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In-Depth Review: Google’s Nexus One Car Dock (With Video!)

Google has finally released the last of the accessories for its first foray into the mobile handset market, the Nexus One. Shortly after the Nexus One was announced, we were graced with the desktop dock - a simple, yet functional device that takes advantage of the metal contacts on the bottom of the phone to allow charging and audio playback without the need to mess with pesky wires.

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We’ve been teased with the prospect of a car dock in promotional videos, such as this one, but were never given a target date.

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Another HTC Phone Hits The FCC – Slider With Keyboard and Optical Trackpad

Well it is about time for another Android phone leak, it has been almost a week or so since the last one.

This time we have a new HTC phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, the standard navigation buttons and also an optical trackpad. Everything looks pretty standard about this phone aesthetically speaking. As for the hardware hidden inside, not a lot is known about it yet.

Model name PC70110, HTC’s new phone has a 4 row QWERTY keyboard which, if you are coming from something like the G1 which has a sexy 5 row keyboard, is a bit of a bummer.

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HTC Desire Root Instructions + Apps2SD Now Live

Yesterday, we reported on an exciting announcement for all HTC Desire owners - @PaulOBrien managed to root the device and promised detailed instructions to be posted today.

Well, he's backed the promise up with action and as of this morning, full instructions have been posted.

Paul notes that HTC made it much harder to access key partitions and write any data to them, compared to, say, the Nexus One. This made the process of rooting extremely complicated and left it a quite crippled (he's still working on uncrippling it).

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Google's VP Of Engineering Confirms Full Flash Support In Android 2.2 Froyo, Compares Apple To North Korea

Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering at Google, recently gave an interview to the New York Times, touching on topics ranging from Flash to North Korea. With Google vying for top place in the smartphone market, Rubin seemed confident that Android devices can overtake the number of iPhones, saying

I don’t know when it might be, but I’m confident it will happen. Open usually wins.

When commenting on the number of Android devices that are currently on the market, Rubin said that the driving force behind Android taking off is the fact that it’s open and available to so many manufacturers, commenting on how

It’s a numbers game.

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Mozilla Firefox For Android (Fennec) Pre-Alpha Available For Android 2.0+ Devices, Looks Very Promising

Mozilla’s mobile version of Firefox, codenamed Fennec, is now available to download for Android 2 users.

Vladimir Vukićević, a developer at Mozilla, posted an update on his blog yesterday informing users about the progress that the project is making. Although this is still a pre-alpha build of Fennec, it gives a good idea of how the browser will look and feel as it continues to mature. Firefox fans should definitely try this out, although Vladimir did note a few potential issues in the post

  • We've only really tested this on the Motorola Droid and the Nexus One.
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HTC Desire, Legend, And Possibly Incredible Rooted By MoDaCo.com Founder PaulOBrien

HTC Desire

HTC Desire didn't last long - it was rooted (see here for an explanation and benefits of having your Android phone rooted) today by @PaulOBrien, the founder of MoDaCo.com - a forum dedicated to rooting and customizing mobile devices, similar to xda-developers.com.

Paul, who had claimed he was confident he could root the Desire earlier this month, was away for about 2 weeks. His return today was accompanied by the following photo, clearly showing a program called Superuser Permissions present on his Desire:

HTC Desire rooted

While the root method is currently not yet available, Paul promised to post it by tomorrow, Wednesday, April 28th.

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Updated: It Was A Prank - First Android on iPhone 2G, Now CyanogenMod On iPhone 3GS?!

Details are being kept internally between team members right now but what we do know is that the CyanogenMod has been ported onto an iPhone 3GS.

Everyone is pretty tight lipped for now but this seems so far to be legitimate, as one of the team members has confirmed the port is working via twitter.

It was only a few days ago when reports surfaced of the Android OS having been ported onto the iPhone 2G which was crazy enough to hear but now the advent of CyanogenMod on the 3GS is almost downright insane.

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Google Buys LabPixies – Shows More Commitment To Gaming On Android

Google takes another step forward in its quest to take gaming on the Android platform seriously by purchasing LabPixies. LabPixies was one of the first companies to start building gadgets for iGoogle and shortly after the release of the Android OS started building games and apps. Currently they have 4 puzzle games available on the Android market:

Official Word

Here is the official post from the Google Code Blog:

One of the first developers to create gadgets for iGoogle was Labpixies.

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HTC's New Espresso Sense UI In A Detailed Video Review, Expected On T-Mobile myTouch Slide This Summer

Espresso UI

If you haven't heard yet, HTC has been developing a new flavor of its own flavor of another flavor of Android called Espresso.

Espresso is an interface built on top of HTC's flagship Sense UI and is expected to make its first appearance in the wild on the upcoming T-Mobile myTouch Slide. We covered the phone and the UI when both of them leaked online.

Espresso Build Leaked Online

Yesterday, GamerCore from AndroidAndMe.com got his hands on an Espresso build leaked by Binary100100 from xda-forums and loaded it onto his G1 after zachattack052 and Domenuk ported it to the myTouch/G1.

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Vodafone Launches Nexus One In The UK

Yesterday, Vodafone announced that UK customers can pre-order the Nexus One which is going to be available in the UK from this Friday, April 30th. This comes after the company told customers that the phone would be available in ‘a few short weeks’ way back at CES.

The phone will be available for free on various plans starting from £35 a month on a 24 month contract. The most interesting part of this is that consumers can purchase it directly from Vodafone either online or in store, deviating once again from Google’s plan of allowing consumers to mix and match between phones, carriers and tariffs when purchasing a device on their sales website.

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