Sorry, don't actually have launch information just yet for the Verizon version of the Google Nexus One, but we do have another indicator that it should be here any time now. Above is another one of those Verizon CelleBrite units with the Nexus One clearly listed. We'll give you more as soon as we can, but that'll have to do it for now. Thanks, B!
For you T-Mobile faithful who have been anxiously awaiting the release of the myTouch Slide -- and we know there are many of you -- Engadget snagged some screen shots of an internal Radio Shack system called Direct2U that lists the new (and as-yet-unannounced) myTouch Slide. Now what this may mean for the release of the device as far as dates are concerned, we are still unaware. Stay tuned for more information, and hopefully a release of this soon to come! [via Engadget]
Skyfire this afternoon shed a little light on where it's headed in the future with Android. You'll recall that the mobile browser company recently bought Kolbysoft -- maker of the popular Steel browser for Android -- and even more recently sought beta testers. Some 3,000 applications were received, and the lucky 30 testers have been notified. As for the future of Android -- and Webkit, thanks to the purchase of Kolbysoft, Skyfire says:
We see Android as a fast-rising ecosystem, with a rich, totally open developer environment, a healthy app market and a healthy advertising and search ecosystem. The Android OS has a tremendous amount of interest from handset makers and carriers, and also has a strong need for making the explosion of video more network optimized (Skyfire’s wheelhouse).
The bigger picture is that Webkit based smartphone browsers are proliferating, and we are aligning in that technology direction. We see a lot of need to make these browsers better, and believe that our cloud platform can be the answer. We’re looking at other Webkit platforms beyond Android already, and will share more information when we feel it’s appropriate.
If you're one of the lucky few how got in on the beta, congrats. We're all looking for good stuff to come out of the Skyfire camp. [Skyfire]
Ready for some more device rumors? The latest comes from Engadget, which says June 13 is the likely Sprint Evo 4G launch date -- don't worry about it being a Sunday, that's normal for Sprint -- though a week earlier is in the running, too.
Another question they may be answering is how much extra access to Sprint's WiMax network may cost, and it's looking to be between $10 and $20. While nobody wants to pay extra for something, it's nice to know that you won't get stuck paying for 4G service if you're not actually in a city that has it. Whether you'll have to pay extra for the 8-device WiFi hotspot fun (we certainly hope not) remains to be seen. [Engadget]
Update: The Engadget guys are getting peppered with the same comments we are, and it looks like the fee will be for the hotspot only, and not 4G access. Fingers crossed.
In one of the grandest smartphone news events that nobody saw, Motorola today launched OCNN -- the Ocho Cinco News Network -- all Chad Johnson (we don't care what he changed his name to) all the time. So when the million-follower Twitterer (hey, that's what they said, never mind it's only 826,000) is tweeting platitudes, what he had for breakfast, or how he's planning on actually contributing to the Bengals this season, know that he's doing it with the Motorola Devour, Motoblur and, under the hood, Android.
And so, we were one of the 113 people watching the live "news" conference. And we're now contributing to the delusion of a so-so football player efforts of a start athlete to spread the value of social networking -- and, by proxy, Android -- and ... and ...
We've all heard how tablet computers are the "next big thing" in mobile computing. Since the announcement of the iPad, there have been multiple vendors showing their take on the tablet computer. ICD has announced their Gemini tablet that is set to ramp up the arms war in the tablet computing sector. With it's Tegra 2 SOC and 11.2 inch screen, this beast will have the power and multimedia capabilities to stand with the best. More after the break.
How do you score some unofficial (and free) excitement for your phones? If you're Verizon, you leak out an image like you see above. So something's coming. Could be anything. Could be nothing. Could be the HTC Incredible. Or it might not be. Discuss. [BGR]
Update: Unidentified sources (don'tcha just love them?) at Android Forums and Android and Me are saying could could see the Incredible on or about April 25 ... Or April 29. So just a few more weeks, folks. Maybe.
If you're a fan of the Rhapsody music service, take note that the Android application -- the same one we saw at CTIA last month -- is now out of beta. That means for $9.99 a month (there's a 14-day trial period) you get access to 9.5 million songs and can stream them on your Android phone, or your computer. Or both, we suppose. God get 'er now. [Market link via Rhapsody blog]
Is there a company that's on a hotter streak than HTC? Okay fine, maybe Apple. But for a small Taiwanese phone manufacturer to be mentioned in that same breath as the vaunted Apple? Amazing. HTC posted its 2010 Q1 earnings and they did an awesome job beating the estimates. They made $1.2 billion in Q1 revenue which is a 19 percent increase year-over-year and nearly 11 percent higher than even the most generous of estimates. HTC is quickly becoming a brand-name company and they can thank their awesome hardware portfolio and recently introduced commercials for that. We thank them for backing Android. [via engadget]
Today some Sprint subscribers got a text letting them know that the new Sprint Football Live app was ready and waiting for download. I went ahead and grabbed the update (after rolling back to the official Sprint software for the Hero) so I could check it out. Hit the break for thoughts and some screenshots.
Original: One piece of the Nexus One puzzle that's been missing for a bit has been the car dock, which we saw teased in the making-of videos back in early February. But now it has a proper place in Google's Nexus One help articles. And from it we learn:
The dock has a built-in speaker and volume controls. (We'd like to see an FM transmitter, but we're not holding our breath.)
The Car Home app loads automatically (we assume that means "launches") when the phone's inserted.
There's a proper 12V charger to keep you juiced up and navigating.
What's still missing: Price and actual availability, though it sure looks like we could see it any day now. Keep your eyes peeled, people. [Google via Android and Me]
Sony Ericsson smartphones -- Android or otherwise -- generally come down to two things: above-average hardware hobbled by overreaching, underpowered software. And that trend continues with the Xperia X10. (See our previous hands-on with the X10.)
After the break, we take a look at the X10's better half -- the hardware. The X10 sports a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 4-inch TVT LCD touchscreen, 1GB of ROM/512MB of RAM, and an 8-megapixel camera. Oh, and one thing we didn't bother with -- testing multitouch -- because the phone just won't do it. Period. That's not a deal-breaker, but ... We'll tackle the X10's Achilles heel -- the software -- later.
Update (4/17): In some extremely weird twist of fate, apparently we (erm, I) in fact reviewed the X10 with a screen protector on it the entire time, which explains why the screen felt like plastic. In fact, it's glass. The review unit we received came in an obviously used box (with no instruction manual, btw), and between that and a casual inspection, we (erm, I) completely missed the screen protector. That doesn't change the fact that we (erm, I) were rather enamored with the X10's hardware, and it's hardly unusual for a phone to actually be used with a screen protector. We're going to take on the software in an upcoming review.
The Nexus One crowd has had Android 2.1 from the get-go. The Motorola Droid just got it. Looks like the Samsung Moment could be any time now. And so we ask you the following question: What must-have feature is missing from Android 2.1?
And we're gonna try (in vain) to cut this one off at the pass: Features like the 3D app drawer and five home screens are individual phone customizations -- not features of Android 2.1. Doesn't mean they can't be on your wish list, though.
Welcome to the party, Cricket Wireless. Phone Arena got their hands on a presentation brochure showcasing Cricket's upcoming line-up for 2010, and it looks like it will be a good year for subscribers. Along with some other interesting phones, the hot item looks to be the Kyocera Zio M6000. We had some hands on time with the Zio at CTIA, and while it's not a powerhouse, it appears to be a solid little device. Unfortunately, the price ($299.99) is a bit higher than everyone thought, but still not too bad for an off-contract Android phone. Look for the Kyocera Zio M6000 on Cricket some time in July. [Phone Arena]
We just reported on the LG Aloha and now we have some speculative pictures that point this South Korean LG LU2300 Android device (pictured above) as the actual Aloha. Remember, the Aloha is purported to be the next great Android device with one new wrinkle: it has a full QWERTY keyboard.
A QWERTY keyboard is found on the LU2300 along with a 800x480 screen and Android 2.1, both which are expected to be on the Aloha. The other 'new' specs of the LU2300--Snapdragon, AMOLED 3.5-inch screen, and optical trackpad--seem to fit in with the Aloha's "high end" nature, so if you connect the dots and take a leap of faith the LU2300 just might be the LG Aloha. We definitely wouldn't be mad if it was. What do you guys think? [via androidcommunity]
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