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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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  • 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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4 years ago

European Nexus One Will Have Multitouch ?

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This is getting quite ridiculous Google. Word on the street is that the European Nexus One will have multitouch--yes the feature that we have begged and begged for since Android launched to no avail. The Nexus One on Germany's Heise has already been shown off with the wonderful pinch to zoom and gestures and we can probably assume Vodafone's Nexus One will have the same.

Remember that the Motorola Milestone (the Droid outside of the US) also has multitouch so basically it's only US Google Experience Android phones that come without it. But their foreign counterparts have it. So why no multitouch on US Google Experience Android devices? We really have no clue. Multitouch makes looking at maps and web browsing so, so much better.

[via engadget]

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4 years ago

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Has A Mini Me Version Codenamed Robyn ?

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We really have no idea how to take this. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 has a mini-me version codenamed Robyn that's seriously tiny. Just look at the thing! It's so tiny that we almost think it's a joke, in fact, we're certain it has to be a joke. Can it really be that small and run Android!?

Given that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is looking to be a Canadian exclusive (for now) we wonder if the Xperia X10 mini me or 'Robyn' can sneak through the US back door, heck, we're sure no one would notice. But who would want such a tiny smartphone? Is this even practical? Forgive us but we're just stunned by the size of the thing. The 'Robyn' is purported to come with your usual slew of connectivity options--3G, Wi-Fi, etc, 3.5mm headphone jack and a 5 megapixel camera. It looks to run the same UI as the Xperia X10. It'll also come in four different colors seen after the break!

So, um, who's interested in the Sony Ericsson 'Robyn'?

[se-blog]

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4 years ago

Round Robin Podcast Extra, CES-style!

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Since the entire SPE team was here at CES in Las Vegas, it made perfect sense to take some time away from ogling gadgets and chatting up our friends in the blogosphere to record a podcast. We talk up what we've seen so far, including the Nexus One and Motorola Backflip; we also chatted a bit about what we're hoping to see at Palm's event today.

As you might have guessed, the show was recorded and hosted by our pal Mickey Papillon of TCPJ. Give it a listen!

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Motorola Backflip

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Motorola Backflip

Let's be perfectly clear here: When I first saw the leaked images of the Motorola Backflip, I didn't know what to make of it and wrote it off as gimmicky. OK, a keyboard that contorts and kind of wraps itself around a phone is gimmicky. But once you see it in action -- along with Android 2.1 and Motoblur --  it works, and it's actually functional.

For one, Moto's positioning the Backflip as an ultimate social networking phone. There's an honest-to-goodness front-facing camera on the keyboard, so that you can easily take a self-portrait and upload it to Facebook. For another: You can fold the keyboard down and use it as as a stand. And when you do that, it automatically does into alarm clock mode. Really, it makes more sense than it sounds.

We're fully expecting the Backflip on AT&T in the very near future. Check out the video after the break.

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