Google Nexus Two with QWERTY, is the Motorola Shadow?

We advice you to have the salt shaker ready on this one. As you might remember, Google's Vice President of Engineering Andy Rubin recently talked about Google’s plan for an enterprise version of the Nexus One. Apparently, the Motorola Shadow will be the Nexus Two with a hardware keyboard. The latest rumors from China say the Motorola Shadow will be the future Google Nexus Two handset (shown above). As you can see, it has a close resemblance to the DROID made by the same manufacturer, just with some modifications. The handset is believed to have a large 4.3" touchscreen of either 850 x 484 pixels or 854 x 480 pixels, an 8-megapixel camera capable of shooting High Def video and HDMI port. As you can see the QWERTY keyboard is a little different then the DROID's, but remember that this image is just a render and not the real deal. What's your take on this one? [Thanks darktheory]

Dell Mini 5 (Streak) MID is Taken Apart [Video]

Last year on October we heard of the Android-powered Dell Streak MID, then a month later, there was a rumor saying this device would be arriving at AT&T. Well, it hasn't arrived just yet, but someone over at Tinhte already had fun tearing the Dell device down. The Dell Mini 5 (aka Dell Streak) had a "surgery" which revealed a 1,530mAh battery, a 3G modem with SIM slot and WiFi support. The 5-inch Android-powered device also comes with the already famous 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The video also reveals that this new device from Dell comes equipped with not only one, but two microSD card slots. It is believed that one of those slots might be for either onboard storage or for Google's Android OS. No word on pricing or availability. [youtube][/youtube]

Motorola Announces MOTOROI with Android 2.0 for Korea

Back on December we had some pictures of the Motorola Sholes (XT701) running on the newest version of Android (2.1) heading for China Unicom. This time Motorola have confirmed the arrival to the Korean market of what appears to be the same handset but using Android 2.0 instead. This Motorola handset is called the "MOTOROI" (yea, it sounds a little funny), and will be the first smartphone for the Korean market to run on Google's Android 2.0. The MOTOROI will arrive to Korea sporting an 8 megapixel camera with Xenon flash and a 720p HD camcorder. The Android-powered handset has a 3.7-inch (480X854) WVGA capacitive touchscreen, multitouch gesture support, and up to 32GB of storage with a MicroSD. MOTOROI owners will be able to enjoy Terrestrial DMB1 with up to 24 TV and audio channels for free. [gallery] Press Release:
Motorola Introduces MOTOROI™, Korea’s First Smart Phone Powered by Android 2.0 January 17, 2010 SEOUL, Korea. – 17 January 2010 – Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), a global leader in mobile telecommunications, today inaugurated a new era in Korea’s mobile lifestyle with the introduction of MOTOROI™, the first smart phone in Korea to be powered by Android™ version 2.0. For people who want the ultimate smart phone experience, MOTOROI™ offers the ability to use multiple applications at the same time, effortless pinch-and-zoom browsing, and cinematic navigation through music, videos, and maps of the world. “We are delighted to announce MOTOROI™, the first Android-based phone, with SK Telecom in Korea, a key partner in one of Motorola’s key markets in the world, ” said Sanjay Jha, co-chief executive officer of Motorola and chief executive officer of Motorola Mobile Devices. “MOTOROI™ is a smart phone without compromise, delivering a wiser, richer web and messaging experience with the most delightful touch-interface you have ever experienced, all made possible through the combination of Motorola’s expertise in design, a truly differentiated Android experience, and the power of SK Telecom’s network.” “Motorola’s smart phones powered by Android are receiving tremendous response around the world, and it is our pleasure to introduce one of them for the first time in Korea,” said Ha Sung-min, MNO president of SK Telecom™. “MOTOROI™ by Motorola will bring a paradigm shift in the domestic mobile market with outstanding Internet, multimedia features and access to the fast-growing Android Market™.” Thousands of Android-Based Applications Android is widely recognized as the most exciting mobile platform in part because of its unequalled openness. Anyone can develop Android applications and make them available through Android Market, and you can download them on MOTOROI™. Designed to take full advantage of the power of Android 2.0, MOTOROI™ gives you a full touch screen with a huge 3.7 inch, high-definition WVGA (480X854) display, making it easier than ever to view full page websites, videos, games, or photos. The display uses a powerful combination of Motorola’s touch user interface (UI) and a capacitive touch sensor for smooth screen flipping and scrolling, and five main displays let you customize your MOTOROI™ with various widgets with more freedom than ever before. Google Mobile Services in Your Hand MOTOROI™ delivers fast and powerful mobile versions of Google™’s most popular services. High speed web-browsing1 is possible at home or outdoors with MOTOROI™’s Wi-Fi support and Android Web Kit Browser, supporting up to eight open browser windows1 and giving you the greatest possible freedom in using Google™’s various mobile services1, including: * Google Maps™: Search for places near your location, get driving directions, view map with Street View and satellite imagery * Gmail™: Integrates and supports multiple accounts * YouTube™: Enables one-touch playback from home screen widget or app * Google Talk™: Provides messenger service by Google Imaging Technology for Digital Camera Experience & Premium Multimedia Features You expect a Motorola device to offer superb imaging, and MOTOROI™ breaks new ground, offering an 8 megapixel camera with Xenon flash and a 720p HD camcorder – the first of its kind in Korea. Your new MOTOROI™ not only lets you capture, view and share2 high quality photos and videos, it helps you make them look better than ever: * Smart image capture: Includes easy panorama, face detection, multi-shot (6 shots in a row), face filter, red eye reduction, camera shake prevention and many more elements designed to improve the quality and variety of your photos * HDMI™ (High Definition Multimedia Interface): With Korea’s first HDMI™ capable phone, play your HD video from your phone directly to your HDTV. MOTOROI delivers an upgraded mobile entertainment experience from the company that pioneered mobile entertainment: * MP3 player: Enables you to send and listen to MP3 files without the need to convert files * Terrestrial DMB1: Enjoy up to 24 TV and audio channels for free * 3.5mm ear jack: Listen to music through connecting your favorite head phones * Storage up to 8GB3 and Micro SD support up to 32GB3 * Unique docking station: Enjoy movies by setting the phone on the docking station designed exclusively for the MOTOROI™, or use the phone as table clock or digital frame User-Friendly and Innovative UI MOTOROI™ adds a host of small touches to your user interface to help make using a powerful smart phone easy and intuitive: * Smart widgets let you use your content more conveniently, adjusting the size of the calendar, memo pad, contacts, e-mail and other widgets and shortcut icons on the home screen as you are using them * Pinch to zoom in and out lets you enlarge or reduce the size of web pages with ease * MOTOROI™ offers five distinct text-input methods, including a 3X4 keypad, full QWERTY, half QWERTY, hand writing and writing pad * The screen lock with proximity sensor lets you talk on your phone with ease as the screen automatically locks when the touch screen gets near your face Advanced Mobile Office for Efficient Working We all have to work sometime, and MOTOROI™ supports management of multiple accounts and document editing to ensure you work more efficiently with cutting-edge text recognition and true multi-tasking, which lets you run multiple applications at once: * Synchronize and manage multiple email accounts simultaneously, letting you separate your work and personal inboxes * Gmail Contacts sync: Synchronize contacts from the accounts that are added on the device. * Microsoft and PDF document viewer * Optical Character Recognition: Optical dictionary that translates immediately through quick scanning, business card reader which recognizes contact information on business cards and automatically stores information to your phonebook; and document reader which easily scrap books or articles to your phone as text files The MOTOROI™ by Motorola will be available at SK Telecom™ retailers throughout Korea beginning in early February. For more information on MOTOROI™, please visit the Motorola website

Nexus One Price Change on T-Mobile Confirmed at $279 for Existing Subscribers

There has been some confusion about the pricing of the Google Nexus One phone since we discussed it earlier today. The search giant got in touch with the folks over at Phone Scoop via email and confirmed the change in price. Just to be clear, the Nexus One upgrade price for existing T-Mobile subscribers goes down to $279 from $379. So those who bought the Android device (and are eligible) will receive a refund of $100 from Google. Below is the statement sent from Google's spokesperson:
Previously there were two price points for those fully eligible for T-Mobile upgrades. Those without data plans were paying $279 for the Nexus One, and those with data plans were being charged $379. We worked with T-Mobile and are now able to offer the higher upgrade discount to all existing fully eligible T-Mobile subscribers. This price is now $279. Refunds will be granted to all eligible subscribers who previously purchased the Nexus One at $379. This doesn't affect any eligible customers who bought the phone for $279.
So as you can see, it is obvious that those who bought the Nexus One SIM-free from $529, and also the new customers that received the subsidized price of $179 do not receive the $100 refund. We hope this helps to clarify any misunderstanding. Are you getting a refund? Let us know in the comments area.

Viliv P3 PMP with Android OS [Video]

If you are in the market for a new PMP (Portable Media Player) then check out the Viliv P3, which seems like a good device. Over at CES 2010 jkkmobile had a chance to play with one of this Android-powered devices and apparently he liked it very much. Viliv is a company that offers many media internet devices (MIDs) that normally run Windows XP, Win CE, and most recently Win7. Their latest device; the Viliv P3 PMP can play the dual-booting game; it can run on Google's free mobile OS or Windows CE. The device also comes equipped with a 3.7-inch nice-looking AMOLED 800 x 480 touchscreen and a Cortex A8 800MHz processor. There's also a microSD slot, NAND capacity of up to 32GB flash, optional T-DMB/DAB tuners and 720p HD playback. And apparently, Viliv are planning to bring more Android-powered devices in the future. [youtube][/youtube] [Via SlashGear]

Nexus One for Current T-Mobile Subscribers Drops to $279

The folks over at T-MoNews got their hands on some leaked screenshots from inside T-Mobile (shown below). Apparently, existing subscribers of the carrier who are eligible to upgrade to the Google Nexus One will now be able to buy the handset for only $279. But if you are one of those early adopters who paid the $379, do not fret, $100 will be refunded to you and within 14 business days that money will be in your pockets again. It appears the money will be coming from Google itself, and you should hear from the search giant starting today. In another T-Mobile news, insurance is now available for the Nexus One (see image below). The carrier is now offering its Premium Handset Protection (PHP) for customers who got the Android Handset from Google unlocked and also to those who bought a subsidized handset from T-Mobile, you have up to 14 days after purchase to add the insurance. The price is $4.79 per month, and if you need a replacement, the deductible will set you back $130 for the new Nexus One.

DROID with Lookout App Catches a Thief

If you ever had a cellphone stolen before, then you know how frustrating it is, especially if you never recover the device. Luckily if you own an Android handset with an application named Lookout, you have a better chance nowadays. According to a story on Fox 12 Oregon, some 15 year old kid broke into a house 2 days before Christmas stealing 2 mobile phones and a laptop amongst other things. One of the stolen phones was a Motorola DROID equipped with the app lookout (shown on the image above). The app automatically uploads pictures taken with the handset to your lookout account, so when the victim logged on to his lookout account he immediately noticed some new pictures that weren't his. Soon after the police had the suspect under arrest (the thief took pictures of himself), but they believe there's still an accomplice on the loose. There's no word if the thief was an iPhone fanboy or not.

Sprint Software Update for Samsung Moment now Available

Today, Sprint is rolling out a service software update for the Samsung Moment, which unfortunately is not the update we heard from back on December. Back then the carrier promised that this Android handset would be getting a firmware update to Android 2.1 on the first half of 2010. The latest software update to the Samsung Moment is to version S:M900.8.0S.CL14, which includes Network Assist GPS to allow indoor location fix, updates to several third-party apps, including Visual Voicemail, NFL, NASCAR and Sprint TV. There's also a change to Emergency Dial on lock screen and other various improvements to battery life, as well as a hard reset available in recovery mode: remove and reinsert battery; press volume down, send and end keys until reboot option pops up; scroll to wipe data/factory reset; press OK. To find out which software version is running on your Samsung Moment go to the main screen and press Menu, tap on settings, then tap About Phone and you'll see the software version listed under the Baseband version heading and will be in the format of S:M900.X.XX.XXXX. If you own a Moment and need this update, you need to visit a Sprint retail location with a Repair Center, since the ability to download it directly on your Moment is not available at this time. [Thanks BirdieMN]
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