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4 years ago

Nexus One Gets Fully, Fully Reviewed

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If you're up either late at night or early in the morning (we never know which is it) in anticipation for tomorrow's Google Event for the Nexus One, there's a solid full review of the Nexus One over at Engadget for your reading pleasure. Surprisingly, unlike other pre-release reviews of the Nexus One, the Engadget guys aren't completely blown away by the device and are actually a little unsure if it's significantly better than the Droid. Here's the highlights:

  • the Nexus One is nothing if not handsome. From its ultra-thin body to sleek, curved edges, the phone is absolutely lustworthy.
  • we actually had some real trouble with those four dedicated buttons.
  • The phone is fast, assuredly, but not so much of a leap up from the Droid that we felt it kept pace with the boost we were expecting.
  • We found colors on the Nexus One, particularly in the reds and oranges, to be severely blown-out and oversaturated
  • Not only has Google bumped up the speed of the camera app, but the 5 megapixel lens and flash took sharp, detailed images with none of the HTC-related issues we've seen on other models.
  • Well the real story is that Android 2.1 is in no way dramatically different than the iteration of the OS which is currently running on the Motorola Droid (2.0.1). Of the notable changes, many are cosmetic 

The whole review is worth the read, at least to hold you over until the official announcement! We still can't wait to get a hold of ours and we're sure you guys are in the same boat!

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4 years ago

Nexus One support page goes up, down

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 Nexus One support page

We're in full Google Nexus One bat-poop-crazy mode for the next 24 hours or so. And as such we can tell you that the official support page went live for a fleeting moment. And as quickly as it appeared, it vanished, leaving us what you see above. And don't be alarmed: We're still expecting the Nexus One to launch with Android 2.1, never mind the picture. Also of note is that the "Terms of Sale" page apparently confirmed the previous pricing numbers, though it, also, has disappeared. [via TmoNews] (Thanks, Jerry!)

And be sure to join us for a meta-liveblog Tuesday as we expect the launch of the Nexus One. In the meantime, check out the N1 chatter in our forums.

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4 years ago

AdMob: Android requests doubled in Q3

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 AdMob January 3 numbers

AdMob, a company that serves up mobile advertising, just released some new numbers for Android, showing that data requests doubled from October to December. The bullet points:

  • Requests increased 97 percent in the past three months, totaling more than 1 billion.
  • In October, 98 percent of requests came from HTC devices. That droped to 56 percent in December. Last month, 39 percent of requests came from Motorola phones, and 5 percent from Samsung.
  • The Motorola Droid generated 30 percent of requests last month.
  • Ninety percent of AdMob's traffic was from the U.S., up from 84 percent in October.

We don't have any reason to doubt AdMob's numbers, but do remember that it recently was purchased by Google, though that deal is on hold while the FTC looks things over some more. [AdMob]

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4 years ago

Logitech has an Android ... something ... in the works

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LogitechLogitech, best known for its computer peripherals, apparently has some sort of Android-powered product in the pipeline, according to a recent job posting.

They're looking for "a super-star engineer with the ability to design and implement world-class Android applications that delight customers and provide break-through functionality. As part of the Digital Home Group, the applicant will be "defining a ground-breaking new product that will give users access to a broader range of media than ever before. The applications you develop will be where the magic happens, where powerful system capabilities become entertaining user experiences."

OK. No telling, really, what it could be. But it might go nicely with your Android-powered microwave oven. [Logitech via Engadget]

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4 years ago

HTC Droid Eris $9.99 on Amazon with two-year contract

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Amazon.com is now offering the HTC Droid Eris for the low price of $9.99. That's not too shabby considering before the holidays Best Buy offered the same device for $49.99. Keep in mind to get the price of $9.99 a new two-year contract with Verizon is needed.

Perhaps this is a sign that there are a few new Verizon Android devices right around the corner? 

Any takers?

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4 years ago

Survey: Android sees big gain among prospective smartphone purchasers

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Android stats

One of our favorite hobbies these days is to collect statistical data about Android (we also collect spores, mold and fungus), and here's an interesting specimen from ChangeWave.

A survey of 4,068 people conducted Dec. 9-14 found that 21 percent of those planning to buy a smartphone in the next 90 days would prefer Android. That's 15 percentage points higher than in September -- the largest gain among the major smartphone operating systems. (RIM was the other winner, increasing 1 percentage point over September's survey.)

Other interesting facts:

  • 13 percent said they'd prefer a Motorola Android phone, compared to 9 percent for an HTC phone. (In September, it was 5 percent for HTC versus 1 percent for Motorola. (Of course, that was before the Droid line was launched on Verizon.)
  • Apple, RIM and Palm all saw declines in likely future purchases.
  • Android was ranked second (72 percent) among customers who said there were "very satisfied" with their current cell phone. (iPhone 77 percent; BlackBerry 41 percent; Palm OS/webOS 33 percent; Windows Mobile 25 percent)

Check out the whole breakdown from ChangeWave.

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4 years ago

Outside the U.S? The Nexus One is really gonna cost you

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Google Nexus One

It can't be all sunshine and kittens head of Tuesday's expected Google Nexus One launch. ZDNet has published a list of how much extra those of you outside of the United States will have to pay for the Nexus One -- on top of the $530 unlocked price. All we can say is that if you're in Sweden, well, start saving up, as you're going to have to shell out an extra $218. If you're in Taiwan (home of HTC, which is manufacturing the Nexus One), it's a meager $70. Full list of who has to pay what is after the break. [ZDNet]

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4 years ago

Android in your kitchen? Why not!

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 Android in the Kitchen

Forget the phones. One of our first stops at CES this week is going to have to be with Touch Revolution, whose NIM1000 drop-in module is bringing Android to microwave ovens, washer/dryers/refridgerators ... OK, "bringing" may be a bit much at this point. But being able to stream Pandora while grabbing a cold one, heating up a burrito and cleaning the stains from both? You just can't beat that. [Presser via Gizmodo]

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4 years ago

Acer Liquid A1 may get Eclair update

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The Acer Liquid A1 apparently is on track for an Eclair update, according to a French Web site. Currently, the A1, which does not have carrier support in the U.S. but has been seen at the FCC, is running the Android 1.6 operating system. The upgrade would bring it to Android 2.0. The upgrade would be free, though there is no timetable listed. [Mobinaute via Phone Arena]

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4 years ago

Google rumored to be working on bringing Spotify to the Nexus One

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Spotify on AndroidThose of us waiting for Spotify -- an online streaming music service that currently as available in Europe -- to arrive in the U.S. may get a pleasant surprise this week. Maybe.

Techcrunch patriarch Michael Arrington writes this morning that Spotify has reached deals with U.S. record labels -- as well as Google -- and could launch with the Nexus One.

Google wanted Spotify badly enough that they were willing to cover the label costs for every user of $3 – $4 per month. Spotify would add advertising on top of it, as they do with the free version in Europe, to make additional revenue. Without Google paying those label fees there was no way Spotify could handle the costs of the user flow that 2.1 would provide. Currently, European users must pay for Spotify Premium to use the mobile versions of the service.

Arrington later hedges his bets, saying he hasn't heard whether the deal actually was made, and that it "has likely gone cold." At which point the word "linkbait" starts floating through our un-caffeinated minds. But even if we don't see Spotify launch in the U.S. this week, we could well see it in the coming future. And that'll have to be good enough for now.

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4 years ago

Google press event meta-liveblog reminder

We're going to interrupt our CES prep on Tuesday for the Google press event, at which we expect the launch of the Nexus One. Join us!

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4 years ago

Mobile Browsing Increased in December, Android Led The Way

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According to NetApplications, mobile web browsing is now responsible for 1.3% of all internet browsing. 1.3% may seem like an insignificant number but it's nothing to laugh at. In the beginning of 2009, we saw mobile browsing only at around .5% which means we've nearly doubled mobile browsing in a year. How did this happen? Well we can thank Android for one.

Android mobile browsing spiked an impressive +54.8% in December (when compared to the previous month). We're guessing that one little Droid has something to do with it and finally being on a big-time, very reliable carrier like Verizon doesn't hurt at all either. With more Android phones in the world now, we're sure that Android mobile browsing will continue to grow. After all, 2010 is the year of Android.

How much time do you guys spend browsing the web on your Android phone as opposed to your computer?

[via electronista]

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4 years ago

Verizon Giving Away Free Droid Battery Doors

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We guess Verizon finally realized their original method of fixing the faulty Motorola Droid battery cover wasn't going to cut it. After all, it was just a band-aid! This time around, they're actually offering new Droid battery covers to fix the issue, hopefully this set locks in better than what came with our Droids. It's currently out of stock, but hopefully they'll re-stock it soon since the battery cover has been the biggest design flaw in an otherwise wonderfully styled phone.

So who put in their order in time? We know a lot of you from the forums have!

big thanks to zandroid in our forums!

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4 years ago

Best of Smartphone Experts, 3 Jan 2010

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4 years ago

Sprint HTC Hero FAQ, Nexus One, Facebook, HTC Droid Eris touchscreen

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From the Forums is a great way for you, our readers, to see the hottest topics being discussed. But you must be a registered member and becoming a member is a simple process. So if you have not already already done so, head on over and register now!

  • If you picked up a Sprint HTC Hero this holiday season and want to learn more about it, look no further than the Hero FAQ that one of our moderators, 8notime, has started. You will find a ton of useful information.
  • Lately all of the buzz has been surrounding a particular HTC device, so why not join in on the good conversation going on in the HTC Nexus One forum.
  • Lets face it, the Android Facebook application leaves a lot to be desired. The big question seems to be when will we get a much improved Facebook application?
  • After the last HTC Droid Eris update some of our forum members reported some touchscreen issues, if you have been one of these unlucky few feel free to chime in on the conversation.

See you on the forums!

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