Two phones, two networks, two similar faces
Sprint is prepping two strikingly similar Android QWERTY bar phones, from different manufacturers and for different networks. The first, which carries Sprint branding, is from Samsung and is designed to run on Sprint’s CDMA network. Much in the style of Blackberry handsets, the new phone runs Android, but also incorporates a physical keyboard for users who are more comfortable with a tactile typing experience. Other than what appears to be an HVGA resolution screen, little else is known about the phone at this time.
Cisco buys Moto to improve design for home gear
Cisco on Tuesday said it had bought out Moto, the well-known San Francisco design firm. The company was already responsible for designing some of home devices, such as the Flip cameras. Neither company was explicit with their plans, but Cisco hoped to speed up its fledgling home electronics business.
Latest leak shows revised button layout
Motorola's updated MING smartphone has resurfaced, although the latest photos, posted on the Chinese site Hiapk, appear to show a different case design and button arrangement than a separate leak. It is unclear if the latest pictures represent a revised prototype, or a separate device potentially headed for a different market.
iPhone more accurate than Droid, Nexus One
MOTO Development Group in a study published Saturday has given the iPhone top marks for the quality of its touchscreen. Comparing it against multiple Android phones -- including the Nexus One, Droid and Droid Eris -- the hardware consultants found Apple's screen is the most accurate and lets users draw smooth, straight lines regardless of how quickly the finger moves or how much of it is in contact with the display. The Droid Eris and Nexus One were next with some erratic behavior with partial contact, while the Droid produced a similar effect no matter what contact has been made.
Device also called the Enzo
Leaked images allegedly show Motorola's upcoming Backflip handset, according to Phandroid. The source of the images claims the device is referred to as the Enzo. The smartphone will be AT&T's first Android-based offering, with several specific customizations including Motorola's Blur interface, Yahoo search, and the AT&T's Nav, Music, and Mobile App utilities. Many of the standard Google apps have reportedly been omitted, except for Maps and the Android Market.
MOTO hopes to bring multi-touch tech to casinos
MOTO Development Group on Tuesday showed off its first round multi-touch casino gaming table prototype at the Global Gaming Expo 2010 in Las Vegas. Similar in concept to the Microsoft Surface, the touch table has Blackjack and Texas Hold ‘Em poker games built into it. The table has one large integrated touchscreen that supports multi-touch inputs from many players.
MOTO ships Android 2.0 MID for developers
The MOTO Development Group is now making its 5-inch Android Media Platform (AMP) mobile Internet device (MID) available to developers. The device can run Google's Android 2.0 mobile OS and lets developers prototype interfaces, develop apps and extend hardware features. The MID is powered by a Texas Instruments OMAP3430 CPU and uses a 5-inch OLED capacitive touchscreen, though an LCD of the same size is optional.