For many of us, remembering the Nexus One is bringing back some good memories. Most of us still find this to be one of the greatest Android phones of all time, and if you’re still using one or own one, please enjoy our jealousy for a couple of minutes. Sadly, the fact that the device didn’t enjoy the benefits of Ice Cream Sandwich and is still stuck to Gingerbread is the main reason why we know that most of us were forced to move on to more powerful hardware.
That said, one of the benefits of KitKat is the fact that it was designed to run on low-powered hardware. It [...]
If you’ve been following the news yesterday, you’ll notice that there’s a lot of buzz about the future of a Nexus smartphone. As it turns out, LG doesn’t seem to be working on a Nexus 5 yet, and for those of us that have been following the smartphone industry for the last couple of years, one thing we know is that a new device can’t be designed, produced and shipped in just a couple of months before its possible launch in the fall. Now let’s be fair, LG stated that they’re not working on a “Nexus 5” yet, and if the name of [...]
As a follow-up to our previous weekly shows, we decided to go a step further and offer you a daily show of everything that’s happening in the Smartphone and Tablet world. Watch this week’s Pocketnow Daily as we go through details of NASA’s new Nexus Satellite for outer space. We later talk about the details on how Google is now selling the Nexus 7 in Europe. We later go into details of how AT&T will also provide a vacation blackout for employees on the same dates as Verizon which queues iPhone 5 launch dates. We later talk about a couple [...]
CyanogenMod is undoubtedly the most popular custom ROM offering for many Android phones and tablets and its latest iteration, CM9, is set to bring some Ice Cream Sandwich love to Android fans (way ahead of official manufacturer or carrier updates).
However, the team is experiencing some problems with closed-sourced device drivers; until those are available don’t expect to see everything working as it should (or a port for that matter). Devices like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, Galaxy Tab 10.1, HP TouchPad and Motorola Xoom are on the official support list; if you [...]
Since the days of gray scale LCD screens on PDAs, the stylus has been the invaluable tool which allowed you to precisely navigate the small screen. With killer applications like the venerable PhatWare Calligrapher, which converts hand writing to text, you can use the stylus to mimic the analog world of pen and paper. Along, with integration of cell phone technology, the hope of a converged hand held device for your mobile life was starting to become a reality. As cellular data and push email where implemented, the world was starting to be at one’s stylus tip. Microsoft along with [...]
Google likes to introduce major advancements in the Android platform with a special device — their “launch device”. They started the tradition with the T-Mobile G1, then later the Nexus One, Nexus S, and more recently the Galaxy Nexus.
Let’s take a look at the three phones in the Nexus family and see how the Google’s flagship device has improved over the years.
The Nexus One, the first in the family, was the collaboration of Google and HTC and released January 5, 2010. Google tried to challenge the way phones were distributed [...]
We’ve already seen the recent Bit9 study which unveiled popular Android smartphones being vulnerable to malware exploits and hacking attempts and now it’s time for a North Carolina State University research to raise a couple of questions regarding pre-installed software.
Researchers Michael Grace, Yajin Zhou, Zhi Wang, and Xuxian Jiang at NCSU analyzed popular smartphones: HTC Legend, HTC EVO 4G, HTC Wildfire S, Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid X, Samsung Epic 4G, Google Nexus One and Google Nexus S. The research found that while the model implementation of Android on [...]
Remember when Google said the Nexus One just wasn’t up to running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich? That was just shy of a month ago. Since then we’ve seen only an SDK port running on the Nexus One, but now we’ve got an AOSP Custom ROM for it, too!
… and it’s not alone!
For those who don’t know, AOSP is the Android Open Source Project, the place where you “can find the information and source code you need to build an Android-compatible device.”
It’s been a week since Google released the Ice Cream Sandwich source [...]
While we’re all waiting for the Galaxy Nexus to arrive and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to be released to the AOSP, the is another way that we can get ICS on our phones: ports from the ICS SDK.
In most cases the result is closer to something you’d expect from “Dr. Frankenstein” than a “plastic surgeon” in terms of elegance and full-functionality, but being able to run ICS on your own phone before it’s available to anyone else can be too hard to pass up!
Since the SDK was released, here are some of the more noteworthy phones that [...]
There are a few smartphones where the manufacturer has already spoken up about Ice Cream Sandwich and confirmed plans to bring those phones updates to the latest Android OS. An even larger group of phones fall into a wait-and-see category, where the companies behind them have stated that they’ll be announcing their upgrade plans after Google finally releases the operating system. What we haven’t seen so much are outright rejections of the possibility of Ice Cream Sandwich updates. If you’ve been wondering just what type of phone wouldn’t end up making the cut, [...]
Once Google releases an SDK for their latest version of Android, it’s never long before someone picks it up and starts porting it to other devices.
Such is the case with one developer who has gotten the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich SDK ported over to the Nexus One.
Like most SDK ports, it’s not perfect: Wi-Fi doesn’t work, video decoding doesn’t work, audio has hiccups, and it’s a bit unstable. In short, you’re not going to use this as your daily driver.
Even still, ICS is running fairly well (albeit buggy) on the somewhat [...]
The Google Nexus One managed to stay up-to-date all this time mainly because Mountain View managed to keep its promise and continuously push out refreshes as they were stable. The phone recently got its Android 2.3.6 update.
The Nexus One Android 2.3.6 build is GRK39F and, from the description, it contains “important bug fixes and security patches”. What you need to do in order to apply is to download the ROM file from the source link and then go through the update process (you most probably know by now). Let us know if you find anything out of the ordinary in the [...]
Now that Android Ice Cream Sandwich is official, when are we going to get the new smartphone that launches it? After Froyo first landed on the Nexus One, and the Nexus S arrived with Gingerbread, won’t we need a new Google phone to serve as the template all other Ice Cream Sandwich devices look to for inspiration, running clean Android with no extra UI enhancements? Well, Google isn’t ready to announce the Nexus 3 quite yet, not confirm that it would be an ICS launch phone, but the company is thinking long and hard about it, with Andy Rubin commenting at Google I/O that [...]
The HTC-made Google Nexus One might be one-and-a-half years old but it’s definitely still kicking! The phone received its Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread treat at the beginning of May and now, Vodafone UK customers get the latest Android build too.
According to the carrier’s announcement, if you have a Nexus One on Vodafone UK you will soon be hit with a maintenance update in the form of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. It brings the latest Google build, UI enhancements, new Android keyboard, improved power management and more. As with the case of unbranded Nexus One phones, [...]
In our second set of speed tests, we wanted to find out just how fast Sprint’s 4G is compared to T-Mobile’s HSPA 3G. This video answers that with a side-by-side comparison.
In the video below I use the FCC Test app, which is free in the Market (but crashes after running the test more than a couple times). Running this app, setting your server to the closest one to you and the speed in kbps, run the test a few times and report your network and speeds in the comments below!