Cathie Lesjak on an interim basis.
“As the investigation progressed, I realized there were instances in which I did not live up to the standards and principles of trust, respect and integrity that I have espoused at HP and which have guided me throughout my career.”
While the world of HP moves on, current CEO of HP Cathie Lesjak, had this interesting choice of words to say: although Mark Hurd was a “strong leader, at the end of the day, he didn’t drive our initiatives — it was the organization that supported Mark in driving those initiatives.”
There’s not much here to go by due to the small dimensions of the picture, but there is the mandated Back, Windows,and Search keys, brushed metal, and what looks like a front-facing camera or proximity sensor on the front. What makes this handset more interesting is that it resembles a field-testing unit, instead of the protoypes that ASUS and others like Samsung made simply to demo the Windows Phone 7 experience. More on this, if it develops!
According to NASA, a Nexus One (or any other superphone/smartphone for that matter) has enough proximity sensors, video and picture quality, as well as apps and processing power to be a low-cost satellite. That’s right, you can gloat to your friend that you own a satellite phone:
The purpose of flying the Nexus One is to find a low-cost satellite solution. The radio, processing power, sensors and cameras in smartphones potentially have the same capability as those in satellites. The idea is to drivedown satellite cost by using off-the-shelf products and components. Today’s satellites are the size of Greyhound buses, but I believe they are going to get smaller and more frequently deployed. This is a first-step effort.
In order to see how tough the Nexus One is, they simply strapped it to a rocket and blasted off. In fact, two phones were sent, one of which crashed due to landing failure. Both handsets reached 1,800 MPH, which is Mach 2.4; the speed was measured by the Nexus One’s accelerometer. Above is the video that would make any owner of an Android phone, boastful (in a good way).
Both running Android 2.1 with Touchwiz 3.0 (Android 2.2 updates coming up) are proof why Samsung wants to own the Android marketplace so bad — they’ve created an entry-level handset, outside of the high-end galaxy S line called the Gem. The handset on the left is the Samsung Fascinate, aka Galaxy S for Verizon. It boasts the same specs as its rivals on AT&T and T-Mobile (Captivate and Vibrant, respectively).
With that out of the way, we can focus on the Gem’s release date a little bit more. It’s due in September, just like it’s cousin — the Fascinate. And if you’re asking why, please email Verizon’s marketing and project management teams and ask them if the Samsung line is more important to them — than the August 12th bound DROID 2.