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To help realize the goals of NASA's PhoneSat project, engineers have turned to off-the-shelf consumer gadgets for parts, harnessing the internals of Google's Nexus hardware as the brains of the operation.
Google's apparently ready to greatly expand its Nexus program: the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the company plans to give as many as five device OEMs early access to future versions of Android and sell those devices directly to consumers.
Google has just gotten back into the business of selling smartphones directly. The HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus is going to be for sale, unlocked, for $399 in a new "Devices" section of Google Play. Customers in the US could only get the GSM Galaxy Nexus previously from a "gray market" retailer, as only the Verizon and brand-new Sprint variants have been available to-date.
HTC Turkey took to Facebook yesterday to lay out its plans for upgrading its phones to the latest and greatest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. The chart shows that nearly all of the companies recent phones (the Rhyme is notable exception) are confirmed to be getting ICS this year.
Patrick Boivin and his stop-motion Nexus Ninjas have an affinity for unboxing Google's flagship Android devices — generally with some crazy flips and flying kicks — that dates back to 2010's Nexus One. For their third outing, the ninjas downgrade to 8-bit as Red seeks out the missing Galaxy Nexus in a sidescrolling brawler beautifully reminiscent of classics like Double Dragon and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The Google Nexus One, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, and the original Xoom tablet do not contain Carrier IQ software.
Verzo launched the Kinzo today, an Android 2.2-based smartphone that eschews high-end specs for offline GPS, accessories, and access to the company's future.
Philips has launched its line of Fidelio Android speaker docks in the UK, all of which feature a unique Flexidock microUSB connector that swivels to charge any Android device.