Now that's a first. Panasonic is passing on "Google TV" because it'll be too expensive to implement Android on their sets. In the smartphone space, manufacturers love Android because of its open source nature (read: no licensing fees) but in the realm of television it's the opposite--because Android is a powerful OS, it needs a powerful computer-type chip to power it. Intel makes those chips, and they ain't cheap. The logic is, 'televisions are used to display media, not be a computer' but it sort of reeks of 'let's keep our margins as high as we can for as long as we can'. Televisions are quickly becoming hubs for Netflix streaming, Youtube viewing, and a ton of other web content. The current options are janky and slow, Google might have a solution.
We think if "Google TV" can prove itself awesome, Panasonic and others may change their course. But TVs have been so slow to embrace the internet that we don't even know if Google can pull it off. TV manufacturers want to give us 3D. We want the Internet, and Google, everywhere, right? [businessweek via androidandme]
So now that you've all updated your Motorola Droids to Android 2.1 -- what, you're waiting for it to be pushed out to your phone and not doing the manual update? Fine -- What do you think? Was it worth the wait? Was the hype all for naught? What's your favorite feature? Let's hear it, people. ...
And the long slog that is Apple's claim that HTC violated a number of its patents continues, with the International Trade Commission deciding to hold an evidentiary hearing within 45 days. That doesn't mean we're anywhere near a resolution -- remember that there's still a federal lawsuit that alleges HTC, in its manufacturing of Android (and a handful of Windows Mobile) smartphones infringed on 20 of Apple's patents. Sit back and relax, folks. There's a long way to go. [via PC World]
OK, we'll be the first to admit that our own hands-on video of the Sprint Evo 4G is less sexy than this one from HTC's YouTube page. And we'll be the second to admit that we've been watching this one over and over now for the last 15 minutes and ended up with a small puddle of drool at our feet. Do want. Soon. Thanks to everyone who sent this in.
Earlier this week we showed you a very early build of Firefox for Android, and those who may have tried to install it noticed that the file was extremely large in size. And slow. As we all know, this was nowhere near to be debuted as an alpha, let alone a beta, but people decided to give it a shot anyways. It appears as though they have continued their efforts, and continued to work towards improving it, and the update looks a bit more on the usable side. Unfortunately at this time, they are still not ready to release nightly builds at this time, but they appear to be more keen on the idea that it will be happening soon. Be sure to check out the another video of this running on a Nexus One after the jump, and stay tuned for further updates on the development of Firefox for Android. [via Vlad Blog]
For reasons we'll never know, it has taken a very long time for Canadian Android users to gain access to paid apps in Android Market. Don't our friendly neighbors to the north have what we have? Well, Android users on Rogers got access to paid apps just a few weeks ago but it still left other Canadian Android users behind. Specifically, Telus users with their lustworthy Milestone and HTC Hero. Luckily, Telus has finally activated the switch for their customers and Telus Android users will get access to paid apps. Hooray! Aboot! Zed! [electronista]
That's right, we're giving away my original Nexus One. It's in near-perfect condition and has served me well throughout my journeys for Android Central, but it's time to send it on to a better home. And that's where you guys come in. Here are the details:
Film yourself explaining why you should win my Nexus One. Extra credit for creativity and originality, agility, dexterity, use of props, nudity, etc. (OK, maybe no nudity. Let's keep this PG-13 at most.)
We'll accept submissions through April 30, then present them for you, our loyal subjects, for judging.
This is the T-Mobile 3G version of the Nexus One and served as my daily driver for quite some time. So it's not brand new, but it's in great shape, and I've got all the original packaging. It's rooted, and we'll flash whatever ROM -- custom or otherwise -- you want.
Well, that didn't take long. Get the right phones into the right hands, and rooting and custom ROMs are bound to occur. Such is the case with the HTC Desire and Legend, which Paul from MoDaCo has already cracked open. Look for more good stuff to pour out of this one. [MoDaCo via Twitter]
Earlier this month Google released a great feature - marking your favorite search results with a star. Now Google has announced it is extending this feature to also work with their mobile site. If you're running an Android, webOS, or Apple device and logged into Google, any result you star on your computer or your phone will appear at the top of the results. Something so simple sure can make a big difference. I can think of a lot of ways this could come in handy, especially when combined with Google's location aware services. Nice work, Google, stuff like this is why we love ya.