NDrive now on Android

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NDrive GPS navigation app - which has been available on the iPhone is now available for Android users. What’s difference between Google Maps Navigation and NDrive? and why should you pay for NDrive when Google Maps Navigation is free? Well first off Google Maps Navigation needs a high speed data service for the app to be useful, and secondly not everybody lives in the U.S. where Google Maps Navigation works. So NDrive uses complete maps installed on your phone and does not require 3G data service which maybe costly for some people.

NDrive offers turn-by-turn voice instructions, itineraries, searching by many different categories, three distinct modes of routing, favorites, points of interest and radar databases. Some other features include advanced itineraries with multiple waypoints for trip planning, some 3D objects for buildings and landmarks, availability of both ABC or QWERTY keyboard modes, and automatic Day/Night mode switching.

NDrive will work on Android versions 1.5, 1.6, and 2.0 which include devices such as Motorola Droid, T-Mobile’s G1, HTC’s Magic, Hero, and Dream, and the Samsung i7500.

See the prices after the jump:

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google nexus one

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Google Nexus One is apparently the name of the Google phone that was leaked with some pictures yesterday. Story is that the device was given to all Googlers for testing and it is expected to hit the market as soon as next month.

The key points are that there are no associated wireless carriers - you just plug in any SIM card you want; it looks just like an HTC Passion but it is not branded with HTC logo in any way.

Does it have GPS? We don’t know. Nobody has the actual specs on this phone other than the fact that it’ll have Snapdragon processor. But you can bet your life it’ll have GPS with A-GPS support.

Engadget has more speculations:

  • likely to be called something other Nexus One when it comes out
  • given to Googlers on the 10th of December
  • possibly 3.7-inch AMOLED display, 5 megapixel camera

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HTC Legend for T-Mobile

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According to some leaked info this is one of the models that maybe coming to T-Mobile in 2010 from HTC. It is called HTC Legend - that is until T-Mo decides to rebrand it.

The new HTC Legend measures 111x57x11.4mm in size and comes with a 1300mAh battery that sure would last at least two days if you don’t go crazy with GPS navigation and streaming Pandora.

It will run on WCDMA/HSPA 900/2100MHZ; GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHZ which can support download speeds of up to 7.2Mbps.

The O.S. is of course Android, if you couldn’t already tell from the chin, comes with GPS, and has A-GPS for faster satellite fix times.

Other features of HTC Legend include 3.2″ HVGA AMOLOED capacitive touch screen, 5MP camera with auto focus and flash, 512MB flash, 256MB RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, compass, G-sensor, 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio, an optical mouse, and finally a 600Mhz Qualcomm MSM 7227 processor…

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Droid shows Google Navigation

Does your phone give you directions? - when you ask it to? (speech recognition) - by telling you (text-to-speech) ? Displaying 3D satellite views, event what your destination looks like (street view)?

Droid Does.

HTC HD2 GPS navigation

Here is a video of CoPilot and TomTom apps being tested on an HTC HD2 with WinMo.

Looks pretty sleek. However with CoPilot landscape mode isn’t all the efficient for making use of that screen. TomTom does a better job. HTC HD2 is a giant phone by the way…

waze demo video

As you know we talked about Waze a while ago - and if you read that review you might know that our trial didn’t go that well. Well they now have a demo video up and of course it works flawlessly there. Waze provides crowd sourced maps, and traffic information. Of course it provides voice guided GPS navigation too.

Check out the video if you want to know more about Waze.

Samsung Galaxy Lite i5700


Maybe you’re not into the Android phones from HTC, maybe it is the chin, maybe something else. We hear you - and we’re happy to present you a new Android phone from Samsung called Galaxy Lite i5700. However you’ll have to until the new year - 2010, that is.

Samsung Galaxy Lite i5700 is supposed to be an affordable phone so we’re guessing that the price will be below $250 but we have nothing to confirm that right now.

Galaxy Lite i5700 will come in white or black colors and have a 3″ screen. Some of the other specs include WiFi, 3.2MP digital camera with auto focus, microSD card slot, accelerometer, GPS, A-GPS support, bluetooth, and of course 3G connectivity. You’ve also got 200MG of memory, and the screen resolution of 320×480 pixels…

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nuviphone will cost $300


Some rumors on the interwebs are suggesting the nuviphone G60 will go for $300 after a two year contract and a $100 mail-in-rebate. That is quite pricey - and straight up it is even worse. Without a contract it will cost $550 - almost worth 2 low end netbooks :) even though we realize that is not a fair comparison.

As you know nuviphone already came out in Asia couple of months ago and we’ve been waiting for the North America launch for a looong time.

HTC Tattoo + Android

HTC likes to call HTC Tattoo as the phone that will bring Android to the masses. Looking at the specs and the price we kinda want to agree with them. Even though the pricing is not yet announced we’re thinking this HTC Tattoo packed with Android goodness will cost somewhere between $200 and $300. We’ll only have to wait 3 more weeks as it will be available in Europe in early October.

You can have a look at the product tour or check out specs for HTC Tattoo:

  • Qualcomm MSM7225, 528 MHz
  • Memory ROM: 512 MB
  • RAM: 256 MB
  • 2.8-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with 240×320 QVGA resolution
  • HSPA/WCDMA
  • Internal GPS antenna
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g
  • HTC ExtUSB (11-pin mini-USB 2.0)
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • 3.2 megapixel color camera
  • 1100 mAh Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
  • Talk time:Up to 342 minutes for WCDMA,390 minutes for GSM
  • Standby time: Up to 520 hours for WCDMA, 340 hours for GSM
  • microSD memory card
  • G-sensor
  • Digital Compass
  • FM Radio

Sprint HTC Hero


Sprint is getting ready to release their first Google Android phone, the Sprint HTC Hero.

Sprint has a pretty decent EVDO Rev. A. 3G network, so using a highly connected Android phone on this network should be pretty fun. It will be available on October 11th for $180 after a $50 instant savings and a $100 mail-in rebate with a two-year contract.

Some features of the HTC Hero is include Wi-Fi connection, a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom capability, integrated GPS navigation, trackball navigation, Bluetooth® 2.0, accelerometer, light sensor, microSD slot (32GB capable, 2GB included), Sprint TV with live and on-demand programming.