Google’s Andy Rubin Gives a Flash of Tablet Future

Taking the stage to kick off D: Dive into Mobile, Google’s Andy Rubin gave a glimpse of Android 3.0 running on a prototype Motorola tablet. That was the icing on a pastry-laden talk filled with Gingerbread, Froyo and Honeycomb.


T-Mobile's G2 Tease Draws Interest, Faces a Glitch

T-Mobile’s effort to drum up interest in its next flagship phone appeared to be a hit—but also a miss—on Wednesday. The official announcement of the new phone—dubbed the G2—spurred Web searches for the device and made it a trending topic on Google. But the carrier temporarily pulled down a new promotional site for the phone after discovering that the website showed some visitors the names and email addresses of other people registering for information about the device.

Apple Sues HTC [Complete Court Filings]

Earlier this morning, Apple revealed that it has filed suit against smartphone manufacturer HTC, accusing the company of infringing on 20 Apple patents tied to the iPhone. Named as exhibits in the litigation: A handful of Android and Windows Mobile devices. After the jump, copies of the suit, which was filed with the office of the United States International Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court in Delaware.

Google: We Prioritize the End User Over the Advertiser, Unless We’re the Advertiser

How’s this for product placement? Google is promoting its new Nexus One “superphone” from the front pages of two of its most highly trafficked properties– and YouTube.

The GPhone Lives: Google Uncrates the Nexus One “Superphone”

During an Android demo in April 2008, Steve Horowitz, one of the original engineers working on Google’s Android platform, said, “I’m here to tell you there is actually no GPhone.” Now, not two years later, Google is telling us something different. There is a GPhone, its name is Nexus One and Google officially unveiled it this morning at an event at its Mountain View, Calif., headquarters.

Google Pals Up With T-Mobile to Push Its “Nexus One” Phone

Google plans to sell its new phone on its own Web site, without getting a wireless carrier to subsidize the cost of the handset. But that doesn’t mean Google won’t also work with a carrier: The search giant intends to launch its touchscreen phone next year with the help of T-Mobile say sources familiar with its plans. But will the other big telcos come around? Or not?

Google Acquires AdMob for $750 Million in Stock (Plus the Press Release and Video With CEO)

Google has acquired AdMob for $750 million, a huge price for an innovative start-up that hass pioneered online ads on mobile and now smart phones. BoomTown visited AdMob last fall and posted about how it was likely to eventually be acquired by…Google! The move is a major one for the search giant, which has been pushing hard into the mobile advertising space as it seeks to grow its already considerable Web business. AdMob is arguably the fastest out of the gate in the nascent arena. Plus, here’s AdMob CEO Omar Hamoui in a video interview with me last November, as well as the official press release on the sale.


Android Phones Proliferate

Until this summer, U.S. consumers interested in owning an Android-powered cellphone were limited to T-Mobile’s G1. But the Google operating system is appearing in a slew of new handsets by HTC, Samsung, LG and Motorola. The specs for Samsung’s newest Android phone, the I5700 Galaxy Lite, leaked in an online video that made its way around the Web Tuesday.

Second Chances: T-Mobile Tries Again

A review of T-Mobile myTouch 3G with Google, the second “Google phone” to be released.

More iPhone Apps = Less TV, Newspapers and Everything Else

The more time iPhone users spend fondling their apps, the less they have for everything else. Obvious, but important, for media folks trying to figure out what the mobile movement means to them.

myTouch? Seriously?

The Smartphone Wars

Goodbye BlackBerry (and Hello iFart App?)