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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.

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]
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