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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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4 years ago

SDKs, drivers and roots - Oh, my!

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Inside Android

Hey, all. Introducing a new feature to our AndroidCentral readers. It's a little space where we can discuss and feature the weeks best in the Android modding and hacking community, in terms that even those new to Android can understand.

This won't be device or carrier specific, so think of it as a showcase of everything Android has to offer us because of its open nature. Our seasoned veterans may find some of this redundant, but we're going to try to keep things on a level all can understand so we stay on the same page. This week's version is going to be a bit long so we can introduce some things, so bear with me.

Please keep in mind I can't be everywhere at once (until I perfect my cloning machine!) so it's possible I'll miss something that you didn't. The best way to keep that from happening is to send me your tips and links about all the cool ways we are customizing our phones. Just like the customizing community let's make this a joint effort!

Now on to the goodies.

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4 years ago

Motorola Zeppelin may be the Cliq XT, may launch March 10 on T-Mobile

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T-Mobile launch dates

Couple of nuggets of information regarding the fabled Motorola Zeppelin, if this slide, purportedly from an internal T-Mobile presentation, is to believed. 1.) It'll be called the Cliq XT. And 2.) It'll be available on March 10. Presumably we'll get an announcement before an actual launch, and we'll keep our eyes peeled at Mobile World Congress next week for just that. [PPCGeeks via TMoNews]

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4 years ago

Android-powered Dell Mini 5 is destined for AT&T 3G

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Dell Mini 5 FCC

Three things I believe in: Android will dominate the universe, everybody should go sailing at least three times in their life, and Engadget's ability to parse the FCC listings. And they've done it again, matching up the Dell Mini 5 -- which we recently saw in the hands of Michael Dell himself -- with AT&T's flavor of wireless. Looks like it'll sport 3G and EDGE frequencies, and likely more for use outside the United States. Now all we need is for this thing to actually be released. [FCC via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Android 101: Copy files to your storage card in Windows

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Android storage count mounting

For as easy as Android can make your life, the simple task of getting photos, video and music from your computer to your phone isn't quite as straightforward as it should be. We're going to put an end to that right now. After the break: How to get your storage card to show up on your computer. No rooting. No extra programs. Just a few simple steps.

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4 years ago

The Nexus One story, Part 2

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Nexus One

Episode 2 of Google's behind-the-scenes look at the Nexus One is now available. The second part of the five-part series takes a look at the AMOLED display and 3D framework of the device. Check it out after the break. [Part 1]

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid gets pinch-to-zoom in Google Maps application (update)

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You guys wanted pinch-to-zoom on the Motorola Droid, and you're getting pinch-to-zoom on the Motorola Droid. At least in Google Maps, thus far, which has been updated to Version 3.4.0 and lets you get your multitouch on.

Let's hope we see a full multitouch update to the Droid come down the pike eventually. In the meantime, everybody get your update on. (Thanks to everyone who sent this in)

Update: Now with video.

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4 years ago

What the other Editors said about Android -- Smartphone Round Robin

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The Smartphone Round Robin is finally over! After a long trip through five other smartphone platforms, we're finally back on our own lovely Android. Having played with so many different platforms, we can say with full confidence that there's been no better time to be a smartphone user. Really, any smartphone you pick up is worth your time. We've come a very long way from maddening UIs and cruddy hardware.

And maybe we thank the iPhone for shocking the smartphone market alive, but it doesn't stop there. We sure have to thank Blackberry for continuing to build great devices and fine tuning their experience. Certainly thank Android & webOS for introducing fresh concepts and philosophies. And thank Windows Mobile and Nokia for staying their course while still modernizing. And we haven't even mentioned third party manufacturers like HTC & Motorola. Everyone is in some part responsible for the growth of smartphones. Even you.

But anyway, let's see what the other editors thought of Android in the Smartphone Round Robin! We've picked out some choice quotes from all of their reviews that highlights their overall theme. It's an interesting lot, to say the least, and we're glad to see such fresh perspective on the Android platform. Seeing it day-to-day limits our ability to see it as outside the box as these guys.

Read on to see what the other editors had to say about Android!

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4 years ago

Barnes & Noble rolling out update to Nook eReader today

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Barnes & Noble Nook ereader update

Looks like the Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader's getting an update right ... about ... now! Gizmodo got slipped an internal memo that details the Version 1.2 upgrade:

  • Improved in-store WiFi and "seamless connectivity" to in-store content and promotions. (In other words, walk into the store and you'll see B&N fare on your Nook.)
  • Improved opening of books and periodicals. (No, we're not going to start calling them ePeriodicals.)
  • Better battery life.
  • "Reading Now" and settings buttons are more responsive.
  • Current page and bookmarks are properly saved when the Nook's turned off.
  • Bookmarks now show page number.
  • "LendMe" books are now noted as such.
  • Daily subscription with issues are all in one folder.
  • Better back button.
  • My Documents can be sorted by title and author.

Word on the street (and from our pal Matt Miller at ZDNet) is that the update significantly speeds up the Nook -- always a good thing. If you don't want to wait for the update to roll out over the air, you can update it manually here.  [Barnes & Noble via Giz]

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4 years ago

Samsung M100S Gets a Hands-On Video

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If you're interested, the just announced Samsung M100S got some hands-on time captured on video. The device actually looks pretty good--the screen pops, the shape is nice, and the materials look excellent. Even better, the performance of Android 2.1 on the M100S is stellar. We're thoroughly impressed with the M100S and hope that Samsung builds these kinds of Android phones instead of those kinds of Android phone. We're also happy to note that we saw more Android than Touchwiz in the videos and that friends, is a very good thing.

Hit the jump to see 2 Hands-on videos of the Samsung M100S!

[enuri via androidcommunity]

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4 years ago

HomeRun Battle 3D Features Cross-Platform Multiplayer, Android vs iPhone

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One of the things we wouldn't mind Android stealing from the iPhone is their game selection. Games on the iPhone typically outclass Android games and can even keep pace with dedicated gaming devices like the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP.

Luckily, as Android grows, the games will follow. We're beginning to see a ton of great games on Android and even some iPhone ports. For example, HomeRun Battle 3D, a simple, yet addictive game that is basically a glorified home run derby, has come from the iPhone to Android. What's even cooler about HomeRun Battle 3D is that it allows for cross-platform multiplayer, which means you can pit Android vs iPhone and go hit for hit with your iPhone buddies. Cross-platform multiplayer is an awesome feature that we hope to see in other Android & iPhone games--the more people you can beat in games, the merrier.

Hit the jump to see the Droid vs iPhone in HomeRun Battle 3D! (sadly the Droid loses)

[via toucharcade]

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy I5700 Spica Getting Android 2.1 in Q2

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Looks like another Android phone is getting blessed with Android 2.1. And that phone would be the Samsung Galaxy I5700 Spica. We've previously heard that the Spica would receive Android 2.0 in February but we guess since 2.1 is the latest rage, that's going to be ignored. The Samsung Galaxy I5700 is a mid-level device with decent specs but isn't even available in the US. It just released on T-Mobile UK so maybe eventually we'll see it here (we doubt it), but we'd much rather have a Galaxy 2 or even a M100S now anyway. Anyone own a Galaxy Spica?

[via unwiredview]

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4 years ago

Car dock, spare battery charger spotted in Google's Nexus One video

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Nexus One docks

While watching the video on the creation of the Google Nexus One, we get a brief glimpse of the desktop dock that's available now (watch our video review) and a couple others that we may well see soon. On the left appears to be a dock with a slot in the rear to charge a spare battery. And on the right (next to the MacBook Pro) is what appears to be the car dock, which we've seen in some Nexus One documentation already.

Google's had zero word on pricing or availability of the other two docks, so stay tuned.

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4 years ago

Google shows off Nexus One's genesis in online video series

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Nexus One video

There's no denying that the Nexus One is a sexy piece of hardware (check out our review) that both Google and manufacturer HTC are proud of. (You should see them talk about it in person. It's evident in their eyes.) Now Google's showing off the backstory of the Nexus One in a series of videos hosted on the GoogleNexusOne YouTube channel.

The first episode tackles the concept and design and is narrated by Erick Tseng (Android Project Manager), Tomasz Hasinski (HTC Project Manager) and Lloyd Watts (Audience). Check it out after the break. And look for more clips in the next week or so.

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