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Google Nexus One: Confirmed to work on T-Mo 3G, but only EDGE on AT&T, No Multitouch Support in the Browser or in Google Maps

Apparently, the Google Nexus One, is getting so much attention, that many are saying it will be THE new Jesus phone. I don't know about that, but tnkgrl who has spent some time playing with this Android 2.1 smartphone seems to think it beats the iPhone. Unfortunately, photos weren’t allowed, but apparently, she had a blast playing with the device. According to her, the Nexus One is extremely thin - she didn't compare side by side, but thinks is a little thinner than the iDon't - and is much nicer looking in person than in pictures. She confirms the phone in its present form can use 3G on T-Mobile, but only EDGE on AT&T. The device she played with came with a 4GB micro-SD card installed, but nobody knows if that will be the case with a production model. The battery's capacity is 1400 mAh, which many believe it won't be enough for such a device. The screen on the Google Nexus One appears to be OLED, there’s no dedicated camera key on this phone, and it feels faster than the Droid. There is a micro-USB connector for both, data and power, and at the bottom edge, there are some golden connections, perhaps for a dock, or a car kit? Well, what do you think folks, the way I see it, this new Android phone seems to be heading to T-Mobile, which is great for them and their subscribers, not so much for the rest of us who like to get this phone through another carrier. One thing that many will hate, is that there’s no multitouch support in the browser or in Google Maps.

Motorola Backflip aka Enzo with Motoblur, Might be Heading to AT&T

For those who are already in love with the Nexus One, we hate to say this but, not everything revolves around it, there are other new Android devices out there you know. Among this other Android devices, there is one that catches our attention; the Motorola Backflip, which is also rumored to be called the Enzo. Yes, I know what some of you are thinking, but as far as we know, this new Motorola Android phone doesn't have anything to do with the famous Enzo Anselmo "the Commendatore" Ferrari, founder of the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix Motor Racing Team, and subsequently of the Ferrari car manufacturer, just saying. Anyway, the good folks over at Phandroid got tipped to this Motorola device, which apparently will be landing at the Death Star...err, AT&T, since it has AT&T-branded apps, an AT&T labeled ROM and also a giant AT&T button on the left side of the keyboard, as you can see on the image above. According to the tipster, this Android phone will not come with any Google Apps, except for Maps, and it will come with the Android Market but, you will have to use your Google Login to get in, which is odd. Also, as you can see on one of the photos below, it will have Yahoo Search. So... no Google search? Is this an Android or Yahoo phone? Really, the only out-of-the-box things abot this Android device are; the keyboard, which slides out and then flips under in some sort of weird reverse tablet or flip phone, ending with the screen on the opposite side. And the rear directional touchpad, which is on a weird place; on the back! No word on price or release date just yet, but here are the specs that this smartphone will most likely arrive with: * 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7201A * 512 MB ROM * 256 MB RAM * 3.1 inch display 320 x 480 (HVGA) * 5 megapixel camera with LED flash * WiFi / Bluetooth 2.0 / GPS * OS Android 1.5 with Motoblur * GSM 850/900/1800/1900 W-CDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 * Reverse flip keyboard * Rear directional touchpad [gallery] [Via Phandroid]

Two Small Videos of the Nexus One out in the Wild

As time goes by, more and more keeps popping up on the already famous Nexus One, and even though we appreciate these videos, why not make a video of at least 5 minutes showing off some of the new stuff this phone is capable of. Now, even the Motorola DROID is playing with the leaked ROM of this new Android phone. And not only that, but there's also a new blog named after this unbranded Google Phone; thenexusone.com. Can you believe that? They are the ones who have uploaded this two video teasers for the world to watch them. So far nothing really new, just the virtual keyboard, which, as you can see on the image above, it doesn’t look like Google have done much to tweak it. Well, enjoy what seems to be just the boot animation of the Nexus One with the Android 2.1 start up screen. The guys over at thenexusone just promised that "More video are coming soon." [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmUF-z14WGI&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEbW-fxzHtc&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] [Via eGether]

LevelUp Studio gets a C&D From HTC for the Beautiful Widgets app

LevelUp Studio has been offering the Beautiful Widgets app on the Android Market for a while now, but unfortunately, is about to be taken off. Apparently, HTC is not very happy about this, and they made sure LevelUp Studio got the message. Beautiful Widgets is actually a set of widgets that run on Google’s free mobile OS, with a stylish and nice looking design inspired by the HTC interface (Sense UI). We all know that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but by the looks of this, HTC didn't like it. So, LevelUp Studio let everyone know about it via twitter, so whoever bought the Beautiful Widgets app from them, could back it up. Well, it was good while it lasted, now to wait until someone else comes up with something similar to HTC sense once again. [Thanks to mwenn1 and simms22 in our Forums for the heads up]

Evernote for Android is Now Available

Today, the Android Market welcomes another useful application; Evernote, which is a free download. This new app allows you to take notes on your Android device, those notes could have pictures and audio files, that will automatically synchronized with your online Evernote account. Evernote is already a popular note-taking application on other platforms; Windows, Mac, BlackBerry, and according to the iPhone and iPod Touch owners is impressive. On a personal note, I can say that it is also impressive on the Palm Pre, since I been using it for a little over six months on my webOS smartphone, and now, I can't wait to use it on Android! With Evernote, you can basically take notes, tag them and put them in virtual notebooks, easy, isn't it? And now, those who have an Android phone will be able to enjoy this application. This new release brings location-awareness as well as other useful features like optionally geotagging every note. As mentioned before, downloading the app is free, and also an Evernote account is free, but there's also a premium option. The premium service goes from $5 a month, to $45 a year, and it gives you up to 500MB a month in uploads. [Via SlashGear]

Barnes & Noble Nook Shows up Undressed and Rooted

If you like ebook readers, then you'll like this, apparently, the folks over at nookDevs have managed to root a Barnes & Noble’s nook ebook reader. As you can see on the image below, naked, the B&N ebook reader it's not the sexiest looking device you ever seen, so let's not talk about that. The Barnes & Noble’s nook ebook reader runs on Google’s free mobile OS. Recently, sister site SlashGear, had a full review of this dual-display device, which sports both; a 6-inch monochrome E Ink panel and a 3.5-inch color capacitive touchscreen for navigation. Apparently, a generic OS 1.5 build of Android is loaded into a 2GB MicroSD card, and since the nook also gets both WiFi b/g and 3G, it has the ability to do everything a rooted Android phone can do. Well, there you have it folks, if you are into ebook readers and like to try this, remember that you are on your own every time you hack into any device, so be careful.

Google Maps Navigation Returns to Europe, Again

As we all know, many Android users outside the US had a chance to get Google Navigation Maps Beta to work on their phones. Unfortunately, a few days later, Google decided to block the access to this feature, but do not fret, there are always people working on counter measures. The new hack comes via Brut.all from XDA-Devs, and the way is done is by manually uninstalling the existing version of Google Maps, next, you need to load a specially-tampered-with copy that restores the navigation functionality. There are still a few bugs, but this opens up a way for many non-US Android users to have the Google Navigation Maps on their phones. And it is also better than nothing. We have to be aware that, sooner or later, Google could block the feature again, so enjoy it while it lasts. Also, this new hack is available to both, root and non-root android phones, but you have to make sure that you install the right one.

Motorola DROID with Google Nexus One Boot Animation After ROM Leaks

It seems nobody can get enough of the Nexus One or, as many are still calling it; the "Google Phone", apparently, someone got a hold of the Android 2.1 ROM for the Nexus One ROM and got creative. Now, as you will see on the video at the end of this post, you can get the boot animation of this already famous phone, on your DROID by Motorola. The most important thing about this leaked ROM is not only about running the Nexus One boot animation on your Motorola DROID. The most important thing is, the specs that were found. Apparently, someone over at These Are The Droids has been tinkering with the library files and various other system files from the Nexus One ROM. Here's the list of everything they have found about the Nexus One so far.
* Proximity Sensor/Light Sensor: Capella CM3602 per sensors.mahimahi.so in Nexus One ROM Dump. * Accelerometer: BMA150 3-axis Accelerometer per sensors.mahimahi.so in Nexus One ROM Dump. * Magnetic Compass: AK8973 3-axis Magnetic field sensor/AK8973 Orientation sensor per sensors.mahimahi.so in Nexus One ROM Dump. * Wifi Radio / Bluetooth / FM: BCM4329 in lib/modules * In libaudio.so I found “Routing audio to Speakerphone with back mic” reference. * In libaudio.so I found “Stereo FM speaker” also referenced. * Audience A1026 Noise Canceling Chip – No link but here is the A1024 found in libaudio.so * Qualcomm QSD8K Specific hardware libs in lib/hw (QSD8250 Probably) * Adreno 200 Graphics Core with OpenGLES 2.0 – Part of Snapdragon? * Camera Info Vague, found some references to auto focus, flash, white balance and anti-banding in libcamera.so * Snapdragon Specific Libraries found
And for those Motorola DROID owners who are thinking about porting the ROM on their phones, beware, there are some issues that need to be polished before everything works correctly. The guys over at Sholes.info have a system.img that you can download to get Android 2.1 on your DROID. We do not want you to brick your devices, but if you still want to go on, it is at your own risk. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSdQ5pHxlok&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

Will the HTC Legend Replace the HTC Hero?

Since the leaked Android 2.1 ROM gave us a clue on the upcoming devices from HTC, we cannot stop thinking about all those new HTC smartphones coming down the pike. It appears we are not the only ones, the good folks over at ai.rs blog got a hold of this image below; the HTC Legend. The image above gives you a better idea on how this new Android phone will look like. Many people believe the HTC Legend will be the successor to the popular HTC Hero, this is in part to the Legend’s screen size and resolution, which matches that of the Hero; 3.2-inches and HVGA but in the case of the Legend, it has a beautiful AMOLED display instead. The processor on the Legend will have only 600Mhz, which is a little disappointing for speed junkies, but enough for mainstream users. Now, the hard thing is to decide which Android phone to get next year. Will you prefer this smartphone, or the HTC Bravo? Below you'll find the Specs for the HTC Legend, and please, stop drooling on your keyboard! * Size: 112x56.3.11.5mm * 3.2-inch HVGA AMOLED capacitive touchscreen. * 5-megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash. * 512MB flash, 256MB RAM. * Qualcomm Snapdragon processor at 600MHz. * 1300mAh battery. * MicroSD. * Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. * aGPS. * G-sensor. * FM radio. * Optical mouse. * 3.5mm headphone jack. * MicroUSB for charging/sunc. * People II/Footprints II.

Google Nexus One Skinnier than T-Mo G1, More Pictures and Boot Animation [Video]

As we all know, all the rumors and speculation around the so-called Google Phone - which now we know is named Nexus One - have taken a wild fire-like turn. And now, there are more pictures, as the one below, comparing it to a T-Mobile G1. The picture above comes to us via BGR, and shows you how thin is this new Android smartphone compared to the G1. Obviously, many smartphones out there are thinner than the G1, but hey, it's all good. No word on how thin it actually is, but we believe it must be around 10mm thick. They also say it has a crisp, high resolution display, which it has to be, AMOLED displays are better than LCDs. You will find two more pictures of this great looking phone running Android 2.1, as well as a video with the boot animation for it. Don't forget to let us know in the comments area what you like/dislike about this awesome looking smartphone. Enjoy! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAFSEsEZnnE&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]