LG DoublePlay for T-Mobile Packs Dual Screens
T-Mobile USA today announced the LG DoublePlay, a unique Android slider that has a full QWERTY keyboard with a second touch screen placed in between the split keyboard's halves. The DoublePlay's main display measures 3.5 inches and the secondary display measures 2 inches. T-Mobile says that the two displays can be operated independently of one another, or in tandem. Other features include a 1GHz SnapDragon processor; a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p HD video capture; and Cloud Text and Group Text for phone-to-phone and PC-to-phone texting. The DoublePlay runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Pricing and availability were not announced, though LG did indicate that this is the phone that it will use in its annual National Texting Championship, which takes place later this year.
LG V10 Boasts Second Screen, Dual Front Cameras
LG announced the V10, a flagship smartphone that includes a ticker display, double cameras, and a more rugged design than some of LG's previous handsets. The main screen measures 5.7 inches and has quad HD resolution, while the secondary display, which sits above the main one, measures 2.1 inches and has 1040 x 160 pixels.
TCL Reveals the BlackBerry KEYone Smartphone
TCL today announced the KEYone, a BlackBerry smartphone that combines a large screen, full QWERTY keyboard, and hardened Android software in an aluminum body. TCL first teased the phone at CES last month, but has now shared all the KEYone's details.
Blu R1 HD Revealed In Full
Amazon today announced the Blu R1 HD, an inexpensive Android smartphone that will be sold unlocked starting July 12. The R1 HD boasts curved Gorilla Glass 3, a metal frame, and soft-touch paint job on the rear cover to give it a premium feel.
T-Mobile's LG K20 Plus Packs Better Specs
T-Mobile recently rolled out its own variant of the LG K20 and the phone has somewhat better specifications when compared to the Verizon variant of the same handset. The T-Mobile K20 includes the same 5.3-inch 720p display and 1.4 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, but improves RAM to 2 GB of RAM and storage to 32 GB.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.