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Streaming NBA Games Now Available on Android

Watch NBA games live on your iPhone or AndroidThe National Basketball Association is now offering mobile phone owners the ability to watch entire live games for $40 per year.
Just a few games into the 2009-2010 NBA season, this is the first time entire games are available for streaming — only game highlights were previously available through an official service.

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Handy cost of ownership table: Droid, Hero, and myTouch

Check out this contract term cost caparison between Droid, Sprint’s Hero and the myTouch 3G from Android Central. Of course this doesn’t take into account the value of your time, productivity, or frustration, but it’s a handy tool for careful shoppers.

Surprisingly, the Verizon Motorola DROID does a decent job in the ‘cheapest plan’ battle at $74.98/month. The Sprint HTC Hero and T-Mobile myTouch 3G come in at $69.99 and $79.99, respectively. But Verizon’s low price comes with a catch, Sprint’s ‘cheapest plan’ offers free unlimited calling to any mobile carrier and unlimited messaging. T-Mobile’s comes with 500 whenever minutes and unlimited messaging. Verizon trails them with only 450 whenever minutes and 250 messages. But for users who only use an average amount of minutes and messages, the monthly cost of the Verizon Motorola DROID is somewhat justifiable considering you’ll be on “America’s Most Reliable Network”.

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Google Android OS Attracting Big Cellphone Manufacturers

That the Google Android operating system has been successful in attracting significantly more applications for consumers in its first year compared to what Windows Mobile has achieved in nearly ten years, is quite evident from the fact that the Android has essentially won over some of the biggest cellphone manufacturers in the world!

With Android-based phones emerging as the closest rivals of the popular Apple iPhone, it’s clear that leading carriers have realized that the Google Android OS offers them some extremely notable alternatives that give them a big advantage in distinguishing their services from those of their smartphone market rivals.

Introducing the Samsung Messager II
Since Android is primarily an open-source operating system that can be customized, the Open Handset Alliance that backs Android can influence the code standards for reflecting the requirements of its members. This characteristic feature of the Android helps carriers in deciding the kind of user-interface layer they intend to offer over and above the basic operating system.

Commenting on the growing appeal of Android, Android currently supports only 1.8 percent of smartphones worldwide, Cole Brodman – the chief development officer of T-Mobile, the pioneer in Android-based phones – said: “A lot of manufacturers are walking into our office and talking about how important Android is becoming to them.”

Cole further said: “Android is ramping with more manufacturers and

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Big Cellphone Makers Shifting to Android System

Published: October 25, 2009
Since 1996, Microsoft has been writing operating systems for little computers to carry in your pocket. It was a lonely business until the company’s perennial rival, Apple, introduced the Web-browsing, music-playing iPhone. But now that smartphones are popular, Microsoft’s operating system, Windows Mobile, is floundering.Laptop Cop

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Andrew Lees, Microsoft’s vice president for mobile communications, says the company has altered its cellphone software strategy.

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Motorola is one of the cellphone giants switching to the free Android software. Above, the company’s Cliq smartphone.

More cellphone makers are turning to the free Android operating system made by Microsoft’s latest nemesis, Google.

Cellphone makers that have used Windows Mobile to run their top-of-the-line smart-phones — including Samsung, LG, Kyocera, Sony Ericsson — are now also making Android devices. Twelve Android handsets have been announced this year, with dozens more expected next year. Motorola has dropped Windows Mobile from its line entirely in a switch to Android. HTC, a major cellphone maker, expects half its phones sold this year to run Android. Dell is using Android for its entry into the cellphone market.

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T-Mobile Releasing the Samsung Behold II November 18th.

The spotlight for Android is certainly busy the past couple of days. After the Droid ad onslaught this past weekend, everyone is focused on Verizon’s Droid. But with the Motorola CLIQ now available, the CLIQ is jumping back into the mix. And that’s not even mentioning the best Android phone currently on the market, the Sprint HTC Hero, being released just a week ago. So is there room for more Android phones?

T-Mobile certainly thinks so. According to this leaked slide, the Samsung Behold II will be released on November 18th. The Samsung Behold II is going to pack a 3.2 inch AMOLED screen, 5-megapixel camera and comes running Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI. TouchWiz is supposed to give easy access to frequently accessed applications and of course, offer widgets galore.

I wasn’t excited about the Behold II before but since the purported November 18th release date is less than a month away, I am a little more optimistic. With the CLIQ being a QWERTY-slider device and the Behold II being a touchscreen only phone, are these two devices the new T-Mobile G1 and myTouch 3G?

What do you guys think?

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AT&T Customers May See the HTC Hero as the Carriers First Android Device

Currently AT&T is the only US carrier without an Android device on the horizon and this may remain true until next year.  Earlier reports have hinted at AT&T’s first Android device being the Dell Mini 3i.  Unconfirmed reports today point at the HTC Hero as the first Android phone set to hit AT&T in early 2010.  This would make them the third US carrier to offer the phone behind Sprint and Cellular South, Verizon has hinted at the possibility, but nothing has been confirmed.

HTC Hero Overview:

The Hero has a 3.2-inch HVGA display with an anti-fingerprint screen coating for improved smudge resistance. This is set in a tablet shaped device with a distinct “chin” which HTC says has been contoured to fit comfortably in the user’s hand and against their face while on a call. However, Sprint’s version of this device eschews the chin, and it’s not known if AT&T will use the original design or the re-designed one.

HTC’s previous models running Android have used Google’s default user interface, but the Hero marked the debut of a UI that’s been dubbed HTC Sense. That didn’t effect the suite of applications that comes with Android, many of which have strong ties to Google’s services, like Gmail and Google maps.

The HTC Hero has mobile broadband, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Other features of this smartphone include a-GPS, a digital compass, gravity-sensor, 3.5 mm stereo headset jack, a 5 megapixel auto-focus camera, and a microSD memory card slot.

US Android Phones:

T-Mobile: G1, MyTouch3g, Motorola Cliq set for release 11/02/09

Sprint: HTC Hero released 10/11/09

Verizon: set to release the Motorola Droid 10/30/09

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Motorola Cliq Available Now to T-Mobile Customers

T-Mobile USA is now offering the Motorola Cliq to its current customers. However, those who are interested in switching to T-Mobile to get this Android-based smartphone will have to wait until early November to get it.

The Cliq is the replacement for the T-Mobile G1, and like its predecessor has a sliding keyboard and capacitive touchscreen.

The Cliq smartphone is selling for the $200 with a two-year service agreement. T-Mobile voice plans start at $29.99 a month and qualifying data plans start at $24.99 a month.

To put in an order, go to www.t-mobile.com/CLIQ.

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