Posted on 14 January 2010
Vodafone Germany may have tipped their hand on a contract price for Google’s Android-powered Nexus One handset. According to the leak, the Nexus One may sell for €149.90 ($217) and will likely require a two-year contract. There is no price leak for the unlocked version yet, but it’s likely to sell for a price similar to that of the U.S. price of $529 and be available directly from Google’s online store.
source: Slash Gear via All About Phones
Posted on 14 January 2010
It might be the faltering economy, or maybe it’s the lack of a robust marketing effort by Google, or even the distraction of CES when it launched — for whatever the reason, Google’s Nexus One has only sold a dismal 20,000 handsets during it’s first week. In fact, according to analysts Flurry, the myTouch sold three times the number of handsets in week one (60,000), the Motorola DROID sold 12.5 times the number of handsets (250,000) and the third iteration of the iPhone sold a whopping 80 times more (1,600,000). Ouch!
Maybe Google will step up advertising and as more people become aware of the Nexus One, perhaps there will be a surge in sales. Regardless of the reasons and the tepid response from consumers in the first week, it is nice to see Google introduce an unlocked, unsubsidized Android-powered handset to the marketplace to give an alternative to those that want to get their ‘droid groove on without being tied to a carrier contract.
source: Android Authority
Posted on 07 January 2010
Not wasting any time after the official announcement of the Nexus One, there’s already work underway in creating a hacked ROM that’ll provide some much loved features. Arch-modder, cyanogen, has gone on the record and promising one of the first tweaked ROMS that’ll offer tethering and multi-touch web browsing. The tethering capability will allow you to do it on either Wi-Fi or wired connections while an additional feature called BusyBox will be thrown on to give other hackers more flexibility for playing with the Nexus One’s underlying code. We’d expect cyanogen is feverishly at pace right now getting this hacked ROM up and running – with a release coming shortly.
source: Twitter via SlashGear
Posted on 20 November 2009
It looks like Japan will soon get into the Android party, thanks to Sharp. As of a couple days ago, Sharp announced in Tokyo that they will release a number of Android handsets in Japan in the first half of 2010. The number of handsets is not yet known, but Sharp’s commitment to Android in Japan is a big deal — they hold the largest market share for handsets in Japan and Japan is considered the most advanced mobile market on the planet.
source: Android Community
Posted on 28 October 2009
Stock performance today for Garmin and TomTom looked like a cliff following Google’s announcement of Google Maps Navigation for Android. It may have everything something to do with the fact that Google Maps Navigation will be included for FREE on Android handsets running 2.0.
The new Motorola DROID will have turn-by-turn directions provided by Google Maps, and other Android phones will receive it with the 2.0 upgrade. As a result of Google’s announcement, Garmin stock fell 17.2% and TomTom shares plummeted more than 20% respectively. It will be interesting to see how Garmin and TomTom respond.
source: Talk Android
Posted on 09 October 2009
The field of Android hopefuls is about to get a little bigger when Kyocera brings an Android handset to the market in 2010. Known more for their low and mid-level phones for smaller carriers, Kyocera is stepping up their game by announcing at the CTIA show that they are shifting to high-end devices and will offer a Google Android phone. No details are available yet on the specifics, but like other Android phones, it should have a touchscreen and all other ‘droid goodness. We will share more information as it becomes available. Welcome to the party, Kyocera!
Posted on 01 October 2009
The Android Dog, a ‘Droid’s best friend, has been missing from in front of the GooglePlex since this past summer. Affectionately named “Alex” by Android engineers, he was the faithful companion of “Mike”, or “Droid”, but was stolen and there is no sign of him.
If you happen to spot Alex (hard to miss, don’t you think?), let us know. However, it’s likely this little ‘droid doggie is sitting in a frat house somewhere.
Posted on 15 September 2009
Google labs has cooked up a little special sauce for those that want a better mobile web-browsing experience: Google Fast Flip. By optimizing browser pages for the Android and iPhone, a user can flip through web pages like a book, previewing page content before fully committing to view it. This is particularly handy for smartphones with small screens, tiny keyboards and painfully slow Internet speeds. Google says:
With this webapp you can literally flip through stories with the swipe of your finger. To get more information or view the entire article, simply tap on the screen. You can browse headlines and popular articles, and view trending topics. Searching for a specific topic lets you make your own “magazine.” Fast Flip makes sharing articles easy as well. To send an article to someone, simply tap on the “Email” link in the upper right.
There is no need to download anything to give this webapp a spin. Just visit fastflip.googlelabs.com on your Android device and start flipping through the “magazine” pages until you find something you like. Please let us know how it works for you!
source: Android Authority
Posted on 01 September 2009
Our sister site, PhoneArena, received a juicy little tidbit in the form of a screenshot showing a Verizon inventory system with “PCD/HTC DESIRE ADR6200 DIGITAL GOOGL”. The key words that jump out, of course, are “HTC”, “DESIRE”, and “GOOGL” – all of which appear to be a precursor to Verizon picking up the Android-powered HTC Desire 6200. We have no additional information yet, like when we can get our mitts on this Android-powered gem, but we know you “Desire” it (ahem), and we’ll do our best to get you more news as it rolls in. Are there any Verizon loyalists out there that want this phone? Let us know in the comments!
Posted on 26 August 2009
Get out your calendars and block out September 10 – particularly if you are in San Francisco. Why? Motorola is making it official: they are going to make some kind of major announcement on September 10 and, judging by the invitations they are sending out, the little green ‘droid has something to do with it. Rumors have been flying around for quite some time now, but now things are really coming together. What do you think Motorola will bring to the Android table?