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Nexus One gets some hands on time

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on December 3rd, 2009

Nexus Hands OnThe guys over at Engadget recently got some hands on time with Google’s Nexus One. So now we have some high quality pictures of the sexy device and some initial impressions.

Firstly the phone is sexy and it’s just a tad thinner than the iPhone. The Nexus One features Google’s Android 2.1, 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 3.7-inch 480 x 800 display, 512MB of ROM, 512MB of RAM and comes bundled with a 4GB microSD card. The phone is a T-Mobile device that includes a light sensor, proximity sensor, and accelerometer.

Android powers Raytheon battlefield network

Posted in Android by Shane McGlaun on October 22nd, 2009

android-robot-militaryWe have been fielding robots of all sorts on the battlefield for a while now, typically associated with finding and disposing of bombs and other explosive devices. I always thought when Android’s hit the battlefield they would be packing laser cannons and the visage of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Apparently, the first Android to hit the battlefield will be in the form of Google’s open source OS and cheap computer terminals.

Raytheon has announced its RATS battlefield networking system will be powered by Android. The system will allow troops in the field to coordinate with other combatants and gain access to other assets. Presumably, these other assets would include air strikes and drones.

Cellular South gets HTC Hero

Posted in Android by Shane McGlaun on September 21st, 2009

android-logo-sbOne of the larger of the privately held wireless providers in the country is Cellular South. The mobile provider is one of the more vocal that has been crying foul over the exclusive arrangements that the major national carriers are striking for devices like the Pre and the iPhone.

Luckily, for Cellular South customers HTC didn’t give a major carrier an exclusive on the sweet HTC Hero Android phone. The device will hit the Cellular South network soon with preorders starting on October 5.

Facebook Now Available for Android

Posted in Android by Darrin Olson on September 8th, 2009

Facebook now available for Google AndroidFor those of you who have been patiently waiting, Android has finally joined the ranks of handsets with a mobile version of Facebook available. Through some recently released information on Facebook’s “Facebook for Android” page, the app appears to have a fairly comprehensive set of features.

Android users can post status updates, view news feeds, friends’ walls and user info. Facebook for Android can also share photos from the phone and also can look up 125 friends’ phone numbers from the home screen, all from the home screen.

LG GW880 Android phone leaked

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on September 2nd, 2009

LG GW880 Android phone leakedSeems like China is the land of Android lately. And here’s the LG GW880, the company’s first Android phone. To clarify, in this case “Android” means China Mobile’s custom WiFi-less OPhone platform, so we won’t be seeing this one outside of China.

It gives you a good idea of what LG’s handset designers have in mind for Android sets though. This one sports the following specs: A stunning 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen, 256MB RAM, GPS, and a five megapixel camera.

1080p Android Set-top Boxes are coming

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on August 29th, 2009

1080p Android Set-top Boxes are comingMIPS Technologies along with Sigma Designs demonstrated an Android-based set-top box that is capable of 1080p video. It’s being hailed as “a major milestone toward the creation of a reference platform” that will allow Android-based devices to enter your living room.

They’ve made enhancements to Android libraries and the MIPS architecture so that the OS can run on a full-sized display at HD resolutions, rather than small handset displays. The specific Sigma SoC (system-on-chip) used for the prototype is unknown, but it may be the SMP8640-series chip already used in Blu-ray players and other video devices.

Mystery device identified as Rockchip Android MID

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2009

Mystery device identified as Rockchip Android MIDTurns out that the mysterious Android MID we told you about last week is a Rockchip concept intended to demonstrate the Chinese chip makers new RK2808 720p-decoding chipset. PConline played with one of the prototypes and it holds up pretty well, even though it isn’t meant for the consumer market in it’s current form.

It supports the usual multiple windows of an Android smartphone and all the menus and features of the OS are there. Of course, we won’t be seeing it on store shelves any time soon, sadly. But in time, production devices using the RK2808 will start showing up.

Cloud Telecomputers’ Android for landlines

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on August 20th, 2009

Cloud Telecomputers' Android for landlinesThis isn’t the first Android desktop phone to surface, but Cloud Telecomputers’ 8-inch touchscreen Android Glass phone keeps the old landline intact and adds a bunch of communications functions. When you put Android in a desktop phone, you get plenty of useful apps, like visual voicemail, calendars, SMS, and email.

Think about the other useful apps that could also be on the way. Cloud Telecomputers is thinking about them and expects lots of third party Android apps to be built especially for the business phone platform. It supports landlines and various VoIP and SIP clients.

Acer’s Android Netbook coming next month

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2009

AndroidAcer is all set to launch what could be the world’s first Android-based netbook in August. At least that’s the deal according to DigiTimes.

It isn’t fact just yet, but Acer is already on record with plans for an Android netbook in Q3 in dual-boot XP configurations. So it isn’t that much of a stretch. Sadly that’s all of the info that we have. You’ll know more when we do.

Cheap Chinese Android phone on the way

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on July 9th, 2009

Cheap Chinese Android phone on the wayRockchip Electronics Company is an MP4 chip supplier from Fuzhou, China. They love their work, but they yearn to branch out. And so they are about to dive headfirst into the wonderful world of Android with a trio of mobile chips: the RK2718,RK272 and RK2808.

The RK2808 would be the first mobile chip from China to support Android, and Rockchip also has plans to roll out a RK2808-based PMP sometime this autumn. This will be followed by their very own Android handset later in October. The Android handset will be powered by the RK2808 chip.

Sony Ericsson’s first Android phone leaked

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on July 5th, 2009

Sony Ericsson's first Android phone leakedSony Ericsson’s first Android smartphone will be a high-end touchscreen device that will take on the iPhone, according to a Danish scoop. Codenamed “Rachel,” the phone would fit into the XPERIA line occupied only by the X1 but would emphasize speed. Like the Windows Mobile-based Toshiba TG01, it would have a high-end 1GHZ Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It may also compete against the iPhone 3GS with “great” 3D graphics capabilities.

The device will also feature an 8-megapixel autofocusing camera, 3G up to 7.2Mbps and a large display. The company has previously gone on record saying that its first Android phone will use Android 2.0 and so have at least the device-wide search and other features being added to the release.

GeeksPhone launches The One Android Phone

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2009

GeeksPhone launches The One Android PhoneIf you live in Spain and are looking for a new Android phone, here’s some good news. Very soon GeeksPhone will launch their first Android phone for the Spanish market. The phone goes by the overly dramatic name of “The One”.

The smartphone is equipped with a 625MHz PXA310 processor, a 3.2-inch touchscreen display, a 3.2 megapixel camera and a front-facing camera, microSD card slot, AGPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, Android 1.5 Cupcake OS and supports quad-band EDGE/HSDPA connectivity.

Sony working on an Android Walkman?

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on June 8th, 2009

Sony working on an Android Walkman?Word on the street is that Sony has a possible Android-powered Sony Walkman coming soon. It sounds weird, but it’s very possible and it makes sense. Android doesn’t cost a penny and it’s highly customizable, with built-in media playback capabilities, and works great on touchscreen devices.

It’s a great way to spruce up some of their product lines and get some renewed interest. Did we mention that Android doesn’t cost anything? Yeah, this makes a lot of sense. But we’ll have to wait and see how it all turns out.

T-Mobile G1 v2 made by Motorola, not HTC?

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on May 11th, 2009

T-Mobile G1 v2 made by Motorola, not HTC?The folks over at Boy Genius Report received a tip that they say has more or less confirmed that the phone is going to be manufactured by Motorola for T-Mobile. Not HTC. Why isn’t HTC in the picture on this one? They have no idea.

If you look at the keyboard font and the buttons on the front of the device there are some things that HTC just wouldn’t do. They’re Moto style. This would be good news for Motorola. We’ll keep an eye on this one.

DoCoMo HT-03A Android phone

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on May 7th, 2009

DoCoMo HT-03A Android phoneJapan has received their first Android-powered phone from DoCoMo. It’s known as the HT-03A, and it will run on Android 1.5 Cupcake.

If you think that the HT-03A looks familiar, that’s because this is actually the HTC Magic. There’s also some word that DoCoMo has a surprise for smartphone lovers up its sleeve and will be revealing it in about two weeks.