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Google stops Nexus One direct sales in the USA

In Germany, Google only offered the Nexus One via partners, but this was different in the US: Here, the device could also be purchased directly from Google without a contract and without having to rely on a network provider. This possibility has apparently used mainly "early adopters", the sales figures are according to Google overall behind the expectations ...

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Android runs on Iphone 3G

The same resourceful programmer who already got Android running on the Iphone 2G has now managed to do the same on the newer 3G model (not 3GS). A video shows that after selecting Android in the post-installed boot manager, the Google operating system starts. Drivers are available for almost everything except sound. You can call someone, but ...

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Smartphone manufacturers not able to offer Android updates?

Apparently, the smartphone manufacturers are not willing or able to offer updates for their devices, even if there are already new Android versions that would be runnable. Otherwise it cannot be explained that still over 60% of all Android devices are running Android 1.5 or 1.6 - 2.1 is the current version, which as a modified version also ...

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Android runs on Iphone thanks to iDroid

By means of a special bootloader, a resourceful programmer has managed to run Google's Android operating system on the original Iphone 2G. The most important functions are even usable, it is possible to make phone calls, send and receive SMS and generally operate the display. Due to the lack of buttons, the volume buttons had to come in to replace them. Android seems to ...

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First Android 2.2 mobile phone: Dell Flash

Dell is apparently preparing an Android 2.2 smartphone, which is supposed to be launched under the title "Flash". The technical specs read promising: 800 MHz Qualcomm processor, 5 megapixel camera and an 11 millimeter thin case. Android 2.2 (codename "Froyo" - Frozen Yogourt) will be based on the Linux kernel 2.6.32 and thus consume less memory. In addition, ...

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Lenovo attacks the smartphone market with "LePhone

Lenovo, the 4th largest PC manufacturer in the world, now wants to attack the smartphone market again. This should first happen in China with the "LePhone" (derived from Lenovo, but it also sounds a bit French), later it should also come to other markets. The concept of the device is quite interesting: the phone itself has no keyboard, but this can be ...

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pre-order Motorola Backflip for 440,- Euro at Amazon

The Motorola Backflip may follow an interesting design, for 440,-€ you can pre-order it now at Amazon - a proud price for a device that has an interesting control concept with a touch surface on the back of the display, but still comes with Android 1.5. Why mobile phone manufacturers have such a hard time introducing new ...

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Samsung I9000 Galaxy S: new high-end Android mobile phone

With the I9000 Galaxy S, Samsung moves in the range of the Nexus One: 1 GHz CPU, 4″ Super AMOLED display, 16 or 32 GB storage, Android 2.1 with its own interface. The whole thing packed in a 9.9 millimeter thick case. Samsung apparently wants to show that it is also capable of building a real high-end device, ...

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Nexus One still not (officially) available in Germany

In January, there was still a rumor that the Nexus One would be available at Vodafone for €149.00 including contract starting in February. Apparently, that did not work out, neither the Vodafone nor the Google site give a hint when the Nexus One will be available in Germany. However, free retailers offer the device, the price ...

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Motorola Devour: another Android phone with keyboard

Motorola has apparently realized that the Milestone/Droid is also so popular because of the full keyboard: with the Devour now comes another device that offers a full keypad - and looks even better. It also comes with the Motoblur interface for Android, which displays status updates from social networks like Facebook right on the homescreen. The display ...

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