Google will not bring Honeycomb to smartphones – yet [updated]

By on February 3, 2011 at 1:34 PM.

Google will not bring Honeycomb to smartphones – yet [updated]

At a press event on Wednesday, a Google spokesperson confirmed that Android 3.0 Honeycomb will not be made available for Android-powered smartphones, PC Magazine reports. The new Android 3.0 operating system was designed specifically for tablets, according to the report. Andrew Kovacs, a spokesman for Google, said that features from Honeycomb “will arrive on phones over time,” but he declined to elaborate on when Android smartphone users might expect these new features to begin rolling out to phones. Google gave an extensive demonstration of the Honeycomb operating system at its press event, highlighting exciting new features like the completely revamped UI and enhanced video calling. Some of the features might not translate well to smaller screens, but others would be welcome additions to smartphone versions of Android, which now rely heavily on third-party tweaks to aid usability.

UPDATE: It turns out there may have been a bit of confusion surrounding Kovacs’ comments at the Google event. Google reached out to clarify, supplying BGR with the following statement: “The version of Honeycomb we’ve shown is optimized for tablet form factors. All of the UI changes are the future of Android. Yesterday’s event focused on tablet form factors, which is where you’ll first see Honeycomb.” More →

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Andy Rubin: over 300,000 Android phones are being activated every day

By on December 9, 2010 at 7:35 AM.

Andy Rubin: over 300,000 Android phones are being activated every day

Google’s VP of Engineering, Andy Rubin, utilized the social-network Twitter to drop some knowledge on the world. Mr. Rubin notes that his company’s mobile operating system is now being activated on over 300,000 phones each and every day. That’s over 2.1 million phones every week and over 9 million phones every month. Back in August of this year, Google CEO Eric Schmidt announced that Android activations had just passed the 200,000 per day mark — and subsequently set off a little activation brouhaha with rival Apple. For the sake of comparison: the latest numbers from iOS maker Apple (released in September 2010) revealed that there were over 230,000 new iOS activations happening every day.

The verbiage used in both of the companies statements is interesting. Rubin notes 300,000 phones activated each day (indicating the number does not include tablets or other devices running Android, but could include users upgrading), while back in September, Jobs noted there were 230,000 new iOS activations each day (indicating that Apple’s numbers include other iOS devices like iPads and iPod touchs, but not users upgrading).

Either way, Google is now on pace to activate over 10 million Android phones per month. That is an impressive figure any way you slice it. More →

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All AT&T phones on sale starting at 1¢ from AmazonWireless

By on November 12, 2010 at 2:02 AM.

All AT&T phones on sale starting at 1¢ from AmazonWireless

AmazonWireless announced Thursday that all AT&T phones on its website are now on sale. The popular online retailer is offering smartphones and feature phones from AT&T for as little as 1¢. The sale even includes just-released Windows Phone 7-powered smartphones from AT&T, like the HTC Surround. Here are some highlights:

•BlackBerry Torch: 1¢
•HTC Surround: 1¢
•LG Quantum: 1¢
•Motorola BACKFLIP: 1¢
•Motorola BRAVO: 1¢
•Motorola CHARM: 1¢
•Motorola FLIPOUT: 1¢
•Motorola FLIPSIDE: 1¢
•Palm Pixi Plus: 1¢
•Palm Pre Plus: 1¢
•Samsung Captivate: 1¢

The sale will run from Thursday through Monday, November 15th, and sale prices require two-year agreements. During the sale period, Amazon Prime members will also have their activations fees waived. More →

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Verizon Wireless launches phone trade-in service

By on September 30, 2010 at 7:42 AM.

Verizon Wireless launches phone trade-in service

If you’ve ever used a service like gazelle.com, you’ll be familiar with the new service Verizon Wireless is offering. The company has launched a trade-in program that will allow you to exchange your used (or abused) phone for a VZW gift card. Here’s how the service works: you go to http://www.trade-in.vzw.com and input the type of device you have (it does not have to be a Verizon device), you answer several questions about the devices condition (does it make calls, does the screen work, is the screen cracked), you then get an appraisal of what your device is worth and an option to have a pre-paid box shipped to you. You won’t get much in terms of compensation — a 32 GB black iPhone 4 will net you $212 — but the funds can be used towards your next Verizon Wireless device; there is also an option to donate the phone to charity. If you’re looking to pull the rip-cord on your current wireless provider, and want to jump to Big Red, it isn’t a bad option to have. Although, you probably would still make out a little better at gazelle.com. More →

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Verizon to cease data package requirement on new 3G feature phones

By on September 17, 2010 at 6:01 PM.

Verizon to cease data package requirement on new 3G feature phones

We’re not sure why the Verizon Wireless news always seems to appear on Friday afternoon… but it does. One of our VZW ninjas sent us in a memo (pictured above) that was distributed to select Verizon Wireless employees today. The communication details that beginning in Q4, Verizon will start to phase out the “3G Multimedia device” category and discontinue requiring a $9.99 monthly data plan on the new 3G feature phones being released to replace said devices. 3G multimedia phones that have already launched, like the LG EnV 3, will still require said plan until they are phased out. Good news for those who want a 3G feature phone with a full QWERTY keypad but not a monthly data plan. Aside from the feature phone news, the memo also reiterates that Verizon will be launching 4G, LTE data cards in Q4 (which we already knew). There you have it. Thoughts?

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HTC unveils Desire HD and Desire Z Android handsets

By on September 15, 2010 at 7:44 AM.

HTC unveils Desire HD and Desire Z Android handsets

Nokia World isn’t the only thing going on in London today. Conveniently, HTC has scheduled a press conference in the very same city at the very same time. HTC used this London-based press conference to announce two new Android handsets, the Desire HD and the Desire Z.

The Desire HD will have a similar 4.3-inch form factor, run Android 2.2, and will be powered by the 1 GHz 8255 Snapdragon processor. You can think of the Desire HD as the EVO for the rest of the GSM loving HTC masses. The new handset will have HTC’s now standard 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and 720p video recording, Wi-Fi b/g/n, HSAP+ radio, and will be loaded with a new, enhanced version of HTC’s Sense UI (which will leverage services from the newly launched htcsense.com).

The Desire Z will, more or less, be the G2 — with the same 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 processor, 3.7-inch display, and full-QWERTY keyboard — and like the HD will boast an 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and 720p video recording, Wi-Fi b/g/n, HSAP+ radio, and the new Sense UI.

Both devices will begin to hit store shelves in October… let’s just hope they are not exclusive to our friends over the pond.

UPDATE: HTC’s website htcsense.com is not yet live; it will launch next month with the new devices.

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Google Maps gets updated to version 3.3 for Windows Mobile and Symbian

By on December 5, 2009 at 4:51 PM.

Google Maps gets updated to version 3.3 for Windows Mobile and Symbian

Windows Mobile and Symbian users don’t ever have to worry about getting lost or having to remember their favorite places again. Google recently announced that Google Maps has been upgraded to version 3.3 for Windows Mobile and Symbian. The upgrade now allows you mark your favorite items with a star and keep those synced between your computer and phone. As soon as you upgrade on your WinMo or Symbian device, Google will ask if you want those starred items synchronized between your phone and Google Account. For those of you that rely on starred items in Google Maps, you’ll also be happy to know that you don’t have to go through each favorite spot individually on your phone. More →

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Amazon.com offering AT&T phones for 1¢, today only

By on September 22, 2009 at 11:57 AM.

Amazon.com offering AT&T phones for 1¢, today only

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Have you been pondering the idea of switching to AT&T lately but you haven’t been able to find the motivation needed to actually take the plunge? Well say hello to your push. Today, for one day only, Amazon.com is offering every single AT&T handset outside of the iPhone for 1¢ — that’s right, 1¢. Whatever it is your little heart desires — be it the BlackBerry Bold or Curve 8900, the Samsung Impression or Eternity, the LG Xenon or Neon, or anything else — is available for a single penny today. The pricing applies to new customers and requires a new 2-year contract of course, but come on… A penny. Amazon is also offering to waive your activation fee (normally $36) as well as provide free 2-day shipping. Any takers?

[Via Mobility Site]

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Samsung looks to make wireless phones more… wireless

By on February 12, 2009 at 7:42 AM.

Samsung looks to make wireless phones more… wireless

Somewhere over the rainbow in a land far away, wireless phones will actually be wireless. We’re not just talking about cellular voice and data here of course, we’re talking about handsets that can communicate, move data, sync and be charged all without the need for a single external wired connection. We still have a ways to go before technologies such as inductive charging and higher-speed data transfer standards are a commonplace, but Samsung has just announced a major step towards that reality with the advent of Wireless USB. By way of new System-on-a-Chip (SoC) technology, Samsung claims W-USB will allow portable devices such as mobile handsets and digital cameras to connect wirelessly using an interface that is nearly identical to a wired USB connection. Dr. Yiwan Wong, vice president, System LSI Division at Samsung is heading up the group responsible for the breakthrough and had this to say:

Connected consumer electronic products are the next step in enabling anytime, anywhere access to information and services. One of the keys to wireless connectivity is W-USB technology. While W-USB technology is just beginning to ramp up, its application will soon increase with the consumer electronic and mobile phone markets’ demand for wireless connectivity technology and UWB’s fast download speeds.

The SoC itself is comprised of a built-in ARM core, a UWB physical layer, a memory controller and a memory component. It operates in the 3.1~10.6 GHz-band range and as far as numbers go, we’re looking at speeds of 480 Mbps. Real world tests have shown actual transfer speeds of 120 Mbps which is hardly a rate to be scoffed at and security hounds will be happy to know Samsung employs 128 bit AES encryption to thwart prowlers. Long story short, W-USB can’t happen soon enough.

[Via DailyTech]

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