Google will introduce its first smartphone at the beginning of January, if an unconfirmed report is correct. This device -- code-named the Nexus One -- will supposedly be sold with service from T-Mobile USA, and offer a range of high-end features.
Many Google employees have been given a device with an early version of Android OS 2.1 on it, showing that the next version of this smartphone operating system will have more homescreens, as well as some other changes to the user interface.
The Web is buzzing with reports that Google is going to release an Android-based smartphone called the the Nexus One under its own brand name next year. Google itself tells a very different story, though.
The Motorola Milestone is the GSM version of the Android flagship smartphone, the Motorola Droid. It was released in Europe, but a few U.S. retailers have this device, which can be used with AT&T and T-Mobile.
HTC has promised that it's going to upgrade the HTC Droid Eris to Android OS 2 early next year, moving it up to the latest version of Google's operating system for smartphones. This will bring an array of new features.
The system software on the HTC Droid Eris is being updated, but not to Android 2.0. Instead, a number of small bugs are being removed, including one that sometimes prevented to device from correctly switching from 2G to 3G networking.
Motorola and Verizon have begun sending out an update for the system software on the Motorola Droid, but so far only a few thousand people have received it. Those who are impatient can now update their smartphone manually.
Sony Ericsson is reportedly going to make versions of the Xperia X10 with support for AT&T's and T-Mobile's 3G networks, raising the possibility that this high-end Android-based smartphone is going to be released by one or both of these wireless carriers.
The HTC Passion has not yet been officially announced, but it's expected to be released next month. This smartphone will reportedly run Google's Android OS on a 1 GHz processor, and have a 3.7-inch WVGA, AM-OLED touchscreen.
Google Goggles is a new app for Android-based smartphones that lets users search for more information on an object they see in front of them simply by taking a picture of it. It works with famous landmarks, works of art, products, and more.
A list of upcoming HTC smartphones has appeared on the Web, apparently giving the world an overview of products scheduled for the first half of next year. This includes a mix of models running Google Android and Microsoft Windows Mobile.
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