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6 years ago

Microsoft rep: Android "is free like a puppy"


Like a puppy

We're not sure it's news every time one OS manufacturer pokes fun at another, but here we go again anyway. During a panel on netbooks (attended and reported by LaptopMag's Mark Spoonauer) at CES, Microsoft GM of consumer products James DeBragga took a swipe at Android after it was lauded as being versatile and free. DeBragga sort of agreed, calling it "free like a puppy" in that it's cute at first but has to be trained and can be a hassle. And, yes, pee on your rug. (It really tied the room together.)

Now there may be some truth to that (erm, not the rug part), and DeBragga's point was that an open and free platform like Android doesn't have the proper muscle behind it for a proper support infastructure and is "leashed" to the Android Market. That's certainly a concern, and we're seeing results of Android's relative immaturity in the recent Nexus One launch. But we'd argue that it's not that Android (and Google) doesn't have the capability of proper support, it's just that the organization appears muddied at the moment.

Either way: It's a cute line, but probably one that has more bark than bite.

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6 years ago

How are you using your Nexus One?


From the forums

There's some great discussion going on in our forums about the Google Nexus One, including questions about using it unlocked on AT&T. And that brings us to the following poll. Let us know which way you're rocking the Nexus One, check out our Nexus One FAQ, and then join in the discussion! 

On which network are you rocking the Nexus One?(surveys)

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6 years ago

Google IO conference set for May 19-20


Google IO conference

Registration just opened up for the Google IO conference May 19-20 in San Francisco. Two days of Android, Chrome, APIs, apps, robots, flying cars and just about anything else Google that you can think of.

Expected are more than 3,000 developers with 80 educational sessions and 100 demonstrations by the devs. Android-centric sessions include:

  • "A beginner's guide to Android"
  • "Casting a wide net: how to target all Android devices"
  • "Home sweet home"
  • "Writing real-time games for Android redux"

Anybody out there planning to go?

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6 years ago

Backup app helps catch Droid thief


Stolen Motorola Droid

You knew this was going to end badly. Kid breaks into home. Kid steals Motorola Droid. Kid takes pictures of himself with the Droid. Droid uploads pictures. Kid caught. It's a cautionary tale.

Actually, it was a pretty scary situation for the homeowner, who got some of his stuff back thanks to the Android backup and security app Lookout.

Moral of the story: You can't always prevent your stuff from being stolen, but it's good to have backups in place, just in case.

Via SlipperyBrick and KPTV (thanks, John!)

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6 years ago

Take your man pill: There are consequences for breaking contracts


Android Nexus OneAs our pal Jeremy points out in the forums (and is widely being reported today), if you buy a subsidized Nexus One (the one you get alongside a T-Mobile Account) and then cancel within 120 days, you're going to pay more than you would have if you bought the Nexus One unlocked in the first place.

The breakdown:

  • Equipment Recovery Fee charged by Google: $350.
  • Early termination fee charged by T-Mobile: Up to $200.

That's $550 in penalities if you break the contract. Sure, that's causing a bit of an uproar. But is it really greedy? Google sold you a subsidized phone. As in: Somebody (in this case, Google) paid the difference so you'd be more likely to buy a cheaper Nexus One. Google took the hit. Not you.

Then there's T-Mobile. For math's sake, let's say you had a brand-new $50-a-month plan along with your Nexus One. That $50 a month over two years is $1,200 that T-Mobile planned on collecting from you, and you signed a contract stating you'd be good for that money over the 24 months. Sure, you probably have a perfectly good reason for wanting to get out of that contract. Just like the next guy.

Wanna play it safe? Make up your mind during the 14-day grace period. Or, better yet, just buy an unlocked Nexus One for $530. Yes, you pay more up front, but there's no carrier hassle, you can use it on AT&T if you want, and you don't have to worry about anybody breaking your legs if you want out.

This is the real world, boys and girls. You don't get something for nothing. I know, it's coming in the comments. Fine. But if you really want to get mad about something, remember what you're paying for text messages, m'kay?

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6 years ago

Analysts Say Google May Sell 5-6 Million Nexus Ones This Year



Looks like analysts are feeling pretty good about the Nexus One. Barclay Capitals analyst Doug Smith believes that Google will sell 5-6 million Nexus Ones this year. That's a very, very big number and if reached, the Nexus One and Google's new will be an out and out success.

Do we think it's possible? Maybe. With Google's name and dollar behind it, anything is possible. But hitting 5-6 million is a little harder if the Nexus One isn't available in stores. Don't forget, a lot of people like to actually play with a device before they plop down the cold hard cash. And if more Nexus-type devices come out this year, like we expect, it'll definitely slow down the momentum of the original Nexus One.

But one thing the Nexus One got going for it? It's headed to Verizon. Verizon plus Newest Smartphone almost always equal success. Heck, by the end of the year, Verizon Nexus Ones will probably make up 90% of that 5-6 million.

Do you guys think they'll hit 5-6 million this year?


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6 years ago

Why Calls From Nexus One Sound So Good, It's The Voice Processor!



See that little chip there, outlined in yellow? That's the Audience A1026 Voice Processor. It's the voice chip that's inside the Nexus One and pretty much the reason why the Nexus One can make such amazing sounding cals. How does it work? Well, basically the Audience A1026 uses two mics to identify the primary voice in the conversation and to eliminate the surrounding noise. According to Audience, "it also automatically adjusts voice volume and equalization during calls to adapt to local noise interference."

Phone call quality has become relatively overlooked as smartphones get more powerful. We're doing so many different things on our phones that it's easy to forget that these devices make phone calls too. Luckily, the folks at Google and HTC upped the technology with the Nexus One and brought us back to our roots. If you don't have a Nexus One to test phone quality, head over to the Audience web site to check out the demo of the A1026 in action.

How's your phone quality on the Nexus One? Getting any compliments or complaints? Or are you just having a hard time getting reception?

[venturebeat, image via ifixit]

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6 years ago

HTC Hero In Chocolate Form



You already know that the HTC Hero comes in many different flavors: the European GSM version of the HTC Hero, the Sprint HTC Hero, and the Droid Eris but this latest one might be the best flavor yet--chocolate. Yep, this Chocolate HTC Hero looks exactly like the European GSM Version but it's made from chocolate, yes chocolate--completely edible and probably delicious.

A few folks in the Russian press had received this chocolate bar from HTC which probably signifies that the real HTC Hero--complete with touchscreen, circuit boards, big chin and so on--is probably going to be released very soon. It's a really wonderful phone that while not as tasty as the one you guys have now, works a heck of a lot better.

HTC, can you send a couple Chocolate Heroes our way?

More pictures after the jump!


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6 years ago

Swype explains policy behind its distribution



There's been a little confusion over Swype, the finger-sliding keyboard that has proven to be quite popular on Android (in unreleased beta form) and on Windows Mobile. The software made its way onto blog posts and forums, gained popularity, and then was quickly pulled. (And, yes, we know some of you were sanctioned in the forums because of it and a little confusion on our part.) Today, Swype explained the reasoning in an AndroidCentral post. Here's an excerpt:

"One might ask why we don't just release it ourselves and save everyone the hassle? The reason is that we have spent seven years building Swype and we want to try to make a living selling our software. Our current business model is OEM licensing. We do plan to get to direct-to-consumer distribution but it is a different sort of business with unique challenges and thus it is hard to say when.

So far we have released Swype on the Samsung Omnia II on the Windows Mobile 6.5 platform and we have a number of Android device launches as well as some additional mobile OS launches coming up soon. Because our partners are highly sensitive about their product releases we really cannot say anything further."

We're reposting the entire statement after the break.

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6 years ago

Android 2.1 SDK is released


Android 2.1 SDK

Android 2.1 has been officially available on the Google Nexus One for nearly a week now, but the SDK had not -- until now.

There are a number of new APIs on board, including for the animated wallpapers, network signal detail, UI tweaks, geolocation permissions, databases. No real tells at first glance. No major resolution changes or super-duper space-age improvements. And unless you're a coder, none of this is for you. But the bottom line is it means newer and better apps are on the way.

Full deets here. [Via Android Developers blog

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6 years ago

Android 2.0 running on an HTC Touch HD


 Android 2.0 on an HTC HD2.

We've seen Android running on other Windows Mobile devices before, and now it's working on the HTC Touch HD. Check out the video after the break. It's not native (and I had really crappy results when I did this with my Touch Pro 2 a few weeks ago), but it looks like things are moving along pretty well now, with WiFi working, apps running and a number of Windows Mobile users feeling envious. Want to try it yourself? Hit up XDA Developers. [via MobileOSNews(Thanks, Wen!)

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6 years ago

More on the myTouch 3G Fender edition


myTouch 3G Fender edition

Here's an internal T-Mobile document showing more on the myTouch 3G Fender edition. Walk into a T-Mobile store and expect to be sold on the "Fender Stratocaster-inspired design for finish and case" as well as the 16GB storage card, 3.5mm headphone jack, multimedia syncing, "exclusing media content" and "complimentary Fender accessories."

The doc also notes that "this device truly is a Limited Edition" and that there is a "limited quantity of these devices available."

Not mentioned: When we can finally expect the myTouch 3G Fender edition to go on sale (Edit: TMoNews' sources say Jan. 20). [via TMoNews]

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6 years ago

Nexus One T-Mobile 3G issues, Moto Droid battery covers, Nexus One improvements, Sense UI on Droid

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6 years ago

Hands-on with the Motorola Endeavor HX1 Bluetooth headset at CES


Motorola Endeavor X1 Bluetooth headset

We spent a fair amount of time at CES strolling through the Motorola section, handling the international versions of the Droid, the new Backflip and some Chinese Android phones. And Rene Ritchie from The iPhone Blog and I hung out in the accessories section and found Moto's latest Bluetooth headset, the Endeavor HX1.

In addition to having dual-microphone noise cancellation, the Endeavor HX1 has a trick up its sleeve should the background noise be too great to overcome: It'll simply turn off the mics and use conduction -- the sound of your voice moving through your ear canal -- to clear things up. Moto calls this "Sealth Mode."

Rene got video of the Endeavor HX1 at CES. Peep it after the break. (Full disclosure: We also just got the Endeavor HX1 in the Android Central Store. It's available for $109.95.)

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6 years ago

Lenovo Lephone gets pictured


 Lenovo Lephone

Behold, the Lenovo Lephone. We're trying to decide whether this keyboard is a work of art, or if it's just going to give us headaches. The pictures point to the latter, though it may well turn out to be more usable that it looks. Otherwise, we're still looking for the 3.7-inch, WVGA device in the first have of the year in China. Loads more pics after the break. [Flickr via Engadget

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