If you don't know the name Linus Torvalds, well, let's just say he's the reason you're holding that Android phone in your hand. He created the Linux kernel, which is what Android is built on. Anyway, he's never been a fan of any kind of cell phone. Until now. From his personal blog:
But I have to admit, the Nexus One is a winner. I wasn't enthusiastic about buying a phone on the internet sight unseen, but the day it was reported that it finally had the pinch-to-zoom thing enabled, I decided to take the plunge. I've wanted to have a GPS unit for my car anyway, and I thought that google navigation might finally make a phone useful.
And it does. What a difference! I no longer feel like I'm dragging a phone with me "just in case" I would need to get in touch with somebody - now I'm having a useful (and admittedly pretty good-looking) gadget instead. The fact that you can use it as a phone too is kind of secondary.
We've seen a lot of that lately: Multitouch makes the difference. So welcome back to Android, Linus. You've been missed.
Let's not waste any time here. Part four of Google's series chronicling the birth of the Nexus One tackles the manufacturing process, from the plastic molds to the electrical innards at HTC. This is where the magic happens, people. Video after the break. [Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3]
Google CEO Eric Schmidt, or Schmitty around these parts, just tweeted that we should watch the ads during the 3rd Quarter of the Super Bowl. And to add even more intrigue, he says that someone said "hell has indeed frozen over". For those at home, that would be the same Super Bowl that airs the best, biggest, and most expensive commercials of the year (and typically a good football game). Is Google stepping into the world of traditional advertising? Are we on the verge of seeing a Google commercial? What would it be about? Google.com? Android? Nexus One? ChromeOS?
We're pulling for a Nexus One advertisement but could totally imagine a 'feel good' Google commercial that spreads the joy of life without specifying a product (you could too, right?). Either way, we think if a Google Super Bowl commercial is real, there's a good chance it's going to be awesome. And don't forget, Motorola is also releasing their own Super Bowl commercial about their latest Android phone (likely the Backflip) in the 3rd Quarter of the game as well.
What do you guys think the ad will be about? Who do you think is going to win? Are you more excited for commercials or the actual game?
Hey, all. Introducing a new feature to our AndroidCentral readers. It's a little space where we can discuss and feature the weeks best in the Android modding and hacking community, in terms that even those new to Android can understand.
This won't be device or carrier specific, so think of it as a showcase of everything Android has to offer us because of its open nature. Our seasoned veterans may find some of this redundant, but we're going to try to keep things on a level all can understand so we stay on the same page. This week's version is going to be a bit long so we can introduce some things, so bear with me.
Please keep in mind I can't be everywhere at once (until I perfect my cloning machine!) so it's possible I'll miss something that you didn't. The best way to keep that from happening is to send me your tips and links about all the cool ways we are customizing our phones. Just like the customizing community let's make this a joint effort!
Couple of nuggets of information regarding the fabled Motorola Zeppelin, if this slide, purportedly from an internal T-Mobile presentation, is to believed. 1.) It'll be called the Cliq XT. And 2.) It'll be available on March 10. Presumably we'll get an announcement before an actual launch, and we'll keep our eyes peeled at Mobile World Congress next week for just that. [PPCGeeks via TMoNews]
Three things I believe in: Android will dominate the universe, everybody should go sailing at least three times in their life, and Engadget's ability to parse the FCC listings. And they've done it again, matching up the Dell Mini 5 -- which we recently saw in the hands of Michael Dell himself -- with AT&T's flavor of wireless. Looks like it'll sport 3G and EDGE frequencies, and likely more for use outside the United States. Now all we need is for this thing to actually be released. [FCC via Engadget]
For as easy as Android can make your life, the simple task of getting photos, video and music from your computer to your phone isn't quite as straightforward as it should be. We're going to put an end to that right now. After the break: How to get your storage card to show up on your computer. No rooting. No extra programs. Just a few simple steps.
Episode 2 of Google's behind-the-scenes look at the Nexus One is now available. The second part of the five-part series takes a look at the AMOLED display and 3D framework of the device. Check it out after the break. [Part 1]
You guys wanted pinch-to-zoom on the Motorola Droid, and you're getting pinch-to-zoom on the Motorola Droid. At least in Google Maps, thus far, which has been updated to Version 3.4.0 and lets you get your multitouch on.
Let's hope we see a full multitouch update to the Droid come down the pike eventually. In the meantime, everybody get your update on. (Thanks to everyone who sent this in)
The Smartphone Round Robin is finally over! After a long trip through five other smartphone platforms, we're finally back on our own lovely Android. Having played with so many different platforms, we can say with full confidence that there's been no better time to be a smartphone user. Really, any smartphone you pick up is worth your time. We've come a very long way from maddening UIs and cruddy hardware.
And maybe we thank the iPhone for shocking the smartphone market alive, but it doesn't stop there. We sure have to thank Blackberry for continuing to build great devices and fine tuning their experience. Certainly thank Android & webOS for introducing fresh concepts and philosophies. And thank Windows Mobile and Nokia for staying their course while still modernizing. And we haven't even mentioned third party manufacturers like HTC & Motorola. Everyone is in some part responsible for the growth of smartphones. Even you.
But anyway, let's see what the other editors thought of Android in the Smartphone Round Robin! We've picked out some choice quotes from all of their reviews that highlights their overall theme. It's an interesting lot, to say the least, and we're glad to see such fresh perspective on the Android platform. Seeing it day-to-day limits our ability to see it as outside the box as these guys.
Read on to see what the other editors had to say about Android!
If you're interested, the just announced Samsung M100S got some hands-on time captured on video. The device actually looks pretty good--the screen pops, the shape is nice, and the materials look excellent. Even better, the performance of Android 2.1 on the M100S is stellar. We're thoroughly impressed with the M100S and hope that Samsung builds these kinds of Android phones instead of those kinds of Android phone. We're also happy to note that we saw more Android than Touchwiz in the videos and that friends, is a very good thing.
Hit the jump to see 2 Hands-on videos of the Samsung M100S!
One of the things we wouldn't mind Android stealing from the iPhone is their game selection. Games on the iPhone typically outclass Android games and can even keep pace with dedicated gaming devices like the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP.
Luckily, as Android grows, the games will follow. We're beginning to see a ton of great games on Android and even some iPhone ports. For example, HomeRun Battle 3D, a simple, yet addictive game that is basically a glorified home run derby, has come from the iPhone to Android. What's even cooler about HomeRun Battle 3D is that it allows for cross-platform multiplayer, which means you can pit Android vs iPhone and go hit for hit with your iPhone buddies. Cross-platform multiplayer is an awesome feature that we hope to see in other Android & iPhone games--the more people you can beat in games, the merrier.
Hit the jump to see the Droid vs iPhone in HomeRun Battle 3D! (sadly the Droid loses)
Looks like another Android phone is getting blessed with Android 2.1. And that phone would be the Samsung Galaxy I5700 Spica. We've previously heard that the Spica would receive Android 2.0 in February but we guess since 2.1 is the latest rage, that's going to be ignored. The Samsung Galaxy I5700 is a mid-level device with decent specs but isn't even available in the US. It just released on T-Mobile UK so maybe eventually we'll see it here (we doubt it), but we'd much rather have a Galaxy 2 or even a M100S now anyway. Anyone own a Galaxy Spica?
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