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You may remember when Google announced Google Gesture Search, and many of you were sad to find out that it was only available on Android 2.0 and higher. We did a video walk through of this in action for all those who were unable to use it due to device restrictions, but today has become your lucky day. Google now has released a version of this that will now work on Android 1.6 and above. The release unfortunately is still only the English version, although they have made some minor performance improvements, as well as fixed some bugs they had run across. For all those that have not been able to try it out yet, check it out in the market place and let us know what you think. [via Google Mobile Blog]
T-Mobile has officially launched the Motorola Cliq XT. That's the good news. The bad news is that contrary to what we previously were told by TMoToday, the Cliq XT will retail for $129 on new 2-year contract and not the previously rumored $99. The slight price bump isn't ideal and leaves us a bit disappointed but hey, what can you do, carriers rarely "get" pricing like we would want them to. In any case, the Motorola Cliq XT is a full touchscreen device that runs Motoblur. And it's pretty nice. [t-mobile]
If you ever wondered what an HTC Desire looked like in silver, now you know. And it looks pretty awesome. The silver HTC Desire is much more eye-catching than the "urban brown" version and there's just something futuristic looking about the all silver device, isn't there? But as awesome as the silver HTC Desire looks, we're not sure we'd pick it over the traditional one, there's something appealing about that brownish/blackish undertone that we can't explain. What about you guys? Do you prefer silver or brown?
Hit the jump for more pictures of the silver HTC Desire!
Update 3/17: And we got even better details on the roll-out. Head here.
And just like that, we now have the date for the official Motorola Droid's Android 2.1 update. It was just approved today and will be rolled out in batches of 250,000 starting this Thursday, March 18, at high noon (EDT). So if you don't get it in the first batch, hang on for a little bit. Or, even better, once we have the download link it should be no problem to apply the update manually, just as we did for Android 2.0.1.
The above just popped onto Verizon's Web site and, well, you can plainly see it's pointing to the impending Android 2.1 update. We'll let you read through the thing yourself, but there's live wallpapers, pinch-to-zoom, voice-to-text everywhere ... basically all the good stuff that you've been waiting on for so long.
Anybody actually seeing the update yet? And in the meantime, join the conversation in our Droid update forum. [pdf link] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
"Currently there are no plans to update the HTC Tattoo with éclair."
HTC has been known to change its mind, and Tattoo owners can only hope that it happens again. The Tattoo for sure isn't a powerhouse, but it's a nice little phone that fills a niche in Android's lineup. Since the Tattoo was released just last November, it's pretty disheartening to find out that it's already reached the end of it's software update path. Any readers using one of these small sexy phones? Sound off in the comments! [Tracy and Matt's blog]
Android 1.6+ ZumoDrive, a cloud media storage/streaming/sync solution, is now available for Android. Here's the skinny: Install an app on your computer, and media (music, photos and the like) become accessible through the ZumoDrive app on your phone. You get 1 gigabyte of storage for starters (take a tour and get it upped to 2GB), and tiered pricing is available, from 10GB for $2.99 a month to a whopping 500GB for $79.99 a month. [ZumoDrive | Market link]
It was a bit of a disappointment when we learned that despite being an unlocked GSM device, the Nexus One would only get 3G on T-Mobile in the United States. That has ended, as Google is now selling a Nexus One with the AT&T and Rogers (Canada) 3G bands of 850 and 1900MHz. This isn't a great surprise, as we'd seen it go through the FCC already and even got a tip just the other day.
It's the same unlocked phone, and the same price of $529. So, who's regretting that earlier purchase now? [Google]
(p.s.: And you Verizon types? Sorry, keep waiting. )
(p.p.s.: Our pal Michael points out that Bell and Telus users are good to go here, too.)
Here's another one of those charts that shows (and when we say "shows," we mean estimates) just how few units of the Nexus One Google has sold in comparison to the Motorola Droid and Apple's iPhone over the first 74 days that each was available.
And here's the sentence in which we again say comparing these things is ridiculous. Two of these phones are sold in stores. One of them is not. Two of these phones have received gianormous marketing campaigns, in print, online and on television. (And I'm pretty sure I saw somebody going door-to-door the other day.) One of these phones has received a push mainly through Google AdSense. That's no small potatoes, but it's hardly the same thing.
And so to the next company that plans on making this comparison, I beg you: Don't. [Flurry via Business Insider]
Last week we reported the Milestone is/isn't getting Android 2.1. Now Engadget is reporting that the Milestone is getting Android 2.1 as soon as this week by March 20 -- as in Saturday -- leading the way for the rest of Europe to follow.
Meanwhile, all Droid users have been waiting for their long overdue 2.1 update. Hopefully with all of this in the air, this is a sign of things to come. [Engadget]
Good news for those of you in Canada looking to spend your hard-earned pesos on the latest Sexy Bodies No. 38 Android app -- for-pay apps are finally available in the Android Market.
Now you, too, can shell out 2 Euros for the latest and greatest keyboard. You can drop 249 yen on the newest Twitter client. Dig deep for the 24,000 dinar to pay for that game you always wanted. It's about time. Congrats, and try not to spend it all in one place. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
It looks like T-Mobile has settled on a date to launch the Motorola Cliq XT: March 17th. Which is this week! If you can pause your St. Patrick Day's celebration for a bit on the 17th, you should be able to mosey your way down to any T-Mobile retail store to find the Motoblur running, Android powered full touchscreen device that is the Cliq XT. It'll only retail for $99 with new 2-year contract (or $199 with 1-year contract) which is a grand deal for a brand new smartphone. Anyone getting one?
We've said it before.We've seen it already. But we'll say it once again: it's highly unlikely that Verizon is going to sell the Nexus One in stores. So though DigiTimes is saying that HTC is shipping Nexus Ones to Verizon, we're just not buying it. Why would Verizon be stocking inventory of a phone they'll never sell in their own retail stores? Like the T-Mobile Nexus One, the Verizon Nexus One is going to be sold exclusively through google.com/phone. And whether it's beneficial or not for Google to be committed to that strategy, that's on them.
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