5 years ago

F is for Froyo, not Flan, Android exec says


Frozen Yogurt Android

Pardon the name dropping, but the SPE crew shared a limo ride with Android Senior Project Manager Erick Tseng at CES, and he asked us what we thought the "F" version of Android (remember that the nicknames are going alphabetically) would be. Of course, "Flan" had been the front-runner for some time, and we were scratching our heads at what else it could possibly be. Given that C was "Cupcake," D was "Donut" and E was "Eclair," following down the pastry trail seemed like a given.

Turns out, we were all way off. The next version of Android, Tseng told Engadget today, will be known as "Froyo," short for frozen yogurt. That opens up a realm of dessert possibility we hadn't considered before.

Now that that's out of the bag, what do you think G will be?

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5 years ago

Really? The Nexus Two?


Shadow aka Nexus Two

Forgive us for being more than a little skeptical here ... But really? This render, purported to be of the Motorola Shadow (an obvious Droid follow-up, design-wise) would be the next in Google's Nexus line, following the Nexus One (a blatant HTC design)? Look, a QWERTY-keyboard follow-up to the Nexus One makes sense, especially if you bring in an HTC-caliber keyboard, like that of the WinMo Touch Pro 2, another HTC device.

Switching manufacturers in the middle of a line, well, that's more than a little far-fetched. Or, was Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha joining Google and HTC on stage at the Nexus One launch a bit of foreshadowing? Hmmm? Still, we're betting something's been lost in translation along the way. And don't get us started on the wrist strap.

One more pic after the break. [Alfred's Blog via Engadget]

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5 years ago

Quick app: Geodelic



While at CES we had the privilege to present a number of companies at the Mobile Apps Showdown, a live (and online) competition to find the top apps on any of the major platforms. I was paired with Geodelic (formerly Sherpa), a location-based search program with a little trick up its sleeve. Find out what, after the break.

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5 years ago

Motorola Milestone sees price drop in UK


Motorola Milestone

Now that Expansys' period of exclusivity is over on the Motorola Milestone (aka the non-U.S. version of the Droid), it's time for price wars to begin. And we're already seeing it at £400 or so, and more discounts aren't out of the question. Good news for those of you who were able to hold out for a little while. [via Intomobile]

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5 years ago

Rogers halts Dream sales over 911-GPS issue, software fix on the way


Rogers DreamIf you're one of our Canadian readers with an HTC Dream on Rogers with Android 1.5, stop what you're doing and read this, eh?

You should have by now been contacted by text message that there's an issue with completing 911 galls that's related to GPS location, and that a software fix is on the way. Here's the, erm, text of the text:

URGENT 911 calls: Please disable GPS location on your HTC Dream device to ensure all 911 calls complete. HTC is urgently working on a software upgrade and we will provide details shortly so you can re-enable GPS.

Here are the steps to turn off GPS:

  1. Hit the Menu button.
  2. Choose Settings
  3. Choose Location
  4. Uncheck Enable GPS Satellite

Rogers apparently has pulled the Dream for the time being, until things are cleared up. Good luck, folks, and let us know when the update fix rolls in. [via MobileSyrup]

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5 years ago

Nexus One video review


Google Nexus One 

Our full, no-holds-barred Nexus One review is coming shortly. In the meantime, here's a video walkthrough to whet your appetite. (And don't forget about our hands-on at CES, and our FAQ). Join us after the break.

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5 years ago

Android From A webOS Perspective, Smartphone Round Robin



If you didn't know, week 4 of the Smartphone Round Robin is in full effect. Amidst all the CES craziness things kind of get lost but fear not, this Round Robin is still going on! Where's Android this week? Over in the good hands of our good friend Dieter Bohn of PreCentral.net. I loved webOS when I reviewed it, I wonder if he'll feel the same about Android? Be sure to check out his Hands-On Video of Android at PreCentral.net!

Dieter has started a thread over in our Android Central Forums asking questions and yep, taking answers. There's some great conversation going on in there so be sure to participate. Plus, every day you make a post in that thread this week you're entered to win a free Android smartphone from Android Central! And that includes the Nexus One all right.

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5 years ago

Motorola 'Ruth' reportedly in the works


Motorola Ruth

Another Motorola codename is coming down the pike, and this time it's the Ruth, or MB511. CellPhoneSignal got the goods, and it looks like the Ruth will be another MotoBlur device. It's initially running Android 1.5, but a 2.0 or 2.1 upgrade certainly is likely. The screen size shows up as 240x320 (man, that's old-school), along with the familiar Qualcomm MSM7200A processor at 528MHz, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, 802.11 b/g and aGPS. Also, it's looking to be a GSM device, so AT&T or T-Mobile may be in the cards should this hit America.

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5 years ago

AT&T lowers its smartphone plans, too



Not to be outdone by Verizon lowering its rates today, AT&T has announced that it's changing up its smartphone plans, too. Here's the skinny:

All smartphone customers, including iPhone customers, may now buy unlimited voice and data for $99.99. For smartphone customers with Family Talk plans (prices assume 2 smartphones), unlimited voice and data is now available for $179.99. Texting plans remain unchanged at $20 for unlimited plans for individuals, $30 for Family Talk Plans.

The new rates take effect Monday. Now we just need AT&T to release a few more Android phones. [AT&T]

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5 years ago

Sprint updates the Samsung Moment, but you have to visit them to get it


Samsung Moment

Sprint just announced a "maintenance update" to the Samsung Moment Android phone. No, not a full-on Android upgrade, unfortunately. And, what's worse, you'll have to hit up a Sprint store to get it. Here's what's new:

  • Network Assist GPS to allow indoor location fix
  • Updates to several third-party apps, including Visual Voicemail, NFL, NASCAR and Sprint TV
  • Change to Emergency Dial on lock screen
  • Hard reset available in recovery mode: remove and reinsert battery; press volume down, send and end keys until reboot option pops up; scroll to wipe data/factory reset; press OK
  • Various improvements to battery life

Sprint does say "The ability to download the updated directly on your Moment will be available in the near future," which is nice, we guess, but that really should the standard now. Anyhoo, if you head in and get the update, let us know how it goes. [Sprint]

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5 years ago

Friday Fun: Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak's Favorite Gadget Is The Nexus One



If you know your tech history, you'd know that Steve Jobs (on the left) and Steve Wozniak (on the right) founded Apple together. Yes, Apple. Maker of the iPhone, among other great products. Steve Wozniak isn't involved with Apple anymore (he still collects a paycheck though!) so he's really free to say whatever the heck he wants. And oh the things he says!

Just recently, he made it known that his current favorite gadget is the Nexus One. Well, he wasn't that outright but it was quite obvious. To quote:

Wozniak made his latest revelation [about his favorite gadget] with a coy laugh and without actually speaking the Google device's name. Instead, when asked what his favorite gadget is, Wozniak said, "Well, it's the latest one. It's a non-Apple product, but it's a gadget that just came out yesterday."

Could you imagine Woz calling up Steve Jobs telling him all the cool things that Android can do? Just awesome. Obviously, we're no stranger to having certain people from Google using certain devices that aren't from Google but it's always fun to see happen. Heck, to be honest, we'd be downright stunned if the bigwigs at each company never used competitors' devices. Oh wait..

To be fair Woz still owns two iPhones and loves them dearly. He just favors the Nexus One =)

[via gizmodo]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Offering Android Phone Deals That Aren't Really Deals Today



T-Mobile is supposed to launch some "deals" on Android smartphones today (all phones require 2-year contract, no mail-in-rebate required) but they're still all kind of expensive. We'd be more excited if these were really deals but since you can probably find better prices out in other retailers or just across the interweb, well yeah, sorry. These aren't real "deals":

  • Motorola Cliq - $149.99
  • Samsung Behold 2 - $149.99
  • T-Mobile G1 - $99.99
  • Fender Limited Edition myTouch 3G - $179.99

Yeah, we know. Meh. Just doing a quick search on Amazon we can find the Cliq for $99, Behold 2 for $99, and the G1 for $49.99. Honestly, if you guys are spending ~$150 on a T-Mobile Android smartphone we suggest you take a look at the Nexus One. We hear it's the best Android phone yet.

Looking back, we're actually sorry for even bringing this up. These prices should just be standard already. Now on to your regular scheduled program..

[via tmonews]

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5 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Spica To Get Android 2.0 In February ?


We apologize for the egregious spelling errors in the tweet above. But Samsung Firmware is hearing that the Samsung Galaxy Spica and likely the Samsung Galaxy will both receive the Android 2.0 update in February. In part because of the poor spelling but largely because of the unsourced report, we're uncertain if this will actually happen. But Samsung Firmware seems to be on top of all things Samsung so maybe it might. If this does happen though, we'll be the first to ask: what about 2.1?

No new news on the Samsung Moment or Behold II and Android 2.x at the moment.

[samsungfirmware via engadget]

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5 years ago

Verizon Changing Rate Plans, 3G Smartphones Require Data Plan



It looks like Verizon, notorious for their expensive rate plans, will soon overhaul their rate plans. Some changes will only take place in name only but others such as unlimited plans will actually see a significant price drop. Overall, it seems easier to understand (a good thing) but we're not sure if non-unlimited, smartphone users will actually be affected. The details, as we see them:

  • Current Basic plan is re-named Nationwide Talk
  • Current Select plan is re-named Nationwide Talk & Text
  • Unlimited plans will drop 30%, $69.99 for unlimited voice, $89.99 for unlimited voice+text
  • $29.99 for unlimited data, $9.99 for 25MB
  • 3G Smartphones will require $29.99 data, 3G Multimedia phones (dumbphones) will require $9.99 or higher data
  • Single line plans go from 16 options to 6, Family plans go from 24 options to 8

Anytime a carrier gives a price drop, we're all for it. So Big Red's decision to overhaul their rate plans comes with our approval. Obviously, it's still not nearly as good as Sprint or T-Mobile's offerings, but you get the Verizon network with these options. What do you guys think about it? Still sticking with T-Mobile or Sprint? Or jumping ship? Let us know!

A lot more pictures of the new Verizon rate plans and a comparison to the other carriers after the jump!

[via bgr]

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5 years ago

Google Optimizes Search For Your Location



Above all, Google is about search--it's embedded in nearly all of their products. Even in 2010, Google continues to push search and constantly re-invents the way we find things. Their newest feature? Search optimized by our location. This allows Google to bring more relevant suggestions to the users and in the end, better results for us.

Searching through Google on your Android phone (or iPhone) will allow you to access this feature. Google uses your current or last location to determine more pertinent results.

For example, when users in the Boston metro area begin typing "Muse", suggestions such as "museum of science boston" and "museum of fine arts boston" are provided because people near Boston frequently look for these very popular museums. On the other hand, users in San Francisco who begin their query with "Muse" will see suggestions for museums in the San Francisco area.

We think it's a great addition to Google. What about you?

[via google mobile blog]

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