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4 years ago

A Nexus One Enterprise Version Might Have Physical Keyboard & Bigger Battery

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So we all know that the Nexus One was the first phone available at google.com/phone. Some of us may also know that Google will continue developing devices to sell in their Google Phone Store. What many of us didn't know until yesterday was that there could be a version of the Nexus One tailored for enterprise. In an interview, Andy Rubin, unprompted, mentioned that there could be a Nexus One Enterprise Version with a bigger battery and physical keyboard.

Obviously, we're not expecting this immediately, it was an off-handed comment discussing possibilities, but could this signify the beginning of seeing Android as an enterprise platform? So far, Android devices has been largely ignored in the enterprise space and rightfully so, for the longest time Android didn't even have support for Exchange. But what if they spun the Nexus One Enteprise as a device tailor made for Google Apps and targeted it to enterprises who use Google Apps? Now this can get interesting..

[via gizmodo]

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4 years ago

Andy Rubin Doesn't Like Two Handed Operations

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Andy Rubin, in response to a question regarding the lack of multitouch on US Google Experience Android devices, namely the Droid and Nexus One:

“It’s not an America versus outside America kind of thing. It’s a decision that is a result of the OEM model. I personally don’t like two-handed operations… there is no conspiracy.”

Um, okay. We don't even know what to say, but we're not buying it. Maybe we're conspiracy theorists to believe that deeper and darker reasons exist but multitouch is such a natural and intuitive feature that to not have it as even an option, simply puts your device at a competitive disadvantage.

But above all, the answer is incredibly odd. We're not even sure what's so bad about two-handed operations, heck, we do our typing two handed. We don't put the blame on Andy Rubin, everyone has their own unique preferences, but dude, come on. Looks like this multitouch issue won't be resolved anytime soon.

[via theiphoneblog]

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4 years ago

Hands-on with OnStar's Android app for the Chevy Volt electric vehicle

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Chevrolet Volt

One of the coolest things we've seen at CES this year has as much to do with a phone that weighs just 169 grams as it does with an electric vehicle that tips the scales at 3,500 pounds. The Chevrolet Volt -- a plug-in, hybrid-electric vehicle that will be available later this year --, comes long with a trio of mobile apps (Motorola Droid, BlackBerry and iPhone) that allow you total control of charging the car from your pocket, courtesy of an app from OnStar.

For now, you can try out the app on the Droid at OnStarMobileDemo.com. And after the break, our hands-on with an exciting way to green up your life from your mobile phone, (Read The iPhone Blog's hands-on here), plus video and a slew of photos.

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4 years ago

Hands On With The LG GT540 Swift Android Smartphone

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Say hello to the LG GT540 Swift Android smartphone. We've seen Android devices from LG before but none have reached the US, maybe that'll change with the GT540. The GT540 is a cute little device that seems to hit the midrange end of the market, especially catering to those who've yet to own a smartphone.

The build quality is mostly good, there's wavy ridges accenting the back of the phone, chrome rim outlining the sides and attractive color options. The GT540 uses 3 physical hardware buttons and 2 touch-sensitive buttons for navigation. The only potential hardware issue we saw was with the battery cover, it kept slipping off--but we're going to chalk this up as a CES show floor thing. The rest of the hardware is standard fare: 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3-megapixel camera and a 3.5mm headphone jack

We have no idea what version of Android the LG GT540 runs. Whenever we tried to jump into Settings > About Phone, it just gave us an error message. Either way, the lock screen looks like it comes from 2.0.1 but the icons look like their from 1.6.  On top of that, LG has added some of their special sauce, skinning a little bit of the phone, bumping the home screen to 7 pages wide, and a Motion UI player (?). Performance was just average, nothing super speedy so the processor must be your run-of-the-mill chip.

It's expected to hit stores in April 2010 but price and carrier are still unknown. We know it'd look like a good mid-range device for AT&T. What do you guys think about the LG GT540?

Hit the jump to see more pictures of the LG GT540!

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4 years ago

No 802.11n WiFi on Nexus One, for now

Google Nexus One

When the Google Nexus One launched earlier this week (see our hands-on), it did so listing WiFi compatibility as 802.11n, meaning you'd be getting the latest and greatest (and fastest) connection. It was listed the technical specs and confirmed in a hardware teardown. But it turns out the "n" part of the equation is dormant, leaving us with only 802.11b/g, which is now reflected in the tech specs. Before you pick up the pitchforks, however, remember that the iPod touch has the same handicap. Hoepfully we'll see 802.11n turned on at some point. (Thanks to everybody who sent this in)

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4 years ago

AT&T serious about Motorola Backflip -- as in 400,000 serious

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Motorola Backflip

OK, so AT&T hasn't officially said it's bringing on the Motorola Backflip (see our hands-on here) as its first Android device, but ... well, it's bringing on the Motorola Backflip as its first Android device. Remember that it's "A Motorola smartphone, powered by MOTOBLUR, with a unique form factor and an AT&T exclusive." That's the Backflip.

Now comes word from @eldarmurtazin on Twitter that AT&T's ordered 400,000 units. We're not talking millions and millions of phones, but it's definitely a sign that AT&T's serious about at last this Android device. [via Unwired View]

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4 years ago

Tegra 2 Android Netbook Prototype Shown Off

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Nvidia showed off the latest Android netbook prototype powered at CES 2010. This one's a little more unique since its powered by Nvidia's latest Tegra 2 'system on a chip' processor. The hardware (by Pegatron) was sturdy and rather polished but since nothing is exactly final about the product--even the plastic casing was dubbed as a prototype--we don't know if that'll change. But it did run Android.

After running through some basic Android-y tasks on the Netbook (by Pegatron), we have to say we're not a big fan. Without a proper touchscreen, navigation just isn't anywhere close to ideal. Plus, in the expanded garden of a laptop-like device, expectations are simply much higher.

We know it was just a prototype, but as of now, Android on a netbook just isn't worth getting excited about. On a MID? Now that's a completely different story..

Hit the jump to see more pictures of Android on the Pegatron Netbook with Tegra 2!

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the PCD MID650

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PCD MID650

Another day, another Android MID. At least, that's kind of what it feels like. And here's the MID650 from PCD (PCDphones.com), whom we mainly know as the keeper of Verizon software upgrades. This is just a prototype, so you can't buy it anywhere, and it had a power issue at the time, so we didn't actually get to see Android running on it. But what we have here is a 5-inch TFT touchscreen at 800x480. It'll have 3G radio (this one had the GSM variety), WiFi, GPS, MicroSD, a 2MP camera and FM radio.

PCD's vice president of advanced devices, Joe Cufari, told us that it should see some upgraded features when it goes into production, namely that the 5-inch screen should became a 7-inch screen, and Android 1.5 would be swapped out for 2.0 or so.

We're not the world's biggest fans of mobile Internet devices, but this one really did feel pretty good in the hand. Dimensions were 4.6 wide by 3 inches tall by 0.7 inches deep.

A few more pics after the break.

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4 years ago

Flash, Android 2.1 coming to Droid; Nexus One; help and how to, future devices

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From the Forums is a great way for you, our readers, to see the hottest topics being discussed. But you must be a registered member and becoming a member is a simple process. So if you have not already already done so, head on over and register now!

  • It's a great time to be a Moto Droid owner as sometime in the near future we will all be able to enjoy Flash along with Android 2.1! Excited much?
  • With all of the hype revolving around the Google Nexus One, why not just give you a link to the complete forum: Google Nexus One - Hit the link and chat it up!
  • If you are new to Android this next forum is a must - General Help and How To. This is a great place to go for any general Android question you may have.
  • Lastly for today we have a great forum for those of you interested in any future Android device - Android News & Rumors. No matter what the future device or rumor may be, this is the place to discuss it.

See you on the forums!

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4 years ago

Tiny Sony Ericsson 'Robyn' aka Xperia X10 Mini-me Pops Up Again

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Oh, hello again little one. The Sony Ericsson 'Robyn' has popped it's pretty tiny face once again, this time lining up next to the iPhone. The iPhone looks like a giant, doesn't it? We're still not sure if this a joke or not because we just don't know how well the Android (or any smartphone) experience can translate on the small screen. Who the heck would use this? Maybe those fascinated with the cute and colorful?

And with that said, this device will promptly sell millions.

More pictures after the jump!

[pointgphone via engadget]

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4 years ago

Spring Design Alex E-Reader Announces Partnership With Borders, Drops Price

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If you didn't notice our excitement in the Spring Design Alex E-Book Reader yet, you will now. Spring Design just announced that they'll be partnering with the Borders' eBook store for their Android-powered Alex E-Reader. This is awesome news because one of the biggest sells (and underrated aspects) for E-Readers is to have an ecosystem in place to easily get books onto the device. Having a partnership with Borders solves this for Spring Design and should absolutely get Amazon's and Barnes & Noble's attention. In a sense, their competitors are joining forces.

The good news doesn't stop there. They'll be dropping the price of the Alex E-Reader by a solid $40, bringing it down to $359. The price is still hefty, and we wished they would drop it more, but a price cut is a price cut is a price cut, right?

Press release after the jump!

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Nexus One (Update: Now with more N1 video ...)

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Google Nexus One at CES Pepcom 

Update: Well, would you look at that. Now the right video and all of the pictures are there. What happens in Vegas ...

Walk into the Digital Experience - Pepcom event that helped kick off CES (follow all of our coverage at AndroidCentral.com/CES, and sure enough, there's the Google Nexus One, front and center. They're shipping now (some of us have them in our hot little hands already), and there were plenty on hand for fondling. And fondle, we did.

Is it the perfect smartphone (er, Superphone, says HTC)? That's up to you guys to decide. But either way, it's fast. It's lean. It feels good in the hand. The live wallpapers don't slow the N1 at all. We watched as the voice-to-text feature -- which lets you dictate into any text field -- worked even in a crowded event room. We watched as the Snapdragon processor held on despite multiple demos (which often spell doom for any new smartphone). And we watched as it wowed most everyone in the room. Plenty of pics (and some video) after the break.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Entourage Edge

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Entourage Edge

Here's a very brief look at a non-working Entourage Edge. So, we can't really comment about how the e-ink display (that's the one of the left) works in conjunction with the Android-powered LED side of the brain on the right. But we can tell you that this thing is large. You're not going to be packing this thing in a pocket for some easy reading. But the clamshell hinge was strong, and the buttons large. So it has that going for it, which is nice. Couple more shots after the break.

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4 years ago

Hands-On With Spring Design Alex Android-Powered Dual Screen E-Reader

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Watch out Nook, you have a real competitor for that Android-powered, Dual-screen E-Book Reader space. We spent a little time with the Spring Design Alex E-Reader at CES and came away pretty impressed. Unlike the Nook (un-rooted, of course), Android is front and center with this puppy, you can easily set up your e-mail, browse web pages via the browser and even search a million free Google Books all under the Android OS. Take a look at the pictures, it's unmistakably Android.

The hardware was surprisingly nice as well. It was thin and light yet not cheap feeling at all. Definitely thinner than the Nook but not as polished as the Kindle. The E-ink screen performed well (page transitions are a bit choppy, expectedly) and the color touchscreen was very responsive. Basically, the Spring Design Alex is full featured enough to be thought of as a E-Reader and Android phone mash-up.

Unfortunately, reports are showing that the Spring Design Alex will cost $399, shipping February 22nd. That's significantly more expensive than the Nook, $140 to be specific. Though we still remain positive about this device, more so than the Nook, the price dampens our excitement just a little bit.

Hit the jump to see another shot of the Spring Design Alex E-Reader!

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4 years ago

Hands-On With China-Only Motorola XT800 & MT710 Android Phones

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The Droid, Cliq, & Backflip aren't the only Motorola Android devices around. There's also the XT800 and MT710. Confused? Yeah, it's okay. We've seen these China-only devices previously but have heard very little since. At CES, we actually got a brief hands-on with both devices and came away pretty impressed. Surprisingly, these devices are extremely well built--definitely better build quality than the Cliq and perhaps even better than the just announced Backflip.

The MT710 (pictured above) runs China's custom Ophone UI which skins Android into big pressable buttons--it's hardly recognizable as Android. The shape is a little odd, resembling more of a book than anything else. Specifically, one side is covered in the ridged orange metal while the other is the smooth stainless steel/chrome-type finish. It comes with a stylus (which means a resistive touchscreen), supposedly because it's easier to write Chinese characters with. You can find the specs of the MT710 here.

The XT800 is actually a very impressive device. The hardware is round where the Droid is square. It's very light in the hand and the back has a snakeskin-esque backing. It's a Dual-Sim device, packs HDMI, and runs Android 2.0.1. The pictures don't fully capture how well-built this device is. We would absolutely love if the XT800 made its way to the States.

We have no idea if we'll ever see these devices in the US but we're hopeful. Regardless, we're just glad that Motorola is making devices for Android now.

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