Taiwan-based HTC has confirmed a mass-market mobile that uses the increasingly popular Google Android operating system.
Dubbed the Tattoo, it integrates all of Google's mobile services including Google Maps, search and Google mail as well as the Android market where you can download applications and games. It also comes complete with 3.2 megapixel camera, 3.5mm stereo headset jack and expandable microSD memory.
Available October, it is HTC's second phone incorporating HTC Sense, a new user interface designed to integrate voice calls, texts, photos and status updates.
However Nokia phone owners might have to wait for a few months before they access to the service.
Most of all though manufacturers and networks began to see the operating system as a potential rival to Apple and one by one they came out of the closet and announced they were backing the Google OS on mobiles.
Nevertheless for the time being the X2 is a slightly smartened up version of its predecessor the X1 with slightly better specs. A lot remains from the X1 including the full QWERTY keypad and the SlideView feature, which provides quick access to frequently used phone activities.
Intriguingly though the company also confirmed that it has a Google Android powered handset in the pipeline. Details are pretty sketchy, but the handset will be on sale later this year, sport a five mega pixel camera and will include sockets for two SIM cards.
The trio, the Flip, Slider and Nero, are also innovative in that they all boast twin SIM card holders, the theory being that savvy users can choose which SIM they use thereby saving money on text calls. Alternatively they can combine a business number and a personal number with different networks and tariffs yet use the same handset.
Let’s start with the easy part. The HTC Magic is a great phone. Android is bloody ace and I don’t suppose there was much of a chance of the handset makers mucking this one up after doing such a good job of implementing the OS on the G1. What they have done is made the thing a lot prettier at the expense of the hard keyboard.
Slightly sad to lose the traditional finger tapper initially but you get into the touch typing very quick. Cupcake’s a welcome addition to the experience with all the video goodness it brings and the paid for apps but there are still a couple of niggles. I’ll let Zara explain.
The thing is, you can get picky about these issues – and essentially it’s my job to do so – but there’s nothing really wrong with this handset. Don’t rely on it as your main camera but, other than, that I’d give it Dan’s big Tech Digest thumbs up. You can grab it from £30 per month on Voda through the link below. Enjoy, and happy browsing.
Barely a week since Cupcake was unleashed on the Android loving public and we’re already hearing reports of the 2.0 version known as Donut. Apparently, Donut is the just the treat the mobile manufacturers have been waiting for and first out the gates will be Samsung who’ll bring us the Spica and Bigfoot handsets most likely on T-Mobile – providing it’s still around, of course.
Both models will be more or less identical in spec with 3.0″ WQVGA screens, 3-megapixel cameras, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, GPS, digital compasses and accelerometers. The only real difference is in size with the Bigfoot presumably being the sexier looking, more game focused slider on the right and the more accessible, affordable Spica on the left.
The other punishment for not coughing up for the Bigfoot is that the Spica ditches the lovely Android interface for the Samsung TouchWiz desktop. Yay.
I’m going to do you a favour before I make you read everything I’ve got to say. I don’t know the answer. I don’t know why just about every phone manufacturer save Apple and Nokia has given Google’s mobile OS the cold battery cover ever since the G1 came out in October last year. I don’t know.
You don’t hear any Android user talking about how rubbish the platform is. You don’t hear any developers saying it isn’t any good either, and in techland, that’s a sign that a product is more or less perfect. So, what’s the problem…
Set your clocks to countdown, chalk those tallies onto the wall and start crossing off days on your calendar with a red marker pen because the G1 is a-comin’.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, chipsets and chipsettes; we have the dates, we have times and we have the tariffs too on the first phone to come with the Google Android platform, and the news is as follows…