Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Google Nexus One Coming to WalMart!

Google Nexus One Coming To Walmart
Jay Yarow | Jan. 26, 2010 - repost from siliconalleyinsider.com

Here's one way to fix the lackluster Nexus One sales -- Offer it through the world's biggest retailer.

The Android Community website spotted this Walmart page that says the Nexus One is coming soon.

We've put in an email to Walmart to find out if they'll be available in stores, or if this is web only.

Most people haven't seen a Nexus One, and probably don't feel feel comfortable just yet buying a phone off the web they've never seen.

Getting to play with one in a Walmart would obviously boost sales.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Home » Features Google Nexus One – 10 ways to pimp your Android phone, from fonehome.co.uk

Google Nexus One – 10 ways to pimp your Android phone

We’ve taken an in depth look at the Google Nexus One’s overall performance, but now it’s time to turn our microscope on the centrepiece of the phone: its display. Is the touchscreen up to scratch? Read on and find out…
Just one glimpse of the Google Nexus One, and you can see HTC, which makes the handset, has a lot riding on the display here. The screen on the Google Nexus One takes up almost all of the front of the phone, but luckily, when you power it on, you can see it’s the jewel in its crown.

Although the Motorola Milestone has a screen with the same size as the Google Nexus One’s – 3.7 inches – and a few extra pixels (854×480, to the Nexus One’s 800×480) too, the Nexus One’s panel still outclasses it. That’s because it uses a different type of display, AMOLED, which many tip to be the next big thing in mobile.

We’re not going to argue with them: it makes the Google Nexus One’s screen look absolutely glorious. Photos don’t quite do it justice, but take our word when we say the colours the screen produces are deeper and richer than on any previous Android phone. The green of the Android mascot is eye-popping and web pages and pictures look stunning (although videos don’t look as good as they could, but that’s to do with Android itself rather than the hardware – more on that later).

The resolution is also a big step up from the HTC Hero – you can now fit much more of a webpage on the screen at one time, so you won’t have to scroll all the time to read the news.

But a touchscreen above all needs to be responsive if there’s no QWERTY keyboard, since you’ll be tapping out emails and messages on it all the time for as long as 18 or 24 months. We have no complaints here with the Google Nexus One either: it doesn’t miss a stroke, and with a bit of practice, you’ll be flying through your inbox. We have to admit, we can still get a faster word count per minute on an iPhone, but this is one of the best Android phones yet for typing on screen.

And when it comes to flicking through menus and links on web pages, the Google Nexus One works fine – no better than previous HTC Android phones with capacitive touchscreens, like the Hero and Magic – but there was no need for anything to be fixed here.

We do have one bone to pick with the touchscreen on the Google Nexus One however: the touch-sensitive buttons merged in below the display. These buttons (Back, Menu, Home and Search) are ones you’ll be using all the time, so they have to be easy to active, but that’s not quite the case here.

Unlike on other Android phones, which have physical buttons for them, they’re part of the display, like on a BlackBerry Storm 2. And just like with the Storm 2, they’re also a pain to press, often requiring a lengthy push to get a reaction.

Nevertheless, the Google Nexus One still has one of the best screens around. It’s gorgeous, and one of the few that’s as responsive as the iPhone’s. And it’s sharper to boot.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Google delays Android handsets in China - repost from FT.com

Google delays Android handsets in China

By Kathrin Hille in Beijing

Published: January 19 2010 14:20 | Last updated: January 19 2010 14:20

Google’s stand-off with the Chinese government over hacking has claimed its first casualties outside the US internet company itself, with the delay to the launches of two Android-based mobile handsets in the country.

The launch of the two handsets, developed with Samsung and Motorola for China Unicom, the country’s second-largest mobile operator, had been postponed, Google China said.
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The move indicates that the Android-based platform – the open source mobile operating system designed by Google to allow developers to build customised handsets – is likely to suffer from the company’s warning to pull out of China.

Industry analysts said Samsung’s GT-i6500U and Motorola’s XT701 were scheduled to launch for China Unicom on Wednesday. The Samsung handset would have carried Google’s logo and both devices would have run Google applications, industry sources said.

The news came as China’s foreign ministry said Google was not above China’s laws, which leaves scant hope for talks that the US company has said it wants to conduct with Beijing over how its China business operates.

“Foreign firms in China should respect China’s laws and regulations, and respect China’s public customs and traditions, and assume the corresponding social responsibilities, and of course Google is no exception,” said Ma Zhaoxu, foreign ministry spokesman.

Smartphone makers have piled into China, the world’s largest mobile phone market with more than 700m subscribers, in recent months. The launch of third-generation mobile services last year triggered a fight for high-end subscribers between the three main Chinese network operators. The iPhone was officially launched late last year through China Unicom, the second-largest operator. Blackberry also stepped up its engagement in China through alliances with China Mobile and China Telecom, the smallest operator.

Several handset vendors have already launched Android phones there. China Mobile, the country’s leading mobile operator, has also developed the OPhone, a highly customised platform that is in turn built on Android software.

Analysts said Google’s conflict with Beijing was unlikely to have much impact on China Mobile’s OPhone. “The Ophone has replaced G-mail [and] Google search content with [China Mobile Communications Corp’s] applications, so OPhone has no connections with the content related upheaval,” said Flora Wu, handset analyst at BDA, a Beijing-based telecoms consultancy.

However, the Android ecosystem could suffer in the longer term if Google’s departure from China hurts Chinese vendors’ confidence of releasing Android-based phones, she added.

“It was Google who suddenly stopped this in the tracks,” pointed out one person working on the project.

Samsung in Beijing said it was no longer clear whether the launch would take place and redirected requests for comment to China Unicom.

China Unicom did not reply to requests for comment.

Motorola could not immediately be reached for comment.

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LA Times repost - Wozniak has a soft spot for Google's Nexus One

Apple co-founder Wozniak has a soft spot for Google's Nexus One
January 19, 2010 | 3:23 pm

Celebs and technophiles alike had to wait in line to get their hands on the first iPhone in 2007. Steve Wozniak, the other famous Steve who helped Steve Jobs launch Apple, was no exception. Wozniak, or "Woz" as he is known in Silicon Valley, could have waited for Jobs to send him one, but his anticipation got the better of him.

Wozniak Turns out Wozniak didn't have to wait for Google's new Nexus One phone. Google exec Andy Rubin, a longtime friend, gave him one. And that's how Google got an unexpected plug.

"I was impressed right away," Wozniak said.

The Apple co-founder praising Google's bold gambit to compete with Apple got the blogs buzzing. Wozniak first confessed his feelings to a local NBC affiliate a few weeks ago. Asked what his current favorite gadget is, Wozniak told host Jessica Aguirre: "The latest one. It's a non-Apple product. It's one that just came out yesterday."

So Wozniak had to quickly clarify that he had not bolted from the iPhone. He, in fact, carries two at all times. The self-proclaimed gadget freak says he fields so many questions about mobile phones that he tests them all, even the BlackBerry, which he made his primary phone for four months just to learn what a BlackBerry user "knows and does and uses." He estimates that he has owned about 100 mobile phones over the last two decades.

"I've got six phones on me right now," he said. "Of the six, three are very good phones: the iPhone, the [Motorola] Droid and the Nexus One."

Much as he likes the Nexus One, Wozniak says he will like it a whole lot better on Verizon. And if he were to find himself stranded on a desert island, or say the set of "Dancing with the Stars," he would want to have his iPhone with him.

"Maybe because I am so used to it," he said.

As for the rumored tablet that Apple is slated to announce next week?

"Obviously I am going to buy it and experience it to see if it fits into my life. Do I need it in between my laptop and my iPhone? It would have to be very special and probably only Apple can do it."

-- Jessica Guynn

Photo: Apple's Steve Jobs onstage at Macworld in 2006 in front of an old photo of himself and co-founder Steve Wozniak. Credit: Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Google Postpones Android Launches in China, reposted from Mashable

Google Postpones Android Launches in China

Google has decided to postpone the launch of two Android phones in China, which was supposed to happen on Wednesday, agencies report. Although Google has entered talks with the Chinese government to discuss the future of their its business in China, it’s now obvious that, until the situation is resolved, other aspects of Google’s business in China will suffer, too.

The news that China Unicom is postponing Android-based phone launches really shows how big the fallout from the Google-China dispute is. It’s not only about Google’s search business in China. Google also stands behind one of the most important mobile platforms of today: Android, and cutting business ties with China would mean the demise of Android in one of the world’s biggest markets.

Google spokeswoman Marsha Wang declined to give a reason for the postponement, nor a new date for the launch.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Nexus One Google Phone HTC Android 2.1 Preview FR

Google's Nexus One vs. the Droid: Two Phones Dissected

reposted from pc world

JR Raphael, PC World

Jan 15, 2010 6:04 pm

Motorola can add one more item onto its list of Droid slogans: Droid does have more expensive hardware than the Nexus One. But only by a small margin.

Google Nexus One and the DroidA new teardown analysis finds Motorola's flagship Android device has $179.11 worth of components inside. Google's Nexus One, on the other hand, has $174.15 worth of goodies beneath its shiny shell, according to the same company. That difference is despite the fact that the Nexus One boasts a faster processor and twice the RAM of its Motorola-made contemporary.

Now, does this finding do anything to change the value of the phones from a consumer perspective? Of course not. But for anyone intrigued by Android, it does make for some interesting trivia.

Inside the Nexus One

So here's the scoop, starting with the Nexus One. Google's high-profile phone went under the knife earlier this week. The surgeon -- a company called iSuppli -- reached its $174.15 conclusion by analyzing every piece of hardware inside the phone.

As one might expect, the Nexus One's processor -- the superfast 1 GHz Snapdragon -- is its most expensive component, accounting for $30.50 of its total bill of materials. The phone's display comes in next, with an estimated cost of $23.50. That's followed by the memory ($20.40), touchscreen assembly ($17.50), camera ($12.50), and then a host of other assorted parts.

Dissecting the Droid

The Droid, in comparison, has a very different bill. According to iSuppli, its most expensive component is its 16GB microSD card, coming in at $35. (The Nexus One is equipped with only a 4GB microSD card; both phones, however, can be upgraded to cards as high as 32GB.)

Following the card is the phone's 3.7-inch TFT LCD display, which is estimated to cost $17.75. While the Droid's display is generally regarded as being one of the best on the market, the fact that it's TFT LCD is likely why it's lower in cost than the Nexus One's OLED alternative. You can see more about the differences between those two technologies in my "Nexus One Questions and Answers" report.

Continuing downward, the Droid has a $17.50 touchscreen overlay, $14.25 camera, $14.04 baseband processor, and $12.90 applications processor. The grand total comes out to about $4.96 more than what's inside the Nexus One.

You can see iSuppli's full component breakdown for the Droid here, and for the Nexus One here. And if you own either handset, be sure to also click over to "Master Google Android: 40 Tips and Tricks," my in-depth guide to making the most of your Android experience.

JR Raphael frequently covers mobile technology for both PCWorld and eSarcasm, his geek-humor getaway. He's on Facebook: facebook.com/The.JR.Raphael

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