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Inbrics M1 Android-powered MID announcing at MWC10

It’s really no big secret that Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2010 is going to be ruled by Androids. Inbrics will introduce its M1, a “smartphone-like device” powered by Android. There’s no mentioning of the version of Android but what we do know: M1 feature a 3.7-inch AMOLED touch screen, 3MP shooter and a front-facing VGA camera, 16GB internal memory, physical QWERTY keyboard, and a microSD card slot. Make sure to keep an eye on Android Community’s MWC10 coverage during the week of Feb 14 thru Feb 18 for hands-on Android goodies!

Nexus One software updates featuring Pinch-to-zoom, 3G connectivity fix, new Google Maps and much more!

The big wait is over because Google just announced a new software update for the Nexus One phone. There are lots of juicy new features including Pinch-to-zoom functionality, 3G connectivity fix, new Google Maps and Google Goggles! Have you gotten your text yet?! Starting today, Nexus One users will begin to receive an over-the-air software update on their phones. This update provides some great new features, and fixes a few problems that some users might have experienced, including:

Nokia N900 dual boot Android and Maemo 5 caught on video!

There isn’t much to go on here but as you can see from the video below, it’s very possible to dual boot Android and Maemo 5 on the Nokia N900. The video doesn’t offer any sound nor a how-to DIY but surely someone will post the instruction soon enough --- right?

Enjoy the clip after the jump.

Google Nexus One coming at Jan 5 event!

Google have announced an "Android press gathering" on January 5th, and we're expecting it to be the launch event for the much-rumored Google Nexus One.  The event, to be held in Mountain View, will feature both a launch presentation and hands-on opportunities with the device. Although the Nexus One is not mentioned by name in the invitation, it seems likely to be the star attraction.  “With the launch of the first Android-powered device just over a year ago,” Google’s invite reads, “we’ve seen how a powerful, open platform can spur mobile product innovation.  And this is just the beginning of what’s possible." The Google Nexus One - aka the Google Phone - is built by HTC and powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, with a 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen and the usual range of wireless connectivity.  Carrier support in the US is expected to be provided by T-Mobile, who will act as "dumb pipe" while Google themselves distribute and support the hardware itself. [via SlashGear]

Motorola Droid Android 2.0 boot up screen

Hot on the heel of recent Android 2.0 leaked screen shots comes the boot up video of the Motorola Droid (if this is indeed the real deal). Yes, this does indeed confirm the name of the Android phone heading to Verizon. There isn’t much to see yet but BGR noted, “more coming soon.”

Motorola CLIQ (aka DEXT) hands-on video demo

After being, frankly, very impressed at the announcement of Motorola's first Android smartphone yesterday, we caught up with the CLIQ (aka Motorola DEXT) afterwards for a hands-on demo.  Motorola were being coy with the handset, preferring to run through its capabilities themselves rather than allow a free-for-all in our own hands, but we did get enough of a play to ascertain that the QWERTY keyboard is tactile and well built, while the 3.1-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen is bright, responsive and - thanks to the hard glass cover - feels great. It also seems to be quick, too, though there's no telling how close to production-status the firmware is on these demo models.  Given the CLIQ won't land on T-Mobile USA until Q4 this year, there's probably still some work to be done, but despite the fact that Motorola have used the same sort of 528MHz Qualcomm processor as can be found on HTC's recent Android handsets, we had no problems with speed or responsiveness. We're waiting for the full hands-on image gallery of the Motorola CLIQ to finish processing, and will update with that when it's ready.  For now, enjoy the video demos and check out this post for more detail on the CLIQ itself. Motorola CLIQ (aka DEXT) hands-on demo: [vms 8137a16a1acd04ed9112] Motorola CLIQ with MOTOBLUR demo: [vms 79d135ba18e051673d90]

T-Mobile myTouch 3G media event on July 8

myTouch 3G Android phone is getting its day in the sun on July 8 when T-Mobile introduce it to the world – in NYC. We’ll be there to bring you live coverage, so stay tune for more info.

The myTouch 3G has already taken many forms; HTC Magic and recently, the Google ION special edition. It has a 3.2-inch capacitive display, 3.2-megapixel camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G HSDPA and powered by Android OS. Pre-order begins on July 8 for current T-Mobile customers for $199.99 with a two-year contract. Vic Gundotra introducing GD2 and the Google IO 2009 HTC Android-phone [vms 35da0b6f6ea37bcf8bcb] Unboxing Google IO 2009 HTC Android-phone [vms 7100777c7190b76d2823] HTC Magic Full hands on demo at MWC09 by Eric Lin [vms 665ce8623e36bd4e3c7c] HTC Magic Hands on at MWC09 [vms 1059396431415e770c6d]

Android Google Maps gets Latitude, voice search and transit directions

Google Maps for Android is now even better than before, thanks to new features and a few fixed issues with Google Latitude.  You can now search Google Maps for Android simply by speaking your query and Google Maps will search it for you.  Google’s voice recognition engine currently understands English in American, Australian and British accents.  Other notable features, once you find what you’re looking for, include store hours, prices, ratings, and reviews. When traveling to San Francisco or New York City, I do a lot of walking and/or take public transportation.  Up until now, mapping out walking directions or transit for Google Maps for Android was sorely missing.  Thanks to the updates, these two features are available in over 250 cities, including NYC and San Francisco. Google also improved Google Latitude by fixing an issue that caused background location updates to periodically stop for some users.  So now, once you select “Detect your location” from the Latitude privacy menu, your location will continue to update as long as your Android phone is on.  There’s also a new experimental feature called Updates that lets you connect with your friends and post messages.  To test out this new feature, start Latitude and click the “Updates” tab to broadcast your updates. [youtube][/youtube] The upgrade isn’t pushed to your Android phones so make sure to download it in the Android Market by searching for "Google Maps" and then following the instructions. [Google Android]

Google IO 2009 HTC Android phone unboxing video and pics

I had a quick chat with Vic Gundotra prior to this morning’s Google IO 2009 keynote and he said to me there is many-many surprise at this year’s developer’s convention.  It never occurred to me that one of those surprises included an Android-phone by HTC (also known as the HTC Magic).  This version of the HTC Magic has T-Mobile’s 3G band, unlocked capable of being a world phone!  Also included with this limited edition Google IO 2009 Android phone is a 30-day T-Mobile SIM card with data and minutes for you to use – free of charge! The Google IO Android phone is black with light blue accent on the edges and Google IO Developer Conference on the back.  You'll also be greeted with the same logo when turning the phone on.  Yes it's all true, all members of the press and conference attendees get one – no questions ask.  How awesome is that? We’ve already reviewed the HTC Magic for Android Community here; so make sure to check out the detailed review by Chris Davies. Vic Gundotra introducing GD2 and the Google IO 2009 HTC Android-phone [vms 35da0b6f6ea37bcf8bcb] Unboxing Google IO 2009 HTC Android-phone [vms 7100777c7190b76d2823] [gallery]
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