HTC Scorpion Tech Specs Leaked

The tech-sphere is abuzz with rumors relating to upcoming HTC models lately and the newest to make it to the list is HTC Scorpion. Folks at AndroidSpin reveal an anonymous source as revealing crucial details about the HTC Scorpion. This is what we know at the moment

  • 1.5 GHz processor
  • Android 2.2 OS
  • Wimax availability

How credible is this news? We can’t say. But we would like to assume that if this is true, then we could be seeing one of the “smartest” phones around that can beat the processing speed of even the Nexus One hands down. What do you think?

[via Android Spin]

HTC Bravo May Launch In March With Orange

This is strictly a rumor and is more likely to be false than true, but according to “leaked” Orange documents, HTC Bravo might launch in March and Orange could be a likely partner.

According to reports on Phandroid, these are the likely specifciations of the new smartphone from HTC

  • 1GHz Snapdragon CPU
  • 3.7? AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with WVGA resolution (480 x 800)
  • 5MP camera
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • HSDPA
  • HSUPA

Think it’s very close to the Nexus One? We too feel the same way and that is exactly why we think this rumor does not mean much.

[via Phandroid]

Will Google Buy T-Mobile To Enter Telecom Industry?

A recent report by Gerson Lehrman Consulting group has recommended an acquisition of T-Mobile by Internet giant Google. In their recent report, the analysts claim T-Mobile’s rumored decision to generate additional funds to grow their business could be in complete sync with Google’s own ambitions to move into the network connectivity space.

T-Mobile, part of Deutsche Telekom is the fourth largest carrier in the US with close to 14% market share. However, the company has failed to grow to its potential and has constantly fallen to accusations regarding a poor network infrastructure. It has been recently rumored that the company may either choose to file an IPO to generate funds or could be planning to spin-off the American business into a separate entity.

“With Google Voice and now the Nexus One, like it or not Google is becoming a telecom operator. Perhaps their relationships with carriers will go the way of their relationship with Apple…friends first, now direct competitors

I believe Google views the largest U.S. operators as competitors and are obstacles to owning the mobile channel, and if they purchased T-Mobile they would pick-up 33 Million new Google Voice users “

While this is entirely speculated information at this point, it does appear to make great business sense. Will we see Google Telecom soon? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

[via GL Group, CNET]

Nexus One On AT&T And Sprint 3G Networks Soon

The Google Phone could soon be made available on AT&T and Sprint’s 3G networks. If rumors are to be believed, work on this is already happening behind the scenes.

Documents submitted to FCC recently have offered indications of the Nexus One becoming available on AT&T’s 3G network soon. If you are wondering if this is something that is already possible, here is a clarification : Unlocked version of Nexus One is available for $529. However, you cannot use the device to access internet via AT&T or Sprint’s 3G networks. The device can only access the 3G network from T-Mobile. Users who do unlock the device can only access internet via AT&T’s Edge or 2.5G networks.

While partnership with AT&T appears likely after documents submitted to FCC, the speculations about Sprint remain sketchy though. Folks at Gizmodo write that they received the following response when they contacted Sprint for a Nexus One handset

Thank you for contacting Sprint regarding the nexus one.Unfortunately, this handset model is not on offer as of now.Once it is launched, you will see promotional campaigns related to thelaunch date, cost and the features of the handset on our Web site andother promotional media.Thank you for showing interest in our products & services. Please let usknow if you would like us to assist you with anything else.

Not very convincing, but sure gives an indication that something’s cooking.

[via Gizmodo, CNET]

Google Tablet : Does This Look Better Than The iPad?

Till late last year, the tablet was just a concept – a futuristic device that had been in the making for more than a decade. But in just a span of few months, things have changed. Not only did Apple demo the iPad, but there are also rumors that Google is now looking to launch their own tablet device.

Last week we had written about the likelihood of the Chrome OS supporting touch based technology. Now there are more indications of the Chrome OS being used in an iPad-like Tablet.

Concept video and pictures posted on the Chromium developers website (The Chrome open source project) give us an indication of what the Google tablet could look like. Check it out below

TechCrunch offers more insights about the device. According to their sources, there is more than one Chrome OS based tablet in the making. However, like with the Nexus One, only one of the tablet will be officially declared a Google Tablet while the rest will run on the Chrome OS and be branded with the respective manufacturers’ logo.

With a lot of these devices expected to be out by the end of the year, do you see the laptop market in danger? What are your thoughts on this?

[via Chrome Dev, TechCrunch]

Walmart To Sell Google Nexus One Phone?

When Google announced their foray into the smartphone business with the launch of Nexus One earlier this month, they also brought a new distribution model. The Nexus One was sold solely via the Google website cutting off the middlemen in the process.

However, it now appears that the handset could also reach the shelves of Walmart. Folks at AndroidandMe have noticed Nexus One being listed as ‘Coming Soon’ at the Walmart Wireless website. What’s more the 3G network specs of the Nexus One indicates possible support for AT&T, Verizon and Sprint though as we know currently, the device is only available on T-Mobile.

It is not clear if the device would be actually be put on the shelves or will be available through Walmart’s website. For now, we presume only the latter is likely since getting the device to the shelves on Walmart would require a new supply chain strategy to be worked out which the company has apparently not brought about so far.

Check out the page yourself and let us know what you think?

[AndroidandMe via Mashable]

For Google, It is Now Location Location Location

The past few months has shown an apparently changed stance from Google. We have seen the Big G focus rather explicitly on two things – Mobile and Location based applications.

For starters, here are a few things
Google has been working on building the next big mobile platform – Android 2.1
Google is very soon bringing its own mobile handset – the Nexus One
Google was rumored to buy Yelp, the regional hotspots review website
Google distributed close to 190,000 stickers to small businesses for users to easily get info about these businesses

These are just a few of them. But it is not too difficult to fathom why. As a matter of fact, most of Google’s biggest competitors are taking the same strategy considering that location and mobile internet are going to be really big in just a few years now.

That makes us wonder, if FourSquare is a nice fish for G to catch!

Google Nexus One Coming on January 5

You don’t need to teach the art of marketing to the biggest advertising company in the world. Google Nexus One, the much awaited smartphone from Google is rumored to be making its commercial launch in less than ten days – On January 5th.

Apparently, it will not be available to everyone then and shall be on an invitation-only basis. It is still unclear who is going to receive the first batch of phones – Google Employees? Android developers? or is through lottery? Nobody knows and that is exactly fuelling this buzz.

The phone looks a much better device from the iPhone – It has got an amazing 3.7″ WVGA AMOLED screen display, a 5 megapixel camera that comes with autoflash and 2X digital zoom. Overall, Nexus One is marginally bigger than the iPhone but performs much better. What’s more, it is on Android which being an open platform is always better than the closed platform from Apple.

So, who is getting the device? We will keep you posted on that.