So here's some video of the Motorola Motoroi (aka the Sholes Tablet) in its Korean form. It should give you a decent idea of what we believe is coming to the United States at some point. Oh, and see that pinch-and-zoom action going on there? Don't get too used to that. Video after the break. (Thanks to everyone who sent this in.)
Twitter clients seemingly are a dime a dozen these days, but that doesn't mean there's no room for new contenders. Enter Handmark's TweetCaster, which has been in a closed beta for a little while now and isn't yet available to the general public (but it should be soon). We've put it through its paces on the Motorola Droid. Will it be able to stand up to heavyweights like Seesmic and Twidroid Pro? Find out after the break.
Update: Our pal Matt Miller at ZDNet gives TweetCaster the what-for in a video review. Check it out.
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If you are looking to get an Android device, get ready to make some tough decision -- Moto Droid or Nexus One? First and foremost always remember to first take into consideration which carrier gives you better service.
With the launch of the Nexus One on T-Mobile, the spotlight has been cast on "unlocked" GSM phones of late, or how to unlock a phone. (The short version is you need a code.) It's not a huge deal in the United States, especially because T-Mobile and AT&T don't use the same 3G radio frequencies, so swapping isn't too terribly common, but it does happen. But if you're going overseas and want to use another operator's SIM card, it's something you're going to need to do.
And that brings us back to T-Mobile, which starting Thursday will make FlexPay and PostPaid accounts eligible for SIM unlocks after 40 days, instead of the usual 90 days, with a couple small caveats. Also, if you've canceled your account and it was in good standing when you did so (i.e. you don't owe a boatload of money or anything), you can get the SIM unlock code. Nicely done, T-Mobile. [via TMoNews]
Here's something on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 that wasn't part of the hands-on demo we got at CES: 3D satellite maps. SE has an Android 3D Landscape SDK that "uses unique maps in 3D and fast methods for rendering the maps which makes it possible to show realtime 3D maps in high quality. The maps for the SDKs are downloaded from a backend server and buffered in the mobile as needed."
Right now they only have Stokholm, Sweden, worked up, but SE says more should be added later. Check out the video after the break. [SE Labs via Android and Me]
Looks like we might be seeing the first fallout in Google's tiff with China over reported cyber attacks and having to censor search results because of Chinese law. The launch of pair of Android-powered smartphones -- one from Motorola and another from Samsung -- scheduled for this week has been delayed. According to Reuters:
A source familiar with the situation said Google Inc wanted customers to have a "positive experience" with the product, but felt that would be difficult considering the publicity surrounding the company in China at present.
That's likely just another early move in what's going to be a lengthy chess match. Good thing we all have good seats. [via Phone Scoop]
"The Motoroi is a different model from the Droid, and it will be launched in the United States around March," Bae Joon-dong, senior vice president of SK Telecom, said at a press conference.
And a Motorola Exec:
"The product will be launched in other markets around the world," Rick Wolochatiuk, president and representative director of Motorola Korea, said.
On one hand, the Motoroi packs some really impressive specs (8mp camera, 720p video recording, HDMI out). But on the other, it's kind of ugly and certainly not the most ideal Droid successor (in terms of style). We have some faith though, the China-only Motorola Android devices we saw at CES we're of really high build quality and we walked away really impressed. Maybe we'll fall in love with the bump like we did the chin?
Though it may seem like Android phones are getting rooted faster and faster, rooting the Motorola Milestone actually took a bit of time. But wait no more because the Milestone (GSM version of the Droid that packs multitouch) has been rooted for full access to all the joy, goodies, and fun times that come along with custom ROMs and the like. Run 2.1? Go for it. Run Sense? Even better. Obviously, you have to be careful because bricked Android phones do make for some amazingly expensive paperweights, so tread carefully.
But if you're daring enough, the instructions are over at redmondpie.
We've known that Dell was making an Android Tablet for quite some time but official details have been rather slim. Luckily, some enterprising user hasn't just gotten their hands on a Dell Mini 5 Tablet but gave it the old fashioned video teardown to boot. We now know that the Dell Mini 5 Tablet will pack a 1GHz Snapdragon Processor, 1530mAh battery, 3G SIM Card slot, 2 MicroSD slots, and Wi-Fi. Basically, this thing has a chance at being very awesome.
Other details have yet to become official. Is it headed to AT&T? Will it be affordable? Hopefully we'll know soon. In the meantime, hit the jump to watch the tear down video. The soundtrack is just awesome.
We all know you guys love a good ol' unboxing--there's nothing like seeing the sweet shiny metal and untouched glass for the first time. However, you haven't seen an unboxing quite like this. In an amazing stop-action video (sponsored by Google), three ninjas fight over the Nexus One while revealing some of the accessories and the device itself. Your ordinary unboxing video will never measure up again.
The Google Nexus One (hands-on | video review | news | FAQ) was supposed to be the phone that changed the game. That brought a paradigm shift to the wireless space. That made it quick and easy to purchase a cellular device -- with or without involving AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon or Sprint. It was supposed to be a clear line of demarcation between you -- the consumer -- the manufacturer and the Great and Powerful Oz.
It is all of these things. And it is none of them.
The Nexus One was unveiled by Google on Jan. 5 before a select group of journalists in San Francisco and went on sale immediately thereafter. Google dubbed it the "Superphone." Only, we knew it really wasn't. For weeks before, Google had given the Nexus One to its employees -- part gift, part strategy. The worker bees got the phone, were presumably (with a wink) told not to talk about it, and so the leaks began. By the time it became available to the general public, we knew what it looked like, the general specs, and what it could do. Not that it's a slouch of a phone, by any standards. But it let a little air out of the hype balloon.
Now that the dust has settled, we take a measured approach toward the Nexus One. Manufactured by HTC. Produced, sold and marketed by Google. Supported by ... somebody. (More on that in a bit.) Loved by many. Lamented by just as many as just another phone. Join us after the break.
We've seen this ourselves and have been receiving e-mails about occasional issues with the Google Nexus One's on-screen keyboard. In my experience, I've had occasional problems with the wrong key being activated -- I'd tap "a" and get the shift button, etc. And it apparently is more than just fumble fingers, as there's a massive thread going on in Google's support forums. The good news is that Google's on it. Their latest response:
We're still definitely looking this issue. We want everyone to know that if this issue can be solved by a software fix it will be addressed with an over-the-air systems update. If we find this is the result of a hardware issue, it'll be covered by the Nexus One Warranty.
Definitely check out the Google thread, as the more feedback they get, the more quickly we'll (hopefully) see a fix. In the meantime, what about you guys? Seeing any problems? [Thanks, Stefan!]
Sure, Verizon's FiOS service has blazing fast Internet speeds and competitive TV DVR. But the coolest thing has got to be its Android app, which lets you browse listings and program your FiOS DVR via your phone. Parental controls also on at hand, as is information about how much free space is left on your box.
Now slap in some Slingbox-like streaming capability, and we'll swoon all the way to sign-up. [Zatsz Not Funny via Engadget]
This isn't the first time we've seen the LG GW620, but it's the first time we've seen it slated for the UK. Virgin Mobile reportedly is giving it away if you sign up for an 18-month contract at at least £22 a month. T-Mobile also should have it for free with a 24-month, £20-a-month contract.
A refresher on the specs: A 3-inch touchscreen, Android 1.5, 5MP camera with face recognition, horizontal QWERTY slider, MicroSD, 3.5mm headphone jack, and the usual other bells and whistles.
So, it's a bit of meh. But it's also bringing Android to the lower-end market, and that's not so bad, is it? [CNET via Virgin Mobile]
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