5 years ago

Sony Ericsson says Xperia X10 still on track for first-quarter launch


Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

Poking fun at Sony Ericsson's seemingly sluggish Xperia line is kind of a tradition among phone nerds, but that doesn't mean it's right. And SE has gone on record saying that the X10 is still on track for a first-quarter launch. A spokesman told Mobile Tech Addicts "If anything appeared (on the Sony Ericsson website) saying otherwise, then it was incorrect."

For our part, the Xperia X10 looked pretty much ready to go when we got our hands on it last week at CES. At least, we didn't see major crashses or anything that might point to a long-term delay.

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5 years ago

T-Mobile US To Carry 8 HTC Handsets In 2010



BGR whispers that they're hearing that T-Mobile US will carry 8 HTC handsets in 2010. Specifically, it's 8 SKU's and that's including current devices too, so they're counting the T-Mobile myTouch 3G, myTouch 3G Fender Edition, and the HTC HD2 in the 8. Which leaves room for 5 more HTC devices that almost certainly come from this leaked HTC 2010 product lineup. Unfortunately, the 5 devices will be split between Android and Windows Mobile, so we shouldn't expect 5 brand new HTC Android devices just yet.

We're unsure if the Nexus One counts, considering it is made by HTC and runs on T-Mobile but since it's only sold by Google, yeah, who knows. Either way, it's nice to be re-assured that hot HTC Android devices are coming to T-Mobile.

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5 years ago

Motorola Milestone Launching January 26 On Telus ?



We've already known that the Motorola Milestone (the GSM version of the Droid) would be available to our neighbors to the north on Telus for quite some time. However, we only knew it was coming in 'early 2010' but now there are some reports floating around pegging the official date as January 26th. Considering that the Nexus One is on everybody's mind (but not yet available in Canada), we think it's best to hit the stores as soon as possible. January 26th is a good date to start.

Don't forget, the Milestone one ups the Droid because it has multitouch in the browser which makes it such a joy to use. But on the flip side, no Google Maps Navigation. And also, AT&T users pay attention because the Telus Milestone will work with AT&T 3G. Oh yes it will.

[via engadget]

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5 years ago

Nexus One Sold Only 20,000 Units In The First Week ?



Ruh Roh. According to data gathered by Flurry, which provides mobile analytics, the hotly anticipated and insanely hyped Nexus One may have only sold 20,000 units in the first week. Translation: that's not a lot. In fact, that's a heck of a lot less than what the Droid did (250,000 in its first week) and certainly leaves a lot of ground to catch up on given that analysts have estimated that the Nexus One would sell 5-6 million units for this year.

Obviously, since there hasn't been much traditional advertising of the Nexus One (unlike the Droid) and you can only buy the Nexus One from Google.com/phone, perhaps Google is handcuffing the potential earnings of this phone. After all, it is the best Android available, it should absolutely be successful. Or maybe sales will be mediocre until it hits Verizon and then we can compare apples to apples--sort of.

Would you consider 20,000 Nexus Ones sold in the first week to be a success or a failure? Or is it way too early to tell? Let us know!

[via gizmodo]

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5 years ago

Quick look at T-Mobile Market billing


T-Mobile billingT-Mobile billing

Kinda forgot about this one over the New Year holiday, but here's how it looks when you purchase an app in the Android Market and pay for it with your T-Mobile bill. Originally this was to have been rolled out by Dec. 30. Any T-Mobile users out there not seeing this option? (Thanks, Wayne!)

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5 years ago

T-Mobile's steps for taking calls about the Nexus One 3G issues


T-Mobile 3G issues with Nexus One

OK, you wanted to know what T-Mobile's doing about 3G problems with the Nexus One. Here's the ugly truth. Above are some of the bullet points customer-service types are being given, at least as of Jan. 9.

Pretty basic troubleshooting steps here, such as making sure you're actually in a 3G-covered area, power-cycling the Nexus One, trying other 3G-enabled phones and the like. It does note that when WiFi is active, the 3G symbol won't appear, but you knew that already, right?

Otherwise, continue to stand by, folks. [via Engadget]

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5 years ago

Nokia Hands On Video, Smartphone Round Robin



And we're back! The Smartphone Round Robin is officially back in motion and we're now in week 4. We have perhaps the most mysterious device in the Smartphone Round Robin this year--Nokia--and it'll definitely be exciting to see what we'll learn. Before getting time with Nokia this year, we literally knew nothing about the N900 and N97 Mini which is surprising considering the dominance Nokia has in the world market but not so surprising considering Nokia has no US footprint whatsoever. Either way, you can chalk up our hands on video with Nokia as a learning experience. Be sure you watch the video!

Because it's nearly impossible to learn everything about the powerful platform that is Nokia in one video, I'll soon be asking Nokia Users questions on Nokia Experts. I'm sure they'll be a huge help in my quest to understand how and why Nokia is so popular. On another note, PreCentral will have their hands on Android this week and we'll be sure to point you to their hands on video and accompanying thread!

Hit the jump to check out Android Central's Hands On Nokia Video !


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5 years ago

Rogers Dream owners: Get your free Magic, but contract clock is reset


Rogers Magic and Dream

Remember how there were a whole bunch of people on Canada's Rogers network who were upset they were going to be stuck with Android 1.5 on the HTC Dream? And remember how Rogers made everybody all warm and fuzzy by saying they could upgrade to an HTC Magic for free, and that they were working on the details?

Well, they've worked 'em out. It sounds worse than it is, however.

  • You can upgrade to a Magic for free, all right, but you're going to have to renew your contract and the Canadian-standard three-year plan begins again.
  • This applies for those who activated a new HTC Dream before Jan. 1, 2010.
  • You must upgrade to the Magic by Jan. 26, 2010.
  • The upgrades have to be done through Rogers' Customer Care (888-Rogers1).

Because most Dream customers aren't too far into their current contracts, the extension likely will only mean an extra seven months or so. Basically, the clock is reset. And when you're already signed on for 36 months, what's another half-year, huh?

Edit: Clarified the headline some. [Via MobileSyrup]

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5 years ago

Motorola confirms Cliq gets Android 2.1


Motorola Cliq

We originally helped break this news a week ago, and today Motorola took to Twitter to confirm that the Cliq will receive and upgrade to Android 2.1. (Actually, @motomobile initially said it'd be a 2.0 upgrade, but they went back and corrected themselves.)

A date for the upgrade has yet to be announced.

Update: For what it's worth, @motomobile has also confirmed the Droid will get 2.1. Which we also reported last week. lol (thanks, Chris!)

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5 years ago

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender edition almost looks good enough to play


 myTouch 3G Fender editionmyTouch 3G Fender edition

Seems like it was only yesterday when we were discussing the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender edition and how it's likely coming later this month, but we'd seen neither hide nor h- ... Oh, wait here it is. And speaking as a guitar fan, it sure looks purdy. Look for it Jan. 20, folks. [Engadget]

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5 years ago

Microsoft rep: Android "is free like a puppy"


Like a puppy

We're not sure it's news every time one OS manufacturer pokes fun at another, but here we go again anyway. During a panel on netbooks (attended and reported by LaptopMag's Mark Spoonauer) at CES, Microsoft GM of consumer products James DeBragga took a swipe at Android after it was lauded as being versatile and free. DeBragga sort of agreed, calling it "free like a puppy" in that it's cute at first but has to be trained and can be a hassle. And, yes, pee on your rug. (It really tied the room together.)

Now there may be some truth to that (erm, not the rug part), and DeBragga's point was that an open and free platform like Android doesn't have the proper muscle behind it for a proper support infastructure and is "leashed" to the Android Market. That's certainly a concern, and we're seeing results of Android's relative immaturity in the recent Nexus One launch. But we'd argue that it's not that Android (and Google) doesn't have the capability of proper support, it's just that the organization appears muddied at the moment.

Either way: It's a cute line, but probably one that has more bark than bite.

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5 years ago

How are you using your Nexus One?


From the forums

There's some great discussion going on in our forums about the Google Nexus One, including questions about using it unlocked on AT&T. And that brings us to the following poll. Let us know which way you're rocking the Nexus One, check out our Nexus One FAQ, and then join in the discussion! 

On which network are you rocking the Nexus One?(surveys)

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5 years ago

Google IO conference set for May 19-20


Google IO conference

Registration just opened up for the Google IO conference May 19-20 in San Francisco. Two days of Android, Chrome, APIs, apps, robots, flying cars and just about anything else Google that you can think of.

Expected are more than 3,000 developers with 80 educational sessions and 100 demonstrations by the devs. Android-centric sessions include:

  • "A beginner's guide to Android"
  • "Casting a wide net: how to target all Android devices"
  • "Home sweet home"
  • "Writing real-time games for Android redux"

Anybody out there planning to go?

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5 years ago

Backup app helps catch Droid thief


Stolen Motorola Droid

You knew this was going to end badly. Kid breaks into home. Kid steals Motorola Droid. Kid takes pictures of himself with the Droid. Droid uploads pictures. Kid caught. It's a cautionary tale.

Actually, it was a pretty scary situation for the homeowner, who got some of his stuff back thanks to the Android backup and security app Lookout.

Moral of the story: You can't always prevent your stuff from being stolen, but it's good to have backups in place, just in case.

Via SlipperyBrick and KPTV (thanks, John!)

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5 years ago

Take your man pill: There are consequences for breaking contracts


Android Nexus OneAs our pal Jeremy points out in the forums (and is widely being reported today), if you buy a subsidized Nexus One (the one you get alongside a T-Mobile Account) and then cancel within 120 days, you're going to pay more than you would have if you bought the Nexus One unlocked in the first place.

The breakdown:

  • Equipment Recovery Fee charged by Google: $350.
  • Early termination fee charged by T-Mobile: Up to $200.

That's $550 in penalities if you break the contract. Sure, that's causing a bit of an uproar. But is it really greedy? Google sold you a subsidized phone. As in: Somebody (in this case, Google) paid the difference so you'd be more likely to buy a cheaper Nexus One. Google took the hit. Not you.

Then there's T-Mobile. For math's sake, let's say you had a brand-new $50-a-month plan along with your Nexus One. That $50 a month over two years is $1,200 that T-Mobile planned on collecting from you, and you signed a contract stating you'd be good for that money over the 24 months. Sure, you probably have a perfectly good reason for wanting to get out of that contract. Just like the next guy.

Wanna play it safe? Make up your mind during the 14-day grace period. Or, better yet, just buy an unlocked Nexus One for $530. Yes, you pay more up front, but there's no carrier hassle, you can use it on AT&T if you want, and you don't have to worry about anybody breaking your legs if you want out.

This is the real world, boys and girls. You don't get something for nothing. I know, it's coming in the comments. Fine. But if you really want to get mad about something, remember what you're paying for text messages, m'kay?

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