G2 and Evo go global
T-Mobile UK seem to be making a habit of being first when it comes to Android phones; the moment HTC announced that their G2 and the Evo models would be going international, T-Mo were ready with pricing plans. The handsets, re-branded as the Desire Z (G2) and the Desire HD (Evo) will be available from the carrier in two weeks on £40 ($70) a month contracts. If you fancy a SIM unlocked phone why not pay play.com a visit, where they are offering the handsets at £429 ($772) for the G2/Z and £469 ($844) for the Evo/HD with similar offers available on Amazon et al.
The streets of Milton Keynes
I like the idea of naming devices after places, like Orange's new Android handset the San Fransisco (pictured). It avoids the pretensions of sticking an 'i' in front or a 'z' behind the name. Of course outside the States our view of Frisco is a distorted one, full of handsome boffins big red bridges and pot smoking trolley buses – this of course is the idea, to make the phone cool through association. It certainly lacks any other claims to cool, with a puny 3MP camera and just 150 MB of storage, but, labeled as an "entry level" phone the price should reflect its lack of credentials when its released next week in Europe.
Google are the new Tom Tom
We all know how to turn our Android handsets into sat navs with Google Navigator and its quite the thing to see cycle couriers in London with a phone taped to their handlebars. Google Japan faced a tough challenge or two though, when converting the software to run there. For a start, many Japanese roads simply don't have names and are referred to using relative locations and this cultural quirk has had to be coded in, as has the ability to plan routes that avoid the thousands of toll roads that pepper the islands. Its these kind of savings that will make Android handsets with their built in Google Map APIs pay for themselves.
Is it a laptop? Is it a tablet? No… Its a LePad!
We told you that Chinese based multinational Lenovo were planning an Android tablet marked for the Far East back in July. Well here it is.
See how it works? slip your tablet into the casing and its a laptop – pop it out and its a tablet again. I can't work out if its totally unnecessary or a work of shear genius although I'm starting to lean towards the latter. When the U1 Hybrid ships in December, customers will be able to buy the tablet on its own as the LePad or together in the hybrid format. I doubt this will be the last time we see this kind of original format, I certainly hope not.