Google is done with the Nexus One

Forgot to posted about this yesterday but it’s starting to look like the Nexus One is on the verge of becoming a collectors item. Last week Google announced that it had received its last batch of Nexus One handsets and that once they are sold the company will close its online web-store (it is now the case as of yesterday). Interestingly carriers allover the world are also out of stock and there’s no guarantee that it will ever change. The HTC Desire will supposedly replace it in their catalogs. Was Google’s strategy a failure (selling a google branded phone)? In my opinion the Motorola Droid did more for Android’s success than the Nexus One…

Via Google

Official Android 2.2 Froyo update available on the Nexus One

Android 2.2 aka Froyo is now officially availble to all Nexus One users. The FRF85 build is currently being pushed out OTA to all devices on AT&T and T-Mobile but you can safely download directly from Google Servers here and install it yourselfs using the following instructions:

- Rename the file to update.zip

- copy it to the Root of your micro-sd card

-Boot your device in recovery mode by holding the the trackball and pressing once on the power button

- Select Bootloader and then select Recovery

- Let the device reboot (it will display an exlamation point) and then press the volume up and power button at the same time

- finally select “Apply sdcard:update.zip” with the trackball.

-Voila

Source: Google

Android 2.2 FRF72 update released for the Google Nexus One

It’s still not officially released but you can already grab the newest FRF72 for Android 2.2 for the Google Nexus Oneright now from the link below. The firmware update is just 1.8Mb so don’t expect it to bring any new features at all but it couple of bug fixes and stability improvements.

Download it here

Via: XDA

720P video recording enabled on the Google Nexus One

You may remember that I reported a few months ago that HTC told me that the HTC Desire was fully capable of capturing 720P videos but the feature wasn’t enabled at launch because of lack of time. They’ve promised me that this was coming in a future update alongside DivX support but nothing has happened ever since. Today I’m happy to report that 720P video recording is now enabled on the Google Nexus One (which has the same specifications as the Desire) thanks to the good folks at XDA-Devs. All you will need is the latest CyanogenMOD CM5.0.8test3 :

Flash as update.zip
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=VIYHASG0

Will release froyo later

IT will currently work with intersect kernel and the kernel i gave already has pershoots modifications.
I am not responsible for anything that happens to your phone

#AndroidWinsAgain
#iPhoneSUX

To come
better fps
better audio
have to work on them yet

Check out a video sample after the break:

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SlingPlayer Mobile for Android Preview

The boys at Engadget have wrapped up a quick preview of SlingPlayer Mobile for Android today. So far the biggest news here is that this Android version seems to be the fastest ever created by Sling Media. The Software is still in early beta stage and lacks a few features. Here’s what Chris had to say:

Though we didn’t have another SlingPlayer-equipped device to compare, past experience suggests to us that Sling wasn’t lying — load times are, in fact, lower here than we’re used to. That’s especially true over WiFi, where it took as little as 1.5 seconds (give or take a tenth) from launch to live video (assuming you’d already entered your login information, of course). We found this version’s remote interface to be totally usable — it’s got its own unique feel, just like every other SlingPlayer flavor out there — but we were disappointed to find no obvious way to create favorite channels. In fact, beyond using the remote and changing aspect ratio and Slingbox input, there’s no other functionality whatsoever.

I was also noted that the software suffered from some instability on Android 2.2 but this will probably be fixed in the shipping version. Check out the video after the break:

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Take 2: Android 2.2 browser on the Nexus One vs the iPhone and HTC HD2

My man Brandon at Pocketnow has posted follow up to his Android 2.2 browser performance video. As we have noticed in the previous video, enabling the Flash 10.1 plugin on the Nexus One resulted in poor page loading performances. To fix this the user has the choice to select “on-demand” in the Enable Plug-ins menu settings of the browser to have the ability to to manually load the flash content on a specific page (the plugin was previously loading all the Flash content by default) and finally experience the speed boost that Google promised in Android 2.2. Check out the video after the break:

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Android 2.2 browser on the Nexus One vs the iPhone and HTC HD2

Brandon at Pocketnow did it again and posted a must see video of the newly unleashed Android 2.2 browser running on a google Nexus One versus an iPhone 3GS (Safari Mobile) and HTC HD2 (Opera Mobile 10 but I would have personally used 9.7). You will see Flash 10.1 running smoothly in the browser but you will also quickly notice that enabling the Flash plugin actually slows down the overall loading performance of the Nexus One. Check out the video below:

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Flash 10.1 on Android 2.2 vs Flash Lite on Android 2.1

The boys at Engadget have posted a nice comparison video of of the newly released Beta Flash 10.1 plugin in Android 2.2 (you will have to download it from the Android Market) running on an Nexus One versus the regular Flash Lite plugin on the HTC Desire (running Android 2.1). As you will see in the ideo below the HTC Desire struggles to render the videos at an acceptable frame-rate compared to the flawless playback on the Nexus One. The big loser here is actually Microsoft who is hopefully hard at work on IE Mobile for Windows Phone 7 because the version of the browser that will be provided at launch this fall doesn’t have Flash and Silverlight support and unlike Safari Mobile on the iPhone and iPad it can’t even fall back on HTML5 because it doesn’t support it either (!). Adobe is supposedly hard at work and collaborating with Microsoft to get this working ASAP and Microsoft has already stated that the browser in WP7 can be updated indepently from the Firmware. Check out the video after the break:

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Download and install Android 2.2 on your Nexus One now!

Still waiting for the OTA upgrade to Android 2.2 for your Nexus One ? Wait no more; you can download the ROM directly from Google’s server and upgrade your handset manual (backup your stuff before ):

- Grab the .zip file from one of the following link: http://android.clients.google.com/packages/passion/signed-passion-FRF50-from-ERE27.1e519a24.zip Google took the link down, but here are some mirros: DOWNLOAD (MediaFire Pro) / MIRROR (ROMraid / CoBlitz) MD5: 946229291ed8e24cd80aeb4a66ca2fc7

- Rename it to update.zip

- copy it to the Root of your micro-sd card

-Boot your device in recovery mode by holding the the trackball and pressing once on the power button

- Select Bootloader and then select Recovery

- Let the device reboot (it widisplay an exlamation point) andthen press the volume up and power button at the same time

- finally select “Apply sdcard:update.zip” with the trackball.

-Voila

follow the ongoing XDA thread here in case you have some problems

Android 2.2 already being pushed out to the Nexus One?


This is kinda weird, MG Siegler from Techcrunch is reporting that his Nexus One has been updated OTA to Android 2.2 a few hours ago even though Google themselves announced last night that this update will only be released in a few weeks. So far nobody else seems to have gotten the update in the US or anywhere else in the world. Let’s wait and see if other people report that their Nexus One handsets are indeed receiving the Froyo firmware.

Source: Techcrunch

Google Nexus One to get Android 2.2 in a few weeks

Good news for all you Nexus One owners. Google has just announced via Twitter that the handset will receive its Android 2.2upgrade in a few weeks. They’ve also disclosed that Android 2.2 aka Froyo will be made available to OEMs and the Open Source community in the coming weeks. HTC has said earlier that only some of their 2010 Android handsets will be upgradable to Android 2.2 and that those upgrades will only be released in the second half of the year. The Nexus One is getting it quickly mainly because of the fact that it doesn’t have any third-party UI (like HTC Sense) and also because it is officially a Google product (even-though it’s 100% an HTC device).

Source: Google Twitter & Twitter thanks for the heads up Mike

Google Nexus One car dock finally on sale for $55


The Google Nexus One car dock is finally on sale for $55 in the Google online store. The dock features a built-in speaker, volume controls and can also charge up your handset thanks (charger fits in the 12 socket of the car). The phone’s Car Home App is also automatically launched when the phone is docked. The design looks similar to the HTC HD2 car dock that we saw a little while ago.

Source: Google

T-Mobile HTC HD2 vs Nexus One Video and Unboxing

The boys at Pocketnow have just uploaded a quick unboxing video of the recently released US version of the HTC HD2 on T-mobile. They will obivously follow up with a full hands-on video in the coming days.
You can also scheck out WireFly’s HTC HD2 vs Nexus One video review below:

Don’t forget to also check my HTC HD2 review.

Google Nexus One to be available soon on Sprint


Hot on the heels of yesterday’s AT&T and Rogers availability comes Sprin’t press release announcing that the Nexus One will soon be available on their network. The the release dat will be announced soon and the hdnset will be sold in Google’s online store as usual:

Nexus One from Google Coming to Sprint; Availability Date Announced Soon
Nexus One(TM) is planned for the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network with twice the network coverage of AT&T and ten times the network coverage of T-Mobile, both by square miles; Expands Sprint’s Android(TM) portfolioOVERLAND PARK, Kan., Mar 17, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Nexus One, the first wireless phone sold through Google(TM)’s web store, is planned for Sprint’s 3G Mobile Broadband Network. Sprint (NYSE:S) will announce pricing and an exact availability date soon. Nexus One will benefit from Sprint’s 3G network with twice the coverage of AT&T and 10 times the coverage of T-Mobile, both based on square miles.1Sprint currently has America’s largest voice calling area of any carrier reaching more than 307 million people in the U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands with a Sprint phone and plan that includes roaming. PC World recently said no one has a more reliable network than Sprint in a 13 city 3G performance test.2 Customers can check the quality of network coverage with street level mapping at sprint.com/coverage.

“Nexus One is a powerful device that belongs on a powerful network. This is another step in our continued partnership of innovation with Google,” said Fared Adib, Sprint vice president of product development. “Sprint customers already have the option of two amazing Android devices with Samsung Moment(TM) and HTC Hero(TM). It is a natural fit for us to add Nexus One to the list of choices available for Sprint customers who want the best value in wireless with the best in Android.”

Google’s online consumer channel was created to provide an efficient way to connect online users with selected Android phones. Nexus One will not be available in any Sprint retail channels. It will be available directly from Google at google.com/phone. The online experience of Google’s web store is designed with a focus on simplicity allowing consumers to match a phone with the service plan that best meets their needs.

“While a pricing plan has not yet been determined for Nexus One, we are confident that it will be consistent with Sprint’s commitment to deliver more value than our competitors and keep pricing simple,” Adib said. “Right now, our Sprint Everything Data 450 plan with Any Mobile, Anytime(SM) gives customers unlimited calling with any mobile phone in America, unlimited text and unlimited Web for just $69.99 per month – the same price AT&T and Verizon charge for just unlimited talk. Our Everything Data plans include unlimited GPS Navigation at no extra charge and annual phone upgrades with Sprint Premier.”

Source: Sprint

Google Nexus One now available on AT&T and Rogers

AT&T and Rogers users rejoice! The Nexus One is no longer exclusively tied to T-Mobile. The handset is now compatible with the two carriers 3G bands and is available for purchase on Google’s online store unlocked for $529 of with a contract.

Nexus One now compatible with the AT&T 3G network and shipping to Canada

In early January, we announced the Nexus One, the first device sold through Google’s web store. The Nexus One is unlocked, which means you can use it with a SIM card from most GSM operators worldwide. Currently the device is compatible with most 3G networks, including T-Mobile in the US. However, there are some carriers that have different 3G frequencies, such as AT&T in the US and Rogers Wireless in Canada, so users with these SIM cards can only access 2G or EDGE networks on their Nexus One.

Starting today, an additional version of the Nexus One is available from the Google web store that is compatible with AT&T’s 3G network. This new model can be purchased as an unlocked device without a service plan. In addition to AT&T’s 3G network, this device will also run on Rogers Wireless in Canada. And like the first version of the Nexus One, it can be used with most GSM operators globally.

Additionally, Nexus One devices can now be shipped to Canada from Google’s web store, and will work with a SIM from Rogers Wireless. To find out which version you should purchase, based on your mobile service provider, please visit our Help Center.

Source: Google

Google Nexus One coming to Verizon. To be sold online


It’s starting to look like Verizon is soon going to be the second US carrier to have the Nexus One according to the screenshot above (which supposedly comes from the company’s internal equiment listing). The most interesting bit is that the handset will only be sold through Google’s online store (and not in Verizon’s stores) just like the T-Mobile version.

Source: AndroidCentral

Google Nexus One review round-up


Here are two Google Nexus One review for you own reading pleasure. The first one is from Tracy & Matt who found that the iPhone 3GS is still a superior product because of its extensive use of iTunes (!?):

So what are my overall thoughts about the Nexus one? It’s a great handset that has a few kinks to iron out. There are some irritating omissions from the Nexus, multitouch and corporate calendar being the ones to annoy me most. Good for beginners and enthusiasts alike this is a fun handset. Simple enough for a new user, customisable and hackable enough for the power user.
From a pure handset point of view alone I do prefer it to the iPhone. Am I swapping it for the iPhone? No. The reason is simply that Apple have their claws in to me with iTunes. That’s where all my music and video is stored, that’s where I download and sync my podcasts from. I plug the iPhone in and it just works! There are a few desktop apps that work with Android to provide a similar experience but they’re not quite the same and not quite as simple as just plugging in and forgetting about it. Were I not and iPod/iPhone user then the Nexus would be my choice for sure or of the Nexus worked properly with iTunes then for me it would be a no-brainer. But for now I will be sticking with my 32GB iPhone that has enough space for music and video and enough battery power to last me through the day.

It should be noted that Google France has also announced several days ago that the Nexus One won’t have multi-touch enabled in native applications in France (just like the US version).

The second review is from Pocketnow who concluded:

Overall, despite the Nexus One not being revolutionary as many thought it would be, it’s safe to say that the it is the best Android phone on the market right now. It has a fantastic combination of speed, screen quality and software that makes it a true joy to use. While many are disappointed by its inability to do 3G on AT&T (hint: me), we have a feeling that if we don’t see the Nexus One in an AT&T flavor, it’s only a matter of time before we see some sort of Nexus device (Nexus Two?) hit each and every major carrier in the US and around the world.

According to this FCC filling the Nexus One may be headed to AT&T soon.

Google’s Nexus One Media Gallery application developed by Cooliris


The new Media Gallery on the Nexus One looked somewhat familiar, so I decided to do a search and quickly found out that it was developed by Cooliris. I’m probably late on this one but did Google say anything about it during the Nexus One launch? I find it “interesting” that the one application (on the Nexus One) that everybody raves about isn’t even develped by Google. I wonder if HTC will keep in their Android 2.1 handser laoded with the Sense UI. Check out the full Press Release here (pdf) and some info about the app here. Cooliris is also available for free on the iPhone.

Google Nexus One vs Samsung Omnia II: Camera quality

Here’s an interesting comparizon between the Google Nexus One and the Samung Omnia II. CareAce compared the camera on the two devices. In the first video below you will how the Camera software works on the Omnia II and the Nexus One:

They also posted a couple of pictures taken with the two handset and 2 video samples. Just head over here to check them all out.

In general, the Omnia II produces a brighter and warmer color scheme, while the Nexus One’s image are relatively clearer and sharper.

Source: CareAce