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These days there is some wave of cheap Android phones being presented. LG Vortex is not an exception. It is one of the many LG devices that were announced recently and is headed directly to Verizon stores. An interesting thing about LG Vortex is that although it comes equipped with Android 2.2, it lacks many of the features that it is expected to have. Another thing that needs our attention is that the handset is running Bing as its default web browser and Google Maps is changed with Bing Maps. This is because of the contract between Verizon and Microsoft which compels the carrier to integrate Microsoft’s services in all entry-level mobile phones and Windows Phone 7 handsets.

The most important hardware features of LG Vortex are Android 2.2 FroYo OS (as already mentioned), a 3.2-inch touchscreen display, running at resolution of 320×240 pixels (here we should point out the low resolution for the size of the screen, which will result in pixelized picture), microSD card slot, 600MHz processor (this has been achieved by overclocking it, so it is possible to have some issues and problems in heavier applications), 170MB internal storage, 1500mAh battery, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, FM radio, a-GPS and all the standard sensors – accelerometer, proximity sensor, light sensor and digital compass.

Regarding the price, the mobile phone will be sold … for free on a 2-year contract after a 100$ rebate, which you will get in the form of a debit card. The release date was set to October 29. So if you are looking for a free entry-level Android device, head to the closest Verizon office and get your LG Vortex.

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We are used to see or hear that Android has been integrated in various kinds of devices. Today, there is news that Android has been integrated in … a landline phone – iDECT iHomePhone 2000. But don’t get annoyed or confused by the “i” in at the beginning of the name, this is not an Apple product and I’m sure no one could even think of an Apple product running on Android. The “i” is just part of the name of the product.

iDECT iHomePhone is an ordinary cordless landline phone, running on Android, featuring a 2.8-inch resistive touchscreen display running at resolution of 320×240 pixels. It will also have 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi support and microSD card slot. All the standard Android functions are present, too – Internet Browser, mp3 player, picture gallery, video/YouTube player, alarm clock, radio, e-mail and so on. The only think that iDECK iHomePhone will not support is Android Market, but after all, this is an ordinary landline phone.

Using the DECT technology, the phone guarantees that wherever in the house you are, you will be able to make and receive phone calls. Moreover, iDECT has a 14-minute digital answering machine, hands-free speakerphone and is capable to store up to 300 contacts in its memory.  iDECT iHomePhone will be sold in Europe for 99 Euroes.

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There are numerous rumors around the web about an upcoming mobile phone coming from Sony Ericsson, simply called Playstation Phone. Some say it is not real and Sony are not planning to release such device, others claim that it is real. Some pictures have hit the web space these days, which show us how the future handset would look like and… reveals that it will be running on Android OS. Pretty good thing that will surely increase the popularity of Android as a gaming platform – something for which it was criticized.

The Playstation phone will most likely have these specifications:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • A custom Sony marketplace for video games for devices like this one
  • 1GHz Qualcomm MSM 8655 processor – probably most of us have expected something more from a gaming device
  • 512MB RAM
  • 1GB ROM
  • microSD card slot
  • Display between 3.7 and 4.1-inches but for a gaming handset, the bigger is always better

It is supposed that the new Sony marketplace will show up together with the release of Android Gingerbread.  The device itself is expected to hit the markets in 2011, but this is all which is known, as the device is yet in an early, buggy prototype version. So, gamers, get ready for the always-with-you game platform that will keep you busy for a long time.

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