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News  Handsets & Devices
News  Handsets & Devices

Acer logoMass market Android handsets took a tantalising step forwards today with the announcement from T-Mobile that the Pulse mini, a £99 PAYG handset, would be launched in April. This is the baby brother to the earlier Pulse, which itself was notable being the first PAYG Android handset to hit the market. The great news is this model runs Android 2.1, which leapfrogs a few big name launches at MWC2010 - for the time being at least. Being a budgset model does mean some compromises have to be made, including only having 300Mb onboard memory.

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Acer logoThe rumours earlier in the year regarding Acer and a dual boot netbook came true today as they announced the Aspire One D250. This sports a 10.1", 1024 x 600 display, 160Gb disk, 2G Ram and the CPU is an Intel Atom. This netbook boots either Android or Windows 7 and supports instant-on booting (instant being 18 seconds in this case), and shutting down in 3. The D250 will go on sale in the UK on Oct 22nd priced at £279.

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There are some smart cookies at Motorola. The Droid handset which Verizon is pumping hard across the US is to be called the "Milestone" when it launches in Europe - presumably so we can all look back at the first of their Android lineups as the turning point in the companies fortunes. However, it's not just the names that differ. According to their own websites, the Europeans get multitouch. This simply cannot be down to technical reasons, so it's left to the imagination what kind of legal wranglings are going on behind the scenes.

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Ahead of next weeks global shindig in Barcelona, Garmin-ASUS have announced their first Android handset - the nuvifone A50. It's not their first handset, since the nuvifone line already existed, but has been met with disappointing market reaction to date. That looks all set to change however with the A50 supporting their flagship GPS technology in conjunction with voice recognition and multitouch. It also claims to surpass Googles much-publicised free turn-by-turn satnav, which all new Android models feature, by having all the maps preloaded rather than pulled in from the net as needed.