The way that the “Google Phone” rumors and later Nexus One blogging played out probably mean that when Google finally announces the device on January 5 (in all likelihood) there won’t be much news. I could be quite wrong of course. Regardless, I imagine the event will be interesting — something like “a year of Android” with milestones and other data — but the cherry on the top of the ice cream sundae was probably supposed to be the now overexposed handset. It’s not clear what Google thought would happen when it handed out the device to several hundred of its employees as an early Xmas gift. After the news got out the company’s attempt to suggest this was a Google-only experimental device was immediately debunked: We recently came up with the concept of a mobile lab, which 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 … [Read more...] about Now That Everything Is Known, Will The Google Nexus One Phone Launch Generate A Collective Yawn?
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It’s Nexus One day! At least, that’s what we’re all expecting from the “Android Press Gathering” event that Google is hosting today. I’m attending it and will be liveblogging all the news that comes out of it. Not up to speed on the Nexus One? It’s the widely expected Google Phone, a phone that Google apparently closely developed with handset maker HTC, running the Android mobile operating system. So it should be pretty special, eh? Something stellar from the company that has said it never want to do products that aren’t substantially better than what’s already out there? Well, from what we know so far, no. Engadget has a nice early review here. My take after reading it was that the Nexus One is like the iPhone, with a better camera but without multitouch. Engadget certainly wasn’t blown away. Fred Wilson also has a light review here. Nor do we know so far of any unique tricks or twists to the pricing model that you might have … [Read more...] about Liveblogging The Google Nexus One Phone Launch
Over the past few months, I’ve been testing various Android phones. Overall, the platform has continued to improve, to the degree that I can easily swap an Android phone for my iPhone 4 and not feel a loss. But unlike the one-size-fits-all iPhone, each Android phone has its own individual characteristics. Below, a look at how three different Android cousins performed for me and measured up against the iPhone. From Windows Mobile To Apple’s iPhone… First, some background. I’m a long-time smartphone user. My first was back in 2004, a Windows Mobile flip phone. I went through various Windows Mobile phones over the years, such as the Verizon XV6700 pictured below. I turned my nose up at the original iPhone, as it lacked a physical keyboard and 3G. But when the iPhone 3G came out, the 3G issue was solved — and I discovered that the on-screen keyboard really was so good that I didn’t need a physical one. I jumped mobile platforms. Android, The Early … [Read more...] about Droid 2, Samsung Fascinate & Google Nexus S
Finally, anyone can port their mobile phone number to Google Voice. I’ve been doing so for the past six months. Thinking about making the jump? Here’s my experience, which is largely good. Plus, some thoughts on how this gives Android an added boost ahead of Verizon’s iPhone launch. I moved my cell phone number to Google Voice back in August. Similar to Mike Arrington, this was something special Google did for me, so that I could test out the service ahead of the public launch. Google Voice & Your Virtual Phone Number Google Voice gives you a virtual number that’s not locked to any device. If you port your number to Google Voice, you’re still going to need an actual phone to point the number at (unless you bravely decide to take calls only through the web-based version of Google Voice). The phone you point at is going to have its own telephone number. If you place a call using that phone without going through Google Voice, then your “real” … [Read more...] about My Life With Google Voice Number Porting, Six Months In
I’m at the D Conference in here beautiful Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt is to be interviewed by our fearless host Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. Let’s see what he has to say. Postscript: See The Top 10 Things Eric Schmidt Revealed At D9 if you want the less stream-of-consciousness view of his talk from me. Somewhere on the cliffs below is the wreck of the Dominator, a Greek cargo ship that went aground decades ago. I’ve been to it in person, and I share this Palos Verdes trivia with you. Local knowledge. Let’s hope no further crashes happen, even of the verbal kind. Though really, let’s face it, we’re kind of secretly hoping Schmidt gives us one of those famous quotes that gets everyone scratching their heads and thinking, “What did he say? What did he mean?” What did he mean by “creepy line!” Part of Eric (I’m being casual here, roll with it) stepping away (not down, never … [Read more...] about It’s Google No-Longer-The-CEO Eric Schmidt