Today Google announced on its Google Mobile Blog that it has sent out new Android powered phones to many employees around the globe for testing, part of the process it refers to as “dogfooding”, which means using your own products. It makes no mention whatsoever about this device being the “Google Phone” that has been all the rage on the rumor mills (for the umpteenth time).  And it even goes so far as to say that the phone comes “from a partner.” It seems that this hardware is probably HTC’s Passion, from the spy shots that have been floating around.

Sales of the Motorola Milestone, the European version of the Verizon Wireless Motorola DROID, began on December 10th and the popular Android handset flew off the virtual shelves of online retailer eXpansys. The UK retailer confirmed that its entire inventory of the Motorola Milestone sold out within 2.5 hours, making the Milestone the fastest selling product ever in the retailer’s eleven year history. eXpansys also received one thousand pre-orders for the Milestone and has increased its order to Motorola twice. Good news if you missed this first round of sales, eXpansys expects to have another shipment in hand and ready…

Right on time, Bell officially launched its first Android handset, the Samsung Galaxy. The Bell-branded Galaxy offers a 3.2 inch AMOLED screen, a 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, microSD slot (up to 32GB), a 3.5mm headphone jack, and Android 1.5. All this and more can be had for $99 with a three year contract. Any Canadian readers out there who are going to take the plunge? [via MobileSyrup]

Verizon sent us a message last night telling us about the new HTC DROID Eris firmware update that has started going out to users.  This isn’t an update to a newer version of Android, which we are still expecting, but rather a simpler update that fixes some problems with the initial version of the device. Not all people experienced all of these issues, but there’s probably something in this update for most any DROID Eris user. The initial batch of users to get the update is pretty small, but it should start going out in large scale within a week…

A Mr. Blurrycam image and the initial specifications for the Motorola Motus were leaked last month. The Motus was revealed to be an Android 1.6 smartphone with an unusual reverse flip keyboard and a rear directional touchpad. A tipster over at Engadget apparently had some hands-on time with the Motus and has shed some light on some of the unusual features of this phone. Hit the jump for all the new details that he or she revealed.

Technolo Shree on YouTube has posted a nice video unboxing of the new Acer A1 Liquid, which recently became available in the UK. The unboxing is of the white version, which we’re told is the only version available in the UK at this time.

Well, I just finished manually updating my Motorola DROID to the new Android 2.0.1 firmware update, and I shot some photos of the process and the minor changes I’ve seen on the device so far. I honestly *just* got done doing the update, so I have no real opinions on anything now other than I like the new lock screen much better. Verizon claims that the update will fix the DROID’s autofocus issue with its camera, which is currently working anyway due to the current date, and also says that it should clear up some reception issues.  I know some…

The details are sketchy at the moment, but the Samsung Saturn has been snapped by Mobile Review confirming earlier reports that this will be an Android device.  Rumored specs include an 800MHz CPU, 3.2-inch touchscreen display and it is said to run the Android 1.5 OS.  Early November reports stated that the phone would run “v2 Eclair” so we have conflicting reports on which version of Android this phone will actually run.  I’ve dug up the early November specs thanks to GSM Arena which is viewable, along with higher resolution photos of the Saturn, after the jump.  The device is…

The almighty Motorola DROID has come out on top in Time Magazine’s annual top 10 listing of best gadgets of the year.  Beating out devices such as the Nook and iPhone 3GS, amongst others, some would say that the DROID was a relative underdog in the contest.  Nobody can deny the fact that the first official phone to run Android 2.0 has made shock waves in the industry since it’s veiled discovery.  This phone, along with Verizon’s new “there’s a map for that” campaign have seemed to push AT&T back on its heels a bit in an effort to save…

When it comes to rumors coming out of Asia, Digitimes can be hit or miss with the Taiwanese newspaper being wrong as often as it is correct. Despite its mediocre track record, the latest rumor seems reasonable enough to pass along. According to Digitimes, the flagship HTC Bravo and the rumored HTC Passion are one and the same handset with the former slated for launch on T-Mobile in Europe and the latter for launch in the US. This little snippet of information is not surprising, as the two handsets, with their touchscreen AMOLED displays and 1GHz Snapdragon processors, share similar…