We'll be honest here, we have Google Wave but we have no idea how to use it. Luckily, more talented folks have gotten a handle on Google Wave and have decided to summarize the year 2009 by using one of Google's more ambitious applications. We get all the highlights, from Obama to Balloon Boy, to the people we happily ridiculed and sadly said goodbye to--2009 was simply a momentous and unforgettable year.
But if we can take anything from this year in review video, it's "dang that was so cool, let's figure out how to use this thing for 2010!". And we guess, that's the way Google would want it. 2010 is going to be huge for Google and of course, for Android. We can't wait.
It'd been a little while, and I guess we were due. So here are a few more pictures of the Nexus One, aka Google phone. And along for the ride this time is a brief video. Peep that after the break. [@djrobrob via TechCrunch]
To start the second week of the Smartphone Round Robin, we're taking a look at Palm's new webOS by way of the Pre and the Pixi. If you're unfamiliar with the story of Palm here's my quick summary: they were once dying, the Pre & webOS saved them, and they now have a good chance of surviving and maybe even thriving.
If you want to profess your love for the best open source smartphone OS on the market, what better way to do it than by wearing an Official Android T-Shirt? There are currently two styles: the one above with the cute Android robot walking a dog (don't question why, it's just awesome) and another with a side-printed Android logo. They're both fairly affordable, $13.95 and $10.75 respectively, and are available at the Official Google Store. If you're into matching your headgear, there's also a side-printed Android hat available.
We know we can't be the only one geeky enough to buy this. Who else is getting it? Hit the link to check out all the styles!
The Barnes & Noble Nook just received a software update that brings the firmware version up to 1.1. Basically, reboot your Nook to get the download to start or you can manually install it. Since the Nook has already been rooted, it's a little surprising that 1.1 didn't break root access, we guess the cat and mouse game has yet to start. According to nookdevs, it is safe to update your Nook to 1.1, you'll still have root access and still can root the Nook at 1.1.
Engadget says that the Nook is faster and basically improved all around. Page turning, the navigation screen, and entire experience is speedier. After using the Nook, the one thing that disappointed us was the speed, hopefully 1.1 really does fix that.
What's that, you say? There's another Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 at the FCC? And this one sports the proper 3G bands for AT&T, Bell, Telus and Rogers? (Not to mention EDGE coverage.) Sho' 'nuff.
This isn't that surprising. When SE released the Windows Mobile-based Xperia X1, it did so in two versions: The X1 (outside the U.S.) and X1a (U.S.-only). And what do the X1 and X1a still have in common? Neither was picked up by a U.S. carrier, leaving the hard-core (and deep-pocketed) shelling out $800 for a nice piece of hardware with a so-so UI.
Will that happen with the X10? Or will it wind up on, say, T-Mobile? Stay tuned, folks.
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It should really come as no surprise to anyone that Motorola is reportedly buying advertising time for the 2010 Super Bowl, given the gigantic TV push of late. And it's a pretty good guess we'll see more of the Droid, even though the content of the ad is not yet known. Stay tuned on Feb. 7 in Miami, people. [via Electronista]
After being rumored once upon a time for AT&T, it looks like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will land on the magenta carrier, T-Mobile. The Xperia X10 FCC manual lists the device as having 3G Bands 1, 4, and 8--which are the bands for T-Mobile US AWS 3G. This does keep in line with what we heard recently but knowing the history of Sony Ericsson's Xperia line (and how US carriers never offered the X1), it's still semi-surprising to see actually happen. Though maybe since the Xperia X10 is a 'flagship'-type Android device, T-Mobile saw an opportunity to bolster their weakening Androind lineup (relative to Verizon & Sprint).
If true, the Xperia X10 has infinitely more chance of success in the US with a US carrier attached. Who's interested?
We could go on, but there's egg nog to be spiked and presents to be wrapped, so hit up the updates page for a list of reviews by platform and hit this post up after the break for the best of Smartphone Experts this week.
Where there's an upcoming HTC phone, there's a current HTC ROM dump. And that brings us to this leak that reportedly shows the HTC Espresso's Sense UI with Android 2.1, ripped from the ROM and plopped onto a Hero. That bolsters the argument that the Espresso may be the successor to the Hero, but we'll just have to wait and see. A couple more pictures after the break. [Via HTCPedia]
Either the folks at NBC's "Saturday Night Live" are as nerdy as we are, or Engadget EiC Joshua Topolsky's visits on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" have been rubbing off. Either way, the SNL gang used the Google Nexus One to take a big swing at the iPhone (and AT&T) last night during "Weekend Update."
"It was reported this week that Google would soon launch its own cellphone as a challenge to the iPhone. Also a challenge to the iPhone? Making phone calls."
Now that's comedy! Peep the video after the break. [via Engadget]