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!
A leaked picture, purporting to be Google’s next Nexus smartphone, has surfaced, showing off a design that lacks the familiar Android buttons.
According to the source, supposedly a Google employee on the Android development team, Google is considering both HTC and LG manufacturing this Nexus 3. Whatever they decide on, the phone would be targeted for a December release, along with Android Ice Cream Sandwich itself.
While the picture he was able to snap doesn’t give us much to go on, it shows the absence of the Android navigation buttons we’re used to. [...]
You must have definitely heard about Google Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread update to bring Google Talk with Video especially for devices like the Samsung Nexus S which has a front-facing camera. If you somehow missed it, we talked about it in our 13th episode of the Pocketnow PocketCast.
The HTC-made Google Nexus One has just received its Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread update over-the-air — make sure to check, you should be able to get yours too — and it looks like the Video Chat option is missing. This, of course, might have something to do with the fact that the Nexus One [...]
RIM launched the new BlackBerry OS 7 platform yesterday with the occasion of launching the brand new BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 smartphone variants that are bringing the platform refresh to the world. At that time of the presentation, RIM claimed that the browser on BlackBerry OS 7 is able to outperform both Apple’s Safari on iPhone’s iOS and Google’s Android browser.
The BlackBerry Bold 9900 was compared in terms of browsing to the iPhone 4, Nexus One and Nexus S and the numbers are rather interesting. RIM claims 1.6 times faster page loading than on BlackBerry [...]
Earlier today Google teased us with the promise of a “surprise” coming to the Nexus S. A few hours later they announced that Android Gingerbread 2.3.4 would be distributed over-the-air over the “next few weeks”.
Included in the .4 revision to Gingerbread are various bug fixes for the Nexus One and video chat for the Google Talk app on the Nexus S. This is a major milestone as it will theoretically bridge the gap between desktop and mobile video chatting!
What’s more, they say that’s not even their big [...]
About a year ago I showed you the Google Nexus One Desktop Dock, and although it wasn’t perfect, it did it’s job simply and elegantly. Unfortunately it’s only compatible with the Nexus One. Desktop docks for other smartphones have the same problem: they only work with the phone for which they’re designed.
What we need is a generic desktop dock that can work with virtually any smartphone, and can easily be modified for new ones! All we need is a little imagination and a handful of Lego blocks! At least that’s what this inventive person thought. [...]
Google Nexus One owners may have been expecting to get Gingerbread a little earlier than they did, with a couple months between the release of Android 2.3 and the update for their phones. Despite that initial wait, Google came through with the software in February, bringing the company’s first experiment into phone sales up to date with the Nexus S. Unfortunately, it looks like not all has been well with Gingerbread on the Nexus One, as some users have been running into problems with voice calls, and Google may not be taking the issue as seriously as we might hope.
System images and OEMs publishing them is what makes an open ecosystem really good and HTC has just posted the latest Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread system image for the Nexus One on the Developer Center.
Sure it’s nothing just baked, but it’s the official GRI40 image and is now public for everyone to download, whether you’re a Chef building custom ROMs or just a curious user who wants to take a peek under the hood. Public releases often help combat and correct bugs and errors and we’re always glad to see a new version up there. Now go grab it and get [...]
Part of the core of what makes Android Android has been its open-source development, creating a thriving community of hackers and tinkerers. Much of this scene is fed by the periodic release of the Android source code, letting developers adapt the software for not-yet-supported handsets. This seems so intrinsically Android that it’s almost shocking to learn that Google is not planning on releasing Honeycomb code anytime soon, fearing that unauthorized smartphone ports would create a user experience too awful to allow.
Business Week reports that Google has been telling [...]
For those of you running custom ROMs on your Android-powered smartphones, CyanogenMod 7 has a new release candidate available: CM7 RC2.
This version includes bug fixes, extra CM features that were missing from the previous release candidate, notification profiles, WiMax on the HTC EVO, and it updates the OS to Gingerbread 2.3.3 from 2.3.2.
I installed CM7 RC2 on my T-Mobile G2 without any problems. Installing on my Nexus One resulted in a boot loop and I was forced to revert to a previous backup.
If you’re interested and haven’t flashed CM7 RC1, head [...]
With Firefox Mobile for Android hitting another beta milestone, it’s time to start looking at which is better, the built-in Browser, or Firefox Mobile 4.0b5.
Before you jump in, we’ll run through some history and background, including a section on [...]
After months of waiting, Gingerbread is finally spreading beyond its Nexus S roots. While we showed you this morning how to check if your Nexus One is up for the current round of OTA updates, we’d understand if your patience is wearing a bit thin and you just want to get your hands on the darn update, already. Luckily for you, both Nexus One and Nexus S versions of Android 2.3.3 are now available for download, ready to install ahead of OTA availability.
Nexus S users likely aren’t so anxious to get 2.3.3 installed, so here’s the upgrade procedure for the [...]
It looks like Android 2.3.3 is going to be the magic number that finally brings Gingerbread to Google’s own Nexus One. What’s more, according to the GoogleNexus Twitter account, the update is rolling out now over-the-air, but may take a few weeks to complete.
If you want to see if your Nexus One is in the first batch to get Gingerbread, open your dialer and key in *#*#CHECKIN#*#*. This will manually ping the Google servers to let them know your device is online. Within a few moments you should get a “Checkin Successful” response. If your device is [...]
Nexus One users have been waiting for an update to Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread since December and it looks like now, more than two months since, they might actually get it, along with Nexus S owners.
The company tweeted that the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update has started to roll-out for the two devices and it might take a couple of weeks for the process to spread out. The 2.3.3 refresh fixes some issues with Bluetooth, Graphics, Speech Recognition, Media APIs and NFC (the Nexus One will not benefit from the NFC part).
On the other hand, together with the Gingerbread [...]
Not long ago we showed off “Honeybread”, a theme for CM7 that looks a lot like Android Honeycomb. It wasn’t really Honeycomb, but it did look very similar.
This time around we starting hearing of people porting the Honeycomb SDK to devices such as HD2, DROID Incredible, EVO 4G, and others.
Now it’s hit the Nexus One, and we caught it on video. Take a look!
To start things off, I downloaded the ROM from XDA-Developers to my sdcard. Once complete I rebooted into recovery and performed a full backup (so I co revert later), then did a [...]
Today the CyanogenMod team made Release Candidates of CyanogenMod 7 available for the Nexus One, T-Mobile G2, myTouch 4G, and Evo 4G. CM7 is based on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread AOSP source, plus a bunch of tweaks, additions, and improvements.
A Release Candidate (RC) is just that, it’s a release of the code that could become final if no bugs are found. Generally a CM build will go through two or three RCs before it’s finally released. RCs should be usable as your daily driver, and in my experience, there’s no reason not to use CM7 RC1 on your [...]
OK, so the last time we told you that Gingerbread on the Nexus One was imminent, Google didn’t deliver. Until we hear it straight from the Android’s mouth, there’s always the chance for these rumors to fizzle; people misinterpret things, timelines shift, and priorities change. This time feels a little more solid, though, as word is supposedly leaking out of the Mobile World Congress that Google’s first smartphone will finally be getting an Android 2.3 update by this time next week.
MobileCrunch caught wind of a casual mention of the update at the MWC, and [...]
Despite what endless television commercials try to tell you, cellular coverage isn’t perfect everywhere. Those pesky radio waves bounce, scatter, bend, and are even blocked by just about anything. Not only that, sometimes their signal just doesn’t make it out to your neck of the woods — or into your dorm room or office building.
Some carriers offer what’s called a “femto-cell”, an itty-bitty cell phone tower that plugs into your internet connection and should provide full bars when you’re under its umbrella.
T-Mobile doesn’t [...]
What we’re looking at here is somewhat of a mystery device. If you thought that HTC was moving beyond mechanical trackballs, you might be mistaken. This handset features a design similar to the Nexus One (we’re thinking a 3.2 inch screen is a possibility), and with a totally redesigned (almost geometric) earpiece. There might also be a front-facing camera on this handset, though that might actually be a light sensor. The buttons below the screen tell us that this is an Android handset. It’s popular that HTC, in recognizing the almost cult-following for the highly [...]
Two weeks ago the Google informed us via the @googlenexus Twitter account that the official Gingerbread update to the Nexus One would be rolling out in the “coming weeks”. According to sources, that could now be just days away.
“A representative from the Android team tells me there have been no unexpected hurdles and that the rollout should be starting soon,” says Computer World’s JR Raphael.
If JR’s sources hold true, you Nexus One owners may see Gingerbread by this time next week!
Source: Computer World
This is what we wait all year for, friends: the chance to pick the single best phone in all of 2010. Sure, we could break it up by category, by platform, by carrier, by something, but we’d rather pit the Droids against the iPhones against the BlackBerries in a winner-take-all cage match that will crown the one true champion. We thought about including a poll here, but we don’t want to limit your choices even one bit; if you think that the Sanyo Zio was the best that the industry had to offer in 2010, by all means, cast your vote in the comments and tell us why you made that [...]
In this video we compare the software of the Nexus One with the Nexus S. They’re running different versions of Android, so we get to see how 2.2 and 2.3 are different. To the end user, not much has changed between the two versions of Android. Most changes for Android 2.3 occur under the hood like concurrent garbage collection, support for gyroscopes and even barometers, NFC support, and native support for a front-facing camera. Some visual effects are improved, such as the program tray animation, plus there’s use of more green, checkboxes are spruced up, and the keyboard [...]
According to a post by @GoogleNexus, Google’s Nexus One will be getting its update to Android 2.3, Gingerbread, “within the coming weeks”. Additionally, they urge that we “Just hang tight!”
What’s more, the update will be an over-the-air (OTA) update, so downloading and installing via a desktop computer won’t be necessary.
All that having been said, the Google camp has officially thrown the gauntlet, challenging all custom ROM developers to release a final, stable Gingerbread ROM based on the AOSP source-code, before the official, [...]