A report today suggests that a second Google phone is not only real, but is due out by the end of the year. If true, this device would be the follow-up to the very popular but now developer-only (in the U.S.) Nexus One.
The report says that Google has made a deal with Carphone Warehouse to sell the phones overseas. Google is looking to avoid direct selling from carriers this time around and is looking for a partner that is already in the business of selling unlocked phones.
The story also states that this phone will run the next iteration of Android, Gingerbread, which could have been expected. This is very interesting news and it definitely has us excited at the possibility of another Google phone. Hopefully U.S. customers will be able to buy the phone easily through Best Buy, since it is a subsidiary of Carphone Warehouse. We'll keep you updated. [CityAM via Eurodroid]
Say what you will about Adobe, it knows how to throw a conference. (That's Adobe's Ben Forta during this morning's keynote, if that's any indication.) And, more important, it knows how to woo developers -- especially for Android platforms. On Day 1 of the Adobe MAX conference in Las Angeles, attendees all received a new Motorola Droid 2. Today, it was announced they'll all get a Logitech Revue -- the Android-based Google TV device.
Giving away Android devices is nothing new -- at Google IO, everybody received a Motorola Droidand an HTC Evo 4G. But it's pretty obvious just how important Android is to Adobe. [Adobe]
Verizon is excited to launch the Samsung Galaxy Tab, if for no other reason than to offer a second option to the 3G iPad (the WiFi-only version of which they are set to begin selling) on AT&T. They have created a "Top Things to Know" sheet to inform their retail sales people, and it was caught on camera by a tipster using nothing other than the official Android Central app. Verizon lists many of the features that would be common knowledge to our readers, but might not be obvious to the average tablet buyer. These include Flash, the thin and light design, Android 2.2, syncing with Verizon's V CAST Media Manager, and high-resolution screen.
Verizon dedicates the final point to comparing the Galaxy Tab directly to the iPad, noting multitasking, front/rear camera, full Flash 10.1 support, and the zippy Android 2.2 OS as key advantages. They also say that the Galaxy Tab is able to be used in one hand, a slight dig at the larger and heaver iPad. Anyone interested in getting a Galaxy Tab should head over to the Android Central Forums for the latest information and discussion as we wait for the November launch date.
Remember that Evo-esque device uncovered about a month ago? It's looking increasingly likely that this guy will be the Incredible HD (or maybe the Droid Incredible HD?) on Verizon. And leaker extraordinaire Miami1683 says we should expect it the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, which would be Nov. 23. To say that we'd love to get a bigger, more powerful Incredible in our hands would be the understatement of the year, and we know you guys are longing for it, too. So put your jaw back together, and let's all start thinking happy thoughts. [DroidForums via Limitless Droid]
The bad news: Google is shutting down its Nexus One help forums, moving things to a read-only status starting Nov. 1. [via Android Guys] The good news: Our Nexus One forums aren't going anywhere, and we have a plethora of people ready to help you with any questions or hacks. That said, we're more than a little sad because the Nexus One obviously is being shown the door by Google. Not unexpected, but sad nonetheless. So long, little guy.
Good news for HTC Hero owners in Canada, as the 2.1 (Eclair) update for the TELUS version is now available for download. The Hero is not even available to buy new, but owners who have been devout to their device can rejoice as they can now enjoy a major upgrade.
It appears the days of free tethering on T-Mobile are numbered, as the carrier plans to start charging for it on Nov. 3.
Starting next Wednesday, tethering through USB and Wi-Fi will cost $14.99/month. Customers will need to already have a 3G or HSPA+ capable device along with an unlimited data plan. Please see the full announcement after the break.
It was fun while it lasted, but the free T-Mobile tethering had to come to an end at some point. At least the fee is less than what the other carriers are charging. Look for your phone bill to grow by $14.99 starting next week. [BGR]
Say what you want about Florida politics -- and being from Florida, I can say plenty -- but at least they're never boring. Such was the case last night during the televised gubernatorial debate between Democratic nominee Alex Sink (the state CFO) and Republic nominee Rick Scott (a health care executive).
While Scott is no stranger to controversy -- his health care company was fined $1.7 billion for alleged fraud -- this time it was Sink who was accused of wrongdoing after a staffer passed her a message on a smartphone during the debate during a commercial break. (That's a make-up artist handing Sink the phone above.) That's a no-no, and the staffer has been fired.
But the best part was when Scott brought up the violation live after the commercial break, saying, “First Alex, you say you always follow the rules. The rule was no one was supposed to give us messages during the break, and your campaign did with an iPad or an iPod.”
Turns out it was neither, though. The phone that ended a career: The Motorola Droid. Check it out, after the break. [CNN] Thanks, Joe!
Back in July, we reported that the Android Market had grown to 70,000 applications. Well, now that number has hit six digits as Google has officially set the bar at 100,000 apps via a short Tweet from their Android Developer account. Some could argue that many of these apps are simply wallpapers, ringtones, soundboards and the like, but that really isn't the point. With Apple's App Store standing at about 300,000 (many of which are junk, just like on the Android Market), there really is no longer an argument for iOS being superior to Android based solely on the number of apps. So, can we just agree that both platforms have pretty much every kind of app you could want and move on to more meaningful comparisons? [Twitter]
For those parents unsure about buying their children an Android phone because there hasn't been a reliable monitoring app; well they can rest easy as My Mobile Watchdog was released for Android.
The app allows parents to monitor call logs, texting, pictures and email. The app allows the parents to have a web dashboard that syncs with the activity from their child's cell phone. There is also a way to block certain applications and web browsing.
For those who are interested, find links to the app after the break. Thanks Bruh-Man!
The HTC myTouch will officially be available on T-Mobile on Nov. 3. This is the device formerly known as the myTouch HD and/or myTouch 4G. It's an all-new myTouch that will include a front-facing camera, a faster processor, and HSPA+ data speeds. Want a taste? Check out our hands-on of the ROM ported onto the Nexus One. A little more than a week to go, folks. That's it. [Tmonews]
Verizon is set to launch the Galaxy Tab on Nov. 11 for $599. If the price didn't shock you, this news might. A leaked Verizon training document states that the Skype, NFL Mobile, and VCAST apps won't be available at launch. While most of you couldn't care less about VCAST, it not being available on Day 1 is a pretty big deal for Verizon. Its also a bit odd that the NFL app won't be ready, too. Especially since Verizon recently upgraded its NFL app a few months ago. Click the source to view the rest of the shots. [Engadget]
From the department of things that really suck: Yahoo! Mail for Android is prompting users to upgrade to version 1.2.0. Normally we all love updates, but this time Yahoo is forcing users to download and install this update from outside the Android Market. Users who fail to accept and install the update from mobildl.zenfs.com are unable to use Yahoo! Mail on their phones or tablets. We've reached out to Yahoo for a response, especially since AT&T users are out in the cold -- unless they use the Android Central Sideload Wonder Machine that is -- and if they respond we'll update accordingly.
We get it -- Yahoo and Google are competitors. But this only serves to alienate your users, Yahoo. Here's hoping you care enough about them to get this righted. Thanks Matthew for the heads-up!
Update from Yahoo! Mail for Android's Market page:
"IMPORTANT! A pre-release alpha version update was accidentally published on OCT 25th. If you downloaded this broken non-market version, please remove from your device and reinstall 1.0.4 from the Market"
So there you go, it was all a slip of the finger, err mouse. Uninstall and reinstall from the Market and you're set. I take back all those evil thoughts.
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