Motorola Evoke QA4 smartphone gets widgety

Evoke QA4

Motorola announced an EV-DO smartphone with both a slide-out keypad and a virtual QWERTY keyboard. The Evoke QA4 is equipped with a 2.8-inch touchscreen, accelerometers, Bluetooth, 256MB RAM, and an optional 8GB microSD card, and provides Motorola’s new Web 2.0-like widget interface, says the company.
Features listed for the Evoke QA4 include:

  • Cellular — EV-DO CDMA 800/1900/1700/2100 MHz; diversity 1900/2100
  • Memory — 256MB
  • Flash — optional 8GB MicroSD card
  • Display — 2.8-inch 240 x 400 WQVGA touchscreen
  • USB — Micro-USB 2.0 port
  • Bluetooth — Class 2; A2DP, HSP, and HFP profiles
  • GPS — aGPS
  • Camera — 2 megapixel; 5 x digital zoom; auto-focus; video capture
  • Media formats — AAC, H.263, MPEG-4, WAV, WMA9, eAAC+, WMV v9, MIDI, AAC+
  • Web — Full HTML browser, web widgets, and RSS feeds
  • Applications — RSS Reader, Follow Me Weather, Google QuickSearch, USA Today, Picasa, MySpace, YouTube
  • Messaging — POP3/IMAP4 email, SMS text messaging
  • Dimensions — 2.0 x 4.25 x 0.7 inches
  • Weight — 4.5 oz ” Read more here:

Bluetooth 3.0 announcement April 21st

“The Bluetooth Special Interest Group is set to announce the Bluetooth 3.0 specification later this month. Bluetooth 3.0 will feature dramatically increased speeds, allowing for the transfer of large video files, music collections and photo libraries wirelessly ‘within seconds’. The spec also includes a new ability called Enhanced Power Control. EPC will reduce the occurrence of disconnects that can be caused by actions such as putting a phone in a pocket, backpack, briefcase or purse. Bluetooth 3.0 uses Generic Alternate MAC/PHY (AMP). This is what lets Bluetooth profiles operate at Wi-Fi speeds. The 802.11 Protocol Adaption Layer (PAL) will enable the Generic AMP feature to be used with an 802.11 radio. Bluetooth is used to create the pairing between two devices, but the data transfer itself is handed off to Wi-Fi. In order to take advantage of the higher transfer speeds, both devices need Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. If Wi-Fi isn’t present on one of the devices, the spec reverts to Bluetooth for data transfer. More details will be available, including a list of chip makers that are lined up to support the new spec, on April 21.” via