Welp, there it is. The updated T-Mobile myTouch 3G Version 1.2. Looks just like the current one, save for the 3.5mm headphone jack, which is a welcome addition. Actually, there are rumors that there's more RAM on board (the current myTouch 3G has 512MB ROM/192MB RAM), but we'll have to wait and see on that. Still looking for an early February launch. [via TMoNews]
If you need a refresher, the Lenovo LePhone packs a 3.7 inch 480x800 touchscreen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and a 3MP camera. The picture above shows the potentially maddening optional keyboard but it seems like the LePhone might actually be an attractive device. Worldwide releases will follow the China launch later in the year so we'll see if Lenovo can do some damage in the smartphone space.
We know a lot of you guys got the recent Motorola Droid OTA Update, we personally haven't, but we're hearing that among other fixes, the battery life of the Droid has been much improved. Originally intended to fix Facebook issues, maybe the OTA Update improved the battery life of the Droid as well? Since the battery of the Droid has never been a problem for us, we're wondering which one of you guys are noticing the difference? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to let us know if you got the Droid OTA update!
Battery life improvements withstanding, all we really want is Android 2.1 on our Droids.
Good news for those of you with the Archos 5 Internet Tablet (not to be confused with that other tablet that doesn't yet exist): The Android 1.6 update that was pulled as quickly as it was released last month is ripe for the picking. That pesky browser problem that forced the delay presumably has been squashed. There's also better "optimization of applications on the high-resolution screen," new quick search, bettery power management features and a new version of the ThinkFree Mobile docs viewer. [Archos via Engadget]
Looking to market your Android app in China? Don't want to be bothered with Google's Android Market? Motorola's got you covered with SHOP4APPS. It's offering app testing, merchandising and promotion within China, interesting given Google's recent pullout.
On the one hand, it's yet another app store. Just what the world needs. On the other, and as Engadget notes, it gives the option to make someone other than Google the default search provider on an Android headset, which is no small thing either. [Motorola]
The Q4 numbers are in, folks, and Google's revenue for the final three months of the year was $6.7 billion, up 17 percent from the fourth quarter of 2008. Google-owned sites (YouTube and the like) made up 66 percent of that revenue for a total of $4.42 billion, up 16 percent over Q4 2008. AdSense revenue totaled $2.04 billion, or 31 percent.
We once again bow to our benevolent overlords. [Google]
Update: We listened in on the earnings call. CEO Eric Schmidt and Co. were upbeat about 2010. "We're back in business full-blast," Schmidt said. There was a good amount of talk about mobile (read: Android), but really nothing you haven't heard before.
Schmidt: "The Droid and Nexus One show the power of the Android approach."
"With all the capability these phones coming have, we think there's potential to make the mobile web better than the PC web." - Jonathan Rosenberg, Senior VP of Product Management
And Patrick Pichette, CFO, when asked about Nexus One margins: "We don't track percentage margins. We're looking for opportunities to innovate, ship products that are disruptive, game-changing."
Want multitouch on the Google Nexus One's native browser and don't mind a little rooting? Read on. Famed Android cooker cyanogen has whipped up the necessary files. You'll need a rooted Nexus One, the files from here, and then the following command-line commands:
Check out video of the end result after the break. Oh, and one more thing. Google's been releasing Android 2.1 source code to the Android Open Source Project today, which means full custom ROMs should be on their way for the Nexus One very shortly. [via Redmond Pie]
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For whatever reason Android devices in the U.S. are natively missing multitouch. Is this a feature that you are craving? Or is it overrated?
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Google announced it will have a limited number of feature films available for rental on YouTube in conjunction with the Sundance Film Festival. Five films from 2009 and 2010 will be featured, and they'll be available this Friday through Sunday, Jan. 31. And more's coming in the weeks ahead, Google says, including "a small collection of rental videos from other U.S. partners across different industries, including health and education."
And so that leads us logically to this question: How long before we see YouTube video rentals translate onto Android (and other platforms)? Chances are Google's taking very small steps here, but don't be surprised when we start seeing more of our little robot friend playing box-office maven.
Oh, and the five films being featured? Check 'em out after the break. (Thanks, Sharon!)
Another quarterly report from AdMob, another major climb for Android. The Q4 2009 numbers show that AdMob (which serves mobile advertising) fed nearly twice as many Android devices in the United States as it did in the third quarter, up to 27 percent (from 14 percent in Q3). Other bullet points:
Leading the way for Android in the U.S. in December was the Motorola Droid, with 11.3 percent of all U.S. requests. The Dream (G1) was next at 8.3 percent, followed by the Hero at 4.2 percent, the Motorola Cliq at 3.4 percent, the Magic at 3.2 percent and the Droid Eris at 2.2 percent. The Samsung Moment had 1.1 percent.
As it stands, Android had seven of the top 10 smartphones for the final month of the year and had 36 percent of U.S. ad requests. Also making the list were the iPhone (No. 1), BlackBerry Curve 8300 (No. 5) and Palm Pre (No. 8).
The U.S. made up 48 percent of December's 11.5 million requests.
Worldwide, Android made up 19 percent of ad requests.
HTC had 11 percent of worldwide ad requests, followed by Motorola at 8 percent and Samsung at 1 percent.
You know it as the Android-powered Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, but on Japan's DoCoMo network, it's going as the "Smartphone Xperia," and it'll be available in April. The X10 -- erm, Smartphone Xperia -- will be available in white or black and will feature the same Timescape UI that we saw in our own hands-on. Still no word when we might actually see the Smartphone Xperia -- erm, Xperia X10 -- in this part of the world. [NTT DoCoMo]
Please welcome Garmin-ASUS to the Android party! After promising to deliver an Android device way back in December 2008 and then re-affirming that fact in June 2009, it looks like that Garmin-ASUS Android phone will be shown off at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Better late than never, right? No official details on the device has been announced so we'll keep a watchful eye on this Garmin-ASUS Android phone for the time being.
Can Garmin-ASUS hang with the big boys of HTC and Motorola in the Android space? We shall see in Barcelona!
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