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4 years ago

Hey, Verizon fans: Do you still care about the Nexus One?

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Droid Incredible vs. Nexus One

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.

Do you even care about the Verizon Nexus One?survey software

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4 years ago

Huawei Joy (aka Vodaphone 845) caught on camera

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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]

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4 years ago

HTC planning to make an Android Tablet

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HTC, maker of amazing Android phones, is reportedly working on an Android Tablet, which we're going to assume is going to be just as amazing. The details on the tablet device are unclear; HTC rep Quinton Leigh simply revealed that an Android "tablet" -- it might not be the traditional tablet shape -- is in the works. This is definitely exciting because even though Android Tablets have been announced before, none of them came from a company that puts making great devices first, everything else second.

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]

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4 years ago

Nexus One 'is a profitable business,' Google says

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Google Nexus One

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.

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4 years ago

Android Market now has 38,000 'apps'

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Android Market

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.

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4 years ago

Google announces Q1 2010 earnings

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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.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: AutoResponder

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autoresponder

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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4 years ago

Review: Seidio 3200mAh extended battery for the Google Nexus One

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Google Nexus One with extended battery

I love the Google Nexus One. I don't love its battery life. Sure, its 1400mAh battery (officially rated at 10 hours' talk time on EDGE and 7 hours on 3G) can get me through most of a day, but just barely. And I get a little skittish when I get down to 30 percent or so. The Seidio Innocell 3200mAh extended battery ($69.95 in the Android Central Store) takes care of any fears while adding minimum bulk. Check it out after the break.

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4 years ago

New features in Firefox mobile (but a working Android version's a ways away)

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add-ons for Firefox mobile

You've probably noticed we love Firefox mobile.  With good reason, the desktop client is clearly a great bit of software and everything we've seen makes us think the mobile version will be too.  Well it looks like the Maemo version of Firefox Mobile 1.1 (Fennec for us geeks) is about ready for a beta release. What's uber-cool, and surely will be in the Android version is the ability for add-ons to hook into the app.  Yes, pretty much like they do in the desktop application.  The highlights here are easily the site identy information (above) and the save as pdf feature of readability.

At present there are over 90 add-ons for mobile FireFox, and I'm sure as Mozilla keeps advancing the project we will see more of them spring up.  Yes for Android too.  There's a couple more screen shots after the break, well worth a look.
[Via madhava.com]

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4 years ago

HTC, Verizon officially announce Droid Incredible, available April 29 for $199

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 Verizon HTC Droid IncredibleVerizon HTC Droid Incredible

It was all over but the press release. For weeks now we've seen information about the HTC Incredible -- now officially the Verizon Droid Incredible -- pour out of the woodwork. And now, it's real.

For all intents and purposes, what we're looking at is the HTC Desire with Verizon branding. Same 3.7-inch 480x800-pixel AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, same HTC Sense user interface, same trackpad instead of a trackball. Same 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The camera's been upped to 8 megapixels, and there are 8 gigabytes of internal memory for music, photos and video.

But what about the Verizon Nexus One? Make no mistake, this is not it. The Nexus One is Google's baby. The Droid Incredible is Verizon's. And at this point, it's poised to do major battle with Sprint's Evo 4G come summertime. The Incredible will arrive first, slated for preorders on April 19 (that's Monday) and will be in stores on April 29. Pricing is set at $199 after two-year contract and a $100 rebate.

We'll have plenty more coverage of the Verizon Droid Incredible as we near launch. In the meantime, check out the full presser and specs after the break. And in the meantime, head into our Droid Incredible forums to chat your little heads off.

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4 years ago

Xperia X10 Mini & X10 Mini Pro hitting Rogers this summer ?

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro are both expected to hit Rogers this summer. We're not denying that it could happen, as when we played with the X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro at MWC they both felt ready, but given the ridiculous circumstances that have delayed their big brother device, the Xperia X10, it wouldn't be a surprise to see these two somehow delayed as well. But maybe, just maybe with the Xperia X10 officially launching on Rogers on April 15th, these two will stay on track. Miracles can happen after all. [mobilesyrup]

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4 years ago

Adobe CEO says Flash coming in second half of the year

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Adobe Flash

Adobe President and CEO Shantanu Narayen recently spoke with Fox Business, and as tends to happen with these things, the topic of Flash on smartphones came up. And it was the same talking points -- 75 percent of the video and gaming of the Web uses Flash -- but Narayen did say that he expects to see Flash on Android and Palm's webOS in the second half of the year. Said Narayen:

"We have a number of excited partners who are working aggressively with us to bring Flash to their devices, whether they be smartphones as well as handsets, and so companies like Google or RIM or Palm are going to be releasing versions of Flash on smartphones and tablets in the second half of the year."

At this point, we'll believe it when we see it, but it's still a step in the right direction. Check out the brief interview (erm, in Flash, no less) after the break. [Business Insider via PreCentral]

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4 years ago

Rogers officially launches the Xperia X10

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Rogers launches Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

Canada's Rogers network officially launched the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 this morning ($149 with the Canadian-standard 3-year deal), and they made a nice little video to show it off. (Not unlike our nice little hands-on and hardware videos.) Their favorite feature -- Timescape -- happens to be my least favorite. And Rogers emphasizes that even though the X10 currently runs Android 1.6, it will be getting an update. Eventually. Peep the Rogers video with @RogersMiranda after the break. [Rogers]

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4 years ago

Official Incredible specs match earlier leaks; Best Buy selling for $599

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Officially official specs for the Droid Incredible  have officially hit and they're in line with the specs we've previously leaked. That is the Droid Incredible will rock a beautiful 3.7-inch 480x800 WVGA OLED screen and the increasingly popular 1 GHz Snapdragon Processor. 8GB of internal memory is also confirmed but these specs don't go on about the 802.11n, which we've seen listed before. In any case, combining the two spec sheets makes for an awesome phone. We can't wait to get our hands on it. [Verizon Wireless via Engadget]

Also, according to the latest leaked screens of Best Buy inventory [via Phandroid], the Droid Incredible is expected to hit Best Buy on April 25th, 4 days earlier than the expected launch date. The price off-contract is listed at $599.99 which is par for the course for a device like this. Pic of that after the break.

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4 years ago

Android getting 'official' Twitter app, too

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Twitter-Android

Just as we predicted (more or less), Android's going to be getting its own "official" Twitter client. Head Tweeter Evan Williams said as much today at the annual Chip Twitter conference (yes, there is such a thing). And by "official" we mean either something of Twitter's own design, or a third-party Twitter client purchased buy the head Tweeters themselves, just like Tweetie on the iPhone. (We're betting on the latter.) As to which (if any) client might get swallowed by the big bird? Your guess is as good as ours. [via Tech Crunch]

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