Posts Tagged ‘carrier’

Motorola to Build Google’s Nexus Two?

January 29, 2010

Word is creeping out that Motorola could well be building the next phone to be sold directly through Google, without any intervention from network carriers.

HTC's effort looks well, we'll be interested to see Motorola's offering.

If the word from TechRadar is right, then signs are pointing towards Motorola as the second company to have build a smartphone for sale directly through Google. Just what we can expect from this device has yet to be seen or even really hinted at, though it would make a lot of sense for it to be running Google’s mobile operating system, Android.

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Michael Dell Shows off Tablet

January 29, 2010

It seems that Apple isn’t the only company detailing the release of its upcoming tablet this week, with Dell’s CEO giving a little more detail on the PC giant’s upcoming Mini 5.

We assume it'll also be available in not-pink :)

The folks over at TechCrunch had the chance to talk to the man himself while he was in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum, where he seemed relatively happy to talk about the upcoming tablet device, including the fact that he expects it to see a launch in the US in the coming months, the first indication of its launch yet given. Sadly, so far there’s no word on Europe, though hopefully that’ll change soon enough.

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Google Voice Goes Web

January 27, 2010

It seems that Google Voice has finally made something of a shift, become a we-based app rather than one that most smartphone users would have to download and install… it’s a big shift and one that could well be a bee in Apple’s bonnet.

Officially, Apple never rejected Google’s Google Voice app from its infamously strict App Store, instead insisting that it was simply reviewing the app after initially intimating that the app might not see release because it was seen to duplicate a core functionality of the iPhone itself. Of course, given the fact that Apple has had Google Voice under “review” for around six months, it seems that something had to give, and give it most certainly did.

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Nexus One to Debut on Tuesday?

December 30, 2009

Google has been characteristically tight-lipped about just when we can expect to see the Android phone that it’s collaborated with HTC on, the Nexus One. Signs point to Google showing off the device this coming Tuesday.

Google might well be tight-lipped, but just about everyone involved has pointed to Tuesday the fifth of January as the date when we’ll get to know the scarily-named Nexus One in some more detail. According to the Register, those members of the tech press who meet Google’s standards received invitations to an event on Tuesday, and while there’s nothing in there specifically about the Nexus One, there’s enough about Android to make it seem likely.

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Google Phone Details Emerge

December 14, 2009

Google may have denied that it was developing its own phone two weeks ago, but by last week it was “not talking about rumours” when asked about the potential device. Now, it seems the device is all but confirmed.

Word came via a post to the Google Mobile Blog on December 12th that the company is working on a “mobile lab,” which, in the words of the blog itself, “… is a device that combines innovative hardware from a partner with software that runs on Android to experiment with new mobile features and capabilities, and we shared this device with Google employees around the globe.”

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Nokia Winding Down Smartphone Production?

December 4, 2009

Nokia has found itself in a fairly tough position this year, with profits falling sharply and some of its latest additions to its smartphone lines poorly received, it seems the company is considering cutting smartphone production in half next year.

Nokia’s practical dominance in the European was market never quite matched in the US market, a fact that has often been touted as one of the reasons for its current financial situation. Still, it’s strange to see Nokia cutting smartphone production by so significant a figure as 50%, but that’s what the company has effectively told Reuters it will be doing. Nokia’s head of smartphones, Jo Harlow, has been quoted as having said,

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Is Google Building a Smartphone?

October 21, 2009

Google could well be making a very real play for the iPhone market by building its own smartphone, one that specifically isn’t locked to any carriers.

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Word on TheStreet is that Google is working alongside a smartphone manufacturer to produce a device that would be both Google-branded and likely sold SIM-free. The aim seems very much to break the practical death-grip that cellular carriers have on smartphones and the apps that they can run.

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