Poking fun at Sony Ericsson's seemingly sluggish Xperia line is kind of a tradition among phone nerds, but that doesn't mean it's right. And SE has gone on record saying that the X10 is still on track for a first-quarter launch. A spokesman told Mobile Tech Addicts "If anything appeared (on the Sony Ericsson website) saying otherwise, then it was incorrect."
BGR whispers that they're hearing that T-Mobile US will carry 8 HTC handsets in 2010. Specifically, it's 8 SKU's and that's including current devices too, so they're counting the T-Mobile myTouch 3G, myTouch 3G Fender Edition, and the HTC HD2 in the 8. Which leaves room for 5 more HTC devices that almost certainly come from this leaked HTC 2010 product lineup. Unfortunately, the 5 devices will be split between Android and Windows Mobile, so we shouldn't expect 5 brand new HTC Android devices just yet.
We're unsure if the Nexus One counts, considering it is made by HTC and runs on T-Mobile but since it's only sold by Google, yeah, who knows. Either way, it's nice to be re-assured that hot HTC Android devices are coming to T-Mobile.
We've already known that the Motorola Milestone (the GSM version of the Droid) would be available to our neighbors to the north on Telus for quite some time. However, we only knew it was coming in 'early 2010' but now there are some reports floating around pegging the official date as January 26th. Considering that the Nexus One is on everybody's mind (but not yet available in Canada), we think it's best to hit the stores as soon as possible. January 26th is a good date to start.
Obviously, since there hasn't been much traditional advertising of the Nexus One (unlike the Droid) and you can only buy the Nexus One from Google.com/phone, perhaps Google is handcuffing the potential earnings of this phone. After all, it is the best Android available, it should absolutely be successful. Or maybe sales will be mediocre until it hits Verizon and then we can compare apples to apples--sort of.
Would you consider 20,000 Nexus Ones sold in the first week to be a success or a failure? Or is it way too early to tell? Let us know!
Kinda forgot about this one over the New Year holiday, but here's how it looks when you purchase an app in the Android Market and pay for it with your T-Mobile bill. Originally this was to have been rolled out by Dec. 30. Any T-Mobile users out there not seeing this option? (Thanks, Wayne!)
OK, you wanted to know what T-Mobile's doing about 3G problems with the Nexus One. Here's the ugly truth. Above are some of the bullet points customer-service types are being given, at least as of Jan. 9.
Pretty basic troubleshooting steps here, such as making sure you're actually in a 3G-covered area, power-cycling the Nexus One, trying other 3G-enabled phones and the like. It does note that when WiFi is active, the 3G symbol won't appear, but you knew that already, right?
Otherwise, continue to stand by, folks. [via Engadget]
And we're back! The Smartphone Round Robin is officially back in motion and we're now in week 4. We have perhaps the most mysterious device in the Smartphone Round Robin this year--Nokia--and it'll definitely be exciting to see what we'll learn. Before getting time with Nokia this year, we literally knew nothing about the N900 and N97 Mini which is surprising considering the dominance Nokia has in the world market but not so surprising considering Nokia has no US footprint whatsoever. Either way, you can chalk up our hands on video with Nokia as a learning experience. Be sure you watch the video!
Because it's nearly impossible to learn everything about the powerful platform that is Nokia in one video, I'll soon be asking Nokia Users questions on Nokia Experts. I'm sure they'll be a huge help in my quest to understand how and why Nokia is so popular. On another note, PreCentral will have their hands on Android this week and we'll be sure to point you to their hands on video and accompanying thread!
Hit the jump to check out Android Central's Hands On Nokia Video !
Well, they've worked 'em out. It sounds worse than it is, however.
You can upgrade to a Magic for free, all right, but you're going to have to renew your contract and the Canadian-standard three-year plan begins again.
This applies for those who activated a new HTC Dream before Jan. 1, 2010.
You must upgrade to the Magic by Jan. 26, 2010.
The upgrades have to be done through Rogers' Customer Care (888-Rogers1).
Because most Dream customers aren't too far into their current contracts, the extension likely will only mean an extra seven months or so. Basically, the clock is reset. And when you're already signed on for 36 months, what's another half-year, huh?
Seems like it was only yesterday when we were discussing the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender edition and how it's likely coming later this month, but we'd seen neither hide nor h- ... Oh, wait here it is. And speaking as a guitar fan, it sure looks purdy. Look for it Jan. 20, folks. [Engadget]
We're not sure it's news every time one OS manufacturer pokes fun at another, but here we go again anyway. During a panel on netbooks (attended and reported by LaptopMag's Mark Spoonauer) at CES, Microsoft GM of consumer products James DeBragga took a swipe at Android after it was lauded as being versatile and free. DeBragga sort of agreed, calling it "free like a puppy" in that it's cute at first but has to be trained and can be a hassle. And, yes, pee on your rug. (It really tied the room together.)
Now there may be some truth to that (erm, not the rug part), and DeBragga's point was that an open and free platform like Android doesn't have the proper muscle behind it for a proper support infastructure and is "leashed" to the Android Market. That's certainly a concern, and we're seeing results of Android's relative immaturity in the recent Nexus One launch. But we'd argue that it's not that Android (and Google) doesn't have the capability of proper support, it's just that the organization appears muddied at the moment.
Either way: It's a cute line, but probably one that has more bark than bite.
Registration just opened up for the Google IO conference May 19-20 in San Francisco. Two days of Android, Chrome, APIs, apps, robots, flying cars and just about anything else Google that you can think of.
Expected are more than 3,000 developers with 80 educational sessions and 100 demonstrations by the devs. Android-centric sessions include:
"A beginner's guide to Android"
"Casting a wide net: how to target all Android devices"
As our pal Jeremy points out in the forums (and is widely being reported today), if you buy a subsidized Nexus One (the one you get alongside a T-Mobile Account) and then cancel within 120 days, you're going to pay more than you would have if you bought the Nexus One unlocked in the first place.
Equipment Recovery Fee charged by Google: $350.
Early termination fee charged by T-Mobile: Up to $200.
That's $550 in penalities if you break the contract. Sure, that's causing a bit of an uproar. But is it really greedy? Google sold you a subsidized phone. As in: Somebody (in this case, Google) paid the difference so you'd be more likely to buy a cheaper Nexus One. Google took the hit. Not you.
Then there's T-Mobile. For math's sake, let's say you had a brand-new $50-a-month plan along with your Nexus One. That $50 a month over two years is $1,200 that T-Mobile planned on collecting from you, and you signed a contract stating you'd be good for that money over the 24 months. Sure, you probably have a perfectly good reason for wanting to get out of that contract. Just like the next guy.
Wanna play it safe? Make up your mind during the 14-day grace period. Or, better yet, just buy an unlocked Nexus One for $530. Yes, you pay more up front, but there's no carrier hassle, you can use it on AT&T if you want, and you don't have to worry about anybody breaking your legs if you want out.
This is the real world, boys and girls. You don't get something for nothing. I know, it's coming in the comments. Fine. But if you really want to get mad about something, remember what you're paying for text messages, m'kay?
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