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4 years ago

Nexus One Gets A Teardown, Looks Good Inside Too

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You know the drill: highly anticipated device gets released, highly anticipated device gets a teardown. It happens to everyone. The Nexus One just received the teardown honor and the guys at iFixit found it rather easy to do, which is definitely surprising for such a thin phone. According to them:

"Once we took the fancy wrapper off the phone, the Nexus One revealed itself to be very similar to other smartphones, albeit with stronger hardware. It's thoughtful internal design did impress us, as did its ease of disassembly."

The Nexus One revealed a Samsung OLED display, Qualcomm 1GHz Snapdragon Processor, and 802.11n Wi-Fi chip. That pretty much translates to power after power after power. We don't actually recommend you to teardown your own Nexus One but it's good to know that it was thoughtfully constructed, right? Right??

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid & Cliq Getting Android 2.1, Droid to Get Flash 10

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Don't worry Droid & Cliq owners, you're not going to be left in the dark. Motorola also announced that they'll be bringing both the Motorola Droid & Motorola Cliq to Android 2.1. Which means we should be able to enjoy all the goodies that made the Nexus One so jaw-droppingly sexy on our Motorola Android phones. We're definitely interested in seeing Motoblur and Android 2.1 interact, but that's a discussion for another day.

But the news doesn't stop there for Droid owners. Not only will they receive Android 2.1 but Motorola has been working on Flash 10.1 integration and has optimized it for the Droid chipset, which means yes, your Droid will soon have official Flash support. On top of that, the Droid should get a second maintenance update in the near future. Score big for Droid.

Since yesterday wasn't such a good day to be a Droid owner, today is shaping up totally different! What do you guys think?

[via @palmsolo]

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4 years ago

Motorola Backflip Is Official, Probably Headed to AT&T

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Motorola just announced the Motorola Backflip at their CES press conference. We've seen this quirky device before, remember, this isn't a slider-type device but rather the keyboard is on the outside and it flips backwards (?) when necessary--hence, the name. It comes with your usual slew of 3G, Wi-Fi, and 5-megapixel camera. Also of note, it's going to be running Motoblur.

Motorola didn't reveal which carrier it's going to land on but educated guesses point to AT&T since AT&T announced today that they'll be carrying a Motorola Android device with a unique form factor. Backward facing and folding keyboard counts as unique, right?

Oh, we almost forgot. The Backflip will run Android 2.1.

So what do you guys think? Who's going to buy the Backflip on AT&T?

[motorola via @palmsolo]

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4 years ago

Vodafone expects Nexus One 'in a few weeks'

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 Nexus One

 

Not satisified with Google's "coming soon" label, Vodafone UK has said it will start selling the Nexus One "in a few short weeks."

"No detail on pricing and precise timing has yet been made, but that will come in a few weeks."

Coming up after that is France, Germany and Spain. The N1 also will be sold directly through Google, as it is in the U.S., as well. [via Yahoo]

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4 years ago

Lenovo announces 'Lephone' for China

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 Lenovo

Try not to roll your eyes at this too much, but Lenovo today announced "Lephone," which is an Android-powered touch-slab form. It's said to be just 12mm thick and very round. Also front and center is a 3.7-inch, 480x800 touchscreen. Other than that, it's devoid of buttons to the point that even Apple stands up and takes notice.

Under the hood: A 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. Also, a 3MP camera and 3G data (natch). Look for "Lephone" sometime in the next six months in China. [via phonescoop]

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4 years ago

AT&T Will Launch Five Android Phones In The First Half of 2010

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Hey, AT&T users, you guys are getting Android phones. AT&T finally came to their senses and is finally (!) joining the Android party. We'll forgive them for being late because we're sure AT&T users all around the nation are excited to get their hands on some Android devices, and oh will there be Android devices. In fact, AT&T promises to launch FIVE Android phones in the first half of 2010 alone. Those devices will include:

  • A Motorola smartphone, powered by MOTOBLUR, with a unique form factor and an AT&T exclusive
  • Dell’s first smartphone, based on the Android platform and an AT&T exclusive
  • A HTC smartphone, based on the Android platform, and an AT&T exclusive

The AT&T Dell Android phone is purportedly the Dell Mini 3i we've seen launch in China and Brazil. The other devices are unknown at the moment but we'll definitely be keeping a watchful eye on this.

Android is now on all big 4 carriers in the US. Congratulations are definitely in order!

[at&t, at&t]

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4 years ago

Chevy Volt getting Android counterpart

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Chevy Volt Android appWhen the Chevrolet Volt electric car because available later this year, it'll do so with an Android counterpart in tow. A Volt application for Android (and the iPhone and BlackBerry Storm) is in the works that will let you communicate with the Volt and manage how it's charging.

Connecting through the OnStar service, there's a bank of standard gauges that will show you the car's status. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. From there, you receive reminders to plug in the vehicle (how weird does that sound?), or recharging power is cut. That not smart enough for you? You can set the car to only charge during off-peak utility times. You can turn on the heat or AC remotely while it's still plugged into the grid, saving the battery.

There's a demo available now for the Motorola Droid at OnStarMobileDemo.com. This isn't quite Jetsons flying car stuff, but it's definitely getting closer.

Via AutoBlog

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4 years ago

Nexus One gets above-the-fold love

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Nexus One in the news - images via Newseum.org

It's not every day that you see smartphone nerdery atop some of the nation's biggest newspapers. But darting through the airport this morning, we found the Google Nexus One stripped across USA Today; as a hotbox on the Wall Street Journal, referring to Uncle Walt's review (shut up!); and as the centerpiece of the San Francisco Chronicle (natch, seeing as how the "Google Versus Apple" battle is in its backyard).

Say what you will about newspapers (and I can say plenty), but it's good to see the old establishment giving some smartphone love. How about you guys? Find the N1 in your hometown rag?

Wall Street Journal | USA Today | San Francisco Chronicle (images via Newseum.org)

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4 years ago

iPhone Review -- Smartphone Round Robin

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Ah, the iPhone. For better or worse, the iPhone has become the starting point for many consumers looking to buy a smartphone. In a sense, it's become the standard for everyone to measure themselves against. Because of its position at the forefront of consumer's minds and the fact that it's in everyone's pocket, that's completely fair. But because of Apple's sometimes senseless decisions in dealing with all things iPhone, it leaves the rest of us a little uneasy.

Regardless, the iPhone is undoubtedly a cultural phenomenon and has been ever since it was released in 2007. Apple kicked down the door with the original iPhone, upped the ante with the iPhone 3G, and is continuing to count each and every dollar with the iPhone 3GS. To call it anything but successful is to not give it fair credit; the momentum it continues to hold is simply amazing.

So yes, the iPhone is ridiculously successful but don't think it's all peaches, ponies, and paradise--the iPhone platform is far from perfect. There are issues and shortcomings with the iPhone. Oh yes there are. We'll take a look at everything in the full review below!

Hit the jump to see the iPhone reviewed from an Android Perspective!

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4 years ago

Take A Look At The Giant Sized Nexus One

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Not impressed with the regular sized Nexus One? Take a look at this giant sized version. Ooh..big glass. Yeah, now that's a 'superphone' for you. Since the Nexus One won't actually be available in stores, we're wondering where this gigantic demo unit is headed. Will it join the Giant Android Robot and friends? Who knows, but if Google wants to drop it off at the Android Central HQ, we'll find somewhere to put it.

Check out the gigantic sized Nexus One in a video after the jump!

[via searchengineland]

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4 years ago

Beautiful Widgets is back, Samsung Moment FAQ, Xperia X10, Droid keyboard

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  • Beautiful Widgets has made its return to the market. Improved are such things as the ability to change that clock font.
  • Check out our new Samsung Moment FAQ for a bunch of general information along with issues and resolutions.
  • There has been a lot of hype lately surrounding the Sony Ericcson Xperia X10 but the big question remains - flop or not? Voice your opinion in this poll thread!
  • Much has been said about the Moto Droid hardware keyboard. Either way, voice your opinion in this thread and let us know how it's treating you: How is your Droid keyboard experience?

See you on the forums!

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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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Rogers Magic and Dream

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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Flash 10.1 beta on the Nexus One

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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