Let’s Look at What’s Coming from Android™ Developers
It appears we are in store for some rapid improvements in mobile devices. I am going to start with the Android™ line and soon hope that accurate information will be available for the new version of the iPhone™.
Until recently, the reigning Android phone was the Droid™ from Motorola®. HTC®, a Taiwanese technology company with a long history of innovative portable device designs, seems poised to become the leader in Android phones. It is worth noting that HTC also produces phones running Windows® Mobile as well as other cell phone operating systems.
They already produce modest Android offerings including the HTC Eris™ which is currently Verizon®’s second line Android-based phone. Their newest offering, scheduled for release this month (June 2010), is the HTC Droid Incredible™. This mobile device greatly increases the capability of the Droid hardware and is predicted to not only be the most powerful Droid so far, but also may increase Google™ operating system devices to nearly rival that of the iPhone. I have no idea whether this will happen but the increase in capability should be good for competition all around.
The Incredible runs a very fast 1GHz Snapdragon™ processor with 748MB of usable ROM, 6.6GB internal flash and 512MB RAM. The ROM and internal flash are partitioned from a total of 8 GB of onboard Flash ROM. There is also a standard removable micro SD slot for additional data storage.
The device sports a 3.7-inch 800×480 pixel active matrix organic light emitting diode (AMOLED) display. This is a very bright and very fast display technology, well suited to videos. There is even an output option to connect to a TV. Add to this the new multi-touch sensor used in the Incredible which recognizes an “unlimited” number of touches, offers very fast response times and has an excellent signal-to-noise ratio to allow multi-touch navigation similar to that offered in the iPhone.
The device includes an 8 megapixel autofocus camera. It supports 3G Internet, WiFi, Bluetooth® and FM Radio. It also includes built in GPS. The built-in browser supports Adobe® Flash Lite® currently, but full Flash® and AIR® are to be available soon. There is a built in G-Sensor, a digital compass, a proximity sensor and an ambient light sensor.
Current pricing in the US is $199 USD with a two-year Verizon contract. Information should be available at www.verizon.com.
What is interesting is that HTC has already announced its next device which will be one of the first to use the 4G wireless network. This will be marketed through T-Mobile® in the US and has the same specifications as the Incredible except for the 4G networking. The device is called the EVO™ 4G.
As noted, a new iPhone is soon to be announced with speculation that the display will be 960x640 and that the device will have two cameras, one for photos and another facing the user for video conferencing. More about this as the true announcement nears.