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AT&T set to expand its Android lineup

It looks as though AT&T is slowly starting to come around with Android-based smartphones. Earlier this week, we told you about the budget-friendly HTC Aria that is coming to AT&T with a price tag of $129 with a two-year contract.

Today, AT&T is announcing another smartphone based on Android 2.1: the Samsung Captivate. The Captivate features a generous 4" Super AMOLED WVGA touch screen, 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, 16GB of internal memory, 5MP camera, 720p video capture, 802.11n, Bluetooth 3.0, and HSPA 7.2Mbps connectivity.

”Add up Captivate’s amazing screen, huge amounts of onboard storage, a super-fast processor, all fueled by the nation’s fastest 3G network and a nationwide  Wi-Fi network and you get a smartphone we know our customers will crave,” said Jeff Bradley, AT&T Mobility Senior VP of Devices.

“The Captivate represents a new breed of smartphone that will truly change and enrich the way consumers interact with their device on an everyday basis.” 

AT&T won't give any firm availability or pricing information on the Captivate other than to say that it will be released within the "coming months at AT&T retail locations."

Updated 7/8/2010

Boy Genius Report states that the Captivate is coming to AT&T July 18 with a price tag of $199 for a two-year contract.

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Captive might have been more appropriate
By fleshconsumed on 6/17/2010 4:01:41 PM , Rating: 5
I've read the title as "AT&T Announces Samsung Captive Android 2.1 Smartphone" because the phone is probably going to be crippled and hacked with ATT proprietary crap just like Motorola Backflip was.

It seems that not so long ago it was Verizon that was locking down everything they could on the phones they sold, had to pay for everything, couldn't even put a custom ringtone on it without paying verizon first. Yet, it seems like VZW has changed for the better and ATT has gone for the worse.

RE: Captive might have been more appropriate
By darkblade33 on 6/17/10, Rating: -1
By GWD5318 on 6/17/2010 5:46:55 PM , Rating: 5
...many Droid phones aren't upgradeable like an iPhone can be..they prefer you buy a new Droid phone..

Duh, whaaaa???

ALL phones, like every other technology, go obsolete eventually and cannot be upgraded any further. This includes the blessed iphone.

Try asking an owner of the original or 3G iphone how that multitasking that's supported in the new iOS is working for them. Oh, that's right...they can't use it! They'll need to buy a new phone!

RE: Captive might have been more appropriate
By GuinnessKMF on 6/17/2010 5:50:35 PM , Rating: 3
The Droid is one phone ... ANdroid is an OS, and is on several phones. There's also the Droid X and the Droid Eris, but again, they are discrete phones.

RE: Captive might have been more appropriate
By ImSpartacus on 7/8/2010 1:08:25 PM , Rating: 2
I know! That's why I hate Verizon's choice of name. People think Droid = Android. I'm gracious that the original Motorola DROID (it's supposed to be all caps) pushed Android so far, but it's so frustrating sometimes.

For those who are unfamiliar, Droid is a line of Verizon smartphones that run the Google Android operating system. They include the Motorola DROID, the HTC Droid Eris, the HTC Droid Incredible and the Motorola DROID X.

Android is a Google operating system for mobile devices. It is running countless smartphones and tablets on the market right now.

There, do we all have it straight now?

RE: Captive might have been more appropriate
By Motoman on 7/8/2010 2:33:00 PM , Rating: 5 what you're saying is, these aren't the droids we're looking for?

RE: Captive might have been more appropriate
By SunAngel on 7/8/2010 2:59:04 PM , Rating: 1
No, not what he is saying.

The droid on first base is also the droid on third base, but only when the droid on second base is not at home plate. The droid on home plate can be the droid on first base if and only if "Android" the umpire says its a fair ball. But, the whole game hindges on droid on third base. If he fails to rotate to short and the ball is hit left center, an error is charged to the DROIDS. So, to make it simple to what he is saying, regardless of the DROIDS and their position, the only droid that counts is the DROID in the path of the ball.

Now, I think that might clarify things abit.

By ThisSpaceForRent on 7/8/2010 9:49:57 PM , Rating: 2
By CptTripps on 7/30/2010 2:37:29 PM , Rating: 2
Hahaha, went right over someones head.


By AlexWade on 6/18/2010 8:18:28 AM , Rating: 4
The only good (and true) thing you said was " ALL phone companies ( NOT JUST AT&T ) slow down or cripple the phones by putting their own software tools on it."

Since I have AT&T, I have something to say on this issue. I know someone in my area who just got an iPhone. He is constantly complaining on the call quality. I have a Blackberry Bold. My Blackberry has never once had call problems, except in places where problems are unavoidable such as in the back of Wal-Mart where the 1900 MHz signal cannot penetrate the concrete.

In talking to a lot of people and reading a lot, I have concluded that the iPhone is at fault for call quality, but AT&T with their (deservedly) bad reputation is taking the hit. In much the same way Microsoft took a reputation hit when Vista first came out because things were slow or didn't work. I have a Blackberry, my phone works fine. You have an iPhone and in the same area as me, your phone does not work fine.

That is why you lost me. You actually think iPhone is better than Droid! Since AT&T has never given me any problems and since I am on a sweet rate plan, I will keep AT&T. But I will never get an iPhone. My next phone is going to be a Droid or Blackberry.

By ZoSo on 6/20/2010 3:31:18 PM , Rating: 3
Lastly, ALL phone companies ( NOT JUST AT&T ) slow down or cripple the phones by putting their own software tools on it.

Not entirely true.
Nothing about my Moto Droid has been crippled. Same holds true for the couple Blackberry's I own, using VZW.
What AT&T did by crippling and locking down there Android phone(s) is flat out ridiculous, it kills the true Android experience, plain and simple.
At least there are other providers out there that you can get an Android phone and enjoy it's full capabilities.

By Tsuyoshi Takamoto on 7/15/2010 2:42:28 PM , Rating: 1
Uhm, you scare me. Why? Because it 'sounds', from what you have wrote, that you believe in and support monopolies. I'm specifically referring to, Apple. First off, there is only ONE iphone design. Err, three, but the later being the iphone 4. So what other options do you have? With DROID handsets, at least you have competition within the phone carriers and device makers (design & specs). This is what consumers want, OPTIONS! 1984 was supposed to be the beginning of something new for consumers, and to 'stick it to the man' (Microsoft). Well it is now reversed. Jobs and his company, Apple, are the man. In a scary way. If you and apple lovers would like to continue being space zombies following a brand that is just that, a brand, be my guest. I'd prefer to take the road of more options and choice with the type of handset I want, but with the same software. Oh, and by the way, I am currently an iphone owner and previous Apple fanatic. With Job's current tactics and blaming customers/consumers of whining about the cell signal in the new iphone 4, that is insane. It shows that the 'dear leader' is starting to lose control of his community. On July 18th, I will be liberated from the iphone and its genious marketing tactics. I will be reborn and set free...

"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." -- Microsoft COO Kevin Turner
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