The Google Nexus One is now Rooted with Superboot

We know that one of the hottest Android phones in the planet; the DROID by Motorola, has been rooted. And now we get word that another hot Android handset is rooted, the funny thing, is that this handset is not even officially released. We all know this is something that will happen sooner or later to most phones, but rooting an unreleased handset is a little out of the ordinary. The most important thing about this, you really don't have to deal with too many steps or some difficult method to get it done. All you have to do is; flash the boot image using the instructions below and that's it.
How to use Superboot - Windows, Linux and OSX - Download the Superboot zip file above and extract to a directory - Put your device in bootloader mode - turn if off, remove battery, plug in USB cable, when battery icon appears onscreen, replace battery then tap the powerbutton while holding the Camera key - WINDOWS - double click 'install-superboot-windows.bat' - MAC - Open a terminal window to the directory containing the files, and type 'chmod +x' followed by './' - LINUX - Open a terminal window to the directory containing the files, and type 'chmod +x' followed by './'
Always remember that you do things like this at your own risk, so if you don't feel comfortable doing it, don't do it! Also, you have to download Superboot first, but don't worry, Vincent has a thread in our forums where you can do that, or you can also click here. [Via Our Forums and SlashGear]

DIY Android Doll: What a Geek can do with a Sewing Machine and Some Love for Android [Video]

For all those who love Android and like to have it in another form, not just inside an electronic gadget, here's a DIY task that you will like. The good folks over at Recombu have put together a stuffed Android doll tutorial, so get ready, set, go! To start the new year with the right attitude and have a good little green fella by your side, this is the right task. The intention is to make a doll to hold your Android phone, and keep you company on your desk, by sitting beside your computer. But you can use your Android however and wherever you like, after all, it is yours. This task will give you the opportunity to use another type of machine in your house; the sewing machine. The video below is pretty self explanatory, but just in case, don't forget the scissors, 2 white buttons, green felt and thread, some cushion stuffing material, an elastic band and some coins. But if you want to use it without the coins, use the material you see fit for it. Enjoy and have fun! [youtube][/youtube]

Price for the Nexus One Leaks: $530 Unlocked, $180 on Contract with T-Mobile

The “Android press gathering” that Google announced for January 5th is looking more interesting as the date closes in on us. And now, it appears that a tipster sent a couple of screenshots to Gizmodo, which supposedly confirm that Google will be in fact, selling the Nexus One Android phone unlocked. Google will sell the Nexus One for $530 unsubsidized, but if you want to pay less for this Android handset, you'll have to sign up for a 2 year agreement with T-Mobile and pay only $180 for the phone. But if you cancel the agreement within 120 days of the purchase, you’ll have to pay the difference of the total cost of the phone, which is about $350 in this case, or you can also return the phone to Google. It appears that T-Mobile is offering only one rate plan: $39.99 Even More + Text + Web for $79.99 total. And existing customers cannot keep their plan if they want a subsidized phone, which means that they have to change to the one plan, and only accounts with one single line will be able to do this. But you can buy the $530 unlocked version, and save money over the 2 years if you already have a cheaper plan. You must shell out the $530 for the unlocked version if you have a family plan, Flexpay, SmartAccess or KidConnect. If you like to buy more than 1 Nexus One phone, the limit is 5 per Google account. And apparently, there is language in the agreement for shipping outside the US. Also, Google will call this handset, the Nexus One, and not the Google Phone, and the Terms of Sale make sure you acknowledged that HTC is the manufacturer, and not Google. What do you think folks? If you like to join the discussion on this matter, head on to our forums here. [Thanks to forum member HavocG1 for the tip]

Camangi WebStation gets Unboxed and Reviewed with Harsh Conclusions [Video]

We have to admit, the Camangi WebStation, using Google’s free OS looked pretty darn good the first time we saw images of it. But now that it has been unboxed and reviewed by different people, you have to wonder, was it rushed into production? Could they have waited a little longer, in order to give us a better product? First, Judie from geardiary had a chance to get her Camangi WebStation unboxed. For her first impressions, watch the video at the end of this post. If you like to see more pictures of the device click on the link above. Judie feels the Camangi is "EXTREMELY" solid, and is a little heavier than she expected, she appears to like it so far, but she hasn't played with it much. And besides, she purchased the Camangi to be used as an eReader. However, Michael of TomorrowLand, did a review of the WebStation and it doesn't look promising. He is in fact looking for a way to return the thing and get his money back. Here's what he said, just to show you how dissatisfied he is with the Camangi WebStation: "My suspicion is that the unit is basically a digital picture frame loaded with a cell phone version Google Android with a touch screen." What do you think, will the Camangi live up to your expectations? The Camangi is $399, but available for preorder at $389 right now. Do you think is worth it? [youtube][/youtube]

From the FCC: Another Google Nexus One Dock gets Unearthed

So we already know, thanks to the FCC, about the Nexus One Desktop Dock with the Model Name CR B410. Which by the way, will have Bluetooth capabilities, now there's another dock for the Google Nexus One phone passing by the FCC; a Bluetooth car dock. The funny thing is that this new accessory is described in the FCC document as for the “Google Phone”, instead of Nexus One. Well, it must be a printing error, we don't know, and we also do not believe that there will be a Google Phone and a Nexus One phone, since everything points out to one Android phone that many have been calling the Gphone or Google Phone. The FCC document fails to list all of the car dock’s functionality, but some people are guessing that it wil charge the Nexus One and allow for hands-free speakerphone at the same time. There's also some speculation about the capabilities of this car dock and the wireless streaming of media to some in-car head units. This new accessory shouldn't come as a surprise, since SEIDIO is already teasing everyone with “the ultimate accessories for the ultimate Android Phone” coming soon. [Via SlashGear]

A Leak from T-Mobile Confirms Launch of “Google Android Phone” for Early January, Nexus One Anybody?

As we all know by now, Google announced an “Android press gathering” coming on January 5th. And everyone on the blogosphere is excited and expecting that this event will be the launch of the much-rumored "Google Phone"; the Nexus One. And to reinforced this, both TmoNews and BGR have received internal screenshots from someone at T-Mobile. As you can see on the image above, the page appears to be from T-Mobile’s StreamLine employee systems. It is kind of hard to read, I know, but below is what the page says, or at least, what I was able to get from it.
Google, with support from T-Mobile, is scheduled to launch a new Android device in early January. The Google Android phone will be sold directly by Google via the Web. * Support for the device including troubleshooting and exchanges will be managed by Google and HTC. * T-Mobile will offer service support including billing, coverage, features, and rate plans. Additional details Streamline content regarding the launch of Google’s Android phone will be coming in early January.
So there you go folks, make your own conclusions and let us know in the comments what are your thoughts on this matter. One thing is for sure though, come January 5th, all of us will be alert and ready to get our hands on any info we can get about this new Android phone.

Motorola DROID Leading Christmas Downloads

As most, if not all of you might remember, Bloomberg reported that the DROID by Motorola sold roughly 100,000 DROID handset units during its first weekend of been launched. Now, we get word that this Motorola smartphone is leading the Android handsets (Droid, myTouch 3G, G1 and HTC Hero) in volume downloads. This is not a surprising statement, most of us knew from the get-go that the DROID by Motorola was heading to be a success. Data from Flurry Media, a mobile analytics company based in San Francisco, said the following:
* Droid application downloads increased by 93 percent over previous Fridays in December. * Droid accounted for 48 percent of download volume across the leading Android handsets (Droid, myTouch 3G, G1 and HTC Hero).
As you can see on the graph above; the DROID shows 49 %, and Flurry said 48 %, probably a small error, but still, it is a huge difference when compare to the other Android handsets on that graph. The graph below shows you the download growth on Christmas day, again; no surprise, the DROID by Motorola had the biggest numbers. Are you happy you got the Motorola DROID?

Google Nexus One coming at Jan 5 event!

Google have announced an "Android press gathering" on January 5th, and we're expecting it to be the launch event for the much-rumored Google Nexus One.  The event, to be held in Mountain View, will feature both a launch presentation and hands-on opportunities with the device. Although the Nexus One is not mentioned by name in the invitation, it seems likely to be the star attraction.  “With the launch of the first Android-powered device just over a year ago,” Google’s invite reads, “we’ve seen how a powerful, open platform can spur mobile product innovation.  And this is just the beginning of what’s possible." The Google Nexus One - aka the Google Phone - is built by HTC and powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, with a 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen and the usual range of wireless connectivity.  Carrier support in the US is expected to be provided by T-Mobile, who will act as "dumb pipe" while Google themselves distribute and support the hardware itself. [via SlashGear]

Nexus One Accessories Coming Soon from SEIDIO?

We already know that HTC - who manufactures the Google Nexus One Phone - have submitted to the FCC, the Nexus One Desktop Dock for approval. Now, accessory-maker Seidio is announcing the next wave of accessories for the Nexus One Android phone. As you can see on the image above; SEIDIO is teasing us with "the ultimate accessories for the ultimate Android Phone". They even set up a link for everyone who wants to be notified as soon as the accessories become available. Now that's bold, or they are confident because they know something that we don't. Let's face it, there isn't any official announcement about the final name of the Android device. Folks, what are your thoughts on this matter? Personally, I think that some accessory makers know in advance about the upcoming devices so they can get their products ready for the release of said device.
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