What Will Make Android ‘Open’ Again? And What Happens If It Doesn’t?

Android is an open-source operating system. That’s a fact. There is also another very little known fact about Android: It is losing its ‘openness’ and carriers along with manufacturers, are tipping the scales, and taking in profits.

Take Verizon for example: They have the DROID line of phones, all robotic, high-end, sporting 1GHz processors and up to 8 megapixel cameras. But they load their useless carrier apps onto them, mainly V Cast junk that I have not dared open once. Honestly, who wants this crap?

Nokia N8 Ripped To Shreds By iFixit, And They Really Like It

The Nokia N8, Symbian^3 comeback kid for Nokia, was given the ceremonial “teardown” by none other than ripping-to-shreds-website iFixit. They gave it an 8 out of 10, meaning that 10, being the easiest to dismantle is the highest; an 8 isn’t too shabby. They also found out that the non-user replaceable battery is actually pretty easy to remove. Hit up the teardown at the source link!

Via: iFixit

WSJ Gets Very Confident That Verizon Will Get The iPhone

In a recent news revision today on the Wall Street Journal, they have put to rest (or at least try to) the ideas that yesterday’s iPhone-to-Verzion leak is in fact, completely correct, by saying this in a paragraph by editing a portion of the previous statement:

AT&T Inc. is about to lose its lock on the iPhone.

Apple Inc. is making a version of its iPhone that Verizon Wireless will sell early next year, according to people familiar with the matter, ending an exclusive deal with AT&T and sharpening the competition with Google Inc.-based phones.

Whereas yesterday they previously said:

Apple Inc. plans to begin mass producing a new iPhone by the end of 2010 that would allow Verizon Wireless to sell the smartphone early next year, said people briefed by Apple.

So there it is. Either WSJ is completely spot on, or there will be a lot of “swallowing your words like a traditional publisher” talk. Or perhaps WSJ can figure out where is my white iPhone 4? Via: WSJ

Poll: What Do You Think About The Colors?

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I know, I know. You want to speak out here on LaptopMemo. You may also want to find another way, besides comments. Well, here’s a quick poll for you guys, and it’s not very demanding. I’ve been testing different gadgets for over 1.5 years now, starting at 13 then 14. I’ve had tons congratulate my work, and I’ll be there in CES 2011 Preview to hang out with all the other forms of tech media (blah blah blah, we know that already).

But I need to make sure of one thing: Is LaptopMemo’s banner too bright (or too dull)? I’ve been evaluating a few different screens (Super AMOLED, AMOLED, LCD, and LED) and am wondering if the color is too bright, or too dull? Speak out!

LG Optimus T Heads Off To T-Mobile With Froyo

Another Froyo phone, this time, mid-range or entry-level. The Optimus T is T-Mobile’s latest Android 2.2 device, with a 3.2-inch HVGA display and tempered glass, 3 megapixel cam with basic video capture, Android 2.2 Froyo (that’s almost close to stock), Swype keyboard, Burgundy or Titanium finishes, and finally — that’s about it. Full presser that arrived in our inbox after the break!

Archos 5 Internet Tablet Review: I Can’t Recommend It

The Archos 5 tablet is Archos’ first ever stab at an Android tablet (back in mid-late 2009). It has a 4.8-inch (WVGA) resistive touchscreen, ARM Cortex A8 clocked at 800Mhz, 256MB of RAM, has Android 1.6, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and finally 16GB of storage space, sans a microSD card option. Right off the bat though, from the resistive touchscreen to its inability to watch YouTube videos off the mobile site, I can’t recommend it, to anyone. Read on to know why (if you’re even so inclined).

U.S Cellular To Launch Its Own Galaxy S Phone, The Mesmerize

If you live in a state where U.S Cellular is offered, and prefer their CDMA service, then you’ll be in luck for the Samsung Mesmerize, a Galaxy S phone. Its specs match that of most other Galaxy S devices, with a Super AMOLED display (4-inch), 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, 5 megapixel camera, SWYPE, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, and micro-SD card slot. The official presser that arrived in our inbox this afternoon also came with a handy note; that it’ll ship with Android 2.1 on October 27 and get upgraded to 2.2 “later this year”. Full press release, after the jump.