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Android 2.1 SDK is Outed

So, almost a week after the release of the "superphone" from Google (the Nexus One), the Android 2.1 SDK is also outed. Now that this official release is finally here, there are new API changes as well as bug fixes, together with a few other goodies. According to the release notes; this Android 2.1 SDK is only "a minor platform release deployable to Android-powered handsets starting in January 2010." There are no external libraries on the downloadable platform, which includes a fully compliant Android library and system image. The downloadable platform also includes a set of emulator skins, sample applications, and more. One of the things many of you are waiting on, is support for active dynamic wallpaper development, the wait is over, but unless you are a developer, this is not for you.

Nexus One and T-Mobile 3G Issues Flood Google Support Forums

Google's superphone has been released, and many happy Nexus One users are playing with their devices, but unfortunately, not all is good. The forums at Google support are flooded with customer complaints about the 3G coverage of their new Android handsets. According to complaints from many Nexus One owners, the handset kept on switching between 3G and EDGE, sometimes staying just on EDGE. However, the worst is Google's response, which has been scant at best, according to many. Aparently Google’s customer support is limited to email, which is answered in a day or two, with out any phone support whatsoever. Apparently, Google and T-Mobile are "investigating" into this issues, but the last update was on January 9th, at 6:25pm PST:
Google and T-Mobile are investigating this issue and hope to have more information for you soon. We understand your concern and appreciate your patience.
There are rumors of Nexus One owners who even got in touch with HTC, only to be given the run around. What about you AndroidCommunity readers, are you having any issues with your brand spanking new Google Nexus One handset?

Hands-on with the Notion Ink Adam Tablet

Notion Ink and their Adam tablet have captured the attention of many at CES 2010, it uses a Pixel Qi display and the new Tegra 2 chipset from NVIDIA. Our good friends over at SlashGear set down with Notion Ink company founder, Rohan Shravan and the Adam prototype at CES. They talked about the company’s plans and expectations, and of course, about their new hardware. Don't get too worked up about the Adam’s casing here, since it is just a prototype that was hand-made especially for showing the Adam tablet at this year's CES. According to company founder Rohan Shravan the final hardware will be either 12mm thick or 14mm, with a minimal bezel. They also have a new UI in the works, the device at CES is using a bare bones Android OS.
Bear in mind that what you see in here are the company’s earlier working concepts, some of which date back to 2007; Notion Ink will be showing off functional versions at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona come February 2010. As well as touch control the tablet will respond to accelerometer movement in all directions, whether that’s for navigating through pages or controlling movement in games. The Adam will work as a window on one huge desktop, a UI which Notion Ink codenamed Enigma (there’s a concept shot of it in the gallery below), with the view moving as you tilt, shake and flip the tablet around. They’ve also developed motion-based gestures for common tasks – often tricky on touchscreens – like selecting, cutting and copying text and images.
As you can see, the Adam is an exciting device, and with the Tegra 2 chipset, it is capable of playing 1080p content on a HDTV or projector with an HDMI port. Check out our exclusive photos and never-before-seen video, but we only have a few pictures, for the whole enchilada...errr, gallery, head on to SlashGear. [vms 3dc27118a0f19a198571] [gallery]

Official Pictures of the Lenovo Lephone

As you know, computer manufacturer has recently unveiled at CES an Android-powered smartphone named Lephone. This new Android handset is heading to China, and comes with its own customized build of the Android OS. Many of you have been following other devices, like the Google Nexus One for example, more then anything else. So Lenovo’s Lephone isn't probably one of the Android handsets on your list, especially when is going to China, and there's no word from Lenovo if this device will make it to other countries. As you can see on the image above, the Snap-on accessory QWERTY keyboard has a centrally-positioned D-pad. Many are wondering if that will make sense (ergonomically), but having many complaints about pads on handsets like the Motorola CLIQ and DROID, this is at least different. [gallery] [Via SlashGear]

Inbrics MID M1 Android handheld Unveiled at CES 2010

As they promised back in November, Inbrics has unveiled their MID M1 running Google's free mobile OS. After the November video, many were in doubt about this device, but apparently, those people were wrong. The Inbrics MID M1 Android-powered smartphone was at CES proving is not a fake. This Android-powered device comes with an AMOLED touchscreen, which slides aside to reveal a QWERTY keyboard. There’s also an ARM Cortex A8 processor, a choice of 3G or WiMAX connectivity, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth and 16GB of onboard storage, and for those who need more storage, there's a microSD card slot. Inbrics are also working on a way to integrate their new Android device into our digital media lives, via Convergence One or “3 Screen Plus”. This concept makes the MID M1 to act as a central controller for your media, allowing you to push said media between TVs, cellphones, computers and other devices. Press Release:
INBRICS UNVEILS ANDROID HAND-HELD DEVICE AT INTERNATIONAL CES, 2010 MID M1 Enables Media Convergence And On-the Go Entertainment Access LAS VEGAS, NV – January 7, 2010 –Inbrics, a leader in media convergence solutions, will today unveil the MID M1 for the first time ever at International CES, 2010. The MID M1 is an Android-powered smartphone with Wi-Fi 802.11 and an AMOLED touch screen that slides to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. Other features include GPS, Bluetooth, 3G or WiMAX, a 3-megapixel camera on the back, a VGA camera on the front, 16GB of internal memory and a MicroSD card slot. Using human-centric technologies, Inbrics is driving the commercialization of the open-source Android platform within an entire ecosystem of connected software and devices including the MID M1, PC, IPTV, Server, and media network, leveraging IP-based devices such as: DMB, VoIP / SoIP, and WiBro / WiMax. “We believe that the future will dictate seamless single device applications for the consumer, which is why we are committed to the media convergence space,” said Bobby Cha, chief marketing officer at Inbrics. “Our goal was to create a more intuitive experience that every consumer could benefit from.” The Convergence One or “3 Screen Plus” Android platform makes it easy for consumers to access and share their digital photos, music, movies and more from any device in their home and outside wireless networks. Today there is a constant need for data to be pushed to a number of devices at a rapid pace, yet devices cannot talk to each other to streamline the process of sharing and accessing that data. A consumer may have one or more of the following: a TV, a mobile phone, a digital camera, a laptop, a desktop and a DVR. The Inbrics convergence ‘controller’ acts as a conduit so the data can be pushed to any device the consumer chooses. Inbrics currently has partnerships with global carriers and manufacturers including T-Mobile, SK Telecom, Korea Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, Celcom, Samsung, LG, and Kyocera. The company plans to introduce the MID M1 in the U.S. through cable companies and both fixed and wireless carriers. It will be available in the U.S. in 2010 or early 2011. About Inbrics Inbrics is a media convergence solution and device provider facilitating 3 screen services including Convergence Network Solutions, 3-Screen SW Platforms, Multimedia Solutions, Embedded S/W, and IP-based devices, such as DMB, VoIP/SoIP, WiBro/WiMax, and MID devices. Since its inception in 2006, Inbrics has developed partnerships with global carriers and manufacturers helping the company to become a leader in the Korean media convergence marketplace and accelerate international expansion in the Americas, Europe, Asia, etc. Inbrics is a subsidiary of Insprit, a mobile convergence solutions provider, publically traded on the KOSDAQ exchange in Korea. For more information, visit www.inbrics.comor watch our video ad on YouTube.
[Via SlashGear]

Lenovo Lephone Android-based Handset for China

A new Android-based smartphone has been announced, this time by computer manufacturer Lenovo. The new Android handset will have Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and apparently will be named the Lenovo Lephone. The Lenovo Lephone has a 3.7-inch 480 x 800 touchscreen and it seems like it'll have a second touch panel underneath, instead of physical controls. The second touch panel has been custom-coded by Lenovo and responds to gestures. One of the accessories for this handset will be a docking station with a hardware QWERTY keyboard. The Android Lephone device comes with twin cameras; a 3-megapixel unit on the back, and a front-facing camera for video calls, a WCDMA radio, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. All these goodies are packed into a device measuring 12mm thick and 60mm wide. The Chinese market should see this handset arrive sometime in the first half of 2010. [Via SlashGear]

Hands-on with the Motorola Backflip

It wasn't long after the announcement of the Motorola Backflip that Vincent went to have a play with the new Android-based handset. He likes the way the hinge on the device can help to use it as a desk clock or even a widget station without a the dock like the one the DROID demands. On the other side, the keyboard hardware comes with payoffs that are probably not worth it. Motorola had to make this device more rugged than a normal phone, the main reason is the keyboard, which is exposed even when the Backflip is closed. The large keys on the keyboard are overly firm and tougher than they appear. Motorola’s BACKTRACK is not as expected, but it does the job of scrolling through lists and navigating webpages. When set to roughly 45-degrees, the Backflip automatically kicks into its media station mode, making it easy to navigate the responsive capacitive touchscreen. The build quality of this handset feels high, and if you consider everything the hinge has to do, it's still sturdy enough to keep a good balance between ease of opening and holding the Backflip open when in desk mode. When the review units come out, we’ll put the Motorola Backflip through its paces, until then, enjoy the images and hands-on demo video below. [vms 7ca7459bcf75fbd024e0] [gallery] [Via SlashGear]

CLIQ to get Android 2.1, Backflip name Official and DROID will soon get Flash 10.1

As we all know, AT&T officially announced their first Android-based handset, which will be made by Motorola. That handset will be the Globally Introduced BACKFLIP with MOTOBLUR, which Motorola have officially announced. Meanwhile Motorola also confirmed that the CLIQ - Motorola DEXT in other countries - will get the update from Android 1.5 to 2.1, and the DROID will get Adobe Flash 10.1 in future releases. There was no mention on carrier partnerships on Motorola’s press conference at CES 2010, but the image of the Backflip is the same shown by AT&T as the first Android handset on that carrier. The Backflip will run Android 1.5, so unfortunately, its buyers will have to wait for the update to version 2.1. This device will not only be release by AT&T, but will see a global launch in Q1 2010, there's no word on prices at the moment. The Backflip can be use it as an alarm clock or a standalone PMP, thanks to its unusual way to fold the QWERTY keyboard back against the screen section, leaving the keys exposed, hence the name Backflip. The Motorola Backflip, as we already know, will have MOTOBLUR preloaded, it comes with a 5-megapixel camera, a 3.1-inch HVGA display, together with AGPS, WiFi b/g, and Bluetooth 2.0. Another interesting fact is a touch-sensitive navigation pad on the back of the screen section of this Android handset. Motorola calls this navigation pad "BACKTRACK", which will help you navigate webpages and lists, without obscuring or smudging the touchscreen with your dirty fingers, just in case. We'll have to wait to find out if this feature will actually help. Press Release:
Motorola Globally Introduces BACKFLIP™ with MOTOBLUR™ – Taking Smart in a Whole New Direction BACKFLIP bends the smart phone rules with a unique reverse flip design and BACKTRACK™ feature for speeding through MOTOBLUR social streams January 06, 2010 LAS VEGAS – CES – Jan. 6, 2010 – Today Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) announced the latest addition to its Android™ portfolio: BACKFLIP™ with MOTOBLUR™. The Motorola BACKFLIP, which combines the social saviness and personalization of MOTOBLUR with the multitasking performance of a smart phone, will be available in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia beginning in Q1 2010. The unique reverse flip design makes it easy to enjoy videos, music and photos, and the QWERTY keyboard allows you to blast through e-mails, texts, news feeds, social network messages and more. “Since introducing our first MOTOBLUR-based device, we’ve remained focused on differentiating the Android experience and bringing it to new carrier partners around the globe,” said Sanjay Jha, co-CEO of Motorola and CEO of Motorola Mobile Devices. “BACKFLIP maximizes the multi-tasking and multi-functional potential of MOTOBLUR with its unique design elements, making it as smart as it is social.” MOTOBLUR is Motorola’s Android-powered content delivery service created to make phones more personal and socially smart. It is the first and only solution to sync contacts, posts, messages, photos and much more—from sources such as Facebook®, MySpace, Twitter, Gmail™, work and personal e-mail, and LastFM—and automatically deliver them to the home screen. Content is fed into easy-to-manage streams allowing you to spend less time managing your life and more time living it. BACKFLIP is designed around the MOTOBLUR experience and provides multiple features to keep phone conversations moving. Multi-tasking has never been easier with BACKFLIP’s reverse-flip QWERTY keyboard and high-res 3.1” HVGA screen—letting you see more and respond faster. Navigate quickly and easily through menus and features with the new and unique BACKTRACK™ feature. BACKTRACK is a touch panel located on the other side of the device, offering you a new way to scroll through—the Web, texts, e-mails and news feeds without obscuring the home screen. The truly original design allows BACKFLIP to create new ways to enjoy photos, music and more. In the reverse-flip, tabletop mode, listen to music or view videos hands free. The digital picture frame mode lets you show off your latest adventures. You can even turn BACKFLIP into a bedside alarm clock for your morning wake up call. BACKFLIP comes fully equipped with the MOTOBLUR features you know and love. The full HTML browser on BACKFLIP’s 3.1” high-res, touch display will be sure to impress, and, with 3G speed and Wi Fi access, you will never be out of the loop. Android Market™ gives you access to more than 18,000 apps and widgets, so you are free to customize BACKFLIP to your liking. Capture the moment with BACKFLIP’s 5 MP camera with flash and easily upload to your favorite photo sharing or social site. Additional extras such as aGPS and stereo Bluetooth1 make BACKFLIP the complete package. Finally, MOTOBLUR provides end-users with convenience and peace of mind, as lost devices can be located from a secure personal information portal and even remotely erased if necessary. Then, one user name and password brings back your contacts, messages and connectivity to your previously configured networks and email providers. BACKFLIP with MOTOBLUR will be available in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia beginning in Q1 2010. For specific regional availability and pricing, contact your local Motorola representative. To experience BACKFLIP, please visit www.motorola.com/backflip. For more information, product specifications and images of BACKFLIP, please visit Media Center Fact Sheets. For multimedia assets from CES, visit CES 2010 Press Kit. Also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Certain features, services and applications are network dependent and may not be available in all areas; additional terms, conditions and/or charges may apply. Contact your service provider for details. 1 This device supports Bluetooth A2DP, HSP, and HFP profiles. For Bluetooth devices to communicate with one another, they must utilize the same Bluetooth profile. To determine the profiles supported by other Motorola devices, visit www.motorola.com/bluetooth. For other devices, contact their respective manufacturer. Certain Bluetooth features including those listed may not be supported by all compatible Bluetooth-enabled devices, and/or the functionality of such features may be limited in certain devices, or by certain wireless carriers. Contact your wireless carrier about feature availability and functionality.
[Via SlashGear]

Sony Ericsson Robyn: Will it be the XPERIA 10 mini?

We already know Rogers Wireless recently announced that they will be the exclusive Canadian carrier of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. But we didn't know anything about a mini Xperia X10, according to the folks over at GSMArena, they received in-the-wild shots of a mini Xperia X10 version. According to the tip, the smaller handset you see on the image above on the left side, is the Sony Ericsson Robyn, which is presumably a codename for a mini version of the XPERIA X10. There aren't much details on this new handset, other then it runs Android and has a touchscreen. If this Android handset makes it to production, we’re guessing an entry-level market will be its target. It'll probably have a lower resolution camera than the 8.1-megapixel with autofocus on the XPERIA X10. We also assume that WiFi, Bluetooth and HSPA should make it to the final product, together with Sony Ericsson's Timescape and Mediascape. There's another image of the Robyn below. What do you think, would you buy a mini XPERIA X10?

Google’s Superphone is Taken Apart, Confirms Support for WiFi N

Well, iFixit has done it again, they got their very own Android superphone and decided to tear it apart. For those who want to know what's inside the so-called superphone, this is good news, but others might be screaming; "what were they thinking!" The good folks over at iFixit made a few discoveries after this teardown, one of them is that the WLAN chip is Broadcom’s BCM4329. Which is WiFi 802.11n-capable, and HTC actually confirmed to SlashGear earlier on yesterday, that the Nexus One has the hardware to connect to the faster wireless network standard. After forking out $530 plus taxes on one of the greatest smartphones nowadays, I would definitely want to use it as intended, not break it in pieces, but that's just me. Would you do that to a great handset? Especially after spending a good amount of money on it?
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