Specifications of upcoming Google Nexus 4G revealed?

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Jun 152011

BGR.com has learned that Google’s next Nexus device may be called the Nexus 4G. Along with the rumoured name, it has landed some specifications that suggest that it will be quite the device. Here is how things are shaping up so far:

  • Processor: 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4460 or Qualcomm Snapdragon
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Cellular connectivity: 4G LTE
  • Display: 720p HD “monster sized”
  • Input: Completely software-based
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP with advanced sensor
  • Front-facing camera: 1MP

The Nexus 4G also promises to be ulra-thin.

A lot remains unclear at this time. BGR.com suggests that the device may not be the next Nexus-branded device after all but end up as a flagship Ice Cream Sandwich device much as the Motorola DROID for Android 2.0 and Motorola XOOM for Android 3.0 have been in the past.

It also unclear which carriers could offer the device although it could be headed to AT&T as one of its first LTE smartphones. It could hit the street around the US Thanksgiving holiday (November).

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Google unveils mobile search improvements

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Jun 142011

Google today announced some enhancements to its mobile search pages to make it easier to find nearby places as well as build more complex queries.

As mobile devices have become more powerful and connected to faster networks, smartphone users are doing a surprisingly diverse set of search tasks — from simple lookups, to tasks that involve multiple complex searches.

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Google sued over Chromebook name

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Jun 092011

Just days before it is to launch the first Chromebooks, Google is being sued over the name it has chosen for its new Chrome OS powered devices. ISYS Technologies filed an injunction in a Utah district court, alleging that the name is “confusingly similar” to that of the ChromiumPC, a desktop computer running Chrome OS and just announced by Xi3, a subsidiary it owns. It asks that a temporary restraining order be placed on Google and its partners to prevent marketing and sales from going forward.

ISYS had tried to trademark the ChromiumPC name last year but was blocked by Google which argued that the name was too similar to that of the Chromium OS. According to ISYS, Google had wanted to originally name its devices ‘Speedbooks’ but chose Chromebooks instead when it found out that the former was already in use.

It remains to be seen if ISYS will be successful in delaying the launch of the Google Chromebooks.

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Fix coming soon for Google Nexus S Voice Search bug

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Jun 052011

Google Nexus S

Google on Friday announced that it has identified the cause of an issue where Voice Search will activate at random times and often lock out controls on the Google Nexus S. I’ve had the issue on my Nexus S (running Android 2.3.4) and each time it has happened, I had to reboot it. According to Paul, a Google employee:

“Good news – we’ve identified the source of this problem which is entirely software based. We’re developing a fix which we can deploy with an over-the-air update. I don’t have a timeline for when that’ll happen yet, but when it’s ready I’ll let you know.”

Fingers crossed we will not have to wait too long…

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Google denies Android 3.1 delays

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Jun 052011

Google Android Honeycomb

After rumours surfaced that Google would delay the release of Android 3.1, affecting the release of some upcoming tablets, Google reached out to BGR.com to dispel these.

In particular, upcoming launches of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with Android 3.1 are on schedule including a “summer” launch for an LTE version for Sprint.

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Next Google Nexus device revealed?

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May 282011

Google recently confirmed the obvious and indicated that it was planning to release more Nexus devices. Thanks to an image obtained by TechHog.com from a Google employee (apparently part of the Android development team), we may have just caught the first glimpse of the next Google Nexus (the Nexus 3?). The device in question is an early development prototype.

Rumoured Google Nexus device

The image, assuming it is genuine, confirms that Android smartphones using the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich release will not need the traditional Android buttons. Hidden in the thumb’s shadow is a front-facing camera. The source of the image also indicated that “the exterior is most definitely going to change from what they are testing.”

Google is apparently planning both HSPA+ and CDMA versions with the latter to go to Sprint. With Google Voice for Sprint and the Google Wallet pilot program and now this potential Nexus device, it’s clear that Sprint and Google are getting friendlier very quickly.

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Google unveils Google Wallet and mobile payment services

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May 262011

Google Wallet

Google today unveiled its latest app, Google Wallet. As the name implies, it will allow your phone to act as your wallet and let you to make payments via NFC.

Google Wallet is a key part of our ongoing effort to improve shopping for both businesses and consumers. It’s aimed at making it easier for you to pay for and save on the goods you want, while giving merchants more ways to offer coupons and loyalty programs to customers, as well as bridging the gap between online and offline commerce.

Google Wallet will store credit cards, offers, loyalty cards as well as gift cards. The payment transaction process will also take care of redeeming offers and issuing loyalty points. Eventually, Google sees even more use for its Wallet, including the storage of boarding passes, tickets, ID and even keys.

Google has partnered with Citi, MasterCard, First Data, and Sprint for the initial launch. Only the Google Nexus S 4G from Sprint is currently supported but will be extended to additional devices (including HTC, Motorola, and Samsung devices) later.

Trials begin today with a wider US launch planned for this summer. There is no word on when we could see Google Wallet outside of the US.

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Google I/O 2011: Google announces Android Ice Cream Sandwich

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May 102011

Google Android

After announcing the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update, Google announced that the next version of Android will be known as Ice Cream Sandwich. As expected, it addresses the split between smartphone and tablet Android versions and brings all devices back under the umbrella of one OS.

All the features of Honeycomb will be available in Ice Cream Sandwich as well as a new head tracking feature that will, among other things, focus on the person speaking if there are two or more people in the frame.

Google revealed little else but promised that it will its “most ambitious launch to date.” It is targeting a Q4 2011 launch.

Google previews upcoming Honeycomb-powered Motorola Tablet

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Dec 072010

As expected, Andy Rubin, VP of Mobile Platforms at Google, took to the stage last night at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference. While Google had announced the Google Nexus S earlier in the day, Rubin had a surprise of his own: A preview of Motorola’s Honeycomb-powered tablet.

Rubin did not share a lot of details but did indicate that it will be powered by a dual-core NVIDIA processor and Honeycomb. Rubin also confirmed that Honeycomb will introduce new functionality specifically for tablets. For example, the tablet version of GMail will have two columns (a list of your emails and the currently selected one) whereas the phone version will continue to use the single column layout.

Part of his demo was done with a new version of Google Maps (featuring vector-based graphics) that should be out within days.

Rubin provided no details as to when Honeycomb and the Motorola tablet will hit the street.

Google responds to Oracle lawsuit

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Aug 142010

Google Android

Google has responded to Oracle’s lawsuit over Google Android. Its statement is short but suggests that this could be in the courts for a while:

We are disappointed Oracle has chosen to attack both Google and the open-source Java community with this baseless lawsuit. The open-source Java community goes beyond any one corporation and works every day to make the web a better place. We will strongly defend open-source standards and will continue to work with the industry to develop the Android platform.

Oracle claims that Google has infringed on seven patents and copyrights that deal with Java. It is looking for an injunction and unspecified damages.

Oracle sues Google over Android

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Aug 122010

Google Android

Oracle today announced that it was suing Google over patent and copyright infringement in Google’s Android mobile operating system.

“In developing Android, Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle’s Java-related intellectual property. This lawsuit seeks appropriate remedies for their infringement,” said Oracle spokesperson Karen Tillman.

Oracle claims that a total of seven patents it inherited when it purchased Sun are being infringed.

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Google announces Nexus One smartphone

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Jan 052010

Google Nexus One

As expected, Google formally announced the Nexus One smartphone powered by Google Android. Google is looking to offer a new way for consumers to purchase a mobile phone:

The goal of this new consumer channel is to provide an efficient way to connect Google’s online users with selected Android devices. We also want to make the overall user experience simple: a simple purchasing process, simple service plans from operators, simple and worry-free delivery and start-up.

The Google Nexus One is only the first of a series of phones that Google expects to sell in this fashion. But Google is not getting into the hardware game. The Nexus was designed and manufactured by HTC with Google working closely with them.

And now a closer look at the Nexus One:

  • Processor: 1GHz Qualcomm QSD 8250 (Snapdragon)
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.1
  • Connectivity: Quad-band GSM/EDGE and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA
  • Other connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and A2DP
  • Location: A-GPS
  • Display: 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen
  • Memory: 512MB RAM and 512MB ROM
  • Storage: MicroSD with support for cards up to 32GB (4GB card included)
  • Camera: 5MP auto-focus camera with LED flash
  • Battery: 1400mAH battery

It also comes with a multi-colour LED under the trackball for different notifications, Bluetooth with A2DP, a 5MP camera with LED flash, a 3.5mm headphone jack, two microphones for noise cancellation.

Google 2.1 will come a number of improvements. It adds features up to five homescreen panels, a new application launcher, live wallpapers, an improved image gallery application (including syncing with Picasa), voice recognition across a number of applications including email.

The Google Nexus One is now available unlocked for US$529 or with a two-year Even More individual 500 plan for US$179. It is also headed to Verizon and to Vodafone Europe a bit later.

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T-Mobile launches G1

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Oct 252008

T-Mobile G1

Just having posted about a security flaw on the just released T-Mobile G1, I realized that I completely missed the announcement earlier this week.

T-Mobile launched the G1 after a successful pre-order period that saw existing customers get first dibs on the first ever Google Android-powered mobile phone. The G1 is now available in select retail stores across the U.S. and online at http://www.T-MobileG1.com. The Android Market also launched.

With a fun and intuitive user interface and one-touch access to Google Search, the T-Mobile G1 is the first phone to offer access to Android Market, which hosts unique applications and mashups of existing and new services from developers around the world. Customers can find and download a wide range of innovative applications-from games to social networking and on-the-go shopping-to personalize their phone and enhance their mobile lifestyle. Even better, for a limited time, the dozens of applications available on Android Market are available free-of-charge for T-Mobile G1 users.

The T-Mobile G1 is available for as low as USD$179.99 with a two-year voice and data service contract (with a minimum of USD$55 per month). Without a service contract, the G1 will sell for USD$399.99.

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Google unveils Android open mobile device platform

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Nov 052007


As reported on Saturday, Google unveiled the details about its Android open platform for mobile devices and Open Handset Alliance today. Through Android, developers, wireless operators and handset manufacturers will be better positioned to bring to market innovative new products faster and at a much lower cost. The end result will be an unprecedented mobile platform that will enable wireless operators and manufacturers to give their customers better, more personal and more flexible mobile experiences.

As expected, the Android platform is an integrated mobile “software stack” that consists of an operating system, middleware, user-friendly interface and applications. It will be available under a open-source license, allowing carriers, manufacturers and developers to customize the application as much as they want as well as develop new software for it. A software development kit should be released next week.

So far, the Open Handset Alliance is comprised of thirty-four companies, including Broadcom, China Mobile, HTC, Intel, Motorola, NTT DoCoMo, Qualcomm, SiRF, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

There will be no gphone. Google will leave the actual devices to the manufacturers. Devices based on Android will begin to appear in the second half of 2008.

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