The Nexus series of devices is supposed to represent the best possible Android experience. As was the case with the Nexus One, the Nexus S is a well-tuned Android smartphone with the latest software release (in this case, Gingerbread 2.3). Plus, it has no added interface, making the phone as fast as it can possibly be. Beyond that, the Nexus S provides a few features that Google is trying to encourage OEMs to include in future Android phones, like an NFC sensor, and a front-facing camera.
If the Nexus S turns out to inherit the same virtues as the Nexus One, we’re [...]
For the longest time, I’ve felt that serious e-mailers and texters needed a hardware keyboard to have the best typing experience possible. In fact, it was the Motorola Q9h that I felt had the best hardware keyboard of any mobile phone. Trouble is, the software on the Q9h is far from modern (kicking it with Windows Mobile 6), so using it today just isn’t feasible. Today, there are no shortage of smartphones that utilize an on-screen keyboard for text entry. And in fact, that’s fine by me, because I think they’re better. Here’s why.
In a keynote in [...]
Remember the mysterious “third tab” in the Android Market app as seen in the Gingerbread video from earlier today? Turns out it’s a new recommended-app feature that is rolling out right now, in advance of Gingerbread.
Users of various Android 2.2 devices have been reporting that the Android Market app has automatically updated itself on their phones to include the new tab. Exactly what it’s labeled varies from device to device; sometimes it’s “Similar”, sometimes “Related”. The new tab apparently offers suggestions of other [...]
Looks like some people had all the fun this weekend playing with Nexus Ones powered by both Google’s Gingerbread and Honeycomb platforms, as AIRBench shows, an application that benchmarks device performance to determine how it can run Adobe AIR.
A Gingerbread update for the Nexus One was already rumored but there was nothing about Honeycomb and the website clearly shows three different builds of the platform running on the Nexus One. The alleged Android 3.0 Honeycomb platform, opposed to 2.3 Gingerbread, was rumored to be tablet-optimized; seeing it running on a Nexus One [...]
After Alvaro Fuentes Vasquez’s tweet last week — according to which an OTA update containing Gingerbread will hit devices in the next few day — everyone was both jealous and anxious while counting the days, maybe even manually checking for updates several times per day.
Well, Nexus One did indeed receive an update but the flavor was not Gingerbread. The “important bug fixes and security patches” update is labeled FRG83D and brings the following changes: – Updates to the core and framework JARs – Updates to the Dalvik VM and Webcore [...]
Earlier we wrote about an alleged Google Nexus S phone that would be the successor to the outgoing Nexus One. The name appeared in a Best Buy ad with a mention of the T-Mobile network. If you head to Best Buy Mobile’s website right now, you can see an image of a never-before-seen device that looks to have similar design to the Galaxy S series of devices. Is this the Nexus S? Perhaps. Also note the use of green icons in the notification bar, plus the green coloring on the web browser icon on the bottom of the screen, which may indicate that this device is running Android 2.3 [...]
Best Buy has seemingly posted and quickly pulled both a pre-order ad and product page for the so-called “Google Nexus S,” which may be the rumored Nexus One followup said to be manufactured by Samsung. The ad, still viewable thanks to Google cache (see source link below), reads: “Pure Google. The Nexus S. Available only at Best Buy this holiday season.” Unfortunately the accompanying image is broken, and following the pre-order link leads to a blank page — which is, however, titled “Google Nexus S.”
First rumored by British financial [...]
The T-Mobile myTouch 4G comes with it, and the T-Mobile G2 just got an update to enable it… what is it? It’s the ability to make and receive phone calls over a connected WiFi network rather than over T-Mobile’s cellular network.
First off, why would you want to do this? It’s only good for T-Mobile users, and if you’re not on an unlimited minutes plan, WiFi minutes still count against your plan’s minutes. You don’t get a discount on your bill. You have to provide your own WiFi. So why would you want to do it?
Simply put, sometimes [...]
Looks like another piece of the puzzle falls in place right after Gingerbread man was installed at Google’s, as we get a first, clear indication of the upcoming OS’ availability.
Open Handset Alliance’s official – Alvaro Fuentes Vasquez – tweeted something which translates to the following: “Prepare your Nexus One (Developer version) for Android OTA update 2.3 (Gingerbread) for the next few days:-D”. If this is about the dev-phone available from Google, lots of users will be hit with Android 2.3 Gingerbread update over-the-air in the [...]
Google and Samsung are indeed working together on a phone being called Nexus Two in the media, according TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington, although a major hardware bug apparently delayed the phone beyond a possible November 11th launch. The report says that the handset may not actually be called the N2, but has been dubbed that due to its stock build of Android, since the Nexus One (pictured) also lacked any OEM or carrier enhancements. As we had suspected, TechCrunch states with certainty that this device will not launch at Samsung’s Manhattan Android event tomorrow, where [...]
Nokia doesn’t like Android for some reason. Many people have their suspicions as to why, but suffice it to say, Android’s not coming to a Nokia phone any time soon. That’s okay, we’re not bitter. In fact, one ambitious developer decided to do what Nokia wouldn’t… only the other way around: he got MeeGo to run on a Nexus One.
It’s not feature complete, and not entirely stable, but it boots, it runs, and it shows off what MeeGo looks like and what it can do.
How do you do it? It’s a little more in-depth than what I can go into [...]
It seems that just yesterday Google was denying that there would be a Nexus Two. We now have reason to believe that there will indeed by a Nexus Two, thanks to recent rumors from some pretty reputable places. Gizmodo recently designed a mockup of a Galaxy S-like device from Samsung that they thought would take the title as the Nexus Two. Well, if Asian news site Danawa is to believed, Samsung has come out to say that rumors of a Nexus Two made by Samsung are “simply not true.”
So, then, which company will be tasked to manufacturer the next-generation Google phone? [...]
Alright, until I see shots of this phone in the wild, and until any of these shots have the words “Nexus Two” stamped in hardware or software, I’ll call this a rumor. Gizmodo claims to have seen Google’s next try into selling a phone, this time called the Nexus Two. If the report is real, there are lots of changes in comparison to the legendary Nexus One.
First of all, this time it’s apparently made by Samsung, and the demo shot offered looks a lot like another Galaxy S Android phone. I wouldn’t hold my breath on considering the shot real [...]
Google is poised to release a followup to its Nexus One smartphone in the UK, claims free British financial daily City A.M., despite that handset’s (pictured above) reportedly poor sales. This time around, states the piece, Google will distribute the so-called Nexus Two exclusively through Carphone Warehouse, as the retailer has extensive experience selling unlocked handsets. No specs were given for this purported device, although it is said to run Android 3.0 (2.3?) Gingerbread. City A.M. reports that we can expect a release “in time for Christmas.”
Though not available in the “stable” release of CyanogenMod ROM (one of the most popular after-market, open-source custom ROM’s) the nightly-build of CyanogenMod for the Google Nexus One has been updated to finally enable the FM radio that’s been sitting unused inside the phone all this time.
What’s more, this isn’t the HTC radio that’s present in other phones. Rather, The developers behind the MIUI ROM (a ROM similar to CyanogenMod) started from scratch to write their own open-source radio.
Would the Nexus One ever have seen an [...]
When the Nexus One and Motorola Droid hit the scene we all had high hopes regarding their cool car docks. The Nexus Dock was somewhat revolutionary using Bluetooth in the Dock to talk to Bluetooth in the phone, thus reducing the number of physical connections to just just a few metal contact points.
What was cool were the “magic gold dots” on the bottom of the Nexus One. These, when paired with matching dots on the Car Dock and Desktop Dock provided power to charge the device without having to chase down your microUSB cable and plug it into the device.
Lucky for us Android users, we don’t have to reboot often. When we hit the “power” button the phone goes into a sleep mode which usually turns off the screen and WiFi (unless you’ve told it to do otherwise). This lets the phone stay ready to receive emails, text messages, and phone calls at a moment’s notice.
Sometimes, however, you just want to turn the thing off: movie theaters, and when you’re asleep come to mind. Unfortunately, turning the phone back on again usually takes around 30-45 seconds. That’s far too long given today’s [...]
If you’ve got a Google Nexus One and you haven’t unlocked it, rooted it, and/or flashed a custom ROM on it, there’s an update for you!
If, on the other hand, you have done any of those, this update isn’t for you. Don’t proceed any further.
This update is coming OTA (over-the-air), but if you haven’t gotten it yet and want to manually update, here’s how you do it.
1. Download the 2.2.1 firmware from Google.
2. Rename it to update.zip (for you newbies, update.zip.zip is wrong), and place it on the root of your microsd [...]
If you’re running the Nexus One, you’ll be happy to know that the latest FRG33 build that has leaked into the wild offers a lot of performance improvements and is said to be very fast compared to the previous FRF91 build. The build is said to come with a new radio ROM, and details of the build are listed as such:
Android version: 2.2 Basebrand: 32.41.00.32u_5.08.00.04 Kernel: 184.108.40.206-27237 Build: FRG33
Enterprising users who want to load this leaked build for the Nexus One can head on over to XDA-Developers.
(via: Android Central)
So, other than a “lag fix” that both Samsung and independent developers are working on, the Sprint Samsung Epic 4G (a Galaxy S phone) is remarkably fast. (We’ll talk more about that in an upcoming article.)
How fast is it? In this video we look at a hacked Google Nexus One running a super-fast Froyo ROM with the stock Epic 4G. We look at overall interface elements (using the same Launcher app and similar widgets), side-by-side benchmarking, 802.11n data speeds, and 3G data speeds. Since the Nexus One doesn’t have 4G WiMax on-board this seemed a fair [...]
The beauty of purchasing a stock Android smartphone is that you can get Android updates more quickly and not have to wait for manufacturers and carriers to customize any add-on UI overlays and test it, and that was the promise of Google’s attempt at the Nexus One, that is until the Android maker had decided to end the handset for consumer purchase as well as kill its lineage of successors. Since the Nexus One, another super-phone has emerged in the name of Samsung’s Galaxy S, which had fulfilled many of the Nexus One’s ambitious plans: offer compelling hardware, offer [...]
The Nexus One is currently my favorite Android phone. I was more than a little let down when Google announced they were discontinuing it and it would no longer be available for sale.
Shortly thereafter, Google resurrected the Nexus One as the “official developer phone”. Even though it wasn’t available to the public, it could still be gotten relatively easily.
Then Tim Bray wrote the following on the Android Developers blog:
“A couple of weeks ago, we arranged that registered developers could buy an unlocked Nexus One via their publisher page [...]
Last month I told you about the new Korean radio for the Nexus One, and how many people were reporting increased data speeds over the “stock” radio.
Now that T-Mobile is gearing up for HSPA+ in the U.S. some people with the Korean radio are reporting a 10x speed increase.
But it’s not just hacked Nexus One’s that are seeing the improvements, the latest HTC Desire 2.2 update includes the same radio.
Whether or not this means the radio is HSPA+ ready, or that T-Mobile is just preparing certain towers for HSPA+ by increasing bandwidth we [...]