Nexus One

Android 2.2 Crushes iOS4 in JavaScript Benchmark Tests

There's no doubt about the fact that we love our benchmark tests around here. We see them as great ways to get a feel for the competition, even if those benchmarks are normally Android vs Android. Thanks to Ars Technica, we finally get to see what a real fight is: Apple's iPhone 4 versus a Nexus One. Or, more accurately, Apple's movile Operating System iOS4, versus Google's Android 2.2, or Froyo. They performed two tests: SunSpider and V8, both of which are javascript benchmarks. Despite the results, which you can clearly see below in the graphic, we're sure there's still going to be plenty of people out there who still try to fight them.

Samsung Galaxy S crushes Nexus One in Quake 3 Duel [Video]

The Samsung Galaxy S, pitted against the first superphone (the Nexus One),has managed to come out on top. As you might recall, porting Quake 3 to devices has become a national past time for some developers out there, and now that the game has been given its paces through Samsung's own super-device, the results are quite revealing. According to Android Police, the Nexus One can only render 22 million triangles per second, while the Galaxy S can render a staggering 90 million triangle per second.

Schmidt: no Google Nexus Two plans

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has confirmed that there will be no Google Nexus Two device, telling The Telegraph that "the idea a year and a half ago was to do the Nexus One to try to move the phone platform hardware business forward. It clearly did. It was so successful, we didn't have to do a second one."  While previous rumors have suggested that Google might follow up the Nexus One with a hardware QWERTY model, Schmidt said of the decision not to continue with own-brand devices that they "like that flexibility, we think that flexibility is characteristic of nimbleness at our scale." As for criticism regarding sales of the Nexus One, Schmidt says that of the decision not to make a sequel "[Google] would view that as positive but people criticised us heavily for that. I called up the board and said: 'Ok, it worked. Congratulations - we're stopping'."  The CEO also touched on data security, saying "the reality is we make decisions based on what the average user tells us and we do check. And the reason that you should trust us is that if we were to violate that trust people would move immediately to someone else. We're very non-sticky so we have a very high interest in maintaining the trust of those users." [via Neowin]

Android 2.2 Froyo FRF91 for Nexus One goes out OTA

A new Android 2.2 Froyo build for the Nexus One, FRF91, has begun OTA distribution.  Landing on one of our own Nexus One handsets this morning, the update seems a relatively minor one and is only 2.2MB in size. It's been speculated that this could contain predominantly security fixes and tweaks from the previous FRF85 distribution, though so far there is no change log from Google that we can find.  Anyone else out there finding FRF91 being offered for their Nexus Ones?

Vodafone launches Nexus One in Australia

Nexus One is finally launching down under. Courtesy of Vodafone Hutchison Australia. It's an exclusive deal. Price wise, you're looking at $79 per month, but you'll be getting the handset for free. That is, if you sign a two year contract.

Android 2.2 Froyo FRF85 for Nexus One officially released

Google has officially released Android 2.2 Froyo for the Nexus One, with OTA updates beginning this week.  The new firmware brings with it WiFi tethering support together with a significant speed boost for the Snapdragon-based smartphone. The release comes after several weeks of unofficial leaked builds floating around the internet, sourced from Google but, according to the company, not the final code.  In addition to Google's own feature changes, Froyo also opens up the door for Adobe Flash 10.1 support in the Android browser. Nexus One owners should see an update notification in the phone's menu bar, and Google say the update is expected to go out to most users by the end of the week.  Alternatively you can download Android 2.2. Froyo FRF85 from this direct Google link.

Froyo Code published to AOSP right now

Google announced at the I/O conference that the Froyo Code in the coming weeks would be released. It will be released to an open source community, many are simply wondering how many weeks it will take. But the wait for this is over as Froyo code is beginning to be dropped into the Android Open Source Project right now.

T-Mobile UK now has the HTC Wildfire

Vodafone now has some competition for potential Wildfire customers. T-Mobile UK now carries this compact version of the Nexus One. There’s even a plan that allows you to obtain this device free of charge.

Nexus One + LEGO + Adobe AIR = Wireless Slot Car Gas Pedal

Things like this are just totally cool. Grant Skinner has figured out a way to allow his Nexus One to be used as a controller for these little race cars. By tilting the phone, the accelerometer in the phone is used to make the car accelerate at a predetermined speed. If you tilt it just a little, the car will go slow. Likewise, if you tilt it all the way down, the car will go faster.
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