4 years ago

Motorola Motoroi Coming To The US, Wait What?!



Huh? It looks like we, the United States of America, will be able to feel the 'bump' of the Motoroi too? Um, huh? Just yesterday, we had reported that the Motorola Motoroi would be the first Motorola Android device in South Korea and we fully expected it to stay in the Far East like other Motorola Android devices. But it looks like we were wrong. Hooray?

According a SK Telecom Exec:

"The Motoroi is a different model from the Droid, and it will be launched in the United States around March," Bae Joon-dong, senior vice president of SK Telecom, said at a press conference.

And a Motorola Exec:

"The product will be launched in other markets around the world," Rick Wolochatiuk, president and representative director of Motorola Korea, said.

On one hand, the Motoroi packs some really impressive specs (8mp camera, 720p video recording, HDMI out). But on the other, it's kind of ugly and certainly not the most ideal Droid successor (in terms of style). We have some faith though, the China-only Motorola Android devices we saw at CES we're of really high build quality and we walked away really impressed. Maybe we'll fall in love with the bump like we did the chin?

[korea herald via gizmodo]

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4 years ago

Motorola Milestone Has Been Rooted



Though it may seem like Android phones are getting rooted faster and faster, rooting the Motorola Milestone actually took a bit of time. But wait no more because the Milestone (GSM version of the Droid that packs multitouch) has been rooted for full access to all the joy, goodies, and fun times that come along with custom ROMs and the like. Run 2.1? Go for it. Run Sense? Even better. Obviously, you have to be careful because bricked Android phones do make for some amazingly expensive paperweights, so tread carefully.

But if you're daring enough, the instructions are over at redmondpie.

thanks for the tip Taimur!

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4 years ago

Dell Mini 5 Streak Tablet Gets A Tear Down, Packs Snapdragon



We've known that Dell was making an Android Tablet for quite some time but official details have been rather slim. Luckily, some enterprising user hasn't just gotten their hands on a Dell Mini 5 Tablet but gave it the old fashioned video teardown to boot. We now know that the Dell Mini 5 Tablet will pack a 1GHz Snapdragon Processor, 1530mAh battery, 3G SIM Card slot, 2 MicroSD slots, and Wi-Fi. Basically, this thing has a chance at being very awesome.

Other details have yet to become official. Is it headed to AT&T? Will it be affordable? Hopefully we'll know soon. In the meantime, hit the jump to watch the tear down video. The soundtrack is just awesome.

[via gizmodo]

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4 years ago

Ninjas Unbox The Nexus One


We all know you guys love a good ol' unboxing--there's nothing like seeing the sweet shiny metal and untouched glass for the first time. However, you haven't seen an unboxing quite like this. In an amazing stop-action video (sponsored by Google), three ninjas fight over the Nexus One while revealing some of the accessories and the device itself. Your ordinary unboxing video will never measure up again.

It's nice to see an awesome video for such an awesome phone. Now go watch it!

Hit the jump to see the ninjas unbox the Nexus One!

[via engadget]

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4 years ago

Nexus One review: Hype, hope and everything in between


The Google Nexus One (hands-on | video review | newsFAQ) was supposed to be the phone that changed the game. That brought a paradigm shift to the wireless space. That made it quick and easy to purchase a cellular device -- with or without involving AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon or Sprint. It was supposed to be a clear line of demarcation between you -- the consumer -- the manufacturer and the Great and Powerful Oz.

It is all of these things. And it is none of them.

The Nexus One was unveiled by Google on Jan. 5 before a select group of journalists in San Francisco and went on sale immediately thereafter. Google dubbed it the "Superphone." Only, we knew it really wasn't. For weeks before, Google had given the Nexus One to its employees -- part gift, part strategy. The worker bees got the phone, were presumably (with a wink) told not to talk about it, and so the leaks began. By the time it became available to the general public, we knew what it looked like, the general specs, and what it could do. Not that it's a slouch of a phone, by any standards. But it let a little air out of the hype balloon.

Now that the dust has settled, we take a measured approach toward the Nexus One. Manufactured by HTC. Produced, sold and marketed by Google. Supported by ... somebody. (More on that in a bit.) Loved by many. Lamented by just as many as just another phone. Join us after the break.

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4 years ago

Having problems with the Nexus One keyboard?


We've seen this ourselves and have been receiving e-mails about occasional issues with the Google Nexus One's on-screen keyboard. In my experience, I've had occasional problems with the wrong key being activated -- I'd tap "a" and get the shift button, etc. And it apparently is more than just fumble fingers, as there's a massive thread going on in Google's support forums. The good news is that Google's on it. Their latest response:

We're still definitely looking this issue. We want everyone to know that if this issue can be solved by a software fix it will be addressed with an over-the-air systems update. If we find this is the result of a hardware issue, it'll be covered by the Nexus One Warranty.

Definitely check out the Google thread, as the more feedback they get, the more quickly we'll (hopefully) see a fix. In the meantime, what about you guys? Seeing any problems? [Thanks, Stefan!]

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4 years ago

Verizon's FiOS DVR sports Android app


Sure, Verizon's FiOS service has blazing fast Internet speeds and competitive TV DVR. But the coolest thing has got to be its Android app, which lets you browse listings and program your FiOS DVR via your phone. Parental controls also on at hand, as is information about how much free space is left on your box.

Now slap in some Slingbox-like streaming capability, and we'll swoon all the way to sign-up. [Zatsz Not Funny via Engadget]

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4 years ago

LG GW620 reportedly headed to the UK with Virgin Mobile, T-Mobile


This isn't the first time we've seen the LG GW620, but it's the first time we've seen it slated for the UK. Virgin Mobile reportedly is giving it away if you sign up for an 18-month contract at at least £22 a month. T-Mobile also should have it for free with a 24-month, £20-a-month contract.

A refresher on the specs: A 3-inch touchscreen, Android 1.5, 5MP camera with face recognition, horizontal QWERTY slider, MicroSD, 3.5mm headphone jack, and the usual other bells and whistles.

So, it's a bit of meh. But it's also bringing Android to the lower-end market, and that's not so bad, is it? [CNET via Virgin Mobile]

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4 years ago

HTC Espresso AKA myTouch 2 AKA myTouch Slide Coming to T-Mobile ?



Tmonews has word that three hot' news devices are headed to T-Mobile in the first half of this year. One is the HD2, another is the Garminphone, and the third would be the HTC Espresso. We've seen some slides of the Espresso UI before but haven't heard what type of form factor it'd rock on. According to tmonews, it's looking like the Espresso will be a myTouch 3G successor with a twist, er, slide. Meaning it could either be a myTouch 2 or myTouch Slide with a 'sidekick'-type keyboard or a slider keyboard.

Everything is very vague right now, but they're hearing a May 17th release is possible. But it's so early in the game, that changes aren't just possible, they're likely. We should definitely know more at Mobile World Congress.

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid Costs $179.11 Worth Of Materials



Looking good always come with a price. The Motorola Droid just got its good ol' fashioned iSuppli bill of materials list and the total came out to $179.11 per device. Which is ever so slightly more expensive than the $174.15 bill of materials for the Nexus One. A little bit surprising right?

There's a good amount of pricy hardware in the Droid, for example the amazing screen costs $17.75 by itself, but making it a capacitive touchscreen adds another $17.50. It's always kind of cool to see what the bill of materials is for a device but we have to say, there has to be a better deal available than the $14.25 Camera Module, since the pictures the Droid takes just aren't that good.


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