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HTC Espresso’s revised Sense UI spotted?

December 21st, 2009 admin No comments

Among the seemingly thousands of Android-powered HTC handsets rumored for the first half of 2010, little is known of the mysterious Espresso — the codename was found in a 2.1 ROM and a sketchy report claims that it’ll have a QWERTY keyboard for an MWC announcement, but other than that, we’re in the dark. Anyhow, Italian site hdblog.it now claims to have some shots ripped off the Espresso’s display, and at a glance, you can tell this isn’t quite the Sense we’re used to from the Hero. The bar along the bottom now features direct access to People — a feature we’d already heard would be revised for HTC’s next round of Android phones — and app icons have apparently been graced with translucent surrounds that are… well, not exactly pretty. We’ve got to keep our opinions in check until we actually see a shipping ROM, of course, so hopefully those talks of an MWC unveiling in February pan out.

HTC Espresso’s revised Sense UI spotted? originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 21 Dec 2009 03:22:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LG eXpo unboxing and hands-on

December 21st, 2009 admin No comments

We’re not sure we’d be able to find a piece of hardware that made us adore Windows Mobile 6.5 the same way we adore puppies or a hot cup of cocoa, but that doesn’t mean that the usual suspects — HTC, Samsung, LG, and the like — aren’t producing some magnificent hardware on which to run it. Today we’ve had a chance to give LG’s new eXpo for AT&T a quick once-over, and on paper, this is a hell of a handset: 5 megapixel autofocus cam, a fingerprint sensor that doubles as a d-pad, Snapdragon power, a WVGA display, full QWERTY, and most notably, support for an optional microprojector add-on. Sadly, a ship date hasn’t yet been assigned to the PJ, but does the basic package hold its own against the similarly-spec’d Tilt2? Let’s check it out.

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LG eXpo unboxing and hands-on originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 20 Dec 2009 17:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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T-Mobile bringing HTC HD2 to the States? All .nbh files point to ‘yes’

December 19th, 2009 admin No comments

You know those times when you’re sifting through an undercooked ROM, dumping .nbh files right and left, asking yourself: “is this even worth it?” Well, the folks at WMExperts can answer with a resounding fist pump after digging up references to T-Mobile US in an HTC HD2 prerelease ROM that was recently leaked their way. At this point we’re looking at a new 2.01 version of the HD2 software in the T-Mobile version, a big jump from the 1.61 seen in previous leaks, which maybe will smooth over some of those performance woes we experienced with the device. WMExperts also claims a March 2010 release date, which seems a while to wait, but somebody told us once about “good things” coming to “waiters” or something like that, so we’re cautiously optimistic.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

T-Mobile bringing HTC HD2 to the States? All .nbh files point to ‘yes’ originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 18 Dec 2009 18:19:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sprint’s HTC Hero and Samsung Moment on track to get Android 2.1, not 2.0

December 18th, 2009 admin No comments

So Sprint’s backtracking on its promise to deliver Android 2.0 to its Hero and Moment in the first half of next year, but it’s backtracking in an awesome way for a change of pace — they’ll actually be getting 2.1. That makes tons of sense considering that the leaked Hero builds have all been on 2.1 and 2.0 will be all but obsolete by the time HTC gets around to releasing anything — so yeah, we probably could’ve predicted this anyway, but now it’s official. Unfortunately that 1H 2010 window hasn’t been reigned in at all, but here’s hoping this is a case where they under-promise and over-deliver.

Sprint’s HTC Hero and Samsung Moment on track to get Android 2.1, not 2.0 originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 17 Dec 2009 20:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Entelligence: A Google Phone could be the death of Android

December 16th, 2009 admin No comments

Entelligence is a column by technology strategist and author Michael Gartenberg, a man whose desire for a delicious cup of coffee and a quality New York bagel is dwarfed only by his passion for tech. In these articles, he’ll explore where our industry is and where it’s going — on both micro and macro levels — with the unique wit and insight only he can provide.

Without a doubt, the big buzz since the weekend has been over the “Google Phone,” an HTC-built device called the Nexus One handed out to Google employees last week in what Google describes as a “mobile lab.” Confirmed to be running Android 2.1, the Nexus One has once again raised the idea of Google selling unlocked devices directly to consumers. (Google has been selling unlocked HTC Android phones for some time, but only to developers.)

It would be a strange turnabout if Mountain View made this move, directly going in the face of previous assurances that Google had no plans to compete directly with Android hardware manufacturers. What’s more, there are a lot of unanswered questions here.

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Entelligence: A Google Phone could be the death of Android originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 15 Dec 2009 18:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The Google Phone: what we know… and what we don’t

December 14th, 2009 admin No comments

There’s been an immense amount of crosstalk, speculation, and just plain noise over the past 48 hours about a device allegedly called the Nexus One, or as it’s more commonly known: the Google Phone. We’ve heard all sorts of reports about the HTC-made device, and figured it might be helpful to put together a little roundup about what we know — and don’t — on one of the potentially more exciting devices we’ve seen recently. Read on for an exploration of what this device could mean, as well as a little editorial perspective on some of those “confirmed” stories of the day!

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The Google Phone: what we know… and what we don’t originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 13 Dec 2009 18:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC Legend still looking good — as a render, anyway

December 14th, 2009 admin No comments

We got a pretty good glimpse of HTC’s rumored Legend back in that huge roadmap leak a few days back, but now we’re circling back for a better shot (and a few more details) of the probable Hero successor in all its roughly-rendered glory. High-end aficionados are probably still going to want to set their sights on the Bravo (or the Google Phone, Nexus One, Passion, what have you), but this sucker won’t be a slouch, either — it looks like it’s signed up for a 600MHz MSM7227 and, more importantly, a WVGA display. We’d already known this from the last leak, but what’s new here is the presence of HTC People II and Footprints II, suggesting that Sense is going to get some sort of refresh to commemorate the launch. Add in the alleged metal casing, and we bet this thing’s gonna be a looker in the flesh; needless to say, March can’t come soon enough.

HTC Legend still looking good — as a render, anyway originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 13 Dec 2009 14:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google Phone / Nexus One makes first Twitter appearance? (update: new pics!)

December 13th, 2009 admin No comments

Look familiar? For a story that broke on Twitter it’s only fitting that the first reported picture of the mythical, magical “Google Phone” (AKA, Nexus One) would appear there as well. The tweeted image above appears courtesy of one Cory O’Brien, an account manager at a San Francisco Bay Area marketing agency that does not list Google as a client. That note of caution aside, the image above is an exact match to that leaked HTC Passion / Bravo image from October, only this time lacking the HTC logo on the top-side bezel. Besides the pic, O’Brien tweets that the “Google Phone = iPhone + a little extra screen and a scroll wheel. Great touch screen, and Android.” Granted, none of this is confirmed yet, but with Google releasing so many of the devices as part of its “mobile lab” concept, well, we expect to see plenty more sightings in the run up to the rumored January launch.

Update: A quick search for “nexus one” on Google’s Picasa photo service reveals several pictures taken with a camera pegged as the HTC Nexus One in the EXIF data. The very first of these geotagged 2592×1944 pixel (that’s a 5 megapixel sensor folks, hardly “weirdly large” as described by TechCrunch) images were taken by user Bradley (who just happens to be a Picasa friend to Sergey… hint) in the SF Bay Area on November 27th. A few are clearly lit by an onboard flash as well. In fact, many of the pics appear to be taken from within Google’s offices and at Google sponsored events. The quality is not exactly spectacular and that won’t likely change in the final product because even Google’s bound by the laws of physics when it comes to tiny cellphone sensors.

Update 2: The device seems to have been around earlier with an EXIF identifier of “Phone88.” Fortunately, Google’s own employees have uploaded pics of the device, by the device, for us to marvel at — so meta. Check the gallery for the images or a quickie close-up posted after the break.

[Thanks, Alberto and Aaron C.]

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Google Phone / Nexus One makes first Twitter appearance? (update: new pics!) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 13 Dec 2009 11:18:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Review: T-Mobile myTouch 3G With Google Android

July 24th, 2009 admin No comments

It’s been twenty long months since the announcement of Android and nine months since its handset debut, but it’s finally picking up steam. On August 5th, the HTC-made T-Mobile myTouch 3G will become the second Android handset to make its way to the shelves of a US carrier. In the time its taken for T-Mobile to cross the t’s and dot the i’s, we’ve already had a chance to review HTC’s next handset: the bigger, badder, and (arguably) better Hero.

Alas, the Hero isn’t yet confirmed for any US carrier, so we’ll take what we can get. Was the myTouch 3G worth the wait? Read on for our review.


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JEFF LOCKER CASE: Kenneth Minor Arrested In Murder Of Motivational Speaker

July 22nd, 2009 admin No comments

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — There has been an arrest in the case of the Long Island motivational speaker who was found dead last week.

Kenneth Minor, 36, of East Harlem, who had been caught on surveillance camera using Jeff Locker’s ATM card, was charged with second degree murder.

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