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6 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Spica to make U.S. debut


Samsung today announced the Galaxy Spica, an Android 1.5 phone we've seen in Europe, will make its U.S. debut at CES this week. The specs:

  • HSDPA (900/2100); EDGE/GPRS (850/900/1800/1900)
  • 800MHZ Qualcomm processor
  • Android 1.5
  • 3.2-inch HVGA (320x480) touchscreen
  • 3MP camera with autofocus
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • WiFi b/g
  • 180MB ROM
  • DivX support
  • 1500 mAh battery

Kinda ho-hum, especially without U.S. 3G, but definitely worth a look-see.

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6 years ago

What the Nexus One really costs


Nexus One costSo how much is the Nexus One really going to cost you? If you're buying unlocked, it's a simple $530. If you're a current T-Mobile customer, it gets a little cloudy. Here's the official breakdown:

  • Nexus One with new, 2-year T-Mobile US service plan for new customers: $179
  • Nexus One with new, 2-year T-Mobile US service plan for qualifying existing T-Mobile customers who are adding data plans: $279
  • Nexus One with new, 2-year T-Mobile US service plan for qualifying existing T-Mobile customers who are upgrading their data plans: $379

Not quite so cut and dry, huh? (Thanks, Pneumatic)

Still not crazy about an unsubsidized phone, though? Below is an interesting 24-month breakdown between the Nexus One with the T-Mobile plan that comes along with a subsidized phone. Here you plainly see that if you buy an unlocked phone and go with a T-Mobile data-only plan (39.99/month), unlimited Skype calls to mobiles and landlines ($2.95/month) and a SkypeIn number ($30/year), you still come out ahead over the two years. In fact, you're ahead of the game in Month 11. Read the full findings at nosugrefneb (via Lifehacker)

Neuxs One cost via nosugrefneb

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6 years ago

AT&T's stance on unlocked phones



A good number of you likely will be buying the Google Nexus One unlocked for use on AT&T's network. Obviously, you'll be missing out on 3G. And some of you have asked about plans and the like. We reached out to AT&T for its official position on unlocked phones, and here's the response:

“Wireless is a fiercely competitive industry, and we aren’t at all surprised that others are responding to our leadership in smartphones. Twice as many smartphone customers have chosen AT&T over any other carrier. We have always allowed customers to bring any unlocked GSM-compatible device for activation on our network under a pricing plan. However, if a device has not been certified for use on the AT&T network, we can’t guarantee their performance and the customer is responsible for handling any device-related issues that may arise.”

We'll go ahead and say it so you don't have to. AT&T has plenty of problems supporting at least one phone that has been certified for use on its network. So, it's not like your Nexus One (or any other unlocked phone, for that matter) will wither and die if you use it on AT&T. Just don't go asking them for help.

Have more questions about the Nexus One? Check out our FAQ, and see what's going on in the Nexus One forums.

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6 years ago

Google Nexus One FAQ


 Google Nexus One 

Google's Nexus One live event is over, phones are starting to get into the media's hands (officially), and orders are going out. After the break: Everything you need to know about the Nexus One:

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6 years ago

Google's Nexus One videos


The Google Nexus One also has a prime page on YouTube (which also is owned by Google). Loads of video after the break.

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6 years ago

Nexus One Coming to Verizon



It's not surprising that Google launched the Nexus One, and it's not surprising that the Nexus One will be available both unlocked for $529 or with T-Mobile contract for $179, we've heard those numbers before. What IS surprising is that the Nexus One is headed to Verizon. Yes, the Nexus One Phone with Verizon Wireless will be available. According to, there'll be an option to buy the Nexus One on Verizon (and Vodafone) in Spring 2010. Verizon is still making sure that they have the best Android devices available. Go Big Red


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6 years ago

Google Phone / Nexus One Site Goes Live


Head on over to right now (unless you caught it when the support portion was briefly available) to see 3D demos of the Nexus One, order one of your very own (complete with engraving) for $529.00 + Tax, and generally bask in the glow of a Google website that shows they're now completely and totally serious about the mobile phone space. Non-US citizens: we're sorry, but it looks like you're going to have to wait.

Looks like they'll be adding options to purchase the Nexus One with T-Mobile or Vodaphone soon-ish, not to mention the Droid on Verizon. You check out with Google Checkout and can have it FedEx'd overnight - though when it ships is (on my order at least) still a little fuzzy. Check out our Liveblog for more info

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6 years ago

Rogers says Xperia X10 coming in Q2


Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

While we await the eventual appearance of the Android-powered Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 (and some people are less hopeful than others), Canadian carrier Rogers has said it will launch the X10 in the second quarter, making it the first North American carrier to do so.

"At Rogers, we have built our legacy on innovation, bringing the most exciting and exclusive handsets first to customers in Canada," said John Boynton, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Rogers Communications. "We are thrilled to be the exclusive Canadian carrier to offer this phenomenal mobile entertainment device."

Quick refresher on the X10: We're looking at a 4-inch touchscreen at 480x854 (same as the Moto Droid), a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1GB of ROM/256MB RAM, 8MP camera, 1500mAh battery and all the usual trimmings. We're still waiting on word of an actual U.S. launch and any carrier support. [Twitter via Gadgetorama]

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6 years ago

T-Mobile announces its 3G network is running at full HSPA speeds


T-Mobile 3G speeds

Just in time for the expected launch of a little phone from Google, T-Mobile today announced that it has upgraded its entire 3G network to full HSPA speeds. That's 7.2Mbps, for those of you playing at home. T-Mo also said it's testing HSPA+ (that's 21Mbps) in Philadelphia and hopes to have it up and running by the middle of 2010 elsewhere. [via Phonescoop]

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6 years ago

Google event liveblog, 1 p.m. EST

Today's the day to find out what Google has up its sleeves. Is it the Nexus One? Something more? Join us after the break starting at 1 p.m. EST as we meta-liveblog Google's event!

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6 years ago

Android-powered Alex e-reader gets access to Google books library


Alex ereader

Spring Design's Alex e-reader, which still isn't actually available (though we expect to see it this week at CES), has announce a deal that gives it access to Google's books library, gaining the use of more than 1 million items online or downloaded onto the reader.

With the Alex touch screen browser, users can access the Internet to search and read eBooks directly on Alex’s eReader’s 6” EPD (Electronic Paper Display) screen while browsing in full color on the Internet simultaneously. Users can click on hyperlinks within online books that lead to relevant web-based information or multimedia content found online to enrich their reading experience. EPUB digital books can be searched and downloaded using Google API applications provided by Alex’s eReader.

Very cool. We'll definitely be checking that out this week. [Presser]

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6 years ago

textPlus Brings Free Texting to Android



Let's be honest here, texting through SMS and carriers is very convenient but it's nothing short of a complete rip off. What are they charging these days? A quarter per SMS?! That's why apps like textPlus, that offer free texting through an application, can get so popular. textPlus, which has enjoyed over 3.5 million downloads on the iPhone/iPod touch platform, has decided to jump over to Android and many of us won't have to pay the carriers another cent for SMS charges.

How textPlus works is it sends the recipient (presumably, a non textPlus user) a message that details it's from your username and gives instructions on how to reply back to you. If you're texting another textPlus user, we're sure the experience can get even more seamless. What's even cooler is that textPlus allows for group texting--up to 20 of your friends can respond to one another and everyone can see it (great for planning nights out). Think of it as an e-mail chain but for texts!

Go try it out and let us know what you think.

[via mobilecrunch]

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6 years ago

Android Running On Windows Mobile Imagio



Your eyes aren't deceiving you. No, that's not a new Android phone but rather the Windows Mobile HTC Imagio running our favorite OS. A PPCGeeks forum user got Android 2.0.1 (take that non-Droid phones!) running on the Windows Mobile device and it's really for kicks and giggles than for any real functionality. The forum user, drellisdee says:

I've gotten android 2.01 to boot on Imagio based on the topaz work on xda. After changing the the startup config's I've got the touchscreen responding properly but the hardware keys arent mapped right. The latest kernel noted in post 602 on xda didnt boot but the original pkg did. PS vol down is for vol and backup key as its mapped currently and the bottom right onscreen button on the press the android to start will let you change the lang to english.

The CDMA Radio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and hardware buttons still need some work but hey, it's a start. Us Android users and Windows Mobile users can certainly live peacefully together.

But what we really want to see is that HD2 running Android..

[ppcgeeks via wmexperts]

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6 years ago

Nexus One Gets Fully, Fully Reviewed



If you're up either late at night or early in the morning (we never know which is it) in anticipation for tomorrow's Google Event for the Nexus One, there's a solid full review of the Nexus One over at Engadget for your reading pleasure. Surprisingly, unlike other pre-release reviews of the Nexus One, the Engadget guys aren't completely blown away by the device and are actually a little unsure if it's significantly better than the Droid. Here's the highlights:

  • the Nexus One is nothing if not handsome. From its ultra-thin body to sleek, curved edges, the phone is absolutely lustworthy.
  • we actually had some real trouble with those four dedicated buttons.
  • The phone is fast, assuredly, but not so much of a leap up from the Droid that we felt it kept pace with the boost we were expecting.
  • We found colors on the Nexus One, particularly in the reds and oranges, to be severely blown-out and oversaturated
  • Not only has Google bumped up the speed of the camera app, but the 5 megapixel lens and flash took sharp, detailed images with none of the HTC-related issues we've seen on other models.
  • Well the real story is that Android 2.1 is in no way dramatically different than the iteration of the OS which is currently running on the Motorola Droid (2.0.1). Of the notable changes, many are cosmetic 

The whole review is worth the read, at least to hold you over until the official announcement! We still can't wait to get a hold of ours and we're sure you guys are in the same boat!

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6 years ago

Nexus One support page goes up, down


 Nexus One support page

We're in full Google Nexus One bat-poop-crazy mode for the next 24 hours or so. And as such we can tell you that the official support page went live for a fleeting moment. And as quickly as it appeared, it vanished, leaving us what you see above. And don't be alarmed: We're still expecting the Nexus One to launch with Android 2.1, never mind the picture. Also of note is that the "Terms of Sale" page apparently confirmed the previous pricing numbers, though it, also, has disappeared. [via TmoNews] (Thanks, Jerry!)

And be sure to join us for a meta-liveblog Tuesday as we expect the launch of the Nexus One. In the meantime, check out the N1 chatter in our forums.

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