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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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I have a Backflip
By SurreDeth on 6/17/2010 4:48:40 PM , Rating: 2
Work got it for me as a test environment so we can start writing Android apps. I can't even install a vpn client on it, its worthless. It still runs Android 1.5 and cannot be upgraded, so you don't get Google navigator or multi-touch, and why the heck is yahoo the search engine?




RE: I have a Backflip
By VoodooChicken on 6/17/2010 5:41:03 PM , Rating: 2
Because AT&T and Yahoo have a partnership across the board, from phones, internet and TV. I'm not saying it's a "good" partnership or worth anything, but that's what we got to work with.


RE: I have a Backflip
By ImSpartacus on 7/8/2010 1:12:33 PM , Rating: 2
The Backflip is a disgrace. Almost all Android devices are very open and customizable, but the Backflip is horrid. AT&T locked that poor phone down.

If you want quality Android phones, try Verizon's HTC Droid Incredible or Sprint's HTC EVO 4G. Both are quality devices.


“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith

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