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4 years ago

CTIA wrap-up: No stopping Android

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Android at CTIA

How dominant was Android last week at CTIA? As you can see in the picture above, it drove our pal CrackBerry Kevin to violence. Indeed, our favorite operating system was front and center in Las Vegas last week, with a few major device announcements, and more great software on tap. After the break, we recap what we saw, and what's still ahead.

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4 years ago

Hands-on at CTIA with the Kyocera Zio M6000

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Kyocera Zio M6000

Here's one more from our CTIA pile -- the Kyocera Zio M6000. It's got Android 1.6 running atop a Qualcomm MSM7627 processor, a 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen at 480x800, full H.264 playback, a 1130mAh battery, WiFi and aGPS, and a 3.2 megapixel camera. It's being billed as one of the lightest Android smartphones out there at 3.7 ounces, and Kyocera compared its build to that of the Nexus One. Don't know if we'd go that far, but it's certainly positioning itself as a sleek Android phone at the lower end of the price scale. More pics and video after the break.

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4 years ago

Google clarifies revenue-sharing report, says it only pays on search, not apps

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Google has clarified a recent report that stated it was paying manufacturers and carriers a percentage of search revenue from its Android applications. In fact, Google said, it's only sharing revenue from search, and not from the likes of YouTube and Google Maps, and that this has been Google's across-the-board business model for some time. MocoNews updated its previous story, and eweek picked it up as well. Said Google:

“We share revenue on search, not on mobile applications,” a Google spokesperson said. “The same is true for non-Android devices that use Google as the default search engine.”

So there you have it. Google's back to not being evil this week.

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4 years ago

Evo 4G, Moto i1 and Nexus One all teased on Sprint's developer site

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Sprint developer site

You can't buy any of them yet, but the HTC Evo 4G, Google Nexus One and Motorola i1 are now all listed on Sprint's developer site, along with some video and specs. No great surprise there on the part of the i1 and Evo 4G, but it does firm up Sprint's position on the Nexus One after all we'd had to go on was that "Us, too!" announcement that came right after the AT&T version was let loose. [Sprint Application Developers Program] Thanks, Namelez

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4 years ago

Verizon Nexus One reportedly makes brief appearance on Google's phone site

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Verizon Nexus One

The Google Nexus One from its earliest announcement was said to be headed to Verizon but instead has seen life on T-Mobile and now access to AT&T's 3G, in addition to Sprint saying it's on its way. Today we get word from Nexus One Lover at the Nexus One forum that it briefly made an appearance on google.com/phone -- the only place you can actually buy the Nexus One -- for a subsidized $199.00. This either was a slip on Google's part, or is a pretty vicious trick, and it's no longer listed as being for sale.

Does that mean we'll see it soon? Your guess is as good as ours. To the comments, people! [via Nexus One forum] Thanks, Jared, for the tip!

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4 years ago

Sprint customer service robot (erm, chat person) says Nexus One in late April

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Sprint Nexus One chat

We don't usually put too much stock in what one of those carrier customer service robots (aka "live chat representatives" or some dude on the other side of the planet) tells us, but what the heck. We're feeling optimistic this week. Jon tipped us that he was told to expect the Nexus One to be available for Sprint "around the latter part of April. Whether that actually ends up being the case? Place your bets now. Thanks, Jon!

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4 years ago

Oregon Trail Android app at CTIA

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Oregon Trail for Android 

You crazy kids can have your newfangled openGL 3D games -- I'm going back to 1985 to play some Oregon Trail and shoot me some squirrel. We sat down with developer Gameloft for a few minutes at CTIA and gave it a spin. Check it out after the break.

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4 years ago

Hands-on redux with the HTC Legend, Android 2.1 and Sense

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HTC Legend Hands-on

Hold the HTC Legend for the first time, and it's instant love. Let a month go by and come back to it, and you start to wonder how you ever did without it.

Such is the case with the Legend, Android 2.1 and HTC's custom Sense user interface. (Read our preview of the Sense here.) A little more than a month after we were in Barcelona for its unveiling at Mobile World Congress, it's time to give the Legend and its unibody design another spin.

Initial hands-on after the break, and look for a full review in the coming days.

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4 years ago

Steve Jobs, Eric Schmidt have coffee, plan world domination (or something like that)

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Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt

Arch rivals! Bitter enemies! Coffee lovers! We've read plenty on the supposed relationships -- personal and business -- between Google and Apple, and how they've broken down over the past year or so. But, sure enough, Gizmodo snagged a shot of Apple's CEO and Google's CEO sharing a table and having a cup o' joe (and some juice, too). Steve Jobs, clad in his trademark black mock turtleneck, jeans and New Balance sneakers, and Eric Schmidt, going a little more business casual sans tie with khakis, a pullover and shoes that likely cost more than you make in a month.

Anyhoo, Giz's tipster reportedly overheard a couple of lines: "They're going to see it all eventually so who cares how they get it," and "Let's go discuss this somewhere more private."

Giz opines that "it" has something to do with Web content, which could well be true. Or maybe it's about Apple's recently lawsuit against HTC (and by proxy, Google's Android OS). Or it could be those long-rumored incriminating pictures from the 2002 Apple board meeting that are rumored to have involved an iPhone prototype, three strips of bacon and two cans of Cheese Whiz. Insert your own caption, basically.

So does the fact that they were "caught" (or seen precisely where their PR folks wanted them to be seen, more likely) on a neutral site (as in out of eithers' office, though apparently the cafe's owned by former Google exec Charlie Ayers) mean anything? Who knows. But it makes for great fodder, doesn't it? One more pic after the break.

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4 years ago

Samsung's Galaxy S presentation at CTIA

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Samsung S Life

To say Samsung went all out with its announcement of the Galaxy S (see our initial hands-on and software walkthrough) would be an understatement, first with the tease at the Day 1 keynote, then the full-fledged presentation immediately thereafter.

We've seen highlights of the events, and after the break we show you what it was like to be in the front row for the full 18-minute (yeah, it was that long, but entertaining) explainer of how Samsung's S Life is supposed to work for you. The video's in two parts, so make sure you check them both out.

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4 years ago

Fandango Android app at CTIA

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Fandango for Android

If you go to the movies a lot, you need to check out Android's Fandango app. Or at least check out our video of it at CTIA after the break. Trailers, theater info and more, all there on your Android phone.

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4 years ago

HTC Hero gets 2.1 upgrade April 26 – in Taiwan

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HTC Hero

Good news for HTC Hero owners, sort of. HTC has announced on Plurk that they will be rolling out the Éclair goodness for Taiwanese users on April 26th. My own source at HTC America can’t confirm or deny any release date for other countries, but this is official word from HTC finally.

If you haven’t already hacked 2.1 onto your Hero, this should be some welcome news. Just don’t count on it too much, ask a Motorola Droid user about release times for updates and how they can change. [engadget]

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4 years ago

PayPal Bump is Android-bound

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paypal logo

What’s that I hear? PayPal bump coming to Android, and no longer only found on the iPhone? Yes, it is indeed true, as PayPal has announced they will be bringing this great feature to multiple platforms, instead of just keeping on the iPhone. For those of you that may not know what this feature is, this will allow you to simply bump phones (just don’t go slamming them into each other) to transfer funds from one account to another. This feature is rather handy for quickly settling debts right on the spot, but won’t be much help for those doing long-distance deals. During an interview at CTIA, CNET was informed that the application for the Android and BlackBerry should be rolling out in the next two or three months. [CNET via Gizmodo]

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4 years ago

Rhapsody Android app at CTIA

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 Rhapsody for Android

The folks from Rhapsody walk us through their Android application, currently in beta. It will be moving to a public beta starting April 4. Check out our hands-on after the break.

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4 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 4

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Audio-only stream below

Recorded before all of the CTIA brouhaha, Phil is joined by Michael Manna of the T4 show to discuss all things Android, including whether to go with the Droid or Nexus One on Verizon.

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