Google Nexus One Hands-on and Unboxing at SlashGear [Video]

Well, apparently nobody can't get enough of the "Google Phone", as many are still calling it, but hey, can you blame them, I know we can't either. The Google Nexus One has been the greatest news lately, especially yesterday. Our adventurous leader has now an Android 2.1 handset to play with, and that he did; he's done also an unboxing video of the Nexus One. Vincent is impress at how slim (at 11.5mm) the Nexus One is, but with a big 3.7-inch AMOLED display, the handset is reasonably long and broad (at 119mm and 59.8mm respectively). He's not very convinced by the choice of colors (I have to agree with him), but likes the pleasantly responsive glass capacitive touchscreen and said the plastics feel of reasonable quality. Using the phone with just one hand a la Palm Pre seems a little tricky, since the row of four capacitive buttons and the trackball are quite low, there’s also no dedicated camera shortcut. In comparison with the HTC HD2, the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor on the Nexus One is fast and slick. This, of course, minimizes some usual Android lag-points, like opening the apps menu, which is now different in Android 2.1 than that on 2.0.1, it now overlays the icons over the homescreen, instead of pulling up an app-drawer. Still, Vincent feels that pitting the Nexus One vs the Motorola DROID will show how much difference there really is. I'm all for that, like many of you must be too, especially now that we know the Nexus One will arrive in a couple of months to Verizon. Switching between apps using thumbnail cards webOS-style is also a nice addition, and the camera software feels more responsive than the DROID's, and even though the on-screen photo quality of the "N1" looks decent, some testing is required to find out if it is actually better. Below, you can read more on Vincent's thoughts on the Google Nexus One, also, watch the unboxing video of this wonderful device:
Despite the HTC connection, there’s none of that company’s clever Android modification: this is stock Android 2.1. Google have increased the number of homescreen panes from three to five (still short of HTC Sense’s seven) but HTC’s clever on-screen keyboard with its reasonably accurate auto-prediction and correction is absent. The lack of multitouch may prove frustrating too; we’ve found ourselves making a few mistakes from trying to type too fast. The DROID’s hardware keyboard isn’t perfect either, so it’ll be interesting to see which we’re faster with.
[youtube][/youtube] [Via SlashGear]

Rogers Canada will get the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 in Q2 2010

Well, not everything today has to do with the Google Nexus One, there is another important and great Android handset out there; the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. There are a lot of you that would love to get this Android phone made by Sony, guess what, you might get lucky. Rogers Wireless has announced that they will be the exclusive Xperia X10 Canadian carrier. This also means they will be the first in North America to get this nice-looking Android smartphone. According to Andrea Gaal, General Manager of Sony Ericsson Canada: "This handset makes communications more fun and more playful while multiplying and enriching opportunities to connect.” Below is the Press release so you can get more info on this great Sony device running on Google's free mobile OS:
• The Xperia™ X10 introduces an open and integrated world of social media, communication and entertainment • New UX (user experience) platform lets consumers organize everything and discover more with one of the most open, human and intuitive user experiences yet • Rogers Wireless becomes exclusive Xperia ™ X10 Canadian carrier and first in North America ; extends leadership in Android device lineup Toronto , January 5, 2010 – Canadians will be among the first in the world to experience open and integrated social media, communication and entertainment with the launch of the Sony Ericsson Xperia ™ X10 phone, which will make its North American debut first in Canada , exclusively from Rogers . The Xperia ™ X10 is expected to be available in the second quarter 2010. “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.” “Building on our entertainment heritage, the Xperia ™ X10 underpins our commitment to an open and multi-platform strategy that maximizes choice for the consumer and delivers the best possible entertainment experience,” said Andrea Gaal, General Manager, Sony Ericsson Canada . “This handset makes communications more fun and more playful while multiplying and enriching opportunities to connect.” Introducing signature applications like Sony Ericsson Mediascape and Timescape™, the Xperia™ X10 lets consumers organize everything in their phone and in an intuitive way: • The Sony Ericsson Timescape™ application manages all your communication with one person in one place. Browse through your conversations and check out your Facebook™, Twitter™ and MySpace™ accounts 1 , photos, emails 1 , and texts 1 all in one seamless, easy to use interface • Sony Ericsson Mediascape application is the smart way to get all the music, photos and videos you want from your favourite friends and artists. It accesses this content from just about everywhere – your phone or YouTube™ and Facebook™ services 1 and presents everything for you in an integrated way Intelligence capabilities, integrated into Sony Ericsson Mediascape and Timescape™ applications, automatically recognizes connections between contacts, content and media. By recommending alternative ways to communicate or guiding to new media experiences, consumers can discover more in a truly open way. For example: • Pressing the new “infinite button” guides you through the connected world, aggregating all your interactions with one person into one view • Intelligent face recognition features recognize up to five faces in any picture, automatically connecting them with your social phonebook and all other related communications with that person. The X10 also features an 8.1 megapixel camera including 16X digital zoom. The UX platform builds on top of the Open OS (Android) and creates a unique Sony Ericsson user experience by combining best-in-class entertainment features with signature applications, unrivalled integration of social media services and a rich graphical user interface. The Xperia™ X10 phone is the first mobile phone to truly humanize the way people interact with their phones. Sony Ericsson's open approach gives consumers maximum choice. Xperia X10 users can download any application they want directly from Android Market, creating an experience that is entirely unique to them.

Yes, Today is Google Nexus One Day [With Demo Videos]

Apparently, today is Google Nexus One day, the news keep on coming about this already famous Android handset. Vincent is probably already playing with his own Nexus One by now, so expect a hands on from the man himself very soon. As we already know, the Nexus One sells through Google and T-Mobile, and it will also be sold by Verizon and Vodafone. The Google Nexus One got an official announcement today, and it also begins to ship today on T-Mobile and unlocked, but it only works on EDGE with AT&T. Google will also ship the unlocked Nexus One to the UK, Singapore and Hong Kong, with other countries (and localized versions) promised soon. According to HTC’s Peter Chou, called the Nexus One a "Superphone", when he was asked if this was an iPhone killer. Google's Andy Rubin said there's support for WiFi on the new handset, and tethering will be supported sometime in the future. There's also a promise for future Android phones with 4G available through the Google web store. Google didn't want to comment about other potential products being sold through Google, but for those who are wondering, “electric cars” are not on the list. They are also “considering” on adding multitouch support in future to the Nexus One. They also said: "Some of the subsequent phones will be dual-mode for global roaming between CDMA/GSM/HSPA". But don't expect a Nexus One on Verizon with those capabilities. When asked about Nexus One eating DROID sales, Dr. Sanjay Jha from Motorola said: "Both are great phones; Peter and I compete in the marketplace to build the best product we can. We’ll update DROID to latest Android version, and we’ll bring something out after the Nexus One to keep competing." So as you can see, we can expect another great phone from Motorola. So far, several AC forum members have ordered the Nexus One, if you did too, you can joined the others here. One of our forum members; "TheOneGnat", reports that he ordered his Nexus One engraved (check image above for an example), and one of our UK readers; "Hands0n", also ordered his very own Nexus One today:
I've gone and ordered mine - SIM-free for $578.64 (£358.27 at today's closing rate), ships to the UK with a "Country specific AC adapter". Google are shipping to four markets initially, US, UK, Singapore and Hong Kong. The package is sent via DHL. The warranty for UK users is the standard 2-year job as mandated by the EU (although if there is a fundamental defect it is actually 6 years).
We have 3 videos for your viewing pleasure, the first; Google Earth on the Nexus One has some problem with the audio, but you can still understand most of what's been said. Enjoy, and let us know your thoughts on the comments area. [youtube][/youtube] [youtube][/youtube] [youtube][/youtube]

Nexus One Site Goes Live, Verizon & Vodafone to get the Handset by Spring

That's right my good fellows, Vincent is at the Google Event having extra fun, and of course asking all the questions he can. But for now, let's start with the Nexus One site, which is already gone live. At the site, you will see the prices of the Nexus One after clicking on the "Get your phone" blue button. There's no surprise, we already knew the pricing; You can buy the phone without service for $529, and insert your own SIM card, there's free shipping in the continental US. In the package you'll get: a Nexus One phone case, a wall charger, and USB cable. From T-Mobile, with the Even More individual 500 Plan and a new two year agreement, the Nexus One Phone will cost you $179. But that's not all, as you can see on the image below, Verizon and parent company Vodafone, will also carry the Google Nexus One Phone. According to the site, they both will carry the Android handset by Spring 2010. On the Google Event, Vincent asked if there will be unlocked CDMA handsets available, the answer he got was: "That’s complicated. The Nexus One will be available with Verizon service, [but not unlocked]; the Vodafone version will be the regular GSM model. So there you have it folks, it is confirmed; the Nexus One will arrive to Big Red pretty soon, and you will have to decide between it and the DROID. Which one will you get?

Verizon’s HTC Imagio Running…Android?

Since many companies nowadays are getting Google's free mobile OS to run on different devices, it is not surprising to see Android on many gadgets. But to see Android OS running on a Windows Mobile phone, well, that is definitely another story. Yes, you read that right, and no, there's nothing wrong with your eyes, that is an Imagio by HTC running Android on the image above. A forum member at PPCGeeks got Android 2.0.1 to run on the WinMo handset, and although the functionality is not 100%, we can see progress on this matter. Here's what the crafty guy said:
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. Also it works using the topaz's mtype but not with rhodium mtype. I registered a mtype for whitestone with haret a few months ago of 2514 which hopefully we can use to further development.
He also said that there's more work to be done with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Hardware key Mapping, the CDMA Radio and GPS. Yes, we know this is not the first time someone tries something like this, but for many Android users who like to get their hands on a HTC HD2, this is good news.

More Prospective Buyers for Android According to Survey

Since the DROID by Motorola was released, Android begun to have an even bigger foothold on the smartphone arena. With the news of the Google Nexus One, the number of people who wanted an Android handset are now growing. According to a survey by ChangeWaveResearch, Android has gained much more momentum in December, compared with the month of September. This, as we mentioned, comes as no surprise when the DROID is out there, and the latest news about the Nexus One say this handset is coming very soon. The survey was on December 9-14, there were 4,068 participants, the Motorola DROID is the "biggest and most immediate beneficiary." The percentage of those who plan to buy a smartphone in the next 90 days is 21%, that's a big jump from the 6% back in September. To better understand the survey, check the charts (one above, one below), but as you can see, there are more future buyers fro Motorola than HTC. There are also other facts from the survey not shown here; like the satisfaction chart, which shows the Android OS ranked second with 72% among customers who said they were "very satisfied" with their current cell phone. The iPhone took first place with 77%, BlackBerry 41%, Palm OS/webOS 33% and the last place went to Windows Mobile with 25%.

Google Nexus One gets a Hands on

It has been about 2 weeks since the Google Nexus One got unboxed, this time gets not only unboxed, but also a hands-on with video by the folks over at Engadget. Since January 5th is tomorrow, its only logical to start getting all kind of news of this great device. The handset is made by HTC, as we already know, and runs Android 2.1 with a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, has 512MB of ROM, 512MB of RAM, and a 4GB microSD card (expandable to 32GB), a 3.7-inch, 480 x 800 display and lacks multitouch. The design and feel of the phone is much better and faster than Motorola's DROID, but it's not mind blowing. But opening applications and moving between them was super fast. The camera seems to be about average, but the software for it is better then the DROID's. Google included some visual enhancements and minor UI tweaks, one very noticeable is the "live" wallpapers, some of which react to the touch of your fingers. The animations throughout the phone are nice and make Android 2.1 feel more polished than previous iterations, but there is a long way to go to match the iPhone or the Palm Pre. In short, they don't think the Nexus One is an iPhone killer, but they do believe it will be a good competitor. You can check their gallery of pictures here. [youtube][/youtube] [Via Engadget]

Android Community Year in Review, 2009 Highlights

Hello fellow AndroidCommunity members, welcome, and Happy New Year 2010! We are so excited for the new Android devices that will make their way into our hands this year. We also hope to have great news on all the upcoming gadgets at CES. It seems like the most exciting news happened until the end of 2009, but let's start our AC highlights from the beginning of said year, shall we? Let's Begin with the First HTC Handsets Making Android History One of the most important things that happened at the beginning of 2009 was the leaked info on HTC’s Android-powered Hero. Also, coder Luke Hutchison, put together a multitouch hack for the G1. Users of the G1 also received the RC-33 update, with support for Google’s Latitude and voice-controlled searching. Paid apps finally made it to the Android Market, and the second Android-based smartphone; the HTC Magic, was officially announced by HTC and Vodafone. The HTC Dream got a March 15th release date on Orange France, while Vodafone UK’s site had confirmed the HTC Magic launch during April 2009. And who doesn't remember when Vic Gundotra took to the stage to unveil GMail offline, but may have also inadvertently announced the T-Mobile G2/HTC Magic. This apparently became obvious when an HTC handset - the Magic - passed the FCC bearing T-Mobile USA branding. Not easy to forget were also the first shots of the HTC Hero in the wild, without the awful pink, as well as the official T-Mobile USA announcement of their second Android handset; the myTouch 3G. And while Chris was doing the unboxing video of the Vodafone HTC Magic, Rogers Wireless was making the announcement of the HTC Dream (aka T-Mobile G1) and the HTC Magic to the Canadian market on June 2nd. By the end of May, Vincent was happily playing with a free Google IO 2009 HTC Android phone, check the unboxing video and pictures here. The very next day, Steven alerted us of many G1 owners getting the Android 1.5 (Cupcake) update for their devices. Then, out of the blue, a promo video for the HTC Hero appeared online. Latitude and Voice Search for Android Google Maps were upgraded, and Transit directions came along. A few days later, HTC was making news again, Chris was at a press event in London, where the company announced its third Android smartphone; the HTC Hero. T-Mobile didn't want to be left out, so they announced a myTouch 3G media event for July 8th. In August, the myTouch 3G was available at T-Mobile for $199.99 with a new 2-year contract. HTC also unveiled a low-cost entry-level Android handset called the Tattoo in September. Fast forward to October, and the news get juicier; the Sprint HTC Hero launches on Oct. 12th, for $179.99 with a 2-year contract and a $100 rebate. The HTC Tattoo gets unboxed & played with at SlashGear the next morning. Other Phones and a Couple of HTCs Android Powered Sony Ericsson’s phone, the XPERIA codenamed Rachael, appears on some “internal documents”, and just a few days later, shots of the slick Sony Ericsson Android interface leaked on youtube. In September, the Samsung i7500 Galaxy arrived to Europe via O2, and the LG Etna was caught at a Vodafone stand, and we later found out, that it was the LG GW620. Motorola UK confirmed the Motorola DEXT - Motorola CLIQ outside of the US – to go on sale through carrier Orange from early October, and through T-Mobile USA network in Q4 2009. T-Mobile in the UK got the Android Huawei Pulse for prepay service, and the Acer A1 Android powered smartphone appeared for a while at retailer Expansys. Samsung also introduced an Android handset; the Behold II, with carrier T-Mobile, a leaked document from Sam's reported on the DROID by Motorola to be ready by the holidays, and to top it all off, Android 1.6 went OTA to G1 and myTouch 3G users on T-Mobile. Sprint gets another Android phone; the Samsung Moment, meanwhile the Motorola CLIQ gets a full SlashGear review, and an early build of Android 2.0 Eclair leaked, giving us a glance into the future. From Russia with love, the little brother of the Samsung Galaxy I7500; the Galaxy Spica gets announced. And the Android-based Acer Liquid A1 goes up for sale in the UK on December. At the end of 2009 the world saw one of the hottest phones come to life, yes, the DROID by Motorola, sold by Big Red (Verizon), which came packed with Android 2.0. But that wasn't the only Android handset that Verizon got, they also got the HTC Eris. The DROID went to Europe and change its name to be the MILESTONE, but it wasn't able to use the Google Maps Navigation Beta update, since it was for the US only. Another hot Android phone that begun to caught our attention was the Sony Ericsson’s Rachel/XPERIA 10, only to be dethroned by the latest, hottest and baddest of the Android phones; the Google Nexus One. Which is still giving a lot to talk about, but we hope to get more info on this great handset in a couple of days. Well folks, there you have it, yes, there were other Android devices during the year 2009, but we tried to keep it just on the smartphone side, since that's the main subject with Google's free OS. Anyway, one of the most sought after MIDs; the Camangi, ended up as a close fail in the eyes of some of its buyers. So, fellow AC members, what were your Android highlights for 2009? Let us know in the comments area.
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