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Submission + - Sprint announces 4G Superphone (engadget.com)

mliu writes: Sprint announced today the first 4G phone for American markets, dubbed the Evo, and its spec list is impressive. Android 2.1, 1GHz processor, WVGA screen, capacitive touch, 720p recording, HDMI out, the works. Combine that with Android's spectacular growth this past quarter, almost tripling its marketshare, and maybe this could be a turning point for the Linux-based operating system by Google. Of course, Sprint has been in rough shape lately, and has been hemorrhaging subscribers, but releasing what is arguably the most impressive smartphone on the market is certainly a step in the right direction.
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Submission + - Nokia to Make GPS Navigation Free on Smartphones (nokia.com)

mliu writes: In what is sure to be a blow to the already beleaguered stand alone GPS market, Nokia, the global leader in smartphone market share, has released a fully offline-enabled free GPS navigation and mapping application for its Symbian smartphones. Furthermore, the application also includes Lonely Planet and Michelin guides. Unfortunately, the N900, which is beloved by geeks for its Maemo Linux-based operating system, has not seen any of the navigation love so far. With Google's release of Google Navigation for Android smartphones, and now Nokia doing one better and releasing an offline-enabled navigation application, hopefully this is the start of a trend where this becomes an expected component of any smartphone.

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