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4 years ago

Motorola Motoroi Getting A Lot Of Pre-Orders In South Korea

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Looks like Android is catching on fast overseas. The Motorola Motoroi, with its cute bump and all, is expected to reach 50,000 pre-orders by February 4th. That's the word from SK Telecom, the carrier that will exclusively carry the Motoroi. Color us surprised because well, that's a lot of units. Consider the fact that South Korea is a relatively small country, that Android is still fairly new there and that companies like LG & Samsung have an iron grip on their home country, those 50,000 pre-orders become even more impressive. For reference, our lovely Nexus One only managed to sell 20,000 units in its first week.

Speaking of the Nexus One, SK Telecom is also reviewing the possibility of carrying the Nexus One in South Korea, so it looks like the Android train will keep on rolling. But it won't just stop there, SK Telecom is expected to introduce 13 (!) Android smartphones this year. Good times for Android.

Would you be interested in the Motoroi once it hits the States?

[telecomskorea via androidos

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4 years ago

Motorola Cliq sees accidental update

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Speaking of the Motorola Cliq, a few of you started noting in the comments today that your phones saw updates, too. Turns out, according to Phone Scoop, that Version 1.3.8 -- which remains Android 1.5, by the way -- accidentally was pushed out to about 600 people and was only available for 15 minutes or so. Battery life, screen sensitivity and GPS are said to have been improved somewhat. No word yet on when any update will be made available again. [Motorola forums via Phonescoop]

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4 years ago

How badly do you want FM radio on the Motorola Cliq?

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Sure, there are precisely 3,497 ways (we counted) to get music on your Motorola Cliq. It's just that FM radio isn't one of them. Until now. Sort of. Alls you have to do is load up an LG ROM, mess around in some bin files and load an apk or six, and you're good to go. Simple, really, when you think about it. Oh, you don't know how to do that? Don't want to dive into the depths of a Linux-powered phone to listed to the latest from Ke$sha? Fine. Slacker. [via AndroidGuys]

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4 years ago

And yet another weak punch at Verizon by its old nemesis, AT&T

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Seriously, AT&T, it's time to give it a rest. You're getting as bad as Apple with these "facts." Woman looks at a Motorola Droid and says, "What is this?" Why, it's the Motorola Droid. It's what's propelling Android's numbers month after month. "Where are all my apps?" another woman asks. You're right, lady. It's real tough to find Android apps. Stop it. Just stop it. [via The iPhone Blog]

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4 years ago

Dell Mini 5 teased by none other than Michael Dell

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We're still eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Dell Mini 5 -- a five-inch Android-powered Mobile Internet Device also known as the Streak-- and we're going to keep waiting, apparently. Michael Dell himself teased TechCrunch with it recently, saying nothing more than "it'll be out in a couple months."

Despite the CEO's unwillingness to talk about the nuts and bolts of the Mini 5, we do know that it's powered by the 1GHz Snapdragon processor (isn't everything these days?) and has a 5MP camera, WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G capability. So, that's a snazzy-looking device. The question, Michael, is how much are you gonna charge us for that little slice of heaven? Video after the break. [TechCrunch]

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4 years ago

50 Android games in 10 minutes

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When your iPhone-loving friends question whether there are any decent games on your Android phone, just show them this video. (Thanks to everyone who sent this in.)

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4 years ago

'Direct-to-Google' Android phone coming, Motorola CEO says

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Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha has confirmed that his company has in the works "at least one direct-to-consumer device with Google." Sure sounds like the rumored Google Nexus Two to us, and again solidifies the relationship between the Android developer and hardware manufacturers. (Remember that Jha was on stage with Android and HTC execs at the launch of the Nexus One.)

As for the earnings call and Motorola's recent resurgence in the mobile space, Jha seemed upbeat, though cognizant of the road ahead. "We are just at the beginning of our transition to a smartphone company, and we have a lot of work ahead of us," he said. A couple of other points:

  • 2 million Android-based smartphones sold in the fourth quarter. They expect lower sales in the first quarter.
  • The Motorola Backflip is coming before the end of the first quarter.
  • "Cliq, Backflip and the majority of our new smartphones this year will feature MotoBLUR," Jha said.

As for the numbers end of things, Motorola sold 2 million Android-based smartphones in the fourth quarter. Sales hit $1.82 billion in Q4, up from $1.69 billion in the third quarter. Operating loss was $114 million, down from $183 million the previous quarter, and down from $476 million in Q4 2008.  More on that after the break. [Motorola (pdf link)]

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4 years ago

myTouch 3Gs seeing OTA update, but it's not a newer Android version

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We're getting word that T-Mobile myTouch 3G users are seeing an over-the-air (OTA) update roll in, but unfortunately it's not an update to Android 2.0/2.1 or anything. It's looking like it's not much more than a radio fix (better 3G, anyone?), but that's nothing to scoff at, either. Sing out if you're seeing anything different. [T-Mobile forums via @tsuranoth]

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4 years ago

MSI reportedly has $500 Android tablet coming later this year

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Want a 10-inch tablet with a big black bezel for $500, all without that Apple/AT&T baggage? MSI has one in works, says Digitimes, source of all things sometimes true. The as-yet unannounced and unnamed tablet would run an as-yet unidentified version of Android, powered by a Tegra-based processor. And unlike the iPad (which you guys weren't too keen on, by the way), this one would feature "all the functions of a regular notebook." [Digitimes]

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4 years ago

Google's five privacy principles

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The biggest leap many Android users have to make is going all-in with Google. E-mail, contacts, search results -- Google knows it all. Today is International Data Privacy Day, and the Big G is taking the opportunity to explain its privacy principles in five easy bullet points. Peep them and a cute little explainer video after the break.

Do you worry about how Google treats your data?(online surveys)

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