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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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4 years ago

Trackballs, Nexus One and Outlook syncing, Tweetcaster, MyTouch 3G update

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4 years ago

Nexus One with AT&T 3G bands may be coming

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Nexus One FCC labels

Those of you (erm, us) who sprung some cash early to be able to use the unlocked Nexus One on AT&T -- and to do so only on EDGE -- might soon regret that purchase. Engadget has spied another phone going through the FCC that's just one digit off the current Nexus One, which usually means a variation on a device. What's more is that it sports the 3G bands used by AT&T in the United States (and Telus, Rogers and Bell in Canada). As for whether it's coming to any of those carriers or will even be available unlocked remains to be seen. But we've got our fingers crossed. [FCC via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Apparent myTouch Slide protoype leaks

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myTouch 3G Slide

For those of you chomping at the bit to get your hands on the T-Mobile myTouch Slide (aka the Espresso), here's something to at least whet your appetite. While the picture you see is pretty obvious prototype/dev phone, it should give you a decent idea as to what's coming down the pike.

The horizontal-slider keyboard is a bit reminiscent of the HTC Touch Pro 2 set in italics. We're willing to bet the buttons -- on the keyboard as well as the front of the device -- are tweaked a little bit in the end product. And you'll notice that's an optical trackpad instead of

As for specs, they're rumored to be a 320x480 touchscreen, 1300mAh battery, MicroSD card, camera with flash (size wasn't noted) and an ARM11 processor. One more pic after the break. [DroidDeveloper via TMoNews]

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4 years ago

Review: Nexus One Desktop Dock

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Nexus One Desktop Dock

OK, we'll come right out and say it: Doing an unboxing video and review of a desktop dock is a bit much, even for us. But given that this is the first official accessory for Google's Nexus One (see our review), and that Google is doing all of the retail itself, we're going the extra mile on this one. It's for the kids, really.

So, after the break, a brief look at the desktop dock for the Google Nexus One.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile down for Nexus One users?

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Update: Google now says everything's back to normal. "The problem experienced by some users with T-Mobile data connections has been resolved. If you are still having trouble establishing a connection please power down your Nexus One, then turn it back on."

We're getting word from our forums that Nexus One users on T-Mobile are having data problems this morning. Here's the message many of you are seeing:

"To connect to the internet with the device you are using, you'll need a webConnect data plan. Please call Customer Care at 1-800-937-8997 to make sure you have the correct webConnect data plan "

That's no good, and T-Mo's support forums point to a national outage. And as you can imagine, support centers are getting hammered this morning (and likely will get hammered again when this is all over).

Do note that it looks like there are no issues if you're running it unlocked on AT&T (other than being stuck on EDGE, of course), so it's time to look T-Mo squarely in the eye. We'll keep you apprised. [T-Mobile]

Update: Want to see what everybody's saying? Here are some resources:

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4 years ago

HTC Releases Sense UI For The HTC Magic, Go Download Now

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What are you still doing here? HTC has just released Sense UI for the HTC Magic! Which means you can go download the update and have the oh so beautiful Sense UI running on your Magic right now. We knew this day was coming but oh boy, it's still so exciting.

You can find all the download instructions HERE. We're not sure if the T-Mobile myTouch 3G will be able to download the Sense UI ROM (we don't think so) but for all other HTC Magic owners, you'll have to provide the serial number to your Magic to give it a go. It looks like it's Windows only, so Mac Users go borrow a friend's PC. But most importantly, don't forget to back up your device.

To quote HTC:

This ROM Upgrade for your HTC Magic will let you experience HTC Sense on your phone. HTC Sense lets you create a phone just right for you. You can customize your experience to be any way you like. Discover intuitive experiences that make everything you do on your phone effortless and delightful.  

Let us know how Sense runs on the Magic! It's not quite 2.1 but you just woke up to a new phone that some think is even better. Now go get it already!

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4 years ago

Picture Of Samsung Galaxy 2 Leaks, To Be Announced At MWC ?

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Because we were all clamoring for a successor to the original Samsung Galaxy, it looks like Samsung has decided to come out with a Samsung Galaxy 2. Okay, to be fair the Galaxy was a pretty good Android device that unfortunately got swept under the rug because it never truly caught on in the States and was left behind when other Android devices started coming out of the woodworks. 

The picture above is reportedly just a render of what the Galaxy 2 is expected to look like but if its spec list is to be believed, it'll be packing some monster specs (that are actually growing typical of Android devices): 1GHz Snapdragon Processor, 3.7-inch AMOLED Screen, 5 megapixel camera, Android 2.1, and 32GB of internal memory. Nice. We're hoping Samsung leaves the Galaxy 2's 2.1 UI alone because Touchwiz isn't really our thing.

We're supposed to learn more about the Samsung Galaxy 2 at MWC so keep your eyes open!

[engadget]

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4 years ago

Sprint Keeps Us Updated On The Android 2.1 Update By Telling Us Nothing New

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Sprint had previously informed us via Twitter that they would update all of their Android devices to Android 2.0 in the first half of 2010. That was great news--back in October. And then they reminded us again in December. And then it was clarified to be 2.1 shortly after that. Now in January, a Sprint Employee keeps the masses at bay by saying that "things are going very well so far" in testing and they're still on target to release it the first half of 2010. To quote:

A while back we announced our plans to update our Android devices to 2.1 in the first half of 2010. I just wanted to follow up with a quick status. The 2.1 update is currently being tested and things are going very well so far.  We’re still targeting the first half of 2010 and if things continue to go smoothly we should have the update well within that time frame. I’m sure there will be a lot of questions about procedures and more exact time-frames but for now I won’t be able to say much more. I just wanted you all to know that things are still on track.

It's really considerate of Sprint to inform us and keep us updated throughout the process, but there's hardly any new information being passed around. It's just re-hashing what we already know. And with the target date of the 'first half 2010' being so incredibly vague, we wish they would have specified a month at least. But oh well. Just know that the Android 2.1 update is coming to you Sprint Android users. We hope soon.

[sprint via androidandme]

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4 years ago

Motorola Motoroi Getting A Lot Of Pre-Orders In South Korea

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Looks like Android is catching on fast overseas. The Motorola Motoroi, with its cute bump and all, is expected to reach 50,000 pre-orders by February 4th. That's the word from SK Telecom, the carrier that will exclusively carry the Motoroi. Color us surprised because well, that's a lot of units. Consider the fact that South Korea is a relatively small country, that Android is still fairly new there and that companies like LG & Samsung have an iron grip on their home country, those 50,000 pre-orders become even more impressive. For reference, our lovely Nexus One only managed to sell 20,000 units in its first week.

Speaking of the Nexus One, SK Telecom is also reviewing the possibility of carrying the Nexus One in South Korea, so it looks like the Android train will keep on rolling. But it won't just stop there, SK Telecom is expected to introduce 13 (!) Android smartphones this year. Good times for Android.

Would you be interested in the Motoroi once it hits the States?

[telecomskorea via androidos

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4 years ago

Motorola Cliq sees accidental update

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Motorola Cliq

Speaking of the Motorola Cliq, a few of you started noting in the comments today that your phones saw updates, too. Turns out, according to Phone Scoop, that Version 1.3.8 -- which remains Android 1.5, by the way -- accidentally was pushed out to about 600 people and was only available for 15 minutes or so. Battery life, screen sensitivity and GPS are said to have been improved somewhat. No word yet on when any update will be made available again. [Motorola forums via Phonescoop]

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