T-Mobile has removed the G1/HTC Dream, the first commercial Android device from its online store after a good 2 years. This was the device that kicked off the Android wave and gave the iPhone some necessary competition. At least it lasted longer than the Nexus One. You can read up the initial G1 review from Engadget here.
Its specs of 528MHz Qualcomm processor and Android 1.6 is rather dated right now which calls for a deserving replacement. There were indications that G1 Blaze, a new QWERTY Slider device from HTC will be the next successor.
Do you own a G1? We suggest keeping this device as a collector’s item.
Apple has released a total of 4 iPhones so far, the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and the latest iPhone 4. Performance is obviously improved with claims of “fastest iPhone yet” each time a new iPhone is announced.
So how much faster can it get? To make it easier, there’s a video demonstrating all 4 iPhones running apps such as Plants vs Zombie, Google Earth, Seadragon and Safari. As seen on the screenshot above, the latest iPhone 4 boasts up to 3X faster loading time on apps such as Plants and Zombie.
Head after the jump to watch the full video.
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With HTC announcing its switch to Sony’s Super LCD display, many are wondering how does Super LCD compare to AMOLED? Howard forums had recorded a video to compare LCD (Motorola Droid/Milestone), Super LCD (HTC Desire), AMOLED (Nexus One) and Super AMOLED (Samsung Wave) displays.
Overall, the Super LCD is very similar to AMOLED display unless it is viewed sideways where the AMOLED reign supreme. Contrast for the Super LCD still loses out to AMOLED display but it is barely noticeable. HTC did mentioned that using Super LCD will give “better” battery life compared to AMOLED but so far we haven’t heard anything that proves this.
Check out the video after the jump to see it for yourself.
The Guardian UK reports a study done by GfK retail market research reveals that sales of Android smartphones have tripled since the beginning of the year in the UK. For the second quarter of 2010, Android smartphones have gained over 13% of the UK smartphone market.
Leading the pack in the Android invasion of the UK is the HTC Desire and HTC Legend with Samsung’s flagship (and currently, our favourite smartphone) Galaxy S gaining ground helped by a daring and innovative marketing campaign offering FREE Galaxy S to those who are not happy with their iPhone 4.
Sales of the HTC Desire have been exceptionally well in the UK with local telcos reporting difficulty in meeting demand and widespread shortages.
More interesting is that the GfK finds that more and more buyers are asking for Android devices by name.
“The figures suggest an increasing number of consumers are now asking for Android handsets by name,” said GfK analyst Megan Baldock. “Operating systems are no longer simply a by-product but a key selling point in their own right.”
Apple is now looking at real competition in the hands on Google and Android. All the best for us consumers then.
Though not officially indicated in the statement, it is a widespread understanding that Samsung’s AMOLED display are in short supply and demand for HTC devices are strong that they have to look at other display alternatives to ensure that they are able to keep supply in check.
We haven’t had any experience with SLCD but it’s going to be interesting to see how it compares against AMOLED and Apple’s Retina Display technology.
Interestingly, when it comes to displays, Samsung is the world leader with 1 in 5 panel TVs being a Samsung.
Full press release from HTC after the jump.
Earlier this month, we mentioned that the Samsung Galaxy S was flying off the shelves with 200,000 sold within the first 10 days. Now they have reached another milestone of 500,000 units in just over a month, 33 days to be exact.
If you do the math, yes it did slowed down a bit compared to the first 10 days and it is still a far cry from the 3 million iPhone 4s sold. Despite that, the Samsung Galaxy S is said to be one of the fastest selling smartphone in Korea.
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Wanna give your Android device a cooler way to boot? The folks at XDA Developers has given some android models the old school boot sequence which you normally see on a PC BIOS boot up. It even shows the processor and memory check animation as well!
It is currently available for Android devices below:
If you would like to impress your friends with this, head on to the forum thread with the flashing instructions within.
Samsung Hub has gotten their hands on the leaked specs for Samsung Galaxy Q. According to reports, the Galaxy Q is designed to be a BlackBerry competitor, spotting a QWERTY keyboard in candybar format.
As shown on the leaked specs above, it is quite similar to the Samsung Galaxy S but it uses a smaller 3″ 720×480 Super AMOLED screen. What you’ll also get is a higher 8MP camera for the back and a better 1.3MP camera for the front. From the specs, it will come with Android 2.2 Froyo installed.
Sadly, no leaked photos are available to tease our curiousity. In the past, Samsung has done a good job with QWERTY candybar phones, like the Windows Mobile powered Samsung i780. We are definitely looking forward to this one as well.
Apple’s iPad which was just introduced internationally including our neighbouring Singapore has just hit a snag. According to reports, the iPad’s display supplier LG is facing production cut on its LCDs next month. This will eventually affect the iPad which is having high demands worldwide.
It was mentioned that the Apple ipad had sold as many as 3.47 million units now and LG is struggling to keep up with the demand. A research even forecasted that there would be around 13 million iPads sold by end of this year. That’s quite a lot of iPads especially when the rest of the world has yet to able to get it.
HP’s Personal Systems Group VP has announced that HP will not be introducing a Windows Phone 7 device. This is a big blow as HP has been a long term partner of Microsoft smartphones since the early days of iPaQ Pocket PCs.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise as HP has put in a huge commitment with its purchase of Palm and its WebOS platform. HP puts much importance on what they believe is the best experience via WebOS which is their sole focus at the moment. So don’t expect any Microsoft Windows Phone or even Android devices from HP anytime soon.
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