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Happy New Year… CES 2010 and Nexus One incoming!

Happy New Year… CES 2010 and Nexus One incoming!

It's January 1st 2010, and the entire SlashGear team wish all our readers a very Happy New Year.  Since it's a public holiday in the US we'll be giving you a break from our regular coverage; rest up, though, as we're facing a tech-packed seven days.  CES 2010 and Google's Android announcement are all fast approaching: read on for what we're expecting from the first full week of 2010...

The biggest event is undoubtedly CES 2010, and the SlashGear team will be on-site bringing you the latest hardware from the show floor, covering the press conferences and generally picking out the best of new consumer electronics.  Netbooks and Smartbooks look set to dominate many of the announcements, pitting Intel's latest Pine Trail Atom processors against low-power, high-performance mobile chipsets from Qualcomm, Freescale and others.   We're also expecting to see some non-notebook form-factors, perhaps finally delivering to the mainstream the MIDs, UMPCs and Tablets that have so long been promised.

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HTC Android Tablet appearing privately at CES 2010; Chrome OS version in prototype form?

HTC Android Tablet appearing privately at CES 2010; Chrome OS version in prototype form?

HTC's potential tablet plans have always been played down by the company - CEO Peter Chou edged around speculation a few months back, before speculating that his engineers were "carefully looking" at netbook possibilities later on - but that hasn't stopped the rumors.  According to Smarthouse HTC are preparing "several working models of a touch tablet", including at least one running Google Chrome OS; their sources reckon HTC will be giving private demos of an Android version at CES 2010 next week.

Google Nexus One already rooted with Superboot

Google Nexus One already rooted with Superboot

Googles revolutionary new phone the Nexus One has yet to be released and yet has already been hacked by a user over at the Android @ MoDaCo forums. A user named Paul has released a boot.img that, when flashed, will root your device the first time it is started up, entirely eliminating the need to flash your  system partition or mess with over writing the preinstalled ROM on your device. That eliminates much of the hassle that was involved with rooting Google's first Android device, the G1.

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Google Nexus One $180 with contract tips leaked purchase page

Google Nexus One $180 with contract tips leaked purchase page

Today's Google Nexus One rumors really add some meat to the bones of the Android 2.1 smartphone, and with the upcoming "media gathering" - which SlashGear will be attending to bring you back all the juicy details - just a week away we've finally got some solid pricing details.  Both Gizmodo and Engadget have been sent leaked screenshots from what their respective tipsters claim to be the Google.com/phone sales page, suggesting a $530 unsubsidized price or - if you're willing to sign up to a two-year agreement with T-Mobile; more plan details after the cut - a subsidized $180.

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T-Mobile leak confirms “Google Android Phone” in early January

T-Mobile leak confirms “Google Android Phone” in early January

Leaky T-Mobile is spilling Google Nexus One details this morning, with both BGR and TmoNews receiving internal screenshots from the carrier.  Both show the same page from T-Mobile's StreamLine employee systems, which suggest that "Google, with support from T-Mobile, is scheduled to launch a new Android device in early January".  It goes on to confirm that Google will be distributing the Nexus One solely via the web, splitting hardware and tariff support between them and the carrier.

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Google Nexus One Bluetooth car dock gets FCC tested

Google Nexus One Bluetooth car dock gets FCC tested

Yesterday the Bluetooth desktop dock, today the Bluetooth car dock; FCC filings for Google Nexus One accessories are cropping up with increasing regularity.  Described in the document as for the "Google Phone" - rather than the Nexus One, as the handset has always been referred to previously - the car dock looks, from the hastily slapped together diagram you can see after the cut, like a pretty straightforward in-car cradle.

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HTC profiled: Android success and 95% “target failure rates”

HTC profiled: Android success and 95% “target failure rates”

Given they're the ODM behind the Google Nexus One, and that they're fast becoming one of the recognizable brands in smartphones, it seems like 2009 - and 2010 - really is HTC's coming-of-age.  Over at Wired they've been looking into what the company has done to rise from the ranks of OEMs, including setting a 95-percent "target failure rate" for its R&D division, to encourage faster idea generation, and slipping into bed early with Google.

Google Nexus One specs leak; Initial sales invite-only

Google Nexus One specs leak; Initial sales invite-only

Full specifications and some launch news tidbits for the Google Nexus One have emerged, and according to Engadget's source the first devices - from Google at least - will be offered by invitation only.  The first batch are likely going to developers, similar to how Google offered previous dev handsets, but those sales will be followed up by general T-Mobile USA availability.  The Nexus One will have a Qualcomm 1GHz QSD8250 processor, UMTS/HSPA 900/1700/2100 (i.e. only EDGE max on AT&T), WiFi a/b/g/n and a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED display.

Full specifications after the cut, plus live Google Nexus One demo

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