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]
According to a recent survey by Changewave, Android has overtaken the iPhone as the most desirable smartphone on the market. Building on their December 2009 report, Changewave now reports that of those who are buying a smartphone in the next 90 days, 30% prefer Android. Which is more than iPhone. To be fair, the survey lists that 29% of users prefer iPhone but hey, whether you win by an inch or a mile, you still win. And 1% more than the vaunted iPhone is a win.
Android has grown significantly since the onslaught of amazing Android devices. Since September, interest in Android has grown five-fold. Ah, to remember the good ol' days. [electronista]
That blurry little feller you see? Reportedly it's the Samsung Moment 2 -- SPH-M910, for those of you into such things. Not too much to go on, other than it has Android 2.1 and TouchWiz 3.0 -- before you groan, that's the same version as is on the Galaxy S. Also, there's no Super AMOLED screen. For that matter, it's not said whether it's regular ol' AMOLED, normal OLED, LED, unleaded or whatever.
Other bulleted specs you can glean simply by looking at it: It's a Sprint device, it has a four-row QWERTY keyboard, and the three capacitive buttons on the original Moment have gained a search button (and it's about time). No word on pricing, availability, or whether this is all just some blurry figment of our imagination. One more pic after the break. [WeRAndroid via BGR]
According to TmoToday, T-Mobile retail stores are receiving accessories for the Nexus One. As in the same Nexus One that isn't actually available in those T-Mobile retail stores and only available on Google.com/phone. Is it effective strategy to sell accessories for a phone that doesn't exist in your stores or is this a prelude to the Nexus One finally going the traditional route of becoming available in brick and mortar shops?
We really don't know the answer but it'd be a complete change-of-direction with Google's previous no marketing, web only stance with the Nexus One if it ends up in retail stores. Admittedly it's a stance that has softened up considering their new advertisements and job hirings but it'd be an interesting move nonetheless. We think Google and T-Mobile would both benefit from the Nexus One hitting T-Mobile retail stores, Google would gain visibility and T-Mobile would gain a flagship device.
And if the Nexus One makes it way to T-Mobile retail stores, will it make its way to Verizon, Sprint, & maybe even AT&T as well?
If you trust a company named People of Lava, there's going to be a 42-inch LED-backlit 1080p Android HDTV called 'Scandinavia' hitting in September. If you want to know more about the company named People of Lava, well, we're right there with you. Apparently, People of Lava is based in Sweden and sells their products in Sweden shops, so even though this 'Scandinavia' TV is expected to be the first Android TV available, we're not sure if it'll ever make its way to the states.
But the Scandinavia runs Android! It comes with apps such as YouTube, Google Maps, Twitter, Weather, Calendar, and even an App Store. It also packs an 833MHz Arm Cortex A8 processor powering Android 1.5. All this in a nicely designed frame. There'll even be 47 and 55 inch varieties of the Scandinavia. And it's a TV that runs Android! We guess we're mildly interested?
Hey, all you guys and gals out there with the Samsung Moment who have been patiently (or not -- we do check our Twitter replies, you know) for your phone to get the latest version of Android: It looks like things are getting closer after missing that rumored March 26 date. Above (and after the break) are shots of Android 2.1 running on the Moment, straight from KansasCityJoe in our own forums. In his own words:
Just got it early this morning and it is not for general release yet. I just started playing with it, but it seems much faster/more responsive than 1.5.
It does not appear to have pinch-to-zoom on either the Gallery or the Browser. Same backgrounds/bloatware that 1.5 has. When you launch NFL Mobile Live, it tells you it will be replaced by "Sprint Football Live".
It actually, now, has VPN built in (PPTP, L2TP, L2TP/IPSec both PSK and Certificate-based). Bluetooth is vastly improved. There is no more cutting out. Your headset will re-pair without having to put the phone into discoverable mode after you reboot.
You slide-to-answer a phone call now. It has voice input ("an experimental feature using Google's networked speech recognition") built it and it actually works! No more texting while driving! Extremely cool!
Email will now work with any certificate (not just signed).
The update erases everything on the device, and it's probably a good idea just to reinstall everything from scratch. Some of the 1.5 apps I'm not finding in the Market for 2.1. And some versions of apps in the Market say they don't work with 2.0 yet.
So, you've got the latest and greatest Android 2.1-update1, same as the Nexus One and, now, the Droid, though with a couple of caveats. Build number is listed as ECLAIR.DC23, Kernel version is 2.6.29 and the baseband is S:M900.8.05.DC23.
What does that mean, in English? An Android 2.1 upgrade and all its bells and whistles appears to be in the works. Hang on just a little longer, folks. More pics after the break. [Android Central Forums]
No, folks, we weren't kidding when I said I was giving away my original Nexus One. And to prove it, we're giving you a sneak peak at the first batch of contest entries. (And, no, there's nothing wrong with it, and I don't know about any super secret Nexus One that's coming out.)
Oh, so now you want to enter? OK. Go here and read up on the particulars. You have until the end of the month to get your entry to me, and you guys and gals get to vote once come May. Check out the first batch after the break.
There has been a alot of hype about the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and to make matters worse we even watched Sony unbox it for us. (It's cool. We've done a hands-on and have one in the office as we speak.) We've been waiting to hear when and where this bad boy would end up. No surprise, it's not coming to the U.S. first (if at ever) Instead, it's going to our neighbors to the north. Come April 15 one can go into any Rogers store and pick up the new Xperia X10 and get a Sony Ericsson MW600 Bluetooth headset for free.
Not a bad deal, not only do you get the newest high end phone, you get a free headset that's about $100 at retail. [Rogers via Engadget]
As is quickly becoming the norm at developer conferences, we're getting word that Nexus Ones and Motorola Droids are being given out in advance to developers who plan to attend the Google IO conference next month in San Francisco. (They did it last year, too.) Makes sense, as it's sort of a goodwill thing (or small-scale bribe, some might say), and it's obviously good to have developers actually using some of the top-of-the-line phones.
And before you ask, no, you can't go if you're not already registered. It's all full-up. Sorry, kids.
According to HTC Peter Chou, HTC growth in the U.S. market has been "faster than others" which is probably due in large part to Android's success here. HTC was the first phone manufacturer to release an Android device and has been on a roll ever since, improving their hardware, writing new software, and basically building better phones. Our apologies to other phone manufacturers but HTC has shown the world how awesome Android can be.
Because of its recent success, HTC's relationship with U.S. carriers have also improved. Chou specifically mentions the Nexus One (which will be available on all 4 carriers) and the Evo 4G (which is on Sprint) as devices that have brought firmer support from US carriers. Chou also says:
"[Verizon and T-Mobile] started treating us as their first-tier suppliers last year. It was difficult for us [to boost our sales] without their support. But their endorsements became a strong momentum" for growth"
We've said it before, but we'll say it again: we're glad that HTC has been in Android's corner since day one. We're even more glad the rest of our lovely country has taken notice. [wsj]
Let's talk Bluetooth headsets for a second, shall we? They're not exactly everybody's favorite thing to use, but they're a must-have in the car if you want to stay safe and legal. After the break, we take a look at the Motorola Endeavor HX1 Bluetooth headset.
Look, we're just gonna come out and say it: It hasn't been announced yet, but the HTC Incredible is coming to Verizon. This should not be news to anybody. We've already seen it on video with a Verizon-branded ROM. We've seen it in Verizon's system not once, but twice. It's in the CelleBrite system. It's basically the worst-kept secret Verizon has these days. And above, we see activation instructions that are floating around the Web in various places (including our inbox) today.
So, yeah, it's coming to Verizon. Maybe this week. Maybe it's the Big Red version of the Nexus One. Maybe it's the U.S. version of the Desire. There's a lot we still don't know. But it's coming. Get ready. Thanks to everyone who sent this in
Would you look at that! Google is getting serious about selling the Nexus One and marketing the Android platform, too. Apparently the folks over at Mountain View have decided not to take the reported less-than-stellar sales (and we're still not buying that, by the way) lying down. A recent Google job listing calls for:
The Android space is a big opportunity for Google, and an area of strategic importance. As Product Marketing Manager for Android and Nexus One, you support the Direct-To-Consumer marketing plans and initiatives that will be rolled out in the coming months. You are focused on increasing the number of device sales and increasing awareness of the Nexus One brand.
This is refreshing news, especially since Google's flagship phone is set to be on all four major carriers by this summer. How will this affect the sales of the phone, when potential buyers still won't be able to lay their hands on it until after they've ordered the phone? Only time can answer that question, but this definitely looks to be a positive next step. [Google via Phandroid]
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