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4 years ago

Rogers: HTC Magic to get Android 2.1 update, but the Dream will not

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Good news and bad news for those of you on Rogers with either the HTC Dream or Magic. You've already been told you're not getting an upgrade from Android 1.5, and that's not changing. (That's the bad news.)

The good news: Magic owners will see Android 2.1 later this year. As for Dream owners, well, you'll be getting an exciting new update that's still not anything other than Android 1.5. (OK, that's bad news, too. Sorry, we tried.)

Here's some of what Rogers had to say:

First, we will be implementing an update for the 1.5 OS to both the HTC Dream and HTC Magic in the upcoming weeks. These will offer a number of benefits for these devices, including bringing the HTC Sense experience to the HTC Magic, although the OS version will remain 1.5.

By mid-year, HTC will issue an upgrade to Android 2.1, including the highly acclaimed HTC Sense experience for the HTC Magic.

However, due to certain limitations on the HTC Dream, the software path for the HTC Dream will not be developed beyond the next Android 1.5 update. While we regret not being able to offer the same updates to both devices, by bringing this upgrade to the HTC Magic, we are delivering the best solution possible given the situation at hand.

We know that's not going to make you folks feel any better, but some update is better than no update, we guess. Complete statement after the break.

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4 years ago

Nexus One priced against iPhone 3GS, Pre, Droid

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We've seen how the cost of the Google Nexus One stacks up against, well, itself. But  how does the Nexus One and its official T-Mobile plan stack up against the iPhone 3GS (AT&T), Palm Pre (Sprint) and its Android cousin, the Motorola Droid (Verizon)?

See the bottom line after the break, brought to you by BillShrink, which does the math so you (and we) don't have to. [via TechCrunch]

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4 years ago

Adobe demos Flash on Nexus One

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You read that right. Just as quickly as Google debuted the Nexus One, we see Adobe release a nicely produced (read: Made well in advance) demo showing the Flash 10.1 beta running on the phone. How, having a Snapdragon will solve a whole bunch of your processing problems. And it looks like things are moving along OK here. But still unknown: Battery life, and just how stable this will be in the long run. Still a lot of ifs, but nice to see things are moving along. Watch the video after the break. (Thanks to everyone who sent this in!)

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Spica to make U.S. debut

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Samsung today announced the Galaxy Spica, an Android 1.5 phone we've seen in Europe, will make its U.S. debut at CES this week. The specs:

  • HSDPA (900/2100); EDGE/GPRS (850/900/1800/1900)
  • 800MHZ Qualcomm processor
  • Android 1.5
  • 3.2-inch HVGA (320x480) touchscreen
  • 3MP camera with autofocus
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • WiFi b/g
  • 180MB ROM
  • DivX support
  • 1500 mAh battery

Kinda ho-hum, especially without U.S. 3G, but definitely worth a look-see.

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4 years ago

What the Nexus One really costs

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So how much is the Nexus One really going to cost you? If you're buying unlocked, it's a simple $530. If you're a current T-Mobile customer, it gets a little cloudy. Here's the official breakdown:

  • Nexus One with new, 2-year T-Mobile US service plan for new customers: $179
  • Nexus One with new, 2-year T-Mobile US service plan for qualifying existing T-Mobile customers who are adding data plans: $279
  • Nexus One with new, 2-year T-Mobile US service plan for qualifying existing T-Mobile customers who are upgrading their data plans: $379

Not quite so cut and dry, huh? (Thanks, Pneumatic)

Still not crazy about an unsubsidized phone, though? Below is an interesting 24-month breakdown between the Nexus One with the T-Mobile plan that comes along with a subsidized phone. Here you plainly see that if you buy an unlocked phone and go with a T-Mobile data-only plan (39.99/month), unlimited Skype calls to mobiles and landlines ($2.95/month) and a SkypeIn number ($30/year), you still come out ahead over the two years. In fact, you're ahead of the game in Month 11. Read the full findings at nosugrefneb (via Lifehacker)

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4 years ago

AT&T's stance on unlocked phones

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A good number of you likely will be buying the Google Nexus One unlocked for use on AT&T's network. Obviously, you'll be missing out on 3G. And some of you have asked about plans and the like. We reached out to AT&T for its official position on unlocked phones, and here's the response:

“Wireless is a fiercely competitive industry, and we aren’t at all surprised that others are responding to our leadership in smartphones. Twice as many smartphone customers have chosen AT&T over any other carrier. We have always allowed customers to bring any unlocked GSM-compatible device for activation on our network under a pricing plan. However, if a device has not been certified for use on the AT&T network, we can’t guarantee their performance and the customer is responsible for handling any device-related issues that may arise.”

We'll go ahead and say it so you don't have to. AT&T has plenty of problems supporting at least one phone that has been certified for use on its network. So, it's not like your Nexus One (or any other unlocked phone, for that matter) will wither and die if you use it on AT&T. Just don't go asking them for help.

Have more questions about the Nexus One? Check out our FAQ, and see what's going on in the Nexus One forums.

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4 years ago

Google Nexus One FAQ

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Google's Nexus One live event is over, phones are starting to get into the media's hands (officially), and orders are going out. After the break: Everything you need to know about the Nexus One:

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4 years ago

Google's Nexus One videos

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The Google Nexus One also has a prime page on YouTube (which also is owned by Google). Loads of video after the break.

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4 years ago

Nexus One Coming to Verizon

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It's not surprising that Google launched the Nexus One, and it's not surprising that the Nexus One will be available both unlocked for $529 or with T-Mobile contract for $179, we've heard those numbers before. What IS surprising is that the Nexus One is headed to Verizon. Yes, the Nexus One Phone with Verizon Wireless will be available. According to Google.com/Phone, there'll be an option to buy the Nexus One on Verizon (and Vodafone) in Spring 2010. Verizon is still making sure that they have the best Android devices available. Go Big Red

[google.com/phone]

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4 years ago

Google Phone / Nexus One Site Goes Live

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Head on over to http://www.google.com/phone/ right now (unless you caught it when the support portion was briefly available) to see 3D demos of the Nexus One, order one of your very own (complete with engraving) for $529.00 + Tax, and generally bask in the glow of a Google website that shows they're now completely and totally serious about the mobile phone space. Non-US citizens: we're sorry, but it looks like you're going to have to wait.

Looks like they'll be adding options to purchase the Nexus One with T-Mobile or Vodaphone soon-ish, not to mention the Droid on Verizon. You check out with Google Checkout and can have it FedEx'd overnight - though when it ships is (on my order at least) still a little fuzzy. Check out our Liveblog for more info

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