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Nexus One Price Tipped for Vodafone Germany

We all know the Google Nexus One will soon arrive to Verizon here in the US, and also to Vodafone in Europe. But we don't know how much will the new Android handset cost when it arrives to European customers. Until now that is, apparently - as you can see on the image above - the Nexus One will have a price of €149.90 ($217) on Vodafone Germany. Obviously that could be a 2 year service agreement price with the carrier. There isn't any information on plan pricing for the Android 2.1 phone at this moment, as we all know, here in the US T-Mobile offers only one plan for the handset. And there's no word from Google or Vodafone about prices for the unlocked version of the device. [Via SlashGear]

Security Flaw Found on Verizon’s DROID

Unfortunately, security flaws are nothing new in software, and apparently Verizon's DROID is not exempt of such calamity. According to the folks over at TechCrunch, Google is already working on a solution to this problem. The problem is a bug found on Android OS version 2.0.1 that allows anyone to bypass the phone’s screen-lock security mechanism with ease. Apparently, all you have to do is hit the dedicated Back button after accepting an incoming call and everything inside your DROID is available to the unauthorized person. Other devices have seen some kind of bug in their software before. Back in August 2008 the iPhone also had a security flaw similar to the one found on the DROID. Let's hope Google fixes this bug soon.

According to Motorola, Android 2.1 is coming to DEXT and MILESTONE Handsets

According to Motorola's Europe Facebook page, the MILESTONE and DEXT Android-based smartphones will get the 2.1 update. As you already know, Motorola US confirmed the firmware update to Android 2.1 for the Backflip, DROID, and CLIQ handsets. Apparently, Milestone users will get the firmware update to version 2.0.1 first: "Attention Android lovers. The 2.01 update is on its way for all Milestone users. The Android 2.1 upgrade for Milestone is also on its way and will be ready in the next 2 months. We can confirm that Dext will get the Android 2.1 upgrade as well." As you can see, Milestone owners should be upgrading their devices to firmware version 2.0.1 anytime now. Motorola Europe recommends to visit its Facebook space for more info. As soon as the update is available the company will let you know on its Facebook fan page. [Via the::unwired]

T-Mobile’s Action Steps for Nexus One 3G Issues Leaked

As most of you already know, there are many Nexus One owners that have some kind of signal issue with their Android devices. The complaints have to do with the handset switching between 3G and EDGE, and sometimes getting stuck on EDGE-only. The folks over at Engadget got their hands on some "internal documentation" that T-Mobile is giving to its reps, so they can help Nexus One owners on the signal issue. As you can see on the image above, T-Mobile's reps will begin with the basics; checking that you actually are within 3G coverage, verify that customers have a data plan and so on. The reps will also ask if you had 3G service on a previous phone (assuming you had T-Mo's service on the other handset) in the same area. It is worth mentioning that one of our readers (NPS_CA) actually took matters into his own hands, and went on to investigate the issue around his neighborhood and found out his Nexus One does have a problem with 3G signals. You can read his findings here.

Will Nexus One for Enterprise be a World Phone and Have a Physical Keyboard?

Andy Rubin Vice President of Engineering Google, had a conversation with Walt Mossberg (All Things Digital), and talked about Google’s plan for an enterprise version of the Nexus One. They also talked about Google's vision on the way phones should be bought and sold. The Google Nexus One just arrived a few days ago and Andy Rubin is already talking about the next version of the Nexus One Superphone. Apparently, it will be an enterprise edition for business users. That's interesting enough for many people already, but it will be more interesting if you put a hardware keyboard on the Nexus One. Rubin told Mossberg that an enterprise version of the Nexus One might support exchange and "might also have a physical keyboard". Not only that, but he also said "it might be a world phone", which is something that many of you want. Nothing specific was revealed on software for the enterprise version of the Nexus One. What do you think, would you rather have a Nexus One with a physical keyboard, even if that means having a thicker device?

Hands-on with the LG GT540 Android phone

There's no doubt that the folks from sister site SalshGear had fun over at CES with all the gadgets they put their hands on. One of those devices was the LG GT540 Android powered handset, which didn't have as much "bang" as the GW640. The LG GT540 is a touchscreen-only device and no physical keyboard, it uses a 320 x 480 resistive touch panel. There is 3G HSDPA connectivity, with WiFi and Bluetooth, it also has a 3.5mm headphones jack, GPS and microSD card slot. There’s a 3-megapixel camera with face detection and tagging on the back of the handset. There are some changes to the dialer, and LG have placed their S-Class UI buttons onto the regular Android homescreen. They’ve also loaded a new media player app with native DivX support, among other codec types. LG's “social media manager” is also there, which gives easier access to networks like Facebook via a widget. Apparently, this new Android-based LG handset will arrive globally by April 2010, LG aren’t talking about specific carriers or pricing. Enjoy the pictures below, and let us know what do you think about this new LG device. [gallery]

Hands-on with T-Mobile’s Vega Android Tablet [Video]

Here we go again with more on the new 15-inch Vega Android powered tablet, this one as you might remember, is heading to the UK via T-Mobile. Another hands-on by the good folks at SlashGear, to bring more on this ICD Vega tablet made for the family on the go. The ICD Vega has a reworked OS, instead of Android 2.0 like the ICD Ultra, since they are targeted at different groups. Something that might be a deal breaker for some of the Android enthusiast, is the absence of the Android Market on this device. The Vega needs to work on the accelerometer, which wasn’t working on the demo device, the manufacturer is also considering to add either one or two speakers to the included docking station. This dock uses magnets to keep the Vega at a usable angle on a table or kitchen counter, it also helps when watching videos. What do you think folks, do you like the Vega or the Ultra? Both ICD and T-Mobile are planning to start selling the Vega later this year, but there's no word on pricing yet. Enjoy the video below, and for more pictures head on to SlashGear.com, don't forget to let us know what you think about these offerings from ICD. [vms e9753913f4d435b53c30]

Hands-on with the Verizon ICD Ultra LTE tablet [Video]

If you like tablets with Google's free mobile OS, here's more on one of those, the ICD Ultra that will be arriving to Verizon, most likely, by the end of the year. SlashGear had a hands-on with the 7-inch LTE Ultra, to give us a better perspective on this upcoming Android device. The ICD Ultra Android slate uses NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 chipset and a Motorola LTE radio to bring you the web faster then ever. It is capable of outputting 1080p Full HD video via a mini HDMI port. According to Vincent, Verizon's demo had crisp and smooth video playing Avatar on a HDTV. Playback on the Ultra's 7-inch screen was also very good. The resistive touchscreen works good, although it lacks some finesse in comparison to other capacitive displays. The regular Android onscreen QWERTY keyboard on this device proved to work well too. Android 2.0 on the ICD Ultra is fully functional, unlike the build on the more family-friendly Vega. Verizon had a test LTE network up and running so, as you’d expect, streaming performance was impressive. Expect to see this tablet until Verizon gets their LTE network up and running by the end of 2010. No word on price or date of arrival just yet, but they said that it would “be brought to market by Motorola”, so maybe it will carry the Motorola brand name instead of ICD's. Enjoy the video below, and if you like to see more pictures, check SlahsGear.com here. [vms 1a4be65601cc6ddc1520]

ICD Vega 15-inch Tegra Going to T-Mobile UK in 2010

Apparently T-Mobile UK doesn't want Verizon to have all the fun with the announcement of the ICD Ultra with 4G service. T-Mobile UK, together with tablet manufacturer ICD, have announced the carrier’s “portable family hub tablet”, which is the new ICD Vega. This new Vega slate from ICD uses NVIDIA’s Tegra 250 chipset with a customized build of Android 2.0 focused on family use. That way it will be able to share calendars, internet access and SMS/MMS messaging support, with a T-Mobile SIM preinstalled for wireless connectivity. The ICD Vega comes with on-demand TV and Full 1080p HD video playback support (don't ask me how, since the Vega’s 15-inch display runs at 1366 x 768, not 1080p resolution, but we'll keep looking on this), and a FM radio. It also has WiFi support and a browser for you to access some of the social networking sites like Facebook. Availability and Price will be announced when the retail launch is closer. Press Release:
T-Mobile and ICD Reveal First Mobile Connected Tablet Made for Busy Families Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Las Vegas, January 7, 2010 – Innovative Converged Devices (ICD) and T-Mobile UK today unveiled a new portable family hub tablet which will be available in the UK later this year. Visitors to CES were given a sneak preview of the first Android-based tablet with multiple mobile connections which will be featured in a new T-Mobile family offering. Exclusive to T-Mobile in the UK, the centrepiece of the family hub is ICD’s new Vega, a 15” touchscreen device designed primarily to sit in the kitchen. The tablet offers one-touch access to a household calendar so families can organise their busy schedules in one place that everyone can always reach. It can be accessed by the whole family, wherever they are, via the web on a mobile, work computer, home PC or other devices with an Internet connection. The calendar automatically sends SMS text reminders to the family’s mobiles, putting an end to scraps of paper and nagging phone calls. And because it comes with a T-Mobile SIM on-board, it’s easy to make a quick hands-free call at the touch of a button. The family hub is a full-featured wireless tablet with Wi-Fi web browsing, on-demand TV, access to social networks, video chat and games, as well as an FM radio for the complete kitchen set-up. The concept is in the final stages of development by T-Mobile UK and ICD and was created following extensive customer research and close collaboration over the past 18 months. The team wanted the most responsive experience available so the ICD Vega tablet is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 250 mobile web processor to provide uncompromised Internet browsing and full HD 1080p video playback even while the tablet is undocked from its base. Richard Warmsley, Head of New Proposition Development, T-Mobile said: “We spoke to over 1,000 families who told us they often found it a hassle to organise a busy family life without nagging or forgotten appointments. They said that something simple and affordable to help with this would be invaluable. We took this as a challenge to do something new with technology that would be relevant to a wide range of customers, not just gadget lovers. We’re developing a fantastic package to meet exactly these needs – by creating a family communication network – using ICD’s exciting new Internet and entertainment tablet, with T-Mobile’s award-winning network at its heart. We look forward to bringing it to market later this year.” “Bringing a high-end, well designed and engineered device to shelves at a mass market price has always been a Holy Grail for the consumer tech industry,” said David Hayes, CEO of ICD. “The close collaboration between T-Mobile UK, ICD and NVIDIA has allowed us to work quickly to integrate insights from consumer research directly into a compelling product with supporting services, solutions and content.”
[Via SlashGear]

ICD Ultra Tegra 2 Tablet Announced with Verizon’s LTE

Remember the 7-inch touchscreen ICD Ultra tablet running on NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 chipset from Innovative Converged Devices? We have more news about it, Verizon has announced their plans to offer the Android-based tablet here in the US. We know Big Red doesn't have a full scale LTE network at this moment, but their plans to offer the ICD Ultra with LTE service is a go. The Android slate will have a Motorola 4G modem for high-speed LTE connectivity on Verizon's network. The carrier expects to have 4G available in 25 to 30 markets by the end of this year. The ICD Ultra, if you remember, is capable of 1080p HD video playback thanks to NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 chipset. It also packs both WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.1, that way you are covered if you happen to be out of an LTE area. The Ultra was supposed to give 4hrs of use out of a single charge; but a Verizon PR only mentioned "hours of YouTube HD streaming before the battery expires." Press Release:
NVIDIA, Verizon Wireless Demonstrate Full HD Internet Tablet for 4G Wireless Network New Tablet Powered by NVIDIA Tegra Puts 1080p Web Experience Just One Touch Away LAS VEGAS, NV–(Marketwire – January 7, 2010) – 2010 INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW (South Hall 4 – Booth #35912) — NVIDIA and the Verizon Wireless LTE Innovation Center said today they are demonstrating a full 1080p HD Internet experience on touchscreen tablets. The demonstration — on an NVIDIA Tegra-powered Ultra tablet, designed by Innovative Converged Devices (ICD) utilizing the ultra-broad bandwidth of a Motorola 4G wireless modem, operating over a pre-commercial Verizon Wireless LTE network — brings to life the vision of high-speed Internet everywhere. The collaboration was fostered at Verizon Wireless’ LTE Innovation Center, which provides an environment for diverse companies to work together in developing innovative products that leverage 4G LTE technology. Highlights / Key Facts: * NVIDIA® Tegra™ mobile processors enable an uncompromised full HD web experience, such as streaming YouTube HD, for hours on a single charge. * Verizon Wireless has announced plans to build a 4G LTE network in the United States, with 25 to 30 markets rolling out in 2010. The LTE network will be able to support high-quality, high definition web experiences. * Motorola provides the 4G wireless modem and data card to deliver visually rich HD content that consumers expect, away from home and hot-spots. * ICD, a Seattle-based engineering and design firm, built the Ultra tablet, working in conjunction with NVIDIA, Verizon and Motorola. Quotes: * “We know consumers want full internet access and we are pleased to be working with NVIDIA in our LTE Innovation Center on a solution that can process full HD content with the battery life of a smartphone.” Brian Higgins, Executive Director, LTE Ecosystem Development at Verizon Wireless * “Verizon Wireless’ planned LTE network will deliver what consumers demand — bandwidth for a full HD web experience. This coupled with our Tegra processor will deliver amazing streaming content, all on the go.” Michael Rayfield, GM of Mobile business, NVIDIA
[Via SlashGear]
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