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4 years ago

The Nexus One story, Part 5 (plus another look at the car dock)

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Nexus One series

The fifth part in Google's YouTube series chronicling the birth (and now life) of the Nexus One is now available. In it we get a look at the Nexus One being used throughout the day (and a guy whose apartment is badly in need of a non-Google decorator). But we also get another brief look at the car dock.

Nexus One car dock

At about 1:08 in we see our hero place his Nexus One in the car dock, which has kind of a dual ball-and-socket joint system for multiple angles. Why dude's using a car dock in a taxi is an interesting question, but we won't look a gift horse in the mouth here. Check out the latest video after the break. [Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4]

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4 years ago

And now, the HTC Legend

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HTC Legend

Looks like somebody has their hands in HTC's honey pot. Just yesterday we got a look at the HTC Invincible, and now here's the HTC Legend. Looks like it's running the same ol' Sense we've come to know and love, and it looks like the venerable trackball has given way to an optical trackpad, which would be a welcome change. One more shot after the break. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid 2.1 update fleshed out, may include multitouch in browser

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Motorola Droid

The guys and gals at Engadget apparently have gotten word of what we can expect when the Motorola Droid gets its next update. Here's the scoop:

  • Looks like it'll be based off the Android2.1-update1 build that Google put out last week on the Nexus One.
  • And that means expect multitouch in the browser, to go along with the pinch-to-zoom that was enabled on the Droid for Google Maps just last week.
  • Google Googles is baked into the ROM by default (also standard in Android 2.1-U1).
  • The Droid's home screen remains as is -- no new rotating app thingy instead of the drawer, and no live wallpapers.
  • The news and weather widget from the Nexus One will be included.

Yeah, it's a bummer there won't be live wallpapers, and that the app drawer remains. Some of that's likely due to the hardware difference -- the Nexus One does have Snapdragon, after all -- and some of that's likely just the usual customization differences.

Unfortunately, nobody knows when -- or if, really -- this build for the Droid will be released. And so, we wait. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

myTouch 3G 1.2 Includes Swype Keyboard ?

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We know a lot of you folks have been excited over Swype, the new keyboard input method that allows you to simply drag your fingers to keys you want to type. It's definitely convenient for one handed 'typing' and for some people Swype really works. We've seen promising videos of Swype in action and even told you how to get Swype yourself, but unlike the keen readers we have here, we're sure the average Android user has little clue about this potentially game changing new input method.

So what if an Android phone launches with Swype? Would that catapult Swype to mainstream usage and success? It looks we'll get a chance to see because rumors are saying that the myTouch 3G 1.2 will include the Swype keyboard out of the box. We definitely support the decision because the more options for us, the better.

Could Swype eventually become standard on all Android phones? How has your experience been with it?

[via tmotoday]

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4 years ago

Motorola Motosplit: Rumored Details

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Remember that weirdly designed Motorola Android device, the Motosplit? Well, if these new rumored details are to be believed, that weird Motosplit is going to get even weirder. Yeah, we didn't think it was possible either. To quote:

The keyboard keys are inset and probably have no tactile feedback, however, they should be quite easy to use. It looks like the cutouts are pretty finger-friendly, as they contour to the shape of a standard finger. Under those cutouts is a low-resolution monochrome touch screen, one for each side of the keyboard. This is where the finger presses. The contact area is small, but the plastic grid that surrounds it contours to the fingers. The label and function of each key can be changed to suit certain layouts and applications.

The keyboard has multiple orientations. The keyboard can be pulled from side to side for typing on a surface. A small kickstand angles the phone when typing in this manner. The keyboard can also be pulled to the left for a standard landscape layout. There is also a dial-pad layout.

The Motosplit is also rumored to have the same processor as the Motorola Backflip, not the 1GHz Snapdragon processor we had originally heard about. That Backflip processor would be the fairly standard Qualcomm MSM7201A 528MHz processor and from our time with it, was a tad bit slow.

We're glad that Motorola is exploring different form factors but we really can't imagine how this would really work out. If it does have the ability to display different keys on the keyboard in different orientations, that's kind of cool. But is it cool enough to compromise usability? We'll toss Moto some faith here because the Backflip actually turned out to be a lot better than what we originally thought. Here's to Motorola pulling it off again. The Motosplit is still expected to launch on AT&T in Q3 2010.

[via androidcommunity]

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson Answers Questions About the Xperia X10

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is coming, SE promises us that. But we still don't know the final official details like the date it's coming, the price it'll be, and what US carrier it'll land on (if one at all). For a device that we were rather impressed with after giving it a hands-on and one that is also pretty well known in the Android world, it's surprising that Sony Ericsson hasn't gotten this thing out yet. But we guess it's not surprising since it is Sony Ericsson after all.

Either way, if you want to learn more about the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, a Sony Ericsson employee has answered a bunch of questions over at Tweakers (a Dutch site). The highlights (or lowlights?) are that the X10 runs Android 1.6 and won't launch with multitouch. Luckily, the X10 looks like it will upgrade to 2.1 sometime in the future but we're not exactly sure if they'll be able to add multitouch via software update (like the Nexus One & Droid did).

So we waited this long (and continue to wait) and SE still can't manage to get 2.1 and multitouch on launch? Not the news we wanted to hear!

[tweakers via engadget]

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4 years ago

Google brings 'Parisian Love' to the Super Bowl

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Google Super Bowl commercial

Well, not quite as ... erm, visually striking as Motorola's Super Bowl ad, but Google did just spring its first television ad on us. It was the same "Parisian Love" ad that leaked a while back. No Android love to be seen. And that's OK. Motorola's got us covered. And did we mention Megan Fox was in a Motorola ad?

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4 years ago

Megan Fox ... in a bathtub ... with the Motorola Devour

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Megan Fox Motorola Devour Super Bowl

Look twice. There's a phone in that picture, and it's the Motorola Devour. And there's Megan Fox. And there's video of the Super Bowl commercial after the break.

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4 years ago

Say Hello to TiPb: The iPhone, iPod, and iPad Blog!

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4 years ago

HTC Incredible shows its face, wearing Verizon stripes

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HTC IncredibleHTC Incredible

The folks at Pocketnow just got slipped a few shots of the HTC Incredible, a device long rumored to make an appearance on Verizon at some point. Android 2.1 is definitely on board, as is HTC's Sense UI. The tipster also says there's 256MB of RAM -- half that of the Droid Nexus One -- the WGVA screen is 3.5 inches to 3.7 inches in diagonal and is "very vibrant," but it's not sure if it's AMOLED, OLED or just regular ol' LED. Couple more photos and video after the break. [Pocketnow]

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4 years ago

Dopod roadmap shows HTC Dragon, A6388, Huashan

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Dopod roadmap

We just got slipped a roadmap for Dopod, and with it we get some Chinese Android fare.

First off there's the long-rumored HTC Dragon, noted as a 3.6-inch WVGA China-only Android phone. Then there's what's listed only as the A6388, a 3.4-inch HVGA device. (Screen shot courtesy of 3Gin.net after the break.) And there's also the Huashan, a monstrous 4.3-inch WVGA device (the Windows Mobile HD is 4.3 inches, if that helps put it into perspective. That said, it's noted that the Huashan may see a change in operating system to Windows Mobile, so ... Also noted as "in planning" are the Tianshan, a 3.2-inch QVGA device, and the Songshan, with a 2.8-inch QVGA screen and keyboard (front-facing, from the sound of it).

Anyhoo, that's a good sign that the Dragon is still in development (and, of course, we now know that's it's not another codename for the Passion, which became the Nexus One). Interesting stuff, indeed, coming out of the East. Question is when will we see it?

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4 years ago

Linux creater loves the Nexus One

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Linus Torvalds

If you don't know the name Linus Torvalds, well, let's just say he's the reason you're holding that Android phone in your hand. He created the Linux kernel, which is what Android is built on. Anyway, he's never been a fan of any kind of cell phone. Until now. From his personal blog:

But I have to admit, the Nexus One is a winner. I wasn't enthusiastic about buying a phone on the internet sight unseen, but the day it was reported that it finally had the pinch-to-zoom thing enabled, I decided to take the plunge. I've wanted to have a GPS unit for my car anyway, and I thought that google navigation might finally make a phone useful.

And it does. What a difference! I no longer feel like I'm dragging a phone with me "just in case" I would need to get in touch with somebody - now I'm having a useful (and admittedly pretty good-looking) gadget instead. The fact that you can use it as a phone too is kind of secondary.

We've seen a lot of that lately: Multitouch makes the difference. So welcome back to Android, Linus. You've been missed.

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4 years ago

The Nexus One story, Part 4

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Nexus One manufacturing

Let's not waste any time here. Part four of Google's series chronicling the birth of the Nexus One tackles the manufacturing process, from the plastic molds to the electrical innards at HTC. This is where the magic happens, people. Video after the break. [Part 1Part 2Part 3]

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4 years ago

The Nexus One story, Part 3

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Nexus One testing

Here comes Part 3 in Google's series of short films chronicling the birth of the Nexus One. Dunno about you guys, but the bend test made me cringe. Video after the break. [Part 1Part 2]

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4 years ago

Google Releasing a Super Bowl Commercial ?

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Google CEO Eric Schmidt, or Schmitty around these parts, just tweeted that we should watch the ads during the 3rd Quarter of the Super Bowl. And to add even more intrigue, he says that someone said "hell has indeed frozen over". For those at home, that would be the same Super Bowl that airs the best, biggest, and most expensive commercials of the year (and typically a good football game). Is Google stepping into the world of traditional advertising? Are we on the verge of seeing a Google commercial? What would it be about? Google.com? Android? Nexus One? ChromeOS?

We're pulling for a Nexus One advertisement but could totally imagine a 'feel good' Google commercial that spreads the joy of life without specifying a product (you could too, right?). Either way, we think if a Google Super Bowl commercial is real, there's a good chance it's going to be awesome. And don't forget, Motorola is also releasing their own Super Bowl commercial about their latest Android phone (likely the Backflip) in the 3rd Quarter of the game as well.

What do you guys think the ad will be about? Who do you think is going to win? Are you more excited for commercials or the actual game?

[twitter via techcrunch]

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