Another Motorola codename is coming down the pike, and this time it's the Ruth, or MB511. CellPhoneSignal got the goods, and it looks like the Ruth will be another MotoBlur device. It's initially running Android 1.5, but a 2.0 or 2.1 upgrade certainly is likely. The screen size shows up as 240x320 (man, that's old-school), along with the familiar Qualcomm MSM7200A processor at 528MHz, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, 802.11 b/g and aGPS. Also, it's looking to be a GSM device, so AT&T or T-Mobile may be in the cards should this hit America.
Not to be outdone by Verizon lowering its rates today, AT&T has announced that it's changing up its smartphone plans, too. Here's the skinny:
All smartphone customers, including iPhone customers, may now buy unlimited voice and data for $99.99. For smartphone customers with Family Talk plans (prices assume 2 smartphones), unlimited voice and data is now available for $179.99. Texting plans remain unchanged at $20 for unlimited plans for individuals, $30 for Family Talk Plans.
Sprint just announced a "maintenance update" to the Samsung Moment Android phone. No, not a full-on Android upgrade, unfortunately. And, what's worse, you'll have to hit up a Sprint store to get it. Here's what's new:
Network Assist GPS to allow indoor location fix
Updates to several third-party apps, including Visual Voicemail, NFL, NASCAR and Sprint TV
Change to Emergency Dial on lock screen
Hard reset available in recovery mode: remove and reinsert battery; press volume down, send and end keys until reboot option pops up; scroll to wipe data/factory reset; press OK
Various improvements to battery life
Sprint does say "The ability to download the updated directly on your Moment will be available in the near future," which is nice, we guess, but that really should the standard now. Anyhoo, if you head in and get the update, let us know how it goes. [Sprint]
If you know your tech history, you'd know that Steve Jobs (on the left) and Steve Wozniak (on the right) founded Apple together. Yes, Apple. Maker of the iPhone, among other great products. Steve Wozniak isn't involved with Apple anymore (he still collects a paycheck though!) so he's really free to say whatever the heck he wants. And oh the things he says!
Just recently, he made it known that his current favorite gadget is the Nexus One. Well, he wasn't that outright but it was quite obvious. To quote:
Wozniak made his latest revelation [about his favorite gadget] with a coy laugh and without actually speaking the Google device's name. Instead, when asked what his favorite gadget is, Wozniak said, "Well, it's the latest one. It's a non-Apple product, but it's a gadget that just came out yesterday."
T-Mobile is supposed to launch some "deals" on Android smartphones today (all phones require 2-year contract, no mail-in-rebate required) but they're still all kind of expensive. We'd be more excited if these were really deals but since you can probably find better prices out in other retailers or just across the interweb, well yeah, sorry. These aren't real "deals":
Motorola Cliq - $149.99
Samsung Behold 2 - $149.99
T-Mobile G1 - $99.99
Fender Limited Edition myTouch 3G - $179.99
Yeah, we know. Meh. Just doing a quick search on Amazon we can find the Cliq for $99, Behold 2 for $99, and the G1 for $49.99. Honestly, if you guys are spending ~$150 on a T-Mobile Android smartphone we suggest you take a look at the Nexus One. We hear it's the best Android phone yet.
Looking back, we're actually sorry for even bringing this up. These prices should just be standard already. Now on to your regular scheduled program..
We apologize for the egregious spelling errors in the tweet above. But Samsung Firmware is hearing that the Samsung Galaxy Spica and likely the Samsung Galaxy will both receive the Android 2.0 update in February. In part because of the poor spelling but largely because of the unsourced report, we're uncertain if this will actually happen. But Samsung Firmware seems to be on top of all things Samsung so maybe it might. If this does happen though, we'll be the first to ask: what about 2.1?
No new news on the Samsung Moment or Behold II and Android 2.x at the moment.
It looks like Verizon, notorious for their expensive rate plans, will soon overhaul their rate plans. Some changes will only take place in name only but others such as unlimited plans will actually see a significant price drop. Overall, it seems easier to understand (a good thing) but we're not sure if non-unlimited, smartphone users will actually be affected. The details, as we see them:
Current Basic plan is re-named Nationwide Talk
Current Select plan is re-named Nationwide Talk & Text
Unlimited plans will drop 30%, $69.99 for unlimited voice, $89.99 for unlimited voice+text
$29.99 for unlimited data, $9.99 for 25MB
3G Smartphones will require $29.99 data, 3G Multimedia phones (dumbphones) will require $9.99 or higher data
Single line plans go from 16 options to 6, Family plans go from 24 options to 8
Anytime a carrier gives a price drop, we're all for it. So Big Red's decision to overhaul their rate plans comes with our approval. Obviously, it's still not nearly as good as Sprint or T-Mobile's offerings, but you get the Verizon network with these options. What do you guys think about it? Still sticking with T-Mobile or Sprint? Or jumping ship? Let us know!
A lot more pictures of the new Verizon rate plans and a comparison to the other carriers after the jump!
Above all, Google is about search--it's embedded in nearly all of their products. Even in 2010, Google continues to push search and constantly re-invents the way we find things. Their newest feature? Search optimized by our location. This allows Google to bring more relevant suggestions to the users and in the end, better results for us.
Searching through Google on your Android phone (or iPhone) will allow you to access this feature. Google uses your current or last location to determine more pertinent results.
For example, when users in the Boston metro area begin typing "Muse", suggestions such as "museum of science boston" and "museum of fine arts boston" are provided because people near Boston frequently look for these very popular museums. On the other hand, users in San Francisco who begin their query with "Muse" will see suggestions for museums in the San Francisco area.
We think it's a great addition to Google. What about you?
The saga of the Nexus One continues. As we reported earlier tonight, new pricing is here. T-MoNews has learned that T-Mobile customers who are eligible to upgrade to the Nexus One can do so for $279, and that anyone who bought one at the $379 price will be refunded $100 (and will receive it within 14 business days). The same upgrade rules apply, and the refund's coming from Google. And, so, here's the new breakdown, straight from the horse's mouth:
You can't take back all of the administrative problems we've seen with the launch of the Nexus One, but this should help ease the pain a little bit. Now if we could just get those 3G problems taken care of ...
We've been waiting for Rhapsody to come to Android for what seems like months and months because, well, it has been. The wait is all but over, folks. A beta app is now available directly from Rhapsody -- no official app in the Android Market yet -- at www.rhapsody.com/android/download. Head on over in your phone's browser (though check the instructions first; you'll need to accept apps from "unknown sources" first), get your download on, and let us know how it goes. [via Mobilecrunch]
Oh, hi, HTC Bravo. We didn't expect to see more of you for a couple of months, like, April. But the 3 Sweden carrier in, well, Sweden says on its Facebook page that you might make an appearance in March, which is right spiffy if you're living in Sweden.
Now that the Nexus One is officially official, the Bravo, with its nearly identical specs (3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen, Snapdragon processor, 5MP camera and Android 2.1) likely points to a brother of another mother, something we're used to when it comes to HTC phones, especially on the WinMo side [Facebook via Engadget Mobile]
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There's been more than a bit of consternation among current T-Mobile customers when it comes to buying a subsidized Nexus One. At first everybody though they were out of luck, or that they were eligible for the full discount. Then we learned otherwise. But today, a post on Google's support forums may point to some relief. (Emphasis ours.)
Also, as you've probably seen elsewhere, we've listened to everyone's feedback and concerns and are working to expand the group of customers that qualify for upgrade pricing on the Nexus One. Please stay tuned for more information.
Thanks! Ethan Google Guide
Exactly what that means, well, we'll just have to stay tuned, like the man says.
It'd been rumored that T-Mobile's myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition would be coming Jan. 20, and now that date's official. In addition, one of the biggest, baddest Fender players around -- Sir Eric Clapton -- is hitting the first chords on the device. The phone will come with such classics as "Wonderful Tonight," "Laya," "My Father's Eyes" and "Rock 'n' Roll Heart" already on board. Check out the ad with ol' Slowhand himself at Fender.com.
That not enough? There's also songs from Wyclef Jean, Avril Lavigne and Brad Paisley, as well as the Guitar Solo and Musical Light apps. Need accessories? How about extra Fender shells for the phone, and Fender case, screen protector and Rock Dock, which sports speakers. And sync solution doubleTwist is included, as well.
The myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition will cost $179.99 after the usual two-year deal.
Then came word from Lifehacker today that WaveSecure Beta (one of the Android Developer Challenge 2 winners) is offering free lifetime registration through January, so I've given it a spin. In addition to backing up and restoring your contacts, texts, photos and call logs, you can remotely wipe your phone, lock it down or (from a Web interface), track where the stolen phone has been taken. (You'll have to take my word for it on that one -- not going to show you the map, lol.)
You can get in on the free registration in the Android Market, or at WaveSecure.com.
So, that's one option. Undoubtedly there are more. Tell us your favorite backup and security program, and we'll give the top ones a spin.
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