Let's cut to the chase. Google is going to offer the Nexus One in traditional retail outlets. While they were trying to be innovative in offering the phone exclusively through their google.com/phone website, Andy Rubin (VP of engineering for Android) himself writes today that sales have been less than stellar and that users want to play with a phone before they buy it.
As with every innovation, some parts worked better than others. While the global adoption of the Android platform has exceeded our expectations, the web store has not. It’s remained a niche channel for early adopters, but it’s clear that many customers like a hands-on experience before buying a phone, and they also want a wide range of service plans to chose from.
So today we’re announcing the following changes:
More retail availability. As we make Nexus One available in more countries we’ll follow the same model we’ve adopted in Europe, where we're working with partners to offer Nexus One to consumers through existing retail channels. We’ll shift to a similar model globally.
From retail to viewing. Once we have increased the availability of Nexus One devices in stores, we'll stop selling handsets via the web store, and will instead use it as an online store window to showcase a variety of Android phones available globally.
Innovation requires constant iteration. We believe that the changes we're announcing today will help get more phones to more people quicker, which is good for the entire Android ecosystem: users, partners and also Google.
Great news out of Mountain View for students today. Google is prioritizing Google Voice invites for college students to help with keeping in touch on a college budget. Now parents everywhere will be able to keep in touch with (read: harrass) their children without long distance phone charges (do people even still pay those?), and students will have free text messaging, plus voicemail transcripts and all the other bells and whistles.
We've got more than enough power in our hands to run a game emulator. Problem is, we've been lacking proper game pads to really get our game on. Enter the Game Gripper for the Motorola Droid. It's a pretty simple accessory -- a rubber mount with a standard directional pad and eight buttons that you can customize within the emulator to serve as whatever key you need. Let's check it out after the break.
You're going to be able to buy the Sprint Evo 4G from everybody and his mother, which is good. That will mean lower prices and higher incentives. Radio Shack's sweetener? A free $20 accessory credit. That should get you most (if not all of a case) or a car charger, which isn't too shabby. And if you're looking around for the best Evo 4G deals, try your hand in our forums. [Radio Shack] Thanks, Chiitown!
We've heard that the Dell Streak, the sexy Android MID heretofore known as the Dell Mini 5, was headed to AT&T before. But haven't heard official confirmation since. Until now that is. CEO Michael Dell showed off the Streak (again) at the Citrix Synergy conference and spilled the beans for us. To quote:
"[The Streak] will be available starting next month, first with our partner 02 Telefonica in Europe, then later this summer with our pretty good partner here in the United States, AT&T."
We've been really impressed with what we've seen in the Streak and hope that it can start a trend of awesome Android devices on AT&T. Remember, the Streak is expected to run Android 2.1 (will it be 2.2 by late summer?) and comes with a 5-inch screen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5-megapixel camera and your usual slew of connectivity options. We'd complain and wonder aloud why Europe is getting it first but hey, just getting a good Android device on AT&T is good enough. [eweek via Engadget]
Above, you’ll see the official release notes from Sprint about the Android 2.1 update for the Samsung Moment. The update's supposed to be official tomorrow (though it briefly leaked out this afternoon). The document shows all the updates and improvements that Android 2.1 will be providing the Moment which are definitely welcomed with a smile – especially those pesky Bluetooth problems. As with most big updates, this will wipe all the data off your device, so make sure you back up as much as you can onto your SD card before making the leap. One other shot from the notes is after the break. Thanks, O!
Well, folks, it’s official. Sort of. Android 2.1 for the Samsung Moment has been released as DE03. This new release was not supposed to roll out until tomorrow (the 14th), however, it seems someone down at Sprint goofed and posted it early. A couple of the bugs that were in the Moment 2.1 leaks have been squashed, and it seems to be running great so far. The DE03 .tar file is hidden in the new Sprint update utility, so if you have a prior version of SW Update, you will need to uninstall that before installing this one to avoid any driver confusion.
Since an official announcement hasn't been made, it's hard to say exactly what has been changed, but here's what I've gathered so far:
Update: Whoopsie, the links (Sprint's and the Rapidshare mirror) have been pulled. We've been told the update will "officially" be out tomorrow -- just because it was briefly on Sprint's server and available doesn't mean Sprint has "released" it -- and we're told the following are included in the update:
Everyone is looking forward to the release of Android 2.2. So when the editors over at TechCrunch got a tip that a giant frozen yogurt sculpture was delivered, they sent a staffer over to check it out. Sure enough, there it sits in all its plastic wrapped glory, beside its older brothers Cupcake, Donut and Eclair.
It sounds like Google has stepped up its secrecy a bit though, as the Tech Crunch reporter found out when she attempted to open the plastic surrounding the statue for some photos. Bravo, Laura, for at least trying to unwrap our new present from Google. [via TechCrunch]
If you’ve tried the new Dolphin HD browser, you'd know that one of its best features was the ability to download YouTube videos directly to your SD card. Unfortunately, this rubbed YouTube the wrong way, and YouTube -- owned by Google, as you well know -- deemed it a violation of its of service. It’s a shame, we know, but there are still plenty of bells and whistles being offered to make this a formidable piece of software. Thanks, joe23521!
I’ve been at Google for six years but it feels more like “Two years at Google and four years in a small start up called Android that plans to revolutionize the mobile industry”. I don’t know what’s the most surprising: how ambitious that goal was four years ago or how far Android has come today.
It’s hard to believe that Android shipped its first device about a year and a half ago and at that time, Apple had already sold more than ten million iPhones. Who would have guessed that it would only take Android eighteen months to catch up and pass the iPhone in market share?
In this short period of time, we’ve gone through four major releases (and many, many minor ones, some of which you probably never even heard of), and each new version has been a major milestone that got everyone on the team incredibly excited.
Before anybody gets all up in arms over a couple of big names leaving, we'll say that Android is way bigger than one person. Or even two. It's me. It's you. It's all of us singing and dancing around a big oak tree. Oh, and it's a giant robot out to crush the soulless iPhones. And speaking of which, Buest takes a minute to trumpet Froyo, saying "prepare to be blown away by what you will see very soon."
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