It's turning into a big week for those of you with HTC Heroes on Cellular South. First comes word that you'll be getting a 2.1 upgrade. And now, your Hero has been rooted, opening up your devices to all sorts of trickery. XDA user ibegary did the deed, but you'll want to read through the entire thread before attempting anything yourself. (Thanks, 702DROID, for the tip!)
You just can't blink these days or you'll miss another Motorola Sholes Tablet sighting. Such is the case recently with the Moto XT701, the version of the Sholes Tablet destined for China. It briefly appeared on Moto's China site (at this URL) but has since been taken down. But Russian site GadgetFreaks managed some shots [translated page here] before the disappearance, and they clearly show the XT701. [via Unwired View]
We might have a couple of new Android phones on the way from Motorola, if a Barrons piece is correct. Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry says that Moto "may announce" a new Android set for AT&T next week at CES. It'll have an OLED screen and no physical keyboard. A second one may be announced for Verizon, he said.
Might these be two versions of the Opus One? Or something else? Only one way to find out. Time to pack for Vegas! [Barons via Gizmodo]
Rumor alert! Rumor alert! Looks like an Android user has ported Android 2.1 to the device nearest and dearest to our hearts, the T-Mobile G1. Now we don't doubt that the T-Mobile G1, easily the most customizable Android device available, can get the 2.1 update but our impatience just wants us to see it for real, for real. Video will do but downloadable form is even better.
And ... here we go. An analyst at Kaspersky Lab Americas says Android likely face a spate of attacks in 2010. Roel Schouwenberg, whose company coincidentally sells computer security tools, told USA Today [full story here] that "the first malicious programs for these mobile platforms appeared in 2009, a sure sign that they have aroused the interest of cybercriminals."
M'kay. Hard to argue with that logic. But wait. There's more.
'Android users, in particular, seem ripe for plundering. "The increasing popularity of mobile phones running the Android operating system, combined with a lack of effective checks to ensure third-party software applications are secure, will lead to a number of high-profile malware outbreaks," he says.
OK, let's make sure we've got this straight:
If "cybercriminals" attack something, it's a sign they're interested in it.
Because Android is growing in popularity, it ensures high-profile attacks.
Is it just us, or does it sound like Mr. Schouwenberg's up to something? But in all seriousness, let's worry about what it is we need to worry about. The odds of "hackers" (you know, those guys in black hats) hijacking your phone aren't that great. An occasional malicious application is a threat on any platform. But do you see iPhones -- which number in the millions and have had more than 1 billion application downloads -- droppingi dead? While the Android Market doesn't quite have the same checks and balances of Apple's App store or even Microsoft's Windows Marketplace for Mobile, it does have 16,000 official applications and widgets in it thus far (and some are estimating 150,000 this time next year, and there are plenty of apps available outside of the Market.
Me? I'm more worried about leaving my phone in a cab.
In short, the Camangi WebStation Android Tablet is a fairly well-built device that's terminally slow, plays atrocious videos, and a total fail that can't be recommended to anyone at any price. Yikes! The performance of the Camangi WebStation was so poor that the reviewer termed it as:
My suspicion is that the unit is basically a digital picture frame loaded with a cell phone version Google Android with a touch screen.
We were once excited for the Camangi WebStation because we thought it was a smartly styled device with a lot of potential. We'll definitely temper our expectations after hearing that scathing review but we'll also have to see and use one with our own eyes and hands to come to a final conclusion.
What do you guys think? Camangi WebStation, a bust? Never trust no namers?
Also of note is that the "trade name" for the Nexus One is listed as "Google Phone." Maybe that's a tell, maybe it's not. We'll just have to continue waiting. But probably not much longer. [FCC via Engadget]
Not that we really need more unofficial confirmation that the Nexus One from Google is headed to T-Mobile, but here it is. Above is a shot from the internal Streamline network, clearly showing T-Mo support for the nexus one. Note the bullet points:
Support for this device including troubleshooting and exchanges wil be managed by Google and HTC.
T-Mobile will offer service support including billing, coverage, featuers and rate plans.
Stay tuned for Additional details and StreamLine content to support the Google Android phone in early January.
Keep all information regarding this launch confidential until a formal announcement by Google is released.
So T-Mobile definitely will be the initial carrier, but it's looking more and more like Google will be the one actually selling and supporting the device. T-Mo news is saying a 9 a.m. Jan. 5 release date is confirmed, and you can only order through Google. No word on pricing.
As we continue to wait for the eventual public launch of the Nexus One, we're starting to see more and more of the infamous HTC device. After the break is a new five-minute video with the phone that is expected to be Google's second reference device (the G1 was the first).
The video is regrettably shaky and blurry, but it is another good look at the Nexus One. And we'll take all that we can get. Click on through. (Thanks, Thomas!)
In a groundbreaking study that shows exactly what we'd expect, it has been found that iPhone and Android users roughly use their phones for the same things -- mobile media (music, videos and the like), e-mail, news, networking, etc. You know -- the things smartphones were made for.
Other smartphones (we can only assume that includes RIM, Windows Mobile, Palm and Symbian) had roughly the same numbers, however. So, to recap: Smartphone owners are using their smartphones to do smartphone things. We now return you to your regularly scheduled program. [eMarketer via MocoNews]
If you remember, Google was supposed to have bought AdMob, the mobile advertising company, for nearly $750 million way back in November. There was a hold up, with the FTC wanting more information on the deal but Google expressed no concern over the delay, citing that there were no 'regulatory issues'. Well, it looks like a few consumer groups think differently. Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Digital Democracy have asked the FTC to block the deal on anti-trust grounds and possible privacy issues.
In their joint letter to the FTC, they claim that Google's acquisition of AdMob would lessen competition in the mobile advertising market and have a negative impact on consumers, advertisers, and developers. They also express concern about consumer privacy--AdMob and Google have access to heaps and heaps of consumer data.
Overall, it's not uncommon for consumer groups to raise complaints during antitrust reviews because well, that's when they'll be heard. So though Google should still close their deal with AdMob, it definitely will raise awareness for the consumer groups. Don't be surprised to hear anti-trust issues brought up every time Google makes a deal.
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