The good news: Magic owners will see Android 2.1 later this year. As for Dream owners, well, you'll be getting an exciting new update that's still not anything other than Android 1.5. (OK, that's bad news, too. Sorry, we tried.)
Here's some of what Rogers had to say:
First, we will be implementing an update for the 1.5 OS to both the HTC Dream and HTC Magic in the upcoming weeks. These will offer a number of benefits for these devices, including bringing the HTC Sense experience to the HTC Magic, although the OS version will remain 1.5.
By mid-year, HTC will issue an upgrade to Android 2.1, including the highly acclaimed HTC Sense experience for the HTC Magic.
However, due to certain limitations on the HTC Dream, the software path for the HTC Dream will not be developed beyond the next Android 1.5 update. While we regret not being able to offer the same updates to both devices, by bringing this upgrade to the HTC Magic, we are delivering the best solution possible given the situation at hand.
We know that's not going to make you folks feel any better, but some update is better than no update, we guess. Complete statement after the break.
You read that right. Just as quickly as Google debuted the Nexus One, we see Adobe release a nicely produced (read: Made well in advance) demo showing the Flash 10.1 beta running on the phone. How, having a Snapdragon will solve a whole bunch of your processing problems. And it looks like things are moving along OK here. But still unknown: Battery life, and just how stable this will be in the long run. Still a lot of ifs, but nice to see things are moving along. Watch the video after the break. (Thanks to everyone who sent this in!)
So how much is the Nexus One really going to cost you? If you're buying unlocked, it's a simple $530. If you're a current T-Mobile customer, it gets a little cloudy. Here's the official breakdown:
Nexus One with new, 2-year T-Mobile US service plan for new customers: $179
Nexus One with new, 2-year T-Mobile US service plan for qualifying existing T-Mobile customers who are adding data plans: $279
Nexus One with new, 2-year T-Mobile US service plan for qualifying existing T-Mobile customers who are upgrading their data plans: $379
Not quite so cut and dry, huh? (Thanks, Pneumatic)
Still not crazy about an unsubsidized phone, though? Below is an interesting 24-month breakdown between the Nexus One with the T-Mobile plan that comes along with a subsidized phone. Here you plainly see that if you buy an unlocked phone and go with a T-Mobile data-only plan (39.99/month), unlimited Skype calls to mobiles and landlines ($2.95/month) and a SkypeIn number ($30/year), you still come out ahead over the two years. In fact, you're ahead of the game in Month 11. Read the full findings at nosugrefneb (via Lifehacker)
A good number of you likely will be buying the Google Nexus One unlocked for use on AT&T's network. Obviously, you'll be missing out on 3G. And some of you have asked about plans and the like. We reached out to AT&T for its official position on unlocked phones, and here's the response:
“Wireless is a fiercely competitive industry, and we aren’t at all surprised that others are responding to our leadership in smartphones. Twice as many smartphone customers have chosen AT&T over any other carrier. We have always allowed customers to bring any unlocked GSM-compatible device for activation on our network under a pricing plan. However, if a device has not been certified for use on the AT&T network, we can’t guarantee their performance and the customer is responsible for handling any device-related issues that may arise.”
We'll go ahead and say it so you don't have to. AT&T has plenty of problems supporting at least one phone that has been certified for use on its network. So, it's not like your Nexus One (or any other unlocked phone, for that matter) will wither and die if you use it on AT&T. Just don't go asking them for help.
It's not surprising that Google launched the Nexus One, and it's not surprising that the Nexus One will be available both unlocked for $529 or with T-Mobile contract for $179, we've heard those numbers before. What IS surprising is that the Nexus One is headed to Verizon. Yes, the Nexus One Phone with Verizon Wireless will be available. According to Google.com/Phone, there'll be an option to buy the Nexus One on Verizon (and Vodafone) in Spring 2010. Verizon is still making sure that they have the best Android devices available. Go Big Red
Head on over to http://www.google.com/phone/ right now (unless you caught it when the support portion was briefly available) to see 3D demos of the Nexus One, order one of your very own (complete with engraving) for $529.00 + Tax, and generally bask in the glow of a Google website that shows they're now completely and totally serious about the mobile phone space. Non-US citizens: we're sorry, but it looks like you're going to have to wait.
Looks like they'll be adding options to purchase the Nexus One with T-Mobile or Vodaphone soon-ish, not to mention the Droid on Verizon. You check out with Google Checkout and can have it FedEx'd overnight - though when it ships is (on my order at least) still a little fuzzy. Check out our Liveblog for more info
While we await the eventual appearance of the Android-powered Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 (and some people are less hopeful than others), Canadian carrier Rogers has said it will launch the X10 in the second quarter, making it the first North American carrier to do so.
"At Rogers, we have built our legacy on innovation, bringing the most exciting and exclusive handsets first to customers in Canada," said John Boynton, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Rogers Communications. "We are thrilled to be the exclusive Canadian carrier to offer this phenomenal mobile entertainment device."
Quick refresher on the X10: We're looking at a 4-inch touchscreen at 480x854 (same as the Moto Droid), a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1GB of ROM/256MB RAM, 8MP camera, 1500mAh battery and all the usual trimmings. We're still waiting on word of an actual U.S. launch and any carrier support. [Twitter via Gadgetorama]
Just in time for the expected launch of a little phone from Google, T-Mobile today announced that it has upgraded its entire 3G network to full HSPA speeds. That's 7.2Mbps, for those of you playing at home. T-Mo also said it's testing HSPA+ (that's 21Mbps) in Philadelphia and hopes to have it up and running by the middle of 2010 elsewhere. [via Phonescoop]
Spring Design's Alex e-reader, which still isn't actually available (though we expect to see it this week at CES), has announce a deal that gives it access to Google's books library, gaining the use of more than 1 million items online or downloaded onto the reader.
With the Alex touch screen browser, users can access the Internet to search and read eBooks directly on Alex’s eReader’s 6” EPD (Electronic Paper Display) screen while browsing in full color on the Internet simultaneously. Users can click on hyperlinks within online books that lead to relevant web-based information or multimedia content found online to enrich their reading experience. EPUB digital books can be searched and downloaded using Google API applications provided by Alex’s eReader.
Very cool. We'll definitely be checking that out this week. [Presser]
Let's be honest here, texting through SMS and carriers is very convenient but it's nothing short of a complete rip off. What are they charging these days? A quarter per SMS?! That's why apps like textPlus, that offer free texting through an application, can get so popular. textPlus, which has enjoyed over 3.5 million downloads on the iPhone/iPod touch platform, has decided to jump over to Android and many of us won't have to pay the carriers another cent for SMS charges.
How textPlus works is it sends the recipient (presumably, a non textPlus user) a message that details it's from your username and gives instructions on how to reply back to you. If you're texting another textPlus user, we're sure the experience can get even more seamless. What's even cooler is that textPlus allows for group texting--up to 20 of your friends can respond to one another and everyone can see it (great for planning nights out). Think of it as an e-mail chain but for texts!
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