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Spotify is OK, but unless you are planning on upgrading to Spotify Premium ($9.99 per month) it’s just another music player for your computer, only with limited access to other music. Premium is required for the phone app. It’s kind of like Pandora, but you can actually pick the songs you want to listen to, but not forever. The free service is unlimited for the first six months. There is a 10 hour/month limit after that. You are also limited to 5 plays of any given song per month. I got a code for a free month of premium, and the Android app is pretty nice, but I don’t think I’ll would be willing to pay $10 a month for it.
If you’ve already got a pretty nice music collection Google Music is great. It allows you to upload up to 20,000 songs and access them from anywhere. Especially if you have an Android device, but you can still access your music on iPhone or iPad by navigating to http://music.google.com.
According to Google Android Blog on the first anniversary of the HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1) there are fifty Android phones either available now, or in the planning stages.
Here is their list:
BOLD if available now / ITALICS is rumored release date
- Acer Liquid – A1 – November 28th
- Compulab Exeda
- Dell Ophone mini3i – Benzine
- Geek Phone One
- General Mobile DSTL1
- Haier H7
- HKC Pearl
- HighScreen PP5420
- HTC Click – Fiesta – Tattoo
- HTC Desire 6200 – November
- HTC Dragon – Zoom 2
- HTC Dream – T-Mobile G1
- HTC Hero – G2 Touch
- HTC Lancaster
- HTC Magic – Sapphire – T-Mobile myTouch 3G – Google Ion – Dopod A6188
- HTC Passion
- HTC Predator
- Huawei U8220 – T-Mobile Pulse
- Huawei U8230
- Innocomm Skate
- Kogan Agora
- Koolu Freerunner – Openmoko GTA02
- Lenovo O1 Ophone
- LG Etna
- LG GW620 Eve – November 2009
- LG GW880
- Motorola Calgary
- Motorola Devour
- Motorola Droid – Sholes – Tao – November 7th
- Motorola Heron
- Motorola MB200
- Motorola MB300
- Motorola Morrison – Cliq – DEXT
- Motorola Motis – 2010
- Motorola Sholes Tablet – 2010
- Motorola Zeppelin – 2010
- Philips V808
- Qigi i6
- Samsung Behold 2 T939 – November 18th
- Samsung Bigfoot
- Samsung Galaxy i7500
- Samsung Galaxy Lite i5700 – Spica – 2010
- Samsung Houdini
- Samsung m850 Q
- Samsung Moment – InstinctQ m900 – November 1st
- Sciphone N12
- Sony Ericsson XPERIA X3 / x10 Rachael – January 2010
- Sunno S880
- Tiger G3
- ZTE Android
- Acer Liquid – A1 – November 28th
The only publicly known user of the Motorola Droid, Boy Genius Report, has published the first review of the new Android based phone, and it’s glowing.
While he does give some of the credit for the experience to the new and improved Android 2.0, he does say this is by far the best Android phone to date. The only most negative part of the review is regarding the physical keyboard, but as BGR points out, you can use the virtual keyboard in both portrait and landscape mode. Read the full review and see all the pics at Boy Genius Report.
Over the last couple of weeks The Boy Genius Report has taunted us with pictures, videos and screenshots from a device that most believe is a Motorola Droid (aka Sholes, aka Tao). Finally BGR has brought the Droid out of the shadows and we see it in all it’s glory.
Not an in depth review, but several nice pictures and it does confirm many of the rumors we’ve heard about this phone.
- It does run Android 2.0 (Eclair)
- It is only a couple of millimeters thicker than an iPhone 3Gs including the slide out keyboard
- It is the fastest Android phone out there (running a TI OMAP3430 processor)
Plus, they offer up these juicy tidbits:
- Google had direct input on the design of this phone. They even imply that Google dictated virtually every move Motorola made regarding this phone.
- It will come with a docking cradle/charger that will allow it to become a desktop info screen, displaying weather and time. (One could assume this could spawn a whole slew of apps such as a stock ticker, sports score scroll, news updates, RSS headlines, etc…)
It looks like this could be a win-win-win for Motorola, Google and Verizon.
Verizon’s marketing campaign for Motorola Droid puts iPhone squarely in it’s cross hairs with their list of “iDon’ts”:
iDon’t have a real keyboard.
iDon’t run simultaneous apps.
iDon’t take night shots.
iDon’t allow open development.
iDon’t Run Widgets.
iDon’t have interchangeable batteries.
via Boy Genius Report.