» HTC-Nexus One http://androinica.com Google Android phones, news and apps Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:41:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Nexus One gets updated to Android 2.2.1, build FRG83 http://androinica.com/2010/09/nexus-one-gets-updated-to-android-2-2-1-build-frg83/ http://androinica.com/2010/09/nexus-one-gets-updated-to-android-2-2-1-build-frg83/#comments Fri, 24 Sep 2010 10:12:29 +0000 Lars Aronsson http://androinica.com/?p=17357

There have been a slew of firmware updates for various Android devices the last couple of days, and this time it is Google’s own Nexus One that has received some OTA love with an update to Android 2.2.1. The size…

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There have been a slew of firmware updates for various Android devices the last couple of days, and this time it is Google’s own Nexus One that has received some OTA love with an update to Android 2.2.1. The size of the update is merely 3.9MB, so it’s likely a minor maintenance release and it will give your Nexus build number FRG83.

There is no official changelog available at the time or even an announcement from Google, but some users at the xda-developers report that the update patches the vulnerability that allows Universal Androot to work, among else. You should only install the Android 2.2.1 update if you’re running build FRF91: the latest stock version of Android 2.2. If you’re using a custom ROM, it’s better to wait until the update gets incorporated into the ROM.

It’s easy to manually install the update. Make sure your battery has plenty of juice before you begin.

  1. Download the 2.2.1 update from Google’s server.
  2. Rename the file to update.zip and copy it to the root of your SD card.
  3. Turn off your Nexus, and start it by holding down the power button and the volume down button at the same time.
  4. Select the Recovery option and when you see a red triangle, simultaneously press the power button and the volume up button.
  5. Select “Apply sdcard:update.zip” and reboot your device after the update has been applied.

Via [Android and Me]

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Nexus One dev phone stock already depleted; how many developers are there? http://androinica.com/2010/08/nexus-one-dev-phone-stock-already-depleted-how-many-developers-are-there/ http://androinica.com/2010/08/nexus-one-dev-phone-stock-already-depleted-how-many-developers-are-there/#comments Fri, 20 Aug 2010 12:20:15 +0000 Andrew Kameka http://androinica.com/?p=15629

Google announced that it would stop selling the Nexus One directly, then revealed that it would continue to make the device available as a dev phone for people interested in building Android apps. It was a smart move,…

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Google announced that it would stop selling the Nexus One directly, then revealed that it would continue to make the device available as a dev phone for people interested in building Android apps. It was a smart move, as the Nexus One is the only next generation device running stock Android, and still a favorite among many Android fans.

It seems the move was a little too smart since Google has already run out of supply for the Nexus One. Developer advocate Tim Bray has revealed that Google “blew through the (substantial initial inventory in almost no time, and they’re back-ordered from HTC.”

This makes me wonder just how many people are actively developing for Android. Back at Google I/O in May, Google claimed there were 180,000 registered developers working on 50,000 apps. Android device sales have more than doubled since then and the total number of apps increased by 50 percent. That number must have climbed by now.

Plus it wouldn’t surprise me if a few latecomer consumers registered as developers just so they could purchase a Nexus One. Nah, you guys wouldn’t do something that dishonest, would you?

[Google]

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Nexus One is the new Android Developer phone, available for sale by Google http://androinica.com/2010/08/nexus-one-is-the-new-android-developer-phone-available-for-sale-by-google/ http://androinica.com/2010/08/nexus-one-is-the-new-android-developer-phone-available-for-sale-by-google/#comments Thu, 05 Aug 2010 14:58:03 +0000 Andrew Kameka http://androinica.com/?p=14540

The last of the Nexus One devices sold directly from Google were snatched up last month, meaning the only way for regular folks to get one are to purchase from carriers like Vodafone, secondhand from eBay or Craigslist,…

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The last of the Nexus One devices sold directly from Google were snatched up last month, meaning the only way for regular folks to get one are to purchase from carriers like Vodafone, secondhand from eBay or Craigslist, or finding one of the third party retailers selling it.

Or you can be a developer. Tim Bray posted on the Android Developers Blog that the Nexus One is now the Android Developer Phone, meaning its Google’s official device for people working on Android apps. Anyone who wants to purchase a Nexus One directly from Google will have to register as an Android Developer, then sign-in to their count and click on the “Development Phones” to get it.

I guess that makes the Nexus One ADP 3 (after the G1 as ADP 1 and the Magic as ADP 2). The new Developer Phone is $529. To sign-up as a developer, visit http://market.android.com/publish/signup.

[Google Dev Blog]

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Nexus One officially sold-out. Google closes phone store. (Forever?) http://androinica.com/2010/07/nexus-one-officially-sold-out-google-closes-phone-store-forever/ http://androinica.com/2010/07/nexus-one-officially-sold-out-google-closes-phone-store-forever/#comments Wed, 21 Jul 2010 16:40:27 +0000 Andrew Kameka http://androinica.com/?p=13867

Well that didn’t take long, now did it? Google announced last week that it was receiving its last shipment of Nexus One’s from HTC and would stop selling the device directly. Just a short time later, Google has confirmed that…

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Well that didn’t take long, now did it? Google announced last week that it was receiving its last shipment of Nexus One’s from HTC and would stop selling the device directly. Just a short time later, Google has confirmed that it doesn’t have any more Nexuses for sale since the last shipment has already sold out. The Google Phone Store – for now, at least – is closed.

Google will continue selling the Nexus One through retail partners like Vodafone, but it is no longer selling the device directly. When users visit Google.com/Phone, the portal simply returns an apologetic message letting the public know that the shop is closed:

“The Nexus One is no longer available for purchase directly from Google. For more information on how to purchase the Nexus One, check out our help center.

And just like that, it was gone.

There’ has been endless discussion about whether the Nexus One was a failed experiment or just a runaway success of Google attempting to promote Android. In a way, both sides of the issue are right. The Nexus One attempted to disrupt the current U.S. model of carrier exclusivity and subsidized phones, but there was too much resistance from carriers and consumers for that to happen on a wide scale. Andy Rubin admitted as much when Google first said it would close the store:

“[The web store] remained a niche channel for early adopters, but it’s clear that many customers like a hands-on experience before buying a phone, and they also want a wide range of service plans to chose from,” Rubin said.

However, there’s no question that from a mindshare standpoint, the Nexus One absolutely pushed Android to new heights. There was nothing like it prior, and even after six months on the market, the N1 remains arguably the best Android experience available. Google has said that it has no plans to develop a sequel, and the closure of the store seems to make that plausible. But after “showing what Android is capable of” with the first Nexus, it would be a real shame to not see a follow-up push it even further. The store may not have worked, but the phone most certainly did.

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Nexus One blazes past iPhone 4 in browser benchmark test http://androinica.com/2010/07/nexus-one-blazes-past-iphone-4-in-browser-benchmark-test/ http://androinica.com/2010/07/nexus-one-blazes-past-iphone-4-in-browser-benchmark-test/#comments Wed, 07 Jul 2010 13:18:36 +0000 Andrew Kameka http://androinica.com/?p=13207

Some iPhone users called foul when Vic Gundotra claimed that Android 2.2 was much faster than the iPhone during his demo at Google I/O. “You can’t compare a new phone to an old one!” they screamed. Well, those screams will…

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Some iPhone users called foul when Vic Gundotra claimed that Android 2.2 was much faster than the iPhone during his demo at Google I/O. “You can’t compare a new phone to an old one!” they screamed. Well, those screams will become whimpers thanks to Ars Technica’s latest benchmarks that show Froyo once again stomps on the latest iPhone.

ArsTechnica compared Android 2.2 on a Nexus One vs. iOs 4 on the iPhone 4 to see who handles JavaScript best. Not surprisingly, the Nexus One was twice as fast in SunSpider tests and four times as fast in V8 tests.

So if you ever find yourself in an Android-iPhone flame war, and I’d imagine many of you do, be respectful and silent. Then tell your opponent that he wrote an excellent message…that you read in half the time it took his browser to load.

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Google says no Nexus Two coming; that means a Nexus Two is coming, right? http://androinica.com/2010/07/google-says-no-nexus-two-coming-that-means-a-nexus-two-is-coming-right/ http://androinica.com/2010/07/google-says-no-nexus-two-coming-that-means-a-nexus-two-is-coming-right/#comments Mon, 05 Jul 2010 13:55:01 +0000 Andrew Kameka http://androinica.com/?p=13076

Google set out to push the envelope and show people what Android could do when challenged. It’s fair to say that “Mission Accomplished” is the best way to describe that goal when it comes to the Nexus One. However, according…

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Google set out to push the envelope and show people what Android could do when challenged. It’s fair to say that “Mission Accomplished” is the best way to describe that goal when it comes to the Nexus One. However, according to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, the Nexus One is as far as the company plans to go in the handset making business.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Schmidt said in no uncertain terms that the Nexus One is a one-and-done project like most NCAA basketball stars – there will be no sophomore effort. Schmidt told the Telegraph:

The idea a year and a half ago was to do the Nexus One to try to move the phone platform hardware business forward. It clearly did. It was so successful, we didn’t have to do a second one. We would view that as positive but people criticised us heavily for that. I called up the board and said: ‘Ok, it worked. Congratulations – we’re stopping’. We like that flexibility, we think that flexibility is characteristic of nimbleness at our scale.

So, Google says there’s no Nexus One sequel coming. That must mean a Nexus sequel is coming, right? Let’s look at the history of its predecessor:

  • In October 2009, a rumor comes out that Google is developing a phone that it will sell directly, and is unlocked to work on multiple carriers.
  • That same week, Andy Rubin, Google vp of engineering, responds that Google is “not making hardware…we’re enabling other people to build hardware.”
  • One month later, the world learns of the Nexus One as it is leaked to employees.
  • In January 2010, Google finally unveils the Nexus One: a phone that it sells directly, and is unlocked to work on multiple carriers.

Maybe this time Google will actually stick to its word and the day of the Google-branded phone really has passed – for now. But if the company was willing to purposely misdirect us on this issue before, don’t be surprised if some people keep hope that a Nexus One sequel will pop up in the future.

via MobileCrunch

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Official OTA Android 2.2 Froyo update for Nexus One starts to roll out http://androinica.com/2010/06/official-ota-android-2-2-froyo-update-for-nexus-one-starts-to-roll-out/ http://androinica.com/2010/06/official-ota-android-2-2-froyo-update-for-nexus-one-starts-to-roll-out/#comments Tue, 29 Jun 2010 10:30:57 +0000 Chris Smith http://androinica.com/?p=12813

Looks like last night and the wee hours of the morning some AT&T and T-Mobile Nexus One owners got a little Froyo update treat. This time Android 2.2 Froyo is official as Google themselves have acknowledged the update on the…

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Looks like last night and the wee hours of the morning some AT&T and T-Mobile Nexus One owners got a little Froyo update treat. This time Android 2.2 Froyo is official as Google themselves have acknowledged the update on the Nexus One blog.

The update moves the phone from Android 2.1 ERE27 to FRF85 and has been a much anticipated upgrade for the Nexus One. This Froyo upgrade is the first “official” upgrade of any Android device as the Nexus One is the anointed ”Google Phone”. The features that are the most pervasive are the ability to create a WiFi hotspot from your phone using your data connection (yes, for free), robust Exchange support, Adobe Flash 10.1 in the browser, better camera and gallery, multiple input languages, and speedier performance.

It’s good news that 2.2 is finally rolling out to as many N1 owners have been clammering and wondering when the update would happen. If you haven’t got it yet keep a look out in your notification tray for an over-the-air update. Also, if you are super impatient and somewhat of an Android know-it-all, follow the link to Google’s servers and grab the official update package here.

And by the way, let us know how Froyo turns out, will you?

Via [Engadget] Source [Nexus One Blog]

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Spoiler Alert! Ari Gold uses a Nexus One http://androinica.com/2010/06/spoiler-alert-ari-gold-uses-a-nexus-one/ http://androinica.com/2010/06/spoiler-alert-ari-gold-uses-a-nexus-one/#comments Mon, 28 Jun 2010 15:48:07 +0000 Andrew Kameka http://androinica.com/?p=12783

Until last night, the best cameo that an Android product had achieved was the G1 appearing on some silly CW teen drama. Well, move over 90210; Android has graduated to appearing on silly HBO shows!

Super-agent Ari Gold…

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Until last night, the best cameo that an Android product had achieved was the G1 appearing on some silly CW teen drama. Well, move over 90210; Android has graduated to appearing on silly HBO shows!

Super-agent Ari Gold is back to his usual “I run the world, but you all don’t know it yet” screaming on the phone behavior on Entourage. Gold, played by PCU legend Jeremy Piven, is now yelling into a Nexus One. (Spotted by Android hacker Android hacker kmobs during a scene from last night’s season premiere)

I’m not surprised to see the Nexus get face time on TV, but I expected sneaker-loving, gadget-friendly Turtle to be the one to flash it. E strikes me as the BlackBerry type, Drama is too busy to bother, and I’m not sure Vince can work anything beyond a flip phone. And as silly as this sounds, these little pop culture appearances matter. Plenty of people buy things because of product placements in pop culture items.

ThinkAri will make the Nexus One mainstream? Probably not, but he’ll get the N1 a better dressing room.

Via Android Central

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Nexus One power button not working for some frustrated Android fans http://androinica.com/2010/06/nexus-one-power-button-not-working-for-some-frustrated-android-fans/ http://androinica.com/2010/06/nexus-one-power-button-not-working-for-some-frustrated-android-fans/#comments Wed, 23 Jun 2010 03:49:23 +0000 Andrew Kameka http://androinica.com/?p=12518

For the past couple of weeks, tech podcaster and pundit Leo Laporte of TWiT has mentioned that his Nexus One’s power button stopped working. It turns out that Laporte isn’t alone in this problem, as several Nexus One…

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For the past couple of weeks, tech podcaster and pundit Leo Laporte of TWiT has mentioned that his Nexus One’s power button stopped working. It turns out that Laporte isn’t alone in this problem, as several Nexus One owners have taken to the forums to complain about their power button failing.

Androinica.com reader Sam told us some Nexus One owners have been forced to deal with a defect that eventually makes the power button unresponsive. Users report that holding down on the button no longer brings up the option to power off a phone, and removing the battery proves to be a fatal mistake because the power button doesn’t respond to restart. The defective button turns the Nexus One into a $530 paperweight.

Complaints have been appearing on the Nexus support forums since February, which was only a month after the Nexus One was first released. This is certainly not the first time that a phone – or any electronic product, really – has experienced a major flaw, but the gap in occurrences means there could be an issue with some Nexuses in circulation that may take time to manifest.

Thankfully, HTC, been quietly addressing the problem by replacing defective phones for users who complain. Users can contact HTC for support if the Nexus One power button stops working. Also worth noting, while Froyo has yet to be officially released, the power button functioning properly is among the list of improvements reported by people who have installed Froyo.

Back in April, HTC responded to one complaint by issuing this statement to a customer:

“I do apologize that you had this issue with your device. At this time we have no information on how to prevent this issue from happening in the future on your device. We are working on getting the issue resolved on the newly made devices. I do apologize for all the inconvenience that this issue may have caused you.”

If the power button starts to get wonky on your N1, backup your data and put in a word to HTC’s Repairs and Returns division at 1-888-216-4736.

[Thanks, Sam!]

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Manual Froyo update available, plus initial impressions http://androinica.com/2010/05/manual-froyo-update-available-plus-initial-impressions/ http://androinica.com/2010/05/manual-froyo-update-available-plus-initial-impressions/#comments Sun, 23 May 2010 15:23:32 +0000 Ed Clark http://androinica.com/?p=10805 If you are sitting around wishing that your T-Mobile Nexus One had the latest Froyo update, you have a new option: update it yourself. Android Police has all the details on where to get the update and how…

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If you are sitting around wishing that your T-Mobile Nexus One had the latest Froyo update, you have a new option: update it yourself. Android Police has all the details on where to get the update and how to install it. (And yes, there is already a rooted version available as well.) I installed it myself last night with no problems. If you have never flashed a new image before, just follow the directions as written (i.e., don’t push any buttons without reading that you should) and wait patiently for your phone to get through the entire process.

Quick Impressions – The Positive

My phone is noticeably faster after the update. Everything loads much more quickly, and shifting between apps is super snappy. As many others have pointed out, even web browsing is much faster (with one caveat–see my negatives below). The slight tweaks to the UI are no big deal, but appreciated. I like the fact that you can now get to the phone and the browser without creating a desktop shortcut.

I was surprised to find the tethering option intact in the phone’s settings (Settings–>Wireless & Nework Settings–>Tethering & portable hotspot). It’s a bold move by T-Mobile if they keep it in their OTA release. There are many more new settings as well, including the tantalizing “On SD card” tab in the Manage applications menu (plus the apparently still not functional “Move to SD card” option).

I really love the new update settings in the Market app. First, an “Update all” button in the “Downloads” tab. Nice. Next, if you want to be a bit more cautious, an “Allow automatic updating” check box for each individual app. Awesome! Apparently those Google folks do listen to user feedback after all.

What else? Too early to tell, but my Nexus One feels like a brand new machine again. If only I could get those larger apps on my SD card…

Impressions – The Negative

There was one disappointment for me that my iPhone friends predicted long ago. I immediately went to the Flash website last night to install the Flash 10.1 player and then tried it out. The standard browser, which had suddenly become turbocharged after the update, now took extra time on each site to load up flash ads. Fortunately, you can change the browser settings on the “Enable plug-ins” menu from “Always on” to “On demand“. In this mode, the browser works like a computer with Chrome or Firefox running the Flashblock plugin. You can see where the ads are and enable them by clicking an icon in the blank space.

But going to Hulu was a waste of time. The site took forever to load, and videos weren’t viewable (message: “Your platform is not supported”). Videos I could load from other sites were a bit choppy. Ah well. Maybe some optimization will take place, but for the most part I wasn’t that excited about Flash. Yes, iPhone fans, you may have been right about this one.

Conclusion

Froyo is an amazing update for your Nexus One. The new abilities that Android 2.2 gives are astonishing to me. Think about it–a “450% performance increase” with a 10 minute update? Tethering? Flash? (OK, yes, I don’t like it that much, but I CAN enable it.) Every now and then I wonder if there is a good reason to root my Nexus One, but Google is staying one step ahead of me for now. My only concern is that I will need that SD card functionality soon.

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