If 3D is the chicken and the Avatar DVD is the egg, somehow we should all get free chickens or 3D is DOA. Or something like that. We've all still got a bit of a BBQ hangover from our time in Austin, but at least Rafe's here to make a little sense. Oh, wait, he came up with the 3D chicken thing. Anyway, Facebook rules the Web, IE 9 may or may not embrace actual standards, and Droid users are getting 2.1, finally. We're home.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) … Read more
The tech industry wants Google to deliver an iPhone "killer," and continues to be disappointed that Google doesn't share that interest.
The reaction to a report issued Tuesday by Flurry Analytics managed to completely overlook some interesting news--the Android-based Motorola Droid outsold the original iPhone over the same period of time following their respective launches--to focus instead on the sales numbers for the Nexus One.
Google has sold an estimated 135,000 Nexus One phones in the 74 days since it arrived, according to Flurry, a time frame chosen for comparison purposes because Apple sold 1 million iPhones in the first 74 days of its existence in 2007.
Given that 135,000 units add up to way fewer than 1 million units, it's easy to label the Nexus One launch a "flop." But that conclusion assumes that Google intended to sell a mass-market phone all along.
We've said it before, but we'll say it again: the Nexus One is not the One True Phone descended from on high to restore order to an iPhone-dominated world. Google is indeed very interested in having its Android operating system become the alternative to the iPhone, but it is not fighting the same fight with the Nexus One that Apple, Palm, Research In Motion, Nokia, and countless others are fighting.
When it launched in January, Google Android chief Andy Rubin told GigaOm that he expected the company would sell 150,000 Nexus Ones. He didn't specify a time frame, but he didn't say "74 days" either. So it's just as easy to make the argument that the Nexus One is actually a huge success based on the Flurry numbers and Google's own expectations.
Though sales of the Nexus One aren't exactly booming, perhaps the addition of the AT&T and Rogers Wireless models of the Android smartphone might give Google a boost. That's right: available immediately, you can now get a version of the Nexus One that is compatible with AT&T's and Rogers' 3G networks (850/1900/2100MHz). Aside from the different 3G bands, the handset looks to be the same as the T-Mobile/unlocked version we reviewed back in January. The Nexus One is available directly from Google for $529 without a contract.
It appears many BlackBerry users aren't married to their choice of smartphones.
The company has succeeded by putting the low-cost but functional wireless devices into the hands of mid-level execs with no previous smartphone experience. BlackBerry wasn't much (for the most part) of an innovator technologically as it was in business and that's OK. As a nerd, though, it's the tech that appeals to me, and that's why I go for things like my iPhone. And I'm not the only one.
Veronica Belmont and Ben Huh join us on stage to talk about the brewing war between Apple and Google, pay walls on the web... and we also wage tiny cute little wars on each other as well.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 1185
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Last month, we shared the sad story of how our brand-new Google Nexus One went from Crave fave to purple nurple, with a cracked screen that scarred its beautiful AMOLED screen forever.
We took our Nexus One to HTC support--under encouragement from Google--and it promised to investigate fully. Now the results are in, and HTC tells us it couldn't find anything that could have caused a crack while the phone wasn't being handled.
Read more of "HTC on Nexus One cracked screen: 'They don't go in pockets'" at Crave UK.
According to "sources familiar with the matter," Verizon Wireless will release the Nexus One on March 23. Tech Web site Neowin.net is reporting that the nation's largest carrier plans to make the official availability announcement on the first day of the annual CTIA trade show in Las Vegas.
Although no Verizon reps are scheduled to take the stage for any keynote address, the carrier will have a booth. As the Google Android handset isn't brand new, a simple press release might suffice for getting the word out.
It's been far too long between visits, but CNET reporter Caroline McCarthy is back in New York and joins our sewing circle today on The 404 Podcast. Lately it's been difficult to track down our favorite jet-setter, so Caroline's Dopplr feed comes in handy for locating her.
We start things off with a chat about Caroline's recent travels and why "Up in the Air" brought tears to her eyes. CMC tells us about her two favorite airlines and the luxurious amenities offered to those special travelers who can somehow find a way to sneak in to the executive lounge. We had no idea airports have showers, and we're starting to scheme on how we can match her frequent flier miles.
On the topic of movies, movie-goers might be thrilled or crushed to hear that a "Zoolander" sequel is in the works. Ben Stiller and writer Justin Theroux are both back for the next movie, but my fellow hosts are disappointed to learn that Jonah Hill is close to getting signed to play the villain.
More disappointing news: Owen Wilson has yet to confirm his reprisal of Hansel, who might or might not be so hot right now. However, the entire conversation gets derailed when Caroline drops a bomb on the studio and makes a polarizing comparison to the original "Zoolander" that has Jeff reaching for the mute button.
Caroline also tells us about the wacky citizens of Topeka, Kan., unofficially changing the city's name to "Google" in a sell-out move to be the first city to test Google's fiber-optic technology. As pathetic as it sounds, I guess anything is better than ToPikachu. Also, a side note: you need to click this to witness Caroline's master MS Paint skills. Who needs Photoshop?
The big story in the tech and entertainment world today is "The Daily Show" and "Colbert Report" getting yanked from Hulu after the two couldn't reach an agreement over extended rights from Comedy Central and its parent company, Viacom. Fans of the shows can still watch full episodes on comedycentral.com, but Wilson and Caroline have their own predictions for their final destinations.EPISODE 529 Subscribe in iTunes audio | Suscribe to iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
Fortify yourself for some frenetic phone-fanboy fighting.
As part of a series of in-depth investigations into the screen quality of the iPhone and the Nexus One, the visual experts at DisplayMate claim that, scientifically speaking, the iPhone's LED-backlit display is a clear winner.
Examine the images for yourself: on the Nexus One's theoretically more advanced AMOLED screen, DisplayMate says, "there are lots of issues, problems and artifacts lurking just below the surface." Thanks go to OLED-Display for a tip-off about the study.
Though we've known since January that Verizon Wireless is getting a Nexus One, this week we saw the first sign that the handset may arrive soon. A CDMA HTC phone with the ID "PB99300" cleared the Federal Communications Commission's certification process this week. As Phonescoop pointed out, the GSM Nexus One's FCC ID is PB99100, which is pretty close to the new device's ID. HTC omitted the retail product name from its FCC documents, but the consensus is that we have our Verizon model in print. Also in FCC land this week is the … Read more