Android 2.1 update available for Telus’ Motorola Milestone

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Last month, we took a look at the recently released Motorola Milestone. The hardware seemed pretty good, but it was still running an older version of Android. Well, there’s good news for all the Milestone owners in the audience, because Telus is ready to give you an upgrade.

You won’t be able to get the upgrade over-the-air (OTA), but a free upgrade is a free upgrade. You can now get Android 2.1 loaded onto your Motorola Milestone. The process is reasonably straightforward.

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Google doing very well with Nexus One phone

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It’s quite clear that more people are buying the Apple iPhone than they are buying the Google Nexus One, but does that mean that the latter is not profitable for the search engine giant? Apparently not, because Google is very proud to say that the Nexus One is “a profitable business for us.”

This comes from Patrick Pichette, Google’s chief financial officer, during a company earning’s conference call. Clearly, the Nexus One is not the primary source of revenue for Google, but it’s not a loss leader either.

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WePad Android tablet gets launch date, specs, price and Flash

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It looks like this tablet thing is really going to take off and the Apple iPad won’t be the only one populating the space. One of the more interesting offerings will be the WePad, not to be confused for an adults incontinence garment – a touchscreen-enabled device running on Google Android. Well, we’ve got more info about that number now.

Several important details were announced regarding the WePad today, including the official specs, pricing, and the pending release date. The WePad results from a collaboration between Neofonie and 4titoo.

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Google to combat iPad with Android tablet of its own

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Google created the Android OS, then we saw a handful of smartphones using their platform before the Nexus One came along. Now, the search engine giant could be taking a similar approach to the emerging tablet market, because a Google Tablet could be imminent.

The Nexus One was far from being the first Android phone, but it was the first real “Google” phone. We haven’t seen a retail release of an Android tablet yet, but several have already been announced. It’s unclear whether Google will be releasing its first own tablet before or after these folks.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 available April 15th from Rogers

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We had already heard that Rogers Wireless would have the Canadian exclusive on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, but we were left with little more than a “coming soon” when it came to a release date. That has now changed and you may be TimeScaping with the best of them very soon.

Continuing with the Google Android revolution, Rogers has started to take preorders for the Xperia X10. This comes a short while after Best Buy jumped the gun by offering pre-orders on the phone as well.

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Google Android smartphones get loaded with Firefox Mobile

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People got pretty excited when the Mozilla crew said they’d be making a mobile version of the popular Firefox web browser. Unfortunately, the versions released were for less popular platforms. That’s changing, because they now have Fennec for Android and it’s available for download today.

As you may recall, the first version of “Firefox Mobile” (Fennec) was made available for Nokia Internet tablets, but not too many people are rocking those just yet. Then, they shifted their attention to Windows Mobile, but few people are using those smartphones too. Android is on the rise, so it seems that Mozilla has it right this time.

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Verizon Wireless starts to offer Skype Mobile this week, no Wi-Fi support

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Sometimes it can be tough to convince conventional wireless carriers to allow their consumers to use Skype on their phones. This is understandable, I suppose, since it can bite straight into the carrier’s bottom line. That said, less money from a customer is better than no customer at all.

It seems that Verizon is coming to its senses in this respect, because it has announced that Skype Mobile will indeed be offered on several of its handset. The launch is slated for this Thursday, March 25.

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Google Voice Android app gets speedy update

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Google Voice for Android has been updated and should now be much faster, according to an announcement on the Google Voice Blog. The update includes a feature called “Inbox Synchronization” which will notify your Android smartphone of new text messages or voicemails within seconds of them arriving in your Google Voice inbox.

Its simple to activiate Inbox Synchronization, just go to your Google Voice settings and touch Refresh and notification.

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Review: Motorola Devour Android Smartphone on Verizon Wireless

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The Motorola Devour is now in Verizon Wireless stores for $149.99 on a 2 year contract. We received our unit last week and have had a chance to give it some attention, with a 3.1-inch touchscreen, 8GB microSD card, Bluetooth, and Android 1.6, it’s not a bad little unit to keep you socially connected.

Featuring MotoBlur the Devour is intended for the younger twittering generation, it basically streamlines your texts, feeds, emails and social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace allowing them to be synched in real-time on your Devour’s homescreen.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S Android smartphone launched: plays HD 720p

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It looks like the news is coming out fast and furious from CTIA Wireless in Las Vegas. Contending to be one of the hottest new smartphones to hit the limelight – the Samsung Galaxy S is a “super” updated version of the Samsung Galaxy that has already been floating around the market. Samsung is pretty proud of this little phone, especially since there isn’t much that is small about it. For starters, you get a large four-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display, which will rock for web and video since the DivX certification its garnered for HD video playback at 720p resolution.

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Sprint rolls out Android-based Push-to-talk Motorola i1

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It looks like the Google Android OS is really starting to pick up steam, especially in the smartphone market. We’ve got the Motorola Milestone for the classy types, the Motorola Backflip for social crowd, and now we have a slightly more rugged option – the Motorola i1.

The newest Google Android phone to come out from Motorola may look like any number of other touchscreen devices, but it comes with a feature that is important to many Sprint customers: push-to-talk. I’m not big on the whole PTT thing, but there are many industry professionals and other niche customers who need that kind of functionality.

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GadgetTrak Mobile Security tracks Android smartphones when lost or stolen

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What’s stopping someone from keeping your lost or stolen Android phone and calling it their own? Not much, until now. ActiveTrak announced they will release a new version of their GadgetTrak Mobile Security software for the Android OS at CTIA Wireless 2010 next week. The software allows users to track their devices and data if it were ever to get into the wrong hands. If you have classified information, sensitive business materials, or just some photos of who knows what that you don’t want spread around Facebook, the remote data wipe feature should appeal to you.

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Microsoft and Apple have one thing in common: no multitasking

Most "smartphones" are unable to multitask fully as users would expect.

Rivals Microsoft and Apple have two mobile device platforms with one similar thing in common: both are unable to fully multitask.

For example, the biggest criticism being aimed at the iPhone is simply the inability to write an e-mail and listen to music in the background. You have to turn off the Pandora application for that. The only other way around this problem is hacking into the phone, commonly referred to as jail breaking. This is illegal according to Apple.

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Google Nexus One smartphone struggles

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The results of the smartphone sales race are in. Running the numbers and looking at the charts with Nexus One’s sales figures, things do look a little “slow” off the start for Google. But CEOEric Schmidt’s reports back in February show otherwise.

The Google HTC Nexus One has sold 135,000 units directly from Google since the phone was first launched. During this time period, Verizon sold 1.05 million Android phones while Apple continues to keep pace in the market by selling 1 million units of their original iPhone. The iPhone 3GS continued its market dominance by selling 1.6 million devices in just one week. Apple’s superstar has no reason to slow down and with a new revamped iPhone 4G on the horizon for its loyal customers, one can only assume a continued bright future.

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Google Nexus One phone now shipping to Canada and AT&T USA

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It’s here Canada. Google’s Nexus One phone just got released for the Canadian market and US customers on AT&T. Previous Nexus One phones would only utilize 2G and EDGE network connectivity, not the best for your Android experience, but good enough. Now Google has announced a compatible 3G version, so T-Mobile USA is no longer the only one with a Nexus offering and Canadian Rogers Wireless customers can get on board.

The phone can be purchased from Google’s phone store for $529 USD, free shipping in the USA.

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