Garmin-Asus Nuvifones Coming: First G60, Then WM, Then Android

Forget Eee Phones: Garmin and Asus have created a strategic alliance to design, build and sell co-branded Nuvifones, starting with the original one—now called G60—and probably moving towards Windows Mobile and Android. » 2/04/09 1:30am 2/04/09 1:30am

Lenovo OPhone Sizes Up Against iPhone, iPhone 3G

Some China bloggers got hold of a Lenovo OPhone shell and did a sizemodo against the iPhone and iPhone 3G. Verdict: Similar slimness with more features. *swoon* I know what I want for Christmas.

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Garmin Confirms Android Phones Coming in Late 2009?

Even though we've been waiting, well, just about forever for Garmin's Nuvifone, a marketing director in Asia has confirmed to DigiTimes that Garmin-labeled Android phones are in the oven. Well, maybe not: UPDATED 12:13PM/1:28PM EST » 12/22/08 11:45am 12/22/08 11:45am

Android's Open Handset Alliance Adds 14 Members: Sony Ericsson, Garmin,…

The big happy family involved with making Android-friendly software and devices just grew by fourteen members, and while there are still several heavies not present, the new list is interesting. » 12/09/08 11:26am 12/09/08 11:26am

Hop-On To Unveil Android Phone at CES '09 (Will It Biodegrade?)

Hop-On » 10/24/08 1:15pm 10/24/08 1:15pm, makers of the first disposable cellphone and other low-end pieces for developing markets, has announced that their Android phone will debut at 2009's CES. Android seems like a perfect fit, with its licensing cost of zero allowing Hop-On to drive their prices even lower. No word on availability or price other…

Download the Android Source Code Right Now

Google and their Open Handset Alliance friends just popped the cork on their big bottle of Android source code-now anyone can grab the guts of the platform at » 10/21/08 11:00am 10/21/08 11:00am a day before T-Mobile's G1 is officially out in the wild. This, obviously, is a most important step toward the that everyone is banking on…

Why Android Will Soon Kick Ass

When the T-Mobile G1 was shown off in NYC last week, it didn't have the gusto of a Stevenote. There was no "boom!"—no "one more thing!" And as a result, many (including us) felt a bit underwhelmed, and were quick to interpret the device's inconsistent GUI as an indicator that the lack of attention to detail would… » 9/29/08 3:55pm 9/29/08 3:55pm

Android Dream Will Cost $199, Get Low-Price Data Plan and Google…

Putting it firmly in a price point to compete with the iPhone, the Android-running HTC Dream will cost $199, according to the Wall Street Journal. The smartphone will also get an "aggressively priced" data plan from T-Mobile and receive some heavy Google branding. It'll be interesting to see whether Google's open… » 9/18/08 12:36am 9/18/08 12:36am

HTC Calls Android Phone Dream, Feels Like One Already

More details of HTC's Google phone are emerging, it seems. The handset is to be called "Dream", will be touchscreen and have a large QWERTY keypad. So, what else do we know? And, more importantly, when is it coming out? » 3/20/08 8:15am 3/20/08 8:15am

Google Year-End Report Card: B

Google is the Tetsuo of tech. It's already massive, but it grows uncontrollably in a million different directions and almost feels like it's on the verge of creating its own gUniverse. [Ed. note: "Gooniverse"?] At times, it's both amazing and scary to watch. 2007 was the biggest year yet for Google, but crazily… » 12/18/07 12:00pm 12/18/07 12:00pm

Android Shown Up and Running on Japanese Phone Prototype

Japanese cellphone company Willcom has shown the new Android phone OS up and running on phone hardware (although a reference board and not an actual phone), demonstrating multitasking functionality such as answering a call while browsing Google Maps. Can you feel the excitement?! Android isn't going to be all that… » 12/11/07 10:25am 12/11/07 10:25am

USA Today Falls For AT&T Openness Spin

The article titled "AT&T flings cellphone network wide open" over at USA Today reads like a press release directly from AT&T. It states that AT&T is opening up their network to any handset, including Google's, and is just a PR response to the recent Verizon news to allow more phones on their network. Plus, it's not… » 12/06/07 6:20pm 12/06/07 6:20pm

Verizon Hugs Google, Says Android Is Key to Open Networks

In a breaking BusinessWeek story, Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam says that it will support Android, Google's new platform for phones and mobile devices, making Verizon a member of sorts in the Open Handset Alliance. While this seems to be the logical conclusion to Verizon's weeklong openness bender, McAdam claims… » 12/04/07 9:32am 12/04/07 9:32am

AT&T Talks With Google About Open Handset Alliance Probably Mean Nothing

AT&T wireless CEO Ralph de la Vega mentioning in an interview on Friday that they'd talked to Google about joining the OHA and are "analyzing the situation" might seem like grist for the rumor mill (and headlines), but it probably isn't news. » 11/18/07 5:00pm 11/18/07 5:00pm

System Fonts for Android Look Clean and Google-y

Font talk isn't exactly stimulating (unless you're scary weird), but it's worth giving the fonts Ascender's developed for Android's system UI a close look since you'll be looking closely at them in Android's app menus, web browser and other texty situations. Overall, they seem pretty clean with a nice smoothness to… » 11/13/07 3:30am 11/13/07 3:30am

What Android's SDK Reveals: Games, Apps and Four New Smartphone Layouts

As promised, the Open Handset Alliance and Google have launched the Android SDK, and a very quick glance inside shows the plan for four different smartphone configurations, very close to the design aesthetic we'd expect with HTC on board. There are also a bunch of sample images depicting a warm, friendly—I might add,… » 11/12/07 12:05pm 11/12/07 12:05pm

Fake Steve Jobs on Android: "It's Not a Phone, It's an Alliance"

Fake Steve's lengthy stream of bile laying waste to the Google Phone isn't simply pure invective, it's actually a mostly well-reasoned indictment of coalitions that trumpets the values of "one vision, one man, one genius." It's worth reading in its entirety, but this is our favorite quote: » 11/06/07 8:20pm 11/06/07 8:20pm

FCC Chairman Backs Open Handset Alliance

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin is a fan of the Open Handset Alliance—not shocking, considering the open device requirement for the 700MHz spectrum auction and the recent end to exclusive apartment contracts for cable providers. [CNET] » 11/06/07 6:35pm 11/06/07 6:35pm

Symbian Boss Calls Android Just "Another Linux Platform"

Symbian CEO Nigel Clifford just told reporters at a conference that the Android phone OS presented by Google and the Open Handset Alliance is "another Linux platform." » 11/06/07 10:54am 11/06/07 10:54am

He also said that while openness is good, "There is no such thing as free software." There's a hint of defensiveness here, in that despite Symbian's…

Why Verizon and AT&T Didn't Join the Open Handset Alliance (Yet)

Following the Open Handset Alliance getting official, we noted the conspicuous absence of the US's two biggest wireless carriers, and dissected some of the reasons T-Mobile and Sprint were onboard but they weren't. According to the WSJ, Verizon's still mulling joining up, while AT&T "in part because it exclusively… » 11/06/07 1:30am 11/06/07 1:30am