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Google Nexus One Gets Unboxed?

More sightings of the Google Nexus One Phone keep on making its way to twitter, no doubt twitter has become an interesting source of this kind of news. Apparently, someone did an unboxing of the Nexus One and has the pictures to support that claim. The Google Nexus One Phone running Android 2.1 was peacefully having a coffee at Starbucks last time we heard from it. This time it shows up with its packaging and more photos. One of those pictures of this Android phone shows the back with the battery cover removed, as you can see on the gallery below, and it has a HTC-made battery. Now, is not like nobody suspected of the Nexus One been a HTC phone, but there wasn't any official confirmation to go by. Well, thanks to this images, you now know; the famous Google Nexus One Phone is HTC-made. Will it be branded as "The Google Phone"? We do not know, and Google is mum about it, but it is expected to arrive in 2010. And it will arrive to at least one US carrier and unlocked directly from Google themselves. As you can see on one of the pictures below, there is the QR 2D barcode (which had previously been covered up in tape) on the back of the Nexus One. Our good friends over at SlashGear scanned that barcode, and they found it resolves to android.com/holidays, which unfortunately, is not working right now, it simply takes you to the Android webpage. [gallery] [Via SlashGear]

ICD Ultra 7-inch: Another Android Tablet with NVIDIA Tegra T20

Innovative Converged Devices unveils a sleek kitchen-friendly Android touch device. The ICD Ultra comes with a 7-inch touchscreen, integrated 3G and WiFi b/g as well as Bluetooth 2.1. There's also a NVIDIA Tegra T20 chipset on board. The ICD Ultra measures 186 x 158 x 18 mm, and it’s nice and compact. It will be offering both; resistive and capacitive touchscreen options, with resolutions of 800 x 480 or 1024 x 600. There will be a 1.3-megapixel camera, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Dual digital microphones, and a FM Radio, so you can listen to your favorite radio stations. The battery on the ICD Ultra will last you for about 4hrs from a full charge, and there’s a mini-HDMI port for hooking up your HDTV, that alone has me excited. The Ultra comes with Android 2.0 Eclair, 4GB internal SD (non removable) and Micro SD. What we don't know just yet is the price, which I hope it isn't too high. [Via SlashGear]

Beautiful Widgets Came Back Just to be Taken Down No Thanks to HTC Again

As we all know, LevelUp Studio was offering the Beautiful Widgets app on the Android Market, but unfortunately, HTC wasn't very happy about this, and they made sure LevelUp Studio got the message. Back on Friday, LevelUp Studio, brought back to life their Beautiful Widgets, but apparently, another Cease & Desist message was sent to them from HTC. Last Friday, LevelUp Studio had the widgets back on the Android Market, after making some “adjustments” and new weather icons so it could be sold again. It was up for €0.99 ($1.45), and everything seem to be fine, they even twitter about it: "Beautiful Widgets available with the new look in the market! Beware, no way to go back after an update". But unfortunately for LevelUp Studio, once again, HTC sent them another message. What is it that HTC didn't like about the new appearance of the widgets? Well, we don't know, but many believe that HTC is been unfair. So LevelUp Studio's new tweet early this morning reads: "HTC asks me to unpublish Beautiful Widgets until they review it..."

More on Motorola XT701, XT800 and MT710 Android smartphones and Official Specs

Let's begin with the MOTO MT710, which we already know about, since its official site has been up for a while now. This Motorola phone will use China’s own 3G standard; TD-SCDMA (Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access) network. So is most likely that it won't make it to the States. But the other two new devices from Motorola; the XT701 (aka Sholes) and the XT800 have a chance to make it here. Something worth mentioning is, these three new Motorola smartphones run Android and have a nice 3.7-inch 854 x 480 display. And they also come with most of the goodies you come to expect from an Android phone. For now, Chinese people will be enjoying these Motorola phones, but we may see them later next year making their way into Europe and the US. Let's begin with the specifications of the Motorola XT701 (aka Sholes): * WCDMA / HSDPA 10.2M / HSUPA 5.76M * 3.7-inch-wide touch-screen , 854X480 resolution * 5 million pixel auto-focus camera, Xenon flash , high-quality image capture * Strong CortexTM-A8 quad-core processor, multi-tasking at the same time smooth collaboration, high-speed operation * Built-in gravity sensor, infrared proximity sensors, ambient light sensor * GPS / aGPS navigation * WLAN: 802.11 b / g, WAPI / WIFI * Video capture / playback / streaming media * Maximum support 32GB Micro-SD (HC) expansion cards * FM Stereo FM radio * OMTP standard 3.5 mm headphone jack, while supporting the traditional 3.5 mm headphone * Support MP3/AAC/AACv1/AACv2/AMR-NB/AMR-WB/MIDI/MIDI/WAV/Ogg Vorbis / * PCM music formats, etc. * Supported video formats MPEG4/H.263/H.264 * Support SMS, MMS, e-mail (POP3/IMAP4) and enterprise-class e-mail * USB 2.0 high-speed data transfer * Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR High-speed transmission / Wireless Bluetooth Stereo And next, are the specifications for the Motorola XT800: * Android 2.0 with full suite of Google applications * CDMA EVDO / GSM dual-network * 3G network support, WIFI / WAPI free switching * 3.7-inch high-definition resolution of 854×480 * HDMI high-definition (720p) output * 5 million pixel digital camera, auto focus, dual LED flash * Cortex TM – A8 multi-core processor * MOTO-specific Nicam -professional intelligent noise reduction * GPS * 32GB Micro-SD * Electronic Compass & Support for gravity sensing * Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR * FM Stereo FM radio * Standard 3.5 mm headphone jack Apparently, the MT710 will be release on China Mobile, the XT701 will go to China Unicom, and the XT800 to China Telecom. When will they arrive to other countries, is a question up in the air with no answer.

Google Nexus One Available on January 5th, And More Sightings in the Wild?

So more news keep on trickling down about the already famous Google Nexus One smartphone. It feels like rumors, sightings and people playing with the device will keep on coming, and we all are in for the ride, no matter what. After all, we all want to find out more about this new Android device, right? Paul O’Brien, founder of MoDaCo, has posted on his twitter account that he has “inside info” on a January 5th 2010 release for the Google Nexus One. Not only that but he is also claiming that the Nexus One will be release across the pond; in Europe. O’Brien does not say anything about the price, but he says that “it’ll be very competitively priced” but unfortunately for many, the Android 2.1 device will not be available for preorder. Well, enough of that, let's get to the most important thing; the sightings. Not that finding out about a release is not important, but really, O’Brien's claims are not enough proof, but the picture above is. Nick Starr claims on his twitter account that there were two people behind him in line at a Safeway with Nexus One phones each. He even claims that he played with one for a second, and the phone is "way thin and cute." A few minutes later, this time inside a Starbucks on Church/Market, he caught on camera his second Nexus One phone sighting. What do you think folks? All this twitter and frequent sightings of the Google Nexus One seem to give us more confidence that this new Android device will be hitting the shelves pretty soon. Are you planning to get one?

Another Chinese Android-based Phone Via OPPO

It has been a few days since we last heard from a Chinese Android-based phone, but do not worry if you crave for those devices. Apparently, the Chinese are at it once again, this time is the OPPO phone running on Google's free OS. Chinese manufacturer OPPO, who is better known as a manufacturer of PMPs, has decided to get into the Android arena. Their upcoming Android-based smartphone will have a 3.5-inch WQGA (800 x 480) capacitive multitouch screen, a nice QWERTY keyboard, and WiFi. The lateral lights that you can see on the image above, will give different information to the phone's user. Some of that info will be the weather, referring to the current temperature and humidity as well as the date. They are planning to launch this Android phone by the first quarter of 2010. There is no word on price and specific name for this smartphone model. There you go folks, let us know in the comments your thoughts about this Chinese smartphone. Also, have you notice the Palm Pre dialer on this OPPO phone? Check the image and my screenshots below to compare. [Via Phandroid]

ASUS EeeBot: Android-based Consumer-friendly Robot

It is always good to hear from companies trying to bring new technologies to help mankind. There are companies who are developing robots for that purpose, there are already humanoid bots that are not yet commercialized. And now, ASUS plans to develop their own Android-based robot. Many of the humanoid bots out there are either weird or ugly, and some of them are just creepy. What kind of robot is on ASUS's mind, well, we are not sure, but they are planning to develop an Eee bot. Will it be a Netbook-looking kind of robot? Who knows, but it is intended to serve as an educational tool for young children. Whether this Android-based EeeBot will be consumer-friendly is to be seen. The ASUS EeeBot is said to include voice and visual technologies as well as navigation abilities. So what do you think folks? Would you buy an EeeBot from ASUS? If you would, you will have to wait a little longer before signing that check, since production for this Android will begin in about two years. [Via SlashGear]

Clarification: Sprint’s Hero & Moment Will Receive Android 2.1 on 1H 2010

Okay, so first we find out from a leaked ROM about Android 2.1 coming soon for the Android fans to enjoy in happiness. And after that we receive word from not only Sprint, but also HTC via Twitter, that the HTC Hero will receive Android 2.0 in the first half of next year. Now, according to Sprint's twitter page, there is a "Slight clarification on Android OS updates for the HTC Hero & Samsung Moment. Will be updating straight to Android 2.1, not 2.0, in 1H2010." So, as you can see, the HTC Hero and the Samsung Moment, apparently, will be jumping straight to Android 2.1, bypassing 1.6 and 2.0 all together. You can read on HTC's twitter page the following: "Anybody notice the clarification from @sprint? Hero on Sprint will not be getting 2.0...it will get 2.1 :) " So there you have it folks, apparently, all Hero and Moment users out there will be happily getting the update to Android 2.1 and all its goodness.

Is the Motorola Calgary the new Motorola Devour A555?

Once again, Motorola comes into the news despite the Nexus One craze out there. This time with a phone that probably many of you have forgotten; the Motorola Calgary. But apparently, it will not be named Calgary after all, instead, it will be the Devour A555, according to PhoneArena. Apparently, the Motorola Calgary was supposed to become the first Motorola Android phone and also the first Android on Verizon. Well, that never happened, but instead, Verizon got the first Android 2.0 device; the DROID by Motorola. But now, Verizon might end up getting the "DROID's little brother". Yes, you read that right, many people seem to think that the Motorola Devour A555 - which is believed to be the new name for the Motorola Calgary - is “the little brother” of the Verizon DROID by Motorola. The upcoming Devour is expected to arrive with a 3MP camera, and sporting Motorola's MOTOBLUR, along with Android 2.1 when it's released.