Monday, 5 July 2010

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Schmidt: no Google Nexus Two plans

Posted: 05 Jul 2010 02:33 AM PDT

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has confirmed that there will be no Google Nexus Two device, telling The Telegraph that “the idea a year and a half ago was to do the Nexus One to try to move the phone platform hardware business forward. It clearly did. It was so successful, we didn’t have to do a second one.”  While previous rumors have suggested that Google might follow up the Nexus One with a hardware QWERTY model, Schmidt said of the decision not to continue with own-brand devices that they “like that flexibility, we think that flexibility is characteristic of nimbleness at our scale.”

As for criticism regarding sales of the Nexus One, Schmidt says that of the decision not to make a sequel “[Google] would view that as positive but people criticised us heavily for that. I called up the board and said: ‘Ok, it worked. Congratulations – we’re stopping’.”  The CEO also touched on data security, saying “the reality is we make decisions based on what the average user tells us and we do check. And the reason that you should trust us is that if we were to violate that trust people would move immediately to someone else. We’re very non-sticky so we have a very high interest in maintaining the trust of those users.”

[via Neowin]


LG Android tablet & new HD-capable Optimus Z coming Q4 2010

Posted: 05 Jul 2010 02:03 AM PDT

LG Korea has announced plans for an Android-based tablet, to be released in Q4 2010.  Details on the new device are scant; however LG are also looking at a refresh of the Optimus Z SU950 in Q4, which will be updated to Android 2.2, one of four significant Android phone launches in Korea this year.

The new Optimus Z will apparently have a 3.8-inch display – up from the 3.5-inches of the existing handset – and use the same OMAP3630 CPU as found in the DROID X.  It’ll also capture HD-quality video and have DLNA support for wireless multimedia streaming.

LG is also preparing for an Android 2.1 update for the Optimus Q LU2300 in August, followed by Android 2.2 updates later in the year.

[LG's press release is in Korean and Google's translation isn't too great - anyone out there read Korean and who might be able to shed more light on the news?]


QWERTY-toting HTC Vision leaks: Desire with a keyboard)

Posted: 05 Jul 2010 12:56 AM PDT

A new HTC smartphone has been spotted in the wild, and answering the prayers of many it’s a hardware QWERTY device running Android.  The handset – believed to be the HTC Vision first described back in May – has a 3.7-inch touchscreen, 1GHz processor and a slide-out QWERTY ‘board, and was caught by

There’s also HTC’s Sense UI and a large optical trackpad.  We’re guessing they keyboard layout isn’t finalised, as some of the function keys show generic icons rather than specific links to apps as they normally might.  According to the earlier leaks, the HTC Vision will basically be the HTC Desire with a physical keyboard, not something we’d be disappointed in seeing whatsoever.

[via Engadget]


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