New Fossil Watch Prototype To Sync With Your Android Device

If you watch the Blackberry community at all you would know that they have eagerly been awaiting the release of a “smartwatch” for quite some time.  While it looks like Fossil has decided to give “geeks” and “nerds” a chance to look very stylish while wearing a “smartwatch’.  The Fossil Connected will sync with your Android device via Bluetooth and display emails, SMS, weather updates, etc.  I for one would wear this watch everyday and be proud that it is a little “nerdy” but very awesome all at the same time.

There is no news on when this watch from Fossil will be available to consumers as they are shopping the watch around Silicone Valley at the moment.  However there is word that when it is available that will retail somewhere around the $200 range, which is completely acceptable.  Would you wear a watch lie this on a daily basis?  Please let us know by dropping a comment or by heading over to the Androidnerds Forums

Source: Phandroid

Full Teardown Of The New Samsung Nexus S

Did you pick yourself up a new Nexus S today and have been looking at it wondering what makes it tick?  Well the fine folks over at iFixit have you covered!  It was really only a matter of time before someone posted up a full teardown of this new device to see what Samsung had done.  They discovered some interesting things about the Nexus S, here are some of them…

  • Only the front glass panel is curved, the rest of the touchscreen components are flat as usual.
  • It’s using the same low-power Broadcomm BCM4329GKUBG WiFi chip as the third generation iPod Touch.
  • The internal storage is a SanDisk SDIN4C2 16GB MLC NAND flash chip, so there’s none of that soldered in SDcard monkey business we’ve seen with other recent devices.
  • The front facing camera (640×480) and the rear 5MP camera share the same connector and are essentially one unit.

Now if you a real Android Nerd and want to look at the teardown step by step click here

Source: Android Central

Nexus S Already Rooted!!

We all knew that it wouldn’t take long for someone to get this done, but the Nexus S has been rooted and already has Clockwork recovery installed.  The best part about this is that we will soon start to see some very cool customer ROMs come out.  If you picked up a Nexus S today and are looking to root please click here for instructions.  Now please remember to be careful if you decide to root as you can very easily turn your brand new Nexus into a “brick”.

Source: Android Central

Google Maps Updated To v.5.0.0, Available In The Market

We had previously seen some quick shots and videos of the latest update to Google Maps, such as with Andy Rubin and his Motorola prototype tablet, well today it is available to everyone in the market.  The latest update to Google Maps is a big one and now includes a 3D tilt feature as well as vector graphics, which reduces the amount of “tiling” that you will get when scrolling through maps.  Now there is one downside to this update as not all of the Android devices are fully compatible.  Amongst the compatible devices there are the Samsung Nexus S, Galaxy S, Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid 2, Droid X, HTC Droid Incredible, Evo 4G, G2.  And now for the partially compatible devices (which includes my current Android device, darn!) the HTC Desire, SE Xperia X10, LG Ally and Nexus One are partially supported.  It is a little disappointing that the Nexus One is not fully compatible, but I suppose that it does make sense considering today was the launch day for the new Nexus S.

If your phone is not on those lists please download the new version and let us know if it works or not by dropping a comment or by heading over to the Androidnerds Forums

Market Link

Source: Android Central

Tegra 2 Dual-Core Optimus 2X Announced By LG

We all knew that this was coming, but LG has officially announced their Tegra 2 dual-core Android device.  The Optimus 2X has been known by the LG Star until today, and this device looks like it is going to be a power house.  The specs on this device are…

  • 1Ghz Dual-core Processor (NVIDIA Tegra 2)
  • 4-inch WVGA screen
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo), upgradeable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 8GB memory (up to 32GB via microSD)
  • 1,500 mAh battery
  • 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera
  • HDMI mirroring
  • 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 playback and recording

Now as rumored the Optimus 2X will be available in Asia and Europe first, and LG will be at CES in January, so hopefully we will be able to bring you some more news and photos then.

Have any of you been waiting to upgrade or get your first Android device for a dual-core device?  Please let us know by dropping a comment or by heading over to the Androidnerds Forums

Source: Android Central

Dolphin Mini Beta Browser Now Available In The Market

If you aren’t a fan of the standard browser on Android and are looking for something new to try, the Dolphin Mini beta browser is now available in the market.  We had previously seen some shots of the testing phase, but it is now in an open testing phase.  The developers wanted to create a fast browsing experience with a nice UI that didn’t take up a huge amount of space.  The key features of the browser are…

  • Speed through the web
  • Browse with ease
  • New fresh UI
  • Speed Dial Homepage
  • Infinite tabs browsing
  • Innovative Menu design
  • Powerful tool box
  • Gesture commands

I would definitely give this browser a shot if you are looking for a change, with some speed increases.  Now please remember that this is still in beta and will most likely contain some bugs, so please report any issues to the Dolphin team and let us and your fellow nerds know by heading over to the Androidnerds Forums

Market Link

Source: Android Central

Gingerbread To Hit AOSP Sooner Than Expected

Since the annoucement of the Nexus S and Gingerbread, all of us rooted users have been wondering when we will see our favourite ROM chefs cooking up a Gingerbread build. Well according to Google employee Jean-Baptiste Queru, we will see Gingerbread go to the AOSP soon after the Nexus S starts to ship.  Now this is much earlier than anyone expected…. but we’re not complaining.  What this really means is that guys like CyanogenMod can get it and start making their magic.  Again there is no firm date on how soon “soon” is, but hopefully we will see it within the next couple of weeks.

Source:Android Central

Android Malware On The Rise

As more and more people begin to use a handheld device, rather than a pc to carry out their daily routine, so do thieves. As the title states, Malware attacks are higher than ever on Android. They are Up almost 33% from last year. Thieves seem to be noticing that more can be achieved from hacking a handheld.

I’m offereing a bit of forewarning. Do some research before downloading. Check the permissions for the app. Read the reviews. Be careful.

How do you feel about the security of your device? As always, leave a comment for me or jump in the forums headfirst!

Honeycomb Will Not Require Physical or Capacitive Buttons

Seen above is the rumored Moto tablet running Honeycomb. As per the Andy Rubin Interview, the new OS will not require Physical/capacitive buttons. Rather than using these buttons, The team at Android has incorporated the three small icons in the lower left part of the screen. These will be part of the UI and will give the user quick access to Home, Back, and Menu, regardless of screen orientation.

Seems like a step in the right direction for Android. Nice Work!

What do you think of the buttonless possibilities? Let us know in a comment below, or head over to the Forums.

HTC To Release 4G LTE devices during Q2 of 2011

This may be a marketing ploy on HTCs part, but the manufacturer has announced that they will not release a 4G LTE device until mid 2011. This is strange, as we have had many leaked pictures of the Mecha in the wild. Only time will tell…

Source: Android Central