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Inbrics M1 is the thinnest Android slider we’ve seen, probably everything we ever wanted

January 10th, 2010 admin No comments

We don’t know what everybody else in the phone business has been doing lately, but Inbrics has just unveiled what looks to be the near-ultimate Android phone. The Inbrics M1 is a slider handset with a (great) 3.7-inch WVGA OLED display, 3 megapixel camera, front-facing VGA camera, 16GB of built-in storage, microSD slot and all the other usual trimmings, but what’s particularly stunning is that the phone is not only half an inch thick, but it has a full QWERTY keyboard that’s surprisingly clicky and typable. The phone is running Android 1.5 right now, but it should be up to Android 2.0 by the time it hits the market in March. The biggest concern is the 800MHz Samsung processor, the same chip that’s in the Samsung Moment, but the interface (as demonstrated in the video after the break) is smooth as butter, and they demo’d it playing back 720p video just fine.

Inbrics actually has a lot of custom UI and software running on top of Android, but the most interesting part is what they’re doing with video calling and beaming media from handset to videophone to TV to laptop over DLNA or through an access point device that plugs into the TV over HDMI. Inbrics also has a Cover Flow-style media browser that isn’t super deep in functionality, but still puts the stock Android stuff to shame, and some rather sexy custom widgets.

The plan is apparently to get a carrier to bite and rebrand this phone in the US, so price and availability are still pretty hard to pin down, but if this phone can hit the market soon it sure could give the rest of the QWERTY Android sliders out there some body image issues.

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Inbrics M1 is the thinnest Android slider we’ve seen, probably everything we ever wanted originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 09 Jan 2010 21:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Andy Rubin on multitouch in Android: ‘I personally don’t like two-handed operations’

January 9th, 2010 admin No comments

In a very special CES edition of All Things D today, our own Joshua Topolsky had an opportunity to directly confront Google’s Andy Rubin on the nagging multitouch issue — not necessarily multitouch itself, but the growing disparity in support between American and European devices (the Droid / Milestone being the most famous example):

“You call this a superphone — 3.7-inch capacitive display, but no keyboard and no multitouch. Yet it has multitouch outside the US. Why not America?”

Andy’s reply:

“It’s not an America versus outside America kind of thing. It’s a decision that is a result of the OEM model. I personally don’t like two-handed operations… there is no conspiracy.”

That doesn’t explain the fact that the European Nexus One seems to have some in-built multitouch enabled — nor does it explain why any manufacturer would ever opt to exclude it under any circumstances unless there’s some outside pressure involved. Surely Rubin’s personal preferences don’t play into this… right? Right, Google?

Andy Rubin on multitouch in Android: ‘I personally don’t like two-handed operations’ originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 08 Jan 2010 21:21:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola Backflip hands-on

January 7th, 2010 admin No comments

We’re not quite sure what to make of the Backflip just yet — closed, it looks almost exactly like a CLIQ, but the keyboard (which rests on the outside of the device) is allegedly rugged enough to withstand a beating. Rugged or not, we’re worried about feel — believe it or not, it has even less tactile response to it than the Droid, putting it a distant third in Moto’s QWERTY Android efforts so far. Obviously we’ll need a good deal more time to gel our opinion, but out of the gate, we’re not encouraged.

The touchpad on the back of the screen is… well, interesting, but that’s about all we can really say about it at this point — as Sanjay said during the keynote, it’ll be up to devs utilizing Moto’s API to do the really awesome stuff with it. In the meantime, it acts exactly as you’d expect a trackball or optical pad to work on Android — just upside down.

In terms of the screen and the Blur experience, it’s a dead ringer for the CLIQ, for better or worse — the big difference, of course, is the fact that the screen can be tilted. The phone’s got a sensor so it can detect when the screen’s at a 45-degree angle, putting it in a media mode and making it particularly useful as an alarm clock. Would we buy one? We’re not sure — it’s no Droid, certainly — but maybe it doesn’t have to be.

Motorola Backflip hands-on originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 06 Jan 2010 21:19:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola Backflip now official, Cliq and Droid promised Android 2.1

January 7th, 2010 admin No comments

AT&T’s quick tease this morning has finally materialized: introducing the Motorola Backflip, a QWERTY device with WiFi, five megapixel camera, and Android 2.1. It’s not a slider; instead, it’s got the keyboard on the outside and flips outward. Motoblur’s the skin of choice here, and before you say anything, Sanjay Jha himself says “we’re still working on battery life.” He wouldn’t confirm a carrier, but “unique form factor” and previous leaks all but guarantee this is its inaugural Ma Bell Android phone. And don’t fret Cliq / Droid users, Jha wants you to know that Android 2.1 is coming to all its Motorola devices, so there’s something you can really look forward to.

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Motorola Backflip now official, Cliq and Droid promised Android 2.1 originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 06 Jan 2010 21:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Spring Design Alex hands-on (Update: video!)

January 6th, 2010 admin No comments

Spring Design was poised to take the official wraps off of its dual-screen, Android-based ereader this Thursday, but we were able to catch an up close and personal glance at the device today here at CES Unveiled. Highlighted over at the Marvell booth (understandable given the choice of processor), the reader was intensely thin and remarkably snappy. We had some gripes with the speed of the Nook, but every action we took on the Alex was relatively lag free. We even downloaded a book and watched it open up immediately, and the touchscreen response was also satisfactory. Spring Design also opted to expose the microSD card slot on the rear; you simple mash your card into the slot and listen for the click, and mash it once more to eject it. You better hope nothing pushes it by mistake, but hey, at least you’re not stuck removing some rear cover just to swap cards. We’ve gotta say — we’re digging this thing based on our brief time with it, and we’d invite you to have a peek at the gallery below till our demo video is prepped.

Update: Video is after the break!

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Spring Design Alex hands-on (Update: video!) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 05 Jan 2010 19:39:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google Nexus One support page goes live, quickly dies again

January 5th, 2010 admin No comments
Google Nexus One support page goes live, quickly dies again
Wondering how to activate your shiny new Nexus One? Curious how to get started with the thing, or how to use the 3D gallery? Oh, wait, you don’t have yours yet? Oops. Google seems to have posted its support page for the phone a little early, a little site that went live for just a few minutes — just long enough for us to click through a little, read that Terms of Service that was leaked to us last week, and watch a few videos. The first one that came up is actually the walkthrough for Android 2.0, curiously, but the other videos showed 3D photo gallery and some other goodies. Now they show nothing, though, having been set private and the pages removed. Surely they’ll be up again soon, with the device getting announced tomorrow, and while we’re still not sure exactly when you’ll be able to get your own, you’re always welcome to enjoy our hands-on impressions.

[Thanks, Joe]

Google Nexus One support page goes live, quickly dies again originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 04 Jan 2010 20:46:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Logitech working on "ground-breaking" Android device according to job posting

January 5th, 2010 admin No comments
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While we’re all sitting around waiting on the Squeezebox Touch to break into the world of the officially released, it’s nice to take a little time to ponder what the next round of media products from Logitech might look like. A clue (and a pretty big one) has been found in a job posting for an “Android Applications Developer” on a contract basis, looking for a “a super-star engineer” who has written “world-class Android applications” to work on “a ground-breaking new product that will give users access a to broader range of media than ever before.” It could be anything, but given the extremely limited selection of apps we’ve seen implemented for the Radio we wouldn’t be surprised if Logitech weren’t going open source for its next offering in the segment — but we certainly wouldn’t turn down an Android-packing Harmony, either.

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Logitech working on “ground-breaking” Android device according to job posting originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 04 Jan 2010 18:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Tivit promises to bring Mobile DTV to the iPhone and other WiFi-equipped mobile devices

January 5th, 2010 admin No comments

The Mobile DTV standard is official, sure, but the device selection at this point isn’t what we’d call plentiful or even appealing — so leave it to CES to attract a virtually unknown company with an attractive alternative. Dubbed Tivit, the pocketable box is a said to be a bit smaller and lighter than a deck of cards and claims to stream television to a number of WiFi-enabled devices, including Windows laptops, Motorola Android phones (no clue why other Android devices wouldn’t be in the running here), WiFi-equipped BlackBerrys, and even iPhone 3G / third-gen iPod touch (software via related App Store download). One charge gets you three hours of reception, and while that $120 price tag isn’t too terrible a fee for keeping the phone you like, when the dongle launches in Spring, it better hope the channel selection is more interesting. Press release after the break.

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Tivit promises to bring Mobile DTV to the iPhone and other WiFi-equipped mobile devices originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 04 Jan 2010 17:42:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Exclusive: Google Nexus One hands-on, video, and first impressions

January 3rd, 2010 admin No comments

That’s right, humans — Engadget has its very own Nexus One. You’ve seen leaked pics and videos from all over, but we’re the first publication to get our very own unit, and we plan on giving you guys the full story on every nook and cranny of this device. In case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s the breakdown of the phone. The HTC-built and (soon to be) Google-sold device runs Android 2.1 atop a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, a 3.7-inch, 480 x 800 display, has 512MB of ROM, 512MB of RAM, and a 4GB microSD card (expandable to 32GB). The phone is a T-Mobile device (meaning no 3G if you want to take it to AT&T), and includes the standard modern additions of a light sensor, proximity sensor, and accelerometer. The Nexus One has a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, and we have to say so far the pictures it snaps look pretty decent (and the camera software is much faster than the same component on the Droid). The phone is incredibly thin and sleek — a little thinner than the iPhone — but it has pretty familiar HTC-style industrial design. It’s very handsome, but not blow-you-away good looking. It’s a very slim, very pocketable phone, and feels pretty good in your hand. Thought you’d have to wait for that Google event for more on the Nexus One? Hell no — so read on for an in-depth look. C’mon, you know you want to.

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Exclusive: Google Nexus One hands-on, video, and first impressions originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 02 Jan 2010 18:24:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola Calgary / Droid Devour spotted in silver, Bluring it up

January 3rd, 2010 admin No comments

There’s another Motorola “Calgary” device (also known as the Droid Devour) making the rounds, and this time it’s showing a silver paint job and an obvious Motorola Blur home screen. Word is that the trackpad to the upper right of the keyboard is great, and the keyboard supposedly bests the Droid — not a challenging feat, to be sure. Obviously it’s headed for Verizon, and Boy Genius confirms that WiFi and GPS are onboard, but it’s still a little unclear what the low-end differentiators between it and the Droid might be, outside the three megapixel camera and what appears to be a smaller, lower resolution screen.

Motorola Calgary / Droid Devour spotted in silver, Bluring it up originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 02 Jan 2010 13:56:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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