The tubes through which the internet flow were bursting with Google Nexus One speculation this weekend, with the prospect of an "official" Google Phone driving many Android geeks to madness. A leaked photo over the weekend confirmed that the Nexus One appeared to be based on the same HTC device we knew as the HTC Dream, and now Engadget have come up with a few new images themselves. The Nexus One in their shots is devoid of HTC logos and runs Android 2.1.
The next Nexus smartphone has been tipped this week with a 3D camera akin to Google's Project Tango device line. Two Nexus smartphones have been tipped to be released this year, both with Android M under the hood. One, a relatively normal Nexus device with low cost and a vanilla edition of Android, made by Huawei. The other, an LG-made Nexus device with a 3D camera - not as cheap, but still running the next version of Android nonetheless. The LG-made smartphone won't necessarily be called "Nexus" - it might be released on completely different terms.
Microsoft Research's biggest investment is machine learning, the R&D division's new chief has revealed, claiming the team is "well within reach of solving speech recognition" as well as intelligently analyzing the content of images. "Machine learning is the really big one" Peter Lee told MIT Technology Review, "it is our number one investment." With the Nokia acquisition in the pipeline, Lee also says that the goal is to make tomorrow's Windows Phones "aware of what you are doing" through sensors and wearables.
Microsoft's Windows Phone platform is long due for the next update. Since launch of the platform late last year, only one update has been distributed so far that brought the much needed copy and paste feature. Hence, WP7 users are anxious for the next update codenamed "Mango" and possibly rebranded as Windows Phone 7.5, that should bring a whole slew of additional improvements including multi-tasking.
Samsung's struggles with the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab would have been much simplified, many believed, if the company brought out a WiFi-only version of the slate, just as Apple did from the get-go with the iPad. Unfortunately it's taken Samsung five to six months to delivery the Samsung Galaxy Tab WiFi (GT-P1010/W16), but at least now we have an official US release date and price.
At a utterly lovely Sprint media event at CTIA 2011, gold and yellow tones abound, Sprint has announced what they hope will be a heavy contender in this massively competitive 2011 season for Android. It began with a lovely floaty Andy video in full 3D, showing him float about, transforming things from flat to 3D. It was instantly apparent that the device would be the next step in the EVO line. The first announcment was the HTC EVO 3D, the first 4G device with a dual-core and 3D capability with no glasses needed.
Sprint and Kyocera joined forces to reveal the very first dual touchscreen Android phone--the Echo--at this evening’s special “Industry First” event hosted by Sprint. Our guys are there live and and ready to bring the scoop. So far a super sized version of the phone has been on stage that unfolded itself to show an amazing dual screen. Their goal is to create a tablet-like device that that can easily fold up and fit into your pocket.