Hey everybody. Jerry back this week with with some tips for Google Voice. If you're not using Google Voice, you've surely heard people talking it up, with good reason. Google Voice runs great on most smartphones, and like most things Google, it runs incredibly well on Android phones.
Hit the break for some hints about getting an invite and setting it all up so you can enjoy the convenience of visual voice mail and a central number across multiple phones.
We're taking this one with a pretty big grain of salt, but word around the water cooler is that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 -- currently languishing with Android 1.6 -- will get its upgrade to Android 2.1 in September. And on top of that, it'll miraculously get multitouch, too, never mind the report that it's supposed to be physically impossible due to a hardware limitation. We're not getting too worked up over this as the X10 isn't actually available in the United States. But for everyone else's sake, let's hope September brings some good news. [Cell Phone Reviews.co.uk via Electronista]
I'll be up front - WeLove the WePad. I'm all itchy in the pocket just waiting for it to hit the US shores. Today we get a glimpse of the Neofonie UI and I for one am loving it. Big icons, widgets, and a sidebar look to be a great mix for an Android tablet. The video shows something else to get excited over, the first half shows the WePad with a USB mouse attached. Yes, a computer mouse on a tablet. Maybe ports and connectors on a tablet isn't a bad idea after all, Mr. Jobs. Later in the video we see another prototype using the touchscreen as well. If you're holding out for an Android tablet, you gotta have a look. At 450 Euros ($609.00 US) the WePad won't be the cheapest Android tablet, but after seeing the latest video, it looks like a bargain to me. Hit the break for the video. [via TechCrunch and SlashGear]
Not to be left out of the fun, T-Mobile appears to possibly be getting a phone that looks suspiciously like the Samsung Galaxy S. The Bluetooth SIG has approved a Samsung SCH-T959 following the Samsung T-Mobile naming convention with specs that point to the Galaxy S. Features listed for the device are a 4-inch AMOLED touch screen, Android OS, and TouchWIZ 3.0. Confusingly, the SIG report also calls the phone the T939, which is the Samsung Behold 2, but could just be a typo. [UnwiredView]
In a nod to the power of social networks, HTC wants Facebook users to vote on the name of its next device. The options? Jovi, Zeal, Wildfire, and Festi. No details about the device are given so we don't know if it's going to be an Android-powered, Windows Mobile-powered, or dumbphone-powered device or even what form factor it'll take. But even if with all that mystery, to be able to have a little say in what the name of the next HTC device is going to be is kind of cool.
On the poll, HTC cryptically says that they're looking for a name "that is playful and full of youth". And given that they're hosting the survey on Facebook, we can assume it'll deeply tie into social networking. Basically, there's a good chance that this phone isn't for the grown up in us. Hopefully, HTC continues this trend of customer input cause it's pretty darn fun.
Psst, our vote is currently in last place. Which name are you voting for? [facebook]
Now the the Verizon Droid Incredible is out of the bag, it reasons that waiting for the Verizon-capable Nexus One became a bit moot. But we wanna hear your reasons why. Does anybody still care? Vote your hearts out, and let us know in the comments why.
Well isn't that cute? Pictures of the world's second smallest Android handset, the Huawei Joy (aka Vodaphone 845), have turned up on the Internets. (What's the smallest, you ask?) With a 2.8-inch screen and a 3.2 MP camera, the specs aren't anything to write home about, but it does cover all the bases and it is an adorable little gadget, isn't it? Three more pictures after the break. [Unwired View]
Leigh also stated that Android mobile phones will soon pack 1080p video and 5.1 surround sound. We're not sure how soon (or realistically) that'll come to be, but given that HTC delivers top notch hardware (see: Evo), it's certainly within the realm of possibility. The argument of whether we need 1080p video and 5.1 surround sound on a mobile device is a completely different matter.
So yes, HTC is once again pushing the envelope of innovation. What's new? [phonereport.info]
The success of the Google Nexus One has been up for debate since the phone first launched in January. Google adopted a non-traditional way of selling the phone, opting to solely sell it online at Google.com/phone and not making it available in any brick and mortar store, even as a dummy device for consumers to try. And so stories arose from analysts who said the Nexus One wasn't selling as many units as anticipated. While we still have no official numbers, Google did give the following statement during this afternoon's Q1 earnings call:
"It is a profitable business for us. ... We are driving the business to be a profitable business from the get-go."
Added VP of engineering Jeff Huber during the Q&A session:
"We're not disclosing the specific number ... We are very happy with the device uptake and the kind of impact that it's had across the industry."
Huber refused to answer if Google had any plans to change its sales model for the Nexus One.
Take all that however you want. And we may never know just how profitable the Nexus One is, or what Google's own expectations were.
The Android Market now has 38,000 applications available for download, Jeff Huber, Google's senior VP of engineering, said during this afternoon's Q1 earnings call. It's not often we get even semi-official numbers out of Mountain View, but there you go.
Also, we put quote marks around "apps" because as we all know, there are a goodly number of ringtones, skins, wallpapers and any number of other things in the Market that we wouldn't normally consider apps. So there you go.
Google this afternoon released its Q1 2010 earnings report, showing $6.77 billion in revenue over the first three months of the year -- a 23 percent increase over 2009. Net income was $1.96 billion, up from $1.42 billion over Q1 2009. As of March 31, the company -- which employs more than 20,000 people -- had $26.5 billion cash on hand. Full press release here. We're going to listen in on the earnings call and post any Android musings after the break, so check back.
Ever wish you could set your phone to an away status much like you can for many of your favorite instant messaging clients? Personally, I know there are periods of time where I have to walk away from my Droid (sad, yes I know it is a bit difficult each time it happens), and I know that people get extremely frustrated when phone calls go unanswered. Well, now instead of the person wondering if you were just ignoring, you were busy, didn't hear the phone ring or what happened, you can set the phone to send them a SMS reply, and even customize the message. Let's hop in and take a look at some of the features of this very useful and practical application -- Auto Responder. [Market link]
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