Android Phones, Info and Apps

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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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An article in Engadget, which is based on information from two reliable secret sources, says that HTC are working on their own App store for Android devices. We have already seen or heard about different carriers, like Verizon for example, or companies, like Amazon, to make their own application stores (and even more plan to do so), but we’ve never heard of a device manufacturer to do so.

Probably HTC want to have bigger presence and influence on the software aspects of their devices and we can already see this – they have their HTC Sense on almost every HTC’s mobile phone and they released a website which cooperates with the new version of the HTC Sense – htcsense.com.

On the other hand, it is possible that HTC are not working just on an Android Application market, but something bigger, including Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7. As we all know, HTC is among the leading manufacturers of Windows-based mobile devices, and with the release of Windows Phone 7 many people expect a renaissance of Windows for mobile devices, so creating a market for both platforms sounds quite logical. But all we could do now is wait and see if HTC will release some official information on the topic and … who knows – they may pleasantly surprise us.

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