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4 years ago

Nexus One review: Hype, hope and everything in between

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The Google Nexus One (hands-on | video review | newsFAQ) was supposed to be the phone that changed the game. That brought a paradigm shift to the wireless space. That made it quick and easy to purchase a cellular device -- with or without involving AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon or Sprint. It was supposed to be a clear line of demarcation between you -- the consumer -- the manufacturer and the Great and Powerful Oz.

It is all of these things. And it is none of them.

The Nexus One was unveiled by Google on Jan. 5 before a select group of journalists in San Francisco and went on sale immediately thereafter. Google dubbed it the "Superphone." Only, we knew it really wasn't. For weeks before, Google had given the Nexus One to its employees -- part gift, part strategy. The worker bees got the phone, were presumably (with a wink) told not to talk about it, and so the leaks began. By the time it became available to the general public, we knew what it looked like, the general specs, and what it could do. Not that it's a slouch of a phone, by any standards. But it let a little air out of the hype balloon.

Now that the dust has settled, we take a measured approach toward the Nexus One. Manufactured by HTC. Produced, sold and marketed by Google. Supported by ... somebody. (More on that in a bit.) Loved by many. Lamented by just as many as just another phone. Join us after the break.

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4 years ago

Having problems with the Nexus One keyboard?

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We've seen this ourselves and have been receiving e-mails about occasional issues with the Google Nexus One's on-screen keyboard. In my experience, I've had occasional problems with the wrong key being activated -- I'd tap "a" and get the shift button, etc. And it apparently is more than just fumble fingers, as there's a massive thread going on in Google's support forums. The good news is that Google's on it. Their latest response:

We're still definitely looking this issue. We want everyone to know that if this issue can be solved by a software fix it will be addressed with an over-the-air systems update. If we find this is the result of a hardware issue, it'll be covered by the Nexus One Warranty.

Definitely check out the Google thread, as the more feedback they get, the more quickly we'll (hopefully) see a fix. In the meantime, what about you guys? Seeing any problems? [Thanks, Stefan!]

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4 years ago

Verizon's FiOS DVR sports Android app

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Sure, Verizon's FiOS service has blazing fast Internet speeds and competitive TV DVR. But the coolest thing has got to be its Android app, which lets you browse listings and program your FiOS DVR via your phone. Parental controls also on at hand, as is information about how much free space is left on your box.

Now slap in some Slingbox-like streaming capability, and we'll swoon all the way to sign-up. [Zatsz Not Funny via Engadget]

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4 years ago

LG GW620 reportedly headed to the UK with Virgin Mobile, T-Mobile

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This isn't the first time we've seen the LG GW620, but it's the first time we've seen it slated for the UK. Virgin Mobile reportedly is giving it away if you sign up for an 18-month contract at at least £22 a month. T-Mobile also should have it for free with a 24-month, £20-a-month contract.

A refresher on the specs: A 3-inch touchscreen, Android 1.5, 5MP camera with face recognition, horizontal QWERTY slider, MicroSD, 3.5mm headphone jack, and the usual other bells and whistles.

So, it's a bit of meh. But it's also bringing Android to the lower-end market, and that's not so bad, is it? [CNET via Virgin Mobile]

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4 years ago

HTC Espresso AKA myTouch 2 AKA myTouch Slide Coming to T-Mobile ?

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Tmonews has word that three hot' news devices are headed to T-Mobile in the first half of this year. One is the HD2, another is the Garminphone, and the third would be the HTC Espresso. We've seen some slides of the Espresso UI before but haven't heard what type of form factor it'd rock on. According to tmonews, it's looking like the Espresso will be a myTouch 3G successor with a twist, er, slide. Meaning it could either be a myTouch 2 or myTouch Slide with a 'sidekick'-type keyboard or a slider keyboard.

Everything is very vague right now, but they're hearing a May 17th release is possible. But it's so early in the game, that changes aren't just possible, they're likely. We should definitely know more at Mobile World Congress.

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid Costs $179.11 Worth Of Materials

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Looking good always come with a price. The Motorola Droid just got its good ol' fashioned iSuppli bill of materials list and the total came out to $179.11 per device. Which is ever so slightly more expensive than the $174.15 bill of materials for the Nexus One. A little bit surprising right?

There's a good amount of pricy hardware in the Droid, for example the amazing screen costs $17.75 by itself, but making it a capacitive touchscreen adds another $17.50. It's always kind of cool to see what the bill of materials is for a device but we have to say, there has to be a better deal available than the $14.25 Camera Module, since the pictures the Droid takes just aren't that good.

[isuppli]

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4 years ago

Motorola Announces MOTOROI Android Phone For Korea

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Why hello there Motorola Motoroi. Didn't we once know you as the Motorola Sholes Tablet? Yeah, we're pretty sure we'd never forget that odd bump you have--that thing is still unsightly to us. In any case, the Motorola Motoroi has become the first official Motorola Android phone that's launching in...Korea! The wonderful specs are in line with what we've seen earlier, which is a 3.7 inch WVGA screen, 8 megapixel camera, 720p video recording, and HDMI out. It runs regular Android 2.0 (no mention of Motoblur) but adds five homescreens for your swiping and viewing pleasure.

According to Motorola, the Motoroi will have multitouch and five distinct text input methods: a 3X4 keypad, full QWERTY, half QWERTY, hand writing and writing pad. It'll be available in South Korea on SK Telecom, no official pricing announced yet.

What do you guys think? We love the specs of the device but we can't imagine that the bump would fly here in the US, it'd be the chin-drama all over again!

[motorola]

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4 years ago

HTC A9292 may be Sprint WiMAX 'Supersonic'

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A Sprint roadmap recently was unearthed by Phone Arena, showing off an HTC A9292 "WiMAX bar handset." Now Engadget says it has the goods on the phone. Hope you're sitting down.

The codename reportedly is "Supersonic," which showed up a month or so ago in that giant batch of leaked codenames. It'll have a 4.3-inch display (regular ol' LED) and essentially is an Android 2.1-powered HD2 with a Snapdragon processor, with Sense on board to boot. It'll also have a kickstand, (and we're willing to bet it's not just for looks and that it'll serve as an antenna, like on the Windows Mobile Verizon Imagio, for FLO TV). It's reportedly been seen in white, but it's unclear if that'll make it into production, or if it's just a prototype model. Also, the software was said to be so buggy that any release likely is a good ways off.

So with what we "know" now, we're pretty much looking at a Android HD2 with WiMAX and possibly FLO TV. That got any of you Sprint fans foaming at the mouth yet?

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4 years ago

Amazon MP3 coming for Android in UK

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Those of us in the United States have been enjoying Amazon MP3 on our Android phones since the launch of the G1 way back in October 2008. You blokes in the UK? Not so much. But those day are nearly over, friends, as the Android 2.1 update will add the Amazon MP3 store to your phones, according to the British Telegraph news site. And with it you'll get direct access to more than 9 million songs, along with a strong competitor to Apple's iTunes. Amazon hasn't officially announced this yet, and it's unclear whether phones running previous Android builds will get in on the fun.

And as for when the Android 2.1 update will be dropping? Sorry, still don't have an official date on that yet. [Telegraph.co.uk via Engadget]

Update: @terminal7 on Twitter lets us know that, actually, Amazon MP3 (UK) has been available for previous versions, at least on his rooted G1. Any UK people help clear that up for us?

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