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4 years ago

About the Sprint-Nexus One rumor ...

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Nexus One

Remember, for a minute, what your mother used to tell you about talking to strangers. Now replace that with cell phone carrier customer solutions representatives and automated chat robots. Not that they're out to mislead anybody. It's just that sometimes the facts aren't always there, though they're more than willing to talk to you.

And that brings us to today's rumor of the Google Nexus One making its way to Sprint. Gizmodo quotes the following:

Thank you for contacting Sprint regarding the nexus one.

Unfortunately, this handset model is not on offer as of now.

Once it is launched, you will see promotional campaigns related to the launch date, cost and the features of the handset on our Web site and other promotional media.

Thank you for showing interest in our products & services. Please let us know if you would like us to assist you with anything else.

For all we know at this point, this could be true. The Nexus One may one day come to Sprint. But here's what left us scratching our heads: Once it is launched, you will see promotional campaigns related to the launch date, cost and the features of the handset on our Web site and other promotional material.

Again, that may happen. But consider this: The Nexus One has been out for nearly a month now, available unlocked and on contract with T-Mobile. And it's "coming soon" on Verizon. And you know how many promotional campaigns we've seen from those two carriers regarding the Nexus One? Zero. Zip. Nada. Google is doing all of that itself. (And, yes, using us to do it, too.)

Maybe the growing pains Google has experienced with the Nexus One will cause a shift in strategy. Or maybe things are going according to plan. Maybe the Nexus One is coming to Sprint. Maybe it's not.

We're just sayin': Remember what your mother said about talking to strangers.

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4 years ago

Do want: Android Mini Collectibles S1

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Android Mini Collectibles Series 01

Coming soon (and it took this long?): The official Android Mini Collectibles Series 01. Brought to you by artist Andrew Bell and Google, Series 1 will feature a dozen designs of everybody's favorite little robot in cases of 16. Each little guy is 3 inches tall and has a rotating head and arms. Look for them next week. No word yet on pricing. More pics after the break. [DYZPlastic via Vinyl Pulse] Thanks, Keith!

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4 years ago

Android running on the Xperia X1

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Android on the Xperia X1

You gotta love how how one of the greatest challenges in Windows Mobile these days is to get Android running on WinMo devices. And the latest subject: The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1. It's nowhere near as good as what we've seen on the X10, but you take what you can get, we guess. Video after the break. [via PhoneArena]

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4 years ago

Android on a vertical slider? Sign us up!

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Alcatel OT-980

Pop quiz: What phone has a vertically sliding keyboard, 600 MHz processor, 3G, aGPS, 192MB of RAM, a 2MP camera and the best darn operating system around? Nope, not the Palm Pre.

Meet the Alcatel OT-980, which sports the aforementioned specs along along with Android 1.6. It's a low-cost device that'll be released in Europe, but it's a form factor we'd love to get a shot with here in the states. Check out the video of it in action after the break. [Frandroid via Intomobile]

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4 years ago

Android Central Giveaway: 10 FREE Copies of Beautiful Widgets!

 

As a special thanks to all of our readers and forum members, Android Central has teamed up with LevelUpStudio to give away 10 FREE copies of its very Beautiful Widgets.

If you want in on the action all you have to do is go to this thread in our forums and create a single post containing a feature that you would like to see included in a future version of Beautiful Widgets.

The contest starts now and will end at 12 p.m. PST on Wednesday, Feb. 3rd. Winners will then be announced via private message within the forums. You can then claim your prize in one of two ways:

  • Have the widget e-mailed directly to you. Sadly you will not be able to get any future updates to the application.
  • Purchase Beautiful Widgets directly from the Android Market, and we will make sure you get credited back. This will allow you to get all future updates.

Good Luck!

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4 years ago

HTC releases Droid Eris source code

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HTC Droid Eris source code

For those of you into the cooked ROM thing (check out our FAQ if you're new to that), HTC has just released its source code for the Verizon Droid Eris. What's that mean for you? It's a clean set of code for modders to work from. While it doesn't have to contain proprietary code, it is much better than working from a ROM that's been cobbled together from other devices. [HTC]

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4 years ago

Quick tip: Turn off Nexus One voice input, gain a comma on the keyboard

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Nexus One voice inputComma on the keyboard

Sure, being able dictate e-mails, text messages -- anything you want, really -- to your Nexus One is pretty darn cool. But it comes at a price: There's no comma directly on the on-screen keyboard. OK, you can hold down the period, or switch over to the symbols to get it. But for me, that's one step too many. But you can put the comma back on top of the keyboard, if you don't mind trading voice input to do so. Here are the steps:

  1. With the on-screen keyboard open, hold down on ?123 (in the bottom left corner)
  2. Choose Android keyboard settings from the pop-up.
  3. Uncheck Voice input.

That's it. You'll now have a comma back on top of the on-screen keyboard, at the expense of voice input. You can always turn it back on, though, doing the same steps. [@bck via @palmsolo]

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4 years ago

Behold: Verizon's Motorola Devour

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Verizon Motorola Devour Box

Well lookie what just slipped into our inbox. It's the retail box for the Motorola Devour (aka the Calgary), which we're going to see on Verizon any time now. Looks like the leaked shot we saw a ways back was right on track, as the D-pad's given way to an optical sensor. MotoBLUR gets top billing here, with "Live life for the Story" the Moto motto.

Still no word on when you'll be able to pick one up, but it's got to be soon at this point. Peep a pic of the back of the box after the break.

Update: An astute commenter notes that this likely is the promotions pack being sent to Verizon stores, and that what you'll get when you buy the phone will be different. Makes sense to us.

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Heading To T-Mobile Germany in April

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Ah, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. How we once loved you so much. The latest news regarding the Xperia X10 is that it'll be available on T-Mobile Germany in April. Yes, all the way out in April. That coincides with NTT DoCoMo's April launch of the Smartphone Xperia (same device, different name) so it seems like this device is taking Sony Ericsson's traditionally lengthy time to release (See: Xperia X1).

We played with the Xperia X10 at CES and felt it was a solid phone with an interesting experience. If it was available now, it could be a hit. If we're waiting until April, well, it gets a heck of a lot less exciting and a heck of a lot tougher to succeed considering HTC has a big wave of Android phones coming. We're almost at the point where we're going to ignore whatever Sony Ericsson does until they actually release a phone. Ah, Xperia X10. We wanted to love you so much.

[via engadget]

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Portal AKA The Former Galaxy Spica Available For T-Mobile UK

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It looks like what we once knew as the Samsung Galaxy Spica will actually be released as the Samsung Galaxy Portal in the UK. T-Mobile UK will be the lucky ones to carry this middling Android device and per usual in the UK, it's available for FREE with certain rate plans. The Galaxy Portal packs a 800 MHz processor which we're going to assume is like the Moment's, a 3.2 inch 320x480 capacitive touchscreen, and a 3.2 megapixel camera.

We played with the Samsung Galaxy Portal (Spica) some at CES but since we've heard about the Galaxy 2, the Spica has kind of gotten lost in the shuffle. Kind of similar to what happened with the original Galaxy. In fact, doesn't it feel like all Samsung Android phones disappear here in the States? Maybe Samsung should re-evaluate their US Android strategy because they're clearly trailing HTC and Motorola.

[t-mobile uk via engadgetmobile]

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4 years ago

Apple's Steve Jobs calls BS on Google's 'Don't be evil' motto

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Mini Steve Jobs

If for some reason you still think Apple and Google are all buddy-buddy when it comes to accepting your dollars, well, CEO Steve Jobs just put an end to that when addressing his employees at a town hall-style event later in the day. Speaking anonymously to Wired, a tipster says Jobs flat-out called Google's "Don't be evil" motto BS while going on the defensive.

On Google: We did not enter the search business, Jobs said. They entered the phone business. Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. We won’t let them, he says. Someone else asks something on a different topic, but there’s no getting Jobs off this rant. I want to go back to that other question first and say one more thing, he says. This don’t be evil mantra: “It’s bullshit.” Audience roars.

Some of that's likely just rallying the troops. But it starts to make you think that possibly Jobs does see Android in his rear-view mirror. [via The iPhone Blog]

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4 years ago

Another theory behind the Nexus One name

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White Zomebie

It's long been believed that Google's Nexus One was named after a class of robots in Phil K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (enough so that Dick's family has accused Google of trademark violations). But astute AC reader Roger has come up with an alternative theory:

I was listening to music on my DROID this morning and came across the song
"More Human than Human" by White Zombie. About 3:25 in the song he actually says "I am the nexus one." I get the definition of Nexus One and the idea
behind it, but then it hit me. Android? More Human than Human? Nexus One in
the lyrics. I see a relationship, you?

Indeed, we do, Roger. Indeed we do. (Though more likely Mr. Zombie cribbed from the same material.)

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4 years ago

Motorola Backflip now available - in China

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Motorola Backflip in China

If you're just dying to get your hands on the Motorola Backflip (speaking of hands-ons, check out ours with the phone), tickets to China are running about $800 right now. 'Cause that's where you're going to have to go to pick up what's being billed as the ME600 on Motorola China's Web site. It's going for about $629 US and comes with a car charger and 8GB storage card.

As for a U.S. debut? We're still hearing march, so hold tight, everybody. [Moto China via Unwired View]

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the myTouch 3G Fender

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myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition

If Jimi Hendrix were alive today, this would be the phone he'd be carrying. The T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition is a refresh of the myTouch 3G that features a guitar-like finish, a serious case that mimics one you'd take to a gig, and it sees the (very welcome) addition of a 3.5mm headphone jack. A full review is forthcoming. In the meantime, peep our hands-on video after the break.

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