Kudos to Google. They’ve created Android, Gmail, redefined the cloud, conquered the search engines, will have the Chrome OS, built Chrome the web browser, yesterday Buzz, and now? Google’s planning to offer an “experimental” ISP broadband service. Un-bel-iev-able. This plan is to offer Internet browsing speeds of up to 1GB per second, being 20 times faster than all of the other ISP clowns in the room. On its blog Google says:
We’re planning to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States. We’ll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We plan to offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people
Comcast, Verizon and AT&T? They must be joyful. Putting this deathblow aside, Google plans for the service to be deployed to 50,000 homes, and up to 500,000. Price? “Competitive” Google says. They’re doing it on a trial basis and will push forward things like being more open-source. Now just imagine: Google could create an Android home phone that could make call using Wi-Fi — the possibilities are endless! Video after the jump.
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Moto already dropped the bomb on their Facebook page, but simply saying the Droid is getting Android 2.1 is not enough, is it? Which is why at the source link below there’s the release notes. Otherwise, as a recap for those of you who are ignorant of the update’s offerings, the Droid will get full multitouch in Maps, Browser, and Gallery, as well as an improved virtual keyboard, voice recognition updates, the new 3D Gallery, Google Goggles, and a few other minor bug fixes. No alert as to when the update will be put over-the-air, but Moto says users should get an alert when it’s ready.
Right now with the iPad looming about, all companies who can produce a good tablet are taking the challenge. Besides the JooJoo, HP Slate, and others, the ExoPC is another slate competing for dominance. Complete with Windows 7 Professional and the finger-friendly ExoPC UI Layer, it’s a tough tablet to beat: Apps, Flash (yes, it has it), 8.9-inch multitouch screen, a 1.3 megapixel camera, Intel Atom CPU, 32 GB SSD, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, SIM slot for 3G, SD card reader, 3-USB, ports, VGA, and weighs 1.8 lbs. And before you say it, it does look strikingly similar to the iPad. More info on it here.
When ASUS unveiled the G73 at CES, they didn’t talk much; no pricing or release date. But now, you can pick up this 8-pound beast for $1449,99 on Newegg. What do you get for your 1500 bucks you say? A17.3-inch 1920 x 1080 display, a Core i7 720QM processor, an 8GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, some tasty ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 graphics, and a DVD burner, among other standard features, all in an angular-shaped laptop. Not bad. [Via Laptoping]
You read that correctly. Opera says that they will reveal Opera Mini for the iPhone next week at Mobile World Congress. Let’s absorb that for a minute: Opera Mini on the iPhone. Either Opera has completely lost its mind or Apple has lost all control of the App Store.
With the current tidal waves that a developer has to jump over to get their app approved, Opera’s going to have a competing web browser to Safari? just as as side note, it also doesn’t support Flash, so I see no point in this. It’s lunacy I tell you. [Opera]
Buzzzz! A word that will be overused because of Google’s new social networking service Google Buzz, which is integrated into Gmail. But for those of you who want some buzz without going to your laptop, you’re in luck. Google Maps 4.0 has launched at the Android Market, which brings you the special Buzz layer. It should work on all Android phones with Android 1.6 and above (G1 included). And as for you S60 and Windows Mobile owners: just download the new version of Maps and you’re good to go. That goes for you too iPhone.
Any day now HTC might announce the Legend, so it’s a race for leaks to come straight through with as much specs and photos as possible. In this case we find a final production-looking unit, which has a slab of black plastic at the bottom. The same silver-edged theme is present, and from the looks of it, very solid. It’s been a while since specs for the Legend have leaked out. but finally a tipster at Engadget has delivered the goods:
- 3.2-inch HVGA AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
- 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 processor (the same class of core used by the Pixi and Devour)
- 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
- Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
- Quadband GSM / EDGE plus dualband HSPA
- Magnetic compass
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- 1300mAh battery
Ture, it’s not on par with the Nexus One, Moto’s Droid, or even HTC’s Bravo, but it comes to show you that HTC is fully committed to Android — as a whole. [Engadget]
If you are following the Android naming scheme trilogy you’ll know the Android Alphabet (I’m coining that word, BTW) — Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, and Froyo — but now there’s someone new that’s crashing the party. Get ready for this: “GIngerbread”. I actually like it, and it’s only moving the Android Alphabet further. The name was confirmed by Google’s Brian Swetland — who works on the Android Linux-based kernel in Mountain View, California. The discussion was about kernal versions, and that’s when Gingerbread showed up. Otherwise what’s going to be in the build is what we want to know; according to Swetland it will “likely be on [Linux kernel 2.6.].33 or .34″ when it comes out. So what’s “H” going to be called? Hamburger anyone? [Android And Me]
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