Puma along with Sagem is getting ready to announce a sports-centric, solar powered cell phone at the next week’s Mobile World Congress. According to the teaser site, this phone will have a solar-panel at the back and a solar-meter app. In addition, it cannot be a sports-centric phone without some sport-centric apps like pedometer, bike and run tracking meter, sports-news app, and apps to access PUMA World, the online Puma Community, Puma branded games and product info. It also has conventional smartphone apps like video chat and photo sharing, which implies dual cameras – front and back, gps, and a “music turntable”. You can see the teaser site here. No word on OS, release date or pricing yet.
Today is an exciting day in our lives. We launched our first Android game, SmarToucans. This game is targeted for preschoolers and kindergartners. You can see some screenshots below:
It runs on Android version 1.5 (Cupcake) and above and has been extensively tested on the Droid Eris. It is available right now, absolutely free in the Android Market. So, go ahead, download and make a preschooler or kindergartner in your life a SmarToucan.
Note: If you do download, drop me a comment here letting me know which phone you are using and also I would appreciate any feedback.
Happy New Year! Here is the first review of the Google Nexus One which will be announced tomorrow at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The reviewer certainly likes the Nexus One with the only downside to it being the camera which does not take as good photos as the iPhone. Also, in their benchmark test against the Motorola Droid, it seems Nexus One is faster. Originally there were rumors that Google might come out with earth-shattering pricing model. But, over the weekend, leaks suggest that Google will follow conventional pricing of $179 with T-Mobile contract or $530 unlocked. This is not a way to take on iPhone, especially launching on T-Mobile, given that the Android Marketplace is still in its infancy.
Google’s Nexus One Android smartphone is, of course, not yet officially announced, but the first review of it has already appeared on the Web.
Sure enough, we’ve seen many leaked photos, videos and previews of the handset, but this is the first time when an actual review is published (at the NexusOne blog) – although it’s missing some important parts.
As you’ve probably heard before, the Google Nexus One is thinner than the iPhone and you have to actually touch it and hold it in your hands to see that it feels “incredible”.
Also incredible is the Nexus One’s 3.7 inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen display when it comes to image quality and crispness. Unfortunately, for some reason Google didn’t include multitouch into this phone.
The Nexus One comes with 10 Live Wallpapers – which you can choose to put on the homescreen. They don’t actually do anything useful, but they’re animated and that’s why they’re cool. Even with an animated wallpaper, the phone is very fast – thanks to the 1GHz Snapdragon processor and the 512MB of RAM.
The handset obviously features a 3.5mm headset jack. It was tested with several headsets, and it looks like “the sound quality is on par with the iPhone” – thus “average.” The Nexus One’s speaker (located on the back) is also “pretty good.”
The Nexus One’s battery is on par with the iPhone’s – it died after 12 hours of heavy usage.
According to the reviewer, the 5MP camera featured by the Google Nexus One is not as good as the iPhone 3GS’ camera, because it doesn’t use “natural colors” and you “have to play around with the settings more to get the perfect picture”.
Even so, the Google Nexus One is probably the best Android smartphone until now. And speaking of which, here’s a benchmark test with the Nexus One vs. Motorola Droid (graphics, CPU, Memory and Filesystem):
A downside of the Nexus One would be the fact that the Android Market still hasn’t got great games – like the App Store has. Anyway, I’m sure that there will soon be lots of iPhone-like games for Android, especially after more awesome hardware like the Nexus One has will be launched.
There are many other nice things included in the Nexus one, like the voice to text option, proximity sensor, and the Car Home app – read about them in the full review found at the NexusOne blog.
And remember, Google is hosting an Android event tomorrow, January 5, 2010, and it’s likely that it will officially announce the Nexus One then.
- Google Phone (Nexus One) appears in lots of photos
- Google schedules Android event for January 5 while new Nexus One preview shows up
- Google’s Nexus One to be sold starting January 5?
- Lengthy Google Nexus One video, Nexus vs iPhone photos show up
- Google Nexus One pricing: $180 with contract, $530 without
Over this past weekend the story broke that Google has developed a new phone that it is giving its employees to play. The Nexus One, as it is called, is being positioned as a “innovations lab”, according to Google.
Today, we hear that Google is in serious talks with T-Mobile to introduce Nexus One. This G-Phone is built by HTC and looks strikingly like the HTC Passion without, of course, the HTC logo. All this makes me wonder what Google is thinking?
First off, why does Google see the need to branch out into hardware. Imitating Apple in trying to control the complete user experience is not good enough reason as they are already late to that party having already open-sourced their operating system. If they have some legitimate reason for getting into hardware, starting out with a look-alike phone of a publicly available (or soon to be) phone is not the best strategy to launch a new product that is going to bear your name in such a competitive market.
Also, if Google is going to compete with its Android partners, I wonder how long they will tolerate that. Now, I truly believe that 2010 will be the year of Android, however, this is a fast moving market and both consumers and the hardware makers are fickle. Google will have to tread carefully so as not to antagonize its partners.
Finally, is Google ready to be a hardware company? So far they have been outsourcing the actual manufacturing of the phones. And it will work if they have a handful of devices. But, then they need to think of all the other things that goes with standing behind the hardware from support to logistics to marketing.
Motorola is certainly trying to prove that there is some life in it still. And if these photos are true, it seems like it is doing a mighty fine job of coming back from the dead. Let’s see how long that vitality lasts.
Could this end up being the prettiest Android device to date? We don’t want to call it before we have it in our own two hands, but China Telecom’s likely entrant from Motorola — the XT800 — is looking better than ever in these live action shots unearthed by Chinese site tgbus. What’s interesting here is that Moto’s reusing the font first seen on the Droid’s dock standby screen for a new home screen date / time widget, but the old-school Power Control widget below it has us believing that we’re looking at an older Android 2.0 build (or heck, who knows, 1.5 or 1.6). It’ll apparently have a 3.7-inch WVGA display with 720p playback and, as we’ve mentioned before, an HDMI-out for some serious multimedia street cred. It’s still unclear whether this is being thrown around internally as the Titanium, Zeppelin, or something else entirely, but whatever — Verizon, Sprint, bring it on over, alright?