Here’s the official Google I/O T-shirt — and will you look at that, it’s got some QR codes on it. Any attendees want to spill the beans as to what they link to?
Update: Fine. Spoilsports.
Google will shut down the Nexus One phone store soon enough, but the push for their Android handset is far from over. The N1 is coming to France’s SFR (a division of Vodafone), and can be ordered now from their website. On a 12-month contract you can expect to pay 129 euros for the phone, or you can choose to pay 419 euros on a pay as you go deal to get the same Nexus One that was shipping out from Google’s online store, free of any bloatware and ready for a SIM card from any compatible network.
The phone will be in SFR stores starting May 25th, and AndroidGuys is reporting that the carrier has a 6-month exclusive on the phone in France.
I’ve been a big fan of the Droid advertising campaign from the beginning. Its take no prisoners approach has really caused some huge sales for Verizon and the “Droid Does” catch phrase has become the Android users’ “There’s and app for that” rebuttal. But when the first Droid Incredible commercial failed to even show the phone, for all its James-Earl-Jonsian voiceover work, it may have left a bit too much up to the imagination. Not that it hurt sales or anything.
While the relevancy of just how incredible the Incredible really is may be waning with the release of the EVO 4G, a new promo is out that actually glimpses the phone for a few seconds. Check it out:
[androidcentral via IntoMobile]
Sony Ericsson has posted an official unboxing video for the Xperia X10 Mini, and in case you were still wondering, this phone is SMALL. More packaging space needs to be devoted to the USB cable, charger, and headphones that will be included in most markets than the actual handset. Some carriers will even be releasing the phone with one or more colored battery covers for customizing your phone’s look, or a set of powered speakers or headphones with built in remote controls. Take a gander at all of the above in the video below:
[via Sony Ericsson Product Blog]
The product page for the upcoming HTC Wildfire is now live, giving us a complete overview of what we can expect from this entry-level handset that sort of looks like a baby Desire or Nexus One. You’ll get all the bells and whistles of HTC Sense (a UI that has grown on me as it has been improved) including “next-generation” called ID, the ability to recommend apps from phone to phone, and all of the social-networking integration you could want. Check out the official promo video:
Perhaps the most interesting thing on the page is the description under the “Much better browsing” header (bolded for emphasis):
The HTC Wildfire comes with full Flash support for online video, pinch-to-zoom page resizing, and auto rotation from portrait to landscape.
Now we’ve seen a few manufacturer’s play the semantics game with the terms “full Flash,” so I’ll believe it when I see definitive evidence of this being the case. Either way the Wildfire looks like a great replacement for some of HTC aging lower-end line of smartphones. Head over to the product page for all the specs and info.
[Thanks to Carl for the heads up!]
Yesterday Gameloft added 10 more titles to the library of games that can be download directly from their website in addition to the Android Market to test various distribution models. Now up for sale and download as unsigned apps are Assassin’s Creed, Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X., and Asphalt 5 among others. Baudouin Corman, vice president of publishing, recently told Wired that he feels Android is in the developing stages of game distribution, and they want to test as many avenues for getting new games to handsets as possible.
Of course, the benefits of companies being able to forego the Android Market also come with some drawbacks. Aside from having your credit card information easily stored and accessed for quick purchases when using the market, some carriers have notoriously blocked the ability to install unsigned apps to their devices. I tend to think a fragmented market could create problems, especially if users don’t know where to go to obtain the apps they want. For now, Gameloft offers both methods, so that problem is avoided, but what do you think about this distribution model?
Here is a bit of new you definitely won’t see coming out of Google I/O, but The Onion is oh-so-perfectly timed with the release of their mock news report on the newest revelation from the Google camp. It is sad to think I could envision a future where this sort of thing could exist in the name of subsidy and cost deferral. But I won’t waste time with my own commentary, allow The Onion and its brilliant social satire to speak for itself:
[via The Onion]
It seems each new tablet announced edges closer and closer to infringing on the iPad trademark, and these two new Inkia offerings are no exception. In fact, they straddle the line by only one letter. The inPad 701 and 702 will feature 7-inch screens, with the 702 model getting 3G capabilities. They both have Android, and that’s about all we know.
The inPad line most likely won’t see much life outside of Asia, and while Inkia has actually been making tablets longer than most of the new companies throwing their weight in the ring, on sight alone I’ll have to hold off any judgment until more specs are revealed.
[ClonedInChina via CrunchGear]