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Motorola Photon 4G gets official on Sprint, available this summer


The Motorola Photon 4G was rumored to be the first flagship Motorola handset to join Sprint in quite some time, and just moments ago at Sprint and Motorola’s press event in New York City, the Android handset got official. The Motorola Photon 4G features a 4.3-inch qHD display, 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 16GB of storage, front-facing VGA camera, rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with full 1080p HD video capture support, 4G WiMAX, and more. It definitely looks like the Photon 4G and the EVO 3D will be the Android handsets to beat this summer. The full press release is after the break!

Sprint and Motorola Forge Renewed Business Relationship That Extends Device Innovation

New Portfolio of Android-Based Devices Empower Both Businesses and Consumers with World-Class Versatility, Productivity and Entertainment Features

Sprint to launch more than 10 new Motorola devices in 2011, including
Motorola PHOTON 4G, boasting Sprint 4G, Android 2.3, Sprint ID and worldphone capabilities,
Motorola XPRT, a business-class Android smartphone, and
Motorola TRIUMPH, the first Motorola Android smartphone for Virgin Mobile USA

New York City – June 9, 2011 – Sprint (NYSE: S) and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) today announced a reinvigorated alliance that strengthens and extends the two companies’ device innovation leadership. Sprint and its prepaid brands of Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA will launch more than 10 new Motorola wireless devices in 2011, bringing revolutionary performance, speed and design to Sprint customers. This new portfolio demonstrates a commitment to bring customers advanced devices with industry-leading features, including smartphones, tablets and best-in-class Push-to-Talk devices.

Two new devices were communicated today as part of this relationship, including the iconic Motorola PHOTON™ 4G, Motorola’s first Sprint 4G device with a dual-core 1GHz processor, Android™ 2.3, Sprint ID and worldphone capabilities, and Motorola TRIUMPH™, the first Virgin Mobile USA device from Motorola. These two devices, along with the additional products in the new portfolio, build upon Sprint and Motorola’s long history of innovation across Sprint 3G and 4G networks and Nextel National Network.

“Over the years, we have teamed with Motorola to bring top of the line devices to our customers across both prepaid and postpaid brands,” said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. “I am pleased to see our collaboration grow. Together we will enhance the customer experience by bringing innovative devices to market, such as the Motorola PHOTON 4G and Motorola TRIUMPH.”

Sprint was unbeaten among major wireless carriers for customer satisfaction according to results from the 2011 American Customer Satisfaction Index. In addition to tying for first place among wireless carriers, Sprint was also the number one most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all industries, over the last three years, according to the survey.

“We are excited to be partnering with Sprint to announce a new portfolio of innovative, differentiated Android-based products that make the mobile experience better for people – whether at home or at work,” said Sanjay Jha, chairman and chief executive officer, Motorola Mobility. “These devices showcase our deep insight into consumer needs and harness the power of Sprint’s networks.”

Motorola’s First Sprint 4G Phone

Sprint and Motorola are taking wireless innovation to a new level with Sprint’s first 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 processor smartphone on the Sprint 4G Network, Motorola PHOTON 4G. Motorola PHOTON 4G provides on-the-go users with an edge in managing their lives, around the world. Motorola PHOTON 4G offers the perfect blend between personal and business needs and boasts enterprise-quality security for Android, international GSM capabilities, a 4.3-inch qHD display, dual cameras and a kickstand for hands-free viewing.

Built with Android 2.3, Gingerbread, Motorola PHOTON 4G, combined with the Sprint 4G Network, lets users browse, download and multitask at blazing-fast speeds to support their busy lifestyles. Motorola PHOTON 4G does it all, providing users with an array of versatile tools, like the Motorola webtop application, allowing users to access and create content from a larger screen while connected to a Motorola accessory dock (available for purchase following device availability).

Additional features include:

  • Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and 1GB of RAM
  • Large 4.3-inch touchscreen with qHD (Quarter High Definition) display
  • 16GB of onboard memory, support for up to 32GB SD Card, for a total of up to 48GB
  • Worldphone capabilities to access emails, calendars and news from locations around the globe
  • Ability to utilize the webtop application while connected to a Motorola accessory dock (sold separately) to open, view, edit and send Microsoft Office documents using cloud-based web apps through the full Mozilla Firefox browser
  • Supports critical IT device policies commonly requested by enterprises and government entities, including integration ease, cost-of-management and data security concerns
  • Dual cameras – 8 megapixel, dual-LED flash camera with front-facing webcam to store photos and videos directly on the device and VGA front-facing camera for video chat
  • Android Market™ for access to more than 200,000 useful applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience
  • Sprint ID for an easy way to personalize the user experience with apps, widgets, ringtones and more, all in a single download
  • 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, supporting up to eight devices on the Sprint 3G or 4G networks and one while roaming internationally on GSM (Mobile Hotspot capability while roaming internationally on GSM will be delivered through an upcoming software update)

Motorola PHOTON 4G will be available this summer. Pricing, final specifications and a full list of accessories will be provided closer to launch.

Motorola’s Debut on Virgin Mobile USA

Available this summer, Motorola TRIUMPH is the first Motorola device available exclusively to Virgin Mobile USA customers. Tech savvy customers will appreciate the feature-rich Motorola TRIUMPH as one of the hottest phones with the added flexibility of a no contract plan.

Motorola TRIUMPH boasts a vibrant 4.1-inch WVGA touchscreen, two cameras, a super slim design at less than 0.4 inches thick, HD-Video (720p) capture and HDMI output to allow for image sharing on your HDTV (requires HDMI cable sold separately).

Additional features include:

  • 1GHz processor and up to 32GB of expandable memory to power and store multimedia libraries
  • HDMI out hook-up for flat screen multimedia viewing
  • Access to corporate email, social media sites, like Facebook® and Twitter™ and a full suite of Google™ services, like Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™, Google Talk™ and more
  • 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and front-facing VGA camera for video chat
  • Android Market for access to more than 200,000 useful applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience

Motorola TRIUMPH will also be the first handset to come preloaded with the Virgin Mobile Live 2.0 app used to access the Virgin Mobile branded music stream.

Virgin Mobile Live 2.0 is a social networking music application, which will provide Android users free access to the company’s critically acclaimed music stream hosted by DJ Abbey Braden, as well as live music performance videos, and “check in” features at special events. All status updates made using the app will also sync with Facebook and Twitter. It will be available in late July at and in major retail outlets nationwide.

Business-Class Android OS Smartphone

On June 5, Sprint and Motorola debuted Motorola XPRT™, the first Motorola smartphone powered by Android from Sprint to deliver enterprise-class security, personal productivity enhancements and international roaming. Designed for business users, Motorola XPRT offers a sleek, compact design built on Android 2.2, Froyo.

It features:

  • High-resolution 3.1-inch HVGA display with physical QWERTY keyboard
  • 5 megapixel camera with camcorder and dual LED flash for low-light performance
  • 2GB memory card included, supporting up to 32GB
  • Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®), personal (POP & IMAP) email and Quickoffice for opening Microsoft Office™ documents
  • Worldmode – CDMA (EVDO Rev. A), GSM/UMTS (HSPA) – international roaming service available in more than 200 countries
  • Google mobile services such as Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps with Navigation, syncing with Google Calendar™, Voice Actions and YouTube™

It is available now in Sprint Stores, Business Sales, Web Sales ( and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) for $129.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement.

More than 10 Devices Together by Year End

Additional devices available in 2011 from Sprint and Motorola will include:

  • Motorola Titanium™: Available late summer, Motorola Titanium leverages Sprint’s industry-leading Push-to-Talk capabilities as the first Nextel Direct Connect® smartphone built on Android 2.1.
  • Motorola XOOM™ with Wi-Fi: In May, Sprint made available Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi through Direct Ship sales channels for $599.99 (excluding taxes). It is the first device to feature Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), the version of Android designed specifically for tablets and features innovations in widgets, multitasking, web browsing, notifications and customization. It also offers a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display, 1GHz dual-core processor and two cameras, a rear-facing 5 megapixel camera with flash that can capture HD video and a front-facing 2 megapixel camera for Google Talk with video chat.

Boost Mobile recently announced availability for three new Motorola devices:

  • Motorola Clutch™ + i475, successor to the highly popular Motorola Clutch, is a candy-bar QWERTY device with a larger display screen, improved keyboard for text messaging and walkie-talkie functionality. It is available now for $99.99 (excluding taxes) at Boost Mobile’s exclusive retail stores, select independent wireless dealer, major retail outlets nationwide and at with free shipping.
  • Available later this month and priced at $79.99 (excluding taxes), Motorola Theory™ is a sleek, candy-bar QWERTY at an affordable price. Key features include a high-finish premium design, threaded messaging, web and email access, Bluetooth® technology, 1.3MP camera and 2.4-inch QVGA display.
  • Coming late June, Motorola i412 is ideal for wireless users craving an uncomplicated phone for talking, texting and walkie-talkie functionality. It will be available for $69.99 (excluding taxes) at Boost Mobile’s exclusive retails stores, select independent wireless dealer locations across the country, with free shipping and major retail outlets nationwide.

Motorola Clutch + i475 and i412 are the latest walkie-talkie phones to offer Push-to-Talk service operating on the Nextel National Network, the fastest national Push-to-Talk network1.

All three devices will be available with Boost Mobile’s $50 Monthly Unlimited with Shrinkage plan where the longer you stay, the less you pay simply by making on-time payments. For every six on-time payments, a Boost Mobile customer’s monthly cost will shrink by $5, eventually getting down to as low as $35 a month for unlimited nationwide talk, text, web, email, IM and calls to 411. Payments do not need to be consecutive to qualify for the next savings milestone.

Boost Mobile was recently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as Highest-Ranked Non-Contract Company in Overall Customer Satisfaction Performance2. It offers wireless phones and services with no long-term contracts.

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NVIDIA CEO Believes Android Will Reign Supreme Over Apple


According to NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, the new wave of Android tablets is going to rock the world. Indeed, it’s true! Here’s more. Most recently, he told Reuters Technology Summit in New York last Monday that tablets using Google’s Android platform could overtake Apple Inc’s red-hot iPad within three years as improved versions and more applications hit the market. He added that these new versions of Android, most especially Honeycomb, will beat the iPad as developers make more games and other software to use on them.


Jen-Hsun Huang even said, “The Android phone took only two and a half years to achieve the momentum that we’re talking about. I would expect the same thing on Honeycomb tablets.”

The debut of NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processors was fruitful and NVIDIA has caught the attention of big time manufacturers such as Samsung and Motorola and become a major player in top tier devices.

But, because of the very tight competition from the iPad 2, other investors are in doubt if Android can really overtake Apple.

The iPhone set the standard for smartphones when it was launched in 2007 because of its touchscreen and on-demand applications. However, phones using Android, an operating system that Google hands out for free to manufacturers now outsell iPhones and are becoming more and more famous in China and other developing markets, Huang said.

He also believed that Nvidia’s next generation mobile processor, known as Kal-El, has already won spots in quite a lot of devices planned by major PC and phone manufacturers, including phones, tablets and low-powered laptops.

So what now? Do you have anything to say about Android? Yeah, Android really rocks!

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Nvidia CEO Says New Wave of Android Tablets is Going to Rock the World

NVIDIA CEO – Jen-Hsun Huang is one smart guy, and has helped make NVIDIA on of the top tech companies in the world of GPU’s. Most recently, Huang went on the public record, and said that it is quite safe to assume that concerns and issues surrounding the initial batch of Android-powered tablets “have been largely addressed”, and that things are only going to get better and better. If we can all recall the glory days back to when the original handset was launched, and how far Android has come, and how many devices, countries, and carriers it has gone onto enjoy success with, then we are inclined to agree with Mr. Jen-Hsun Huang, and echo his ideas that things are only going to get better.

Google has reacted rather quickly to a few of the minor maladies in Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and is rolling out several key improvements through its Android 3.1 Honeycomb update, to improve the user experience and offer greater customization, and so forth. Hot off the heels of Google I/O – the development team at Android know that they have to set a strong, strident pace, to stay on top of the latest UI developments, and to help users achieve the experience they are looking for. On the hardware end, we have seen some beautiful tablets, like the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab’s 8.9 and 10.1 inch, and are confident that, once production ramps up, that Android Honeycomb Tablets will begin to enjoy immense success. This too will motivate top developers to make great apps. Plus, with the promise of unifying Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and Android 3.0 Honeycomb in the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich Android 2.4 update, developers will have even greater incentive to produce the apps that users want. According to Huang, there are innumerable improvements expected, and the next generation of Android Honeycomb tablets will be even more awesome. Here’s a small excerpt from the CEO of NVIDIA – Jen Hsun Huang:

“A new wave of tablets are now ramping up and are even more affordable and available on retail channels with WiFi configurations all over the world. You’re also starting to see a lot of different shade of platforms, from devices that are like the Asus transformer where it is a tablet in one configuration and has a detachable keyboard in another configuration. And so those kind of devices are getting a lot of interest and available in computer channels all over the world.

We’re going to expect another wave of tablets that are coming out to the marketplace now, ones that are even thinner and even lighter than the best offerings from anyplace, any supplier in the world. And those devices are just in the process of ramping. There’s the really exciting new build of Honeycomb called Honeycomb 3.1 that Google just demonstrated the other day at Google I/O. We are basically stitching that up now.”

NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 platform was made the reference hardware platform by Google for Android Honeycomb 3.0. Currently, NVIDIA s working closely with Google on Ice Cream Sandwich, but unfortunately declined to comment on whether the timing was good for a release of the Tegra 3 quad core chip.

As we know, things always improve. The pace of innovation from both a hardware and software perspective is simply staggering – and it’s accelerating. Companies are playing for keeps, and so are users. Do you think good times are ahead, dear reader?

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AMD to Challenge NVIDIA With Android Support


Things are getting very interesting in the Android chipset game. One of the desktop’s biggest GPU providers – NVIDIA – has already made their way into several Android phones, tablets, and soon-to-be netbooks (hybrid or otherwise), and now their biggest desktop competitor – AMD – looks to join them.

They’re said to be recruiting engineers to create chipset drivers for Android. Starting out, their focus will likely be getting their mobile chipset into the tablets and netbooks of today’s top OEMs, but that doesn’t mean they won’t eventually end up in phones.

AMD joins a long list of other vendors next to NVIDIA, too – Samsung, Qualcomm and Texas instruments are all established players in this market, and even Intel is working on their own Android-ready chipset. (Though their plans seem to be much more pedestrian than those of their competitors.)

It wasn’t said who they’d be shopping their chipset to when and if they are available, but if it’s anything like NVIDIA’s story then we could see a wide range of OEMs adopting the technology for a fresh piece of technology to run tomorrow’s Android devices. (Samsung forwent their own dual-core processor for Tegra 2 in their tablets and even certain versions of the Samsung Galaxy S 2.)

Unfortunately, we don’t know when “tomorrow” actually is for AMD. NVIDIA has gotten a huge head-start in the high-performance chipset market and will likely be the de-facto offering for OEMs who want to provide dual-core devices in 2011. AMD has a lot of ground to make up if they want to catch up, but I’m certain they’ll be able to manage just as they have on the desktop side of things.

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PlayStation Games Coming to Tegra Smartphones and Tablets This Year


Today NVIDIA announced on their Tegra Zone app that Sony’s PlayStation Suite will be coming to Tegra-equipped Android phones and tablets later this year. PlayStation Suite is a hardware-neutral game framework designed to bring the PlayStation experience to Android devices.

The report did not mention which Tegra devices would be PlayStation certified, but it did reveal a couple of games that are expected later this year including PSOne classics like Wild Arms, Cool Boarders 2, and Syphon Filter.

Tegra 2 powered devices have the processing power to bring console-quality games to Android so this announcement is not that surprising, but it’s the first time that details have been shared about other devices joining the PlayStation Certified family. So far the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is the only device that has been confirmed to offer PlayStation titles.

It was also revealed that PlayStation 2 games will eventually be released on Android devices. This is good news since the original announcement only included the PlayStation One library.

Likely this is a sign that Sony Ericsson could be adopting Tegra 2 (or maybe even Project Kal-El) for future Android devices. It has been rumored that a “PlayStation tablet” is already in the works and I wouldn’t be surprised to find a Tegra 2 super chip inside. Hopefully existing Tegra 2 devices like the Motorola Atrix 4G and LG Optimus 2X will also gain PlayStation certification in the future.


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NVIDIA Announces Tegra Zone App for Android Devices

NVIDIA Tegra Zone

NVIDIA announced earlier today that they have released an Android app designed for smart phones and tablets using their Tegra platform. Called Tegra Zone, the free app is essentially a filtered market tool that showcases and highlights apps written to take advantage of NVIDIA’s chipset. Users will find reviews, screenshots, videos, and more to help make buying decisions and choose their next awesome game.

Once one decides to purchase an app, Tegra Zone hands the transaction off to the Android Market. As many of you know, the Tegra platform is the first mobile dual-core chipset and makes for an excellent gaming experience. Many of today’s top devices, including the Motorola XOOM feature this procesor, largely due to the way it handles hardware acceleration, enriched graphics, and better multi-tasking.


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