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Android 2.2 for Nexus One in “next few weeks”; HTC update in 2H 2010

So, Android 2.2 Froyo sounds great, has features like WiFi tethering we've been bleating about for months, and is all in all one of the most convincing releases of the platform to-date... when can we get it?  Google were coy about setting precise timescales for the Android 2.2 release yesterday - though they have already pushed out the SDK - but information is gradually seeping out about when your smartphone might get a shot of frozen yoghurt. According to the official Google IO Twitter account, Android 2.2 Froyo will arrive on the Nexus One within the "next few weeks".  As for HTC themselves, they'll apparently be "most likely" offering updates to their 2010 model year handsets, kicking off with the HTC Desire in Europe and the Droid Incredible in the US.  However, no release is expected until the second half of 2010, as they work on polishing HTC Sense for the new OS.
"If your phone was launched this year, we will most likely offer an upgrade for it to the Froyo version. This includes popular models like the Desire and Droid Incredible as well as hotly anticipated phones like the Evo 4G, MyTouch slide and upcoming models. We will announce a full list of phones and dates once we are closer to launching the upgrades. We are working closely with Google and our other partners to ensure we have the earliest access to everything we need to provide a complete and solid Sense experience on Froyo. We expect to release all updates in the second half of this year but can't be more specific yet" HTC
Bad news for T-Mobile G1 owners, however, with the apparent confirmation that the first-generation Android handset won't get an official OS 2.2 update.  However, salvation may be at hand from modder Haykuro who is working on an unofficial G1 ROM.

Vodafone UK Google Nexus One available now

Vodafone UK have put the Google Nexus One up for sale, and there's no sign of the stock delay reported earlier this week.  The launch marks the first time the Nexus One has been available through a UK carrier rather than demanding buyers import a device from Google in the US. As for price, that's likely enough to make US Nexus One owners livid.  Vodafone are offering the Google Nexus One for free with a new two-year contract, as long as you're spending £35 a month or more ($54).

Google Nexus One arrives Vodafone UK April 30th

Google's Nexus One has been available in the UK as an import since the handset made its debut several months back, but as of April 30th Vodafone UK will be selling the smartphone officially.  In contrast to US sales, which are all through Google's online portal, Vodafone will be stocking the Nexus One in-store and also selling it through their own site; the Vodafone Nexus One will be available from free on new 24-month contracts of £35 per month or higher. Specs-wise it's the same Android smartphone as we've seen so much of already, with a 3.7-inch AMOLED capacitive multitouch-capable touchscreen, 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 3G/UMTS connectivity.  There's a 4GB microSD card in the box, and the Google Maps Navigation beta preloaded. You can preorder the Vodafone Nexus One now, though the website currently says it will be shipped by May 5th; we're checking with Vodafone to see which date is accurate.  What remains to be seen is whether the Nexus One turns out to be more popular than the HTC Desire, which has almost identical specifications but runs HTC Sense. Update: Vodafone UK tell us that if you order a Nexus One today then you'll get it on April 30th; however with the UK Bank Holiday weekend approaching, they didn't want to over-promise on delivery, hence the extra wiggle-room with the May 5th estimate. [via SlashGear] Press Release: GOOGLE NEXUS ONE LAUNCHES ON VODAFONE UK · Nexus One™ available to Vodafone customers in the UK on April 30 · Pre-order from today on the UK’s best network · Great value - free on £35 price plan · Available through Vodafone retail, online and telesales From today, Vodafone UK customers can order the Nexus One, the new superphone from Google™, at vodafone.co.uk/nexusone. Vodafone is the first European mobile operator to offer Nexus One. Customers who pre-order online will be the first to get a Nexus One for free on a £35 monthly price plan (24 month), on April 30. The Nexus One will also be available via Vodafone stores and telesales, with Vodafone providing direct support to customers with the superphone when they need it. Nexus One will be available on a range of great value Vodafone price plans, on both 18 and 24 month contracts. Price plans start from £25 a month on a 24 month contract. Vodafone UK customers with the Nexus One can use up to 1GB of mobile data as part of their price plan as well as take advantage of unlimited access to Wi-Fi in the home and free, publicly available services throughout the country. Customers using Wi-Fi can also use an additional 1GB of data at premium BT Openzone hotspots throughout the UK. Nexus One features the latest in Google innovation including Google Maps™ Navigation (Beta), which offers satnav-style turn-by-turn driving directions with voice output and Street View. Also included are other favourites like Google Mail, YouTube and access to Android Market™ with more than 40,000 applications. Google Maps Navigation is an Internet-connected GPS navigation system that provides turn-by-turn voice guidance as a free feature of Google Maps for Android™. Key features include Google Search and Search by voice to find your destination, the most recent maps, businesses and live traffic from Google Maps, and street and satellite views. Vodafone UK customers now have a wide choice of Android phones, truly establishing Vodafone as the home of the Smartphone. Nexus One Hardware Features Display: 3.7" AMOLED 480x800 WVGA display Thinness: 11.5mm; Weight: 130g Processor/Speed: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 3G QSD8250 chipset, delivering speeds up to 1GHz Camera: 5 megapixel auto focus with flash and geo tagging Onboard memory: 512MB Flash, 512MB RAM Expandable memory: 4GB removable SD Card (expandable to 32GB) Noise Suppression: Dynamic noise suppression from Audience, Inc. Ports: 3.5mm stereo headphone jack with four contacts for inline voice and remote control Battery: Removable 1400 mAh Personalized laser engraving: Up to 50 characters on the back of the phone Trackball: Tri-colour notification LED, alerts when new emails, chats, text messages arrive

HTC Desire gets reviewed at SlashGear

The second part of HTC's Android attack, the HTC Desire, certainly has the heritage and hype, but is it actually a decent phone?  That's just the question we've been grappling with over at SlashGear, where our full HTC Desire review has just gone live.  We've made plenty of comparison against the Desire's effective sibling, the Google Nexus One, too.

HTC Desire arrives & gets video unboxing

It feels like we've been waiting ages since Mobile World Congress and the launch of the HTC Desire, but the Android 2.1 smartphone is finally in our hands. Packing the same 1GHz Snapdragon processor as the Google Nexus One, but bearing the latest version of HTC's alluring Sense UI, the Desire has a 3.7-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, Flash Lite support and a 5-megapixel camera. The Desire is set to go on sale through UK carriers T-Mobile and Vodafone over the next few days - in fact T-Mobile are already shipping handsets out this weekend, with deliveries expected to begin on Monday - and with the Nexus One still not officially available in Europe there's a lot resting on this new device.  First impressions are certainly positive; the display is just as bright and eye-catching as we know from the Nexus One, and Sense whips along on the 1GHz CPU. We'll be putting the HTC Desire through its paces over the weekend and expect to have the full review up next week.  More photos plus first-impressions and a demo video (including Flash in the browser) over at SlashGear! HTC Desire unboxing video: [vms f7c5a0bf619f979c6cf3]

Nexus One display not true WVGA?

AMOLED good, LCD bad, right?  When it comes to the Nexus One, things might not be so clear-cut.  Frustrated by what he describes as "swizzled" edges to what should've been clean, crisp text and graphics, Nexus One owner Luke Hutchison took a magnifier to the smartphone's AMOLED panel and discovered that while WVGA may be the resolution HTC and Google claim, the actual resolution could be more like 392 x 653.

That's because of the way the display uses color in its pixels.  It turns out that, rather than each pixel having all three color channels (red, blue and green) they actually have either a blue/green or red/green pair, with the blue or red pixel being double-width.  The technology is called PenTile, and there are various justifications for using it that include apparently extending blue pixel longevity. So, when you add up the number of RGB triplets on the display, you get the lower 392 x 653 resolution.  That's apparently why the Nexus One display - while brighter and richer in color than that of the LCD-based DROID - has text that is less sharp than the Motorola smartphone.  There's far more to it than that, of course, but the underlying issue is that the AMOLED display Google and HTC used doesn't quite deliver what buyers probably thought they were getting. [via IntoMobile]

Nexus One “doing pretty well” says HTC CEO

HTC CEO Peter Chou has spoken out in defence of the Google Nexus One, dismissing the recent speculation regarding poor sales figures for the smartphone.  Speaking at CTIA Wireless this week, Chou described the Nexus One as a halo device for HTC and suggested that Google's intent with the smartphone was more to show what Android is capable of rather than to dominate the market in terms of sheer sales. Analysts Flurry caught headlines earlier this month by suggesting Nexus One sales severely lagged behind both the first-gen iPhone and the Motorola DROID in their first weeks of availability.  In defence, while Chou wouldn't reveal specific sales figures, he did say that "considering Google didn't do [standard] retail or marketing for it, the Nexus One is doing pretty well." "We can quickly leverage that [Nexus One] credit to show that we are the top Android brand" Chou explained.  The company have used pretty much the same hardware as is found in the Google-branded device for their own HTC Desire, set to go on sale in Europe imminently.

Google Nexus One Heading to Sprint

It's official, Sprint just announced via a press release that the Nexus One will be available on their network soon. Google just released an AT&T and Rogers compatible Nexus One the other day and now Sprint is joining them at the table with their own Nexus. All while the Verizon version has yet to be announced officially.

AT&T and Rogers Wireless Nexus One launches

It's taken them long enough to deliver, but Google have finally added a version of the Nexus One with support for AT&T and Rogers Wireless' 3G/UMTS bands.  Priced at the same $529 as the original Nexus One, the new handset supports the 850/1900/2100MHz frequencies as well as being quadband GSM. The addition follows news reports from analysts that sales figures of the original Nexus One have been particularly disappointing, with only 135,000 devices shipped in the first 74 days it was on sale.  One of the key criticisms of Google has been that they failed to add in AT&T support, leaving Nexus One buyers only able to use T-Mobile in the US if they wanted 3G connectivity. So far there's no sign of a subsidized AT&T/Rogers Nexus One on Google's phone site. [Thanks Toby!]
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