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4 years ago

Google has in-house holiday game for Nexus One

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Who's ready for more Google phone news? Apparently the Big G has gotten into the holiday spirit with a Nexus One (that's the supposed code name, btw), with an online game that only shows up at android.com/holidays if your browser identifies itself as the one of the Nexus One. As you know, Google employees were given the phone to dogfood as internal testing.

Of course, browser IDs -- or User Agents, as they're known in the biz -- are easy to spoof. And so, you get what we see above. A little memory game. How quaint.

See you in a few hours with more Nexus One news, no doubt.

[via Nexus One Blog]

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4 years ago

Droid update, Eris update, Google phone and other gadgets and platforms

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From the Forums is a great way to get the inside scoop of what's going on within our forums. To participate you must first register. To do so it is free and will only take a moment of your time, so what are you waiting for?

See you in the forums!

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4 years ago

Picture Of Nexus One aka Google Phone Pops Up

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Thank you Twitter. Or more specifically, thank you Cory O'Brien's Twitter for snapping a picture of the Nexus One aka Google Phone and posting it for all to see. The Nexus One (doesn't exactly roll off the tongue) looks exactly like the HTC Passion/Dragon we saw months ago, which gives credence to the idea that the Google Phone is simply a re-branded HTC Passion/Dragon.

Interestingly enough however is that the 4 Android hardware buttons are in a different order from what we previously saw in HTC-built Android devices. The one above goes 'Back, Menu, Home, Search' while the one that originally popped up went 'Home, Menu, Back, Search'. Other HTC devices are ordered like the latter, so it's a noteworthy switch. Delving deeper, the menu button carries the same look as the Motorola Droid, unlike HTC devices which have simply said 'menu'.

The details don't particularly have to stay consistent with HTC's previous efforts, given it's supposed to be a Google branded phone and not a HTC branded one, but it's definitely something worth pointing out. Either way, the design of the Nexus One basically hinges on the quality of the screen, if it's amazing the look is amazing, if it's not, well let's not go down that route yet. What do you guys think?

[via engadget]

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4 years ago

Google phone is called the Nexus One, newspaper reports

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What, thought we'd go the rest of the night without more Google phone rumors? Nahhhh. The Wall Street Journal — Apple's Google's PR company — says the fabled phone, now in the hands of a good number of Google employees, will be dubbed Nexus One and sold unlocked sometime next year. HTC again is said to be the manufacturer. Other than that, not a lot of meat there. You may now go about your Saturday evening. [WSJ (pay site) via Phonescoop]

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4 years ago

Qik releases Android update, officially brings high-res recording

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Good news for those of you who love video (we're told it's all the rage with the kids these days): Qik has officially released version 0.1.56, bringing 720x480-pixel recording to its Android app and, more specifically, the Droid.

Previously in an invite-only beta, that means that you can use your Droid, which already captures video at DVD res. But now you can do so through the Qik interface. Also, the new version is easier on your battery, which is always a good thing.

If you were using the beta version, be sure to uninstall it first before installing this one. And peep Qik's demo video after the break. [Qik blog]

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4 years ago

Google Discusses Latest Google Phone News

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Google addressed the recent news that Google employees were all given Google Phones, saying that it's actually a part of their product testing program called 'dogfooding' (from eating their own dogfood) that allows Google employees to give feedback and suggestions to Google's own products. In their words: 

We recently came up with the concept of a mobile lab, which is a device that combines innovative hardware from a partner with software that runs on Android to experiment with new mobile features and capabilities, and we shared this device with Google employees across the globe. This means they get to test out a new technology and help improve it. Unfortunately, because dogfooding is a process exclusively for Google employees, we cannot share specific product details. We hope to share more after our dogfood diet.
Is it foolish to think that Google told their employees to tweet/leak/showoff the mobile labs 'Google Phone' in order to play into our desire for a real-life Googlephone? Or did Google not anticipate this? In any case, reading between the lines of Google's statement, the 'new mobile features and capabilities' must be a data only, VoIP with Google Voice device right? [google mobile blog

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4 years ago

Google phone the coolest thing you've never seen!

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Looks like Twitter asploded overnight regarding the fabled Google phone. TechCrunch's Mike Arrington stopped crying JooJoo tears long enough to cull some of the Tweets, and here's what he found:

  • Google program manager Leslie Hawthorne kicked things off with: "Stuck in mass of traffic leaving work post last all hands of 2009. ZOMG we had fireworks and we all got the new Google phone. It's beautiful."
  • CNET's Jason Howell says he saw it, HTC did the hardware, it's unlocked and a buttload of Google employees got them this week.
  • And from Great White Snark: A friend from Google showed me the new Android 2.1 phone from HTC coming out in Jan. A sexy beast. Like an iPhone on beautifying steroids.

So hold on to your hats, folks. We've plopped a little Twitter search after the break, so you can waste what's left of your weekend waiting to see what else is said about the Google phone. Enjoy.

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4 years ago

Motorola Opus One video pulled -- that means it's real, right?

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Looks like this cat's really out of the bag now. A trio of videos of the Motorola Opus One surfaced on YouTube, spied by IntoMobile and subsequently were pulled -- a telltale sign if we've ever seen one. It's now confirmed that it's headed for Sprint's Nextel arm (which we suspected) and possibly Boost Mobile, that it's running Android 1.5 and goes by the "p1_opusone" code name. The folks and Android and Me snagged some screen shots, which is what you see above.

So, it looks like you folks on Nextel should have a solid Android option coming relatively soon.

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4 years ago

More Motorola fare headed through the FCC, this time a 'bar'

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What's this, you say? Another Motorola phone making its way through the FCC? Here's what we know:

  • The FCC ID is IHDP56KT1.
  • It's a "bar" form factor.
  • It sports CDMA and GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900) radios, making it a world phone.
  • There's Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, WiFi b/g and GPS on board.

That's about it. If this turns out to be the "round Droid" we recently saw -- or, heck, even a regular Droid sans keyboard like that Sholes Tablet seen in China -- expect it to sell like hotcakes.

FCC via Cell Phone Signal

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4 years ago

Sprint: Android 2.0 coming in first half of 2010 for Hero, Moment

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Eh, this is one of those times we almost wish nothing was said. Sprint took to Twitter this afternoon to say that the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment would be getting upgrades to Android 2.0 ... sometime in the first half of 2010. That could be in three weeks, or it could be in six months. But, giving even a vague time frame is better than nothing. We guess.

Thanks, Jonathan, for the tip!

Update: @htc says "early next year." Take that however you want.

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