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It seems like every other day, the smart phone market comes up with yet another Android phone or a tablet from the houses of the giant phone or tablet makers like Samsung, HTC or Toshiba. If you look at four major mobile careers in the US and you will come to know that either they have come up with more than eight new android smart phones and there are at least twelve more phones in queue either to be announced or to be launched in coming summer.

It’s definitely good news but with so many announcements, one can really get confused about which one is right for him/her. So, I thought to take a look at what’s coming in the market this astonishing android summer.

Lately, the most active mobile carrier is T-Mobile, announcing three android phones with their launch in second half of June. The first one is HTC Sensation 4G coming to market on 15th June which is quickly followed by two more phones from Samsung, Samsung Gravity Smart and Samsung Exhibit 4G.

If we talk about AT&T, they are launching their next android phone – The Crossover within the next couple of days on 5th of June. This phone is expected to fly off the shelves with its lower cost of $69.99 on a two years’ contract.

Let us come to Sprint which have announced the launch of three phones in the near future. The models of this line up are HTC Evo 3D, Motorola Titanium and Motorola XPRT. A Motorola XPRT is expected in a couple of days on 5th June just when AT&T is launching their Crossover.

However, at the same time, Verizon is concentrating more on a tablet Galaxy tab 10.1 which is on horizon. Its launch is on horizon and its preorders are starting from 8th June.

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The new mobile phone under the brandname of T-Mobile is Comet. Formerly it was known as Huawei Ideos. The device will be available on the markets very soon – from 3. November but the price is still unknown.  It is an entry level Android phone targeted in the low-class devices and taking in mind its technical specifications, it can’t go higher than this.

T-Mobile Comet features a 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen TFT display running at resolution of 320×280 pixels, a 3MP video camera, support of 802.11 b/g/n networks, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP connectivity, 256MB RAM and 512MB ROM where 200MB of the ROM are available to the user, a microSD card slot supporting cards with maximum capacity of only 16GB. In addition to this, the device has all the usual orientation sensors, ambient light sensor and the common package of Google application like Google Maps, Gmail, Google Search (including the voice search), Documents and so on.

One good thing about T-Mobile Comet is that it will be running on Android 2.2 FroYo – something surprising, considering the rest of the hardware specifications. Another good thing, especially for the messaging and social communication lovers is that there is Swype preinstalled that will help you in typing faster than ever.

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Everyone knows the old myTouch 3G and its specifications, putting it in the mid class. So hearing that a new device with the same name will come up, being announced as the new T-Mobile’s flagman sounds a bit strange and surprising to everyone. But if the leaked specifications are true, the new myTouch may be really worth it.

The sheet confirms the already known specifications – 3.8-inch WVGA display, front-facing camera for video calling, 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor and support of Quad-band GMS networks and Dual-band UMTS/HSPA+. Other interesting features include the last-week announced Wi-Fi calling and preinstalled applications like Monopoly, Rock Band, Asphalt 5, Google voice search, Google Maps, Youtube, Picasa.  MyTouch will be able to capture, share and broadcast 720p HD video and pre-installed Swype for faster and easier text input.

But the most interesting and unexpected feature that will be available on myTouch is the T-Mobile TV. There is not much information about this service on the net, but the leaked sheet tells us that myTouch users will be able to watch live TV as well as on-demand video, watch for free ABC News Now, Fox Sports, PBS Kids, Disney, and Univision, family holiday movie favorites (it’s not clear if this will be free or paid service) and even more. Let’s wait for myTouch to hit the markets and see what is this T-Mobile TV all about.

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These days T-Mobile has announced that they will enable Wi-Fi calling on their Android devices, particularly mentioning the upcoming new myTouch and Motorola Defy. Until now this feature was present only on the rest of T-Mobile’s phones and Blackberry, but now Android users will take advantage of it too. This will help users saving their free minutes and on the other hand it is very useful for areas with low or no cell coverage at all, but you have internet access.  I think that everyone  would like such a feature on his mobile phone, because most of us have wireless internet connection in their home and could make free calls using it. Let’s hope that more carriers will follow T-Mobile, because until now it is the only one who offers such services.

The other news from T-Mobile is about a new mobile phone in their lines – LG Optimus T. The device is aimed at the first-time smart phone buyers. It will be running on Android 2.2 with full integration with all Google features, including Google search, maps, voice actions, talk, gmail, calendar and so on. Optimus T features a 3.2-inch touchscreen display running at 320x480px resolution, 3.2Mp camera, microSD memory card slot (with 2GB one in the package), Wi-Fi (Unfortunately no WiFi calling), Bluetooth, GPS and a 1500mAh battery.  The devices is expected to be exclusively available for T-Mobile customers this holiday season. Yet, no information about the price.

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